It took a while for Quantico to find its footing this year, and even once the plot streamlined — farewell, dreaded dual timelines! — there have still been moments of frenzy and confusion for viewers. This week, though, seasons 2 ended with its best episode yet.
“RESISTANCE” opens with our trusted, though not all that successful recently, operatives trying to recruit new employees for President Roarke’s recently pitched intelligence agency, DISA. There are 62 days until the convention, and they can’t find many good candidates. Fast-forward two months, when there are just 48 hours to spare, and they aren’t in much better shape.
Most of the interesting action right now is happening between Alex and Ryan in their booth at the Gold Leaf, so lets do a quick rundown on where everyone is in their personal relationships.
- Alex and Ryan: big into necking but not officially back together
- Shelby and Clay: Clay wants to step up the status, but Shelby wants to wait until they’re out of this “foxhole” and into the real world
- Owen and Miranda: BFFs
Now, back to the plotting, which, it turns out, our group has been doing in spades. They’ve turned the Gold Leaf into their secret plotting room. There, they’ve got a board up where they’re trying to work out which way each state will vote on Roarke’s amendments. After identifying the four swing votes, Owen says they are going to “lie, manipulate, and blackmail” them to get their way.
And even though it seems like their scheming is going well the next day — they seem to have some really convincing ammo — the joy is short lived. After Clay meets with Felix, who is packing up and planning to move back to Spain, he’s convinced that the collaborators are listening in on their plotting. He heads back to the bar to warn the team, who learn of it firsthand, actually, from Maxwell Fletcher. He barges in and, as you might expect, tells everyone they’re all out of jobs at DISA.
But while everyone else is upset, Clay seems motivated. He says that while Peter Theo has been using his technology to spy on the operatives, he has likely also been spying on Roarke. He probably has enough dirt on the president to bury him ten times over, Clay says. When he calls for reinforcements, Alex says she’ll get Will Olsen.
The plan is this: Will Olsen and Iris, whom you’ll remember from the days training at Quantico, will head to Peter’s favorite club and proposition him for a threesome. When they get back to his house, they will break into her computer system, and then Alex, Clay, and a recently recruited Felix will sell the information to the Russians for the small price of asking them to persuade Roarke to change the language in one of his currently proposed amendments.
For the first time, um, ever, it all goes according to plan! Before Alex can deliver the final hammer, Shelby finds Maxine in the lobby. She’s there to protest, but naturally they start talking about boys quickly. Maxine reveals that Clay dumped her, not the other way around. He told her that he didn’t want to ruin his lady love’s reputation with his fall from grace. Shelby, understandably, is crestfallen. She can’t wallow long, however; the operatives are in motion.