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Homeland S03E03: "The Tower of David"


Well golly gee, Homeland, after watching your super-depressing episode "Tower of David," I may just shoot up some heroin and numb myself with a bottle of Lithium. This was either one of the series' most poetic installments, or one of its most useless. Several hours after watching it, I still don't know, but I'm leaning toward useless, given that it did nothing to develop a sense of identity for Homeland's struggling third season.  

But one thought that is clear in my head is the question I keep asking over and over again: "Can I have Homeland back? Please?" Season 3 has been more like one of those between-seasons web series that networks make to keep insatiable fans happy. The three episodes we've seen so far have looked sort of like the Showtime drama we remember from seasons past. I recognize many of the characters, like that crazy CIA lady and that mopey teen daughter and Old Beard Guy, but the storytelling is all over the place. What story are the writers trying to tell here? Because it's not about domestic terrorism, it's not about national security, and it's not about star-crossed lovers. 

So what is Homeland's third season about? Aftermath, I guess. The kind of cold aftermath that's depressing, uncomfortable, and slowly eats away at your gut. We've seen Carrie forced into a dulling, drug-assisted stupor; post-suicidal Dana is throwing herself into teen sex; and Saul is behaving like an upper-management dick. And now we have Brody, resigned to riding the White Horse instead of fighting back against the captors who are preventing him from going on the run. This season of Homeland isn't a war on terrorism, it's a war on optimism. "Tower of David" had its moments—there was something beautiful about the picturesque views of Caracas and the people who live there—but by the time the soul-crushing ending came around, I wanted to dive headfirst into a wood chipper.


"Tower of David" marked the not-so-triumphant and hairless return of Nicholas Brody, who we last saw skipping country after he became the most-wanted man in the world for (maybe) playing a role in the bombing of the CIA Headquarters at Langley in the Season 2 finale. And you know what? His life SUCKS now. We don't know where he's been, but we know where he ended up: Venezuela. Lucky for the gringo, an associate of Carrie's took him in and brought him to a doctor to remove a bullet that some random Colombians put in his gut. And the emergency surgery happened in the bowels of a parking garage. It doesn't get more sketchy than that. 

But that's Brody's life now, sketchy situation after sketchy situation. It comes with the territory of having a $10 million bounty on your clean-shaven head. Most of the first half of the episode saw Brody exploring his new digs, the so-called squatters' paradise known as the Tower of David in Caracas, where construction was halted before the all-important outside wall could be built, resulting in Homeland's version of Game of Thones' sky prison of the Eyrie. Brody tried to escape, but all it got him was a bunch of dead Muslims and an interrupted shower as his captors dragged him back to the Tower and put him up in a cell with even fewer amenities than the junkie room he was sleeping in before. 

Halfway through "Tower of David" the action shifted to Carrie, which seemed like a relief until it became obvious that her situation was only a teeny-tiny bit better than Brody's. Carrie was back on the juice, able to go three full minutes without erupting or spewing conspiracy-theory nonsense. She was lucid, or at least pretending she was, slipping up only slightly here and there. But the most telling aspect of her recovery was her repeated request to apologize to Saul. Either she really meant it, or she'd been so beaten down by the rigamarole of the psychiatric ward that she was able to swallow her pride and do anything to get out. Whichever it was, it reflected a Carrie who was trying to play by the rules of the system rather than force her own line of thinking on it. Does that make her a healthier Carrie? It stands to reason yes, but her illness has always prevented us and everyone around her from fully trusting anything she says.

Carrie was also obsessed with some strange visitor who came to check on her, and the little girl in her believed it was father-figure Saul quietly making sure she was okay. But no! It was a lawyer who promised to help her get out of the crazy hospital if she met with his partner. I immediately assumed it was someone looking to take on Carrie's wrongful treatment case, and that the rest of Homeland would be shot in a courtroom, but Carrie mind jumped to much more nefarious thoughts: She suspected that the lawyer represented Syrian, Iranian, or other America-hating parties looking to recruit Carrie to work against the U.S. and its intelligence agencies. You know, the same country and agencies that locked her up and shot her full of drugs to get her out of the way—or, as Carrie put it, had her committed because they didn't have anywhere else to put her. The patriot in Carrie immediately threw this option out the window and was offended that someone would even consider that Carrie would turn on her country. I suppose it should be noted that we don't really know why the lawyer was there. 

