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Showtime says of “The Clearing”:

Reeling from the recent ambush, Carrie and team struggle to regain control of their operation, while Brody and family attend a tony fundraiser at a Virginia horse farm. Saul visits Aileen in solitary confinement, hoping she’ll provide key intelligence on this latest attack. Meanwhile, an anguished Dana pressures Finn to come clean about their hidden crime. But her quest to tell the truth will collide with her father’s secret mission in ways neither could have foreseen. Directed by John Dahl. Written by Meredith Stiehm.

Aileen Margaret Morgan, fans will recall, is the daughter of wealthy parents who married Raquim Faisel.

More in the text invisible.

* “You’re going to need to follow my lead here.”

* “None of this is fucking okay!!”

* Saul’s visit with Aileen begins in the second scene. The visit will remind some of “Silence of the Lambs” and Clarice’s deal with Lecter. Saul’s scenes are my favorite this week.

* As with Lecter’s, Aileen’s warden turns out to be a colossal asshole.

* The episode begins with Roya Hammad (Zuleikha Robinson) sitting near a suburban street.

* While I certainly understand daughter Dana Brody’s guilt, I can’t say I understand her motivation for wanting to out Finn.

* There’s a young woman at the fundraiser who has some questions for Brody.


Remember that “Firefly” reunion that made Nathan Fillion cry at Comic Con? That same day, the cast and showrunners got together for a new special airing 7 p.m. (and 10 p.m.) on the Science Channel.


"The Walking Dead," featuring the death of T-Dawg and the birth of Baby Grimes, hit a season low last Sunday.

"666 Park Avenue" got beat by "Breaking Amish."

Sundays Sept. 9-Nov. 4, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
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3.5 (3.4) (3.3) (3.0) (3.4) (3.9) (---) (---) (0.7) Once Upon A Time
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1.8 (1.8) (1.5) (2.1) (1.6) (2.1) (1.1) (0.7) (0.7) The Mentalist
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1.7 (1.8) (1.9) (1.7) (1.7) (1.8) (---) (0.7) (0.6) The Good Wife
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1.4 (1.6) (1.3) (1.3) (1.0) (1.3) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) Breaking Amish
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1.1 (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (0.9) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.2) Long Island Medium
1.1 (1.0) (1.0) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Talking Dead
1.0 (1.2) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) Dexter
0.9 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Seal Team Six
0.8 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Black Girls Rock
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  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:51 a.m. CST

    will they stretch Homeland to three seasons?

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 5:01 a.m. CST

    there will be a thrid season to homeland

    by popboy

    it has been confirmed.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 5:37 a.m. CST

    Will Treme season 3 be out on DVD in the spring?

    by tangcameo

    I haven't been able to watch any of it. I've been successful in avoiding all details about the third season so far. Hoping if I wait til spring I can pick them up on DVD. Unless iTunes Canada gets them earlier than that, which they haven't.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST

    Christina Ricci

    by Extr3m1st

    Did she really have breast reduction surgery? She looks basically flat in that video on the top of this webpage. What a shame..

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 6:24 a.m. CST

    BTW Dexter

    by Extr3m1st

    Has been OK so far this season. It will never be what it was. But it is nice seeing Yvonne Strahotski getting some meaty roles. Love that hottie..

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:18 a.m. CST

    TWD Season low last sunday?!?!?

    by rakesh patel

    kinda screwy.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:34 a.m. CST

    extr3m1st is wrong

    by FadedLineVigil

    As many long time Dexter fans are saying, this current season is right up there with the best of seasons (1,2,4). The jump in writing quality, acting and character development for everyone on the show is 1000x better than the last 2 seasons. For me personally, a fan from the beginning, this is shaping up to be the best season yet.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 9:25 a.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    I am glad you are enjoying this season, I love the show but IMO it is not as good as it was the first few seasons. Just my opinion, glad people out there still enjoy the show. I will be sad when it is gone. I am not even really knocking the show, it is very rare for any television series to be as good in season 7 as it was in season 1-4.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Dexter is scary now

    by MrD

    By which I mean the character, not the show. We've spent 6 seasons living in Dexter's head, and seen events play out through his eyes. This season the focus has shifted to Deb, and she calls him on his bullshit. Some of his mask has been pulled away, and more and more he's being revealed as the unstable psycho that he is. We're about half way through the season. I hope that they can see it through this year.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Homeland SNL skit with Anne Hathaway >>>>>>HERE<<<<<<

    by rakesh patel

    commerical and region free!

