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Compelling and contemporary US thriller about a troubled and unorthodox CIA agent, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin

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Compelling and contemporary US thriller about a troubled and unorthodox CIA agent, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin

Series 1 Summary

Compelling, contemporary US thriller loosely based on Gideon Raff's Israeli television series Prisoners of War.

The drama centres on an American soldier taken prisoner during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Left for dead, the soldier miraculously returns to the US after years in captivity.

Driven CIA officer Carrie Mathison, who is battling her own psychological demons, becomes convinced that the intelligence that led to his rescue was a setup - and that this national hero may be connected to an Al-Qaeda plot to be carried out on American soil.

  • Homeland: Nick Brody

    Episode 1 - Pilot

    When CIA agent Carrie Mathison's unorthodox investigation of threats to US security in Iraq leads to a serious diplomatic incident, she is stripped of her field status and assigned to a desk job. Although her investigation has been cut short, she hears from her condemned Iraqi source that an American prisoner of war has been 'turned'.

    Carrie becomes convinced that this information relates to the return of Sgt Nicholas Brody, who was missing in action (and presumed dead) for eight years. After receiving intelligence on an al-Qaeda safe house in Afghanistan, Navy SEALS stormed the premises, killed 13 terrorists, and found Brody in a locked cell.

    The CIA treats the rescue as a hero's return from war, but the timing is too suspicious for Carrie to ignore. Already on thin ice, she breaks protocol in an attempt to prove her theory that Brody was turned during his many years in captivity, is working for al-Qaeda, and now poses a major threat to his own country.

    Brody receives a hero's welcome at home, but it's clear that the years of torture and abuse at the hands of al-Qaeda have taken their toll. Physically scarred and emotionally plagued by harrowing flashbacks of his long incarceration, he struggles to reconnect with his wife and teenage children, who feel that a stranger has returned to them.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 2 - Grace

    Carrie watches surveillance footage of life in Brody's home as he struggles with post-traumatic stress. Then an undercover CIA agent passes on a new piece of evidence to her.

  • Homeland: Nick Brody

    Episode 3 - Clean Skin

    The CIA is buzzing with excitement about the information gleaned from Carrie's asset Lynne, who is the girlfriend of Prince Farid of Saudi Arabia. But Lynne is nervous and tells Carrie she wants out.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 4 - Semper I

    Brody has more hallucinations, some of them of Abu Nazir. Carrie sees his reactions on the surveillance cameras but doesn't know what's causing them. And Brody's asked to make more public appearances.

  • Homeland: Nick Brody

    Episode 5 - Blind Spot

    Afzal Hamid, the lone surviving terrorist from the compound in Afghanistan from where Brody was rescued, has been captured. Estes wants Brody to help interrogate him.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 6 - The Good Soldier

    The CIA director berates Saul and Estes over Hamid's suicide and the fact that he had a razor blade. Carrie pushes for everyone who was in contact with him, including Brody, to have a polygraph test.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 7 - The Weekend

    Having escaped the motel shooting where Faisel was killed, Aileen continues her escape by buying a bus ticket to Mexico. The CIA now know that she was the lead and Faisel was just her accomplice.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 8 - Achilles Heel

    Carrie and Saul scramble to find Walker after discovering that he's alive and working with al-Qaeda. Brody chases down a mystery man who reveals a shocking truth behind his eight years in captivity.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 9 - Crossfire

    After trying to sever ties with Abu Nazir, Brody relives his time in captivity and, painfully reminded of a tragic loss, recommits to his mission. Meanwhile, the frantic search for Walker continues.

  • Homeland: Nick Brody

    Episode 10 - Representative Brody

    Carrie and Saul have identified Tom Walker's contact in Washington DC, only to discover that he has diplomatic immunity. They risk triggering an international incident.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 11 - The Vest

    Carrie is hospitalised in the wake of the explosion that killed Al Zahrani in Washington. When Saul comes to retrieve her, she's postulating a-mile-a-minute about Abu Nazir.

  • Homeland: Carrie Mathison

    Episode 12 - Marine One

    Carrie's near catatonic and confined to bed while events swirl around her. Brody prepares for the Vice President's policy summit and Saul investigates the unsettling implications of Carrie's timeline.

Homeland synopsis

Compelling and contemporary US thriller about a troubled and unorthodox CIA agent, starring Claire Danes and Mandy Patinkin

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