Homeland Review: A Man, A Plan

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Sometimes it's better to give people the benefit of the doubt.  

In the case of "Broken Hearts," assuming Abu Nazir knew exactly what he was doing throughout the entirety of Homeland Season 2 makes him a much more interesting villain.

When Brody was brought in to see the big guy a short while ago, Nazir let him go, giving him instructions on what to do next. If his plan to ruin the homecoming by getting Roya there as a member of the press was just a ruse to lure Brody into turning on him, it makes Nazir seem really smart, which is exactly what we want to see out of an evil mastermind.

An alternative explanation could be that Nazir let Brody - a man who had loyalties that were obviously questionable at that point - back into the wild, and actually had the confidence that he wouldn't turn on him. That would have been dumb.

F. Murray Abraham on Homeland

No, instead, Nazir allowed Brody to foil his bogus plan so that the Americans would enjoy their small victory and therefore relax. Sure, he had to accept the deaths of some of his soldiers, but they all know that fate is coming for them sooner rather than later.

The relaxed state from the CIA gave Nazir the opportunity to take Carrie and then strong-arm Brody into executing his plan all along: the murder of Vice President Walden for being the man responsible for the death of Issa and many other innocents.

Then again, maybe the guy is just shooting from the hip and winging it, but it might make things more interesting if you believe that Abu Nazir has been a man with a plan the entire time.

Getting it done, however, took the hate and the love of two men. Nazir and Brody both loved Issa with all their hearts, and similarly hate Walden for what he did. Watching that emotion pour out of Brody as the Vice President's pace maker began to malfunction was just a thing of beauty.

As he explains his reasons for stepping out of the Vice Presidential race, you could see the joy in his eyes. When he released the haunting, "I'm killing you," you could see the hate in his catharsis.

Let us not forget that Brody wouldn't go through with any of it until Carrie was safe and sound. Whether he's in love with her or not, it's obvious that he's not a monster. He needed Nazir to let her go before he would move forward with the plan for Walden. Brody's compassion - or maybe his love for Carrie - outweighed his hatred for the VP at that point.

Thankfully Nazir is a stand-up terrorist, who let Carrie go and make her way to safety. Unfortunately, the former mental patient was back to her crazy ways as the episode ended with her grabbing a lead pipe, returning to the building she was held captive in and searching for one of the most dangerous men in the world.

What?!?! What was going on in her head that made her think that was a good idea? Come on Carrie! You're better than that!!

Meanwhile, as the rest of the CIA was trying to play catch up with everything that was going on with Brody, Nazir, and Carrie, Saul was caught up in an issue of his own.

If curiosity killed the cat, then it might be time to hypothetically shave that beard into some whiskers, because Saul Berenson is in some trouble. He kept questioning and prodding. He wanted to know what exactly Quinn was doing, who was in charge of it all and why the man was involved in their mission.

Those are all great concerns, but I'm specifically curious as to why a soldier whose job was to kill Brody once he was no longer needed was put in charge of the entire operation. Wouldn't it have been easier to just let him sit on the sidelines until it was time to do the deed? I know he needed to keep an eye on the guy, but putting him in charge certainly made him someone to question, which Saul eventually did.

Oh yeah! It would have made it much more difficult to Homeland to make Quinn a main character if he wasn't overseeing everything.

So now Saul has been taken off the grid, we would assume by Estes, Quinn, Adal or some combination. Will he be in serious trouble for just asking questions? Will the fact that he knows a bit more than the CIA would probably like him to know make him a problem for the company?

What will happen to Carrie? How will Brody's path change now that Walden is out of the picture? What does Abu Nazir have on his agenda next? With how quicklyHomeland Season 2 seems to move, I'm sure we will have answers to these questions and more in no time.

What did all think of "Broken Hearts?"


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Carrie went after him after bring specifically told NOT to. She does that a lot doesn't she? Instant rebellion is kind of her thing. The part I really liked was the conversation between Brody and the VP just before the heart attack. Brody kept looking at him curiously, wondering when he would start dying. It's the little things....


Okay, Carrie going back to the abandoned building by herself was likely the most contrived scenes of the series. No why she would have done that, unless if we were intentionally neglected to see the police there with her, but that makes no sense, either. They wouldn't let her go in. They should have just ended it with Carrie along the highway, watching the flash of police lights coming toward her, hearing the wind blow, and then have the camera pang in on her face to show how scared and stress she was. Maybe add in some kind of music score? As for Brody, he's fulfilled his role. He killed the VP (assisted). I don't think they kill him off; I think he really loves Carrie and he ends his marriage for her. Next season, Carrie and Brody work to find Nazir and possibly another terrorist in the lurch.


Dear lord, this episode was terrible plot-wise. This is what happens when you sacrifice plot for character development: the show sucks. Only redeeming factors: Valerie Cruz rethinking her role as the go-to CIA babysitter of crazy people and dysfunctional families. Well, not really, but it was hilarious watching her go "Imma get out of this mess" at the Brody family shenanigans. They should bring her into the op to reduce the concentration of female crazy and stupid in the ops room. (Carrie, running back into that mill? Just die.) Also? F Murray Abraham!


I think Carrie will find Abu Nazir dead by his own hand.


Its just so ironic i had to laugh out loud at the point you wrote the lead pipe versus the most dangerous Terrorist. I can totally picture that


The stuff with the VP's pacemaker really stretched credibility. 1) Why would the VP have told a reporter not only that there is a way to reprogram his pacemaker, but also where exactly he keeps the case with the serial number? And is that even possible? 2) Would security really be that lax around the VP's residence? One has to hope not. That said, there was a certain satisfaction in seeing him die, and, as always, Damian Lewis played the scene to perfection. Estes's comment about Saul knowing about the drone srike did not bode well for Saul - I feer he'll be another Peter Quinn casualty. But the promo scenes for next week suggested that Saul was present for questioning of Roya. So, they're going to keep us guessing. The pacing and continual switching of gears of this show continue to make it a must-see for me.


The plot sucks :-(


That episode nearly got me to kick this series to the curb ...i have pretty much lost interest in what happens to any of these characters ......Carrie going back to the abandoned building was way too lame !!!!
Big night for Boardwalk....Dexter too.


I was so convinced that Brody was playing everyone when Nazir let him go last week. Whether they have lulled us all into a false sense of security before the crap hits the fan in these last 2 episodes is anyone's guess!!! Even if Brody is trying to do right I hope Nazir has a bigger plan in place and he wont get caught. What I cant figure out is who the mole is - I wanted to believe that Estes might have been it but he had more to gain from keeping Walden alive than killing him. Is it possible that its Quinn or is that too obvious? Carrie will know that Brody played a big part in killing Walden in the next episode - will Brody just tell her that he did it to save her life be enough to stop her telling Estes and having tje shackles thrown on him again? So many questions only 2 episodes to answer them all.....ahhh!!!

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Homeland Season 2 Episode 10 Quotes

I'm killing you.

Brody (to Walden)

Carrie: You're never gonna leave this country alive.
Nazir: I know, and I don't care.