Brody in leg chains in an interrogation room, sitting at a table. How far the mighty hero has fallen. Estes is pissed. Shock! What happened to this being just a surveillance operation? Saul wants Carrie to talk to Brody. Peter feels she’s “Way too emotion. Reckless.” He tells her to go home, but Saul said she can stay. Saul rules! Peter is pretty threatened by her skills. Something about Peter is just a bit too extra. Of course, he’s an Estes pick. However, he gets first crack at Brody.
Some good questions:
- Why did the torture stop? — Nothing
- Who is Isa? — He was one of the guards
- Where you aware that one of Nazir’s youngest sons was named Isa and he was killed in a drone strike? –No
Peter lays all the Brody lies out as questions. Behind the wall, Carrie says to Saul, “He’s good.”
“You did not conspire to kill the Vice-President?” Peter asks. “Of course I didn’t.” Roll tape! Peter leaves Brody to watch himself on the tape he’d made prior to the bombing attempt. Sweet interrogation move. A little something for Brody to suck on.
Dana tells Finn that she’s single to mingle. They make a movie date. Ouch. Estes gets to the business of covering for Brody’s whereabouts to his work and family. He’s ‘helping’ out on matters of National Security.
Brody looks like a man defeated at the table. Same questions from Peter about Isa. This time answered truthfully. He denies wearing a vest to kill the Veep or knowing about the shooting that killed Elizabeth Gaines and two Secret Service agents.
Prove it. He’ll take his chances on his family seeing the tape and what they’ll think.
Peter asks more questions with no cooperation. Peter’s over it. He whips out a knife and stabs Brody in the hand! Suspicions confirmed: nut bag. He’s forcibly removed and Carrie tells Saul that she can do this.
Jessica is on the hunt for Brody. She calls his office and talks to the guy Estes talked to earlier. He fronts and then calls Estes. “She knows I’m bullshitting her.” He wants to speak to Brody. No go.
Back in the room, a freshly bandaged Brody faces Carrie. She told him what she lost because of him. He still denies wearing a bomb. It’s all he’s got at this point. The tailor is dead, so who could tie him to one? Dana?
Carrie challenges him on their relationship. He apologizes for hurting her, but won’t admit to ever having loved her.
She feeds him water and then turns off the monitors. Saul trusts in this as Peter freaks out. Brody looks at her oddly as she removes his handcuffs.
Carrie resumes. She shares her stories of the war and asks him how he handles people’s questions about his war experiences. He admits that he lies about his war stories. “It’s the lies that undo us”, Carrie says. When did he last tell the truth? Five minutes ago when said he didn’t wear a bomb.
Nazir becomes the topic. She outlines all of the attacks over the years and the civilians who died in them that Nazir ordered. She tells him how Nazir worked him over and built him into the ‘monster’ that he is now. Isa. The boy he was given to love and then taken by the Veep. Brody is visibly emotional. Tears run down his face.
Carrie is better than good. She is great at psychological probing.
The vest. Brody has to admit to wearing one. Carrie comes at that question from several different fronts. Then she brings up the phone call from Dana on bomb day and he audibly gasps. Did Dana change his mind? Was he sick of death?
Lewis and Danes are holding us all hostage with their superb acting skills and that’s fine with me. The suspense and emotion is palpable. You can feel their intimate connection from their past smoldering in the room. She takes his hand. He reciprocates. Voices go soft.
Is the plan to attack America? He emits a tiny “Yes’.
Who knows the plan? He answers.
The vest. He answers!
Tells the tailors name, spills the tea on everyone involved.
Tom Walker. All dead.
He wearily puts his head down on the table. A man relieved of a thousand ton burden.
Saul comes in and tells Brody to call Jessica and tell her that he’ll be home later tonight. He complies. A stilted conversation with his wife, but at least she’s no longer tearing up D.C. to find him.
Dana is ready for her date with the Walden boy. Mother and daughter sit out front and chat. “Dad changed over there. They did something to him.” Jessica agrees. Here comes Finn with his Secret Service tailgate patrol. So we know the Veep isn’t aware of what’s going with Brody and the CIA or that wouldn’t have just gone down.
Brody is sleeping on the floor of the interrogation room. Reminds me of the suspects on ‘The First 48’ who are exhausted after confessing to a murder. They just pass out when left alone in interrogation. Emotional freedom.
Carrie wakes him and tells him his options. Trial, which equals publicity and public shame to him, the Corps and his family.
Or you help us. No charges or trial. Immunity. Go back out there and get to the big fish. Spy for us.
I’m not too comfortable with this at all. Brody hasn’t said he wore a vest or that he killed the tailor and Walker, but he likes this option and is released.
Dana and Finn decide to give the Secret Service the slip, leading to a dangerous car chase. Entitled twit with a Beemer. He hits a woman. Dana freaks and wants to call the cops. Finn refuses. He’s the Veep’s son! Someone has stopped to help the woman and they take off. Two entitled twits in a Beemer. Obviously this mini-plot will come back into play.
Carried drives Brody home. They talk. He takes her hand for a moment as they go over what he has to say to his remaining operatives. Moments of silence. He walks to the house and Carrie leaves. Virgil remains on surveillance in a vehicle. I’d like to ask him if he trusts Brody.
Brody faces Jessica and lies just spin out of his mouth like melted butter. He holds up his injured hand and claims a bender. Jessica won’t allow him home without the truth. So he tells her. “I’m working for the CIA.” It’s the truth.
Carrie, home alone, breaks out the wine. Well deserved after that beautiful display of skill. She sits in the dark and reflects. Her heart is what will keep her from being ‘on’ for what’s to come. She still loves Brody and she knows it.
Tighten your harness. This is going to be a walk on a taught tightrope and I’m wishing it was next Sunday already.
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