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Homeland: Pilot

In the opener of this "Manchurian Candidate"-like political thriller, a marine (Damian Lewis) rescued after eight years as a POW in Afghanistan returns home a war hero. But a CIA operative (Claire Danes) suspects he may actually be an enemy agent with a connection to Al Qaeda and part of a plan to commit a terrorist act on U.S. soil.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Sunday October 02nd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

NL (BNN) Jan 01, 2012
UK (Channel 4) Feb 19, 2012
CA (Super Channel) Mar 06, 2013
Romania Nov 04, 2013

Guest Stars
Afton WilliamsonAfton Williamson
As Helen Walker (Widowed Wife of Corporal Thomas Walker)
David MarcianoDavid Marciano
As Virgil (Member of Surveillance Team)
Jamey SheridanJamey Sheridan
As Vice President William Walden
Maury SterlingMaury Sterling
As Max (Member of Surveillance Team)
Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
As Abu Nazir (Lead Terrorist In CIA Investigation)
Byan AntirByan Antir
As Prison Guard
Nestor SerranoNestor Serrano
As Major General Tony Trujillo (Oversees Brody's Return to the United States)

Co-Guest Stars
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Corporal Thomas Patrick Walker (Sergeant Brody's Marine Partner)
Taylor KowalskiTaylor Kowalski
As Xander (Friend of Dana Brody)
Ali SulimanAli Suliman
As Warzer Zafir (Sneaks Carrie Into Prison)
Anthony ReynoldsAnthony Reynolds
As Stuart Strickland (Iraq Section Lead Analyst for CIA)
Chris RogusChris Rogus
As Photographer
Gerry HarrisonGerry Harrison
As Delta Commander
Israel BalderasIsrael Balderas
As Reporter
Jamil HuriJamil Huri
As Iraqi Officer
Jay GatesJay Gates
As Estes Aide
Josh SegarraJosh Segarra
As Josh (Man Carrie Flirts With At The Bar)
Vickie EngVickie Eng
As Elizabeth Chu (Analyst for CIA)
Yusuf SwadeYusuf Swade
As Hasan Ibrahim (Iraqi Prisoner Who Whispers to Carrie)
Main Cast
Claire DanesClaire Danes
As Carrie Mathison
Mandy PatinkinMandy Patinkin
As Saul Berenson
Morena BaccarinMorena Baccarin
As Jessica Brody
Jackson PaceJackson Pace
As Chris Brody
Damian LewisDamian Lewis
As Nicholas Brody
Morgan SaylorMorgan Saylor
As Dana Brody
Diego KlattenhoffDiego Klattenhoff
As Mike Faber
David HarewoodDavid Harewood
As David Estes


The scene opens in Baghdad where CIA Operative, Carrie Mathison, is driving through the city talking to David Estes of the CIA. He denies her request to be able to hold off the execution of a known terrorist, Hasan, and says that it is in the hands of the Iraqi people. She says that Hasan has Intel that will help them with the war and David tells her that it is not going to happen. Carrie meets with a contact who has someone who says that they can get her inside the prison. She goes up to Hasan and he doesn’t have any information for her because she can’t save him. She says that she can save Hasan’s family if he agrees to help them. The Iraqi guards come in and take Carrie by force. Hasan says what he knows to her and tells her to keep her promise to save his family. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.08 Million Viewers

Awards and Nominations: This episode won two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series and for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series.

Trivia: The pilot episode was available online and via affiliate On Demand channels on September 13, and had been seen by over 1.4 million viewers before its TV premiere.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Tomasz Stanko QuintetTerminal 7Saul Finds Carrie's Surveillance Equipment.

Episode Quotes
Carrie: I tried to get the CIA to intervene but they can´t do anything. I´m sorry
Ibrahim: Then I have nothing to say to you

Carrie: Because Abu Nazir is playing the long game. This way no one expects a thing.
Saul: Except you?
Carrie: Except me.

Carrie: I-I'm just making sure we don't get hit again.
Saul: Well, I'm glad someone's looking out for the country, Carrie.
Carrie: I'm serious. I-I missed something once before, I won't...I can't let that happen again.
Saul: It was ten years ago. Everyone missed something that day.
Carrie: Yeah, everyone's not me.

Saul: What were his exact words, please?
Carrie: "An American prisoner of war has been turned."
Saul: He said this in English?
Carrie: Yes. He whispered it into my ear right before the guards pulled me away.
Saul: And when he used the expression "turned"...
Carrie: He meant turned - working for Abu Nazir.
Saul: Why am I just hearing about this now?
Carrie: Because until ten minutes ago, I didn't know there were any POWs still alive in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Nicholas: I love that nightgown.
Jessica: My mom wears a nightgown, this is a negligée.

Jessica: I'm not dodging you. I'm trying to deal with this whole situation.
Mike: Well, you are not dealing with it.

Carrie: So, am I still going to jail?
Saul: Not just yet.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

At the Joint Reserve Andrews where Brody is picked up, the tail fin of a Lufthansa jet can be seen. A Lufthansa would not be allowed to land at a military airport.

Cultural References
Big Brother: When the video surveillance equipment starts working inside Brody's house, Virgil says "Hello, Big Brother."

Big Brother is a reality television show where individuals live together in a house that is constantly monitored by cameras.

"Jody": Jessica Brody tells her kids that she was at the movies with "Jody" while she was actually out with Mike Faber.

Jody is a term in the military that is slang for a person at home who steals the soldier's girlfriend (or boyfriend) while they are at war.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerGideon Raff  |  Ran Telem  |  Avi Nir  |  Michael Cuesta  |  Alex Gansa  |  Howard Gordon
ScoreSean Callery
WriterGideon Raff  |  Howard Gordon  |  Alex Gansa
Produced ByMichael J. Klick
Directed ByMichael Cuesta
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