‘Quantico’ season 2, episode 9 review: Alex’s new affiliation in a story of seduction

Alex -Seduction is one of the rules of the game on “Quantico” most weeks, but on Monday night’s winter premiere, let’s just say that it played more of a role than usual. Alex played the game, and more than that, she landed herself a coveted spot in the AIC — one that she seems fine to keep to herself at the moment.

What’s with her and Ryan? One episode, they’re cementing their romantic future with one another. In the next, they’re engaging in a back-and-forth of lies and deception. The truth of the matter here is that they’re both great agents, but they’ve become so deeply entrenched in a world where secrets are commodities. Alex also likely realizes after her round of seduction that staying close to Owen is integral to her ability to be successful at the firm. We’re not done with this story just yet, even if so much of it feels still like rinse-and-repeat stories from season 1. Also, we still miss Caleb.

Speaking of Caleb, his ex Shelby is still in the process of doing her own game of seduction on Leon, who started to spiral off and on about whether or not he could trust her. Obviously, he can’t, but she’s good enough with her Jane cover that she completely was able to get him on board hook, line, and sinker. The problem is that she may be too good, to the point where she’s starting to buy into the hype of her own character and her whirlwind romance.

The return of Hannah – While we know that Eliza Coupe is super-busy, it was nice to see the return of her character in the future storyline this week as she interrogated Alex about the hostage crisis, and the aftermath that is STILL going on.

Here’s where things started to get crazy: Miranda was able to get Alex away from the clutches of the FBI, one where she was able to not-so-casually inform her that she is a terrorist (the rumors were true), and that by the time she’s done with her, Alex will be, as well. If that’s not a terrible warning for future events, we don’t know what is.

The big surprise in the future timeline was also the reveal that there is a THIRD faction that is out there, one that is in the process of planning some sort of big attack in New York City. What this means remains to be seen, but it does raise the stakes and the overall level of danger.

Overall – A good episode of “Quantico,” and one that delivered on some promises to keep things complicated. We just wish still that things were a little more condensed — but we know that is coming later this season. Grade: B-.

Next week – We’re going to be getting some more drama when it comes to Alex, and then also Claire Haas to go along with it. You can see a new preview for it by heading over to the link here. (Photo: ABC.)

Love TV? Be sure to like Matt & Jess on Facebook for more updates!