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Quantico recap: Guilty

Anne Heche joins the NATs — and things get even more confusing.

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Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri
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Although we will likely get our Who’s the Bomber? answer by the midseason finale of Quantico, the answers don’t seem to be coming just yet. There was one person — Simon — who came out of this episode looking extremely guilty, but that has to be a red herring, right? Right? Or it actually IS Simon and the obvious red herring is just to throw us? Or it’s Shelby? Or Charlie?

Honestly, I think the Quantico writers are trying to throw so many suspects at us each week that we’ll miss the obvious one right in front of our faces. I wouldn’t be surprised if in two weeks we find out it’s a janitor or some other fly-on-the-wall character we’ve never noticed who’s responsible for the bombings. Nimah did mention that the building services people helped keep the Twin Twist secret. Hmm. Before I go down a suspect hole I can’t crawl out of, let’s recap “Guilty.”

The Academy

Tonight’s Lesson of the Week was brought to us by Anne Heche, who played Dr. Susan Langdon, a former FBI special agent who is now a forensic pathologist. She’s famous for writing a book about the “welfare mom” serial killer she caught. Her task for the NATs is to look at serial killer profiles and case files and find the one murder that doesn’t fit their profile.

All groups get their answers right, and Dr. Langdon tells them the real test is trying not to take home what they’ve seen. To help forget their feelings, she’s taking them out for drinks. And even though Simon tells her there must be another twist — that there were actually two fake murders in the files — Dr. Langdon says he just needs to keep it simple. Well, that was easy an easy lesson!

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At the bar, the NATs are taking shots and playing the “serial killer” drinking game. (FBI agents must be a real hoot to hang out with.) Simon can’t let go that one of the victims in his file didn’t seem quite right. Dr. Langdon agrees to discuss it over a burger and fries, and she conveniently picks a booth that’s in a camera blind spot. He tells her what he really thinks happened to victim No. 9: Dr. Langdon framed the crime scene to look like the welfare mom killer and planted evidence, so she could finally arrest him.

He must have struck a nerve because next thing you know she’s threatening his life. (The fact that Simon figured this out from a SINGLE PHOTO and the way the FBI has bungled this whole bomb investigation have me very concerned about the “intelligence” of our country.) She forcefully leads him out of the bar, but luckily Ryan sees it and follows. Although she’s holding a syringe of…something, maybe just air…to his neck, Simon stays silent when Ryan asks what’s going on. Dr. Langdon kisses Simon and whispers, “You’ll never prove it,” before fleeing.

The next day Simon overhears his fellow NATs talking about how someone informed police that Langdon had doctored evidence; now the convicted serial killer will be let out since that was the only murder they actually had him for. Nimah and Nat yell at Simon when he says he was the informant. He wanted to hold the bureau to a higher standard, but they see it as a betrayal. Somehow this leads him to call his bomb-maker friend and plan a meeting. At their covert meeting, he hands Simon blueprints for the train stations. Oohhh, looks like we have a new Suspect No. 1.

Other Academy Plots:

  • Miranda is in the hospital recovering from her stab wound. She thought it was Charlie who stabbed her in the back, but the knife found in the woods behind her house has different fingerprints. Now they’re treating Charlie’s disappearance as a kidnapping.
  • Shelby and Caleb are hot and heavy all episode until Clayton calls. He tells Caleb that he just learned the “sister” Shelby is sending money to may not even exist. Uh oh. Suspect No. 2?
  • Shelby, meanwhile, has been trying to figure out what’s going on with Natalie. Shelby says her “blind spot” is 9/11, and she assumes Natalie’s is the serial killer crime scene photos they had to look at, but it’s actually the photos of the living victims. One of the girls reminded her of her 4-year-old daughter, Renata. The father said he would petition for full custody if Natalie went to the academy.
  • O’Connor hasn’t shown up to work in more than a week, so Alex goes looking for him. He’s been drinking. And even after a cold shower courtesy of Alex, he continues drinking. A bartender calls Alex from his phone, and she has to pick him up at the bar. He quits his addiction about as soon as it starts, and this didn’t seem to serve any purpose except the budding romance we know is coming between teacher and student.
  • Ryan is not happy with the special treatment Alex is giving Liam, so he finally decides to leave Quantico since he had only stayed there to protect her from Liam.

NEXT: Torture time