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Showtime's justifiably acclaimed thriller "Homeland" returns for a second season on Sunday, September 30th at 10pm, but the network's put the first 20 minutes of the season premiere online and On Demand now to taunt us or, perhaps more likely, to lure in new subscribers. 

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The first episode, directed by Michael Cuestra, picks up with Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) in recovery after her breakdown at the end of last season and Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis)... well, just take a look: