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Sunday, December 1, 2013
Episode Summaries: Elizabeth Burke learns that her client, Andrew Stanzler, an energy trader, may be involved in the blackouts that claimed three lives and cost the city millions of dollars. Elizabeth learned this through Stanzler’s assistant, Brooke Argyle, who conducted an investigation after overhearing Stanzler speak about withholding supply during peak hours that he may sell energy to the city at triple the rate. Peter Burke agrees to look into the serious allegations from Brooke.
Neal Caffrey arrives at the museum to speak with Brooke, but Agent Burke is running late. Brooke learns that Stanzler’s meeting in Connecticut was canceled, and that the man is already on his way to the museum. The terrified assistant has changed her mind about speaking with the FBI. Seeing that the woman would no longer cooperate, Neal assumes the identity of Agent Burke and manages to get Brooke’s assistance. Peter is furious at what Neal had done, but Elizabeth convinced him that it was the right thing to do at that time. Informing Brooke of their lie would only make the woman distrust the FBI. Agent Burke briefs the entire department of the role reversal that is critical in getting Brooke’s collaboration. Elizabeth arrives with Brooke at the FBI headquarters and meets with Agent Burke and Neal. They learn that Stanzler’s company is a broker of energy for New York that could buy enough energy and artificially create a shortage. Brooke also has vital information that she only shares with the supposed Agent Burke. She believes that Stanzler is in contact with a burglar named Bill Roscoe. Agent Burke decides to continue with the role reversal, and has Neal convince Brooke to get Stanzler to hire a burglar named Neal Caffrey with Peter posing as Neal.
Sara Ellis returns from Argentina with news about the smuggled crates they uncovered a few months ago. She was able to trace the crates to an estate in Argentina, and was able to confirm that Vincent Adler had fled there after his fraudulent scheme was uncovered. Sara learned from one of the workers in Adler’s estate that the man was obsessed with finding a German soldier named Gerhard Wagner. After some digging, Agent Diana Barrigan uncovered that the Department of Defense classified his information when he emigrated to the U.S. after World War II. Agent Burke manages to declassify Gerhard Wagner’s file, and discovers that the man worked as a radio operator in the U-boat Headquarters. Wagner sought asylum in the U.S. with claims of having top-secret information he is willing to share with the U.S. The man was sent to a detention center in Ellis Island where he escaped a few weeks later. Agent Burke theorizes that the man must have managed to get himself naturalized at Ellis Island, and plans to find the man’s assumed identity. Peter, Mozzie, Sara, and Neal leave Neal’s apartment shortly after their discussion. Sara and Neal, however, notice that a man is following them, and confirms this when a car rushes to fetch the man after sensing that the two has discerned his presence.
Agent Burke posing as Neal meets with Stanzler and offers him his services with a claim of robbing the museum of Stanzler’s private collection in less than twenty minutes. Agent Burke gets the job, and receives instructions to steal a flash drive from another trader named Francis Luntz. He speculates that Stanzler and Luntz are working together to create temporary shortages. Luntz, however, distrusts Stanzler so much so that he secretly videotaped one of their meetings. Stanzler learned of this, and now wants Neal to steal it for him. Agent Burke reaches out to Neal to train him on his task. Neal enlists Mozzie as Agent Burke’s mentor. Moreover, June provides assistance lending them her late husband’s training jacket to help Agent Burke learn the scratch on a dip. Mozzie starts with instructions for Agent Burke to drop a bug into Stanzler’s jacket to ensure that the FBI has ears on him. This, however, means that Agent Burke must also retrieve it to ensure that the man will not become aware of its presence. Agent Burke struggles to retrieve the bug from the training jacket rigged with bells. Mozzie shows him that it can be done, and June advises that Agent Burke must use his fingers like tweezers so that the thumb will never touch the mark. After hours of training, Peter has learned all Mozzie had to teach him, and is now prepared to take on the task Stanzler had assigned him.
Neal meets with Sara at the archives in the hope of uncovering Wagner’s new identity after his escape from Ellis Island in 1946. The woman on the phone, however, informed Sara that getting permission to access the files they need might take four weeks. Neal, however, using a fake FBI badge manages to get the woman to allow them access to the files. Much to their surprise, the files fill an entire room of the archives. The two scour through documents in search of a photograph of a man that bears the likeness of Wagner. Neal wonders why Sara has gone out of her way to help with the case, and learns that the woman had an older sister who ran away and never heard from again. Sara knows exactly how it feels not to have closure, and she believes that helping Neal track down Adler would give him that.
