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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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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.

Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/FX

Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/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.

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Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/FX

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Bassam Al Fayeed fled his homeland Abbudin  at age 16, ashamed and mortified by the actions of his father, then the nation’s President. He moved to California, cut off contact with his family for 20-years and did his best to wipe away any trace of his background and to fit in the USA, where he became a doctor, married an American woman also a doctor, and have two teenage children. Five weeks ago he took his family back to the land of his birth, for the marriage of his older brother’s son. Now called Barry, he had mixed feelings about returning and wanted to leave as soon as the wedding conclude. However, within hours his father the President died and older brother Jamal was critically injured in a car accident, forcing his family to remain in Abbudin.

Jamal recovered and assumed the Presidency and Barry asked his wife if they could stay in Abbudin for a while to help his brother with a smooth transition. Now Special Consul and Adviser to the President, the younger brother has been very proactive since his return and in the fifth episode of FX Original Series “Tyrant,” the question’s become whether he’s still Barry, or is he Bassam? Is he the American doctor who wanted to stay away from the trappings of leadership, or his father’s son, born with a destiny to rule?

Anti-government leader Ihab Rashid and his followers have taken over the square of the Capital, protesting and calling for the end of the Al Fayeed regime. Barry’s childhood friend turned blogger critical of the Al Fayeed family Fauzi Nadal, set up a meeting between Ihab Rashid and Barry, however the younger brother realizes that the protester plans to use this meeting to get publicity. He’s not going to take it seriously and will call for Jamal and his family to give up power and leave Abbudin. Barry tells Fauzi to call Rashid and to cancel their scheduled meet on Rashid’s terms and to set up a private meeting between the two foes.

As Barry suspected Ihab’s telling his top aides that their side’s winning so why negotiate? He’s going to tell the American that anything less than Jamal’s resignation is unacceptable. Just when he’s about to tell his aides about how he’ll call the shots, his phone rings and Nadal tells him Barry’s decision and the young man shows his anger. He starts screaming to his aides about the treachery of the Al Fayeeds when Samira Nadal, daughter of Fauzi and one of Rashid’s most loyal followers tells the leader that he’s playing the same game that his opponents are.

Nadal drives Barry to a parking garage and heads home, while United States Ambassador to Abbudin John Tucker is waiting there for Al Fayeed. Barry tells Tucker, that negotiations with Ihab Rashid will be fruitless and he wants to talk with his father Sheik Rashid (Mohammad Bakri‏) the man that tried to negotiate a lasting peace with the former President, but some of his over-zealous followers ended negotiations with an act of destruction. The Sheik has been in exile for 20-years and the United States arranged for his safe relocation. Barry asks Tucker to try to set up a meeting with the former leader and the Ambassador tells him he’ll give it his best shot.

Barry heads back to the palace and tells his wife Molly about his plan and she gets quite concerned for the safety of her husband and the future of their nuclear family. He responds with his standard line of just trying to help Jamal, but Molly questions his intent and asks if he’s really enjoying being a player on the world stage, more than he admits to? He tells her he’s going for his daily run; avoiding answering.

In the midst of his run guarded by four security men, his phone rings and Tucker’s on the other end and they are leaving as soon as Barry gets outside the palace gate. The two drive to a deserted area and a Jeep pulls up with four of the Sheik’s aides, including his other son, they tell the pair that Barry will go to the Sheik’s compound, but Tucker will remain behind. The Ambassador protests, but Rashid tells him that he wanted to kill Barry where they stood, but his father wants to meet with him. A black hood’s put over Barry’s head and they drive off in the Jeep.

The vehicle stops, Al Fayeed’s taken out with the hood on his head  and there is sound of excessive coughing, when the hood’s taken off the Sheik is in front of him and apologizes for his coughing, the price of surviving the former President’s chemical gas attack on his village 20-years earlier. One of the Sheik’s men tries to shoot Barry, but his son shoots the attempted assailant first. The elder Rashid tells Barry, that yesterday he was his enemy but today he’s his guest and insists on eating before talking.

Back at the palace Jamal and his uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed, are discussing why Jamal ordered Tariq for his troops to stand down when they were ready to storm the square and the President responds that Barry’s having a meeting with Ihab Rashid and the General tells him that his brother has not been near the protest leader. He then plays surveillance audio of Rashid’s boasts of having Jamal resign and leave Abbudin, the President tries calling Barry and gets his voicemail and hangs up.

