Homeland "A Gettysburg Address" Review: Uneasily Back to Where We Started

Homeland S02E06: "A Gettysburg Address"

Sometimes lost among Homeland's lovey-dovey interrogations and tailor impalings and attempted suicides and hit-and-run car accidents is an investigation that's trying to save the world, or at the very least, America. Now that we've caught Brody in his no-good lies and slapped a "good guy" sticker on his forehead by bringing him over to our side, we can concentrate on stopping Abu Nazir from opening up some real estate in the U.S. as payback for the death of his kid, Israel's strikes on Iran's nuclear facilities, and the ending of Lost (or The Sopranos or The Killing or Seinfeld, take your pick). Right? Nooooooooooope.

"A Gettysburg Address" followed Brody's first day on the job at the CIA, but instead of making things getting simpler for us now that his great mystery has been revealed to the agency and everyone is supposedly on the same page, everything's getting even more complicated. And I don't really use the word I'm about to use out that often because a) I'm not British and 2) I'm miserly with my praise, but the way Homeland has made us question everything all over again is kind of brilliant.

We're beautifully backtracking to the same feeling of uneasiness we experienced in the first half of Season 1. Once again, the crux of the show is "What the fudge is going on in Brody's mind?" This time Brody is stuck between the CIA and Nazir, and while we're certain he's at least helping the CIA to some degree, we have no idea what he's doing for Nazir's side. I look at the scene when Brody met with Roya and the two of them suspiciously stayed silent for almost a full minute, Brody holding his back to the camera so we couldn't see his face or get a clue what he might be signaling to Roya. Carrie seemed particularly interested in that exchange as well. I'm not saying he definitely tipped Roya off to something, but I'm trying to find a reason that detail made it into the episode, because Homeland is so keen on staying as lean as can be. (While I'm being totally paranoid, there was also a shot of Roya staring down toward Brody's hand at one point; could he have possibly written something on his bandage or shown her a note?) And if you think about his motivations, shutting out Nazir completely seems like a baaaaad idea. Turning on the CIA comes with a pain-free lethal injection death penalty. Turning on Nazir? That ends with his family's heads on sticks. And that's if Nazir is feeling generous! That's more than enough reason to think Brody is playing both sides.

And that's exactly what this show wants us to think. Could Brody have tipped Roya off to the feds' presence at Gettysburg at some point? Or was it just a moment of silence between the two while some random dude accidentally snooped on their clandestine secrets? Damn you, Homeland! But this is when Homeland is at its best.

There was more Season 1 recall with Carrie, specifically her me-against-the-world situation. Only this time, the situation is flipped. In Season 1, Carrie was "the crazy one" for thinking a golden boy plucked from the clutches of evil after serving his country had somehow become a sleeper agent for Al Qaeda. Now, Carrie seems to be the only one who trusts Brody, while everyone else looks at him with a sideways glance. Jess, Mike, Quinn, Saul, Lauder, and Estes all have their doubts about him, and many of them have no problem telling Carrie the exact opposite of what they told her last season.

And because Homeland has been so good at defying our expectations, there's no real way to predict how things will go. We're used to Carrie being right, but how interesting will it be if it turns out she's wrong? What if Brody is duping the CIA and her actions cost lives? What if she's right and Brody is mistakenly accused of helping the other side when he's being loyal to his country? Amazingly, Homeland hasn't backed itself into a corner, it's backed itself into the middle of the room, and every direction the Brody-Carrie story can go in is full of potential.

But the Brody-Carrie story isn't the only thing going on here. The Dana and Finn story is headed exactly where you might expect a teens-in-a-hit-and-run story to go: Dana found out the victim died and was a great person who just wanted to provide for her family and not get run over by some hotshot high-school sophomore. If there's one story this season that's waving a red flag, it's this one. But this is Homeland, so there's reason to believe there's more in store with this thread than we think.

We've been spoiled with two fantastic white-knuckle episodes in a row over the last two weeks, but don't sleep on the slower-paced "A Gettysburg Address"! This episode did some important dirty work behind the scenes to rattle our comfort levels and raise our suspicions.


