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Homeland Recap Season 6, Episode 4, "A Flash of Light"

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Homeland Recap: Season 6, Episode 4, “A Flash of Light”

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Homeland Recap: Season 6, Episode 4, “A Flash of Light”

Up until the literally explosive final two minutes of “A Flash of Light,” Homeland’s sixth season has taken a radically different approach to its narrative. Rather than dealing with an immediate threat, the series has revolved around the hypothetical threat of a nuclear attack, one that’s at worst still several years down the road. Instead of establishing an obvious villain, the series has criticized the F.B.I. for essentially inventing homegrown terrorists like Sekou Bah (J. Mallory McCree) and suggested that Mossad might also be fabricating threats with the use of false-flag operatives like Iranian moneyman Farhad Nafisi (Bernard White). The people doing all the threatening in this episode are the ones who’re supposed to be the good guys: the C.I.A.’s Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham), casually accosting Carrie Matheson (Claire Danes) as she picks her daughter up from school, and the Israeli government’s Etai Luskin (Allan Corduner), politely detaining Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) on his way back to America from the West Bank.

Homeland Recap Season 5, Episode 9, "The Litvinov Ruse"

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Homeland Recap: Season 5, Episode 9, “The Litvinov Ruse”

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Homeland Recap: Season 5, Episode 9, “The Litvinov Ruse”

Despite the implication of the title, “The Litvinov Ruse” is no trick. It’s the best episode of Homeland’s fifth season. Etai (Allan Corduner) appears briefly only so that he might not only reunite Carrie (Claire Danes) and Saul (Mandy Patinkin), but help them to reconcile. (“Both our hearts were broken,” Carrie says of the rift that developed after she refused to support Saul’s bid for the C.I.A. directorship, and Etai asks her to be more graceful: “Yes, but his is older. Weaker.”) After the two share a much-needed and heartfelt hug, Homeland jumps back to its winning formula: Carrie and Saul together, looking for evidence that a red-haired American is a traitor.

Homeland Recap Season 5, Episode 8, "All About Allison"

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Homeland Recap: Season 5, Episode 8, “All About Allison”

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Homeland Recap: Season 5, Episode 8, “All About Allison”

No wonder Carrie (Claire Danes) trusts Allison (Miranda Otto). When they first met in Baghdad in 2005, Allison was a loyal servant of the U.S. government. She was jaded, like most Americans mired in the hopeless ideals of Operation Iraqi Freedom, but she was doing her best to cling to the rhetoric of locals like Judge Khalil (Makram J. Khoury), who naïvely insisted that “Success is possible if we don’t give up.” But at one point, her aspirations didn’t extend far beyond a vacation in St. Lucia, at a bar surrounded by gorgeous” men. No, it wasn’t until she fell into a honeypot scheme involving her asset, Ahmed Nazari (Darwin Shaw), and his millions of embezzled dollars, that she became desperate enough to ally with the ambitious SVR Ivan (Mark Ivanir), who seemed to understand her deeper ambitions, and knew how to temper them with equal parts fear and opportunity.