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Jessica Brody
Jessica Brody profile
Name: Jessica Brody
Status: Alive
Date of birth: 1975/1976
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Alias(es): Jess
Mother: Lois
Marital status: Widowed
Spouse(s): husband:
2011 - 2012:
Nick Brody

Unknown - 2013:
Nick Brody (d. 2013)

Significant other(s): Lover:
2009- 2011, 2012:
Mike Faber


Children: Dana Brody
Chris Brody
Played by: Morena Baccarin
Season(s): 1, 2, 3
First episode: "Pilot"
Last episode: "The Star"

"I really thought we turned a corner this morning. You're hiding something. I can see it in your eyes."

Jessica "Jess" Brody (née Lazaro) is the wife of Nick Brody and mother of Dana and Chris.

At Brody's return to the 'States, she is seen having an affair with Mike Faber, very much surprised to receive a phone call from her husband, Nick Brody, who went missing in actions eight years earlier and had been presumed dead.


Jessica is a character, who appears in the novel written by Andrew Kaplan:

About Her[]

  • Grew up… in Virginia. Jessica thought that she had her entire life planned out for her when she married her high school sweetheart, Nick Brody. The world, though, has a way of complicating things.
  • Living… in a strange imitation of domestic life. Now that her husband, Nick, is home after being in a prison camp in Afghanistan for eight years, Jessica is finding it hard to adjust to his needs. She understands that his return may be strange for him, and she’s trying to live the life that she thinks he wants.
  • Profession… housewife. Jessica had to struggle to pay the bills while her husband was missing, but now she has a bit more time on her hands. Being Nick Brody’s wife will prove to be a full-time job.
  • Relationship Status… married to Nick, but in love with someone else. Jess, who had (understandably) believed that Nick was almost certainly dead, got very close with his best friend, Mike, in the eight years since Nick was missing.
  • Challenge… understanding her husband. Jessica genuinely wants her family to be happy, but there’s something about Nick that doesn’t seem right. He’s not the normal, happy man that he used to be.
  • Personality… headstrong and loyal. Jess is willing to give life with Nick another shot, even though she’d found happiness with Mike in his absence. Jess wants to trust her husband and help him return to a normal life in American suburbia, but he’s making it difficult by lying to her. There was a time when the safe return of her husband was all that she could’ve dreamed of. But now that it’s actually happened, it’s much more problematic than she could’ve imagined.


Jessica Brody

Jessica at home.

Jessica Brody is the wife of Nicholas Brody. The two of them knew each other from school and decided early on to get married and start a family. Jessica has Brody's two children, Dana and Chris, and she spent most of her time raising them alone because Nicholas went missing after a deployment. (Novel Homeland: Saul's Game)

Jess and Wild Nicholas knew each other from when they were at least sixteen, as learned in "In Memoriam". The reunited couple struggle with their marriage. Nick resents Jess's affair with Mike. Jessica, in turn, learns of Brody's relationship with Carrie. Jess has a strained relationship with her eldest child, Dana.

Season 1[]

During this time, Brody's friend Mike Faber took great care of his family and was a great support to Jessica in all matters. As she no longer believed in Brody's return, Jessica began a relationship with him, which she denied to her children for the time being because she saw the affair sexual with Mike as a surrender after many years of loyalty and hope that Brody would still be there.

Just as Jessica is about to take the step of introducing Mike, she receives the call that Nicholas has been freed from captivity and that he is alive and coming home. Jessica is very surprised by this news and initially perplexed. But she decides to be loyal to her husband and to turn away from Mike, even if it is very difficult for her. She finds sex with Brody very uncomfortable for the first time and his nightmares make him really hurt her. She still tries to be understanding and empathetic, even though all these years have also been very difficult for her. Her relationship with Dana in particular has become very difficult as she reaches puberty. The media hype doesn't really help, but Jessica convinces Brody to go public because everyone just wants to thank him. Meanwhile, Dana probes her mother about what's going on with Mike, as Jessica tries to rebuild her bond with her daughter. She begs Dana not to tell her father. She also talks to Mike about the new situation and makes it clear that their relationship has become such a big lie and that they have to find a solution, which, however, means that Mike shouldn't visit so much anymore. At a party, the situation becomes too much for Jessica when Brody suddenly shoots a deer, scaring the children and guests. Jessica is angry and demands that Brody go to a psychiatrist because otherwise they would have to break up. Since Brody goes to a support group a little later, Jessica thanks him by cutting her hair as short as it was before he left.