NOTES

– Semi-spoiler for those who didn't see the "Next on Homeland" scenes: It looks like Quinn made it out of the tailor-shop massacre.

– I don't want to theorize on what the Al Qaeda strike force pulled out of the wall of the tailor's shop, but if I had to guess, I'd probably say it goes "boom."

– One theory I'd like to see become reality (first suggested to me by @CarmineAlvaro and also seen around the internet) is an eye-for-an-eye revenge by Nazir on Veep Walden. Walden kills Issa, Nazir kills Finn. Of course, it wouldn't be a single assassination attempt on Finn, but probably a hit on the school, which would also put Dana in danger. That would clearly be a huge step for the series, so I'm not holding my breath.

– Jess seems to barely believe the "Brody's working for the CIA" story, but I don't know if it's because the idea seems so far-fetched or because she can smell Carrie on his clothes.

– It's been said before, but everyone who works for the CIA is totally bonkers.

– Mike's investigation into Brody is progressing slowly, and while it isn't quite interesting yet, it's building another nice layer of tension.

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I was a little concerned that Homeland might have put itself in a bad position after the main premise being finished, but that was all for NOTHING!!!! It just gets better and better! Say what you like, but if this continues, this could become one of the best shows of all times. Holy moly...
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We all know that Abu Nazir used Isah's death to help turn Brody. I actually think he took it a step further; I think he knowingly sacrificed his own son to get Brody to turn. I think that's the kind of man we're dealing with. So will he take revenge by killing Finn? I think not. I believe the Finn/Dana hit and run story may act as some kind of tipping point for Brody. Currently he's most likely on the CIA's side. But when he finds out about the hit and run he will realise that Finn is no better than his father and that may well be what flipps him back to Nazir. I'm betting Dana tells Brody about the hit and run during some important event and thus creates an inflection point. Dana's telephone conversation with Brody saved the day at the end of last season, while the opposite may hold true for this season..
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Great show, but Carrie's character is starting to ruin it for me. She is too much of a 'cry baby' and far too fragile to be a CIA agent. How are we supposed to believe she survived abroad? I suspect this is the script more than the acting.
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Firstly, I work in a home for homeless people, of which many are mentally ill, and I have to say, Claire Danes is the best actor by lightyears portraying someone schizophrenic. Even so far, as to totally turning me off, because she is so much like a guy we have in our house, she even LOOKS like him when she has her fits, it's creepy. If he wasn't running around naked half the time, bells a-ringing, I might have thought we were harbouring a fugitive hollywood actress.



Back to the show, granted, it has it's suspense, but I'm still pissed that Damian didn't blow himself up last season and by that making the show into any other show on TV.
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I totally had to rewind to the scene where brody and Raya were silent for a moment, because this show is THAT good. In the prior episodes, we saw how Carrie managed to break Brody down and now it feels like it's Brody's turn. It's fun to see how things change so fast in this show, but the change is always so believable.
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If it turns out that Brody had indeed communicated with Roya through his hand signal thing (that Carrie suspected before), Saul would freak out.



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i think Brody relayed his status with the CIA during his conversation with Roya, but with blinking possibly or other facial movements. Their cameras only saw Roya's face and it looked like they were communicating non-verbally when that guy was standing near them.



The box the fake SWAT team took probably had more than just materials used to make explosives. Probably some important documents with names and locations. I think their presence showed that Roya was given more info than her own notions, which probably came from Brody.



I hope this show goes deeper than Roya and Brody soon. It needs more dramatic irony like it did in the first season with us knowing about the vest and seeing that plan in action, instead of being in the dark with Carrie most of the time.
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Each week I find myself hating Roya more and more; I just realized there is a double standard in my mind and I think female terrorists are exponentially worse than male terrorists. All you Jungians feel free to chime in on that.

I love the exploration and treatment of trust dynamics that are layered throughout every single scene of this show. Very nearly every character we meet is grappling with trust issues that are massive, whether in their own mind or to the fate of other people or to entire storylines. To whom and to what do we owe our loyalties, and what, if any, are the circumstances upon which it is appropriate or even necessary to question or rescind that loyalty? What do we do, how do we live, if we cannot trust our elected officials, our security professionals, our community leaders, our colleagues, our neighbors, our friends, our families, our partners, even ourselves?

