The Faces of Espionage
A Television Review by Akash Singh
NOTE: SPOILERS OCCUR!!!!!!!
The ninth episode of season two, Two Hats concerned itself primarily with espionage and the capture of Roya and crew. It’s a tense, suspenseful hour that gives greater illumination to Rupert Friend’s Quinn and his shadiness. It’s thrilling stuff that ties in Saul’s and Estes’s backstory in tighter knots while leaving enough to the imagination that it doesn’t feel overstuffed. It is within this hour that Brody almost dies at the very end at Quinn’s hands. Will he be the one to pull the trigger?
Brody at the beginning of the ninth outing of Homeland’s second season has been missing for twelve hours. Panic naturally has set in amongst everyone and the CIA decides to apprehend Roya. But before they do so, Brody calls in panic and asks for his family’s protection. Carrie send Mike to avoid suspicion. At the safe house Dana has a touching heart to heart with Mike. Over the course of the season it has been fascinating from a character point of view how Dana has slowly become so disillusioned by her father. It’s a stark contrast between when she was excited about him possibly becoming Vice President and how that very reality has become so poisonous to their relationship.
At a CIA debrief later on, Brody reveals Abu Nazir’s plan. An attack has been planned on a homecoming event hosted by VP Walden where 300 special ops soldiers were going to be reunited with their families. Brody is supposed to chart a path for a lone journalist, Roya Hammad, to cover the otherwise private event. There’s a thing about Homeland, it has a habit of massive twists and surprises. For some reason, the plot being revealed so easily seems like a put-off. Or maybe I’m just reading far too much into it.
In the crazy world of Homeland subplots, Saul has Virgil and Max looking into Quinn. The earlier behavior between Quinn and Estes raised Saul’s awareness and it’s a logical move to look into a figure who has looked quite shady from time to time. His apartment is entirely booby-trapped with everything packed away. They also find a photo of a woman that Saul tracks her down. She is a police officer in Philadelphia, the estranged mother of Quinn’s child. Quinn himself meets an old contact of Saul’s named Dar Adal, played impeccably by the formidable F. Murray Abraham. What is clear from this scene is that Quinn is no analyst. Then what is he?
Roya, the man from the Gettysburg shootout, and the rest of the terrorists are captured successfully and that in and of itself is a good enough place to end the episode. But the final tantalizing thread is so delicious it’s almost cruel to make us wait until next week. Quinn arrives at Brody’s home to pick him up, holding a silenced handgun to shoot Brody. Carrie confirms that Abu Nazir was not in Roya’s van and Estes orders Quinn to not shoot. Just yet.
Title: Two Hats
Written By: Alexander Cary
Directed By: Dan Attias
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