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Recap Time: Homeland Season 3, Episode 1

Episode 301

Where did we leave off with the District's most gripping romantic terrorism drama, Homeland? Well, a little chunk of the CIA's Langley headquarters was rubbled by evil, manipulative super villain Abu Nazir. The crack team of CIA operatives all felt manipulated, but most of the show's main characters survived, only mentally worse for wear.

Carrie helped send Brody up to safety in Newfoundland. Leaning in, she decided to focus on her career, and not hang out in Canada forever with her reformed, bad-boy Jordan Catalano Brody. She's now facing an aggressive Senate investigation that is aiming to discredit her and the rest of the CIA.

And our favorite bearded mentor, Better Call Saul Berenson? He's now Mr. Director of the CIA. He's facing a huge loss-of-confidence problem, so he planned an ambitious takedown of six of Nazir's former operatives. Peter Quinn got to ride a sexy motorcycle so he could chase bad guys. It's an exciting plot with targets code-named after Wizard of Oz characters, which permits a serious man in a suit and earpiece to shout out, "Cowardly Lion is down!"

Speaking of poppy fields and opioids, Carrie decided to ditch her bipolar medication, convinced they dulled her and didn't allow her to see Nazir's true plot. Without Brody, is Carrie donning one of her many spangly tops, quaffing white wine, and seeking out one-night stands at a swanky lounges? Nope. She's picking up strangers in liquor stores while stocking up on tequila. Whatever, jazz is her boyfriend.

How is the ex? Well, Brody got pretty screwed over. An old confession tape for an attack he didn't make surfaced, implicating him in the recent destruction. We haven't seen his face yet.

Brody's daughter and everyone's favorite sassing teen, Dana, took the news hard. She's at a rehab program after trying to commit suicide, and she has already met a Nate Archibald-looking super cutie. Jessica is also trying to lean back in, joining a New York Times trend-piece collective and trying to rejoin the work force. The family is clearly traumatized by Brody's wrongful blame—a intimate reflection of the traumas the explosion caused.

This week's nugget for D.C.-area viewers: Saul and colleagues use the failure to initiate reconstruction of their Langley facility as a sign of the government's frustration with the CIA's assumed incompetence. Saul's new right-hand man (F. Murray Abraham, also in salt-and-pepper beard, but in the style of a 1940s comic-book villain) notes that there's usually no lag when it's time to send hard hats to a government landmark.

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