Where we left off: Dana skedaddled out of the Brody household, leaving Chris to figure out life on his own (probably for the best). Plus, Saul finally caught Javadi, and it was revealed that Carrie is totally pregnant.
"Gerontion"In this episode, Saul reveals his plans for Javadi, Mira is unfaithful, Carrie has a bout of morning sickness, Quinn realizes his whole life is a moral nightmare, and, cross your fingers, the Brody family might be gone forever.
Okay, so if we’re being serious, the Brody family probably hasn’t been booted from the show; however, none of the Brodys appear in this week's episode. The thing is, I didn't realize that they weren’t in it until the morning after, when I started writing this recap. It just goes to show that Homeland can survive without its lesser characters and the unfortunate sophomoric (and annoying) storylines that come along with them.
With the Brodys out of the picture, specifically Dana, the episode is able to focus entirely on the spy drama we love. The majority of the episode revolves around Saul and his plan to send Javadi back to Iran as a double-agent. The last thing the cruel money-lusting murderer wants to do is be sent back to Iran where he could be killed for one of the many things he’s done, but Saul has a long-term plan for him that will hopefully result in Saul "changing the Middle East forever," or at least that’s what he thinks he can do. (We’ll see how far this plan goes, seeing as how Javadi is a sneaky rat.)
Things get even better when Saul pulls one of the most badass moves of his career and royally burns Senator Lockhart. The soon-to-be CIA director is about to tattle-tale on Saul to the president for sending Javadi back to Iran, but Saul literally locks Lockhart in a conference room with a disconnected phone (and turns the lights off for good measure). Yes, the move is completely ridiculous, but it works because there’s probably not one person watching Homeland that hasn’t wanted to see Lockhart get his. And to rub even more salt in his wound, we find out that Adal, who has been quite shady and two-sided, finally shows that he’s on Saul’s side. (This isn’t to say that Adal won’t betray Saul again if the right opportunity presents itself in the next episode.) While the senator is locked away, it will be interesting to see how the show continues to function once Lockhart becomes director. Even though Saul only has 10 more days to call the shots, it seems quite unlikely that the writers would put us through the last half of the season having to listen to Lockhart insult Saul every chance he gets, mostly because that storyline would grow tired within five seconds.
As for Quinn, the super spy might be having a mid-life crisis. It seems like he’s seen enough death and bloodshed for a lifetime, and his moral compass is pointing as far away from Saul, Carrie, and the CIA as possible. Towards the end of the episode, he says to Carrie: “You f**kin’ people. Have you ever done anything but made things worse?” The problem is, I don’t think they have. We’ve been rooting for the CIA because we think they’re supposed to be the good guys, but they’ve been the cause of a lot of unnecessary murder. Yes, if we’re listening to Saul, the plan in the long run will help more people than it will (and has) hurt, but is that a good plan? Without Quinn’s conscience, we might have never questioned everything that Saul and Carrie do. Hopefully we’ll be able to see some good come of their actions in the upcoming episodes so we don’t all have meltdowns like Quinn.
Highlight of the episode: The Brody family seems to have vanished. (Anyone know where the grandma from Episode 1 went?).
Upset of the episode: Quinn’s shirt was only off for 10 seconds.
Pop star Lily Allen has been drafted in to support Coldplay at the band's third annual Under 1 Roof concert to help raise funds for a U.K. children's charity. The rockers first curated a concert for the Kids Company in 2011, and now the show is in its third year, they have asked Allen to continue her pop comeback by performing at the gig at the Eventim Apollo in London on 19 December (13).
The gig will also feature comedy in the form of David Brent - Ricky Gervais' TV alter-ego from The Office. Gervais embarked on a series of sold out shows as his comedy creation earlier this year (13).
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin says, "Buying a ticket to this concert will guarantee two things: a totally unique never-to-be-repeated night of star-spangled entertainment, and money in the Christmas coffers of a charity that brings love and happiness to London's most vulnerable kids."
Rizzle Kicks will also perform at the event, which will raise funds to help disadvantaged youngsters in the U.K. capital and Bristol, England.
Allen made her official stage return at Robbie Williams' concert at the London Palladium last week (08Nov13).