The meal’s over and the Sheik tells the Special Consul to the President to walk and talk with him. Barry tells the Sheik he realizes how close he got to negotiating peace with his father and that the elder Rashid’s the one to broker a deal with Jamal. The Sheik responds that it’s now time for the next generation to take over and Al Fayeed responds the younger generation may become responsible for many unnecessary deaths. Rashid replies that he’s without fear of death as he’s seen so much of it and starts to walk away. Barry stops the Sheik in his tracks when he says he doesn’t believe his words, he’s survived 20-years in exile, which proves he retains hope.

The Jeep returns to where Tucker’s waiting and drops Barry off and the Ambassador immediately realizes that Al Fayeed didn’t get the response he wanted. Barry tells him that the Sheik asked to sleep on it and then demurred when he woke up. Barry heads to the Palace and sees Molly and tells her that she might have been right with her assessment, then thanks her for putting her life on hold for him. Jamal’s hosting a formal dinner at the Palace but he and Tariq burst through the doors to the living quarters and Jamal accuses his brother of being a traitor. Tucker walks in right then and tells the President that he might want to watch what’s going on in the square.

As the troops are given the orders to clear the square, the protesters rush the lines, standing nose-to-nose with the troops. Ihab is on the stage talking to his followers and praising them in advance for being the first martyrs sacrificed to overthrow the Al Fayeeds, then he sees something and he goes silent. Striding to the stage is the Sheik, who embraces his son’s head, then takes the microphone and talks to his followers who react as if they’ve seen a deity. He tells the crowd, he’s been exiled from his homeland for 20-years, but he’s returned, it’s time to forget about past atrocities and look ahead to a bright future. He then says he demands a meeting with President Jamal Al Fayeed, who gets angry that his opponent made a demand, but he realizes that the meeting could save the country from further bloodshed.

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

The country of Abbudin was rife with talk of revolution on the fourth episode of the FX Original Series “The Tyrant,” as it was the twentieth anniversary of the chemical-attack of the nation’s former President on his own people leaving 20,000 dead and took away any remaining respect for the name Al Fayeed. Barry Al Fayeed back in his homeland remembers what it was like for him in private-school in the USA, while he takes his morning jog through the streets of the capital. A flashback reveals a young Barry (personal pet peeve: how tough is it to keep eye color consistent in earlier incarnations of characters?) walking to his dorm room with Tears For Fears “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” blaring, then enters his room and sees his classmates covered his walls and cabinets with graffiti and pictures of his dead countrymen, condemning his father as among other things a murderer.

He enters his room in the palace and his wife Molly’s surprised to see her husband up so early and he tells her he couldn’t sleep and they discuss the slaughter that took place 20-years earlier. Their teenage children Sammy and Emma come to the kitchen for breakfast and the talk revolves around the anniversary. Emma’s appalled by what took place, while Sammy shows little concern, Emma then asks Molly’s maid about the citizen’s thoughts on the massacre, but the woman is reluctant to talk about it.

We leave the palace and enter the home of a poor man, his wife and his son and daughter. The man pulls out a prayer rug, which seems to have gone unused for some time and begins praying, his wife sees him and looks somewhat confused. As he enters the kitchen with his children at the table eating breakfast, she mentions that she saw him praying earlier and he asks her if she has any objections? She replies if he’s begging for a job she’s pleased. Their son then complains that all they have to eat is bread and the mother basically tells him to eat and stop complaining. The husband tells her he’s going to see a man about a job, then hugs his children and tells them soon they will have plenty of good food to eat. He tries to kiss his wife good-bye but she refuses, saying he’ll get kisses if he returns with a job.

We follow the man into the city square and he starts shouting about the massacre, urging his fellow citizens to rebel, resist and to let the Al Fayeeds know how deep their anger lies. He then rolls out an Abbudin flag, pours gasoline on it wraps it around him and lights it on fire as he burns to death to the horror of all watching. Back at the man’s house his widow is in tears while her guest Government opponent Ihab Rashid, praises her husband and his sacrifice for the cause. The widow shows her anger and tells Rashid not to pretend he knew her husband. He replies that while not knowing him well, his sacrifice will mark the beginning of the fall of the Al Fayeed regime.

