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Warning: Spoiler Alert

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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Warning: Spoiler Alert

The mythical Middle-Eastern nation of Abbudin’s on the verge of a civil-war and the outcome of such a battle’s pretty much in doubt. The country’s rebel leader Ihab Rashid, joined forces with the Caliphate Army led by his old mate Abu Omar and have “liberated” the Bedouin village where Ahmos Al-Yazbek and his family live, from the rule of the Al Fayeed family. Then they drafted every male in the village, between the ages of 15-50 to join them in the fight to free Abbudin.

Despite their rhetoric the rebel forces don’t seem to be the friends of the people. Friends don’t beat an elderly man bloody to extract information, or steal his wife from their village. What the rebels never realized was that the village they “liberated,” could have captured a major asset in their fight to rule Abbudin. Bassam Al-Fayeed was among the residents when the troops first pulled into the village.

The rebel forces arrived in the village in the opening minutes of  the episode, blaring a message from their vehicles telling the residents that they were liberated and for them to congregate in the square. The rebels led by Rashid, stood upon a platform with an Abbudin official, the woman from the United Nations that was to accompany Daliyah Al-Yazbek to Germany. They shoot the official and the woman from the UN, but Rashid says they’ll show mercy to Daliyah and let her return to her family.

Ashraf Barhom, the actor that portrays Jamal Al-Fayeed didn’t have a lot of screen-time in this episode, but he’s such a great actor that he makes every moment count when he’s on the screen. Watching him toy with an adversary, when he holds the upper hand is one of the high points of this series. His current target’s his uncle Tariq, the commander of the Abbudin military, who disobeyed his nephews orders and staged a chemical attack on the city that was the rebel’s stronghold.

Tariq has to inform Jamal that Ihab Rashid not only survived the chemical attack, he went to Syria and joined forces with the Caliphate Army and they now control the Bedouin village. After ridiculing his uncle for not reaching his objectives during the unauthorized attack, he tells Tariq to call a council meeting. He tells his uncle that he’ll present his plan to deal with the situation to the other advisers.

Ahmos pulls Bassam aside and asks him to watch out for his two sons, when they leave the village to join the Caliphate attack. Bassam tells his host that he can’t join the battle, as the rebels will kill him and anybody he’s with once they recognize him.

Ahmos gives him a look of disgust, then he says to his guest that his way is to run away from everything. He ran away from his family, the government, the army and now the rebels. Bassam replies he realizes that’s what it looks like, but Al-Yazbek responds that’s what it is. He tells Bassam the direction to head if he can elude the guards, then takes off a bracelet and gives it to his guest. He tells Bassam to show the bracelet to another Bedouin and he’ll get accompanied to the Lebanese border.

Back at the palace, Jamal meets with his advisers and Tariq lays out his attack plans to defeat the rebels. The General tells the group that there are just two roads that access the village, he plans to make them impassable and then conduct an air-strike and bomb the village. The President says the village’s filled with civilians and the General remains silent.

Jamal asks what Intelligence believes would be the rebels next move if not stopped at the village, Tariq says the city that he ordered the chemical attack on. He says we think they’ll be sympathetic to their cause and the President responds of course they will because you gassed their city.

We see the wife of one of the rebel leaders, crouched behind a car and she’s holding a pistol. The young woman’s American and clearly disillusioned with her life, since emigrating to the Middle East. It appears she’s going to end her misery by taking her own life, but then Bassam comes up to a soldier from behind and says he’s stealing the jeep. He tells the soldier he doesn’t want to hurt him, but the soldier whips around and knocks the blade from Bassam’s hand.

The two struggle in the dirt, but Al-Fayeed grabs a large rock and splits the guy’s head open, killing him instantly. He hides the soldier’s body in a pen and then jumps into the jeep. However the woman’s in the backseat with the pistol aimed at his head and tells him to drive.

They make it past a checkpoint and then drive for about an hour, before they reach a large metal fence. Al-Fayeed says they’re walking the rest of the way, but the woman slips and sprains her ankle, dropping the pistol. Bassam picks it up and puts it in his waist-band, telling him he’s not going to hurt her. He says he wants to wrap her ankle, but they’ll find a shady spot to do it at. The woman looks amazed as she says you’re not leaving me.

The rebels have discovered the missing jeep and the rebel’s wife’s gone and they start beating on Ahmos to find out where Bassam went. He stays silent, but his son Kasim tells them he’s heading to Lebanon. He says his father was just being a good man and gave this stranger a home. He then tells them the route that Al-Fayeed’s taking.

The rebels are ready to leave the village, with all their new recruits in tow, when two helicopters show up on the horizon. Abu Omar tells Ihab Rashid to take cover and let his men handle it, but the two choppers quickly kill about 20-soldiers. The rebels have rocket-launchers though and shoot the two helicopters out of the sky. Two more quickly appear, they take out one and the other one flies away. The soldiers gather together and let out a victorious cheer. Rashid stares at the dead soldiers, but Omar looks at him like it’s to be expected.

Tariq hands Jamal a leather-bound folder, containing contingency plans if the Chines are forced to abandon the city, due to a rebel attack. The General says he assures the President that the plans are unneeded, but Jamal says you assured me that we’d stop them in the Bedouin village. He says that his uncle’s assurances are meaningless and then walks away.

Turns out that the young woman was born and raised in a suburb of Chicago, but always felt out of place being a Muslim girl in America. What she doesn’t say to Bassam, but is readily apparent, is that her expectations of the Middle-East were based on a romantic notion. He’s wrapped her ankle and tells her to stand up and put weight on it.

She’s fine but they don’t get far, as they’re attacked by the woman’s husband and another soldier. First the husband beats the stuffing out of Al-Fayeed and then he grabs his wife and asked if Bassam touched her, she quickly responds he didn’t. Then she tells her husband she forced him to take her with him, saying she’d rather die than stay with him.

The husband throws her down on the ground, then sits on her stomach and starts choking her. The other soldier has his gun aimed at Bassam, but he’s watching the struggle. Al-Fayeed takes the soldiers knife out of his boot, stabs him then shoots him with the pistol, then kills the woman’s husband with his next shot.

He asks the woman if she’s alright and she nods yes. He then gives her the bracelet and tells her to show it to the people in the village and they’ll take her to the Lebanese border. She’s shocked that he’s not joining her, but he says he has to stay. He says these men are here to destroy my country and I can’t run anymore. She asks what he’ll do and he responds, whatever God sees fit and bids her farewell.

Molly and Sammy Al-Fayeed, along with their attorney James Timmons touch down at the airport at Abbudin, just as Jamal’s addressing the nation about the rebel attack. He uses the occasion to denounce Ihab Rashid, saying that he joined forces with a terrorist group from outside of the country, but he assures his nation that his forces will defeat the rebels.

The Caliphate army leave the Bedouin village, with an unwilling guest as Abu Omar’s taken with Daliyah and his first wife encourages him to take Ahmos’ second wife as his. Daliyah and her son Hani start crying, but it does no good as she’s taken away from him.

Bassam grabs the rifles from the soldiers and starts traveling back to Abbudin. Perhaps he believes that he and Jamal can bond over this common enemy and repair their ruptured relationship.

The President finishes his address to his nation and his wife Leila praises his speech, once he’s off camera. She then says this should teach the people the difference between these dirty terrorists and protesters who want to make their nation a better place.

Jamal looks at her and says Bassam was right he predicted all of this was going to happen. That Tariq couldn’t be trusted and Ihab Rashid would keep fighting. He said that instead of listening to his advice, he killed his brother instead.

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