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Synopsis: Carrie follows a lead. Saul’s situation goes from bad to worse. (IMDB)
Writers: Chip Johannessen and Patrick Harbinson
Director: Alex Graves
Running Time: 45mins
The standoff between Saul and O’Keefe is over because it’s not like it was going to take that long anyway but it wasn’t without casualties. Their back and forth has been the best part of the season so far so this episode focused on this and it did not disappoint as it came to a screeching halt.
The episode started off with Wellington getting a visit from Keane who wasn’t happy with Wellington calling an air strike behind their back while Carrie watched. He convinced Keane not to have him arrested since he had always had her best interest in mind because he’s always believed in her. Carrie wanted to tell Dante but she couldn’t without revealing her surveillance which would lead to Max. Carrie gave Max a copy of Martin’s hard drive.
When it looked like Carrie was going to dial things back, she decided to go full steam on Martin. She followed Martin’s footsteps back to the day where she got the parking ticket. She got information from a cash advance store regarding what looked to be a payout for McClendon but it was too low so there had to have been more to it so Max found evidence of other cash advance stores.
Dante took Carrie to get some drugs to manage her condition, different from what her sister wanted her to take.
At the standoff with O’Keefe, the militia behind him was getting ready for the battle to come. His keepers were concerned with how things were escalating. The FBI was equally concerned. While one militia teen member was chasing his runaway dog, it and he were shot by the FBI. The dog died and the militia took the agent helping him hostage. Saul called to check in with O’Keefe but neither he nor O’Keefe were in control. Luckily Saul had Keane on his side, thanks to Wellington, to try and facilitate a way to send the teen to the hospital.
An ambulance was eventually allowed to enter where the teen was saved and one of the paramedics placed a bug inside the compound. The dissension continued when the mother of the teen interrupted O’Keefe’s latest broadcast. A man impersonating a doctor, presumably a journalist, entered the hospital where the teen was being treated to take pictures to use for more anti-FBI propaganda.
The women and children were sent out of the compound but that was put to an end when a photo of the teen appeared on local news with a false story claiming that he was a dead. Things deescalated quickly from there with both factions engaging each other. Of course O’Keefe thought he should broadcast while the chaos was happening outside. Eventually, the compound was destroyed, people died (but we didn’t get to see any of it), and O’Keefe got captured.
Overall, this was a great episode that focused on the tense standoff between Saul and O’Keefe. This subplot has been the best so far this season and it did not disappoint. With it over within a reasonable amount of time, it will be interesting to see where it goes from here. Carrie also got closer to finding the connection between Wellington, Martin, and McClendon but there’s still a long way to go and will she stay sane. The disconnect between Keane and Wellington grew here, however, will she get rid of her only ally? How will it all come together because we know it will, only time will tell.