Fifty nine days have passed since the bombing of the CIA headquarters, which resulted in the death of 219 people. A clean, simple, well written and well executed third season premiere of Homeland picks up there, and establishes the season’s major battlegrounds: The CIA vs. Congress, Saul vs. Carrie, and Dana vs. the that F*#$#@ asshole from Dexter. If Alex Gansa can keep the series in check, slow down the pacing, and take his time chewing through plot, it very well could be a return to season one form.
Let’s take a look at where we stand.
Carrie Mathison — “If you’re asking if he outsmarted me, yes he did. If you’re asking if I will ever forgive myself, no I won’t.” That’s where Carrie Mathison begins the episode, sitting in front of Congress, and answering questions from Senator Lockhart (Tracy Letts), who is determined to bury both Carrie Mathison and the CIA. Over the course of the episode, Lockhart — who is being leaked information from someone — presents the CIA immunity agreement with Brody, and later blows up Carrie’s alibi for the 14 hours following the bombing. She claims she was knocked unconcious in the ladies restroom, while he suggests that witnesses saw her leaving with Brody following the bombing.
Mathison suggests that Brody had been set up, and that he had no idea the bomb had been placed in his car. Lockhart suggests she is smoking something, while Mathison’s own attorney tells her that nobody wants to hear that Brody is innocent and the argument is undermining her credibility. Mathison eventually asserts her 5th Amendment right against self-incrimination. THE WITCH HUNT IS ON.
Meanwhile, Mathison admits to her Dad that she’s off her meds, and it’s apparent after she takes home and bangs a rando she met at the liquor store. After the media reports that an unidentified case officer may have been sleeping with Brody, Mathison tracks down Saul in a restaurant and goes ballistic, blaming Saul and his lapdog, black ops leader Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) for the leak.
Dana Brody — With Brody on the run, it’s not clear why there even needs to be a focus on the Brody clan, but Morena Baccarin’s Jessica Brody is a popular character on the show, and I suppose the writers need a B-plot to slow things down, although the Dana plot was the weakest part of last season. We learn that Dana attempted suicide after Brody was implicated in the bombing. At the beginning of the episode, she is leaving a 12-step program, where she met a guy, Leo Carras (Sam Underwood, who played Zack on f#$%@^$ Dexter , who is nothing but bad news. Naturally, the two are already exchanging topless texts.
Meanwhile, Jessica’s Mom is helping out, since Jessica had to take an office job. Jessica’s Mom is awful. She thinks Jessica should bring a lawsuit agains the government, and she also thinks that Dan’s suicide attempt was a cry for attention. Dana overhears her say, “If she had really tried to kill herself, she’d be dead.” You know what? Grandma can go screw.