Have you recovered from this week’s Homeland episode yet? All of the stories are starting to come together, to very chilling effect. And the collateral damage is mounting.
For a few hopeful hours, Carrie thinks that she’ll get another chance with Sgt. Brody. Regardless of how we feel about that prospect, we’re very happy to see Claire Danes in slinky date attire.
FEELINGS, FEELINGS, FEELINGS!
As frightening as the terrorist plotline of Homeland is getting, what makes me feel the most feelings is the sense of loneliness that seems to run through the characters. Saul scavenges the CIA kitchen to find something for “dinner” and ends up alone in his office, spreading peanut butter on crackers with a ruler from his desk. Brody spends most of his time sitting and staring into space, knowing that he has no real allies in his “mission.” Even Saudi ambassador Sahrani elicits our sympathy when we discover his solitary visits to a bathhouse for anonymous gay sex. But the most heartbreaking character is Carrie.
Despite her realization a few weeks ago that being a dedicated CIA agent means that she will live her life alone, Carrie hopes that a visit from Brody will turn into a romantic evening. Even knowing what we know about Mr. Brody, seeing her go from hope to heartache is devastating.
THE LYING GAME
Brody is back on task for Abu Nazir, assuming he doesn’t have another agenda in running for Congress. The VP comes to personally ask him to run and, after a little convincing, Jess and the kids agree that holding office would be a good way for Brody to serve the country. (An example of the realistic writing on this show is Jessica’s initial reaction when Brody tells her the VP stopped by: “In our house? It’s a mess!”) In light of the sergeant’s mission, Mrs. Brody’s adoring looks at her husband while he accepts the nomination are disquieting, to say the least.
Al Sahrani may have saved his daughter’s future, but he can’t save himself. By agreeing to help the CIA, he unwittingly signs his death warrant. While the VP and Estes watch, Carrie and a team of agents cover not-Farragut-Square, where Sahrani has signaled Walker to meet him. But the mole inside the government has signaled Walker, too, and he hires a homeless man who looks like him to meet Sahrani — with a bomb. The scene is incredibly tense and well done, especially when Carrie suddenly realizes what is about to happen. In her effort to stop it, she becomes a victim.
What did you think about this week’s Homeland? Have you narrowed down the suspects for the inside informant?