Violet recaps Season 3 Episode 7 of Homeland, titled Gerontion, where the team has to deal with the fact that a neighbor’s security camera got a shot of Quinn at the crime scene, and we find out what Saul’s plan for Javadi is! Following the recap, both Violet and Josh share their thoughts on the episode.
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Homeland, Season 3 Episode 7: Gerontion Recap Overview
Need a quick Homeland episode recap of Season 3 Episode 7, titled Gerontion? Here is a summary of events for the episode. Each event is linked to the more detailed Homeland episode recap for Gerontion if you need more information!
- A neighbor’s security camera captured a shot of Quinn at Fariba‘s house. Saul informs Javadi he’s sending him back to Iran as a spy.
- Carrie’s police captain friend won’t cover up Quinn‘s involvement with the murders until his guys talk to Quinn. Saul tries to convince Javadi that sending him to Iran will work.
- Quinn agrees to talk to the police. Javadi tells Saul that Brody is not responsible for the Langley bombing, it was one of Abu Nazir‘s guys, but he doesn’t know who.
- As Mira and her friend from Mumbai finish up in the bedroom, Saul calls her to assert his claim on her. Carrie and Javadi leave for the airfield.
- On the way to the plane, Javadi tells Carrie what he told Saul about who moved the bomb. Quinn confesses to the murders. Saul meets with Adal and Lockhart, and tells them he has recruited Javadi.
- Saul reveals that Javadi is in the country, and refuses to ground the plane. Saul locks Lockhart in a conference room to prevent him from notifying the president. Javadi tells Carrie that the bomber is still alive, and his former lawyer knows who it is.
- Saul and Adal celebrate Javadi clearing U.S. airspace. Quinn agrees to help Carrie prove the bomber wasn’t Brody. Saul returns home, asks Mira to forgive him, and they hug.
Homeland Episode Recap: Gerontion, the Details
Smile! You’re on the Neighbor’s Security Camera!
Season 3 Episode 7 of Homeland, titled Gerontion, begins with the police investigating the crime scene at Javadi’s ex-wife’s house. They discover that the neighbor’s security camera picked up a shot of Quinn entering the house.
In the interrogation room at the safehouse, Fara is showing Javadi the evidence they have on him. They begin arguing in Arabic. Fara angrily leaves the room. Carrie, who has been monitoring the conversation from the other room, tells Fara she can’t let him get to her. Saul remains in the interrogation room. Javadi assumes there is a deal to be made, or he’d be in prison by now. He names his terms. However, Saul says he’s got it all wrong. He wants more from Javadi than intelligence. He’s going to play Javadi back into Iran. From now on he works for the CIA. Javadi tries to argue that it won’t work, and insists he won’t go back. Saul says he will.
Dar Adal shows up at Quinn’s house. He points out that both Quinn and Saul have been absent lately. Quinn says to talk to Saul. Dar Adal knows something is going on with Javadi and is upset about being left out. He shows Quinn the picture of him that was captured on the security camera.
Carrie Tries to Cover it Up
Quinn arrives at the safe house and shows Carrie and Saul the picture. Saul says he’ll smooth things over with Dar Adal, and for Quinn to stay put so that he doesn’t get arrested. Carrie says there’s a police captain that owes her who she can talk to. However, Saul says she can’t give him details because if anyone finds out Javadi’s in the country, they’re through.
Saul goes back in to talk to Javadi. Javadi asks how crimes are covered up in this country, but Saul ignores the question and asks why he killed his ex-wife. Javadi says because she was unfaithful. Saul shows Javadi a picture of Fariba’s 21st birthday, and mentions how the “four of us” talked all night about what the future might bring.
Carrie goes to Fariba’s house to talk to the police captain. He says his guys have a few questions. Detective Johnson tries to ask her about Quinn, but all she can say is “that’s classified.” Suddenly, Carrie feels sick, and runs to the bathroom to throw up.
Saul shows Javadi pictures of his handiwork. Javadi points out that he left out the CIA bombing. Saul comments that his first reaction to the CIA bombing was, “Something has to change.” Javadi wonders how his going back as a spy will change anything. Saul says thanks to Javadi, he is now at the center of things. He put Saul in power, and if Javadi goes back to Tehran, he’ll do the same for him.