"When we woke up it was raining and that was a bit of a bummer because the ceremony location was outside. Luckily the rain went away and the show went on as planned." Former 'N Sync star Chris Kirkpatrick was worried by the rainy weather on the day he married his longterm girlfriend Karly Skladany on 2 November (13) at the Loews resort hotel in Orlando, Florida.
A host of famous faces turned out to help Michael J. Fox raise awareness of Parkinson's disease at his foundation's annual gala in New York City over the weekend (09-10Sep13). The Back to the Future star, who has been battling the debilitating condition since the early 1990s, was joined by the likes of Blake Lively and her husband Ryan Reynolds, Julianna Margulies, Seth Meyers and Tina Fey at the glitzy bash at Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria hotel on Saturday night (09Nov13).
Fox joined Coldplay star Chris Martin on guitar for a musical performance, while Reynolds, whose own father is battling Parkinson's, admitted he was impressed by the work of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, saying, "You meet the people who work with this foundation, and so many of them have absolutely no affiliation with the disease whatsoever other than their job, and they were brought to it by a common denominator, which is Michael, and he's so inspiring and you just see the people that work with this foundation and how tirelessly they give everything they have to it and you start to forget that you're only here because someone you care about has Parkinson's. I was really blown away by the whole operation."
Marguiles insisted she turned out at the event to help raise cash for the cause, saying, "When you raise awareness, you raise money. I mean, it's the brutal truth."
Fellow guest, actor John Slattery, added to The Hollywood Reporter, "We're trying to find a cure. Research is expensive, and the more people know about it, that's everything, so that's what he's doing."
Eminem led the winners at the 2013 Mtv Europe Music Awards in Amsterdam, Holland, on Sunday (10Nov13), taking home two awards and securing his lead as the artist with the most EMAs ever. The rapper won the Best Hip Hop prize and was awarded the the Global Icon trophy for his continued success over the last decade. He has now won 15 MTV EMAs - more than anyone else.
He also took to the stage to perform Berzerk and Rap God before Will Ferrell, dressed as his Anchorman character Ron Burgundy, presented him with his Global Icon accolade.
Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had led nominations ahead of the ceremony, but Timberlake went home empty handed, while the hitmaking duo had to make do with the prize for Best New Act.
Miley Cyrus stole the spotlight during the ceremony - the former Hannah Montana star performed twice, opening the event with a rendition of her We Can't Stop hit accompanied by a leather-clad little person, who she groped and spanked. Miley then returned to the stage for an impassioned performance of Wrecking Ball, which won her the Best Video award.
Her pal Katy Perry scooped the award for Best Female and performed her new track Unconditionally, while and absent Justin Bieber was named Best Male for the second year in a row. He accepted his award via a video link from South America, where he is currently on tour.
Other performance highlights came from Kings Of Leon, The Killers, Icona Pop, Robin Thicke, Snoop Dogg, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars.
Will Ferrell's Ron Burgundy character appeared in a number of skits throughout the night, guiding the viewers around Amsterdam with a canal trip accompanied by Daft Punk lookalikes and making a confused visit to the city's famous red light district.
LMFAO star Redfoo hosted the evening and donned nine different costumes, including one which appeared to be edible.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Song: Bruno Mars - Locked Out Of Heaven
Best Female: Katy Perry
Best Male: Justin Bieber
Best Pop: Justin Bieber
Best New Act: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Best Live Act: Beyonce
Best Hip Hop: Eminem
Best Rock: Green Day
Best Electronic: Avicii
Best Alternative: Thirty Seconds To Mars
Best Video: MIley Cyrus - Wrecking Ball
Best Look: Harry Styles
Best World Stage: Linkin Park - Mexico 2012
Biggest Fans: Tokio Hotel
Best Push: Austin Mahone - April 2013
Best Worldwide Act: Chris Lee, China
Actress Jessica Biel is helping her gay friend Lance Bass prepare for his upcoming nuptials. A week after Biel, who is married to Justin Timberlake, and Bass attended the wedding of the boys' 'N SYNC bandmate Chris Kirkpatrick on 2 November (13), the pop star-turned-radio personality has revealed the actress has come up with some great ideas for his big day.
Bass, who proposed to boyfriend Michael Turchin in September (13), says, "We were sitting there talking to Jessie Biel, and she gave us a lot of great pointers. She had some really great ideas.
