TV Review: Homeland S3 Ep9 “One Last Time”

I am a big fan of Homeland. I
caught up with the show during the summer and was pumped for season 3. Some
people thought this was a very slow season because of Brody’s absence. If you
missed Brody and Carrie together than this is the episode you have been waiting
for all season. But warning there is some focus on Dana. I know how fans of the
show hate Dana.

Written By Kat “Comic Uno”

Last we saw Brody he started
to become a heroine addict. Saul saves Brody for his own agenda. Half of the
episode shows Brody trying to deal with the withdrawal of heroine; lets say
that doesn’t go so well. Brody starts stabbing himself with a chair and stops
Saul wants to get his plan off the ground. So, he calls upon an injured Carrie to convince Brody to go on one
last mission to redeem his name. At first Brody rejects the plan even after
seeing Carrie. Once Carrie mentions Dana he starts to work towards getting
healthier to talk to Dana “one last time”.
Brody is ready to go on the
mission. The night before he talks to Dana. He wants to tell her that he is innocent because he was not the Langley bomber. 
Dana has been through too much pain and she says that she never wants to
see him again. Brody still goes on the mission.
The show has finally gone
back to its core. Carrie and Brody are interacting with each other again with
the hovering tension of Carrie’s pregnancy and the tortured soul of Brody.
I loved the second half of
this episode. Who doesn’t like to see a broken character start to search for
redemption? One of the main things that drew me to the show is the concept of
Brody being a broken character. Even though he has done so many bad things we
are still cheering for him. When he falls down in the beginning of his training I wanted him to get back on his feet.
I may be the minority on this
one, but I don’t hate Dana. A lot of people complain that she gets too much
camera time, which may be true. I hated her boyfriend
drama in season 2 and the first part of season 3, but I love the connection Brody has with her.
This episode shows that not even Carrie can keep Brody level headed. Dana is
the key to seeing the Brody we all fell in love with in Season 1.
I was on the edge of my seat
when Brody confronted Dana. It was a powerful scene. Dana pushes Brody away,
but because of this encounter Brody is pushing himself even harder to convince his
daughter that he can redeem himself.
Lets give a round of applause
to Damian Lewis’ performance in this episode. We thought Carrie was the only
one who can go crazy on this show. It was great to see his character do a complete 360 in the time frame of only one episode.
The Bad
I am starting to hate Saul.
We should want to root for the guy. He is trying to resurrect the CIA, but at
the process he has been horrible to Carrie. Saul is supposed to be Carrie’s
friend. I don’t know what kind of friend puts you in a mental institution and
still rag on you after the fact. Carrie was right in this episode he could’ve at
least faked his appreciation. 
The beginning of the episode
was a little slow. Even though I loved Damian Lewis’ performance I didn’t know
what direction they were going with the heroine plot.
SOMEONE ABOUT HER PREGNANCY?? She could have told Quinn when they were riding to the hospital, but instead she keeps trying to kill her
baby. She doesn’t ask if the baby is all right when she gets shot in the arm.
Carrie thinks her pregnancy is a perfect opportunity to start smoking. I
just want to know what is going on in her head right now.
It is always hard to do a
speculation section for Homeland, because this show has twist and turns that I
never see coming, but I am going to try my best.
Brody is obviously going to
survive the mission. Maybe the CIA will try to clear his name, but life will
never be the same for him. I do hope that Dana forgives him by the end of
the season.
Carrie has to tell someone
about her pregnancy. I think Brody will be in a live or death situation and she
will tell him over radio.
I have a gut feeling the
senator is going to step down as director of the CIA by the end of this season.
Overall, I really liked
seeing Brody and Carrie together again. I did not want this episode to end. The
second portion of this episode kept me on the edge of my seat. I can’t wait to
start seeing Brody’s redemption story.
4 out of 5 stars

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