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Homeland: Semper I

The political powers that be make big plans for national hero Brody, but his increasingly erratic behavior threatens his media darling status; Carrie grows desperate for evidence linking Brody with Abu Nazir, as Saul directs her to focus on Nazir's money trail.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x4
Airdate: Sunday October 23rd, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 4) Mar 11, 2012

  • Currently 8.4/10
8.4/10 (16 Votes cast)


Guest Stars
Alok Tewari
As Latif Bin Walid (Majordomo for Prince Farid)
David Marciano
As Virgil (Member of Surveillance Team)
Hrach Titizian
As Danny Galvez (CIA Analyst Working With Carrie)
Linda Purl
As Elizabeth Gaines (Advisor For Vice President)
Marin Ireland
As Aileen Morgan ("Wife" of Raqim Faisel, Terrorist)
Maury Sterling
As Max (Member of Surveillance Team)
Navid Negahban
As Abu Nazir (Lead Terrorist In CIA Investigation)
Omid Abtahi
As Raqim Faisel (University Professor, Terrorist)
Scott Bryce
As Major Foster
Annika Boras
As Jessica's Friend

Co-Guest Stars
Viviana Chavez
As Aide to Estes
Des Epps
As Younger Vet
George Bryant
As Discussion Leader (Starts the Veteran's Meeting)
Lisa Varga
As Demmie (Mike Faber's Date)
Main Cast
Claire Danes
As Carrie Mathison
Mandy Patinkin
As Saul Berenson
Morena Baccarin
As Jessica Brody
Jackson Pace
As Chris Brody
Damian Lewis
As Nicholas Brody
Morgan Saylor
As Dana Brody
Diego Klattenhoff
As Mike Faber
David Harewood
As David Estes


The scene opens with Carrie watching the surveillance coverage and watches Nicholas as he gets ready. Nicolas sees Abu Zamir in the mirror. Carrie notes that Nicholas is having hallucinations. David meets with Ms. Gaines, the Vice President’s secretary. She tells David that they need to know if Nicholas is really as sane as he portrays. Saul comes by and tells David that they may have found out how Abu Nazir is funding his organization. They go into a meeting where Carrie brings up the fact that the Prince’s advisor is the man who made the transfer of the necklace that was around Lynn’s neck. She points out that several people have come by for the purchase of the necklace and they need to get the information before Abu Nazir does. David authorizes the inspection of all the potential buyers that came into the Laundry mat to talk about the necklace. At the same time, one of the “buyers” is having breakfast...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.10 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
FurPanOpPlaying in Dana's room when Jessica talks to her.
Michael BurkesDon't Let It Be a DreamCarrie and David discuss their relationship.

Episode Quotes
Carrie: Guy hasn't broken the speed limit once.
Danny: Does that make him more, or less suspicious?
Carrie: It makes him boring as shit.

Carrie: Why are you being nice to me?
David: Do I need a reason?
Carrie: Not unless you want me to believe a word you're saying.

David: So tell me what's so important that it couldn't wait.
Saul: Abu Nazir, David. Remember him? Two horns, long tail, a strong scent of sulfur? I think we found out how he's financing his attack.

Carrie: I know what you did.
Saul: And you still haven't produced a single lead connecting Sergeant Brody to this or any plot against America.
Carrie: That doesn't mean I'm wrong. It just means he may be laying low for a while. Turned and trained, but a sleeper.
Saul: You're arguing against yourself, Carrie. We can't watch him indefinitely. You know it.
Carrie: But, Saul...
Saul: Listen to me. Listen carefully. This intelligence your asset gave up her life to acquire... do not squander it by continuing to invade the constitutionally protected privacy of the Brody family.
Carrie: It's not an either-or proposition. The money we're tracking is connected to Brody. I just haven't found out how.
Saul: If you're right, the money will eventually lead back to him. But until then, you need to take down that surveillance. First chance you get, you will remove the cameras and microphones from Sergeant Brody's house and cover your tracks. Are we clear?

Cultural References
Episode Title: Semper I

"Semper I" is a play on the motto for the Marine Corps, Semper Fi.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 3: Carrie's source for Prince Farid was killed in 1x03 "Clear Skin" and the necklace she was wearing was sold.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKatie O'Hara
Production DesignerJohn D. Kretschmer
EditorJordan Goldman
Unit Production ManagerJ. David Brightbill
First Assistant DirectorLouis Guerra
Second Assistant DirectorKim Kennedy  |  Keegan Sacko
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Warning: Homeland season 1 episode 4 guide may contain spoilers
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