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Homeland - Good Night - 3.10 - Review

I can’t help but feel nostalgic. Homeland’s third season is almost over. Sure, this season had its ups and downs, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. “Good Night” marked this season’s third episode and wow, it was filled with heart pumping drama. Soon, I’m going to have to get a life.

This episode focused on one storyline, and boy did it feel good. There was not a lot of the secondary character drama storylines, only Homeland like we love it. “Good Night” focused on part 2 of the plan set in motion a couple of episodes ago, and every past storyline seems to be proving useful. Javadi and Fara proved to not only be time fillers, even Dana proved herself worthy of her screen time last week. (The only drama I have yet to see pertinent to the bigger stry is the pregnancy storyline, anyone?) The episode focused on everything and everyone involved in getting Brody across the border and everything associated with it.

The episode started out with Quinn revealing to Carrie he knew her deep dark secret. She’s going to have to tell soon anyways, it’s going to start showing at some point. Carrie saying the baby wasn’t Brody’s was mostly for a tension filled promo because, nobody’s really going to believe this, am I right?

The character yo-yo for one Nicolas Brody in this episode was insane, he’s a ticking time bomb, you never know how he’s going to react. (Carrie should have kept the lithium). He started out with as the reformed Marine. I love the scene where he turned his socks. Soon afterwards, he went through a mental break-down phase when some-one’s blood was spattered all over his face. Lastly, when the plan literally seemed to have light up in flames, he turned into the hero. It’s nice to see Brody in a different light. I feel he either gets painted as the victim or as the bad guy most of the times. We actually also saw him laugh, smile and crack a few jokes.

I love that Saul has lucky gum, kind of makes him more relatable and in some ways, less of an ass. He didn’t act like one in this episode, so he has that going for him. He also realised not everyone surrounding him is the enemy, Lockhart actually got in on the plan. I think it was long overdue. The war against him was kind of uncalled for, if you forget the whole spying gig from last week. Of course the play doesn’t go as planned. When the truck passes over a mine and it explodes, my heart was beating like crazy, but they can’t kill him, or can they? The fact that I was scared Saul would agree to bomb the truck, tells a lot about how little I think of the character. Though, one of my top scenes from this episode was probably Saul’s reaction to Carrie’s outburst. “Bite that lip Carrie. Bite it hard”.

It’s time to abort the mission, but Brody wouldn’t abort. I get it, his chance for redemption isn’t going to present itself again, not in this way. He can’t go back to who he was, to how he was. Carrie and Brody share a scene in which she tries to convince him to come back and regroup. The cheesy romantic in me enjoyed it. I was anxious though, I was sure she was going to blurt out her pregnancy right then and there in front of the whole CIA. It would not have been a good move for her.

Was I the only one who was kind of freaked with Carrie's you did your best speech to Saul when he thought his play had failed? Also, she was cheerful, very un-Carrielike.

Brody miraculously survived and got over the border. The plan is a go. Javadi killed the guy who helped Brody out. It caught me by surprise, but when I think about it, it makes a lot of sens. Of course, he wasn't part the plan. He could have been a huge liability. Who knows how long he could actually withstand torture and have them all killed. You go back to the conversation they had. "Expect to cave." Some people may think it was a cold but I see it as pragmatic.

How did you find Saul in this episode?

Carrie trying to convince Brody to abort the mission, cute or corny?

Was Javadi’s kill cold, or was it the right thing to do?

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