‘Homeland’: A cell with a view
November 12th, 2012
01:42 PM ET

‘Homeland’: A cell with a view

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the November 11 episode of Showtime's "Homeland."]

Sunday's episode revealed that Brody's role on Abu Nazir's team is only going to get larger from here, as Roya told Brody during his morning jog.

Brody - sweaty but stylish in a moisture-wicking Lululemon tee - was abruptly informed that things were moving fast but details were not possible.

At the Supermax penitentiary in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, Saul paid a “Hail Mary” visit to Aileen Morgan. (Remember, Aileen was Raquim Faisel’s terrorist wife from season one.) The scene where the prison guard led Saul to Aileen’s underground cell was reminiscent of the part in “The Silence of the Lambs” where Clarice Starling was warned of how dangerous and conniving Hannibal Lecter was.

When the guard opened Aileen’s cell door, she sat looking brittle, pale, and no longer a blonde under a pool of harsh fluorescent light. Saul told her he needed to discuss an extremely urgent matter, but Aileen insisted they talk upstairs.

Once upstairs, Aileen told Saul that her day consisted of 23 hours of isolation in her tiny, underground cell with one hour to walk around the facility – but no time outdoors. She relished the sunlight pouring in and gazed out at the trees. Aileen also noted that she couldn’t enjoy the prison’s “crappy library” because her vision was shot.

Saul told Aileen that he needed her to ID a photo and reminded her that he was on a tight deadline. Aileen, who had all the time in the world, played the “Silence of the Lambs”-esque Quid pro quo game.

“I tell you, you get what you need and I get shoved back in that cell,” she said.

“What do you want,” asked Saul, “keeping in mind there’s only so much I can do for a confessed terrorist.”

Aileen requested a window, “a cell with a view.”

On the way to a weekend-long fundraiser hosted by Rex Henning - a wealthy Walden campaign donor - Dana told Finn that she wanted to confess to the hit and run because it was the right thing to do.

“I’m not a sociopath here, OK,” Finn responded. (Hey Finn - methinks thou doth protest too much… )

Finn explained that he would totally confess if they “were normal people with normal parents.” (Sure you would, buddy).

Dana finally got Finn to agree to tell their parents that day. In a separate town car, Jessica told Brody what Mike told her: that Brody killed Tom Walker.

A freaked out Brody tried to smooth the situation over by telling Jessica that the CIA tried to get him to reach out to Tom but that things got dangerous and “messy,” saying, “I did have a part in stopping it.”

Brody tried to console a very distraught Jessica.

”Tom lost his way,” he said. “He just went through too many things and he couldn’t get right again.”

Obviously, Brody could have just as easily been talking about himself.

In a meeting with Mike Faber, Carrie told Mike to stand down his investigation into Tom Walker’s death. She said Brody was essential to the CIA’s plan for stopping an imminent terror attack, but in order for that to happen, Faber needed to “cease and f-ing desist.”

Carrie further rattled Mike by saying: “You’re emotional about Brody because you’re in love with his wife," following that with another zinger: “It’s hard wanting something or someone that you just can’t have.”

Obviously, Carrie could have just as easily been talking about herself.

Saul managed to go over the Warden’s head and secure Aileen her permanent window, but she insisted on seeing a legal document.

“I’m sorry I’ve become this person,” she said. “But I have.”

In Henning’s horse barn, Rex told Brody that he was supporting Walden because of him. Rex, a Vietnam vet, felt that the men shared a military bond. He made it clear that he didn’t like Walden, a man who hadn’t seen war. Brody, meanwhile, insisted that he was no hero.

“I was captured and shoved in a hole,” said Brody. “All I did was not die.”

Afterward, Brody met Carrie in the clearing behind a nature trail and pasture. She told him Mike was going to back off his Tom Walker investigation.

Brody opened up to Carrie, confessing that he felt guilty that Rex, like he and Carrie, saw the horrors of war and “didn’t lose himself. And the worst part of it is he believes I’m like him. That guy is the man I could have been.”

Then Brody and Carrie kissed.

“Are you just handling me,” asked Brody. “Keeping me close?”

”I don’t want you to feel used,” answered Carrie.

“I do feel used, and played, and lied to,” said Brody. “I also feel good.”

Dana confronted Finn, who was drinking out of guests’ left-behind bar glasses, and the pair squabbled over telling their parents about the hit and run.

Dana couldn’t take it any more when their mothers approached them, and she blurted out: “We killed someone.”

Cynthia Walden abruptly took the reins. “We have to remember we’re on the world stage here,” she told Jessica. “These things have to be dealt with in a certain way.”

When Jessica started talking about lawyers and cops, Cynthia insisted she’d take care of it and all but demanded that Jessica follow her lead.

