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Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Showtime Homeland "I'll Fly Away" #208 Losing It
by Catherine Giordano
“Homeland” season 2 episode 8 is
entitled “I’ll Fly Away”.I naming the
episode “Loosing It.” The characters literally get lost in that people who
should know where they someone is, don’t know where someone is.I also mean losing it in the sense of losing
one’s sanity, losing one’s temper, losing one’s will to fight on. The main
action in this episode involves Carrie and Brody finding each other and losing
each other, both literally and metaphorically.
is supposed to meet with Roya. But he is busy having a screaming match with
Jess, his wife. Dana has gone missing, and she blames Brody and his “secret
mission wit the CIA. She tells him that he has to tell the CIA to back off. Brody loses it and screams, “I can’t, I can’t.
then the phone rings, Dana has gone to Mike’s house. Dana and Mike had become
close when he was seeing Jess before Brody returned. When you’re a teenager and
Mom and Dad are pissing you off, it is nice to have a Dad-in-waiting to pick up
Brody doesn’t leave his house, Carrie goes in and finds him sitting on the
floor in a corner. He’s pretty much lost his will to live. He tells Carrie that
he doesn’t care what happens to him, he just can’t do this double-agent routine
anymore. Carrie talks him into getting up and going to the meeting.
meets with Roya, but he loses it again. He asks her for answers and she won’t
tell him anything. He begins shouting at her about how stressed he is. He
shouts “I’m through” and he storms off.
the leader of the CIA team working with Brody, says “We have to bring him in.
This thing is over.”After Brody walks
away from Roya, Carrie, who is in a surveillance van, tells her associates to
strop tracking Brody. She chases after Brody and finds him, but the CIA has
lost surveillance on both of them. This buys her a little time to try to turn
drives Brody to a motel near a lake. She continues to try to persuade him to
call Roya, and get back into the good graces of the terrorists. “You’d be a
real hero,” she tells him. “This deal is the way out for both of us.”She means that Brody will not be prosecuted,
and she will be able to be a hero also and return to the CIA. She knows that if
this operation is not successful, Brody is ruined, but so is she.
tells Carrie that he has burned every bridge— with Nazir, with the CIA, with
his family. He says, “I’m more alone now than I ever was in that hole in Iraq.”
He’s sure that he has been replaced in the plot, and he is glad to be done.
“I’ll finally be able to stop lying to everyone.”
says, “You are not all alone.” She kisses him. They make love. For a long time.
this time the CIA has established an audio connection. Saul guessed that she
went to a “safe harbor site where she knew I would find her.” They all listen
in to the grunts and moans of love-making until Saul cuts the audio.
next morning Brody calls Roya. He tries to get Roya to take him back. “I’m
under a lot of pressure,” he explains, “I have troubles at home. I just lost it
yesterday.”He explains that he wants to
continue with the mission. Roya is cold to him.
tells Brody that he doesn’t have to feel alone. He can talk to her if it gets
to be too much. They share a tender moment. Is Carrie for real or not?Does she love Brody or is she just using him
to accomplish her mission? I think Carrie is lost in a confusing web of
conflicting emotions. She tells Saul and Quinn that she is not emotionally
involved—she is just doing her job. She took Brody to a motel where the CIA
could find her—that’s the CIA agent acting. But the love-making? Is that just
to control Brody or is it because she loves him? I think a little bit of both. Saul
warns her that things did not work out well for her the last time she got
emotionally involved with Brody.
CIA is tracking Brody again. Brody meets with Roya in a parking garage. Roya
tells Brody to turn the car around and drive.
CIA team follows cautiously. Roya brings Brody to a deserted field on a lonely
road.It has gotten dark, and the team
can’t see what is happening. Carrie is ordered to stay back, but she insists on
doing a drive-by to catch a glimpse of what is happening. They see that Brody
and Roya have been joined by a third man, the unidentified terrorist that Roya
met with several episodes ago and who shot up the “tailor shop.”
is again ordered to stay back, but she leaves the van and approaches on foot. A
helicopter lands, and Brody is strong-armed into the helicopter. The helicopter
flies away with Brody on board.
is standing in the middle of the field screaming, “We’re losing him. You have
to track it.” As the helicopter leaves, she stands there screaming, “He’s gone.
He’s just gone.” She’s lost it.
is brought to some kind of hanger or warehouse. A car drives in. A man gets out
of the car—it is Nazir. The episode ends with Brody and Nazir face- to-face. No
words have yet been spoken.
the CIA able to track the helicopter?If
not, they have lost Brody again.
is having a crisis of her own. When Jess arrives to take her home, she asks if
she can stay with Mike. This is the “this-is-a-little-weird” moment of the
week.I know he is a stand-in Dad, but
isn’t it a little strange to let a teen-aged girl sleep over at the apartment
of a bachelor?
next morning Dana asks Mike to take her to the house of the woman that was the
victim of the hit-and-run.Mike waits in
the car as Dana goes to the house.She
meets that daughter of the dead woman. The daughter is holding a crying baby on
her hip—the baby is one of her two younger sisters. She immediately recognizes
Dana as the girl she met at the hospital and she puts two and two together.
loses it. She berates Dana. She tells Dana that she must not go to the
police.Things have been taken care of.
She has been given money not to pursue anything about her mother’s death. She
needs this money to care for her sisters. She warns Dana not to mess things up
is lost. She has issues with her mother and father. She is confused and hurt
and angry. She has gotten a lesson about how “might makes right” and as a girl
who was brought up with values, this sudden revelation of how the world works
has affected her deeply. She goes home to her mother and falls into her arms
sobbing because she will not be able to confess.
is lost, and found, and then lost again. Everyone is lost in more ways than
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