Homeland (2011– )
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Our Man in Damascus 

Carrie follows a lead.

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After Carrie and Astrid locate Peter, he is brought to hospital. Saul argues with the doctor who induced Peter's coma; Saul is adamant he and Carrie get the location of the next sarin attack. Moscow has a final job for Allison, which, if not completed, will risk both her "retirement" money, dacha and life. Moscow wants the sarin attack to take place in Berlin and wants Allison to protect the perpetrator. Carrie gets one of her brilliantly tenuous ideas and decides to investigate. Written by LA-Lawyer

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BER is also the IATA code for city Berlin and all it's airports! See more »

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At Berlin Hauptbahnhof, there is no underground line going to Potsdam. The S7 at the top platform goes there. Only the U55 with three stations in total on the line leaves from Hauptbahnhof. It is in a separate compound next to the Hauptbahnhof building though. The lower platform is for local and long distance trains leaving north-south. An S-Bahn line is currently build underground, but not yet finished. See more »

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[last lines]
Saul Berenson: Woman with the gunshot wound. Where'd she go?
ER Nurse #1: I don't know. She was just here.
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Homeland Theme
Written by Sean Callery
Performed by Sean Callery Feat. Chris Tedesco
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An aimless, pointless show, full of contempt for its audience
15 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

NOTE: In this review, I will discuss the plot of this episode. Technically, that information constitutes "spoilers," but that term presumes there is something to be spoiled.

After the top-notch first and second seasons, Homeland has sputtered. There were some compelling moments, but they felt as though the plot was just a vehicle for stringing together these moments. Between them, there were improbable plot twists, pointless scenes, and lots of shots of Carrie's eyes bugging out.

Whatever made Homeland worth watching has not only sputtered this season, but died. The writers are not even trying to create a plot that makes sense. The latest episodes breaks the cardinal rule of genre writing: don't make the story depend on everyone behaving stupidly.

If you have any doubts, here's what happened this episode:

Alison, previously revealed as a probable Russian mole, is working for the CIA to help track down the Berlin terrorist cell. It's not clear what her special skills are that would compel the CIA to do anything with her beyond putting her on the next plane to the US to face trial. But the Agency needs her for something, so...

The CIA assigns her a single bodyguard. This person declares that he doesn't believe that she is guilty of spying for Russia. Is this appropriate for someone doing this job?

Alison and her bodyguard go to a building. She goes to the bathroom, unattended. In the bathroom, she fines instructions left for her in one of the stalls. When she leaves the stall, a Russian agent is waiting for her. (Why give her the message in the stall, then?) She and the Russian agent have a conversation in this public restroom, conveniently empty, about the upcoming terrorist attack, and Russia's desire to let it go forward.

Later, Alison and her bodyguard go to interrogate a key suspect in the terror ring. Why not send someone more reliable? I dunno.

In the course of the interrogation, Alison asks her bodyguard for his gun. He gives it to her. She then shoots him in the head.

After murdering the terrorist suspect, Alison tries to fake a shoot-out by pressing the gun to her shoulder and shooting herself. Powder burns? Apparently not.

When the German police and the CIA show up, she misleads them about the target of the terrorist attack. The suspect she killed told her it was the train station; she tells the authorities that the airport is the target.

Everyone believes her, and an evacuation of the airport begins. No one questions the reliability of her story.

In the hospital, no keeps a watch on her, and she escapes.

Meanwhile, Carrie is the only person who suspects the target is really the train station. Of course, when she goes there, she spots one of the terrorists. It's part of her amazing run of luck, including last season's discovery of Quinn, in one of 47 possible locations. Why does she find Quinn, and the other 46 search teams don't? Sheer luck!

This series of ridiculous events is just a small sample of the idiocy of this season of Homeland. I'm only watching it out of perverse fascination with how bad it has become. It's not funny bad, like something you might see on Mystery Science Theater 3000. No, it's just depressingly bad, in a show that depicts some very serious topics.


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