"Tower of David" really put on its frowny face at the end, when the recaptured Brody chose to shoot up some heroin rather than explore the alternative, which was to not shoot up heroin. Far be it from me to make judgments (put a bowl of onion dip and Ruffles in front of me and I will embarrass myself with an insatiable veracity), but WOW! Really, Brody? You're in the hole for 45 seconds and you say, "Fuck it, I'm doping"? I would have waited at least an hour. I know the show already planted the hunger for heroin in Brody as a treatment for pain and probably to keep him complacent, but in this case, Brody took it out of boredom, a sense of futility, and maybe because he felt bad about getting his Muslim friends murdered. This is a man who has obviously been globe-trotting on the run for what, six months? He encounters this one obstacle and now he figures he'll become a smackhead? If Homeland spends more than one minute on Brody becoming a heroin addict in future episodes, then the show has officially lost its mind (currently, it's clinging to the precarious status of "unofficially lost its mind"). 

Brody's trip to H-town was intercut with shots of Carrie huddled in the corner of her room, staring at nothing, possibly thinking about her offer from the mystery lawyer. The pair of images represented rock bottom for a couple who had to live with the consequences of their actions over the last two seasons. No more out-of-the-way hotel rooms or back seats of cars for these two while the security of America waits for Brody to ejaculate. Nope, now Brody is a junkie in a foreign land and Carrie is a certified lunatic in a psych ward. The episode's final moments also represented how the two of them once had so much control over their own lives, but now have zero options. Their freedoms and the right to choose have been taken from them, and now they're at the mercy of outside forces and on the doorstep of bad decisions. Serves them right, I guess?

I will say I really did enjoy "Tower of David" for the first 30 minutes or so, especially the mystery surrounding Brody's bullethole, and watching him recover from his injuries, develop a relationship with the young woman, and explore the Tower. There was a real sense of a fresh start for Brody and a chance to make the best out of an otherwise crummy situation. And "Tower of David" was always close to being a great individual episode, but it never molded itself into anything rewarding. 

Homeland has yet to take any shape so far this season, preferring to remain an amorphous blob of bad times with the hunt for terrorists way down on its priority list, well behind Dana's sexting. After two rocky episodes to start off Season 3, Homeland needed to right the ship; instead it collided with an iceberg. "Tower of David" was the Season 3 version of Season 2's "State of Independence," the horrible episode where Brody experienced a series of unfortunate events and ended up murdering a man in the woods and taking a shower at a car wash, while Carrie sank so low that she tried to commit suicide with white wine and prescription pills. "Tower of David" may not have been as ridiculous as "State of Independence," but the results are almost the same, only this time Brody is injecting dirty drugs into his veins. I repeat, Brody is shooting heroin. What is this show doing?



WACKO SCRIBBLINGS FROM CARRIE'S "I HEART BRODY" DIARY

Homeland is now approaching a spot on my drop list (though I'll cover it all season because J-O-B), and the show must work its way back into my good graces. This show is getting Dexter'd.

– Why would the Venezuelans go out of their way to get Brody's passport if they didn't want him to go anywhere? Just to appease him? I understand they needed to find the guy who stole his stuff to ensure he couldn't blab about Brody's whereabouts, but handing over a fake passport to a guy you don't want to leave is just asking him to leave, isn't it? I guess they were trying the nice approach until Brody forced them to choose the not-so-nice approach by attempting an escape.

– Maybe Carrie should should become a professional popsicle-stick dollhouse maker and drop this whole CIA thing. She could work with The Wire's Lester Freeman to make some killer mini-houses!

– Nurse Abby, why on Earth are you helping Carrie at the risk of your job? 

– Did we see Damian Lewis's junk? I think we saw Damian Lewis's junk.

– What if we just spent the rest of the season following Peter Quinn? I'd watch that.

– Brody did refuse the heroin earlier in the episode, saying he didn't care about the pain and that "he'd survive." Is Brody taking the heroin supposed to mean that he doesn't think he'll survive now? That he's given up? I guess that makes taking heroin a little more tolerable, but really? Heroin? Brody is taking heroin? This is what Homeland came up with? Heroin? Hello? Heroin? Really?


