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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Over the last two months, the fictional Middle East country of Abbudin and the main characters in the FX Original Series: “Tyrant,” have experienced a tumultuous ride. The nation’s long time President died, passing the reins of power to his oldest son Jamal, anti-government protesters took over the square of the capital and two families who despised each other for 20-years, sat down at the negotiating table. With the President Jamal Al Fayeed, secretly responsible for the death of the opposition leader, after pummeling the old man, his younger brother Barry/Bassam, believes that overthrowing the President’s the only solution to save their country for a long and bitter civil war.

This episode picked up shortly after the end of the previous one, as American Ambassador to Abbudin John Tucker, heads to the square to meet with Barry, who spent the night wandering the streets of his native land, drinking a bottle of scotch out of a brown paper bag. Al Fayeed informs Tucker that Jamal caused the death of opposition leader Sheik Rashid, after the old man goaded the President before a ceremony at the palace. The world believes, that the Sheik collapsed due to his ill-health, but Jamal admitted his deed to Barry, hoping his brother would make sure that Rashid never regained consciousness. After initially being repulsed by the concept, Barry injected Rashid with a drug that soon took his life and preserving the tentative peace between the two sides.

Tucker had told Barry, that there were members of Jamal’s cabinet that wanted him replaced and Al Fayeed tells the Ambassador that he wants to sit down with them and design a way to get his brother out of office, while retaining his freedom and his fortune. Tucker, asks him who Barry wants to replace Jamal and Al Fayeed tells him although he has run from the responsibility for 20-years, he’s the man who should lead the nation.

Tucker literally laughs in his face, telling Barry that he’s a pediatrician and drunk, then tells him to go back to the palace and sleep it off. Although Al Fayeed’s staggering, he tells Tucker, that he brought the Sheik back to Abbudin and cleared the square without bloodshed. He believes he’s the man to become the next President. Tucker tells him they never had this conversation and tells him to keep his plans to himself until the Ambassador contacts him.

Barry heads back to the palace just in time to catch his family eating breakfast. Besides his wife Molly, son Sammy and daughter Emma, Molly’s sister Jenna arrived in Abbudin overnight and greets her brother-in-law by telling him he smells of single-malt liquor. Molly asks her husband if everything’s okay, she worried when he didn’t contact her and Barry apologizes, telling her that he had worked on plans for the upcoming election. He then tells his wife, he’s going to bed for a couple of hours, but to please wake him to attend a memorial service for Sheik Rashid.

Barry and Jamal pay their condolences to the Sheik’s two sons and his brother Walid. Barry, then pulls aside the youngest son Ihab and tells him that the two families have to continue on the path that the Al Fayeeds had reached with his father, free elections in two-years. Ihab responds that lots could happen in two-years, possibly the end of life on earth. Barry makes a deal with Rashid for his support in return for holding the elections in nine months.

Back at the palace after the ceremony, Jamal’s wife Leila starts berating Barry for making a new deal with Ihab without consulting his brother. She tells him that she has her husband’s best interests at heart, but his brother may have his own agenda. Jamal, then reveals to Leila that Barry injected the Sheik with a drug that made sure he never regained consciousness, despite it going against his brother’s principles. He tells her that’s all the proof he needs that Barry would do anything for him.

The next morning Jamal’s holding a ceremony announcing a new state-of-the-art soccer field, that all can use, as he’s trying to win over his people. Yussef, former chief-advisor to the late President, drives Barry to the ceremony, but stops for a detour en route. Yussef tells Barry, that John Tucker had contacted him, as he leads the faction that wants to oust Jamal. They enter a safe-house, which Tucker tells Al Fayeed is a haven for weary travelers. He then introduces Barry to Lea Exley, whom Al Fayeed assumes is from the State Dept. but most likely she’s an operative for the CIA.

The four sit down and discuss what Tucker refers to as the M&M’s; Military, Money and Media, all vitally important to staging a successful coup. Barry, says he can’t fathom getting cooperation from his uncle General Tariq Al Fayeed, commander of the nations military, but he’s told that the General has enemies within his ranks. As far as the media, Yussef tells him that Jamal’s daughter-in-law Nusrat’s father Hakim controls the country’s media and both parents despise Jamal. When Barry asks why, Yussef tells Barry that Jamal decided to test Nusrat’s purity the night of her wedding to his son Ahmed. He then tells Al Fayeed to imagine how his brother tested the young woman and that he’s Hakim’s wife’s cousin and will attempt to intercede on their behalf.

