As Carrie tracks Brody, Ned Martel will be tracking their every move in weekly recaps of Showtime’s Emmy Award-winning series “Homeland.” Check back each Monday morning to join the conversation on one of TV’s best nailbiters.
Q&A: it’s not just this recap’s format, but also the name of Sunday’s episode.
So what was the most important question Carrie got an answer to?
Arguably, Carrie (Claire Danes) answered her own question: could she ever admit how much she loved Brody? She was both playing him AND speaking her truth, to put it in California terms. “There I said it, I’m still alive,” she said, as a confession of her pain and love. Actually, Carrie did drop the L-bomb on the guy in the hotel room last time, but in this outrageously entertaining tete-a-tete, she plumbed the depths of her emotions to see if they were reciprocated.
Well, are his emotions similarly deep?
It’s hard to tell. Damian Lewis is a very good actor playing a very good actor. We have seen Brody hold VERY TIGHT to his role under questioning, but he did seem to turn. It was in his watery blue (and red) eyes. He started giving her the answers she was seeking. But was it genuine? Is it possible to fake such vulnerability? If you’re that emotionally naked, can you still come up with a scrim to cloak yourself?
Wait, you’re supposed to be answering. So did she crack him?
Well, let’s put it this way: She found that he has a very deep well of emotions. We can’t figure out something crucial. There’s a possibility that when she called down that well, all we were hearing were the echoes of her voice.
OK, what are you talking about?
Under a massive interrogation, Carrie played to his better angels. She had her own boss (and possible future love interest) ready to pounce on the guy and gouge his hand or whatever else, but this former POW knows something about pain and resistance. He survived eight years in enemy hands; now it’s his first day in American captivity, so we might not expect him to break so soon. Maybe he knows it’ll ultimately be easier to maneuver in their care, or at least Carrie’s care.
But this is also “Homeland,” where action happens at a break-neck -- break-hand pace -- anyway. So does that mean he was playing her?
Well, he did get what he wanted: a form of freedom. Brody has to return to his family and act as a sort of double-agent. And Carrie has offered him a possible safe-house, under her bed covers, should he want to make the cover story happen. And she means HAPPEN.
So who’s in love with whom?
She clearly was. Not clear if she is now. He clearly was at least hot for her, but also said in retrospect that they were basically playing each other.
By saying she now wants more, is she pushing it?
Yes! The world was in danger and he was a terrorist, but she felt something big. And now she is launching an epic let’s-talk-about-our-relationship exchange when he is literally a captive and she’s in total power. He once accused her of being a stalker, but it’s much easier to be one when the government has handcuffed him to the desk across from her.