'Homeland' Recap: 'It Worked, Saul'
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison and Stephanie J. Block as Patricia Cooper in the 'Homeland' Season 3 episode, 'Game On.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Game On" episode of "Homeland" contains storyline and character spoilers.
A quick summary of "Game On": no Brody, a lot of Dana, and a twist that finally brings some hope for Carrie.
It's been a rough season for Carrie Mathison so far, and she's hitting a new level of hopelessness when we catch up with her this week. She's still in the psych ward, at night, when she hears the cries of a fellow patient. Carrie steps out of her room and follows the cries down the hall, where she peeks in at another woman, who's being restrained by several employees and shot up with drugs. Carrie's spotted and runs back to her room and jumps into bed, where an orderly comes in and demands that her door be kept open.
The next day, she's frantically preparing for a hearing which should send her packing for home. It's clear after what she witnessed the night before, she's barely hanging on, but her attorney assures her everything's looking good, that her dad and sister are scheduled to appear on her behalf at the hearing, and that she should be checking out that day. But as she and her lawyer are walking into the meeting, Carrie spots Dar Adal slipping out of the hospital.
For those with very strong, negative feelings about Dana Brody, well, your cup of haterade must have runneth over by the end of "Game On," as she stole her mom's car, broke her boyfriend Leo out of the psych ward, traded her mom's car for another (lesser) car so she and Leo could evade their parents' custody for as long as possible, and made two very angsty pit stops.
Morgan Saylor as Dana Brody, Josue Gutierrez as Carmelo, Sam Underwood as Leo Carras, and Joseph Midyett as Aurelio in the 'Homeland' Season 3 episode, 'Game On.'
First, there was a boozy break at the cemetery where Leo shared his grief over the death of his twin and, in a revelation that would turn out to be more important later, told Dana he feels responsible for his brother's death, since he's the older sibling.
Next, their road trip — which also included sharing pot along the way — took them to the military base where Brody had originally deployed to Iraq when Dana was eight years old. She tells Leo the significance of the spot. It's the place "where [Brody] said the last true thing he ever said to me… 'Goodbye,'" she says. "Everything after that was a lie."