Broken Hearts

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Jacob Clifton: A+ | 9 USERS: A-

Carrie: "What you 'have' are perversions of the Prophet's teachings. What you have are children you turn into bombs."
Abu Nazir: "I'm a piece of a machine. Generations might suffer and die before we get where we're going. Can you say the same?"
Carrie: "Sure, whatever it takes."

"With your pension plans and organic foods, your beach houses and sports clubs? Do you have the perseverance, the tenacity, the faith? Because we do. You can bomb us, starve us, occupy our holy places, but we will never lose our faith. We carry God in our hearts, our souls. To die is to join Him. It may take a century, two centuries, three centuries, but we will exterminate you."

Carrie: "Yeah. Because you are a terrorist."

(But he's not wrong, bro.)


After going for a four-in-hand knot, like he's a fucking farmer or something and not a Congressman, Brody heads on in. He has many very, very long moments as he shakily, pale-facedly, handshakingly makes his way to the VP's home office, before he says goodbye to the Ambassador. He makes some weak jokes, tosses out some weak smiles, touches like every possible surface in the room with his sweaty fingertips, finally finds the thing and goes looking for this giant brass magnifying glass to read the thing. This conversation goes on for about your entire life:

Nazir: "Nicholas, give me the number and I'll let Carrie go."
Brody: "Let Carrie go and I'll give you the number."
Nazir: "But I don't trust you! Give me the number first."
Brody: "But I don't trust you! Let Carrie go first."

How do you earn a breakout from this classic situation? Issa, obviously.

Nick's Point: "I wouldn't swear on Issa unless I meant it, which you know. That's how you brainwashed me in the first place. And also though, you know that I would love it if Walden dropped dead of a heart attack. Not only because of Issa, but because the guy is seriously the worst. He should die for Issa alone, but also I can't handle the fact that he is going to be the next President, because that is going to ruin the world. Every reason I have for joining Al-Qaeda is still true and still on the table, whether or not you're pissed off at me right now."

At this point Nick is making so many insane faces and doing so many odd tics and quirks and things, I mean it's so grotesque that I sort of had to watch through my fingers, but somebody online noted that the way Nazir keeps making him swear on Issa's immortal soul, over and over, and there's this one microsecond where Nick just entirely leaves the room for a second, just goes totally vacant and so maybe there is another thing going on right now, like maybe he's being "activated" or something. (Trigger warning!)

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