HOMELAND, REVISITED | “Marine One”
↳ “My brain’s already fucked.”
You are the smartest and the dumbest fucking person I’ve ever known.
*365 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Carrie’s iconic pink blouse makes a return appearance.
So, to be honest, I’ve really struggled with how to write this post. I love this series because it allows me to really have fun with Carrie’s wardrobe, which is frequently awful, and also just poke fun at other aspects of this show in a generally lighthearted way.
But here’s the thing about “The Vest”… I think it is an actual masterpiece of a television episode. Claire’s performance is… unreal. It’s astounding. It’s at-once jarring, harrowing, funny, uncomfortable, and painful. So I just have this natural uneasiness at the usual tone of these posts and the way this episode makes me feel, which is 800 kinds of “what the fuck” and also “why.”
We open with Carrie having been in the hospital for a week, unsupervised and off her meds. Thank God the Director’s Chair series wasn’t around (or, come to think of it, this blog) when this episode aired because I would have had a FIELD DAY with the green border along the wall while Carrie–rightfully might I add–begs for a green pen.
Here, folks, is the costume department easing us into the “Carrie is wearing two shirts as loungewear” reality. It’s not entirely “two t-shirts to bed,” but it’s pretty close. I suppose a camisole and deep v-neck is pretty normal while “two t-shirts to bed” is something I will never understand!
My favorite part of this ensemble, however, is Carrie’s bright purple socks.
I also love this outfit. I love the grey hoodie, the chinos, and grey Chuck Taylor’s. I just love everything about this. I love that Carrie owns Chuck Taylor’s. I think this outfit is extremely close (or identical) to what she wears in “Marine One” (minus hat, obv) and in “The Yoga Play.”
This is getting sliiiiiightly closer to “two t-shirts to bed” territory, because that scoop neck really does not require a camisole underneath. I love the earth tones here though.
Also can we talk about how much art Carrie has hanging on her walls? I love that about her.
She even has art in her kitchen!! Anyway, here she’s thrown the same long cardigan from last week over the ensemble. I really respect that throughout this entire episode Carrie is just wearing pajamas. It makes me feel some small comfort amidst the total clusterfuck that’s about to unfurl.
This isn’t a Director’s Chair post but the symbolism of Carrie tying a bright red (beautiful, by the way) scarf around her neck like a noose is just too strong to not mention. And since her henley is black, it just adds this extra layer of contrast when she’s in front of the wall later. I love this scarf and I love the black henley and I love symbolism!!!!! I love it. I mean I hate it, but I love it. It’s like poetry.
I don’t have anything else to add here. Just that I think this scene is one of the more powerful scenes of the entire series. Maybe the most powerful. Whether it’s the fact that Claire improvised everything after “I’m about to solve this fucking thing.” Or the way that Frank is fighting for Carrie. Or how Maggie forms a kind of fortress around Carrie and tries to calm her, to no avail. Or how Estes straddles this weird, perfect line between hard-ass and, later, coddling boss. Or the way Carrie taps her fingers together frenetically, thumb to ring finger. Or how the music gradually builds, drowning out Carrie’s screaming until we just hear the dull horn and piano. And yet we can still make out Carrie yelling at, pleading with David, “I’m not crazy!”, before the cut to black.
“This is how everything works. You wait, you lay low, and then… then you come to life.”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “The Vest”
Alex Gansa was nominated for a WGA award for episodic drama for writing that abyss of hopelessness, “Paean to the People.”
“Believe it or not, I value my privacy.”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Representative Brody”
*366 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Carrie wore a double-breasted jacket, if you can believe it.
This series was put on a longer-than-planned hold partly due to the holidays and partly due to me absolutely, positively hating this episode. Guys, this episode fuckin’ sucks. I hate it. It’s not even like a so-bad-it-might-be-good kinda bad in the vein of “Broken Hearts” or maybe even “Casus Belli” (which is actually terrible, never mind). It just plain sucks. It is boring. Brody’s flashback hair is horrendous (why are the wigs on this show so bad????). Carrie just goes back and forth in circles between the mosque and Saul’s office. The only good thing about this episode is the sharp cut to “Everybody Knows” in the end credits.
I HATE THIS EPISODE.
Ok, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way….
One of the very few bright spots of this episode is that Carrie looks freaking amazing. Here she is all determined and such. She looks pretty awesome here, even if her outfit is as boring as the entire 50-minute slog that is this episode. Later on in the series she wears more colorful headscarves (ish), but I actually kinda like the two-tone simplicity of this one.
This is possibly the most beautiful Carrie looks in all of season one. And possibly up until she dyes her hair in late season three? She looks so great here and I love her smug smile. I am cacklin’.
I chose this photo for three reasons:
IN CONCLUSION: I ship Carrie/Estes.