First, if you have no idea what Bollywood is, Priyanka Chopra is a well-established actor in the Indian film industry (but desperately needs help in her American accent.) Her acting in the pilot was above average, but I’ve seen her do better and I’m hoping that it improves as she gets more comfortable with the character and the American accent. I’m assuming there are probably a lot of differences between Hollywood TV and Bollywood movies on set. (I’ve seen the next three episodes, she is amazing!) She was also the winner of the Miss World pageant in 2000 and had a few singles released. (Gilmore Girls fans: Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) was featured in the music video for I Can’t Make You Love Me. #ThereisalwaysaGilmorereference)
Speaking of which, did you hear the news?
Naturally, I digress into a Gilmore Girls connection. Back to Quantico, the first training exercise was to find out a secret about each other using information from redacted files and getting to know his/her partner.
One of the reasons I put off reviewing and recapping Quantico was it’s weak pilot episode. After watching the premiere, I didn’t think much of the show. I thought, “so this is like Scandaland How To Get Away With Murder with a dash of Covert Affair – minus the million languages and different countries”. It is the second episode which establishes this show’s “must watch” quality. The first four episodes are available at ABC.com.
So with that, let’s meet the new Quantico recruits and the secrets we learned.
SPOILER ALERT: Stop reading if you plan to watch the show!
Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra): Clearly lying to her mother, who believes she is taking a train to go to grad school, she instead hops on a plane headed to Quantico for FBI training. On the plane, she meets a guy who is very much attractive. (I fly all the time! WHY DOESN’T THIS EVER HAPPEN IN REAL LIFE?!?!) Neither exactly telling the truth, they end up together in the guy’s car where we discover Alex’s excellent profiling abilities. She points out every lie he told her—this is, of course, after she has her way with him.
Secret: Her mother, correction, Alex shot her father to death in defense of her mother. She later found his FBI badge and learned that he was an agent. After that, her mother sent her away to Mumbai to live with her grandparents. (So I guess that explains the accent?)
Ryan Booth (Jake McLaughlin): Coincidently, the guy who Alex met on the plane and had sex with in his car (Hello, Meredith Grey and McDreamy flashback) claims to be ex-military returning home from Manila is also among the recruiting class.
Secret: We don’t see what Alex came up with, but what we do learn is that Booth is actually already an FBI agent. Special Agent O’Connor is using him to get close to Alex for what reason we don’t know yet. (Really couldn’t think of another name? There has already been an Agent Booth on TV for almost a decade!)
Shelby Wyatt (Johanna Braddy)- You may recognized this actress from Unreal (Another good show! Go watch binge it!) I am really hoping we get to learn a lot more about her. She is a wealthy Southern belle from Georgia with impressive shooting skills.
Secret: Her parents were on one of the planes on September 11th which is what inspired her to join the FBI. She actually carries around a piece of metal from the plane.
Caleb Haas (Graham Rogers): He’s your stereotypical privileged, preppy douchebag. He struggles through the entire course of training in the first week.
Secret: Well, we don’t really learn what his redacted fact was, but we did learn the only reason he got recruited was because both of his parents are agents. In the end, he gets kicked out, but I have a feeling that is not the last we’ve seen of him.
Simon Asher (Tate Ellington): Former CPA, possible gay, who tries to befriend Nimah, whom we’ll get to later. We also learn that he is from a “staunch Zionist family”.
Secret: He spent some time living in Gaza.
Nimah Amin (Yasmine Al Massri): A devout Muslim woman from Ohio. This is all we know… for now.
Secret: It turns out her spot is not only hers, but also her twin sister’s.
Eric Packer (Brian J. Smith): We don’t know much about this guy except he is a Mormon (which Caleb does not let us forget).
Secret: After being taunted by Caleb about knowing what his secret is, he cracked and held Caleb at gunpoint during their interview session in front of the whole class. His secret is that he got an underage girl pregnant on a Mission trip in Malawi who died when he got her to get an illegal abortion. Apparently the FBI completely miss this when they background checked him.
Special Agent Liam O’Connor (Josh Hopkins): Looks like Dime Eyes left the Cul-de-sac Crew to train these recruits. He gives them their assignment and direction. He is also has some fascination with Alex and has enlisted Agent Booth (Not David Boreanaz but the other one) to get close and learn all he can about her. So what’s really Special Agent O’ Connor’s deal?
Miranda Shaw: The Assistant Director at Quantico. We learn that she is the first woman to be this high in charge and that she used to get it on with Liam (did you catch that quick one-liner?) I definitely got some Annalise Keating/Momma Bear vibes from her.
Back to present day. Alex is found at the site of the attack and taken in to FBI custody for questioning. For a few minutes she thought they needed her help, but she very quickly realized that they believe she is responsible for the attack. They are stalling her until the FBI gets to her apartment, which has remnants of material used to make an explosive, along with a shot Agent Booth on the bathroom floor.
Alex is arrested and placed in a van for transfer. She is intercepted by Miranda, who has been replaced by O’Connor as assistant director (umm, what about the director job?) and is driving the truck. She tells Alex that she knows that she didn’t do it and helps her escape.
Despite its lack of originality, by the end of the episode Quantico left me wishing it was airing on Netflix so I could binge through the entire season! I needed more! I wanted to see more! Waiting for next Sunday is torturous!
So many questions not enough answers. I guess they really want us to tune in. Will you?
Shout out to my lovely proofreader and best friend, Angel!