The 12 Best Moments From 'Homeland''s Bad Season 2
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How the mighty have fallen. Supervillain-style showdowns staged like something out of a bad first-person-shooter, plot twists you wouldn't buy if they were on sale, material so head-scratching that not even Emmy darlings Claire Danes and Damian Lewis could pull it off . . . Homeland Season Two has been a slow-motion car accident, and not just because it's featured two car accidents.

But like a flash drive sewn into the lining of a messenger bag, there's still good stuff embedded in there, if you've got the patience to look. If anything, that makes Homeland's devolution following its strong first season even more frustrating – if it were all crap, we could stop caring. What follows, in chronological order, are the 10 best moments from a bad season of a once-great show. They're the ones we'd pin to our corkboard as evidence that Carrie and company are still actively making great TV, now and then. And they're why the lack of a spectacular turnaround during the season finale left us making a Claire Danes cryface.

By Sean T. Collins