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AIRED ON 12/20/2015

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I realize I'm a little late to the conversation, but didn't the final scenes of brody and carrie kind of remind you of the final disturbing scenes of requiem for a dream? not as dark obviously, but still depressing. anyway, I'm willing to see where this goes....in homeland we trust still!
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If they had changed just one thing, it would have been a good episode. If the police had taken Brody into custody, it would have changed the entire feel. It would have fit better, making the rest of the story worth it.
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I am disappointed by all episodes of season 3 so far. Especially the redundant story line about Dena and Leo. Is it necessary to spend so much time on the relationship between two teenagers? I found it's disgusting to see their face. I even felt angry when I saw Brody's wife, because that means the start of another meaningless Dena and Leo story.
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I don't think this is the place to say this as it's gonna go either completely unnoticed or slated by internet half-brain dickheads but i had to say it. I've started watching the show by accident, just looking for something to kill time with after Breaking Bad and Dexter (shit finale, by the way) were over and Suits took a break. And all i can say is, apart from all the obvious, pretentious, american, self righteous shit about war on terrorism and needing all those opinion-less morons to follow suit, there's only two things worth a while on this show, as in worth keeping an eye out for: fairly decent Mandy Patinkin and, most importnantly, the only fully convincing performance on the show - Morgan Saylor. Please make note of it!
And will somebody please tell Claire Danes that over-acting what she had already failed to act well, i.e. bipolar disorder, is not gonna be any more convincing when You become the show's producer (season 3). End of...
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B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!! What an unbearable episode... What happened to the thrilling Homeland we saw ending season 2?? Also, terrible acting!!! OMG, the child nurse!! She was so awful... and don't think Damien Lewis handled well the weight he had in this episode, I didn't buy his pain faces...
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With all the negativity on the comments I feel like I'm the only one that still likes this show and loved this episode. If Homeland gets canceled I will blame all of you.
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Hey i liked this epiosde too. But this season will decide on whether or not i continue to watch. Season 1 was one of the best seasons ever. Season 2 was jsut awful.
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I'm really losing my patience on this show. The first half of it was just... boring and stupid. I had to force myself through it and I'm not giving it many more chances.
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"What if we just spent the rest of the season following Peter Quinn? I'd watch that."

I second this idea!

And yes, this episode was out of left field. I am gonna keep my fingers crossed the writers will get their stuff together.
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This episode was so cringeworthy that, for a second, I almost missed Dana
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Ooh, way too bold my man...way too bold.
Nothing on tv is as cringeworthy as Dana and her storyline...c'mon son!
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I. Don't. Like. Brody. I spent the entire episode hoping someone would kill him, but nope, now we have to spend time in Venezuela, watching someone I have no sympathy for cry, do heroin and try to get out of the situation.

Couldn't they have done the more obvious thing and just have the first time we see him this season be when he gets back, and all the things that will unravel? It would also explain why he wasn't in the first two episodes.. And start a plot that has anything to do with Homeland security.

The Carrie stuff was great, even if I spent about the entire time from the nice nurse being introduced, to the end of the episode, assuming it would turn out she was only in Carrie's mind, because nothing she did made any god damn sense.
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Totally agree!! I almost missed Dana myself!!
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Anyone else got a pedophiley vibe from the Venezuelan 'doctor'?
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That wasn't just a vibe, he basically said in his first speech to Brody that people ended up in that tower because it was a sanctuary from the world.

That guy is a straight up kiddie fiddler, that's why he lives there.
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Why were they so determined to get him hooked on Heroin?

Why was it so important to them that he didn't leave?
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My Two Cents...
I thought that Tower of David was an interesting viewpoint on how base and shallow life on the run could be - no contacts, no cash, (almost) no passport and really, No Friends. The fact that the guy kept mentioning the 10 million dollar bounty made me wonder if/when HE was/is gonna try to cash in on it and if not him then one of his minions or the "doctor" perhaps. At the end of this episode, I didn't get the impression that Brody actually went through with shooting up but DID actually consider it as an option - he had it placed but we never saw him inject.

I think that to some extent these last few episodes have also been about our main characters' place in the greater scheme of things. Regardless of what Saul or Carrie did in the past, the Governments stance is "I know you USED to do nice things for me, but what have you done for me LATELY?" You can be thrown to the wolves and under the bus at the drop of a dime and made a posterchild for scapegoats at a moments notice. I still think that this is a great show, Brody's a great character AND a Marine - he'll survive. Carrie has a "beautiful mind" she'll plot a course out of her present situation and Saul's a Strategist - I choose to believe that he had/has a reason for doing what he did to Carrie, we ARE talking about the C.I.A. after all - they could have killed her in very nasty ways but for now, she's got a little time on her hands to clearly I.D. the issues set before her.

