The Peter Quinn side story was completely random, IMO. I do not think anyone could have expected that twist. I do believe Estes is trying to save himself w/ what Brody might know.
To be fair to the show, it really didn't seem all that random. When Estes sent Peter in he told Saul he was sending someone and then was incredibly pointed in how that was all the explanation he was going to offer. "Fine, but I'm sending you a guy." (in response to Saul's proposing the operation with Carrie) "what guy?" "A guy."
So they really weren't that mysterious about it. When Carrie meets him she goes on about asking where he was (to his face) and why she's never heard of him before. At Gettysburg they had Galvez staring at Quinn like he had two heads and they even brought in Seth Gilliam for a two line part that he proceeded to play "I AM SUSPICIOUS" for the back rows. For a guy who was there just to get immediately shot in an attack, Seth Gilliam played that very, very oddly and I do think it was meant to indicate that the CIA people were suspicious of Peter, because he's basically a John Doe to all of them, but he's running things.
But I'll admit, they fooled me to an extent, because I've been guessing he was a hardcore spook for weeks and after Gettysberg, I started wondering if he was actually working with the CIA as an Israeli intelligence officer. So I actually over-guessed how twisty Peter's real deal might be.
Not sure how I feel about the Jess/Mike reunion. I mean, yes, it was inevitable, but it seemed like exactly the wrong time for something like that to happen.
In fairness, Jessica did just find out that Brody lied about Carrie being part of the op, so she has every reason to believe he's still cheating on her...and he is, so she knows their marriage is actually just over. I did wonder if it wasn't a sign that Mike's going to die though.
As for why Estes wants Brody dead, I don't think it's about concealing the whole "he knows what the VP did." Saul has known since last season and it can't be proven. Besides, Brody's 'deal' was that he'd help them get the terrorist cell, then he'd leave politics and get to live in obscurity, elsewhere. I think Quinn being ready to kill Brody wasn't about the VP's actions, there just wasn't ever any real deal in place. Brody suspected as much "You don't have that kind of authority" (to Carrie) as it was. They don't want him to go on trial for all the reasons you can name, including that it would be a tremendous embarrassment on a lot more levels than anything having to do with the VP.
Anyway, I was just surprised that Quinn was going to kill him in a limo and then presumably drive the body somewhere, but I wasn't surprised that there is no deal.
That might be a good thing, because it seems pretty darned obvious that Brody was either being played or he was in on some deception with Nazir. For instance, what the heck was he writing down while on the phone with Carrie? Also, third time that random shovel on Brody's office wall was in a shot. Weirdest prop choice ever. I kept expecting Brody to kill Estes or the Veep with it.
(2) Brody is an eyewitness to the drone strike
That shouldn't matter, Pallas
, because at the time whatever country that was meant to be shared pictures, which the U.S. said were false and merely propaganda. Brody and his taped confession make the least credible witness when it comes to whatever kind of bomb he could drop on Walden or Estes.
They'd just have to brand him as a traitor (which isn't entirely inaccurate) and that's all anyone would really pay attention to. But he's an embarrassment to the Marine corps and Walden thinking about him as a running mate is the biggest problem, I would think.
Brody can't prove anything about the drone strike and isn't as if his word's going to be good for much if he's outed as a terrorist operative, who came home and deceived the hell out of everyone. Brody was the person who tanked his own credibility there with the interviews he gave, etc.
Edited by stillshimpy, Nov 26, 2012 @ 12:22 AM.