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One of the things that separates the truly powerful from the rest of us, is when they mess-up, the ramifications can be huge. Abbudin’s President Jamal Al Fayeed once again allowed his paranoia to dictate his decisions, in the latest episode of the FX Network Original Series “Tyrant.” The President thought his son Rami, the commandeer of the Abbudin military was setting up a power-play to overthrow him and take over the country. Jamal decided to strike first and kill Rami with a bomb planted in the road, to get detonated when the military leader’s car drove over it. However, once again the President’s plans did not produce the desired results.

The action begins with Colonel Mahmoud walking into the indoor swimming-pool in the palace and finds Jamal lying face down in the pool wearing pants. Mahmoud calls to him three times, before he jumps into the pool wearing his full military uniform, only to see Jamal raise his head from the water, looking surprised.

We move to the locker-room as Mahmoud’s now wrapped in towels, as he and the President discuss their plan to assassinate Rami. Mahmoud’s nephew Zaher’s already planted a bomb in the road that the military commander’s motorcade will take later that morning. He will detonate the bomb via remote control as soon as Rami’s vehicle rides over the explosives. Jamal tells the Colonel, that he blames himself for being so ready to trust Rami, hoping he could make up for all the years when he didn’t realize he had a second son.

Rami’s on the phone with Khalil/Bassam/Barry as they make final arrangements for the Red Hand to take out the Caliphate Army’s anti-aircraft weapons. When Barry hangs up, Sammy arrives back at Red Hand headquarters after escaping the Caliphate Army attack the night before and the two hug each other.

Molly calls Barry’s mother Amira and asks for her mother-in-law to get hers and Sammy’s visas extended. Amira asks Molly why she wants to stay longer in Abbudin and Molly replies she has something to tell her, but doesn’t want to talk about it on the phone. Amira says she’ll drop by Molly’s hotel later that morning.

Rami and Nusrat meet in the palace’s garden and General Said jokes they have to stop meeting like this. Nusrat says this will be their last meeting, as the doctor’s cleared her for air travel and she’s moving to London the following day. Rami says that he loves London and after he defeats the Caliphate Army, he’ll come visit her and show her some of his favorite spots.

Nusrat smiles and tells her brother-in-law that he should find himself a good woman and raise a family. Rami smiles and says he’s a military man and the last thing he wants to do is bring a child into this world. He takes Nusrat’s hand and says don’t be surprised to see me in six months. Ahmed watches from a window in the palace and we see the jealousy on his face.

Jamal’s outside the palace on horseback and watches the motorcade leave the palace, he rides along for a bit until it fades out of sight, then rides his horse back inside the palace. Just after he dismounts, he hears Rami’s voice calling him and he turns around and looks as if he sees a ghost. The President says he thought he left for the battle and Rami said he wanted Jamal’s approval on the battle-plans before he engaged. Jamal says he saw the motorcade leave and Rami tells his father that Amira used the car to head into the city. The President’s face loses color and he tells his military commander he has to handle something.

Jamal calls Mahmoud first but gets his voicemail, we find out later the Colonel was in the bathroom when the call came. Then he calls his mother and tells her he needs to talk to her and have the driver turn the car around and head back to the palace. Amira asks her son what he’s talking about and Jamal wastes more time repeating the same words. Once again his mother asks him why and he says there’s a bomb in the road, we hear Amira says a bomb and then the car explodes, killing her instantly.

Mahmoud’s slapping his nephew in the next scene, saying that Zaher was supposed to get visual confirmation, before detonating the bomb. The young man replies, he had the itinerary, saw the cars and the windows were tinted. The Colonel asks him if he realizes what they’ve done, they killed the President’s mother. Mahmoud gives his nephew a bankbook and says he set up an account for Zaher in Zürich and his nephew needs to leave the country immediately. Then his phone rings and it’s Jamal, he tells the President he’s on his way to the palace.

Mahmoud enters the palace and asks the President to grant him just one request, that he’s allowed to choose his own form of death. He says he doesn’t want to go out the way that Tariq did. Jamal says to him that Mahmoud need not fear him any longer, he’s the only one he can trust. He says he loved his mother with all his heart and she loved him, despite all the evil he committed. However, he says she was the one to bring Rami to the palace, as if he’s trying to justify her death.

Leila’s heard the news by now and she bursts in on the meeting and starts berating Mahmoud for allowing the Caliphate Army to bomb the car. She asks how they got so close to the palace and then she asks if any of them are safe? Does she have to worry about being attacked in her bedroom. Jamal tells her everything’s fine and to calm down and he and Mahmoud have to talk. When she leaves the two men decide to blame Rami for Amira’s murder.

Nusrat and Ahmed are sitting with Leila and Nusrat asks permission to stay until after Amira’s funeral and Leila says that’s fine. Nusrat shows Ahmed that she’s wearing the bracelet his grandmother gave them for their wedding and Ahmed spits out a response and avoids eye contact.

Rami’s talking with his commander of the Air Force Solomon and the man from Africa asks how did the Caliphate Army plant a bomb so close to the palace. Said says it wasn’t the Caliphate and then Mahmoud enters the room with soldiers and tells the General he’s under arrest for the murder of Amira. Rami screams that’s crazy, why would he kill the person he loves most in the world, Mahmoud remains silent as the soldiers take Rami into custody.

Barry gives a pep talk to the members of the Red Hand before they invade the Caliphate Army base to try to take out their anti-aircraft weapons. He mentions all the members they lost in the attack the night before and says they’re going on this mission in their names. He and Sammy walk back to his tent and Barry tells Sammy he wants his son to go back to the city and be with Molly. Sammy refuses and says he’ll be by Barry’s side when they attack the Caliphate, so Barry says he’ll have Siddiq get Sammy a weapon.

Jamal meets with Solomon, whose devouring a chicken dinner when the President walks in, Jamal says they have excellent chefs at the palace and Solomon responds he never passes up a good meal. The President then starts to talk about the military without Rami running it and Solomon responds he’s a mercenary, he works for money not politics.

Jamal laughs and says that’s good and to increase Solomon’s loyalty he’s offering him a 90% raise to take out the Caliphate Army. Solomon laughs and says he’s greedy but not foolish and he refuses to work for someone without military experience. Jamal says he’s not a fool either and realizes that he and Rami have a battle plan, then offers Solomon another 50% increase on-top of what he already offered him.

The Air Force commander stands up from his chair and walks away from the table, he says he’s got three jobs waiting for him in Africa and he’s heading there. However before he leaves he offers some free advice, he says you’ve imprisoned an innocent man, nobody’s trying to kill you except for the Caliphate Army and then leaves the room.

Just Nusrat and Ahmed are siting in the room for the family to grieve in, when Nusrat starts crying. Her husband says you’re not crying for my grandmother, you’re crying for Rami. He then tells her he saw them in the garden that morning and he saw him take her hand. Nusrat says he did that as a brother, but Ahmed says she’s lying and he’s the reason she wants the annulment, so she and Rami can be together.

Nusrat loses it, telling Ahmed that she didn’t want the annulment, that it was forced on her by his parents. His mother told her in the hospital that it was Nusrat’s job to convince her husband to annul the marriage so he could marry another and have an heir. Rami was just being kind to someone whose being cast-off. She then said your parents are the real monsters and your family’s a terror and she says I haven’t even told you the worst of it.

Ahmed bursts into his mother’s office and demands to know if Leila forced Nusrat to ask for an annulment and Leila says that Jamal needs an heir. He screams that Nusrat was correct, they’re both monsters and that he believes that Jamal tried to kill Rami and failed, rather than the other way around. He says he wants nothing to do with either of them again and storms out of the room. Leila breaks down in tears.

