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Homeland: The Smile

An asset from Carrie's former life comes in from the cold. Freshman Congressman Nick Brody discovers that Abu Nazir may not be content with his non-violent approach to affecting change in American foreign policy.

Episode Info

Episode number: 2x1
Airdate: Sunday September 30th, 2012

Director: (Unknown)
Writer: (Unknown)

Alternate Airdates:

NZ (TV3) Oct 01, 2012
UK (Channel 4) Oct 07, 2012
AU (ten) Oct 14, 2012


Guest Stars
Alexander GemignaniAlexander Gemignani
As Greg Merriles
Allie McCullochAllie McCulloch
As Betsy Kenny (Nicholas Brody's Secretary)
Amy HargreavesAmy Hargreaves
As Maggie Mathison (Carrie Mathison's Sister)
Clara KhouryClara Khoury
As Fatima Ali (Carrie's Source in Beirut)
Hrach TitizianHrach Titizian
As Danny Galvez (CIA Analyst Working With Carrie)
James RebhornJames Rebhorn
As Frank Mathison (Carrie and Maggie Mathison's Father)
Timothée ChalametTimothée Chalamet
As Finn Walden (Classmate of Dana Brody)
Valerie CruzValerie Cruz
As Major Joy Mendez (Travel's to Beirut With Carrie)
Zuleikha RobinsonZuleikha Robinson
As Roya Hammad (Journalist Sympathetic for Abu Nazir)
Abigale CorriganAbigale Corrigan
As Rebecca Morrison (Classmate of Dana Brody)
Jacob LeinbachJacob Leinbach
As Tad Groote
Raja DekaRaja Deka
As Omar (Carrie Mathison's Student)
Tom WermeTom Werme
As Foreign Correspondent

Co-Guest Stars
Jonah LotanJonah Lotan
As Rudy McCoy (Worked With Saul in Beirut)
Yael SharoniYael Sharoni
As Frankie Podesta
Heanon TateHeanon Tate
As Guard
Herzl TobeyHerzl Tobey
As Passenger
Loai NofiLoai Nofi
As Customs Officer
Susan WilliamsSusan Williams
As Teacher
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 episode begins with Carrie picking up vegetables from her garden. Her father and sister are watching the news and Frank is worried that Carrie’s lithium levels are too high. His daughter, Maggie asks him to stay out of it. Carrie then goes to her room for grading papers and she follows the news online. Next, we see that Saul is in the embassy in Beirut. His team mates tell him that a woman has come to them with some information. Saul hasn’t seen her before. The woman wants a face to face. Saul agrees to meet her and he asks arrangements to be made. He leaves and he sees that someone is tailing his car. But they manage to elude the tail and meet the woman. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 1.73 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
He Is WeEverything You Do 
Scala & Kolacny BrothersEvery Breath You Take 

Episode Quotes
Saul: Thanks for getting back.
Carrie: I'm guessing this isn't a social call.
Saul: No.
Carrie: What's going on?
Saul: I can't talk. We're on an open line, but we need your help. I know, I hate myself for even asking.
Carrie: Well can't it wait until tomorrow?
Saul: I'm afraid not. David Estes is sitting outside your house right now.
Carrie: Well tonight is Thursday. I cook dinner for the family on Thursdays. I'm making vegetable lasagne with vegetables I picked this morning from the garden. Don't make me talk to him, Saul. I don't ever want to see him again. I've put all that away.
Saul: Please, Carrie.

David: I want you to know, Carrie, this is much appreciated.
Carrie: Let's just get it over with, okay?
David: There's a photo inside I'd like you to take a look at. Do you recognize her?
Carrie: Yeah, I recognize her. Why?
David: Who is she?
Carrie: Fatima Ali, first wife of Abbas Ali.
David: The Hezbollah district commander. How do you know her?
Carrie: I recruited her, that's how.
David: Yet there's no record of her being an asset of yours.
Carrie: I ran her off book.
David: Why?
Carrie: Because I was interested in keeping her alive.

Carrie: ...then I moved to Calgary.
Mendez: So what's the hockey team?
Carrie: Uh, I don't follow hockey.
Mendez: You're from Calgary you follow hockey. It's the Flames.

Maggie: Carrie, please. This is crazy.
Carrie: Believe me, I wouldn't be going if I had a choice.
Maggie: You do have a choice. You always have a choice.
Carrie: No, not this time.
Maggie: Carrie, you're just starting to get back on your feet. You're not ready for this.
Carrie: Don't you think I know that?
Maggie: Regular sleep and meals, avoiding stress, a schedule. These are the things that have been working so well for you. At least call Doctor Rosenberg before you make a decision.
Carrie: I've already decided.
Maggie: I don't understand how you can trust these people for one minute after what they did to you.
Carrie: I trust Saul. He'll be there to hold my hand and it's only for a few days.
Maggie: You say this is about patriotism, but we both know that's not the whole story. Part of you wants to do this.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

When Carrie is taken to the safe house in Nicosia, Cyprus, a view is shown of a home overlooking the sea. However, the sea is not visible from the city of Nicosia.

Factual Error:

When Carrie is introduced to Major Mendez the Major wearing a Combat Infantrymen's Badge. Women are not eligible to serve in the Infantry and have never been authorized to wear this medal.

Factual Error:

Brody is told by the Senator that the reporter is "down the hall in the Senator's office". Senators and Representatives do not have offices in the same buildings.

Factual Error:

Dana is told that she needs to understand the "Quaker meeting" better. The Society of Friends is called "Quaker" only colloquially. Members would not ever refer formally to a meeting as a "Quaker" meeting.

Factual Error:

While the Lebanese security chase after Saul there's a green sign on a garage that says "shnap" in Hebrew. Hebrew is not the favourite language in Beirut.

Crew or Equipment Visible:

When Saul is on the phone with Carry, the background in his room shows a city. However, through wind and movement in the room, you can see that the city view is actually just a giant poster.

Cultural References
The Calgary Flames: Mendez says to Carrie, about living in Calgary, "You're from Calgary you follow hockey. It's the Flames."

The Calgary Flames are a professional ice hockey team based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

Episode References
Season 1, Episode 12: Carrie is now working as a teacher after having undergone electroshock therapy in 1x12 "Marine One" for her bipolar disorder.

Season 1, Episode 12: Dana accidentally tells her classmates that her father is a Muslim. Dana walked in on her dad praying in 1x12 "Marine One" in the garage and found out he was Muslim.

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 OperatorBob Newcomb  |  Nicholas Davidoff
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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