Of course I could be TOTALLY wrong and Brody's gonna wuss out, Carrie's just Nuckin' Futs and Saul's just the BIGGEST Dickky DeuchBag there is!
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Episode 2 convinced me that there was still life left in the show, I loved the addition of Faya (?) and Carrie remains a deeply flawed and intriguing character. Yet, 'Tower of David' proved Brody should've died last season. What on earth is this show about and where on earth are they heading next? If Brody is in Venezuela (how did he get there? Does it matter?), what does he have to offer? I'm afraid the creators think we are invested in Brody as a character. Personally, I'm not. I loved the tension of him being a terrorist or not. Or him being punished for what he did or not. Or him choosing between Carrie on his family or not. But I do not like him enough to follow him to an unfinished building project in a South American country where heroine and killing people to protect a $10 million refugee are plotpoints.
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I'm looking forward to see how they move on from here. What do you want to bet that Brody will be captured by some really BAD men and he will have to depend on Carrie to save his sorry junkie ass once more.

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RE: Homeland "Tower of David"
Just my two cents but I kind of liked this episode. It was nice knowing that Brody will still be a part of Homeland, even if he's just a junkie. I think that the show had to make a "hole" for both Brody and Carrie to climb out of. We have no terrorist bomb plot or undercover secret agent stuff to take care of, so this is now just a character driven plotline which after this episode has nowhere else to go but UP!
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This jumbled up mess had me so confused. And yes HEROIN...really is that a part of this story telling now...This season doesn't even seem like Homeland. It's been a bunch of crazy shit, after crazy shit..I have this sinking feeling that one of my most favorite shows has lost it way..I hope it gets back on track soon or I will not be watching this crap fest. HEROIN..you got to be kidding me..what the hell is up with the HEROIN story line. I hate it...Hell give me some heroin so i can go into oblivion and forget this piece of crap...Brody dude..come on stop taking heroin..unless you like withdrawals from that monster...Heroin really...is that the best they could come up with.....I guess you can see that the H story has thrown me for a loop..
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Brody on heroin indicates that while he was able and willing to fight the pain of his wound earlier in the episode, when confronted with another jail cell much similar to the one he was in while a POW ....he was unable to try and tackle the psychological pain.
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The only decent acting and story line was for Martina García who played Esme... says a lot of the quality of the story. Carrie just keeps playing the same role, but nothing new. Brody has no story line.

The show currently looks just like a soap, following some people their daily business. Give us more Quinn, less Saul, and stop exploiting the same mental state of Carrie, and give her something new to act on. Remove some story lines and revive the show.

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The thing about Homeland is they have a way of writing beautiful male characters Saul, Brody even Quinn is very interesting. Although Claire Danes as Carrie is unique and brilliantly acted I can't help but notice females such as her, Dana, the mom and even Saul's wife are such whiners, pushy passive aggressive types that even though they are not the terrorist I often rolled my eyes on how these characters are portrayed.
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No QUINN?!!! I totally thought the guy coming to see Carrie in the hospital would be Quinn. I was totally sappy to the nth degree of melodrama convinced. What a freakin' let down. It was just a stupid shady lawyer man. Hello, my name is emmiegirl, and I am a 'shipper.

And how sad is it that Carrie still has so much faith in Saul despite his betrayal? Or her screw-ups? That relationship is carrying alot of weight. I think after seeing Carrie so amped up thinking he was coming to visit, believing that he regretted his actions and was coming to liberate her from that place, I'm even angrier at him than I was last week. For a few moments there, when she was speaking with that lawyer, we had Carrie back, she was sparking and connecting the dots. Then she walked back into that dismal, poorly lit rec room in the asylum and the abject misery of her reality hit her. Who can blame her for wanting to be numb. Bring on the lithium.

What was up with the camera work this episode? The shaky, single camera, flickering lights of the scene of Brody's surgery were so unsteady and distracting, I felt seasick trying to pay attention to what the actors were doing.

