Quantico Season 1 Episode 18 Review: Soon

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Trust no man.

On Quantico Season 1 Episode 18, Miranda is removed from her position at Quantico. When she tries to ensure that Liam won't take over from her, she's met with a shrug.

Granted, Clayton was right that Miranda didn't really have proof of anything. "It was a one time thing" can refer to anything, and Liam was completely hammered. Still, you would think that with Liam's track record, Clayton would have told Miranda that he wouldn't be the one taking her job.

Miranda's conversation to Alex at the end was amazing. Women have got to stick together, especially in a setting that favors men.

Plus, it helped to explain why Miranda was the one who broke Alex out when she was first arrested for the terrorist attack. Miranda has faith in Alex, and she doesn't trust what the men or the FBI have to say about her.

The FBI is still a man's world, and in a man's world, men get away with murder. It's too late for me, but it's not for you. They are going to try to hold you down. They are doing to try to hold you accountable for things that they never would be, but don't let them. You keep fighting. You do what you have to do.


You know what man you definitely shouldn't trust? Caleb.

There were a lot of theories running around regarding what Caleb was up to after the bombing. I have to say I wasn't expecting him to be a drug addict. It does make sense that he would turn to drugs as a way to try to forget watching his father die, but there are still too many unanswered questions.

The Mark Raymond connection is the source of all of them. I cannot believe Alex was so stupid not to mention that name to Caleb when she saw him. Instead, she tried to appeal to his feelings for Shelby and Will, as well as his sense of duty. 

I'm sorry, but considering all the "Mark Raymond aka Caleb played a part in the bombing" evidence that is floating around, I would have gone to the accusation stage either first or immediately after Caleb didn't jump at the chance to help Shelby.

Alex went to see him because Mark Raymond rented the car that Shelby was driving. She didn't go there because she needed an ally. No, that's why she called Raina. Alex should have been in interrogation mode, and she wasn't.

There's no excuse for it. This is the Alex Parrish who has killed it at Quantico. She has often been described as one of the best trainees, and I'm not seeing it right now. 

It seems like Alex didn't ask him about Mark Raymond so that the mystery could be prolonged further. We don't have any answers from Caleb, which helped sell the shock that came when Caleb made that call stating that Alex "fell for it." If that's the case, well then that's really annoying because it makes Alex look like an idiot.

Quantico loves the shock value. Sometimes it's nicely done, but other times it's more annoying and not well thought out. Will was beaten to a pulp by Caleb outside of Sistemics, but seeing as how we've seen him in the present, it's impossible to be concerned as to whether or not he will survive. WE KNOW HE DOES!

This isn't the first time something like that has happened. 

Liam "almost died" when when the cell that Charlie was a part of stormed Quantico on Quantico Season 1 Episode 15. While the nature of the show is to be twisty and shocking, there comes a point where it's just too much.

Pick your moments. Take the time to make sure that they work. Don't make Alex ignore the entire reason she was looking for Caleb just to have him reveal that he's still shady af.

Let's shift gears and discuss something that actually worked – Raina and Nimah.

At Quantico, they realize that they are going about their mission all wrong. This is the first time that we've seen them actually work on their job. Sure, we've seen them try to match each other, but they were following orders. 

Our job is to get recruited by the Islamic front. You can't keep looking like a perfect Muslim. I can't look like an atheist. We need to create a third person. Someone who will attract the front - a sinful, weak woman.


Now, they've taken the time to really think about why they are there, and what it will take for them to be successful. Nimah and Raina started thinking like agents instead of trainees. It was a beautiful thing.

Okay, I've calmed down enough to complain about Alex, again.

One of the reasons that she broke up with Ryan was because he distracted her. Alex wanted to focus on becoming an FBI agent, which was admirable. She was putting herself first.

Until she started flirting and messing around with Drew.

What happened to focusing on yourself, Alex? Now, she's constantly thinking about him and how Ryan is messing with him to get to her. Get over yourself, Alex.

Ryan has better things to do than mess with the latest guy you are sleeping with. What would he get out of it? Alex apparently thinks Ryan is that petty of a person. She can't seem to consider the possibility that maybe, there was something wrong with Drew's application or past.

You don't know Drew or Ryan that well, Alex, so just focus on yourself and let the drama end already. It's not entertaining to watch Ryan and Alex go at it at Quantico. It doesn't serve any kind of point. Watching Alex accuse Ryan of, yet again, messing with Drew earned a groan and an eye roll, not my undivided attention or interest. 

What did you think of the episode? Any theories on what was happening to Drew at the end? Leave your thoughts and theories in a comment below.

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Soon Review

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Quantico Season 1 Episode 18 Quotes

Stop saying penetrating. It's a rescue mission, not a sex act.


Drew: Why do I feel like you are trying to out run me even on a treadmill?
Alex: I'm not trying to out run you, I'm trying to get away from you.