Homeland (2011– )
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Shalwar Kameez 

Carrie ventures a delicate alliance with the Pakistan's secretive Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). Fara fails to recruit a key asset, forcing Carrie to intervene. After the events in Islamabad, Quinn zeroes in on a potential lead.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Carrie Mathison
... Peter Quinn
... Fara Sherazi
... Martha Boyd
... Andrew Lockhart (credit only)
... Saul Berenson
... Aayan Ibrahim
... John Redmond
... Max Piotrowski
... Landlady
... Dick
... Dar Adal
Fiona Ramsay ... Dr. Helen Byatt
... Alan Hensleigh
... Brian Chase


Blackmailed, the director had to give Carrie the post of Islamabad station chief, passing-over John Redmond, hence a near-hostile deputy. Peter Quinn is depressive, fleeing in alcohol and the chubby arms of his doting landlady, resisting therapy and Dar Adal, but his endless reviewing the footage of Sandy's lynching yields a distressing new theory. The ambassador to Pakistan ordered a lock-down, which Carrie shamelessly circumvents, dragging unamused security staff along. Saul gets a far from warm welcome, yet helps overturning the lock-down, being the ambassador's ex-fiancé. Aayan still shivers after abusive Taliban intimidation, so he refuses sell his drone-decimated family's story to CIA novice Fara Sherazi, who poses as a London-based reporter. Ayaan finds his medicine stash trashed by his girl friend's father, who even falsely reported him as a thief to see him expelled as med student. Written by KGF Vissers

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12 October 2014 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The restaurant area that Carrie walks through to evade her followers (at about time mark 20:32) is the Eastern Food Bazaar, located in Cape Town, South Africa. It runs the full length of the block between Longmarket St. and Darling St., just east of Parliament St. It's a string of about 10 counters serving Indian and Chinese food, and is a popular spot with the locals and tourists. See more »


When Quinn back in the US ignores Dar Adal's call, we see a close-up shot of his phone's screen. It shows the service provider: Vodacom-SA. Vodacom is one of the major cellphone network service providers in South Africa. See more »


Carrie Mathison: How did you swing this?
Carrie Mathison: Swing what?
John Redmond: Four days ago, I got the call tapping me as chief. Then yesterday, Lockhart suddenly reverses his decision.
Carrie Mathison: What?
John Redmond: That's a perfectly innocent question.
Carrie Mathison: You really want to know how I did it? I asked nicely.
Carrie Mathison: Oh, and, John? Clean yourself up. I can smell the booze from here.
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Lifeless and Uneventful
18 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

"Homeland" is under reconstruction, we get it, but we do not need to feel like we are at construction site, stultified and uninterested. If "Shalwar Kameez" is any indication, "Homeland" is tired and decaying, which sends a mixed message to the statements made by the pounding premiering episode "Drone Queen". On the character front, "Homeland is not hitting its target as accurately as usual. Quinn, who has surfaced to fill Brody's masculine shoes, is being written with varying character development. The Carrie and Sal relationship strikes me as frail, and we know from the past seasons the actors are magnetic together. Having seen this a week ago, the plot was so dull that I could not tell you much about it. A loss of urgency and suspense was present here, most noted during the scene where Carrie escapes from being watched. This scene was made me reflect a similar scene from the season 2 premiere, how gripping that was, and by contrast, how ineffective this scene played in "Shalwar Kameez". Lifeless directing and an uneventful narrative made for a latent night in "Homeland".

Grade: C

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