Homeland. Season 2 Study Guide.
"You're safe, don't worry." – Brody
"It's not me I'm worried about."– Dana
Preach it, Dana. This Sunday we return to the highly anticipated, newly Emmy-award winning Homeland and, I've got to be honest, I'm worried. I'm not just concerned for Carrie's unpredictable mental stability or how Brody's wavering moral compass will threaten the nation's greatest leaders — I'm worried to see if their growth in popularity and media coverage will ruin the viewing pleasure. It wasn't too long ago that Homeland was a small and beloved gem to a cult audience, who begged our friends and family to stay up late on Sunday night to watch. Now the world is wise and we'll have to shush our way through viewing parties.
Luckily, the more viewers there are the more detectives we have to take a crack at the conspiracy. To all the new viewers of Homeland, consider CG your welcoming committee. Let's catch you the *@!& up!
Carrie proves there is nothing graceful about having a complete and utter mental breakdown (see Britney circa 2007 and Amanda Bynes circa today). As if getting fired from the CIA wasn't bad enough, Carrie shows up at Brody's house, chastises Jessica and permanently scars Dana. Carrie's ass is thrown in jail, only to be released to the harsh realities of Brody's verbal lashing. And then she hits rock bottom. She decides that electroconvulsive therapy is her best bet for treating the bipolar disorder currently running her life. About to get her circuits fried, Carrie remembers at just the wrong second that Brody knows Issa, the son of Abu Nazir. She seizes and the screen cuts to the credits. With Saul's belief that Carrie's theories about Brody are merely psychosomatic, our hyper-intelligent ex-spy is without a confidant as well as a few key brain cells.
Sgt. Nicholas Brody
Last we saw Brody, he took us on one hell of an emotional roller coaster. The season finale had him just this side of death, his only life line being the love of his family. He admits to his daughter that he converted to Islam; he tries to assassinate the VP but fails when his explosive vest won't detonate; he kisses some Abu Nazir ass then eliminates the "wild card,” killing Walker. OH, and let's not forget that pesky little suicide tape Brody made that is very much missing. That could poke a hole in his "I'm not a terrorist” argument…
Agent Saul Berenson
Saul plays the devoted surrogate Dad in the season finale, staying by Carrie's side even after discovering she's in love with Brody and completely nutters. He also fits in a little work, demanding Vice President Walden come clean about the covered-up drone strike that killed dozens of children, including Abu Nazir's son, Issa, and Brody was totally there (dramatic irony, anyone?).
Still as useless as ever, Jessica yells at Carrie while her daughter calls the cops. Mother of the year.
As if being a teenager isn't hard enough, Dana now gets to be the keeper of a super-confusing secret after discovering her dad's conversion to Islam. Plus, she calls the cops on some whack job spouting lies about her dad. Not your week, Dana.
Still at large. We enter the show's sophomore season with more questions than answers, more enemies than allies. Carrie is in no way finished searching for the mole and I can't help but hold out hope that Saul's gooey heart will help her. Brody's already proven that he'll go to extreme measures to satisfy Abu Nazir's commands so he'll undoubtedly go to extremerones to keep that tape concealed, especially now that he's tasked with infiltrating the White House to get in good with the VP. But he can only keep his family at bay for so long. Will Dana's curiosity uncover more than her father's religious affiliation? Will Jessica do more… well, just more? Will Carrie get her shit together long enough to catch the bad guys? Is it Sunday yet?!?