After a really-pretty-good cliffhanger before New Years, State of Affairs got back to the business of tearing Charlie down a bit more. The case of the week was, well, weak, but it was nice to get some laughs in with the touring road show that was Nick and Charlie. Major plot devices were put to the wayside (the mysterious texts, Aaron, etc.), but it was kind of nice to have a break from those. It’s like when the casts of SATC or Seinfeld went to L.A. for an episode. It was vacation for all of us!
The Ar Rissalah symbol is popping up all over the United States (meaning, all over social media—because you’re nothing if you’re not online!). As followers post the calligraphed horse on national monuments and such, some kid with a camera and a spray can jumps the fence to the White House. He makes it across the lawn, over the hedges, into the Oval Office, and tags a portrait of Lincoln before the secret service manages to rush in and detain him. “You’re all going to die,” the kid tells the guards.
Across the world, Charleston is telling President Payton about her new recollection of the Kabul attack (the one she remembered after last week’s chemical interrogation): Omar Fatah pulled her from the wreckage, Aaron pulled a gun and pointed it at him/her, Fatah pulled Charlie’s gun and shot Aaron. Charlie also admitted that Fatah was her asset, something that she, as an employee of the CIA, is not supposed to voluntarily tell POTUS unless specifically asked. “You brought wolves to our door, Charlie,” Payton tells her. “You created the man who killed Aaron.” Her punishment? To go boots-on-the-ground to make contact with Fatah. “Get the hell off my plane,” Payton says, as if Charlie were a motherf–king snake on her motherf–king Air Force One.
CIA Director Navarro meets up with the guys on the 7th floor to let them know about all the Ar Rissalah graffiti nationwide. 65 social media photos in 24 hours? It’s an epidemic! The FBI and Homeland Security now believe there is an American AR cell, so this is priority No. 1. Kurt mentions they could really use Charlie’s help on this, and Navarro informs them that she’ll be working this “in country,” as a case officer. “Which country?” Dash asks. Navarro brushes them aside. “You have your marching orders.”
Back in his torture box, Nick is suddenly freed. Or, at least, conveniently abandoned. As he removes his cuffs and chains and grabs his pants, he notices a red hotel key laying on the counter. “Sonofabitch,” he mumbles as he walks outside. He’s been held in a giant crate in a shipping yard. “Yemen.”
Back in the States, the FBI is questioning the White House tagger when Lucas rolls in to be included. The kid’s got a history of mental problems and a rap sheet of civil disobedience arrests, including with Anonymous and Occupy (excuse me, no. You can’t convince me that participating in Occupy is a gateway drug for joining a violent jihadist organization. Just, no). The kid had, however, been taking a class called “Violent Non-State Actors in World Politics.” The instructor of that class, professor Ahmad Ahmadi, has been of interest. Now they finally have a pretense to bring him in.
Looks like Charlie’s mysterious country is to be… Yemen. She subtly teases the poor embassy lackey who is tasked with getting her settled—meaning, giving her an Australian passport, a gun, and a red hotel key. Wait… doesn’t that key look suspiciously like the red key Nick picked up in… yup. There he is. Nick shows up in her room. This is clearly not a coincidence.
“Man, I hate Yemen,” Nick deadpans as he opens the mini-fridge to find only bottled water. (Note: Yemen is a dry country. This would clearly be torture enough for Nick—no beatings or blow torches necessary.) Charlie and Nick quickly surmise that their being in the same 5-star hotel room is orchestrated. “I’m a very wanted man here,” Nick tells her. He informs her that his entire interrogation was about her and what he knows about Pegasus. Charlie wants to go to Fatah’s old meeting place to try to make contact, but Nick warns her that they no longer have protection out here. “This is the deep dark, Charlie.” No one will be coming to save them if they get caught.
NEXT: Why does Nick hate Yemen so much? And who will find Moosari first?