In the first episode of Season 2, Dana accidentally tells her class that Brody is a Muslim. Okay..., but the way Mrs. Brody freaks out is ridiculous! Okay, he didnt tell her, but the fact that he converted to Islam is enough to make her royally freak out? I'm offended, and i'm not even Islamic.
They're a right wing family. What surprises me is she never just says "I was speaking hypothetically".
The reaction isn't unreasonable at all. While people commonly marry outside their faith, that is discussed beforehand. Converting (even between Catholicism and Protestantism, much less from Christianity to Islam) without telling one's spouse...that would be a big deal for a member of a couple who are even somewhat religious. Then add in that Brody converted to the religion of those who were imprisoning him (and his wife had lots of time to develop a hatred of the whole religion for it), and it's not at all surprising that she freaked out.
In Season 2, was Carrie ever formally re-hired by the CIA?
One has to assume it happened off camera after she was proven right about Brody.
How did Jess know Brody was sleeping with Carrie? It's one thing for her to guess that he was having an affair, but she'd never met Carrie, nor had Brody ever mentioned her. There's not a single moment on screen that show's Jess would be aware of Carrie's existence.
It's not shown on screen, but Brody told Jess about the weekend he spent with Carrie. One of their first conversations after that episode references it.
Then it still doesn't make sense. When Brody talks to Jess about becoming a politician she announces that the press will find out about "That CIA Agent you fucked" leaving Brody looking dumbfounded as if he had no idea she knew. I suspect they were planning a scene where Jess meets Carrie but it either never got shot or it got left on the cutting room floor.
Well she saw Carrie outside of their house when she came to tell Brody that Walker was still alive, Brody would have had to have said something to explain why he got out of bed at the crack of dawn to talk to a strange woman on the lawn, and put two and two together. Carrie was also at Walker's funeral and could have been seen there too.
What episode was that? I just read over the synopsis of the episode where they find out Walker's alive and it doesn't mention them meeting on the lawn or Jess watching. Are you sure you're not confusing this with a different scene?
Why would Abu Nazir insist that Brody shoot Walker. Walker's the second most valuable assett he has. I know it makes a good bad-ass moment to have Brody shoot someone on command, but it strikes me as a poor decision strategically?
Walker's not that valuable. He's wanted so he can't move undetected and their sniper plot went south. You could tell that he was about ready to kill Brody for failing the plot, the two would never work together again.
Why isn't Walker all zombie-like and glossy like Brody? Can we be sure he's turned?
Because he's far more ruthless.
If Brody plans to suicide bomb pretty shortly after getting back to the country, why does he care about reconciling with his wife, bonding with his kids, or going to support groups for PTSD veterans?
To Maintain his cover. Their plan hinges on him becoming a public figure so he can get close to the vice president.
Isn't the invisibility of the President becoming a bit too implausible? The VP having the executive powers / prominence of a White House Chief Staff works fine from a narrative POV, but the President being ausent from the funeral of his own VP is a little too much, sounds far-fetched and almost insulting to his memory and family... even the Secretaries are there. Not sharing acts for security reasons may be acceptable, but it should be stated in so many words.
It's not a funeral; it's a memorial, and it's for Walden as a former CIA director, not as a dead VP.
The whole Invisible President thing is a real flaw in the series. I'm sure they want to maintain No Celebrities Were Harmed, so make it clear it isn't Obama by casting a white president. It's clear it isn't Bush because Bin Laden was killed before the series started, and it's clear it wasn't someone before Bush because 9/11 occurred before the series started.
In the first season, Carrie has significiant issues obtaining clozapine, to the point where her sister supplies her. It's explained that she can't go to a doctor on account of her security clearance, but why not buy it under a pseudonym from an online "pharmacy?" That's something college students in the real world can do, let alone a fictional superspy.
Besides everything else on her plate, I'd imagine that hiding the paper trail of something like that is much harder than just getting them under the table from a relative.