"Andante"
Homeland episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 7
Directed byLesli Linka Glatter
Written byPatrick Harbinson
Chip Johannessen
Production code7WAH07
Original air dateMarch 25, 2018 (2018-03-25)
Running time54 minutes
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"Andante" is the seventh episode of the seventh season of the American television drama series Homeland, and the 79th episode overall. It premiered on Showtime on March 25, 2018.

Plot

Saul (Mandy Patinkin) apprises Wellington (Linus Roache) of the situation with Simone Martin — that she intends to implicate Wellington in the plot to assassinate General McClendon, and that she's in league with Russian interests. A stunned Wellington sends a letter of resignation to President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel). Keane pays a visit to Wellington to inform him that she does not accept his resignation, as he is needed more than ever with her administration under attack.

Carrie (Claire Danes) and her crew leave Dante's apartment with as much evidence as they can collect, though they don't find anything immediately incriminating. The next day, an argument with Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) leads to Carrie taking Franny and moving out, albeit with no other place to live. Dante (Morgan Spector) offers to let them temporarily stay with him. Carrie snoops around Dante's apartment some more and learns that his ex-wife, Audrey (Tricia Paoluccio), works for the Department of the Treasury.

She tracks down Audrey and poses as FBI, claiming to be doing a background check on Dante for a job. Carrie learns from Audrey that some things Dante had said about his past — having a drinking problem, his wife being bipolar — were lies, and also that he had harbored resentment for "a CIA station chief" in Kabul, which was Carrie. Meanwhile, Dante goes to Maggie's house to search Carrie's room, under the pretense of fetching some of Franny's belongings, and discovers research that Carrie had been compiling on him.

Using his knowledge of Max's surveillance cameras as leverage, Saul forces Max (Maury Sterling) to join his task force, with the stipulation that all findings are to be reported to him, not Carrie. Saul is unable to convince a federal judge via a writ of mandamus to gather information from Simone Martin ahead of her hearing with Senator Paley, and decides to focus on Dante instead when Max deduces that Dante and Simone travelled to five European cities at the same time. That night, Carrie and Dante tease each other with the knowledge that they were spying on one another. As the tense confrontation transitions into sex, they are interrupted when agents charge in and take Dante away in handcuffs on Saul's orders.

The true climax of the episode is the final shot of Saul, looking at Carrie like a parent beyond disappointed at his once favorite offspring. And after Carrie pulls a blanket over herself and calms a frightened — and definitely traumatized — Franny, she watches as Saul walks in and surveys the scene. He just looks disappointed in his former pupil. Carrie, then, almost looks defiant, even though she's the one who did the exact opposite of what Saul had told her to do. Now Carrie's never one to shy away from a problem — at least, any problems over national security.

Production

The episode was directed by executive producer Lesli Linka Glatter and co-written by executive producers Patrick Harbinson and Chip Johannessen.

Reception

Reviews

The episode received an approval rating of 78% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 9 reviews.[1]

Scott Von Doviak of The A.V. Club gave the episode a "B" grade, noting that it advanced the season's story arcs significantly, but also that it leaned too much on drama surrounding Carrie's family.[2]

Ratings

The original broadcast was watched by 1.28 million viewers.[3]

References

  1. ^ "Andante". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  2. ^ Von Doviak, Scott (March 25, 2018). "Carrie's domestic drama is getting harder to take on Homeland". The A.V. Club. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  3. ^ Porter, Rick (March 27, 2018). "Sunday cable ratings: 'The Terror' gets decent start behind 'The Walking Dead'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on March 28, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.