08x04 - Chalk One Up

[SAUL]

Previously on Homeland [CARRIE]

Samira Noori.

She was married for a few months when G'ulom killed her husband.

She go running back to her village?

No.

She stayed here, despite the danger, living as a single woman in Kabul.

I found this in your apartment.

What do you want?

Your government and mine are trying to secure peace with the Taliban.

General G'ulom is standing in the way of that.

With this, he'll have to back down.

We have a deal, then?

We have a deal.

And you'll declare an immediate countrywide cease-fire as we discussed?

Starting tomorrow morning.

You're like a frosted Lucky Charm, man.

Haven't you noticed?

Dude's been here a week.

Not a single IED, RPG, mortar, rocket, sniper, nothing.

You reached across the aisle to bridge the divide, but those fault lines run deep.

And Ben Hayes is in the perfect position to exploit them.

No vice president has ever challenged a sitting president.

No vice president's ever been from the opposing party.

Is that you, Ms. Mathison?

It is, sir.

If we think she was compromised in Russia Why would we give her the go-ahead to meet with a Russian?

[JENNA]

To get her to incriminate herself, right?

[MIKE]

We need eyes and ears on her the whole time.

- Where are we going?

- We'll talk by the fountain.

I want to make double sure they can't hear us.

Are you getting this?

I-I can't make out a word they're saying.

You really do not remember?

Remember what?

I saved your life for one thing.

How much of what they did say are we gonna be able to recover?

[YAGER]

I'll get the techs working on it once we're back at the station.

You said he was recruitable.

Is he?

He's feeling underappreciated.

He said that?

[CARRIE]

Provided it's not all some grand deception.

- [SIREN WAILING]

- [MAN]

Get back, get back!

[INDISTINCT SHOUTING]

DISQUIETING MUSIC [MAN]

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

[CARRIE]

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?

[YEVGENY]

You really do not remember?

[CARRIE]

Remember what?

[JIM]

We may be dealing with a compromised officer here.

[SAUL]

You had a relationship complicated enough to lie about.

[CARRIE]

Yeah, it's complicated.

I lost seven months of my life.

To my Russian handler?

[MAN]

Is our strategy working?

[SAUL]

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

[CARRIE]

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

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

[JIM]

Carrie, you're not yourself.

[CARRIE]

I'm still putting the pieces together.

[SAUL]

Please, God, tell me you have it.

[MAN]

Is there no f*cking line?

[SAUL]

I believe you.

No one else will.

[ENGINE RUMBLING]

[ENGINE SHUTS OFF]

DRAMATIC MUSIC [SIGHS]

[EXHALES HEAVILY]

- [KHALID]

Carrie - I know.

- It's not safe out there.

- I'm careful.

If you were careful, you wouldn't be going out.

[MUFFLED VOICES]

[MAN 1]

Hold on a sec.

Let me try that again.

[KEYBOARD CLACKING]

[MUFFLED VOICES]

[MAN 2]

f*ck.

Problem is, it keeps changing frequency.

No choice but to go syllable by syllable.

[MAN 1]

Well, it's only gonna get harder - as they get closer to the fountain.

- [MAN 2]

No sh1t.

What do you want me to tell Mike?

[MAN 1]

Tell him it's gonna take a hell of a lot longer than we thought.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[BOTH]

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

[SIGHS]

Samira TENSE MUSIC [INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[ROOSTER CROWS]

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

[CELL PHONE CAMERA CLICKS]

[ENGINE RUMBLING]

[EQUIPMENT WHIRRING, CHIRPING]

- [AGENT]

Miss Mathison?

- Yes?

Come with us, please.

Who are you?

Military police, ma'am.

Please.

SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC [INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Okay, you wanna tell me what this is about?

This way.

- Where are we going?

- Sorry, ma'am.

Look, you can't tell me anything?

Here's what I want you to do.

Call Saul Berenson, the national security advisor of the United States, - and tell him - Ma'am No, don't f*cking "ma'am" me!

Mr.

Berenson's fully aware.

TENSE MUSIC Bagram?

