Carrie loses Abu Nazir in the tunnels, convinces Quinn that the Muslim Galvez is helping him escape, gets him taken down and all messed up physically, heads to Langley so she can fuck up Roya's interrogation real quick -- and if you wondering what it would ever be like to see Roya Hammad lose her cool, it's about three times scarier than you even thought -- and then drags everybody back to the tunnels...
At which point, reversing her shitty luck lately, she actually manages to capture Abu Nazir. There's not a lot of time to discuss their vexed relationship, much less the fact that Brody just murdered the Vice President of the US for her, but he does manage to beat the shit out of her some more. No matter: After he commits death-by-SWAT, Carrie -- who's been awake for like two days -- can't manage to do much more than say goodbye to him and head home to have every emotion at once.
Estes calls in a lie detector team (the always excellent James Urbaniak and always intriguing Chance Kelly) to intimidate Saul into quitting the CIA, which is fine since now he's the only person who knows about the plan to assassinate Brody. All of this takes a lot of time, it's very suspenseful, but the end result is that Saul is out, while somehow they have still not yet remembered that Carrie should not even be working there.
A cooped-up Dana blows her top, in a scene for Dana-haters to end all Dana-hating scenes, and not a moment too soon: Once Nick hears about Nazir's death -- which causes him to do his Craziest Thing You Ever Have Seen -- they all head home, and Nick and Jessica don't even make it into the house before they've agreed to get a divorce. It's a fairly beautiful scene, made even more touching by the fact that you're pretty sure Quinn's going to pop up at any time and take out Nick. But, grossing Quinn out, he doesn't stick around: Heads on over to Carrie's, so they can keep each other awake just a little longer.
Worth it for the gamechanging twists, and Carrie's complicated feelings -- about the morality and status of her relationship, the assassination of the VP, and whether or not dating a terrorist makes you a terrible person, compared to just dating married guys -- but all-in-all, the overwhelming end impression is mostly just a lot of running around in the dark. Tightly suspenseful and plotwise very satisfying, with a conclusion to the Brody stuff that you'd never thought you see. Of course, he's still a terrorist who just lost his best friend and his marriage and family, and she's still a crazy who needs a nap, and this is all definitely going to end in tears and bloodshed, but I guess all happy endings are more a matter of where it is you stop talking, so...
Next Week: Based on the fraught preview, it would seem that everything happens. Everything you can think of, it happens in next week's episode. A body gets buried, people drink by a fireplace, Quinn runs around being amazing all over the place, somebody prays in a forest, Saul and Carrie disagree about her dating choices, gunfire rings out, the whole nine.
Abu Nazir nabbed Carrie after the Big Op, and Nick Brody ended up killing the Vice President kind of to save her from him? But mostly because he is a terrorist who has been wanting to kill the Vice President for this entire show. Major Joy put Mike Faber and Jessica into a jar like bees, and like bees in a jar they immediately did it with each other. Dana Brody has heard your complaints and will be doubling down, just purely out of spite. Oh, and Carrie pulled the ol' switcheroo on her escape, heading back into the Nazir tunnels armed with only her convictions and part of her wits.
Does she find him? She does not. Like a ghost, or a theatre showing The Hobbit like it's just a normal movie, without all the bullcrap, he is nowhere to be found. Somehow, she even finds her way out another door, right into Quinn's intense dragnet of like a million armed authority figures.
SWAT: "Damn, Carrie look rough."
Carrie: "It's okay, you guys. It's okay, I've just lost my shit a little bit."
Quinn: "Where you at, behaviorally?"
Carrie: "This is not, for once, about my mental health. I seem to have lost the Minotaur."
Quinn: "Or else he is imaginary?"
Carrie: "No, he is very definitely real. He very definitely tied me up and beat the shit out of my body."
Quinn: "Well, whatever. I've officially been on this show long enough to not bother questioning your antics."
They head in, and yet still there is no Minotaur.
Carrie: "This is so fucked up. I mean, he was just here. Even allowing for aural hallucinations when I went back in, he still can't have gone that far."
Quinn: "Question. How did you get out of there, if you were so tied up and everything?"
Carrie: "Well, certainly not because a Congressman murdered the Vice President. Which by the way, how is the Vice President? Having a heart attack or anything?"
Quinn: "Oh yeah, he's super dead."
Carrie: "I guess somewhere inside myself I always knew that would happen. From right around the time my boyfriend and his boyfriend made the plan to kill him, I mean."
Quinn: "You just sit tight and take care of -- whatever this is you got going on -- and I'll go in there and bring you a terrorist. Cool?"
Jessica: "Sucks to be Cynthia Walden. I mean, she was a bitch, but how sad to almost be the First Lady. It's not like she can start over marrying some new politician to accumulate social capital, you know? Not at her age."
Brody: "I've been meaning to speak to you about that..."
Jessica: "I'm over it. The whole thing. Fucking Mike Faber has clarified a lot for me."
Brody: "It's pretty crazy, right? Like I come home and ruin your life, and suddenly I'm a Congressman, and then I'm going to be VP... It's sort of a relief, isn't it."
Jessica: "Totally! You just get me. I love you, in certain ways."
Brody: "We are absolutely getting a divorce, correct?"
Jessica: "Absolutely we are doing that."