Barry’s older brother President Jamal Al Fayeed’s opinions and decisions are volatile, as he seeks to make peace with the conflicting demons within him. Since he’s assumed the Presidency, those emotions have taken human form at his morning staff meeting. Taking the hard-line the brother’s uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed, who wants Jamal to rule with an iron fist and show no weakness as his father did. Pushing the diplomatic approach is Barry, or as he’s known in his country Bassam. He avoided Ihab Rashid attaining martyr status among their people for being hung on a crime he didn’t commit.

The Government was monitoring the man’s house with a satellite truck and the Government officials hear the conversation between Rashid and the widow. Jamal says that his foe’s behind the man’s horrific public death and Tariq complains that he had him in custody, but Barry counters that it was under a false premise. The General prefers to overlook details like facts to achieve his goals. When Jamal asks Barry what his advice is, he tells his brother to head to the burgeoning protest in the square and apologize for the massacre and promising nothing like that will take place in his regime. Tariq laughs the suggestion off, but the laughter is short-lived as Jamal announces he will follow Barry’s advice.

Jamal’s son Ahmed and his personal trainer a female former Olympic Gymnast brought in from the former East Germany,  greets his cousin Sammy and then tells the trainer he’ll meet her in the gym. He then asks Sammy and Emma to join he and his wife that night at a local night-spot, but Sammy begs off. He then asks Ahmed about his friend Abdul and his cousin says he would be at the club as well, so Sammy agrees to go.

In the square protesters are quickly gathering as news of the public suicide becomes widespread. Handing out leaflets is government blogger Fauzi Nadal. As she hands out the leaflets criticizing the regime, Nadal finds her and asks what she’s doing there and she responds she’s trying to help her people. He begs his daughter to come home with him for her safety, but she counters by asking him to stay to show he’s opposed to the Al Fayeeds.

 Ihab Rashid attracts a throng with his criticism of the President and his family. He talks of the murder of their people by chemical weapons from their former trusted leader and infers that Jamal will rule the same way his father had. He speaks of the Al Fayeeds wealth, stature and power and then says that he has none of that going for him, that all he has is his beliefs and principles. He whips the crowd into a frenzy shouting Not One More Day in regards to putting up with the regime’s indifference to their suffering.

The shouting is at its peak as the Government limo pulls into the square with Jamal, his wife Leila and Barry inside. The crowd engulfs the car and starts rocking it before the driver reacts and drives away. Jamal’s anger rages out of control as he rips up the conciliatory speech he was about to present and Barry’s visibly shaken.

The Government officials reconvene in their conference room and this time Tariq’s calling all the shots. His soldiers will clear the square at dawn the following day, starting with tear gas, rubber bullets and mortar cannons. If that’s insufficient they’ll switch to live ammunition and cause what Jamal refers to as a “blood bath.”

The younger members of the Al Fayeed family are at the night club and it becomes apparent very quickly, that Ahmed who we’ve seen little of throughout the series is a pretty rotten dude. He’s soft, spoiled, used to getting his own way and rude when he doesn’t. He abuses his friend Abdul who Ahmed considers little more than a lackey. What Ahmed doesn’t realize is Sammy’s upset because he and Abdul consummated their relationship previously. Sammy’s also confused why Abdul has rebuffed all his phone calls.

Ahmed starts bragging about his two expensive extravagant sports cars when Emma asks him why he has two? He responds because he can and asks his cousin if she has a problem with that. She responds that maybe the poor citizens of his nation wouldn’t resent their family as much if he showed off less often. Ahmed starts to get indignant when his wife tells him that she and Emma are going outside to smoke. With just he and Abdul in the booth he tells his pal to get him another bottle and Abdul asks him if he had already reached his limit, but Jamal’s son angrily tells him to get the bottle.

Barry’s at the palace and calls Fauzi Nadal who is part of the protest in the square and Barry tells his friend he needs to talk to him in person and they make plans to meet at a café near the square. When Barry arrives he tells Nadal that soldiers will clear the square at dawn and tells him to take Samira and head back home to safety. Fauzi tells him what he can do with his advice and tells Barry that he and his daughter will face the danger together. Frustrated Barry asks Nadal what he wants him to do and Fauzi responds to stand up to his brother and uncle.