Peter posing as Neal meets with Stanzler. The crook is unaware that Peter had slipped a bug in his jacket. Neal, Agent Clinton Jones, and Agent Diana Barrigan anxiously listen to Stanzler’s instructions for Peter to go to the master bedroom and find anything in reference to Project Edison. Stanzler’s meeting with Luntz in his house will only last twenty minutes, and so Peter must complete the task within that timeframe. Stanzler enters Luntz’s gated mansion and signals Peter who is hiding in the trunk of his Bentley that they have arrived. Peter informs his team that he has successfully entered the mansion through the basement door. He makes his way up the master bedroom without being noticed, and finds in one of the drawers a Centurion safe key. Neal recognizes the brand as an in-wall safe. Peter finds the safe behind a portrait of Mr. and Mrs. Luntz, and inside it he finds the flash drive. He makes copies of its contents, one for Stanzler and another for the FBI. Meanwhile, Agent Barrigan has been listening in Stanzler’s conversation with Luntz. She informs the team that the discussion has just gotten interesting. Stanzler and Luntz are speaking of getting Chip Wheelock, an executive at East Coast Hydroelectric, on board with the energy collusion. Luntz is apprehensive about getting another person involved in the fraud, but Stanzler talks him into meeting with Wheelock in the party Stanzler is holding on Saturday. With this new development, Peter instructs his team to hold off apprehending Stanzler and Luntz that they may arrest Wheelock too. Peter returns to the trunk of the Bentley without being noticed and hands Stanzler the flash drive soon after. Stanzler is impressed with his job that he offers Peter another job with twice the pay. He is to be at the Geller Museum on Saturday at five in the afternoon.
Agent Burke and his team return to the FBI headquarters and watch the video of Stanzler recruiting him in his scheme. The FBI believes that Luntz went on to participate with the collusion, and now has information that Stanzler is trying to involve Wheelock, a senior manager at East Coast Hydroelectric, with the fraud. Wheelock will be the man flipping the switch, giving them more control over the blackouts. The FBI with the help of Brooke manages to attach a video camera in Stanzler’s suit for the party on Saturday; they will be able to get a video feed of Stanzler.
Stanzler introduces Peter posing as Neal to Elizabeth and Neal who is posing as Peter, which made for awkward introductions. However, soon after Luntz arrived with his wife, Stanzler leads Peter into the Stanzler Gallery where Luntz is. Stanzler instructs Peter to keep an eye on Luntz. Peter approaches Luntz and the man informs him that he no longer wants to be part of the energy fraud. Moreover, Peter learns that Luntz thought that he is Wheelock. Peter now knows that Stanzler had planned to double cross Luntz and finds that the man had locked them both inside the room. Luntz’s only advantage against Stanzler is the video he had of their meeting that Stanzler now has in his possession. Peter informs his team of being locked inside the Stanzler Gallery, and learns from them that another blackout is about to roll. With the security cameras compromised during the blackout, Stanzler plans on killing both Luntz and Peter. True enough a blackout ensues, the video feed from Stanzler’s suit shows that he is out of the atrium, but his exact location is unknown. Neal uses his fake FBI badge to get access to restricted areas, but Stanzler is already inside the gallery where Peter and Luntz are. Stanzler begins shooting at them, but Peter manages to dodge the bullets. Neal arrives just in time preventing Stanzler from shooting Peter. Stanzler turns on him, but the generator kicks in allowing Peter to disarm Stanzler.
Neal returns to the archives and finds Sara in one of the halls. Soon, another blackout ensues. The allure of the blackout and being in close quarters released the sexual tension the two have been ignoring. Sara and Neal begin to make love in the hall. Mozzie uncovers Wagner’s new identity and goes in search of Sara only to find her and Neal in a compromising position, but the gravity of what he has discovered outweighs the awkward encounter that he goes on to present to them what he had found. Based on the records Mozzie found, Gerhard Wagner has changed his name to Michael Hunter. However, the man already passed away. He is survived by one family member, his granddaughter, Alex Hunter. Alex speaks with someone on her cell phone unaware that she is being followed.