The internal struggle Carrie is dealing with is spectacular, and watching her each episode tightrope-walk the razor's edge is breathtaking. I am so terribly impressed and humbled by Claire Danes' performances and the quality of writing of this show. Anyone who has struggled with or supported a loved one struggling with this spectrum of mental illness is likely to be familiar with the turmoil Carrie faces now as she struggles with trying to live her life following treatment, in the absence of trust in her grasp on reality, and I want to acknowledge the compassion and realism the show has devoted to the issue without over-dramatizing it. Danes is the perfect combination of fragile and resilient, reticent and impatient, uncertain and desperate, withdrawn and needy, as Carrie second-guesses herself about everything, worries that others believe her judgment is compromised, and carries the weight of stopping the next big terrorist attack on US soil.

For most people, the inner turmoil of living with metal illness is something we will never think of, our judgment and worldview and entire thought-process, always in the background, keeping us safe within our personal universes, moving us forward smoothly, choosing the appropriate connections, helping us avoid the inappropriate. I find myself thinking though, how anyone might be affected if forced to accept that something we believed to be profoundly true was "in fact" false, and because of this the people in our lives concluded that our attachment to "reality" was compromised and effected their behavior accordingly. I think any of us would flounder with trying to reintegrate with that reality. And, if after all that, to learn that thing we believed to be profoundly true was "in fact" not false but true after all, how would we feel, what would we believe about ourselves, about the people in our lives? What could we believe? Because hey, the damage is done, we've just spent a year thinking we're crazy AND wrong. and came to believe that, and now we're...what? (Seriously, if you don't know, it is WAY better to be crazy and Right.)

I am in no way implying that Carrie's illness had not become acutely symptomatic and unmanageable, or that Saul and even Estes were not acting appropriately in removing her from her position; she wasn't managing her illness and needed to seek out treatment. But I cannot help but wonder how someone not diagnosed with mental illness might be affected by the same events and circumstances. Would any of us not worry about our grasp on reality? And if we added romantic love into the whole morass, how shaky would any of us be with that? (And Ok, what does it say about me that I love, love, love Carrie even more because not only is our girl crazy AND Right, but she knows Brody is a liar, a traitor and a terrorist and she still loves him?)
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(And Ok, what does it say about me that I love, love, love Carrie even more because not only is our girl crazy AND Right, but she knows Brody is a liar, a traitor and a terrorist and she still loves him?)



Can I just say that I adore what you've written and this last bit resonates with me the most because that is exactly how I feel. Her interrogation of Brody last week was interlaced with moments of absolute beauty and brilliance. I love how this show deals with these two.
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Love is a complicated thing:

- Children will love their parents even when their parents abuse them (sad).

- People will lover their spouses even if they are abused by them (sad and sick, since as an adult you should know better and recognize the relationship as unhealthy.)

- People will lover members of their family even if they are criminals ( difficult to handle and reconcile.)

There is no easy answer...

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Thank you, great to meet like-minded fan. These characters are absolutely captivating and their story is so compelling. For me, Carrie's love for Brody is what love, in it's strongest, deepest expression is meant to be, because truly loving someone means loving them in spite of, even because of their faults. Carrie sees Brody, the broken but not destroyed man, and she knows what it is to be broken but not destroyed.