Leila goes to the cell where Rami’s locked in and he says he’s got nothing to say to her. But she asks him that if she can take Jamal out of the equation, can Rami defeat the Caliphate Army and save Abbudin for her and Ahmed. Rami never says yes, but implies that he could. Leila heads back to her bedroom.

She grabs a pistol from Jamal’s nightstand and then goes looking for her husband, she finds him with Amira’s shrouded corpse and he slams his head against a cement pole, until he opens a deep gash in his forehead. He then starts asking God for the chance to see his mother one more time. Leila comes up from behind him and cocks the pistol and puts her finger on the trigger, but she starts crying and can’t pull the trigger. She walks away and her secretary comes and tells her that Molly’s in the security office, she’s come to see Amira.

Back at the building where the Red Hand are gathered, Sammy’s having difficulties loading the cartridge into the automatic weapon he’s supposed to use in the battle. His father comes over to him and says he just needs some sleep and Sammy says suddenly he feels really tired. Barry drugged Sammy so that he’d sleep through the groups departure to invade the Caliphate camp. Daliyah tells Barry she’ll watch over Sammy while he’s gone and tells him to make it back, but she says this in case you don’t and she kisses him.

Leila goes to the security office to meet Molly and  Molly says she has nothing to say to her, that she refused to contact her family once in the last year. She says either let me meet with Amira or kick me out, Leila starts crying and says Amira’s dead. She then says she saw the wrong brother die and she thinks it’s all her fault.

Sammy wakes up realizing it’s daylight and he’s angry and frustrated that his father drugged him and left him behind. Daliyah tells him that Barry did it for Molly, that it would be too great a loss for her to lose a son and a husband and he did the same thing for other families. Sammy’s phone rings and it’s Molly on the other end saying that Sammy needs to contact Barry, as there’s no military support on its way and they have to turn around. Halima tries contacting them through the radio, but they don’t hear her over the sound of the sandstorm.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on FX.

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The First Lady of Abbudin Leila Al Fayeed, summed things up rather succinctly in the latest episode of the FX Network’s Original Series “Tyrant,” as she responded to a doctor encouraging the Al Fayeed’s to stay positive, during a medical crisis. As the doctor left the room, Leila exclaimed “Clearly she doesn’t know the family.”

Abbudin’s second largest city Ma’an, is under control of the Caliphate Army and their mindset’s quite simple, you can either join their fight, or lose your life. However there’s a small band of resistance in the city, that includes Bassam  Al Fayeed, although he’s still hiding his identity and calling himself Khalid.

However we start the episode at the palace of the President, as Sammy Al Fayeed exits a taxi and is lead into an office to speak with his aunt Leila. He tells her that he’s there to talk with his uncle, she responds his uncle is the President and doesn’t see visitors. He says he’s family and asks that she please tell him he’s there, she says she already has.

Ahmed’s putting on a military uniform as his half-brother Rami Said’s going to introduce the country’s new military forces in a public ceremony. His wife Nusrat asks if she can skip the ceremony as she’s feeling some discomfort from her pregnancy. Ahmed convinces her to come to lend him moral support.

Jamal enters the room his nephew’s in and wants to know what Sammy wants. He pleads with him to allow him to  get the $100 million inheritance that his grandfather left for him. Jamal says that’s for the court to decide and Sammy responds that everyone realizes Jamal determines the court’s decisions. The President warns his nephew to watch how he talks to him.

Sammy smiles at him and says he’s not afraid of him. He says he’s his Uncle Jamal, the guy who used to take him out on motorboats when he was a kid, the guy who tried to teach him to fish. The guy that took him to Disney-World, his crazy Uncle Jamal, his favorite.

Now Jamal smiles, he says that he’s going to get funds from a Swiss bank-account, he says he’s not getting the entire 100 million at once. Jamal will give him $10 million and Sammy will leave the country, never to return. During the next few months Sammy will get the balance in installments. Jamal then quietly says, you’re my favorite too.

The resistance group in Ma’an meets and Siddiq tells them that the Caliphate Army has the city locked down and every day they wait, it will be harder to try to fight them. They discuss that they need a lot more people to put up a fight and weapons as well. Suddenly Bassam’s cellphone rings, it’s Ahmos son Munir telling Bassam that he’s found where the Caliphate are keeping Daliyah.

Bassam meets with Munir, who tells him Bassam must strike that evening as all the men of the Caliphate will be involved in a meeting that will go through the next morning. He says the compound will have minimal coverage, just a couple of guards on duty.

Sammy goes to the man who owns the gay-bar that knows Sammy’s friend Abdul and tells him he has the money for the ransom for the nine gay men that are being held captive by the Caliphate. The man says that they’re all dead, that the Caliphate blindfolded the men, then tied them to chairs and dropped them from the roof of a building to the pavement below. Another man tells Sammy, they’re having a memorial for the nine men that evening and Sammy should attend in memory of Abdul.

Attorney James Timmons and Molly are at an Abbudin bar and Timmons’ proposes a toast to Sammy, for handling his Uncle so well and securing his inheritance. Both are a little bit tipsy and Timmons seems like he’s going to make a move on Molly.

Bassam sneaks into the compound and finds Daliyah and tells her they’ve got to leave immediately. However before they can escape we become aware that there’s a woman standing behind Bassam holding a weapon. She thinks Bassam’s one of the soldiers and she calls him by that soldier’s name and asks what he’s doing in Daliyah’s room? He puts on a Middle-Eastern accent and says that Abu Omar told him to fetch her, but the woman says she doesn’t believe him.

She tells him to turn around, then realizes he’s not the soldier, but she knows his eyes and tells him to uncover his  face. At that point we realize that the woman holding the weapon’s Samira Nadal, the daughter of his childhood friend. Samira’s shocked when she realizes that it’s Bassam and he’s still alive.

Rami introduces the new Abbudin military to the country of Abbudin and the President. Jamal gives a speech praising the unit as the best fighting force the nation’s ever had. Just then Nusrat gasps and tells Ahmed she’s bleeding, she gets up from her chair then collapses on the ground. Everyone on the dais rushes to her.

Bassam tries to convince Samira to let them go, but she asks Bassam if he saw Ihab Rashid the next morning, would he try to kill him. His silence is the only answer she needs and she tells them to both sit on the floor. Bassam says he’s not going to let her make him a hostage, but Samira tells him that if he doesn’t cooperate she’ll kill Daliyah.

Timmons and Molly return to the hotel with their buzz on and Molly wants to check on Sammy, but the attorney says let him be. He then kisses Molly and she pushes him off her saying it’s too soon. He then says something like you never recover, referring to the death of his wife a few years before. She then says that was the first time she kissed somebody else in about 20-years and they kiss again, this time she goes along with it.

The doctor tells the First Family, that the placenta ripped away from Nusrat’s uterus and she needs to operate and deliver the baby, even though he’s only at 24-weeks. His chances of survival are between 40-70% but Nusrat will likely die without the procedure.

Bassam’s trying to form a bond with Samira in hopes that she lets them go. He tells her that her father used to send him her class pictures starting in kindergarten. He tells Daliyah that Samira’s highly educated and Nadal says that she attended school for almost 20-years to become a lawyer.

Her face lights up as she tells them a story about when she was 12-years-old, she and seven of her classmates were chosen to form  a model-debate team. She says they defeated all their opponents and they traveled all over, even to Lebanon. She then says that was just ten years before, but  now she’s the only one left, the rest of the team either died in the gas attacks or are living in refugee camps in other nations.

Bassam asks Samira if she agrees with the Caliphate’s methods and she says she doesn’t. When asked why she’s there then, she says she’s stopped caring about everything but one goal. To make the Al Fayeed family pay for what they took from her, she then says Bassam’s her enemy, because if he wins then Jamal wins.

