Season 2 Episode 7

The Clearing

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Nov 11, 2012 on Showtime
out of 10
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    Homeland "The Clearing" Review: These People Have Problems

    This was a solid hour of television, but only an okay episode of Homeland.

  • Episode Summary

    Brody attends a political fund-raiser at a Virginia horse farm with his family. Saul meets Aileen, who is in solitary confinement at a prison and ask her help on latest attack. In return, Aileen asks for a simple favor for which Saul struggles to fulfill. Finally Dana and Finn tell their parents about the accident.moreless

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    • The Clearing

      This was still a good episode, but there were definitely parts of it that dragged on. The whole prison thing turned out to be really boring and uninspiring, and the scenes with Brody did not really advance anything either.

    • Saul hits a dead end.

      I thought this episode was ok but not much happened compared to other episodes in this season In this episode Saul meets someone from the past who may be able to help track the terrorist from the previous episode and Dana steps forward about the hit and run which leaves Brody and the vice president in a tricky situation With Brody already in a trick situation regarding himself he is finding it hard to cope with so much and its all going to catch up with him.moreless
    • Contues to keep standards high

      I haven't been disappointed with any episodes so far, including this one. I really liked the episode as it adds to the rich diversity of the story by revealing more of the characters than might be expected. Spending time on Brody's daughter seems more than in keeping with the shows story arc. She is a thoughtful young woman who idolises her Dad, who gets carried away with affairs of the heart like lots of teenagers but reflects on the values she has been taught to respect. The difference between right and wrong, between selfishness and deep concern for others. I watched the last few shows with a friend of mine and he immediately went ballistic when the Teens decided to leave the scene of the collision. After this episode he commented that he admired the daughter for realising her mistake and her bravery at fessing up. He said he hoped his daughter would do the same. I'm sure lots of other parents responded in a similar fashion.

      Finally, in response to those who didn't like the show my view is simple; I expect some episodes to be edgy, some to be dramatic, some to be deep, and some to be thrilling. I don't expect all of these aspects in one episode even though many hollywood producers feel they have to give us the full chocolate box of emotions while they have our attention. Unlike those other shows Homeland 's producers go for the long haul and avoid manipulating the teleplay to ensure there is a mega-cliffhanger to end each episode. Of course it is a fiction but keeping the teleplay grounded in reality and the characters as normal as possible wins my vote every time.moreless
    • The episode gets a 10 for the swimming pool scene alone

      The episode gets a 10 for the swimming pool scene alone... I like the sidestory with the kids, allthoug it seems idiotic to try and cover up something like that up. And what will Brodys wife think when she hears that Carrie is back at the CIA? Well, the are definitly moving things forward fast...
    • Meh...

      I love Homeland, really, really love it but this episode was was definitely the low point of the series for me. Still a great watch but sadly not as good as the episodes that went before it.

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