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Tower of David
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Season 3, Episode 3
Written by: Henry Bromell & William Bromell
Directed by: Clark Johnson
Production number: 3WAH03
Running time: 53 minutes
Original airdate: October 13, 2013
Viewers (millions): 1.81

Tower of David is the third episode of Season 3 of Homeland. It aired on October 13, 2013.

Synopsis

As Brody finds himself in increasingly desperate straits, he returns to his faith for guidance in an unexpected way. Carrie struggles to connect with Saul when a mysterious man offers to help her, but at a great cost.

Episode guide

Brody, suffering from two bullet wounds in the abdomen, is taken to the "Tower of David", an unfinished skyscraper project in Caracas inhabited by squatters. He is held there by a group of mercenaries led by El Niño, who is aware of Brody's identity. Brody is nursed back to health by Dr. Graham, along with Esme, El Niño's daughter. They regularly give Brody heroin to blunt his pain. When asked by Brody why he is being so helpful, El Niño responds "You know Carrie Mathison. So do I". As Brody's health improves, he begins refusing the heroin injections as they affect his ability to think.

Carrie, now medicated, pleads with her psychiatrist to pass along a message to Saul that she is doing better and that she's sorry. Later on, she momentarily loses control while in a bathroom, bashing her head into the mirror and drawing blood. A sympathetic nurse finds her and agrees not to report the incident.

Brody explains to El Niño that since he went on the run, he's been taken from one place to another and that he's recovered enough from his injuries to leave and get to "the next place". El Niño refuses to let him go, replying that there is no next place, and that the tower is where he is safe, and where he needs to stay. El Niño reminds Brody that he could turn him in to the CIA for a $10 million reward. Undeterred, Brody later escapes the premises with the help of Esme. He seeks refuge at a nearby mosque. The imam lets Brody stay there, but has recognized who he is and phones the police who arrive shortly to arrest Brody.

Brody, believing he found refuge at the mosque, takes a refreshing shower there in an extended shot that makes the scene seem like a dream sequence. Just as he’s leaning against the wall and relaxing for what must be the first time since the Langley bombing, two police officers draw back the shower curtain and pull the nude Brody out, beating him senseless and dragging him to the imam.

El Niño's mercenaries then arrive, killing the police officers along with the imam and his wife. They take Brody back to the tower, where an angry El Niño confines Brody to a cell, calling it Brody's new home.

Carrie is visited at the ward by Paul Franklin, an associate at a law firm. He claims to be representing one of the partners at the firm, offering to get Carrie released if she will speak with the partner in question. Carrie rebuffs him, as she believes that she will be expected to turn on the CIA, which she refuses to do.

Brody, alone in his cell, injects himself with heroin as the episode ends.

Trivia

If you ever wondered about Brody's journey to Caracas, give a listen. This audiobook is worth your time: Season 2 Episode 12 / Season 3 Episode 3: Phantom Pain.

Carrie’s become so fragile she retreats to a bathroom and bangs her head on a mirror, only to be stopped by Abby (played by Marcia DeBonis, a.k.a. Jennifer Garner’s hapless secretary Arlene in 13 Going on 30). “I had a bad moment, that’s all,” Carrie says, before sobbing. “I’m doing everything that’s asked of me.”

This looks like the place (in Caracas) Carrie had Brody hold up in during season 3 - people think these places only exist on TV and movies... of course they don't; see the article.

