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Homeland: The Choice

In the Season 2 finale, Carrie is faced with a pivotal decision, while Brody meets with Faber to contemplate the future of the family. Meanwhile, Saul undertakes a secret assignment; and Quinn has a decision to make that may prove to be a game-changer.

Source: Showtime

Episode Info  

Episode number: 2x12
Airdate: Sunday December 16th, 2012

Alternate Airdates:

UK (Channel 4) Dec 23, 2012
AU (ten) Dec 23, 2012

Guest Stars
Billy Smith (2)Billy Smith (2)
As Special Agent Hall (Searches Brody's House)
David MarcianoDavid Marciano
As Virgil (Member of Surveillance Team)
Navid NegahbanNavid Negahban
As Abu Nazir (Lead Terrorist In CIA Investigation)
Rupert FriendRupert Friend
As Peter Quinn (CIA Lead Analyst)
Sarita ChoudhurySarita Choudhury
As Mira Berenson (Saul Berenson's Wife)
Talia BalsamTalia Balsam
As Cynthia Walden (Mother of Finn Walden)
Timothée ChalametTimothée Chalamet
As Finn Walden (Classmate of Dana Brody)
Alon AboutboulAlon Aboutboul
As Mike (Man Who Takes Fake ID Pictures)
Edelen McWilliamsEdelen McWilliams
As Sloane Nelson
John CarianiJohn Cariani
As Jeff Ricker

Co-Guest Stars
Caroline RenfroCaroline Renfro
As Reporter Thomsen
Clay HeatleyClay Heatley
As Chaplin
Genevieve BarkerGenevieve Barker
As News Anchor
TJ HassanTJ Hassan
As Sentry

Chad KurtzChad Kurtz
As Secret Service
Jason BigartJason Bigart
As Army National Guardsman
Kevin ConteKevin Conte
As National Guard
Laura AvnaimLaura Avnaim
As Bar Patron
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 episode begins with Carrie and Brody arriving at her cabin in the woods; looks like they are on a break. But we see that peter is still keeping an eye on Brody to take him out. He then calls Estes and tells him that Brody is not alone and that he will take him down as soon as he gets him alone. Carrie and Brody go for a walk and she tells him that he father had the same mental illness like hers. She tells him that her mother left her father for the same reason and Carries is upset about the fact that her mother never reached out. Saul is still being detained by the CIA. He wants one of the officers to do him a favor and call Carrie. The officer doesn’t want to jeopardize his job. ..

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Episode Notes
Ratings: 2.29 Million Viewers

ArtistSong TitlePlayed When
Peter GabrielLazarus RaisedSaul is standing and praying for the deceased.

Episode Quotes
Brody: So how do I apply to become your cabin boy?
Carrie: Oh, that's a coveted spot.
Brody: Naturally.
Carrie: Full time?
Brody: Live-in. Do the cooking, do the laundry...
Carrie: I do hate laundry.
Brody: ...keep the lady of the house stimulated. Intellectually.
Carrie: You're hired.

Saul: He's a man who put on a suicide vest, Carrie. That's who he is, that's who he always will be.
Carrie: I know everything he is, but it''s complicated.
Saul: No it's crystal clear. You cannot be with him.
Carrie: Who are you to say that to me?
Saul: You can do whatever you want. An intelligence officer can't.
Carrie: Don't you think I know that?
Saul: So you're choosing him over us?
Carrie: I don't know.
Saul: You're throwing your life away.
Carrie: Or maybe I'm just not giving it away to this place. Maybe...Maybe I want other things.
Saul: Like a terrorist in your bed.
Carrie: Maybe I don't want to be alone my whole f**king life!
Saul: Like me?
Carrie: Like you! Because it doesn't look that great, Saul! How does it feel?
Saul: You don't know a god damn thing. You're the smartest and the dumbest f**king person I've ever known.

Mike: So, is this a peace negotiation?
Brody: I'm not at war with you.
Mike: Good.

Episode Goofs
Factual Error:

Abu Nazir's body is flown out to sea to be buried. The ship he is delivered in is a battleship, but there are no battleships in service with the US Navy any more.

Cultural References
Les Miserables: When Estes walks into the interrogation room, Saul says "Well if it isn't Jauvert."

Jauvert is the villian in the classic novel/musical Les Miserables.

Episode References
Season 2, Episode 11: Abu Nazir was killed at the end of 2x11 "In Memoriam".

Season 1, Episode 7: The last time Brody and Carrie were at the cottage was during 1x07 "The Weekend".

Season 1, Episode 12: Dana walks into Brody's bedroom while he is changing and mentions the day she did the same thing in 1x12 "Marine One" and tells him that she knows the truth.

Other Episode Crew

Executive ProducerAlex Gansa  |  Alexander Cary  |  Chip Johannessen  |  Meredith Stiehm  |  Ran Telem  |  Avi Nir  |  Michael Cuesta  |  Gideon Raff  |  Howard Gordon  |  Henry Bromell
Co-ProducerKatie O'Hara
Production DesignerJohn D. Kretschmer
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
Key GripEric Jones (1)
Camera OperatorBob Newcomb  |  Nicholas Davidoff
Set DecoratorSummer Eubanks
Location ManagerKarl Golden
Property MasterGillian Albinkski
Construction CoordinatorPete Battistelli
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
GafferTommy Ray Sullivan
Director of PhotographyNelson Cragg
Stunt CoordinatorCal Johnson
Art DirectorGeoffrey S. Grimsman
Assistant Production CoordinatorEvelyn Chafin
Makeup Department Head John R. Bayless (1)
Production AccountantJoe McLaughlin
ScoreSean Callery
Casting AssociateKimberly Graham
Hair Department HeadDeborah Ball
Assistant To ProducerKatie Schaefer  |  Jose Cabrera  |  Ashley Brim  |  Charlotte Stoudt
Produced ByMichael J. Klick
Edited ByTerry Kelley
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