The doctor lets Ahmed know that Nusrat’s fine, but they lost the baby and they had to perform a hysterectomy to stop her from bleeding. So they can never have children. Ahmed asks if he can see his wife and the doctor says she’s still knocked out, but he can see her soon.

They have the memorial for the nine men and none of the local men knew Abdul very well, so Sammy gives a tribute to his friend. He says that Abdul was torn, because he wanted to become someone important, but he knew if he came out that would never happen in Abbudin.

Jamal and Leila are still sitting at the hospital, when Leila says they should go home and get some rest and return the following day. Jamal says the reason that he can’t sleep, is every time he closes his eyes he sees Bassam’s face with a sad smile. He says that all the bad started after he killed his brother, now he’s losing Abbudin and he lost his  grandson. Leila says it’s all coincidence and as President he has to make tough decisions.

Bassam’s cellphone rings and he tells Samira that it’s the other soldier whose helping him free Daliyah. He says if he doesn’t pick up the phone and call him, he’ll soon walk  through that door. She doesn’t believe Bassam, but the soldier walks through the door and Samira shoots him dead.

Sammy’s about to  leave the memorial when this guy named Marwan says that his cousin was one of the nine killed  by the Caliphate. He knows he was willing to pay the ransom for the men and asks him to contribute the money to the resistance group in Ma’an that are trying to stop the Caliphate. Sammy says if Marwan takes him to meet this resistance group, and they ask for money he’d help. The young man agrees and Sammy sends a text to Molly saying he’ll be back for brunch the next day. Molly’s asleep in bed with James Timmons.

Leila summons Rami and tells him to order an attack  on Ma’an and lets him know that’s not a request. Rami calls the head of his Air Force and tells him to bomb the outskirts  of Ma’an, he doesn’t care if they kill one Caliphate soldier as long as all civilians remain unharmed.

Bassam’s patience has finally run out and he tells Daliyah to stand up and then he places his body between her and Samira and tells Daliyah to leave. Samira warns Bassam that she’ll shoot him and he says you do what you have to do and once again tells Daliyah to keep walking. Samira shoots him in the thigh and Bassam picks the knife up off the floor and stabs Samira deeply in the abdomen. She’s mortally wounded and he doesn’t have time to save her.

He bends down next to her and says he can’t fix this. He says he won’t leave her like that and then tells her that her father loves her. He says he promises that he’ll turn Abbudin into the place she and her friends dreamed of when she was 12. However, that will be for other little girls and not for her. He then stabs her again with the knife this time killing her. He says no more pain and then she starts crying, Daliyah says they have to leave.

Ihab Rashid finds Samira’s body when he gets back from the meeting. He picks her limp body up in his arms and holds her to him then lets out a cry of pure anguish.

Bassam returns to where the resistance are living with Daliyah and she stitches up his bullet wound. He tells her that Ahmos was a very special man and that he loved her deeply. She says she didn’t love him when she married him, but grew to love him as he was such a good man.

Suddenly a blast from outside blows them across the room. The explosion’s part of the airstrike that Rami ordered. Bassam holds Daliyah underneath a table and promises to protect her.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday at 10:00 pm on FX.

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The balance of power’s shifted in Abbudin, the viper in the palace got exterminated and the Caliphate Army not only will take on Abbudin’s military, they’ll be dealing with resistance from citizens banding together to defeat them. While the nation’s President Jamal Al Fayeed, announced to his people a new power structure heading the government, his brother Bassam attempted to convince the numerous tribes that populate the nation, band together to defeat Ihab Rashid and his allies the Caliphate Army. However as Bassam tries to save his country, his son Sammy’s just miles away in an Abbudin court-room, renouncing his father to get his inheritance of $100 million.

We start the evening joining Jamal as he watches global news-reports, concerning the Caliphate Army taking over the village of Ma’an. His wife Leila enters his office and pleads with him to have something to eat or get some rest. He barks back at her, their country’s being overrun and he’s got a meeting with the Chinese. Food and sleep are the last things on his mind.

Abu Omar commander of the Caliphate Army’s torturing a prisoner in Ma’an, trying to attain information about others he considers enemy to the cause. He has one of his soldiers shock the prisoner with jumper-cables attached to a car battery and the man finally talks.

Ihab Rashid’s with a bunch of soldiers on the street, when Ahmos Al-Yazbek approaches him. He asks Rashid to convince Abu Omar to give him back his second wife Daliyah, saying her son Hani needs her. He offers a bag filled with money, saying this is all he has in the world. Ahmos two sons Kasim and Munir watch the conversation a few feet away.

Rashid tells the old man that Daliyah’s safe with them and tells him to keep his money, he’ll need it to help rebuild his village. Ahmos pleads with Rashid, saying he has his two oldest sons as soldiers, but his youngest son needs his mother. Kasim comes over and tells his father to leave, then keeps pushing him until Ahmos turns and walks away, Munir doesn’t look pleased.

A tall man wearing a black turban and his face covered with a black cloth, starts walking towards Ahmos brandishing a rifle. Ahmos thinks the man’s going to rob him, so he throws the bag of money on the ground and screams you want my money take it, it’s all I have. The man picks up the bag, hands it back to Ahmos and lowers the cloth on his face, revealing it’s Bassam. He tells the old man he’s been searching for him for three days, since he heard what happened to Daliyah.

Al-Yazbek tells Bassam he has relatives just a few blocks away and perhaps they can help them rescue Daliyah. Bassam tells the old man to return to his wife and his son, he’ll stay and do everything he can to free her. However Ahmos says he can’t go back to Hani without his mother. He says he’s staying until they rescue her.

The meeting between Jamal and the Chinese Ambassador doesn’t go as well as the leaders of Abbudin would have liked. Al Fayeed says to the Ambassador that this is just a temporary setback, the Ambassador sarcastically recalls the fact that he was assured that Ihab Rashid was dead and that the rebels would never get control of the oil fields.

The President tells the Ambassador with the weapons the Chinese will provide them, they’ll swiftly wipe out the Caliphate Army and Rashid. The Ambassador says his country’s not obligated to give Abbudin any weapons, but General Tariq Al Fayeed reads from the agreement the two countries ratified. The Ambassador says that’s to combat outside threats, China’s not getting involved in Abbudin’s civil-war, but Jamal says the Caliphate are outsiders.

The Ambassador almost broke off relations with Abbudin, when his wife got shot during an attempt on Jamal’s life, so he can barely contain his contempt. He says the deal for weapons was contingent on Jamal keeping his country together, perhaps if he hadn’t gassed his own people, he’d have a better handle on things.

Jamal glares at the Ambassador and spits out that the representative from China plays the human-rights card when China’s one of the worst violators of human-rights on the planet. He calls the Ambassador a puppet and the diplomat and his party leave the office.

Tariq tells his nephew to run after the Ambassador and beg his forgiveness. He says that without their weapons they won’t be able to defeat the Caliphate Army and force them to relinquish Ma’an. Jamal sneers at his uncle and says that he wants the Chinese to clean up the mess he created. Tariq tells Jamal that he got brainwashed by Bassam and he still hears his words in his head. He points to a picture of his brother and Jamal’s father and says remember his words. Your father knew what to do in a situation like this.

An evil smile takes over Jamal’s face and he says I know what to do as well. He then takes the solid gold oil-well that was a gift from the Chinese Ambassador and slams Tariq in the forehead with it. He then kept repeatedly striking him with it, until his son Ahmed pulled Jamal off him. Colonel Mahmoud felt for a pulse, but Tariq was gone.

After Amira hears about Tariq, she seeks out her daughter-in-law Leila for a serious conversation. Amira tells Leila that the only hope for the family and the regime is to get Jamal’s illegitimate son Rami Said to become the head of Abbudin’s military. Leila’s dead-set against the idea at first, but Amira convinces her that it’s their only option.

