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Last week Carrie Matheson stopped Nick Brody from going to the police over the deadly vehicular mishap the vice president’s son precipitated.

Showtime says of “I’ll Fly Away”:

He lies for Carrie. He lies for Roya. And he’s still lying to Jessica. Brody’s heading for a serious meltdown as he struggles to keep complicated alliances clear. Against Quinn’s orders, Carrie stages a risky intervention to keep Brody in line, forcing both of them to confront their mixed emotions. And as Dana turns to an unlikely source for comfort, her father comes face to face with his deadly past. Directed by Michael Cuesta. Written by Chip Johannessen.

More in the text invisible:

* This is one talky episode.

* It begins with daughter Dana exiting a bus.

* Wife Jessica Brody keeps the hit-and-run storyline alive another week.

* Carrie disables Brody’s tracking device and takes him to a motel room. But don’t worry; their room has two beds.

* I found the start of a scene with Saul and Quinn pretty funny.

* Brace for a Star Trek reference.

* How does it end, spoiler boy? “Nicholas.”


Premiering tonight:

The Dust Bowl (8pm PBS)

Married To The Army (10pm OWN)


The first episode of "Walking Dead" subsequent to Lori Grimes' death turned the series' ratings slide around.

ABC cancelled “666 Park Avenue” this week after the supernatural drama dipped to yet another new low:

Sundays Sept. 9-Nov. 11, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
8.7 (---) (9.5) (---) (8.2) (---) (8.5) (---) (---)(10.6) NFL Fox
7.9 (8.5) (7.0) (6.7) (7.7) (7.2) (9.0) (8.7) (8.9)(11.0) NFL NBC
5.6 (4.9) (5.4) (5.1) (5.8) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Walking Dead
3.2 (2.6) (---) (---) (---) (3.1) (3.8) (1.5) (1.9) (2.2) The Simpsons
2.7 (3.5) (3.4) (3.3) (3.0) (3.4) (3.9) (---) (---) (0.7) Once Upon A Time
2.5 (2.6) (2.5) (2.6) (2.6) (2.6) (2.5) (---) (---) (---) Amazing Race
2.5 (2.5) (---) (---) (---) (3.4) (3.3) (1.9) (2.0) (2.2) Family Guy
2.5 (2.7) (2.7) (2.8) (2.6) (2.6) (3.2) (---) (0.6) (---) Revenge
2.4 (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (2.3) (2.5) (1.5) (---) (---) Bob’s Burgers
1.9 (1.8) (1.8) (1.5) (2.1) (1.6) (2.1) (1.1) (0.7) (0.7) The Mentalist
1.7 (1.4) (1.6) (1.3) (1.3) (1.0) (1.3) (1.1) (1.1) (1.1) Breaking Amish
1.7 (1.7) (1.8) (1.9) (1.7) (1.7) (1.8) (---) (0.7) (0.6) The Good Wife
1.6 (3.4) (1.7) (3.6) (2.0) (3.6) (1.7) (2.7) (2.8) (2.1) 60 Minutes
1.4 (1.7) (1.3) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (---) (---) (0.9) (---) AFH Videos
1.2 (1.6) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives Atl
1.2 (1.3) (1.6) (1.7) (1.5) (1.7) (2.1) (---) (---) (---) 666 Park Avenue
1.1 (1.0) (1.2) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.3) (---) (---) (---) Dexter
1.1 (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Talking Dead
0.8 (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) (0.6) (0.8) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) Homeland
0.7 (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) (1.2) (---) Boardwalk Empire
0.6 (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Next Iron Chef
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Comic Book Men
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Finding Bigfoot
0.5 (0.5) (0.6) (---) (0.7) (0.7) (---) (0.6) (0.6) (---) Good Luck Charlie
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Iron Chef
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Mythbusters
0.5 (0.7) (0.5) (0.4) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.7) (0.8) Watch What Happens
0.4 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (0.4) (0.4) (---) (0.4) (---) (0.4) Cupcake Wars
0.4 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) HH Renovation


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  • Nov. 18, 2012, 7:34 a.m. CST

    Woohoo my first 1st!

    by brian schneider

    That's all I got.

  • Sorry Brian33. I don't make the rules.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 10:11 a.m. CST

    Homeland turning into a soap opera?

    by johnnyangelheart

    Carrie and Brody discuss their feelings for each other. Brody's daughter and the VP's son discuss their feelings for each other. Brody's wife and the Marine captain discuss their feelings for each other. WTF?

