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America First
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Season 6, Episode 12
Written by: Alex Gansa & Ron Nyswaner
Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter
Production number: 6WAH12
Running time: 52 minutes
Original airdate: April 9, 2017
Viewers (millions): 1.90

America First is the season finale of Season 6 of Homeland. It aired on April 9, 2017.

Synopsis

While Dar tries to get his plan back on track, Carrie and Quinn make an effort to save the President-elect

Episode guide

Dar Adal (F. Murray Abraham) is revealed to have had Senator Coto (Alfredo Narciso) kidnapped and handcuffed inside a freezer room. Dar rebukes Coto for cutting him out of the loop and tortures him for information on the conspiracy involving Quinn. Dar also kidnaps Max (Maury Sterling) who had just escaped from the underground troll farm maintained by Brett O’Keefe (Jake Weber). Using Max, Dar finds that Quinn, who doesn’t even use email, has been linked to a radical, Alt-right on-line persona.

Carrie (Claire Danes) and Quinn (Rupert Friend) rush to President-elect Keane’s (Elizabeth Marvel) headquarters. Keane’s staff receives information on a possible bomb in the building. An evacuation is initiated. Dar calls Carrie with the information he got from Coto: the bomb threat is a ruse to get Keane out of the building, where she can be assassinated, while Quinn is to be framed as the killer. Carrie steps in front of the vehicle containing Keane before it leaves. The other two cars in the motorcade are rocked by an explosion as they exit the parking garage. Carrie, Keane, and Agent Thoms (James Mount) retreat back into the building. McClendon’s special ops team enters the building; they come across Thoms and execute him while hunting for Keane. Quinn finds Carrie and Keane and loads them into the back of an SUV. He pulls out of the garage and speeds towards the barricade, his path lined by armed soldiers who open fire as he goes by. Quinn gets his passengers to safety but dies from bullet wounds in the process.

Six Weeks Later

34 days after Keane’s inauguration, Keane’s administration remains mired in controversy. O’Keefe continues publicly to criticise Keane. In Washington, the President maintains limited contact with the intelligence community, leaving many officials to worry if they face termination, or even arrest.

Carrie has taken a position working under President Keane as a temporary liaison to the intelligence community. At a meeting, intelligence officials bristle at their lack of access to Keane, while Carrie tries to assure them that their jobs are safe. Keane offers Carrie a permanent position as a senior advisor to the President. Carrie is honoured but asks for some time to consider the offer.

Saul (Mandy Patinkin) visits Dar who is now in prison. Dar admits that he lost control of the plan he set into motion, but still does not think he was wrong in his intentions as he finds Keane “distinctly un-American”.

Back in New York, Carrie goes through Quinn’s things, finding an envelope of pictures of Quinn’s son John Jr., whom he had never met, and also of Carrie. While moved by the pictures, Carrie gets a frantic call from Saul who is being arrested. She turns on the news to see reports that dozens of incumbent officials from the State Department, the Department of Defence, and the CIA have been arrested due to being connected to the assassination attempt.

An enraged Carrie tries to see Keane but is not allowed into her office. Keane hears Carrie’s pleas that innocent people are being arrested but does nothing as Carrie is escorted out of the building. The episode ends with Carrie looking out at the Capitol Building introspectively.

Cast

Main Cast

Guest Starring

Co-Starring

  • A.J. Shively as Ronald
  • Matthew Streeter as Hagan
  • Nick Ritacco as Massey
  • Juan Pablo Veizaga as Agent Rice
  • Gene Gabriel as Secret Service Agent #1
  • Nicholas Tucci as Secret Service Agent #2
  • Diana Perez as CNB News Anchor
  • Ariel Eliaz as National Guardsman
  • Graham Powell as Mobile Command Tech
  • Parker Madison as FBI Agent

Videos


Season 6
#601 "Fair Game" #607 "Imminent Risk"
#602 "The Man in the Basement" #608 "Alt. Truth"
#603 "The Covenant" #609 "Sock Puppets"
#604 "A Flash of Light" #610 "The Flag House"
#605 "Casus Belli" #611 "R Is for Romeo"
#606 "The Return" #612 "America First"
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