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Monday, November 12, 2012
Showtime “Homeland “The Clearing” #207 "Clear and Unclear"
“The Clearing” is the title of
Showtime’s “Homeland”, season
2 episode 7. It I may take the liberty of a little play on words, I’m entitling
this review, “Clear and Unclear.”
is clear that a terrorist attack is coming, but when and where and what is still as unclear as ever.Roya intercepts Brody as he is jogging in the
park and tells him “it’s close.” And that is all he, the CIA, and we the
identity of the man who met with Roya by the fountain is still unclear. The CIA
thought they had cleared this up, but it all went wrong. Here’s what
happened.Saul goes to visit Aileen, an
American woman, who is in prison. She had been part of a terrorist cell and
Saul established a relationship with her when she surrendered to him in Mexico
where she had been hiding from terrorists who wanted to kill her. This involved
a long road trip, just the two of them together.
visits Aileen in an interrogation room of the prison in the hopes of
identifying the person who met with Roya. Saul shows her a photo and Aileen
says she knows him. Aileen has been kept in a basement cell in the prison in
isolation so she makes a deal with Saul to reveal the identity of the man in
exchange for being moved to a cell with a window. Saul agrees. But the warden
doesn’t. It is a bit of a turf war. The warden says that he is the boss in his
prison, and he doesn’t have to do anything for the CIA. Saul says he will get
an order from the attorney general. However, there is a delay in doing this
since the attorney general cannot be immediately reached.
the meantime, Saul, because he is a good man and because he wants to ensure
that Aileen remains co-operative, allows her to stay in the interrogation room.
This is a treat for Aileen because the room has a window. Saul even brings in
some “contraband”—a small bottle of wine, some good bread and cheese.
the order from the AJ comes through, and Aileen gives them the name and address
of the man in the photo. The CIA team storms the house of the suspect only to
find that the man who lives there is not the man in the photo. Saul is still at
the prison when he gets the news. He’s puzzled, why did Aileen lie? Suddenly,
it’s clear to him, and he races back to the interrogation room. There he finds
Aileen on the floor in a pool of blood. She had slit her wrists with the glass
from the reading glasses that Saul had lent her so she could read the agreement
that would allow her to have a cell with a window.She dies in Saul’s arms. She killed herself
because she could not bear to live out her life in prison.
nothing is cleared up about the identity of the man with whom Roya met. Perhaps
it is not even important whom she met with. The CIA doesn’t know and neither do
meets with Mike. She once again tries to make it clear to him that he must
cease and desist his investigation into the death of Tom Walker. She tells him
is too emotional because of his involvement with Jess, Brody’s wife. She tells
him the best thing he can do for himself and for Jess is to stay away from her.
Will Mike take this advice? I tend to doubt it.
is a big fund-raiser event at the home of a rich backer of Walden for President
campaign, a man named Owen. The Walden family is there, the Brody family is
there, together with a bunch of donors. It appears to be an all-day pool party.
A woman starts asking Brody some insensitive questions about his time as a POW.
It makes Brody uncomfortable. Owen gets Brody alone and apologizes for the “lookie-loos.”
He explains that he was a Navy man, and he had experiences similar to those of
Brody. He understands.
says, “Just don’t call me a hero. All I did was not die.” Owen says that he
doesn’t care much for Walden. He is only supporting Walden because he’s looking
eight years down the road for when Brody can run for president. Brody insists
that he is not the man for the job. The host thinks that he is just being
that evening, Owen makes a little speech to the donors. He talks about Brody
more than Walden. Much to Walden’s annoyance, he makes it clear that he wants
Walden to choose Brody as his running mate.
calls Brody and says that she is in a nearby clearing. She tells Brody to take
a walk and gives him directions to the clearing. She tells him that she has spoken
to Mike and he will leave it alone. One small question:Couldn’t she have just told him that on the
phone?Of course she could. One thing is
clear, she takes every opportunity to see Brody in person.
thing is clear. Brody is under a lot of stress. He has to constantly lie. Lie
to Jess. Lie to Walden. Lie to Roya. Carrie may be the one person in his life
that he does not have to lie to. He tells Carrie about his conversation with
Owen. He feels a lot of guilt because he is not the man that Owen is. He says, “Owen
believes that I am like him. That guy is the man I could have been if I hadn’t
lost myself.”The lies and guilt are
getting to Brody.
takes his hand. They look at each other for a long time. Then they are swept up
into a kiss. It’s not clear who “swept” first. It appears it is simultaneous.Brody is unclear about whether he can trust
Carrie. He asks, “Is this for real? Are you just handling me?
replies, “Brody, I don’t know.I don’t
want you to feel used.”
answers, “I feel used and lied to. I also feel good. Two minutes with you and I
feel good.How do you pull that off?More kisses and Brody leaves.It is clear that both Brody and Carrie are
unclear about their relationship.
president Walden’s son has been drinking the dregs from glasses left on
tables.Dana, Brody’s daughter, has been
pestering him about the two of them telling their parents about the
hit-and-run. Fin’s mother sees them arguing, and Dana blurts out the truth to
her. Mrs. Walden immediately escorts them into the house.Jess is brought into the room.
feels that they must go to the police with this information. Mrs. Walden tries
to dissuade her. “You are new to the world stage. Leave it to me.I’ll take care of it.You have to follow my lead here.”Jess does not like what she is hearing and
says she has to talk to Brody.
VP Walden gets the news from his wife, he complains, ”Why does that kid always
get into trouble.” Then he blames Dana.He
says that Estes will take care of the DC metro police. Mrs. Walden tells him, “We
have to worry about Jess.”
tells Brody, “We should not be benched by this. It’s a moving train and a screw-up
by a couple of teenagers is not going to change that.”
decides to go with Dana to the police. Carrie is sent to intercept Brody at the
police station. She pulls him aside and tells him, “You can’t do this. You won’t
have a deal if you do this.” Dana is angry and surly when she sees Dana, and
especially when her father tells her that they will not be talking to the
police today. They will do it sometime “down the line.”Dana marches off, where to, is not clear.
small question: Why are Brody and Jess and Dana are all so intent on confessing
right this minute? This is the “This–just-does-not-make-any–sense” moment of
the week. The prudent thing to do would be to consult with a lawyer, and, should
they decide to confess, to be accompanied by the lawyer when they confess. Are they unclear about how this will ruin all
of their lives? Perhaps Jess and Dana
have a strong sense of right and wrong. Perhaps Brody, who so enmeshed in lies,
must finally get on the side of truth.
this will all play out is not clear at all. Is Dana going to confess on her own? Will Dana tell Jess that Brody met with Carrie? Will Mike back off? Will they find the out who Roya met with? Will Brody and Carrie resume their affair? will the terroist attack be thwarted? Is Walden the target? Can Brody navigatethrough all his lies? Perhaps it will all be clear next week.
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