The police captain tells Carrie that the detectives want to talk to the guy in the photo. Carrie says that’s impossible, but the police captain says if she wants this closed quietly, she’ll find a way.
Quinn Agrees to Talk to the Police; Brody Didn’t Do It
Carrie returns to the safe house, and Fara is upset that Javadi is going back to Iran. She wants to try him for what he’s done, but Carrie tells her that’s not the plan. Carrie tells Quinn the police want to talk to him. He agrees, even though it means essentially confessing to two murders and saying they can’t touch him for it. Saul says this will buy them some time to get Javadi out. While Quinn does that, Saul needs Carrie to get Javadi back to his people as soon as possible. In the meantime, Saul has a meeting with Senator Lockhart, who has noticed that Saul hasn’t been in his office all week.
Saul tells Javadi that Carrie will be escorting him to the plane. Javadi asks Saul what makes him think he won’t just vanish when he gets to Iran, and Saul says that Javadi started this, and he thinks he’ll want to be there when it ends. Before he leaves, Saul asks Javadi who was responsible for the Langley bomb. Javadi finally admits that it wasn’t Brody, it was one of Abu Nazir’s guys, although he doesn’t know exactly who.
Saul Asserts His Claim on Mira
Right before he gets in the car to head back to the office, Saul makes a phone call to Mira. He tells her he’s been thinking about their days in Tehran, and how he was so worried about her “when it all went to hell,” about getting her out. We see that she and the guy from dinner the other night have just finished up in the bedroom. She replies that she was worried about him too, about leaving him behind. Saul then tells her that he cares about her friend from Mumbai after all, and that he does have a claim on her. He wanted to tell her before it’s too late.
Quinn goes over to Fariba’s house to be questioned.
Javadi gets dressed in clean clothes. Carrie hands him information to support his cover story. As Carrie and Javadi leave, Fara picks up a pair of scissors and looks like she’s going to do something with them, but doesn’t.
Javadi Tries to Get to Carrie; Saul Meets with Adal and Lockhart
When Saul arrives at the office, Dar Adal corners him. Saul refuses to apologize, saying he had to keep the circle small, and it was all “need to know.” Saul says he’ll tell just Dar Adal, but Adal says Lockhart knows too much to let it go, so Saul agrees to tell them both.
On the car ride to the plane, Javadi tries to get under Carrie’s skin, saying he knows it was Saul’s idea to put her through all she went through, and that even he has never done anything so cruel. Javadi wonders why Saul would ask him who moved the bomb, as that would imply a difference of opinion on the subject. He tells her he told Saul it was one of Abu Nazir’s guys, not Brody, and again says he doesn’t know who.
Detective Johnson questions Quinn, but he isn’t very forthcoming, which frustrates the detective. Quinn confesses to the two murders with the excuse of national security.
Saul meets with Adal and Lockhart, and tells them that he’s recruited Javadi by blackmailing him. Lockhart doesn’t seem too happy with what Saul has done.
Javadi wonders why Carrie hasn’t asked who moved the bomb, which Carrie replies that he said he told Saul it was one of Abu Nazir’s guys, which she already knew. However, he then asks, “And who handed him the keys?” Javadi implies that maybe Brody knew the blast was coming. Javadi says he guesses she doesn’t want the truth, and Carrie says she does, but she doesn’t think she’d get it from him.
Saul Reveals that Javadi is in the Country; Carrie Gets the Truth
Lockhart asks Saul who killed Javadi’s wife and daughter-in-law. He doesn’t answer at first, but then tells them it was Javadi, which surprises both Adal and Lockhart that Javadi was in the country. Lockhart realizes that Saul and Carrie have been working together this whole time. When Lockhart learns Javadi is still in the country, he demands that Saul ground the plane. However, Saul refuses. Lockhart says he’s calling the president. Saul brings Lockhart into a conference room, then locks him in. Lockhart demands to be let out, but Saul refuses, and Adal just smirks at him. Lockhart begins to lose his temper, but Saul uses his remote to turn off the lights in the conference room, and walks away.
Carrie and Javadi arrive at the plane. Just as he is about to get on, she stops him and asks him for the truth. Javadi tells her that the man who built the bomb and moved the SUV didn’t die in the explosion, he’s still in this country. Javadi doesn’t know who he is, but his former lawyer, Bennett, does.