"One really cool idea she had was that, on the invites - because we love our onesies - send out personalised onesies to all our guests, so that at midnight after the reception it turns into a pajama party. How fun would that be? I think we might be doing that one. That was something we both loved."
The gay star tells Us Weekly he and Turchin are likely to tie the knot next October (14), adding, "We’ve slowly but surely started planning it."
Dionne Warwick and Keith Sweat are set to be honoured at the upcoming Soul Train Awards in Las Vegas. R&B veteran Sweat has been named the recipient of a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award and Warwick will receive the night's Legend Award.
The accolade will mark a full circle moment for Warwick, who helped late TV mogul Don Cornelius perfect the 1970s music show that was to become Soul Train, and inspire the awards. Gladys Knight, Ronald Isley and Eric Benet will be among the stars who will pay tribute to the singer at the event.
Meanwhile Sweat will perform a medley of his hits and join Faith Evans for a special performance.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13). Janelle Monae is hoping to bounce back from a throat infection to perform alongside Toni Braxton and Kenny 'Babyface' Edmonds at the awards, which will also feature a Cirque Du Soliel tribute to Michael Jackson.
Hip-hop sensation Kendrick Lamar leads this year's nominations with six, including Best New Artist, Album of the Year and Song of the Year. Tied with five nominations each are Miguel, Justin Timberlake, Robin Thicke, Chris Brown, Tamar Braxton and Janelle Monae.
Comedian and actor Anthony Anderson will host the awards on Friday night (08Nov13).
Embattled Chris Brown has filed a countersuit against rival singer Frank Ocean's cousin, accusing him of provoking a parking lot brawl between the stars' entourages earlier this year (13). The Kiss Kiss hitmaker hit headlines in January (13) when he and his bodyguards allegedly clashed with Ocean's crew over a parking space outside the Westlake Studio in West Hollywood.
Ocean declined to press charges after initially filing a police complaint for battery, but his relative Sha'Keir Duarte decided to launch his own $2 million (£1.3 million) civil action in August (13), holding Brown responsible for the actions of Hood, a member of his security team, who is accused of viciously beating the plaintiff during the altercation.
Duarte alleged Hood punched him in the face and kicked him around 12 times as the singer encouraged him, while he also claimed that Brown used the N-word against him during the brawl.
Now Brown, who is currently seeking anger management treatment in rehab, is firing back in his own lawsuit, claiming he tried to avoid confrontation "with the aggressive and hostile Mr. Duarte", who he insists started the fight. The star goes on to accuse Duarte of kicking and punching him and even threatening his life, and he is adamant Ocean's cousin is simply suing him for money, reports TMZ.com.
Brown checked into a Malibu, California treatment centre on 29 October (13), a day after pleading not guilty to a misdemeanour assault charge following a fight outside a Washington, D.C. hotel.
Justin Timberlake offered wedding advice to his 'N Sync bandmate Chris Kirkpatrick ahead of the star's marriage to Karly Skladany on Saturday (02Nov13). Just two months after the Bye Bye Bye hitmakers - Timberlake, JC Chasez, Joey Fatone and Lance Bass - reunited on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards in August (13), the guys came together once again in Orlando, Florida to celebrate Kirkpatrick's big day.
After recruiting his other close friends as his groomsmen, Kirkpatrick wanted to include his 'N Sync pals in the ceremony by using them as ushers.
Kirkpatrick tells People magazine, "They sat the families, escorted people to their seats. Obviously, they knew what this meant to me, and it was really special that we could all be back together. It was like no time had passed. I wanted them to share the day with us."
Timberlake and Fatone had an extra special role in the proceedings - the two married singers calmed the groom with a series of last-minute pep talks.
Kirkpatrick says, "We were getting ready together in the bathroom, and we laughed that the bathroom was bigger than some of our dressing rooms. We joked and laughed a lot; it really was like how things used to be. They're like family.
"Justin and Joey were giving me wedding advice. Justin was like, 'You're going to be a little bit nervous here, but it'll be okay.' It was really funny. I'm the oldest one of us, and I never thought I'd be getting wedding advice from Justin Timberlake!"
Kirkpatrick has been dating Skladany for more than three years and he popped the question to the marketing rep during a birthday trip to Italy in October last year (12).