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Monday, October 22, 2012
Showtime Homeland "New Car Smell" #204 "Spy vs. Spy"
on Showtime delivers the thrills, the suspense, and the “I-never-saw
this-coming” plot twists week after week. Props to the writers—they do a great
job every episode.
named the season 2, episode 4, of “Homeland “New Car Smell.”It refers to Brody having his car detailed
because it smells of smoke--the terrorist suicide-vest-maker, known as “the
Tailor”, who Brody attempted to rescue, but ended up killing in the last
episode smoked in the car. But, it could have a deeper meaning, the smell of
terrorism clinging to Body, the smell of craziness clinging to Carrie--may be these
smells are being replaced with something else. As usual for this season, the
new episode shook everything up.
going to name this episode “Spy vs. Spy” because the two spies, Brody and
Carrie, are trying to “play” each other. Also, Brody’s former best friend, Mike Faber,
and some of his former Marine buddies have some suspicions that Brody knows
more about the death of another former member of their team, Walker, than he is
letting on. (As indeed he does, because Brody killed Walker on Nazir’s orders.)
The team have resolved to do a little spying of their own to discover the
is back in the game as a spy once again. She is the key person in the operation
against Brody. An amazing surveillance system has been put into place as part
of the secret off-book operation to discover who Brody’s contacts are and what
terrorist plots against the U.S. are being planned.
fairly glows, she’s so happy to be back in the game. The CIA “spy-runners”, David
Estes, Saul and a new hot-shot, Peter Quinn, have decided that Carrie should
have an ‘accidental on-purpose” chance meeting with Brody to arouse his
suspicions that the CIA is up to something related to him or to Nazir. The hope
is that his suspicion that he is under suspicion will lead him to contact his “handler.”
the way, Carrie and Peter, were quite antagonistic to each other when Peter was
first brought in. However, there seems to be a slight thaw in their frosty
relationship as they get to know each other and start to respect the talents
each brings to the game.
carries out her mission on this “chance meeting” perfectly.Brody is concerned about Carrie’s return to
the CIA. He speaks with his contact, Roja, a woman who works undercover for the
terrorist group as a journalist. The spy team observes this encounter, but since
they only have “eyes” and not “ears” on Brody when he is in the halls of the
Pentagon building, they don’t hear the conversation and they don’t suspect her.
Instead they suspect the other Middle-Easterners Brody has had contact with
throughout the day, like the man who is detailing Brody’s car and the taxi
driver who drives him back to his office when he has to leave his car at the
tells him to “renew the relationship” so he can find out more about Carrie’s
role at the CIA. Brody calls Carrie late at night and invites her to meet him at
the hotel bar.
is staying in a hotel because his wife, Jess, has thrown him out of their
house. She asked Brody for some “answers” about his failure to show at the
fund-raiser.All he said was, “I want to
explain, but I can’t tell you.” Jess took this to confirm her suspicions that
he is cheating on her and she told him to pack a bag and get out.)
promises to be at the bar in 20 minutes. They have a drink and Carrie acts a
little flirtatious, and a little tipsy, and lets it “slip” that she is closing
in on “the man who stole eight years of your life.” She is, of course, referring
to Abu Nazir, the man who held Brody a prisoner-of-war for eight years. The
conversation ends and Brody pays the bar tab by giving the bartender his room
number. He leaves Carrie at the bar.
at “Operation Spy-on-Brody” headquarters, the entire meeting has been observed,
eyes and ears. Everyone is elated and Carrie is asked to return to
headquarters. In the “who-me?-follow-orders?” moment of the week, Carrie goes
rogue again.We can almost see her brain
light up as she calculates her next move.
goes to Brody’s room, playing it coy, like she is there to do the “booty” part
of the “booty call” they both had firmly insisted neither of them wanted. However,
it doesn’t take long for Carrie to blow her cover. She loses it because she is
genuinely hurt—she was in love with Brody and he betrayed her. He made her think
she was crazy, he complained about her to the CIA causing her to lose her job, and
the very worst thing, he broke it off with her. This is the “Hell
hast-no-fury-as-a-woman-scorned” moment of the week. Brody now knows that the
CIA have his confession video.
are you going to do?” Carrie asks. “Kill me and blame it on rough sex?”
course, Carrie can afford to be reckless. She knows the team has eyes and ears
on her and Brody. Within minutes, agents break down the door, handcuff Brody,
and take him away. Fortunately for Carrie, there were no slip-ups in the
now what? See what I mean by the totally out-of-the-blue-sky plot twists.
By Catherine Giordano
This picture from www.sho.com shows Carries and Brody having a drink.
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