Homeland S8E6 Script

Two Minutes (2020)

Previously on Homeland...

This is Charlie Echo Four.

We are at the crash site.

Nothing. No pulse.

The president's dead.

All of them. No survivors.

There was an assassination ordered by Haissam Haqqani carried out by Taliban forces.


President Warner is dead.

So is President Daoud.

Their helicopter went down in the Korengal.

There were Taliban in the area.

You think I did it?

I need to know.


I did not.

If the Taliban did it, the Taliban did it.

But if the ISI did it, I want to know.

If G'ulom did it, I want to know.

If the pilot flew the helicopter into the side of the fucking mountain because he thought Jesus was talking to him, I want to know that, too, because it matters.

It fucking matters. It determines what we do next.


You have to get the flight recorder.

We're leaving. No, first get the recorder.

They're gonna destroy the site?

The vice president made the call.

What about the black box, the flight recorder?

Did you tell them what the mechanic said about problems with the airframes?

Carrie, we are out of time.

Max, tell me you have the black box.


Max, tell me what's happening.

Can you hear me?


Get back, get back!

The World Trade Center, Tower Number One is on fire!

I missed something once before. I won't--

I can't let that happen again!

An American prisoner of war has been turned.

You're a disgrace to your nation, Sergeant Nicholas Brody.

You're a traitor and a terrorist, and now it's time to pay for that.

Are you accusing me of something?

You really do not remember?

Remember what?

We may be dealing with a compromised officer here.

You had a relationship complicated enough to lie about.

Yeah, it's complicated.

I lost seven months of my life.

To my Russian handler?

Is our strategy working?

And you will become the focus of an investigation that will define the rest of your life.

That not every problem in the Middle East deserves a military solution.

Because this whole country went stupid crazy after 9/11.

Carrie, you're not yourself.

I'm still putting the pieces together.

Please, God, tell me you have it.

Is there no fucking line?

I believe you.

No one else will.

Homeland - 8x06 "Two Minutes"

The Cabinet met early this morning as soon as word reached Washington that President Warner was confirmed dead at the site of a downed helicopter in Afghanistan's Korengal Valley.

Both houses of Congress met in an emergency session today.

They declared Wednesday a national day of mourning for the President, and plans for his funeral have commenced, though his remains have not yet returned to the United States.

None of that has discouraged the thousands of people gathered outside the White House today, expressing their devastation over the loss of a man who was president for only a few short months but was a great statesman and a servant of the American people for over 40 years.

They'll pay you.

Big money.

They'll pay you big money for me.

Okay, okay.

Hey! Hey!

I'm here!

I'm here! I'm here!

Eight seconds to air.

Five, four, three, two...

Good evening.

In the words of Lyndon Baines Johnson, "All I have I would have given gladly not to be standing here today."

At 4:52 this afternoon, Justice Harlan Crawford swore me in to the office of President of the United States.

It is with a grieving heart that I take this nation's solemn oath to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of these United States.

Kabul's on the uplink, and the Joint Chiefs want to talk to you about moving around some hardware.

What does that mean?

Redirecting the Fifth Fleet into the Arabian Sea.

So they want to surge troops?

No, it's about readiness for another attack or if we need to evacuate the embassy.

You know, they're saying I had Warner's chopper shot down.

Palace coup. Who's they?

Fucking Buzzfeed, somebody, I don't know.

There's gonna be a lot more of that.

I'd try to tune it all out.

I just pledged the hand of justice, Old Testament style, to the whole damn country.

Now, somebody in there better come up with something for me to do and quickly.


Where's Kabul?

We're having trouble with the connection, sir.

It's going to be a minute.

Still nothing?

I don't know what the fucking problem is.

JSOC's stonewalling me.

Any word on Max?

QRF searched both crash sites. They didn't find a body.

So he's alive. Let's hope.

How many units are out looking for him?

We've got drones in the air, but it's over 12 hours, and the search radius is only getting bigger.

JSOC's still looking, though, right?

Not on the ground.

I've got bases, the embassy, this place, all targets.

That's got to be our priority right now.

We're up.

Saul. We're doing what we can do.

That's bullshit. I sent him in there.

We both did.

Mr. President, we apologize for keeping you waiting.

Mike, do you have a minute?

