New Car Smell.
"Jesus. She called this.”
Carrie suits up; Dana makes out mid-B&E (breaking and entering); Lauder and Faber team up; Brody gets made. Much like a fight between two rival San Diego news teams, that escalated quickly. The plot is progressing at an alarmingly fast pace and while I'm more than willing to go along for the ride, I'm hoping Homeland doesn't run out of steam mid-season. Where's the foreplay? Let's put a little of that jazz on that I know Carrie likes so much, open a bottle of wine and just talk about our feelings for awhile. Bonus points if Peter Quinn is there.
It's back to work for Carrie this week. For a woman who just attempted suicide, she's doing a good job of convincing her colleagues that she is up for the gig. If this whole CIA thing doesn't work out, Hollywood should give Carrie a call and hire her as PR for every actress. Assigned to the surveillance team keeping watch on Brody, Carrie meets Peter Quinn, the new guy. Hellooooooo gorgeous man who is sure to be Carrie's new foil and bed buddy. Carrie has met her match in Quinn—where Saul tip toes around her, Quinn calls bull and asserts his authority. Hopefully, that won't be the only thing he'll be asserting this season…am I right?
One thing is certain, Carrie is remarkably competent in the field. First, she gives a stellar performance in Beirut and now she nails the staged run-in with Brody. But she is the wild card. Her competence is always surprising though, because while she's professionally knocking shit out of the park, she's also battling blindfolded. When she tells Quinn and Saul that she thinks Brody made her and that her cover is blown, Carrie comes off sounding paranoid and erratic. Going to Brody's hotel room was BANANAS. And then she does it again: she gets the bad guy. Plus, everything she says to Brody after calling his bluff was perfection. It's partially a fuck you to an ex and the rest is complete redemption for herself and her country:
"I loved you. If only the circumstances had been wildly different. You're a disgrace to your nation, Sergeant Nicholas Brody. You're a traitor and a terrorist and now it's time you paid for that.”
Brody, you're in the doghouse with your wife, a relationship that is vital in maintaining your appearance as a non-terrorist. Here's a tip: don't call your ex-lover/ex-CIA agent who suspects you of being a terrorist! I mean, come on, this is How to Lead a Double Life 101. Things have gone horribly wrong for Brody and now that he's in the custody of the CIA, I have no idea how he'll weasel his way out of this one. But I know he will.
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"New Car Smell”
- "You were fucking him, huh?” "Who are you fucking?” "An ER nurse. I'm not that into her.” I <3 Peter Quinn.
- "He's nice.” "But I'm nicer.” "No you're meaner.” "So it's the car.” If only boys were this witty when I was 16.
- My hometown got a shout out tonight. #NBD. What up, Main Line. Represent.
- "Crap, I'm nervous.” "I'm not. You're good.” Again, I <3 Peter Quinn.
- When the cab driver calls people at Langley paranoid for using credit cards, then Brody calls him paranoid, we all basked in the irony of it all.
- "Makes you realize there is a whole big world out there.” Ugh, gag me with a spoon. Too cliché, Dana.
- Brody tells Carrie: "By the way this is not a booty call.” You know who says that? People who are booty calling you.
Conspiracy Theory of the Week
I'm becoming more nervous that somehow Dana's relationship with Finn is going to hurt the CIA's case against Brody. It all just seems too neat that the VP's son would fall for Brody's daughter. They are destined to become star-crossed lovers and we know THAT never ends well.