  • It's a big market.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11 a.m. CST nailed it

    by FadedLineVigil

    They've made the Dexter character scary again, not as much humor and goofiness. They've deconstructing him down to the essence of a serial killer. It's also nice to see some formidable villains and kills that aren't just one-offs. Victor in ep1 seemed like the obligatory first ep kill but that has really set in motion much of the Isaak arc. The Speltzer villain and kill was crucial in tying Deb into Dexter's world and helping her 'deal' with it. Such good stuff. And I LOVE how they are tying in every other season into the plot of this one. Trinity, the rape cult from S5, Doakes, etc. Dexter is thrilling again.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:32 a.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    Great show guys, don't miss it. Claire Danes surprised me in this show, she is damn good.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    I really like Homeland BUT

    by johnnyangelheart

    last week really lost me. The terrorists have the equivalent of a SEAL team in America that can take out a whole house full of armed CIA agents? COME ON!!!!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, noon CST

    Dexter writers are clearly planning the end game

    by sunwukong86

    I will be really shocked if it lasts past one more season.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    Bobs Burgers is pretty damn good...

    by Jobacca

    Like...SIMPSONS in its heyday good. Yeah,I said it.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Family guy hits 200 episodes tonight. how about some respect

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I know the show has it's haters, but come on, that's a big milestone in TV today, especially for a show that was cancelled twice wheres the respect Herc?

  • I loved Jorge Garcia's cameo as the Giant last week, but the effects of making him look like he was actually in the scene were really bad.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:35 p.m. CST

    John Dahl

    by Truxton Spangler

    I guess he works TV mostly now. Last week brought a CTU-ish band of CIA red shirts. Wonder when the mole shows up? I hope Quinn survives. He's good.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 4:42 p.m. CST

    When into a bodega after Hurricane Sandy...

    by Marc Cerasini

    The owner told me his satellite dish was "stuck," so he could only get HBO. Treme was on, nine people were in the store. Lo and behold, I found Treme's audience--all of it!

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST


    by Jared Parker

    i share the same sentiments you had about last week's ep. i highly doubt middle eastern terrorists are that efficient, or even have the capability to wipe out a whole CIA unit

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:36 p.m. CST

    johnnyangel, jp1

    by Crow3711

    The only thing I could come up with to justify the awesome seal-team of terrorists is that its so audacious, so completely unexpected, its conceivable they could catch a team searching for intel in a building they believe had been abandoned for a month like that for a wipeout. The most difficult part to believe is...who are they? Getting one highly trained terrorist into the country would be tough, a whole death squad? I mean I don't know, none of us really know the realities of what the CIA deals with, but I think sometimes we are all going to accept Homeland, in order to maintain excitement, is going to be a bit more 24 than we had hoped from time to time.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 7:49 p.m. CST

    homeland / prison break

    by celebritydave

    same shit. good first season. it becomes a hit. they think "fuck, we need to stretch this out to 4 season". it just becomes more and more silly. i stopped watching after episode 2 of this season. but im gonna call season 4. the nutter big nose chick is going to go under cover as a prisoner of war. only then will she understand. then he will become a POW again to save her. i bet you it gets that shit.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST

    Kiss my ass with your Spoiler Alert

    by kstewandthecuntsman

    Text invisible would have been nice for the fucking Walking Dead line. I don't go to the Walking Dead talkback until I have watched the episode(s). And as I was a week behind, it was a fucking nuisance that you HAD to mention the T-Dawg death in the ratings comment. Seriously, what the fuck? You could have conveyed the ratings info without the reveal. Fucking clownshoes.

  • I want to dislike Bob's Burgers, but it really keeps growing on me. Tonight was a terrific episode.

  • Nov. 11, 2012, 11:11 p.m. CST

    This season will end...

    by Gary Cochran

    with Deb becoming his partner and helping him kill killers.

