Nick takes a second to pull himself together, and heads on into the class-warfaring drunken resentment of a Marine platoon that hates everything Nick's been given. He's done well to do so, because the crazy hot drunk one that looks like Redhead Jacob, Lauder, who always causes the trouble, he explodes on Nick like he's been practicing. Which, of course, he has.
Lauder: "How can you not have found anything? He goes from being a perfect shot to suddenly missing three shots? What about that whole fucking gavotte [nice!] on the steps of the State Department being a damn distraction..."
Nick: "WHOA. That is so weird that you said that. But anyway, for what? Nothing else happened. If that was the distraction, what was the main event? You think somebody got pulled down into the bunker with the VP and a suicide vest but then his daughter got a visit from a bipolar CIA agent and called him and told him not to blow up the VP or something? That's crazy talk."
Lauder: "[Maudlin 'Brother Marine' type drunk-talk, ending in pointing out that Nick's lack of interest in his death is rather unbecoming.]"
Nick: "You know what? Walker broke. He gave up everybody's position -- including yours, all of you here -- I was there, I heard it. And I know you're all waiting for some other explanation that somehow keeps Walker the guy you knew, but the fact is, Walker is not the person you think he is. He stopped being a Marine the day he turned traitor."
It's just jingoistic enough that even when Lauder tries to get back to the facts, everybody else just tells him to STFU. Nick Brody is a smart, smart man. But so are Lauder and Mike, and I don't see either of them giving up that easily. It's not like cosigning any amount of lies is going to make Nick love Mike again, so what would be the point?
Nick: "Hey Dana. Lights out pretty soon, okay?"
Dana: "Jessica's going to ask you to speak at this fundraiser, and you might miss the crazy light in her eyes when she's talking about it, so do yourself a favor and just say yes."
Nick: "Thanks. Having secret alliances with your father against your mother is very healthy for a teenage girl. I should encourage this."
Dana: "It is my dream to one day say, 'I don't have any female friends' as though that's normal, and remain completely unaware that anybody who hears this automatically assumes I am a crazy monster."