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"Homeland"--"A Gettysburg Address": Die Another Day

By Cindy Davis | TV Reviews | November 5, 2012 | Comments ()


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"Homeland" has trained its audience well. When an episode begins quietly as "A Gettysburg Address" does, moseying...humdrum, we start to feel twitchy. The writers have expertly manipulated us to the point where we know we're just tiptoeing through the minutes, probing for land mines. We sense the dread, yet we're still unable to avoid the explosion that blows us off the couch. Waiting for it makes every little nuance of every conversation all the more tense. Like Quinn and Brody, when the Congressman admits the tailor is dead, and as Carrie realizes Virgil has lost Roya's unidentified contact, we're ready to go from zero to sixty in mere seconds. Each conversation has a potential double meaning, and we have reason to suspect everyone is lying. Is Carrie assuming too much about the new guy, or is another attack really that imminent? Why did Max and Virgil bungle the tail so badly? Is the CIA having Brody followed, or is it Nazir? When Roya and Brody stop speaking to each other, is it only because someone else is in the hallway, or does some silent communication pass between them? Is Roya suspicious of Brody--does she believe his denial when she asks if he knew why the CIA had suddenly stopped watching the tailor's shop and entered to investigate?

There is at least, some unintended comic relief in Dana's hospital visit sideshow and subsequent encounter with her increasingly psychotic new boytoy--aka Finn--aka the Vice President's son. It wasn't hard to predict that last week's hit and run would take a turn for the homicidal worse; at some point this cover-up will surely intersect with Brody's mess, but right now, it's just silly. Likewise, there's an oncoming train wreck in the form of two-man Scooby gang, Mike and Lauden (perhaps, with Jessica, they'll eventually form a trio). The ridiculously easy "investigation" into Walker's death (finding Brody's ammunition, minus one bullet!), and information dump by a surprisingly forthcoming detective leads Mike right to the CIA, and Saul...and Estes...and a military official. The one intriguing aspect came in the form of Saul asking Mike to nod that he understood the CIA was telling Mike to back off, and then a camera angle change to outside the office window, looking in. Exactly who was being signed to? And why did I have a funny feeling in my stomach over Saul's usual matter-of-fact manner during that scene? There is so much lying now, everyone is capable of an easy duplicity. Brody and Dana, who only a few episodes ago felt so safe with each other, keep everything hidden and lie with the same exact words: "Yeah, I'm fine."

But no one and nothing is fine, and as Carrie passes on her gut instinct to Quinn that there has to be something more at the tailor's shop; he sees something strange about a wall, calls for back-up, and our stomachs begin their descent. We feel the bad thing coming, but we're still as woefully unprepared as the men in the shop when Nazir's militaristic strike hits. It seems incomprehensible that this type of attack can so easily render the federal agents helpless, but there it is--it happens right in front of us--and we're left feeling knocked to the floor like Quinn, wordless...sputtering.

After getting angry earlier at Carrie's perceived false warmth and the manipulation of her touch, Brody returns the gesture when she bursts into his office, furious and broken over the attack. "Did you know?" she screams at him, and we're forced to wonder too. Because the brilliance of "Homeland" is that even in this second season, we're not sure which side Brody is on, and we don't know whose judgement we can trust.

Notes: 1. I'm still convinced Roya is closer and more important to Nazir than she claims. And

***preview spoilers whited out: swipe below to read****

2. I cannot believe Carrie and Brody are going to go at it again.

3. I'd like to see Claire Danes and "Dexter's" Jennifer Carpenter have a face off; an expression contest. At least we know these ladies are not Botoxin'.


Cindy Davis is glad Quinn is still alive.



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  • RilesSD

    Clarie Danes vs. Jennifer Carpenter -- CRY OFF!!

  • Mel C.

    I really like Quinn. I think he's interesting and a good adversary/friend for Carrie. I hope they do it, actually.

    I agree that it seemed like Virgil was bungling that tail on purpose. Something about the way it all played out. I hope not though because Virgil is awesome.

    Are we supposed to just forget that Brody might have killed Carrie if agents hadn't burst through the doors of the hotel room? He was practically twirling his metaphorical mustache in that scene.

  • Attempted murder is a proven aphrodisiac.

  • Groundloop

    "Each conversation has a potential double meaning, and we have reason to suspect everyone is lying."

    You take that back! There's no way that Saul Berenson/Rube Sofer/Inigo Montoya/Georges Seurat is a liar!!

