The West Wing “Memorial Day” ‖ Homeland “A False Glimmer”
↳ Landstuhl Medical Center
Josh/Donna ‖ Quinn/Carrie
The West Wing “Memorial Day” ‖ Homeland “A False Glimmer”
↳ Landstuhl Medical Center
Josh/Donna ‖ Quinn/Carrie
*333 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Not much!
This week will be a lot more interesting. She wears a few things and even goes into her JAM PACKED closet. Let’s get going…
Well, kids. Here it is. The first known instance of Carrie wearing two t-shirts to bed.
If you’re counting, that means she’s wearing THREE layers, plus sweatpants, in what is supposed to be June in Virginia (and what was actually June in Charlotte). I hope they were running the AC!
The next day she’s dressing decidedly more weather appropriately. I absolutely love this sleeveless blouse. Firstly, she looks great in it. I like the extra detail of the black stripe down the side.
Very few people can rock a sleeveless blouse like Carrie Mathison. I also love that the literal second Carrie is allowed back into Langley she goes back to her de facto wardrobe of sleeveless blouse and black trouser.
Does anyone notice something strange about this photo? Perhaps that it looks like a Claire who’s about 4-6 weeks more pregnant than in all the other scenes before or after her little jaunt to the CIA? I had never noticed this before. This is really circa-2.05 or 2.04 Carrie, which is confusing, because 2.03 was actually shot after 2.04 (check the episode timeline in this video). So like… ???? When were those other Carrie scenes shot? Was there a massive break for Claire to go get a haircut?
Note the layers on the right side of her face.
And then we’re back to a pre-CIA look. There is just no way this episode was shot in a single span of ten days.
Anyway, here’s Carrie’s massive walk-in closet where everything is folded and hung up neatly and there are only two sleeveless blouses in it, both of which she takes out to put on (yes, more layers!). Look at that red sweater she’s clutching? Or the patterned blouse in front of that?? Holy shit, look at the short sleeve blouse in front of that! This is a hoax!!!
(Although I keep seeing these Instagram ads claiming that women only wear 20% of their wardrobe and Carrie Mathison is proof of that, apparently.)
It feels weird to talk about this outfit since it’s, y’know, the thing she decides she may want to die in. The whole thing is just sad. The faux engagement ring, the too-short skirt, the peep-toe (??) pumps. It’s all just very sad. I do like the top though.
I don’t buy in any universe that Carrie would have purchased this robe. Which is not a knock on the robe (hello, have you read any other post in this series?!) but rather a reflection of her complete disinterest in color. I’m gonna go with “got it as part of a promo offer after buying cosmetics at the mall.”
IN CONCLUSION: Two Clairries. Faux closet.
“I was right?”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “State of Independence”
*334 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: “The Smile” is the real “The Weekend” redux and the real “Redux” redux on account of Carrie kneeing someone in the balls.
As I mentioned in the last post, Carrie only wears one thing in this episode, which I think is actually pretty great, from a Carrie perspective at least (Brody sending a BBM that saves Abu Nazir’s life is absurd and funny if you just give in to this show being absurdly funny/funnily absurd).
It’s this green/grey/beige (greinge?) top with those khaki pants and a real heinous pair of brown shoes. Whatever! She looks very pretty in this episode. If I ignore the footwear I’d give it an A-.
I do think she changes her undershirt (thank God) – this episode takes place over a weird timeline of somewhere between 2 and 3 days.
So I guess there’s not that much to talk about. But this episode includes some wonderful Carrie moments (Claire acts her ass off, and I love that she gets to play like 400 versions of Carrie in the 45-minute span of the episode). Unsurprisingly, they’re both with Saul. And, for as much as I rag on Saul (and will continue to until he, y’know, owns up to his overall shittiness the last 6-7 years), I can’t deny or deflect that Carrie’s most interesting, affecting relationship over the course of the series is with this man. This confounding, perplexing, infuriating man. Maybe they’re made for each other, in that kind of friendship soulmate way. That kind of way where they’ll just be alone together for the rest of their lives.
I’m thinking specifically of the scene on the rooftop where Carrie has to convince Saul to trust her. Or, at least, some past version of her that maybe doesn’t exist anymore. Carrie keeps becoming new and different people as this series has gone on. I debate whether it’s like a reverse shedding-of-skin, Carrie growing new layers and bodies on top of each other. Or whether it really is a shedding of skin, peeling of layers, one after one, until we get down to her elemental being, who she is, the very core of her.
