Category Archives: Homeland

thoughts on homeland: blind spot

Carrie’s Psychosis: We’ve known since the pilot that Carrie suffers from a form of schizophrenia and that her father has the same illness. We know that she has been taking medication for her illness but we really haven’t seen it’s affects on her work. It’s apparent that she is driven, and maybe to a fault sometimes, but in her line of work is that really all that irregular?

Brody & Mike: I know it may seem as though Brody knows about the relationship between his wife and best friend while he was gone but neither of them, nor Jessica, has actually talked about the situation. Mike seems to still attached to Jessica maybe even more so than Brody is at this point. It may be due to the fact that Brody has ulterior motives that we don’t know about yet. But until then he just seems like an uninterested former POW trying to readjust to civilian life.

Carrie & Brody: After Carrie “ran into” Sgt. Brody at a Veteran’s meeting at the church she seems to be friendly, almost flirtatious, with Brody. I can’t tell whether her intentions are genuine or a ploy to get closer to Brody for information – I’m willing to bet that it’s the latter…but she is crazy so who knows, right? Brody seems to look at Carrie in a more affectionate way than he does his own life. I’ll be the first to say I have NO IDEA what is up Brody’s sleeve by this. Maybe he knows about Carrie’s spy games somehow or maybe he is actually developing a crush on his “enemy”?

Brody’s Past: Since we never REALLY know Brody’s intentions in the present we are forced to assume which actions are guided by a terrorist agenda and which are just misconstrued. But it seems rather clear cut that Brody make a bold stance in this episode by – and I’m still assuming – passing his former torturer a razor blade to kill himself with. It makes sense if they both (Brody and his torturer) know that any information they get from him in interrogation would be detrimental to a terrorist plot but it can also a raise a bright red flag to the CIA that Brody is in cahoots with Abu Nazir. I think it has become rather obvious that Brody is involved, what I’m not sure of is if he is doing it of his accord.

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homeland recapping: semper i

CIA/Carrie

  • Carrie starts the episode showing how “invested” she has become with Sgt. Brody.
  • Elisabeth Gaines, an advisor to the Vice President, visits Estes asking about Brody’s “psychological profile”.
  • Carrie and Saul inform Estes about the financial transaction that she believes was made with Lynne Reed’s necklace.
  • Carrie’s warrant for surveillance has expired and Saul commands that she follow orders.
  • while the Brody family is at church Carrie and her crew remove their microphones and cameras from the house. Carrie spends time looking for clues but finds nothing.
  • Estes asks Carrie’s new partner Danny to make sure she isn’t running her own operations on the side. Estes tells him he could get a promotion if he is successful.

  • We find that Estes had an affair with Carrie before she went to Baghdad.
  • Carrie and Danny think they have a suspect to link to the financial transaction in Raqim Faisel (Omid Abtahi). They trail him after work but his “wife” Stacy diverts him from stopping at “home” by signaling him with a flag.
  • Stacy tries to convince Raqim that he shouldn’t worry and continue to live life as usual so no one catches on to them.
  • Carrie and Danny didn’t find anything about Fariq so they move on other potential suspects.
  • Carrie tries to convinve Saul to keep her team (Virgil & Max) on Brody, bu on a lesser scale. He objects.
  • Carrie decides to stakeout Brody’s house. She follows him when he leaves.

Sgt. Brody (& family)

  • Brody is weary as to why his best friend Mike doesn’t want to come in his house lately. Mike doesn’t want to tell him about the relationship he had with Jessica but it seems as though Brody knows already.
  • Gaines introduces herself to Brody after church and asks to take him out to brunch next week. He agrees.
  • Jessica invites Mike over to a gathering they are having at the house. An attempt to deter Brody’s suspicions.

  • Mike brings a random to the gathering in an attempt to throw Brody off the scent a bit more. Brody can see Mike and Jessica interact from a window in the garage…where he is cleaning his gun. Mike goes towards the garage when two shots ring out. Brody shot a deer.
  • Jessica tells him they need to speak with a therapist or their marriage is over.
  • The next day Brody tells Jessica that he is going to a Veteran’s Support Group.

Carrie & Brody

Carrie pretends that she frequents the meetings that Brody is at. Brody recognizes her from the debriefing when he returned from the Middle East. Carrie leaves and Brody follows her to the parking lot. Carrie tells Brody that no one is supposed to know who she is at the meetings. Brody says he won’t go back if she doesn’t. He asks if “they can hold their own private meeting” in the parking lot and Carrie says “it’s tempting”. Carrie tells Brody she served in Baghdad. Brody asks “How come it’s so hard to talk about with people who weren’t there?” Carrie answers (with a question) “How come it’s so hard to talk with anyone who wasn’t there about anything at all?”. Carrie gets in her car when it begins to rain with a smile…

Questions

  • Is Carrie attracted to Brody or is she just trying to find another way to keep tabs on him?
  • Is Brody attracted to Carrie or does he have another agenda?
  • Is Danny going to side with Estes or tell Carrie of his plan?
  • What is on the agenda for Raqim and Stacy?

