Battling ‘Homeland’ sisters reach a boiling point

Battling ‘Homeland’ sisters reach a boiling point

Homeland

9 p.m., Sunday, Showtime

Carrie and Maggie Mathison have orchestrated a bona fide sister act this season on “Homeland” — and not in a good way. Carrie’s (Claire Danes) bipolar disorder, largely unchecked, has reared its unpredictable head, impacting not only her young daughter, Frannie, but Carrie’s already testy relationship with older sister Maggie (Amy Hargreaves) — a psychiatrist — and her brother-in-law Bill (Mackenzie Astin). In Sunday night’s episode (9 p.m./Showtime), the sisters’ combustible relationship is severely tested.

Hargreaves, 48, answered a few questions about Maggie and about working on “Homeland.”

Describe Maggie for me.

Maggie can be seen, I guess, as cold by some people … she likes a clinical approach to life but she’s also a very loving and maternal person. It doesn’t matter that Frannie is not her own child. I played mothers before I was a mother [she has two teenagers] and there’s something that kind of clicks in for women after they give birth. I have access to those deeper emotions.

Were you told that Maggie would have such a beefy subplot this season?

I hadn’t been in the last two seasons [of “Homeland”] and all of a sudden my phone rang last summer. I was out in the Bay Area of San Francisco shooting “13 Reasons Why” [she plays Clay Jensen’s mom, Lainie]. They said, “We want Amy for a lot of episodes” [of “Homeland”]. I thought, “Oh my gosh, it’s finally time, Maggie is going to join the CIA and drive a Lamborghini!”

Have you had experience with someone who’s bipolar?

Not anyone close to me, but friends of friends. I relied a lot on the writers and creators, not only in saying the names of the meds, but in how a doctor would proceed. Something I really did love about Maggie from the beginning was that “Homeland” has never been a show that’s black-and-white — even Maggie, who’s considered a good influence, from Day One was stealing meds from a sample cabinet to treat her sister on the down-low. It was a totally shady thing to do.

What can you tell us about Sunday night’s episode?

Maggie is able to finally unload a lot off her chest. For years, she and Carrie have been butting heads, and Maggie finally is able to open up to her sister and express her frustration, but also her admiration and love in a new way. It’s a breakthrough for the sisters.

— Michael Starr

And here’s what else to watch this week:

Roseanne

Tuesday, 8 p.m., ABC

David (Johnny Galecki) unexpectedly shows up for Harris’ (Emma Kenney) birthday after being absent for years, forcing Darlene (Sara Gilbert) to re-examine their relationship.

Lecy Goranson and Sara Gilbert in “Roseanne.”ABCAlex, Inc.

Wednesday, 8:30 p.m., ABCRooni’s (Tiya Sircar) mother, Joya (Anjali Bhimani), comes to New York and Alex (Zach Braff) tries too hard to impress her, but a conversation between the two leads to a surprising development for Alex’s new company. Meanwhile, Ben (Elisha Henig) wants to learn more about his heritage from his grandmother.

The Looming Tower

Wednesday, 3 a.m., Hulu

The World Trade Center towers come tumbling down on the morning of September 11. John O’Neill’s (Jeff Daniels) former colleagues at the FBI can’t reach him. Meanwhile, Soufan’s (Tahar Rahim) evacuation from Yemen stops short as the CIA Station Chief gives him all the answers he has sought from the CIA for months. Condoleezza Rice (Eisa Davis) tells Richard Clarke (Michael Stuhlbarg) that Rumsfeld wants to pin the bombing on Iraq. Also starring Bill Camp (below).

Homeland

HuluStation 19

Thursday, 9 p.m., ABCAndy (Jaina Lee Ortiz), Jack (Grey Damon) and 18 other candidates take the captaincy drill test, gunning for one spot as captain of Station 19. Meanwhile, Travis (Jay Hayden) is serving as acting captain while Andy and Jack are away for the day. Starring Jason George.

Trust

Sunday, 10 p.m.., FX

Little Paul (Harris Dickinson) gets to know his captors, while Primo (Luca Marinelli) opens a channel of communication to Gail (Hilary Swank).

Riverdale

Wednesday, 8 p.m., The CW

As Riverdale High begins rehearsals for its production of “Carrie the Musical,” director Kevin (Casey Cott) is forced to make a difficult decision. Meanwhile, tensions between Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) continue to escalate just as Alice (Madchen Amick) announces she is joining the musical to spend more time with Betty.

Good Girls

Monday, 10 p.m., NBC

Rio (Manny Montana) is feeling the heat from the FBI investigation, so he abruptly shuts down operations, cutting off the money supply for Beth (Christina Hendricks, below left), Ruby (Retta, below right), and Annie (Mae Whitman, below center). Their attempt to go back to being ordinary housewives is short-lived when Mary Pat (Allison Tolman) puts the financial squeeze on them.

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