Do Nicholas and Carrie love each other because they've been fooled by the other? Do they love each other because they think they've fooled the other? Do they love each other because that's the story they're telling themselves? Or is it possible that they put on "Nick" and "Carrie," pretend to be pretending, because it's the only way either of them can see the other clearly?
Betsy: "Does your wife understand that leaving a single message with me is equally as effective as calling dozens of times? What is it, do you think, that she believes irritating your secretary will do to help make electronics work more efficiently, or time move more quickly? Because between you and me, I'm starting to think it might start doing the opposite pretty soon if she doesn't pull it together."
Mike Faber: "I'm here to save you from everything! I love you! But I am also a good guy!"
Jessica: "Ugh, just get Lauder off my kitchen table. I already have one maniac Marine in my house who I don't care for."
Mike: "So y'all didn't kiss and make up last night?"
Jessica: "There's this new thing I'm into where I tell anyone who will listen that I'm contemplating divorce."
Mike: "I'm so sure. You're the future SLOTUS, married to an American hero. You live inside the DC city limits and your kids go to school with the global elite. Get out of here you're contemplating divorce."
Jessica: "It's just a thing I'm trying! God."
Mike: "One of the things I love about you is your transparent opportunism, and never more so than when you cloak it in long-suffering martyrdom."
Jessica: "See? You just get me."
Brody calls and she bitches at him for seventy-five years while Carrie and Quinn listen in, which is how they figure out that Nick's living in a hotel right now.
Quinn's face: "Maybe there's a way we can use this situation to our nation's advantage!"
Carrie's face: "Maybe he's finally going to leave that bitch!"
If you think about it, Carrie is about as involved in Nick and Jess's marriage as anybody on the show, except perhaps Mike Faber. She was part of every conversation they had post-rescue, and I mean that literally: I mean even before either of them knew who she was, she knew how their marriage worked better than either of them does.