Remember back in episode 2 when one of the characters casually said that there was a no-hookup rule at the academy and we all LOLed at the thought that that would last? Yeah, well, it took three more episodes for us to be right.
Keeping with the show’s one-word-title theme, tonight’s episode was called “Found,” but it may as well have been called “Lust” — because there was lots of action going down…and not of the FBI-approved variety.
The NATs still have 15 weeks left at Quantico, but they are starting to get fatigued already. Nimah is an hour late to training because she doesn’t wake up; Alex is having daily phone fights with her mom; all Ryan can think about is pepperoni pizza; and Caleb has gotten his second demerit for using the gun range. The worst part is the trainees aren’t allowed to leave campus.
Well, Miranda is here to fix that…kind of. They all will get a night outside of the academy, but the catch is they have to do it while working on their Lesson of the Week: secret identities. The NATs (minus an MIA Natalie) have to infiltrate a company party under assumed identities and try to get to the CEO.
Liam helps them spend the day perfecting their cover stories — they have to know their personas’ likes and dislikes, favorite books, past crushes, everything. Once the stories are perfected, the recruits head to the hotel. There Liam tells them that developing a new cover story has to happen quickly in the field sometimes, so everyone has to switch the identities they’d been working on all day.
But these baby FBI agents are pros. Even with their minutes-old new identities, they infiltrate Dystek (a Fortune 500 company, according to Miranda) with ease…except for one NAT we’ve never met who gets yanked away by security. As our main five mingle the room, they spot Caleb and Elias mingling as well. Miranda thought it would be good for them to observe, too. Umm, real talk: There’s no way that someone didn’t notice that approximately 50 people they’ve never seen before are crashing their open-bar work party.
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Anyway, Caleb insists on messing up Shelby’s mingling. Every time she’s getting a step closer to meeting the CEO, he comes over and throws off her plan with a witty one-liner — the best being when he says, “You shouldn’t be drinking while you’re breastfeeding.” Infuriated, Shelby drags him into an empty (under construction?) room and yells at him. She says he never stops talking, so he says, “So shut me up already,” which was very eye-roll worthy, but quickly forgotten once they start smashing faces. So much for that no-hookup rule!
Simon took this away-from-the-academy time to invite his fake boyfriend to also crash the party. Max, who just recently accepted Simon’s friend request, shows up to the hotel. Simon introduces him to no one and makes him wait in a hotel room. If his plan was to prove Max was his real boyfriend, his execution is terrible. He’s filled in Max on none of this, so he’s just a sitting target when Elias inevitably finds him in the hotel room on his continued witch hunt. Max tells Elias all about meeting Simon the one and only time for their fake photo shoot.
Although Elias says he’s going to get Simon kicked out of Quantico once they’re back at the academy, Simon tells the “truth”: Simon says he was in the Israeli Defense Forces and can’t handle what he had to do, so he lives his life undercover. (Nice how that dovetails neatly with the Lesson of the Week.) I’m not buying it, but Elias does, so I guess Simon is sticking around the academy a little longer.
NEXT: Is anyone actually working on the lesson?