The Man in the Basement
Season 6, Episode 2
Written by: Chip Johannessen
Directed by: Keith Gordon
Production number: 6WAH02
Running time: 56 minutes
Original airdate: January 22, 2017
Viewers: 1.46

The Man in the Basement is the second episode of Season 6 of Homeland. It will air on January 22, 2017.


Quinn has taken up residence in Carrie's basement, but remains belligerent and uncooperative in taking his meds. Max is enlisted in helping care for Quinn so Carrie can do her work. He is present when Quinn suffers a grand mal seizure in a convenience store.

Saul and Dar visit President-elect Keene to provide a courtesy intelligence briefing, but she shuts them down quickly and wants to change the nature of the briefing to things that might happen behind her back without her approval. Saul thinks he recognizes some of the rhetoric as Carrie's.

Carrie and Reda visit Sekou in jail, and he insists that $5,000 found in his room was a loan from Saad to buy tickets to Nigeria, but Saad, who is an FBI informant, is telling the FBI that the money is earmarked for delivery to a Nigerian terrorist. This is the crux of the terrorism case against Sekou. The prosecution offers a 7-year plea bargain to Sekou, but he is angrily disinclined to take any deal.

Saul visits Carrie at her office to quiz Carrie as to whether she has been secretly advising Keene on foreign policy. Carrie airily denies it, but Saul is unconvinced. His suspicions are proven correct when Carrie shows up in Keene's office shortly thereafter to discuss Iran possibly cheating on a nuclear deal, and Carrie recommends her using Saul as investigative envoy.

Sekou's sister Simone, who had been secretly seeing Saad, along with Carrie confronts him on the charges that he is setting Sekou up to save his own scalp. Saad admits that Agent Conlin indeed enlisted him in the setup, but Reda has already been prohibited by the court from calling on him to testify.

Episode guide


Season 6
#601 "Fair Game" #607 "Imminent Risk"
#602 "The Man in the Basement" #608 "Alt. Truth"
#603 "The Covenant" #609 "Sock Puppets"
#604 "A Flash of Light" #610 "The Flag House"
#605 "Casus Belli" #611 "R Is for Romeo"
#606 "The Return" #612 "America First"