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April 17, 2017 at 11:00 PM EDT


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Priyanka Chopra, Aunjanue Ellis, Jake McLaughlin, Yasmine Al Massri
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We gave it a B

Quantico has always been political — I mean, it’s a show about terrorism! But in the past few weeks, the show has made its first foray into the events of right here, right now. And while it’s refreshing to see an eager attempt at realism — because, let’s be honest, a whopping zero percent of what happened through the first season and a half hung its hat on reality — it’s also a polarizing about face. And it’s one that, as this episode proves through Rourke’s character development as a hopeful oligarch, is here to stay.

Let’s get to it.

Our week opens with Alex making good on her promise, as she always does, to whip Owen into shape. She’s putting him through a series of exhausting drills in the pool, hoping to retrain his body to overpower his fractured mind, but Owen is frustrated. Luckily for Owen, Alex is never frustrated! Just committed!

After a conversation between Shelby and Raina (whom she thinks is Nimah) and Ryan and Sasha (whom he clearly doesn’t trust, as he places a bug on her dresser before leaving), we get to the episode’s impetus: The cache has been accessed multiple times overnight. The collaborators are trying to stage a riot in one of five potential U.S. cities. Their aim is to make it seem like America is more divided than ever (remember what I said about realism?). The group needs to figure out what city the collaborators will pick and then head there to stop the riot before it happens.

After weighing pipeline protestors in North Dakota and Black Lives Matter supporters in Detroit, the group settles on Cleveland as the apparent target. Everyone springs into actions except Clay. He’s dismayed by how much the AIC appears to be outpacing his team, and he heads for the White House to try to disband the program. In his stead (and Owen’s insecurity) Alex takes charge of the operation. She, Shelby, and Nimah/Raina will head to Cleveland, use their FBI badges to get involved, and work to shut down any planned violence.

Sadly, but also scarily, Miranda is in charge of the FBI outpost in Cleveland. Since the G20 Summit was covered up, she isn’t in jail and instead is trying to get back in the Bureau’s good graces. (Good f—ing luck, Miranda!) She basically tells the women to buzz off, but that has, literally, never stopped any of them. The cause for civil tension is an almost-hung jury in a case that deals with gun laws President Haas passed, so the women hunt down the jurors to figure out who is swaying them one way or the other.

Because nothing is ever as is seems — but also, like, exactly what it seems — it’s not the jurors who have been placed under AIC control; it’s the judge. Unfortunately, no one can stop the plot in motion. Instead, someone can just save the day. (And it’s not Alex!)

To tell you who this week’s white knight is, we must back up. When Clay arrives at the White House to meet with POTUS, Caleb is in his mom’s office. Caleb basically calls him a scaredy-cat and tells him he has to switch tactics. Before they get into fist-to-fist combat, Caleb tells him mom he thinks he should be in charge of the crew.

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