Quantico Alex Tortured Recap Season 1

Quantico Recap: Trapped Pupil

Let’s hope you’ve recovered from your turkey-induced tryptophan coma, because this week’s Quantico requires all of your wits (and a stuffing-sized serving of suspension of disbelief) to keep abreast of what goes down.

Alex is tortured without having one hair on her pretty head touched. Shelby and Caleb are publicly a couple (can you guess in which timeline?). Liam spends a lot of time at the bottom of a bottle. Charlie is still missing. And Simon has a burger with someone who knows way too much about serial killers.

And that’s only about a quarter of the insanity. Read on as we review what happens in “Guilty.”

SOUSED AND SOAKED | At Quantico, Liam hasn’t shown up for work in a week — since right after Alex confronted him about the secret he and her father were keeping, and since Miranda was attacked in her house. (She’s OK, by the way. We’ll get to her in a minute.) Parrish sneaks away to make sure that Liam, whom you’ll recall has a drinking problem, hasn’t pickled himself; Ryan is irked that Alex keeps choosing to do things other than spend time with him, so he follows her.

While Ryan skulks in his car outside, Alex enters O’Connor’s house and finds the veteran agent passed out in his boxers in bed. “I did this way too many times with my father, but I’ll only do it once for you,” she says, ignoring the alcoholic fumes he must be giving off as she hustles him into the shower and turns on the water. (Side note: Liam doesn’t deserve such a nice rainfall showerhead, right?)

PROFILES IN INSANITY | Onto the week’s lesson, brought to you by visiting lecturer Dr. Susan Langdon: “What is your truest self? What do you really want?” Though she’s using Oprahspeak, she’s talking about serial killers — people who are their truest selves when ending their victims’ lives. She’s an FBI profiler known for bringing in a man known as the Welfare Mom Killer, and she’s written a book that Simon seems to know by heart.

Langdon’s exercise has the NATs looking at serial killer crime-scene photos and using the criminal’s profile to discern which scenario is a fake. But Simon’s group can’t decide: Two photos in their file don’t match the profile. Simon disagrees with his classmates about which picture is planted, but majority rules and Langdon confirms that the group’s choice was correct.

Still, Simon can’t let it go. So when everyone goes to the bar that night — at Langdon’s invitation — he continues to ask the profiler about details of the night she arrested the Welfare Mom Killer. But Langdon has got a better idea: a drinking game based on the number of victims a serial killer has! Woo! That’s totally normal and well adjusted, right? NO. This is not a fun way to blow off steam, NATs. THIS IS A GIANT RED FLAG THAT HAPPENS TO COME WITH VODKA.

Quantico Alex Pleads Guilty RecapNOBODY LIKES A SAD DRUNK | Alex swans in long enough to get all cozy with Ryan; next to them on the dance floor, Caleb and Shelby are canoodling so hard they look like a pile of golden retriever puppies. But Alex abruptly makes to leave when a woman calls from a bar and says that Liam is soused and needs a ride home. Ryan gets pissy that his kinda-girlfriend is running off to help the man who has been messing with their lives. “You know this isn’t you or him, right?” she says as she leaves. And when she finds O’Connor once more drunk, he is at turns teary, angry and messed up over what happened to Miranda — but is he playing Alex, like Ryan thinks he is?

KILLER INTELLECT | Back at the bar, Langdon is enjoying a burger at a back corner booth while Simon peppers her with questions about the MWK crime scene in question: He thinks the body was moved; she swears it wasn’t. Her frustration grows as he won’t give up. “Maybe you did it,” he jokes… and then quickly realizes that she probably did fake evidence in order to bring in the killer she was tracking. And before you can say “we’ve got 10 minutes to wrap this up!,” she’s marching Simon out into the parking lot with a hypodermic needle pressed to the base of his skull (poised to give him the embolism she threatened earlier, I’m guessing? And while we’re asking questions: Did anyone else think for a minute that Langdon was actually the killer? And isn’t that really not that preposterous a theory, given how odd the character is and how quickly she swung from normal to nuts?).

