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As Alex Parrish put it on tonight’s Quantico, “time to be bad.”

We pick up pretty much where we left off with the country fully aware that Haas was running an undercover and illegal CIA operation on U.S soil and the collaborators are calling for impeachment, which will allow them to put Henry Roarke right where they want him.

Shelby and Ryan, who were called out in the media for working with Haas, don’t even manage to stay hidden for 24 hours before Clay calls them back to the bunker to let them in on one last mission – destroy Rourke’s credibility.

The man keeps spinning golden webs of lies and everyone believes him. Maybe it’s time the task force started playing dirty to try to beat him and the collaborators are his own game. After several attempts, their unable to find anything incriminating on him. The man is practically a saint right down to paying his taxes legally.

Raina offers up another solution – Felix. Clay is wearing of using his old friend, simply because he’s burned him too many times. And even though he “hates” Muslims, Raina trusts him. Call it gut instinct or naivety. When Felix finally reaches out for a meeting, Clay decides to give him one last chance and is surprised when Roarke meets him instead. The whole thing turned out to be a set up so that the media would believe Clay was actually working against his mother. As he left, furious for falling for yet another trick, he refused to listen to a thing Felix needed to say. I don’t blame the guy – even if your intentions are in the right place, who you work for says a lot about your integrity and beliefs.

As a last resort, Clay and Shelby decided to stoop down to the collaborators level. Their masterplan involves manipulating Raina to betray Felix, who promised to help her get intel on her sister’s whereabouts. If you don’t remember, they switched places because Nimah was being framed for a terrorist attack.

Through Raina, they believe they can funnel intel that only Felix would have to the Russians using Ryan’s late connection, then have him arrested for selling American secrets on Rourke’s behalf. This would force him to disappear and secure Haas presidency. Simple enough right? Even if it involves a few rounds of backstabbing.

The plan, unfortunately, goes South when Raina tips Felix off. She’s all for doing the right thing but not when it means destroying an innocent man to put the bad one away. Not even for the greater good. And I’ll admit, she is pretty naive when it comes to all of this. Like Shelby said, you can’t beat the bad guys with hugs, although it would make things less messy.

Speaking of messy, Alex has gone undercover and become part of the “winning team.” I always thought being undercover meant you infiltrated that life but still, she’s teetering on the line between both the collaborators and the task force.

In order to prove her loyalty, Alex is tasked with forcing Keyes to resign from his position, either willingly or unwillingly. She plays it off and makes it believable but you can tell it stings, especially when he tells her he regrets ever working with her.

Sometimes though, you have to do what’s necessary and that includes being the Trojan Horse. After her confrontation with Keyes, Alex assists Alice at the FBI headquarters where the collaborators use her to smuggle in a water bottle consisting of a deadly agent, that once airborne, can kill. In this case, their goal is to make it seem like Haas killer her enemy, Lowery.

When Alex figures out their plan, she attempts to stop the attack. Ryan, who traced her cell to the headquarters, offers up a helping hand but she decides against it when Owen tell her that if she doesn’t let it play out, the collaborators will know she’s using them and their cover will be blown. Then, they’ll have absolutely no in with the collaborators to stop them from what they’re eventually going to do; their grand finale. She can however try to lessen the blow by making sure people get sick instead of die.

It’s understandable that Ryan is upset with Alex but I swear, he’s the most overbearing human there is. Sure, Alex always gets in a bit of trouble but it’s always because she means well. She’s trying to save the world and he’s over here telling her that she should be embarrased by who she’s become. At this point, Ryan is on Raina’s morality train, although he shouldn’t be pointing fingers considering all he’s done this week. Thankfully, we’ve got Shelby and Alex who are willing to go to extremes to get things done.

Speaking of done, after unsuccessfuly beating Felix, Clay comes to the realization that he was in over his head to think that he could lead this task force. He apologizes to Owen, explaining that if he has any chess moves left, to play them. Then he says his goodbyes to Shelby and struts to the White House, where his mother gives her resignation, handing the metaphorical baton over to Rourke. It’s a hard scene to watch, considering you know that the right side of history is being pushed out for being moral and fighting the good fight.

As for Alex, she’s just getting started. After her little confrontation with Ryan, she gets the call from the collaborators that she’s part of the team. Will she be able to stop whatever they have planned for the “new America.”

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Quantico – Ghosts (3×12)

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Quantico’s penultimate episode took us on an intense trip overseas all the way to Ireland.

