After a week of think pieces instructing us all about how to talk to our relatives about their political beliefs, perhaps it was only fitting that the trainees’ assignment this week was to learn how to effectively lie to their friends and family over the Thanksgiving break. After all, as Owen tells the class, “The toughest lies are not the ones we tell ourselves, but the ones we love.”
Serious pop culture watchers know that it’s impossible to completely disconnect between seeing parallels between the real world and the fictional worlds we try to lose ourselves in. This has been particularly true for me since Tuesday’s presidential election results were announced, as I previously mentioned in my Designated Survivor recap.
“So we have a lot of suspects, doing a whole lot of nothing.”
For once, I agreed with Ryan 100 percent at the beginning of this episode. Of course, he said that line as he, Alex, Nimah, and Shelby were going through the various young members of the CIA training class. As usual, this week’s intro was full of red herrings. Does the working mom have something to hide? The lawyer? The party planner?
(Note: I’ve given up learning everyone’s name. There are too many characters!)
There were hints long before Sunday that I would be completely weirded out and disturbed by this week’s Quantico episode. First there was the trailer, which showed a bleary eyed and confused Alex in bed with both Ryan and Harry.
Remember a few weeks ago when Raina openly wondered why the terrorists hadn’t killed her yet? It was clear that the attackers knew Raina was trying to get to the bottom of the terrorist plot and were playing a cat and mouse game with her emotions as she continued her investigations.