About a Boy
Homeland Season 4



Critic Ratings: 12
Critics Consensus

Even though Carrie continues to make dubious decisions, "About a Boy" is an exciting build-up episode with both international and interpersonal tensions.

Episode Info

Carrie tries to earn the trust of a frightened asset; Quinn and Fara stake out a new suspect; Saul catches a break when he spots a familiar face.

Cast & Crew

Claire Danes
Carrie Mathison
Mandy Patinkin
Saul Berenson
Rupert Friend
Peter Quinn
Tracy Letts
Sen. Andrew Lockhart
Nazanin Boniadi
Fara Sharazi
Laila Robins
Martha Boyd
Suraj Sharma
Aayan Ibrahim
Michael O'Keefe
John Redmond
Mark Moses
Dennis Boyd
Raza Jaffrey
Aasar Khan
Nimrat Kaur
Tasneem Qureshi
Tamer Burjaq
Farhad Ghazi
Zahir Bassa
Mahmood Muhammed
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Critic Reviews for About a Boy

Fara this season is proving she's got a knack for this job, and is fast becoming my favorite character on the show.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

As much as I wasn't a fan of watching a retread of the Carrie/Brody dynamic, [this] follow-up episode sounded like a direct message to fans: we know what we're doing. Trust us. I will, especially after a week like this one.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Ultimately, "About a Boy" did what Homeland does best: rendering huge thematic conflicts in interpersonal terms.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

In the CIA's deadly struggle with the Taliban and ISI, America just suffered a devastating setback.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

With the same terse, fragmented structure as "Iron in the Fire," tonight's episode of Homeland ably frames its accelerating narrative as a clash between competing intelligence agencies, one that threatens to ensnare unsuspecting innocents.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

So... another fine episode, but one in which the game wasn't really changed in too many ways.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…
Top Critic

This will all come back to Carrie in some explosive way, we're sure, but for now it feels like a silly conceit to add tension to a season that, so far, has been lacking it.

Jun 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Did the writers really decide that the best way to give the series new life post-Brody was making the audience root for Carrie's downfall?

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

There is no evidence that Homeland is slowing down anytime soon.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

As long as Homeland continues to show us some of the repercussions of Carrie's odd decisions and tightens the connections between what is now a cast of nearly a dozen players, there could be something very good here.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

All of this seems to be building to a big reveal, but like Aayan, there's not enough evidence of what's at stake for any of it to be rousing or engaging, beyond the obligatory curiosity of what will happen next.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…

Carrie was more balanced this week -- sympathetic, if still dastardly in her way -- while scary-exciting stuff is heating up for Saul and perhaps Fara too.

Dec 21, 2014 | Full Review…