Homeland Season 6 Episode 3 Quinn

Homeland Recap: Armed & Dangerous

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

Quinn had me worried after the first couple episodes of Homeland‘s sixth season… and now I’m just terrified.

Sunday’s episode opens with a long-overdue sight: Quinn getting into the shower! (About time, smelly!) Only when he turns on the water, sarin gas comes out. Nope, it’s just a nightmare, one that Quinn wakes up from screaming bloody murder. Carrie runs downstairs to comfort him, and they share a long embrace. So long, in fact, that Quinn gets the wrong idea and starts lifting up her shirt. Carrie puts a swift stop to that, though, and asks if she needs to call Max to look after him. “I don’t need a babysitter,” Quinn grumbles.

But he clearly does need some kind of help: We see him staring out at the street and eyeing suspicious silhouettes in nearby buildings. Is he just seeing things? Or is he really being followed? He does emerge from his basement lair to meet that druggie girl from the premiere; he wants to see her boyfriend Tommy, who knocked Quinn out and stole his money. She reluctantly drops him off at Tommy’s place, where Quinn offers to buy Tommy’s handgun. They agree to two thousand dollars… but then Quinn flips a table and whacks Tommy over the head, taking the gun and informing him that the two thousand Tommy stole from him means they’re even.

It’s admittedly nice to see Quinn strong enough to stand up for himself again. But things get a little grim when we see him lurking in the basement doorway, hiding from Carrie and staring at those silhouettes in the window again. And now he has a gun. Will Quinn’s imaginary enemies lead to real-life carnage? Let’s just hope our precious Franny is nowhere near any of this mess.

Let’s run down the other highlights from “The Covenant”:

Homeland Season 6 Episode 3 Carrie‘I’M SORRY. I F—KED UP’ | Oh, if we had a dollar for every time Carrie Mathison said that. (We could fund our own covert nuclear-weapons program!) This time, it’s because of her little visit last week with the FBI informant who set up Sekou. Reda tells her the informant ran to the feds, and now they’re pulling Sekou’s plea deal off the table. He’s looking at 15 years in supermax. And Reda’s pissed that she violated a court order: “This isn’t the arrangement we had.” Carrie apologizes, and insists on being the one to break the bad news to Sekou.

At first, Sekou seems OK with it: “I wasn’t interested in their offer anyway.” But after Carrie explains it further, the truth sinks in, and he angrily unloads on her: “How could you do this to me?” Wracked with guilt, Carrie tracks down a guy named Roger who must work for the NSA, because she asks him for the transcript of any calls between Conlin and the informant. He doesn’t want to get involved, but later, Carrie receives flowers at work, and instead of a card attached, there’s a flash drive.

On the flash drive: audio of a phone call between Conlin and the informant, where Conlin’s clearly pushing the informant to set up Sekou. Carrie takes the smoking gun straight to Conlin, who laughs her off: “You’re really something.” (She sure is!) He says the recording won’t hold up, but Carrie demands that he drop all charges against Sekou and set him free or she’s sending that audio to the attorney general. She leaves Conlin’s office with a smug smile on her face… but as with many of Carrie’s temporary victories, I have a bad feeling about this.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 3 SaulHEY, SAUL SISTER! | Meanwhile, Saul is in Abu Dhabi, following up on Dar Adal’s tip about Iran running a secret nuclear-weapons program. He tricks Iranian operative Farhad Nafisi into a meeting and tries to blackmail him into spilling Iran’s nuclear plans. Saul knows Nafisi has a $120 million line of credit at a foreign bank and accessed half of that this week. But Nafisi insists it’s for a perfectly legal delivery of Russian anti-aircraft equipment. And he says Iran doesn’t even want nuclear weapons; they only started their program to use as a bargaining chip so the U.S. would lift sanctions.

Saul phones Dar Adal and tells him the situation is “complicated,” and he seems truly conflicted on whether Nafisi’s lying or not. (He also spots an empty pack of cigarettes in the trash that seems to get his mind whirring.) But Dar Adal turns around and tells President-elect Keane that Saul said there’s “conclusive” evidence of a secret Iran program. (No, he didn’t! You’re a damn liar, Dar Adal!) Keane wants to take action, but she’s not president yet… and she and Dar don’t exactly trust each other. For good reason.

Since he’s already in the Middle East, Saul swings by the West Bank to visit his sister. They seem cordial, reminiscing about their childhood in Indiana. But they lost touch when she married a militant Israeli who clashed with Saul. And she and Saul get into a heated debate over Middle East policy. He says she’s keeping Palestinians from their rightful home. She says she has “a life filled with faith and purpose. What do you have?” He has… a nice beard!

