By Alan Eyerly
6:00 AM PDT, October 7, 2013
Off her meds and off to reveal the truth about the deadly bombing at CIA headquarters, bipolar case officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) finds herself isolated and institutionalized in Episode 302 ("Uh... Oh... Ah...") of Showtime's "Homeland."
Scapegoated in a CIA misinformation campaign, Carrie is determined to clear her name and save the life of Nick Brody (Damian Lewis), the target of a global manhunt after the Langley explosion.
"I'm under attack," Carrie exclaims to a skeptical newspaper reporter (Fiona Choi). But divulging spy secrets puts Carrie in the cross hairs of CIA black ops leader Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham).
"She's out for blood. I'm going to stop her," Dar vows.
Carrie's newspaper interview is cut short when police arrive with a psychiatric detention order. Soon she's handcuffed to a hospital bed and evaluated by Dr. Harlan (David Aaron Baker).
"I'm standing down," Carrie assures the psychiatrist, meaning there's no need for the CIA to silence her. But Harlan is concerned that Carrie no longer takes Ritalin to control her mood swings, opting instead for a regimen of running and meditation.
"I can't do the meds anymore," says Carrie, grandiosely believing she would have prevented the bombing if her head was clear.
Worried about this erratic behavior is acting CIA Director Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), who reluctantly betrayed Carrie to protect his agency from Congress. Saul tries to win over Carrie's father Frank (James Rebhorn) and sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves).
"I know both of you hate me right now but I'm on her side," says Saul, who wants Carrie placed in her family's care.
Believing everyone has turned against her, Carrie flees the detention hearing and is promptly committed. When Saul visits the psychiatric facility he finds Carrie drugged, listless and bitter.
"I'm so sorry," he says.
Back at CIA headquarters, Fara (Nazanin Boniadi), a young Muslim hired as an analyst, scrutinizes data from a terrorist's laptop.
"There's nothing there," she says to Saul, who angrily berates her for wearing a head scarf while Islamic terrorists gloat about the Langley bombing.
"You better be the best analyst we've ever seen," Saul demands. So come up with a plan "or don't say anything."
"I have a plan," Fara says, choking back tears.
Her strategy involves questioning bankers about suspicious money transfers. Fara believes they illegally partnered with an Iranian trading company, garnering huge profits by trafficking in human misery.
When the bankers refuse to cooperate, CIA operative Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) confronts one of them (Robert Newman) outside an upscale restaurant. The banker's colleague was just killed in Venezuela, Peter warns, so watch your back.
Fara quickly receives her requested information.
"It's all pointing to Iran," she says after analyzing the data. "Not just the country -- inside the government."
What's more, $45 million in bank fees is unaccounted for, she tells Saul, who cautions her to keep this finding "between us for the time being."
Finally, Brody's rebellious daughter Dana (Morgan Saylor), back home after a suicide attempt, goes from sexting to sex with new boyfriend Leo (Sam Underwood).
But Leo is confined to the recovery center where Dana was treated, and mom Jessica (Morena Baccarin) wants to keep the troubled teens apart.
"He's not what you need right now," Jessica insists. Dana disagrees, saying Leo gives her a reason to carry on during the bombing aftermath.
"At this moment I want to be alive," Dana says as Jessica bursts into tears.
Later Dana reminisces about happier times as she browses through family photos. Then she carefully unfolds her father's Islamic prayer rug and reverentially bows down.
Like father, like daughter?
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