Homeland (2011– )
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Trylon and Perisphere 

An official inquiry brings Carrie back to the States, where she struggles with her ambivalence towards motherhood. Quinn spirals out of control. And a former case officer reveals disturbing new information.


Keith Gordon


Alex Gansa (developed for American television by), Howard Gordon (developed for American television by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Rupert Friend ... Peter Quinn
Nazanin Boniadi ... Fara Sherazi (credit only)
Laila Robins ... Martha Boyd (credit only)
Tracy Letts ... Andrew Lockhart
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Suraj Sharma ... Aayan Ibrahim
Amy Hargreaves ... Maggie Mathison
Adam Godley ... Jordan Harris
Emily Walker ... Landlady
Akshay Kumar ... Rahim
Shavani Cameron Shavani Cameron ... Kiran (as Shavani Seth)
F. Murray Abraham ... Dar Adal
Tal Raviv Tal Raviv ... Josie
Lee Raviv ... Ruby


While conscience-wresting Quinn works out his frustration in a bar fight, landing him in jail for a night, heartless Carrie spends only one day actually caring for her baby daughter before dumping Brody's kid back on her unamused sister. Jordan Harris's secret, being archive-buried for trying to expose the illegal exchange of secrets, allows Carrie to blackmail careerist director Lockhart into returning her to the field, now as Islamabad section chief, to investigate. Dar Adal suggests Saul should seize the scandal to bid for the director seat again, but he prefers to remain in private security and accepts an offer from Carrie to modernize her new Pakistani post. Med student Aayan Ibrahim hides chemicals with his girl friend and is abusively intimidated by Taliban supporters. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

5 October 2014 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


The title "Trylon and Perisphere" were two monumental modernistic structures designed by architects Wallace Harrison and J. Andre Fouilhoux that were together known as the Theme Center of the 1939 New York World's Fair. See more »


Near the end, Carrie is having a tough conversation with her sister Maggie. Every time the camera angle changes, Carrie's hairstyle does as well. See more »


Carrie Mathison: Sorry I'm late.
Andrew Lockhart: Quinn's not even in the building yet. A few months overseas and you're both on third world time.
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Homeland Theme
Written by Sean Callery
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Dampened the Homeland premiere occasion
12 October 2014 | by RyanCShowersSee all my reviews

Showtime incorrectly planned the "two-part" event because the second episode, "Trylon and Perisphere", was not nearly as potent or smartly crafted as "Drone Queen". In fact, it considerably dampened the "Homeland" premiere occasion. The invaluable Saul was put to no use and floated in limbo for most this episode, waiting to be better utilized in future episodes. Inconsistent character work and plotting afflicted the episode's narrative, including one instance where "Homeland" challenged a sensitive topic that not even the deplorable season three would have risked. (For those who have seen it, I am referring to the bathtub scene. Maybe the writers were thinking, "Let's just throw our great character in Carrie Mathison completely down the drain with the baby's life?") "Trylon and Perisphere" felt like an orphan from early season three and let down the adventure "Drone Queen" built in the firm premiere.

Grade: C-

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