Both past and present came to critical heads this week on Quantico: Alex ultimately gets pushed out of the mission on the Farm (but as we should have known, she decides she’ll take things into her own hands), while her real-time experience in New York finds her staring at a weapon of mass destruction and engaged in some hand-to-hand combat with her former flame, Ryan.
Let’s get to it.
Alex and Ryan are “catching up” (wink wink, if you know what I mean) at the Safe House when Nimah calls. She wants to meet with Ryan privately, but Alex isn’t down for that. She sticks around, wanting to know why she’s feeling left out. (Um, Alex, because you are.) Nimah gives her a wishy-washy answer and, after Alex leaves, reminds Ryan he can’t tell Alex he’s been recruited by the AIC. They spent the rest of their meeting discussing who else they think the AIC has tapped. His guesses? Sebastian and Dayana. He wonders if she’s considering León as a suspect, but Nimah tells him he doesn’t need to worry about León — she has her own intel for his potential.
Cue: León, who’s in bed with Shelby. Shelby, going by Jane to her paramour, says she won’t be going home for Thanksgiving this year. The totally normal reason? Her father, a judge, called her an extremist last year because she’s a card-carrying member of the NRA. Some cover, ladies.
Alex is licking her wounds over breakfast with Harry. He questions her intel (the air-gapped computer, the burner phones) as well as how active her duty is, once he’s learned Alex hasn’t been able to get ahold of her handler.
Back at home, Owen and Lydia are still fighting. Lydia tells him he won’t have to deal with her much longer, as she’s gotten cleared for another tour — but, sensing his worry, she tells him she will stay behind at the Farm if Owen promises to drop his obsession over who leaked his name. With a tense agreement between them, they head to class. Today’s lesson is cover stories. People will be granted permission to head home for Thanksgiving break, but only when they can present a believable cover to use with their families when they arrive home. (They also warn the recruits that anyone who asks too many follow-up questions will have to be cut out of their lives entirely.)
Everyone’s covers work on the first or second try — except for Dayana. She doesn’t even try because she doesn’t want to go home. After class wraps, Lydia is waiting for Dayana in her room. She tells her she wrote a cover for her, but Dayana rejects it. She says she refuses to return home just to lie to her family and storms off. Alex and Ryan have an equally not-fruitful meetup, in which Alex asks Ryan what he’s doing for the long weekend and Ryan responds by telling Alex she needs to get in touch with Miranda.
Alex, annoyed with this conversation and having just been blown off by Shelby once again, decides to take matters into her own hands (surprise!) and tails Nimah, following her to Shelby’s new apartment. She and Nimah get there right as Shelby has hung up the phone with León. Quick recap: Having realized handguns make for bad pillow talk, Shelby tries to soften León with a tale of her abusive father. When León gives little in return by way of conversation, she tells him he can either open up and invest in their relationship or see someone else. Shelby and Nimah give Alex the news: She failed and is officially out of the opp.
NEXT: Alex decides to go it alone