'Homeland': Carrie and Brody Are Reunited
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in the 'Homeland' Season 3 episode, 'One Last Time.'
SPOILER ALERT: This recap contains storyline and character spoilers.
You have to hand it to Saul for his sheer commitment to seeing out his plan to bring peace to the Middle East. He’s willing to make any sacrifice to get it done… well, he’s willing to make everyone else sacrifice, anyway.
Brody, Carrie, Brody’s family, Quinn, Dar Adal, even the weaselly Senator Lockhart have all been called upon (or blackmailed) by Saul to make sacrifices in the name of Saul’s grand scheme. But in this week's "Homeland" episode, “One Last Time,” Saul reveals there’s one person he won’t bother: his wife Mira, who, arguably, is the person who has betrayed Saul the most.
More on Brody (or rather, Brodys) in a sec. Before delving into what new and extraordinary measures Saul has asked Brody and those around him to take, it’s important to point out that when Saul learns Mira’s extramarital fling is the source providing details about Saul’s secret plans to his enemy Lockhart, Saul has ammunition to destroy Lockhart publicly and end his bid to become the new CIA director.
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Saul doesn’t take it, though, because it would be bad publicity for the agency... and, as he tells Dar, Quinn, and his other ops, it would publicly humiliate his wife. The wife who has been carrying on a relationship with another man — Alan Bernard, the guy she dumped last week, who then planted a bug in Saul’s home — behind his back.
Her privacy and reputation are too precious to breach. But Carrie’s sanity, Quinn’s basic decency and will to continue working, and Brody’s very survival are all up for grabs as Saul single-mindedly pursues this big idea of his.
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson in the 'Homeland' Season 3 episode, 'One Last Time.'
Brody was in a sorry state when Saul traveled to Caracas to retrieve him last week, and when he brings him back to Virginia, Brody has only spiraled further. He’s been detoxing cold turkey, as Saul and Dar reveal they need him to kick his drug addiction without medicinal assistance. That’s the only way he’ll be strong enough to pretend to be the Langley bomber and seek political asylum in Iran.