 

 

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homeland recapping: clean skin

Carrie/CIA

We start with Lynne Redd and Prince Farid…uh…finishing up? After that he leaves the room to meet with someone. This gives Lynne enough time to download information from his cell phone to a special flash drive. She nearly gets caught doing so. Prince Farid¬† gives her a beautiful – and clearly baller (sorry for that) – necklace.

Carrie informs Estes and other members of the unit of Lynne’s success during a briefing. As Carrie is trying to connect Farid to Abu Nazir she is questioned by her mentor Saul. It is rather obvious that she is still reaching for a connection that isn’t so clear. She confronts Saul about his questioning method after the briefing. He says that he would have asked any other person the same questions.

Dana and friends

Carrie meets up with Lynne in a locker room to get the data from his phone. Carrie wants insight on Farid’s behavior from Lynne. Lynne says that the Prince is just “having fun” and she doesn’t think he is involved with anything dangerous. There is no clear evidence of any terrorist plot on Farid’s phone. Carries talks with Saul again and he tells her that he is mad that she lied to him.

Carrie is at her home expressing her frustrations to Virgil about not finding anything solid against Farid or Sgt. Brody when Lynne calls from a nightclub restroom. Lynne is scared because Farid’s assistant told her that Farid wants her to make a new business associate “feel welcome” and this is unusual for the Prince. Carrie lies and says that her “protection” is watching her. Carrie and Virgil rush to Lynne’s aid. Meanwhile at the club, Lynne is in the alley with a limo driver who is to take her to the Prince’s business partner. They exchange small-talk then he shoots her twice in the torso. He takes the necklace Farid gave her earlier, gets in the limousine, and drives away. Carrie and Virgil arrive on the scene soon thereafter but Lynne is already dead.

The next day, at CIA HQ, Carrie tells Estes that she wants to speak with Farid since the police took him in for questioning. He shows her tape of the police interrogation of him. Farid seems to be genuinely upset and shaken by Lynne’s death. Estes tells Carrie that they no longer have custody of him because they didn’t feel like it was worth the harassment. Carrie goes to the morgue to see Lynne and Lynne’s parents are there.

Afterwards she goes to Saul to vent. She feels like she let Lynne down and she is the reason she is dead. She still hasn’t found any evidence of a money transfer from Farid. Saul asks her if she is sure Farid is involved with Nazir. Saul says that jewelry is “the easiest way to move wealth” in “nomadic culture(s).”

We are then shown Farid’s assistant getting Lynne’s necklace appraised and bargaining for a price. The two men settle on $400K. Carrie asks Saul where he thinks the money goes. We are then showed two unknown characters buying a house near an airport.

Brody Household

  • Sgt. Brody and his family are prepping for an televised interview.
  • Dana wants to tell the media that everything isn’t as perfect as it seems within the Brody household.
  • Dana tells her mother that she knows about her having sex with Mike. She says that she is going to tell her father.
  • Nick seems to bond with Dana instantly when everyone else has been having trouble doing so. He asks that Dana cut her mom some slack.
  • Sgt. Brody tells Dana that “telling the truth but not telling a lie” is the best solution to some problems.
  • During the live interview, when Sgt. Brody is asked how has the reunion been Dana says “Everything has been great. Really really great.”
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homeland recapping: grace

One of Sgt. Brody’s flashbacks is the opening scene. He is digging a grave in a desert-like area. His captives carry a dead POW¬† to the hole Brody is in and throw the body in. Brody is then put on his knees with a gun at his head until the trigger is pulled and he is woken up from his nightmare; subsequently waking up Carrie who is watching via surveillance. Jessica is doing her morning routine with the kids (making sure they eat breakfast, getting ready for school on time) when Brody enters. She tells him that he grabbed her while they were sleeping and started speaking in Arabic. She has the bruises to prove it. Jessica offers to stay home with Nick but he says that he was “alone for eight years” so one more day won’t hurt. But as soon as his family leaves he spends the whole day sitting in the corner of his room.

Saul manages to get a warrant from a judge that he has some dirt on. It gives Carrie four weeks to find some substantial evidence that there is reason to keep an eye on Sgt. Brody. Carrie tells Saul that Brody has been acting weird by sitting in the corner all day and that he is struggling with what he has to do since he has been “turned”. Saul says that if he had been turned he would be in front of the cameras playing the “hero card”.

We then are introduced to Lynne Reed. She is giving women some…uh…thorough interviews to become part of Prince Farid’s harem. After telling a girl that she needs to wax her lady parts for the Prince, Lynne calls to set up an appointment for herself. Instead she calls a CIA operator to arrange a meeting with her handler Carrie.

Estes and another military official await Mike in his office and tell him to convince Sgt. Brody to reenlist. They say that Brody will get a promotion and more money to help his family. I think that Estes knows about Mike’s relationship with Jessica while Nick was assumed dead and he is using that as his advantage against Mike.

