|Season 1, Episode 1|
|Premiere date:||September 27, 2015|
|Written by:||Joshua Safran|
|Directed by:||Marc Munden|
Flashing back and forth between the future—the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Grand Central Station—and the present—a 20-week training course at the Quantico FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia—we follow the lives of seven FBI recruits. These young adults are pushed to the brink as the class is gradually whittled down, until only the finest candidates remain.
FBI recruit Alex Parrish is found amidst the ruins of Grand Central Terminal. She is held by the FBI and questioned by Agent Jimenez. Flashbacks show her FBI training at Quantico with the other recruits. One of them, Ryan Booth, is really an undercover agent who is instructed by Special Agent Liam O'Connor to surveil Alex. Alex had told Liam how she shot her father, Jeff Michaels, during a fight with her mother. He turns out to be an FBI agent himself. Caleb gets demoted after he instigated an event that resulted in the suicide of another NAT, Eric Packer. Back in the present, they find Ryan unconscious, shot with Alex's gun in her apartment, together with evidence that points to her involvement in the attack. Alex is arrested. Miranda Shaw, her mentor from Quantico, helps her escape.
- Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish
- Josh Hopkins as Liam O'Connor
- Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth
- Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw
- Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin
- Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt
- Tate Ellington as Simon Asher
- Graham Rogers as Caleb Haas
- Anthony Ruivivar as Agent Jimenez
- Brian J. Smith as Eric Packer
- Anna Khaja as Sita Parrish
- Shoba Narayan as Teenage Alex
- Ray Stoney as SWAT Team Leader
- Johnathon Schaech as Michael Parrish
- Alan Boell as Bomb Site SWAT
- Anana Rydvald as Command Post Agent
- Matthew Cornwell as Conveninece Store Clerk
- Max Eddy as Max
- David Garrett as PT Instructor Pete Fairman
- TJ Hassan as Quantico Agent
- Kevin Stillwell as Cab Driver
- The title of the episode was said by Miranda Shaw.
- Alex lied in her interview at the academy. She mentioned that her mother shot her father in self-defense. In reality, it was Alex who shot him.
- Shelby's parents died on a plane in 9/11.
- Eric Packer dies in the episode.
- Filming began on March 11, 2015 and ended on March 29, 2015, in New York.
- Paradise Circus by Massive Attack
- All This Could Be Yours by Cold War Kids
- Northwestern Girls by Say Hi
- Raising Hands Raising Hell Raise em' High by The Wind and The Wave
- OctaHate by Ryn Weaver
- First by Cold War Kids