Homeland - “Semper I”
Carrie has to remove all of her cameras from Brody’s house, but she’s not giving up. Not this girl. We sort of admire her determination to follow her gut and make sure that Brody doesn’t hurt anyone. She could get in huge trouble for her actions.
David gives Carrie and the rest of the agents a new assignment. They are to follow the money trial starting with the stolen necklace. They come up with a lot of people with access to the money and have to find all of those people and investigate them. Carrie gets a partner, Danny Galvez, and he’s mostly there to spy on Carrie for David. But David and Carrie seem to make up and apologize for the past over drinks together. We find out that they had an affair and David's marriage ended after that. Also, she took off and he followed her to New York, in classic clinger behavior.
Carrie and Danny follow Rakim Fizel, the man who bought the house near the airport. He is a professor who made recent trips to the Middle East, and we, the viewers, know that he is up to something. Carrie and Danny follow his car with theirs all day. Fizel’s wife is warned by a caller to let Fizel know not to drive home, so Carrie never gets to tie him to that location. Instead, he goes to an apartment of his. Carrie and Danny decide that he’s up to nothing interesting.
The chief advisor to the Vice-President, Elizabeth Gaines, sets up a lunch meeting with Brody with the intention of drafting him into politics. Mike wants Jessica to agree to tell Brody the truth about what happened between them, but Jessica doesn’t think it’s a good idea. Since they didn’t tell him right away, it’s become a big secret and it’s too late to tell. Big secret. He totally knows or at least really, really suspects.
Brody has a gun in his garage that he plays with during this episode. When the Brody family has a party, Brody kind of freaks out. Jessica lets Mike know that Brody has been acting like an unhinged person. Mike brought a date to try to throw Brody off the scent of his affair. Brody goes into the garage, gets his gun, goes outside, and shoots a deer, scaring everyone. Jessica goes outside to confront Brody and tells him that he needs to get help, because she can’t take it anymore. She even calls him out on the really bad “sex," which is totally called for.
To placate her, Brody agreed to go to a veteran’s support group meeting. When he drives off to the meeting, Carrie follows him in her car. Carrie goes inside the church and Brody recognizes her as the woman from his debriefing. Carrie immediately leaves and Brody follows her, insisting that she stay and telling her that he won’t tell the others what she does for a living if she needs to attend a meeting for support. They briefly mention Baghdad, because they both went there. Brody asks Carrie why it’s so hard to talk about it to people who weren’t there. Carrie asks him why it’s so hard to talking to people who weren’t there about ANYTHING. They laugh, and it’s all friendly.
What it really is? Awesome. Carrie has gone even further to investigate this man. Is she going to befriend him? She clearly made a good impression. Watching Carrie manipulate Brody could take this show to the next level. Some might say it’s reckless. We say it makes good TV. We’re excited for next week. This was yet another good episode from this show.
Episode grade: A-
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