Carrie is dealt a blow when she receives some bad news, but whether it will change things remains to be seen. Elsewhere, Quinn finally starts to accept his situation, and Saul lays the groundwork for his new plan.
After a few episodes of action packed, pedal to the metal style plot progression, this week’s Homeland takes a slower more nuanced approach. As mentioned in previous reviews, something was going to happen to Frannie and in tonight’s episode it comes to its conclusion.
We find Carrie taking a phone call telling her that Frannie has been removed from school into the care of social services due to recent events with Quinn in the last three episodes. At this point, you feel for Carrie as she is absolutely helpless and is frantically trying to scramble her resources to get Frannie back. Her case is presented to a judge after a meeting with a care worker, who has no compassion for Carrie or her predicament, only the care of Frannie. The care worker, coldly played by Marin Hinkle, brings up evidence relating to Quinn and something that was clearly going to come and bite back at Carrie, her Bipolar Disorder, which she tearfully answers with “but I take medication for that”. The scenes in the courtroom play out with a tour de force of acting by Claire Danes. Carrie is left alone, mentally and physically, as the judge agrees with Frannie staying in care.
Rupert Friend has played Quinn well this season, acting his mental scars well and not over doing it. After last weeks cliff hanger where Quinn is moved from the hospital into a mini-van and confronted with Astrid. We find Quinn in a secluded cabin in the woods being cared for by Astrid. Unbelievably we find it is Dar Adal who has secured Quinn’s release as long as he stays out of the public eye. Clearly, Dar has different motives and Quinn being the nervous wreck that he is isn’t going to stay around long. Dar visits the cabin and yet again stirs the pot by telling Quinn it was Carrie who agreed to have him brought out of the coma and therefore the instigator of the stroke he later suffered. F. Murray Abraham plays Dar with a certain villanesque presence and does a lot with very little in terms of physicality. A simple head turn or sharp word is enough to portray his thoughts.
Although this week’s episode is less action orientated than previous episodes, Homeland cannot help but throw some action beats for the viewers. This week involves our roving man Javadi, trying to get together with Saul. Saul is delayed from the meeting by Dar, under the pretence of a debrief of his recent activities. While Saul is delayed Javadi is kidnapped and tortured in rather graphic scenes which make the viewer wince. Finally saved by Amir, a loyal Iranian, who served with Javadi, Javadi rendezvous with Saul and demands to know how people know he is in New York. Saul replies Dar is the only one who knows this information.
Carrie, despondent at the loss of Frannie from her world, attacks the bottle and gets drunk to mask her pain. Calling President-elect Keane to see if anything can be done, Keane replies that this would be unethical. Behind the scenes, Christine, the ice cold councillor from the beginning of the episode, is called by Dar and is advised it was him who reported Carrie to Social Services.
Another engaging episode this week, with the chess pieces moving ever around the game board of our characters. As we reach the half way point of the season, plot’s started at the beginning are developing along nicely. Performances across the board are great, if there is a downside it is there are no Frannie and Quinn scenes this week, which are always nice to see to make a break from the constant tension elsewhere in the episode.
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