It'd be really great if you could look at--

Tech cleaned up the tape of Carrie and Yevgeny at the mosque.

I think you need to listen to it.

Can't do it. I'll try and get to you later.

Hey, anything on Max Piotrowski?

Whole sector's gone quiet.

They shot down the fucking president.

They're gonna go to ground. How about Kabul?

Maybe they're referencing him. He was carrying a--

A flight recorder, I know.

Uh, we're listening to hundreds of calls.

We got automated searches on thousands more.

He's on the list, but it's a long list.

Can I see the keywords?

Print me a copy.


No, I can't even get through.

The secure lines are overloaded.

I'm-- I'm trying. I--

This is everything?

Hang on.

The Taliban knows how to avoid these.

You want to add something, be my guest.

We got a dozen guys coming from Fort Meade.

We'll have more ears on it then.

Sorry, uh, Bagram SIGINT's not calling me back.

Is there anybody you can try in Kandahar?

We put together a timeline of everything we know once the president landed at Bagram.

It's incomplete, but it's a start.

Alan Yager, Vanessa Kroll, FBI.

Hi, Alan. Alan's my Deputy Chief of Station-- he'll get your team set up.

Great, Ray Auerbach, Marshall Carter are the legats from Islamabad and Abu Dhabi.

The three of us will need doors that close.

Follow me, folks.

You can drop your stuff in here, and then we'll get you set up on secure comms.

How much of your staff is out in the field right now?

About half, pumping sources.

Okay, well, uh, I don't want to gum up the works, but until we know otherwise, this station is a crime scene.

What's the working theory?

Somebody told the Taliban where to stand with an RPG.

You've got the highest concentration in the country of people that knew the President was in the air.

I need statements from everybody and access to all communication in and out of here in the last 72 hours.

Put out an RTB. Everybody back to base.

You got it. Thanks.

What about the embassy, even just nonessentials?

We start evacuating nonessentials, we turn a panic into full-on hysteria.

Saul, President G'ulom's office called.

He wants to talk to you as soon as possible.

Put him through. In person.

Your security detail doesn't want you leaving the building.

He was insistent. Oh, fuck.

Yeah, I need an armed convoy for the National Security Advisor.

Do we know where Haqqani is? Did he even make it out of the city?

No idea.




















I want a favor.

Apparently I earned it.


This isn't the beginning of an arrangement or whatever the fuck you think you're laying groundwork for.

One of our people went missing near the crash site.

You had a lot of casualties.

I'm not surprised you didn't recover one or two.

I think he's still alive, and he's a friend of mine.


I'm sorry to hear that.

I'm worried the Taliban has him.

If they do, he's only alive if they want to trade him back or sell him.

Can you find out?

Our network in that part of the Korengal is-- it's pretty thin.

You don't have to be cute about it.

I know you bought a lot of goodwill up there.

No, no, I-I do want to help, but...


You have a surveillance blanket on that area.

The moment I talk to anybody, the man's gonna get a Hellfire missile on his head in a matter of seconds.

Can you disable it?

I mean, I just need long enough to make a phone call.

You want me to take down our monitoring in the sector where two presidents were just shot out of the sky?


Well, then I can't help you.

We have troops on the ground.

I can't give you and the Taliban a free pass in a hot zone.

It's not a hot zone anymore.

Look, all I'm asking for is two minutes.

I trust you to protect my sources.

You have to trust me not to take advantage.

Let's not push it on the trust front, okay?

You're an enemy officer, and you're asking me to sabotage an American intelligence capability.

I'm not asking you to do anything.

You came to me.

Can't fucking be--

Two minutes is all you need?

Three o'clock this afternoon.

Two minutes. Does that work?

This is not the time to lie to me.

Honestly, I have no idea where he is.

He is in your embassy, and you will turn him over immediately.

Yesterday he was in a CIA safe house.

He left.

We haven't heard from him since.

No one followed him?

No tracking device? No.

The man who assassinated your president, you let him go.

Haissam Haqqani came to Kabul at great personal risk in the name of peace to meet with the President of the United States.

Haissam Haqqani came to Kabul to deceive one man, you.

You believed him and brought your president across the seas.

It was not Haqqani.

And you know? Yes.

Hmm. How?

