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Homeland Season 7 Episode 8: Lies, Amplifiers, F**king Twitter Review

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Synopsis: Carrie and Saul interrogate a suspect. Wellington makes a play. (IMDB)

Writers: Patrick Harbinson and Chip Johannessen

Director: Tucker Gates

Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 51mins

Airs: Sundays at 9pm on Super Channel (Canada)/Showtime (United States)

This episode was definitely a roller coaster ride until the end. Either way, it’s just fun to see Carrie and Saul work together again.

The episode started with Carrie taking Frannie to school. Carrie didn’t want Frannie to jeopardize their relationship by telling anyone what happened with them. She was upset with Saul for what happened the night before as she felt she was working him. Carrie visited Saul’s task force. She wanted to interrogate Dante since she knew him the best but Saul didn’t trust her.

Carrie was allowed to speak to Dante. He tried to discredit her by attacking her condition but she pressed him with what they had. Saul was worried about her condition but she assured him that she was fine. Taking another crack at Dante, she pressed him on the coincidental nature of their reunion and the ill feelings he may have had for his country. Meanwhile, Maggie was trying to get a hold of Carrie. Whatever Carrie was doing, it wasn’t working.

Carrie went back to Maggie’s because she picked up Frannie at school. Maggie confronted her about her behavior. She gave Carrie the choice between admitting herself to a hospital or she would take custody of Frannie. Carrie tried to explain to Maggie what was going on but Maggie didn’t want to hear it as Frannie should be more important. She then left to go back to Saul.

Carrie made a last ditch effort as Dante’s lawyer arrived. The lawyer somehow poisoned him in a similar way to McClendon. As he was dying, he told the truth about Martin, McClendon, and the Russians. This was all just a ploy to get him to confess but his heart stopped.

Paley informed Keane that McClendon’s death would become a murder investigation and that he had a witness (Martin) that would implicate Wellington and her by association. He and the committee offered her the chance to resign to spare her from the chaos that would ensure. Martin and the accusations against her office would go away in exchange. Keane still didn’t want Wellington to resign so to fight back, he offered to press Russia.

Wellington spoke with the Russian ambassador to threaten him about Martin. Paley met with Martin to review her testimony. She claimed that she took the money to help pay a gambling debt for one of Wellington’s friends. The Russian ambassador met with Gromov to call him off and to ensure that Martin doesn’t testify.

Gromov found Martin’s lawyer and threatened her into getting him Martin’s whereabouts. He and his men found her and were circling around the house where she was being sequestered. Meanwhile, Saul informed Keane and Wellington that he had a warrant for Martin’s arrest but it may not matter as Wellington’s visit with the ambassador put a target on her.

By the time Saul arrived, Martin was gone as one of his men took her. With Martin gone and Dante in the hospital, they’ll have nothing.

Overall, this was a good and very suspenseful episode where the stakes were high. Just as Carrie and Saul were getting closer to the truth, it was pulled away. The show is always better when Carrie and Saul are together and they did not disappoint here. Carrie’s personal issues stuck out a little too much and were overshadowed but maybe it will lead to one less distraction with Frannie in a stable home. It was nice to see Keane and Wellington be proactive instead of reactive although it may cost them dearly. Now that we know the truth about Dante, it’ll be interested to see how he fits in to everything and hopefully he will stay alive long enough to find out. When it looks like they’re down and out, they still find a way and there’s no reason why it won’t happen again.

Score: 8.5/10

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  1. Great review! I wasn’t much of a fan of the earliest episodes of this season of Homeland but this one was very good.
    I loved the interrogation scene. It reminded me so much of season 2’s “Q&A”. Carrie says: “I’ve done it before” when talking about making someone confess and I’d like to think she was talking about Brody.