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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Episode Summary: Sergeant Nicholas Brody makes a video recording explaining the reason behind his deed. According to Brody, forces loyal to Saddam Hussein captured him and sold him to Abu Nazir, an Al-Qaeda commander. Abu Nazir held him captive for more than eight years. Being a prisoner of war, he was tortured and suffered inhumanity in the hands of his captors. He claims that his ordeal will be used against him. Brody, who believes of being branded as a terrorist by the time the video recording is publicized, stresses the contrary to the fact. He declares his love for his country, and justifies his action as part of his service as a marine. Brody, as a marine, had sworn an oath to defend the United States of America from enemies both foreign and domestic. He claims that his action is directed at domestic enemies, and identifies the vice president and members of his national security team as the enemy. Brody declares them war criminals responsible for the deaths of eighty-two children. The massacre was never acknowledged and never put to justice.
Carrie Mathison goes into a deep depression, refusing to eat, confining herself in the bedroom. She, however, still receives visitors. Saul Berenson pays a visit to his protégé to see how she is doing, and finds that the woman still has hopes of returning to the C.I.A., one he knows to be unlikely. Carrie begins asking about the case, but accepts the fact that Saul can no longer discuss with her details of it. She, however, startles Saul with her disbelief at Brody’s betrayal and asks him why the man had done it. Saul explains that Brody has numerous reasons to betray her. Brody running for Congress is possibly the main reason for it. Saul learns that Carrie could not let go of Brody, and only then realizes that the woman has misguidedly fallen in love with the person whom she once thought to be a terrorist.
Brody finishes his recording, and takes the micro SD card from the camera. He then makes his way to a park, hides the memory card in a loose rock, and leaves a mark with a chalk. That same night, Tom Walker sneaks inside an old woman’s car who left it at a parking lot while she played Bingo. The woman makes her way home, and finds that police officers had set up a checkpoint near her home that is two blocks away from the State Department. Security in the neighborhood has been heightened given the vice president’s address the following morning. Officers confirm the identity and address of Mrs. Samler, and she is given permission to pass through. Tom Walker comes out of hiding, and points a gun at Mrs. Samler as soon as the woman parks her car. With the old woman tied to the chair, Walker prepares his station, carefully sets his sniper rifle by the window of Mrs. Samler’s apartment.
Vice President William Walden addresses a distinguished group of people to thank them for their continued support, and confidence in his upcoming presidential candidacy, one he will be announcing the next day. C.I.A. Deputy Director David Estes is one of the guests, and he makes one last plea to the vice president to take necessary precautions given their knowledge of an impending terrorist attack. David foregoes asking the vice president to postpone his announcement until they catch Tom Walker, and only requests that the vice president change his venue. Walden refuses David’s request.
Brody could not fall asleep. He remembers the words of Abu Nazir, and begins to purify himself for prayer. He begins the ritual when Dana enters the garage catching him at prayer. Dana recognizes his chants as Arabic, and learns that her father has converted to Islam. Morning came, and news about an event where Vice President Walden is to address the people alongside his high-ranking supporters and the Joint Chiefs of Staff wakes Carrie from her stupor. Virgil is delighted to see her up and about, and agrees to drive Carrie around town. He soon finds that Carrie had been navigating him towards the State Department where the vice president is to announce his candidacy for president. Carrie believes that the terrorist attack will occur at the event, and it is up to her to stop it. She disputes the theory that a single sniper will carry out the attack, because it is uncharacteristic of Abu Nazir’s plots. Virgil acquiesces to support Carrie.
Saul speaks to David about the nearly yearlong gap in Abu Nazir’s activities that Carrie had uncovered. David is apprehensive about the theory sensing that Saul had gotten it from Carrie. Saul, however, following Carrie’s speculation did a grid search and found that a drone strike occurred around the time Abu Nazir went silent. Despite this discovery, David is more concerned about the vice president’s conference, and would rather have Saul attend the conference than follow the lead he unearthed.
