October 8th, 2012
11:22 AM ET
[This post contains spoilers to the October 7 episode of Showtime's "Homeland."]
Last week on "Homeland," Carrie traveled to Beirut to meet with Fatima Ali, an informant she recruited.
Sunday night, Carrie met with Fatima at her mosque for morning prayers, and the Hezbolla commander’s wife requested the $5 million reward for Abu Nazir and a flight to Detroit so she could live with her cousin.
She told Carrie that Nazir was going to meet with her husband, Abbas Ali, in Beirut the next day. “You can kill them both," she told Carrie.
At a party in D.C., Vice President Walden told Congressman/potential running mate Brody that Israeli air strikes against Iran’s nuclear facilities were only partially successful, and that the shindig’s hosts developed a bunker-buster that can bust said bunker. However, the president's blocking the export license and Walden needed Brody’s help.
Jessica, meanwhile, was lured further down the rabbit hole of political wifedom as Mrs. Walden convinced her to host a fundraiser for veterans. Brody told Jessica that the party was hosted by a company that makes bombs. “You really wanna help veterans,” he said, “you take out everybody in this room here.”
Back in Beirut, Saul was angry that Carrie met with Fatima without him. He yammered on about needing to assess Fatima’s reliability, but what he was really saying was that he didn't think Carrie was up to the task.
His mentee’s response, however, was classic Carrie: “I was told this was about an attack on America. Forgive me – I thought it would be better to meet her sooner rather than later.”
Saul and Carrie had a Skype session with CIA chief David Estes about Hezbollah commander Abbas’ supposed meeting with Abu Nazir. (With all the communication security concerns that occur on nearly every episode of “Homeland,” was Skype really the way to go on this one? Seeing as it's perhaps the most classified conversation that has ever occurred on the show.)
They’d have to put their men on the Hezbollah-controlled ground, and Estes was skeptical about Fatima having overheard her husband’s conversation. Did she hear right? How did she know her husband was speaking to Nazir? Why would Abbas have such a sensitive conversation within earshot of Fatima? (Well, at least it wasn’t over Skype.)
In a later scene that beautifully contrasted the men’s doubts surrounding Fatima overhearing her husband correctly, Carrie was lying in bed at the safe house overhearing Saul tell Estes that she’s “not well” and that he doubted her abilities. Saul, after all, was the one who recruited Carrie for the CIA. He stood by her side and gave credence to her hunches. Saul “got” her brilliance, and now he was saying that he didn’t want Carrie there in the first place. Naturally, Carrie was crushed.
Estes put Saul in charge of deciding whether to go through with the mission.
In a heart-wrenching rooftop scene between Carrie and Saul - the kind that Emmys are made of - she said, “It f-ed me up, Saul. Being wrong about Brody… because I have never been so sure and so wrong.”
Carrie went on that she doesn't blame Saul for doubting her because she no longer trusts herself, yet staunchly insisted that the Carrie who recruited Fatima eight years ago is the Carrie who believes her recruit.
Mission a go.
Meanwhile, Mike Faber told Brody that their fellow Marines are curious as to why Tom Walker shot Elizabeth Gaines and not Vice President Walden, as he was by far the best shot in their platoon. They know there’s something more going on. They also want to know who killed Walker, and are hoping Brody will take a look at the classified details behind the report.
While awaiting the operation, Carrie was in her element but trying not to get too excited. She smiled and exuded a glow as she anxiously awaited Nazir’s arrival.
At the Pentagon, Brody was beckoned into a room where Walden and the Joint Chiefs of Staff were watching the ground operation in Beirut. Brody was quickly brought up to speed: The mission had been changed from capture to kill because the men on the ground were outnumbered by Hezbollah guerillas. The target was none other than Abu Nazir. Brody nervously thumbed a coded text message to Nazir: May 1.
Nazir’s lieutenant, Abbas and Nazir himself got out of the car. The man dubbed Sandman was in the crosshairs for but a brief couple of seconds before everyone’s elation was dashed and he darted off. Nazir got Brody’s text a split second before Abbas and his lieutenant were fatally shot.
“Somebody warned him,” announced Walden. Brody was shaking just like he did in the bunker when he was about to detonate the suicide bomb that would have wiped out the very same people he was sitting with.
Carrie went into Fatima’s apartment to see if Abbas left anything useful behind. She grabbed a messenger bag, discs and papers before getting chased and nearly killed - just like old times.
Brody met with his Marine buddies and insisted the government doesn’t know who killed Walker, and that nothing in the classified documents shed any light on the case. Brody told the men that Walker stopped being a Marine the day he became traitor.
But Brody’s fellow Marines believe Walker may have lost his mind but not his aim. In other words, they’re not going to drop the whole “Why wasn’t the vice president shot?” issue.
Carrie, meanwhile, arrived safely to her sister’s house ... probably a bit too safely for Carrie’s liking. As she sat slumped down on the couch next to her niece’s pink and purple Pillow Pet unicorn, Carrie looked sad. Bored. Restless. Gone was that Beirut glow. When the clock chimed, she reset her watch, no doubt wondering about what was going on in Lebanon.
At the safe house, Saul rifled through the bag Carrie nabbed from Abbas’ apartment. Sewn into the lining was the SD card containing the video Brody recorded before he attempted to kill Walden in the bunker suicide bombing. The episode comes to a close as Saul watched Brody’s confession.
Carrie has been vindicated. It’s not just the viewers who know she's right – Saul now knows too. How soon do you think it’ll be before Carrie knows that not only was she right about Brody, but that she also thwarted the suicide attack at the end of last season when she convinced Dana to call her father? What do you think will happen with Brody and the Marines?
Let’s discuss these questions – and your thoughts on last night’s episode - in the comments below.
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