As most things on this show, getting there safely wasn’t an easy feat, especially when the snake Connor Devlin escaped from custody.

Their exchange in the very beginning of the episode couldn’t have been more accurate — Alex has dealt with many monsters but none have ever come close to Devlin’s level of dangerousness.

Extradition was all part of his greater plan because as you imagine, he has almost everyone on his payroll back at home.

And you know who else is in his corner? Fricking Fiona. Which meant that they couldn’t remain ghosts, aka dead in a plane crash as most would have presumed, for too long.

We didn’t find out about her real motives until a little later in the episode, but I always knew there was something off about her. She was too eager to help and get Devlin to Ireland and also, getting too close to McQuigg.

Turns out, she was an MI-5 agent who felt like she owed her life to Devlin who supposedly saved her and her brother back in the day. Per usual, she was romantically involved with him and he only needed her until the job was done.

When Alex finally caught on and realized that Fiona was the mole, Devlin left her behind knowing that she would probably sacrifice herself to protect him.

Then again, this is the man who shot his brother in cold blood just to regain the kingdom for himself.

Seriously, Devlin is the BIG BAD who makes all those who came before him look like child’s play.

He’s also really conniving. Then again, you have to be if you’re going to gain control over so many folks and order them to do whatever at your beck and call.

He played his own brother, you know, before killing him, by allowing him to follow through on his auction. Eamon was so convinced that this new business was better than the simple drug shipments his father and brother dabbled in because it guaranteed big money. However, there’s something slightly more dangerous about auctioning off kidnapped women so at least Devlin realized this wasn’t something he wanted to get mixed up in.

He knew that since his brother had Maisie, Harry’s sister, the agents would pursue the lead and walk right into his plan.

When they busted the auction, they thankfully saved all the girls costing Eamon tons of money. None of that matter though because Devlin then killed him and made it look like a kill by the FBI so again, he walked away scot-free. How does he keep getting away with it all?

Harry was reunited with sis, though at one point, I really thought she was going to mess this up for everyone because of her big mouth. And then I thought she would die after being saved. Thankfully, none of that happened.

McQuigg felt understandably stupid for believing Fiona and not seeing her for who she really was. Yeah, pretty girls can definitely have that effect on you.

Alex tried to cheer him up by saying they were all fooled but you know that’s a lie — she never trusted her.

Since this is the final episode before the finale, the writers had to give into all that tension that’s been building up between her and McQugg. And boy, did they deliver!

McQuigg mosied his way into Alex’s room where she was conveniently laying in a silk nightgown. She was practically beginning for him to come over. They could have definitely done away with that because when has Alex ever done such a thing? Never.

I have to say, I was always Team Ryan and wanted her to end up with him, however, their chemistry didn’t light a match to what she and McQuigg have. I guess it’s a good thing he married Shelby.

Of course, the moment Alex gave into temptation, you know that they had to bring back Andrea and his daughter into the picture.

Remember when Devlin told Alex she hadn’t “lost” anyone yet or paid the price for killing his son? Yeah, he didn’t mean her mother, he meant Andrea and his daughter.

The man is connected so he easily got his hands on the two of them and is probably holding them as leverage in exchange for Ryan Booth.

You know, maybe she was onto something when she told McQuigg she couldn’t hook up with another co-worker. That’s one messy web to be tangled in.

Devlin’s ultimate revenge is to kill Ryan since he’s the one who took the actual shot that killed his son.

The question is, would Alex trade Ryan to spare Andrea and his little girl? Shelby definitely wouldn’t allow it, but the stakes are higher because there is a child involved.

And if Andrea is saved, what does that mean about her relationship with McQuigg? I would say that regardless of her feelings, she would need to let Andrea and the girl go because even inadvertently, she’s still a danger to them.

I doubt Andrea would even want anything to do with her if he found out that she’s the reason they are in this situation.

How do you think it will all end? Will Ryan pay for his sins? Will Alex survive? Will they kill Devlin? Will this finale be as good as the rest of the season? No matter how messy things got in season 2, the writers really redeemed themselves for this season and I have to say, I’m sad to part ways with these incredibly talented FBI agents.

Since the series finale is called “Who Are You,” maybe Alex finally has to stop and think about who she is when she’s no longer an FBI agent. I don’t believe she’d ever give up the profession — it means too much to her — but it’s no secret that it has impacted her life greatly. Who would she be without it? Who is the real Alex?

