Ok, this episode was a little lackluster following the reveal from last week. This was a much more character driven episode than before giving us an episode to see Carrie and Brody in their new cages. Brody, in his being pulled everywhere at everyone else's whim, especially Abu Nazir, and his frustration with so many things happening in his life at one time. Carrie recently returned home and dealing with anticipation that her good work will get her reinstated. There is some misinformation and she is not allowed into the debrief with the intel that she uncovered and Estes has a one on one with her saying that she couldn't expect be reinstated based on one mission after what she did. She goes home to her actual house leaving her nagging (but right) father who tells her that she needs to rest and goes back to her own house. There she dresses up and gets ready to go out it seems but puts all of her pills out on the table and downs them all with alcohol. Of course we the audience know she wouldn't go through with offing herself, she's the main character and an Emmy Winner after all, so when she threw up the pills there was a "no duh" attached to it. Brody meanwhile has the speech to give at the charity benefit that night for wounded veterans on Jess's behalf and support gets a call from Roya who communicates that the intel that Carrie passed off to Saul last week actually blows the cover of the shopkeeper in Gettysburg who built Brody's vest last season and to move him to a safe house despite his assertions that he can't do it. Roya says that he "has to." No he doesn't, he just saved Abu Nazir's life last episode, why is he sending him to do such a low-rent job. After two weeks of him having him break into drone sweeps in Estes' office and warn Nazir away why would Nazir put such a valuable asset at risk when the CIA might already be surveilling him. Why not send a lesser asset like many in his seeming American network, or Roya who is much less valuable even though she is Brody's only tie to Nazir's wishes. Brody gets a flat and the shopkeep tries to escape when he gets gas and when the guy tries to attack him the shopkeep falls on a stump or a tree or something and gets impaled. Just then Jessica calls asking where he is and while the shopkeep flails and makes noise while he's on the phone Brody snaps his neck and says he has a flat and can't make it. Jess gives a better speech about family and stuff to which the vets really like and Mike takes her home. Brody buries the body out in the woods and then showers himself off. The acting Damian Lewis did in that shot was amazing seeing himself trying to literally get the blood off of his hands and the frustration of not being able to complete the mission and miss the conference. Jess almost has sex with Mike again after she tells him about the weekend and his relationship with Carrie. What a jerk, Mike is all high and mighty and then is willing to sleep with his best friend's wife again after learning of a certain minor weekend infidelity. Brody's weekend away I see as a weird way of getting even so Mike pulled a potential major dick-move. Luckily Brody comes back in time and Mike gets out of there. Jess asks him where he's been and can see through his lies. Her ultimatum was great acting as well as the speech from Morena Baccarin who should be considered for next year's awards season. Brody now has to tell his wife what he is doing or leave his family and his political career (potentially) goodbye. Carries gets a visit from Saul, who sneakily planted a dummy chip when getting detained and searched on his way out of Lebanon and put the real chip with Brody's home video and he shows it to Carrie. Claire Dane's reaction was gold as she cries in relief that she was right. Of course now they have to reinstate now that she was right but what this means for Brody is going to be complicated he can deny it and claim it's fake or something but it will be proof enough that he is hiding something and the day of Tom Walker's shooting up the speech was supposed to be followed by Brody killing everyone off in the bunker. Great work Homeland, now we can get back to action. And stop giving Brody weird jobs next thing we know he'll have to pick up Nazir's dry cleaning when he has a caucus meeting or something.
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