-Do you have a family?
-Not unless you count the Musketeers.
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What is a flotation tank?
500 kg of Epsom salts are added to 1000 litres of water, creating a 30 cm deep solution, which is heated to 35.5 degrees C (skin temperature).
The temperature of the water means that once you are settled in the tank, it is virtually impossible to distinguish between parts of the body that are in contact with the water, and those that aren’t, in effect “fooling” the brain into believing that the person is floating in mid-air.
Spoiler alert: adulthood is 96% of you going “well, I hope this is how it works and I’ll keep doing it till someone yells at me”
Colin the dock is not a runway (x)
I guess we’ll never know for sure, but I’ve always thought she was being honest, because for me that’s the whole point of the scene. That moment of honesty. Everything about them was lies, except that moment where they…
As I said, we will never know for sure (unless someone asks Gansa), so you could be totally right. It’s just not the feel I get from the scene.
Yes, their connection started that morning. When I said that moment, I was really talking about that whole day, and that walk in the woods was part of that. What you describe as coy and playful, I see it more as Carrie looking for once relaxed and free. Which is exactly what Brody said, and when she replies “yeah, actually me too” she looks like surprised by that, because as she says it’s rare for her to feel that way, and because it was probably not part of her plan to feel so at ease with him and be it real.
I don’t think she had completely forgot why she was there. I think Carrie completely taking her mind off the game is just not possible (“I’m always working”). Her goal was to get information out of Brody. But I also think there was a genuine curiosity and interest about him, not the terrorist that she had to stop, but him, the man. That’s the thing with Carrie and her relationship with Brody: it was never about only one thing, it was always about these two conflicting needs: wanting to get the truth, but at the same time wanting him.
And that she were manipulating him doesn’t necessarily mean that what she told him about her past was not true. The way I see it, Carrie’s lies are usually more about her intentions than about content. And while we know that the participating on support groups was a lie (and she’s definitely not the support group type), that doesn’t mean that she never went through a traumatic experience like the one she mentioned to Brody. In 1x11 Saul says that when Carrie got back from Baghdad he felt something had happened that had damaged her. The problem is we’ve never been told much of her time in Baghdad. But Carrie is pretty closed off, so I wouldn’t be surprised if something happened and she never talked with Saul about it. We had never heard anything about Carrie’s mom either until she told Brody about her, and Carrie said she had never talked with anyone about it before.
Carrie manipulates people and situations and she’s so good about it because she is willing to expose herself to do it, which makes it so much more believable and effective than blatant lies. She doesn’t need to build complex lies, elaborated stories .She uses her real pain, her real feelings, her real struggles, and she manages to turn that to her favor to get what she needs.
Anyway, at the end of the day, if what she said was a lie or not, doesn’t change anything about her original agenda or about what she felt with Brody in that time.