Season 4 episode 7 of “Homeland” was all about Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin). Unfortunately for the kidnapped former CIA director, his best chance at survival, Islamabad station chief Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes), wasn't in the best frame of mind in Sunday's night installment titled "Redux."
Following the deadly wedding drone strike, the murder of CIA chief Sandy Bachman (Corey Stoll), and finally, Saul’s kidnapping by terrorist Haissam Haqqani (Numan Acar), the director of the CIA, Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts), made an appearance in Pakistan. “Disfunction does not begin to describe the magnitude of the problem here,” Lockhart said to the staff at the U.S. embassy in Islamabad. “That said, the people in this room represent the last best hope of getting Saul Berenson back alive. Nothing else matters.”
Following Lockhart’s failed meeting with Pakistani intelligence (in which he threatened their $2 billion yearly aid package if Saul was not returned safely to the U.S. embassy) Carrie Mathison took the investigation of Saul’s return into her own hands, approaching Pakistani intelligence official Aasar Khan (Raza Jaffrey) and asking his permission to view the security tapes from the airport from the day of Saul's disappearance. Khan agreed, only for the two to arrive at the airport to find the tapes of Saul’s kidnapping mysterious unavailable. While the workers chalked up the footage disappearance to a system crash, Carrie accused Khan of tipping off the airport employees and hiding evidence.
Carrie’s attempt to gain intel in order to bring Saul back to safety was not her only concern, her Bipolar disorder also made an unweclomed reappearance after an ISI agent had her medications replaced with an unknown drug. As a result, Carrie failed to learn the truth about Haqqani's medical condition from a nurse after her secondary group had her tracked down and instead, found herself in the custody of Pakistan officers after shooting at two bystanders and having a mental breakdown in the streets of Islamabad.
“No. I was there. I saw you. You were dead,” Carrie said, referencing his death by hanging in Season 3.
“It’s over now. I’m here. I know this is hard to believe,” Brody said.
“I want to believe,” Carrie said.
“Then do,” he answered.
After touching his face, Carrie believed he was alive and embraced him. Unfortunately for Brody fans, his presence was just a vision after all. After the former lover’s embrace, it was revealed that the man Carrie was talking to was actually Khan.
“I’m here. You’re safe now,” he said as Carrie cried in his arms.
While the CIA fought to return Saul to safety, Saul was busy spending all of his time with Haqqani whom the terroist called his “human shield.” Haqqani said he was planning to use Saul as part of a prisoner exchange in an effort to take over Afghanistan, “the graveyard of empires.” While Saul tried to convince Haqqani he was no of no value to the U.S. being that he was no longer the present director of the CIA, Haqqani disagreed, informing Saul that the U.S. President has sent Lockhart to Islamabad to negotiate his return “at any cost.”
“It has already begun,” he told Saul before locking him away in a cell.
“Homeland” airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime.