‘Homeland’ Season 2, Episode 6: ‘A Gettysburg Address’ Recap

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Damian Lewis in Homeland A Gettysburg Address Homeland Season 2, Episode 6: A Gettysburg Address Recap

The problem with giving Brody (Damian Lewis) a deal in exchange for his cooperation with the CIA is that at a certain point, Carrie (Clare Danes) is going to have to believe what he says.  It’s a complete reversal of what Homeland started out being. Carrie has gone from assuming (correctly) that every word out of Brody’s mouth was a lie – or at least a half-truth that maintained the Brody persona of “super-patriot” and returned war hero. Of course, Carrie’s first instinct was to believe him to be the sleeper agent she’d been warned of, and after much suffering on her behalf, as a result of Brody’s actions and, especially, his lies, Ms. Mathison has once more found herself in turnaround.

The question then becomes: How much does Carrie believe Brody is telling the truth, and how much does she simply want to believe?

Olive-appreciator, Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) and even Saul (Mandy Patinkin) are hesitant to think any words out of the traitor’s mouth have much value, but Carrie’s adamant that Nicholas Brody’s been successfully turned. Besides, as she mentions, if Brody wants to double-cross the CIA by feeding intel to Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban), he can; they just have to believe he won’t or hasn’t already. For the team, though principally Quinn, believing Brody to be their ace in the hole, may stand as their biggest risk.

After a surveillance detail on Roya (Zuleikha Robinson) leads the team to discover a new player that they have zero information on – they can’t even identify the fellow with facial recognition software – Brody’s called in at Carrie’s request to take a look at the picture of this as-yet unnamed participant. But Brody’s also there to cough up any additional information that may have slipped his mind after Quinn went for his hand like it was the last dolmade in Washington, D.C. Naturally, there’s still some unresolved tension between the two, with Brody fully expecting Quinn to be the bad cop in every situation, which keeps him from doing anything but appearing to cooperate. So, in lieu of being able to identify the new mystery man, Brody offers up the whereabouts of the tailor, neatly glossing over the fact that he broke the guy’s neck, and reminding us all of just what a reflexive phony Brody is capable of being.

Rupert Friend in Homeland A Gettysburg Address Homeland Season 2, Episode 6: A Gettysburg Address Recap

Carrie trusts that Brody will force a meeting with Roya to discover the identity of the new guy, while assuming he won’t tip her off in some way. Meanwhile, taking part in a forensic detail in Gettysburg, Quinn and his crew tear through Bassel the tailor’s shop, only to find a mountain of paperwork, but no hard evidence. With Nazir’s team on to the CIA’s presence in the store, and with backup close, but not close enough, Quinn stumbles upon a false wall mere seconds before a tactical unit, being led by the mystery man, wipes out his team, takes whatever was in the wall and vanishes as quickly as they materialized. Being a method actor and clearly into theatrics, Quinn uses the fact that he’s been shot to act like he’s been shot and killed – a clever ruse that seemingly keeps him from playing the more permanent role of dead guy.

Brody is a pathological liar – a fact that, this being the spy business, is actually true of all the major players in Homeland – and ‘A Gettysburg Address’ plays up the history of those lies, and why trust can often prove to be and enemy in situations as potentially devastating as the one Peter, Saul and Carrie are all in. After the tailor shop massacre, Carrie storms Brody’s office, spouting accusations and basically just wondering aloud if he’d somehow played a part in the death of all those men. She’s feeling responsible; the deaths were on her watch as much as anyone else’s. Involved or not, maybe Brody’s the only one she can think to face in a situation like this; after all, they do share a rather tarnished history. Breaking down in his congressional office, Carrie seeks, and seemingly gets the solace she was looking for – perhaps without considering where it’s all headed.

In the meantime, Mike (Diego Kattenhoff) and his ever-inebriated investigative sidekick Lauder (Marc Menchaca) begin asking the kinds of question about Tom Walker that earns Mike a visit into Saul’s office. There, Saul and David Estes (David Harewood) put it in plain English that he’s to drop his freelance investigation into Brody and Walker immediately. It’s hard to tell if that triggers in Mike a simple need to know, or if being shooed away from anything Brody-related by the CIA makes him think there’s a window of opportunity where Jessica’s involved. Either way, Chris (Jackson Pace) needs to stop letting people into his dad’s garage.

