Homeland Review: Company Cleanup
It was Peter Quinn who donned the eponymous "Two Hats" during this hour of Homeland, and that bright, shiny, and new one fit him perfectly.
Beginning with his first appearance on the show, I questioned this analyst with an attitude. I was concerned that the cool, good looking jerk was dirty, and that like in so many seasons of television before this, it would be revealed as so later on in the season.
The further and further Homeland's second season went on, it became more and more unlikely that Peter Quinn was going to end up on the wrong side of the law, or even doing something to hinder the success of Carrie, Saul, and the gang.
But we knew it had to be something. The character wasn't introduced just to look good and butt heads with Carrie every once in a while. Like us, Saul knew there was something up with him as well, so during this hour he made sure Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum helped him find out what it was.
While I found Saul's technique with Quinn's baby mama to be surprisingly hilarious - I couldn't stop laughing at the awkward and blank stare he had on as the cop asked him who he really worked for - I loved that it led to him bringing the discussion up with David later on. Both Saul's untimely questioning, and David's succinct answers were a joy to watch.
I assumed that once we found out, Quinn's job would have something to do with watching over Brody, but I didn't specifically guess that he was the cleaner. That result I was happy with, and watching him pull his gun back and come up with an excuse after Brody saw him as the limo driver, made it all THAT much more enjoyable.
So Quinn is on schedule to take out Brody as soon as Nazir is taken care of. What does that mean for this series? Is Brody back on the chopping block for getting the axe? Or does this just tell us that Nazir may never be captured/killed? Can Homeland survive without Nicholas Brody? Can the show sustain its great pacing if they keep him around? Will we all call BS if they continue to come up with reasons to keep him alive?
Similarly great this week, though, were the flashbacks from Brody's meeting with Nazir. I loved the way that they told that story. Watching it live would have probably been good as well, but getting Brody's version of it - and seeing which parts he may have left out - was something we haven't seen in a while from Homeland.
What wasn't great was the showdown at the Hamburger joint. In no way do I assume to know much about terrorists or spies, but I've watched enough shows like this to immediately assume that Nazir wasn't going to be anywhere near that meet. Why would he have needed to be there? That didn't make sense to me.
At least that was interesting to watch go down. What wasn't interesting was everything involving Chris and Dana. Between his annoying comments and her depression, I just wanted the scene to switch everything they came on. If she rolls her eyes one more time, I might throw a fit.
All in all, it was another good but not great episode of Homeland this week. What did you all think though? Was it your favorite of the season, or did it lack something that first few had? What was the best moment? And what was the worst part about "Two Hats?"
Homeland: "Two Hats"
Dan Forcella is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow him on Twitter.