A little later, Jessica hosts Tom Walker's funeral, where she comes into conflict with his wife, Helen Walker, because she hasn't looked for a new husband. But Jessica also doesn't see that she should have to pay forever for wanting to continue her life after six years of waiting. A little later, Jessica has a positive experience at Elizabeth Gaines' party, even if she is overwhelmed by the many pleasantries. But Jessica is proud of her husband and enjoyed the evening. Nevertheless, she doesn't want Nicholas to go into politics. The secrets in the family would then only come to light. She wants him to take care of the family first and spend as much time as possible with them. However, Mike can convince Jessica to let Nicholas take action. She makes Nicholas promise her that she will never lose him again and supports him from then on. She also enjoyed the trip to Pennsylvania so much that she is optimistic about the future. She's finally just happy.

However, a new problem soon arises. When Carrie tells Dana that Nicholas is planning an assassination attempt, she is furious and demands that Carrie leave the property immediately. She thinks Carrie is sick and dangerous. When Brody later takes up the matter, all she wishes is that she never has to hear her name again.

Season 2[]

Jessica quickly found herself in the role of the supportive wife and tried to help her husband in his political career wherever she could. She is correspondingly angered by Dana's claim at school that Nicholas is a Muslim. But she is even more horrified when Nicholas confesses to her that this is the truth. On the one hand, she feels like she has been lied to all the time, but on the other hand, she also sees what consequences this could have for her husband's office. So she makes it clear that this shouldn't be the case. She doesn't try to dwell on it any further and thinks it's settled. Rather, she allows herself to be persuaded to host a fundraising gala to benefit veterans. Nicholas is also supposed to give a speech there, which Jessica is already very moved by at home. But when Nicholas misses the gala, Jessica is once again very angry. She gives a speech at the event herself and then talks to Mike, to whom she tells about Nicholas' affair with Carrie. The renewed breach of trust makes Jessica no longer want to hear his excuses. She thinks everything is a lie anyway and questions her marriage due to the lack of trust. She wants to separate and throws Nicholas out of the apartment. She first tells the children that they need a little time and distance. Nevertheless, she wants to hear from her husband regularly and is surprised that she can't reach him. She investigates and finds out that everything she was told was just an excuse. When she meets her husband again, she demands the full truth. She isn't completely convinced that Nicholas works for the CIA and is therefore not allowed to say anything because she has too many questions, but she would like to believe him. When she asks about Carrie, Brody explains that she no longer works at the CIA. She has to be satisfied with these answers for now and works on her relationship with Nicholas again. But when Mike approaches her and expresses doubts about Nicholas, Jessica becomes suspicious again and a little later asks her husband about Tom Walker. She is horrified by the truth, but at the same time happy that Nicholas is honest with her.

Meanwhile, Jessica's relationship with Dana has improved significantly. They start talking more often again and she is very proud of how Dana treated Xander and Finn. When she finds out from Dana that she and Finn hit a woman who died, she immediately wants to report it to the police and support her daughter. However, Cynthia Walden wants her to be able to handle things her way and wants to keep Jessica quiet. So Jessica turns to her husband, who agrees with her, but then doesn't go to the police with Dana. Jessica is upset about this and gets into an argument with Brody over the lack of support and constant apologies. She wants to withdraw again and turns to Mike, to whom she also tells about Dana's accident. She also learns from Dana that Carrie was responsible for Nicholas' change of heart. But before Jessica can talk to Brody about it, they are all put into the witness protection program and taken to a safe house where they are under constant guard. Mike is also there and helps, which Jessica really appreciates. Rather, she enjoyed it and made a decision for herself. When she sees Brody again, she just wants to go home and then see what happens next. They finally talk about the general situation in the family and both Nicholas and Jessica realize that they are simply overwhelmed and should no longer force themselves to play a happy family. Jessica doesn't want to know the truth anymore and just asks him to leave. She packs his things later and only asks him to come get his suit when she is out with the children.

