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Last week the feared terrorist Abu Nazir kidnapped CIA operative Carrie Matheson. Also? Congressman Nick Brody (D-Va.) sneered as the VPOTUS, William Walden, died in front of him.

Now if Nazir blows up the CIA HQ, killing Estes and putting Saul in a coma, would that open the door for the president to appoint Brody his vice president?

Tonight’s almost-last “Homeland” of 2012 is titled “The Motherfucker With A Turban.”

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“Homeland” hit a season high last week:

Sundays Sept. 23-Dec. 2, 2012
(Adults 18-49; repeats in gray; older weeks in parentheses)
7.8 (---) (8.0) (---) (8.3) (---) (8.2) (---) (8.8) (---) (8.7) NFL CBS
7.4 (7.6) (6.9) (7.9) (8.5) (7.0) (6.7) (7.7) (7.2) (9.0) (8.7) NFL NBC
5.4 (5.4) (4.9) (5.6) (4.9) (5.4) (5.1) (5.8) (---) (---) (---) Walking Dead
3.3 (1.6) (3.0) (1.6) (3.4) (1.7) (3.6) (2.0) (3.6) (1.7) (2.7) 60 Minutes

3.1 (3.1) (---) (2.7) (3.5) (3.4) (3.3) (3.0) (3.4) (3.9) (---) Once Upon A Time
2.7 (2.5) (2.4) (2.5) (2.6) (2.5) (2.6) (2.6) (2.6) (2.5) (---) Amazing Race
2.4 (2.2) (---) (2.5) (2.7) (2.7) (2.8) (2.6) (2.6) (3.2) (---) Revenge
2.1 (---) (2.1) (---) (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (2.6) (2.5) (0.6) American Dad
2.1 (3.3) (2.4) (3.2) (2.6) (---) (---) (---) (3.1) (3.8) (1.5) The Simpsons
2.0 (2.9) (2.6) (2.5) (2.5) (---) (---) (---) (3.4) (3.3) (1.9) Family Guy
1.8 (2.0) (1.8) (2.4) (1.8) (---) (---) (---) (2.3) (2.5) (1.5) Bob’s Burgers
1.8 (1.6) (1.7) (1.7) (1.7) (1.8) (1.9) (1.7) (1.7) (1.8) (---) The Good Wife
1.6 (1.6) (1.6) (1.4) (1.7) (1.3) (1.3) (1.4) (1.5) (---) (---) AFH Videos
1.6 (2.0) (1.6) (---) (1.9) (---) (---) (---) (2.2) (---) (1.1) Cleveland Show
1.5 (1.2) (1.2) (1.2) (1.6) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Real Housewives Atl
1.3 (1.8) (1.4) (1.9) (1.8) (1.8) (1.5) (2.1) (1.6) (2.1) (1.1) The Mentalist
1.3 (1.2) (---) (1.2) (1.3) (1.6) (1.7) (1.5) (1.7) (2.1) (---) 666 Park Avenue
1.2 (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.0) (1.0) (1.2) (---) (---) (---) Talking Dead
1.1 (1.0) (1.1) (1.1) (1.0) (1.2) (1.1) (1.0) (1.1) (1.3) (---) Dexter
1.1 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Shahs of Sunset
1.0 (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.8) (0.6) (0.8) (0.7) (---) Homeland
1.0 (0.9) (1.1) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Sister Wives
0.9 (0.8) (0.8) (0.7) (0.7) (0.7) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) (0.9) (1.0) Boardwalk Empire
0.9 (---) (---) (0.5) (0.7) (0.5) (0.4) (0.9) (0.8) (0.8) (0.9) Watch What Happens
0.7 (0.6) (---) (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Comic Book Men
0.7 (0.7) (0.5) (0.6) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Next Iron Chef
0.5 (---) (0.7) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Dog With A Blog
0.5 (0.5) (0.5) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) Finding Bigfoot
0.5 (---) (---) (0.5) (---) (---) (---) (0.4) (---) (---) (---) Iron Chef
0.5 (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (---) (0.6) (---) (---) (---) Shake It Up

 

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  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:52 a.m. CST

    Homeland- Brody needs to die before the end of this season

    by Titus05

    they can't go to the well every season with the whole will he or won't he story...is he a terrorist, is he a double/triple agent etc...his story looks to be winding down and for the sake of the story he needs to either go out in a blaze of glory by taking out a bunch of gov't targets or have him die a hero plus he already completed his mission of avenging the drone strike attack and Issa by killing the VP...and he completed his mission to help the CIA by catching Nazir...nothing left for him to do except continue his soap opera affair with Carrie

