'Homeland' Season 5, Episode 9 Recap
Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison.
This installment of “Homeland” promised to be a good old-fashioned spy drama the moment Carrie and Saul hugged it out.
Etai Luskin (Allan Corduner) drives Carrie (Claire Danes) to the loft where Saul’s (Mandy Patinkin) been hiding.
“You broke his heart, you know,” Etai tells Carrie before parting ways, “when you lobbied against his bid for directorship.”
It’s still not exactly clear know how Carrie spoiled Saul’s chances to lead the CIA, but it all seems to be forgiven when she walks into the loft with her signature weepy face and is embraced by her long lost mentor.
Despite Ahmed Nazari’s (Darwin Shaw) screensaver, rumors of him embezzling American dollars and the various attempts against Carrie’s life, Saul’s having a hard time stomaching the fact that Allison (Miranda Otto) has been feeding Russians information for more than a decade.
“You’re still not convinced,” Carrie tells Saul.
“Because I don’t want to be,” he answers.
Carrie and a reluctant Saul agree to set the turncoat up with the help of a German intelligence team.
Mandy Patinkin as Saul Berenson and Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison in Homeland.
That night, Saul pays Allison one last unannounced visit before supposedly defecting to Israel and manages to bug her purse and phone.
The next day, Astrid (Nina Hoss) and her partner tell Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) and Allison a senior Moscow center chief with deep knowledge of the agent networks in Germany, Britain and Turkey has contacted them with the intention of defecting to the United States.
Hoping Allison takes the bait, Astrid says the anonymous defector has information that the SBR broke the CIA’s encryption code and will spill the beans for $ 5 million and a new life in Boca Raton.
Instead of immediately making a run for it, Allison relieves her anxiety that night with a weird booty call that everyone (read Saul) see’s from the BDM’s operation control room.
Saul, who seems driven by jealousy rather than Carrie’s hunch, decides to up the ante and drive Allison into her handler’s hands – hopefully nabbing the backstabbing cheat once and for all.
So Astrid sets up another meeting with Allison, this time on their own, and says her Russian source revealed the CIA’s Berlin station has a traitor in its midst.
Allison very gracefully freaks the hell out and what follows is “Homeland” at its best.
After booking a decoy first class ticket to Copenhagen, Allison contacts Ivan Kruptin (Mark Ivanir) using a call code Carrie and Saul immediately recognize.
Rupert Friend as Peter Quinn in Homeland.
Allison makes a run for it – trashing her phone and heading to an SBR safe-house in Nikolassee – while unknowingly being tracked by German drones overhead.
“I’m burned,” Allison tells Kruptin when he opens the door.
She fills Kruptin in and he realizes his asset’s been played as German arrest teams zero in on the compound.
How’s she gonna get out of this one?
Easy. By pretending Kruptin has been her joe for 12 years and hoping Dar is easily duped – which, based on his track record this season, seems like a safe bet.
Meanwhile, Quinn (Rupert Friend) is in a bigger bind than he thought. His kidnappers plan to attack Berlin with sarin gas and are testing it out on him first.
They will broadcast his painful death in hopes of convincing the west to kick Bashar al-Assad out of Syria and get the United Nations to recognize the Islamic State.
But a quick Google search of sarin gas attacks is all it takes for Qasim (Alireza Bayram) to show mercy on Quinn and inject him with an antidote right before he’s taken to the gas chamber.
It’s not a pretty sight – but, unless the writers channel past seasons and muster up some unpredictability, it’s safe to guess Quinn will make it out alive.