Dana watches as her father hugs her brother tightly as the boy leaves for karate, and sees him longing to do the same with his wife. Brody nervously puts on the vest rigged with explosives, and becomes startled when his daughter tries to enter his locked room. Dana senses that something ominous is about to happen at the event her father is going to attend. She speaks through the locked door, and tells her father not to go. Brody, however, has made up his mind. He continues to put on his vest. Dana presses on, and urges her father to let her enter his room. Brody takes out the vest, and hides it in the closet in order to appease his worried daughter. He walks out of the house clad with his uniform, but underneath it is the vest rigged with explosives. Dana waits for him by the car, pleads one last time for him not to go, and attempts to give him a hug. Brody, however, pushes her away.
David accompanies Walden as they make their way to the State Department. He takes the opportunity to inform Walden of Saul’s discovery. This alarms the vice president who thought that all traces of the drone strike have been eliminated. David assuages Walden’s worry convincing him that Saul is merely fishing for information that would explain Abu Nazir’s actions. He receives direct orders from the vice president to get Saul to drop his investigation. Saul, however, is bent on finding answers. Although he submitted to David’s order for him to be at the conference, Saul is in contact with Manny Galvez, who confirms that the redacted document they unearthed does refer to a drone strike. They learn that no other supporting document exists. Manny speculates that the redacted document Saul found was an oversight. It probably was not even supposed to be there.
Carrie and Virgil walk among the spectators as they try to understand why Abu Nazir would carry his attack at an event with heighted security. Carrie believes that the event is one of the rare occasions where quite a number of high-ranking officials who hardly come together are in attendance including Brody. The sight of Brody brings Carrie close to the edge remembering very well his betrayal. Brody speaks with Elizabeth Gaines blocking Tom Walker’s line of sight. Tom had his sniper rifle aimed at the vice president’s trusted adviser. The vice president arrives, and meets his influential supporters by the steps of the Harry S. Truman Building. Walden speaks with Elizabeth, and seconds later a shot is fired at her killing Elizabeth instantly and splattering the vice president with her blood. Tom takes another shot, but only fires at a glass door and a random official. Chaos ensues, and the Secret Service rushes every official inside the building including Brody. Everyone bypasses security and the metal detectors. Tom’s mission is complete. He takes his rifle and leaves his hostage.
Carrie calls Saul, who is surprised to hear that she is at the vicinity. She frantically relays her theory that disputes the belief that Tom was aiming for the vice president, but missed. She informs him that protocol dictates the need to sequester high-value targets in the event of an attack. Carrie believes that Brody will carry out the real attack, which would eliminate all high-value targets. She speculates that Brody’s betrayal was due to her coming close to uncovering the truth. Her mention of Brody’s involvement cast doubt on her theory. Saul instructs one of the agents to apprehend Carrie, informing the man that the woman is unstable. Virgil and Carrie watch as several agents make their way towards them, and they know that they have come to accost Carrie. Virgil puts his trust on Carrie, and gives her his keys as he tries to sidetrack the agents.
Brody finds that everyone but the vice president is in the bunker. Walden, however, arrives more upset about being ushered into a hole than the fact that a terrorist has claimed the lives of a few of his people, and is currently on the loose. With every high-ranking official sequestered in the bunker, a full lockdown is officially put in place. They are to stay there until the sniper is apprehended or has been confirmed to have left the vicinity. Brody nervously puts his fingers on the switch, and walks slowly towards the furious vice president. He gains courage as he remembers Abu Nazir’s words. Brody flips the switch. Nothing happens. He continues to flip the switch, but the explosives do not detonate. Brody goes to the restroom and inspects the vest that failed to detonate.
Dana gets wind of the assassination attempt at the event his father is attending, and right about the same time finds Carrie knocking at her door. She is relieved to hear that her father is not one of the casualties, but is shocked to hear that her father is involved in the attack. Dana is in disbelief, but agrees to Carrie’s request to dissuade his father from what he is about to do. Dana takes the phone from Carrie, but calls 911 instead. Dana rushes out, but Carrie runs after her still attempting to convince the teenager to help her dissuade Brody from carrying out the attack. Jessica and Chris arrive and see Carrie distressing Dana. Jessica confronts Carrie. The unstable woman now tries to convince Jessica of her theory, but to no avail. The police arrive and apprehend Carrie.
Brody sits in a stall as he fixes the cut wiring, and wears the vest again. The head of the security team checks on him, and informs him of having found the weapon. Moreover, he anticipates that the lockdown will be over soon enough. Brody and the agent leave the restroom. Brody puts his hand on the switch, and prepares for the blast when the agent comes to him with a phone telling him that Dana is on the other line. Dana apprises Brody of the incident with Carrie that occurred only a few minutes ago. Dana relaying Carrie’s claim of Brody working with Tom put some sense into him, which caused Brody to deny being involved in the terrorist plot. Dana pleads her father to promise her that he will come home. Brody struggles to make a decision, and chooses to fulfill his promise to Dana. The lockdown is over. Walden leaves the bunker followed by every other high-ranking official that survived Tom’s attack.
Brody sits in his couch watching the news where Walden uses the attacks as a catalyst for his announcement to run for president. Meanwhile, Jessica would like Brody to decide on whether to press charges against Carrie. Brody confronts Carrie at the parking lot of the police station to stress the fact that he is not a terrorist, and to emphasize the distress the woman has caused his family. Carrie apologizes for her actions, and learns that David had informed Brody of her condition. Brody asks Carrie for the last time to stay away from him and his family. Carrie promises to stay away from the Brodys. Her encounter with Brody once again pushed Carrie over the edge, but the woman managed to keep an ounce of sanity enough to decide to commit herself into an institution.
Walden meets with Saul to discuss the redacted document he unearthed. He instructs Saul to turn a blind eye on what he uncovered, but Saul is adamant in finding out the truth. Saul threatens the vice president with releasing the supposedly destroyed interrogation tapes that captured the inhumane handling of prisoners as ordered by Walden. Saul’s plan worked. He with David watches a recording of a deliberation about carrying out a drone strike within the vicinity of a school. The recording captured Walden convincing his team of fulfilling his desire to carry out the drone strike even if it means claiming the lives of innocent children. Walden puts the blame on Abu Nazir for putting the children at risk. Saul is in disbelief. Moreover, he saw that David, who at that time worked for him, was involved. Saul senses that David’s ambition has clouded his judgment. David justifies his choices, and claims that the game has changed. America’s goal is to project power in order to degrade Al-Qaeda militarily. Saul threatens to release the drone strike that killed eighty-two innocent children to the media, but David calls his bluff for he knows that Saul will not do anything that will endanger the lives of his field agents and soldiers. Moreover, the United States claiming responsibility for the horrific massacre will only spur hate towards the country.
Brody makes his way to the spot where he left the video recording accepting responsibility for and justifying the attack he should have carried out the previous day. Regrettably, he finds that someone has already taken it as planned. Brody returns home to get his pistol, and meets with Tom. Tom points a gun at Brody’s forehead, and Brody tries to justify his failure to detonate the bomb. Brody tries to convince Tom that the terrorist attack would not have made a difference. Soon he learns that Nazir has been listening to their conversation. Nazir instructs Tom to hand Brody the phone. Brody now tries to convince Nazir to change his strategy. He informs him that his new stature allows him to influence policy at the highest levels. Nazir becomes open to Brody’s strategy, but wants Brody to demonstrate his commitment by killing Tom. Brody follows Nazir’s order.
Saul rushes to the hospital where Carrie had herself committed. He barges in her room in order to prevent her from going through electroconvulsive therapy. He is surprised to learn that it was Carrie’s decision to push through with the shock treatment. Saul tries to convince Carrie that there are other ways to cure her illness, but Carrie is determined to go through with it. He warns her of the side effects of such treatment especially the loss of memory, but she has already weighed all those in her decision. Saul could see that nothing can be done to dissuade Carrie from undergoing shock treatment. He, instead, informs her that her theory about Abu Nazir dropping out of sight is correct. Nazir’s son died in a drone strike in northern Iraq that Vice President Walden ordered and later expunged from records. Carrie then definitively learns from Saul that she cannot return to the agency. With Maggie by her side, Carrie bravely undergoes shock therapy. During the sedation phase, she recalls the weekend she spent with Brody, and figures out that Issa was Nazir’s son, and the name Brody called out when he had his nightmare. Carrie stated the connection and asked that they not let her forget, but no one in the room knew what she was talking about and so dismissed it as the effects of the anesthetic. Carrie twitches and convulses as electrical currents pass through her brain.