Sammy and Emma are back at the palace when he gets a text from Abdul and tells Emma that he’s getting something to eat. As she goes upstairs to her bedroom, Abdul arrives and Sammy asks what’s going on. Abdul responds that he’s a commoner that’s accepted by Ahmed and his friends by his appearance, the way he dresses and how he caters to them. Without them he goes back to living a commoners life which he refuses to do. He tells Sammy that because of his family, he can do as he pleases, but Abdul plays by a different set of rules and the only reason Abdul approached him was he thought Sammy would be back home by now.

Jamal’s on the phone with Tariq as the General prepares his soldiers and receives a video from Barry on his tablet. He tells his uncle he’ll call him back as Barry enters the room. The President angrily asks his brother why he sent him video from the protests that changed the government in Libya and Barry responds that if Jamal goes through with clearing the square they will suffer the same fate as Khadafi. He tells Jamal that Nadal has set up a meeting for Barry to talk one-on-one with Ihab Rashid to discuss what the radical wants. He tells is brother that the family’s fate rests with this decision, will they be deposed like other governments in the region, or will Jamal become the leader of a new, more just Abbudin?

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.

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Photo Courtesy Of FX Network

Warning: Spoiler Alert

It is the first day of the Presidency for Jamal Al Fayeed at the beginning of the third episode of the FX Network summer series “Tyrant,” and the new leader of his Middle-Eastern nation declares it an amazing morning. He had woken hours earlier as his brother Barry/Bassam told him that he would stay in their homeland for a while to help his brother set up his administration.

Upon rising for the day, he realizes that his wife Leila spent the night in his bed for the first time in years. When Jamal questions her unusual actions, his wife responds that she thought someone should sleep with him, his first night back from the hospital, recovering from an attack on his life. Leila tells her husband that she wants them to resume life as a normal married couple, after years of estrangement. Jamal questions her motives, but she tells him she just wants to help him succeed in his new role.

While the elder Al Fayeed brother starts getting closer with his wife, his brother is preparing for life without wife Molly and his teenage son and daughter as the couple decided that it would be best for Molly’s medical practice and their kids, for the three of them to head home to Pasadena. Molly asks to talk to her husband alone and then questions whether Barry staying alone is the best decision. Allowing logic to override his emotions he tells his wife that the best decision is for the three of them to head home.

Bassam is at the table with the country’s top officials when Jamal enters the room for the first time as President. He talks about his late father and declares that he soaked up all the knowledge the former President possessed  He says that he’s prepared to handle the duties ahead of him and tells the group that his brother will become a permanent member of his top staff and will hold the title of Special Advisor to the President. Bassam tries to graciously decline the title, but Jamal insists.

The first order of business comes from Yussef, the former President’s chief advisor. He tells Jamal that he had recently spoke with Walid Rashid, who they pay to keep the dissidents in line and he gave Yussef a petition calling for the crackdowns on searching each vehicle and the imposed curfew will hurt their business the following week during the pilgrimage. Jamal responds that Rashid could have the restrictions lifted if he tells them where Rashid’s radical nephew Ihab’s hiding.  The advisor replies that Rashid says his nephew’s location is a mystery to him and says that his nephew was not involved in the attack of Jamal.

General Tariq Al Fayeed, the former President’s brother says that they have proof that Ihab set up the attempt and says that the syringe that stabbed him contained the deadly poison Ricin and that they have a witness. A closed-door opens and the husband of the woman who tried to kill Jamal is in chains. Ahmed tells the leaders that his wife was in love with Jamal and that Ihab found out about their relationship and threatened to murder the couple’s two sons if she didn’t cooperate.

Yussef and Walid Rashid are in a car in front of the hideout of Ihab and his followers, after Rashid told the advisor the location. Rashid  is torn that he has given up his brother’s son to the authorities, but Yussef tells him he did the right thing and all would be captured without harm. Seconds later a series of explosions go off and the soldiers capture the rebels.

The top official’s meeting the next morning includes the Ambassador from the U.S. John Tucker as Jamal explains that he has news that may interest the American. Tariq announces that they captured Ihab and his followers the night before and the restrictions will end as soon as Ihab is hung in the public square. Bassam is incredulous that hanging’s still sanctioned by the Government and that Ihab will not have a trial. He tells his brother that it’s barbaric, but his Uncle Tariq responds that it’s effective in quelling a rebellion.

