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After only two episodes of its second season, it is crystal clear that Homeland is going to keep coming at viewers with non-stop pulse-pounding and surprising television.

Between the meet-gone-bad with Abu Nazir, Carrie running for her life through the streets, the Marines questioning what happened with Tom Walker and that final video clip Saul started watching, "Beirut is Back" was a perfect example of this show at its Emmy-winning best.

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Let us begin with the fact Carrie was indeed right about her intel. Her instincts were correct, which means she's even closer to her old self. That certainly isn't to say that she's back at the top of her game. As she noted, being wrong about Brody f*cked her up.

Listening to her talk about that, and then watching her go up on the roof during a major freak out, was disconcerting. In just one short season, it has been incredibly easy to let Carrie Mathison into our lives. Witnessing her struggle so much shouldn't be easy on us.

The worst part is the dramatic irony in knowing that she wasn't wrong. No matter how many times he says that he isn’t and even if he believes it, Brody IS a terrorist. If you text the leader of a terrorist organization to save his life from American agents, by the transitive property, you are a terrorist.

How about that scene?!?! A Congressman in line to be the next Vice President of the United States was in a room with the current V.P. and the joint chiefs, and he texted a warning to the man they were waiting to see murdered by American soldiers. I was absolutely hysterical during that moment.

And that's what Homeland does so well. It has been so great at creating this world as our reality that it is so easy to get sucked in. That's exactly why that moment was so difficult and yet so joyous to watch. It's exhilarating television.

But just when you thought the action would have to take a break, Homeland didn't. That tense moment led right into Saul and the gang getting pushed around in the car and Carrie running for her life through the streets of Beirut. It was pretty infuriating that the dude just let her run back into the house. I know he basically saved her later, but how do you not just shove her back into the car and drive away?

Thankfully Carrie did go back into that house though, because - slap me sideways - it created one shocking final moment of "Beirut is Back." Homeland's not pulling punches, and it's not slowing down. Saul watched that video of Brody. Yup, that happened.

Screw this slow build business. Homeland comes out of the gates hard and fast. Saul watching that video may create a situation I never thought would arise this early in Season 2. People might know, and what are they going to do about it?

On top of all that, Brody's buddies are now coming to him almost like an angry mob in search of answers. Why on earth did Tom Walker miss his shots? And how did he die? I get the questioning of how the marksman missed so many shots, but I don't get why they think Brody could find answers on a conspiracy.

Even if Brody had the correct clearance, and the shot on that day was a distraction (which it was), why would the U.S. Government have known about the secret plan of terrorism? Whatever the case may be, it was awesome watching Brody throw Tom Walker under the bus for no longer being a marine. He was also talking about himself...and it was haunting.

"Beirut is Back" was also filled with Jessica getting in deep with the V.P.'s wife, and Dana getting in deep with the V.P.'s son. Both of those relationships should prove to make things interesting down the line. For now just let us know what you loved most about this week's episode in the comments.

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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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What the heck... hamra and beirut are great places not the stinky things we see in this program. You show israel ugly places and call them Lebanon. Please check what hamra is before you write your stories.

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johny, i don´t think that the show is anyhow insulting to islam, it just shows how people in the US think about it and it depicts it quite well! do you think a muslim would become a congressman or the VP?! common! its all about "christian family" values. you cant be a muslim or, god forbid, an atheist!!:)) the wifes reaction was all about ruining their chances for big politics.

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The text message scene was almost as stupid as the "secure" communication over Skype. Skype? Get real.

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Claire Danes is HAWT! No wonder this show won multiple Emmy awards. Damien Lewis performances are a joy to watch for me. I'm holding on for a wild ride this season. I agree, the text message being sent from that room was foul. The actors performances was stellar. Keep it coming!

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Furthermore, it has been sad to see the use of head scarfs everywhere on men and women in Beirut. Considering all the Lebanese women, the ones with a head scarf will not exceed 5% of the population, this is not Saudi Arabia where woman have to be covered and veiled. Yet almost every single woman wore a head scarf. Also, males in Lebanon do not wear any sort of scarfs or long "thobs" as their clothes. Lastly, it's sad to see them depict Islam as if it were a terrorist religion. Truly disappointing, mainly the scenes where Brody's wife flips out when she finds out he's a muslim and the classroom reaction to Brody's daughter saying her dad is a muslim. In both scenes you could feel that the show is saying Islam = Terrorism, and this is so so disappointing.

