Hell hath no fury like Carrie Mathison off her meds.
On Sunday’s Homeland, Carrie — desperate to find out who wants her dead — decides she needs full use of her terrorist-tracking Spidey sense and puts the brakes on her daily lithium routine. What could possibly go wrong, right?! Read on and find out!
PRESCRIPTION FOR DISASTER | At the top of the hour, Carrie tearfully ships Frannie off to the States (via nanny Celine Dion) to get her out of harm’s way. Immediately after bidding her adieu, Carrie loops in Perfect Boyfriend Jonas on her lithium-free plan to ID the individual(s) out to kill her, but there’s a twist — said plan is already in motion; she stopped taking her lithium three days ago. Perfect Boyfriend Jonas is a little miffed that she kept this small matter from him, but he nonetheless agrees to serve as her quasi-chaperone as she embarks on her mental scavenger hunt. “It can be scary as hell,” Carrie warns him. But having a Perfect Boyfriend like him by her side will allow her to “push the boundaries… fly a little higher.” And should she start to lose it, he can come to her rescue with drugs in hand. Worst. Plan. Ever.
BI-POLARIZING DEVELOPMENT | After showing Jonas that “sex is better” without Lithium, Carrie enters her makeshift war room and gets to work. She compiles a mile-long enemies list, a process that opens Jonas’ eyes to all the blood on Carrie’s hands from her years working in the CIA. “I don’t know how you live with yourself,” he eventually says to her after much goading. Perfect Boyfriend then scores the title of world’s Worst. Chaperone. Ever. when he flees the scene in a huff. Next thing you know, Carrie is downing a bottle of vodka from the freezer and being visited by her Season 4 terrorist pawn Ayan. Jonas eventually returns, but it’s too late. Carrie is in full-tilt unhinged mode, claiming she’s being targeted by a group of “avenging angels” out for karmic retribution. Jonas realizes it’s time for that emergency drug intervention, which sets off Carrie’s internal mean girl alarm. “You think I’m crazy?” she screams. “I am f—ing crystal clear.” Carrie reluctantly swallows the bitter pill he forces on her, but, man, does she make him pay for it, calling him everything from a boring, watered-down Clark Kent to “a lousy lay.”
CARRIE’D AWAY | Carrie’s Insult Tour of 2015 comes to a crashing halt when Jonas gets word that his son has been taken into custody, only there’s no record of his arrest anywhere. Carrie immediately (and correctly) deduces that the kid’s arrest was staged, and now her would-be killer likely knows the secret location where she’s holed up. What Carrie doesn’t know — but we do — is that it’s Quinn who’s gunning for her. Jonas, understandably freaked out about his son’s safety, insists on returning to Berlin. Carrie, however, thinks that’s the last place she should go, so she escapes into the woods with sharpshooter in hand, forcing Jonas to take off without her.
KILLER CLIMAX | Night falls and Quinn shows up with rifle in hand, but Carrie — who doesn’t know it’s Quinn she’s aiming at — gets in the first shot. Quinn falls to the ground. But before you can say “bulletproof vest!” he puts Carrie in a chokehold, injects her with some sleepy sauce and… she’s out cold. Quinn takes a deep breath, looks at Carrie and mutters, “Motherf—er.”
MISC. | Saul is shtupping Miranda Otto.
What did you think of the episode? Who do you think sent Quinn to kill Carrie? And you don’t honestly believe he was going to Carrie out (ha!) that particular mission, right? And, lastly, is this the Claire Danes episode people will be talking about come Emmy time? Hit the comments!