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Hugh Jackman crying?

    by georgecauldron

    What a pussy.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:44 a.m. CST

    They didn't catch Nazir right?

    by Extr3m1st

    That mission is not complete..heck Nazir just killed the VPOTUS with Brodies help.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:35 a.m. CST

    Homeland has become the new prison break

    by Amfpsych

    Great first season becomes ridiculous second season. 1) Brody broken down in an hour by CIA after years in a hostage situation. 2) CIA stabs congressman through the hand during interrogation 3) Dana storyline where a kid who has been driving less than a year can lose the secret service with his fancy driving 4) VP walking around with no secret service 5) Nazir lets Carrie go, allows himself to be on video in a convenience store 6) pacemaker 7) Carrie back in CIA 7) CIA stops listening in on brodys phone when Carrie is missing 8) many more I'm willing to suspend my disbelief but it's just getting silly

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    amfpsych...

    by RMA

    appreciate that, as with all TV, Homeland requires you to suspend a lot of belief...hell, if you want "realism", Homeland would be a show about some guys who barely talk to each other sitting around, drinking coffee, scratching their nuts as they watch a video feed of a suspects sparsely decorated, rarely visited apartment. Now THAT'S entertainment!

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:51 a.m. CST

    Why is Hugh Jackman crying?

    by _Venkman

    I wonder if his vagina looks anything like Wolverine.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:54 a.m. CST

    All men cry...

    by pumaman

    Its the fucking pussies that can't admit to it

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 8:01 a.m. CST

    I'm meh about Homeland...

    by WeylandYutani

    It would have been much better as a 13 episode TV mini. There is some solid acting and their portrayal of HUMINT and SIGINT is interesting. But the series gets bogged down with silly, over the top, plots. The idea that a US congressman is terrorist is rediculous. Their lives are so vetted and scheduled, it's silly to even entertain the idea that Brody went off to pick up a tailor/bomb maker. Also, if this terror outfit had such a highly placed individual, they'd be stupid to risk exposing him by him not showing up for a state dinner. I'm not saying that members of congress are not corrupt or influenced by powerful lobbies or even take payouts and bribes, but none have ever been linked to terrorism... War crimes perhaps, but not terrorism. I hear David Simon is working on getting a CIA series off the ground for HBO. It it's anything like The Wire, that will be the definitive TV series about the subject. Sadly Homeland is nearly as goofy as James Bond, but at least it is clear Bond is fantasy and is about as accurate a portrayal of espionage as Indiana Jones is of archeology. In the end I'll finish up season 2, but I'm thinking I won't be tuning in for season 3 if the rest of the season stays this goofy.

  • Yeah, I hate that term too, but I can't think of anything else to describe it. Homeland was alway the smarter, more realistic version of 24; but any sense of reality has been thrown out the window the last episode. Seriously, are they really getting us to buy that you can shut off a person's pacemaker via the Internet if you have the serial number (even if the Vice President has a special pacemaker)? If it was that easy to shut down a pacemaker, do you think the Secret Service would allow the VP to leave out any device with the serial number out and not in a safe of some sort? Do you think Brody could wander around the private area of the Naval Observatory without detection? BTW, why is Carrie even with the CIA anymore? She was only given a reprieve because her relationship with Brody gave her an in to monitor him. Now that Brody has become a double agent and the terrorist attack has been diverted, they would have sent her home by now. I have enjoyed this season more than a lot of people on this board, but this season has been rapidly going down hill the last few weeks. I agree it is time for them to move on from Brody. There is nothing left in his storyline. In fact, unless she becomes some kind of black ops agent or free lancer, I don't know how they bring back Carrie considering they could never have a bipolar agent officially in the CIA.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:13 a.m. CST

    rma

    by Rob0729

    I never looked at Homeland as a suspend disbelief type of show like 24 or Prison Break. Of course it isn't a real look inside the world of the CIA's antiterrorism division, but the show was more grounded in real world rules and sensibility. With a show like 24 (which it is compared to because of similar subject and the same creators), there really were no rules grounding storylines. Anything could happen including exploding nuclear power plants, endless assassination attempts on the President (several succeeding), a President in league with terrorists, or the main character never needing to go to the bathroom in a 4 period. Homeland was always more grounded in the rules of "yeah, that could really happen". Even in a heightened reality of the show, nothing the first season and a half was like "this is total BS". They broke the rules now trying to extend this Brody storyline into two seasons. The pacemaker this was straight out of 24.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    Homeland has completely fallen apart

    by Beebop

    The first season was so, so good. Tension, acting, story, everything. Now, it's a ludicrous, cringe-worthy show. Bob's Burgers is also the funniest of the Fox cartoons now. It, New Girl, and Ben & Kate are the funniest network TV shows (I'll also throw Modern Family in there, though I only get to see it very irregularly.)

