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Tin Man Is Down
Season 3 Episode 1
Season 3, Episode 1
Written by: Alex Gansa & Barbara Hall
Directed by: Lesli Linka Glatter
Production number: 3WAH01
Running time: 58 minutes
Original airdate: September 29, 2013
Viewers (millions): 1.88

Tin Man Is Down is the first episode of Season 3 of Homeland. It aired on September 29, 2013.


It's been two months since the attack on the CIA headquarters. Everyone must come to terms with the aftermath of this event. Saul Berenson runs the CIA and fears for its existence, Carrie Mathison is forced to testify before a committee of inquiry and the Brody family grapples with the aftermath of Nicholas Brody's disappearance.

Episode guide[]

Peter Quinn is in the process of making a small bomb with a detonator that can be activated with a cell phone. Meanwhile, Carrie is before a committee of inquiry at a hearing into what happened in Langley, now 58 days ago. The committee meets in camera to protect Carrie's contacts in the Middle East. Carrie is asked how the CIA is supposed to protect the United States when they cannot even protect themselves. They ask Carrie about her release a year ago and her re-deployment. Carrie is questioned about why she could not prevent the attack. Carrie makes it clear that she will never forgive herself for that.

Saul talks to Dar Adal about the committee of inquiry and how to deal with Carrie. Saul doesn't want to make Carrie a pawn, but Dar Adal makes it clear that they need retaliation for the attack. Saul is informed that Peter Quinn has completed the last part of his quest. Saul asks to call the White House.

David Portilla in Tin Man is down

Carrie's hearing is now about Nicholas Brody. She is presented with the fact that the CIA had a deal with Brody that guaranteed him immunity in exchange for his help with Nazir. Carrie explains that she didn't know about it. She also claims not to know what he is said to have done wrong. Carrie's defense attorney tries to protect Carrie, but Carrie explains that she believes Brody isn't the assassin and didn't know the bomb was in his car. Carrie doesn't say anything more, so there's a pause. Carrie takes notes and her defense managed to get a day off. Carrie should make sure the CIA doesn't look bad and don't start defending Brody either. Carrie calls Saul and tells him about the document that testifies to the deal with Brody. Carrie is furious and Saul says he's going to get to the bottom of it.

Dana is on her last day in her therapy group and is asked to share what she expects from returning to her family. She had attempted suicide and lists her coping strategies. She is confident that she will be fine. She also seems to get along very well with a boy from the group. Meanwhile, the chief physician at the therapy center talks to Jessica and explains that Dana has developed very well. Jessica is worried because she has financial problems. They have no health insurance and no income, so no opportunity to have the whole family receive therapeutic support. The therapist says that Dana sent out a cry for help and that it is now important to be there for her.

Dana has left the building with the boy, Leo Carras, and is making out with him in a quiet corner of the compound. Leo wants to know when they can see each other again, but she doesn't know yet. She kisses him goodbye. He managed to smuggle in a cell phone and is hoping for Dana's call. On the way to the car, Dana and Jessica are harassed by numerous reporters, but they ignore everyone.

The CIA has located six masterminds of the attack and there is a twenty minute window the next day in which to take out all six. This prevents them from warning each other. There's just no trace of Brody. The White House representative would like to see Brody in the stocks, but Saul can't do anything about it right now. The conversation turns to Javadi (The Magician), the possible mastermind who has already been responsible for several other attacks. But even he has not yet been found. But six people in charge is also good. Saul, however, cannot make up his mind to get rid of these six. Dar Adal asks him what his problem is. Saul prefers to get to Javadi, but Dar Adal makes it clear that everything has been done to find these six and now they have to report success.


