Cut to Washington, DC. Brody enters what we are to assume is his own office to find the VP waiting for him. We learn Brody is now a US Congressman. The VP, who was almost blowed up by Brody last we saw him, is about to run for office (presumably the sitting president is on the end of his second term), and is offering Brody a position as his running mate.
“I think you’d be a dynamite candidate”
The Veep tells Brody that his team had Brody checked out and could come up with nothing. I guess they missed when Brody killed a deer in his suburban backyard. Or when he and a CIA agent beat up some rednecks in a bar on their way to fuck in a cabin in the woods. Or that he is now a devote practicing closeted Muslim. Or that he arranged a rendezvous with a co-POW that was formerly assumed dead and then wanted for treason and attempted murder, which he then killed in a culvert in DC. Or that he strapped a vest of explosives to his chest and attempted to blow up a room full of politicos. I feel like those would all have been considered red flags.
Cut to Carrie who, it turns out, is teaching English to a class of immigrants. All seemingly middle eastern, which makes sense given that she is fluent in Arabic. Stick to what you know! One of her old buddies from the Agency interrupts her class. She is immediately unsettled and we get those great Clair Danes crazy facial expressions as he tells her that Estes, her former boss (the one who had an affair with her and then hated her because his wife moved to Florida with his kids), needs to see her. I am guessing the undercover that came forward in “Beirut” is one of her plants and will only speak to Carrie.
“You need a favor from me?”
She basically tells the messenger to put this message where the sun doesn’t shine and that Estes was right when he apparently told her “you never belonged in the CIA”. I know that was painful for her to say, but as a woman with a severe mental disorder, she really didn’t. She returns to class rattled and telling her students the visitor was “nobody”.
“Sylvia’s happy/ so why can’t you leave her alone?”
Cut to Brody’s house and happy family. His stunning wife has grown her hair out a little (MrWallace liked her better with the supershort hair, I like it this way), and is all smiles about his possible VP bid. This is the same woman I remember being concerned that a run for office would be hard on the family and their teenage kids. I guess the Washington Insider bug has bitten her hard. The disillusioned 16 year old girl, Dana, who was the only one to notice Dad Is Different last season, is sighing around the house and we learn she is unpopular in her new fancy school. I suspect she again has a pivotal role to play in this drama.
“Why can’t you just fit in and not notice that things are batshit crazy around here?”