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.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Damian Lewis
as Nicholas Brody
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Morena Baccarin
as Jessica Brody
David Harewood
as David Estes
Sarita Choudhury
as Mira Berenson
Diego Klattenhoff
as Capt. Mike Faber
Morgan Saylor
as Dana Brody
Nazanin Boniadi
as Fara Sharazi
Jackson Pace
as Chris Brody
Laila Robins
as Martha Boyd
Tracy Letts
as Sen. Andrew Lockhart
Michael O'Keefe
as John Redmond
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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…