After Yussef and Barry leave, Exley tells Tucker not to become too attached to the younger Al Fayeed brother. Tucker responds that the situation’s perfect, its home-grown and they have a valid plan. Exley replies that Mike Tyson used to say everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.

Barry and Yussef arrive at the site where the soccer field will soon exist and Jamal reminds his brother about their days playing soccer as boys and then asks Barry if he remembers their fishing trips and his brother smiles and tells Jamal he does. Jamal, with a wistful look in his eyes says that they will soon go on another fishing expedition together, unaware that Barry’s planning his own expedition with Jamal as the quarry.

Back at the palace, Tariq and his right-hand-man Ziad, are meeting with Walid Rashid about the upcoming elections. The General tells Rashid that the people love his family and with the Sheik having died, he wants Walid to run for President. Rashid protests that he’s got no political aspirations and Tariq tells him not to worry that he’ll lose the race, but it will be a convincing show for the outside world and he’ll be compensated handsomely for serving his country.

Barry’s decided that with upcoming coup, that Molly, her sister and their kids need to head back to California for their safety, but he tries to delude his wife that they should head home for a week the following week while they still can, before he becomes too occupied with the upcoming election. Molly tells him she loves the idea, but she needs more than a week notice before heading home. Barry snarls back that he’s sick of compromising and he wants one thing to work out exactly as he requests. Molly’s visibly upset, but tells her husband that his wish will come true and they will depart in six-days.

Having been informed by Yussef, that Hakim’s too afraid of the General to join their coup attempt, Barry finds the old man at a local coffee shop. After making minimal small-talk, Barry tells Nusrat’s father that he needs his assistance to overthrow his brother, but Hakim replies that he fears for his and his family’s safety too much to join him. Al Fayeed then describes Abbudin in a few months after Jamal alienates the people and civil strife begins, he tells the old man that if refuses to help he’ll be hung and his wife and daughter will live in prison.

As he heads back to his car, he’s unpleasantly surprised to find Ziad waiting for him and asks him what’s going on and the military official responds he’s there for Barry’s safety and he should come along with him. Al Fayeed, pulls out his cellphone telling the soldier he’ll come with him right after he calls Jamal and Ziad asks him if he’s going to tell his brother about his plans to overthrow him. It turns out that Tucker had alerted him about Barry’s plan and Ziad will take out Tariq. He then tells Al Fayeed that Tucker sent him to follow Barry to make sure that he doesn’t attempt any meetings in public like the one he just concluded with Hakim.

Barry’s driven back to the palace, but sees Molly jogging en route and asks the driver to let him out and he goes to talk with her. She tells her husband that she’s made all the arrangements for their trip home, but Jenna will stay in Abbudin as she just arrived. Barry starts to lose it, then composes himself and asks her to take a walk with him and he reveals what’s unfolding to his wife. She takes a while to comprehend that her husband’s engineering the coup and he’s planning on replacing Jamal. Now it’s Molly’s turn to lose it and she unloads on her husband with both barrels.

She screams at her husband that he’s in over his head, he’ll end up getting killed and he’s given no consideration to her or their children. She calls him a liar and tells Barry that he made her a liar as well, because he made her promise to tell him when the time was to head home. She can’t understand why after abandoning his family and country that he’s pursuing his plan. She then tells him that she’s taking her family home.

The following morning, Barry’s having breakfast with his family when they’re interrupted by two of Jamal’s guards, telling him that his brother wants to meet with him immediately. Barry and Molly exchange a look of concern and the two guards lead him to the marina where Jamal’s standing on the dock looking out at the water. It turns out that Jamal wanted Barry to see the new boat that his brother bought for him so they could fish together.

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.

Photo Courtesy Of FX Network

Photo Courtesy Of FX Network

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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.

Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/FX

Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/FX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

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.

Photo Courtesy Of FX Network

Photo Courtesy Of FX Network

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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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.