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'The Quest' recap: Spy games

Season 1 | Episode 7 | “Verlox Attacks” | Aired Sept 4, 2014

Verlox finally makes his first appearance and it’s in the best possible way, right smack dab in the middle of Castle Sanctum. Those castle guards have some ‘splainin’ to do! The paladins, the queen and even Sir Ansgar watch in horror as Verlox steps out of the shadows, touches a pillar and causes an entire building to crack. Sir Ansgar wastes no time in getting the important people out of harm’s way while the castle soldiers die valiantly covering their retreat.

Ansgar and company reach the hidden tunnels (there are always hidden tunnels), only to find the Vizier there waiting for them, causing many of the paladins to be suspicious of him. The Vizier gives the queen a necklace that he claims will “protect” her, and he sends them into the tunnels while he stays behind. The crew stay the night in the tunnels, where it’s safe, and in the morning they reach the exit.

Ansgar is set on ditching the quest and reaching the front lines because “darkness is already upon them,” but Crio wasn’t having any of that jazz. Crio stands up to Ansgar and says he believes “being brave is believing in something that no one else trusts in.” Ansgar comes to his senses and tells him and the queen to move forward and get to safety, while Ansgar takes the paladins to send warnings to the front lines. Looks like training is over, and it’s time to get into the thick of it!

The challenge is to decipher two messages that are coded in various flags with different shapes and colors, the problem is there are dozens of flags that look very much alike with slight differences. The teams end up being boys against girls with the remaining six paladins—so Lina, Bonnie and Leticia vs. Andrew, Shondo and Patrick.

The girls seem to have it in the bag, but one problem with determining what a “pentagon” is is going to cost them the win. The guys win by switching their decoder to have a fresh set of eyes, an idea brought on by Patrick, who ends up winning the Mark of Intelligence. The girls will be facing the Fates tonight.

The group reaches the queen’s safe-camp zone, and at night they discuss the strangeness of the Vizier always appearing out of nowhere whenever crazy things go down … and the fact that Verlox has taken over 11 other kingdoms, and they are all that is left.

The Fates’ challenge is basically a memory game. The girls have to climb up into trees and spy on Verlox’s approaching army and memorize aspects of what they see. The person who memorizes the most wins. After spying, they are taken to Ansgar to report back what they saw. He tells them to take scrolls and answer the questions on them. Test time!

They had to answer detailed questions about how the army was equipped and how large the regiment was. In the end, Bonnie answered the most questions correctly and is safe, which means Lina or Leticia will be banished.

After heavy deliberation and what had to be one of the toughest judgments, all of the remaining paladins stand behind Lina, and Leticia is banished. In a previous episode, Leticia once said, “Every paladin should be able to turn around and see at least one person behind them.” Unfortunately, that is not the case for her. Leticia meets her fate and is zapped into oblivion.

As the paladins weigh the heaviness of the day in the evening, the queen and Ansgar give their condolences for the fallen paladin. As they do, they hear a monstrous noise in the distance and run to see what it is.

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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