1. "You killed my son - prepare to die." Willing to lose his own life to avenge his son's death! The most glaring thing is that the ultra-demanding Carrie has misspellings "lose". It's also at least a small nod to Mandy Patinkin's famous Princess Bride line. But part of the idea is in quotes, indicating that someone has already said that exact phrase. Abu Nazir is the obvious person, but perhaps it was Brody, indicating how strong a bond he felt with Issa, despite Brody having a biological daughter, who he seems to care a lot about. 2. I missed something... if I had paid attention. There must have been INDICATIONS... This has been Carrie's refrain since season one, that she "missed something" (it usually seems like she was referring to 9/11, though). Not sure how useful it is for a CIA agent to write "clues", but oh well. 3. A-rage, betrayal, [looks like C-Consequences] T... terrorism? 4. ( Brody frame while destroying the...) Brody frame while destroying the ... The writing in this sentence makes it seem like more than one person was contributing to this note. Look at the way the Y is formed in Brody here: a round-bottomed, continuous U-shaped pen stroke, and a tale that curls up like a J. Now look at the Y in "You Killed My Son." ." That Y was done with two strokes, with a straight V-shaped body and straight to the tail. Another conspiracy! 5. Mourning (Issa)? Anger (US/CIA/Western World)? Savior Traitor... Brody w Nazir Yes, this is the Homeland plot. But "savior" is an interesting choice of words - it's not the opposite of a traitor, per se, just as the role of savior is very different from, oh, a hero, or a prophet, or a leader. Salvador is a difficult task. 6. Nazir's son? Brody connection? Bomb planted in car - Brody Back to the straight Ys! 7. NAZIR (DEAD) - SHERIF MESHAD trained by NAZIR (NEW LEADER?) Once again, Carrie is unclear in her spelling. Maybe she has learning difficulties? 8. A wanted man, just what they wanted. ... Man.

Carrie comes home, where her father is looking at her papers. Carrie tries to figure out where Brody might be. Frank immediately notices that she no longer takes any medication. He doesn't believe that she feels good. But Carrie thinks it works. Blaming herself for the attack, she believes the drugs caused her to miss the obvious.

Jessica and Dana come home and their grandma and Chris welcome them. Then she goes to her room and finds that the bathroom has been renovated. She likes it. Her room hasn't changed and she has to find her way around first. In her bag she finds a message from Leo. She takes off her top and bra and takes a picture with her cell phone.

Saul is at home talking to Mira about the decisions he has to make. He sees himself as a spy, not a bounty hunter. He would rather find Javadi. Mira puts Saul to bed and tells him they haven't talked about their relationship since she got back. She even sleeps in another room. Saul does not want to make his own decisions in this regard either and hopes that a path will open up of its own accord. Mira says that the indecisiveness only inhibits him.

Carrie is on her way to the next hearing, where she is expected. They want to know from Carrie where she was after the bombing. They find the written explanation that she fainted in the women's room implausible because she was seen with Brody. Carrie leaves the complete answering of the questions to her defense attorney. The investigative committee makes it clear that Carrie is not believed to be responsible for the events and that one day a prison sentence awaits her.

Saul speaks to Dar Adal again and explains that he has decided to eliminate the six targets. Peter Quinn has already set his sights on his goal in Caracas. He follows the car and is about to blow it up when he sees that a child is also in the car and he aborts the mission. In the meantime, Saul is up to date at headquarters that all targets have been targeted and they are only waiting for his OK. The time is running. Peter Quinn calls and explains that he had to abort the mission. However, he is in front of the heavily guarded villa, but cannot expect any support. Saul wants to break off because they had either identified all or none. So Quinn has to try to figure it out somehow in the next ten minutes. He climbs over the wall and with an explosion distracts the guards. He then quickly takes out two security guards and enters the building. He also anticipates the next security guard. He quickly turns off his target and gathers a few more documents. Suddenly a flashlight shines. He shoots again and then flees. He realizes that it was the boy who was running through the corridors with a flashlight. Peter informs Saul that the target has been knocked out. The other operations also get the green light. Everything is running successfully. You could take out six masterminds. But Saul is not really happy.

Carrie is buying alcohol at the supermarket and is approached by a redhead man. Meanwhile, the Brodys are having dinner and Jessica tells them that she is looking for a job. Her mother doesn't like it because she has other worries. However, Jessica explains that they need money because they get nothing from the army. Lois, the Jessica's mother, is mad at Brody for always thinking only of himself. Jessica rejects the suggestion that she could sue. Dana can lighten the mood with a joke. Meanwhile, Carrie has taken the redhead man home from the grocery store and is having sex hot with him.

The next morning, Frank calls and tells Carrie that there is a rumor in the newspaper that a CIA agent may have had an affair with Brody. Dar Adal is having breakfast with Saul, defending the attacks. Carrie storms in and accuses Saul and Dar Adal of being deliberately put to the knife. Saul knows that the mole came from Dar Adal's department, but he explains that it wasn't him.