That's where we're going?

Yes.

You wanna tell me where they're sending me?

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

- What a f*cking day.

- Yeah.

[SIGHS]

Saul He's coming here, the president is, in Jesus, four hours to announce a framework for peace.

He'll be met here by the Afghan president.

There'll be a reception at the presidential palace, where the announcement will be made.

So that's what the meeting was.

What meeting?

At the station, everyone was preparing for the president's arrival.

Oh, yeah, sorry about the secrecy.

It's a mess getting your clearance restored.

Carrie, president asked that you be here when he lands, wants to talk to you.

- About what?

- Not clear.

I guess you'll find out.

I gotta get to the reception, make sure everything's good to go.

You'll ride in later with the motorcade.

We did it.

Step one, anyway.

I gotta go.

[ENGINE TURNING OVER]

Thank you.

[ENGINE REVVING]

- Salaam alaikum.

- Salaam alaikum.

[KEYS JINGLING]

DRAMATIC MUSIC [INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[DOG PANTING]

Madame, telephone, please.

Thank you.

General.

Director.

What's going on?

A significant announcement on the status of the peace talks.

They've reached an agreement, haven't they the Americans?

Without input from you or me, but they expect us to stand here and applaud the result.

Who made the deal?

Till now, I assumed you had.

My prime minister got a call last night from the president of the United States, no less, threatening economic and travel sanctions if Pakistan doesn't get on board.

On board with what, exactly?

Yeah, he wouldn't say.

My president just left to Bagram Airfield to receive a dignitary coming in for the announcement.

I figure it must be the secretary of state.

Do you think it's Warner himself coming here?

I think they don't want us to know.

Excuse me.

Excuse me.

I need my phone back.

- I'm leaving.

- Nope.

She'll be staying here for the duration.

- You can't do that.

- Yeah, I can.

Go ahead, yell, scream.

I don't give a sh1t.

Let 'em all know you're still doing everything in your power to keep this day from happening.

So the talks in Doha, that was all a charade?

You made it a charade.

You snuck around behind my back.

- No.

- You went to Haqqani.

Who you tried to kill.

Your ally, and you put a grenade through his windshield, which, to be honest, was the only useful thing you did.

Broke the impasse.

[SNIFFS]

[SHOES CLACK]

Hmm.

[TEA POURING]

[DOOR CLICKS OPEN]

[DOOR SLAMS]

[LOCKS CLICK]

[GASPS SOFTLY]

[SOFT THUD]

[AIRPLANE ENGINE ROARING]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING]

- They here?

- Just landed.

At least I assume that's them.

You really talking to the president?

Did everyone know but me?

So you are, then?

[SIGHS]

We'll see.

They told me to be on deck right here.

Mr.

President, been a long time coming.

Too long, sir.

Oh, yes, very good.

[CAMERA SHUTTER CLICKS]

Guess you're on.

Oh.

Excuse me.

- Carrie Mathison.

- Mr. President.

- It's an honor.

- Oh, for me, sir.

Well, no, I definitely meant for me.

You know, I was thinking on the flight over just how much I was looking forward to meeting you in person, considering what an important part you've played in my life.

One could make a pretty good case I wouldn't be president if it weren't for you.

I read the reports more than once.

What you went through in Moscow, your captivity there.

It's a profile in the kind of courage not many people can even imagine.

And since I can't thank you publicly apparently there are sources and methods that need to be protected I-I-I wanted to do so now privately, face-to-face.

I don't know what to say.

Yeah, you don't have to say anything.

I'm just glad you're here to witness this thing that you helped set in motion, this ending of a war, the longest in our history.

Kind of amazing.

- It is, isn't it?

- [CHUCKLES]

Now, I, uh, want you to let me know the minute you get back to Washington.

I wanna set up something in the White House for you, if you're open to that.

Mr. President.

Uh, what's going on, sir?

Oh, sorry, more need to know, the last leg in the journey.

President Daoud and I will be flying up to a combat post to announce the peace to the soldiers on the front line who'll be going home.

And JSOC signed off on it?

