'Homeland' - 'The Smile' recap: Carrie turns her frown upside down

Compared to its explosive (or not explosive, if you ask Brody's suicide vest) freshman finale, "Homeland" launched its second season with relatively little action -- but plenty of emotional tension and a huge shocker. Months after receiving ECT following her mental breakdown, Carrie (Claire Danes) is living with her family, gardening, cooking and teaching English to Arabic students. The CIA rudely interrupts this tranquility when one of her assets comes forward with intelligence about an attack on America -- refusing to speak to anyone but Carrie. We see just how fragile Carrie's state of mind really is when Saul (Mandy Patinkin, holla!) and David Estes (David Harewood) ask her to fly to Beirut for a three-day undercover mission. Her face crumples and she begs Saul to back off, but there is too much at stake. But as she protests to Estes about "the unceremonious, humiliating way" the CIA treated her, she can't help preening about...



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