"Yeah, well, what if I told you my Dad's a Muslim?”
Tensions run high when we catch up with the Brodys, the CIA and the mentally unstable Carrie. Recently, Israel successfully bombed 5 Iranian nuclear facilities, further exacerbating riots in the Middle East – especially in Beirut where Saul is currently stationed. Brody has a shiny new office and with the fun title of Congressman, his family (specifically Princess Jessica) has climbed the social ladder by way of the Vice President. Carrie is gardening and teaching ESL while everyone was tiptoeing around her. Now the footsteps are getting louder, forcing Carrie to test her resolve when she's thrust back into the spy game. The crew spent their summer vacation compartmentalizing and brooding, and in this week's episode, it all begins to unravel. And it really is only the beginning. Here we go.
A The opening scenes with Carrie looked like footage for an assisted living advertisement or a rehab facility video—she tends to her garden, takes her pills, reminds herself to "Breathe,” and journals all about her day. Of course, she secretly keeps herself in the know when it comes to the Israel's cover operations, sneaking time on the computer to stay informed. You can take the girl out of the CIA…but you'll probably just need her help a few months later so really what's the point?
During her conversation with Saul, you can see the old Carrie lip tremble appear and I'm immediately concerned. It's all too much too soon. She takes the meeting with David Estes, who, conveniently, is stalking her house. She decides to go to Beirut to speak to her old asset, dyes her hair brown, and gets to work. It's a shaky start but everything returns to Carrie when she goes all Jason Bourne on a man who is following her. With a swift kick to the groin and a smile, Carrie is back.
Sgt. Nicholas Brody
B+ I thought I would have a hard time buying Brody as a Congressman, but there is no denying that he looks damn good in a suit. Plus, his ability to cover up his true motives makes him a natural politician. But he did repeat sophomore year and holds onto the childish notion that one day Abu Nazir will set him free. Very sophomoric indeed. As with Carrie, we dive right into the middle of Brody's personal shit storm. He steals a target list from David Estes' personal safe in a scene borrowed from every heist movie ever.
His daughter reveals he's a Muslim causing Jessica to drop the Real Housewives bull and completely freak. It's a tough gig—not only must he deal with Abu Nazir's requests, but he must also deal with an unpredictable wife anddaughter. So far, Brody is doing much better with Dana. But be warned, Brody—hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
A While in Beirut, Saul is contacted by Fatima, an old asset who wants to discuss a possible attack on the US but will only do so with Carrie. Ever the professional, Saul puts on a sweet hat and dutifully responds by reaching out to our ex-agent. But he hesitates at the first sign of Carrie's shaken nerves. His worries are not far-fetched but judging by Carrie's killer instincts on her first field mission in years, Saul might want to have a little more faith.
B Jessica is the definition of a social climber. She jumps on the Congressman bandwagon, uproots her kids by placing them in a new, creepy Quaker school (no offense, Dad!), and becomes BFF with the VP's wife. Frustrated with Dana's rebellious behavior, she unfairly chastises her in front of Brody only to be karma bitch-slapped when he admits to being Muslim. At least when she tore up the garage looking for Brody's Quran, she gave herself something to clean/do the next day. The woman needs a hobby. I like angry-at-Brody Jessica more than angry-at-Dana Jessica.
A What I learned during Dana's Quaker meeting at school: boys will be boys, Dana is still a badass, and cults can be kind of awesome…in a cult-like way. Dana, knowing more than your average 16-year-old, calls out the VP's son on being ignorant of the difference between Iranians and Arabs—her father's admonition last season obviously piqued her interest. Her relationship with Brody is undeniably touching. But it's also unsettling – especially when you wake up in the middle of the night to help your dad bury his desecrated Quran. Not your average Tuesday night. Anytime your parent asks you to bury something, it's probably bad news bears and definitely not the last time you'll bury something that year. Just ask the Fishers—just because it's six feet under, doesn't mean it's really gone.
Hey honey, could Daddy get your help with something for a hot second?
A+ He received 300 friend requests in one day.
B+Welcome back, Homeland. Now step it up.
- When Carrie emotionally asks Saul, "Why are you doing this to me?” Great personal redemption moment—she's not letting anyone off the hook, not even Saul, for their flip floppy treatment of her.
- Roya Hammad mentally seducing David Estes while Brody broke into his safe gave me an unexpected female power trip.
- "Are you that starved for attention?” Jessica, if you're asking this of your daughter, you might not be giving her enough attention.
Conspiracy Theory of the Week
Dana and Brody team up to overthrow Princess Jessica and turn the household into an Abu Nazir friendly zone/safe house. Or more likely, Roya will work with Brody until one of them becomes a "wild card" a la Walker and then we'll have a spy vs. spy situation on our hands.