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Homeland: The Vest

In the wake of the explosion, Saul finds Carrie hospitalized and manic, but realizes her chaotic theories have merit; before his congressional campaign begins, Brody takes his family on a weekend trip to Gettysburg, where he retrieves an important item.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info

Episode number: 1x11
Airdate: Sunday December 11th, 2011

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 4) Apr 29, 2012


Guest Stars
Amy HargreavesAmy Hargreaves
As Maggie Mathison (Carrie Mathison's Sister)
Charles BorlandCharles Borland
As Sanders (President's Security Head)
Hrach TitizianHrach Titizian
As Danny Galvez (CIA Analyst Working With Carrie)
James RebhornJames Rebhorn
As Frank Mathison (Carrie and Maggie Mathison's Father)
Jamey SheridanJamey Sheridan
As Vice President
Nasser FarisNasser Faris
As Tailor
Ben PeltesonBen Pelteson
As Dr. Jeremy (Carrie's Doctor at the Hospital)

Co-Guest Stars
Taylor KowalskiTaylor Kowalski
As Xander (Friend of Dana Brody)
Gina StewartGina Stewart
As Gloria the Nurse
Ronald OgdenRonald Ogden
As Sweeper
Tom TurbivilleTom Turbiville
As Patron in Diner
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 a man sewing something. He rolls out a strap and pours a type of glue on some fabric. He places beads in it. The man is creating a bomb vest. He situates the wires and realizes that it is ready to go. Meanwhile, David talks to the press secretary and says that he has to talk to the president. Saul comes in and says that there are several agencies who knew of the bombing and that the leak is even harder to find. Galvez tells David that the Vice President Walden wants to talk to him. He tells David that Walden is on lock-down until the threat is subsided. David asks where Carrie is and Saul tells him that she is going to be released in a few hours. However, when Saul gets there, he sees Carrie walking around manic about getting a green pen. She tells Saul that she is focused on the green and says that Abu Nazir doesn’t have a single sniper and says that he goes big. Carrie says that Walker is a pawn and says that there is a bigger threat out there. Saul gives Carrie a green pen and is worried about Carrie’s state of mind...

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.32 Million Viewers

Trivia: Carrie Mathison's behaviour during her manic episode was based in part on the personal experiences of writer Meredith Stiehm's sister, Jamie Stiehm, who is bipolar.

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Tomasz Stanko QuartetTristaCarrie takes everything off her wall.

Episode Quotes
Brody: I have this feeling things are going to get pretty wild soon. Your mom's going to need you. When I'm not around. Promise me you'll watch out for her.

Dana: Xander, why don't you tell them about those tickets you bought.
Xander: What... what tickets?
Jessica: Dana, you're going!
Dana: You know, I could stay here by myself.
Brody: No you can't.
Xander: You know, I could stay with her.
Brody: You're kidding, right?

Dr. Jeremy: As far as her injuries go, Carrie is fine.
Saul: Well, I already heard that. I mean...how she is acting...
Dr. Jeremy: I'm sorry, I have to speak with Carrie privately.
Saul: I'd like to come, she'll allow it.
Carrie: Oh, there you are.
Dr. Jeremy: Hey, how are you feeling Carrie?
Carrie: Is it time yet? Are we going?
Saul: Going?
Carrie: To work! We gotta hop-to. We gotta haul ass to Langley. They have to understand, Saul. Nazir's movement's in green, after yellow, always creeping towards purple are methodical, meaningful, momentous and monstrous.
Dr. Jeremy: Okay, I'm going to get you a bit more Ativan to settle you down...
Carrie: I don't need to settle down! Tell him, Saul! Tell him!
Saul: Carrie...you're not yourself.

Carrie: Somewhere down there, there's a tiny sliver of green just taking its time. This is how everything works. You wait. You lay low. And then you come to life.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When Brody is talking to Chris outside their motel rooms they both open the doors without using their electronic key cards.

Crew or Equipment Visible:

The view from Dana's small HD video camera shows the camera crew at the front of the car.

Cultural References
The Gettysburg Address: Chris reads a part of the Gettysburg Address while on the way to Gettysburg in the car.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 10: Carrie was injured in an explosion at the end of 1x10 "Representative Brody" orchestrated by Tom Walker.

Other Episode Crew

Co-ProducerKatie O'Hara
Production DesignerJohn D. Kretschmer
EditorJoe Hobeck
CastingJudy Henderson
Unit Production ManagerJ. David Brightbill
First Assistant DirectorKen Collins
Second Assistant DirectorKim Kennedy
Music EditorJeff Charbonneau
Music SupervisorKevin Edelman
Costume DesignerKatina Le Kerr
Camera OperatorRalph Watson  |  Bob Newcomb
Set DecoratorSummer Eubanks
Location ManagerKarl Golden
Property MasterGillian Albinkski
Production Sound MixerLarry Long
Script SupervisorKara Still McGee
Production CoordinatorJenna Irvine
Assistant EditorShon Hedges
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
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