Homeland Review: Company Cleanup

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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.

Brody Dinner

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?"


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Now that the CIA is on to Quinn, I think he is the one who will be taken out. He's too much of an unknown quantity, and a loose canon.


If Brody is killed by the end of the season, I'm through with "HOMELAND". For me, the series is about Carrie Matheison AND Nicholas Brody. If one character leaves the show . . . I have no interest in continuing to view this series. Nor do I have any interest in Rupert Friend. He's a good actor, but I've never been a fan. Nor am I interested in the smug Peter Quinn. If he is here to take over as leading actor of the series, fuck that shit. I'm gone.


Why keep Brody alive? The terrorists know he turned on them. I don't think he can be of much help to the CIA anymore.


Damian Lewis said in interviews weeks ago that Brody's storyline would be over before the season ended, and it seems unlikely he gets to ride off into the sunset with anyone.


I think a terrorist tv handbook states you have to have an annoying daughter to break up the hour of intense tv. The person that wrote that handbook, should be tazed. I agree with the Hamburger Joint. Did they REALLY expect Nazir to be there while the suicide bombers change the batteries to explosives? Please! The episode reminded me of JFK. You have the official stance on terrorism, and then secret ops missions to kill the threats. I dig that. I love your take on tweedle dee, and tweedle dumb. Best description yet, (even if I love the actors who play them) The character assessment rocks!


I agree with you Neil. Personally, Carrie now annoys me. I have no interest in a CIA officer who lets her emotions ruin her judgment regarding national security and the Carrie/Brody thing is now old and tired. I love Jess and all I want right now is for Morenna Baccarrin to become more involved in the main plot so we see more of her. Thank God she got some from Mike ;) That's a side plot I love as well.


Hello Joy Mendez! Good to see you again? I love Damian Lewis, but I'm rooting for Quinn. Hopefully, he survives the season and gets to kill Brody when Abu Nazir is caught.


These reviews of Homeland have been getting worst each week, I guess this reviewer would prefer a perpetual Brody/ Carrie dance, never knowing what's true and with no plot development. Great show, horrible review.

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