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 12:26 p.m. CST

    Last week's homeland almost felt like a bottle episode,

    by NoQuarter

    what with most of it taking place at that mansion/ranch. I hope the plot moves forward a bit more tonight.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 1:05 p.m. CST

    yeah, it's on the edge of being soap

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    recently i've just started fast forwarding all kid and wife scenes, which is worrying.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 1:39 p.m. CST

    i'm just curious as to why they put these plots in

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    It can't be something so asinine as thinking that women or romcom fans will get something out of it, surely?<P> I mean, Homeland's not perfect by a long shot, but it'd be immeasurably better if they just stuck to the main plot. Maybe it's me getting older but i'm noticing this type of shit more and more and it's getting harder to understand or tolerate. <P> I know shows often need a B story but they shouldn't be so jarring. If I watched, say, Modern Family, it wouldn't be for some tense B story about an espionage plot, it'd be because I want something mindless and I have no taste. I don't understand why it never works the other way.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    ^except modern family's hilarious

    by jsfithaca

    too bad you don't have a sense of humor or havent watched it

  • ... it went south with only a few episodes and it can be fixed in only a few episodes. But from Herc's description of tonight's show, it doesn't sound like tonight is the beginning of the repairs.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 4:12 p.m. CST

    old habits can be hard to break?

    by Truxton Spangler

    I don't follow anything outside the show, but have Gordon, et al, said anything about how they write this show? They readily admitted that 24 was by the seat of the pants, which lead to things like the Cougar, after realizing the white board next to Kim's name was empty. Not saying that there are strict parallels, but similarities do exist and can't be denied.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    it's my fault.

    by rakesh patel

    i pointed it out whilst veryone was OMG!!! they've caught brodie i was like, ah, reach the peak of the bell curve, its all downhill from now on. sorry for pointing out the obvious, but everyone was watching season 1 to find out how much damage he could do before he was unmasked. despite all the side misdirects, that was the money shot. once you released that, you knew he was going to work with carrie.. what else could he do.. they've ordered a 3rd season! and just like 24, the first episode reel you in and in the middle you think wtf was that all about. 1. carrie offers immunity.. they don't know what he's done! 2. brodie rolls over, bearing in mind he survived 7 years in the hands of abu hazer 3. the fucking kids storyline. when ep start sucking you start looking at things a bit more carefully. yeah this could still be a enjoyable ride, shit just needs to be tightened up. and if it starts going down the 24 route you know that more people are going to die. people love this show. always a bit of pressure when the president of the usa says its fav show on. i have a couple of friends who love this but haven't seen 24, despite me telling them to watch. but like 24 in the early days this show has become a watercooler type show to bond with other folks in the know. its dinner party conversational shit, not geek/aicn shit. So no one will bad mouth this anmd even iof they do, no one will pay attention.

  • Nov. 18, 2012, 7:54 p.m. CST

    Are there gay people on the amazing race this year?

    by David Duchovny

    Are they winning? Of course they are. Would be like Boardwalk Empire without booze and hookers.

  • Otherwise, this season seems to be all over the place, and the behavior of the major characters is getting almost too ridiculous to maintain any sort of plausibility.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 1:46 a.m. CST

    Capt. Picard, move aside

    by Truxton Spangler

    Now we have the Saul facepalm. Best scene of the episode. Saul...priceless look. Quinn...a mixture of disgust and envy.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    Homeland has earned my patience for a few more average episodes.

    by Bedhead7

    Of we arent shit deep in a great plot in two more episodes...I start knocking it. This episode was pretty flat. The core of the show seems to have disappeared. I hope they are just transitioning into something new that is as good as season 1.

  • With the exception of episode two this season, I haven't been particularly excited by Homeland, especially with the early reveal of Brody (I thought there was great potential for more exploration into the Manchurian Candidate angle) and the perplexing and frustrating hit and run. But it seems they're toning down the latter aspect of the storyline and moving into high gear for the season ender. About the hit and run: I feel it was a cheap plot device to further illustrate what a bad guy Walden is. I much preferred when it was a battle over ideology -- Walden's be all end all approach to war, even if children are the unfortunate casualties, and Brody's morally gray principles as a man who loves his country and is prepared to commit acts of terror in what he believes is the protection of its ideals. There was no clear good guy or bad guy, and that was how season one challenged the viewer. Now Walden is a concrete bad guy in the spirit of the cartoonish bad guys on 24, and that's a disservice to the spirit of the show. Still, this was a really good episode and I hope it ramps up toward an amazing end.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 4:30 a.m. CST


    by Hercules

    we're not seeing more talkback love for Mandy Patinkin's face as Saul listened to Carrie's violent lovemaking. One of the most entertaining "Homeland" moments to date.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 4:53 a.m. CST

    tonight's Homeland was fantastic

    by Titus05

    anyone who disagress os wrong...the scene in the field with Carrie, Brody, Roya etc was tense and exciting...and the final reveal of Abu Nazir was chilling so now with Brody off the grid, Nazir can plot his next attack without the CIA on their heels...we will be left wondering if Brody has changed allegiances again