Season 3[]

After the events in Langley and the video with Brody's confession, Jessica has to find her way again. In addition to her own worries, she loses sight of her family and has to endure Dana's suicide attempt. With the help of her mother, Jessica is able to give Dana therapeutic treatment. But the family has great financial difficulties. They don't have health insurance to start family therapy after Dana's return and since Brody is now considered an assassin, Jessica will no longer receive any money from the army. So Jessica tries to find a job herself again, even if her mother doesn't approve of it. But it's not that easy because it's been twenty years since she's worked at all. She wants her mother to be more relaxed towards Dana.

Jessica is still very worried about her daughter, but can't find any real contact and just believes that things are going well. Nevertheless, Leo is a thorn in her side. She thinks he is the wrong influence, which she feels confirmed when Dana runs away at night to get to Leo. In the argument with Dana, she makes it clear that she will give Dana all the attention she demands. But she is shocked to hear from her daughter that she really wanted to kill herself to end everything. Dana's honest description of her emotional state causes Jessica to lose her composure and not only act like a strong woman, but also shed a tear. Nevertheless, she quickly becomes very controlled again and focused on action. She pushes her emotions further into the background. However, she is quickly left helpless again by her daughter when she steals her car and runs away with Leo. She asks Mike for help, whom she had also kept at a distance, but he can only do so much to calm her down. When she finds out from him why Leo was being treated, she is even more worried about Dana.

Since she has the impression that the police don't really care about Dana's disappearance and dismiss it as just a teenage thing, she seeks out Carrie and begs her to help her. She is correspondingly relieved when, thanks to Carrie's efforts, she has Dana back with her. However, she remains extremely worried and unsure how to behave towards her daughter. She tries to accommodate Dana by not asking questions and simply giving her daughter her space. When she asks her to allow her to change her name, Jessica stands by her side and fulfills her wish without expressing her concerns. She's even a little happy that Dana wants to take her maiden name so that everyone no longer recognizes her as Brody's daughter. Shortly afterwards, Jessica is shocked to learn that Dana's second step is to move out. Jessica tries to protest briefly, but then quickly realizes that her daughter won't allow any argument. Her decision is made and Jessica once again has no choice but to accept this and let Dana have her way. She sincerely hopes that Dana will be happy this way and that Jessica will play a role in her life again if she wants to. She even quickly gives her her credit card to make it easier for her to get started. Confused, she stays behind when Dana leaves the apartment with her packed things.

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Season 3 Episode 12 scene deleted wtih Jessica, Chris and Dana - Brody's name is cleared

Personal Life and Relationships[]

Nicholas Brodys' wife is shocked to learn, after 8 years of mourning, that her husband is still alive and returning home. In the eight years her husband is gone and presumed dead, Jessica does not remarry but after 6 years of mourning does engage in a sexual relationship with Brody's best friend Mike Faber, which is abruptly ended when Brody returns home. Integrating this stranger into her life will not be easy.

Despite 8 years of hope that he was alive, Jessica Brody struggled to raise her two children on her own. When Helen Walker remarried, Jessica strongly disapproved because she thought it reflected lost hope, despite her ongoing affair with Mike Faber.

Friend and co-worker of her husband, Matt Faber helped her deal with the situation and was there for her. Now she finds herself in a chaos of feelings for Faber and the feeling of togetherness for her husband long gone. Reintegrating this stranger, her husband, back into her life turns out to be very difficult.

Jessica Brody is Nicholas Brody's wife and is shocked to learn that her husband is still alive and returning home after years of grief. Although she had hoped he was still alive, Jessica struggled to raise her two children alone and got help from Nick's close friend and co-worker Matt Faber. Now she feels torn between her affair for Matt and her sense of solidarity with her long-lost husband.

As his behavior becomes increasingly bizarre, Jessica suspects further infidelity of Nicholas with Carrie. When Brody is off on a CIA-sanctioned mission, Nicholas and Jessica eventually come to a mutual agreement that their marriage cannot continue.

Character profile[]

Homeland is a gripping television series that delves into the world of spies, politics, and international intrigue. One of the most complex and fascinating characters is Jessica Brody, the wife of Nicholas Brody, a Marine Corps Scout Sniper who returns home after being held captive by terrorists for eight years. Jessica's journey throughout the series is one of profound struggle, as she navigates the challenges of her husband's return and the secrets he keeps.