While I do not condone drug use, I can at least be compassionate and empathize with Nicholas Brody. The man spent years in a dark, hopeless hole, only to wind up the prisoner of Caracas's version of the favelas. It is easy to sit in the comfort of our safe first world accommodations and piss all over Nick Brody's choices, but no one knows what decisions they would actually make until they are truly tested. Brody may be alot of things, but he is also the type of man that runs toward rather than away from the danger when TSHTF, and that is rare. Do not misunderstand me, Brody is responsible for his own pain here, he made himself a pawn of Abu Nazir and foolishly trusted Nazir all the way to the end. But if the only options available were to spend 24/7 in a cell with the torture of my own thoughts and helplessness or to check out on reality via channel surfing, I might be giving some serious thought to my needle revulsion.

So that "doctor" guy was totally a pedophile, right? Sooooooo, so creepy the way he kept caressing that boy's hands. I mean, even creepier than the fact that eight year old boy knows how to deliver a dose of schmack. So wrong I wanted to take a scalding shower after.

The scenes with Carrie pertaining to her treatment continue to disturb me. I've read backlash across the interwebs lambasting Danes's performance and the show's portrayal of bi-polar disorder, and thus far I still support the show's approach. The simple fact is, no one experiences illness exactly the same as another person; bi-polar disorder is a spectrum disorder, so the illness Carrie Mathison presents may not look like the same illness your cousin's girlfriend has, but they can both be bi-polar. However, I find the treatment protocols on the show to be really dated. There is a fairly robust level of research on bi-polar patients with careers in the arts or other fields that demand creativity or focus, many of these patients qualifying under the term, "high-functioning bipolar," who have found meds such as Tegretol or any of a half dozen antipsychotics to be more effective than lithium with less side effects. Responses to medications are an extremely individual and variable phenomenon, subject to a myriad of factors, many of which the medical community continue to be ignorant on. Seriously, ask any GP willing to write you a Rx of an antidepressant to explain to you the long-term effects of these drugs on the limbic-hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. They can't, because they simply do not know. There is no data because studies are set up to bring drugs to market and funding isn't there to determine what happens after they've been there awhile.

Even with a satisfactory med regime, most of the high-functioning individuals admit that their professional success comes at a steep price, namely the exclusion of everything else. Pretending not to be crazy for 50+ hours a week is exhausting. Carrie seemed willing to forego a personal life but she's her own worst enemy when it comes to managing her illness because she doesn't take care of herself, she drinks too much and she engages in reckless behaviors (see S01E03 Carrie's faux-Brody liquor store pick-up, eww). Carrie needs therapy as much as, if not more so than her meds. She has some narcissistic issues that have created huge guilt complexes and her approach to the opposite sex is just unhealthy.

I'm too loyal a fan to be spouting off just yet, simply because it isn't all glaringly obvious and force-fed to me. I've seen enough of Gideon Raff's work to be willing to stick to my commitment to the show to see where this all leads.
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I don't think this show was ever truly meant to be centered around fighting terrorism. I think it's supposed to be more about how Carrie deals with her high-stress job, radical romances, and relationships all while she tries to manage her bipolarity. I don't like the Dana thing one bit. They should've kept her a minor character from the beginning or at least after season 1.
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This review is more interesting than the episode.
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Seriously....please Homeland, what are you doing???
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worst season
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I think the next episode is gonna be the series finale for me, but I certainly hope not
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"able to go three full minutes without erupting or spewing conspiracy-theory nonsense." actually so far on this show - carrie's delivery gets crazy but the content of what she is saying is usually still right
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Was I the only one thinking Saul really did send that lawyer? As a test to see if Carrie would turn on the agency? Because when she got indignant and walked off, I absolutely got that vibe like that was what she was supposed to do, and maybe Saul was just making sure she wasn't so angry as to turn on the CIA.
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I did too. I thought, there, she passed the test, she could go now. But the preview for the next episode seems to suggest otherwise.
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I briefly considered it as well.
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One of the worst episodes of the show :(
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Sorry but what's with Brody's breathing...? I mean, he is breathing a lot!! Loudly!!! Long time after effort and even after no specific effort at all!! Forget about heroin, give the man an inhaler... -_-
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Ho hum....
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Boring, and that is worse than ridiculous.
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I thought the episode is brilliant...first of all because it didn't have the "Dana" storyline in it...get rid of her!!...but because it tells me the show will start cranking next week. I think Brody is following instructions and seeking contacts that Carrie had given him (remember her telling him she cashed in an "insurance policy" to help him in the season ender last year. Also, the episode was a double story of captivity and helplessness....I think Carrie has to get a message out to someone who can help Brody but she can't..also, I think this season will be connected to last one in a very stark way..I'm convinced that the attack on the CIA at the end of last year had nothing to do with Nazir...there's a rogue element in the government that has pulled a coup de tat on the CIA and the bankers have something to do with it and so does F. Murray Abraham's character, Dar Adal.
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This eppy kind of left me wondering would Carrie's and Brody's life have been so terrible if he was caught by US gov't. Being on the run is like being tortured...it's horrid. The fact Carrie's associate (Carrie has some really aggressive murderess associates) are so bent on keeping Brody where he is has me suspecting this wasn't what Carrie had in mind.
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So Brody is a POW again and Carrie is still in the psych ward and both of them are hopped up on drugs. I guess Homeland is no longer about fighting terrorism. I guess it's about seeing how low these two can go. I'm not really digging it. Something needs to change and quick.
But hey, plus side, no bratty Dana this episode. Win!!!
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OMG, I absolutely LOVED this episode. In the superb craze over Breaking Bad I'd forgotten about Damien Lewis and his fantastic presence. I think this episode gives the story depth and a solid ground to build on for the coming episodes. I'm kind of surprised over the negative critisism since this development is exactly the kind of television that has been getting everyone so over the moon in other shows. Keep going, Homeland,,,good work!
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I liked this weeks episode, but the highlight was Erik Dellums AKA Three Dog from Fallout 3 as the very , very creepy Doctor!
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Alright, now that they told us how bad both of them have it right now, can we progress starting next episode please?
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my thought exactly!
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After earlier episode of being a Teen sex show, this week they decided to do a killing on us. It is one of the most depressing episode on TV, right up there with The Killing ! Well, at least in The Killing, you expected it.

