Operation bring Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) home was in full swing in Sunday night’s intense installment of “Homeland.” In Season 4, episode 9, “There’s Something Else Going On,” Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and the rest of the CIA gathered at the airport in Islamabad to meet Taliban terrorist Haissam Haqqani’s (Numan Acar) team and regain custody of Saul in exchange for five of Haqqani’s men, former prisoners of the U.S. Unfortunately for the CIA, their efforts to bring Saul to safety did not go as planned.
As Carrie and the U.S. embassy prepared for the exchange, Carrie told Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) she believed the ISI might be planning to take out Saul. Gen. Aasar Khan (Raza Jaffrey) added to her suspicions after telling Carrie he wasn’t included in the exchange plans. Despite her hunch, both parties agreed to move forward with the trade.
Meanwhile, Saul continued to express his distaste in being part of Haqqani’s overall plan. After it was revealed a young boy, the same one who helped care for him during his imprisonment, would wear a suicide vest during the transaction, Saul became livid, sitting down on the airport’s tarmac in protest during the exchange and upsetting Haqqani's men.
“Stand up, Berenson! I will do it! I will blow us all away!” one of Haqqani’s drivers said to Saul after he refused to cooperate.
“Go to God damn f---ing hell!” Saul yelled back.
After the ISI denied the CIA the right to have soldiers escort Saul to safety, Carrie volunteered herself to chaperone him. While Saul requested Carrie leave him be and let them set off the bomb so all of the Taliban prisoners would be killed, Carrie refused to give in.
“This is not who we are. This is not who you are,” Carrie said. “No more dying. I want to go home." After much deliberation, Saul caved in and walked with Carrie to safety.
Unfortunately for Saul and Carrie, her hunch about Haqqani's plan was correct. En route back to the U.S. embassy, all three of the CIA’s convoys were ambushed and one-by-one, blown up. A later shot showed all of the convoys in flames with no sign of survivors.
Back at the embassy, CIA Director Andrew Lockhart (Tracy Letts) ordered Marines to deploy to the blast site after he was unable to get in touch with Carrie. After U.S. Ambassador Martha Boyd (Laila Robbins) learned of the attack, her husband Dennis Boyd (Mark Moses), who was imprisoned during the episode for alleged treason, told her it was unwise for all of the Marines to leave the embassy. Dennis revealed he had informed the ISI Carrie had been using the secret tunnels under the embassy to get in and out undetected. Sure enough, the final shot of the episode showed Haqqani and dozens of his armed men breaking into the embassy through the tunnels.
Did Carrie and Saul survive the blast? Will Haqqani manage to infiltrate the U.S. embassy? Viewers will have to tune into Season 4, episode 10 of “Homeland,” airing Sunday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. EST on Showtime, to find out.