Carrie pulls up to her sister’s house and notices a black Suburban parked across the street. Her sister greets her to let her know that Sal has been calling nonstop. That is one old coworker she will not ignore, so she calls him back. Sal is sitting in Beirut (where it is not the right time of day, way to go fact-checkers) and asks her to meet with Estes, who is in the black Suburban. Although Carrie is in tears over the thought of this torture all Sal has to say is “please”.
Estes swaggers up to the front porch and starts by thanking Carrie for seeing him. She is not softened and the tension is palpable. This dude treated her very poorly as an agent, even more poorly as a person and handled her removal from the Agency with zero tact or care. Also he is a dick for blaming his failed marriage on her instead of his own inability to be faithful.
fucked any of your bosses seen any good movies lately?”
Since there will be no small talk he asks Carrie to identify the woman from the Embassy gates and she is indeed a recruit of Carrie’s, Fatima Ali, first wife of a Hezbollah district commander. There is no record of her because Carrie went rogue (as usual!) and kept her off the books in the interest of keeping Fatima alive to sing another day. Carrie couldn’t transfer Fatima to another agent’s care because she refused to work with anyone except Carrie. As we suspected this is still true and Estes is asking Carrie to take a quick trip to Beirut to see what’s up.
Carrie is flabbergasted that he would dare ask her for a favor after humiliating her and unceremoniously throwing her out of the Agency. Estes tries to soften her up by letting her know this is in no way a job offer. Smooth talker! We all know Carrie can’t say no when her country needs her so she is upstairs packing in a flash and dodging her sister who is chasing her around the room and telling her not to go. Carrie is nervous but resolved and says Sal will be there for her sanity. Finally the co-schizo dad steps in to tell big sis to back down.
“I give him a granddaughter and a place to live and my unstable loser sister is still the favorite”
Carrie gives her dad a long hug goodbye and with one last lingering look back at the house, gets into a car with Estes to head to the airport. Awkwardddd.
Brody is seated in his office with a pretty young reporter. He gets his statesman smarmy voice going to banter about the possible nomination and then the girl turns serious and asks if there are any recording devices in his office. She drops Abu Nazir’s name and Brody loses all composure. One assumes he has had no contact with his old brown friends during his campaign and subsequent Congressional days.
“I just started enjoying all my new toys!”