Homeland is living on past reputation. I cannot believe there are 110 voters so far that said "It's a different Homeland, but I'm liking it." ! Did you guys see season 1 and 2 ?

What I saw on the preview, next episode seems a bit more exciting, I can only certainly hope. This season might really be the worst and I really wished the writers do have a major plan for this season. Right now, it seems they are clueless.

On the other hand, TGW seems to be enjoying its best start ever and its season 4. They have many stories to tell. Even the inconsistent TWD had a good premiere.
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I cannot believe there are 110 voters so far that said "It's a different Homeland, but I'm liking it."

I can't believe that there more people chose one of the other options. So far the season hasn't been as exciting as the previous ones, but it's still better than any other show right now.
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Better than any other show ? Lets just talk about Sunday. Did you watch The Good Wife, The Walking Dead or Boardwalk Empire? Even Showtime own Master of Sex is better than this right now !
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I saw TWD, and I will watch TGW as soon as I have time. These are some of the best shows on TV right now, but Homeland hasn't fallen below them yet. I would agree that the season has been a bit weird so far (I'm thinking about making a longer post about that later), but nothing has been really bad. OK, it was pretty bad that Brody was so stupid that he was sure that the Imam would protect him. But even that wasn't as dumb as the zombie rain on TWD.

I have tried to watch Boardwalk Empire, but it just doesn't keep me interested. The first time I stopped watching was half-way through the season 1 finale. I started the episode and realized that I was too tired to finish it, so I stopped it. I didn't continue until a year later. For a while I thought it was pretty good, but after a while it started to bore me again, because I didn't find the story or the characters interesting enough. So I stopped again, this time probably for good.

I haven't seen Masters of Sex yet.
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Ok Good post. Fair enough ! I certainly think TGW and TWD has not fallen. I like their first few episodes of this season and I think they have improved. Homeland on the other hand has fallen. I do hope they improved because I liked Clara Danes and Mandy. I want them to succeed.
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"that there more people chose" should be "that there are more people who chose". Edit button please.
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Shut up everyone, Homeland is still amazing. Even if it's not the quality of our beloved season one, it's still a lot better than 95% of other shows. The choices the writers made aren't THAT crazy and even if you're not loving the direction we've been heading in, there's always Claire Danes <3
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lol its gone down the drain. its far from amazing. dont know what you been smoking to make it amazing but id like some.
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Shush Glee display pic person! Even at the bottom of the deepest drain pipe, Homeland would still be better than Glee ;)

