'Homeland' S6E11: R Is for Romeo

Thanks to Saul and Quinn, all the arcs finally came together. The writing in this season's extraordinary penultimate episode left me breathless, both with the pace it gave the show and the eloquence it gave to all of the characters.

"We have O'Keefe, we have a disinformation campaign designed to discredit the president-elect, and as of today we have boots on the ground. That seem familiar to any of you? It does to me… it does not end well for the elected regime."

The room remains silent as each person realizes Saul has just told them there is a coup underway. "You're fighting for your lives, do you get that? You can't afford to remain silent." Lives, plural. It's not just Keane who is in danger, but also her associates.

Homeland: S6E9

Saul decided not to run. The tape from poor Max must have convinced him that his beloved CIA had been compromised, so he turns on Dar. Finally. I can only imagine how hard it must have been to watch the recording and see Dar in collusion with O'Keefe. Saul risked his liberty walking into that hotel to speak to Keane, as she was throwing him under the bus for what happened in Berlin, just to get to Dar.

"Five million views within the first hour, more than two million posts. One and a half million of those posts came within one minute of that video being released."

That was a misstep by the O'Keefe's sock puppeteers. To have been credible, that number of posts should have come in at a steady pace, over hours or days, but they would have had orders from the unassailable O'Keefe. With the timestamps on each post easily able to be checked, questions will be raised.

"You didn't just fake the lying video, you faked the hate and the lies that accompanied it."

O'Keefe tries to appear disbelieving, but Keane then tells his viewers that "900" is run out of his studio.

The media will now take over. They will be falling all over themselves to investigate O'Keefe, the building, the trials – more will be uncovered and O'Keefe should be held accountable for his deplorable domestic propaganda machine. However, he is not the biggest fish. There has got to be someone or something who is funding this operation. Is it some rogue element in the CIA, in the government? Or is it a private individual or even another country?

"You are not a free voice speaking truth to power, you are a government shill."

It was a great scene and Keane left at the perfect time, having rattled O'Keefe to the core with her knowledge. The five million hits his website gets every single day will surely triple, at least, as people tune in to see this battle.

"He blew up the boy in the van. I have proof. The real van is in the garage."

They switched the Medina Medley van, but now the evidence has been destroyed, the knit/watch cap guy has been bludgeoned to death by Quinn, and the body probably obliterated in the blast. George Pallis is missing, so Quinn may not have full immunity. The plot to kill Keane is now in full motion.

Quinn must have followed those guys and returned once he knew knit cap wasn't with them. How else would he have known to break down the front door, saving Carrie's life? Carrie, despite the horrifying, terrifying assault, managed to fight that huge guy off by stabbing him in the face with chopsticks. Kudos, Carrie. But watching her being dragged back down that hallway made me feel as though I was watching a horror movie.

"You didn't save my life, you killed it. You did this to me."

Watching Quinn behave intentionally like a monkey was heart-breaking. Everything he says about himself in this episode speaks of a broken man who blames himself for so much. When he says Carrie has to let him go it's not just so he can follow the men, it's that he doesn't want to live like this anymore and also that there will be no relationship between them, ever. This is his final mission and Carrie is devastated.

"Be sure to drink your milk."

O'Keefe's body language shows his squeamishness at Max being physically hurt by Dar. I thought perhaps he might have ordered that Max be given the key card. However, Dar needed Max, so had him freed.

"We have a friend in common: Peter Quinn. He's developed quite an online presence recently A website that disturbs me. You wanna know why?"

Dar is asking Max for a favor? He really is protective of Quinn and wants to know what O'Keefe is up to. O'Keefe closed the laptop that had Quinn's face on the screen last week when Dar asked what it was. I'd take satisfaction at Dar finally being kept out of the loop and having to ask for help, but with Quinn's life at stake, it's just too scary. Max finds Toxic Soldier. Fake Quinn's main preoccupation on his fake website is real hatred of Keane. Quinn has been set up to be Keane's assassin. He's a patsy.

"What do these letters look like to you?"
"Romeo, East Coast, where?"
"Here."

Immediately, Carrie knows something is terribly wrong. George Pallis has disappeared from the briefing post. Trying to communicate anything to Rob Evans, as he tells her there was an incident and that there are reinforcements incoming, is impossible. The hotel is under siege. The bomb goes off and the connection is lost, with Evans dismissing her call.

Carrie is excellent at putting everything together. She'll know the reinforcements are the team from the house and that they'll have all the correct credentials to access the president-elect's hotel, kill her Secret Service detail, and then kill Keane. Will she either be able to get through to Rob or get to Keane in time to save her? All we can hope is that she doesn't take Quinn with her.

