Most of this season of Homeland has been slow. Deliberately slow, but slow and uninteresting nonetheless.
You can't accuse this week's episode of being slow. A lot of things happen. Plot lines are set up for future episodes. But is any of it vaguely interesting? Unfortunately, not in the slightest.
The Javadi Situation
At the beginning of the episode, Javadi has no idea what Saul's true plans are for him. He quickly turns down the offer to turn double agent, but when Saul threatens to send him home as a traitor, Javadi realizes he truly is trapped and agrees to work with Saul and Carrie.
Getting Javadi on board is half the battle. Saul also has to deal with Lockhart. He luckily has help from Dar Adal who, despite what I thought last week, has not been clued into the true plan all season long. He even at the beginning of the episode tells Quinn that he hopes he's caught by the authorities who are investigating the murder of Javadi's ex-wife.
Dar Adal confronts Saul when he comes back to the CIA saying, "I thought we trusted each other." Saul decides to start trusting him and even brings him into a meeting with Lockhart later that day.
Saul tells Lockhart about recruiting Javadi, but he wants him arrested immediately. Saul says no, saying he's the one in charge of the CIA for the next two weeks and that it'll be more effective to get a mole inside Iran.
"You sound like you're f***ing high," Lockhart says.
Saul then locks him in a conference room. And turns out the light. It's funny -- for a moment -- but then you wonder if that kind of humor belongs on a show as serious as Homeland.
"Wrong Crime, Right Guy"
Javadi's murder of his ex-wife and her ... friend? ... does not go unforgotten this week as both Saul and Quinn are left scrambling -- Saul needs to finish making the deal with Javadi before the Iranians are alerted to the fact he's in America and Quinn because he was caught on a security camera near the scene of the crime.
Carrie tries to use a connection on the police force to make the crime scene go away, but the captain, played by veteran actor Clark Johnson, won't give it up.
Quinn is forced to go down and talk with the cops directly. He even tries to skip to a confession, knowing that the CIA will eventually take care of anything. Johnson's character is annoyed and says, "Have you people ever done anything that hasn't made things worse?" At the end of the day, though, Quinn walks away.
He expresses his guilt over the murder of the young boy in the season premiere to Carrie later in the episode. He almost wanted to get arrested for the murder of Javadi's ex wife because, as he tells Carrie, "Wrong crime, right guy."
Carrie then recruits Quinn to help prove that Brody wasn't the bomber. Again, shades of "wrong crime, right guy." (Brody killed the VP but didn't bomb Langley according to Javadi. However, Bennett, the lawyer from a few episodes back, knows exactly who did.)
It sounds like this plot line is going to drive the rest of the season. If the payoff is that Brody is somehow inexplicably the bomber after all ... now that would be exciting.
--Is there any purpose at all to Fara expressing unhappiness and shock over the fact that the plan all along was to make Javadi a double agent? Are we supposed to think, like her, that the team is going too far? Because if so, that doesn't come across since she's such a thin character and since, honestly, I can't help but agree with what Saul's trying to do.
--The episode is called "Gerontion." I assume it refers to this poem
, but I don't understand how it can.
--I still can't muster any interest in the fact that Mira is cheating on Saul with "her friend in Mumbai" even as he tells her he loves her. Does anyone in the audience out there actually care about that?
Homeland airs Sundays at 9pm on Showtime.
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