The Brodys and Waldens get invited to this horse farm in Virginia... Wait, back up. Quinn's okay. Repeat, Peter Quinn is going to be okay.
So the Brodys and Waldens get invited to this horse farm in Virginia for a fundraiser that's nominally for Walden's presidential campaign, but really is for cheering on Nick Brody for VP and eventual President. Brody knows damn well he's not gonna make it another eight years, and the unabashed man-adoration (and creepy rubbernecking from some of his dumber admirers) makes him extremely uncomfortable about how he's in actuality a traitor and a sumbitch.
The pressure is all too much, especially after Mike's gossip last week forces him to tell Jessica he killed Tom Walker, and he eventually kind of loses it on Carrie and Quinn because he is out of his depth and nobody will tell him anything, and Roya always yells at him, and he feels very impotent.
Carrie's solution: Get him to bone her in this random field on the farm. Brody's response: Very nearly an unqualified yes, until he realizes that not even Carrie can be sure whether she's manipulating him. It is a beautiful, complicated, sexy, depressing, bewildering, miserable, wonderful, magnificent mess as usual. He finds his true peace in the property's swimming pool, meaning he's fresh and ready for yet more bullshit when Jessica tells him about how their daughter killed a lady and the Waldens want to cover it up.
Finn takes off in a towncar somewhere, because he knows his parents will probably end up killing the whole Brody family if they fuck up the dynasty, but dumb ol' cornpone Jessica and Dana get uppity about "the right thing to do" and act like poor people, and then Brody decides to take a stand and drags Dana off to the police. At which point David Estes -- who is there purely in case Brody goes off the rails in some way, which is obvious because he's the only black person at the entire thing -- calls Carrie, who steps in to tell him that if he does this and alienates the Waldens, he'll lose his entire immunity deal. So now Dana has Carrie just randomly popping up in her life, and assumes this is her father being a smooth criminal politico, and she's just fucking had it too. Everybody has just had it.
Meanwhile, Saul spends the entire episode at some supermax prison playing out its themes in counterpoint with Aileen Morgan, that mild-mannered jetsetter terrorist from last season that he had the wonderful road trip with. Things have not, let's say, gone splendidly for her since then -- like, she's gone Gollum blind and tends to throw her shit at you. Her only price for info on El Mysterioso, a cell with a window, takes most of the episode to obtain -- during which time he wines and dines her and they remember that they are actually pretty cool as friends -- so that by the time Peter realizes she's given up random fake El Mysterioso in return, she's managed to commit suicide using just the ingredients of a Lunchables and some ingenuity.
Saul cries for the terrorist Aileen, but not too much, and Carrie cries because she is in love with Brody, or is she, and but you know who is not crying? Peter Quinn, because he is doing just great with that GSW through the abdomen and he's back on the job. Oh, he has the coloration of Bill Compton at the moment and he did flash Carrie his wang like a psycho or a sleepwalking grandpa, but mostly, he is doing great. Which I think we can all agree is a relief.
Finn and Dana ran over an old lady, blaming it on Obama and her own low self-esteem. Brody finally came around to admitting that his Al-Qaeda handler is a world-reknowned journalist, who is now under total surveillance all the time. Peter Quinn got blowed the fuck up by the Tailor's replacement, who is now also in possession of a Big Box of Something Terrorists Like.
EVEN MORE PREVIOUSLY
Saul arrested/made friends with Aileen Crazypants, an American sleeper agent whose biography is like a mad mashup of every other character on the show. Their relationship kind of mirrors Nick and Carrie's, even down to the Weekend/road trip they spent together getting into each other's heads.
SOME PARK IN DC THAT IS PROBABLY FAMOUS
Roya, she look rough.
Brody: "Oh hey! Check out my cute friendly smile for strangers... Oh, it's you, here on my jogging route, looking rough. Back to my normal intense face. What's going on, famous lady?"
Roya: "Well, since you killed the Tailor and one of our fake-SWAT guys in Gettysburg died, you get to now be even more in charge of stuff. Part of it is your job performance -- we trust you implicitly even though not once in a season and a half have you done anything right, ever -- but largely it is because you are the only American war hero slash Congressman we currently own. One does as one must, and in this case that means putting your brutal incompetence and shattered personality to as much work as possible."
Brody: "Are you sure about that? It doesn't really add up. Also, I am kind of freaked out because of how six Feds are dead. I guess when I became a terrorist and traitor to my country I didn't think about how there might one day be consequences."
Roya: "Anyway, you need to meet El Mysterioso -- and not snap his neck -- and also, whatever the big Nazir Op is for this season, it's going down very soon."
Brody: "Soon like the bombing that knocked Carrie's crazy loose? Or the time I nearly killed the entire government using wear apparel?"
Roya: "If I told you, it would only inform your decisions. Now enjoy your horse fundraiser with Walden, and if he says you swing, you swing. Keep that creep happy."
Guard: "Jacob always said Aileen was shithouse crazy, and nobody believed him, but we have Gitmo'd her into being crazy. She throws feces."
Saul: "What? I found her to be a delightful young woman, that whole time she was lying straight to my face and also was in Al Qaeda."