Recap: ‘Homeland,’ Season 1, Episode 2, ‘Clean Skin’

In “Homeland,” Season 1, Episode 2, “Clean Skin,” the Brody family prepares for its television interview with Lawrence O’Donnell. In the meantime, Carrie and company close in on an Al Qaida plot involving a Saudi prince.

Spoilers follow.

First of all, a little bit of a complaint. Lawrence O’Donnell of MSNBC? Seriously? In real life, the Marines would have put the Brody family on a real news network, Fox by preference, and on a show that people actually watch, O’Reilly or Hannity. This just shows how out of touch some people are.

Nevertheless, the Brodys are about to tell the world how pleased and proud they are on national TV to “10 million people.” (Note, MSNBC might get a tenth of that number.)

In any case, the Brody daughter, being a rebellious teenager who hates her mom, especially due to the fact she was sleeping with her dad’s friend, contemplates saying something really dumb on the air, such as how she really thinks. Her dad, who seems to have developed a rapport with the hormone-addled girl, dissuades her from this mad scheme. The interview goes off as well as can be expected.

In the meantime, Carrie’s asset in the Prince’s harem downloads his BlackBerry and hands off the data chip to her. The Prince, unknowing of the betrayal, gives her an expensive diamond necklace. The asset is scared, since she might get stoned to death if she were found out.

Carrie has troubles of her own. There is no real intelligence on the chip, especially of a wire transfer of money to a terrorist bank account. And her old mentor Saul, still annoyed that she lied to him, is blowing her off.

The asset is killed and her necklace taken. It is assumed that she was blown and executed for her troubles. There is one problem, though. The Prince seems especially devastated at the death of his chief mistress.

Saul has the answer. The Prince is not involved at all with the terrorist plot. One of his aids is. And to finance it?

He will finance it the old fashion, Bedouin way, with the stolen necklace.

Source: Homeland, Clean Skin, TV.Rage

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