Beirut is Back.
"Ever think we'd be doing this again?” – Saul
"I hoped.” – Carrie
The second episode of Homeland's second season begins with Carrie disobeying orders, a habit we are all too familiar with. Even after a year of intensive therapy, the girl cannot quiet the tiny voice inside her head that says JUST DO IT. Remember, Carrie — this is the same logic employed by the terrorists. Just saying.
Abu Nazir is spotted, Carrie's competency and Walker's death are both questioned. Is Brody safe in the spotlight or will Jessica's incessant need for validation as the potential Madame VP threaten his cover? And will Dana discover her father's darkest secret? Or worse, snog the VP's son? I would be severely disappointed in Dana if she gave me a reason to say "like mother like daughter.” Keep it in your pants, Dana.
Silver lining: we get another chance to watch Carrie kick some ass. Hey, CIA, Carrie makes you look good. She may spit all over your rulebook, but her instincts are spot-on and she's sort of an all-star because of it. Hell, I would go as far as naming her this week's MVP for stealing the bag with the missing tape of Brody confessing his treason. Consider this a big "you're welcome, Estes” from Carrie. Atta girl!
Sgt. Nicholas Brody
"Beirut is Back"
This second episode reminds us that relationships have shifted. Now that Jessica knows about Brody's secret prayer hour, she and Dana have something worth sharing. Saul and Carrie remain on shaky ground as he hesitates to put his full trust in her again. Even Congressman Brody grows closer to the VP, (the very man who ordered the air strike that killed Issa), a relationship that threatens his ties to Abu Nazir. And how could we forget about Walker? It looks like Brody's old gang sure didn't. I'd like to see how Brody keeps all these balls in the air because I'm pretty sure if he drops one, the rest will come tumbling down after.
- Everything Carrie said on the roof beginning with this: "It's not fair, I know. For you to be the one to decide.”
- "Because I have never been so sure and so wrong.”
- "The way I am now, I wouldn't trust me either.”
- "Why'd you stop calling, Saul?”
- Every doubt Saul had and will have of Carrie from here until eternity. For shame.
Conspiracy Theory of the Week
Lauder will continue to plant this mental time bomb in everyone's head. He's already worked his magic with Faber, planting doubt in his mind so strong that he approaches Brody about his suspicions. I predict that eventually Carrie and Lauder will meet and share their mutual distrust of the Congressman. But they'll need a third party or their theories will fall on deaf ears. Perhaps now that Saul has the tape, they will all team up to blackmail the SOB into confessing. A girl can dream…