  • ... even if the stories all tie together in the end, I wish the writers would have thought of a better way to arrive at whatever point they intend to reach with all of this -- something other than a 24-ish plot twist. Season one was stellar, absolutely stellar. What made it great was that it was somewhat believable. Season two is almost like a completely different show, and not in a good way. I hope it gets back on track.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 4:41 a.m. CST

    So is that what the fat cat kingmakers do for fun?

    by Truxton Spangler

    Hang out at the house...pool party with the kids...and clandestine meetings in the woods with handlers who borrow the super-fast vehicles from CTU? And damn, that Quinn is one quick healer...Galvez ain't so lucky. Couldn't VP Jr. have knocked up Dana, or have her accidentally OD and get the same effect as the hit-and-run? Probably more believable with two stupid teenagers.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST

    random thoughts from last night's Homeland...

    by Titus05

    why the hell is Dana so obsessed with confessing her crime?...does she want to go to a juvenille detention center? Aileen looks much better as a brunette...looks like she put on some weight as well...she looked a lot hotter compared to last season Carrie's constant obsession with wanting to have sex with Brody seems really out of place best line of the episode was when Quinn strips down in front of Carrie and tells her he's sure she's seen dick

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Firefly Reunion

    by Dheep

    It was nice to see them all again. But it illustrated one sad thing. It was on such a short time ,there really wasn't much to draw from. They tried very hard to dredge up some nuggets from the past , but really struggled with the well being so shallow. The one "secret" we were really surprised by though , was that Anara was sick or Dying. A couple times though , there were Tantalizing "what ifs" thrown out.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 8:28 a.m. CST

    I know were supposed to hate Family Guy on this site

    by nam0krut

    But that time-reversal episode was one of the best they had in the past 5 years

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 9:08 a.m. CST


    by Gary Cochran

    Dude you are a week behind. Don't visit message boards and complain when a spoiler gets revealed for something that happened a week or more ago.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 10:37 a.m. CST

    HOMELAND is so overhyped, its ridiculous...

    by TopHat

    How it won Best Drama Series over MAD MEN (especially last season's MAD MEN) is a true mark of discrepancy between reality and hype, imo. This show felt, and continues to feel, like a typical premium cable show. Some good performances, plots, and scenes here and there, but, ultimately forgettable and routine. It feels as if MAD MEN didn't win last time just because its won previously. That the people voting, and also the people reviewing, picked HOMELAND as a "Critical Darling" just to have something new get the spotlight, not because it actually earned the accolades. To feel as if they were being more "current" by supporting a show with a flawed female lead and stories about terrorism on American soil ...even though there have not been any significant terrorist plots carried out for years and flawed female leads are not that groundbreaking in the year 2012. The excuse of "There was too much Megan" being touted as the reason why last season's MAD MEN was "flawed" or "mediocre" demonstrates to me how desperate people become to hype something new, just because its something new. ...yet they make excuses for plot points such as two terrorists wearing mail-order battle gear taking down six CIA agents.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:23 p.m. CST

    Thanks for spoiling last weeks walking dead

    by Elwood Blues

    So does Spoiler Warning now mean you post spoilers for things not listed in the headline too? Was lo

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Thanks for spoiling last weeks walking dead.

    by Elwood Blues

    So does spoiler warning now include spoilers for things not even listed in the headline? I guess when I'm reading a review for the Hobbit with a spoiler warning (which I don't care since I read the book) I'll know something like Django Unchained may be spoiled out of the blue too... Come on, I thought we were past this haphazard revealing of spoilers in articles by now.

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Nice shoutout to 24 on Revenge this week...

    by Rebel Scumb

    Nolan calls Emily on her cellphone and tells her that someone has 'gone rogue', and Emily does a very Jack Bauer 'Dammit!' in reply Almost right after that is a shot in a park garage and the lot number is 24

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 1:29 p.m. CST


    by Dancingforever

    Has been reduced to a late night soap opera with the CIA and Terrorists replacing the usual tripe. I like Claire Danes and her weird nose, but enough man enough.

  • ... it's just out of place on the show, entirely out of place. The show is starting to twist itself up in illogical leaps. And Quinn goes from a gut shot last episode to walking around this episode? I'm really starting to scratch my head about what went wrong in the writer's room. Is there a lack of oxygen in there?