Then there is the scene as they are both waiting patiently by the phone for the Nazir operation to start. Carrie asks quietly why Saul stopped calling and he says he was having a negative outcome on her prognosis, reminding her of work (their work). “Did you ever think we’d be doing this again?” Saul asks. “I hoped,” Carrie says, and she smiles in that self-conscious Carrie way.
In so many ways these scenes are polar opposites of each other. The first is filled with Carrie’s frantic, anxious, pleading energy. The second is quiet, modest, and the moment becomes filled with things left unsaid–this strange acknowledgement that the universe has brought them together again, maybe for the last time.
But they’re both rooted in this relationship and in Carrie’s earnest, often misguided, misrepresented, and misallocated desire and push for goodness. I believe this.
The show has brought us and this character to a lot of uncomfortable, heinous, sometimes downright disgusting places. Places that made us hate and loathe her. I guess some of us remained stuck in that place. Watching this episode and seeing Carrie’s self-conscious, knowing smile when she admits she “hoped” she’d get to do this some day again with Saul, would get to be in the action, make herself useful, do something she believed to be righteous and good and true… it reminded me of this passage from Jacob Clifton’s recap of “Game On,” itself an episode centered around the fucked up soulmate relationship Carrie and Saul entered into together, the bargains they made, the goals and worldview they shared:
“A round-robin edit goes through the various medical facts, if you’re interested: They’ve titrated her lithium up to 1800mg, she’s doing okay in group and crafting, particularly ceramics, she’s a Helpful Hannah when it comes to delivering food on the ward, she’s a “good example for her fellow patients.” Which we missed, but it’s easy to believe. She gives such a shit about people, it’s amazing. Maybe her trainwreckiness, her patriotism, her heroism and her compassion all come from this same thing, this lack of ego that allows her to do a job that would have most of us suicidal in three months.” [x]
Some six years later, that passage has stuck with me. I think about it a lot. And I know some of you are probably thinking, “Carrie? Giving a shit about people? HAH!”
We could all argue for days (literally, we have) about Carrie’s various merits, about what she does actually care about, about her selfishness or selflessness, about her giving a shit or not giving enough of a shit, about how she uses people, how wayward she’s gone, how she’s not a good enough this or that. But I’m not really in the business anymore of convincing people that my Carrie journey is theirs or convincing myself that theirs is mine.
The most I can do now is give you all insight into what this character has meant to me, how I see her and why, in all the 400 and counting ways that she is.
“Every time I think I see something clearly now… it just disappears.”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “Beirut Is Back”
favorite carrie looks | requested by @linzeymorgan
*333 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Um, a “Marine One” jacket.
Everyone, please buckle in for the ride of your life. Carrie’s season two wardrobe starts out ok but becomes gradually, fantastically more terrible.
Together we will chronicle every baggy pantsuit and bootcut jean.
Actually, this moment of ~Zen~ as Carrie gardens I find to be super interesting because this is basically the same thing she wore in “The Weekend.” I choose to think this is intentional. Her grey Converse sneakers are adorable.
I also love that Carrie decided to become a teacher in her “I need a low-stress job to occupy my time” phase. Teachers are fucking heroes (though I don’t actually believe teaching to be a low-stress job)! They all need 8000% raises.
I chose this shot because you can kind of see that Carrie is wearing tan peep-toe sandals with this ensemble, which is decidedly fall-like? Even though it’s supposed to be early summer? The timeline of season two makes no sense at all. I guess we just go with it?
This outfit is actually good though! The top is cute and it goes well with the sweater. Yes, we are giving credit for Carrie pairing a dark-wash jean with two neutrals but whatever! Grading on a curve and all that jazz. A-.
WIG. I don’t mean this in the way the youths are saying it these days. It’s just a wig. A really terrible one…
…that she sleeps in? Why is she sleeping in this? At least she didn’t wear two t-shirts to bed.
This travel outfit is nice though. The jacket is flattering, although she paired it with a BRIGHT RED top. I guess she really wanted to blend in? That scarf is really cute and THAT WIG DOES NOT LOOK REAL.
Why is the CIA’s budget for wigs approximately $24?
My fave detail in this episode is that Carrie is so nervous she sweats through that aforementioned bright red shirt. Poor Carrie.
