'Homeland' recap: CIA silences Carrie; Fara links bombing to Iran
By By Alan Eyerly
Oct 07, 2013 at 9:00 AM
Off her meds and off to reveal the truth about the deadly bombing at CIA headquarters, bipolar case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) finds herself isolated and institutionalized in Episode 302 ("Uh... Oh... Ah...") of Showtime's "Homeland."
Scapegoated in a CIA misinformation campaign, Carrie is determined to clear her name and save the life of Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), the target of a global manhunt after the Langley explosion.
"I'm under attack," Carrie exclaims to a skeptical newspaper reporter (Fiona Choi). But divulging spy secrets puts Carrie in the cross hairs of CIA black ops leader Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham).
"She's out for blood. I'm going to stop her," Dar vows.
Carrie's newspaper interview is cut short when police arrive with a psychiatric detention order. Soon she's handcuffed to a hospital bed and evaluated by Dr. Harlan (David Aaron Baker).
"I'm standing down," Carrie assures the psychiatrist, meaning there's no need for the CIA to silence her. But Harlan is concerned that Carrie no longer takes Ritalin to control her mood swings, opting instead for a regimen of running and meditation.
"I can't do the meds anymore," says Carrie, grandiosely believing she would have prevented the bombing if her head was clear.
Worried about this erratic behavior is acting CIA Director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), who reluctantly betrayed Carrie to protect his agency from Congress. Saul tries to win over Carrie's father Frank (James Rebhorn) and sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves).
"I know both of you hate me right now but I'm on her side," says Saul, who wants Carrie placed in her family's care.
"You better be the best analyst we've ever seen," Saul demands. So come up with a plan "or don't say anything."
"I have a plan," Fara says, choking back tears.
Her strategy involves questioning bankers about suspicious money transfers. Fara believes they illegally partnered with an Iranian trading company, garnering huge profits by trafficking in human misery.
When the bankers refuse to cooperate, CIA operative Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) confronts one of them (Robert Newman) outside an upscale restaurant. The banker's colleague was just killed in Venezuela, Peter warns, so watch your back.