James Timmons pleads Sammy’s case in front of three Abbudin judges. The spokesman says that the reason the family’s contesting the will, is due to the fact that Barry was tried, convicted and executed for treason. Timmons argues that Sammy shouldn’t be punished for the actions of his father and the judge says he wants to question Sammy.

The judge asks the teenager if he disagrees with his father’s actions and Sammy responds, that he believes his father was delusional and selfish, thinking he could come back after 20-years and take over the country. The judge asks if Sammy renounces his father Bassam Al Fayeed and his actions, the teenager says he does. The judge says he’d like to hear Sammy say the words and the teen renounces his father. When they get outside the courtroom, Timmons tells Sammy he did a great job and hopefully the judges will now rule in his favor.

Ahmos and Bassam go to the neighborhood his relatives lived in and it’s nothing but rubble, he sees the corpse of his 14-year-old cousin and starts to weep, but suddenly some people emerge from the rubble pointing rifles at the pair. One of them asks what they want and Ahmos says he’s looking for relatives. He’s told none of his relatives are there  and he asks about his cousin, the girl holding the removes the mask around her face and he realizes it’s his cousin’s daughter.

The girl tells the pair that most of the men are being held prisoner by the Caliphate and Bassam comes up with a plan to rescue the prisoners with the help of Ahmos’ son Munir. He tells the old man to get him on the phone.

Leila goes to talk to Rami Said, saying that neither Jamal or her son Ahmed have what it takes to be a General. She asks Rami to stay and become head of the Abbudin military. Said’s shocked and flattered that Leila has approached him but he declines the offer, saying Abbudin’s not his home. She says that the places he’s saved in his position with the United Nations weren’t his home. Then she says it’s your grandmother’s home and your mother’s home, we can see by the look in Rami’s eyes that Leila convinced him to take the job.

Munir tells all the soldiers on  the street that he just got a call about some skirmish a few blocks away and they all take off, then he does the same thing to the soldiers guarding the prisoners and they head for the skirmish as well. Seconds later Bassam, Ahmos and the women and children open the cages and free the prisoners. However it doesn’t take long before Abu Omar realizes they were set-up.

The prisoners have all gotten out and Ahmos and Bassam are about to leave when they hear some women screaming, there’s a cage with about six women in it. One of them is Halima, the young woman who spray-painted Free Bassam Free Abbudin in the second season premiere. They free the women, but the Caliphate soldiers arrive firing their weapons. Ahmos gets shot but Bassam gets him back to the neighborhood.

Rami’s at the palace and he’s on a video-conference with the leader of a band of mercenaries. Said tells the man what he needs and the man says he’s got it covered. Jamal interrupts the conversation and asks the man how many soldiers he can provide. The man responds as many as you can pay for Mr. President. Ahmed comes into the office and Jamal introduces Ahmed to Rami as their new General and Ahmed’s brother.

Back in the neighborhood, Ahmos is taking his final breaths and he’s at peace, but he makes Bassam promise to get Daliyah back to Hani. Bassam says he will and the old man squeezes his hand and then takes his last breath. Bassam covers him with a sheet.

The entire first family and all the major government officials arrive for Jamal’s address to his people. The President talks about the foreign invaders that are trying to take over Abbudin and talks about the high death toll including General Tariq Al Fayeed. He then introduces the new military commander for the nation Rami Said and says even now General Said has plans in effect, we see the mercenaries flying to Abbudin.

The man who appears to be the leader of the escaped prisoners Siddiq, says that they must leave their village and head elsewhere. Bassam says if they do that then all these people that they’ve lost have died in vain. Siddiq asks who Bassam is and one of the women replies that he was a friend of Ahmos and it was his idea to rescue the prisoners. Siddiq now treats him far more politely. He says that their tribe isn’t strong enough to take on the Caliphate and Bassam agrees. He says however if we can get all the tribes to band together, we can force them from our country. He says their ancestors forced the Romans out of Abbudin, he believes they can defeat the Caliphate.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday Night at 10:00 pm on FX.

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The times are tumultuous for the Middle-Eastern nation of Abbudin and the country’s ruling family the Al Fayeed’s in the FX Original Series ‘Tyrant.” The rebel movement’s licking their collective wounds and regrouping with a new strategy. Change is also effecting the Bedouin community, that Bassam’s residing in as a guest of Ahmos Al-Yazbek, as Ahmos’ second wife  Daliyah is leaving for Germany. She’ll be staying there six-months to study how to become a solar-engineer, which will vastly improve life for the residents in her village.

Back in California, it turns out that the lawyers for the Al Fayeed estate are contesting the will and unless Barry and Molly’s son Sammy returns to Abbudin and appears in court, he can kiss his $100 million inheritance goodbye. Jamal’s starting to think that his son Ahmed may lack the skills to be the Minister Of Energy Development, when his mother Amira reveals some mind-blowing news to Abbudin’s President.

Let’s start things off with that revelation, as Amira informs her son that he’s got a 25-year-old son that he never knew existed. Turns out that when Jamal was a very young man, he fell in love with a girl and the two had made arrangements to leave the country and live the life they wanted. However Jamal’s father caught wind of the scheme, beat the stuffing out of his son and told him if they left Abbudin, they’d both get punished far more severely. The elder Al Fayeed forbade his son to ever contact the girl again, so he was unaware she was carrying his son. However Amira stayed in touch with her and helped her and her son financially.

The woman passes away and Amira went to the funeral and talked with her grandson Rami Said, a Task Force Commander for the United Nations. Rami’s upset that he didn’t make it back to Abbudin before his mother passed, Amira tells him he was a wonderful son and his mother adored him. She then tells him it’s time that his father knows about him and that the two meet.

Jamal and Amira haven’t spoken since he ordered his brother’s execution and he’s surprised to see her. However she quickly lets him know what this visit’s about. She then tells him that she never told him, because his father would have forbidden Jamal to contact his son. But the time is right for them to meet. Jamal doesn’t like the idea and tells his mother as much, then quickly ends their meeting.

Ahmed comes into his father’s office and asks him why he still hasn’t signed the paperwork finalizing the deal with the Chinese on their oil refinery. Ahmed responds that it’s 300 pages and he wants to make sure there aren’t any loopholes, Jamal tells him to get up earlier and go to bed later. Before Ahmed leaves the office, he gives his father a picture of the ultrasound exam that Nusrat had that morning. Jamal’s grandchild will be a boy, he props the picture up on his desk, then calls Amira to arrange a meeting with Rami.

Ihab Rashid and Samira Nadal are in hiding at a safe-house and eating stale pita-bread. He gives photographs of himself and Samira to a young man and tells him to bring the pictures to a friend of Rashid’s. He says the man’s a forger and he’ll produce documents for Ihab and Samira to travel to Europe. He tells the young man to return as soon as the documents are finished. The young man says he can handle the assignment and leaves.

Abbudin soldiers and the liaison for the program in Germany arrive in the Bedouin village and Daliyah goes and meets with them. As they meet, the village doctor comes over  and talks with Ahmos’ sons about Daliyah heading to Germany. Munir says he believes his mother’s jealous of Daliyah’s beauty and is forcing her to move to Germany, but Kasim tells him that’s stupid and to shutup. The doctor asks Bassam about his opinion and he says he thinks it’s a great idea and will help the village immensely. The doctor laughs at him and says Daliyah will never return to Abbudin once she experiences life in Europe.

The doctor’s words anger and scare Daliyah and Ahmos son Hani, whose been milking the family’s goat while listening to their conversation. He dumps over the bucket of milk and socks Kasim in the jaw when the older brother yells at him, then he runs out of the pen.

