October 15th, 2012
03:33 PM ET
[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,
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
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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