At the beginning of Homeland, Jessica's character is introduced as a strong-willed and fiercely protective mother of two children, Dana and Chris. She is determined to maintain a sense of normalcy in their lives despite the overwhelming circumstances surrounding her husband. However, as the series progresses, it becomes clear that Jessica's struggles go far beyond the physical and psychological toll of her husband's absence.

Jessica's inner turmoil emerges from the dissonance between the image she once held of her husband and the reality of what he has become. As Nicholas reveals his involvement with terrorism and his complex relationship with a CIA operative named Carrie Mathison, Jessica finds herself torn between her love and loyalty to her husband and the need to protect her children from the dangers his secrets may bring.

This internal conflict is explored through a theoretical lens, showcasing the concept of identity crisis. Jessica must grapple with the shattered illusion of the perfect family life she had envisioned. Her struggle reflects the broader idea that individuals often attach a significant part of their own identity to those closest to them. Jessica's perception of herself as a wife and mother is shaken to its core, forcing her to redefine her sense of self and navigate the uncertain terrain of her husband's secrets.

Jessica's protective nature takes center stage as she fiercely shields her children from the harsh realities of their father's past. This aspect of her character can be examined through the lens of psychoanalysis, specifically the concept of the mother's instinct to protect and preserve the innocence of her children. Jessica's devotion to shielding Dana and Chris from the harshness of the truth underscores her unwavering commitment to maintaining a semblance of normalcy in their lives, even if it means keeping them in the dark about their father's darkest secrets.

To add a further layer of complexity to Jessica's character, the exploration of power dynamics is crucial. While her husband may have been the one held captive for eight years, Jessica grapples with her own imprisonment within the confines of societal expectations and gender roles. She must navigate the shifting power dynamics in her relationship with Nicholas, as he re-enters their lives a changed man. This exploration of power dynamics provides a thought-provoking examination of the complexities of love, loyalty, and forgiveness in the face of unimaginable circumstances.

In conclusion, Homeland's Jessica Brody is a compelling character who undergoes a profound transformation throughout the series. Her struggle to reconcile her husband's return and the secrets he keeps, while simultaneously protecting her children and maintaining a sense of normalcy, is a testament to the complexity of the human experience. Through an analytical and theoretical approach, we can dissect the various high-minded concepts at play, while also appreciating the down-to-earth and relatable nature of Jessica's journey. Homeland offers viewers an exploration of identity crisis, the mother's instinct to protect, and the intricate power dynamics within relationships. Jessica Brody serves as a captivating and relatable lens through which we can analyze these timeless themes and ponder the depths of human resilience and vulnerability. [x]

Ruined: The Character Inconsistencies[]

Still in the family portion of the series, we saw more – and more – of Dana, who this time wanted to definitively get rid of Brody's shadow by taking away her last name. When the girl said that the replacement name would be Lazaro – Jessica's maiden name – the expectation was that she would make peace with her mother and the two would begin to establish a closer and more honest relationship. Jessica and Dana have always had a barrier between them because of Brody's ghost, but it seems difficult for the two to realize that they share the same pain, the same conflicts and come together so that, stronger, they can face the difficult situation they are experiencing. Instead, Dana simply packed her bags and was ready to leave the house without saying goodbye to a friend who appeared out of nowhere. Jessica tried to talk, tried to get closer, but realized that it was useless to seek any partnership with her daughter, and just accepted the situation. If together their plot already seemed out of place in the series, separately it will be even more difficult to create something that arouses the public's interest.


  • Did you know that the role of Jessica was recast after the pilot was shot? Laura Fraser was initially cast and on top is a rare (as in, the only photo I’ve ever seen of the footage) photo of the Brody family as it first was.
  • Jessica often referred to her husband as "Brody" on the show. It's very common for [sic] military wives to call there husband by their last name. Too it was because they were high school sweethearts and it’s not uncommon for American teenage boys to go by their last name.
  • Morena Baccarin says many fans told her they were rooting for Jess and Brody to be together (source: Homeland Revealed by Matthew Hurwitz. 2014. Chronicle Books. Page 34).
  • Laura Fraser was originally cast to play Jessica. Morena Bacacrin replaced her shortly after the cancellation of the ABC series V.(Deadline.com)
  • "In Memoriam" (originally titled "The Motherfucker with the Turban") is the eleventh episode of the second season of the American television drama series Homeland, and the 23rd episode overall.
  • “The original woman was Laura Fraser, who was lovely. She was also English, Laura Fraser, and she played the role in a very soulful, kind of wounded way, and it was very effective, but it was very heavy. And because Brody was heavy, and Claire was heavy, and Saul was heavy, there was a sense that we needed sort of a more vibrant, sexual personality, which is why we ultimately cast the role with Morena.” - Says Alex Gansa


