Finally, the Brody family takes a vacation to one of my favorite childhood spots: Gettysburg. How could a day of history and happiness and hamburgers turn sinister? On Homeland, even a small town diner can be across the square from a master bomb maker.
This episode was devoid of Sapphic subtext, but if you ever had a shadow of a doubt that Claire Danes deserves an Emmy, this week settled the issue. Give her all the awards. While we’re waiting for the nominations, let’s enjoy the beatific smile of Morena Baccarin. Happy Jess makes us happy.
Carrie’s hospital treatment after nearly being blown to bits last week did not include her meds for bipolar disorder and by the time Saul arrives to take her home, her mania is full-blown. She’s bouncing off the walls because the staff can’t find a green pen for her to use for her release papers (green means movement). Watching her makes us almost as manic as she is. This obviously is the first time Saul’s seen Carrie like this and as he interacts with her, she begins to realize what’s happening.
If you know someone bipolar, you understand how true-to-life Carrie’s behavior is. Mania feels good — and Carrie believes that she can solve the whole Walker case if she can just get to work. Instead of sleeping, she color-codes every bit of intelligence she can find. Saul somehow finds the logic in Carrie’s disarray and constructs a timeline of Abu Nazir’s activities.
THE LYING GAME
The Brody road trip to Gettysburg, billed as a last chance to spend time together before the congressional campaign takes Dad away from home again, is a cover for Brody to pick up an explosive vest from a Pennsylvania tailor. Dana knows something is wrong with her dad, especially after he tells her to take care of Mom when he’s gone, and sees Brody stashing the wrapped vest in the car. He tells her it’s a surprise for Jess, but Dana isn’t buying it. She almost gets into the package, but Brody catches her and actually gets a little rough with her. Dana’s kind of a brat, but she’s not stupid.
What did you think of this episode of Homeland? Do you think Brody will go through with his suicide mission? How will Carrie save the day? Who’s the mole?