Carrie Chooses Life
Episode Three: "State of Independence"
The thing about Carrie Mathison is that she's, you know, a good person. That's a rarity among the leads of prestige cable dramas. And that's a big part of why we want Homeland to work: we want this character to be treated with the care we feel for her. That's why the scene in which she stops herself mid-suicide attempt, suddenly popping up from the bed where she lay down to die and forcing herself to puke up her pill-and-Pinot cocktail – leaving her alive to enjoy her total vindication minutes later – gives me such a fist-pump/round-of-applause charge right now. We've got the faith in her that she doesn't have.