I cannot imagine where their story will take them, but I am thrilled to see it unfold.
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Quick question: while I ascribe to the potential quadruple agent theory of Brody, and while Carrie (and we) have no reason to trust Brody, why would she really think Brody tipped off Roya about Gettysburg? Carrie is listening when Roya tells Brody that they have been watching the tailor shop and the FBI has been surveiling it for a while and has decided to go in, Roya knows the safe is in there, there is a decent chance they'll find it if they rip the place apart, why wouldn't Roya order the attack? As I said, I think Brody could definitely be a quadruple agent (mostly because it seems so silly that it took years to convert him to suicide status and in about half an hour Carrie convinces him back), but I think this was more a misdirect to make us think he told Roya.
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I love that 8 seconds or so of Brody and Roya just looking around and possibly talking to each other through their eyes, hehe. It definitely seems like season 1 Homeland, where the writers seemingly put these types of situations in JUST so us viewers can make fairly logical yet wild hypotheses about them. In particular, I remember when people theorized Estes gave the prisoner the razor blade just because it showed Estes touch the top of the table for a second on the security camera footage. Oh, Homeland.

This episode seemingly had a one-off misdirect as well, casting Seth Gilliam as one of the agents at the tailor's shop, and the only one who's name was pointed out. He's certainly well-known enough for many viewers to recognize him... if other viewers were anything like me, they'd have thought: "Oh, damn, he's gonna be a mole or something" then watch the shootout and see that he's the first one shot and think: "Oh snap!"

I'm a little indifferent about the shootout. On the one hand, it was pretty awesome and definitely surprising. On the other hand, it seems a little over-the-top... Quinn had just stated to Chapman that residents were probably watching because it's a small town, then a moment later a full in-gear swat team strolls in and shoots a bunch of people and just strolls out? Meh. I guess this is one of those situations where I find it a bit far-fetched but awesome as well, at the same time.
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I don't find it far-fetched that they could "stroll in or out" unabated - people would probably just think they're actual SWAT or something - but I do find it slightly more far-fetched that Abu Nazir has a SWAT team on call in Virginia.
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Well they don't necessarily have to be a SWAT team. Merely sleeper agents with some guns and full body SWAT armor. For a terrorist cell such as Abu Nazir's acquiring something like that shouldn't be a problem.



@DavidJackson8: The funniest scene for me was when Carrie entered Brody's car to tell him to go meet with Roya. Brody then casually walked away from the car with Carrie still inside. I mean, do people in the US leave their cars unlocked? I kept waiting for him to tell her to get out or something but she just sat there while he walked away :P
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Haha the car scene struck me, too. I figure he had one of these cars which lock themselves automatically after half a minute but still can be opened from the inside.
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"...this is when Homeland is at its best." I think you wrote that last week too and the week before and the one before that. About widely different topics. I don't say it's wrong, i just think it's funny that apparently Homeland is "at it's best" a lot of the time. Really Good episode again. The tailor shop attack caught me completely off guard, which is great. I literally wtf-ed at my screen.

I like the eye for an eye idea. On point that i can't figure out yet. When Homeland has a B plot that is progressing slow and isn't interesting yet, but has the potential for tension it's a good thing. But when LaGuerta started investigating the Bay Harbour Butcher again it was just a stupid B plot with no tension and LaGuerta is the worst anyway. Is it because it's Homeland this distinction is made or because it's a fairly new series and in 5 years we will say the same things about Jessica trying to figure out if Brody really works for the CIA or not?
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This show is dinamite.
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*dynamite
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I love this show but I could really go for an episode or two without seeing Clare Danes "crying" face.
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Same here.



Though oddly enough, there are people who derive pleasure from seeing her cry. I have read somewhere that there is a tumblr account dedicated to Claire Danes' cry face.
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Very strong episode, nicely played out from the last couple of episodes. I was wondering where they would go. I agree with you Tim, Brody is complex. I loved the scene where him and Quinn were looking at each other from across the table, very uneasy. And Brody looked to Carrie for help. I think he's going to cover himself through Carrie somehow.
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Ok, my first time on here, though have been enjoying this site for several months now.



I'd like to propose a question: Does anyone else (besides me) think that Galvez? Gonsalves? that brunette CIA guy is the mole???



Isn't it interesting how he made the phone call for "back up" and then conveniently the crazy terrorist Swat team shows up?? Was it them that he called? And it looked like he was hiding behind a post when all the shooting was going on--it was not shown that he died, so what's the bet he will continue to be around?



