I Know What You Did Last Night
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
There’s something acutely creepy yet fascinating watching someone watch someone else, especially if it’s through a hidden camera. In a fashion, Carrie installing cameras to capture every one of Brody’s movements is emblematic of the entire American security apparatus that has no qualms about becoming a surveillance state. Carrie just watches and watches and watches, taking an obscene amount of notes at one time and just staring irritably at the screen at other moments. The ends justify the means.
Brody, naturally, is having a fair bit of trouble adjusting to what we call civilian life. It’s difficult enough as it is for veterans who are returning from active combat and it’s even more difficult for a man like Brody who was in combat and was held captive and tortured for years. He grabs Jessica’s arm at night, shouting in Arabic and in one of the best shots of the episode, he sinks into his bedroom corner and sits there in absolute silence. Saul grabs a FISA warrant to legalize what Carrie’s doing for at least a bit of time. If Brody was now al-Qaeda, Saul argues upon learning of his PTSD behavior, then he would be out there, in the media, embracing his role as the poster boy for the Iraq War.
One of Carrie’s key assets, Lynne Reed is a consort of Prince Farid Bin Abbud of Saudi Arabia. She reveals that the Prince has met with Abu Nazir and Carrie excitedly informs Estes, asking for protection backup for his asset. In true Estes fashion, he is happy with the leads but refuses to provide protection until Lynne can get into the Prince’s phone. Carrie’s irritated, struggling with the moral dilemma of pursuing her lead while lying to her asset about the protection she asked for. She goes ahead with the plan anyway, handing her asset the chip and hoping the protection wouldn’t become necessary.
Brody’s return to normalcy as expected is a bumpy road, when he strikes a reporter in the throat while Chris looks on, horrified at the display he just witnessed. Reeling from the encounter, Brody walks off, purchasing a rug and then coming back into his garage, where there are no Carrie cameras (get on that merchandising, Showtime). Mike wants Brody to re-enlist, but Brody refuses to be the “poster boy” for the American government. He’s had enough of the war. But slowly the reality of what else was he supposed to begins to dawn on him. A sort of switch turns on, playing the audience in an extremely clever fashion. After reciting prayers in his garage, he goes outside in full uniform in front of the media. And Carrie’s ecstatic at the poster boy coming alive.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+Carrie’s visit to her sister Maggie was well done. A psychiatrist, Maggie has been garnering samples for Carrie, who cannot obtain an actual prescription since that would make her condition public.
+The episode plays smartly on the stereotypical fears that people have about Muslims in the modern day. The shot of Brody reciting the Al-Fatiha from the Quran is deliberately an eerie one before the camera suddenly pulls back. Just because Brody is a Muslim doesn’t mean he’s a terrorist.
Story by: Alex Gansa
Teleplay by: Alexander Cary
Directed By: Michael Cuesta
Image Courtesy: Think Hero