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Reading between the lines.

Just a viewer's opinion here...

I think Brody feels nothing, zero, zippo for his wife because while he was being held the terrorists showed him video surveillance of his wife with Mike. I think whomever the mole is in the CIA teamed up with the terrorist group and fed them information to torment Brody and help turn him. I think we'll see the harrowing abuse and how long it finally took to break him down and turn him, but turn he did.

This is why I think he didn't react to the taunting until he saw his wife notice the argument. He had to get up and take action and show her his rage and jealousy, fake or not, and this gave him a chance to address the Mike issue and get it out of the way.

Now he's saying he's going to "take a break" from family? Hmmm...odd. This will free him up to meet with people or somehow make contact with his terrorism connection. I think it's in this time when he's not at home playing soldier dad that he will make contact.

Carrie, I think, is so focused on her job in the most unhealthy way that the woman who says F-this-shi** better than anybody I know, thinks nothing of having sex with Brody. So what? Who cares? It's just sex. It's just an action to get to the end.

Anybody notice how the writers make the women the strongest characters on the show?

I thought it was hilarious to watch both Saul and his boss prattling on about marriage woes, but when Carrie walks in she doesn't have the previous night's rank humping on her mind. She just wants to catch Brody. At ANY cost.

Saul's wife is the stronger one, she has a plan and is moving on. I think we have more from her soon. She has a story to tell...hmmm....

The terrorist married lovebirds...the wife is the stronger one. She had the training. She knew the house was wired. She survived and is on the run.

By the way, my guess is while she was in Saudi Arabia with her oil exec father, something terrible happened and she sided with the natives. Maybe she has major Daddy and big oil issues, but just like Carrie asked when she looked at her photo, "What did you see Aileen?" Great moment.

I wonder if Aileen became friends with a CIA agent in the Middle East or while at Princeton or something and she manages to get info or is...I don't know, but something is up there. Had to stop that thought. It hurt my head.

Oh, back to the strong woman thing.

Even Carrie, in all of her dysfunction, is the strongest of the agents because she won't let go. She won't give up.

She needs a lesson on waiting for at least the second date, but with her illness that ain't gonna happen.

How much do you love Virgil? I miss him. "You're in it up to your f-ing neck!"....or better, Virgil: What are these Carrie? ---"Oh, so you think I'm crazy. Are you REALLY that surprised?"

HAAAAA

I love this show. LOVE IT.

Anybody notice when Carrie was rewinding the video over and over that some guy put something on the table in the background? Maybe that was nothing, but you have to wonder.

Totally missed the flag at Saul's house.

Will have to check that out.

Also, the writers have yet to pounce on any of their little hidden clues yet...it almost makes me think they are trying to make US, the viewers, paranoid!

I love it.

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Tom Walker is the terrorist. What better motivation to turn a POW than getting beat up by his partner? They kept Brody alive to serve as a decoy while Tom Walker is the real terrorist. He'll be back soon, maybe in Season 2 though.

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Firstly, this ep raised the game b a ton. The polygraphs were so telling...Carrie and her drug problem...Saul and his marriage issues...David still sniping about his marriage and Brody using the test to send a message to Carrie. The key line was Carrie talking of beating the boys at chicken on the railroad tracks. Brody is now playing chicken with her. Wow!

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Again, Aileen cannot be a POW. She grew up in Saudi Arabia -- a country not nominally at war with the United States in the years in question. Doesn't anybody have enough general knowledge to tell the realistic from the unrealistic anymore? (No wonder even purportedly 'serious' American TV gets away with lack of realism -- only The Wire avoided that fate and even then not entirely, but I digress.) Assuming the writers are trying to be as realistic as possible, Aileen is ruled out. Saul is (very likely) ruled out because a three month prison stint in a friendly Asian country with almost no jihadist sympathies won't turn a CIA officer who (realistically) has consular access to begin with; For him to be turned in such a short time entails government collusion in the torture of an American by a usually placid country in a relatively 'friendly' part of the world -- unrealistic. Assuming the writers stick with realism, the bombshell is probably that there's a third POW out there who was presumed dead but isn't -- or Tom Walker isn't dead after all, and was the POW that turned. (The show's Israeli precursor Hatufim had a similar storyline or a third POW who was thought dead but wasn't.)

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My theory at this point is that the gal who brought in the water also passed on the razor blade and Aileen was held prisoner in the Middle East as a young child.

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Saul wasn't a "POW" in Malaysia -- that country is not at war with the United States, isn't passive-aggressively hostile the way many Arab countries and Pakistan are, and has a government that harbors very little or no jihadist sympathies. And there's no chance an American would be denied consular access if taken into custody in Malaysia. State would raise hell and bring so much diplomatic pressure to bear they wouldn't be able to resist. Besides which, three weeks in a foreign prison in a relatively developed Asian locale isn't enough to turn a seasoned CIA officer.But back to the salient point: Saul was busted as a run-of-the-mill field agent, detained for a short time and questioned, and (presumably) declared persona non-grata and deported (as happens from time to time with Russian diplomats in the West). He wasn't a "POW." So it couldn't have been him, unless the writers are going to take huge liberties with terminology in a departure from realism -- something they have not done in the preceding episodes.

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@Piecar - I think Carrie has mixed motives in her tryst with Brody. First, even if she has nothing specific in mind at this point, I think she thinks/hopes that by maintaining a connection with him she can keep her eye on him. Second, I do think there is some attraction. We already know she's a risk-taker, right? That no one could beat her in playing chicken with an oncoming train? Her tryst with Brody is like that -- playing chicken with an oncoming train.

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I actually subscribed to Showtime just to watch "Homeland"... it is sooooo good!!!

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I feel Carrie failing the lie detector test for answering "no" to illegal drug use while employed at agency will come back to haunt her. I mean that question (about drug use) was only focused towards Carrie, no one else was asked about that. I feel she will have to take a drug test and her anti-psychotic drugs will make her seem unreliable and psycho.

Saul is becoming every more sketchy. He too was praying in Islamic language when on the phone with Carrie reporting about dead prisoner. Why was his initial polygraph not usable or reported if that was the "key" question? The relationship with the polygraph employee might benefit his case too. Very unsupervised test in my opinion at the federal level. But this is a television show and the drama is very evident. Good episode and will be watching next Sunday.

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I thought the most telling moment of the night was when Brody started to fight Whatshisface only after noticing that the wife was coming over. It was a calculated effort. Very interesting, that.

Lynn Dee is correct. Admitting he cheated in this venue would never get back to his wife. I wonder if his assignment is not to turn Carrie herself. That's why he's messing with her.

Is Carrie trying to play Brody with this sex thing? I don't get it. The show is good, but this little tryst just seems too "TV" for me unless I get the motivation.

I hope they didn't lose the "Due South" guy. I like him.

The show clearly shows that Brody's got something going on...So it clearly can't be what we're being led to think it is.




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