Saul — Saul, who has been named the acting director of the CIA since everyone else in Langley is dead, is taking all the heat for the bombing. His marriage is still on shaky ground (he and his wife are talking, but sleeping in separate beds), and he’s trying to save the CIA from dissolution, which appears to be the endgame for Senator Lockhart. Saul has no idea where Brody is; he’s identified their top target as the Iranian, Javadi, who is the ringleader behind the CIA bombing, and has no idea where he is, either. In the meantime, knowing that another f**k-up would be fatal, Saul needs a win. Along with Dar Adal, he executes the assassination of six civilians behind the terrorist bombing, which is flawless save for one problem: Quinn accidentally kills a kid.
Not for nothing, too, but Quinn’s mission felt a little too 24 for my tastes.
Senator Andrew Lockhart continues to be a pain in the ass, anyway, minimizing the mission as a “convenient” assassination of civilians, and when Lockhart brings up allegations about the case officer who slept with Brody, Saul completely throws her under the bus, the backs over her again. He says that it was outside the agency, that Carrie is”unstable, bipolar, concealed her condition,” and that Carrie concealed from him the fact that she was sleeping with Brody.
Carrie, watching on television from home, is furious and, because she is Carrie, she is also crying.
Brody Watch — On the lam. Whereabouts unknown.
Body Count: Seven, including six civilian terrorists and a kid. We are unfortunately not given a lot of detail on those targets, which made it seem more like a plot contrivance than an organic result of the Langley bombing.
Carrie’s Mental Breakdown Watch: Two mental lapses, the first when she bangs a rando, and the second when she explodes on Saul. There was a third more subdued breakdown when Saul slipped her under the bus tires.
– Who is the leak? Is it Dar Adal? Could it somehow be Quinn?
– Can Saul repair his relationship with Carrie after this? Will he even want to? Can Carrie even operate as a case officer at this point? Or was throwing Carrie under the bus calculated in some way to help Carrie? Did Saul do it in order to either nullify the leak, or to help draw the leak out?
– Why did they have to cast Zach from Dexter, and how could Dana’s relationship with him possibly weave into the main storyline?
– Where’s Mike? I know that he’s on The Blacklist now and not expected to be on Homeland this year, but are they even going to address his absence?
– Not a bad joke, Dana. You may not be worthless this season, after all.
I want more like this!
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