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Archer's Voice? I hear Coach McGuirk from Home Movies...

    by Dranem

    Just a testament of how awesome H. John Benjamin is as a voice actor. Bob's Burgers is easily one of my favorite TV shows right now, though.

  • Archer and Bob's are my two favorite half hour animated series currently running, it's all in Benjamin's delivery. But if Bob's goes to the "someone hallucinates" well one more time.........

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    Brodie Dies at the end

    by rakesh patel

    and gains redemption. I'm calling it here and now people.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 3 p.m. CST

    ^ obviously at the end of season 3

    by rakesh patel

    I Nostradamus Mr X have spoken

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 4:21 p.m. CST

    dandelien gross dude she's like 14

    by sunwukong86

    thats wrong

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Pretty awesome Dexter episode. that speech about love...

    by happybunni

    Where you can't help who you love. With Dexter loving Hannah, and Deb loving Dexter. Good stuff.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 6:26 p.m. CST

    American Mythos nailled it. ***Warning Spoilers Below***

    by Sithtastic

    By making VP Walden the "bad guy" in concrete terms, the show has completely sacrificed one particular ambiguous element of what is normally compelling television, although for the record, I'd say you can see this in Season 1 as well. Walden is almost immediately an unlikable sketch of a character, who talks in euphemisms that'd make Dick Cheney wince (and I say that as someone who actually liked the former VP). He's a bad cliche walking around to serve as the gigantic straw man of moral equivalence the show delights in knocking over. This aside, the show remains compelling as long as it gives me someone to root for, namely Carrie. Unfortunately, she can't stop herself from sleeping with Brody...again. That Saul facepalm was indeed priceless. In some respects, the slow motion trainwreck of Carrie's emotional/mental well being--regardless of how often she's right--keeps me coming back. Those of you who saw the end of this week's episode know there was a giant heart attack/wtf moment with none other than Abu Nazir showing up on U.S. soil no less. What I really, REALLY hope doesn't happen is Nazir turning Brody back to the "dark side" remaking him the ginger jihadist of the prior season. Fingers crossed.

  • Nov. 19, 2012, 10:26 p.m. CST


    by scors54

    I think we will get several episodes where we are lead to believe exactly that, and then a complete turn around with Brodie actually foiling Nazir's plot and dying in the process. This the the 24 formula played out on cable.

  • Nov. 20, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Can you imagine Brody's new terrorist video?

    by American Mythos

    'Vice President Walden is a murderer and a war criminal... and oh yeah he covered up the fact that his kid killed a woman in a hit and run.' It just isn't as effective. Our view of Walden was already that he was a soulless bastard/killer, now we have the hit and run we apparently needed to re-enforce that. Ridiculous. Oh well, the show seems to be getting back on track, which is good.

  • Nov. 21, 2012, 5:25 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    I think that was one of the best episodes they've ever done. The show seems to be back to its old greatness now, and the writers keep addressing things at a good pace. I remember when the season started thinking 'will Deb wonder if Dex killed Rita?' then that got addressed the next episode then I wondered 'will they go back to the bay harbor butcher stuff?' they did! 'Will deb figure out about Lumen?' yep! Are we ever going to see Astor & Cody again? Yep! These were all oppurtunities where the writers could have been lazy and dropped the ball, but instead they got it right. the bar scene with Issac was amazing. The Deb confession scene, amazing. Dex takes out the hit man was great to. Love all the stuff with Hannah, she seemed so perfect for Dex, but as soon as she saw the kids I felt a big 'oh no! red alert!'

  • Nov. 21, 2012, 10:03 p.m. CST

    This season of Dexter is fantastic.

    by I Hope You Die

    Of course, since Dexter first began, people have been saying "I like it up until x but now it sucks." I mean, literally after the first few episodes they started saying that and haven't stopped since. A lot of people had an idea for what Dexter should be as a show (basically a police procedural where he stalks and kills a new victim every week and nothing else happens, especially no women ever appear on the show or, at least, ever speak) and absolutely hate any deviation from the crappy serial killer show that's playing in their head. So fuck them. Fuck them hard.