Damian Lewis and Clare Danes in Homeland A Gettysburg Address Homeland Season 2, Episode 6: A Gettysburg Address Recap

That’s not the only trouble one of Brody’s spawn may have caused. Haunted by the idea that the guy she left Xander for may have killed a pedestrian on their first date, Dana (Morgan Saylor) does a little snooping of her own. Wandering the halls of the ICU in search of Finn’s (Timotheé Chalamet) victim, Dana happens across the poor woman’s distraught daughter only to learn that things are nowhere near okay. Panicked of what will happen if anyone finds out the son of the future president was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident, Finn attempts to spell out to Dana just how golden her silence in this situation is.  But, as her father has learned, keeping something like this internalized will only serve to destroy who holds it from the inside out.

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  1. Am I the only one who was screaming at the screen last night?
    Screaming at Carrie to stop it. To understand that Brody is a liar, a traitor, a murderer and that she will never have the life and happy ending with Brody that she wishes she can have.
    I probably am the only one. But that’s because like I’ve said here before the writers of Homeland have done such a great job of making Carrie a character we care about and root for…
    Or maybe I just need to get a life and to stop watching so much TV. :)

    • No, you’re not the only one. Except that I’ve noticed that Carrie, despite her psychiatric problems and the fact that she “trusts” Saul, can actually play her cards pretty close to the vest. She recruited an informant eight years earlier and told no one, not even Saul, in all that time. Carrie knew why Brody didn’t push the button (Dana followed the “crazy lady’s” instructions to the letter and begged her father to come home – reminding him that Issa wasn’t the only child he loved) and Carrie told no one, not even Saul. She was later able to use that information to great effect in her interrogation with Brody – it was actually the turning point. Her first tryst with Brody served a purpose – she was able to prove that he could beat a lie detector test (a test that Saul had a long history of adorably failing).

      It’s hard to tell who is manipulating who on this show, but, for me, the door is still open where Carrie, Saul, and Estes/Peter are concerned. Brody, on the other hand, is doing well just to make it through one more day of his impossible life.

      Ditto for me – about needing to get a life and stop watching so much TV.

  2. I still haven’t figured out how they knew the CIA team was searching the tailor’s shop….or is that just supposed to fall by the way side?

    I really wish they had left Carrie’s confrontation with Brody for a few more episodes, it could’ve been fantastic to watch Brody spin out and become more and more paranoid plus it could’ve been a way to get better and more truthful info out of Brody when he broke.

    I’m hoping by the end of the season, the obnoxious daughter, dumb wife and Mike all get killed, either figuratively or literally. Because the only way Mike gets out of the hole he’s dug himself is to get killed because now he’s been officially told to drop any investigation so his military career would be over because there’s no way he wouldn’t be found out.

  3. This episode was fantastic. Maybe the second best episode of the season. I enjoy the daughters storyline very much, her acting is superb.

  4. Still think Virgil is the mole. Like most ‘surprises’ in Homeland so far it’s the most obvious so therefore its got to be him. He’s always there when Carrie get close to finding out thing that actualy happen (rewatching whole show made me realise) & now this week confirms it (could be Max but doubt it).

  5. Interesting point about Virgil. Although he seems to genuinely care for Kerry. We do know there is a separate mole in the CIA, however. It was stated in season 1, (after the park/breifcase bomb went off ) than the subject was not brought up again. In fact, Virgil, Max, and Estes are all viable candidates ( although Estes has a very low chance of being a mole in my opinion). Lol

  6. My old theory was hat it was Saul. I believed he was the one who slipped the Nazir Soldier the blade, and he didn’t let Carrie in the building during season 1 finale. Now that theory is done due to the fact he showed Carrie Brody’s tape.

    • Not so sure that Saul showing Carrie and Estes the Brody tape eliminates him from consideration as the mole. He let some time go by before he decided what to do with the tape. Nazir had to know that Brody might become unreliable once back in his “homeland” and reunited with his own children. Could be Nazir wants to use him in such a way that it doesn’t really matter which side of the fence he thinks he is working. Brody volunteered the information (unasked) about the tailor’s death. This led to the CIA discontinuing surveillance of the tailor shop and moving inside in order to fully search it. We see how that turned out. It’s interesting that Saul went to Carrie first and then Estes. He eliminated the possibility that Estes could leave Carrie out of it by doing so. I’m not really sure that Saul is the mole. I just can’t tell who is playing who at this point.

