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Homeland Season 6 Premiere Recap: Losing the War, On Drugs

We’ve got good news and bad news, Homeland fans. The good news: Sunday’s Season 6 premiere, “Fair Game,” confirms that bad-ass CIA assassin Peter Quinn is indeed alive. (Yay!) The bad news: Yeah, he’s not in such great shape.

After getting dosed with a chemical weapon last season and falling into a coma, Quinn somehow miraculously survived. (He is one tough cookie, after all.) But though he’s recovering in a VA hospital in New York City, Carrie discovers he’s not showing up for physical therapy like he should. When she does track him down, he looks terrible: weak, bleary-eyed and unshaven. She nags him to go back to therapy, but he doesn’t want to: “I’m not getting any better.” And even his nurses think Carrie’s visits are doing more harm than good, so she gives him some space.

Bad idea, though: Quinn’s hooked on drugs, as we find out when a hospital staffer helps him sneak out to a drug den, where he smokes meth, hangs out with some sketchy girls and gets robbed by a male friend of theirs. (That’s how we know Quinn’s sick: A healthy Quinn would’ve beaten the hell out of that robber guy.) Carrie eventually finds him, looking half-dead, but he doesn’t want to go back to the VA: “I’m fine on my own… I’ll figure something out.”

Carrie, wisely, doesn’t accept that and marches him back to the hospital. But after an ugly incident where Quinn tries to bolt and is aggressively subdued by hospital workers, she decides to take him in. He’ll live in the apartment below her and Franny in her Brooklyn brownstone, on the condition that he not bring any drug addicts down there. (Carrie has one other request for Quinn: Take a shower.) Later, Quinn tries to leave the apartment… but finds that Carrie’s locked him in. She loves you, man; she just doesn’t quite trust you right now.

Let’s see what else went down in “Fair Game”:

Homeland Season 6 Premiere SekouTERROR-VISION | Carrie’s new job is protecting the rights of Muslim-Americans, and she gets a fresh assignment in Sekou (Quantico‘s J. Mallory McCree), a young black man and devout Muslim living in the NYC projects. With a friend’s help, Sekou films videos at spots around the city where terrorist attacks have occurred, providing a history lesson… and a clear anti-American message. (“There are two sides to every story,” he says in one video. “Know that.”) You think these videos might attract the attention of the feds? Uh, yeah, probably!

In fact, the feds — led by Special Agent Ray Conlin, played by Nurse Jackie‘s Dominic Fumusa — bust down the door of Sekou’s apartment, scaring the hell out of his mom and sister and leading him away in handcuffs. He’s charged with offering material support to terrorists; Conlin tells Sekou’s mom, “Your son has been radicalized by some very bad people.”

We learn that Sekou’s dad was deported as a terrorist following 9/11… but has he really done anything wrong? Carrie and a law-professor colleague visit Sekou in prison, where he defends his videos as free speech. Carrie agrees, and confronts Conlin at a press conference, telling him, “What I saw was an angry kid, at worst.” But Conlin informs her that when they searched Sekou’s apartment, they found a plane ticket to Nigeria and five grand in cash. Is he planning something much worse than an angry YouTube video?

Homeland Season 6 Premiere Saul Dar AdalHAIL TO THE (LADY) CHIEF | Meanwhile, we have to check in on Saul Berenson, right? He and Dar Adal meet with the newly elected female president — oops! — Elizabeth Keane, played by House of Cards alum Elizabeth Marvel. They’re ready to brief her on the CIA’s covert operations, but she surprises them with her anti-war tone. She asks them about possible U.S. military action in Syria: “If the war isn’t winnable, what are we doing there?” And she wants to know all about the agency’s “lethal programs,” including drone and military operations.

Later, over drinks, Dar Adal shares his theory: Keane’s son was killed in Iraq, and he’s worried that she blames the CIA for his death. (“I think she despises us.”) Saul remains hopeful… but Dar Adal isn’t one for optimism. He secretly plots with a woman from the Israeli government to act fast before Keane is inaugurated, and then has an ominous closed-door meeting with a U.S. senator. Dar asks the senator if Saul’s coming; the senator says no. “Probably for the best,” Dar says.

Further Intel:

* On the bright side: Franny looks healthy and happy! Brooklyn seems to agree with her, and Carrie’s lined up a good nanny, it looks like. Let’s just hope Quinn doesn’t bring around any drug-addled skanks to give the poor girl any (more) psychological scars.

* German billionaire Otto Düring is back… and still wants to make Carrie his bride. Carrie pushes him away, but he encourages her to find someone to share her life with: “If it’s not me, Carrie… let it be someone else.” Maybe she should give him a shot? Let’s be real: Carrie’s choices in men haven’t been the best, historically. (RIP, Brody.)

* Hey, no surreal free-jazz opening credits! At least not this week. But we did get a lazy-sax accompaniment to the opening scene, with Carrie on the bus.

