TV Review: HOMELAND Season Two Episode 7, 'The Clearing'

The Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning drama series Homeland, which stars Claire Danes and Damian Lewis, is scheduled to air it's next episode Sunday, November 18th, at 10:00 PM ET/PT exclusively on Showtime.

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Developed for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa and based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by Gideon Raff, HOMELAND stars Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Claire Danes, Emmy and Golden Globe nominee Damian Lewis, and Emmy and Tony® Award winner Mandy Patinkin. The one-hour drama series tells the story of Carrie Mathison (Danes), a CIA officer battling her own demons, who becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to the rescue of U.S. soldier Nicholas Brody (Lewis) was a setup and may be connected to an Al Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil. As we begin season two, Carrie is no longer with the Agency. The disgraced ex-officer is on the slow path to recovery, after her manic flight in season one nearly crashed Brody's political career. It’s this fragile new existence that Carrie's former colleagues Saul Berenson (Patinkin) and David Estes (David Harewood) threaten to shatter, when they come to her door asking for help. Meanwhile, Brody is several months into his inaugural term as a freshman Congressman, and finds himself buffeted daily by competing agendas. With every lie he tells, the walls around him close in a little tighter, threatening to bring him down, along with his family and everything they’ve achieved since his return.

Season 2, episode 7

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If you wanted more hit and run storyline, at least you'll get the consequences this week as that annoying subplot is wrapped up in a nice little package…for now. Turns out the lady died after Brody's daughter Dana and the VP's son gave her the old bumper to the neck and during a limo ride to some government party, the two decide to finally tell their parents. Good timing. I've constantly been annoyed with Dana's whiny pleas to 'do the right thing' these past few episodes and maybe it's because lines have become so blurred overall this season that her righteous angst comes off as arrogant. And she's just literally trying to do something good. Not sure what that says about me, but I have had issues with it. Nonetheless, it all comes to a head and interestingly enough, Dana and her mother want to go to the police while everyone else turns on their brains and want to keep it quiet. No kidding.

I'm glad it's over for now, but it comes at the cost of trust between Brody and Dana, which is sad but whatever -- he has enough on his plate. Carrie almost has forest sex with Brody -- at the party -- which was nutty. The dialog between the two here is confusing because I have no clue who is sincere anymore and thankfully Brody brings this up after a face tonguing. Another great moment comes when peers begin to think of Brody as a potential Presidential candidate. It's not hilarious enough that he's going to be Vice President, but can you imagine? It's brilliant.

Saul meets up with the terrorist woman from season one and the two reflect on their memorable road trip. It's the friendliest interrogation ever and the scene where Saul asks the Warden to help this woman move to a cell with a window was priceless. The reaction this redneck maniac has to Saul and the look on Mandy Patinkin's face was hilarious. The events unfold in unexpected and tragic ways but that's how Homeland rolls. I'm just happy that Quinn isn't dead this week because Rupert Friend has another great scene in the hospital where he casually gets naked in front of Carrie and says, "What? It's not like you haven't seen a dick before." On a show loaded with this much tension, I need dick jokes.

3 Stars