TV Review: HOMELAND Season Two Episode 8, 'I'll Fly Away'

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 25th, at 10:00 PM ET/PT exclusively on Showtime.


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 8

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Brody is freaking out. The majority of this week's Homeland is spent on our main man's struggle with trying to keep calm while his family finally explodes and he's sick of the massive lie-train he's been riding for two seasons. During a meet with the terrorist reporter lady, Brody snaps, tells her off and goes AWOL. Carrie tracks him down and she takes him off the grid much to the dismay of oh I don't know, the CIA. Remember season one's cabin sex romp where Carrie and Brody just decided to disappear for a while and enter an intercourse marathon? Well here you go.

Carrie ends up taking Brody to some hooker hotel and while hiding out from the CIA, she ends up having crazy army sex with an admitted terrorist. The most amazing thing of all -- is that the CIA is listening to the entire situation because they've got a bug on the room and are ready to send in a team to take the naked duo out. It was absolutely mind-blowingly hilarious watching Quinn (Rupert Friend) freak the hell out while Saul grasps his forehead in frustration as an entire room of Carrie's co-workers listen to her scream hump a terrorist. Hilarious.

After Carrie screws Brody out of his depression, he tries to renew the ties to Al Qaeda and meets up with his contacts once more. During this intense meeting, the two venture out into the middle of nowhere and the CIA is forced to follow them without much of a visual or audio surveillance. It was extremely unsettling not knowing what was going to happen and the result was shocking. Hello Abu, we missed you.

Brody's daughter Dana continues her vow to become the show's most annoying character as she heads to her mother's old BF's house and proceeds to nap there. Teenagers are so goddamn stupid. While she's there, Dana proceeds to tell her mom that dad is with that blonde woman from the CIA again, but whoops you didn't know? I'm sorry. How about shut up Dana? To make things even worse she goes to the daughter of her hit and run victim and tries to say she's sorry. You can fill in the blanks from there because this character has no freaking clue what's going on. Stupid kids….. Here's hoping -- again -- that this angle is a wrap…Please let it be over, just please.

3.5 Stars