Homeland: Season 3, Episode 5

The Yoga Play (27 Oct. 2013)

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Saul hopes to be appointed regular CIA director when summoned to the presidential chief of staff's geese hunt, but senator Andrew Lockhart is the one toasted as nominee. Quinn is meanwhile ... See full summary »

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Saul hopes to be appointed regular CIA director when summoned to the presidential chief of staff's geese hunt, but senator Andrew Lockhart is the one toasted as nominee. Quinn is meanwhile taken into confidence and asked to supervise Carrie, who dumps her medication again. She even risks arousing suspicion from Iranian spy chief Majid Javadi's personal henchmen by abusing the 'yoga class' alibi to summon an FBI agent to check out runaway Dana, who is spooked by broadcast reports about lover Leo's allegedly fratricidal past, and dumps him as another 'liar'. Majid's men intrude at night to overpower and strip-search Carrie. Written by KGF Vissers

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The FBI agent refers to Dana and her boyfriend as Romeo and Juliet, to which Carrie responds "and you know how that ended badly". Claire Danes (Carrie) played Juliet alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo & Juliet See more »

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Carrie takes a risk
6 November 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After last week's surprising revelation that Carrie's time in the psychiatric hospital was part of a ploy to draw out those responsible for the attack on the CIA Carrie risks all her hard work after Jessica Brody approaches her for help looking for her missing daughter. Carrie reaches out to a somewhat unwilling FBI contact and it is unsure whether or not those who were keeping an eye on her realise that she had briefly slipped away; if they have she could be in extreme danger. Meanwhile Saul is invited to a shooting weekend where he expects to be confirmed as the permanent director of the CIA but ends up learning that is not to be.

After a succession of downbeat episodes where it looks as though protagonist Carrie had been abandoned by the CIA it was nice to see it was all part of a plan and see her going after the bad guys again; this gave some real drama and a good cliff hanger ending. Saul's storyline may not have been as dramatic but it did serve to give him a fixed time frame to make a breakthrough before handing over the agency to a man with different ideas about how to deal with suspected terrorists. As always the acting was solid; I particularly like Rupert Friend's portrayal of Quinn; a character who initially seemed to be a threat to Carrie but now seems to be her guardian angel. Overall I thought this was a good episode and hopefully it signals a return to the fight against terrorism as opposed to characters having problems!


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