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Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Showtime's Homeland "Game On" #304
by Catherine Giordano
Saul, Carrie, and Brody are working again--game on
If you hung in until episode four of season three of Showtime’s Homeland you got your reward—the latest
episode “Game On” is making the series work again.
Carrie is all set to be released from the looney bin when at the last
minute the judge hearing her case is informed that as a matter of national
security she cannot be released. Carrie's outraged lawyer vows to appeal as
Carrie is led back to her room.
Later Carrie is released. Was her lawyer’s appeal successful? No it was
her mysterious friend. Carrie returns home and finds her car gone and her bank
accounts and credit cards frozen. She has nowhere to turn so when her
mystery-man turns up she is persuaded to take a meeting.
The mystery man works for an agency who represents the terrorist--just
a respectable businessman with a terrorist for a client. They want to know How
the CIA discovered the six men who were assassinated. Carrie adamantly refuses to help them, but
they convince her that the CIA has turned against her. They want her dead.
Carrie can see the truth in this so she takes a fat envelope of money. But she
has conditions. She will not reveal her assets in the field and she will speak
only with the top guy himself. The deal
In the final scene, Carrie shows up at Saul’s home, after using “every
trick in the book” to make sure she was not followed. She falls into Saul’s arms and says “It
worked, Saul. They picked me up this morning.”
This is the “dancing-John le Carré-style” moment of the week. Remember Carré’s novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. The protagonist is a former spy who
has become a worthless drunk. He’s ripe
to be turned, and he is, but it turns out it was all a set up to get him inside
enemy lines, so to speak.
Saul and Carrie are after the CIA bombing mastermind, Maji Javadi. Carrie
is poised to get inside enemy lines, but at a painful personal cost. She has
spent weeks in the psych ward and now she must endure the risks and stress of
being undercover. She’s like a frayed
rope and all Saul has to offer is a cup of tea. But at least we learn that
Saul, everybody’s favorite huggy-bear spy has not thrown Carrie to the wolves
to save himself and that Carrie has not become a traitor. It’s been the long
con ever since Carrie tried to tell all to the newspaper reporter, if not even
Back in everyday life, Brody’s wife Jessica is back with Mike again—so far
he appears to be only the good friend, but I know things will heat up between
them again. Mike isn’t causing any
trouble yet—that appears to be daughter, Dana’s, balliwick.
Dana has run off in her mother’s car and sprung her boyfriend, Leo, from
the rehab facility. Just two crazy kids on the run. on a getting-to-know you
tour. First they visit the base where Dana last saw her father as he was
leaving for Afghanistan. She reports that he was happy to go. Next they go to
visit the grave of Leo’s younger (by less than a year) brother, who killed
Funny thing. It may not have been a suicide. It turns out that Leo may
have been in rehab because he murdered his brother. I thought Dana was going to
bring trouble down on Leo like she did with her last boyfriend. But, it may be
just the opposite.
One more funny thing. As Saul and Fara follow the terrorist money
trail, it appears to lead to Caracas.
And who just happens to be in Caracas? Brody. So the thugs who are
holding Brody may be doing it for Carrie, but not because they are her friends.
He is being saved in order to be used against Carrie.
The series is working once again. The gears are turning. A plot is in
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