Saul Celebrates; Quinn Agrees to Help Carrie
Back in his office, Saul confirms that Javadi’s plane has cleared U.S. airspace. He and Adal celebrate by having drinks. He apologizes for excluding Adal. On their way out, Saul tells his receptionist that Senator Lockhart managed to get himself locked in the conference room and to ask facilities to let him out.
Quinn leaves Fariba’s house. Carrie is waiting for him outside and asks how it went. He reports that they’re standing down. He says the confession made him feel better, and made him realize how through he is with this, the CIA, and that he doesn’t believe anymore that anything justifies the damage they do. However, Carrie says she needs his help to prove that the Langley bomber wasn’t Brody. He agrees to help.
When Saul gets home, he heads into Mira’s room and tells her he had a really good day. We walks over to her and puts his hands around her waist, then asks her to forgive him — he’d forgotten how beautiful she is. She turns around and hugs him.
Violet’s Thoughts on Season 3 Episode 7 of Homeland: Gerontion
Not the most exciting episode of Homeland, but I liked it, as it was both informative and interesting. We got a little more of a glimpse into the shared past of Javadi and Saul, which leaves me curious to know what the whole story is. It seems that Mira is involved in this story as well, as it appeared that Saul, Mira, Javadi, and Javadi’s wife, Fariba, were all friends. What exactly is supposed to happen once Javadi gets back to Tehran? Will Saul’s daring operation pay off? Very interested to see what happens next with that, especially with Saul only having 10 days left as head of the CIA before Lockhart takes over. Speaking of Lockhart, that was hilarious how Saul locked him in the conference room! I have not liked that guy at all ever since the very beginning of the season. He’s a jerk and he deserved that. Not sure how he plans to get back at Saul for it though.
As for Carrie, she seems to be on top of things mentally. But physically, her pregnancy is starting to catch up with her, as was evidenced by her vomiting. Does she plan on going through with the pregnancy, or what? I’m still curious as to the timing of her pregnancy, and whether the father is Brody or the guy from the liquor store.
What are Mira’s plans? Was that the first time she slept with that guy, and she only did it because Saul said he didn’t care, but now that she knows he does care, she feels guilty?
I felt bad for Quinn, having to confess to two brutal murders he didn’t commit, and having to take the brunt of Detective Johnson’s anger toward the CIA. Johnson’s comments seemed to have changed Quinn’s whole perspective on the CIA, and what he does. Although he agreed to help Carrie, his heart didn’t seem in it.
Now we know for sure that Brody didn’t have anything to do with the bombing, I am interested in seeing how the story unfolds as Carrie tries to find out who is in fact responsible.
Josh’s Thoughts: Homeland, Season 3 Episode 7: Gerontion
I guess the biggest thing I take away with this episode that stuck in my mind the most was, after Saul’s initial punch to Javadi’s nose, how civil he was with him. Learning that they worked together, it almost seemed like Saul wasn’t going hard enough on him. It is also hard to let him go, and I have to agree with Fara to some extent–Javadi’s punishment for being responsible for the bombing is to just go back to Iran and for Saul to hope that he provides good intelligence? I guess Saul can hope for the best. I see Saul’s point too though. Having someone in the inside of Iran’s government has to be a great asset. It is just hard to look at that decision, non-emotionally, and look at the long term effects.
While I believed all along that Brody was innocent with regards to the car bomb, it was interesting watching both Saul and Carrie talk with Javadi about it. I wonder if that will ever come to light with the US Government, or is that something that will be lost in the political shuffle.
Quinn has had an interesting episode, essentially confessing to a crime he didn’t commit. And then he tells Carrie that it felt good to admit to it. I really liked this episode with regard to Quinn. What I did find a little strange was why the CIA even bothered with dealing with the police in the first place. I would think they would wave their “magic” badges and it could all just disappear.
I guess I have to talk about the funniest part or the episode–Lockhart getting locked in the conference room. I have to say I was cracking up at that when it happened. I would think that Saul could get into so deep trouble for that, however, it may be embarrassing for Lockhart to tell anyone he was locked in a conference room without the ability to get out.
I guess the biggest thing I am still wondering about with Homeland is where is Brody at? This show revolves around his character and we don’t hardly ever see him now! Hopefully next episode is the one where we get t see him again. Hopefully he will be doing more than being doped up on Heroine too.
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