Cut to Casa de Brody. Now for the social-climbing backlash to the Quaker uproar. Good wife Jessica is furious about the wordplay between her kid and the uppercrust of the prepubescent Washington elite. Most egregious is the remark that Brody is a Muslim of course. Dana says it was a mistake, but Jessica is understandably perplexed and troubled at such a strange lie, until Brody is pressured to admit it is true in order to be a good dad.
“I’ve got to stop telling my deepest darkest secrets to teenaged girls”
Jessica freaks and runs out to the garage, because that’s where he prays and presumably she likes visual confirmation. Brody hangs back to tell Dana it’s OK and I am convinced his daughter is again going to be the only thing that might save him.
Tennis balls and oil cans flying, Jess is ripping through the garage looking for Muslim secrets. Brody comes in just as she finds his well-loved Qur’an. She starts telling him that it all makes sense now, how much time he was spending out there. She says it hurts her to be lied to every day and then voices her real issue- how could he be Muslim when he was tortured by Muslims for 8 years?
“You know I can’t read!”
She points out that their daughter would be stoned to death by a fanatic Muslim community for having sex with her boyfriend. I’m hoping that’s not the first time Dad is learning this! She throws his Qur’an to the floor and he instinctively grabs them and says “that’s not supposed to touch the floor!” Well, now we have a real showdown. Jessica goes from angry yelling to cold shaming and says she married a US Marine who is now a Congressman. She tells him that this can’t happen and the track he’s on now does not allow for him to continue these crazy antics.
Brody stands in dejected acceptance at the truth in her logic and as she’s leaving she turns to ask “Does she know?” Ooooh, now we’re bringing up the specter of his affair with Carrie, which Jessica found out about last season. Turns out all the crazy things Carrie said on their lawn when she was trying to stop the boom-boom-vest attack are coming back to Jessica and suddenly not sounding as crazy. Brody dismisses this by saying Carrie was found to be imbalanced and locked away into a mental facility. Ah, the old “that bitch is crazy” defense!
In Syria! The poor man’s Minnie Driver that has been coaching Carrie wakes her up and tells her it’s time to move out. Carrie is disoriented and foggy, and frankly it’s 7:30am EST so I’m not sure why she’s acting like the time difference here is like being awoken at the equivalent of 3am. Maybe the issue is a lack of her meds?
Washington DC -Action time! Brody comes into the CIA building looking spooked already, while Estes is on the phone with Sal discussing whether Carrie is capable of this task. He is having this conversation all while overlooking Brody’s screening process.
“It’s weird boss, my Terrorist Wand keeps beeping!”