James Timmons, the attorney that’s helping Sammy get his inheritance drop’s by the Al Fayeed house unexpectedly. He tells them that the lawyers are contesting the will and Sammy needs to appear in court in Abbudin. Molly says she forbids Sammy from going back there, but her son tells her he wants his inheritance. The two yell at each other and Sammy leaves the house.

Rami Said arrives at the palace and after Amira introduces the men to each other, she suggests that Jamal give Rami a tour of the palace. We rejoin them mid-tour, as Al Fayeed’s pointing out all the tile in a certain room, he says it took a year for the builders to complete the job. He then says, you’d think it would be wonderful to grow up here, but it really wasn’t.

We then find out why Khaled Al Fayeed was so dead set against Jamal getting involved with Rami’s mother, she was a Rashid. Jamal explains to Rami that the relationship was doomed even before it started, a tale of two star-crossed lovers, whose families despised each other. He then tells Rami that he looks just like his mother, he says that he has her eyes, she had very kind eyes.

The men go target shooting and Jamal’s amazed that Rami has perfect aim. The two walk out to the courtyard and Leila approaches them. Jamal introduces them, telling his wife that Rami’s originally from Abbudin, but he’s been stationed all over the world with the United Nations. Leila asks how they met and Jamal says that he makes it his business to seek out Abbudin’s best.

Back in their bedroom, Jamal can’t stop singing the praises of Rami and Leila asks if he knows that Said’s a Rashid. Jamal says he’s just a distant cousin and he has no contact with Ihab or the rest of the rebels. He then says that he thinks that Rami could be a big help for his administration and Leila realizes there’s something her husband’s not telling her.

Jamal tells Leila that Rami’s his son and that Amira just informed him about him earlier that day. He then explains about the relationship which took place long before they met. Leila says that Jamal’s not bringing his illegitimate son into her house and make him part of the family. She tells her husband that he has just one son Ahmed.

There’s a knock on the door of the safe-house, it’s the young man and Ihab lets him in the door. He grabs the envelope and sees that it’s empty and asks the guy where are the papers? The young man said they threatened his family and with that the door bursts open and some burly guys grab Ihab and Samira, put black bags over their heads and takes them away.

The pair are transported to Syria and when the bags are removed from their heads, a young man tells Ihab that it’s good to see him again. Samira asks Rashid if he knows him and he does, it’s Abu Omar and they studied together in Egypt. Omar says they’re friends and Rashid questions that statement, but Omar responds he always considered him a friend. He sends Samira with his wife to get fed, while he talks to Ihab.

Rashid tells Abu that he’s changed and Omar responds that spending two-years in the prisons of Mubarak in Egypt will do that to a man. He says he wants to help Ihab overthrow the Al Fayeed regime and help Rashid become the leader of his nation. Rashid says he’s done fighting, Omar responds from where he’s sitting, Ihab has yet to start to fight.

Jamal meets Rami the next morning in a café in the capital, Rami’s a little taken-aback that Al Fayeed cleared the café of all of their customers, so the two could drink their coffee privately. Jamal smiles and tells Rami that he wants him in the government and offers him as the second in command in the Abbudin army. Rami says he didn’t want to meet Jamal to get a job and Al Fayeed says he realizes that, but he wants him on his team.

Rami says he’s flattered but he’s an Al Fayeed and a Rashid, something he’s lived with all his life and why he left Abbudin to advance his career. He says that Jamal’s asking him to choose sides and the President responds that now there are no sides. Said says that’s because you gassed the opposition and Jamal responds it’s complicated. Rami once again says he’s flattered but he’s staying with the United Nations. The two men tell each other they’re very glad they met, Rami tells his father you’re not the man I was expecting.

Daliyah’s beside herself with worry as Hani has been missing since the incident in the goat pen, that afternoon. She says that it was a stupid idea to think about going to Germany, but Bassam says he thinks that the move will help the village. She rolls her eyes and says she’s not taking advice from someone whose wife thinks he’s dead.

Bassam realizes where Hani’s hiding as the two of them talked about hiding places. He convinces Hani that his mother’s doing a good thing and she will return to Abbudin. Then he tells the boy that he’ll stay with him for the six months, his mother’s in Germany.

The next day Daliyah says her goodbyes to her family. She hugs Hani and says the next time he sees her she’ll be a solar-engineer. She says they’ll build a house and Hani will have his own room. They hug and she gets into the jeep with the two soldiers and the woman from the program and off they go.

A while later they’re driving along, when several vehicles containing rebels force them from the road. The two soldiers are immediately shot in the head, then the rebels force the two women to lie on their bellies in the sand. As Daliyah turns around to look at her captors, we see that Ihab Rashid’s standing over her brandishing a pistol.

The Story Continues Next Tuesday on FX.

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Last summer on the FX Network Original Series “Tyrant,” we met the Al Fayeed brothers, the oldest Jamal, next in line to succeed his father as President of the mythical Middle-Eastern nation Abbudin and his younger brother Bassam. The younger brother fled the land of his birth and his family 20-year-earlier, changed his name to Barry and became a Californian pediatrician. Now married to an American doctor and the father of a teenage son and daughter, he and his family traveled back to his homeland last year, to attend the wedding of Jamal’s son.

Barry had only planned to spend a long weekend in Abbudin before flying back home to California, when his father died on the day of the wedding, elevating Jamal to the Presidency. The new leader asked his brother to remain in Abbudin as his chief-advisor as he was finding his way and to his wife and children’s amazement, Barry agreed to help him.

After being back in Abbudin for just weeks, Barry deduced that his brother wasn’t fit for the Presidency and for the good of the nation, he planned a bloodless coup. Along with an assist by the United States Ambassador to Abbudin, Barry planned to oust Jamal from the Presidency, allowing Jamal and his wife Leila to retain their assets and move to one of their other homes outside of the country.

Jamal however found out about the overthrow attempt in last season’s finale and sentenced his brother to a death sentence. We return to the Middle-Eastern nation four months later and we encounter a teenage couple spray-painting graffiti over placards of Jamal’s picture. A graphic tells us they sprayed “Free Bassam, Free Abbudin,” on the posters before sneaking into the night.

We get our first look at Barry in his cell, he appears gaunt and has grown a long unkempt beard and he’s reading, when Jamal comes into talk to him. There’s a chess-table set-up outside the cell, the brothers have played an ongoing game during the President’s visits, but Barry doesn’t feel like playing this time.

Jamal tells his brother that he looks thin and Barry responds his appetite hasn’t been strong, then asks to be allowed to see his wife Molly. The President ignores the request, saying he’ll get Barry some of those cookies he likes, from a nearby bakery, the younger brother asks if that’s a peace-offering? Jamal snorts then says he’s waiting for Barry to apologize to him.

Bassam says he’s sorry, then he says he’s sorry that he got them into this position. Jamal says that’s not the apology he wanted and Barry says he did what he had to do and now asks his brother to do the same. The older brother chuckles, saying he’ll decide when to make his move, he might keep Bassam locked up for life then leaves the prison.

The brothers’ uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed, leader of the nation’s military shows Jamal’s wife Leila, pictures of the graffiti and asks when her husband will execute Bassam? Leila says that Jamal won’t discuss it and Tariq says while Bassam lives the people have hope, once he’s executed the masses will forget him and his message.

The failed coup-attempt, ended relations between Abbudin and the United States and the nation now has aligned itself with China and they’ve started building the Shunshin oil-refinery in the desert. Jamal and his son Ahmed watch as workmen build the facility. The President tells his son he’s naming him the new Minister for Energy Development. Ahmed says he knows nothing about the oil-industry and Jamal says they’ll learn about it together.