Leo also sent Dana a picture, which delighted her. As she is about to take out some boxes because she is redesigning her room, she overhears her mom and grandma talking about her. Grandma says that Jessica is making too much of Dana's action. If it really had been a suicide attempt, she would be dead now. So she couldn't have meant it seriously. Dana goes back to her room.

The interrogation goes into the next round and this time Saul has to answer questions. The hall is full of journalists and the hearing is even broadcast live, which Carrie watches at home. Saul first reads a statement with the success against six people responsible for the attacks. The senator accuses Saul of eliminating the easier targets instead of actually catching the assassins. It's probably just a distraction. Saul doesn't let his cards be looked at. The Senator confronts Saul about the media speculation. He sees no other way out than to explain that the agent in question has bipolar disorder and that he didn't know what was going on with Brody. Carrie is shocked and bursts into tears.


Carrie actually confirms her full name is Carrie Annie Mathison at the Senate hearing in “Tim Man Is Down.”

In episode one of season three, Tim Man is Down, when Carrie’s lawyer picks up her notebook and looks at Carrie’s manic scribbles, one of the things she’s written says “You’ve killed my son, prepare to die!” Carrie means Nazir but the quote is clearly a nod to Mandy Patinkin’s most famous character, Inigo Montoya from the Princess Bride, “You killed my father prepare to die.”

Besides Hernandez Cedeño, the other individuals tied to Al-Qaeda on display during the CIA meeting are Majid Javadi, an Iranian commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and Deputy Minister of the Intelligence Directorate, Saed Hassan, an Iraqi politician, Bashir Al-Hamdan, a Palestinian, Farooq Jafari, a Pakistani, Khaled Rahman, a Lebanese, and Sherif Meshad, a Yemeni.


There’s been plenty of debate among my critical brethren about the need for the Brody family to continue being a part of this series, but I’ll come out and say this: There was nothing in this episode as riveting and interesting to me as the travails of Dana Brody, even with the topless selfie you just know will leak to the press in episode seven. I liked season two more than many critics and more than many of you, but the more I’ve thought about it since it ended, the more I’ve realized that what that season was lacking were real, obvious consequences. Carrie and Brody behaved essentially with impunity, and the only consequences they suffered were of the nebulous variety that existed solely within the show’s reality. This was particularly true of the Carrie and Brody romantic relationship, my biggest problem with the season, which went from a strange connection between two damaged people to the truest love ever depicted on television. In a lot of ways, this was a disconnect between the writing, the performances, and the directing, which were all working at odds in the depiction of this relationship, but it particularly felt as it did because the ultimate consequence of the two’s canoodling was that they were separated forever (again) by Brody’s apparent framing for the Langley bombing and Carrie sending him off to Canada to go on the run.

Season three almost immediately begins putting the lie to this fiction the two (or maybe just Carrie) built up around themselves, and this is particularly true in the Brody family storyline. Dana doesn’t just suffer because her father’s now the most wanted fugitive in the world; she tries to kill herself in a moment of absolute despair. Homeland gets into trouble when it forgets that it’s not a show about Nicholas Brody, but in the Brody family storyline, it remembers that it’s at its most powerful when it’s a show about how the people in Brody’s orbit perceive him. The ghost of Nick Brody is literally the only thing tying all of the series’ disparate storylines at this point, and that’s an interesting choice, one that takes its time to make itself fully known but one that carries a punch when we see, say, Dana struggling to readjust to a world that’s spinning off its axis or Jess trying to move forward while being subject to journalists hounding her when she picks up her daughter from a mental health facility that she had to beg her mother to pay for. - Todd Van Der Werff over at the A.V. Club makes the best case for Dana

"The most visually arresting image of both Homeland seasons thus far does not involve a single gun or explosive or death of any sort but is a bulletin board whose color-coded components are created by Carrie through days of mania, and are decoded, understood, and assembled like a piece of installation art by her mentor, Saul Berenson, when she is yanked off her project. To see the camera pull back on this decorated cork board is like watching a world come to light.”Lorrie Moore


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  • Although credited, Damian Lewis does not appear in this episode


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"