Oh, why couldn't you go back to the van, Carrie?
Mira, why would you expect Saul to put you first now after so many years of being married to his work?
Why didn't you do a little background check on your wife's boyfriend with the mysterious international background, Saul?
Fara, why couldn't you just be honest with your uncle and admit that you're an American patriot, willing to jeopardize your family's safety for a greater good?
Saul, why would you go dig a zoned-out Brody out of a hole in Venezuela?
Because love blinds people, I guess. Love is blindness.
'A Red Wheelbarrow' advanced Homeland's Season Three plot along nicely, but it added a very human layer on top of its key CIA protagonists, showing us that their humanity, and their love for and loyalty to each other might be their undoing.
We had Carrie, risking the CIA's newest and biggest asset, just to clear Brody's name.
We had Saul abandoning the wife that he just reconciled with, flying a continent away to get Brody for lord knows what, but at least in part to right the wrong he put Carrie through.
We had Quinn, ever the good soldier, willing to jeopardize his mission to spare the life of his pal Carrie. Boy, he's really become her guardian angel, hasn't he?
We had Mira, willing to set aside thirty years worth of evidence that her husband was more devoted to his job than to her, because she loves him.
We had Fara, willing to put the family that she left behind in Iran in danger, all in the name of service to the red, white and blue.
Now juxtapose the "good" guys, with their devious, snake-like enemies, Franklin and Bennett (two very lawyer-y names, yes?). The "bad" guys are willing to eliminate anyone that might bring them down, regardless of what they've done for them before. Theirs is an emotionless sort of devotion, while Saul, Carrie and the CIA crew are all being driven by their emotions.
And speaking of emotionless, how scary did Brody look in that final scene? What fresh hell is a strung-out Sgt. Brody capable of bringing upon us?
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