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thoughts on homeland: the vest

So Carrie IS Crazy: We were told early on in the season about Carrie’s condition. We’ve seen her taking medication. Her personality can be seen as a bit obsessive compulsive even when she has her condition “under control” but since the bombing she finally succumbed. Maybe she does jumble all her thoughts together but she still is the most viable source when it comes to figuring out the puzzle that is Abu Nazir.

“Fire someone. I don’t care who it is”: Words spoken by the Vice President to David Estes. Clearly one can understand where he is coming from and Carrie is the obvious “fall girl” but I still don’t think it was her fault. She figured out that the man with the briefcase wasn’t Walker and that something bad was about to happen. Saul and Estes are more to blame but they won’t be held accountable for their roles in the terrorist attack.

Ominous Warning: Whenever you tell someone – in this case your daughter – to take of things when you’re gone and you aren’t going into a situation that is apparently dangerous then one has reason to worry. I know politics can be a dirty little game but it is rarely deadly. Brody clearly has ulterior motives with his campaign for presidency, I just want to know if it coincides with what Walker has planned.

Back Room Deals: Where is a subtitle – or a friend that speaks Arabic – when you need it?! I know the lack of translation is only to add to the suspense of the end game but I was more upset that intrigued when the scene ended. All I know for sure is that Brody wants to decapitate someone with an explosive vest. I guess that’s all I need, right?

Terrorism Made Easy: Basically, since the yellow area was so small there had to have been a personal tragedy for Abu Nazir that sparked his purple area revenge. Simple. After helping patch together Carrie’s scrambled work Saul finally can see what Carrie has been trying to explain to him about Abu Nazir and his motives. They still need to figure out what happened to Abu Nazir during that downtime in activity – which was the bombing that killed his son, unbeknowst to the CIA – and what he REALLY has planned for revenge, because Carrie is convinced it’s more than just Walker.

No One Believes a Psycho: I knew Estes was eventually going to find out about Carrie’s condition and relieve her from her duties with the CIA, but I wasn’t expecting it to be brought upon by Brody. Even though she is struggling mentally, she is the closest to figuring out what Abu Nazir has planned and she knows Brody is the most important piece to figuring it all out. Brody had to have sensed that too so that’s why he told Estes about their affair and her illegal surveillance. I felt it odd that Saul didn’t come to her defense but I’m still thinking he may have mole-like tendencies so that could explain his absence.

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the office recapping: gettysburg

By: Joe Finch

Barring some fantastic quips and a couple of hilarious scenes, this week’s episode of The Office was sluggish enough to make a Gettysburg tour seem more exciting.

In yet another episode heavily dominated by Andy and his insecurities, he continues to try and convince people of his leadership by taking some of the “troops” on a field trip to Gettysburg. After delivering a long winded speech comparing war to paper sales, we are finally treated to some comic relief when Gabe is mistaken for Abraham Lincoln (which isn’t the first time). Gabe embraces his new role as the former President, and delivers a hysterical performance, tying his own suffering into the monologue.

While half the staff holds down the fort back in Scranton, Robert stops in and gives them an impromptu challenge to come up with new ideas, and adds that they should feel free to “get weird with it.” Well, that they do. Ryan comes up with an idea to invest in origami, the next big Japanese craze to hit America since sushi.  Stanley underwhelms Robert with his idea of women’s paper, even after attempting to play the race card with it. The only idea that invigorates Robert comes from a very unlikely source—Kevin. Kevin’s analysis of cookie placement in the vending machine spurs Robert to shift the focus of their product line, and credits Kevin with the concept. However, Robert also learns about Kevin’s Big Mac idea (take one ingredient a day out of a Big Mac and save it, so that by week’s end you have a free Big Mac), and realizes his cookie pitch was not a metaphor, it was literally a cookie concern.

Back over at Gettysburg, Dwight adamantly insists that Schrute Farms was a bloodier battlefield, only to find out from a historian that Schrute Farms was a refuge site for dandies and dreamers. Meanwhile, Andy grows frustrated with the lack of enthusiasm shown by his underlings, and vents his frustrations to Jim and Darryl.


The show’s saving grace was incorporating the entire cast into the mix. Although it was mostly a toxic combination of Andy and Robert again, it had enough cameo shots to ease the pain. However, the pity party for Andy needs to stop. If the writers want us to move on from the Michael Scott era, then stop reminding us week after week that Andy is the new manager. Just let him be the boss and go about running the company.

Also, it is still so unclear what the developing storylines of the season are, if there are any at all. After last week’s episode, there was potential for a growing plot involving Jim’s health, which wasn’t addressed at all in this episode. Some sitcoms can get away with never really developing a lingering story, but The Office doesn’t have this luxury, considering they have had developing sagas for eight seasons.

The show has really been picking up lately in the comedic department, but came to a screeching halt with this episode. Then again, this should surprise no one, considering the writers chose “Gettysburg” as the optimal location to draw laughs.

 

QUOTES

Andy – “I can’t force you to go. You’re not my slaves. Thanks to Gettysburg.”

Ryan – “Robert, you got your sheep. You got your black sheep. And I’m not even a sheep. I’m on the freaking moon.”

Jim – “Of course we’re not tourists. We’re just people that aren’t from here that are taking a tour.”

Dwight – “Mad props to Gettysburg.”

Ryan – “Origami—it’s the sushi of paper.”

Stanley – “Paper for women. Pink, scented, and silky soft. Now, you can watch the game, and she can write a letter to her sister.”

Ryan – “Okay, we are now on a planet where Kevin is the most creative person around, and I am just some good looking guy.

Gabe – (performing as Abe Lincoln) “Perhaps a trip to the theater will enlighten my spirits.”

Phyllis – “All I had for breakfast was oatmeal, yogurt, coffee, orange juice and toast—two poached eggs and half a sandwich on the bus.”

Jim – “I’m wearing a very pink hat. I’ve been getting weird looks all day because I’m pretty sure ‘DM Does GB’ means something sexual.”

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