I was born and raised in a secular family in Turkey, a country that is predominantly Muslim. That is, even though I am not religious myself, I am very familiar with the Islamic traditions, rituals and norms. I am obviously coming out of the culture and have been shaped by it in ways that I am probably not aware of  Thus, I thought it would be neat to talk about Nicholas Brody, my most favorite fictional character ever on small screen, and his Muslim faith, in celebration of Ramadan!

Now, I am not an expert, not even close, about Muslim characters on TV shows; however, even if there had been a popular Muslim character on TV before Brody came along, I just don’t think there is any way she or he could beat him on any popularity scale.

Before getting to Brody as a Muslim man, I’d love to talk a bit about the portrayal of Muslims in Homeland in general. Because, I know that some publications, have not particularly enjoyed the portrayal of Islam in the show. To give an example, Salon said “every Muslim on Homeland is a credible threat.” I see their point to an extent, but with all due respect, I disagree.

Firstly, Homeland has portrayed Muslims way better than anything that preceded it — I am looking at you, 24, interestingly brought to us by the same team but at a very different time in America — and I believe even Salon agrees with that assessment.

Secondly, even though I see Salon’s point to an extent, what I think differently is that every Muslim on Homeland is not a credible threat but he or she is “perceived” as a credible threat. Just to give a few examples: Carrie has suspicions about Galvez thanks to his Lebanese roots, or Saul gives a pretty hard time to Farah when she shows up for her very first work day at the CIA in veil. Or, think about the Imam in Caracas who pretends like he would harbor Brody but instead chooses to report him to the police and pays with his life. Galvez, Farah and the Imam in Caracas. These people may be “perceived” as credible threats by Carrie, or Saul, or us, the audience, but then turn out to be decent individuals with the best intentions.

I believe that the perceptions of the CIA agents regarding Muslim characters in Homeland are portrayed quite realistically in the show. These people are trained to be terrorism experts, and they rely on the information they have as well as the statistics — thus their perception of a Muslim individual as a “potential threat.”

As we see those decent people, we, of course, also see the not-so-decent tailor in Gettysburg who prepares and fits the suicide vest for Brody, or Roya Hammad who works for Abu Nazir, or Aileen Morgan the “homegrown” terrorist. In particular, when you look at Roya and Aileen, you see very similar stories, both women believe some injustice is going on in this world, which is true, but they choose the wrong way to deal with it. Neither of them is a Farah. And, people like Farah, Roya and Aileen all exist in this world.

I just think this is yet another good example of the “nuanced” portrayal of good and bad in Homeland that Damian Lewis talks about in an interview with Hunger Magazine:

TRUE. On both fronts.

First on the fear of the “other”: I agree that the fear of the “other” accounts for the general perception about Islam in American society which I think Homeland depicts brilliantly. I think Jessica is a great representation of this fear that I will talk a bit about later in the post,

Second on the “nuanced” depiction of good and bad: As we have seen the likes of Roya, and Aileen, and of course the big bad wolf Abu Nazir, we have also seen the bad in the U.S. government itself with William Walden cooperating with the CIA to cover the drone attack that killed many school children. We have also seen the corporate men laundering money coming from Iran. If this does not put a question mark into one’s previously clear mind about good and bad, then what does?

Now… Let’s move on to Nicholas Brody and his Muslim faith:

I don’t know if you found out about Brody’s Muslim faith only when you saw Brody praying in the garage but I certainly had my “A-ha” moment earlier in the episode when Brody was shopping for some sort of a rug and a bowl at the shopping mall. Ha… I nudged my husband — “Man, the guy is Muslim.” It was quite obvious that Brody wanted to live his new faith in secret and without his family knowing. He still went to Church with his family, prayed with Chris at night, and then did his own prayer secretly in the garage. But we all knew, and Brody did, too; the family would find out one way or the other at some point and the reaction he would get was what I was most curious about!

