Homeland: Season 2, Episode 5 “Q and A” (B+)
After last week’s intense closing scene, this show was definitely primed for a major shift in how it operates. Fortunately, that process wasn’t rushed as Brody was forced to slowly confront the reality of his situation, at first denying any guilt and then being shown proof by Peter before he decided to bug out and stab him in the hand. Peter’s staged gamble paid off since Carrie worked her magic, proving that she is invaluable as agent by being totally honest with Brody about the attachment she had to him, going as appallingly far as telling him that she wishes she could ask him to leave his wife and children and be with her. Breaking down Brody’s predicament and the steps that led to him was extraordinarily effective, and Damian Lewis was excellent as Brody, crying and admitting to the truth before lying down on the floor. Carrie telling him that their affair will be their cover going forward is an interesting development, and I wonder whether that will work well. Brody was remarkably poised when he came home to Jessica, and he was smart to tell her that he was working for the CIA, though any news of an affair, even a faked one, are sure to prove detrimental. I support the idea of Dana dating a reckless Finn, but I don’t think that a car accident cover-up is something this show needs. Given how well everything has been executed to this point, I imagine it will be handled skillfully.