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:06 a.m. CST

    Herc

    by Rob0729

    After last week's episode, don't count out Nazir blowing up the CIA, killing Estes, and putting Saul in a coma allowing Brody to become VP. I can see that before it is found out the VP Walden is dead (or he holds on in a coma for a while) that the party replaces the current Speaker with Brody (the Speaker of the House is next in line for the VP position if the VP dies) so he can take the VP position when Walden dies. This is where the show is going.

  • That is not the show they promised us. And aside from the 24 plotting, the scene with the kids on the lawn chairs was embarrassing. You aren't allowed to start a speech with "Every morning I wake up and for a second, just one second..."! Not anymore, its so cliche it makes me sick. PLus kids can't act well enough to make it work. DDL could make that line work, but not this stupid fucking kid. This is an award winning show and that is some hack shit right there.

  • I swear to christ, every Sunday when you put up these embedded previews, it seems like invariably you've got up half the friggin show already that's gonna play that night lol

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:13 p.m. CST

    I agree with you guys re Homeland

    by johnnyangelheart

    It went from being very smart to very stupid at the speed of TV. Actually it started to lose me with the incredible trajectory of Brody's political career. A little bit simplistic I think.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I can forgive Brody's career trajectory

    by Rob0729

    I mean Sarah Palin was a VP candidate with not much more experience than Brody. That was a little ridiculous, but we have seen similar ridiculousness in real politics. They were originally going to kill off Brody in season one. He became so intrical to season one that they decided to save him. I wonder if this season would have been better and more believable if they did. The show needs a reboot next season

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:14 p.m. CST

    Homeland has gotten a bit ridiculous

    by _Venkman

    Although I really enjoyed it up until the episode after breaking Brody

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    There's no crying in talkback!!

    by fuzzy_dunlop

    And, scene.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:34 p.m. CST

    Homeland has really fallen off a cliff this season

    by Tim

    I loved the first season, put a ton of my friends onto it. I enjoyed the first few episodes of this season but ever since the Brody interrogation episode (that got so much undeserved praise from critics it was insane) this season has been going off the rails. It's still entertaining, but it definitely fell down a few tiers from the elite status. I turned to my girlfriend during last episode's Dana/Finn scene and asked if it was possible any viewer in the world cared at all about this shit. She said she couldn't imagine.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 1:49 p.m. CST

    So you're saying pass on Season 2?

    by Jonathan

    That's a shame. I don't have Showtime. Was going to watch season 2 later. Season 1 was really good.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST

    Rma

    by Amfpsych

    If I didn't like any tv show you'd have a point. But considering that's not the case, and considering it seems a whole bunch of people are having difficulty suspending their disbelief at this crap show, you really have no point.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    ninja_bob

    by jsfithaca

    don't pass on season 2 its simply a lot more up and down than season 1. season 1 was very consistently a very good show with the last two episodes being even better. season 2 has has some fucking amazing episodes and then some plot points where suspension of disbelief is required. season 2 is worth it for episodes 5 and 9.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I miss Archer. Can't wait. And Dexter has gotten odd

    by happybunni

    The mood of the show has changed completely with the last episode... It went from epic story being built piece to piece, to not as epic.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:15 p.m. CST

    PSML i called it when he was captured.

    by rakesh patel

    it's turned into 24 now. pre brodie getting caught it was all about tension. Now its about plot twist. so much so it pulls you out of the show and you start looking at the story like @amfpsych and realise it's nonsense. I havent watched the last two eps, and to be honest not kinda missing it. odd that its raised its viewership.. people coming on board as its in its swan song.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    Sad that theres no new Once Upon A Time tonight

    by Paul

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Alex Cross and The Man with the Iron Fists leaked on torrent.

    by rakesh patel

    allegedly.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    Homeland

    by NudeandAroused

    has dropped somewhat this season. The whole Nazir in the US is kind of silly. Also Brody getting free reign of the VPs library. Silly.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    what about SUPERJAIL! season three finale?

    by cck

    season three finale of superjail! tonight at 12:15am on adult swim. http://video.adultswim.com/promos/superjail-burnstoolie-burn.html

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST

    Homeland is still entertaining

    by Truxton Spangler

    in a 24-ish way. But that's the disappointing thing about it -- the first season was better than just '24 with Boobies and Cussing.' The second season hasn't been.

