November 5th, 2012
02:12 PM ET
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 4 episode of "Homeland."]
In last night’s episode, “A Gettysburg Address,” Roya had a secret meeting with a man at an outdoor D.C. plaza. Because the mystery man was wearing sunglasses, the CIA’s facial recognition software couldn't positively identify him.
Virgil and Max were on the scene with their fancy audio equipment, but Roya’s conversation couldn't be picked up because the fountain in the plaza made it sound “like Niagara Falls.” When the meeting ended, Virgil followed the man but lost him on the Metro. Carrie figured that their only hope was to bring Brody in to try and ID the man.
Over at the Brody house, Jess asked Brody if he was working with Carrie “the nut.”
“She had a nervous breakdown,” said Brody. “They kicked her out. She’s not even with the CIA anymore.”
At school, Finn was far more concerned about his impending AP History exam than the fact that he committed a hit-and-run. He told Dana to “take it easy” because someone called 9-1-1 so the woman would be fine.
Brody, meanwhile, told Carrie and Quinn that he didn't recognize the man Roya had the meeting with. Brody took the opportunity to complain about being tailed while driving his daughter to school. (Gee, Brody, do you not realize that you don’t have immunity yet? You’re still potentially facing the death penalty for your crimes. Isn’t it a tad early to be asking for concessions?)
"A lot of things about this arrangement are far from ideal,” said Quinn.
Brody divulged that Bassel was dead, saying that the Gettysburg tailor fell on the way to the safe house in an accident. (Brody conveniently left out the part about how he broke Bassel’s neck. While on the phone with his wife. Then buried him in a shallow grave. But I digress…)
Quinn said that that information should have come out sooner because he had a surveillance team watching Bassel’s storefront. Quinn made it clear that full disclosure was a requirement, not an option. With Brody’s news, Quinn decided he and his team would search the tailor’s shop with a forensics team.
Quinn and Carrie wondered if the man Roya was speaking to was Bassel’s replacement. They figured their best shot at finding out was to have Brody talk to Roya.
In the meantime, Mike and Lauter met with a detective in the tunnel where Tom Walker was found dead back in December. The detective had very little information, other than the fact that Walker was struck by a single bullet between the eyes at point blank range with a 9mm firearm. Lauter pointed out nobody would go to such a remote tunnel unless they were meeting someone they knew and trusted. The detective said that there was no report because the CIA swooped in and shut them down 20 minutes after Walker’s body was found.
“I wonder what elected official they were covering up for,” said Lauter.
At a meeting with Carrie, Saul reminded her that Quinn was right when he told her not to trust Brody, and that he was worried about her being so close to Brody again.
”It’s not like before Saul,” said Carrie. “I saw his suicide tape, my eyes are open. How could they not be?”
Later in the Congressional parking garage, Carrie hopped into Brody’s car as he arrived. She instructed him to tell Roya that he overheard Carrie on the phone mention a Hezbollah operative who recently entered the U.S.
When Carrie reached for Brody’s hand in a gesture of reassurance, he snapped at her and asked if she planned to throw their “deal” in his face; if she’d constantly hold the threat to tell his family the truth over his head. (Um, yeah, Brody. Remember the whole humiliating trial/disgrace to your nation/destroy your family thing? Sorry to make you hold up your end of the bargain there.)
At Langley, Estes told Mike that he had no information about who killed Walker. Saul told Mike that it was in his best interest to end his “unauthorized freelance investigation” into the matter.
Meanwhile in the Congressional office, Brody told Roya what Carrie told him to say about the phone call. Roya asked Brody why FBI forensics went into the tailor’s shop after waiting outside for two weeks. She said they “might” find something.
A guilt-ridden Dana paid a visit to the hospital and spoke to the daughter of the woman Finn hit. Pretending to be the daughter of a cardiologist on staff, Dana learned the woman was not expected to survive. When Dana told Finn that the woman they hit died in the middle of the night, the vice president’s son said that it was even more important that the pair stay quiet about the matter. He also told her she was “crazy” for going to the hospital.
”Your Dad is a Congressman,” hissed Finn. “Mine is going to be president.” (I bet Dana is missing the good old days of playing “Concentration” with Zander right about now.)
”I’d rather die than have my father find out,” said Finn. (Wow, Finn. It’s all about you, buddy, isn’t it?)
Carrie relayed to Quinn how Roya awkwardly told Brody that they might find something at the Gettysburg shop.
In Brody’s garage, Mike found the 9mm tucked away in a lockbox. One bullet missing.
At the tailor’s shop, Quinn instructed Galvez to call in reinforcements, but the group was quickly accosted by a group of armed terrorists in SWAT gear – one of whom we saw was Roya’s contact once he took his helmet and protective goggles off. The terrorists boosted a metal trunk from the wall.
Quinn was alive - but badly injured. The other men appeared to have been shot down in the hail of gunfire.
In the Brody kitchen, Mike told Jess that Brody killed Tom Walker, and that he was worried about she and the kids. “I know he’s not who he was,” said Jess, “but he’s working for the CIA.”
When Mike insisted there was some sort of cover up, Jess told him to leave.
Carrie barreled into Brody’s office, demanding that he tell her whether he knew about what went down in Gettysburg, because her team suffered seven casualties. A near melted-down Carrie said he must have told Roya something, but Brody insisted he had no idea what she was talking about. Then they hugged.
What did you think of last night’s episode? Do you think Brody knew more about Gettysburg than he led on? What about Brody’s meeting with Roya? Did some form of communication occur that didn’t get picked up by the cameras or the microphone? What do you think will happen with the investigation into Tom Walker’s death?
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