Homeland Episode 4.09: There’s Something Else Going On, was kind of a heart-stopper, wasn’t it? All through the prisoner exchange, we were just not breathing. The suicide bomber kid, the Pretty Pakistani Colonel left in the dark, the creepy inquiry after Lockhart–it was all there, leading us to fear a double-cross during the exchange, there at the airport hangar. So much so, that when the exchange was over, complete with tearful moment between Saul and Carrie, we still didn’t relax. So much so, that even when the attack on the convoy happened, we knew that there was still much more to learn.
So much so, that when Lockhart sent the Marines, it was all I could do not to shout “You idiot!” at the TV. Quite the redundancy where Lockhart is concerned, but I still wanted to shout, because even though “What the fucking fuck” is one of the best curses ever, if it comes out of Lockhart’s mouth I. HATE. IT.
Sure, Lockhart’s an idiot. Sure, Carrie has a smart perception and he doesn’t believe it, and having a blowhard make the crucial decisions is a cheap and easy way of ramping up the tension. I grant you all that. But it was exciting, and I didn’t know what was coming next, and all of the actors were playing their A game.
Meanwhile, Duck Philips is exposed. What an asshole. When Martha interrupted Carrie’s interrogation and demanded her husband be released, we (Professor Spouse and I) were pretty sure that the writing wasn’t dumb enough, and the character wasn’t dumb enough, for that to be real. I’m glad we were right. Last week’s sexism was plenty. That being said, I was surprised she dropped the loving wife act so quickly when he tried to make a run for it, but it worked out. By just sitting with him in his cell and acting sad, she somehow got to him enough for him to make his confession–maybe because he knew that he didn’t want to be in the embassy when it was attacked.
Earlier this evening, I said to Professor Spouse that, although Homeland has been pretty great this season, I don’t really look forward to it. There’s a coldness to it that belies its quality. This is a lot of what’s missing without Brody. Sure, the romance got ridiculous, but emotionally entwined people are what you look forward to between episodes. Finally, now, I can say I am looking forward to next week. Dreading it, because the attack on the embassy and on the convoy is freaking me out, but looking forward. How about you?