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Marine One
Season 1 Episode 12
Season 1, Episode 12
Story by: Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon
Teleplay by: Alex Gansa & Chip Johannessen
Directed by: Michael Cuesta
Production number: 1WAH11
Running time: 84 minutes
Original airdate: December 18, 2011
Viewers (millions): 1.71

DON'T LET ME FORGET. - Carrie for Maggie

Marine One is the season finale of Season 1 of Homeland.  It aired on December 18, 2011.


The extended 84-minute episode sees the culmination of Abu Nazir's terrorist plot at the Vice President's summit, while Carrie's downward spiral continues.

Episode guide[]

Day one[]

Brody records a videotape of himself, explaining his future actions as an attack against a domestic threat, namely Vice President Walden and his advisors who were responsible for the deaths of 82 children. He leaves the camera's memory card at a drop-off point. Carrie, who is in a deep depression following her manic episode and dismissal from the CIA, gets a visit from Saul. Carrie implores him to follow up on her insights into Abu Nazir, and wonders aloud why Brody betrayed her by turning her in. Saul recoils as he realizes Carrie is in love with Brody.

That night, Tom Walker commandeers an apartment overlooking the State Department, which is the site of the Vice President's summit. He ties up the woman resident, and sets up a vantage point at the window for his sniper attack. In his garage, Brody is discovered by Dana in the middle of an Islam prayer ritual. Brody admits to Dana that he did indeed convert to Islam while he was in captivity, and asks her to keep it a secret from the rest of the family.

Day two[]

Saul presents Estes with a heavily redacted internal CIA document. He believes it to be in regards to a drone strike which possibly had some impact on Abu Nazir, as it correlates with the time that Nazir went silent. Estes dismisses it and tells Saul to focus on protecting the Vice President.

Brody gets dressed for the event, with his explosive vest concealed under his Marine uniform. Dana, well aware of her father's recent bizarre behavior, is very uneasy and asks Brody not to go. Carrie hears about the summit on the radio and, as there will be many high-ranking government officials there, recognizes it as a possible target for Tom Walker and Abu Nazir. She asks Virgil to drive her there. At the summit, Carrie is outside in the crowd of spectators and witnesses Brody's arrival.

As the politicians are milling around in front of the State Department, Walker opens fire. He shoots Elizabeth Gaines, VP Walden's chief aide, in the back, killing her instantly. As Walker continues to fire into the crowd, Walden, Brody and the other VIPs are rushed into the State Department building by Secret Service agents, into a secure bunker area inside. Brody successfully gets past the blaring metal detectors which are ignored as the crowd of people rushes through them. The plan so far has gone perfectly; Brody finds himself in the bunker with VP Walden, CIA Director David Estes, the Secretary of Defense, and many other high-ranking officials.

As chaos ensues outside, Carrie calls Saul who is upstairs in the State Department. Already believing that a lone sniper attack would merely be a diversion to a larger scaled siege, she now sees what has unfolded and puts together the scheme. She explains to Saul that now all the high-value targets have been sequestered into a confined space, and an attack on that room is the true goal, and that Brody must be the agent to deliver the attack. Saul dismisses this theory as a resurfacing of Carrie's obsession with Brody. He sends some Secret Service agents out to contain Carrie, but she realizes what's happening and escapes in Virgil's car.

Inside the bunker, Brody slowly approaches the Vice President, preparing to detonate himself and kill everyone in the room. He hits the switch inside his sleeve and nothing happens. He retreats into a bathroom stall inside the bunker, takes off the vest and inspects it, finding that some wiring has become disconnected (likely from a Secret Service agent tackling him when gunfire rang out). He works on repairing the vest. While this is happening, Carrie arrives at Brody's house. She tells Dana that her father is in league with Tom Walker, and is involved in the attack on the State Department as they speak. Dana reacts with hostility. Carrie hands over her cell phone and asks Dana to call her dad and "talk him down" because "he'll listen to you". Dana instead dials 911 and reports that there's a crazy woman in her house. The confrontation escalates, Jessica gets involved, and the police soon arrive to arrest Carrie. After Carrie is taken away in handcuffs, Dana takes a long look at the cell phone that is still there.

Brody has repaired the vest, and is back among the politicians, trying to gather up the nerve to hit the switch for a second time. As he appears to be about to do it, he gets the call from Dana. Brody says he's busy and tries to get Dana off the phone, but she won't let him go. She tells him that Carrie was at their house, accusing Brody of being a terrorist. Dana insists that her father tell her that he is coming home tonight. After much agonizing, he says the words and, at least momentarily, he no longer seems ready to trigger the explosion. The 'all clear' is given, and everyone starts filing out of the bunker.

Day three[]

Saul meets with Vice President Walden. He demands to know the story behind the covered-up drone strike, and has brought along a big bargaining chip in the form of evidence of Walden authorizing torture when he was head of the CIA. As Walden cannot allow that to be publicized, Saul is shown footage of Walden and Estes ordering the drone strike that killed 82 children, which was deemed to be acceptable collateral damage in their attempt to kill Abu Nazir.

Brody kills Walker

Brody just after killing Walker.