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Quantico – Hell’s Gate (3×03)

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Quantico seems to be getting it right with their cases in this rebooted third season.

Yes, personally, the only tension is still between Alex and Ryan and now, Shelby, but case-wise, things are linear, interesting and at times, even funny.

Charlie was a great one-time addition to the team because his motive wasn’t readily available and you couldn’t actually argue with his plans for the cartel. He was a legend; he’d been in with them longer than any undercover cop and understandably, he didn’t come out unscathed.

Culebra took everything away from him — his freedom, his career and the love of his life.

You can’t argue with a man wanting to get revenge for that.

It’s not every day you see someone use an EpiPen to take down the kingpin of a massive cartel in a courtroom while the FBI is shooting at him to stop him. The storyline definitely kept you on your toes.

While Owen’s newly minted FBI unit began searching for the mole, I thought it was pretty obvious that the mole was standing right in front of them. It wasn’t pure coincidence that when they went to pick up Charlie, the cartel was tipped off about the exact route they were taking.

Knowing how good Alex and Owen are at what they do — I can’t speak for the remainder of the team since I don’t know them all that well yet — you’d think they would have suspected it from the get-go.

If they had, we probably wouldn’t have seen Ryan donning leather pants and trying to get his gay-flirt on to “pull off the role.”

Again, for an agent that always follows through on the character that’s needed to get this done, I’m surprised that he couldn’t sell being attracted to a male. Put your ego and your pride aside for one moment and just do what needs to be done. I won’t say he deserved to be stabbed, but really, what did you expect? This guy deals with the biggest cartel in the world. Don’t you think he’s ready at all times even at a gay club where he’s trying to get his hook-up on?

Shelby didn’t even seem too concerned about Ryan’s well-being which was just further proof that there is zero chemistry between these former Quantico cadets. Truth be told, Alex cared more than his own wife.

Charlie was good at reading people so he intensified the conflict brewing beyond the surface with Shelby and Alex. I’m not sure if Shelby was just hopeful or if it really didn’t occur to her that there would be some ongoing awkwardness regarding the whole “I married your ex” ordeal.

Personally, Alex is being super cool about all of it, especially the fact that Ryan tried to kiss her. She’s wedged between two people she cares about so it’s difficult to decide who she “owes.” Should she honor Ryan’s wishes and keep quiet until he decides to tell Shelby? Should she tell Shelby the truth because she’s her best friend and deserves to know?

And does honesty trump heartbreak here? Because that’s what Shelby will be when she finds out — heartbroken.

He’ll finally be convinced to tell her when he can no longer deny or suppress his feelings. Which based on his jealousy of Alex and McQuigg’s innocent interactions is coming up really soon.

I’d imagine on some level, she already knows. She knows Alex is hiding something from her and Charlie’s winded-clock analysis simply proved that to be true.

I think she also expects it to happen because let’s face it, Ryan has never gotten over Alex; Shelby is a band-aid, second best.

And it’s truly unfair that Ryan put Alex in this position and is asking her to withhold the truth. I used to root for him but his messy love triangle this season is painting him in a really negative light. Even Harry called him out for it.

Quantico incorporating a deaf-character as a lead and allowing for dead-air so they can communicate strictly in sign-language is awesome. I’ve never seen this happen on a TV series but do think it’s important to address. It is possible to tell a story without using words!

Other Thoughts

  • There was a shootout on a packed highway and not one civilian was injured. I find it hard to believe.
  • What kind of courtroom has a window where you can see the witness testifying? That seems rather dangerous.
  • Charlie knew Alex better than she knew herself and everything he said, right down to her hesitating and buying him some time, was accurate.
  • Who had the best abs? I’m going to say Harry won this round. Deep and Celine are proving to be comedic relief. When he asked her how she explains the job to her parents, I could just picture an Indian mother inquiring about what kind of work he does.

Overall, there’s no avoiding a love-triangle on Quantico and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The series was built on this doomed relationship between Ryan and Alex and followed them coming to terms with never getting a happy ending because of their career demands. It doesn’t succeed in love stories, however, but in friendships, which I think have always been solid.

And the case-of-the-week layout is just an added bonus so that we can see just how badass Alex and co. really are.

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Quantico – Fear and Flesh (3×02)

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Quantico Fear and Flesh

It took me awhile to get used to the new flow of Quantico, but I have to say, the procedural case-of-the-week format is really working for them.

