Episode Nine: "Two Hats"
The beauty of the closing sequence in this episode, by far the best of Homeland season two's dire back half, is that you didn't know what was happening until it had already stopped happening. The crisp, brisk cross-cutting between the arrest of terrorist reporter Roya Hammad and her goon squad with a limousine pulling into a surburban was neighborhood was already deliciously disorienting, even before the familiar faces pop up. Why is Peter Quinn dressed in a suit and driving a limo? Why is Brody getting into the back seat? Where are they – oh my god he's got a gun! In a flash, we find out the truth about this mysterious agent, get a peak of the bleak future awaiting Brody even if he "wins" against his former terrorist handlers, and watch the entire interpersonal dynamic between Carrie's team shift before our very eyes. And in the decision to keep Peter from pulling the trigger and delivering yet another big shock ending, we get one last glimpse of the intelligence and restraint that was once Homeland's best asset.
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