If I remember correctly, he said he was a Muslim when he and Carrie were questioning the imam at the mosque last season, and he was in on the interogation of the captured Nazir terrorist who had held Brody captive--was it him who gave the guy the razor blade? Did he make the call to the married professor that the CIA knew about the house they were in?



Wondering if others out there share my suspicions.



Once again, amazing episode! You can never predict things on this show and it's a thrill ride each week.
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I kind of felt that Galvez had deliberately(?) prevented Quinn from discovering what's behind that wall, so that could make him suspicious. But I feel he's a red herring. The mole must be somebody that plays a bigger role in the CIA.
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If you saw Galvez hide behind the wall, you also should have seen him shoot one of the baddies in the head then get blasted in the back as he was running away. As it happened, I did think he survived the shots but I'm also inclined to think Quinn's the only one who survived.
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People told me this show was really great.

I watched all episodes last week and watched this one yesterday.

I don't understand the hype about Homeland, I'm pretty deceived...

I'll forget the continuous propaganda push (another comes to mind, The Newsroom), at least in 24 and Jack Bauer, we knew it was over the top from the beginning... this show takes itself way too seriously.



From the MOMENT I saw it was a bomb vest in season 1, I knew that NOBODY would die from it, VERY predictable... I wish he would have blow it off, and add a new actor... but no, there's money to make with a 2nd season, so we'll create an unbelievable and pathetic finale scene of season 1. All this because of a phone call from his daughter.

His daughter seems to drive the show. "he's a muslim", "promise me you'll be back home daddy", or the latest one, "I want to see the person who we drive over".... I feel like I'm in 90210 or some other horrible teen shows with incredibly stupid teens.

Please Homeland, I don't want to see the story being driven by Brody's daughter, this is VERY BAD writing.

And please Carrie, would stop screaming for nothing.... you're so annoying.
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I would hope someday people realize this type of argumentation is fallacious, and can be done with anything. Examples:



Oh LOST?! A bunch of people crash on the island in a plane and get this, SOME OF THEM SURVIVE THE CRASH. What a stupid show.



CSI is TERRIBLE. A bunch of weapon carrying COPS who are also SCIENTISTS at the same time? UNBELIEVABLE.



THE MATRIX? Wow, VERY BAD WRITING. Some guy is the one because he takes some PILLS?!



FRIENDS is TERRIBLE. A bunch of people who are friends for like, 10 years even after they argue a lot. VERY predictable.



...when you don't like something, sometimes it's best to just leave it alone.
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Your examples actually undermine your point.
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Wow, really? Either my point flew way above your head, or you're one of those people that think being overcritical and vague about something actually describes it.
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those shows you mentioned above come with the adapted genre. When it's labeled "mystery" or" scifi" I don't expect it to be one bit logical. And why isn't it allowed to give negative comments about a show? It's not as if I came to my conclusion after only watching one episode, I really gave this show an open minded chance, because I love good spy shows (24, Strike Back, Spooks, The Unit)
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totally agree with you. Never saw more hair-raising nonsense on a tv show like on Homeland. I really don't get the hype.



A guy who's kept prisoner for 8 years by one of the most brutal terrorist groups world wide, and after his so called "rescue", no one really seems to reflect on the possibility he might be brainwashed? Oh look, yes there's one... one of the best profiler they have, but even her mentor, who hired her because of her great instincts, doesn't believe her.
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Yeah, from the moment they found Brody in the foxhole, I knew he was a converted terrorist who would attempt to kill the Vice President with a suicide vest, fail due to poor wiring, attempt again but decide not to when he realized he loved and missed his daughter/family, then continue working for the terrorists while being a U.S. Congressman, turn back to America when found out and re-reminded he loved his family, but secretly continue working for the terrorists (again).

It's your classic and overplayed quadruple agent angle.
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Wait! Are you implying that Dana's the one who tipped off Roya and al-Queda to the raid in Gettysburg?! Holy crackers!
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yeah, I second "stop watching" then.
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Agreed. Many of us have been giddily swilling the Homeland Kool-Aid since episode 1 and as such, this is an unlikely forum to find any comrades to support Monday-morning quarterbacking and juvenile complaints couched as thematic criticism.
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Your solution as as simple as this: STOP WATCHING.
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Hold on, do Americans not use the word brilliant?
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According to various stereotypes, no
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Summation:

The show opens with an hour-long recap.

