An asset from Carrie's former life comes in from the cold. Freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his nonviolent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy.
Before she makes it to a safe house, Carrie interviews the wife of a Lebanese official on her own, learning that Abu Nazir will be in Beirut the next day. Estes and Saul are skeptical, fearing that the CIA is being set up; Carrie believes the informant. Back in D.C., Dana makes an unexpected friend, Jessica takes a step into political high society, Brody's Army buddies want him to get to the bottom of why the unerring Tom Walker missed when he shot at the Vice President, and Brody gets an invitation to the Pentagon. Will Nazir show up, or is it an ambush. How will …
Jessica's fund-raising dinner for veterans is tonight, with Brody making a speech and with her also on full view to D.C. high society. With tension between them early that afternoon, is a reconciliation at hand. Then Brody gets a call from Roya, sending him to Pennsylvania. As the afternoon wanes, Jessica calls him and he makes up stories. Will he get to the dinner in time? Carrie works on her report through the night and looks forward to the debrief at Langley at 6:00 PM. How will she respond to a fresh discovery of how the CIA values her?
Jess suggests to Brody that he pack a bag if he won't tell her the truth. The CIA has him under 24-hour surveillance from an off-site location run by Peter Quinn, Estes' loyal and acerbic man. They decide to push Brody by having him run into Carrie outside Langley. That night, he's checked into a hotel, he's sitting at the bar, and he reaches for his phone. That afternoon, a drunk Lauder visits Jess; when she can't reach Brody, she calls Mike. Lauder pushes Mike to think anew about Walker and Brody. Dana's relationship with the Vice President's son includes a visit to…
The CIA figures they have 24 hours to learn what they can from Brody. Estes tells Brody's chief of staff to say that the Representative has the flu, so Jessica takes chicken soup to the hotel. To Carrie's dismay, Peter Quinn runs the interrogation; Brody sticks to his story. Would Carrie have done a better job? That evening, Dana goes on a date with Finn Walden; can they lose his Secret Service minders?
More secrets. Roya talks to an unknown man in a park: what do they say to each other? Peter takes a crew to search the bomb-making tailor's shop in Gettysburg: is there anything to find? Lauder's speculations about Walker's death send Mike to talk to Estes, and Dana goes to the hospital to check on a hit-and-run victim. Brody tells Jessica that Carrie's not involved in his new relationship with the CIA, and Saul checks on Carrie to make sure she's okay with her new relationship with Brody.
Fearing an attack is imminent, Saul goes to a federal prison to interview Aileen (whom he brought back from the U.S.-Mexican border a year or so ago) and Carrie, under orders from Quinn, presses Brody to find out from Roya what's going on. Brody and his family are at a weekend fundraiser for Walden at the mansion of a self-made Vietnam vet. Dana wants Finn to go to the police with her. Carrie visits with Mike. Aileen is depressed and uncooperative, so Saul agrees to get her a cell with a window in exchange for her help. Is this the break they need? And what of Dana …
Dana's disgust with dad leads to his shouting at Jessica and then telling Roya and the CIA that he's out, he's quitting. Can Carrie talk him out of depression, convince him to reconnect with Roya, and also convince Estes and Quinn to trust her judgment? Dana goes to Mike's for comfort and safety, then has him drive her to the home in Columbia Heights of the woman who died in the hit and run. A new dilemma faces her there.
Where's Brody? Is he compromised? The CIA is about to roll up Roya when Brody gets word to them that he's okay. Once his family is safe, he will share details of a planned attack and Abu Nazir's first-hand involvement. The CIA has Mike take the family to a safe house, but should they believe Brody's report? Saul and Carrie check into Quinn's background, the Vice President gets a briefing on the situation, and Carrie encourages Brody with the promise that everything will soon be over.
Brody rejoins his family and Mike takes his leave. Then Brody gets a call that Carrie is in mortal danger - only he can save her, but at a price? Saul continues his inquiry into who Peter Quinn is and why he's on this assignment: there are consequences when he figures it out. Finn pays a visit to Dana, and Brody pays a call on the Vice President's residence.
Exhaustion all around. Carrie tracks Abu Nazir through the abandoned factory where she had been a hostage, but he slips away. Teams of FBI find nothing, so Carrie suspects that someone on the team has helped Nazir escape. She interrogates Roya and prompts an outburst. Estes puts Saul through a lie detector test with the promise of wrapping him in red tape. After Dana throws a fit, Brody, Jess, and the kids are released from protective custody; back at their house, Brody decides it's time to tell Jessica the truth.
Brody, Carrie, Estes, Quinn, and Dana must make choices. Brody and Carrie repair to the lakeside cabin where their affair took a serious turn some months ago. Quinn is watching from across the lake, with orders from Estes. A high-powered rifle is at his side. Saul is locked down with a minder while Estes covers tracks. The CIA plans a memorial as well as a burial at sea.