[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the October 14 episode of Showtime's "Homeland."]
Last week, the CIA missed killing Abu Nazir by a heartbeat, no thanks to a coded text message sent by Congressman Brody. Carrie retrieved items from the apartment of one of Nazir's top commanders, who was gunned down by the CIA. Unbeknownst to Carrie, tucked in those items was the Brody confession video, which a gobsmacked Saul watched as the episode closed.
This week, as he went through security at the Beirut airport, Saul was taken aside by security officials. He begged them not to open his diplomatic bag, reminding them that Lebanese security officials ought to know better than cause a diplomatic incident with the U.S. - unless they work for somebody else, like Hezbollah.
Under the lining of Saul’s bag, they found an SD card (which presumably contained Brody’s confession video). The Hezbollah agent placed the SD card in his breast pocket and sent a very distressed Saul on his way, warning him never to return to Lebanon.
As a defeated Saul prepared to place his ravaged bag in the overhead bin, he retrieved the SD card from a super secret briefcase compartment attachment affixed to the bag’s lock. Saul, too, placed the all-important SD card in his own breast pocket.
Carrie, meanwhile, was blasting her Thelonius Monk jazz jams on her iPod while happily finishing her 18-page brief on her Beirut mission ... after 3 a.m. Her concerned father – who also suffers from bipolar disorder – warned her that she had an hour to finish her report before lights out.
Brody got a phone call from Roya informing him that the CIA was close to nabbing the tailor in Gettysburg who'd made Brody’s suicide vest. Brody had to personally pick up the tailor and drive him to a safe house.
When Brody told Roya he had to attend a dinner for wounded vets hosted by the vice president that night, she told him he’d be back in plenty of time.
Brody gunned it over to Gettysburg and quickly hustled the very reluctant terrorist/tailor out.
The tailor begrudgingly offered up his name - Bassel. They got a flat tire. The car had no jack. In an intense scene, Brody tried to fix the flat and Bassel stood wielding a tire iron, appearing as though he might injure or kill Brody. When Brody MacGyvered a makeshift jack with a log, he had to trust the tailor to hit the gas just enough to lodge the car safely onto the wood block. It briefly seemed as if Bassel might crush Brody with the vehicle.
The back-and-forth trust game between the two men was nicely juxtaposed by Jessica and Mrs. Walden as they prepared for the dinner. (Jessica looked the absolute picture of presidential perfection with Jackie O. hair.)
When Jessica called Brody on his cell phone, the episode had a very “Three’s Company” moment when Bassel overheard Brody tell Jessica “Trust me. It’s not as though I haven’t done anything like this before.”
Total misunderstanding. Silly tailor! Brody was of course talking about giving a speech, but Bassel armed himself with a giant rock.
Carrie, concerned that no one confirmed the debrief time with her - as CIA protocol states whoever was in the field must personally attend - drove to Langley to see what was what. Again listening to her beloved jazz, she clearly was jazzed to be back in her element.
But a blindsided Carrie ended up stumbling upon a debriefing that was already well under way.
Estes’ reply: “In this case, because it’s you, I decided to go ahead with the debrief using just the report.”
Estes told Carrie that, as usual, her attention to detail was stellar. His feeble attempt at making up an excuse for why she was excluded was to basically tell her that her presence was not necessary because her detailed report left his team wanting for nothing. So yeah, it was a slap in the face.
When Carrie asked why no one called, Estes said it was because he wanted to personally commend her for her work in Beirut. Estes acknowledged that thanks to Carrie’s work, the CIA got “this close” to Abu Nazir and took out two of his top commanders.
That wasn’t enough for Carrie, who Estes summed up perfectly back in season one when he told her: “There’s no bridge you won’t burn. No earth you won’t scorch.” In the case of Beirut, Carrie saw it as a failed mission to kill Nazir and nothing more. “He’s still out there,” Carrie warned Estes.
Estes told Carrie it was not her concern. Right before he totally froze Carrie out and reminded her for the nth time that she was not being reinstated, Estes very reluctantly acknowledged that there was actionable intelligence in the documents she risked her life to lift lifted from Nazir’s commander’s apartment.
Back on the road, Brody stopped for gas. The “Three’s Company” moment did not sit well with Bassel, who became increasingly paranoid and made a run for it. A chase through the woods ensued and in the struggle, Bassel landed on a sharp post and began bleeding profusely from his abdomen. Brody, knowing there was no way he could take the tailor to the hospital, made a makeshift tourniquet out of the man’s shirt.
Brody got a call from Jessica, who insisted on knowing Brody’s whereabouts and seriously (Finally!) began to doubt his story. Brody made up an excuse about waiting for a tow truck in the middle of nowhere. She could also hear Bassel’s moans in the background. Brody then proceeded to break Bassel’s neck, killing the man.
In the meantime, Carrie returned to her condo to escape her hovering (but loving!) family. She started doing a lot of the things she probably never got to do when her job ruled her life - like properly make the bed or adjust the shades. Clearly, the domesticity thing made her sad. Her job WAS her life.