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Sunday, November 17, 2013
Episode Summaries: Both the president and vice president are on lockdown given the imminent threat from Tom Walker. The C.I.A. has its hands full with catching Walker and the leak who they believe is one of their own. C.I.A. Deputy David Estes wants all agents on the case including Carrie Mathison, who is still recuperating at the hospital. Saul Berenson arrives at the hospital to fetch Carrie, but finds her mentally unstable.
Carrie frets at the hospital staff for not lending her a green pen then frantically apprises Saul of a realization about Abu Nazir. She claims that Abu Nazir could not have planned his attack with only a single sniper to carry it out. This strategy is unlike the terrorist’s modus operandi for he is known to make a show of his attacks, usually with a bomb exploding. Carrie is convinced that the C.I.A.’s working theory of Abu Nazir enlisting Walker to assassinate the president is incorrect. She believes that the sniper only plays a small role in Abu Nazir’s terrorist plot. Although Carrie’s theory makes sense, her current mental state makes it dubious. Her excitement over Saul’s green pen certified her madness. Carrie begins to speak about Abu Nazir’s plot in color codes claiming that the terrorist’s movements in green after a fallow yellow always creep towards purple. Her ideas have become ridiculous that Saul, who has let Carrie ramble on, finally informs her that she is not herself.
Saul brings Carrie to her house and stays with her until Maggie comes. Carrie continues with her color coding madness making Saul quite relieved when her sister arrives. Saul learns that Carrie is bipolar, and is currently in a manic state. Maggie reveals that Carrie has been on medication, and that her psychosis is nothing new. Carrie acquiesces to taking clonazepam, but it will take days for her to return to normal. Moreover, Maggie informs Saul that Carrie cannot be left alone at that state. Maggie and Saul's only options are to have someone look after her or have her committed to a psychiatric facility. The latter would mean the end of Carrie’s career at the C.I.A. Saul agrees to keep watch at night and to keep silent about Carrie’s mental state.
Nicholas Brody plans a trip with his family to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania much to his daughter’s annoyance. Jessica sees it as her husband’s attempt to spend one last weekend with his family before the campaign for Congress takes over their lives. After a few attempts to avoid having to go to Gettysburg with her family, Dana has no other choice but to go. Armed with a Hero camera, she makes the most out of the trip by making a documentary of it. The Brodys arrive at Gettysburg, and after hours of traveling finds themselves in a viewing deck that looks out a plain. What proved to be a disappointment for Chris clearly meant something for Brody, who they learn is very knowledgeable of the Battle of Gettysburg. Brody tells his family of how General Lee brought the war to the North at a time when the South was winning. Although outnumbered, the Northern General, General Meade gave instructions to his troops to defend the ridge especially Little Round Top, the most crucial part of it, at all costs. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain, a schoolteacher from Maine turned Union officer, instructed his men to charge down Little Round Top with only their bayonets. This startling strategy proved successful in defending the ridge. Brody commends Chamberlain for his courage to do what was necessary for a cause he believed in. Later, Brody and Dana are left alone while Jessica and Chris check out the gift shop. Dana becomes alarmed when her father speaks to her portentously of their future, and presses her to promise him that she will look after her mother.
Meanwhile, Maggie takes the day shift of looking after Carrie. Having found nothing to eat at her sister’s place, Maggie with Carrie goes out to get some food when Carrie suddenly gets out of the car and almost gets run over as she runs to a fenced garden with newly planted shrubs. Carrie begins to speak incomprehensibly about laying low before coming to life. The Brodys make their way to a diner for lunch, but Brody excuses himself claiming to have forgotten to bring his toothbrush and therefore going to get one at one of the shops. He enters a men’s store and goes directly to the back where a tailor greets him in Arabic. The man fits Brody the vest he made wired with explosives. The man shows Brody how to operate the vest, and advises him to wait until the last second before he opens it to avoid engaging the bomb until the appointed time. Brody fully aware of his imminent fate speaks of his macabre death. He then makes his way to his car, and hides the vest wrapped in brown paper in a compartment under the trunk of the Subaru. Dana, who has been waiting for him, confronts him of his whereabouts and the package he had just hidden. He makes an excuse of the package being a present he bought for Jessica, but Dana is unconvinced. Father and daughter walk back to the diner. A man who recognized him as the war hero running for office approaches Brody to tell him that he is going to vote for him. Soon after, nearly everyone at the diner comes up to Brody to shake his hand. Having witnessed the people’s confidence and their willingness to support Brody, Jessica regrets having rejected the idea of her husband running for office. She is now convinced that her husband could do good things not only for his constituents, but also for his family. Jessica has found happiness for the very first time since Brody returned, and spends the night together as normal loving couples do.
