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'The Quest' recap: Eye in the sky

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “A Traitor in Sanctum” | Aired Aug 28, 2014

The paladins duck for cover while the flying, flaming eye whisks across the night sky above them. “It’s a spy orb,” Ansgar whispers, and it appears to be under control by one of Verlox’s minions nearby. When the orb disappears, the paladins and Ansgar search for its controller inside Sanctum. A hooded figure is coincidentally pointed out by the Vizier (I still don’t trust this guy), and Ansgar runs him down. It turns out to be someone Ansgar once knew, except his face looks full-on zombified and kind of reminds me of Sting, the wrestler. Ansgar finds a lit orb on the man’s person and deactivates it; it’s a bomb. Apparently, the man has placed seven of these within Sanctum and if the paladins don’t find them fast enough, they will blow up.

There is a frenzy to find the orbs, but our paladins come up short and can’t find any. The next morning, Ansgar tells them his guards found three of them, leaving four still unaccounted for. To find the orbs, they enlist the help of a falcon named the Eye of Sentin, who can point out the orbs locations so the paladins can run to retrieve them. They wear special helmets that allow them to see through the eyes of the falcon, telling them where to go.

Andrew and Lina are led to my favorite place, the Battle Dome, while Shondo, Patrick, Bonnie, and Leticia head toward the moat. Adria goes off by herself, outside the castle walls. Andrew walks past a room in the dome and it ends up a costly move as Lina finds the first orb in there. Leticia doesn’t check every crevasse of a little cave they are in under the castle, but Bonnie takes her time and looks in a crease that Leticia walks by and finds an orb. Adria gives up on the outer wall but ends up walking away from an orb that is right beneath her. Shondo finds the third orb in the attic of the castle, and Patrick ends up finding the orb that Adria ditched.

For finding the first orb, Lina wins the Mark of Observation, making her the first paladin to win consecutive marks. (You go, girl!)

Ansgar questions his former friend-turned-traitor and finds pieces of a map in his knapsack. He tells the paladins to see what they can make of it. It’s a map of Everealm, but appears to be incomplete and in different scales. Crio takes the map to the Fates.

Andrew, Leticia, and Adria are up for the Fates’ challenge for not finding any of the orbs. The Fates had better luck putting together the mystery map, and created a challenge reminiscent of one of my favorite movies of all time, Raiders of the Lost Ark. In pure Indiana Jones fashion, instead of a Staff of Ra, our paladins must line up the hilts of numerous swords so that a beam of line can shine through them and point out Verlox’s location on their map. I just hope that when they find Verlox, he doesn’t melt any of their faces like the Ark did to those Nazis!

Andrew is hard on himself for rushing through the orbs challenge and not taking his time. He learns from his mistakes and has more patience with the swords, earning him his first Fates’ challenge win and leaving Leticia and Adria to judgment. During the vote, Bonnie and Patrick stand behind Adria, but it isn’t enough. Leticia survives and Adria is banished.

“What the kingdom needs is somebody who can perform,” says Shondo-the-wise.

It wouldn’t be an episode of The Quest without some post Fates courtyard action, right? While having a good time, sharing stories and drinking with Ansgar, the paladins are alarmed by what seems to be a fire outside. They rush out, along with the queen and it seems that Verlox has appeared, but we don’t see what they see!

The Quest airs Thursdays at 8/7C on ABC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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