She reverted to her pilot episode ways when she put on a very short black skirt, sparkly top, sky-high heels, guy-gettin’ engagement ring and gobs of make-up. She proceeded to down 18 prescription pills and two monster glasses of white wine and only briefly laid down before coming to her senses and vomiting it all up.
In another fantastic scene juxtaposing Brody’s hellish day with Jessica literally having a ball, Brody buried Bassel in the pouring rain while Jessica and her new cohorts enjoyed a lovely dinner where she delivered a stellar speech.
Saul showed up at Carrie’s doorstep in the nick of time to save her from her demons – and maybe even save her job.
Carrie confessed to Saul that before the Beirut mission, she truly thought she had made peace with being ousted from the CIA. When she told Saul about how Estes wouldn’t even let her present the intel she recovered in Beirut, Saul says, “before you dig that hole any deeper, I have to show you something.”
Saul gave Carrie the SD card to load onto her computer, and said, “this is the one piece of intel you recovered in Beirut that Estes and his mob haven’t seen yet. I came straight from the airport because I think you deserve to see it first.”
And there it was: The video Brody made hours before he attempted to blow up the vice president and his team in the bunker.
Carrie finally got to hear Brody’s words:
“People will say I was broken. I was brainwashed. People will say that I was turned into a terrorist. Taught to hate my country. My action this day is against such domestic enemies. The vice president and members of his national security team, who I know to be liars and war criminals, were responsible for atrocities they were never held accountable for. This is about justice for 82 children whose deaths were never acknowledged and whose murder is a stain on the soul of this nation.”
At long last, Carrie was vindicated.
What did you think of last night’s episode? Do you think the part about the “82 children” will jog Carrie’s memory of the Issa connection? Did Brody cross a line when he killed Bassel or is he too far gone? What do you think Estes & Co. will do when they see the Brody tape?
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It has always bothered me, as a former Marine, that "Brody" is wearing Gunnery Sergent stripes, but refers to himself as 'Sergent". NO Gunnery Sergent in the Marine Corps would refer to his rank as "Sergent"...
I don't think Estes gets to see the video, notwithstanding the misleading preview.
I watched the first season of Homeland and I absolutely loved it.
Couldn't wait to start the second season, but unfortunately, it started
in Beirut! The scenes that the producers are projecting about Beirut is
absolutely ridiculous!! It's far from the truth and makes me sick to
even see our beloved capital portrayed in this disgusting manner ! It
was misrepresentation at its most outrageous!!!
"The cars were those ancient and ropy Mercedes from central casting,
but the reality is that there are probably more Porsche Cayennes per
capita in Beirut than there are in Stuttgart.
Beirut airport looked like it was teleported to El Salvador, while the
CIA's Carrie Mathison, played by Claire Danes, felt compelled to wear a
Yes, all the clichés were rolled out to ensure that Lebanon was
portrayed as a hostile, western-hating and conservative Arab country.
Why? Because that was the vibe the show's producers wanted."
The producers of the show should issue an official apology to Lebanon
and its people for tarnishing the image of our capital! !
I am concerned that Estes and/or the Veep are with Nair and will have Saul killed when he shows Estes the video! I love Saul, he is such an important character. What do you think will happen?
Aw, sounds like someone has a little sand in their v-giny. Calm down Justin Geeber. No one I know watches this show. Is that better? More accurate or politically correct? Thank goodness there are people like you here to cancel out my posts & keep zen on the internet. You're the ying to my yang
The show is awesome. Not as well written as Breaking Bad but still a close second. The suspense and drama surrounding the CIA and this POW-turned-turned terrorist-turned war hero-turned Congressman-turned possible Vice Presidential candidate is gripping. While Brody's days are numbered the more people who know his attempt on the VP and national security team, But the principle target is still in Beirut. So Brody may be used to get the bigger fish... and he certainly will get whatever vindication by taking the VP down with him – either due to the secret drone attack that is the basis for Brody's hatred towards him or simply due to the close association the VP has had with Brody since his return.
Does anyone watch this show?
No. Not one person watches this show. Not one. The synopsis above is completely made up. Thank you for asking, and moving forward the quality of the Internet by a little bit.
THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON TELEVISION. I WOULDN'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD. IT'S THE ONLY SHOW TO COME CLOSE TO REPLACING "24", IMO.
Really? You mean this show that won several Emmy awards this year? This show that has become must see TV for everyone I know? Does your TV only get three channels, or is it just always tuned to Spike or TLC so you can watch Honey BooBoo?
I must be in the desert because I am so firsty.
FAIL!! You must be on dial-up: you were third, not 'firsty' Why don't you get out from behind your computer, talk a walk, a bicycle ride, a swim... ANYTHING other than this stupid, time-wasting minor-league trolling? Surely you've got a brain and some real abilities – GO USE THEM!! Now if you'll excuse me; I'll take my own advice and first; change my cat's litter tray, then wash my hands, then put on my running shoes and go for a 5km run. Or at least try to...
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