Because he looked you in the eyes?

People change, they evolve.

Do they?

I wonder what General Ryan thinks.

Do people like Haissam Haqqani change?

Yes, sir, I believe they do.

Do you know the sound a woman makes when her hand is removed from her arm with a hacksaw?

It can be heard even over the cheers of 5,000 Taliban.

Mr. President, no one wants to see the Taliban return to power.

But no one wants to see the kind of lawlessness you presided over in the '90s either.

I reject the comparison.

You just declared martial law and rounded up 300 insurgents in a soccer stadium.

To prevent them from attacking my country.


You've wanted absolute power for 40 years.

Now you have it.

Frankly, it makes me wonder. What?

Maybe you had the presidents killed.

You'll see yourselves out.


FBI's doing preliminary interviews with senior people from the country team.

You should head in.

Mike's office.


Oh. Hi.

Come on in. I'm Vanessa Kroll.

Carrie Mathison.

Mathison, yeah. Have a seat.

Mathison, special envoy. What's that mean?

Saul Berenson brought me in a few days ago as a-a sort of advisor in the peace talks.

I worked with a lot of the parties a few years back.

You arrived in Kabul on...

Uh, the third.

When did you find out the President was arriving?


A couple hours before he landed.

The National Security Advisor had a detail bring me over to Bagram.

President Warner wanted to speak with me, but I didn't know what was going on until I was in the hangar.

Why'd the President want to speak with you?


Well, I was involved in sketching out some of the administration's Afghanistan policy.

Mm... he was thanking me, which was premature.

Which part of the policy?

Um, getting out, ending the war.

You know anyone around here who didn't support it?

The peace deal? Well, a lot of people.

But in this station, n-not really.


If you think of anything, here's my email.

Thank you.

Okay, that's-- that's all?

Yeah, I'm just getting the lay of the land.

Safe to say this won't be the last time I talk with you.

You were trying to hang yourself with a rope made from your bedsheets.

I hadn't seen you in months. I got there... by pure luck.

If I was there a minute later, just a minute later, you would've been gone, and after that, I managed to get you back on your meds for a couple of weeks.

There was a birch forest right near the hospital.

You really liked walking there.

It's true.

Turns out, we had a lot to talk about.

Really? Like what?

Like your relationship with Nicholas Brody. Tell me something you didn't just read in my file.

You had a daughter with him...


You slipped her head underwater in the bath.

There was a moment when you actually considered drowning your own child.

Fucking Christ. Yeah.

Did you read the contact report?

It's, uh, not quite the same.

It's a total fabrication.

Timing's not great.

I didn't want to mention it with all this going on, but...

I just knew you needed to see it.


I mean, I understand why she lied about it.

She wants back in the agency.

She can't get security clearance if that's on the record.

That's for damn sure.

Maybe he's lying.

Jenna, it was Carrie's idea for the President to come here.

She pitched the visit. When?

Ninety minutes after this conversation.

She was in the SCIF when Saul laid out the peace plan.

She told Warner the best way to sell it to the American people would be here, in Afghanistan, in front of combat troops.


But t-that doesn't mean...

I have an FBI team working out of my office.

I can't neglect to mention it.

I got to give it some thought.

Do me a favor-- don't let her out of your sight.





































What kind of numbers are we talking about?

Just shy of 300 in the stadium right now.

He massacres 300 Taliban who came out of the mountains for a ceasefire, we're gonna be looking at an insurgency on steroids.

Which means what exactly?

Suicide bombs, kidnappings, attacks on every military instillation in country, Afghan and American.

And we don't have the troop force for that.

If G'ulom lights this thing on fire, I don't know if I can secure the embassy and the bases, never mind prop up his government.

Well, can we turn over Haqqani?

Can we just do that?

Sir, we do not have him.

Why the fuck did somebody tell me he was in a CIA safe house?

Mr. President, we'd like you to get on the phone with G'ulom and draw a clear red line.

He needs to understand, if there are executions in that stadium, American aid to his government will immediately cease.

Listen, is it possible this is a lot of hot air?

I mean, he could be bluffing, right?

No, sir, no, sir, this is how he does business.

He'd kill 300 men in a stadium without a flinch.

Oh, that's great.

Folks, let's talk through how the President can broach this.