The DVDs have four major features:

  • Behind the scenes of the making of “Tower of David.” I found this much more interesting than I would have thought, especially considering I don’t really care much for the episode. It does reinforce just how ambitious and unique the episode is, from the mere perspective of recreating this real location. Really gives you a good idea of how much thought and care and time goes into creating scenes that last for less than 30 seconds.
  • Behind the scenes of “Big Man in Tehran” and “The Star.” This is actually not the same set of interviews Showtime has officially released in the past few months. Claire, Damian, Alex Gansa, Lesli Linka Glatter, and more talk about what it was like filming the final two episodes in Morocco, and of course the final two episodes of Brody’s story. Very interesting. There are some soul-crushing moments I’ll be giffing later. Just prepare yourselves.
  • Commentary on “The Star” with Alex Gansa, Damian Lewis, and Joe Hobeck (editor). This was honestly kind of a letdown. The insight they did add was very interesting and enlightening, especially from the editor (surprisingly enough), but there are also just moments of complete silence. Weird for a commentary. Gansa says they are just getting “lost” in the moment, but I can’t help wonder how much better this commentary would have been with this trio: Claire, Lesli, Meredith Stiehm. Alex Gansa provides good background about why certain storytelling decisions were made and he uses the word “restraint” a lot, which if you think about it is sort of the like the overall theme of the season’s tone.
  • Deleted scenes. I saved these for last because they were really the true highlight. Usually deleted scenes are boring and dull, but there are some really interesting ones in here. A few with the Brody family (and TWO reference Carrie Mathison which in and of itself is rather thrilling), a few with Quinn (the oft-referenced Quinn/Julia scene is here, and guess what? I actually HATED it). But I really wanna talk about one with Carrie that takes place in “The Star,” during the denouement. I’ll gif it tonight but it takes place at her OB/GYN and it’s so so so relevant to this upcoming season I feel like it’s required viewing for everyone.

Quotes

Brody: Am I a doctor? // Dr. Graham: That's a very interesting question, considering your circumstances.

“We’re here because the world outside can be judgmental and cruel. We’re here because this is the place that accepts us. We’re here because we belong here.” - As Dr. Graham tells Brody.

“I feel quite lucid,” Carrie tells her doctor. “I was wondering if you could tell Saul Berenson how much better I’m doing.” // “No one knows where else to put me,” she says, sharing the same lost expression Brody conveyed when El Nino told him Caracas was the end of the line.

“I had a bad moment, that’s all,” Carrie says, before sobbing. “I’m doing everything that’s asked of me.” - Carrie for Abby

When she starts to doubt his sincerity, Paul Franklin explains, “Carrie, I’m on your side.” // She rejects Franklin’s offer and brusquely tells him, “You think I’m vulnerable, you think I’m weak,” before turning her heel and striding back into the facility.

“I need my meds.” - Carrie begins to lose it, admitting,

“You’re not a Muslim. You’re a terrorist.” the imam tells a shell-shocked Brody.

“You’re a naughty boy,” Grahan says in the shadows, his voice washing over the scene. “Naughty, naughty boy… Everywhere you go, other people die, but you always manage to survive, have you noticed that?''

Comments

"You’re like a cockroach, still alive after the last nuclear bomb goes off.” - Grahan says in the shadows, his voice washing over the scene. Indeed, Brody the human cockroach has survived impossible odds, even aside from the failed bomb he was supposed to detonate at the end of the first season. He’s killed a man while on the phone with Jessica, shot Tom Walker to protect himself, and escaped the hold of Abu Nazir. But a cockroach can simply continue to survive, while Brody needs a plan, somewhere to go, something to do. And right now, he’s stagnant, forced to stay exactly where he is, drugging himself so he can run away from his thoughts. The same goes for Carrie, alone in the corner of her room, hugging her knees to her chest. Just two lost cockroaches, stuck where they are on a show that won’t let them get what they want. - Shirley Li

Trivia

Tower of David: This reminded me of an article where people think that this kind of place only exists on TV and in the movies...

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

Note

Videos

Season 3
#301 "Tin Man Is Down" #307 "Gerontion"
#302 "Uh... Oh... Ah..." #308 "A Red Wheelbarrow"
#303 "Tower of David" #309 "One Last Thing"
#304 "Game On" #310 "Good Night"
#305 "The Yoga Play" #311 "Big Man in Tehran"
#306 "Still Positive" #312 "The Star"
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