Carrie: "I haven't said yes yet."
You just did.
Maggie: "Carrie, please! Do you have any idea how hard it will be to micromanage your mental health in Beirut?"
Carrie, packing: "I know, and it's going to drive me right around the bend. But I have no choice."
Maggie: "You always have a choice!"
Carrie: "When I say I have no choice, what I'm saying is that this is my choice."
Maggie: "But you're doing so great! Lasagna! My child who has vanished for this episode! Vegetables! At least call your doctor."
Carrie: "Honey, they're waiting for me. And Saul's in Beirut, which is like optimal. He'll be there to hold my hand. At first metaphorically but probably for real, eventually. This is going to be the softest possible going-crazy I have ever accomplished."
Dad: "Maggie, you're treading close to treating her like she's disabled."
Maggie: "Kind of she is!"
Dad: "And yet."
Maggie: "...And yet."
Carrie: "Okay. Love you guys. Mathison out!"
Downstairs, Estes introduces Carrie to Major Joy Mendez (Valerie Cruz! Holla!), who's escorting her to Cyprus so they can get her story together and see if her spy skills are up to snuff. Carrie and Joy are friendly and funny with each other immediately, because how can you not instantly fall in love with Valerie Cruz?
Betsy brings in the first major new character of the season, Roya Hammad. She's a reporter for World News, I assume the BBC one, and she's very mesmerizing. Also, she is a total Nazir plant. The idea is, how do you establish a connection in the story to the Nazir network when they've made him a Congressman? Easy: Cone of silence with a reporter. A blunt force solution, but also a fun one because it turns the surveillance theme of the show outward. Brody's always been on the global stage, in fact has used this to get out of some scrapes, but now that very conduit is also bringing news back to him.
Betsy: "Fifteen minutes on the Veepstakes. She's just been down the hall with Senator Laughton."
Brody: "Roya, hello. How's Senator Laughton?"
Roya: "Pissed as hell, now that you're on the shortlist. But I'm not really here to talk about that. Listen, do you have any bugs or anything in this office?"
Brody: "Er, no. How come?"
Roya: "Look, we're both terrorists here, right?"