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"Halfway to a Donut" is one of the strongest episodes of the season, a tension-filled, high-stakes installment that recalls the best of Homeland's first season.
Disregarding the "twist" that Saul didn't kill himself, Episode 8 was awash with relatively-minor moments of tension building to one much-needed switcheroo at the end.
The writers behind Homeland mounted their boldest operation yet to win over any fans who are still smarting over the decision to reset the series after bumping off Brody last season. And, as far as this review is concerned, their mission was accomplished.
More episodes like this and we'll forget Brody ever existed.
Homeland is just back to where it was at the start of episode eight, although Carrie is on firmer ground and with intel that may actually work in her favor.
The show has proved that while it might be unable to hit the big highs it reached in Season 1 and Season 2, it can still pull off intense, compelling sequences when its characters are risking their lives in order to do their jobs.
With Aayan's death and Saul's subsequent capture, the plot got tighter and with Homeland Season 4 Episode 8 we're once again faced with how brilliant the series can be.
"Halfway to a Donut" was Homeland's best Season 4 episode yet because the stakes felt legitimately high.
This was a tense and exciting episode of Homeland, as Saul -- one of the most beloved characters on the show -- faced great danger. And while he's safe for the moment, I don't think he'd say Carrie saved him at all.
Intriguingly, there's no real indication of what might be around the corner, especially in terms of how Carrie plans to use the information Kahn supplied her with.
"Halfway to a Donut" is the most focused episode of Homeland so far this season, and its straightforward narrative seems a necessary respite from the psychological fireworks of "Redux."
"Halfway To A Donut" (apart from that title) was pretty great.
"Halfway to a Donut" was a tremendous hour of television and one of Homeland's finest installments since season one.