Homeland Season 6 Episode 2 Carrie

Homeland Recap: Better Con Saul

Need to catch up? Check out the previous Homeland recap here.

Carrie’s friendship with Saul Berenson has always been Homeland‘s bedrock relationship. (Even when they’re yelling at each other.) But this week’s episode found Carrie in an unusual position: lying to Saul’s face, in order to cover up her alliance with the newly elected president.

Carrie and Saul share their first Season 6 scene together when he comes calling at her new office. They hug, and things seem warm between them… until Saul accuses Carrie of secretly advising the president-elect: “I think her entire national security platform came out of that head of yours.” Carrie denies it, and says this is the kind of “bulls–t” that made her leave the CIA. She asks her old friend to leave.

But later, we see Carrie get in the back of an SUV and arrive at a top-secret location. Turns out she’s meeting… President-elect Keane! Carrie has been advising her, and tells her about Saul’s little visit. And when Keane’s chief of staff Rob shares Dar Adal’s request for some help investigating a snag in the Iran nuclear deal, Carrie recommends someone “absolutely trustworthy” for the job. No, not her. Saul. Carrie tells Keane that Saul wants the deal to work: “You can trust him.”

Can Saul trust anyone, though? He meets with Dar Adal and tells him he’s been requested to represent the U.S. in the Iran nuclear deal situation. He also tells him he met with Carrie, and he believes her when she says she’s not involved with Keane. But Dar Adal doesn’t have the same warm feelings towards Carrie. “She’s a menace,” he seethes. And Dar Adal has photos of Carrie entering that meeting with Keane… but he doesn’t tell Saul about them. So what nefarious plan does he have up his sleeve?

Let’s check in on the other plotlines in “The Man in the Basement”:

Homeland Season 6 Episode 2 MaxSEARCH & SEIZURE | Quinn’s in even worse shape this week, if that’s possible. He’s holed up in Carrie’s basement, listening to some conspiracy nut rant on the radio about Hepatitis C and the Zika virus. And when Carrie tries to get him to take his medication, he flings a coffee mug at her. Luckily, our old pal Max (hi, Max!) shows up to help out. He also tries to get Quinn to take one particular pill, or he’ll have a seizure, but Quinn ignores him, too. Then when Max is busy on the phone, Quinn goes AWOL.

Max tracks him down at a deli, buying a case of Budweiser. But before they can leave, Quinn suffers a serious seizure, convulsing and falling to the ground. When he regains consciousness, an EMT wants to take him to the hospital and do an EKG. But Quinn refuses (of course) and has Max take him home, begging him, “Don’t tell Carrie.”

Carrie comes home, and Max tells her about the seizure anyway, adding, “He’s got this weird thing about you.” She goes downstairs and finds a bewildered Quinn asking what happened to him. He doesn’t mean today, but in general. She tells him about the sarin-gas poisoning from last season, but he doesn’t remember, so they watch a video of it. Carrie says, “I must have watched it a hundred times… looking for some clue.” She points out the floor tiles in the video that led her to him.

Quinn seems to understand: “But you saved me.” Carrie says yes… but then Quinn asks why. And that question hits Carrie like a dagger to the heart. Chin trembling, she repeats his question: “Why? Why?” She doesn’t answer him, but she tenderly touches her hand to his chest and walks back upstairs, only to cry some more when she’s alone. Seems like they have a weird thing about each other, huh?

Homeland Season 6 Episode 2 Simone‘WHEN DO I GO HOME?’ | Unfortunately for Sekou, the answer to that question is “not for a good long while.” Carrie and her Muslim-advocacy colleague Reda visit Sekou in jail, and want to know about the five grand in cash Conlin found under his mattress. Sekou says it was a loan, to fly his family to Nigeria to see his deported dad. Who loaned him the money? His friend who was helping him make those terrorist-promoting videos.

This all sounds pretty fishy… and gets even fishier when Sekou’s sister Simone reveals she was dating Sekou’s friend. Max runs the friend’s photo through a database and finds him under another name: He’s a federal informant who ratted out some gang members in Pittsburgh. Carrie confronts Conlin about this and wants to put the friend on the witness stand. But Conlin threatens her to stay away from the informant, or else she’ll be arrested. You think that’ll stop her? Then you don’t know Carrie Mathison.

Simone lures the informant into a meeting, and then Carrie jumps out and tells him, “We know who you are.” He plays dumb and tries to walk away, but then he caves: “I f—ked up in Pittsburgh.” He admits to helping Conlin and pushing the money on Sekou, but he told Conlin that Sekou’s not a terrorist. He doesn’t appreciate Carrie’s approach, though: “You f—ked up by coming here.” How badly did she f—k up? We’ll find out soon enough.

Further Intel:

* Just to clear up what’s going on with the Iran nuclear deal: According to Dar Adal, Iran is cheating and running a parallel nuclear program in another country. An Iranian “bag man” named Farhad Nafisi met with nuclear scientists in North Korea. The Israelis want to question Nafisi in Abu Dhabi. That’s where Saul comes in.

* Funniest moment: that scene when Quinn is buying beer in the deli, and Max walks in. The cashier asks him to pay, and Quinn motions to Max and says, “Speak with my business manager.”

* Reda does manage to get a plea deal offer for Sekou: seven years. It’s understandable why Sekou rejects that — especially if he really is innocent — but it also could be the best offer he’s likely to get. Like Reda says, “Insist on a trial, and you’ll spend twice as long in jail.”

