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A Red Wheelbarrow
Season 3 Episode 8
Season 3, Episode 8
Written by: Alex Gansa & James Yoshimura
Directed by: Seth Mann
Production number: 3WAH08
Running time: 46 minutes
Original airdate: November 17, 2013

A Red Wheelbarrow is the eighth episode of Season 3 of Homeland. It aired on November 17, 2013.

Synopsis

After new information comes to light, Carrie and Quinn pursue a key suspect in the Langley bombing. Saul deals with political backlash while Fara discovers the toll an intelligence job can take.

Episode guide

Saul briefs White House Chief of Staff Mike Higgins on the next phase of his operation: a "regime change" in which the CIA will attempt to move Majid Javadi further up the chain of command in Iran. Dar Adal alludes to a trip that Saul will be taking imminently; Saul tells him that Carrie can't know anything about it. Mira tells her boyfriend Alain that she wants to cut things off with him to try to repair her marriage with Saul. Alain is later seen at the Berensons' house planting a bug on Saul's computer.

Carrie, now thirteen weeks pregnant, sees a doctor for the first time and gets a sonogram. Carrie admits to heavy drinking during the pregnancy along with her lithium usage. The doctor tells Carrie she has very high blood pressure and that she will need to curb her intense work habits or risk the health of the baby. Carrie responds that what she's working on is directly connected with the baby's father---that she needs to "make things right".

Based on what Javadi told Carrie, the CIA initiates a plan to flush out the man who built the bomb that was used to attack Langley. Dar Adal tells Leland Bennett that the CIA is about to open an investigation into his dealings, advising him to cooperate fully. Leland declines the offer. As anticipated, this leads to Bennett's associate, Paul Franklin, contacting Carrie, asking her to find out why the CIA is investigating Bennett. Carrie later comes back to him with the false information that the CIA has a warrant out for the Langley bomber and has linked the bomber to Bennett. Franklin relays this to Bennett, who gives the order to exfiltrate the bomber out of the country as soon as possible. Via wiretap, the CIA hears this plan and also obtains the address where Franklin is meeting the bomber. When the time comes, the CIA stakes out the location (a motel). Carrie, observing from a distance, sees Franklin applying a silencer to a handgun before he exits his car. Carrie starts to approach Franklin, exclaiming that Saul promised to capture the bomber alive, and that the bomber is the only person who can prove Brody's innocence. Dar Adal orders her to stop immediately, stressing that her intervention would expose them to Bennett and ruin the entire Javadi operation as well. Carrie still does not stand down. Quinn, armed with a sniper rifle, shoots Carrie in the arm. Franklin enters the motel room and immediately kills the bomber. Carrie is rushed to the hospital. She is furious to learn that the bomber is dead and demands to know where Saul is.

Saul arrives at his destination, the Tower of David in Caracas. He presents El Niño with $10 million in cash and is escorted to the cell where Brody is being kept. Saul finds Brody in a catatonic state, surrounded by used needles.


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