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I absolutely love this show, one of the best I've ever watched to be frank based on quality of writing and acting. HOWEVER, I was very very disappointed with the depiction of Beirut in these 2 episodes. Beirut looks nothing like it has been shown on TV, it's a mostly modern city full of traffic and people, and nothing to do with the desert or war-torn city that appeared on TV. That looked more like a tiny neighborhood in Iraq or Afghanistan, rather than Beirut. Furthermore, they used of all streets: Hamra street, which is one of the upscale areas in Beirut that's full of restaurants, bars, hotels, and apartment buildings. They showed it to be a dead neighborhood, something maybe that you can only find in Afghanistan. This was extremely disappointing, if they had simply chose some small neighborhood in the north or south of Lebanon, it may have been half believable, but to choose the capital city of Lebanon and depict it so wrongly, I considered this as really low quality depiction of a city. Not only that, but then they depicted the Lebanese people wearing weird scarfs, and all the ladies had religious head scarfs on which also is incorrect as only a few minority where these religious scarfs. The last thing which has been disappointing about this season is the depiction of Islam as a terrorist religion, as when Brody's wife completely flips that her husband is a Muslim as if this alone means he's a killer/terrorist. Or that interaction in the class where Brody's daughter says her father is a Muslim and everyone laughs or is shocked as if she just said her father is a terrorist. This is really unfortunate.

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Anyone else notice that they sat Brodie in a similar spot to where President Obama is sitting in the picture of the Situation Room that was taken during the Bin Laden raid? Were they foreshadowing, or am I just going all Carrie Mathison on it?!? The texting was a bit of a reach, but it is an entertainment program, not a documentary. If that is the worst leap of logic that this show produces, I'm OK with that! Absolutely wonderful television.

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Loved it...had me at the edge of my seat and wishing i could pay anything to download all of season 2 today...Carrie was absolutely flawless in her mental struggle and Brody too...I am still waiting for the twist to be Brody turning CIA informant and Saul turning double agent...I am pretty sure this will unfold...

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Great drama, and let me say edge of your couch drama plus ten and crazy, crazy Carrie! Has anyone ever been so good at letting us inside what it's like to be bi-polar, inside a bi-polar job on a bi-polar mission. Or should we simply call it well-placed determination or everything else be damned? Whatever it is, KUDOS to Claire Danes for skills that go far beyond acting and a show that goes far beyond entertainment. No wonder the President watches this show as in some ways it must mirror at least some of his days and nights in the White House! Can you say Osama Bin Laden? This nail-biting episode was almost too much to take, with the crowd circling the SUV with that poor Muslim woman who had just betrayed her own husband for all the right reasons, and crazy Carrie off into the fray in search of God knows what-how would she possibly survive, especially within that Bi-polar haze at its zenith. Geesh! Ahhhh, but then the little micro chip is found and Saul sees and knows all. Carrie was right all along and you have made her crazy, Saul. YOU! Can we trust him? I'm unsure who's side he is on but I cannot wait for the next episode to find out WTF is up...with everything. NEVER have I waited with so much anxiety for the next episode of any show as I do with Homeland. I guess "May 1" means get out of Dodge fast...and silly me, I kept thinking he would dash out of the room and do something. Little did I know it would be so easy to put the kibosh on the whole setup. DAMN, Damn Dayum! (Bring it on Dayum, let's hear your review on Homeland)! Oh, and please, give me a break about his being taken into the "secure room." You're right, it probably wouldn't have happened that way, BUT this is NOT a reality show, it riveting television entertainment. It's called taking a little artistic creative license-so, sue them! I'd rather keep watching and reeling with Carrie, thank you! Oh crap...did I drop my pill under the bed again????

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Ok, ok, mechanics of plot were not really credible but the episode had me on the edge of my seat anyway. That Brody is one piece of very nasty work. Kudos for the performance.

Homeland Season 2 Episode 2 Quotes

It fucked me up...being wrong about Brody. It fucked me up.

Carrie

I can't be texting secret messages when I'm surrounded by the fucking joint chiefs!

Brody
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