The article below contains spoilers for "A Gettysburg Address," the November 4th episode of "Homeland."
"Homeland" likes to tease out its ongoing confidence games -- Is Carrie (Claire Danes) in control? Does Brody (Damian Lewis) still want to blow people up? -- but Sunday's episode "A Gettysburg Address" brought the issue of trust, and how tiring constantly questioning it can get, to the forefront in all of its storylines. Directed by Guy Ferland and written by Chip Johannessen, this was a quieter installment than the last fiery, plot-burning few, though it showed us the first (and possibly last) foray into being an informant by the newly turned Brody and ended in a blaze of gunfire that left multiple people dead.
But looming larger than any of these are Carrie and Brody and the text and subtext of their ever-tumultuous relationship. It was Carrie's idea to bring Brody in for his initial round as an informant, hoping he'll be able to identify the man his handler Roya (Zuleikha Robinson) met with out by that water fountain, a move that makes sense given their limited options but that also leads her colleagues to wonder if she just wants to see him again. And that's surely some part of it, as much as she insisted she's all business, complaining about how hard it is, "having everyone assume you're at your worst," and bristling about the way Quinn keeps telling her not to trust Brody (because she thought of not trusting him first). After breaking through to Brody and breaking him down in last week's episode, she's currently holding the power both emotionally and in terms of their deal, a situation that has to be gratifying for her on both a professional and personal level -- this is the man who shattered her heart, her sense of sanity and her career.
Despite Carrie's high-strung behavior -- you can sense how edgy working in that room full of monitoring equipment with her can be -- she's also very good at her job, and not just when it comes to metaphorically bleeding out on an interrogation table in order to get a confession from someone. In Roya's comments indicating her awareness that the tailor's storefront in Gettysburg was being searched, Carrie sensed something awry, and her instincts, as is often the case, turned out to be right on. Shortly after Quinn, going with her warning, called for backup, and just as he noticed a hollow wall in the back of the shop, he and his team were taken down by a group of men in combat gear wielding significant weaponry. Whatever was hidden in that case behind the wall had better be awfully important to have made it worth an improbably full-scale assault on government agents in a quiet Pennsylvania town -- but the attack went off with only the slight hitch of Quinn surviving, the distress about possibly being wrong and being betrayed again driving a weeping Carrie into Brody's arms.