The new evil-doer in town cleverly wears sunglasses to defeat Apple's latest facial recognition software.

Virgil demonstrates why the CIA should never rely on Apple Maps when tailing evil-doers.

Brody provides his new CIA friends with helpful tips on where to buy a new suit.

Mike and "Crazy Legs" Lauder smell a rat.

Jessica learns of the rat and yearns for those good old days on "V."

Dana, suffering from the hit & run blues, becomes a Candy Striper.

Carrie has a unique constituent complaint for her congressman.
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Good episode overall, maybe not as good as the previous two (who am I kidding - rarely have there been two hours of television that good) but still well done.



The most disappointing thing for me, though? Just as they are setting up a Wire-esque surveillance operation, they bring in Elliot Carver himself as an operative names "Chapman"...and proceed to kill him off after one or two lines. Seems bizarre they focused in him out of all the other CIA agents and that's all they did with him.



"You gonna help ME, Sgt. Carver?!"
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I was surprised by that as well. After the episode, I thought that maybe he didn't get killed and we'd see that he was a mole or something, but upon closer examination he seemed to be the first one shot. I definitely thought he'd have had a bigger role. Oh, well. Maybe he wont be dead, heh.
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Well actually there was no need to see Next on Homeland to be sure that Quinn is okay. He was lying with wound pretending whole time. It was clear in the end of shooting. This scene was fucked up crazy and I'm almost ready to forget all ridiculousness that happened prior to that crazy Fake SWAT killings. And we don't know if Brody is flip-flopping second time and it is a good thing coz if he is then it s not a good thing it's too complicated and unrealistic even in unrealistic world of this show.

I'm still convinced that revealing of Brody as terrorist to Carie and friends was a stupid move. now show in kinda shambles. but I'm still enjoying it with a bit of scepticism though. again in this episode we have so many gaffes and implausible things that Homeland starting to look like "Covert affairs". First of all - CIA and any kind of government does not have such capabilities to survey on all streets and corners and metro stations. it's just not true. and there is no facial recog software like we saw in Homeland (and they still couldn't recognize him coz of sunglasses) yeah that was pretty funny. and what the hell happened when Dana went to see woman that Finn hit with car? first of all how did she find her right away? I assume it is a big hospital in Washington DC? and secondly she then ran to school and said to Finn that woman died overnight? what? she saw her dying may be but how she knew she died after all ? and overnight? what? she ran to school after hospital right? or am i going insane?

many little gaffes that are very distracting at times and Carrie drooling over Brody is just ridiculous and painful to watch. and she getting annoying already with that bipolar insanity of hers. with that crazy face all the time all that hysterical moods and impatience of little girl. c'mon how saul can even allow her to be CIA agent?
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Well... Quinn did have a bullet in his abdomen. He might've faked dying, but if he doesn't get medical attention quick, he would die. So, while yes I would assume by the scene that he would survive, only the next episode confirms it.

But more importantly, you are wholly wrong about your complaints. First of all, it's not like the CIA went around planting cameras all around that area... they already exist. There are dozens and hundreds and thousands of cameras, government and privately owned, all around DC and any other major city (see: Chicago), especially on streets and corners and metro stations (the metro in fact have tons of cameras). It wouldn't be that hard for the CIA to get into the security feeds and monitor the already existing cameras.

Second of all, there is most certainly very advanced facial recognition software that exists. I'm not even sure what you mean "like we saw in Homeland," as we barely saw anything of it - but software definitely exists that can analyze a face and match it to a database of photos.