  • ... Carrie disappearing into a dark room was supposed to be suspenseful, but it seemed like it was simply tacked on because they ran out of ideas in the writers room. I haven't seen such a drop in quality in a show since Heroe's season 2. I'm not saying it's anywhere near approaching Heroe's season two, because it's still a good show, but season one left a lot to live up to. I think the guys who make this show are slipping into default 24 mode. What a shame.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:23 p.m. CST

    *Heroes not Heroe's

    by American Mythos

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    I totally agree with guys on Homeland

    by SisterSpooky

    Season one was amazing, the finale was great. But the second season seems to lack inguinity and has a lot of lazy writing. I cannot believe how many slip ups it's making in one season alone. I'm probably going to finish this season and won't venture into Season three. If it's anything like this season it's slowly but surely losing my interest.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:35 p.m. CST

    You guys make me laugh

    by Extr3m1st

    Yes IDD about the 2nd season not being nearly as tight as the 1st one. It has gone a bit 24ish. Not Marwan finds a staircase and disappears ridiculous but some stuff sure. Remember, Brody is a congressman. It is not beyond plausible that he could be alone in a room in the VP's offices or house. I am sure I could explain away a lot of the stuff you are bitching about except for the pacemaker bologna. But if you want I can join you guys and rip on our favorite shows...lets see, what about The Wire? You want me to rip the show to shreds, point out all the ridiculous crap that happened on that show that would never happen in real life? How about the Shield? Really? Its fucking television, a medium you assholes mostly hate.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:40 p.m. CST

    I think most people are complaining about Homeland because...

    by _Venkman

    ...there was a sudden drop in quality. It wasn't just one silly plot turn but a series of events episode after episode that signaled a dramatic departure from the show's original potential. That's not to say the show is crap, but it has been a disappointing second half.

  • Or the cancellation of Boss

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST

    Homeland is the new prison break

    by celebritydave

    called it after episode 1 of this season. havent watched it since. season 1 was really good (apart from bug eyes)

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 6:58 p.m. CST

    @extr3m1st

    by rakesh patel

    you've just agreed with all the points we've made about season 2 come on over to the darkside.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7 p.m. CST

    Fuck you haters about Jackman crying.

    by rakesh patel

    he's obviously on his period.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    extr3m1st

    by jsfithaca

    please enlighten me on the ridiculous crap of the wire. and if your gonna point out the whole mcnulty faking a serial killer stuff from season 5 thats already been accepted as unrealistic. i havent seen the shield yet.

  • and it was for none of the pathetic and unfunny assumptions that any of you idiots made on here.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 9:45 p.m. CST

    deaft0ne cried about his mommy too

    by _Venkman

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST

    HOMELAND season 2 has been AMAZING

    by blhotz

    All you haters are just that. It's pretty easy to counter-point every argument against season 2 made above. Too much over-thinking or missing the obvious. I'll be happy if Season 3 is HALF as good as Season 2 has been...

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:31 p.m. CST

    blhotz

    by Rob0729

    Be my guest. Counter argue every point. Season 2 started out great and fizzled at the end. The show is turning into a parody of itself towards the end. I think Saul got it right in the previews for the finale. Carrie is the smartest and dumbest person he knows. She has been mostly dumb the last few weeks. The writers seem to have run out of storylines for the current cast. I will watch season 3, but they need a serious reboot and Brody and his family have to go. Nothing left for any of them.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 10:46 p.m. CST

    Homeland S2: Literally Crying Over Spilled Milk

    by Crow3711

    Dana and the scenes at home are just making the problems with the rest of the show seem even worse. Man that scene was Incredibly bad.

  • Dec. 9, 2012, 11:06 p.m. CST

    little bit disappointed in Dexter

    by hercworshiper

    Completely obvious that Deb poisoned herself to get Dexter to turn on Hannah. Deb told Hannah she'd do anything to protect Dexter from her.... well she did. And Dex better get that guy who got off his table. Dexter isn't the only one who feels satisfaction when he gets a kill. But with so much going on i don't see how they'll fit into next weeks season finale.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:36 a.m. CST

    so what is Nazir's endgame?

