'Homeland' Recap: Brody Is Surviving Like a Cockroach
Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in "Homeland"
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Tower of David" episode of "Homeland" contains storyline and character spoilers.
Color this one of the most somber hours of TV of the week. Even the survivors of "The Walking Dead" over on AMC were living a more hopeful, but no more bloody, existence than Nicholas Brody and Carrie Mathison were in this week's unhappy "Homeland" installment.
First, the good news: Brody's back. After being MIA from Season 3's first two episodes, we finally catch up with him and, well, that's where the good news ends. While trying to make his way from Colombia into Venezuela, Brody was shot twice in the stomach and is bleeding profusely when he's delivered to a group of men near a Venezuelan beach.
They shuffle him off via an underground parking garage to a dark building, where a man who may or may not be a doctor is assisted by a young woman, and an even younger boy. The maybe-doctor removes the bullets — in a room where the lights flicker on and off at best — and makes it clear he knows who Brody is: a wanted terrorist with a $10 million dead-or-alive bounty on his head.
Later That Same Day? Week? Month?
Brody wakes up, wearing nothing but a pair of boxers, in an open-air room. The same young woman who assisted during the operation helps him get out of bed after he refuses more drugs for his pain. He walks to the edge of the room to see where he is, and looks out into a city he doesn't recognize. "Where am I?" he asks.
"Caracas, your new home," says the man who took him to the maybe-doctor. He tells Brody he's safe there, in that building, with him. Brody frets that his wallet and passport have been taken; he's worried that he won't be able to travel without it. The man laughs, and Brody asks why he's helping him.
"You know Carrie Mathison. So do I."
The Tower of David
Brody asks the young woman — who's the daughter of the mystery man helping him — to take him on a walk. They stroll through the building, where they pass children in school uniforms, children playing in the hallways, a tiny bodega, and a woman who's just finished providing entertainment services to a gentleman. Brody takes it all in, but the jaunt has left him exhausted and bleeding from one of his wounds.
Martina Garcia as Esme and Damian Lewis as Nicholas Brody in "Homeland"
A trip to Maybe-Doctor, one of the few people who speaks English, provides background on Brody's strange new digs. It's called the Tower of David, not for any Biblical reason, but because that was the name of the wealthy banker who was financing it before he died "along with the economy," says Maybe-Doc.