Third of all, how did Dana find the victim right away? Well, it seems to imply that she left school at 8am to begin her search and that she didn't find her until some time at night, so that gives a whole ton of hours to look. Yes, she was probably taken to a big hospital downtown, most likely GW. Pretty good chance considering she was hit by a car that she would be in the ICU, so probably not actually that hard to find her. Also, if I'm doing the looking, I probably check the news/police blotter for the woman's name... then it's really not that hard to find her. Did she run to school and tell Finn? Probably not. I assume since it was the middle of the night and Finn would not be at school, she went home and then found Finn the next day to tell him. Just because the show did not show her going to sleep doesn't mean she didn't. She does kind of wear a uniform to school. The one thing you did get kind of right is that she ASSUMED the woman had died, probably because of what the daughter said about the priest, the nurses and doctors hustling in, and the beeping of the monitors. Did she die? I'm betting no. But I am willing to believe that Dana freaked out (being complicit in her death) and just made the assumption. In terms of show complaints, I would be concerned about why we heard no mention of the school calling her mother to tell them that Dana never showed up that day when she ditched and went looking for the victim.

(That and the made up DC locations)

Also, I don't think Carrie is really drooling over Brody... at this point, her flirting or whatever is an attempt at manipulating him, as indicated by Brody calling her on it in the car.
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I respect your opinion but tend to disagree anyway) on street cameras I get that this shit is all over the place but no way CIA that almighty it could get access to all those cameras (considering that small group of agents are involved in non-approved by CIA higher ranks spying (including Saul and Carrie and I doubt that black guy their boss can get all access through his bosses so quick and without any problem). and most important how they know what street cameras they should get access to? how did they know in which way their target will go? remember they need to get access to every security system (it means to talk to people and convince them) to every camera and one camera can belong to shop owner, the other to county, the another to subway and so on (all the way Roja is going) so that is highly impossible imho) I know in every show CIA and even police have that magical spy system and I accept that but it isn't so in real life. and thank god for that. I just hoped that Homeland would avoid that stuff but it didn't.

and recognition software I think is a gimmik in all spy and police shows. Of course I can't be sure but I've never seen any mention of this kinda state-of-art software in any newspaper. I think even an idea is very Sci-Fi to recognize a blurry face from distant spy cam shot automatically in database? it is frequent device actually in many tv shows (chuck, covert affairs - spies out there in TV world already in 22 century)) but let's check - may be CIA already done such software? recently?

and dana's shenanigans is extremely confusing) it is a show and in the show they always confuse time and place) we should re watch it coz may be she was indeed talking to Finn the other day. and it is still weird that no one called her mother. that is a problem though. so many inconsistencies that are confusing all the time. like in all other shows.
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To borrow a word from TIm (and the British) - just brilliant!
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We don't use the word that much!
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Don't ruin my ignorant stereotypes! They're so much fun!

I'm just gonna pretend nothing happened

*lalalalalalalala*
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What an unbelievably good episode. Homeland is just, god-tier in television.



What a scene that was in the shop, and you kinda went past it in your review Tim. At first when you hear that there's someone at the door, and then Quinn takes his gun out, I merely thought 'Oh, someone's entered the store by mistake' and then, I don't know if it was because the guy told Quinn the SWAT were coming or something, but I thought 'It's the SWAT squad! It's all good!' BAM BAM BAM they started killing forensic scientists! (FYI, That's what I'm studying at university. Poor scientists.) I just couldn't believe it. I also couldn't believe Quinn was dead, the guy is just too pro to die, and he wasn't. He was just doing the good ol' lie-still-on-the-ground fake death trick.



I was also one of the people who thought Carry had Brody where she wanted him to be last week. Damn, Homeland tricked me again. You were spot on Tim, that camera scene was just... too weird for anybody's taste. I wouldn't put it past Brody to be morse coding with his eyebrows to her. And just like that, it's tense again.



Lastly, that final scene was awesome in itself. Earlier in the episode Carrie does her thing to Brody when she's trying to convince him to do something. She's nice and warm to him, and at the end she finishes with touching his hand. He seemingly sees right through her, adding a couple of other things she could've done to emphasize the importance of the task. That scene at the end of the episode is where they come full circle. Brody tries to convince Carrie of something, and then does to her what she tried to do to him, and it seems to work on her too.
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That's season 1 feeling is back! Is he good is he bad? This dude is like Tony Almeida on steroids. You never know which side he's on!
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