Interesting stuff in how much Carrie missed, Saul and the Lynne both had a better read on the situation that Carrie did. Carrie basically has only her paranoia driving her, her instincts aren't all that fantastic, it seems. Lynne was the person who knew she should swim and also pointed out to Carrie the the Prince as a terrorist just didn't fit with a man she knew rather intimately. "His life was about fun." Carrie was so fixated on "there must be something on that cell phone" that she didn't catch that, or give it any weight. I don't think the Escort's fate would have been changed, but she was right. Carrie is so afraid of missing something again, she's actually making that happen.
It took Saul hardly any time at all to figure out that there was an explanation, that the Prince had someone in his entourage who was a terrorist. I know Carrie is obsessive and meant to be rather gifted, but she was a whole lot of not right in this episode. Including sending that poor woman to her death, lying that she was being watched. Carrie wanted to find the connection so much, she purposefully put Lynne's life at risk for her own gains. Carrie cared when she was dead and felt guilt, but she didn't even hesitate in lying to Lynne and trying to provide "backup" (did she even have a gun?)
Yeah, it was just a matter of time for her. I think we all knew she was toast from the beginning. But after she asked Carrie if she still had protection for her, then I thought, oh crap, tonight's the night. I kind of wished she stayed around for just a little longer,but I suppose she served her purpose.
I think that part of that purpose is that there is some question about Carrie and the agency's decency in this. Everyone kept referring to the Escort as "a source" or some other ...thing, basically. That things might be the opposite of what they appear to be. That an Escort really could be very brave, and perhaps have a better understanding of people than Carrie. Or not. It really could be serving the great, "what the heck is 'turned' anyway?" Are you turned when you lie to a woman, who is helping you, that she's safe?
Also, the mortifying sex scene with Jessica, Brody didn't initiate that. Jessica wasn't just trying to make love with her husband, she was trying to reconnect with him, for a variety of reasons (many genuine), but one would also be fear. She thought her daughter might rat her out. I'm firmly of the opinion that Jessica did nothing wrong in moving on from a husband she believed to be dead (although, looks like she had pretty poor taste when it came to the replacement, back off there, Mike). Having said that, how Jessica couldn't have figured out from the first time that perhaps Brody wasn't ready, I'm not sure.
It's not her fault, but it isn't entirely Brody's either. I don't know that he associates being touched with anything pleasurable yet. I'm not sure how Islam views auto-eroticism either. I know Catholicism is famously against masturbation. I'm pretty much refusing to run that particular Google search, by the way, but have at those of you that are braver than I am. It's a very restrictive religion on a lot of matters. I'm not sure it's down with self-pleasure.
So there may still be more going on that Brody having a dim view of women. He's been so hideously beaten (and still flashes back to that regularly), he may not wish to be touched. I like Jessica a lot. I like the actress a great deal, but give the man some time. If the genders were reversed and a woman had been held captive, beaten, brutalized, goodness-knows-what and she came home to her husband who was putting moves on her in a quest to reconnect, I think that person might be called a jerk.
I'm not calling Jessica a jerk, by the way, but I think that rather than trying to degrade Jessica (although, oh man, that scene was horrid) I think he was trying to respond to her in the only manner he currently has available to him...because he's afraid if he touches her, he'll hurt her. That appears to be the reason he's sleeping on the floor, so that when he has his violent nightmares, he won't grab her and hurt her.
It just seems like the most obvious meaning of much of this is the least likely. I do like Jess, I like that she is trying so hard, but she needs to have more patience. It's kind of amazing that the poor guy wasn't rendered non-functional by whatever the heck they did to him. Jessica is in a little bit of denial about how deep Brody's scars run.
I'm not out to just defend Brody. He may be entirely turned. I just don't think he has lost all respect for his wife, or his family. Brody has no problem looking at Jessica outside of their bedroom. He was also encouraging his daughter to be grateful for all her mother does. Some of the things Brody does aren't necessary to maintain a cover. Plus, that memory of his daughter's play? That was the most genuine moment he had. I think he's just lost under scar tissue.
Edited by stillshimpy, Oct 18, 2011 @ 12:41 AM.