Quantico Recap SEason 2 Episode 3

Quantico Recap: You Down With AIC?

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Quantico recap here.

If Quantico‘s León Velez ever gets a tattoo to commemorate his time in CIA training — y’know, to complement the ink he received during his stint in a Mexican prison — may we humbly suggest “Always be assessing”?

At the very least, the tattoo would be a reminder of the lesson Owen and Lydia spend this week’s episode trying to teach the CIA trainees: how to notice, or assess, all of the important details in any situation. Too bad Alex & Co. spend the hour ignoring what they’ve learned in favor of deep woods heart-to-hearts and safehouse strife.

Meanwhile, in the present, Alex infiltrates the terrorists… with mixed results.

Read on for the highlights of “Stescalade.”

COSTUME CHANGE | In the present, the Citizens’ Liberation Front moves the hostages to a new building. Alex gets in, too, and tells Miranda that she’ll do her best to provide some intelligence on how many people, weapons, etc. there are. Miranda receives a text (“We will find her”) from her contact inside the building, which is comforting if you believe that Miranda is still a good guy and terrifying if you think Miranda is now a baddie.

Alex comes across a crate full of CLF uniforms, each one complete with a suicide pill, so she puts on one of the get-ups and attempts to blend in. It all goes well until Ryan decides to recruit Harry, whom we learn is not CIA, to help him create a distraction by faking a fistfight in the middle of the room. Ryan’s plan is to get close enough to a terrorist to pull of his or her mask. But problems arise when the terrorist who happens to be closest to him during the melee is Alex.

Quantico Recap Season 2 Episode 3 Stescalade“Ryan!” she cries as he paws at her faceplate. They are pulled apart, with Ryan maybe thinking that his ex is part of the violent conspiracy. But when Alex is unmasked and marched into a tunnel or back stairway or somewhere equally remote and enclosed, she gets the upper hand and winds up in a fight to the death with the CLF member guarding her. Alex rips the terrorist’s mask off and (I am 98 percent sure) it’s the female instructor at The Farm. (Picture at right.) The woman winds up swallowing the suicide pill, and she dies a foamy-mouthed death.

Later, the hostages and CLF alike are surprised by a body of someone in a CLF uniform dropping through the glass ceiling. When the dead person hits the ground, we see that there’s a note attached: “2 Down.” This is either a warning or the most dramatic crossword-puzzle clue ever.

SHELBY TO THE RESCUE! | Back at the FBI, Shelby lets Miranda in on a secret: Even after the end of the program investigating the rogue CIA faction — or “AIC,” as Alex and Ryan have taken to calling it — Agent Wyatt wrote an unassigned white paper, “an in-depth analysis of everyone who could be in the AIC,” she proudly announces. Kudos to Aunjanue Ellis here, because I truly cannot tell if Miranda is slightly relieved that one of her star pupils is still doing extra credit homework or if she’s slightly freaked that information she thought had been buried/forgotten is now so easily accessible. Either way, she calls it “exactly the kind of advantage we need.”

Miranda asks Shelby to turn it over; a flash drive containing the report fries Miranda’s computer and eventually the same virus takes out Shelby’s personal laptop, too. But don’t worry! Shelby chirps: She had a hard copy in a safe at home, and she’s made copies and distributed them! Whee!

READ YOUR SURROUNDINGS | In the flashback portion of the episode, Miranda, Shelby and Nimah are impatient with Ryan and Alex. It’s been a week, and the lovebirds know barely anything about their fellow trainees. Speaking of which, there’s a new recruit in the mix: Lee Davis, an aggressively Type-A wedding planner and mother of two who appeared out of nowhere a few days before.

The FBI gives Alex and Ryan a bug to place in one person’s room. There’s some talk about how they can only plant one listening device because of feedback or something, but don’t think too hard about it, because it doesn’t really matter until the end of the episode, anyway. So the FBI goal of the day is to figure out which trainee should get bugged.

The CIA goal of the day, however, is to learn how to be “constantly aware of your surroundings,” Lydia say. After a bunch of drills — at which Dayana, in particular, excels — the recruits are told they’ll practice their skills at an office building 10 miles away. But while they’re waiting for transportation, the trainees are grabbed, made to don hoods and thrown into a van that drops them, in pairs, in the middle of the woods.

QUIT BUGGING ME | Alex uses her time with partner León to ask him about spending six months in a Mexican cartel prison. He says that he did so in order to tell the story of the atrocities that happen inside; he’s near tears as he remembers, and Alex is clearly affected when he says, “I don’t talk about it, because I barely survived.” Elsewhere in the forest, Harry asks Ryan about the whereabouts of Will from last season; Ryan, irritated, says he has no idea. And Lee and Harry team up after he realizes she disregarded orders and snuck her cell phone into the challenge with her.

But Owen isn’t handing out any gold stars when everyone gets back to The Farm hours later. It would have taken them 20 minutes, he says, if they had only paid attention to details like how many turns the van took, the sound of the tires against the terrain, etc. And the stress continues when Alex and Ryan meet with their handlers at the safehouse: They can’t agree on whom to bug.