While waiting for the legal document ensuring Aileen’s cell with a view to come through, Saul produced a little contraband picnic from his bag: wine, cheese and a baguette. Aileen picked up the twist-off top bottle to read the vague description of the Argentine vino: “with unique character.” That’s right, no oaky, corky infusions of blackberries and marshmallows. Just “unique character.”

Saul and Aileen raised a glass to her window, and Aileen asked about Saul’s wife. (Thanks, Aileen! I’ve been wondering about Mira). Saul said she was in Mumbai, and that on some level he took that short-lived Lebanon gig to be nearer to her.

When the fax came through, Aileen squinted at the document and Saul lent her his reading glasses. She gave Saul a name – Mohammed Al-Ghamdi – and said he lived near Military Park in Newark.

When Jessica told Brody about Dana and Finn’s accident, they both agreed they didn’t want to gloss over it. Outside, Dana told Finn that she and her parents were going to report the hit and run.

“Good luck with that,” said Finn.

Rex made it clear to his guests that he was supporting Walden for President, but that the quiet surprise was Nick Brody, and that “A Walden/Brody ticket would make the future truly bright.”

Walden told Brody that he would clean up Finn and Dana’s accident.

”We should not be benched because of it,” said Walden. “It’s a moving train, and a screw up by a couple of teenagers is not getting in our way. Understood?”

Quinn flew to the Newark home of Mohammed Al-Ghamdi to accompany the FBI. As the agents burst in, a completely harmless Al-Ghamdi exclaimed that he was a musician, “like Coldplay!” (You know, in case the FBI needed an example if the word “musician” wasn’t descriptive enough. Other possible examples could have been: “like Billy Joel!,” “like Mozart!,” or, “like Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros!”)

Turned out Mohammed Al-Ghamdi’s dad was head of security for Aileen’s family when they lived in Saudi Arabia. They knew each other from the pool club when they were kids. Aileen was messing with Saul. She probably didn’t even know the guy who was in cahoots with Roya.

“She knew we’d find out. What’d it buy her,” said a visibly gobsmacked Saul, who bolted toward the room Aileen was being held in while roaring her name.

It was too late. Aileen had popped out the lens of Saul’s glasses and cut her neck. She lay dying in a pool of blood.

She told Saul that she did it - everything from lying about her vision to the legal runaround about the window to giving Saul a fake name - “to spend the day by the window. The whole day. Light. Sun. View.”

Saul later told Quinn that he got too emotional, the operation was sloppy and he ought to have known better.

The next morning, Brody drove a terrified yet relieved Dana to the Metro Police station. Estes, who’d been trailing Brody all weekend, called Carrie to tell her Brody was about to blow it for the CIA.

When Dana and Brody pulled up to the police station Carrie was already there waiting. She told him that the accident could not be reported because it would alienate Roya and Nazir – who desperately want Brody by Walden’s side. Carrie warned him that his deal with the CIA would be off if Dana confessed to the hit and run, reminding him that his work with the CIA was ultimately for Dana’s benefit.

Incidentally, Dana ran off in anger, and understandably so because as far as she was concerned, Carrie was the crazy lady who was obsessed with her dad.

What did you think of the latest episode of "Homeland"?

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  1. homeland

    we're looking at disconnection - who ever it is of course. wink

    November 17, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Brody’s role is getting larger for whatever Abu Nazir has planned, but Roya wants to keep him in the dark, at least until the last possible minute. I wonder if she is suspecting that he turned against them and he is a double agent for the CIA. That would explain why she is so hesitant about revealing any plans. I missed Sunday’s airing, but just caught up since it was recorded on my Hopper from DISH. The huge amount of hard drive space on my DVR helps me keep up with programs when I work extra hours at DISH. I also wonder if Roya has a person tailing Brody, and if his “bigger” role is a ruse.

    November 14, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bob

    Carie is not so needie...she's playing the role to get Brody to stay motivated....but is she also falling forthe traitor.?

    Why is the VP in the dark about brody? seems a little implausible. But I'm willing overlook small contrivances to enjoy the show.

    November 13, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. what to wear..what to wear happy tuesday!


    November 13, 2012 at 5:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. Peg

    Mary, Mary ... I seem to think you are right about a past between Carrie and Estes, but I don't remember anything between Estes and Roya.. how did I miss that?

    November 12, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kielp

      She asked him out to dinner the other episode. He seemed pretty into it.

      November 13, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |

    A little slow moving now. Don't like the way the writers are portraying Carrie as so needy ex. last weeks ending with her needing a hug from Brody after the ambush at Gettysburg. I want to know why no one is investigating Estes. Didn't he have a "relationship" with Roya?and Carrie for that matter.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Bear

    Note to self: Don't read spoiler, missed last nights episode. Noted & moving on.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |

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