'Homeland' S6E4: A Flash of Light

What a week! Tradecraft gone awry for Carrie, Quinn, and Saul results in danger for all of them. An old adversary returns, albeit unwillingly. This episode never stops moving, its breakneck speed furthers all the subplots to springboard us, reeling from the horrific explosion, into the rest of the season.

"I live across the…"

From the bounce in his shiny hair, it seems Quinn has managed to confront his terror of the shower. It also appears that his clothes have been washed. He waits for the man across the road to leave his apartment, then, using just two of Franny's Kirby grips, skilfully opens a Yale lock, one-handed.

There are no listening devices apparent but Quinn sees a stool placed in front of the window and lifts it. Four deep indentations on the carpet show that the man is sitting there a great deal of the time, with a clear view of Carrie's home. However, before he can discover anything else, the man returns, now carrying a holdall.

"So, what… he's a security guard?"

Quinn, now in full guardian mode, tries to tell Carrie, but her attention is on making a snack for Franny. She is appalled he broke into an apartment, but dismissive. Quinn's aphasia makes him almost incomprehensible and Carrie has to leave before he can calm down and explain what has happened.

Homeland: S6E4

Late that night, a car pulls up, the man across the road gets in, and the car drives off. Quinn takes Carrie's keys and follows. He takes photos as the man walks to the car park holding the same bag from before. Albeit interrupted, he does manage to take photos of the vans in the car park. As Carrie is making breakfast he again tries to tell her about the man, but fails.

"No one gets out, not for terrorist stuff."

Oh, how the subtext of that sentence comes back to haunt us in Sekou's final scene.

Sekou is released from FBI custody and makes his way to Carrie's car surrounded by journalists shouting speculation. Reda rebuffs their questions, stating there were no merits to the charges. At home, Sekou is given a surprise homecoming by family and friends. Unfortunately, his friends are suspicious of his release. Angered, Sekou goes into his bedroom and uploads a video exposing Saad as an FBI Informant.

"What's not wise is peddling unverified and politically motivated horse-shit to the press."

Keane is furious, knowing Dar is behind a newspaper reporting that she is soft on state-sponsored terrorism and unconcerned about Iran possibly cheating on the deal. She shows strength and determination in her brief conversation with Dar. However, does his response put doubt in her mind and change what she will say? Later, after the bomb, we realize it is crucial that she has stressed she has the president's full support.

President-elect Keane is now very concerned about Dar Adal's reach. She thinks she handled the press that morning but wants to know any compromising information Carrie might have on him. Carrie is key to Keane's reform of the CIA, with her experience, ideas, and institutional memory. We don't find out if Carrie, who is discomfited at the thought of being disloyal, even to Dar, tells Keane anything. However, soon after, Dar turns up at Franny's school. Does he have Keane's suite bugged or is he just covering all bases?

"I don't think you realize how vulnerable you are."

Dar tells Carrie he knows exactly how she met Keane and that she is her advisor. Their exchange quickly escalates into them threatening one another about their vulnerabilities. However, of all his comments, the one about the color of Franny's hair seems to be the most upsetting, causing even the little girl to notice that her mother is upset. This seems to be the moment when Carrie realizes that her recent covert actions as a citizen have left both her and her beloved daughter vulnerable. Both she and Franny are in a far more precarious position than Dar could ever be. What if Dar leaked to the press that Franny is Brody's child? What if Franny disappeared? Dar coming to Franny's school was, like his timing with Keane, planned and executed perfectly.

"You sound convinced already, so why are you here asking me?"

Saul is roughly manhandled to the meeting he has arranged with Majid Javadi. We have not seen Javadi since Season 3, when Carrie recruited him as a double agent, against his will, and Saul made sure he was promoted to Iranian chief of intelligence — as long as he assisted with the creation of the peace deal. Saul explains the meeting in Abu Dhabi to Majid and asks outright if Iran is cheating on the deal. Majid seems genuinely surprised by Saul's news and we know he will look into the matter when he says, "Just when I thought my part in this play was written." But can this murderer be trusted to tell Saul the truth?

"Best-case scenario, Iran has the bomb in 10 years."

Soon after Saul returns to his sister's home, Etai Luskin arrives. We last saw Etai in Season 5 when he was the Israeli ambassador in Berlin. With a sinister undertone, he questions Saul and Dorit. The siblings have ideological differences and have just had a heated argument, but blood is blood and she lies easily for him. Nevertheless, Saul is transported to a tiny room in what looks like a Mossad compound and Matai says he is to stay there till the next morning. For interrogation about the night before? From what Matai says, it seems curious that he would not have heard any rumors of a parallel program being run in North Korea. Could this program all be an invention of Dar's?

Homeland: S6E4

"You have a nice day."

Sekou arrives for his delivery job. The friends from his homecoming party are co-workers and ask why he took down the video of Saad. Sekou explains and seems concerned about whether they believe him. So, perhaps both Carrie's words and the visit from Reda, which we did not see, got through to him.

We now discover that Sekou is a van driver. And these are the same vans Quinn took photos of. With clipboard in hand, Sekou makes his way to his vehicle. One of the back doors is wide open; he closes it without looking inside.

From Long Island City, across the Queensboro Bridge, Sekou drives until he hears a cell phone ring a couple times. Surprised, he glances behind him, looking confused. The van explodes.

The final scene is horrifying: smoke spiraling into the Manhattan air, from what must have been a large explosion.

Questions left unanswered:

Will Quinn now be able to communicate to Carrie that the man across the road is indeed a threat to her and perhaps Franny, now that he has photographic proof of the man's involvement in Sekou's death?

What will Carrie do with this news? Rejoin the CIA? Investigate on her own? Will she and Saul team up?

Will Carrie's position as an advocate become untenable, as Reda disliked the way she had Sekou released?

Will Sekou be cast as the villain, an angry young man seeking revenge through a terrorist attack?

Was Dar Adal behind the explosion? Conlin is perhaps too scared for his job, but Adal will, I think, stoop to nothing to destabilize Keane, stop reforms of the CIA and, in doing so, this serves only to further Conlin's agenda. If not Adal, who?

Will President-elect Keane's press briefing about her position on terrorism — stated just one day before the bomb come back to haunt her?

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Feb 17, 2017 5:08PM EST

scotwot, another great review for yet another great episode of Homeland!!! Thanks again for your look into the show which makes me want to say how great an author you are!!!!!!!!!!!

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Feb 24, 2017 5:43PM EST

Thanks, pepepapa, that's very kind of you! : ) But, all praise and compliments go to my fantastic Editor, T.J. DeGroat who magically makes everything I write into something that's actually readable! Absolutely true. T.J. = Best. Editor. Ever! : )

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Feb 25, 2017 3:06AM EST

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Feb 25, 2017 7:20PM EST

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