[CHUCKLES, SIGHS]

First they whined like hell.

If it was up to those guys, I wouldn't go anywhere.

[CHUCKLES]

Mr. President, are you ready?

Ready, Chief.

[JENNA]

So?

We're a decoy.

I should have known.

[ENGINES TURNING OVER]

[HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIRRING]

[RADIO STATIC CRACKLES]

[MAN 1]

Chalk One outbound.

[MAN 2]

Chalk Two outbound.

Roger.

Chalk One, squawk ident zero-zero-five-one.

Chalk Two, squawk ident zero-zero-five-two.

Cleared visual, we are radar following.

[KNOCK AT DOOR]

[BILAL]

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

[SIGHS]

OMINOUS MUSIC [LOCK CLICKS]

[MEN]

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

[DOOR SLAMS]

[ENGINE RUMBLING]

[EXHALES HEAVILY]

So what'd he say?

The president, what did he say?

Nothing, really.

Didn't look like nothing.

It looked, like, intense.

Was it classified?

No.

So?

It was personal.

Oh, if it was personal who you got to share it with besides me?

He thanked me.

For coming here and getting G'ulom in line?

No, no, it wasn't about the peace initiative, not not mainly, anyway.

- He thanked me for Moscow.

- Hmm.

What I went through there.

He'd read the files.

Anyway, it was nice to talk to someone who trusts me.

[CELL PHONE BUZZING]

It's yours.

[BUZZING CONTINUES]

- [CELL PHONE BEEPS]

- Samira?

You've got to help me.

What's wrong?

My brother-in-law [BANGING ON DOOR]

[BILAL]

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

He came by with two friends, Taliban, to force me to go back to my village.

- Where are they?

- Here, right now.

He wants me to be with him.

[BANGING ON DOOR]

[BILAL]

[YELLING IN PASHTO]

You've got to come get me.

[SIGHS]

How far are we from the palace?

Twenty minutes out.

[SAMIRA]

Carrie.

I'll be there as soon as I can.

You've got to come now.

I will.

Just Now!

[TOILET FLUSHES]

[CARRIE SIGHS]

- Go straight.

- We can't.

This motorcade's a fake.

A woman's life is on the line.

We owe her.

[ENGINES REVVING]

[MAN SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY OVER RADIO]

[DURKIN]

Helicopters are two minutes out.

[GONZALES]

This is bullshit, Sarge.

No VIP's gonna stick his nose in here.

You done?

All good, Max?

All good?

Outside in two.

[GONZALES]

You know who the big shot is, Maxie?

[SOTO]

Some general, isn't it?

How many stars?

One?

Two?

[GONZALES]

Three?

Four?

Five.

[HELICOPTERS ROTORS WHIRRING]

Fall in!

[WHIRRING CONTINUES]

[MAN 1]

Chalk One on the ground.

Okay, we got video feed from Steedley now.

Put it up.

[HELICOPTERS ROTORS WHIRRING OVER TVS]

[MAN 2]

Chalk Two on final approach.

[WHIRRING CONTINUES]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

They've landed.

We have video.

- Excuse me.

- Pleasure to meet you, sir.

Yeah.

Ladies and gentlemen [CHATTER FADES]

An hour ago, President Daoud welcomed President Ralph Warner to Bagram Air Force Base.

They will be here to meet you all soon.

But first they wanted to send a message about peace from the front line of the war.

[HELICOPTERS ROTORS WHIRRING OVER TV]

Hi.

[KNOCKING]

Mr.

Vice President, they're ready for you in the Situation Room.

You preempted every network?

I'm reporting live outside the Afghan Ministry of [TV REMOTE CLICKS, HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIRRING]

We discussed it before the president left.

As I said, everything's set up in the Situation Room.

No, I'm good.

[HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIRRING]

[MEN SPEAKING INDISTINCTLY]

- [MAN]

Piotrowski?

- Yes.

That's your ride.

Have your sh1t ready.

It is.

f*ck me, it's the president.

[GONZALES]

Who's the dude with him?

The president of Afghanistan, dumbass.