    by Titus05

    it's obvious he engineered everything up to this point, including his death...did anyone see the movie Arlington Road?...CIA agent gets captured but then gets rescued and everything seems fine...but the twist was that when they captured the agent the terrorist planted explosives in the CIA agent's car without his knowledge knowing that it would be the only way he could get access to high value targets so in the end the CIA agent unknowingly is responsible for blowing up the CIA...I think Homeland has a similar twist in mind and Carrie or Brody will be blowing up the President or some other major terrorist act next week oh...and Homeland has been much better in Season 2 then Season 1...the early episodes had major gamechangers every week...Brody's confession video getting found by Saul, Brody getting arrested etc...this is a TV show not a documentary...you need to exaggerate situations to make it entertaining for television

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:54 a.m. CST

    thoughts on homeland

    by jsfithaca

    why the fuck doesn't carrie carry a gun when running into tunnels chasing nazir? also i think chris perfectly summed up the audiences feelings towards dana with the eyeroll, clink of his spoon on the bowl, and getting up to leave.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:21 a.m. CST

    Another Homeland that didn't feel like Homeland

    by Tim

    How is this the same show that I loved so much when I discovered it last year around this same time??? Urg. Season one was a masterpiece of tension and character study. If you think season two is better because of the zany fucking plot twists(!), I don't think you truly appreciated how brilliant the first season was. ...still fun to watch, entertaining, but no longer on the level of televisions elite. I liked Royas interrogation scene this week, cool shit.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:34 a.m. CST

    I think it's sad what they've done to Saul this season

    by Truxton Spangler

    One of the best parts of last season has been turned into an impotent shell of himself. He's never been flawless, nor do I want him to be, but I don't recognize this guy. The FBI tactical teams may as well have been red vests emblazoned with CTU. I did enjoy the bit with Galvez being implicated as a mole. Seemed like an inside joke response to all the speculators. If the writers were looking for a 24-style flourish, they would kill Brody and his entire family. That would be both ballsy, and beneficial to the show. So why was Jackman crying?

  • usually the episode title is taken from a line of dialogue from that episode...did I miss something?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:16 a.m. CST

    Given enough time and effort, you can hack a pacemaker.

    by hst666

    I cannot explain any of the other crazy stuff, but that is possible if you have the necessary specs for the model.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:59 a.m. CST

    I'm with most of you regarding Homeland S02.

    by Harlock999

    It really has gotten a bit ridiculous and really feels ... unfocused. The scripts from week-to-week sometimes feel like they're from different shows. And the only means of tying it all together seems to rest on a continual dose of hilariously bad teen angst. Like a lot of you, I might call it quits after this season. Dexter, on the other hand, is still a fun ride. Although it's odd how Dex never seems to mention Rita any more... Hannah's an interesting addition, but nowhere near as interesting as Benz. Or even Stiles. And just to be clear... Dexter is ending - as a series - next Sunday, right? I mean, this IS the final season, correct?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST

    What Homeland really needs

    by Itchy

    is more tits. And more of Carrie's insane fucking. Both things cover a lot of flaws.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:52 a.m. CST

    harlock999: Dexter's final season is next year

    by StevenScorsese

    They did announce before this season that Dexter would be ending, but they said this year and next year would be the final two seasons.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 6:53 a.m. CST

    Sleeper Cell was better plotted

    by Boxcutter

    Both seasons. Despite the Godfather from Gen Kill showing up as the polygraph guy, this episode tanked. Very disappointing since we hit Q&A. Even the performances seem laboured and rely on tropes and tics. A truly awful piece of emoting from the Brit journo in captivity, topped only by the limp exchange in the car at the end. Half hoped the house was going to explode with Brody still outside, then they could rush pell-mell into nonstop 24-ness in S3 with Brody crazed and on the loose, looking for the bombers. OK, so the lightning in a Molotov lasted about 18 episodes. Sigh.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7 a.m. CST

    Best season of Dexter by a mile.

    by FadedLineVigil

    Those (very, very few of you) complaining about Dexter...well, I just don't know what there is to not like. I've been a fan of the show since the beginning, loved seasons 1,2,4, liked 3, was indifferent to 5 and HATED 6. But this season, man, this season is amazing! The writing is up there with the best of shows, the pacing is perfect, the villains have actually been scary (sorry Trinity) and there is more on the line for the finale than ever before. Absolutely one of the best seasons of any TV show ever. And yes, I'm a huge Breaking Bad, The Wire, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones fan as well...