Dar will be frantically trying to get Max to both take down the website and contact Quinn. However, the only way Quinn can be said to have been the assassin (attempted assassin) is if Keane is attacked by sniper fire. That way the crew from the house will have time to get to Peter and have his body and fingerprints all over the shooting position, especially the rifle.

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Apr 8, 2017 12:22AM EDT

Will Crazy Carry bone Saul in the season finale?

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Apr 8, 2017 6:21AM EDT

Excellent analysis as usual @scotwot! Great episode with everything coming neatly together (I was worried for a while whether everything would link up), and that O'Keefe vs Keane showdown was electrifying!

But my main question is with Carrie so involved in all of this business with the CIA and the president elect, will she return to the CIA by the end of the season? I mean she has Franny to consider and all but I can't see her simply going back to her old job either...

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Apr 8, 2017 3:42PM EDT

@Lucy. I just wrote the longest comment replying to you and then accidentally pressed F5 and refreshed the page. Waaaaah!!! I'm going to leave now and hit my head against a wall for being so stoopid! I'll be back with a comment, tomorrow. : )

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Apr 9, 2017 5:11PM EDT

Decided I had better write this again, today or else I'll just throw the laptop out of the window. See my comment above. :D

Hey @Lucy! Thanks so much! I was enthralled by the episode, Saul sitting on that couch telling Keane exactly what was happening was my favorite part of the entire season. Yes, it seemed that there were so many threads to the story at one point that, like you, I wondered if they'd have enough time to bring it all together. As always you use such great phrases, everything did 'link up.'

Yes, that O'Keefe vs Keane showdown was incredible. She's always annoyed me by not being prepared but in a matter of hours Saul (I imagine) gathers all the information she needs to take duplicitous O'Keefe down and boy, does she hit him with everything she's got I have the feeling it's all over for him, but he will be the last one to realise - unless he's already got a flight booked to some non-extradition country...

The fact that Carrie loves being a mom so much makes me feel that she would never leave Franny (say, with her sister, once she returns from Rome) unless somethng of truly world-shattering proportions happened and Carrie and Saul felt forced to act. There are some interesting interviews with Alex Gansa about where Homeland will be set for the next two seasons but I don't want to write any spoilers, here. We'll have to wait and see if they do follow through with their ideas for the show in the next seasons but it would be a horrendous thought to have Carrie away from her little girl. I liked her with a stable homelife, picking her little one up from school.

It's also interesting to note that the Homeland cast and crew/writers were at episode six when the US election results came through. We've seen the writers pivot to introduce elements of buzz words, imagery, etc. to reflect the results but I'd love to see what happens next season when they are fully in step with world events and have had time to reflect.

Thanks Lucy, as always, it's great to hear from you with your incisive, friendly comments! Enjoy the finale!!! : )

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Apr 9, 2017 11:03AM EDT

No worries @scotwot, always pleased to here from you :) I agree with you completely, this was such an enthralling episode, it certainly did not feel nearly an hour long! Really interesting to see Saul with all the answers for once, and his delievery to Keane and her team was precise and eleoquent but also razor sharp with tension. I was certainly left gasping - what a great scene!

I love Carrie having a calmer, domestic life with Franny, and the security it gave her was wonderful to see. I shall have to hunt down these Alex Gansa interviews and see where Carrie could end up next. Perhaps she should go back to teaching English again? That has definitely been her least dangerous job so far!

Ooh I had wondered when the series was filmed in relation to the US elections, there definitely have been far more 2016 election buzz words and such since episode 6, which has made Keane's upcoming presidency feel all the more real and genuine. Agreed, the next season will surely be even more in-line with the global events of 2016, and that could certainly make for some very interesting and gripping television.

Counting down the hours to the finale now, cannot wait to see how Carrie, Saul and Quinn tackle such a political and prolific case!!

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Apr 9, 2017 12:19PM EDT

Thanks @Lucy! : )

I had the full quote that Saul gave at the top of the article then realised it was almost 300 words and that no one would want to read any further, lolol. It was so beautifully written and delivered (as you said) and I loved that someone like Saul who is so clever yet has been deliberately shut out all season was the one to pull it all together and state the danger they were in.

Carrie going back to teaching would be great. I guess, with the hours ticking down, we'll have to see what happens tonight!

Yes, I think next season might be no-holds barred as far as US domestic politics go. Gansa has always said Homeland is set in a parallel universe, but it reflects ours so well, probably because he's on the phone every day with his contacts in Washington.

Gripping tv, that's Homeland in a nutshell!! You should be writing these recaps, Lucy! Srsly! : )

Thanks again for replying. Enjoy tonight! Squee!

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Apr 9, 2017 8:37PM EDT

Now that I have the whole season, time to binge watch. I hope Carry goes off her meds this season. Nothing is as good as when Carry gets manic and sexually promiscuous. Can't get enough Homeland.

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