Homeland Season 6 Episode 9 Dar Adal Keane

Homeland Recap: When You Snitch Upon a Dar…

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Dar Adal has been so blatantly evil this season on Homeland, he might as well cackle and pet a white cat in his lap after every scene. But this week, our heroes joined forces and began to move some chess pieces into place to topple Dr. Evil once and for all.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 9 Javadi Dar AdalKeane tells Dar about Javadi’s insistence that Iran is cheating on the nuclear deal — and Dar has the nerve to act surprised! He suggests they hit Iran back hard with sanctions, and Keane agrees, even asking Dar for some suggestions for her new cabinet. It goes so well that Dar gloats to Javadi about how easily he was able to “move” her. Javadi plans to retire in style with a cool $45 million payout, but Dar has other plans for him: He brings in two Mossad heavies, who move in menacingly on Javadi. You f—ked up, Javadi; you trusted Dar Adal.

Javadi’s tricky, though, and he dials his cell phone so Carrie can overhear him yelling at Dar for double-crossing him. Carrie patches in Saul, and they trace the call to locate Javadi, but they’re too late; the Mossad guys have already hauled Javadi out in a laundry cart. Carrie finds Javadi’s phone, though, and on it, a video of him interrogating Farhad Nafisi — basically, proof that Javadi lied to Keane. They show it to Keane, and Carrie tells her Dar Adal orchestrated all of this, including the Sekou bombing. Keane is pissed: “That obsequious little s—t!” Then she turns to Carrie and Saul: “How do we shut him down?” (Yessss!)

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But there might be some collateral damage involved in that: Keane brings in Carrie to meet her nominee to run the Department of Justice, and he says they don’t have enough evidence yet to prosecute Dar. They need Carrie to testify about what happened in Berlin last season — which would also implicate Saul. (Remember, he fell under the spell of that lying mole Allison Carr.) Carrie hesitates, but Keane assures her Saul would get a presidential pardon “down the line.” Well, that’s reassuring.

Homeland Season 6 Episode 9 Carrie SaulCarrie breaks the news to Saul, and he’s devastated: “My entire career will be wiped out.” She hits him back with, “Maybe you shouldn’t have been f–king a Russian mole.” His reply: “Coming from someone who f–ked a guy in a suicide vest, that means a lot.” (Touché!) Meanwhile, Keane meets with Dar, and lays on the charm so he doesn’t suspect anything. But he senses something is amiss, and instead of presenting her with his cabinet suggestions, he awkwardly brings up her dead soldier son Andrew. Yeah, she doesn’t like that one bit.

Dar returns home and pours himself a stiff drink… only he’s not alone. Quinn is waiting there for him, having evaded a pair of cops at the cabin and stolen a small army’s worth of guns and ammo from a gun store. Quinn wants to know why Dar set him up, waving a gun in his face: “You tried to kill me!” Dar talks him down, walking right up to the barrel of Quinn’s gun and saying: “I raised you. You are my child… I love you.” Quinn doesn’t shoot him… but he does smash Dar over the head with his gun and hobble off into the night.

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An injured Dar reaches for his phone and calls… Black-Hatted Guy! “What the f—k did you do?” he demands to know, and it’s clear Dar’s been employing this guy from the start. Back in his car, Quinn is listening in: He somehow bugged Dar’s phone, and he traces where BHG’s call is coming from. Once he gets a location, he fires up the engine and starts driving. Hold onto your (black) hats!

Further Intel:

* In other news: Max infiltrated the shadowy corporation that Conlin was investigating before he was killed. Max applied for a job there — and O’Keefe, the ranting radio host, was the one to hire him. He was ushered to an underground bunker full of computer nerds, who all work on creating “sock puppets”: fake online profiles to push O’Keefe’s agenda of outrage through social media. Too real, Homeland!

* I’m not saying Quinn’s “grand theft ammo” pilfering of that gun store — he distracted everyone by rolling a Molotov cocktail under a truck in the parking lot — was hard to believe, but: A store with that much heavy weaponry really ought to invest in better security, don’t ya think?

* Encouraging news on the Franny front: Carrie’s meeting with a therapist went well enough that she’s been approved for a visit with her daughter. And wasn’t that opening scene with Carrie and the therapist — much of it an intense, no-edits close-up on Claire Danes, as Carrie explained her past with Brody and Quinn — heart-wrenching? More terrific work from Danes to bolster her Emmy case.