  7. Still wondering why they haven’t figure out it was Brody who warned Nazir about being ambushed and why they haven’t traced that number he texted.

    • Yes, the whole texting thing reminds us that we are expected to leave our credibility at the door when we watch this show. Still, I had another thought about this. We know Brody sent the text and we know Nazir received it because Roya conveyed his gratitude later. However, we don’t know for sure that that is the reason Nazir got back into the car. What a feat of magic TV timing! Wouldn’t it have been so much easier for Saul to pull the trigger on the operation the moment he was sure Nazir would be safely back in the car before any shots were fired? Much more credible if Brody’s text was actually irrelevant.

  8. A plot weakness – Brody has way too much free time for being a politician in Congress?

    • It’s not 24 so time is on their side to bridge gapping plot weakness like this. Season 2 has got too many now its jumping story momentum every episode it’s like their losing track of continuity sometimes.

  9. A question that keeps coming back to me over and over-
    Who is the REAL VICTIM in this series?
    Who is that has been tortured, plundered, left for dead, used by everyone for their own personal gain?
    Is it any wonder that Brody is who he is and does what he does?
    How would you have reacted if you had been in his shoes?
    I don’t think I would have made it past year one.

    So, Who is the real victim here?

    Any comments?

    • Given that Roya assured Brody he would have access to Estes’ safe and given that Danny got Estes to leave by telling him it was the DCI who wanted him to meet with Roya one must conclude the mole is Danny, the DCI or an unknown DCI staffer. Lets see if Danny is dead.

      • Weak… Estes could have been told by anyone to meet Roya for the distraction – Roya meeting Estes at that known time making a distraction by Roya for Brody. Just a Red herring.

        • Of course the writers could ultimately make the mole whoever they want to or even drop the Mole subplot but The fact remains that it was Danny who delivered the supposed message from the DCI to Estes that got him out of the office, and not just anyone.

    • Carrie says in season 1 to Brody that she had a relationship with Estes to spy on him but found nothing…

  10. Two episodes ago, during the conversation between Carrie and Brody in the bar, he mentioned the fact, in a very deliberate way, that she had had ECT. It wasn’t a slip (like Carrie mentioning the kind of tea he likes to drink in season one). It was deliberate. Why would he mention that? Her visceral response, “Who told you that?”, was expected. Who did tell him that? And why? We know that Saul knew. We also know that Peter knew. One of the first things Peter said to Carrie after meeting her was something to the effect that he would be angry too at someone who got him thrown into the nut house where his brain was zapped (a reference to her ECT).

    Carrie said that she knew Brody had “made” her because of something in his eyes. I think she knew that the whole conversation, starting with the very conveniently timed call from Brody on her cell (when Peter was sitting next to her but Saul was out of the room) was a setup. She took back control (or thought she did) when she confronted Brody in his hotel room. But, considering what happened in the most recent episode – the tailor shop fiasco – I’m not so sure. What was Brody (and his puppet-master Nazir) trying to accomplish here?

    Also, during Carrie’s confrontation with Brody in his hotel room, both Saul and Peter groaned – “Oh there goes that nutcase Carrie again ruining everything.” One of them was lying.

  11. This episode was weaker than most, except for the tailor shop scene, which was shocking despite being contrived. Dana’s shenanigans are just filler with annoying holes e.g. she just happens to find the woman they hit in the local hospital and puts herself in such a vulnerable position by acting completely suspicious as she’s leaving (this sentence could go on and on). It was a bit of a let-down especially in light of episode 5 with Brody’s confession to Carrie. However, despite all of the holes and all of the discrepancies, it is enjoyable and captivating week after week and keeps viewers guessing where they are going next.

  12. Where is the Episode 7 recap?

  13. I just watched the whole series on demand in four days. I saw this episode and am I the only one who saw Max put the microphone near the gushing water? I asked people and nobody saw it. For those of you who have demand, watch the first scene with Roya and the contact. I’m going to bet Max is the mole.

    • Thank you Holly! I thought I saw Max put the microphone near the water too, but as I don’t have the episode saved any more and nothing has been said about it, I was wondering if I had imagined it. That’s why I googled it and ended up here – thanks for confirming it was true :)

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