And, I was right — the reactions Brody has got from the three women in his life; namely, Carrie, Jess and Dana, about his new faith are all fascinating in their own right.

Carrie is almost amused when she asks “You’re a Muslim?” We don’t know much about Carrie’s faith, my hunch is that she is probably not religious at all, and in particular hearing a middle-of-the-road American guy converting to Islam of all religions sounds funny to her. She gets serious though in the next moment probably because she is thinking it is NOW even more likely that Brody is that turned-POW that her asset had told her about. Again: Her perceptions are driven by information and statistics — you know, Carrie is always working!

Jess is scandalized. She is in shock. She is in disbelief. She just cannot believe that the man she married, probably in a church, has now become a Muslim — essentially sharing a religion with those who tortured him for 8 years. In her outrage, Jess throws the Quran onto the floor...

  • Brody: “That’s not supposed to touch the floor.”
  • Jess: “Did you just actually say that?”

The guilty look on Brody’s face, as if he did something wrong, at that moment is SAD — which also tells why he has not told Jess earlier.

Jess does not even want to hear what Brody has to say. “I thought you put all that crazy stuff behind you.” She just finds this unacceptable. “This cannot happen.” She also obviously thinks of the potential implications of this “crazy stuff” on Brody’s political career – a concern that I would sympathize with. Well, think about the 2008 US Presidential Campaign.

The importance of this moment, of Jessica saying her name–Carrie–cannot be overstated. Think of all the times they ever talked about her before. They danced around it. She was “the nut,” “that CIA woman,”

“the bitch” he fucked.

But Jess brings her here, in this moment. When Jessica says, “She accepts it,” she might as well be referring to herself. Accepting the end of her marriage, that the father of her children will be leaving them. That everything she had worked so hard to be–this great American story–was a lie, imperfect.

The comparison between Carrie and Jess is an easy one way to make, if entirely unfair. It’s easy to assume that Carrie is the bigger person for being able to harbor all of Brody’s damage, to take in his soul, the black and tarred bits, too. Carrie would never throw Brody’s Quran on the ground, Carrie would never freak out when he has nightmares, Carrie would never…

Jessica doesn’t want to know everything about Brody–it’s easier not to, after all, and she’s tired of fighting. Carrie on the other hand wants and needs to know everything.

But they both love Brody. They love him the only way they know how. For Jess it’s not enough. Not enough for her, not enough for Brody. Ironically, for Carrie it’s probably too much. She loves him too much, so much it overwhelms her, clouds her judgment, comes to inhabit her very being. She only knows two gears, reflective of her illness: an extreme high or a dangerous low.

They both love Brody the only way they know how.

And Brody loves them both, too. He loves Jessica the way a man loves the mother of his children, the way a first love stays with you forever. And that’s not enough for Jessica. It can never be enough.

Carrie accepts him, knows everything, and she still picks him. For eight years Brody was told he was less than, nothing, no one loved him and was coming to find him, to bring him home. No one was choosing him. His worst fears are confirmed when he arrives home and finds another man in his own house, taking on his role as father and husband.

It’s no wonder his face drops when Carrie, just days later, tells him, “I want to be with you.” Because she was choosing him, she was starting over with him, for him. Despite the vest, despite the lies, despite everything. She had chosen him. She must love him a lot.


  • “It’s pizza night!” — Jessica Brody, everyone
  • “You barely sleep, you turn your back on your friends, you scare your children!” - Jessica for Brody
  • Jess does not even want to hear what Brody has to say: “I thought you put all that crazy stuff behind you.”
  • Jessica just finds this unacceptable: “This cannot happen.”
  • Carrie knows, right? She knows everything about you. She accepts it. You must love her a lot. - Jessica talks about Brody's true feelings for Carrie.
  • “I don’t want to hear another lie,” - Jess tells Nick.

In her outrage, Jess throws the Quran onto the floor...

  • Brody: “That’s not supposed to touch the floor.”
  • Jess: “Did you just actually say that?”
  • Her response to Dana saying “Dad was a psycho, he ruined our lives” with “Your father was a lot of things” is very telling.

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