* Franny continues to be the cutest, with her stick-figure drawing and her cheerful declaration to her friend’s mom: “There’s a man in our basement!” I swear, Homeland, if you do anything to harm a hair on that precious girl’s head…

* At his meeting with Keane’s chief of staff, Dar Adal tells him he was in that same restaurant on 9/11, pulling choking people off the streets to safety. But later, Saul asks Dar, “Still telling that bulls–t story?” Dar replies, “Only when I have to.” Man… there’s a special place in hell for people who lie about things like that. But then again, it is Dar Adal… so we probably shouldn’t be surprised.

Is Carrie playing with fire by lying to Saul about Keane? And will she regret ambushing that informant? Hit the comments and share your thoughts.

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22 Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    Happy to see Max back even though he was MIA throughout all of last season (in Berlin). Can’t believe the series didn’t bring back Virgil since we last saw him in the 9th episode of Season 3.

  2. Derek StJohn says:

    It’s only the second episode and there are four main plot threads so far this season: Carrie advising the PEOTUS; Sekou’s storyline/During Foundation; the intelligence community’s plot against Iran–and maybe the PEOTUS; and, finally, the Carrie/Quinn relationship.

    The first three have me on the edge of my chair already–while the Carrie/Quinn relationship is something I wish they’d just bring to (any kind of) closure. I don’t really care if they have a romance or not. Carrie’s real relationship has always been with Saul and (despite the May/December aspect) IMO the show should just have them get married.

    Getting back to the interesting stuff: given the real life parallels of an incoming President at conflict with the intelligence community, I feel this is the strongest storyline–and most relevant. It also brings into play the betrayal being committed by Carrie (once more) against Saul. I can’t help but think about her past actions: ordering the drone pilot to launch when Saul would be a sure casualty; and when she knowingly led Saul back to his captors, after promising him that she would warn him if capture were imminent–so he could kill himself.

    The Carrie/Saul relationship IS the key to Homeland; in spite of the always topical storylines. At the end of the day, it’s about good “people” and loyalty–and Carrie and Saul keep moving back and forth across those “lines” in the sand.

    Bottom line: even though the writers (like everyone else) was caught off guard by the real Presidential elections (e.g., the female PEOTUS), there still enough good storytelling to make Homeland far, far superior to EPIX’s “Berlin Station.”

    • Alichat says:

      Carrie and Saul married? Uh….no. I have always seen them as a father/daughter dynamic. I love Carrie and Quinn, and I think seeing him struggle with recovery…..or I should say fighting recovery….is something that should be shown. I found the Dar Adal scenes boring, but I find his character boring because he’s a bit of a cliche. And I was to happy to see Max. He’s always so steadfast and loyal, and can be counted on to shine a light on the truth of things. I hope we get to see Virgil at some point in the season.

      • LAwoman says:

        I hope we see Virgil again too. And yes, Carrie and Saul have a more father/daughter or mentor/mentee relationship. I really don’t care about romances on this show, but I would be OK with Carrie and Quinn evolving into more than friends and colleagues if they really must hook her up with someone. Hopefully, not until he’s better recovered from all he’s been through. And his struggle shouldn’t be rushed.

  3. Mitsotakis says:

    If we could skip the Quinn storyline, and probably the Sekou (where Carrie will get in trouble and then magically out of problem because she’s needed) it would be an OK season.

  4. BonniwEo says:

    Not sure where the Quinn plot line is going. Will he become a right wing terrorist or will he work to expose them.

    • Colleen says:

      I’m betting the latter. I could see Quinn uncovering an alt-right nut job plotting something against Carrie because of her work ‘to free terrorists.’ We know he’ll be investigating something from the season previews…everyone one will probably dismiss him as having paranoid delusions at first, brought on from listening to that radio show.

  5. N!loofar says:

    Carrie and Quinn should have sex this season, it’s getting ridiculous.

  6. Carrie says:

    Watching Homeland and Affair together leads to some odd parallels.. troubled single mothers living in NYC brownstone, hiding a very disturbed, dangerous man in the basement because they feel guilty about his current situation…

    But outside of that, I was definitely screaming for Carrie to say I Love you. Helen not so much…

  7. AJJJ says:

    So far it’s my least favorite season. Hope it picks up and Quinn will pick up his talking speed lol

  8. funnibone31 says:

    The good news is, in the last scene, Quinn was lucid, talking normally, and even looked more like himself. Fingers crossed for a shower next week!

    • Alichat says:

      Yes! When he touched her arm and said ‘Just play it’, that was the first time he sounded like old Quinn to me. Such a small moment, but it just sounded like him. What I couldn’t decipher was his expression when she left the room and he’s listening to her walk back upstairs. And yes…..shower and change clothes….seriously.

  9. Mark Lento says:

    Boy, the idiot liberal writers really got ahead of themselves this time…HA HA !!! Had been a big fan of the show until this season when the wheels feel off with the “first female President” theme and now the show feels like a joke!!!…The liberals sure didn’t see the Trump Presidency coming did they…It definitely would’ve made for a better season anyway…

    • Jackie says:

      Exactly! PC has come to Homeland. And the current Hollywood theme of poor misunderstood Muslims being harassed by the evil FBI…Just waiting for them to bring in the obligatory Russian thugs. I hope they don’t ruin this show too!

  10. Wendy says:

    While I am hoping Quinn gets more involved in the spy crafting, I am riveted to see what Quinn will do next- so much tension watching him; love that he’s funny too. Glad to see Max.Hope to see Virgil soon.

    Saul seems a bit too easily played by both Carrie and Dar; hope he’s holding back some cards too.

  11. elaine krommydas says:

    love that Quinn is back