That is Saul's endgame. He wants the Iran regime to be changed. Of course, he only has nine days left before Senator Lockhart takes over as the DCI, so whether or not he's going to be able to pull it off seems dubious. But I for one applaud this big idea for Homeland to tackle, even if they spend most of this episode on the "Brody storyline."
The Hunt for the Bomber
The majority of the episode is spent on the search for the Langley bomber, which Saul and Carrie want for very different reasons. Saul wants to close the book on that case, while Carrie wants to prove Brody's innocence -- at any cost.
Since Leland Bennett, the lawyer who first arranged the meeting between Carrie and Javadi, knows the location of the bomber, Saul sends in Dar Adal to talk to him -- apparently, they're old friends.
Dar Adal tells Bennett that he should cooperate with them, but he refuses. "Come after me if you want," he says. "I've got nothing to hide."
Carrie then meets up with Bennett's partner, Paul Franklin, who wants to know about the inquiry that Dar Adal told Bennett about. They, of course, have no idea that Carrie and Dar Adal are working together.
Franklin admits that the bomber is in America, but after he's unable to get more information out of Carrie, he calls Bennett to tell him that the CIA is tracking the bomber. Bennett instructs him to give the bomber a new identity and get him out of the country.
Carrie, Quinn and the team follow Franklin only to discover that Franklin is there to kill the bomber. Carrie wants to save his life to help prove Brody's innocence, but Dar Adal, who is leading the operation, refuses. He knows that if Carrie does so, both her cover and Javadi's will be blown.
She ignores orders, however, and Quinn is forced to shoot her to prevent her from interrupting Franklin as he does indeed kill the bomber.
While Franklin cleans up the body, Carrie is taken to an ambulance with Quinn. She was shot in the upper left bicep, but she's bleeding more than they expected. She's also suspicious because she doesn't understand why Saul isn't there.
The reason he's not there? He's heading towards the tower where Brody is.
It's a shocking ending, to be sure -- though I really wish they wouldn't have spent a good three to four minutes of Saul walking inside the tower since we all knew exactly where he was and who he was going to find there.
But the implications of that scene will likely reverberate for the rest of the season. How long did Saul know Brody was there? Was he even the one who arranged for his cover or was it Carrie? And more important, what does he have planned for Brody?
Fara's Home Life
This week, we finally get some insight into Fara. She lives with, or at least takes care of, a disabled father who doesn't like to speak English and thinks she works at an investment bank.
When someone from the CIA comes to confront Fara about calling out sick -- she apparently is feeling very uneasy about the current state of the mission, as she indicated to her colleagues last week -- her father is furious that she's working for an intelligence group. Especially since they have family that are still in Iran.
Fara says, "I'm an American," and basically says her duty lies with her adopted country.
It's a very intriguing idea for Homeland to tackle what could be a very culturally sensitive idea, but Fara still remains a mostly unknown character, despite these attempts to show her outside of the "office."
But I'll be patient and see how this story plays out -- it would be especially interesting if her father was correct and her extended family in Iran is directly impacted by what Saul and the team are up to.
Other Random Thoughts
-- This week's episode title, "A Red Wheelbarrow," also refers to a poem, just like last week's.
-- Carrie sees her doctor and confirms a number of things that should have been shocking, but are treated as if they're minor plot points. Within the space of two minutes, we learn that she was drinking and taking medication after she knew she was pregnant. And that she seems pretty certain that Brody is the father.
-- Mira decides to stop seeing her other man and tells him she wants to work on her marriage with Saul.
-- So how long before Lockhart is DCI will Saul get fired? About five minutes? While conflict can be interesting, the Lockhart character is way, way too much of the cliche jerk boss that stands in the way of our "hero" character. Hopefully, when he takes over, they'll start to flesh out the character.
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