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Quantico – ODENVY (2×08)

QUANTICO - "ODENVY" - At the Farm, Lydia and Owen teach the group about the necessity of lying and cutting off relationships. Perfect timing for Alex, since she is feeling disconnected from Ryan personally and professionally. In the future, Alex and company attempt to destroy the biological weapon on "Quantico," airing SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27 (10:00-11:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. (ABC/Giovanni Rufino) PRIYANKA CHOPRA

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The fall finale of Quantico proved even more that this show has lost itself and its viewers this season. But even so, I’m going to try and make sense of what just happened.

We’ll start with this week’s latest revelation – Ryan Boothe is a member of the Citizen’s Liberation Front. Or is he? This wouldn’t be the first time the show-runners threw us a fake-out and when the show returns in January, it could very well be that Ryan is working deep undercover as one of the CLF’s to stop them. In fact, I’m 99% sure that is happening, but at the same time, 1% of me hopes he really is a bad guy in disguise.

That way, we’d actually have someone with brains and the skills to pull something like this off,  unlike last seasons villain Liam. Plus, we’d be pitting two lovers against each other – how far are they willing to go? Ryan knows the ins and outs of Alex’s brain so could he predict what she’d do next?

And seriously, who actually believes Miranda is as wicked as she’s been portrayed? Not to mention the whole “instructor” being the bad guy thing has gotten pretty old and predictable. Maybe Ryan and Miranda are working together on this too? Who knows!

We know Alex and Ryan aren’t on “good terms” in the present but in the flashbacks, they just got engaged! Yep, Ryan proposed because he wanted to make sure “he always had some truth to go back to after lying to everyone.” Sweet right? But I have to wonder – was it part of his mission to get Alex off his track or was it genuine? I guess we won’t know till next year and we won’t know what their falling out was either.

The engagement comes on the heels of Ryan being recruited into the AIC. He wakes up with a random cellphone next to him and is advised by his handler Nimah to do whatever they ask. Well, that’s a tall order considering “they” want him to kidnap a guy. Once that’s finished, they pull in their second recruit “Leon” to shoot him and their third recruit “Dayana” to clean up the mess. Then, they’re left with a warning “betray us and we’ll destroy you.” Ominous right?

While Ryan is in the AIC, Alex finds out that Shelby isn’t her handler anymore and she’s been iced out of the mission because as her BFF put it, “you didn’t cut it Alex. You failed.” Cold Shelby. Cold. Alex isn’t one to accept defeat though and rejects Miranda’s proposal to return to active duty in the New York office. Instead she vows to infiltrate the AIC herself, despite how “dangerous” it is.

Shelby however continues her undercover mission as Jane, prompting Leon to open up to her after he’s “killed a man.” Cue Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

The Farm lesson this week is to cut ties with anyone who just can’t let it go; a fitting assignment for Thanksgiving weekend, which usually requires you to spend time with the ones you love, not vow to never speak to them again. Although I’m sure plenty would prefer the second option.

Harry returns to London but his visit is more work than play. He spends the holiday with Charlotte, Elliot’s sister and his M16 handler. Everything is pretty vague and in code but Harry’s giving her intel on Farm candidates that could help their “mission.” He then he gives her to “translate” which she throws into the fire when her husband, Phillip, comes back into the room.

Phillip and Harry have a history as well and it also involves Elliot. As Harry tries to sneak out in the middle of the night, he catches him and they talk about what happened their friend. Harry tells him “your father-in-law is a very powerful man” and Pip explains “that doesn’t mean he should get away with it.” Literally, no clue what they’re talking about.

It is Owen however who actually looses ties with a family member. Lydia finally got her in-field announcement but agrees to push her start date to stay home for the holiday’s, only if he’ll let his obsession with who set him up go. Unfortunately, at the first sign of getting intel, he fails to keep his promise to her, only to find out she set him up. She delivers the real list to him explaining that he burned his own bridges with the CIA and they found that he couldn’t be trusted. With that, she leaves for her assignment, which we know, leads her to being a suspect in the present day after stealing hardware and tying up Alex.

Besides that, I’m not sure how any of it plays into what’s happening in the present day, which sees Alex, Harry, Sebastian, Leon and Dayana teaming up to find a way to destroy the biological weapon. Leon and Dayana stay behind since she’s injured and slowing down the group, while the other 3 try to get to weapon through the air ducts. That falls through when Sebastian drops their canister and Harry accuses him of being AIC. When Alex realizes the weapon was only made to kill those INSIDE the building, they run to tell the FBI and are caught by the terrorist. I don’t want to point any fingers but Leon and Dayana are there in the midst of all of it, not in the “bunker” like promised. Are they working with the CFL? Did they tip them off? They are the only 2 recruited into the AIC with Ryan, who we know is working with the CFL. Complicated right?

As for Shelby, she’s running into walls inside the FBI as the Army general arrives and announces that they’ll be bombing the building the terrorists are in to “end” this problem. Shelby begs her to wait it out because she’s 100% sure her BFF Alex can save the day again but the Army general isn’t convinced the “miracle worker” has it in her. Will she go through with her plans? Were does Miranda stand in all of this?

Nimah and Raina come face to face as well but it isn’t like the good ole Quantico days. In fact, their fighting two different battles – Nimah (Ryan’s handler) spends the episode explaining that America is a broken system and there’s no such thing as freedom so she’s fighting back. Meanwhile Raina refuses to join her sister’s terrorist organization and become a sell-out. “I’d rather die than join you,” she tells her. Nimah exits heartbroken and exclaims, “She’s not one of them, I told you. Keep her in there until this is over.” One of them? The AIC? The CFL?

And the final burning question – is Ryan on the good or bad side of history here? Till next year and a new night, Mondays!

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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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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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