And leave what I'm smoking out of this lol x
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yeah thats right insult my pic. i dont care what you think really. but people who think homeland is the best show ever has to be smoking some thing. its more fun to watch paint dry lol
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Alex Gansa and Howard Gordon created "24" before "Homeland". This is the moody sister to Jack Bauer's righteousness. Actually Carrie is a lot like Jack. Saw this: http://tvruckus.com/2013/10/14/homeland-brody-the-cockroach-shoots-up-in-caracas/
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I agree with everyone else on the uselessness of this episode, BUT I have a feeling that this episode serves the purpose of showing us how deep and hopeless is rock bottom for both carrie, who is for all purposes under arrest, and brody, who is, once again, in the hole. Maybe this episode is THE justification for what's next: carrie, the most patriotic person on the show going all "fuck the agency!" on us!! After seeing this no one can really blame her.

Other thoughts:
- that pedophile is beyond creepy!!! Yikes!!
- you know that shooting heroin kills you right?? like, it's pretty easy to die when you do it, as in SUICIDE! That was the vibe I got from the last Brody scene, not that he was bored but that he was hopeless enough to consider killing himself... just throwing it out there...
- I loved that the muslims called the police!! It's about time someone on TV portrayed moral muslims "you're not a muslim, you're a terrorist" (even though he got it backwards, it was nice to see)
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it is also good that they portrayed muslim hospitality with one another
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Homeland was good for one season , the all concept was great for one season of episodes , but now it's obvious that they have no idea what to do with the show.

You compare it to Dexter and I agree with that comparaison , but this season of homeland is not painful for me , the acting is good , the characters are interesting , I'm still enjoying it so far.there are a lot worst on tv than homeland
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The whole Episode I was looking at Brody's nurse and thought "Omg, how hot is she?!?!?". That made the whole thing less depressing :D
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From now on, please can the series focus on her struggle to leave the gang life and earn her ESL diploma? I will watch.
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She was super fine...
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First high school dramas, then psycho bitch, now heroin. Is this show becoming MTV?
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There was just so much that didn't make sense this episode. Did the imam call the authorities and they sent two lonely cops to pick up an internationally sought after terrorist? If so, aren't there others who know that Brody is there now? Or, did he simply walk outside and tap two cops on the shoulder and say, "Come with me!" ??? I also don't know why his captors would risk the USA dropping drones on their heads in order to house Brody. But, I guess we'll figure that out in time. I also didn't get how the nurse was so willing to help Carrie right after she bashed her head against the mirror repeatedly. Lazy writing?
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Can only assume the Police are so corrupt in that country that one took the call from the Muslim guy and said to his mate "Want to split 10 million dollars? Come with me"
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This episode was filmed in the future it was showing the end of brody, where brody eventually ends up, back where he started, and the future episodes will show how he got there.
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This episode confirmed my biggest fear for Homeland.

The biggest draw was Carrie and Brody and all the crazy drama that came with it. Without Carrie, Brody is a broken man with Everest sized issues...oh ya, and he's a card carrying terrorist. Why the f*ck should I care if his life on the run is tough? The only thing that drew any compassion for him from me was his relationship with Carrie. Without her, he's nobody...and without her on another continent, he's less than nobody. It sucks cause Damien Lewis can act his face off, but he's not so good that he can make me care about a character who, on his own, was only semi-likeable at best.

Where's Brody's arc going to go? Even if he didn't blow up the CIA, he's still a guy who brought a bomb vest into the VPs bunker and would spend the rest of his life in jail. No Carrie. No Family. Nada. So, if you can't have the only two aspects that made him integral to the show, why keep him?

I know it's tough to kill off a twice nominated and winner of best actor, but until then, I see nothing but a holding pattern for a show that's travelled at break neck speed...and that's unfortunate, cause you can't jump a shark if you're not going fast enough. You'll just drop and be eaten
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"What if we just spent the rest of the season following Peter Quinn?" I'd watch that too.
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I'd love that!!! Quinn rules!!
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I am with the reviewer on the useless. I think the writers just loved their star crossed lovers parallel stories in this episode... Nice on paper but a bore to watch. I think with 10 minutes of each story, Brody in Caracas (did we need the heroin cliche? ugh) and Carrie in the psychiatric ward, it would have been enough to set the scene for whatever comes next.
I was so bored that I almost missed Dana Brody. Just kidding, nobody misses Dana. I missed Peter Quinn though.
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