Homeland 2×11 The Motherfucker with a Turban Recap and Review
Homeland’s newest episode seems to have some title confusion. Some reports say that the title was recently changed to “In Memoriam.” I cannot find a confirmation on that, so I am using the original profanity-laden title. Though last week’s episode was entertainingly ludicrous in retrospect, this one reached new emotional dramatic heights ushering in a potentially ground-breaking or very subtle, reflective finale.
We pick up right where we left off last week with Carrie going back in the warehouse to find Nazir. Though she searches diligently and sees….something, she comes up empty-handed? Her consolation prize? Walking outside and finding Estes’ men pointing guns at her with a deer-in-the-headlights look. Thankfully, no one shoots her, Quinn informs her of Walden’s death, and Carrie finally gets some serious medical attention. Her phony explanation of her escape might be one of the most amusing moments of the season. Though a great dramatic series, Homeland always allows itself a moment or effective two of goofy soap opera-ish humor, esp. in this relatively uneven season.
We then cut to Jessica and Brody in a very fine safe house acknowledging that their marriage is hanging by a thread. Brody then gets yet another well-timed cell phone call from Carrie. We they argue over what Nazir will say when he is captured. Brody is more interested in discussing his feelings for Carrie ever-so discreetly. The thought of Brody having helped orchestrate her kidnapping is still lingering.
Next in Langley, Saul is given a polygraph test supposedly concerning what happened with Aileen’s death.
Then, Quinn says they cannot find Nazir. Carrie convinces that she saw him and they need to look again.
Meanwhile, Saul refuses to answer if he provided the weapon Aileen used to kill herself. He knows Estes is trying to set him up to get him out of the way.
Then, Carrie then accuses Quinn’s people of helping Nazir escape. A missing person named Galvez is named since he is a Muslim. They are convinced he is a double agent and immediately go after him. They locate his car, but with no Nazir in it. Apparently, Galvez was going to the hospital. Not even sure how to buy that one.
In the morning at the safe house, Dana literally cries over spoiled milk, or lack thereof. She claims Mike was a better father figure, and she would be right. I have the feeling this will not be the only overstated metaphor in the episode.
And, in the next scene, Carrie literally washes blood off her hands. She then decides to interrupt. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Estes also wants Roya to be interrogated…by Carrie. Carrie is sure to cause no trouble on this one.
And, then, Carrie does everything she can to upset Roya through empathetic conversation, and she succeeds since she claims that she, unlike Nazir, cares about innocent casualties. Quinn then has to physically remove Carrie from the room. Guess someone had to.
Next, we get the results of the polygraph. The polygraph reader says everything was fine except the part about the assassination anomaly. It was left out, but we all know that Saul’s onto something here.
Carrie then nearly causes a car accident after realizing something else about what Rosa said. This time, she’s looking too into the definition of the word “run.” Quinn claims the tunnels were checked. And we all know at this point whose side Quinn is really on. So apparently, Nazir has become Homeland’s version of Stephen King’s It. Carrie then has to call in another favor from a sniper.
The tension between Saul and Estes reaches a climax where Saul accuses Estes of about to kill Brody. Estes then fires Saul b/c…..well…b/c he’s right and knows too much.
Next the tunnels get sweeped….again. This time, Carrie’s suspicions are confirmed that Nazir was there at one point since sleeping bags and a table are seen. However, Nazir is gone, but probably not far away. So close, in fact, that he kills the sniper with Carrie’s back turned. Carrie discovers him slasher flim-style and runs for help after managing to injure him. Nazir then gets the best of Carrie, but help arrives at the right time and Nazir is shot and supposedly killed Bin Laden-style. Does this end his reign of terror? Probably not since we still have Brody to deal with….at least for the moment. It saddens me that Estes can only say, “Good work,” for Carrie’s efforts in acknowledgment. Estes must have something up his sleeve after the President’s speech. Nazir’s body is loaded onto the back of van. I realize Nazir is a complicated villain, but making him into an 80s style slasher villain may have been the way to go. The only horror cliché not utilized is Nazir lurching up and killing the drivers…yet anyway. Estes then tells Quinn to move forward with silencing Brody. I guess they need to leave something for the finale.
Brody is then told by Jessica of Nazir’s death. Brody seems very emotional about the loss of his mentor. It is time for the Brodys to go home. Brody is so emotional that he cannot even get out of the car and return to his old life, b/c it is not really there for him anymore. Jessica and Brody pretty agree that their marriage is over. Carrie and Brody are probably made for each other, but I doubt their relationship could have much of a future.
But that won’t stop Brody from giving it a try by going to Carrie’s apt. Of course, Quinn watches over all of this, probably not fantasizing a three-way between them. The idea that Brody had to choose between letting her die and killing Walden is ludicrous. Then again, the notion Brody could negotiate with Nazir on Skype is also. For all we know, they were in cahoots and the whole kidnapping/letting Carrie go thing was calculated. Brody certainly doesn’t seem surprised by any of these revelations. Then again, I don’t think anyone else is either.
The question of will Brody die in the finale is the obvious one. I feel this is a sad choice b/c it means that Homeland has basically dissolved into the best improbable death-of-the-week series ever made. There isn’t much suspense going into the finale. But, after last season’s incredible use of anticlimax to make the audience want more, it was probably best to go the more subtle, emotional route this time out. Of course, this season hasn’t exactly skimped on the anticlimax, but uses it in a more uneven, finite way here. I’m sure they have plenty more of surprises in store.Will it become a new version of 24? Or they could possibly be like The Sapranos and leave us hanging. Either way, I’m game.
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