The son doesn’t appear pleased with the prospects and tells his father he’s involved with some investors in Dubai and they’re trying to build a boutique hotel in London. Jamal tells his son to let the investors know they’ll have to get themselves another partner, he’s staying in Abbudin.

Ihab Rashid the leader of the rebels, was supposed to be taking on Jamal in an open election, however that got cancelled after the coup-attempt. The rebel factions are still fighting and they take out a soldier and send one of their own men in his uniform in a truck behind the barricades. The driver leaves the truck, then detonates the bombs attached, killing seven soldiers in the strike.

Jamal meets with his advisers and Colonel Mahmoud informs the President that the rebels took out seven-soldiers. The President asks his advisers how they should retaliate and Tariq says that the rebels are located in Al Jaffa and he recommends a limited chemical-weapons strike. Tariq authorized the use of chemical weapons against his own countrymen, 20-years earlier killing thousands. Jamal asks to speak to the General outside the conference room.

Jamal tells his Uncle he won’t become a pariah and the use of chemical weapons is out. He tells Tariq to talk with Mahmoud and find where the rebels weapons are stashed and to bomb the weapons depot. He then says to his uncle that Tariq would never have dared brought up chemical weapons to Bassam, he says his brother’s in a cell, but Jamal keeps Bassam’s voice in his head.

It’s renovation day at the former American Embassy, as the Chinese are soon going to take over the facility. Plaques are being removed from walls and furniture’s being carried out, while Molly’s on Skype with her son Sammy in California. He and Emma are both back in the States and have gone back to school, while Molly awaits word on her husband’s fate. She cuts the call short when CIA Agent Lea Exley, the only American official in Abbudin enters the office.

Molly tells Exley about all the efforts she’s made trying to secure Barry’s release and the CIA operative tells her she’s doing a great job. Molly asks if she should stop her efforts, but Exley implores her to keep pushing and to keep hope alive, although both women get little comfort from that statement.

Barry’s childhood friend Fauzi Nadal now an anti-government journalist, goes to the rebel camp to talk with his daughter Samira. He’s gotten them each documentation to emigrate to Denmark, where Fauzi says they can fight the battle from a distance. Samira says she can’t go and that he should follow the example of his friend Bassam and stay and fight. The expression on Nadal’s face tells us that the message resonated with him.

Ahmed’s drunk and attempting to shoot a whiskey bottle from 20 feet away but misses his three shots by a wide margin. His wife Nusrat chides him for not telling her that his father appointed him the new Energy Development Minister, but Ahmed says he wants the two of them to leave Abbudin. Nusrat tells her husband that Jamal would disinherit them as well as the child they have on the way. She clutches her belly and says that their child’s an Al Fayeed and she wants that child to have all the benefits that go with that name.

The weapon depot gets destroyed and Ihab Rashid’s taken to a man that others claim gave up the location. The man starts crying, as he says that he did not give up any information, but he believes their cause is hopeless. He says all they’re doing is killing each other and that Jamal’s too powerful to overthrow.

Rashid tells the man he realizes he’s not the informant, as he lacks the guts to be a traitor, he pushes him away and tells him to take his wife and move to Beirut. He then tells the rest of his followers that any of them can leave with them. He says they’ll get more weapons and keep striking Al Fayeed until he falls.

Jamal’s mother comes to speak with him and Leila on Molly’s behalf, asking her son to let Bassam see his wife. Jamal tells her he won’t do that and asks her to leave. Leila says that until Jamal executes Bassam he looks weak, that pundits are saying he can’t make up his mind. He says the Chinese are coming the following evening, she says that Bassam should get executed in the morning.

Molly and Lea are talking in Molly’s office, when a group of soldiers enter the room and escort Molly out. The good news is she’s getting to see Barry, the bad news is their executing him in the morning. They have five minutes together, he asks about the kids and tells her where all the documents are. She says she has a million things to say to him and she doesn’t know where to start.

He asks her to tell him she forgives him and what he did was worth his life, but she bites her lip. He says everybody lies here, except for you. She grabs his face with her hands and says that Jamal called off the elections and curtailed free speech, just as Barry predicted. However she says he’s inspired the people and tells him about the “Free Bassam, Free Abbudin” movement. She says he made a difference.  A soldier comes in to take her away, Barry says he’s ready and he’s at peace. They kiss and she’s escorted out.

The next morning, Bassam’s hosed off and then given some ragged garments to wear. We see them slip a black-hood over his head, then we head to the scaffold where the President, his family and advisers are seated in a box. A man’s taken out to the scaffold, as the noose is put around his neck, Jamal rises from his seat. He nods his head, the trap door’s released and the man’s hung and his body stops moving. Jamal leaves the podium, shortly followed by Leila, who rushes into a bathroom and vomits. She then composes herself, Jamal’s in the shower letting the water soak over him, she joins him in there and she hugs him. However something seems off.

That night just before the Chinese delegation arrives, Jamal’s mother finds out that Bassam’s dead. She screams at her son and calls him a monster, he has some aides take her upstairs. Moments later Jamal, Leila and Ahmed greet the Chinese delegation.

The final scene takes place in the desert, as a chopper sits on the ground while Jamal and a soldier carrying a body walk through the sand. When they lay the man down, we see it’s Bassam, the soldier injects him with a hypodermic-needle and Bassam wakes up. The President hung another man in his place and gave Bassam a sedative to knock him out. Jamal says he could have forgiven Bassam for killing him, but he couldn’t forgive Bassam for forcing Jamal to have Bassam’s blood on his hands. So he says you can depend on this land you claim to love so much for your survival. Jamal and the soldier, climb into the chopper leaving Barry to fend for himself in the middle of nowhere.

The Story Continues Next Wednesday Night at 10:00 pm on FX.

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The Lion Tamer’s transformation into the new King Of The Beasts, took a giant leap forward on the seventh episode of the FX Original Series “Tyrant,” as Barry/Bassam Al Fayeed, allowed the end to justify the means in making some major decisions. This episode had many revelations, about events taking place currently, as well shocking information about the past. During the hour Barry went from telling his brother Jamal, that he and his family were flying home; to believing Abbudin may need him far more than he ever considered.

The episode began seconds after the previous one, as Jamal allowed his emotions to overtake his common sense, when Sheikh Rashid told the President of Abbudin, that he’d fear a race for the Presidency far more if he ran against Barry instead of Jamal. The elderly opposition leader went into a coughing jag and Jamal attacked him, knocking him onto the floor of a bathroom stall with a blow to his back, then grabbing his head and slammed it into a toilet. Al Fayeed walked out thinking, he’d soon be dead and all would think that the Sheik collapsed and hit his head on the porcelain when he fell.

Before security discovered the Sheik, Barry and American Ambassador to Abbudin John Tucker had a brief conversation, in which Tucker brought up the nickname he had given Barry, the lion tamer. Al Fayeed asks why everybody’s making a big deal about that and the ambassador responds, that all Barry needs to know is certain people may have tried to start a regime change if he wasn’t by Jamal’s side. Right then Molly appeared and told them that the Sheik had collapsed and they rushed to where he laid.

Jamal felt far less secure when Barry and Molly examined the Sheik and Molly found a pulse and performed CPR on him, then transported the old man to the hospital. The attending physician told his two sons that they had stabilized the Sheik’s condition, but had to induce a coma because of the brain-swelling, but there was hope he would regain consciousness. Jamal walked into the room as the doctor announced his prognosis and told the Rashids that he would help them in any way possible and he postponed the ceremony signing the document calling for free and open elections, due to the situation. He then asked to talk to his brother and the two went into an empty room.

President Jamal Al Fayeed’s in reality a very simple man; had he been born to any other family in Abbudin, he’d probably live like a peasant. He’s strong and tough, but lacks any cunning or finesse; although raised from birth to become the President of his nation upon his father’s death, he’s overwhelmed at the situation he’s in. He feels like a caged animal and reacts in the same manner, lashing out at all he perceives a threat.

