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Homeland Review: Confession of a Teenage Drama Queen

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While "The Clearing" was a bit slower in pace - there were no explosions or deaths for a change - the seventh episode of Homeland Season 2 reaffirmed its place as one of the best dramas on television.

Last Sunday, after "Gettysburg Address," I was worried that Dana and Finn's story line was a waste of time and a distraction to the story. I was pleasantly pleased that it quickly acted as a major problem for many of our key players.

Brody and Dana

I can't believe I doubted Homeland's abilities; this is not 24. Dana blurting out what happened, which in itself was hilarious because of the speed she did it at, severely fractured her relationship with Finn. That was a given.

It also caused major issues between the Brodys and the Waldens, which again, wasn't too surprising.  he political veterans decided to brush it under the rug, while the newbies wanted to bring the information to the cops. That makes sense.

The genius part of it all was bringing Carrie into the fold. If they somehow intertwine Carrie, Brody and Dana more than they just did in that scene near the end of the hour, things could get really interesting.

Unlike what I thought might be the case with this story, it turned out that Finn running over that lady with his car might have changed the paths of numerous characters on Homeland. In other words, it was extremely important to the show's success. This was not Kim Bauer.

And then there's always Damian Lewis, of course. There were a few Brody scenes in a row that proved how just great this guy is.

I loved watching Brody shrug off the ridiculous questions from the Newpsie-esque woman by the pool. As he began to take his shirt off for a swim, I wondered if he seriously forgot what his body would look like to the rest of the guests, or if was making a statement to that idiot of a woman. What do you think?

Lewis backed that up with the great "I'm not that man" comments to the head fundraiser. Brody did everything but say "Sorry, I'm a terrorist," and the frustration Lewis portrayed was just shy of brilliant.

Finally, there was the wide range of emotions he showed off with Carrie in the woods. Like the two characters making out, I didn't know which actions and emotions were real, which were manufactured, and which were somewhere in between because of the circumstances they were in. The subtle introspection, as he backed away from her lips, was fantastic. Well done, sir.

Brody also got pretty heated in the final moments at the jailhouse when Carrie stopped him and Dana from turning the young girl in. But in that case, I was angry at him more than anything else. "None of this is okay!" he screamed at Carrie. Yeah, sure pal, but it is all happening because you are a terrorist, so you have no right to get made about anything. Shut up, and do what you're told.

It ended up being a dead end, because Aileen was just playing him for a day of sunlight and the chance to kill herself, but it was fun watching Saul work her for information when I thought she was buying it. Then again, maybe it was because I kept thinking of Bill Hader's impression from SNL the other night.

I thought it was slower than most of the hours we've watched this fall, but "The Clearing" was just as intriguing as ever. What did you all think of this week's Homeland? What were your favorite moments? Did any stories miss the mark?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.0 / 5.0
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Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.

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I love this show and the scene in the woods was the best I have ever seen!
But I am starting to get annoyed by Dana and I think Saul/Aileen storyline was boring, it didn`t add anything to the storyline.

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"- there were no explosions or deaths for a change -" So Aileen didn't die?

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I dislike the VP more than I could ever dislike Brody. I know that Brody intended to blow up the VP and others but Carey said it best when she told Brody that an evil man Abu Nazir tortured Brody until there was nothing left but pain and then gave him something to love (Aisa), and then another evil man (the VP) took that away. Brody is not like other terrorists who chose to kill innocent people, he was broken. Most people, if not all, would break too given eight years of torture. It is not a rational thing. He simply needed to be broken again and put back together again, which is what Carey did. It's a pity that they had to stop Dana from reporting the hit and run because it would have torpedoed the VP. He would never become President if it comes to light. Mostly this episode showed exactly what type of man the VP is. Innocent American mother or innocent Arab children, this man does not care. Love this show.

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Damian Lewis is giving amazing performances week after week. I am so impressed. And he's British and so American in this. Add Claire Danes who is his match, and you've got this won. Great writing and acting. Intriguing. what else is better on TV today.? Keep it going. Keep us guessing.

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Riveting seems to sum up this episode. I loved it but also laughed heartily when they kissed. It was magic and it was absurd yet also felt real. This is special stuff. That line about how she made Brody feel so good and how she can do that in only 2 minutes so sums up their star crossed yet super steamy relationship. They are like 2 magnets that can barely keep away from each other. I really like the daughter she is so much Daddy's girl in her groundedness. The romantic in me really wants to see Carrie and Brody in the end go off with each other but that does seem a big optimistic. The writing is very good but the acting is super charged in this show. Cant wait for next week's episode.

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Claire Danes and Damian Lewis are fantastic! Carrie loves Brody. She eill do just about anything for a man she cannot have as her own. I think it's the young actress I' m having a hard time buying into her performances. The scene in the woods was spot on! Bring on the surprises.

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(cont'd) It's just that too many wobbly people already know about it. "What do you know and when did you know it?"... Two other little quibbles with a show that tries to be hyper realistic. You cannot kill yourself by slitting your wrists. You almost have to cut your hand off. But you can by cutting the carotid artery, which Aileen may have done. Viewers assumed it was her wrists. The script should have made it clearer. Leaving the glasses for her was clever, but Saul I think may have left the plastic/glass wine bottle that she could have also used. Really "sloppy". Also the immaculate Quinn recovery doesn't pass muster. He could have reasonably been wearing a thinner non-military vest which would have only partially protected him from an assault round. Having only a big bruise and maybe a flesh wound would have worked much better. Otherwise, still a decent episode.

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This was a kind of transition episode, but succeeded in creating all kinds of tension, which must be pushing Brody to the breaking point..... Do they NEVER learn? It's NOT the crime, it's the cover up. The smart thing to do politically for everyone is to come clean on the accident. That Walden's son made a horrible mistake is not that big a reflection on the VP, but covering it up would be. Also the evidence that this would reflect badly on Brody with Nasir is not there. It does not publicly disqualify himself from higher office in anybody's eyes. In fact his honesty may enhance it. (Real life: Laura Bush when younger I believe caused a fatal car accident. Not hit and run for sure, but few know that because it's not an issue once disclosed.) If Walden faced reality, neither would it create a rift between him and Brody. But, I can see where powerful men think they can get away with anything. To be fair he may be protecting Finn as much as his political career. It's just that too many wobbly people already know about it. "What do you know and when did you know it?"... Two other little quibbles with a show that tries to be hyper realistic. You cannot kill yourself by slitting your wrists. You almost have to cut your hand off. But you can by cutting the carotid artery, which Aileen may have done. Viewers assumed it was her wrists. The script should have made it clearer. Leaving the glasses for her was clever, but Saul I think may have left the plastic/glass wine bottle that she could have also used. Really "sloppy". Also the immaculate Quinn recovery doesn't pass muster. He could have reasonably been wearing a thinner non-military vest which would have only partially protected him from an assault round. Having only a big bruise and maybe a flesh wound would have worked much better. Otherwise, still a decent episode.

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@tjeff You do realize that this is fiction...right? There's a whole story to be told and you have to be patient, enjoy the terrificly nuanced acting and let it play out.

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Homeland has become stupid. Walden gives an order that kill more than 80 innocent children, somehow he is still the great vice president. And Brody is now just a terrorist? Guess those 80 chuldren and 3000 Pakistanis mentioned in the season 2 pilot were just irrelavent. Maybe just because they are not Americans.

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