Carrie and Lynne meet up and Lynne shows Carrie a video on her phone; it’s a meeting between Prince Farid and Abu Nazir. Nazir hasn’t been seen in seven years. This is a huge breakthrough for Carrie but Lynne is terrified of what will happen to her if they find out she is a spy. She says they “stone women like her” when they are caught. Carrie tells her the she will get her some protection. When Estes gets hold of the information he congratulates Carrie but is not going to give Lynne any protection. He tells Carrie that Lynne is her responsibility. Saul tells Carrie that Estes isn’t going to be too happy that Carrie is trying to prove Brody is a terrorist.

Nick punches a reporter in the throat, in front of his son, when he sees him on his property taking pictures. After that Nick leaves through a wooded area in the back of his house. Carrie demands that Max follow him. He ends up in a hardware store inside of a shopping mall looking at a variety of tools. When he returns home Mike is there for dinner and to convince him to reenlist. Brody is furious about that notion and says that he won’t fight anyone’s war. Brody apologizes to his son for hitting the reporter in front of him and Jessica tries to convince Nick to talk to the media as well. It didn’t seem as though he paid too much attention to her.

As Lynne is about to meet up with Prince Farid Virgil spills tea on her. She doesn’t know who he is though. When she goes to the restroom to clean up Carrie is there. Carrie gives Lynne a device to download information from Farid’s phone. She assures her that she has a team watching her at all times.

Brody has another flashback of captivity and then he goes to the garage – a blind spot from Carrie’s surveillance – and begins a Muslim prayer. He then comes back inside and gets in uniform then heads outside to address the media. Carrie calls Saul and tells him to “turn on (his) TV” because Brody is doing exactly what Saul said he would do by “playing the hero card”.

 

 

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homeland recapping: pilot

Showtime’s new political thriller Homeland starts us in Baghdad following Special Agent Carrie Anderson (Claire Danes) as she is on her way to meet with a prisoner. The prisoner has vital information for a case but he is scheduled to be executed. She bribes a guard to let her speak with the prisoner to get the information. After being stubborn initially the prisoner inaudibly tells Carrie the information as prison guards take her away.

10 Months Later

Carrie is late for a briefing in which she finds out that a presumed dead Marine POW, Sgt. Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), has been found at an Iraqi stronghold. He had been missing for eight years. Anderson immediately feels that something isn’t right about the situation. Sgt. Brody is scheduled to return home the following day. His wife Jessica (Ashley Greene Morena Baccarin) is involved in a rather intimate relationship Mike Faber (Diego Klattenhoff), another marine. Sgt. Brody calls Jess’ cell phone after the new couple are…uh…finished? and surprises her with the news that he is still alive. She leaves Mike immediately.

Carrie’s prisoner contact told her that a captured American soldier had been “turned”. Since Brody is the only POW returning alive she thinks he is the one that her contact was referring to ten months ago. Carrie has Brody’s house illegally bugged with microphones and cameras as the family is away to reunite with him. Sgt. Brody returns home with much fanfare and publicity. Meeting the Vice President and holding a press conference as soon as he lands. His family waits anxiously to reunite with him. After the conference Brody and his family head home. Carrie talks to her old boss/mentor, and CIA Middle-East Division Chief, Saul Berenson (Mandy Patikin) and convinces him to get her in Sgt. Brody’s debriefing the following day. Jess tries to welcome her husband back in a romantic setting: wine, sexy “negligee”, dimmed lights…ya know. As she waits for Nicholas the phone rings but no one speaks then they hang up. As things begin to heat up with the couple she is shocked by the bruises and scars that are on his body, but they continue.

At the debriefing Brody seemingly answers all the questions posed to him rather easily until Carrie puts the pressure on him. She asks Brody why he was kept alive for eight years and had he ever met or spoken with Abu Nazir, a high-ranking member of Al-Qaeda. Brody outwardly denies such a meeting ever happened but his flashbacks tell a completely different story. After pressing Brody to hard, according to her boss David Estes (David Harewood), the interrogation/debriefing is over. Jessica calls her husband after the debriefing to ask how long he is going to be out and he lies and tells her he is still at the debriefing when in reality he is going to meet up with a fellow Marine’s widow. Carrie and her team follow Brody to the rendezvous point. Carrie is confronted by her partner Virgil about her taking Clozapine, a drug used to treat schizophrenia. She says that she has been battling it for years and that even though she has the disease she isn’t making up any of the information about Brody. During the meeting the Marine’s widow mainly just wants to know how her husband died while they were being held captive and Brody tells her he was beaten to death. She asks was Brody there when it happened, he tells her no and his flashbacks again show us the opposite.

When Carrie gets home Saul is there and confronts her about the illegal bugs she has set up around Sgt. Brody’s house. He says that she is taking her hunch too far and that she is going to get arrested. After a failed attempt to change Saul’s outlook through (one can assume) sexual favors, Saul leaves. A clearly flustered Carrie decides to go out to and find a companion for the night. She finds a suitors at bar, but as they are about to leave she finds something intriguing about a nervous “twitch” Brody has whenever he is on camera. She goes to Saul’s house and shows him the pattern he makes with his hands and determines that he is making contact with someone via coded hand signals. Saul tells Carrie that they should dig deeper.

We then go to Brody as he is jogging. He is having flashback from his captivity and we can see that he is conversing with Abu Nazir and that he sees himself beating his fellow Marine to death with his own hands.

 

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