After clumsily trying to find out, whether the Sheik would regain consciousness, Jamal admits to Barry what he did and tells his brother that he needs him to make sure he doesn’t wake up. He wants his brother to inject Rashid so that the Sheik can’t tell the world about what Jamal did to him and Barry’s appalled at what he’s hearing. He tells Jamal, he won’t grant his request and when the President asks him what Barry thinks should happen, he says that he and Molly and the kids are heading back to California. He tells his Brother he’s broken and that Barry can’t fix him.

Jamal feeling abandoned heads back to the palace and starts drinking. Leila enters their bedroom and asks Jamal what’s wrong and he responds that they have a compound in the Maldives, where nobody lives and he and Leila could lie naked on the white sand beach and nobody would know them. She asks her husband why he’d desire anonymity when he’s been trained for his position of power since childhood? He tells her what he did to the Sheik and says he did a very bad thing.

Leila’s ecstatic instead of being upset and tells her husband that his actions are those of the man she married. He replies that Barry told him he’s broken and she says that Barry’s been poisoning his mind since his arrival, he should call off the elections and show his people he’s in charge. Leila then says they can do anything together and Jamal responds then they should get on a plane and fly to the Maldives that evening. She tells her husband, that he can’t up and leave in the middle of a crisis and he replies that she just told him they could do anything together.

Barry’s also back at the palace and his mother Amira, comes to talk about whether her son believes that the Sheik’s collapsing was in reality foul play and he asks why she would think that. She then confides in her youngest son, information only a handful of people are aware of. The Sheik’s supporters were not responsible for the bombing of the army barracks that broke off negotiations between Rashid and his father 20-years earlier. She then tells him that his father was not responsible for the gassing of his own people; his uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed committed both acts. He bombed his own soldiers to break off negotiations and when the President refused to gas the province the Sheik controlled, Tariq gave the orders to gas the people.

All the information that Amira told Barry, overloaded his senses and he lost it; first accusing his mother of lying, then asking why his father never revealed the truth to him, knowing his youngest son despised him for the atrocity. She replied that her husband feared for his son’s lives if they found out and Tariq would stop at nothing to get his own way. She asks if thinks Tariq’s responsible and her son responds with a derisive laugh and then told her the Sheik would have died immediately if Tariq did it. Barry asks who else knows, beside her and Tariq and we find out in the next scene.

Naturally the other individual’s the former President’s Chief Advisor Yussef and Barry asks him how he could even hold a civil conversation with Tariq and the old man says a line that succinctly surmised the rest of the episode “You do what you have to do to survive.” He explained that Barry’s father fought to get people together, while Tariq’s only concern’s been to keep the Al Fayeed family in power. Yussef then told him that the brothers’ differences in philosophy, made them a powerful duo; with the former President a visionary who wanted his people to prosper and Tariq the hammer that disposed of any threats to the regime. Barry then asks about the man he shot at the age of ten, a political prisoner that their father wanted young Jamal to shoot, but the boy lacked the nerve to pull the trigger, so Barry did the deed to end his father berating his brother. He asks Yussef to get the man’s address so he can talk to his widow and family.

Rebuffed by Leila, President Al Fayeed heads to the home of his American mistress Katerina, who’s surprised to see him as he had told her he would come by later in the week. After the couple have sex, they lie in bed together and Jamal asks the woman, if she’d share her bed with him if he was not President of Abbudin. She responds that if she was unattractive, Jamal wouldn’t want her, it’s the entire makeup of each of them that drew the couple together. Satisfied with her response, he asks her about running away to the Maldives together and describes the beauty and serenity of the islands.

Barry drive’s to one of the poorest sections of the capital and knocks on the door of the home his victim lived in before dying from the pistol shots. A young woman answers the door and tells Al Fayeed that the family moved away shortly after the father got shot and killed for being a traitor. She then says that moving when they had, saved the family from certain death, as all the residents of the neighborhood died in the gas attacks. We see by the expression in Al Fayeed’s face that perhaps some good came about as the result of his heinous act as a boy, if the family hadn’t moved out of fear the government would come after them as well, they’d been killed 20-years earlier.

After leaving the home Barry drives to a place he thought he’d left forever, a mosque and joins his fellow Muslims in prayer. As he puts on his shoes after the service, in walks his childhood friend Fauzi Nadal, quite surprised to find Barry in a mosque. Al Fayeed tells his old friend that he reached his tipping point earlier in the day He laughs at his own naiveté, believing he could make a difference in a country bound by tradition and fear. Fauzi, tells his old friend that the game just started and tells Barry not to diminish what he already accomplished, getting Jamal to agree to free and open elections was a move beyond exceeding any fantasy the people had. He then told his friend that he’s found himself waking up with hope for the first time in 20-years.

Barry’s mindset has turned 180 degrees in the last few hours, with the revelation that the man’s family was alive as a result of his inexcusable actions and Nadal’s conversation and realizes he can be the catalyst that sends Abbudin on the right course. He drives to the hospital the Sheik’s in and asks the Sheik’s older son Jamir how his father’s doing and Rashid responds there’s been no change, which the doctors take as a positive. He then asks Jamir and his brother Ihab for permission to spend some time with the Sheik, as he would like to tell him some things and the brothers grant his request, however first Ihab tells him that he’s always despised the Al Fayeed family, but thanks Barry for bringing his father back to Abbudin.

Barry pulls up a chair to the Sheik’s bed and he tells the unconscious opposition leader about the information he had learned from his mother earlier and that his father truly wanted to negotiate a peace agreement with Rashid. He then tells the old man, they have another chance to reach the agreement that eluded the Sheik and the former President, but for that to occur they must sacrifice Rashid and then injects him in the hand with some sort of chemical, which would result in a painless death in a few hours. He then tells the old man that he’s dying the way he lived, for the good of his people.

Back at Katerina’s place Jamal’s walking around her bedroom with a towel around his waist while she sleeps. His phone rings and he’s surprised at the number that shows up is Barry’s. The younger brother’s drinking at a bar when he tells the President he granted his request and the man he’s concerned about will be gone within others. Jamal thanks his brother and tells him he loves him as he comes to the realization that he dodged a major bullet, but his regime’s now safe.

Katerina wakes up, just as he disconnects and she asks him if that’s the pilot that will fly them to the Maldives that evening. She tells Jamal that nobody ever game up anything for her previously, especially not an entire country. The President climbs back in bed, kisses her and then puts a pillow over her face suffocating her to death. Apparently the President felt she’d be a threat now that he decided to stay in power, so he eliminated the threat.

Barry’s left the bar, but he’s walking the streets of Abbudin carrying a bottle wrapped in a brown bag and swigging from it. He stops to call John Tucker and tells the Ambassador he needs to meet with him, but Tucker responds it’s 4:00am. He then asks Barry what he’s so anxious to talk about and Al Fayeed says he wants the names of those who would like to see Jamal deposed, as his brother’s incapable of running Abbudin.

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.

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The summit meeting that nobody ever expected took place in the sixth episode of the FX Network Original Series Tyrant, as Abbudin President Jamal Al Fayeed sat down and negotiated with rebel forces leader Sheik Rashid. The opposition leader had been in exile for 20-years until the President’s brother Barry/Bassam Al Fayeed talked him into returning in the previous episode. The President wants to clear the square in the capital in a peaceful manner and willing to grant concessions to the Sheik, to achieve his goal. Jamal has doubts about whether the meeting should take place, but his brother convinces him that’s their best move.

