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TV Recap: Homeland Season 4, Episode 9 "There’s Something Else Going On"

This season may be coming to an end, but things are just getting started for the CIA crew in Islamabad.
These two. Photograph by David Bloomer for Showtime.

Apart from Carrie and Saul’s touching conversation upon his release, it was was a pretty uneventful episode. That is, until the last three minutes when Carrie and Saul’s convoy was bombed, and Haissam Haqqani and his men began to make their way into an unprotected US Embassy. I wasn’t expecting that, even though the episode title should have tipped me off. I’m pretty confident that Carrie and Saul survived the bombing, but they probably won’t be much help defending the embassy from its intruders.

Saul Berenson

Best moment: Saul talking the boy down from his nightmare was very kind.

Worst moment: He threw a temper tantrum on the ground because the child terrorist wouldn’t blow him up. While I get where he’s coming from, that may have been a bit unnecessary.

Number of times his wife was mentioned: Two. Right when she was about to hear her husband was okay . . . exploding SUVs.

Still alive? Maybe.

Peter Quinn

Best moment: Quinn was kind of boring this episode, other than the fact that he got to personally sign off for the terrorist prisoners like they were library books.

Worst moment: Quinn was missing in action when Carrie and Saul’s convoy was blown up. Did he take a bathroom break or something?

Still alive? Yes.

Carrie Mathison

Best moment: Keeping Quinn and Director Lockhart away from Saul’s switch site was clearly a good choice, for their benefit, if anything.

Worst moment: Carrie knew something was up, but she let her guard down after she got Saul back. There’s one thing we’ve learned in the series so far: When Carrie has a feeling something bad is going to happen, something bad is going to happen.

Number of times she thought about baby Frannie: Zero. Carrie didn’t actually mention Frannie, but she told Saul she wants to go home, “no more dying.” That’s definitely a step in the right direction.

Still alive? Maybe.

Other important plot lines to note:

  • Dennis Boyd is the worst character on this show. Only after he realized that the embassy was going to be attacked (and that he was in danger), did he decide to spill the beans about Tasneem Qureshi and the tunnel.
  • I love the ambassador for being completely on board with putting an end to her husband’s scheming.
  • Khan clearly knows that Tasneem is the one who’s going behind his back. Hopefully he steps up to help Carrie amidst the chaos.
  • Best quote from Director Lockhart: “What the f*ck? What the f*cking f*ck?”

What did you think of last night’s episode? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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