BOOM Goes the Weasel
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
In American politics, war heroes are tapped men and women whose political capital is exponentially higher regardless of whether or not they’ve had actual political exposure in the past. It’s no surprise then, when Vice President Walden shows up at Brody’s home, offering him a chance to run for the House of Representatives and replace the scandal-ridden Richard Johnson. Brody accepts the offer worth little hesitation while Jessica seems less reluctant to expose their family to further scrutiny, considering Brody’s affair with Carrie.
Homeland’s willingness to dig at America’s close relationship with Saudi Arabia and expose the murky waters underneath is commendable. Carrie and Saul are continuing their dig into the Saudi diplomat Mansour Al-Zahrani, who was discovered with Tom Walker at the mosque. He’s also a closeted homosexual, which gives Saul the impetus to deliver the funniest lines of the night: “Being gay in Saudi Arabia is like being the Antichrist in America.” His outrageous lifestyle is prohibitively expensive yet his Swiss bank account seems to be ballooning quite healthily. Carrie threatens to expose his homosexuality and when that doesn’t work, she threatens to have his brilliant daughter attending Yale deported to Saudi Arabia. All her brilliance will be worth nothing if that happened. He yields to Carrie’s coldness, raising his signal to Walker and arranging a meeting in Farragut Square.
Brody meanwhile apologizes to Mike, trying to use him to appeal to Jessica so that she can agree to him running for Congress. He later meets Carrie, where he coldly informs her of his political intentions and asks that their affair remain secret. But Brody’s coldness is the least of Carrie’s problems. Al-Zahrani arrives at Farragut Square as promised and Carrie sees a man who looks Walker carrying a briefcase walking towards the scene. Carrie’s keen eyes notice that the briefcase is being held in the man’s left hand and the watch is on his right wrist, two odd things considering that Walker is right-handed. Carrie’s eyes grow wide as she recognizes whats’s about to happen. She yells and attempts to evacuate the area completely, but Walker quietly remotely detonates the bomb hidden in the briefcase. An explosion rocks through the square, killing five, including Al-Zahrani and the man holding the briefcase. Several are injured, including Carrie. Saul visits Carrie in the hospital, hinting at a mole while watching Brody officially announces his candidacy in a special election, Jessica and the kids with full support right by his side.
Title: Representative Brody
Written By: Henry Bromell
Directed By: Guy Ferland
Image Courtesy: Vee HD