Homeland Season 6 Episode 6 The Return Carrie Conlin

Homeland Recap: Quinn's Not Crazy! You're Crazy!

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

Homeland‘s Peter Quinn may be a certified whack job, but he does seem to have stumbled upon a massive conspiracy — and this week, someone gets caught in the crossfire.

Carrie waits at the police station to see Quinn, after last week’s unpleasantness. But a cop tells her he’s been shipped off to Bellevue, and he’s on lockdown for the next 72 hours, so she can’t see him. But she does show Quinn’s photos of the Black-Hatted Guy and the Medina Medley vans to Conlin. He thinks Black-Hatted Guy must’ve been working with Sekou, but his informant doesn’t remember ever seeing Black-Hatted Guy: “Looks like government, man. Looks like you.” So Conlin starts to… believe Carrie? Welcome aboard the Carrie Mathison Crazy Train, Conlin!

Conlin shares with Carrie the one lead he could find on Black-Hatted Guy: The Jeep he drove was leased by a series of shell companies, linking back to a mysterious corporation in Virginia. Conlin goes down to check it out… and spots the Jeep in the building’s parking lot. He lies his way inside and tags along with a herd of job applicants, sneaking away to find a huge room of empty desks. When he gets caught, even his FBI badge doesn’t get him anywhere; he’s escorted out by security. And he notices the Jeep’s no longer parked outside.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 6 The Return CarrieMeanwhile, Carrie finally gets in to see Quinn at Bellevue, and he’s in bad shape. Like, worse than usual: beaten up and bruised, cowering in a corner. Carrie tries to tell him he was right about the bad guys across the street, and asks if he remembers what Black-Hatted Guy did after the van photos. But Quinn just snarls at her: “You said, ‘Protect Franny’… and I did. Then you took me down.” He screams out, “You’re with them!” and even bites her on the hand before they drag him away. Good talk!

She heads to Conlin’s house to figure out their next move, but she finds the back door open… and a trail of blood on the floor. Conlin’s lying dead in his upstairs bathroom, clutching his gun. Then she hears someone downstairs closing the back door. It’s Black-Hatted Guy! She hides while he searches the place, then she grabs Conlin’s gun. Black-Hatted Guy is lying in wait for her downstairs, but she catches his reflection in a picture frame and runs out of there, peeling out in her car. She rushes to Franny’s school to make sure she’s OK, and gives her a big hug. (A “too tight” one, according to Franny.)

Max — hi, Max! — comes by to make sure Carrie’s house is safe, and promises to install a security system the next day. But Carrie’s still freaked out; she crouches in Franny’s bedroom while the little girl sleeps. And Quinn’s not doing much better: He’s strapped down to the bed at Bellevue when he hears strange noises. He looks up as two shadowy figures enter and shoot him full of a sedative. They unstrap him and move him to a gurney, rushing him out of the hospital into a waiting van. He opens his eyes to see a familiar face smiling down at him: “Hello, Peter.”

It’s Astrid! Remember her, the German intelligence officer (and ex-girlfriend of Quinn’s) from last season? Man, this season of Homeland is like an old sweater: You pull at one tiny thread, and it just keeps unraveling and unraveling…

Homeland Season 6 Episode 6 The Return Saul ViktorTO THE VIKTOR | Saul is briefed about the bombing at the CIA, but he’d rather know what that Mossad agent Tova has been up to. He gets stonewalled, and a young agent named Nate tells him off the record that Tova’s “off the leash” — i.e., not to be tracked. So Saul sets up a clandestine meeting on the Coney Island pier with Viktor, an ally in Russian intelligence, to ask what Russia knows about Tova’s movements. Viktor asks why the CIA can’t help him; Saul chalks it up to a “technical glitch.”

Later, Viktor reports back that Tova’s been “a very busy girl,” with five trips between Tel Aviv and Abu Dhabi. Oh, and one other trip: He shows Saul photos of that meeting Dar Adal had with Tova in the premiere. Viktor notes that this must mean Saul is “on the outside, looking in.” Watch your back, Darth Adal: Saul Berenson does not enjoy being kept out of the loop.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 6 The Return KeaneESCAPE TO NEW YORK | Keane is still stuck in that country house, and she’s getting frustrated: The current president can give an anti-terrorism speech in Lower Manhattan, but she’s not allowed to budge for “safety” reasons. She asks if she can at least get her chief of staff, Rob, up to the house, since she can’t reach him on that phone Dar gave her. After a lot of hassle, Rob does finally make it up to the house — but by the time he gets there, Keane is gone!

She sneaks out with the help of that older lady who lives in the house; the lady admits, “I’ve never voted for you,” but “I know what’s right.” When Keane asks why she didn’t get the lady’s vote, they get into a (surprisingly civil!) political debate. The lady’s son was a Marine who died overseas, like Keane’s son did, and she feels like Keane dishonored her son’s memory by not talking about him on the campaign trail. That inspires Keane, and when they arrive in New York, Keane invokes her son’s sacrifice to defend her stance on terrorism. Yay for polite political disagreement!

