Homeland: “R Is for Romeo” Season 6 Episode 11 Review

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Let’s just get one thing out of the way. Never in a million years would hundreds, maybe even thousands of New Yorkers protest a president for accusations laid against her and her dead son by a right-wing nutjob. And if for some reason that did happen, the liberal body of New York, the vast majority (anyone in the city after Trump won knows what widespread despair looks like) of the city’s population, would collect itself in support of the president and outnumber the protestors at least three to one. The Women’s March in January and every gay pride parade of the past five years more than prove that. The New York populace wouldn’t listen to O’Keefe as much as they listen to Sean Hannity or Bill O’Reilly now.

But if you remove this massive leap in logic, “R Is for Romeo” was a pretty effective setup for the impending finale. It’s pretty amazing to see how all the different pieces of the season came together. Almost as amazing as it is to see Saul practically in Keane’s pocket at this point. But despite some deviousness early in the season, they are likely the two most powerful forces for good on the show right now, so having them on the same side is exciting.

Keane’s on-air standoff with O’Keefe was kind of fascinating. Homeland doesn’t shy away from what would likely actually happen in this situation, and it feels very grounded once it’s actually happening. But it also would probably never happen. Keane floundered as eloquently and successfully as one could, but she still floundered for much of this episode. Yet she remains spirited, something that likely helped her get elected in her off-screen victory. But in this case, her actions may have greater consequences on her life, based on what Carrie and Quinn discover in Queens.

Picking up right from last week’s cliffhanger, Quinn gets a chance to lay the blame for his current condition down on Carrie. It’s an emotionally difficult scene that Claire Danes and Rupert Friend played pretty much perfectly. It’s also one that had to happen. Quinn deserves to know how he got this one and Carrie deserves to hear his anger. Their relationship will never be the same again. But all of that is on pause for them to figure out the endgame of the season.

The confrontation with Belli was intense in a way that was both satisfying and deeply haunting. Quinn rescuing Carrie and then brutally murdering him was a lot, but man did he deserve to die. With Sekou’s truck in the garage, there’s enough evidence anyway, and then Quinn deciphers the eraser marks the white boards to figure out where all of Belli’s men might be going. That’s when Carrie learns about what’s going on with Keane. In all likelihood, Belli’s men are acting as the backup to Keane’s secret service to infiltrate and assassinate her. Carrie only picks up on this as a bomb goes off in the garage, meaning Keane doesn’t get the intel she needs in time. This convoluted timeline fits together almost a little too well, but the moving parts work well enough that, with all the pieces finally in place, next week’s finale should be able to finish the season on a strong note. This episode may have dipped a little too far into Homeland‘s preposterous well, but it did so without crossing too many major lines. Now it’s just a long week ahead of us until the finale. Grade: B+

By Matt Dougherty

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