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'Quantico' fan recap: While away, the NATs will play

Season 1 | Episode 5 | “Found” | Aired Oct 25, 2015

This week on Quantico, the NATs go undercover in an off-campus assignment that reveals naked truths. And I do mean naked. Two of the Quanticouples hook up during their hard-won freedom field trip. We also learn the truth about Simon (I think?) and see Alex pull off a brilliant Houdini act right in front of Liam. First we’ll break down the sexy storyline from the past; then we’ll tackle Alex’s present trouble.

Past
The NATs must fully flesh out a persona for a Fortune 500 company—someone so believable, the world won’t question their identity. After they create these in-depth characters, Liam makes them switch identities, then sends them into a Dystek corporate retreat where they must establish themselves as employees and win an audience with the CEO Norman Reed (not to be confused with Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus) in order to win the challenge. Oh, and the analysts are there to evaluate (read: torment) them.

Nimah and Amin’s assignment is doubly difficult, as they must switch places every hour, with only seconds to brief one another. Should they fail the test, they’ll be kicked out of Quantico. Fortunately, they flawlessly pull off their twindeavor.

ShalebCaleb believes Shelby turned him in for illegally using the gun range, so he sets out to sabotage her character. She retaliates by tearing off his clothes. ‘Cause, you know, when someone falsely accuses you of something, you should totally throw sex at the situation. Alex is clearly handling things all wrong and should be sleeping with Liam. (Kidding.)

But seriously, what is Shelby thinking? Especially after Caleb causes her to miss the bus back to the academy. In one breath she threatens to take him down, then agrees to hook-up in his car. Have some respect, girl! He may be ab-licious, but is he worth getting kicked out of Quantico? I’d also like to know why Caleb is interviewing for a job with Dystek using his Facebook alias, Mark Raymond?

Simon goes too far in trying to persuade others (mainly Elias) of his Simon persona (never mind his Dystek persona) when he invites Max, his faux friend, to meet him at the retreat. His plan backfires when Elias questions Max and learns the depths of Simon’s lies. The following morning, Simon begs Elias not to report him. He confesses that he was in the Israeli Defense Forces and they sent him to Gaza, where he saw things, did things he can never forget. When he returned, he found that the best way to cope was to disappear into a persona. No, he didn’t need glasses, he didn’t like coffee, and he wasn’t gay. Elias buys the story and holds silent, which I’d be willing to bet was the outcome Simon was hoping for. I believe he took a risk on a long con he started at the retreat for Elias’ benefit. One thing I don’t think he’s faking is his interest in Nimah/Amin.

RylexNo big secrets revealed for Alex and Ryan—only that they like to flirt even more undercover. And under cover is exactly where they went after also winning the challenge.

Also of note: The last time Miranda and Liam were in that hotel, they agreed to end their marriages for each other. She did, he didn’t. But he does tell her why he’s running an investigation on Alex. We don’t learn the reason, but it’s enough for her to tell Ryan he was hired as a matter of national security and should now leave things be.

Present
The world is looking for Jihadi Jane. Ryan warns Alex that the FBI has ordered her to be shot on site. She knows that the only way to survive is to go public—to humanize herself so the FBI can’t kill her. She posts a message for help on the darknet. The Unknown agrees to stream her webcast, but first she needs to convince them of her innocence. They shock Alex and Shelby (her captive) by their knowledge of classified material. Upon questioning, Alex admits she spent time in Iran and Pakistan. She wanted to learn more about the world and she met a lot of people, some with questionable reputations. One of them, Amir Salaam, had ties to Pakistani intelligence and bombed a club in Bangladesh. Ten of the people she’s met have since ended up dead—three of them, including Amir, by drone strikes. She’s not a terrorist and she doesn’t believe they were either. But they, like her, are easy to blame.

If she didn’t bomb Grand Central, who did? In hindsight, she realizes the bomber knew exactly what they were doing from day one of the academy. “They framed the brown girl. I’d spent time in India and Pakistan. In this country, I’m an easy person to blame.” The closer she was to someone, the easier it would’ve been for them to frame her. That’s why she can’t trust anyone right now: “Imagine if a friend lied to you from the first moment they laid eyes on you. Imagine if they were still lying to you. And worse, the people who knew you best didn’t believe you, no matter what you said.”

The FBI triangulates her location and finds a PR nightmare on their hands. Not only is Alex hiding inside a mosque on Ramadan, but news reporters have been called onto the site. When the mosque empties out, she is able to escape under the cover of a veil. The Unknown puts her up in a hotel and provides her with a new identification, laptop, and encrypted phone.

Saving Alex

Shelby is questioned by Liam, but keeps Ryan and Simon’s involvement secret. She no longer believes Alex is guilty. The three of them check to find out which agents were near Grand Central during the time of the bombing and find Ryan, Alex, and Caleb on the list. Could Caleb be more than just an antagonistic ass?

If we’re to listen to Alex’s narrative for clues, I’d say the two biggest reveals come from her saying whoever she was closest to would have the easiest time framing her, and sometimes “all you see is a cover.” Could she be hinting at Ryan? So far he seems the least likely, the most unshakable. Is he just that good? Or is he really a man in over his head, and head over heels where Alex is concerned?

Where is your guilty meter pointing? What do you think of Simon’s confession? And what kind of double-agent work is Caleb up to?

Quantico airs Sundays at 10/9C 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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