Further Intel:

* Here’s what I think we know about that mysterious corporation Conlin was investigating: They’re in the private sector; they’re hiring a bunch of ex-government people with security clearances; and they’re handling the world’s largest fiber-optic stream — “all that data they won’t let us touch,” according to a job applicant. We didn’t need to know, though, that the place gives that applicant “an information throbber.” Gross.

* One thing that’s been bugging me this season: We, as viewers, know that Sekou didn’t plant that bomb. But the other characters, even Carrie, are way behind us on this, and we’re left waiting for them to catch up. Very slowly.

* But my main complaint with this week’s episode, really: not enough cute Franny.

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17 Comments
  1. Kevin Tran says:

    First Sekou now Conlin? Have a feeling the Black-Hatted Guy is the man responsible for wreaking havoc in NYC and they better get rid of him before the season ends. BTW, re-watch last week’s episode when Jake Weber played the Alex Jones-like character.

  2. Jane says:

    Under no circumstances whatsoever is it appropriate to refer to someone in Peter Quinn’s position as a “whack job.” What on earth were you thinking?

    • Gaia says:

      …THAT. HE’S. A. WHACK. JOB.

      • madison says:

        Or he’s a bada** former CIA operative that was poisoned with sarin gas causing massive brain trauma, among other things, that require some serious medication. Yet despite all that he is still sharp enough to spot private sector “Black Hatted Guy” and the conspiracy that goes with him before anyone else. Not to mention he single-handedy thwarted a police tactical team from entering Carrie’s house via the roof but sure “whack job” i guess works too. I feel you Jane he may not be his old self but he certainly isn’t a “whack job”.

    • Alichat says:

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who found that inappropriate and insensitive.

    • michael says:

      i totally agree with you jane…i have cerebral palsy and i know about brain injuries …depending on the injury its easy to get confused im glad homeland is shining a light on traumatic brain injury..my family was in the military and all the brain injuries look like me so im pleased we are getting closer to understanding :)

  3. The Central Characters in homeland, the supposed Protagonists are always behind their adversaries. I was disappointed when the CIA had to ship out of Islamabad in season 4 having been clobbered thoroughly by Haqqani and his Taliban misfits. Now againn here we are with the entire intelligence trailing behind the US enemies.

  4. mukoto says:

    The Central Characters in homeland, the supposed Protagonists are always behind their adversaries. I was disappointed when the CIA had to ship out of Islamabad in season 4 having been clobbered thoroughly by Haqqani and his Taliban misfits. Now againn here we are with the entire intelligence trailing behind the US enemies.

  5. N!loofar says:

    Carrie needs to bang Quinn before the finale.

  6. Tasmeha Whichard says:

    This is all Dar, the Warmonger. He set Carrie up, by putting that tape in her Hand. He knew ,She would get Sekou Free. He did it to back Her off, the President Elect. He knows the Advice given to Her by Carrie is correct. Carrie knows how dirty He is. I wanted Conlin and Carrie to get together, and Solve the case. I’m waiting for Saul to wake up and see Dar is no Good.

    • Sofie says:

      I completely agree with this. I’ve had the same feeling all season. It was definitely Dar Adal who orchestrated everything from the bomb, Sekou as the bomber, the Iranian nuclear program, making sure Saul is busy elsewhere etc. It’s unfortunate that Collin died before being able to tell carrie about the fishy private intelligence firm, but now I’m hoping she will finally team up with Saul again and kick some butt. I really hope Quinn gets better soon and joins the team as well.

  7. Did no one else think the older woman was going to kidnap the president-elect? I got a creepy vibe from that whole scene!

    • Marilyn says:

      Yes, there was something VERY unsettling about her. I think it was her cool, non-threatening affect that made her seem threatening.

  8. Alichat says:

    I’m disappointed that Conlin was killed. The moment he appeared outside of Carrie’s house, I just yelled at the tv ‘THE BOMBER IS WATCHING YOU FROM ACROSS THE STREET! HE’S GOING TO KILL YOU!’ Why did it not occur to either of them that perhaps having this conversation on the sidewalk outside Carrie’s house might be a bad idea with all the surveillance on the house? They can’t find anything about this man, he’s tied to a heavily buried shell company, but sure Conlin start wandering around the strange complex alone. I was hoping he’d leave after talking to the applicant, and then we’d see Max going undercover as a job applicant. Regarding Quinn, was it Carrie that contacted Astrid and got her to spring him from Bellevue?

  9. JustMeMike says:

    To Dave Nemetz the author – this is a SPY Show with violence and intelligence operatives oozing from every pore. We don’t need more Franny, we need less.

    The staging of Carrie arriving at Conlin’s home only to find him dead was a natural conclusion to what came before. As in way too obvious. As soon as Conlin was caught at the strange office complex – we could have figured he’d be dead soon.

    I think Quinn was drugged and moved was also too obvious – it seemed a direct lift from Bullitt as well as The Godfather. The purpose to get Carrie to an undisclosed site/ Of course this fail.

    Saul needs more to do. And as the author states – he will most likely have to save Carrie AND Quinn.

  10. Mimif says:

    Too much not so cute fanny!! Very slow and boring really hating series 6. Also could some please give Carrie a clothes allowance 😡