Homeland recap: Sitting Duck

Carrie breaks down over Saul's betrayal, while Saul tries to follow the money trail behind the Langley bombing
Ep. 02 | Aired Oct 6, 2013

SORRY'S NOT GOING TO CUT IT, SAUL If only it were that easy. Saul's actions in the premiere have destroyed his relationship with Carrie, leaving her with nowhere to turn (and no one to turn to). He says it's all part of a plan, but how will the pieces fall into place?

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Let's revisit Peter Quinn. He has always seemed like a background player, there to move the action along and provide a healthy dose of suspense while the drama surrounding Carrie, Brody and Saul plays out. But with Brody gone, and Carrie and Saul playing their game of betrayal, Quinn's coming into the spotlight, starting with this episode.

Sure, he spends multiple scenes as a spectator, simply sitting in the background and absorbing information, but he takes strides into handling the overall situation on his own terms. Not only does he visit and advise Carrie in the hospital (only to be spurned by her, of course), he attends her hearing and watches her struggle with the orderlies, drops by Saul and Fara's meeting with the bankers, and then confronts Saul about how they're handling Carrie.

"She didn't lose it; we did that to her," Quinn insists to Saul. "I want you to know what's going on here is not okay with me... When this is all over, I'm out." Though it may seem like Saul is losing an ally, Quinn is practically putting himself in the crosshairs if he decides to quit or even goes rogue. Plus, he's distraught over the accidental killing of the child in Caracas, which is making him lose his cool, for lack of a better word. He goes so far as to track down the corrupt banker who dismissed Fara, and threatens him outside a restaurant by giving him an ultimatum -- give up the information about the wire transfers or, well, die -- which forces the banker's hand. Quinn is stepping outside his boundaries, to say the least, and all of this makes me think he's going to be in trouble soon. He's becoming an enemy to himself, even if his motives are noble.

That said, his troubles are nothing compared to Carrie's. No matter what she does, she can't win: When she's in front of the committee lying her way through their questions, she gets thrown under the bus. When she wants to reveal the truth, no one believes her. And now we see her strapped to a gurney in a horror film-like setting near the end of the episode, being injected with sedatives. By the time she wakes up, she can barely string two words together, and sits limply in a hospital lounge, blankly watching the news. The camera lingers over her and her sunken eyes before revealing the moment we've been waiting for all episode: Saul appearing in the lobby to visit Carrie.

He crouches by her chair and whispers, "Carrie, I am so sorry."

She turns to look at him. "F--k... You... Saul..." she responds, glaring at him, jaw clenched, before turning away, her expression betraying her hurt and humiliation. Behind her, Saul closes his eyes.

The scene barely lasts a minute, but it's enough to show how irreparable Carrie and Saul's relationship has become. I don't know how the show's going to play this out, but I'm hoping Carrie's not trapped in psychiatric detention for too long. As for Saul, he better hope that his plan works so that, as he says, it will all have been worth it.

We end the episode with Carrie under scrutiny, Dana getting a small sense of freedom, and Quinn starting to pull the strings. And as always, there are many other questions left: Again, where is Brody? (Also, where is Virgil?) What's Fara's role in this beyond tracking the funds? Who exactly is Javadi? What is Quinn thinking? What is it about Leo that makes me want to get him as far away from Dana as possible? Will Chris Brody ever get more than three lines in an episode? Discuss in the comments below.

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