|Season 2, Episode 3|
|Premiere date:||October 16, 2016|
|Written by:||Beth Schacter|
|Directed by:||Jennifer Lynch|
The new CIA recruits continue training at The Farm focusing on assessment, while in the future, Alex goes undercover to infiltrate the terrorist group holding everyone hostage where she is shocked to discover not everyone is a stranger.
After Raina’s plan backfires, Ryan tries to do the same thing by creating a diversion which involves his ex-classmate at the Farm, Harry Doyle, who somehow happens to be in the same building, but it also fails, compromising Alex’s disguise as one of the terrorists in the process. She later gets into a fight with another terrorist and ultimately kills her, after which the former drops the latter’s dead body into the building, leaving a message to the terrorists. In the meantime, Miranda, still in contact with the terrorist, begins to deduce that the group that Alex and Ryan were investigating at the Farm (dubbed “AIC”) might be behind the attack, with Shelby’s help. In flashbacks at the Farm, the CIA trainees begin their assessment training in a forest nearby, but they fail even after they manage to make it back. Alex and Ryan co-operate with their respective handlers, Shelby and Nimah, to plant a bug in one of their classmates’ room, but it is interfered as someone, who might know their plan, has already planted another bug. Later, in an effort to know more about Alex, a disguised Harry meets one of her colleagues in the FBI: Will Olsen.
- Priyanka Chopra as Alex Parrish
- Jake McLaughlin as Ryan Booth
- Aunjanue Ellis as Miranda Shaw
- Yasmine Al Massri as Nimah and Raina Amin
- Johanna Braddy as Shelby Wyatt
- Russell Tovey as Harry Doyle
- Blair Underwood as Owen Hall
- Pearl Thusi as Dayana Mampasi
- Aarón Díaz as León Velez
- Tracy Ifeachor as Lydia Hall
- David Lim as Sebastian Chen
- Jay Armstrong Johnson as Will Olsen
- Heléne Yorke as Leigh Davis
- Candi Boyd as Angie Reynolds
- Jason Tottenham as Jason Bowling
- The title of this episode, Stescalade is a CIA cryptonym for a former covert operation that involved numerous attempts at secretly bugging the New China News Agency based in Havana, Cuba.