Why Is This Night Different?
Homeland 504 - Why Is This Night Different
Season 5, Episode 4
Written by: Ron Nyswaner
Directed by: John David Coles
Production number: 5WAH04
Running time: 49 minutes
Original airdate: October 25, 2015
Viewers: 1.63

Why Is This Night Different? is the fourth episode of Season 5 of Homeland.  It aired on October 25, 2015.


Answers elude Carrie. Saul and Allison run an operation.

Episode guide

Allison Carr and Saul Berenson are guests at a Jewish Passover Seder at the home of Etai Luskin. Etai compares the slavery of the jews in ancient Egypt with the treatment of the jews in the Second World War in Germany.

Quinn tells Carrie that he was given an order by Saul to kill her. They stage a scene and take photos to fake Carrie's death, and Carrie prepares to go into hiding. Before she does, Carrie insists on scouting the post office where Quinn gets his assignments in order to confirm whether it really was Saul who wanted her killed. After Quinn drops off his "proof" of Carrie's death in the P.O. box, a hitman arrives, targeting Quinn, and a gunfight ensues. Quinn is shot but survives, while the hitman is killed. Carrie takes the hitman's phone.

Allison and Saul oversee an operation where General Youssef of Syria is lured into a phony clinic in Switzerland where Youssef seeks a kidney transplant for his daughter. Allison and Saul eventually reveal themselves, warning Youssef that he could be arrested on the spot for war crimes, and attempt to persuade him to be their chosen new president of Syria after their planned coup to overthrow current president al-Assad.

Korzenik goes to a meeting, expecting to sell the CIA documents to the diplomat he made arrangements with, but instead is greeted by Krupin, a Russian SVR agent. Krupin has Korzenik beaten until he gives up the location of the extra copies he made of the documents. Korzenik, along with his girlfriend back at their apartment, are then both killed. Numan later happens upon her body.

General Youssef boards a plane to return to Syria, with Allison and Saul seeing him off. Carrie dials the one contact number she finds in the hitman's phone. Allison answers the call, asking in Russian "did you do it?". The plane carrying General Youssef explodes seconds later.


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Background information

Season 5
#501 "Separation Anxiety" #507 "Oriole"
#502 "The Tradition of Hospitality" #508 "All About Allison"
#503 "Super Powers" #509 "The Litvinov Ruse"
#504 "Why Is This Night Different?" #510 "New Normal"
#505 "Better Call Saul" #511 "Our Man in Damascus"
#506 "Parabiosis" #512 "A False Glimmer"