After being sedated by Peter Quinn (Rupert Friend) in "Homeland" episode 3, Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) wakes up in a strange place at the start of Season 5, episode 4. When she comes to she realizes Peter, her former flame, is in her presence and she’s relieved. But when he refuses to untie her, she begins to beg for her life. The assassin informs Carrie her name is on a kill list, telling her she must have “crossed a line somewhere.”
Instead of killing Carrie like his previous targets, Quinn cuts his hand and wipes his blood on Carrie's face. He informs her that her former ally, the CIA's Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin), was the one who put her name on the kill list, but Carrie refuses to believe it. Quinn has Carrie play dead in order to provide Saul with photographic evidence of her death and to give Carrie enough time to flee.
Meanwhile, CIA Berlin Station Chief Allison Carr (Miranda Otto) manages to get a private moment with General Youssef (Igal Naor) while his daughter is receiving a kidney transplant from German surgeons. Allison tells him she can have him put on trial for his war crimes or he can sneak away from his security for a chat. Saul eventually tells the General he wants him to replace Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, telling him that when Damascus falls, his family will most likely be slaughtered. Saul gives the General $10 million to help him influence others and says he has the support of the U.S.
Meanwhile, Carrie continues her fallback plan. While putting on a dark wig, she asks Quinn about his operation with Saul. When Saul reveals he has not had personal contact with Saul since the first night they discussed the operation, Carrie questions if Quinn could be working for someone else. Carrie says it’s possible she's upset Saul and that he’s changed, but finds his plan to send Quinn to kill her hard to believe, calling his actions “stupid.” Quinn tells Carrie she has to flee, but Carrie disagrees. She asks if they visit his drop box to find his next intended target.
“You are telling me that someone I trust more than I’ve ever trusted anyone is trying to kill me and I’m supposed to accept that no questions asked? Spend my life on the run. Give up my daughter. Quinn, I have to know,” she says.
Quinn gives in and takes Carrie to the post office. When Quinn goes in to pick up his next assignment a postal worker spots him opening his mailbox and texts an unknown male who is waiting outside with a gun in hand. Quinn drops to the ground after the man shoots him and fires back, killing him. Carrie steals the mystery man's phone and snaps a picture of him before bringing Quinn to safety.
“Whoever wants you dead wants me dead,” Quinn says.
Quinn tells Carrie to leave him and go to the train station. She refuses and brings him back to the house where he was originally keeping her. After cleaning his wounds, Carrie begins to investigate the man that tried to execute Quinn. When she finds one number in his phone, Quinn tells her to call it only for her to discover it's Allison Carr on the other line. Carrie doesn’t say anything and just in that moment Allison and Saul watch as the General’s plane explodes in mid-air.
“Oh my god,” Saul says.
"Homeland" airs Sundays at 9 p.m. EDT on Showtime.