When Quantico first started, many of us probably imagined this would be an FBI version of Grey’s Anatomy: The agents in training, much like the doctors in training, would bond and build lifetime friendships in these first few days. And that does seem to be case in the academy days (minus the living room dance parties), but fast-forward to the days after the attack and these agents all hate each other. How did we get there?
Unfortunately, “Kill” doesn’t provide all the answers to that, but we are starting to fill in some gaps in the story. And that’s fitting because Alex is starting to fill in some of the gaps in her own story. Ever since she read her father’s FBI file, she’s been feeling the weight of killing a hero. And because she only has Ryan to talk to, Alex’s bottled-up feelings are starting to affect her training.
Another skill these NATs will need is hostage negotiation. So the freshman class loads up for a field trip to Hogan’s Alley, the FBI’s fake town. They have to work through multiple staged-hostage situations and neutralize threats with paint guns and analysts’ help. Raina, stressed from having to now do all the training single-handed, accidentally shoots a cardboard hostage. Alex performs the circuit much better, but she deserts her team and does it solo. Shelby tries to talk to her about why she’s so distant, but her roommate doesn’t have time for chats. She’s ready for the next hostage scenario. Shelby tries to warn Ryan about Alex before they begin, so he follows her in.
Agent Booth has other motivations to follow her, though. Earlier in the day, Liam told him that it’s time for Alex Parrish to leave the FBI. Liam says she was flagged as an unfit candidate — but based on her exceptional performance in…well everything…that seems highly suspect. Liam says he needs Ryan to help push her into quitting.
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But it takes barely any pushing from him for Alex to get there on her own. After the second hostage encounter goes poorly, Alex has decided she killed a hero so that must mean she’s going to get her fellow FBI agents killed. (I would be okay if this show never used the phrase “I killed a hero” again.)
Later Ryan tells Miranda about his spying for Liam. So the AD calls Alex into her office, where the two talk to her about her father. Turns out Alex’s dad had a bad reputation — he was a drunk, abused authority, and threatened her mother’s life more than once. “Don’t let your guilt rewrite history, ” the wise Miranda tells Alex. Looks like Liam will have to come up with another plan for getting Alex out of the FBI.
Miranda also sussed out that Nimah had left the academy. She tracks down the rogue twin and finally comes clean about her twin plan…kind of. Miranda tells Nimah that she needs both twins in order for her plan to work. The reason she recruited them for this plan originally was because of her son. He was contacted by religious extremists online, and they were able to appeal to him and give him a purpose in a way Miranda never could. But she found out about this and was able to stop an attack on his high school; he went away for two years on possession of an unregistered firearm, but Miranda is hoping he doesn’t get parole. Nimah and Raina’s fused identity is somehow a plan to infiltrate and take down the group who recruited her son.
Lingering academy questions:
• WHAT IS UP WITH ELIAS? He’s a grade-A stalker.
• On a related note, is Simon in love with Raina?
• Nat introducing the phrase “blue flamer” (a NAT that’s raring to go but crashes before graduation) means someone will be a blue flame, right?
• Shelby confesses to Alex that the late-night calls are to her half-sister, whom she didn’t know about until her parents died. Do we believe this?
• Is Caleb actually a nice guy in disguise?
• Booth finally confronts Liam about his off-the-books op on Alex. The incident in Chicago comes up again, and Liam tells Booth that he’s actually on probation and re-training at Quantico. But Booth has his phone on so Miranda can hear the whole conversation. Who is playing whom??
NEXT: Oh there you are Shelby…