David meets with an annoyed Vice President William Walden frustrated at being kept in a bunker at a time when he needs to be highly visible. Walden has plans of announcing his candidacy for the presidency, and the C.I.A.’s failure to capture Walker is hurting his candidacy before it even started. David with ambitions of his own kowtows to the vice president’s wishes. Meanwhile, Saul returns to the agency careful not to reveal Carrie’s current state. Despite Carrie’s certified lunacy, Saul believes Carrie’s theories so much so that he shares them with David. Saul arrives to relieve Maggie of the task of watching over Carrie, and learns that in spite of her mania, Carrie spent the day working. Saul comes up to her bedroom conscious but sedated. He feels responsible for Carrie’s mental state confessing to have had an inkling of it when she returned from Baghdad. Carrie says nothing except that they do not have time, because it is high purple. While Carrie is asleep, Saul picks up the work where Carrie had left, and suddenly the colors made sense. Saul groups together the pieces of information Carrie had color coded, and puts them up on the wall. He sits back and finds that Carrie’s notions are not crazy after all.
Carrie wakes up and finds Saul in her living room admiring the work she had feverishly put together during her bout of insanity. Saul was able to put the pieces together and learned that Carrie had been making a timeline of Abu Nazir’s activities. The most striking is the period Carrie refers to as the fallow yellow when Abu Nazir went quiet. She and Saul go through possible reasons for his hibernation. Carrie believes that the terrorist was mourning a tragedy at the time when he disappeared. Revenge fueled his activities after his hibernation and at this time, Abu Nazir, has been planning to carry it out. His current activities, which Carrie marked as purple, mark the time when his plan is in full swing. In order to stop the terrorist, the Agency must figure out the tragedy that brought about his fury. Carrie, however, must trust her colleagues to do the job for she must stay in the sidelines given her current mental state.
Carrie confesses to having heard Saul’s apology the previous night after believing that her ordeal in Baghdad was what brought her over the edge. She, however, reveals to Saul that her mental condition began when she was still in college. The arrival of her sister and father interrupted their conversation. Her concerned family is relieved to see her in a normal state of mind, and that the work she had been hysterically doing the previous day had meaning. However, the thought of having uncovered a portion of the mystery gave Carrie the need to be at work, and the feeling that she is the only one who can do something about it. Her father who suffers the same mental illness as she is makes it clear to her that her illness is the cause of her delusion. Carrie still feels the need to call Brody whom she believes knows the event that triggered Abu Nazir’s hibernation. Her father warns her about her compulsions having experienced it himself. He believes that their illness can cause them to act on impulses that in the moment of mania seemed right only to later find out that it was foolish. Carrie goes against her father’s advice.
The package that her father had discreetly hidden in their Subaru continues to gnaw on Dana that she decides to see what is inside it. Regrettably, her father catches her in the act denying her of the chance to see what it held. Moreover, Brody is determined to keep the nature of the contents of the package to himself. Brody receives a call from Carrie as soon as he and his family arrive home. Carrie, who clearly is still not herself, struggles to make sense. Numerous thoughts running through her mind muddy her attempt to extract from Brody the tragedy that fueled Abu Nazir’s fury. Brody senses that the woman is not in her right mind, but suggests of coming to see her. Meanwhile, Brody’s actions continue to trouble Dana. She confides to Xander her concern, and shows him a time-lapsed video of her father staring blankly at the horizon for minutes on end.
Carrie dolls up in preparation for her meeting with Brody only to learn that the man had called David. Brody had revealed his affair with Carrie and accused her of harassment citing the illegal surveillance she had set up at his house. David has come to relieve her of her duties. He and his team are alarmed to find confidential documents at Carrie’s house, and they begin to dismantle the timeline Saul and Carrie worked hard to piece together. The act of taking down the timeline threw Carrie over the edge convincing David that the woman is insane.
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