It’s the same team, doing the same kick-ass work just without the drawn out, overly complicated storylines that came with the first two seasons. I can get behind that!

And the best part is that we get to see Alex Parrish in a variety of different situations.

This week, she took on a motherly role to Gracie, who vaguely reminded her of Isabella, the “stepdaughter” she left back in Italy. While we won’t be seeing her or her father, Andrea, in Alex’s life anytime soon, I’m glad the writers didn’t just overlook all the years she spent living a normal life with a family. The “peaceful” years, as Alex calls them.

Though Harry swiftly grounded her when he made it clear that FBI agents don’t get “peaceful” family lifestyles.

Have I mentioned just how much I missed Alex and Harry working together? It was so disappointing when he was written off back in season 2, so I’m glad the writers found a way to weave him back in.

Alex and co. tackle on a bioterrorism situation after a restaurant of low-income, African American diners is poisoned with man-made tuberculosis.

Everyone from the restaurant is accounted for except for a woman named Millie Richards who is later found dead at a train station after being exposed to the virus. They immediately pull her granddaughter Gracie off the train before she can spread the airborne disease and quarantine her.

Deep, the newest recruited cadet from Quantico, theorizes that Gracie is probably immune to TB and that the antibodies in her blood could be the cure which makes her quite the target.

Their van is attacked, Alex is forced to remove Gracie from quarantine and then in the hubbub, Deep loses the young girl.

As they hide out in a nearby cabin waiting for help to arrive, Alex, Deep and Harry start getting infected with the TB.

Meanwhile, Ryan goes undercover to the white supremacist organization with another agent, McQuigg, who has been infiltrating the group for the last two-years.

Since this works the same way as a gang, he has to prove himself in an initiation which requires him to beat up an unsuspecting victim, in his case, Owen, till he’s barely conscious.

I’m not quite sure why Shelby apologized to Owen for Ryan’s actions when he obviously didn’t want to hurt his friend but didn’t have much of a choice; he needed to sell it.

Celine, the other newest recruit from Quantico, makes the connection between Grosch, the leader of the modern-day KKK, and Warren Renway, the CEO of Renway Biotechnology.

It’s the perfect recipe — his company produces the pathogen, his goons spread it to low-income neighborhoods to kill off the “leeches.”

Renway tries to wash his hands clean of any involvement so Celine, Shelby and Jocelyn go undercover to some fundraiser where Celine pulls the textbook trick of spilling water to get his office key.

Inside they find the same insignia that the white-power group has in their hideout and eventually, that Ryan finds in the pamphlets that reveal which major cities they’ll be targeting next.

As Owen, Ryan and McQuigg narrow down the next hit, Alex, Harry and Deep look to save Gracie who was injured when Renway’s goons tracked down Deep’s government issued phone to the cabin.

Since she’s losing a lot of blood, Alex orders Deep to take preventative measures at a veterinarian. He’s nervous, obviously, but Alex believes in him; she did recruit him for a reason after all.

The next thing we know, everyone is at the hospital where Alex and the others are being treated for TB with the cure they got from Gracie’s blood. I’m really not sure why they didn’t use the cure that Renway and his team of racists obviously had in their possession but whatever, they had to make Gracie’s bravery worth something.

Ryan is by her side and he tries to kiss her while she’s sleeping which is weird and also, terribly messed up considering he’s married to Shelby.

I’ve always been a huge fan of Alex and Ryan, but I’m not here for this wishy-washy best-friend love triangle. He married Shelby and he has to respect that decision. Alex doesn’t want to get in the middle of this, Shelby doesn’t deserve it and Ryan needs to stop being a tool. You’re better than that, bro.

And to do that right as Shelby was standing outside anxiously waiting to see her husband her bestie?

McQuigg and Alex had a spark the moment they shook hands and the look of jealousy on Ryan’s face was priceless. Honestly dude, what did you expect for marrying your ex’s best friend?

My only concern with this new format is the rapid pace that sometimes rushes the storytelling. Back then, everything was told more precisely because it mattered in the long run while now, it’s easier to gloss over certain moments as they’re just necessary stepping stones.

Thoughts on this week’s episode? Will Shelby find out about Ryan’s attempt at kissing Alex? Will Alex and McQuigg hook up?Will we ever see Gracie again? I could see there being a spinoff about her time at Quantico as she was inspired by this Revlon looking, butt-kicking agent who saved her life.

Is the series easier to follow along?

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