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Homeland recap: Parabiosis

Carrie nearly gives up, while Saul (finally) looks into the leaked documents. Also: Can someone please save Quinn?

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TV Show
Current Status:
In Season
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Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, Morena Baccarin, Mandy Patinkin
Drama, Mystery, Thriller

What could possibly be in these MacGuffins documents?! They’ve fractured the CIA’s Dar Adal/Saul backbone, sent Carrie on a tailspin, and, worst of all, they’re killing Quinn, all because the Russians don’t want them to be read. These documents must be stopped.

Too bad everyone’s busy preventing each other from accessing them, and as a result, almost everyone in tonight’s episode fails to see things clearly. Carrie watches Jonas carry on his life without her, thinking she’s exhausted her resources after losing Quinn, Jonas, and Saul. Quinn observes his wound in the dingy bathroom, assuming he’s rescued Carrie and he’ll be fine if he leaves. Saul draws the curtains on the windows of his hotel room, finally suspicious of the agency.

Only thing is, he’s just a few hours too late. Earlier, after taking off with Carrie, he didn’t believe her theory that the Russians were the ones who put in her kill order. Even though Carrie tells him she confirmed it was the Russians behind the order and the attack in Lebanon, Saul is dismissive and refuses to help. “You want me to hand over some top secret documents to you, of all people?” he asks. “You don’t think that’s gonna cause problems?”

Of course it’ll cause problems, Saul, but just because Carrie sounds paranoid (and is still wearing the worst wig known to man) doesn’t mean she’s wrong. Sadly, he leaves after calling the rift between them “a f—ing wall” and hops into a cab, leaving her with nothing. Returning to his hotel, Saul spots the men tailing him and clearly grows concerned. 

This is where the film snob in me would like to point out that we get our first reflection-heavy shot of the night. Director Alex Graves (he helmed last year’s “Halfway to a Donut” and often works on Game of Thrones) spends a noticeable amount of shots framing characters through windows, highlighting their reflections and the idea of duality — which the episode title also calls out. We see Saul in the elevator, but the camera focuses on his reflection first. Clearly, Carrie’s words got to him, even if he won’t admit it, and having people follow him only makes things worse. And the same idea comes across in several more key shots where characters confront the truth:

…Well, it’s either that, or Graves just really likes glass.

Either way, Carrie has finally returned to the Quinncave, where Jonas is frantically cleaning up, agitated to have been left on his own for a full 24 hours. Carrie’s shocked to find that Quinn’s gone and possibly dead, but Jonas has had enough. He tells her things have only gotten worse and offers to take her home. When she stalls, Jonas refuses to wait any longer for her to make up her mind. Instead of giving him a solid answer, she brings up Saul, explaining that he rejected her, and that she would really like to keep Jonas as an ally. But when she mentions the documents, Jonas becomes incensed. “Quinn walked out of that door to protect you, Carrie; does that register?!” he screams. “That’s it, I’m done.” Jonas does what he does best: He walks out and leaves Carrie on her own. 

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And with that, Carrie’s left with one final friend to turn to: Otto Düring, who finds her hiding in the parking complex of the foundation. Believing she has no way to access the documents and continue to investigate the case, she asks Düring for a way out. Still pained by Saul’s words, she tells the billionaire philanthropist she can’t keep bringing the people around her down. And so, she asks him for a plane to take her to Norway, where she can disappear nowhere (thanks, guys — I could really use closed captioning on these screeners). 

NEXT: Saul takes matters into his own hands