Homeland Recap: Sex, Lies, and Surveillance Tape

Previously on Homeland: "FUCK THIS SHIT!"

Looks like Homeland isn't wasting any time addressing some of the tantalizing ambiguities it's been establishing. This is probably a good thing for a show with such a blaring central mystery. We know we're not going to find out whether Nick Brody is truly a secret terrorist until the end of this season (that is, unless the show decides to pull a Killing, a maneuver which would not get one tenth the amount of vitriol if Homeland did it, I would wager), so it's important that the smaller questions that crop up during the season aren't all similarly pushed off to some big reveal that would then need to answer more questions than one reveal could.

This week, two particular audience suspicions were addressed. The first was something you guys mentioned in the comments last week, but I totally didn't pick up on: all the suspicion thrown on Saul after the Hamid suicide. After all, Hamid could have gotten that razor blade when Saul greeted him with the unnervingly intimate cheek kiss. I figured Saul was just playing the sensitive-to-your-traditions Good Cop, but clearly y'all and the show were on the same wavelength, because after Carrie suggests a polygraph for everybody involved with the Hamid interrogation (the better to smoke out Brody), it's Saul who is conspicuously uncomfortable with the process, and at a crucial moment, he spikes on the question of whether he slipped Hamid the razor blade. Carrie, of course, has no reason to suspect Saul, but it's seeming more and more likely that between the Hamid suicide and Faisel and Aileen getting tipped off, there is somebody funneling information out of the CIA and to the terrorists. Saul's blip on the poly gets chalked up to stress — and in fact Saul says something to the effect of he always has trouble with these kinds of tests. Maybe that means he's always been a mole, but there's certainly ample enough evidence that the test is flawed when Brody managed to outright lie and his levels never once waver. Read More...



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