Why Is This Night Different?



Critic Consensus: "Why Is This Night Different?" finds various strands of Homeland's intriguing season five plot snapping into place amidst an intense, satisfying installment.

Episode Info

Answers elude Carrie; Laura asks Jonas for help; Saul and Allison run an operation.


Claire Danes
as Carrie Mathison
Mandy Patinkin
as Saul Berenson
Sarita Choudhury
as Mira Berenson
Tracy Letts
as Sen. Andrew Lockhart
Rupert Friend
as Peter Quinn
Laila Robins
as Martha Boyd
Michael O'Keefe
as John Redmond
Sebastian Koch
as Otto During
Miranda Otto
as Allison Carr
Alexander Fehling
as Jonas Happich
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Critic Reviews for Why Is This Night Different?

On the evening that everything falls apart for everyone on Homeland, the show itself finds a worthwhile way to spend an hour of our time.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…
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[Carrie] remained pretty calm and collected throughout most of "Why Is This Night Different?" -- but those eyes will always haunt me.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Finally Carrie and Quinn have reunited, and despite their currently dire circumstances, it's a very welcome reunion indeed.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: 8.2/10 | Full Review…

It worked, mostly, but time will tell how effective the treatment of a character like Allison serves the season.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…

This season continues to become more dire and unpredictable by the week, and it's turning into one hell of a ride.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: 4.75/5 | Full Review…

Each twist and cliffhanger leaves me wondering how in the world the next one will top it. So far, so good.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…

Absolutely keep bringing it, Homeland.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The annual Homeland bloodbath has begun, with two major character deaths, a pair of close calls, and plenty of collateral damage.

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…

[This is] the Homeland episode in which season five really begins to lock into place.

Oct 26, 2015 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

This is the Saul episode we've been waiting for. Mandy Patinkin is in fine, fine form in the fourth installment of Homeland's fifth season, "Why Is This Night Different?"

Oct 26, 2015 | Full Review…