After the meeting Bassam gets a call from his childhood friend Fauzi Nadal, now a journalist critical of the Al Fayeed regime. He sarcastically congratulates his friend about his new title, then tells Bassam that they are about to execute an innocent man. Nadal tells him he’ll reveal the name if Bassam can spring his daughter from prison as the authorizes captured her in the raid on Ihab’s camp.

Bassam and Nadal’s daughter are in the back of a limousine in the next scene as he has gotten her release. He tells her the alibi that he told authorities and tells her it’s important that she sticks to it. Samira expresses her appreciation by spitting in her benefactor’s face.

They arrive at Fauzi’s apartment and Nadal chastises his daughter then asks if she thanked his friend. She replies that Bassam is an Al Fayeed and she owes him nothing, in fact he owes her. Fauzi apologizes for Samira’s lack of gratitude and then tells his friend that the case against Ihab’s fabricated and Ahmed is truly the guilty party. He gives him a report he had worked on which also revealed that the syringe contained sink cleanser, not Ricin.

Bassam heads to the prison and meets with Ahmed and asks him if Tariq coerced him into implicating Ihab and the prisoner denies it. Bassam then tells Ahmed that if Ihab had planned the attack the syringe would be filled with Ricin instead of cleanser. He also tells him that the regime won’t release him despite their lies, but if he confesses Bassam assures him that his boys will have financial security for life. Ahmed then tells him the truth, that his wife despised Jamal and he raped her in front of her family. She told Ahmed that the next time he arrived she would kill herself, but instead the two planned to murder Jamal. Bassam’s disgusted by his brother’s actions, but tells Ahmed he’ll keep his promise.

He heads back to the palace and wakes Molly, begging her and the kids to stay with him rather than catch the plane to Pasadena the next day. He tells her he has to stay but he won’t survive without her. Molly readily agrees but can’t understand why her husband’s compelled to talk to Jamal in the middle of the night.

A member of Jamal’s staff wakes him telling the President that his brother insists on speaking with him immediately. When he steps into the hallway Bassam grabs him by the neck and starts choking him. Leila hears the commotion and comes out to stop the fight. Bassam calls Jamal insane and Leila asks her husband what his brother means. Jamal says it’s a private matter then asks Bassam to join him in the steam room to discuss things.

When they are alone Jamal tells Bassam that he’s done terrible things but he’s now reformed. Bassam tells him that if they hang Ihab, people will eventually realize his innocence and overthrow the Government. He convinces his brother to release Ihab and his followers and consoles him by telling him the country will soon have a hanging as Ahmed will receive his proper punishment. Jamal asks what he receives in return and Barry/Bassam tells his brother that he gets he and his family to stay in their homeland.

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.

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Photo Courtesy Of FX Network

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Barry (Bassam) Al-Fayeed wanted nothing more than to take his family back to their home in Pasadena, CA. and away from the Middle Eastern nation that his family controls at the onset of the second episode of the FX series “Tyrant,” which aired Tuesday night. However as the episode concluded, he seemed to come to terms that he will never run far enough away from his role in his family, even after living in the USA for 20-years.

A day intended for celebration, grew darker by the moment starting in the last few minutes of the series pilot. Barry had brought his wife Molly and teenage children to his homeland for the first time to join in celebrating the marriage of Barry’s brother Jamal’s son. However the joy quickly vanished when the brother’s father and the country’s President, collapsed at the wedding and died soon after from complications of a stroke. Jamal, who was in line to succeed his father, cracked under the pressure and gave into his demons leading to a serious car crash soon after.

After getting his family situated at the palace, Barry heads  to the hospital as Jamal undergoes major surgery. He talks with his sister-in-law Leila as well as Jamal’s son and his brand new bride as they await word on Jamal’s condition. It is not the way Nusrat thought her wedding day would end up and she tells her new husband she wants to go back to the palace. After talking to his mother, he takes his wife to a car that will bring her back to the palace.

Barry’s uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed, tells his nephew that Jamal’s car crash was not an accident. It was an attack from an anti-government faction that’s looking for a way to exploit the transition in power. Tariq tells his nephew he is imposing harsh security measures in the capital city, including stopping and searching each passing vehicle, as well as imposing a curfew.

The scene shifts to a checkpoint in the city, as soldiers are searching each vehicles for suspicious activity. The camera focuses on a woman in a car, who undergoes the procedure, reminded of the curfew and waved through. The soldiers were less than thorough in their effort as we see the woman pull up to a building and underneath some blankets on the floor of the car’s backseat a young man comes out of his hiding place. We recognize him as the nephew of Walid Rashid, whom Jamal had heard rumors was planning on bombing the wedding, before he invited the family to the ceremony. He is back in the capital to try to overthrow the Al Fayeed family, in their time of weakness.