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 9:18 a.m. CST

    of course Homeland jumped the shark

    by Marc Cerasini

    Howard Gordon is a no talent hack who stole the last season of 24 from one of the tie-in novels

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST

    Dexter the return

    by Michael Gunn

    Of Doakes!!!!!!!! I pretty sure that Dexter in imagining him, but it's still cool that he's going to be on the show next week. In full Doakes mode!!!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST

    you will believe MuttonChops can cry

    by cozy

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 10:52 a.m. CST

    The not nearly as funny Psych rip off is still on?

    by mongo126

    Has he caught Yellow Bill yet?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:08 a.m. CST

    The goat fuckers won amazing race btw

    by David Duchovny

    Guess I'm the only one who still watches that dumb show.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:10 a.m. CST

    Would it be possible for me

    by David Duchovny

    to fuck that blonde poisoner on Dexter? Thanks. Get back to me.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Dexter: How did *Spoilers* survive?? Anyone wanna take a guess?

    by sunwukong86

    I'm pretty sure Dexter choked him to death So how are they going to explain how Doakes survived?

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:18 a.m. CST

    family guy...

    by IamHERE

    'He's the reason my bed post is so shiny' LMFAO!! meg comment on her lust for a boy at school. sheer genius. Plus the roofie plan was awesome. my new saying.. 'rape it forward'!

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:35 a.m. CST

    hst666

    by Rob0729

    I stand corrected about the pacemaker thing, but it still is a little 24-ish that immediately after the main plot fails that they would be able put a plot in place which would take significant capital and being able to capture Carrie to make the plan work in 24-48 hours. Also, as I stated before, no way would the Secret Service allow a device with the serial number of his pacemaker be just laying around. Odds are that they would have that serial number removed if it was a device that needed to be easily accessed. Also to another poster's point that a Congressman could walk around the Naval Observatory without detection, I find that doubtful. With a recently foiled assassination attempt on the VP and it being known that Nazir was in the country, the Naval Observatory would likely be on lockdown. No way would Brody be unattended and no way would the VP be walking around without a couple of Secret Service agents within yards or even feet of him at all times. I mean the CIA had Brody's family on lockdown, but not the VP and his family?

  • And one of the funniest and wittiest animated series currently airing. And yes, I too, can't wait for Archer's return.

  • Too bad they signed him for a bunch more seasons. His character has nowhere logical to go on this show.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:18 p.m. CST

    sunwukong86

    by TheMcflyFarm

    Dexter didn't choke him to death. Lila blew him up in the cabin. His charred carcass made it pretty clear that the dude aint comin back. If he shows up in the finale it's probably in Dexter's head.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:28 p.m. CST

    even if doakes did somehow survive the explosion...

    by Jared Parker

    he would still have fourth degree burns over his entire body. there is no conceivable way to bring his character back

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 12:40 p.m. CST

    bummer being Mandi Pitaikin

    by emeraldboy

    Sign up For criminal Minds and then walk away from that despite being the most popular character on that show. You walk away from criminal minds and do Homeland. then barely into your second year your character is watered down and then written out. ouch! it may well be that jess shows up and is accidently killed along side her son. sending brody over an emotional cliff.. thereby allowing abu nazir to tighten his grip. on brody. Also how many years has Claire Danes signed on for. does any one know.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:41 p.m. CST

    Manly tears of awesomeness (nt)

    by Tikkanen

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:52 p.m. CST

    emeraldboy

    by Rob0729

    Mandy Patinkin deserves no sympathy. Yes, he is a great actor, but he is also an arse. Virtually every TV show he is on ends badly between him and the show. He totally abandoned his Criminal Minds cast and crew because he disagreed with the direction of the show and his character which is similar to how he left Chicago Hope and (I think) Dead Like Me. I am upset his character is getting marginalized because it makes the show worse, but I don't shed a tear for Patinkin.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 1:59 p.m. CST

    dogmatic

    by Rob0729

    Unfortunately, it is a lack of realism that is driving the second half of the season. Besides, when did a lack of realism mean everything had to tied up in a nice little bow. I actually fear that the move to a lack of realism may kill the show. Look at 24, every year they had to up the ante on what Jack was up against making a lot of storylines go to ridiculous levels. I fear Homeland might be heading to that direction.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    I doubt Doakes is really back

    by Rob0729

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I doubt Doakes is really back

    by Rob0729

    Has to be a dream or something like that. Makes no sense for him to be missing all this time only to come back at this point. He would have gone to Lagurretta long ago trying to get her to prove his innocence and telling her about Dexter.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Doakes return

    by Michael Gunn

    Has to be in Dexter's head. When Doakes got blown up they saw the body and said something like "that's a big motherfucker it has to be Doakes" or something like that.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:38 p.m. CST

    disagree about saul's character

    by jsfithaca

    i don't see how he's being written any differently than last season

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Amazing Race: Karma's a Bitch!

    by jim

    The 3-team alliance's plan to get rid of the dating divorcees backfires as the team they end up giving that 4th spot to wins the whole damn thing. I believe the proper term is "D'oh!"

