"I can do this, Saul. It's my turn.”
Y'all, I am an emotional wreck this week. Hurricane Sandy is turning me, and all of my neighbors into low-level hoarders, Halloweekend stole a good chunk of my sanity, and Homeland is giving me heart palpitations. With Brody in the custody of the CIA, Estes struggles to keep his absence under wraps while Carrie and the A-team work to uncover the truth. Meanwhile, in the land of the civilians, Dana's dream date goes way south while Jessica continues her steady metamorphosis to becoming a two-dimensional character.
A After Peter Quinn deems her "too emotional” and "reckless” to interrogate Brody, Carrie is initially forced to take a backseat. That doesn't last long—Quinn pulls some twisted shit and STABS Brody in the hand. As he's dragged out, Quinn shouts, "Who's reckless now?” Just kidding! He actually says, "This is MY interrogation!” I'll take it. The good cop, Carrie, follows his act and the rest of the interrogation feels like an intimate post-breakup recap session. I couldn't tell if I wanted them to be alone, perhaps open a bottle of Chardonnay, or if I would have preferred Dr. Drew to moderate the reunion, Teen Mom style. Was anyone else super uncomfortable for this entire scene? And/or slightly aroused? There's so much to feel! Carrie is either working on some other level of manipulation with Brody or girl knows how to turn shit into diamonds. Her candidness about her feelings fed seamlessly into her coaxing the truth out of Brody. I am worried about her cover story for Brody. This "fake” affair might not be fake for too long judging by the hand-holding. We are past platonic already, what with all the thumb caressing. That's like third base by grade school standards. Here's hoping these new colleagues will keep it professional. Or not.
Brody is one convincing liar. Ok, well, maybe not anymore since the CIA now know he lied, seeing as how he's confessed and everything. Even Jess has wised up to his fibs these past few weeks. Still, the confidence and conviction that man conjures up each time he tells a lie is precisely why Damian Lewis won the Emmy. As is the look on his face when Quinn shows him his suicide tape.
The tables have completely turned on Brody. First, he takes a knife to the hand, then Carrie pulls some mind voodoo on him and voila, we now have an ex-Jihadist murderer turned CIA informant. He gives up everyone, most notably, Roya. I can't say I'm surprised that he turned considering the dismal options if he didn't, but Brody's compliance with the CIA is questionable. When he goes home to Jess, Brody tells her the truth, hugs his son, and all is right in the world. But this isn't an ABC Family movie. Let's not forget, this is the man who killed Walker in cold blood, killed the tailor, and would have successfully killed the Vice President had his vest not pooped out on him. I'm going to go ahead and take this happy "ending” with a grain of salt.
Saul Berenson & David Estes
A & B
These two are at the mercy of Carrie's plan, be it unpredictable and messy. Estes recognizes that the Congressman can only go missing for so long without suspicion, so he comes up with a flimsy cover story that falls apart in a hot second. Good thing Carrie works fast. Saul maintains his position on Team Carrie and has maybe five lines total. I think Estes should take a page from Saul's book. He is there to observe and support and only reel Carrie back in when she's about to completely fall apart. You feel me?
A- I'll forgive Jess for attempting to buy her children's love with pizza after devastating them with the news that their father is staying in a hotel. I'll even forgive her for then failing to provide the pizza on said pizza night. Why you ask? Because girlfriend is done playing games. Her husband is MIA for the day, and Jess is not having it. Gone are the days when she sits on her bony bottom, uselessly whining away the time as Brody is off doing god-knows-what god-knows-where. Armed with a Tupperware full of chicken noodle soup and a dress that says "I mean business,” Jess is starting to stand up for herself and her family. FINALLY. She even successfully bonds with Dana, or at least she attempts to, which is admirable. I think we've entered a new age of Mrs. Jessica Brody. The true test will be when we see how she handles Brody's new working relationship with his ex-lover. Fingers crossed, but for this week, cheers to you, Jess.
B Dana dumps Xander, combs her hair, and goes on her first official date with Finn…and the secret service. Let's all take a moment to mourn the days when we were Finn Walden fans. He was cute, funny, and smart. He made Dana smile like no boy had before. And then it was all downhill from there—he breaks about a dozen traffic laws while trying to ditch the bodyguards, hits a pedestrian, and convinces Dana to keep it on the DL as they speed away. I'm disappointed in Dana, I mean, I expected more from the daughter of a Congressman/Marine/Jihadist…oh wait… We've seen this scenario before but maybe Homeland will get right what Friday Night Lights got wrong. The actors who play Dana and Finn actually look their age, and while Landry may have more brain power than Finn, the latter and his date don't resort to dumping the body, so that's a good start.
"Dumping the body was their only option" said no one ever.
AHomeland is not shying away from the Carrie and Brody relationship. Instead of neatly tying up the brief affair from last season, it's becoming an integral part of uncovering Abu Nazir's plan of attack. It's brilliant, really. These ex-lovers (potentially on-again soon) are not around for our viewing pleasure; their story isn't about adding sex to attract a wider audience. Carrie and Brody are perversely entwined, and as complicated as things may be, we are learning that the answer is not to untangle them.
- "Dad changed over there. They did something to him.” Dana is a perceptive one.
- "She asked me to come home. I said I would. And I did.” Brody's love for his daughter is as vast as that forest he buried the tailor in.
- "It's the lies that undo us.” Everything Carrie said to Brody during the interrogation gave me chills.
- Peter Quinn is welcome to be the bad cop to my good cop any day.
- When Dana shouted, "fast, faster,” the future Mom in me died a little.
- Jess, next time you promise your kids a pizza night, YOU BEST DELIVER.
"Oh, but no anchovies, and I mean no anchovies."
Conspiracy Theory of the Week
If Roya Hammand is as smart as she seems, she'll be the CIA's biggest concern when it comes to Brody's cover story. And why do I get the sense that Dana's hit-and-run date will pose a threat to Brody's position with both the CIA and Nazir? I could see someone on the wrong side of things discovering her dirty little secret and using it as leverage.