Quantico Season 2 Episode 17 Review: ODYOKE

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On Quantico Season 2 Episode 17, the task force stepped a little further into the world of politics, specifically the House of Representatives.

This is a fun switch. It's a break from what a normal Quantico episode looks like, and it allows Clay to shine a bit more.

We still get to see the Quantico we know through Owen and Alex's operation, but we also branch out into something you would see on a show like Designated Survivor: changing votes.

A Friend Is Framed - Quantico

We would not have been able to do this if we were still doing the two timeline song and dance.

Now that we are really exploring and developing a crisis as it unfolds (and not jumping into the past for more information/questions), Quantico has the room to slow an episode down a bit.

In a turn of events that most people probably saw coming, Felix lied to Clay about which representatives were swing votes.

Between Shelby's constant "you can't trust him" comments to the fact that Felix works for a Roarke, who wants the bill to pass, it was pretty clear that Felix would double cross Clay somehow someway.

The predictability isn't necessarily a bad thing. It just means that this isn't some jaw-dropping twist, which Quantico has enough of, honestly. Felix lying to Claw made sense, and it led to Shelby figuring out the collaborators' real agenda.

The real America - two blond people arguing the merits of my freedom instead of letting me have it. The fact that this is even happening is an atrocity. We've learned nothing from history.

Nimah

Raina's back, and she dropped a major bombshell that Alex just sort of skirted around. Raina and Leon were both investigating the AIC, which has made them a target. This explains why Leon was killed, and why the AIC framed Raina.

Now, back on Quantico Season 2 Episode 14, Leon shared the news that Farm recruits were being killed, and Dayana (who is still MIA, by the way) and Alex dismissed him. Then, he was murdered.

Alex mentioned this to Owen, but she said that she didn't want to worry the task force right now.

Um, when is there a good time to let your coworkers know that someone they know died and that there may be people hunting Farm recruits?

It's not like the collaborators are going to stop using the cache to further their nefarious plans to give the task force a break, allowing them to focus on investigating Leon and Raina's conspiracy theory.

It's great that Alex told Owen, but you would think that this kind of bombshell would warrant an immediate investigation, especially since the AIC work for the collaborators, so all of this is actually connected (thankfully).

Couldn't one person have stayed behind to look into Leon's suicide murder?

Summer Camp - Quantico Season 2 Episode 17

On the bright side, we have confirmation that Leon is actually dead, and his conspiracy theory connects to Raina's frame up, which connects to the AIC and the collaborators.

Now, the question is why did the AIC target Raina, Leon, and assumedly the other Farm recruits that Leon said mysteriously died?

It could just be that the AIC are trying to take out anyone who knows enough about them, but I don't remember recognizing the name of the random Farm recruit that Leon said was killed. What's your theory?

Then there's Sasha, whose storyline, unfortunately, keeps getting more and more complicated.

Sorry, but I don't care about her reasons for being a Russian spy. Granted, she has a somewhat decent reason for doing it, but I don't see the point in spending time on her when there are more important things to focus on.

She's a side storyline that we don't need. As soon as Nimah warned Ryan that the FBI will uncover any skeletons in Sasha's closet, we knew that Sasha was going to have a big one.The confrontation was a bit much.

While Ryan and Sasha's relationship isn't terrible to watch, it would be more enjoyable if it was just professional. Ryan uses her for information, and Sasha uses him for stories. There's no need for the relationship drama. What are your thoughts on Sasha?

A Sister in Need - Quantico Season 2 Episode 17

Hands down the best part of the hour was the switch. It's definitely unexpected, but it's a nice callback to early Quantico Season 1.

By offering to switch, Nimah demonstrated how much she cares about her sister. She's taking this suffering on so Raina will not have to. I'm trying to think if I love my sister that much...okay, yeah I do.

There's no real reason that the switch needed to happen.

It's unclear if Nimah knows that Raina has been investigating the AIC. I'm sure that Raina's findings will prove useful to the task force, but Nimah did not volunteer to switch so that Raina would be able to continue her investigation. 

If Raina really wanted to do that, she would have agreed to stay at the Farm. Nimah suggested the switch to protect her sister. That's her only reason.

It's not like Nimah believes she cannot be useful to the task force, and I'm sure she'd much rather be working on taking the collaborators and the AIC down than sitting in a jail cell.

For Raina, however, Nimah will make the sacrifice. There's no bond quite like sisterly love.

What did you think of the episode? Leave your thoughts and conspiracy theories in the comments below.

Remember you can watch Quantico online anytime via TV Fanatic.

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