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Quantico recap: Season 2, Episode 5

Harry goes belly-up, and Alex finally gets the invitation she’s been working for

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Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri
Current Status:
In Season

While things are getting desperate in the present, “KMFORGET” is almost all about the past — let’s follow suit.

Harry, still calling himself Julian as he pursues Will Olsen undercover, is in bed with his target. Will is frustrated by how little he knows about Harry, but Harry tries to play it off as charming mysteriousness. He also tells Will he needs to borrow Will’s phone to “check traffic” for his commute since his is dead. And, since it’s 2016 and literally no one lets their phone die, it’s no surprise that Harry has other plans. Going into Will’s contacts, he blocks Shelby Wyatt’s number. As he leaves their hotel, we see that Harry recorded his morning conversation with Will.

Shelby is holed up in a nearby coffee shop, when León pops in for a smoothie. He hits on her and when Shelby relays this to Nimah, Nimah is furious. Their agents, Ryan and Alex, meanwhile, are sweeping Leigh’s room, trying to prove that she planted the bug in Alex’s dorm. It’s going fine — aside from not finding anything — until they exit. Harry is waiting for them. Before he can press them for answers, the three of them are attacked by masked people. Needles full of sedatives are pushed into their necks.

When they wake up, Harry, Alex, and Ryan are all in bed together, in the middle of the classroom, surrounded by their fellow recruits. Owen tells them that 77 minutes of their lives are currently unaccounted for before he introduces today’s topic: The Art of Illusion. Skills include making it look like you were somewhere you weren’t or that you weren’t somewhere you were. For the Assignment of the Day, as a team, the group will be investigating Tom Crawford — a journalist suspected of selling state secrets.

Before the group sets off, Owen approaches León about helping him with an off-book assignment. When León shows hesitation, Owen reminds him that he’s knows León’s secret. When he agrees, Owen places him in the room next to Tom Crawford, so he can take photos of the journalist sitting on his bed with a glass of champagne. Why is this problematic for the writer’s future? Because he’s super-imposing them with photos he just took in his own room of a scantily clad woman! Ah, the smell of blackmail!  On his way out, he runs into Shelby. He can’t handle the coincidence of seeing her twice in one day, so he asks her out.

Meanwhile, Harry tells our lovebird agents that before the end of the day, he’s going to “raise the curtain” on them. Piecing together snippets of Will’s voice from his recordings, he leaves Shelby a message to meet at the Franklin Club in Washington D.C. later — the same place the recruits are going to spy on Tom Crawford. He wants to catch Alex and Ryan with their handler to out them as still working for the FBI.

Since Will can’t get ahold of Shelby, he finally reaches out to Nimah. When he mentions that the guy he’s seeing messed with his phone, offering Nimah a description of his British paramour, Nimah realizes it’s Harry, who is right in front of her, trying to catch Alex and Ryan in their lie in the main dining room. When he fails — he picks the wrong blonde out of the crowd to surprise Alex and Ryan with their handler — Alex and Ryan tell him he’s paranoid and remind him it’s time for them to go get a handle on Tom Crawford’s room.

Except, when they get there, they find a dead body and an apparent murder scene. Owen calls the room line to let them know that he sprinkled their DNA all over the room and they have about 12 minutes to erase their presence before the cops arrive. He’s given each of them a CIA “get out of jail free” card, but if they use it, they’re out of camp. Harry finds that his DNA is only on two cups in the room, but Alex and Ryan beg him to stay and help them. They promise to tell him everything if he goes downstairs and pick-pockets Owen so they can implicate Owen instead. He acquiesces.

NEXT: Harry goes belly-up… sort of