Compared to all the neck-twisting, a hand-stabbing, hit-and-running, and storefront ambushing that's been going down, things were pretty quiet -- though an attack on America seems to be growing closer.
Hosted by a wealthy Vietnam War veteran, the fundraiser takes place in a lush country home complete with woods, pool, and stables. The Brody and Walden clans are both in attendance, as was David Estes for some reason.
The host, Rex, doesn't think much of Walden, but wants to see Brody taken along for the ride as the vice presidential candidate on the ticket. Brody nods politely, and comes off as genuinely sad about the fact that his days as a congressman and potential vice presidential nominee are numbered.
Contemplating his grim prospects in the stables with a rehabbed horse (who should have, apparently, been sent to the glue factory long ago), Brody gets a call from Carrie, who is hiding in the nearby woods to say hello and provide some vague spy-related information.
There isn't really much to say, and within a few minutes these two are making out. From the looks of astonishment on both of their faces, it seems we are supposed to think that this was a genuine moment of connection, rather than an attempt by one to further manipulate the other. But hey, these are spies we're talking about.
Meanwhile, the kids are busy spoiling a perfectly nice fundraiser with their lingering hit-and-run angst. From the minute the motorcade pulls into the estate, Dana is haranguing Finn to join her in confessing their crime to the parents.
She finally spits it out, but as soon as the story is half way told, Mrs. Walden is already promising that she will "take care of it" – it, presumably, being a cover-up. Jess is horrified, and in a rare moment of engaged joint parenting, the Brodys determine that they will defy the Waldens' advice and go to the police.
It's an interesting development, in contrast to Brody's moral gyrations in his multi-layered secret life. Here, the "right thing to do" seems to crystallize for both Brody and Jessica without any need to balance priorities.
But when they pull up to the station, Carrie has beaten them there, somehow having gotten wind of the planned confession by way of Estes. She talks Brody out of letting his daughter come clean, since alienating Walden would risk the CIA's mission and render Brody less useful. Dana walks off in disgust as she realizes that her dad has been compromised by his political ambitions (true, just not in the way she thinks).
Meanwhile, Saul pulls up at a rural Pennsylvania prison to see if inmate Aileen can provide information about the mysterious shooter from last week's episode. The year has not been good to Aileen, who has been in solitary confinement and looks like dog food.
Aileen says that she will help, but first Saul must jump through hoops to get her reassigned to "a cell with a view." His attitude may be big-city and his grooming "devil-may-care," but Saul does come through. Unfortunately, Aileen feeds him false information and takes advantage of the distractions provided by her interrogation to commit suicide.
But not before he brings her bread, wine and cheese, dishes about his failed marriage and reminisces with his prisoner about the good times they had driving across country together. At the end of the episode, he admits that he let emotions affect his handling of the interrogation.
By the way, in case anyone cares, Quinn is fine and back to being a jerk. Galvez is not doing as well, and is expected to die. We expect a more action-packed, less brooding episode next week, judging from all the yelling in the preview.