Quantico Recap: Strange Bedfellows

Need to catch up? Check out last week’s Quantico recap here. 

Five minutes into this week’s Quantico, there’s a visual I’m sure is aimed squarely at those of us trying to watch our sugar intake this Halloween.

After all, who needs candy when you’ve got the sweet, sweet image of Alex, Ryan and Harry, nearly naked and in bed together?

Quantico Recap Season 2 Episode 5

Elsewhere in the hour… you know what? Nope. Usually, I use the top of the recap to briefly touch on a few other things that happen in the episode. Oh look, Ryan did something without really considering the ramifications! Oh hey, Miranda is hella shady! But I’m just going to let that spies-in-the-sheets mental image marinate a little longer, cool?

Read on as we debrief the highlights of “KMFORGET.”

WILL’S BACK! | Remember when we saw Harry hitting on Will? Yeah, they’re sleeping together now — though Will is well aware that his honey “Julian” likely is lying to him about pretty much everything. “Some people like to reveal themselves slowly. You should let them,” Harry says… before secretly messing with Will’s phone so it blocks calls from Shelby.

Not long after, Ryan and Alex are picking through Lee’s quarters — they need some DNA for… something? — when Harry catches them coming out of their classmate’s unfortunately spotless room. But before the pair can even try to lie their way out of it, all three are grabbed from behind, and everything goes black.

MAKING IT UP AS YOU GO ALONG | That’s what leads to the incredibly fit triptych laid out in… the middle of the classroom at The Farm? Turns out, Harry, Alex and Ryan were nabbed and drugged as part of a lesson in how to make things look bad for other people (and how to undo anything you do that makes you look bad).

“You craft the narrative. You create the illusion,” Owen tells the class, adding that they’re going to be watching a journalist who leaked intelligence information, breaking into his room to get evidence, that sort of thing. Anyone who gets caught by the cops has a get-out-of-jail-free card, but if you use it, you’re out of the program. Oh, and León? Owen’s got a special, off-books assignment for you.

The whole thing is a ruse — the journalist in question is an old acquaintance of Owen’s — but it turns out that Owen has an ax to grind with the man, anyway: He was the one who leaked Owen’s name, effectively ending his CIA field assignments. And León’s help was to create a photo that made it look like the married reporter was having an affair at the hotel. Owen wants the names of the people who gave the reporter his name… or else.

SLICK! | There’s a lot of running around at the hotel — Shelby and Nimah show up, Will gets in touch with Nimah and she realizes that he’s been seeing Harry  — and by the time all is said and done, Alex and Ryan outwit Harry so that he’s left looking very suspicious when the police inevitably show up. He’s taken away, they gloat… and Shelby gets a date with León (despite Nimah’s extreme objection) in the process.

But Harry’s such a sweet-talker, we aren’t surprised when he rolls back into The Farm later that night, right? At a bar, he outs himself as MI-6, a kind of undercover exchange agent; in turn, Ryan and Alex say they’re FBI. He was the one who planted the bugs in their rooms, he admits.

Later, Ryan gets Lee’s biometric data or whatever by being nice to her. SPYCRAFT!

NOT YOU, TOO, WILL! | In the present storyline, Miranda gets a sat-phone update that Boyer is dead and the CLF needs “a new option.” So she tasks Shelby with bringing in Will — who works at a thinktank but happens to be in New York for the summit — to do a little unofficial work for the FBI.

Shelby uses the occasion to show Will the email that Boyer sent her. “I want to be wrong about this. I do. Which is why I need you to tell me if Miranda is pulling the wool over all of our eyes before I hand you over to her,” she tells her former classmate. He says it’s all good and Miranda is clean… so why does he later tell Miranda, “You don’t have to turn me. I’m in,” and “I convinced Shelby you’re innocent, by the way.” In my notes, I write, “ALL-GLASS WALLS! BIG ASS PHONE! HOW HAS NO ONE EXCEPT SHELBY NOTICED MIRANDA ACTING SO SQUIRRELLY?!”

LYDIA?! | At the CLF-held building, Alex manages to take down the terrorists chasing her, losing her mask but gaining one of those sat phones in the process. She eventually runs into Lydia, who looks more like a CLF out of uniform than a scared hostage who was able to break away. “How the hell did you get out?” Alex demands, just as the screen goes black.

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

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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16 Comments
  1. Anna says:

    I really liked this episode, one of the best since the inception of the show. I wonder from what foreign intelligence agency is the woman who spoke hindi with Alex.

  2. Anna says:

    Will gets in touch with Nimah, not Shelby, and she realizes that he’s been seeing Harry

  3. Anna says:

    Harry outs himself as MI-6, not MI-5. C’mon Kimberly, usually, you’re both fast and thorough :-)

  4. Dave says:

    Do I just have way too much on my mind or am I too ignorant to comprehend or, as I suspect, has this show become nearly impossible to follow? All the secrets, little bits of information, questions, half answers, and basic all over the map storytelling have me staring at my TV in an hour long state of confused. Well, could be just me but I’m basically watching out of habit now and can’t make heads or tails out of at least 75% of it.

    • Mike says:

      Would you rather have them lead you from answer to answer? I’d prefer misdirect. Otherwise it’s boring.

    • Pam says:

      Totally agree. I am an educated viewer and I am having a lot of trouble. When I realize how stupid our country is these days, I think this show’s days are numbered.

    • Laura says:

      Ditto that!! Can’t enjoy the show, it’s too complicated to follow!!

    • sunflower says:

      Ha! exactly me. It’s the reason I need this recap…

    • Zee Zee says:

      It’s a certain style of storytelling. A lot of shows are like this nowadays, Pretty Little Liars, How to Get Away with Murder, etc. I like them all but they switch between the past and present so often that it makes my head spin! Plus you need to remember so many people and little things from past seasons. They throw in a lot of red herrings to confuse people and keep them guessing. At least last season, everything was resolved by the end of the season (unlike PLL where we still don’t know who A – A2.0? is after 6.5 seasons). I’m just wondering what they have planned for season 3? Who will Alex work for – the FBI, CIA, Homeland Security? She’s running out of agencies.

  5. Jim says:

    Of all the Sunday shows you could do weekly recaps of, why this one?

  6. Lauren Jean says:

    I’m sorry, but Alex running around with her mask off was the DUMBEST THING!!! I understand that they want to show Priyanka Chopra’s gorgeous face off, but if you’re hiding from people in masks, PUT ON YOUR MASK!!!

  7. Jas says:

    It is very annoying to watch the show that switch Past and Future so much during the airing.

  8. Zee zee says:

    Miranda answered the phone “I thought we agreeded no calls only texts.” To me it meant that the person calling was already in on it. So why would Will say “you don’t have to turn me”?

  9. F Lee Adama says:

    Calling show runner spankbank shenanigans on this 3-way getting lifted from Threesome.