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Thursday, November 29, 2012
Showtime Homeland "Two Hats" #209" Your Move
“Homeland” season 2 episode 9 is
entitled “Two Hats. Towards the end of the episode we learn that the title
refers to Quinn, but it could just as well be a reference to any number of people
in the show who have secret lives and who might not be just exactly who we
thought they were. I’m naming this episode “Your Move” because I feel like I’m
in a game of three dimensional chess. A player makes a move, another player
responds, and the game unfolds in incredibly complex ways.
CIA team has assembled in their little war-room and they are trying to decide
what to do. Carrie announces that Brody is probably dead. She’s very matter of
fact, intent on proving to everyone that Brody was simply “an asset” to her,
nothing more. Her attitude conveys that the only thing on her mind now is “what
is our next move?”
team decides that their only option now is to bring Roya in. Just then they get
a call from Brody. He asks them to get his family safe. Once he knows that his
family is safe, he will meet with Carrie. When Carrie meets with Brody, the “I’m-a-total-professional-
here- no-emotional-involvement-whatsoever” mask falls. Carrie is clearly relieved
to see Brody alive.
feels the same way about Carrie.After
he is brought back to the war-room and debriefed, he asks Carrie if she believes
hims.She says t she does. He says that
is all that matters to him.
move. Good old Mike is back in the picture. The CIA team knows that they have
to send someone for Brody’s family that Jess and the kids will trust, and
someone who will not arouse the suspicions of any nosy neighbors. Mike tells
Jess and the kids that they have to leave with him right now. Dana kicks up a
fuss. She says, “This is bullshit.”She
appears to be going through a phase where everything that happens elicits that phrase.Mike becomes step-in-daddy again and Dana
falls in line.
all go to a posh apartment “safe house.”Mike is spending the night. Is he there as a marine to protect the
family, or is he there as a friend of the family. That is not clear, but it
soon becomes clear why Jess wants him there. Evidently, there are only two bedrooms
in this apartment, and Jess insists that Mike take one of the bedrooms and she
and the kids will share the other one. Later that night, when the kids are
asleep, Jess makes her move. She sneaks out of the room and goes to Mike’s
room. Mike wakes up when she enters. She lifts her night-gown over her head and
lets it drop to the floor. She stands there naked for a moment, and then slides
under the sheets with Mike. Mike and Jess are re-united—if you know what I
should be much too worried about her husband, or the danger that she and the
kids might be in, for a 2am hookup, but apparently not. So has Jess decided to
leave her husband and resume her relationship with Mike, or is this just “revenge
sex”? Is Jess so angry at Brody for his lies and disappearances and his
association with Carrie despite knowing that he really is involved in a
dangerous CIA mission—that’s why they were all brought to the safe-house—that
she thinks bedding Mike is the way to “get even”? This is the “don’t-get-mad-get-
even” moment of the week. I’m starting to feel bad for Mike. He’s a good guy, a
good friend; I hope he isn’t being used by Jess.
tells Carrie, “I thought I was dead. Brody reported that he had been wired to a
car battery, but they didn’t use it to torture him with electrical shocks. They
simply left him alone in the room for a few hours. Then Nazir entered with tea.
They had a nice little kiss-and-make-up chat. They got down on the floor and
prayed together, Muslim style—but Brody does not tell Carrie about this prayer
session. Brody explains to Nazir that he wavered in his dedication to the cause
because he was blindsided by his feelings for his wife and kids. Nazir tells Brody
that he is essential to the plan.
tells him that the attack will occur at a homecoming ceremony for 300 soldiers
at at a naval base. Vice President Walden will be there. Brody’s job is to get
Walden to agree to have one reporter present—Roya.
Nazir being straight with Brody or is just making a move in this real-life
elaborate chess game? Perhaps he knows that Brody has defected back to the side
of America, and he is giving him dis-information to mislead him and the
game proceeds. The CIA follows Roya and her TV crew.They have stopped at a restaurant. Another
van pulls up to the camera van. Large camera batteries are switched from one
van to the other. The FBI team swoops in; the plot is foiled, and Roya and her
crew are taken into custody. Is it really all over or was this whole operation just
a decoy operation? Nazir is still free. Perhaps Roya was just a pawn to be
sacrificed, and the big move is still to come.
this plot is unfolding, there is a bit of a sub-plot. Call this one, “Who is
Peter Quinn?” It seems Saul has had some doubts about Quinn. He had Virgil and Max,
two trusted agents that have long worked with him and Carrie, check Quinnout.They
follow him and then decide to break into his apartment for a little look-see. They
discover that Quinn’s apartment is as bare as a monk’s cell. “This guy is ready
to bounce at a moment’s notice.” They also find a picture of a woman and a
finds the identity of the woman, and he begins a little game with her. Saul
visits her pretending to be from the IRS investigating Quinn’s tax returns. The
whole purpose of the visit to get her to call Quinn and tell him about the
visit so that Quinn will become concerned that Saul is “on to him” and make a
move. The plan works, Quinn leaves the war-room, takes a bus, takes another bus,
but Saul and his boys keep him under surveillance despite these evasive
the second bus, they see Quinn meet with a man. The man is Dar Adal played by
F. Murray Abraham. Dar Adal is a legend at the CIA, a high level operative. This
raises so many unsettling questions. Why is Quinn involved with him? Why was
Quinn brought in to head up the team? What is Quinn up to? Who is he working
questions become even stronger at the end of the episode.As the capture operation is about to go down,
Estes nods to Quinn. Quinn leaves the room. “Where’s he going?”, Saul
asks.Estes says he is going to liaison
with the FBI.Saul says, “an analyst.”Estes says , “He’s wearing two hats today.”
we see where Quinn has gone. Quinn is driving a limo and is at Brody’s house to
pick him up. Brody get’s to the back seat and he cannot see what we see.Quinn has a gun with a silencer and is about
to shoot Brody. However, just at that moment, he gets a call from Estes informing
him that Nazir has not been captured. Estes says, “We still need him.” The game
is not yet check-mate. Quinn replaces the gun into the glove compartment. Brody
will not die today.
when it looks like the game is won, a whole new game is beginning. It’s three-dimensional
Here's a photo of Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend), Homeland's "Mystery Man."