* Totally creeped out by Quinn propping up Astrid’s dead body on a couch in the cabin, Norma Bates-style — and then wiping some of her blood on his lip!

* That scene with Dar and the driver really summed up his sparkling personality, didn’t it? The poor driver just tried to make polite small talk, and Dar shut him down with: “Did I do anything, anything at all, to suggest that I was curious about the sound of your voice?” Forget the Department of Justice: This guy should be prosecuted by the Rude Police.

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  1. Kevin Tran says:

    So far this season Dar Adal is becoming the series’ big baddie and Peter Quinn is like a mix of Jason Bourne and Jack Bauer in him.

  2. Jordan says:

    Homeland hasn’t been this good in years

  3. Garbo says:

    FINALLY Keane, Carrie and Saul got a f-ing grip and put the takedown of Voldemort in motion.

  4. N!loofar says:

    Creepy AF Dar/Quinn relationship and Carrie not checking on Quinn again.😒

  5. Alichat says:

    I knew Keane couldn’t handle that meeting with Dar. She was smiling too much and being too nice to him. I kept saying to the tv “You’re going to blow it!” I was really hoping she’d at least be able to pull this one meeting off and something else would give it away. I find it hard to believe that Berlin is the only thing they can get Dar on. Is there nothing that can be done besides ruining Saul? Can we get Virgil back to spy on Dar and get some incriminating evidence? I mean come on!……Quinn was able to get in Dar’s house, bug his phone, and put a gun to his head.

    Speaking of Quinn, everytime he puts himself in these situations, it makes me ridiculously nervous. The entire time he was standing there with Dar, I kept expecting Dar to shoot him or the BHG to appear. Dar telling Quinn that he loves him made me throw up in my mouth a bit. And I too found the pilfering of the gun store a little hard to believe. They have no security cameras? And the blood on the lip was a bit creepy. I really hope Quinn doesn’t kill the guy Saul and Carrie need to prove Dar’s culpability.

    The opening with Carrie and the psychiatrist was rough. I mean, how do you explain those relationships to someone who hasn’t worked in that world? I couldn’t believe what she said to Saul about Alison and Berlin. OMG! Pot….Kettle…..hello?!? She deserved Saul’s retort.

    And poor Max. When he explained the missing year, my heart broke for him. Grieving for Fara for a year…..all that guilt. It’s hard to believe this one quiet, character whom we are introduced to in season 1 rummaging through Carrie’s medicine cabinet would become a fan favorite character.

  6. CIP says:

    I love Homeland but feel that they are making Dar a little cartoonish in his evilness.

  7. IKS51 says:

    I think the point of all this has to be: Keane will accept a compromise. The fake-video about Andrew Keane will not be published and Dar Adal stays in power (if not killed by someone else).
    President-Elect Keane should have had Andrew Lockhart in her team. Her naivety is frightening me.

  8. Norm says:

    So Carrie has been consistent over the years with figuring out subtexts in what is going on and not accepting the obvious. Same this year with one big exception, her daughter. So right after Dar tells her to back off child services takes her daughter from her. And Carrie didn’t break the code on that immediately? Seems like the writers put an unnecessary thread in the show and can’t figure out how to work it out, at least the last two episodes. The prez to be not intervening based on her relationship with Carrie was not believable. But even more so, as ruthless as Carrie has been in the past, her no deciding to offer up info that could derail Keane, re: the Iran issue, in exchange for the return of her daughter is also not believable or consistent with her character. Or plan B, have Max trace the counselor’s calls, see the Dar connection then manufacture some incriminating info about the counselor that would force the counselor to get her daughter back. The thing that is so strange is as a parent your number one priority would be to get your child back, not continue to work on a project that distracts you from that task. And as an intelligence operative you should have seen all these other obvious countermoves by Dar. and the counselor.

  9. derek117 says:

    This was probably the best episode of the season–and drives home the point of “loyalty” that seems to be the theme of the season. And, yes: I was totally creeped-out by Quinn sitting with Astrid’s dead body…then tasting her blood, before fleeing the police.

    Next week should be full of exciting plot movement. And thought I doubt this season will be judged as one of Homeland’s best, it should finish strong.

  10. LincolnX says:

    Okay, I must admit that I clicked on this because of the title. Hilarious!

  11. punkfunk13 says:

    Lol. The scene where Max helps get the computer “nerds” get back online is totally how I imagine Trump Trolls are in real life.

  12. Beth says:

    Lve your review on homeland