Follow the Money — Elsewhere, Saul has brought in Fara (Nazanin Boniadi, who you may recognize from How I Met Your Mother) to investigate the the evidence that Quinn collected in the assassination and follow the money trail to see how it leads back to the Langley bombing. Going after international bankers is not one of the sexier plotlines, but putting an ambitious Muslim in charge provides some intrigue, especially one that flaunts her religion (at least, according to Saul). The fact that Fara has been on the job for only a little more than a week suggests that she could be a spy, but she certainly seems determined, and she gives good lip. “You know your bank? It’s been trafficking in human misery since the opium wars. It’s not a mistake. It’s not an aberration. That’s your business plan.”
Fara’s got moxie.
LEAVE ME ALONE — The showrunners seem hellbent on highlighting Claire Danes’ major strength as an actress: Act like a spoiled nutcase. She does an excellent job of telling the truth and undermining it with crazy.
She goes to a reporter and tries to tell her story, but Saul has her committed before she can reveal too much. Carrie, who is not on her meds, doesn’t help her case by ranting about CIA cover-ups and conspiracies. The last straw for Carrie is when Saul turns her own family against her, appropriately reasoning that CIA Agents should not be telling secrets. That’s not unreasonable. It’s a good way to get herself killed. In fact, while we don’t understand why Saul sold Carrie down the river during the Senate hearing, it’s fairly evident that he had her committed to keep Dar Adal from killing her.
I dunno, though. Carrie’s subplot seems designed more with another Emmy in mind that it does in keeping this season interesting. We already know Carrie is borderline nuts. We’ve seen it for two seasons. Do we really need to go through this ordeal again? The electroshock therapy wasn’t enough? It just seems like it’s a way to sideline Carrie, which wouldn’t be so bad if the alternative weren’t the Dana plotline.
Have a Little Faith — The most telling exchange in the episode was between Saul and Peter. I really wish Peter’s last name weren’t Quinn, because it’s hard not to equate him with Dexter’s Quinn, since both characters play a similar role: They are f*ck ups (and Quinn seems a likely future love interest for Carrie). At least, Peter Quinn is revealing a moral compass. He’s feeling guilty about accidentally killing the kid last week, and that guilt is compounded by what the CIA is doing to Carrie. Peter tells Saul that, once the mission is over, he’s out. Saul attempts to convince him that there is a master plan at play, one that benefits both the CIA and Carrie. “We’re on to something, and if it leads to where we think, it will have all been worth it.”
Will it, Saul? Will it be worth this?
Body Count: 0, although Peter delivered a nearly lethal verbal beatdown on one of the bankers.
Brody Watch: We got an old picture, but that was it. However, it looks like Brody will finally be returning next week.
I want more like this!
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