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"Homeland" — "I'll Fly Away": The Soldier

By Cindy Davis | TV | November 19, 2012 |

By Cindy Davis | TV | November 19, 2012 |

The Nicholas Brody last seen was not quite the same Brody who stumbles through “I’ll Fly Away.” Under immense pressure from all sides, the soldier is crumbling; he isn’t in control of anything anymore. Exasperated at Jessica’s questioning, filled with rage and fear, Brody screams, “I can’t, I can’t, I can’t!” His wife recoils, and somehow we feel sorry for this man, though we’re never quite sure where his loyalties lie.

Carrie expertly handles Brody in a way that perhaps no one would have predicted. She has gone from a quiet recovery to being thrown right back into the mess that drove her over the cliff, and despite—or because of—her own fragility she is extremely sensitive to Brody’s mental disposition. After Jessica leaves for Mike’s place, Carrie pushes Brody to keep his appointment with Roya, because at this point, neither of them really have a choice. But when he again loses composure and tells Roya he’s out, Carrie realizes it’s time for drastic measures. It’s a sign of everyone’s desperation that Carrie manipulates her way through the hour; she convinces Quinn to keep the operation going, Virgil to stop tracking Brody’s phone, and Brody…that he could still be a hero—at least in her eyes. Brody transforms from semi-catatonic, imagining a setting sun to be his last view as a free man, to semi-capable, carrying on with his mission. And all because of a good fuck. In a delightful bit of comic relief, we’re treated to the expressions on Quinn and Saul’s faces as they listen to Carrie’s orgasmic screams and moans. Whatever real feelings she may or may not have for Brody, Carrie completely controlled getting this mission back on track. Whether it can move forward or not—that’s another question.

The Dana Situation, unnecessary as it was, is wrapped up tidily—Dana follows her conscience and visits the dead lady’s daughter to confess her sins. The paid-off daughter tells Dana to get lost. Dana also lets on to her ridiculously naive mother that Carrie was the person who stopped Dana reporting her crime to the police, but who knows if Jessica will ever have the chance to confront Brody again.

Saul angers Carrie with a fatherly aside about her emotional state, but it’s enough to convince him to keep things going against Estes’ orders. Brody’s next meeting with Roya turns out to be a tense road trip that clearly demonstrates her mistrust. What isn’t so clear is how much the other side (Nazir’s) has been watching Brody. Roya knows the Congressman’s schedule and that he hasn’t been home, but it seems as if she doesn’t know exactly where he’s been until he tells her.

Though Carrie has been holding up fairly well thus far, but when it becomes clear Roya and Brody are with the new Nazir contact—the same guy who killed the team of agents and wounded Quinn—she starts to panic. Her reaction is well-founded though, the sounds of a helicopter warn her of what I suspected as soon as Roya got into Brody’s car. (Why isn’t it bugged?) Brody is whisked off to an abandoned building, where he is once again treated as a prisoner, and face to face with Abu Nazir. Regardless of next week’s previews, Nazir will likely spend less time questioning Brody’s loyalty than reestablishing their emotional connection. Just as Carrie has exploited her bond with Brody, so will the terrorist leader. The only question left is, which side will Nicholas Brody choose?

Notes: It at times feels odd, if Nazir is at all suspect that Brody is under surveillance, that he doesn’t just dispose of Brody. The target must still include the Vice President, and perhaps even the White House, the Capitol…maybe the President? Brody is still alive because of his proximity.

Brody had some great lines this week: “You know how crazy everyone says you are? You’re crazier than that.”
“You think whatever you’re threatening can make my life any more fucked up than it is now?”

TV Guide says Damian Lewis has the Hardest Working Nostrils in Show Business:

Cindy Davis.

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