  • Carrie/Teabelly

    I was on edge the moment they stepped into that shop because hello, I'm a building that was used by a known bomb maker, do you maybe want to do a proper sweep before you start picking up cigarette butts and daintily looking around? I was expecting the whole place to go up. Maybe that was the point, since I certainly wasn't expecting what did happen.

    Not as good as last week's ep.

  • indarchandra

    I know this is super nitpicky, but every time they lazily try to pass off some random place as DC it bugs me. I'm totally into the episode, and then they try to pass off a park that looks nothing like Farragut Square in last season's bombing, and this episode passed off a metro station that is unlike any metro station I've ever seen. I know it's silly, but every once in a while they will show something, say it's a DC thing, and my brain grinds to a halt. Do a little research, fellas! I suppose folks from Boston or Chicago feel the same way when TV shows are set in their cities too. I just wanted to have my grumble...

  • Blake

    Can Brody or anybody just kill Mike now? I'm sick of him (and Lauden) and you know that is the likely outcome of his questioning Walkers death.

    Random: Was that Carver (Seth Gilliam) who Quinn handed the tax record book to at the tailors shop?

  • It was Carver although Seth Gilliam's not in the credits for this episode. I thought it was him too and was horrified when he was very promptly murdered.

  • Blake

    Random Two: Quinn plays a convincing dead man, even when shot in the stomach.

    Random Three: Is the town where the tailors shop is located in a vacuum? With all of the activity taking place you never see any of the townsfolk (or do you in last seasons episode).

  • Yes! (Gilliam)

  • Blake

    Boo Homeland Boo!!! Why tease us then take him away?

  • becks

    You never see him get shot. It's likely he'll surface again later as a Nazir cohort.

  • RilesSD

    Nice catch

  • theotherone

    You're right becks, he is noticeably absent from the shooting and is not at the front of the store watching.

  • Return of Santitas

    I'm two weeks behind on this show so just watched this Cepisode...I spotted Carver too, but the lighting was atrocious and I couldn't tell if it was really him! Then he died (presumably) so quickly I thought there's no way that was really Carver. My boyfriend mocked me. I hope I am vindicated soon by his return as Nazir conspirator.

  • Blake

    I hope you are right. It is hard to get an accurate body count (Carrie does say there were seven causalities) from the scene.

    Random Four: As much as I dislike Roya, Zuleikha Robinson is gorgeous.

  • googergieger

    I wasn't a fan of last weeks episode. Just not a fan of Brody being a "double agent" or whatever you want to call it. Don't really like it now that it had a new episode to follow up. Don't like the guy that stabbed Brody in the hand. He seems to have no purpose. He is an annoying douche that seems to annoy just to annoy. I mean it isn't to get you on Brody's side or any real reason. Seriously why does that guy exist? And yeah Mike's investigation thing just seems dumb. Like why are they investigating it so much? Do they not believe Walker was a terrorist? If so any reason they didn't believe someone he worked for killed him?

    I don't know, I'll still watch the show but man, feels like they are going to go for needlessly complicated, because that is what the people want!

    Oh and...

    "Is Carrie assuming too much about the new guy, or is another attack
    really that imminent? Why did Max and Virgil bungle the tail so badly?
    Is the CIA having Brody followed, or is it Nazir? When Roya and Brody
    stop speaking to each other, is it only because someone else is in the
    hallway, or does some silent communication pass between them? Is Roya
    suspicious of Brody—does she believe his denial when she asks if he knew
    why the CIA had suddenly stopped watching the tailor’s shop and entered
    to investigate? "

    Carrie's job is to expect the worse. Or at least was her job. They always expect attacks are going to happen, and even if the new guy is harmless that doesn't mean anything. If it is likely to happen, they have to treat it with up most importance. Because Max and Virgil aren't perfect and sometimes the people they follow are better than them? Brody brought up him being followed to the CIA and they acknowledged they were doing it. Someone else was in the hallway. Roya is probably suspicious of him in that everyone is always suspicious of everyone.

    But more importantly. What about that jelly on toast Dana didn't eat? Was she really not hungry or did she taste the poison?! And if so, why would her mother want to poison her?! Was she possessed by the future ghost of the woman she and her almost boyfriend ran over?! Questions.

  • googergieger

    I now remember why I avoid these "discussions" about shows.

    Scoff.

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