“Every good cop needs a bad cop.”

The tension continues to mount in this week’s episode of Homeland, entitled “Q&A.”  To begin, has there ever been a better interrogation scene on television than the one between Carrie and Brody?  Peter, played by the talented Rupert Friend (The Young Victoria, Pride & Prejudice) was equally masterful in is role as the “bad cop.”  I couldn’t help feeling sorry for both Carrie and Brody as the two are one time bomb waiting to go off.  It’s almost as if they’re a bad mixture of chaos, with each individual wrestling their own demons.  Carries admits, “I was exactly where I belonged” when speaking about the time they spent at the cabin together, and when attempting to appeal to Brody’s emotions, she calmly says, “That’s the Brody I feel in love with.”

So where does this leave us with Brody?  Is it possible for one man to wear so many faces?  Like Carrie, I too am beginning to wonder when Brody last spoke the truth.  He’s a man seemingly surrounded by monsters.  Abu Nazir may be the person who’s easier to despise, yet the Vice President’s hands are just as dirty.  Homeland continues to do wonders by exploring the grey areas of terrorism, war and conflict.  Our world is too big a place to think that the United States has all the right answers, or that we’re better than everyone else.  Nothing could be further from the truth, and I’m glad the writers of this series are taking the time to explore these difficult questions.  When an innocent young boy is killed on the orders of a man from 5,000 miles away, what’s a father to do?

Back home with Brody’s family, it was funny to watch Jessica’s attempts at easing the minds of her children by saying, “It’s pizza night,” or visiting her husbands hotel with chicken-noodle soup.  I guess she’s just trying to find some semblance of normality in her hectic life.  Dana, the most fleshed-out of the Brody siblings, has a new boyfriend, but like all relationships in this show, it doesn’t look like she’s going to get her fairy-tale ending with Prince Charming.  If any parents are reading this review, I’m curious to hear your thoughts on the family dynamics of Homeland.  The relationships within the Brody household have been some of my favorite moments in the series.  I may be off-base by saying this, but this show reminds me of HBO’s The Sopranos, in that the show explores earth shattering events, but doesn’t forget the family.  There will be one scene showcasing an intense interrogation where a man is getting stabbed through the hand, then it will switch to Dana asking a young man out on a date.  Not to sound overly corny, but Homeland never forgets its humanity, and that is why I love it.

“Q&A” was another brilliant entry in the Homeland series, and I’m excited to see what’s in store for us in the weeks to come.  Do you think Brody is still is the game, and what will happen to his relationship with Carrie?  As much as I love Jessica, I don’t think she’ll every truly understand just how messed up Brody is, so Carrie and Brody getting back together doesn’t seem like a big stretch.  Share your thoughts with me on this week’s episode in the comments section below.

-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)

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