The Antagonisms of the Past
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
Lies. We all tell them all the time. Whether those lies are innocent ones like “I’m okay” when all you want to do is go into a forest and stab a tree repeatedly with your sword (wrong franchise, sorry) or massive ones like “We’ll be safe” when you very well know you won’t, we tell them. Sometimes there’s no purpose for them and other times it’s for protection, either for one’s own self or someone(s) else. Good soldiers lie, they cheat, and yet they follow orders. The polygraph test is in many ways the connecting thread of this episode, a morbid symbol of fear and power, ironic perhaps considering how diminutive it can be.
Carrie is quantitively excited, having seemingly gotten over Hamids’s suicide. Carrie proposes that everyone who came into contact with Hamid have a polygraph test just in case – including Brody. The testing process begins immediately and she passes every question except for the one where it asks her if she’s taken any illegal drugs during her employment at Langley.
Saul is investigating the professor Raqim Faisel, learning that he was living with a woman. The CIA look into her background, learning that Aileen Morgan has a relationship with Raqim and that she lived in Saudi Arabia for five years during her childhood. The couple in question arrive at a safe house that’s been booby-trapped. Raqim is understandably terrified, but Aileen refuses to even entertain the notion that they should turn themselves into the authorities. Later that evening at a motel, machine guns burst through the door and the terrified Raqim is murdered. Aileen looks at him a mixture of terror and guilt and escapes into the suffocating night.
At Walker’s memorial service, Brody delivers the eulogy, citing how Walker was an exemplary good solder as the memories of him beating his friend to death cross his mind. The reception is notably uglier as Mike and Jessica’s relationship comes to the front. Brody punches Mike in the car and leaves. He calls up Carrie for a drink, who is more than happy to oblige for the chance to get more information on her target. Carrie admits Hamid’s suicide before the two begin to have sex in her car.
Saul fails his first polygraph, the exam indicating that he’s lying when the question of who slipped Hamid the razor blade pops up. He stands up in agitation, saying he’s too busy and will finish the exam at a later time. He passes the second time, just as easily as Brody does. Carrie interjects, having the question of faithfulness be asked. Surely he couldn’t pass the polygraph now, he had sex with her the night before. He passes. Saul tells Carrie to let go of Brody as a suspect but that is presumably the last thing she is interested in doing. Undaunted, she meets Brody in the Langley parking lot and the two drive off into the unknown, haunted by the questions and answers they share in common.
Title: The Good Soldier
Written By: Henry Bromell
Directed By: Brad Turner
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