SPOILER ALERT: This recap for "A Red Wheelbarrow" episode of "Homeland" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Saul knew! He knew! He knew where Brody was, and, by the end of Sunday's "A Red Wheelbarrow" episode of "Homeland," he knows the shocking state Brody's been living in. When viewers last saw Brody, in "Tower of David," the third episode of Season 3, he had accepted he was stuck in a Caracas squatters building, and had begun injecting himself with heroin to deal with his exile.
When Saul makes a mysterious trip, one he'd been talking about all episode, and one he'd mentioned he hoped Carrie wouldn't find out about, we learn it's to the Tower of David, where he enters a locked room and finds a completely strung out Brody barely conscious in a corner.
The stench in the filthy concrete room is so bad Saul has to cover his mouth with a handkerchief just to be able to enter, and when he locks eyes with Brody, the war hero-turned-suspected terrorist is so out of it, it's not clear whether or not he even recognizes Saul.
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But we do ... Saul is the guy who has been keeping a lot of secrets from a lot of people. Namely Carrie, who has already sacrificed so much to help Saul plot his grand scheme to, literally, change the world.
When he enters the Tower of David, Saul also pays Brody's minder a fee: $10 million. Is it a payment for services rendered, or a sort of ransom for Brody's release? We're not sure ... until we see the spoilery preview of next week's episode, "Horse and Wagon," which reveals Saul and Brody, outside the Tower, with Saul telling Brody he needs to perform one more service for his country. Oh, and Carrie is reunited with Brody in the preview, too.
Carrie Gets Shot
Carrie doesn't yet know about the Saul/Brody situation, but she knows this: Quinn shot her! The two of them were acting on the info Javadi spilled last week about Brody not being the Langley bomber, and Leland Bennett knowing who the real bomber is. Finding the guy is Carrie's main goal, so she can clear Brody ... so his baby — yes, we have confirmation now, the baby she's carrying is Brody's — won't suffer the same consequences Brody's other children have suffered as the offspring of a suspected terrorist.
But when other priorities trump Carrie's need to nab the real bomber, she puts herself in harm's way, and in the middle of the mission, Dar Adal orders Quinn to shoot Carrie to stop her from ruining the big plan. Quinn shot her in the bicep, and we're left to wonder if her injuries and reactions to them will affect the baby. Also, how will this latest act affect Quinn, who's already at the end of his emotional rope with all the things he's already been asked to do on the job? Now, he's been ordered to shoot someone he cares about, someone who's pregnant.
* Saul and Mira have reunited, though her dumped boyfriend thinks there's a secret reason she's decided to stay with her husband of 35 years. The boyfriend, of course, has secrets of his own, namely that he's a spy who broke into Saul and Mira's house to bug it.
* And more fallout from Saul's master plan: Fara the analyst, who's so disturbed by the fact that she helped orchestrate the opportunity for Javadi to brutally murder his daughter-in-law and ex-wife that she's been unable to return to work. And, because this is "Homeland," she's got a big secret, too: Her sick father, who lives with her, thinks she works at a bank, and is not pleased when he finds out the Langley bombing propelled her to offer her services to the U.S. government.
* Carrie is 13 weeks pregnant, her trip to the doctor confirms, and she hasn't yet made a decision about the baby's future.
* Questions: How long has Saul known where Brody is, and how long has he been plotting to use him to carry out some secret (as if there's any other kind on "Homeland") mission? How will Carrie react when she finds out Saul has been asking her to do so much, but sharing so little with her? And, is Mira the new Dana, i.e. the character whose very appearance on screen makes you cringe?
"Homeland" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. on Showtime.
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