‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 3: ‘Stescalade’

Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track of all these characters? Photo credit: ABC/Giovanni Ruffino
Is anyone else having a hard time keeping track of all these characters? (Photo credit: ABC/Giovanni Ruffino)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

How many of you have read Going Clear, journalist Lawrence Wright’s bestselling book about the Church of Scientology? I ask because I find myself constantly thinking of scenes from that book each week while watching Quantico. The CIA as it is portrayed on this show seems like a horrible, cult-like place determined to undermine the confidence and sense of self in its employees, all for the sake of enforcing the fact that it is the only source of truth.

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‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 2, ‘Lipstick’

Photo Credit: ABC/Giovanni Rufino
(Photo Credit: ABC/Giovanni Rufino)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

Last night we learned that Alex Parrish reacts the same way just about everyone reading this would if they witness the beheading of the First Lady: She doubles over in pain and emotional distress.

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‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 2, Episode 1, ‘Kudlove’

She's back! Photo Credit: ABC/Giovanni Rufin
She’s back! Photo Credit: ABC/Giovanni Rufin

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

When we last left Alex Parrish and the world of Quantico, our heroine was considering an unexpected job offer from the CIA.

But apparently Quantico‘s writers room didn’t think that plot twist was enough. Viewers who follow Priyanka Chopra or Quantico’s social media have seen our feeds filled with diamond ring emojis as the show tried to get us excited about the fact that Ryan was getting ready to propose during Sunday’s season two premiere.

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Priyanka Chopra Has Some Interesting Views On Diversity. We Break Them Down.

Photo credit: ABC/Bob D'Amico
Photo credit: ABC/Bob D’Amico

By Guest Contributors: Lakshmi Gandhi (@lakshmigandhi) and Asha Sundararaman (@mixedtck)

We’re less than ten days away from the season two premiere on Quantico, which means that star Priyanka Chopra is currently making the interview rounds. As soon as I logged into Facebook Thursday morning, I discovered that many of my friends were sharing Refinery29’s splashy new profile of the 34-year-old star.

Unfortunately for Chopra, people weren’t posting about her stunning photos or their excitement over the return of the show. Instead, there was plenty of side-eye towards her views on diversity in Hollywood.

After reading the piece, I immediately reached out to my friend Asha Sundararaman, so that we could have one of our epic Gchat conversations breaking the piece down. An edited version of that conversation is below.

Lakshmi: Asha, what was your first thought once I sent you the new Priyanka profile?

Asha: That I wish Quantico were a better show!

Lakshmi: Don’t we all.

Asha: No actually, it was about the headline. When you say something like “I don’t want a label” (and yes, that might just have been the headline writer), you’re usually missing something fundamental about today’s global culture and the way it operates.

Lakshmi: Yes, I’m instantly wary of any celeb who tries to play that ‘don’t put me in a box’ game.

Asha: Definitely.

Lakshmi: Also, there’s the actual structure of the piece itself. We begin right with a reference to Hindu goddesses. “For eons, women have been told how to be or think or dress,” the quote reads. “I come from a part of the world where this debate is so heated, especially because we’re a country that has goddesses. We pray to women. But at the same time, we prey on them.”

She could have taken a moment to talk about the Indian feminists who have been working to change this. Or mention the current movement to police the way Muslim women dress in Europe and the outrage about that. Instead, we don’t get much.

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‘Quantico’ Recap: Season 1, Episode 22, “Yes”

QUANTICO – “Yes” (Photo Credit: ABC / Jonathan Wenk)
QUANTICO – “Yes” (Photo Credit: ABC / Jonathan Wenk)

By Guest Contributor: Lakshmi Gandhi (@LakshmiGandhi)

Lakshmi’s recaps for “Quantico” episodes 1-7 can be found here and for episode 8 onward here, including her recap of the show’s most recent episode. Her recaps appear on Reappropriate every Monday morning! As with reading any recaps, please be wary of spoilers.

“I’m already creeped out.”

That’s the message I sent to a friend at 10:02 on Sunday night as ‘Quantico’ began delving into the question we’ve all been wondering about for a week: ‘Why is Liam doing this?’

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