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Good Night
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Season 3, Episode 10
Written by: Alexander Cary & Charlotte Stoudt
Directed by: Keith Gordon
Production number: 3WAH10
Running time: 47 minutes
Original airdate: December 1, 2013
Viewers (millions): 2.06

Good Night is the tenth episode of Season 3 of Homeland. It aired on December 1, 2013.


Brody embarks on a high stakes mission, but his fragile condition threatens the entire operation. Quinn makes an uncomfortable discovery about Carrie, while a sudden crisis forces Fara to rejoin the team.

Episode guide[]

On the way to the command center where they will oversee the CIA mission, Quinn tells Carrie that he looked at her medical records while she was wounded and knows she's pregnant. He suggests that for the rest of the mission, Carrie ought to sit out. Carrie angrily responds by denying that the baby is Brody's.

The US Army Special Forces Soldiers (Azizi, Turani, Modarres, Baraz) brought Brody to Iraq, near the Iran-Iraq border, and are waiting for nightfall. Three Kurdish police officers approach them and ask them questions, and not believing their cover story, they pull out their pistols. The special ops leader, Azizi, says the codeword "good night", which signals the soldiers to kill the policemen. Seeing the violence, Brody becomes scared and flees, but Azizi makes him calm down.

The operation is being watched over at the White House by Dar Adal and Mike Higgins, the White House Chief-of-Staff. Higgins is upset by the police officers being murdered and orders that two people, Senator Lockhart and JSOC Commander Bill Pfister, be sent to the operations room as advisers.

When they are watching Brody about to cross in to Iran. Soon to be C.I.A Chief, Lockhart enters the situation room:

  • Lockhart: All I can say is you must be one hell of a salesperson to get Brody to do this.
  • Carrie: Here at the Agency, we call that recruiting.

Azizi drives Brody to the border while the other special ops soldiers stay back. Before they get there, the truck runs over a land mine, likely one left over from the Iran-Iraq war, and it is blown in half. Both men are shaken up and Azizi loses his left leg. The special ops soldiers rush to help them. The explosion attracts the Kurdish police, who start firing at the group.

Saul, believing that the intelligence mission has failed and this is now a military operation, yields command to Pfister and leaves the room. Pfister orders the team to fall back and abort, and soldiers start falling back, but Brody refuses, planning instead to dash for the border while the machine gun fire continues around him. Carrie gets on the line and asks him to give up, but he is insistent. One of the soldiers, Turani, decides to hang back for a minute and help Brody by supplying covering fire. Just as Brody is about to run for it, the Iranian army appears and captures both of them. Brody announces that he is the perpetrator of the CIA bombing and is requesting asylum. The two of them are put in a holding cell.

Carrie tells Fara that they have a field agent in Iran who has lost his support system and will need to be extracted at a precise time. She asks Fara whether her uncle in Iran would be able to supply a safehouse. Fara is reluctant to put her family at risk.

Majid Javadi, now being blackmailed by the CIA, enters the cell and is ready to take Brody to Tehran. Brody asks what will happen to Turani, at which point Javadi shoots Turani in the head.


  • Saul Berenson: How are you doing?
  • Carrie Mathison: Good. You?
  • Saul Berenson: Like I'm in Vegas, betting the mortgage.
  • “I don’t have kids, you dumbass!” - Turani for Brody


First of all, the team that trains & escorts Sgt Brody are probably not Marines. When Brody flips his socks inside out to get the "fresh side", one of the team members asks him if that is a "Marine thing," implying that he is not a Marine himself. The only other clue we get to their identity is when Saul refers to them as "our men." So we known that they are Americans operatives, but he does not indicate if they are CIA agents, US soldiers, or private contractors. Given the nature of the mission, it's likely that these men were actually Green Berets.

As far as their ethnicity, you would assume that they were attempting to blend in as Iraqis in order to fit their cover story. They would never send Israelis to Iran, not only because Israel is the enemy of Iran, but also because Israel is an ally of the United States. Persian Americans wouldn't work either because their ties to America would be too suspicious, and it wouldn't fit the cover story. Instead, they would need operatives who could completely conceal their American identity. Only 4 members of the team that trained Sgt Brody are listed in the credits.

