"Active Measures"
Homeland episode
Episode no.Season 7
Episode 5
Directed byCharlotte Sieling
Written byDebora Cahn
Production code7WAH05
Original air dateMarch 11, 2018 (2018-03-11)
Running time50 minutes
Guest appearances
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"Active Measures" is the fifth episode of the seventh season of the American television drama series Homeland, and the 77th episode overall. It premiered on Showtime on March 11, 2018.

Plot

There is concern in the government over possible violence surrounding the Lucasville memorial. President Keane (Elizabeth Marvel) makes pleas to the wives of the FBI agents who were killed in Lucasville, asking them to also attend the memorial. The wives are received with hostility by the attendees until Mary Elkins greets them and invites them to sit with her. The evening proceeds without major incident.

After O'Keefe (Jake Weber) insists he had nothing to do with planting the story, Saul (Mandy Patinkin) comes up with a working theory — the fake news story about J.J. Elkins was disseminated by Russia. He visits Ivan Krupin (Mark Ivanir), a former SVR operative now in witness protection. They discuss Yevgeny Gromov, a Russian who sparked conflict in Ukraine with a similarly fabricated story. Krupin says he doubts that the Russians are behind this latest incident. Saul is unsure if he is trustworthy and requests surveillance to be placed on Krupin.

With the objective of connecting the McClendon assassination to David Wellington, Carrie (Claire Danes) assembles a team of friends from her CIA days. Along with Dante (Morgan Spector) and Max (Maury Sterling), the team stakes out Simone Martin's (Sandrine Holt) workplace, along with disabling Simone's car so she stays after her co-workers. When only Simone remains inside, three team members go inside to nab Simone and rough her up. Anson (James D'Arcy) gets Simone to confess that she withdrew $50,000 as a payment for the murder of McClendon, and then demands an additional $100,000 and releases her. Fully expecting Simone to immediately report to her handler, the team is gratified when her first phone call is to their prime suspect, Wellington (Linus Roache). Simone's subsequent visit to Wellington's house is caught by Carrie's cameras. Carrie watches the footage and is crestfallen when Simone merely has sex with Wellington, not saying a word about the shakedown.

Production

The episode was directed by Charlotte Sieling and written by co-executive producer Debora Cahn.

Reception

Reviews

The episode received an approval rating of 80% on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 10 reviews. The website's critical consensus is, "'Active Measures' wrings some juicy suspense from an impromptu sting chock full of twists and eerily relevant subtext."[1]

Shirley Li of Entertainment Weekly' rated the episode a "B+", concluding that it "activated several new mysteries to pursue, and this latest twist leaves me intrigued to see more".[2] Brian Tallerico of New York Magazine rated the episode 3 out of 5 stars, and highlighted the conversation between Keane and Goodman as the best scene of the episode.[3]

Ratings

The original broadcast was watched by 1.32 million viewers.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Active Measures". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ Li, Shirley (March 11, 2018). "Homeland recap: 'Active Measures'". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  3. ^ Tallerico, Brian (March 11, 2018). "Homeland Recap: A Terrible Thing". New York Magazine. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (March 13, 2018). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Sunday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.11.2018". Showbuzz Daily. Archived from the original on March 13, 2018. Retrieved March 14, 2018.