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The Litvinov Ruse 

The CIA and BND make a play.


Tucker Gates


Gideon Raff (based on the original Israeli series "Prisoners of War" by), Alex Gansa (developed for American television by) | 5 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Danes ... Carrie Mathison
Rupert Friend ... Peter Quinn
Sebastian Koch ... Otto Düring (credit only)
Miranda Otto ... Allison Carr
Alexander Fehling ... Jonas Hollander (credit only)
Sarah Sokolovic ... Laura Sutton (credit only)
F. Murray Abraham ... Dar Adal
Mandy Patinkin ... Saul Berenson
Nina Hoss ... Astrid
Mark Ivanir ... Ivan Krupin
René Ifrah ... Bibi Hamed
Allan Corduner ... Etai Luskin
Rachid Sabitri ... Dr. Aman Aziz
Martin Wuttke ... BND Officer Adler
Sebastian Hülk ... Hans Podolski


Saul accepts that Alison is a double agent. He and Carrie make a deal with the Germans to unmask Alison. Saul is using his personal relationship with Alison to set up surveillance on her. Alison is being followed on her way to the Russian safe house where is arrested. There is an attempt on Quinn's life. Written by Andreea D

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English | German | Russian

Release Date:

29 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Studio Babelsberg 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 Gouta chemical attack in Syria that Quinn mentions was real. It occurred on August 21st, 2013, and videos of the attack are still available on YouTube. See more »


Allison is seen at the station and enters different trains. First, she enters a train and immediately after leaves the train. Then she crosses the platform to another train. When she enters this train, you can see a camera on the left side of the screen. See more »


Carrie Mathison: Maybe we missed it. Maybe the signal to her handler was nonverbal.
Saul Berenson: Maybe she's not what you think she is.
Carrie Mathison: You're hoping against hope, Saul.
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Homeland Theme
Written by Sean Callery
Performed by Sean Callery Feat. Chris Tedesco
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Superb Episode
30 November 2015 | by 851222See all my reviews

Greetings from Lithuania.

"The Litvinov Ruse" was the best episode in the great season 5 so far. It was so good to see Saul and Carrie working back together again, the whole long chase sequence was amazing, and the ending left me wanting the next Sunday to come ASAP.

Remembering last seasons, i somehow do believe that this great episode was just a warm up to what it is coming next. I do not know whether this last scene will end the way it looks like now, but this is surely a great cliffhanger.

Overall, "The Litvinov Ruse" is a superb episode in all directions. Superbly intense, smart, plausible and involving - this is the highlight of the season 5 so far.

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