Carrie is released from police custody. Her sister Maggie is there to pick her up, but Brody is also there to confront her. He reiterates to Carrie that he is not a terrorist, and berates her for terrifying his family and continuing to harass him. This conversation is Carrie's breaking point. With her life and career in shambles, she now even doubts her own sanity as nothing came out of her theory about Brody (she has no idea she actually stopped his attack). Clearly in distress, she stumbles into her sister's car and asks to be taken to the hospital.

That night, Brody goes to retrieve the recording he dropped off, but it is gone. He goes home, gets his gun, and goes to meet Walker, who doesn't believe the vest didn't work and is hostile towards Brody. Walker has Abu Nazir on his cell phone, who wants to talk to Brody. Brody explains to Nazir that his vest malfunctioned, but that maybe it's a good thing that it did, as he's now a trusted ally of the man who's going to be the next President, and will be able to influence him. Nazir seems amenable but tells Brody that he must eliminate the "wild card". Brody shoots Walker in the head.

Two days later[]


Saul barges into Carrie's hospital room, where she is being prepared for electroconvulsive therapy in hopes of treating her bipolar disorder. Saul tries to put a stop to the procedure, but Carrie is undeterred, feeling that she has no choice with her life in ruin. She mentions that short term memory loss is a side effect, but it's usually temporary. Saul tells her she was wrong about Brody but right about Abu Nazir; Walden ordered a drone strike that killed 82 children, including Abu Nazir's youngest son. Carrie is anesthetized before beginning the ECT. As she begins to fall asleep, she recalls the moment where Brody was shouting Issa's name in his sleep. She now realizes that Brody had a connection with Abu Nazir's son who was killed. The thoughts are fleeting as she falls asleep and the doctors begin the ECT, which induces a seizure in Carrie.


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Homeland Season Finale Post-Mortem: Burning Questions Answered, Plus Scoop on Season 2 By Matt Webb Mitovich

But this is what gives Homeland its depth, because Carrie does love Brody. While she deliberately and artfully presented herself to him as an “escape” from a society and a family which does not understand him, and used the information she had gained from spying on him to make him feel that he had a connection and understanding with her, in the end she finds herself buying into her own fantasy. The things she tells him about herself — the disclosures carefully calibrated to make him relate to her — aren’t lies, and the actual relationship which blossoms is as real on her side as it is on his. Homeland paints in just a few episodes a deep and compelling portrait of profound human connection between two characters who both know that they are at ideological war, a love across enemy lines. This is why it is easier for Brody to let go than for Carrie: because for him the whole edifice has crumbled; as far as he’s concerned everything Carrie said and did was an act, none of it was real — and because for Carrie their relationship encompasses not just the few days they spent together but the weeks of surveillance, and the risk to her job and to her freedom she took in illegally surveilling him, before they ever “met.” [x]

That’s clearly going to be the challenge, although certain things have changed. Clearly there is now an established relationship between Carrie and Brody that is going to have to be resolved one way or another. There is still a reservoir of emotion that exists, but they have some big differences as well. Also, Brody, I think, is done committing a big attack on the United States. He’s got another trajectory that is much more insidious, a long-game political one. That’s going to change the tenor of the show, but hopefully we can keep the charge between our two main characters as hot as possible. GANSA



  • Season 1 DVD extras, they are much longer than 2 minutes.
  • S1 extras: 30-minute BTS making-of documentary with commentary from cast and crew, pilot commentary from Gansa, Gordon, Damian, and Claire. Very short gag reel. Deleted scenes.
  • There is a “bonus” scene on the season one DVDs, which is described as the “season two prologue.” It shows an eensy bit of Carrie’s ECT
  • Russian Homeland: Rodina (TV series)
  • Indian Homeland: P.O.W. – Bandi Yuddh Ke


Whatever happened to the vest? I often find myself wondering what on earth Brody did with the bomb vest after he didn’t go through with it. How do you even dispose of something like that? Any theories?

Brody knew enough about it to repair it on the spot - makes sense he’d probably know enough to permanently disassemble and dispose later.


  • Carrie Mathison: Why did he do it?
  • Saul Berenson: Who?
  • Carrie Mathison: Brody. Why?
  • Saul Berenson: Do what?
  • Saul Berenson: Call Estes and... rat me out like that.
  • Saul Berenson: Honestly, I can think of a hundred reasons. The man's running for Congress, in case you forgot. Think about it. You're the last person he needs in his life right now. And vice versa.
  • Carrie Mathison: But, Saul...
  • Saul Berenson: Listen to me. This man has poisoned your thoughts. He has cost you almost everything. Forget him.
  • Carrie Mathison: I can't, Saul. I can't.
  • Saul Berenson: My God. You're in love with him.
  • Carrie Mathison: It's my job.
  • Virgil: Not anymore it's not.
  • Carrie Mathison: It'll always be my job. Don't you get that?
  • Abu Nazir: Why kill a man when you can kill an idea?
  • Saul Berenson: [to Carrie] You're the strongest person I know. This will pass.
  • “The world is about to end and we’re standing around talking!” - Mathison
  • “Brody knew Nazir’s son [Issa],” - Carrie


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Season 1
#101 "Pilot" #107 "The Weekend"
#102 "Grace" #108 "Achilles Heel"
#103 "Clean Skin" #109 "Crossfire"
#104 "Semper I" #110 "Representative Brody"
#105 "Blind Spot" #111 "The Vest"
#106 "The Good Soldier" #112 "Marine One"