Oh.

[HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIRRING OVER TV]

[MAN]

Good afternoon, Mr.

President.

Bring 'em in, Lieutenant.

At ease, guys.

Bring it in tight.

Take a knee in the front.

UNEASY MUSIC Gentlemen, it gives me great pleasure to introduce my good friend President Daoud.

It's an honor to meet you all.

For both of us.

[APPLAUSE]

When I told the military and the secret service I wanted to come up here, they advised against it.

But you know what?

Thing about being commander in chief, you are the chief.

[LAUGHTER]

I'm sure you all know how this base got its name, from Corporal Brett Steedley of Galesburg, Illinois, killed in an ambush March 13, 2007.

Two thousand seven when most of you men were still in the fifth grade.

Since then, this base has suffered more casualties, endured more pain, and demanded more courage than anywhere in the world where our troops have to fight.

You hold the line.

You don't back down.

I'm sure you often ask yourselves, "Why?

Why do we have to risk our lives, spill our blood and treasure for a tiny outpost 7,000 miles from home?" We're here to tell you why.

Your courage and sacrifice and the sacrifices of those who held this post before you have convinced the enemy that he cannot, he will not win this war.

After 18 long years, he has agreed to negotiate for peace.

[APPLAUSE]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[CELL PHONE BUZZES]

[SIGHS]

- Samira?

- Yeah.


They're pressuring her to leave.

She can't stall much longer.

Look at that.

He's doing it.

Peace is really happening.

Hey, Amin, we gotta get through this.

[HORN HONKING]

[ENGINE REVVING]

[WARNER]

Gentlemen, I wanna tell you one more thing.

I-I-I know folks back home in America are watching too.

Before I left Washington, I had a phone call, a long phone call with Taliban leader Haissam Haqqani, and we spoke about how we can bring peace to this beautiful country.

We have our differences still, but we agreed on two fundamental things: no terrorist group will ever find refuge in this country again, and the people of Afghanistan will be free to live the lives they all wanna live man, woman, and child.

Jesus, I'm weeping all over my shoes.

Look at him, grandpa in a flak jacket.

It's all about winning a second term, isn't it?

It's about ending the war.

And this is what Emir Haqqani and I really agree on, and it is the best guarantor of peace between us.

Neither one of us are prepared to send any more of our countries' sons and daughters to die for us here.

Enough.

We end it now.

Time for you to come home.

[MAN]

Yeah!

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

[APPLAUSE]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE CONTINUE]

Lieutenant well done.

- Mr. President.

- Soldier.

[GONZALES]

You mind if I take a picture?

[WARNER]

Thank you.

Oh, please, let's do it.

DRAMATIC MUSIC - Where are you from, soldier?

- Washington, sir.

- Oh, close to the power.

- [LAUGHS]

[WOMAN]

He needs to get a move on.

Twelve minutes behind schedule.

So what's the plan?

Brother-in-law and two Taliban in the apartment, could be armed.

We try to extricate Samira, they probably resist, which could mean gunfire, which is the last thing we want in Kabul right now, breaking the cease-fire.

So what's the plan?

[EXHALES HEAVILY]

- [DOOR CLICKS OPEN]

- Carrie?

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[HELICOPTERS ROTORS WHIRRING]

Max, you don't get it.

You can't leave.

You heard him.

You're all going home.

[SOTO]

When?

You hear him say that?

We could be here months.

Nothing happens quickly in the army.

[MAN]

Piotrowski!

Come on, Piotrowski, we're out of here.

MELANCHOLY MUSIC [INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Hey.

I'm not going.

Suit yourself.

[SIGHS]

[CHEERS AND APPLAUSE]

Mr.

Vice President.

- [LAUGHS]

- Oh, thank you.

Thank you, bless you.

- [MAN]

Thank you.

- [SAUL]

Thank you.

Thank you for everything you've done.

- [GAETO]

Just amazing, Saul.

- [SAUL]

Aw, bless you.

- [GAETO]

Just amazing.

- Thank you.

Good to see you.

Good to see you.