Ryan is the only one who notices his classmate getting pushed out the door and follows them. Knowing that she’s out of luck, Langdon plays it off like a failed hookup and whispers “You’ll never prove it” as she kisses him and then drives away. Days later, some of the recruits as watching TV coverage of Langdon’s arrest — for falsifying evidence — and Simon proudly tells them it was his doing: He called the police to tell them about the night at the bar. But instead of congratulations, Simon’s fellow NATs vilify him for contributing to the freedom of a serial killer… and the anger he feels drives him to meet up with the Israeli bomb specialist who’s been calling him. After railing against how the FBI isn’t interested in doing the right thing, Simon accepts a flash drive from the man: the blueprints to every train station in New York.

Also (because it doesn’t fit neatly anywhere else): The FBI thinks that Charlie was kidnapped, and that someone else — not him — stabbed his mom. Nathalie admits to Shelby that she has a daughter, and Clayton calls Caleb with the news that the sister to whom Shelby has been wiring lots of cash may not exist. So… who was that woman on Skype last episode?

TEAM ALEX GROWS | In the present, right after Alex turns herself in, Liam stops the agent Mirandizing her; he cites a “public safety exception” and has her thrown in the bowels of Grand Central. Elias (hi, Elias!) shows up as her lawyer, thanks to a call she made before turning herself in, but he’s too late to stop the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group (or HIG) — which answers only to the president and can do whatever it wants to get information — from whisking Alex away to an undisclosed location.

So while Alex is missing, the rest of her fellow NATs — including Caleb and Nathalie, who both come around to Team Alex this episode — work to figure out Alex’s whereabouts on the morning of the bombing (to try to prove her innocence to the higher-ups). Using security camera footage and the like, they realize she disappeared in a “blindspot,” or a tiny area where no camera caught what happened.

Long story short: Alex was grabbed, chloroformed, stuffed in a duffel bag and taken via taxi to a hotel near Grand Central, where her kidnapper checked in under an assumed name and probably dumped her body in the rubble around the time of the blast. And the woman who had Alex’s access card and could possibly ID the terrorist(s)? She’s dead — and made to look like she was found in the bomb’s aftermath, but her phone is missing…

A REAL RIB-TICKLER | Meanwhile, Alex puts up a tough front for the HIG guy, until he marches her into a room where Ryan is strung up like a goose ready for roasting. HIG intercepted the helicopter, Ryan’s wound is festering and he’s going to be in a really bad was soon — but if Alex talks, the HIG dude says, Ryan will get the care he needs. And when Parrish hesitates, HIG dude sticks his paws into Ryan’s side and wiggles his fingers like a birthday-party magician. Alex screams and sobs.

There are a lot more Ryan’s-wound-related moments that make me a little queasy, but we’ve all still got leftovers in the fridge, and I wouldn’t want to ruin your appetite by relating the torture here. So let’s just say that Alex is thisclose to saying whatever HIG guy wants her to when Liam and a team of agents busts in and shuts it down. Later, O’Connor apologizes that it took him so long to believe her, adding that all of her classmates will be reinstated as soon as the charges against her are dropped. But he points out that the terrorists likely thought Alex would be caught and would stay that way; if she’s freed, they may not carry through with their plans for a second bombing. And since the FBI now has a bit of a lead, maybe she wouldn’t mind playing along for a while?

So at the end of the episode, we see Alex in an orange jumpsuit, appearing before a judge and pleading guilty to the bombing.

Now it’s your turn. What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments!

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34 Comments
  1. Liz says:

    I’m loving this show. Does anyone think that the caleb’s dad might have something to do with the bomb at the train station???

  2. Juan says:

    Love this show but I really don’t want any of the characters to be the terrorist lol anyways loved the weekly lesson with the serial killer expert. She was totally psycho and I think Simon did the right thing in a tough decision to make. Hopefully the serial killer can be sent back to jail after this though.

  3. B says:

    I really want to like this show but there just feels like there’s something off with the writing. I don’t get why having Parrish caught would be what the real bombers would want. Wouldn’t being in custody when another bomb goes off prove that she’s innocent?

