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Homeland: The Good Soldier

Reeling after losing key players in Nazir's plot against America, the CIA orders polygraphs on everyone who came in contact with them, including Brody, which Carrie sees as an opportunity to finally learn the truth.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info  

Episode number: 1x6
Airdate: Sunday November 06th, 2011

Director: Brad Turner
Writer: Henry Bromwell

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 4) Mar 25, 2012

Guest Stars
Afton WilliamsonAfton Williamson
As Helen Walker (Widowed Wife of Corporal Thomas Walker)
Chris ChalkChris Chalk
As Tom Walker (Sergeant Brody's Marine Partner)
Hrach TitizianHrach Titizian
As Danny Galvez (CIA Analyst Working With Carrie)
Jaden HarmonJaden Harmon
As Lucas Walker (Son of Helen and Tom Walker)
James UrbaniakJames Urbaniak
As Larry (Polygraph Test Administor)
Marc MenchacaMarc Menchaca
As Lauder Wakefield (Former Marine and Friend of Tom Walker)
Marin IrelandMarin Ireland
As Aileen Morgan ("Wife" of Raqim Faisel, Terrorist)
Omid AbtahiOmid Abtahi
As Raqim Faisel (University Professor, Terrorist)
Reggie AustinReggie Austin
As Matt (Husband of Helen Walker)
Sarita ChoudhurySarita Choudhury
As Mira Berenson (Saul Berenson's Wife)
Jeremiah BirkettJeremiah Birkett
As Staff Sergeant Calhoun (Former Marine and Friend of Tom Walker)
Sherman HowardSherman Howard
As Chip Shooter Haigh (Former Marine and Friend of Tom Walker)

Co-Guest Stars
Bryan AdrianBryan Adrian
As Young Man
Craig GallowayCraig Galloway
As Marine #1
Cynthia BarrettCynthia Barrett
As CIA Officer #1
Henry Bazemore JrHenry Bazemore Jr
As FBI Special Agent #1
Jes DuggerJes Dugger
As Neighbor Woman
John Gabriel RodriquezJohn Gabriel Rodriquez
As PFC Fernandez (Former Marine and Friend of Tom Walker)
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 with Carrie at work. She is reviewing the tape of Nicholas and Afzul. The Head of the division is in David’s office and he asks how the razor blade got to his possession. Carrie comes in and suggests that they polygraph everyone who was in contact with Afzul and deal with it there. The Head of the division says for that to happen and David is upset that Carrie didn’t tell him in private. He yells for her to get the polygraph set up then. Outside his office, Carrie says that David was a little harsh, but Saul tells her that she deserved it. He asks her if she wants him to forget about what happened and she says that she was hoping so. Meanwhile, Nicholas gets ready for a memorial service for Thomas Walker. Jessica gets in and tells Nicholas that she isn’t looking forward to seeing Helen, the wife of Thomas, because of the fact that she treated her bad when Helen got remarried. She goes up to Nicholas and adjusts his tie. She tells him that he looks very handsome. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.33 Million Viewers

Episode Quotes
Carrie: Oh, Jesus, we drank too much.
Nicholas: Yeah, we did.
Carrie: Oh, I hope I don't puke.
Nicholas: You're gonna puke?
Carrie: No.
Nicholas: You all right?
Carrie: I'm half Irish.
Nicholas: The Irish don't puke?
Carrie: Nah. Only when we have to salute the British.

Lauder Wakefield: Here's my question. How come Walker died and you came back alive? What's that about?

Mira: I don't want you to come with me.
Saul: What?
Mira: I want to go alone. I need to go alone.
Saul: Why?
Mira: I just do.
Saul: For how long?
Mira: I don't know.
Saul: A week? A month? What?
Mira: I don't know.
Saul: The new job was just a ploy. Your way of letting me down gently.
Mira: Saul... we're like good friends, sharing a house. You do the dishes, I water the garden. You are watching football, I watch cooking shows. You play golf, I do yoga.
Saul: Sounds perfect.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

The arrest photograph for Aileen Morgan names the local police force as "Lothian & Boarders Police" when it should read "Lothian and Borders".


When Saul is at the Raquim's house talking to a neighbour, his arms are either falling down straight or bent, depending on if it is a front or a back shot.


When Brody and Carrie are in the car having sex, the shots behind her head show a big amount of space in-between her head and the door, yet the front shots show it squashed against the door.

Cultural References
Coltrane: Saul tells Carrie that she owes him a Coltrane CD for her outburst the night before.

John William Coltrane, also known as "Trane" was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 5: Saul tells Carrie that he expected to see her resignation on his desk. Carrie told Saul that she was going to quit at the end of 1x05 "Blind Spot".

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKatie O'Hara
Production DesignerJohn D. Kretschmer
CastingJudy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerJ. David Brightbill
First Assistant DirectorLouis Guerra
Second Assistant DirectorKim Kennedy
Music EditorJeff Charbonneau
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerKatina Le Kerr
Camera OperatorBob Newcomb  |  Ralph Watson
Set DecoratorSummer Eubanks
Property MasterGillian Albinkski
Production Sound MixerLarry Long
Script SupervisorKara Still McGee
Production CoordinatorJenna Irvine
Assistant EditorGarret Donnelly
Post Production SupervisorAdam Christopher Banks
Supervising Sound EditorCraig Dellinger
Re-Recording MixerAlan Decker (2)  |  Nello Torri
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Stunt CoordinatorCal Johnson
Art DirectorGeoffrey S. Grimsman
Makeup Department Head John R. Bayless (1)
Production AccountantJoe McLaughlin
Casting AssociateKimberly Graham
Hair Department HeadDeborah Ball
Edited ByTerry Kelley
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