What is US Special Forces Operational Detachments Alpha Team?

The A-Team is the operational element of US Army Special Forces. It is designed to conduct operations completely on its own, unlike the rest of the army which has a hierarchy of tactical and strategic operations. The term A-Team is taken from Special Forces Operational Detachment Alpha, or SFODA, usually shortened to ODA, and then to A-Team. Its higher command is a B-Team, Operational Detachment Bravo, or ODB. This is the equivalent of a company. There are five A-teams per B-team. Above that is the C-Team, Operational Detachment Charlie, or ODC. This is the equivalent of a battalion. There are three B-teams, thus fifteen A-teams, in each Special Forces Battalion. Then there are three SF Battalions in a Special Forces Group. Got it? Right.

An A-Team consists of twelve men as follows:

Team Leader

A captain who exercises command of the detachment and can command/advise an indigenous combat force up to battalion level. Note that this fits is in alignment with Special Forces primary mission of being a force multiplier. A battalion of fifteen A-Team is capable of recruiting, organizing, training and fielding fifteen battalions of indigenous troops.

Team Sergeant

Officially known as the Operations Sergeant and the senior enlisted member of the detachment. He advises the team leader on operations and training matters. He provides tactical and technical guidance and professional support to detachment members. He prepares the operations and training portions of area studies, briefbacks and OPLANs, all of which we will discuss later. He can recruit, organize, train and supervise indigenous forces up to battalion size.

Executive Officer

Officially known as the detachment technician. Serves as second in command and ensures that the detachment commander’s decisions and concepts are implemented. He prepares the administrative and logistical portions portions of area studies, briefbacks and OPLANs. This position is filled by a warrant officer. When I joined Special Forces this was filled by a First Lieutenant, but it changed shortly afterwards. I was one of the last of the First Lieutenants in Special Forces.

The Assistant Operations and Intelligence Sergeant

Plans, coordinates and directs the detachment’s intelligence collections, analysis, production and dissemination. He also assists the Operations Sergeant and replaces him when needed.

Two Weapons Sergeants

Employ conventional and Unconventional Warfare (UW) tactics as tactical mission leaders. They train detachments members and indigenous personnel in the use of individual small arms, light crew-served weapons and anti-air and anti-armor weapons. They recruit, organize, train and advise or command indigenous combat forces up to company size.

Two Engineer Sergeants

Supervise, lead, plan, perform and instruct all aspects of combat engineering and light construction engineering. They construct and employ improvised munitions. They plan and perform sabotage operations. They recruit, organize, train and advise or command indigenous combat forces up to company size.

Two Medical Sergeants

Provide emergency, routine, and long-term medical care for detachment members and associated allied or indigenous personnel. They establish medical facilities to support detachment operations. They recruit, organize, train and advise or command indigenous combat forces up to company size.

Two Communications Sergeants

Install, operate, and maintain FM, AM, HF, VHF, UHF and SHF radio communications in voice, CW, and burst radio nets. They recruit, organize, train and advise or command indigenous combat forces up to company size.

The A-team is designed to be even more of a force multiplier when operating in split team mode, with one of each specialty on the two six man teams


Main Cast[]

Guest Starring[]


  • Michele Lawler as Lorraine
  • Merdith Sause as Reaper Captain
  • Jimmy Gonzalez as Reaper Lieutenant
  • Terry Dale Parks as Tech
  • Casey Brancato as Analyst
  • Abraham Makany as Iraqi Cop 1
  • Monte Bezell as Iraqi Cop 2
  • Mazin Akar as Iraqi Cop 3
  • Mehzad Dabiri as Iranian Sergeant



Season 3
#301 "Tin Man Is Down" #307 "Gerontion"
#302 "Uh... Oh... Ah..." #308 "A Red Wheelbarrow"
#303 "Tower of David" #309 "One Last Thing"
#304 "Game On" #310 "Good Night"
#305 "The Yoga Play" #311 "Big Man in Tehran"
#306 "Still Positive" #312 "The Star"