'Homeland' Recap: Saul Gets His Man, Just a Little Too Late
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson, Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison, and Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn in the 'Homeland' Season 3 episode, 'Still Positive.'
SPOILER ALERT: The recap for the "Still Positive" episode of "Homeland" contains storyline and character spoilers.
“Homeland” fans who’ve felt this season was dragging on slowly and without much forward movement, and those who’ve felt there was way too much Dana Brody, should be pleased with “Still Positive.” There was a lot of payoff, and a lot of crucial Saul backstory revealed, and for the Dana-haters: Dana Brody no longer exists. Literally.
But first, the Carrie twist: She’s pregnant. Again. Or still, as the “Still Positive” episode title may or may not allude to. Carrie takes a home pregnancy test (procured from a cabinet in her bathroom where there are multiple boxes of them), which reveals a positive result. She places the used test in a drawer, which already houses dozens (dozens!) of other used tests, all bearing a positive result.
So is Carrie pregnant again, or still? If it’s again, what happened to all the other pregnancies? Were they a casualty of her job? Did she end them because of a fear of passing along the mental illness she has in common with her father? Or is she pregnant still, with all those tests referring to one pregnancy? Are repeated tests her way of trying to figure out how to deal with her situation? And of course, who’s the father?
A Blast from Saul’s Past
Carrie was kidnapped last week by Javadi’s men, and now she’s been delivered to his hideaway and hooked up to a lie detector test. She tricks Javadi into dismissing his guards and then tells him the truth; she’s there on behalf of Saul, who knows he’s embezzled millions of dollars from his own government. Saul wants to meet with him, and now Javadi knows Saul has the leverage to make the meeting happen, lest Javadi choose to return to his own government, which obviously will not look upon his betrayal as little misdeeds.
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in the 'Homeland' Season 3 episode, 'Still Positive.'
Besides, Saul knows Javadi can be flipped. As he unfolds the tale for Fara, Saul reveals Javadi was once a close friend and trusted colleague. Back in 1979, Saul had enlisted Javadi’s help to arrange for the safe escape of four Iranians who were in danger after the Iranian revolution. While Saul prepared travel documents for the four to flee, Javadi was to install them at a safehouse. But when Saul showed up to retrieve them, all four were dead, shot in the back of the head, as was Javadi’s M.O. Javadi had aligned himself with the new government, and as a consequence of his betrayal, his wife sought Saul’s help in getting her and Javadi’s son into a witness protection program in America.