The Weaknesses Exposed
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
Achilles Heel, as the title would suggest, is an episode concerned about weaknesses and the potential for those weakness to be exploited by others. For most people their weakness is connected to those they love. More often than not it is for those people we tend to do anything for. Even for a man like Tom Walker, who has become firmly committed to Abu Nazir and his campaign of jihad, his family is his true weakness, the one thing he could never bring himself to leave behind. He still has to call them when they’re not at home, all for the sake of just hearing what their voice sound like over the answering machine.
For Saul, his weaknesses are split between his relationship with his wife Mira and his commitment to his job at the CIA. She’s packing to leave for India and it’s understandable why. Marriage is about companionship and togetherness and there’s only so many mornings when you can wake up to an empty side of the bed and go to sleep with that person not beside you. And for once at the end of the episode, it’s Saul who goes to sleep alone.
One of the key scenes takes place in the home of Elizabeth Gaines, the Vice President’s chief advisor. Throwing what she modestly terms to be “the party of the year,” she eyes Brody and Jessica as the strength to overcome the weakness of a scandal-ridden congressman. For politicians and especially advisors who are on the tune of Gaines, recognizing weaknesses and strengths is of the utmost importance. It’s how they remain relevant. “They’re perfect, aren’t they?” she croons to Saul, eyeing the two as if they were specially prized meat chops.
The key scenes connecting the episode together relate to Walker. A task force is set to trace Walker’s inevitable call and it works the second time she calls, but Helen’s guilt bubbles through and she lets her betrayal slip through. The FBI chase Walker and ignore Carrie’s direction. As a tragic consequence, two men in the mosque who were there for morning prayers were gunned down. It’s a thundering sequence that ends up mired in tragedy. As the episode comes to a close, Walker finds a sniper rifle waiting for him and Carrie informs Brody that Walker is still alive and has turned POW. Brody is shaken to the core as memories of him killing his best friend come to light. He attacks Al-Zahrani, thundering furiously that he’s done.
Great Moments Not Mentioned Above:
+The scene of Al-Zahrani handing Walker a dollar bill is so innocuous yet menacing at the same time.
+Jessica and Brody moving past her relationship with Mike when he was presumed to be dead.
Title: Achilles Heel
Written By: Chip Johannessen
Directed By: Tucker Gates
Image Courtesy: Solar Movie