Breathless. That’s how I felt as the credits rolled, very ready for the next episode.
I expected much of what occurred, but I didn’t peg it all. The acting and tension made it a great watch throughout.
Who’s zooming who?
Dana visits Mike, the closest thing to a father she’s had for several years. Jessica arrives at Mike’s to collect Dana, who has fallen asleep upstairs. She needed to get away. Jessica tells Mike (of course) about the hit and run, but he didn’t hear it from her, OK? They agree to let her sleep. Dana wants to stay the night and calls home to tell Jessica. “Is dad there? Where is he?” Dana wants answers on why he backed off at the police station. Like mother, like daughter, Dana tells Jessica ‘that woman, Carrie’ was there and that’s when the confession plan changed. News to Jessica, as she rolls her eyes.
Mike takes Dana to the hit and run victim’s home. The daughter knew Dana had something to do with it from her visit at the hospital. She wants Dana out of her house and not tell the police. A pay off. Good old Veep, protecting his road to the Oval Office. Dana leaves, shaken to the core. Some tough lessons for a teen to digest. I hope that she doesn’t change.
Virgil and Carrie observe Brody from the van. He’s late to meet Roya and she scolds him. His demeanor is alerting her senses. “What’s going on with you?” Brody states that he’s through. Nice try, man, but you’re in so deep, miners couldn’t find you. He shakes her off. Carrie is freaking out. She tells Virgil to kill the tracking in Brody’s phone. Peter wants him brought in. Carrie plays that she agrees as she spots him ahead.
At some scruffy motel, Brody tells Carrie that she can’t save this. He’s finally burned every bridge with his family, Nazir and the CIA. She encourages him to stay in the game, but he believes he’s been replaced and is relieved to no longer have to lie. Will Carrie visit him in prison? Carrie had imagined a different future for them. “Us?”
She continues to work him back into the game. He’d be a hero if Nazir was caught. This deal is a way out for both of them, she says. Intense stares. Then comes the moment I predicted and I felt for the folks in the next motel room. A mic is on the outside window the room. The surveillance crews get an earful of some serious porny sex. Saul, my poor Saul. To see his reaction to the Carrie/Brody audio was to feel his pain over his faith in her abilities and worry that she’s out of control again. Peter and Saul argue about shutting the operation down. Saul believes Carrie needs a chance. This is the only way to get to the attack plans. This sex could be part of her plan. Gives new meaning to serving your country! Saul turns down the volume. Want some gum? Peter’s contempt for Carrie and his simplification of her to just a whack job who has the hots for Brody is a perfect foil for her. I hated him at first, but now I like him speaking what Estes and the CIA are definitely thinking.
In the morning, Brody calls Roya to explain his outburst. He blames pressure and problems at home and says it won’t happen again. He worries if she believed him. Since we had eyes on Roya, I told the screen that nope, she’s not buying what you’re selling. Or, is this a pre-planned ‘SOS’ move for Brody to physically get back on the Nazir team? Roya jumps in Brody’s car when he was parking. She tells him to drive and gives him meaningful side eye. Follow my lead? You’re in trouble now? Where were you last night? What did you call this morning? He gets angry and she pulls his phone out and removes the surveillance card. All communication goes blank for the CIA crew. She knows, or that was all for the CIA’s benefit?
Night falls as Carrie and Virgil are on Brody’s trail on a desolate stretch of country road. Roya instructs him to pull over. Virgil’s brother-in-law tells him to stop the van. Here comes the stomach tightening because now I’m clueless.
This is his second chance she says, as they exit the Tahoe. Someone approaches out of the dark. Gettysburg killer. Carrie is watching through night vision, thinks she sees a third person and wants eyes on. Peter approves one pass by.
The 3 are still standing in the road. Roya orders Brody into the car as the van approaches. They snap pictures of Roya and company as they pass. Carrie recognizes the killer’s face and wants to stop. Peter said to keep moving. Carrie hollers at Virgil to pull over, hops out and walks up the road. A helicopter zooms in for landing and the 3 quickly load up and fly off. Brody is brought into a dark warehouse, hands bound behind his back as a car approaches. The blurry face comes into view and surprised recognition washes over Brody’s face. It’s a beardless Abu Nazir.
Whoa! I had to remind myself to breathe from the moment Roya jacked Brody in the garage to the very end. Seeing the killer made me worry for Virgil and his brother-in-law. I thought there would be a hail of bullets into the van and I’m glad that wasn’t true as I love those guys. The game is ON next episode.
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