‘Homeland’: ‘My eyes are open. How could they not be?’
November 5th, 2012
02:12 PM ET

‘Homeland’: ‘My eyes are open. How could they not be?’

[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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  4. Cd999

    I do not think he knew. I don't think he has decided what to do but I think he wants the CIA to work out even while he does not trust it. He is resentful of Quinn but he had no way to know he was at the shop. What he really wants is to decide what he will help with and won't. He is not going to get that for awhile.

    November 11, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
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    November 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
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  8. Jane

    we had so much fun last night...i want to go back "there".

    November 6, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. Maxwell

    I don’t think Brody knew about the ambush at the tailor’s shop, but that’s probably because Roya tells him parts of the plan on a need-to-know basis in case he gets caught. There are a lot of other issues at home that Brody has to contend with, including his daughter’s involvement in the hit-and-run, and the whole Tom Walker investigation. I missed Sunday’s episode, but caught up with it since I had it recorded on my DISH Hopper. The huge amount of hard drive space on my DVR helps me keep up with shows when I work nights at DISH. Brody’s Marine friends won’t give up on what really happened to Tom Walker, but the CIA will protect him since they still need him.

    November 6, 2012 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |

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  11. Petune19

    Awesome show, best on tv.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. patc201@yahoo.com

    Love this show so much. The hour goes by so fast it's so intense. Does anyone trust Brody yet. I don't. The conclusion of last nights episode left so many options open. ONE GREAT SHOW!!!!

    November 5, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Rock Commento

    thank god she didn't rub anything else or he would have really spilled his guts that's for sure.
    i'm a guy, i know this stuff.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Viera

    very intresting episode can't wait for next week's episode.

    November 5, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Alichat

    FYI....it's Lauder.....not Lauter......Lauder Wakefield is the character's name.

    Carrie didn't just reach for Brody’s hand in a gesture of reassurance. She then rubbed his arm, them moved her hand to his shoulder, and rubbed the back of his neck. That's why he snapped at her. He was asking what "this is." He was saying that she's not listening to him (when he said he thought approaching Roya was a bad idea.....there's a protocol they have between them and this might throw up a red flag) and that her rubbing his arm and neck was a manipulation to get him to do what she wanted. "If that doesn't work, then what? You remind me of the deal we made, and how much it hurts to bring it up? How my entire family will be destroyed if you are forced to tell them the truth?" Brody was calling Carrie to the carpet on her manipulation. If she had not rubbed his hand, arm, and then neck, he probably wouldn't have called her out for crossing that boundary.

    I thought the gunfight at the Bassel Corral was over the top. (RIP Galvez.) Gettysburg isn't such a small town that people wouldn't notice four SWAT-like guys barreling into the tailor's shop, a hail of gunfire, and then them coming out carrying a dead body and a LARGE box. And why would Nazir want to do something so showy in such a small place?

    And Mandy Patinkin was superb in the conversation with Mike. "Nod your head if you understand."

    Huckster08 – I am hoping it's a dream sequence or some staged thing....but I'm not holding my breath. I imagine they will start their relationship back up again especially since Carrie really wants that to happen.

    November 5, 2012 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  16. deb

    Is it just me or does Clare Danes cry at the drop of a hat? I love the show and was really hopeful last night that she would get through an episode without tears. But nooo, there she was at the end, her eyes filling with water, her chin quivering (as we have seen it do so many times before). In the clips from last week, it showed the scene where she and Brody were both crying with their noses running , etc. I mean come on! I fault the director–let's please have one show were nobody cries!

    November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  17. just wondering

    is their tongue action

    November 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Huckster08

    I love this show!! The previews for next week showed Carrie and Brody kissing. Does anyone think that this really happens or maybe just a dream sequence??

    November 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |

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