Homeland: Season 2, Episode 4 “New Car Smell” (A-)
I haven’t been watching this show live, and as a result I keep reading about some monumental development at the end of each of this show’s episodes. Fortunately, I’ve avoided spoiling anything for myself, but at the rate this show is going, I’m going to have to make time for this series on Sunday nights since it’s going nonstop with spectacularly exciting twists. It was immensely satisfying to see the look on Estes’ face as Saul showed him Brody’s martyr video, and it was refreshing to see Carrie’s surveillance operation back up and running, this time sanctioned by Estes and with the very intriguing Peter Quinn supervising and clashing with Carrie. I loved their interactions, which all started with Peter saying something incendiary and Carrie shooting back with one of her shocked looks and a biting comeback. Brody stopping Carrie to say hello at the CIA was a surprise, something she handled quite well. Brody calling Carrie while he was under surveillance was somewhat expected but still fantastically awesome, and her going to knock on his door demonstrated her lack of a grasp on the situation. Blowing the operation and revealing her hand to Brody was one of the most intense scenes yet, telling him that she loved him and then that he’s a traitor and a terrorist and it’s time for him to pay for that. I can’t imagine what’s going to happen next, and I can’t wait. Brody wasn’t doing too well before he ran into Carrie either, staying at a hotel while Mike helped Jessica out and heard even more theories about why Brody might have been in league with Walker. I can’t imagine it will be too good once Brody’s actions go public for the new romance developing between Dana and Finn.
This is a perfect Emmy submission for both Damian Lewis and Claire Danes, who could easily win again, as could the show. That final scene was spectacular. Unsurprisingly, the show has been renewed for a third season. I can’t wait!