I would start by reminding G'ulom that his country has a new constitution and that it enshrines rights like due process, even for the Taliban.

They have a judiciary.

They have a framework for civil society.

None of that can be ignored, even in the face of a crisis.

Especially in the face of a crisis. That's why it's there.

It's for your enemies, not your friends.

All right, get him on the phone.

Uh, we'll touch base after the call.

Thank you, Mr. President.

President G'ulom in Kabul for the President, please.

Thank you.

Say his name.

G'ulom? Yeah.

G'ulom. Abdul G'ulom.



"GOO-lom." Is that right?

Fuck me.

Yes, thank you.

Mr. President. Mr. President.

"Congratulations" is not the right word for this place we find ourselves.

No, it's not... sadly.

May God be at your side.

And yours, sir. Amen.

I'm told you've got a lot of Taliban fighters in your soccer stadium.

That's correct.

Mr. President, I need you to understand those men need to stay alive.

Now, I want Haissam Haqqani in custody as much as you do, but you've got a judicial system that you've just put on its feet.

Even Taliban prisoners need to go through something that looks like due process.

Of course.

I am the president of a nation bound by law.

Civil society.


You start executing men in a stadium, you could be setting off a wave of violence that'll destabilize your whole country.

I am afraid that part is not correct.

Well, I think you're going to see suicide bombings and attacks.

The spike in violence has already occurred, when you drew down your troops, and again when you began peace talks.

That's unfortunate.

To this enemy, appeasement is a sign of weakness, and it is met with aggression.

They murdered the leader of the free world.

It is the victory of a lifetime.

Can you imagine the consequences if our answer is due process?

Yeah, no.

We must respond in a language they understand.

A band of criminals is holding our countries hostage, and we have an opportunity to crush them once and for all.

We must have the strength to do it.

What exactly would that look like?



You need something?

No. Sorry.

My first week in town, this was my room.

I still wind up here when I'm not thinking.



Hey. Can I get a hard copy of whatever we're recording that might reference Max Piotrowski, the missing guy?

There haven't been any pings.

Yeah, because like I mentioned, they dodge the keywords.

I want to read what they're actually saying, see if I can piece anything together.

If he's alive, he's a big get.

Somebody is talking about it.

You know that's gonna be hundreds of pages.

You don't have to read it, Lonnie.

You just have to hit "print."

I don't have time for this conversation.

Do you?

Lonnie, it jammed.

God damn it.

Did you do something?

Well, it jammed, and then I tried to take it out.

Yeah, that doesn't help.

How's it going?

How do you think it's going?

Sorry. Can I help?

I got it.

What did you do?

I don't know, it said, "restart, question mark."

Just don't touch anything.




Carrie shook me. What do you mean?

She knew I was on her, and she ditched me, clear as day.

How long was she out of your sight?

About 15 minutes.

Write everything up, detailed.

G'ulom told him it'll be the first defining moment of his presidency, and Hayes lit up.

Does he understand that slaughtering

300 unarmed men is a war crime?

Scott, the war crime's not the half of it.

We just lost control of the whole policy.

Hayes reversed course based on the counsel of Abdul fucking G'ulom.

I'm worried the guy's about to order 100,000 troops back into the Afghan theater.

Two days ago, we were ending this war.

Two days was a long time ago.

We'll see what we can do on this end.


Saul, you got a minute?

Mind if we stretch our legs?


Yevgeny Gromov is in Kabul.

Did Carrie tell you that?

She did.

And that she's seen him?

They ran into each other at the Ministry of Defense, and he gave her a tip that helped leverage G'ulom.

They saw each other again. Did she mention that?


She asked if she could go after him.

I said absolutely not.

Apparently he reached out again.

She came to me, and it seemed like something we shouldn't ignore, so I authorized a meeting.


I recorded it, which she doesn't know.

Her contact report is very different from the actual conversation.

That's not unheard of in a contact report.

It's a complete fabrication, as is her account to me after.

I'm gonna have to let the FBI know.

Let 'em know what exactly?

That she's lying about the nature of her relationship with Yevgeny Gromov and may have unwittingly helped him assassinate the President of the United States.

I need to hear the tape.

















May I?


Please... characterize for me your current relationship with Yevgeny Gromov.