[GATE SQUEAKS]

FOREBODING MUSIC [SPEAKING PASHTO]

[ENGINE GRINDING]

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

Don't f*cking move.

[SPEAKING PASHTO]

Go, go!

[ENGINE REVVING]

[ENGINE GRINDING]

- [SAMIRA GASPING]

- It's all right.

You're safe now.

[CRYING]

It's okay.

It's okay.

[SNIFFLES, CRIES]

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

Our allies the Americans have treated us with their usual courtesy.

Do you know what I found interesting about the speech?

Warner said they'd been talking to Haqqani and would be meeting him very soon, which must mean here in Kabul.

I thought you controlled Haqqani.

I thought you controlled Kabul.

You'll excuse me, ma'am.

Saul, will you come with me?

Wanna tell me what's up?

Not here.

[ENGINES REVVING]

Well?

Bagram ATC got a report from AWACS shadowing the Steedley mission.

Four minutes ago, the president's helicopter disappeared off radar.

Jesus Christ.

Did it crash?

It's unknown.

What's the escort helicopter say?

- Didn't see it.

- Didn't see?

Isn't that their sole f*cking job to keep an eye?

Holy f*ck.

Two presidents I know.

two presidents on board.

- Where we going?

- CIA station.

It's closer than Bagram.

We have fighter cover overhead.

Every available air asset is heading to the area.

Quick Reaction Force is en route.

CIA officers have been recalled from the field.

[SAMIRA]

What's that mean, "RTB"?

Return to base immediately.

- Because of me?

- No, no, no.

It's something else.

What?

I don't know.

[SAUL]

What are we looking at?

[MIKE]

Camera on Chalk One, the escort.

[HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIRRING OVER TV]

SUSPENSEFUL MUSIC Got something, three o'clock, low!

[MAN]

Wreckage spotted: Victor Lima one-five-four-two-zero-five-five-eight.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

- Is the White House seeing this?

- Yes, sir.

[BREATHING SHAKILY]

- [HAYES]

Please.

- [MAN]

Sir.

- [HAYES]

Who's in charge?

- [WELLINGTON]

What, here?

- Technically, you.

- No, there.

[MEARS]

Search and rescue is being run out of Kabul Station, sir.

That's where Saul Berenson is, and General Owens is the ranking officer.

Was it shot down?

Well, was it?

[MEARS]

The cause of the crash is unknown, sir.

[HAYES]

Aren't they gonna land to see if he's to see if anyone's The incline's too steep for a landing.

Well, can you fast rope down?

Negative, too much tree cover.

- We need to find an LZ.

- On it.

[KEYBOARD CLACKING]

TENSE MUSIC - Amin will take care of you.

- How long will you be?

I'll be back as soon as I can.

You're safe here, I promise.

[INDISTINCT CHATTER]

[HELICOPTER ROTORS WHIRRING OVER TV]

Saul?

What's happened?

President's helicopter's down.

[EXHALES SHARPLY]

How?

[WOMAN]

Chalk One, possible LZ one nautical mile, bearing zero-nine-zero.

Roger, one nautical mile, heading zero-niner-zero.

Hey, this work?

Perfect!

On approach.

What the f*ck?

Taliban.

[MAN]

Targets, two o'clock!

[MAN]

Hold your fire.

Chalk One, break contact.

RPG on your six.

Clear to engage.

[GUNFIRE]

[ROCKET BOOMS, WHISTLES]

[EXPLOSION]

Chalk One, this is Flight Ops.

Do you read me?

Repeat, Chalk One, do you read me?

Tony.

Chalk One?

Did we or did we not see the Taliban on the ground fire an RPG?

[SAUL]

Sir, we don't know the Taliban is responsible.

This is Charlie-echo-four.

We're at the crash site.

[GUNFIRE]

Tell me what to do.

If the Taliban didn't, I wanna know if G'ulom did it.

I wanna know, if the pilot flew the helicopter, into the side of the mountain.

I wanna know that too.

- [DOOR SLAMS OPEN]

- It determines what we do next.

[MUSIC ENDS]

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