    • Alichat says:

      That’s what I wondered as well. Wouldn’t the real bombers want her on the run to successfully blame her for the second bombing?

    • pAloma says:

      No it wouldn’t prove her innocent. It would just make it seem like she was part of a terrorist cell and that the remaining me ever of her cell went ahead with the bombing even through she was caught. Being in custody does nothing for her. And I really don’t trust Liam having her plead guilty. A guilty plea is incredibly hard to undo. and she has nothing documenting that she was doing this to help catch the real bombers and perhaps stop bomb number two at the request Liam. It’s a sucker’s move on her part and seems incredibly naive.

    • Sam says:

      Exactly. It would have been more realistic if she excaped FBI custody. Why go all the way to have a sentenced by a real (?) judge. This show is abit all over the place. Not sure if the writers /Showrunner know what they are doing. And the writing is abit lazy too.

      It’s a hot mess.

  4. Heidi says:

    I am thinking Simon has something to do with it. But maybe NOT the bomber. I think the flash drive was either stolen or copied without him knowing. And that might be the reason he gets booted from Quantico. Still could be Simon though, or Liam or girl cop with the fake scar behind her ear.

  5. ainaabid says:

    Simon or Shelby or both

  6. This one has extra like matcha and milk aftertaste, not just matcha
    (like ice cream).

  7. Lulu says:

    There’s something about Liam.. Just don’t trust him

    • Vicki says:

      Agree. But if he was truthful in saying Alex’s escape was not anticipated by the terrorists, then Miranda is now off suspect list.

  8. Red Queen says:

    I still think Simon is way too obvious.
    I think that Charlie’s kidnapping definitely has something to do with the bombing.

    • Allison says:

      I’ve been thinking the exact thing. And you know who has been involved in all of these different storylines? (From Miranda and Charlie, to Alex’s past, to present day)… Liam. Liam was there talking to Charlie around the same time someone reached out to Charlie on his computer.

      I think he’s going to turn out to be the big bad. He was essentially forced to fall in line with the NAT’s in present day and side with Alex.

  9. Sheila says:

    I realize it’s a TV show and suspend disbelief, blah blah, but NONE of these bozos would EVER make it into the FBI! Come on! Every single one has issues and traumas and skeletons! They’re all so obviously damaged!

    And how did it go from not being allowed to fraternize to Blondie literally throwing herself on Male Blondie all the time? We’re about two episodes away from couples having sex in the middle of class!

  10. Pelican says:

    I would like the show better if Alex would take off her top.

  11. VJ says:

    I think its Ryan. He knew about Alex’s every move. And when he was being tortured he shouts to alex not to tell anything to the HIG as if to indicate to the HIG that she’s the real culprit.

  12. PG says:

    Something is wrong about this episode – writers mistake maybe? The first Quantico episode has Alex saying that she was guarding the perimeter when the bomb went off. In Guilty episode it is shown that the bomber drugged Alex and dropped her at the bombed site. Or is Alex the real bomber?

    • Datya says:

      Alex has always said ahe was supposed to guard the perimiter, but had no rexollection of the entire day since leaving her apartment…

  13. Dave says:

    So nobody saw Simon getting train station plans that run through all of ny

  14. Meri says:

    Was the dead woman on the table with the missing phone Langdon? I thought it was but it isn’t in the recap.

    • PL says:

      Nope, they identified the dead woman as Agent Goodwin, the same one who sent the email to Caleb’s dad the telling him that someone had used Alex’s badge.

  15. Anna says:

    Why doesn’t anyone suspect the character played by Jacob Artist? Hasn’t seen him once in present day and yet, the camera always make sure we’ve a clean shot of him in the training center flashbacks. The actor isn’t part of the regular cast, 2 episodes left, he has to serve a purpose bigger than tricking his fellow trainees during a group exercise (as shown a while ago in an ep), right? I think the whole core Scooby gang a.k.a Team Alex’s the clear. Just like Anne Heche’s character put it, the truth is much simpler than we think. Too many twists = too many red herrings.

  16. TV says:

    Someone please explain how Sia makes her living?