It’s the biggest terrorist attack since 9/11 — and someone in the FBI academy is to blame. With Agent Alex Parrish the last survivor of the attack, she’s enlisted to help figure out who could be behind it all.
Let’s first head back nine months. We meet Alex (Priyanka Chopra), the epitome of a badass. She meets a sexy Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin) on a plane, and right when they get off the flight, they have sex in a car. And no, she doesn’t give him her name. Little does she know, she’ll come face to face with him just six hours later — at the FBI academy at Quantico, where they’re both recruits.
The show introduces us to a group of people who have landed in FBI boot camp, and right off the bat, they must grab the file of another member of the training — and then find out what secret it is that’s missing in their file.
Simon — who used to go by Max (Tate Ellington), investigates on Shelby (Johanna Braddy), and finds out that she carries a piece of metal from the plane her parents died on in 9/11. Ryan finds out that Alex saw her parents fighting and her mother shoot her father in self defense. However, we later find out that she lied when telling him that; it was her who shot her father when her parents were fighting — and her father was an FBI agent, which is why she joined. She lied to everyone about it, except Special Agent Liam O’Connor (Josh Hopkins).
Caleb (Graham Rogers), the recruit who’s not great at anything but being the son to agent parents, taunted Eric (Brian J. Smith) all week about the secret he found, but when they headed into the room to do the polygraph test, Eric pulled a gun on the attendant, said he didn’t man for her to die, then shot himself. His secret was that he got a 14-year-old girl pregnant and she got an illegal abortion and died in the process — and the FBI missed it. Caleb was also bluffing; he had found nothing.
Ryan Booth Isn’t What You Think
Throughout the episode, we got flashbacks to the present day, where Alex thought she was helping the FBI find out which one of her academy mates were responsible for the attack. Really, she was the prime suspect. Her apartment was searched and was full of bombs, and Agent Booth’s body.
She gets arrested for the entire thing, and on her way out assumes that Agent O’Conner will help — but he thinks she’s guilty too, and assumes she found out who Agent Booth really was: an undercover agent from the beginning, not ever a member of the academy. (We get this flashback for a brief moment of O’Conner warning Booth he was assigned to this and not to sleep with her again.)
Luckily, the director of Quantico (Aunjanue Ellis) knew she was being set up, and helped her get away — and the episode ended with her on the run. Alright, HollywoodLifers, what was your first reaction to Quantico — do you think Alex was involved in the attack?
— Emily Longeretta