Jamal’s son is waiting for his father to get out of surgery when he receives a call from Nusrat, apologizing for leaving her new husband to head back to the palace and he replies that he was at fault. As she starts to respond we notice some young men standing on the street as her car passes them and they throw metal objects into the path, puncturing the vehicle’s tires. While it is spinning out it is T-Boned by another car and a group of young men approach the vehicle with rifles. Their plan is to kidnap Nusrat and hold her for ransom. As the police and soldiers arrive the young men scatter, leaving just three teens who extract her from the car and take shelter in a building. Jamal’s son hears it all happening on the still open phone line.

The three boys are no older than 15-years-old, led by one boy whose brother is in prison for acting out against the government; and he is the one who says he will sacrifice his life for his cause. He tells his two companions that if they are to die then Nusrat will also perish, striking a blow against the Al Fayeed family.

We head back to the palace as Barry encounters Molly and the American Ambassador to the country John Tucker. As Barry starts to tell them about the kidnapping, Molly cuts him short and tells her husband that Tucker had just told her. Asking the Ambassador his read of the situation, Tucker responds that with Jamal incapacitated, Tariq will use the kidnapping to impose martial law and will show no concern for Nusrat’s safety. Tucker tells him that he has no influence with Tariq, however he might listen to Barry, however he refuses to talk with his uncle.

Barry heads back to the hospital and talks with Leila, who asks him if he is ever going to stop running away from his homeland and his people. We see them as teenagers as Leila takes Bassam (Barry’s given name) to a cave he never knew existed. As he is marveling at the structure, Leila slips off her bathing suit and kisses and caresses the teen begging him not to move to the USA. We are well aware she did not get her wish granted.

Barry then finds his mother Amira Al Fayeed, and talks to her for the first time since getting on the plane back to America after his father’s death. His mother then asks him to try talking with his uncle and when he is hesitant, she also brings up his running away back to California, where he has no idea of his family’s problems. The conversation shakes her son up and he agrees to go down to the standoff and talk to Tariq.

The General’s surprised that his nephew has arrived at their location, directly across the street where Nusrat’s imprisoned, then shows his contempt when his nephew suggests negotiating with the boys. Tariq quickly dismisses his suggestion, then suggests his nephew go home to America. Barry informs him that he is going across the street to talk to the boys.

He startles them when he first approaches them, but convinces them he’s unarmed and only there to talk. When they realize who he is, the leader says that he will make a hostage that the government will exchange his brother for. Barry tells him that won’t happen and unless they follow his lead they will die in minutes. He then convinces the boys to allow Nusrat and him to leave and follow them out unarmed, and he would guarantee their safety. Seconds later they emerge from the building with soldiers spiriting away the Al Fayeeds while making the teens lay face down in the dirt and then handcuff them.

Barry asks his uncle to let the three boys go, unaware that Tariq had already issued the order for the boys execution via a shot to the head. Barry is so shocked at his uncle’s actions that he just walks away in silence.

He goes back to the hospital and Jamal has survived the surgery and making plans to eulogize their father the following day. Jamal thanks his brother for what he did and says their father always called Tariq a hammer and he saw everything as a nail. The older brother concedes that sometimes a situation call for a hammer.

Barry can’t sleep that night and Molly wakes up to find him staring at the ceiling and he tells his wife he keeps seeing the boys faces when he closes his eyes. He then asks Molly if he leaves his homeland knowing what Jamal will face, will he have blood on his hands? Molly says it sounds like her husband is asking for permission for the family to stay there.

The next day is the memorial service for the former President and Leila has given Jamal a prepared speech to read, which her husband refuses to read to the mourners. Leila asks Barry to talk with Jamal and after reading the speech tells his brother just to speak from his heart. The new President tells the audience that it was not easy being his father’s son as he was a tough and stubborn man. However that made his father lead his country into an era of prosperity. The speech is a huge success.

The final scene of the episode is late that night as Barry calls Jamal and wakes him from his slumber. He then asks his brother if he would like for he and his family to stay for a while to help Jamal and of course the new President’s pumped about the decision.

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.