Holy crap, season 2 of Quantico is stressful! Things in downtown Manhattan’s present are getting bloodier by the minute — but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
Shelby and León are still enjoying each other’s company, so much so that Nimah thinks Shelby needs to cut her losses as a handler (sorry, Alex!) and go undercover. And they’re not the only ones in the group sneaking around. When Shelby and Alex get to the safe house for a meeting, there’s already one in progress between Miranda, Nimah, and Ryan. Alex doesn’t appreciate being left out of the plans and promises to get something concrete on Owen Hall, ASAP.
Afterwards, the entire class goes to the Gold Leaf to play darts. They decide on a game in which the losers have to answer personal questions, and along with León admitting to everyone he’s “made a friend,” we learn Dayana is from Harare, Zimbabwe; meanwhile, Alex skirts answering whether she and Ryan ever hooked up. The game ends as Sebastian loses his cool with Harry.
The next morning, Owen Hall introduces the recruits to their next challenge: “Enhanced interrogation techniques,” a.k.a. torture. After he introduces what several common techniques feel like, he tells the class their challenge tomorrow will be to torture him until he cracks and tells them the alias he cultivated while undercover. However, Owen’s pretty hard to crack, and it brings out an interesting side of everyone. Alex and Harry want to stay within the parameters of acceptable torture (I know) but after 20 hours, Ryan, León, and Sebastian want to get their hands dirty.
Ryan recruits Dayana for help. He knows she lived in Harare longer than she lets on, and when he tells her as much, she reveals she’s been involved in horrible, horrific things. Ryan asks her how she would torture Owen effectively. She tells them to torture someone Owen loves — they tie Lydia to a chair and begin waterboarding her. Owen cracks pretty quickly.
A thing that happened during Ryan and Dayana’s sideline chat: Alex ran back to Owen’s house to snoop while everyone was busy. She finds a trap door and a secret nook housing a laptop and six phones. And Harry, who delayed Lydia so Alex wouldn’t get caught, wants to know exactly what she found. Her celebration is short-lived, though: Shelby’s alarmed Alex didn’t take a single one of the phones, a call log, anything. Shelby says it’s time for a new plan and stays behind with Nimah and Ryan. Alex is on the outs, officially. Nimah and Shelby begin to develop her alias so she can continue her “work” with León.
Alex consoles herself at the local watering hole, where Owen Hall arrives to nurse his own wounds. Lydia chewed him out for caving so quickly. She thinks he’s weak. Owen and Alex decide to get burgers together, and I’m left to wonder how a burger ends up with Owen in custody. (Don’t forget what we learned last week!) Owen says he admires Alex’s conviction earlier in the day, and I think this is when we realize Owen is unlikely to be the head of a renegade faction. It seems he likes playing by the rules?
Here’s how the week wraps up for the rest of the recruits:
- León heads to meet up with Shelby, who asked him to come to her apartment.
- Dayana’s in the kitchen, punishing herself by pouring boiling water over her hand.
- Ryan wakes up in the woods with an empty syringe next to him and a ringing cell phone. “You’ve been selected,” the voice on the other end says.
- Sebastian springs on Harry in bed. They kiss; Sebastian is soon overcome with shame. He runs away.
NEXT: The body count in New York is on the rise…