If you've hated the subplot of the Vice President's son, Finn, and Brody's daughter, Dana, committing a hit and run as I have, you likely won't have liked tonight's episode. (There are also other things wrong with it, aside from how that plot rears its head, that may cause you to dislike it.)
Brody, who has committed sin upon sin this season and last, is struck with a sense of honesty and duty when he meets Rex, "the guy I could have been," and is later told by his wife that their daughter was involved in a hit and run that the Vice President's family wants to cover up. He wants to take his daughter to the police department and allow her to confess.
Of course, he can't do that. If he does that, he screws up his relationship with Vice President Walden. Which means Abu Nazir will consider him inconsequential. Which means, according to Carrie, the CIA deal is off.
More important, Carrie delivers this news to Brody at the police station and Dana immediately wants to know what she's doing there. While Brody has to agree that Dana can't turn herself in now -- not knowing of course what deal her father made with the CIA -- he has to also recognize that Dana will soon tell her Mom about Carrie and Brody will be caught lying to Jessica about Carrie's involvement in his CIA.
(Let's also not forget about the passionate kiss they share in the clearing behind the mansion where Rex is holding a fundraiser earlier in the episode. That will likely lead to more down the line.)
Ultimately, when the hit and run plot is introduced, it isn't hard to imagine it somehow driving the plot machinations involved in Brody's deal with the CIA and his relationship with the Vice President. That, however, doesn't justify the twist or decision to introduce it. Instead, it further strains the credibility of the show, which always asks for a leap of faith from its viewers (and usually earns it).
The other main plot of the episode involves Saul and Aileen, the female terrorist from last season, currently serving time in a windowless prison cell. Homeland attempts to spin a story here that makes us feel sorry for Aileen rather than just be annoyed we're spending a good chunk of the episode with Saul just trying to get her a room with a window. From an Attorney General who's too busy at his child's school play? Wow.
(If Quinn was there .. would he have just stabbed her in the hand and been done with it?)
Aileen lies about knowing the "new guy in town," who lead the massacre in Gettysburg last weekend, solely for the purpose of getting some alone time with something that can be used as a weapon so she can kill herself. (It winds up being Saul's glasses.)
Saul cries over her death -- seeing it as nothing more than a waste. So does this viewer. A waste of time in an episode that reminds us constantly that something big is coming.
In the final plot of the week, we see Quinn rise from his bed in the hospital. While we don't know how much time has passed since the Gettysburg massacre that he survived, it's a 24 style leap of faith to see him not only up and around, but helping lead a raid on a suspect's home.
The idea of Brody meeting a soldier who lives the ideals that everyone else in America thinks Brody lives is an intriguing one. But unfortunately, it's buried under a number of other meandering, non-credible plotlines. That's two misses in a row from Homeland after a number of powerful, groundbreaking episodes this season.