And he also has a plan up his sleeve, because we see him leave his sister’s house in the dead of night and get in the back of a cop car. He hunches down in the back as the driver tells him to “get down.” Back in the U.S., Carrie has her own secret rendezvous with Keane in the back room of a restaurant. Keane tells her what Dar Adal said about Saul’s “conclusive” report. Carrie can’t believe Saul would be so definitive; intelligence officers usually hedge their bets. She tells Keane to confer with the current president before making any decisions. And all the while, Dar Adal is listening in on their conversation. Did he bug Keane’s phone? One more time: Damn you, Dar Adal!

Further Intel:

* This is not a drill: We actually got opening credits this week, people! Dissonant free-jazz music, shots of protests around the world and Carrie walking the streets of New York, and a narrator telling us “the revolution will not be televised.” Welcome back, Homeland opening credits. We missed you.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 3 Saul Moped* When I first saw this photo of Saul on a moped, I was hoping for an exciting chase scene with Saul clinging to a woman’s back while zipping through the alleys of Abu Dhabi. Alas, it was just a ten-second scene. A real missed opportunity there.

* So what did Saul realize when he saw Nafisi’s empty cigarette pack in the trash? Did Nafisi steal evidence from Saul’s case file?

* Saul told his sister he hasn’t been with anyone since splitting up with Mira. But wasn’t he sleeping with that traitor Allison Carr last season? Guess that’s still kind of a sore spot for Saul.

* Did anyone else notice that Carrie turned down wine during her meeting with Keane? Wow… this truly is a new season.

Are you scared of what Quinn might be capable of? And what’s Saul endgame in the Middle East? Hit the comments with your theories.

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26 Comments
  1. N!loofar says:

    Just do it already!

  2. Mitsotakis says:

    Another disappointing episode.

  3. Kevin says:

    Bummed that the series will be back in two weeks with a fresh episode even though next week is Super Bowl Sunday.

  4. Best episode yet, by far. And go Quinn! My man! He should’ve executed that scumbag, which is what said scumbag originally had planned for Quinn, knowing full-well he was a soldier… you’re welcome Tommy! Having seen the promos mix for upcoming episodes, I know that Quinn’s acquisition of a handgun is not a dangerous-to-Carrie-and-Franny, PTSD-driven move, and I’ll just leave it at that. As for the rest, hell yes. Loving the PEOTUS. Stark contrast to our real-life POTUS whom I don’t mind as much as one might think, but I like the parallels to reality being made. (through opposites at times, lol)This is building to something epic. And speaking of epic, best opening credits yet. S6 FTW so far!

  5. Alichat says:

    “But he clearly does need some kind of help: We see him staring out at the street and eyeing suspicious silhouettes in nearby buildings. Is he just seeing things? Or is he really being followed?”

    Uh…what? Quinn heard someone moving around in Carrie’s house. There were thumps and footsteps upstairs. That’s why he grabbed the knife, and went to the upstairs door. After the person exits the house, he then (albeit way too quickly for his newly adjust stride) came down the stairs and went to the window to see someone crossing the street as if they’d just exited Carrie’s house. Basically, Quinn discovered someone is watching/spying on Carrie. This is why he got the gun, and why he was watching the apartment window across the street when Carrie comes home.

    • madison says:

      Thank you! This is an important detail missing from this recap.

    • dark.demon.queen👑 says:

      But we can’t really trust his perspective right now, he has suffered severe brain damage that is causing audiovisual hallucinations that are more than real (to him anyway). I hate seeing him like that. 🙁

      • Alichat says:

        True but, unless I am not remembering correctly, all of his hallucinations were caused by not taking his seizure meds or from getting high with that blonde chick. I think everyone was writing off what he was seeing as a hallucination because of those previous moments, but when we as the audience saw his hallucinations, they were blurry, skewed, and lit differently. Since we didn’t see that when he heard the intruder, I believe we as the audience are supposed to know what he’s seeing is legit, but everyone on the show will question what he’s saying.

      • Alichat says:

        Forgot to add…..I hate seeing him this way too, but I’m glad they are showing the effects of the poisoning on his body and his psyche and not glazing over it with some miraculous recovery.

  6. cyclops says:

    Dar most likely is having Carrie watched and Quinn knows it also that someone was upstairs. looking for something. At first I thought he was being paranoid staring out the window but ut seems even with the damage to his brain his spy sense still works.

  7. funnibone31 says:

    There were opening credits last episode.

