Homeland recap: Trust Issues

Brody launches a major CIA operation, the Peter Quinn mystery deepens, and a new power player emerges
Ep. 09 | Aired Nov 25, 2012

CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? After spending roughly 12 hours under the thumb of Abu Nazir (Navid Negahban), Brody (Damian Lewis) makes a series of phone calls that launches a major CIA effort to take down Abu Nazir. But is that actually just part of Nazir's plan?

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Saul also happens to not be a fool; he knew Quinn would suss out his involvement. When he returned from Philly, he fixed Quinn with a knowing stare that said, "C'mon, kid, don't make me push this any further, just tell me what's going on here." (I loved their opening exchange. Quinn: "Where have you been? You look wasted." Saul: "I'm just old.") Quinn, however, wouldn't budge either, and just went home instead. The next day, when Estes sent him out into the field halfway through the CIA operation, Saul protested. Why send an analyst to liaison with the F.B.I.? "He's wearing two hats today," said Estes, offhandedly speaking the episode's title and the dilemma facing so many of Homeland's characters. Saul was left to press his case directly with Estes, dropping Dar Adal's name and questioning who was really running the operation. "He's here to kill terrorists, Saul," Estes said, barely refraining from rolling his eyes. "Just like all of us."

One of those terrorists: Nicholas Brody. Quinn's task, it turned out, was to double as Brody's driver to the troop homecoming, and execute Brody once Nazir was in custody. Twist! Brody was naturally startled to see Quinn staring back at him, but once Estes called Quinn off, all Quinn could do was reassure Brody that he wasn't there to, you know, kill him. "Believe it or not, I'm your best friend in the world right now," he told Brody. Now, I've spent the better part of this recap slogging through some wild speculation that is likely to blow up in my face, so I'm going to ignore the part of my brain that is screaming with suspicion over whether Quinn really did mean he's Brody's best friend, in that he's actually working against the CIA, in that he's really the CIA mole I've been harping about all season. Nope. Not gonna listen to it at all.

Instead, I will offer this far more straightforward theory: By the end of this season, not only will one of those men be dead, but Quinn will have killed Brody, or Brody will have killed Quinn. For me, at this point, the former would be much more interesting, and satisfying, than the latter. There's just only so far Brody's story can go before it pushes past its sell-by date.

But what do you think? Were all the new facets of Quinn's character introduced to get us to care more about him before he's axed? Or are they a backdoor way of expanding Quinn's character before he replaces Brody as the show's main male protagonist? Do you think Brody can be trusted? And what happened to Danny Galvez?!

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