* That shot of Keane opening a locket: There’s a picture of her son in there, right? We didn’t see it, so we can’t be sure… but it looks like Dar Adal’s worst fears about the new president might actually be true.

What did you think of the Homeland premiere? Grade it in our poll below, then hit the comments and share your thoughts.

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24 Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    I give it a B. Really hope Homeland should end after eight seasons and how good or bad Peter Quinn’s life will be whether or not he’ll make it through the rest of the season.

  2. Wendy says:

    Glad Quinn lived! Amazing transformation of his character by Rupert Friend. Quinn is such a heartbreaking scary mess.

  3. LK says:

    In some alternate universe President Elizabeth Keane is the older incarnation of Blacklist’s Elizabeth Keen. Seriously? A slight difference in spelling is all you got? Surely they could have come up with a different name?

  4. Dave says:

    Episode … solid B. Preview for what’s coming up this season … A.

    It’s cute when someone tells Carrie not to take matters into her own hands.

  5. Mitsotakis says:

    F: even though it was spoiled about Quinn, they lost any credibility they had left.

  6. LK says:

    I actually wish they had let Quinn die.. his character had run its course and i dont know if this is the right show to follow a season long rehab journey.

  7. funnibone31 says:

    It wasn’t the best premiere they’ve done but I am looking forward to the season! Quinn is still their punching bag but I’m glad to see Rupert Friend flexing his acting chops. He did a great job.

  8. Virgil says:

    Oh the irony of Hollywood and black Muslims. I’m sure they know what they are doing and playing to the general ignorance and stupidity of our population when it comes to anything resembling reality. The modern day Muslim sects that have pretty much taken over (thanks to our dumbass media parroting whatever they are told to say) hate black people almost as much as they hate gay people and more than they hate women. The ignorance of people when it comes to the “religion of peace” is ridiculous. Does anyone do their own research anymore?

    “Therefore the Negro nations are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated.”
    -Ibn Khaldun (1377) – still called one of the greatest Arab minds ever….and oh yeah they are still slaves in multiple Islam dominant countries in the Middle East/Africa. But I’ll probably just be banned or put on a list for knowing history too well.

  9. Alichat says:

    Carrie didn’t lock Quinn in the apartment. She locked him out of her brownstone. The apartment has a separate entrance.

    While I expected them to kill off Quinn at the end of last season, I’m glad that they didn’t bring him back whole. Not sure how compelling the story will be (although it was a bit more compelling than the new president/Dar Adal conflict……election burnout I think), but at least it’s realistic that he’d be pretty messed up after surviving that. I was rather hoping to see Carrie rip into the orderly that helped him sneek out. And I have to admit, there was a moment when Quinn was drunkenly fumbling with that beer can to get his money out where I thought ‘he’s about to beat the s**t out of this jerk with the gun’. I was all prepared for the swaying, intoxicated Quinn to suddenly become laser sharp and snatch that gun away……a la Jason Bourne on the park bench in Zürich. Totally unrealistic, but it’s a reflex assumption when it comes to Quinn.

    • Dwight says:

      To me, it seemed like Quinn was having moments of clarity and strength, (ie. when he yells out to the babbling patient in the next room to “shut the F up”. ) yes he is having some type of hallucinations, but I’m wondering if he is faking his mental impairment to a degree as part of a plan. Would be nice, the show needs a badass character like (the old) Quinn. Let’s hope for a full recovery. Just saying.

  10. Sabrina says:

    This was an interesting premiere and I’m looking forward to seeing how the rest of the season plays out.

  11. Earl Tilford says:

    Female president…guess shooting for Season Six started last winter. Jewish CIA director and DO plotting with Mossad to the detriment of the probably two-state solution Hillaryesque president. What happens when PC writers do wishful thinking. Homeland goes irrelevant.

  12. Samantha says:

    You have now made “Homeland” politically
    correct and ruined the show.

  13. Sam says:

    It was a train wreck. Not one scene contained drama anywhere near the last 5 seasons. I was bored with how poorly it was written — sophomoric! What a let down…I hope it gets better otherwise…I’m done with it. I don’t know how they could mess it up so much…

  14. Liz says:

    Wasn’t the best episode but it does show Carries growth as a character- locking out Quinn from her brownstone was probably one of the only acts of responsible parenting she’s shown.

  15. Tom says:

    Best part was the west wing reference, “when hoynes kicked her ass in the first debate”.

  16. Harvey says:

    What was that music in the opening scene Carrie on the bus?

  17. Joe says:

    Now that Trump is the new president, you’ll need to figure out a way to find a man to replace Madam President…..too bad Showtime. You took a great show and turned into Politically Correct excrement! What a disservive to your customers. Cancelling my subscription in about 5 minutes.

  18. Myka says:

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    Think this’ll be my new place to get them❤️👍