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Amazing Race

    by Michael Gunn

    I don't know if it was karma, I would have gotten rid of Ryan and Abby. I think they could have won if the u-turn wasn't used. The farmers just hung around long enough to stay in it. They also didn't make any huge mistakes near the end.

  • But all three did conspire to make sure they were out. Twins seemed to have come up with the plan, Chippendales' turned them, and Texas wasted the second one so the farmers couldn't be U-turned. It was a pretty close end. With the final challenge taking all of them at least 2.5 hours to complete it really was anyone's race to win. Can't say Abby & Ryan would have won had they been in it (for all we know, they could have screwed up the previous legs and the twins would have been in the final). Going further back, if the rockers hadn't lost their stuff (and one of their passports), Abby & Ryan would have been out anyway (along with the goat farmers). Both teams spent at least two legs 12 hours behind everyone else. It was only because the Rockers' cabbie stole their stuff that allowed either of those two teams the chance to hang on long enough to make it back into the race.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 3:38 p.m. CST

    Funny thing about that last challenge

    by jim

    There's probably a team or two who didn't make the final leg that was, just for fun, learning simply how to say "Hello" and "Goodbye" in the language of every country they ran in. Probably would have taken them all of 20 minutes to finish what it took the last 3 teams over 2 1/2 hours to complete.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 4:52 p.m. CST

    Amazing Race

    by Michael Gunn

    The last challenge was good because it was different from the other seasons and no one saw it coming.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 7:26 p.m. CST

    TAR 21+More Saul

    by Truxton Spangler

    I didn't keep up with this season, but I did have the finale on. I liked that the final challenge was a mental, not physical challenge, like they've done in the past. Judging by the light, it took the teams quite some time to accomplish, and was more difficult than a simple physical task. The marginalization of Saul's character, and in particular, his mentor/mentee relationship with Carrie that was part of what made the first season so good, has been a disappointment.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 8:40 p.m. CST

    saul is right

    by Jared Parker

    carrie IS the smartest and dumbest mother fucking person alive. how can she, a CIA agent, justify being with brody, a terrorist? she is one sick, screwed up chick

  • Lots of people are killed. Its blamed on Brody. His suicide tape airs on television. Carrie and Brody head for Canada to live together, but tells Brody to go alone. Carrie returns to CIA and meets up with Saul who's happy shes alive. Brody is the most wanted man in the world, and nobody knows if hes deal or alive.

  • Dec. 10, 2012, 11:25 p.m. CST

    Homeland S2 saddens me ...

    by Epsilon

    I really, really loved this show in S1 and even in S2 up through the episode where Brody is arrested. Since then, believability has just gone out the window. I fear it's becoming 24 Lite. This would have been a much more entertaining show if we had been able to see how far Brody would have gone this season if no one knew what he was doing. I feel like this concept had so much potential, and it's being squandered. I really have no idea how they can stretch the Brody storyline into a 3rd season. I just don't see how it's going to be sustainable.

  • Showtime? More like Ho-time!

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:42 a.m. CST

    I loved Homeland Season 1

    by ScudPuppy

    because the plot was intriguing, and they did enough to hook me. Fast Forward to Season 2 and the plot is cartoonish, very thin, and there is no hook. I didn't realize Roya had been arrested until a week after it happend because I fell asleep and didn't go bother to go back to see what happened. On top of that all I am not a fan of Claire Dane's bug-eyed crazy woman act. It was okay in the first season because everything else was solid, but in the second season it has become a distraction and a nuisance. Anne Hathaway's SNL skit was a spot-on rendition of how ridiculous Dane's act has become.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Always been something off about Saul

    by David Duchovny

    Remember he failed a poly at the beginning of last season too.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 11:40 a.m. CST

    i think that Saul

    by popboy

    has something to hide.... and its more than bring carrie into the CIA. Why does Estes want Saul out of the CIA. and why did Estes bring in Quinn. who was working with Dar Odell. Why did Saul kill that bloke in season one. you remember, they guy who slit his wrists with a razor blade that saul smuggled in. I wonder does saul have some connection to abu nazir?

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 12:17 p.m. CST

    People who are lamenting Homeland

    by scors54

    Have forgot the same exact pattern with 24. The first 60% of Season 1 was absolutely riveting dn brilliant. The we got the Teri amnesia shit and it almost went off the rails until a brilliant (I thought) gut punch of a finale that o show up o that point ever had the balls to do.Then, Season 2 ratchets up the small personal, intimate tension of 1 into Terrorists with a nuke on American soil--Jesus, where do yo go after that? Even the first half of season 2 was OK, and then it just became a fucking cartoon and jack Bauer went from a flawed operative desperately trying to save his family to a comic book character saving the world time and again every year in 24 hours. Given t is the same creative crew in charge of this, why wold anyone expect anything different-especially with the wildly successful season 1? The only thing we haven't had quite yet is the reveal of a mole--expect that to happen this week, a la Nina Myers. I'm banking on Saul. I think that will be the true context of his statement to Carrie about being the "..smartest and dumbest fucking person..." it isn't about Brody--it's about him. Jut a hunch.

  • Exactly how i felt about the series thus far. Only a few episodes into this current season but will catch up soon. Left off when the woman from CHUCK was introduced.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 2:04 p.m. CST

    It's Gone Downhill

    by Bryan

    Which is disappointing considering how promising the first season was. This article gets into why cable dramas since the "golden age" (Sopranos, Wire, et. al) haven't quite been able to live up to the greatness that pre-dated them. Homeland totally on that list. Interesting read: http://ahorizontalmyth.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/bad-lessons-learned-from-great-television-pt-1/

  • Strange... exactly how I feel about the first 6 seasons of 24. But I feel the same for the Dexter years.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Haven't forgotten

    by Truxton Spangler

    about the connection between Homeland and 24. Was hoping that Homeland would avoid the same fate, and that the producers wouldn't fall into their old traps. For a while, they didn't. But, even though I admit that having that thought in mind may unfairly color one's judgement, it is not lost on an awful lot of people (not just here) that there are some undeniable parallels, and not for the better. The finale is supposed to be a shocker. But if they pull something like having another mole emerge, esp. someone like Saul, then I'll have to seriously consider ending this affair. The love-shack-in-the-woods episode was my least favorite of the first season, and it already appears that we'll be revisiting that place.

  • Dec. 11, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    But I still want to know...

    by scors54

    Why the hell the episode was called "The Motherfucker with the Turban".

  • Great first season and they had no follow up so they punt at the end and don't kill Brody and the VP. Now they just use filler to reach the same destination a year later.

  • The only way I see this shaking out with any future is for Saul,Carrie and Brody (along with the 2 tech guys) to go on the run and play cat and mouse with Estes and his cadre at the agency while they try to expose their plot. I do think there's more corruption there to expose. Maybe a false flag operation to stop. A coup? Something along those lines

  • Dec. 12, 2012, 9:23 a.m. CST

    Jesus, The Whining Here...

    by Rebeck2

    First of all, the episodes's title is a play on the title of a Broadway play last year starring Chris Rock called THE MOTHERFUCKER WITH THE HAT and is clearly referring to Abu Nazir. You guys need to get out more. Secondly, this season is no more absurd, far-fetched, flawed or irregular in quality than the first season. A marine POW converts to Islam and lives an idyllic life with a terrorist's son who he grows to love and who then gets killed in a drone strike and he vows revenge against his own country. Seriously?? Are you guys smoking crack?? It was always very flawed and crazy from the start - you just have to decide whether you can accept that or not. I am totally fucking sick of that daughter though. I was hoping Nazir would take her out.

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 2:37 p.m. CST

    oh yeah, Quinn kills Estes

    by Frank

    shoots him in his own home! Waiting in the dark to kill him because he won't kill Brody cause he don't wanna upset Carrie! SO HE KILLS ESTES! BANG! BANG! -Brody gives the ok for Mike to bang his wife and father his children. -Brody and Carrie plan to run away together and shes gonna leave the CIA. - Dana calls Brody out on the suicide vest from season 1. -At Walden's funeral,a car bomb goes off. The bomb was in Brody's car. -Everyone thinks Carrie and Brody are dead. -Brody's suicide tape plays on television. The bombing is blamed on him. He becomes the most wanted man in the world. -Everyone thinks Carrie and Brody are dead. -Carrie and Brody head for Cananda for their new life together. -Carrie decides to go back, and Brody goes alone. -Carrie meets up with Saul at the end who is happy to see her. -Brody is the most wanted terrorist in the world. But nobody really knows if he survived the blast or not!

  • Dec. 14, 2012, 2:40 p.m. CST

    Just a hunch, a prediction.

    by Frank

    Let's see if I'm right. Evil laughter. evil laughter. evil laughter.