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Homeland: Achilles Heel

As Carrie and Saul reel from the news that Walker is alive, the intelligence community clashes on the best way to capture him; Brody learns a shocking truth about his captivity.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x8
Airdate: Sunday November 20th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 4) Apr 08, 2012


Guest Stars
Afton WilliamsonAfton Williamson
As Helen Walker (Widowed Wife of Corporal Thomas Walker)
Billy Smith (2)Billy Smith (2)
As Special Agent Hall (FBI Liason on Walker Task Force)
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)
Joe UrlaJoe Urla
As Richard Johnson (Congressman Involved in Scandal)
Linda PurlLinda Purl
As Elizabeth Gaines (Advisor For Vice President)
Ramsey FaragallahRamsey Faragallah
As Mansour Al-Zahrani (Hands Tom Walker Directions Through Window)
Reggie AustinReggie Austin
As Matt (Husband of Helen Walker)
Sammy SheikSammy Sheik
As Imam Rafan Gohar (Imam of the Temple SWAT Team Shot At Walker In)
Sarita ChoudhurySarita Choudhury
As Mira Berenson (Saul Berenson's Wife)

Co-Guest Stars
Jason Davis (4)Jason Davis (4)
As CIA Tech
Jeff AlbertsonJeff Albertson
As FBI Swat Team Leader
L. Derek LeonidoffL. Derek Leonidoff
As Interviewer
Sasha RiondaSasha Rionda
As Newscaster
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
David HarewoodDavid Harewood
As David Estes


The scene opens with Tom Walker asking for money. Suddenly he sees a man who gives him money with a note and a key. Meanwhile, David talks to Lucas, Tom Walker’s son, and asks if the picture of the sketch that Eileen gave is his father. Carrie talks to Helen Walker and she tells her that she doesn’t know whether to be excited or scared. Saul talks to Nicholas Brody again and asks him the same questions of Tom’s death. He goes over the details that he doesn’t know and says that he was told that he was dead. Nicholas sees Carrie and walks by her without a word. Carrie runs up to him and tells him that she didn’t tell them anything that was said at the cabin. He tells her that he doesn’t want to hear it. Saul comes out of the room and asks Carrie if everything is alright. She lies and says that everything is fine. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.20 Million Viewers

Casting: Even though he is credited, Diego Klattenhoff (Mike Faber) does not appear in this episode.

Episode Quotes
Brody: You people told me Walker is dead.
Mansour Al-Zahrani: I - I -
Brody: My friend. You told me I killed him, you made me believe!
Mansour Al-Zahrani: I don't know! I- really, really! You'll have to talk to Abu Nazir!
Brody: I'm through talking with Nazir, and you can tell him that. Tell him it's over.

Dana: Chris, what are you doing?
Chris: I don't want to miss the car.
Dana: its a hired driver, he'll come to the door. It's not like he's trying to avoid detection.
Chris: Have you noticed?
Dana: What?
Chris: They're not fighting.

Carrie: I had a kind of epiphany today.
Saul: About Walker?
Carrie: I wish. No, about me. I'm going to be alone my whole life, aren't I?

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

As an incentive to re-enlist, Brody was told he would be and was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant from Sergeant (E-5 to E-7), yet his dress blues still had his sergeant stripes rather than those for a gunnery sergeant.


When Mira is by the cab, Saul parks his car right in front of it. But when the taxi drives away his car is not there any more and can't be seen in the rear window.

Factual Error:

At about 46 minutes in, when Saul's wife is leaving for the airport, the cab door is visible for a moment, and says "Charlotte, NC". It's supposed to be a suburb of DC.

Cultural References
Ice Age: After Elizabeth's party, the kids are watching Ice Age, and Brody asks, "What's wrong with the elephant?"

Ice Age is am animated film from 2002.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 7: It was discovered at the end of 1x07 "The Weekend" that Tom Walker was alive and is the POW that was turned.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKatie O'Hara
Production DesignerJohn D. Kretschmer
EditorJoe Hobeck
Unit Production ManagerJ. David Brightbill
First Assistant DirectorLouis Guerra
Second Assistant DirectorKim Kennedy
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
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