BEAT YA! | Eventually, thanks to some Miranda-directed “personal” pushing on Nimah and Shelby’s parts, a plan is made to bug León’s room. (And Ryan assures Alex “We’re still us” after their disagreement.) But when the FBI turns on the device, there’s a ton of feedback: Someone else has already bugged the place.

Meanwhile, Lydia learns that Owen put in a tacit request to have her moved out of the field and into a teaching position at The Farm. The revelation brings her no joy. “You know what they say about you?” she spits at her father. “That it was a blessing you got benched, that someone probably leaked your name on purpose to make sure you never screwed up again!” And after she storms away, Lydia makes a call and tells the person on the other end, “I’m in. Tell me what I do next.”

Oh, and Harry? He totally buys a drink for Will at a bar and introduces himself as “Julian.”

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

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33 Comments
  1. padraicjacob says:

    Does this show even make sense anymore? And it’s not good that I need to read the recaps just to remember who all the characters who pop up are supposed to be.

  2. Anna says:

    OK, now they’re really missing with my head. I’m on the fence with Miranda. I thought she was still one of the good people but she’s been torpedoing present-day Shelby.

    Harry’s like the CIA version of Shelby’s BF. Imagine having the 2 of them at the farm, their teammates would have killed them.

  3. Mark says:

    Who was Alex fighting and unmasked Shelby or new charter the mom couldn’t tell or someone else?

  4. Mandy says:

    This episode was so good but I am really wondering about Miranda, I want to give her the benefit of doubt but it is becoming really hard to do so

    • Zee Zee says:

      I think it was clear that Miranda is a bad guy when one of the terrorists pulled Alex away from Ryan and said “We found her!” The only way they would know that Alex is in the building and they needed to find her is if they got the text from Miranda.I don’t know what axe Miranda has to burn with the CIA but didn’t she replace the FBI guy who was responsible for the terrorist attacks in season 1? Someone in the comments said that this season is pretty much a replica of season 1, just replace FBI recruits with CIA recruits. At least last season, Alex was trying to clear her name which drew the story out. I don’t think they can spend another 10 episodes or whatever it is trying uncover the terrorists.

  5. Mallory says:

    Someone please tell me how we know Harry isn’t CIA. I missed something and it’s driving me nuts.

    • Brian says:

      I assume that Harry will end up leaving training during the flashbacks of a future episode.

    • Alichat says:

      I didn’t catch that either. I don’t remember anything being said about him not being CIA. I’ll have to rewatch those scenes.

      • Kim says:

        I’m pretty sure Ryan says it when he’s about to fight with him. He says something like “I’m CIA, we all know you’re not so why are you here?” or something like that

    • Cindy says:

      Right before the fake fight, Ryan talked about people who were CIA “dropouts” and directed that at Harry.

  6. Brian says:

    When Alex had the gun to her head in the hallway we knew it was only a matter of time before she turned around and disarmed the female terrorist. How many times will we see Alex use that move? Just another predictable scene that we’ve seen countless times on this show. It seems paradoxical to employ so much predictability contrasted with a pervasive use of deliberate deception and misdirection. There are too many examples to list, but let’s start with introducing characters mid-season in order to add complexity to an already overly complex and convoluted plot.

  7. Anita says:

    This show is so confusing that is not fun to watch. Count me out, ABC!

    • Barb says:

      I agree a little, but what’s harder to figure out is what the characters are saying in the scenes where they’re talking like 100 mph. In this summary alone, I was able to catch up on two things that were said that I could not understand at all no matter how many times i replayed them, Plus I couldn’t figure out what Alex made the terrorist swallow until I read it cuz the scene was so dimly lit. Definitely hard to watch these days

  8. Rhea says:

    Ryan’s handler is Nimah right?? You guys have incorrectly typed Raina

  9. acurat says:

    ABC no longer posts Quantico on Hulu. It also won’t let you watch recordings on its website unless you get cable. So, I stopped watching. Recaps have to do until it appears on Netflix. Such is life – not getting cable to get Quantico online, sorry.

    • Cindy says:

      I don’t know what you’re talking about. I’ve been watching all the new episodes free on ABC’s website, and I don’t have cable.

  10. liame says:

    If it wasn’t for the recaps I wouldn’t have any clue as to what’s going. This A.D.D show is mind fracking me real hard.

  11. schmed says:

    The biggest problem with this season is that it’s so obviously a re-tread of the first season: the split time-frame; a group of gorgeous recruits in one time frame; a terrorist plot in the other; etc. You have to wonder if the creators of the show had ANY plan for the series’ life after the first season. Doubt there’ll be a third.

    • Zee zee says:

      I don’t remember the name of the character but he drove the car with the radioactive bomb off a bridge into a river or other body of water so when it exploded it didn’t kill anyone (only the fish I guess)

  12. Christa says:

    I wonder why Harry is so interested in Will???

  13. thoms2812 says:

    I’m lost. Wasn’t Will supposed to be dead from the radioactive bomb he made ? I remember him being the guy who died in the church in season 1. Maybe I’m wrong.

  14. Lwnay says:

    Who is Alex? :)

  15. BlueNote says:

    Not going through another “Lost”…this is even more convoluted. So it Bye Bye for me.

  16. Reya Reji says:

    2 down? Who was the first one?!

  17. ADEKUNLE says:

    IT SO INTRESTING