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Homeland, Episode 5, Season 2.

It is 5am on Monday morning. After a weekend of holiday celebrations, I was ready to go catch up on some sleep, and then I watched the newest episode of Homeland. Now as I listen to hurricane Sandy get going outside my window I find myself yelling at the TV and biting my nails away. This is the episode we have all been waiting for since this show began.

Two weeks ago, secrets were uncovered during a CIA op in Beirut. After going through a period of self-doubt that led to Carrie going through electro shock therapy, Carrie was fired from the CIA. When an asset came forward with information and said she would only share it with Carrie, Saul and David were forced to call her back in for help. Even though the mission did not go as planned, even though Carrie almost got herself and her whole team killed, she also got the most important piece of intelligence anyone could possibly ask for, on accident even.

Last season, Sgt. Brodie recorded a video explaining why he was blowing himself and half the government up. It went missing when Brodie did not go through with his suicide. The tape was sewn into the bag that Carrie shoved all the paperwork she could into and it landed in Saul’s hands. Saul watched the tape and did a very good job hiding it as he made his way back to the United States, which was good because the powers that be knew he had it somewhere and they knew the damage it could cause. As soon as Saul came back, he showed Carrie that she was right all along. An investigation was launched and Carrie worked her way back into her former job, forgiven and even given a new level of respect from her colleagues.

Being someone who roots for the underdog, the villain and the characters that were tragically misunderstood, it felt good when Carrie ended up meeting Brodie at a bar in the hotel he was staying in because his wife threw him out. Lies can bury a person, as the good congressman is slowly learning. The last episode ended with Carrie confronting Brodie, blowing the cover of the investigation and watching while Nicholas was hauled off to an undisclosed location by the CIA.

Episode five opened with Brodie, dazed and coming to his senses, cuffed to a chair in some dark, creepy warehouse. In the room next door, Carrie, Saul and a few others watched his every move.

The first person to interrogate him played the role of bad cop perfectly but got nowhere. After that Carrie was sent in, Carrie got the ex-Marine to break down and admit everything. To do so, Carrie had to be more honest than anyone should have to be, on the other hand, it could have been just a tactic, a tactic that worked flawlessly. Once he spilled his guts, Brodie was released under the condition that he works to help the CIA take down Abu Nazir.

When Brodie was sent home, Jessica was waiting for him and his real battle began. While he was focused on keeping the right mask on at the right time, his family life has been deteriorating at a very rapid pace. Just as Brodie starts to come clean about some of his tangled webs, his daughter Dana has gotten caught up in secrets of her own. Her new relationship with the vice president’s son is already more complicated than anything about her has been since the show started.

Everything may have changed in episode but many things are going to stay the same. Brodie is now a triple agent and we have no idea what might happen now, will he keep on his path and play everyone? Now that things have reached a fever pitch, it will be interesting to see what the next few weeks will bring in the world of Homeland where nothing will ever be as it seems.

-Ivy Marie

Homeland Season Two.

Last year after Dexter, Homeland made its primer, this year we get to go deeper into the plot with season two of this suspenseful political thriller. With an all-star cast, it is the American version of an Israeli show called Prisoners of War. Showtime has outdone itself and will without a doubt keep everyone glued to the edges of their seats on September 30th.

Homeland follows the lives of CIA operative Carrie Matheson, played by Clair Danes and a returning POW that she believes was turned by the terrorist cell that captured him and held him for eight years. This is the best role Clair Danes has landed since My So-Called Life in my opinion. Mandy Patinkin plays her boss Saul, who does his best to keep everyone in line. I have suspected that when they talk about there being a mole in the CIA, it has been Saul all along, still unconfirmed at this point but if it turns out to be true, remember where you heard it first, right here on

Marine Sargent Nicholas Brody is played by Damien Lewis who pulls off the good family man haunted by demons with ease. A great guy like him could never be a traitor could he? Not an American hero like him, a soldier and loving husband and father. Carrie Matheson is the only one who knows the truth and unfortunately, Carrie has a few mental issues of her own so it is hard for anyone, but the audience, to believe her. Nothing is as it seems, no one is as they seem. Homeland keeps you on the edge of your seat with each and every episode.

When we left our cast of characters last season, Carrie was in the hospital dealing with what she thought was her own mental deterioration and Sgt. Brody was asked to run for Congress by the Vice President who he was tasked with killing by the al Qaeda leader, Abu Nazir. It was a rough road and it left everything at a fever pitch, with many, many questions left to be answered.

So far the previews make this season out to be even more chaos, lies and intrigue. Brody has made it to congress and appears to still be working for Abu Nazir. Carrie’s mental issues seem to have hindered her career at the CIA because she is off on a mission, losing her mind in one of those sand covered countries. Since they have not shown very much, I think this season will be crazy and they must have new twists and turns coming up that they want to keep a surprise.

This is a night of TV that is not to be missed, with this and Dexter both premiering on September 30th on Showtime, you still have a few weeks to catch up before the games begin. The hunter and the hunted, so many secrets will be brought to light and many, many questions will finally be answered. We can hope anyway, knowing Showtime and the amazing writers on these great shows, we will just be left with even more questions than we began with.

-Ivy Marie

9/12/2012 7:40 PM