Looks like Saul is gonna get hit in 2 directions (not sure what to make of F. Murray Abraham's character yet) after last night's episode.
What I think it did, captured by the final scene in the interrogation room, is put Saul in a position where he has nothing to lose. Either he lands this thing, or his career is over. A moderate success is no better than a humiliating defeat for him, because the end result is still Lockhart in the director's chair and Saul on the outs. Saul's going to do what he wants to do now, because there are no consequences he cares about for getting it wrong. Javadi thought he was walking into a room where the ground rules of his chosen profession applied. He badly misjudged Saul's position, which in turn means that he badly misjudged his own position.
As for Dar Adal, I think they were very clearly setting up the parallels between him and Javadi. He's a survivor. He's keeping his options open and making sure he'll land on the winning side. That being said, I'd say he's leaning toward Lockhart. He's wanted to kick ass for a while now, and Saul's reined that in considerably. I think he sees Lockhart as someone that will take the leash off him.
Please, no more of the Brody Bunch subplots...
This week's bit actually felt like a genuine reaction to what's happened to this family. It's not without precedent for relatives of infamous people to change their names to shake off the association. If they had skipped the whole possibly homicidal boyfriend plot and gone straight from Dana with the prayer rug to this, I would have been happy with how the storyline has played out so far this season. It's got to be just brutal to be Jessica right now. Not only is she going through most of what Dana's going through, now she's being punished by Dana for Brody's actions. Not out of animus from Dana toward Jessica, but because what her father has been accused of has tainted her entire life. And because Jessica prefers losing her daughter to finding her daughter dead in the shower, she lets her go. And it just destroys her. I thought all of that stuff was very well captured.
Yes the plan was always to get him alone and drop the hammer on him. That was the only way they could turn him.
Absolutely. It all built towards that.
If this span of episodes was a test to see if the show could work without Brody, I think it's become clear that it can. I don't miss the forced Carrie/Brody sexual tension in the least.