  8. Mark says:

    Quinn is obviously watching someone watching Carrie and the cigarette packet could suggest that the interrogation was a set-up

  9. Sheryl79 says:

    The cigarette pack was Korean made. It had a Korean symbol/character on it which proves that Nafisi was in North Korea. It was a quick shot on purpose I think.

    • Alichat says:

      But it was empty in the trash can. Wasn’t that the reason for the close-up and Saul’s suspicious look? Did Nafisi actually smoke a whole pack while he was there? He pulled out a full pack at the beginning of the meeting and left with a somewhat full pack again. He was shown smoking one cigarette. Was it only shown because they are Korean? I thought perhaps it was a clue or tease that someone in that room is in cahoots with Nafisi and that’s why Saul pocketed them. Who’s pack was in the trash can?

      Two other things I forgot to mention last night. Quinn’s nightmare……was he the one in the orange suit and gas mask? Looking at himself through the glass? It looked like his eyes. And second, I know there’s only so much you can ask from a child actor, but I thought the scene with Franny coming downstairs after Quinn’s nightmare would play out differently. I thought, as a small child that hears a man screaming downstairs, she’d be scared. I thought she’d have a scared look on her face, and Carrie would say to her that everything is ok, her friend Quinn just had a nightmare. Stating something the child could relate to as opposed to just telling her to go back upstairs.

    • emansnas says:

      Kudos for noticing the cigarette pack was Korean made. This does pose a kind of paradox. Assuming that Nafisi is a trained agent, which he is apparently portrayed as, it seems highly improbable that he would unwittingly pull out that pack in front of Saul by accident. But it also seems highly improbable that he would do so intentionally, by way of a Mossad ruse, since that would be way too obvious and not pass the smell test of a trained intel officer such as Saul. Yet Saul only seems puzzled upon finding the *empty* cigarette pack… hmm.

  10. I don’t think the enemies are imaginary, I think Dar Adal plans to have Carrie killed

  11. Several points:
    We had opening credits last episode as well; what’s different from past seasons is that all of the sound bites are from the characters for this season.

    Quinn noticed something in the first two episodes that got his attention, and tells us his brain is working again. Hence, the bit this episode with getting a gun. The way he did this shows that whatever the effects were from the sarin gas and the other injuries he had in Berlin last season, his mind is working. Something tells me Carrie’s going to need him soon even though she doesn’t know it yet. And just who was it that came inside Carrie’s house during the day this episode? And given that Carrie’s late night meeting with PEOTUS Keane was video bugged by Dal makes me wonder if it is CIA that’s doing it. And yes, Quinn was being over-medicated in the VA hospital, smart of Carrie to realize it and let Quinn detox from all those meds.

    Clearly Saul felt the need to reach out to an old contact in Israel, hence the visit to his sister. Whether that contact is Mossad, another Israeli or someone else isn’t clear yet.

  12. Jennifer says:

    Just FYI, the “narrator” in the opening credits is Gil Scott-Heron. The poem is “The Revolution critique of the government and doesn’t always show things in a favorable light, but I didn’t expect something associated with Black Power in the opening credits.

    • Somehow half of my comment got cut off…
      Trying again:
      Just FYI, the “narrator” in the opening credits is Gil Scott-Heron. The poem is “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”. I was surprised by this, actually. I know the show has some critique of the government and doesn’t always show things in a favorable light, but I didn’t expect something associated with Black Power in the opening credits.

      • dark.demon.queen👑 says:

        This website doesn’t seem to like me posting comments either….(keeps reloading due to glitches from video ad that trying to load constantly. Such a pain in the behind!)

    • Jeff says:

      Jennifer – thanks so much for that info on the narrator. Wasn’t familiar with him, but been doing a little research. It was driving me crazy wondering who that was. Found some videos of his recordings. Thanks again!

  13. mahesh says:

    in the previous episode, why the quin always wants the tin food?

    • dark.demon.queen👑 says:

      I think cause he’s been special ops most of his life and living with minimal creature comforts canned is probably all he can really remember that he likes when he’s hungry.

  14. DD says:

    The opening credits were on episode 2 as well.
    The president-elect seemed to be aware why Carrie shouldn’t be drinking, meaning Carrie isn’t hiding her illness, which is nice.
    I would love to know what town in the West Bank they were trying to portray, cause “crossing into the West Bank” looks nothing like they were showing!!!!!

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  16. dark.demon.queen👑 says:

    Thanks Dave, you have the best recaps!

    I think something really bad is going to happen once sekou gets released. Especially now that he’s got so much anger at the judicial system and how he was truly set up. Poor kid. I see bad things happening for him if he doesn’t just keep his head down…but this is Homeland! You know that’ll never happen!