Tierney: Yes, the Brody freakout on Carrie was disappointing, considering shortly before he seemed to finally have taken at least some ownership of his situation in comparing himself to Rex. But it is not surprising, as Dana has always been his last line of defense. He had finally regained some of her trust and respect by taking her to the police, and he was forced to throw it all away with the hopes that it would save their relationship in the long run (and let's be honest here, we all know it won't).
In Carrie's defense, Quinn pushed her into wooing Brody. Saul is the only one who really cares about Carrie's wellbeing while navigating her compromised relationship with Brody. Quinn will slam her for it— "Like you've never seen a d--k before?"—until it is useful— "So empower the guy." It's hard to say whether this is supposed to be just a symptom of Carrie's unique situation or a reflection on gender dynamics in macho CIA culture. (After all, Saul clearly had an emotional connection with Aileen, but I doubt we will see anyone really question him on whether he lost his head to his heart). But that's a discussion for another time.
Two nitpicky questions I would like to get your opinion on:
1. Was it just me or did Roya look awful in that opening scene? Obviously she was in her weekend attire, but she seemed worried, haggard, and a lot less confident than she usually is. (She also looks like the Octomom with her up-do, but that's neither here nor there). Is this a hint that things are not going well in Nazir-land, or at least that we are getting close to something big?
2. Is Quinn developing a pill problem? It's obvious he would be given some meds to deal with that shot he took in Gettysburg. But it seemed like every one of his scenes opened with him throwing back some Percocet.
Greg: Roya did looked haggard, but I think the clue that things aren't going well for Nazir is the curtness with which she addresses Brody. It's clear they are both getting fed up with one another, let alone the other people pulling them in every direction.
As far as Quinn's pill problem: I've (thankfully) never been shot, so I don't know how painful that could be, so it might be accurate. If he is still popping Percocets like Mentos three episodes from now, then maybe our boy has an issue. However, I think something else will arise to show us he's not someone we should be rooting for.
Tierney: This is a bit devious, but I am almost excited to see Quinn screw up after all the crap he is given Carrie. But who knows, maybe he will win over my empathy as well. Just when you've made up your mind about someone, Homeland takes your thoughts, and flips them on their head.
Greg: At least until SNL completely nails the characters and story line to the point of absurdity. Who knew Claire Danes' crying act could be so funny?
Come back next week as Greg and Tierney continue their Homeland discussion.
Greg Otto is a news editor at U.S. News & World Report. You can follow him on Twitter or reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tierney Sneed is associate editor of U.S. News Opinion. You can follow her on Twitter or reach her at email@example.com.