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 3:12 p.m. CST

    didn't know ending of Dexter was official yet

    by sunwukong86

  • Nov. 12, 2012, 6:08 p.m. CST

    I like homeland, but I wished I loved it...

    by WeylandYutani

    I think they do a great job with the B and C plots. They do an excellent job showing how HUMINT, MASINT and SIGINT is scrubbed to create finished intelligence. But the soapy A plot about Brody is killing the show for me. The idea that a US congressman is a sleeper agent is hard to believe. Their lives are so vetted and picked over it would be very hard for a member of the House to have such contacts. This is not to say that Congress is not rife with corruption, it surely is. But it is self serving economic based greed, not religious-jihad based. An example: Why was Brody recently asked to pick up the tailor/bomb maker? If this terrorist cell had a high ranking sleeper in the US government, that is an INCREDIBLY stupid move to expose him by raising suspicion about his whereabouts when he does not show up to a major function where the guest of honour is the VP. There was no reason for Brody to be involved with that and there was no reason to risk exposing him. That is one of several examples of bad writing. Overall this is an interesting series, but Brody should have been merely a former US marine who is having major issues returning to civilian life after years in captivity. He would have been of interest to the CIA because he was questioned by high ranking members of the terrorist organization. The double agent stuff is silly. But to contrast that, there is some excellent work by the writers as well. What makes the series for me is Carrie and Saul's story lines. Very interesting. Very authentic. And very well acted.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 5:02 a.m. CST


    by Extr3m1st

    I am pretty sure the reason the terrorists got the drop on those agents is they went in with brutal firepower and these agents weren't exactly a tactical team but more like analysts. By trying to keep it a secret that they were there they didn't set an outside perimeter to safeguard themselves. It was a 24 moment no doubt but it was shockingly effective IMO. Its a fucking TV show, either way hasn't Mad Men received enough platitudes at this point? Homeland is a very very good show. And FX has a show that is similar coming in the near future that looks pretty decent.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 5:07 a.m. CST

    Fucking talkbackers

    by Extr3m1st

    Is there anything you guys like? Nitpicking the shit out of every plot, trying to make sense out of a fucking TV show. Homeland is well done, some of it is a bit out there but show me one TV show that doesn't do the same thing. The Shield? Nigga please, you could rip that shit apart if you took a serious look at every episode and called out the BS that would never take place in a real life police department. And I loved the Shield? Why? Because I am not a unibrowed nitpicking talkbacker.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 11:57 a.m. CST

    @extr3m1st Search your feelings, you know it to be true

    by rakesh patel

    Homeland was great. 2 episodes ago they reached the apex in this story, now its downhill. when that shit happens you can't but help noticing flaws because the story doesn't absorb youas it once did .Let's face it, this shit happened on 24 every fucking season. Its happening on revolution. it happened on season 2 of twd and it happened for me watching fucking skyfall.

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    why does Dana want to confess?

    by Hipshot

    Ummm...because its the right thing to do? Is it so incomprehensible that there is a curve of human behavior, and that just as some are totally evil, some seek to be good?

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:07 p.m. CST


    by Mike2D

    Batista wants to retire and start his own restaurant. Quinn just gave him Russian mob blood money to start his restaurant. Once the mob finds out, anyone predicting Batista will be dead by the end of the season and Quinn will have just completely fucked himself over?

  • Nov. 13, 2012, 4:32 p.m. CST

    RE Batistas Restaurant

    by rakesh patel

    Bastista fucked himself over. WHat the fuck does he know about the restaurant business? And now he's gonna invest what little saving he has into it?!?!? it's a sure fire way to lose all of his money. unless of course he opens a coffee and do nuts trailer next to the police office. Then he'll rake it in

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I agree the writing is on the wall for both quinn and batista

    by Rebel Scumb

    Then again I've thought Quinn was dead meat every season since he showed up and yet he's still around so what do I know.

  • Nov. 14, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    Rebel scumb

    by Mike2D

    Well, that's where I'm predicting Quinn will live with the knowledge and guilt that he got Batista killed over blood money. I hope I'm wrong though cause that would just be too predictable!

  • Nov. 15, 2012, 8:47 a.m. CST


    by jsfithaca

    actually breaking bad should of won the emmy last year, no doubt about it. season 4 of breaking bad was imo the best season of television ever, or at least tied with season 4 of the wire