The Sheik and his son Ihab, head to the palace in a limousine, part of a large motorcade including security. The father tells his son, that he’s counting on him to act like a statesman during the meeting and that they must stay on the higher road despite what the President’s staff states. Barry’s giving the same speech to his brother, telling him that if the Sheik offers any new proposals, he should respond by saying he’ll take that under advisement.

The Sheik arrives at the palace and has his picture taken with his two sons and his brother Walid Rashid. As the photographers finish, the Sheik tells his brother to head home and Walid’s confused and disappointed telling the Sheik that he came to help in negotiations, as he has dealt with the regime for the last decade. The Sheik tells his brother that he made friends with the people who betrayed them and once again tells him to go home.

After going through a procession line, Jamal, Barry and their father’s closest adviser Yussef, meet behind closed doors with the Sheik and his two sons. After some tense but amenable small talk, the President offers the same concessions that he earlier proposed to Ihab Rashid. The Sheik, thanks his opponent for his kindness, but then tells the President that he’s looking for a promise of open and free elections, monitored by the United Nations. The inner battle between what the Abbudin leader wants to say and knows he should say, register on his face for about 30-seconds, until he says he’ll take it under advisement. When Barry asks the Sheik if he will order his supporters to clear the square, Rashid responds by repeating the President’s last statement.

Jamal walks out of the meeting, fuming and berating Barry for setting up the situation they find themselves in and the brothers head into the meeting room of the President’s top advisers. The President asks the brother’s uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed, what damage would be incurred by the occupants if the military clears the square and Tariq responds most likely about two thousand injured and 200 deaths. Jamal, replies that there would be 200 dead the next day and then his regime would be at war with the citizens and the General reminds the President, that his military’s quite adept at winning wars. The President asks his advisers if anyone has a better alternative and the room remains silent, he then tells the group, he needs an hour to collect his thoughts and exits.

As Jamal sits in his office he receives a text from Barry, saying that he has another option and he’s behind him. The President turns around in his chair and sees his brother in the courtyard behind him and lets him into the office. Barry’s alternative, strikes his brother as insane at first blush, but as he gives his reasons, leader of Abbudin becomes intrigued. The younger Al Fayeed tells his brother, to agree to free-elections and then explains how any elections are at best a year to 18-months away. Worst case scenario; Jamal gathers his funds and invests them in Swiss banks, by an island and live out his days in the lap of luxury, with nobody asking for his head.

However Barry tells his brother he believes that he can win an open election and use the office to his advantage, by building hospitals and schools for the people, to help win them over. He tells Jamal, that his citizens don’t know him, but he’ll have plenty of time to win their love and respect before the elections are held and win easily. If he does win, his regime’s stronger than ever and he wins respect on the world stage, for himself, the Al Fayeed family and Abbudin. The President asks his brother for some time to think it over, but it’s pretty apparent Jamal’s leaning towards his brother’s suggestions.

The graphic on the screen tells us that three weeks have passed and Jamal wakes up feeling amorous and wants to make love to his wife Leila, but she rebuffs his advances, as she’s angry at her husband for agreeing to free-elections. Jamal asks her if she’s watched TV, that commentators are referring to him as a “beacon of hope” in the Middle East. Leila responds with a snide comeback, leaves the bed and the room, while her husband lies there frustrated. Seconds later, Yussef calls the President on his cellphone with the news that “60 Minutes,” has requested an interview with him.

Jamal enters his morning meeting with his advisers, asking about the funding for the new schools and hospitals he wants built and his finance minister responds, they have yet to get the money to start the project. When Jamal questions what the hang-up is, the minister replies that normally they would fund such a project with war bonds, but with free elections on the horizon, questions about the military’s stability have arisen. Tariq’s second in command, tells the President that the amount of young men not reporting when they receive their induction to the draft has risen dramatically, as well as the incidents of enlisted men attacking officers. Tariq, then follows up asking his nephew, to call off the elections and let he and the military handle the citizens.

The President asks the General if he’s heard that he’s been approached by the world-renowned TV show for an interview, then asks his uncle and the finance minister if either of them had ever been contacted by the show, to which they both sheepishly respond they haven’t. He then tells his advisers he’s on his way to an emergency meeting with the Norwegian attaché and when he returns he wants to hear nothing but positives from the group.

The meeting’s neither with a diplomat or a Norwegian, as Jamal’s come to visit an attractive American young woman with blonde hair, who maybe the President’s former mistress. After getting attention from the woman that Leila denied him, he asks her if she thinks the people of Abbudin love him and she responds like Barry did, that they have yet to know him, but once they did he assured him they would love him.

Barry enters Leila’s quarters and her crew of makeup people and hairdressers, leave the two alone in the room. The younger brother comes off as patronizing his sister-in-law, as he tries to tell her what to say in the TV interview and she cuts him off at the knees, telling him she’s been dealing with the press since turning 18. She then starts smirking at Barry and asking him if he truly feels important and the man pulling the strings? She says he comes across as self-satisfied and Barry excuses himself for the intrusion and leaves the room.

We watch the interview unfold, with segments from Jamal’s mother, Leila and the General, all speaking of the President in glowing terms. The President’s handling the questions posed to him in a stately and dignified fashion and the session looks like a home-run for the Al Fayeed regime. Then the interviewer plays a clip of the Sheik talking about his opponent, calling him a lion and he’s afraid sometimes that he’ll walk away headless when they meet. However, he then tells the reporter, that the real difference maker, maybe younger brother Bassam, an American, who he calls the lion-tamer, ticking Jamal off.

Barry arrives at the Sheik’s house and the elder Rashid, apologizes for not getting up to greet his guest, but his health has him restricted to sitting. We saw evidence of his ill-health earlier in the episode as he had to head to the bathroom during their first meeting at the palace, due to a coughing jag. Barry asks why the Sheik made the remarks about the brothers relationship and Rashid admits that he did it to cause friction between the two Al Fayeeds. He then tells his guest, that he reminds him very much of Barry’s father and calls him one of the most brilliant statesman in history and that Barry’s his father’s son. That statement, would have angered Al Fayeed six weeks earlier, but he accepts it as a compliment. He then tells the Sheik that the true intention of his visit’s to extend an invitation to attend the ceremony, which will change the constitution and allow for free-elections.

Jamal’s back with the woman and he tells her he believes he’s unlovable, his father liked him sometimes, other times not. His mother loves all her children no matter what and his brother pities him and thinks that’s love. She asks about his wife and his expression tells her to quickly change topics and she tells him that she loves him.

The ceremony’s about to take place at the palace and the Sheik arrives, accompanied by both his sons and works the room like a Vegas entertainer, which the President takes notice of. Right then the American Ambassador to Abbudin John Tucker, greets the President and remarks that Rashid’s a force of nature. Visibly disturbed, Al Fayeed excuses himself and heads to the visitors rest-room. Seconds later the door opens again and Yussef guides the Sheik into the facility. The Sheik starts to refresh himself at the sink and the President remarks that great minds think alike.

Jamal standing across the room says to Rashid, that the people truly love him and the Sheik responds he’s a benign old man, which creates the love, however he loves them right back. The President then asks his opponent, if he’s got love for Barry and the Sheik responds that he admires the younger brother very much. He then tells Jamal, that he wakes up joyous every morning realizing that Barry’s not his opponent in the upcoming election, then collapses into another coughing jag.

The President seems concerned initially, patting the Sheik on the back and telling him to cough it up, but the anger soon surfaces and he shouts, “Old man, cough up a lung,” then hits the Sheik hard between his shoulder blades, causing Rashid to fall to his knees in a stall.

Jamal, loses control knocking the old man’s head against the toilet and Rashid blacks out. The President feels the Sheik’s neck for a pulse, but we can’t tell by his expression if Rashid’s dead or alive. He leaves the rest-room as the episode draws to a close.

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.