And so here’s the outfit she changes into, which is also looks good on her. Claire Danes can really rock a double-breasted button down (which is apparently Carrie’s go-to overseas uniform) and white linen pant. Anyway, we’ll talk about this outfit next time because it’s literally the only thing she wears in the second episode. I also like her headscarf!
But the best thing she wears, by far, in this or any other episode (except for hat and probably black boatneck sweater) is THIS SMILE.
I can’t even look at this shot without smiling. It is contagious, it is infectious. The world snapping back into focus. That’s my girl.
IN CONCLUSION: BAD WIG. GOOD SMILE.
“Why are you doing this to me?!”
↳ Carrie Mathison in every episode | “The Smile”
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all our Ho, Ho, Homeland Homies!
*366 weeks ago
PREVIOUSLY ON THINGS CARRIE WORE THIS WEEK: Carrie wears a lovely red scarf and that is the only lovely thing that happens to Carrie. #sheshouldadonethepuzzle
Well, folks, we’ve reached it. Hat episode. In case you have been living under a rock for the last 6 years, you already know that I FUCKING LOVE “MARINE ONE” and only partly because Carrie wears a hat.
Ok but there some other things she wears before hat so let’s talk about them.
Here is Carrie three days after red scarf and she definitely just changed back into what she was wearing before red scarf and has not changed or left her bedroom since. That’s the same oversized grey cardigan. I like that chair!
These are also the same pajamas Carrie was wearing before. I cannot get over how big and nice Carrie’s apartment is. I still miss it today. Like, she has things hung up on the all. Behind her she’s got whole cabinets with all her towels neatly folded. Good for you, Carrie (/set designer)!
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Ok let’s talk about this silly hat. It’s been an obsession and fixation for me for years. First: she’s definitely worn this before judging by the fold in the bill. I just love how nondescript it is. And also that it matches her outfit? She very obviously just put it on because she hasn’t washed her hair in about 5-7 days but it just…. so. It’s just so. Know what I mean?
Look at that hat in action!
Alright, let’s talk about the rest. We’ve got the dark grey chinos and grey zip-up hoodie she was wearing in the last episode. Along with the Chuck Taylor’s (which are not visible here).
THIS JACKET. I earnestly love this jacket and when she wore a similar version in “Clarity” this past season I went out and bought a version, which I call–again, also earnestly–“my Marine One jacket.” As if people should just understand what that means.
(Also I just realized it’s kinda strange that she wears this jacket BEFORE she gets ECT the first time and she wears the similar version AFTER she gets it for (hopefully) the last time. PARALLELS.)
This jacket actually looks great on her. I love the pockets, the cinched waist, the suede collar detail. Combined with her unwashed hair, hat, and hoodie like she’s Ryan Fucking Atwood…. I’m in heaven! I am so happy right now looking at this picture of Carrie pacing and telling Saul correctly that Brody is about to blow up the Vice President.
Anyhoozles…. some more screenshots, because I know you need them:
Oh my God I LOVE this last shot. Put this in a fucking running ad @ Nike! (I know she’s not wearing Nikes but if she were it would be even more perfect, which is impossible, because her whole situation is AS PERFECT AS ANYTHING CAN GET.)
Quick aside to get kinda serious for a second and say that Carrie’s whole deal this episode–including the things she wears–works only because Claire Danes acts the shit out of it. I mean, that’s the truth with like 95% of anything Carrie Mathison does. But I just love the way her outfits in the last two episodes contrast so much with everything else she wears this season. And, actually, they are remarkably similar to what we see her wear when she’s in Iraq in the opening scene of the pilot and then again in season four. This is maybe her “case officer,” on-the-ground uniform. And I just fucking love that (in case you couldn’t tell).
We are still not done. Here is Brody being an absolute psychopathic monster to Carrie. I don’t want to talk about anything else related to this scene except that Carrie is wearing a blue shirt that we couldn’t see before.
(Oh, but quickly–we talk about how the costuming on this show isn’t ever really that purposeful but Carrie and Brody wear something dark green basically the whole episode and it ties them together as they intersect throughout. And in the climax of the episode they’re both dressed in something dark green with those front detail pockets.)
I am making a personal choice to not include a hospital gown as a “thing” Carrie wears (ever in this series) so that means we’re done.
One more hat for good measure.
IN CONCLUSION: HAT. ANGEL. JACKET. BABY.