Is this coming from Mike?

Answer the question.

He reached out.

It seemed irresponsible not to find out what was on his mind.

Even though I ordered you to stay away?

Even though.

I didn't strap the guy to a chair.

We had-- we had a conversation.


Well, he has some issues with his current employer.

So you're what, bringing him in from the cold?

I'm laying the groundwork, yeah.

Mike recorded the meeting.

So he knows you're lying to him.

And now you're lying to me.

You heard it?


All of it?

It's my fault.

I put you in a terrible position bringing you here.

And I'm sorry about that.

But I need to send you back to Germany tonight.

Come on.

The doctors said you weren't ready, and they were right.

Can we ju-- for a second not talk about me like I'm a child?


You lied about your interaction with Yevgeny Gromov.

Let's start there.

You had a relationship complicated enough to lie about.

Also, he saved your life.

You don't think you carry some sense of obligation?

I get that there are risks.

You couldn't possibly.

You told him things you never told me.

You told him you think you've been a danger to Franny.

Is that true?

Because, my God, if it is... you are vulnerable to him in ways neither of us can imagine.

I'm still putting the pieces together, you know?

I'm not trying to be evasive.

I don't remember everything.

Which is why you've been in a recovery facility and why you are going back.


Max is still out there.

You understand what'll happen if you stay here?

I just talked Mike Dunne out of sharing all of this with the FBI.

Jesus Christ, there's nothing to tell.

Let him talk.

You told President Warner he should come to Afghanistan.

I didn't know Warner was gonna take me up on it.

I had no idea until I showed up at Bagram and Air Force One was on the fucking tarmac.

There was a full hour between then and the helicopters going down-- enough time to make a phone call.

To my Russian handler?

Who informs the Taliban.

Then an RPG hits the President of the United States.

Do you believe that?


But the FBI most certainly will.

And you will become the focus of an investigation that will define the rest of your life.

I don't care.

I'm not leaving Max.

I won't.

You think you're the only one who gives a shit?

Max is on everyone's mind.

We will do everything we can to find him.

Okay, well, that means keeping me here, because Yevgeny has a lead on him.

He just sent word.

I reached out to him this morning.

Everyone in the station was told to shake their contacts for Intel.

That is what I did.

The Russians have relationships with Taliban commanders on the border.

Tell me you didn't.

He says he has a lead.

Can I call him back, please?

Carrie, think for a minute-- what would you do if you were trying to recruit him and he came to you desperate? No. That--

You would do exactly this.

You would tell him exactly what he wanted to hear.

So you are gonna blow off this lead?

I will have the CIA pursue it.

In 30 minutes, you will be escorted to a plane.

You will go willingly or in handcuffs.

Rehab center's expecting you.

I told them your work here is done and they should take their time.


You gonna keep me company?



Hostile! Hostile!

Get your hands up! Do not move!

Down on the ground!

Haissam fucking Haqqani at the west gate.

Stay where you are!

Make sure we got this area clear.

We have a high-value asset inside the key.

Get on the ground! Corporal!

Get over there! Check for vest!

Do not move!

Let him up.

Mr. Berenson, please stay back.

Hostile, sir. I need you to stay back.

I said "let him up."

When I lost you, I was in the Machine Room with Lonnie.

I wanted to see if I could find anything on Max.

I didn't want Mike to know I was bogarting his people in the middle of all this.


Max is out there.

And the flight recorder is out there.

I printed out everything from the last couple of days.

It's a mountain of paper. It's on my desk.

Somebody should look at it.

You okay?



Where's the backpack?

My bag.

Where is it?

No more bag.

Well, I need it back.



Where is it?

Where is it?

You have to get it back.

I need it back.

Good evening, ladies and gentlemen.

Flight 641 to Dubai, continuing to Berlin, will begin boarding rows one through 14 at gate three.

Good luck.


You too.

Ticket, please.

Thank you.

Ticket, please.

I need your help.

What are you doing, Carrie?

I found Max.


Give him a fair trial.

If you don't treat him with respect, your world will explode.

You're flying empty caskets 7,500 miles so you can look what?


So it's just a coincidence we end up here?

You came to me for help.

You don't get to complain.

Turn yourself in.

We can't just abandon him.