Peter rapid fires his credentials at all of Carrie’s questions and then gets down to business. He finds her whole “hire these two crazy looking surveillance guys” amusing but he has a plan ready. He has Brody’s phones and office tapped and wants Carrie to bump into Brody at Langley during his meeting that day.
“A former POW with marine training. They don’t always love surprises”
He asks her what she was planning to do and she says that was precisely her plan too, what a coincidence! Besties! Saul looks bemused but at least she was willing to work with the guy.
First tailing assignment – Brody leaving his car at the carwash, to try to get the smoke out of the interior and the previously unseen blood spatter off the grill. The carwash owner is conveniently Middle Eastern and hands Brody a document for him to sign and I’m thinking this might look at tad misleading.
“When you take him to Guantanamo, make sure you ask why he offers ‘Key Lime’ as a scent for a car interior. That’s just gross”
Carrie is nervously waiting in front of the doors at Langley for Brody to arrive. The taxi pulls up and Brody tries to pay with a credit card. The taxi driver immediately gives him grief about not paying with cash. This is the most realistic thing that has ever happened on this show. DC taxi drivers suck and the DC metro area taxis are notorious for refusing credit cards and generally whining and moaning whenever you don’t have cash. They will also often pretend their CC machines are broken. They need to take some lessons from their NYC brothers in yellow and black.
“I don’t care what my sign says, I can only pocket the fare if it’s cash”
Then they ruin this pristine moment of authenticity when the driver says this is why no driver wants to take Langley jobs, all these “paranoid spy types” follow them all day when they see paper being passed. Brody laughs this off as a ruse/driver paranoia and exits.
“Did you see that piece of paper being passed? Let’s tail him!”
Carrie exits the building just as Brody walks up and he double-takes as hoped. His face has the look of every man who has seen an ex where they did not expect to. Especially an ex that went crazy and has had her brain nuked because she used to be obsessed with you being a terrorist.
“Ah shit, does she even remember we broke up?”
Carrie stops and looks great and sane as she chats with him. They trade pleasantries like Carrie saying she’s not nuts anymore and thanking Brody for pushing her toward the road of shock treatment. He wants to know if she’s working for the CIA again and she says she can’t really say and has found a sense of boundaries these days. He seems far less rattled than I expected and I’m thinking there may be something to Peter’s calling Carrie Brody’s “Achille’s heel”.
“I still got it”