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The whole tale of the FX Network Original Series “Tyrant,” revolves around brothers, fathers and sons and the problems that exist between them. The Al Fayeed family, that lead the mythical Middle-Eastern country of Abbudin, is a clan that’s filled with a history of betrayal and being unable to properly express their love for each other. The former President Khaled Al Fayeed, got betrayed by his brother Tariq who commanded the country’s military. The General went behind his brother’s back and attacked rebel forces with Sarin, over 20-years-ago. The attack resulted in a victory for the government, but Khaled lost the trust and faith of his people, including his youngest son Bassam.

Bassam left his homeland and reinvented himself in the USA, renaming himself Barry and became a husband, father and a physician in California. Last summer Barry took his family to Abbudin for the first time, so they could attend the wedding of his brother Jamal’s son Ahmed. Things got complicated when Khaled passed out at the reception and subsequently died, making Jamal the new President of Abbudin.

Barry agreed to remain in Abbudin as his brother’s adviser, while Jamal was getting used to the job. Unfortunately, that didn’t work out too well, as Barry tried to engineer a bloodless-coup to replace his brother. Jamal caught wind of the plan and ordered his brother’s execution for treason. However Jamal couldn’t live with the thought of his brother’s blood on his hands, so he abandoned Barry in the middle of the desert, giving him a chance to survive.

Barry did far more than survive, he once again took on a new name Khalil and became the leader of the Red Hand, a counter-revolutionary group determined to destroy the enemy of the regime, the Caliphate Army. Once again Jamal turns to him for advice, unaware that Khalid’s really his brother. However Barry’s son Sammy, wanting to help the Red Hand financially, goes to the headquarters of the Red Hand and finds out that the father he thought dead, actually leads the movement he wants to help. The reunion between father and son was far from joyous. Sammy insists on joining the movement to avenge a friend’s death and Barry can’t convince him to leave.

This week’s episode opens with Barry watching his son sleeping, he takes Sammy’s cellphone and calls his wife Molly and tells her he’s still alive. Molly doesn’t believe it’s him at first, then she realizes it’s true and tries to make sense of all she’s been through in the last few months. She drops the phone as Barry keeps asking if she’s still there.

Jamal’s wife Leila enters his office in the palace and tells her husband she’s concerned about him, that he hadn’t gone to bed the night before. The President’s paranoia has overtaken him and he tells his wife about his meeting with the religious figure, who told him that there’s an enemy within the palace. He then says that his son and the head of the Abbudin military Rami Said, had the chance to destroy the Caliphate Army’s leadership, but he didn’t act on it. He asks his wife if Rami could be the enemy within.

Leila, tells her husband that Rami’s trying his best for Jamal and the country and tells her husband it’s ridiculous to think that the General’s working against him. Jamal nods his head, but we can see by the expression on his face, her words haven’t soothed him.

Jamal’s other son Ahmed’s in his room with his wife Nusrat and he asks her where she wants them to head to for vacation, so she can heal from her miscarriage and hysterectomy. Nusrat follows the instructions she got from Leila and tells Ahmed they must have their marriage annulled, so he can marry another woman and produce an heir. Ahmed says he loves her and will fight to the death for her, but she tells him she doesn’t want him to, she just wants it all to be over.

The President holds a meeting with his senior advisers and Rami tells the group his plan to win back Ma’an. He says that meteorologists predict a huge sandstorm in three nights. His plan involves the Red Hand destroying the Caliphate Army’s anti-aircraft weaponry, then his troops will come in and destroy the rebels. He asks Jamal to share Khalil’s phone number with him, but the President says he’s the only one to make contact with Khalil.

The leaders of the Caliphate Army Ihab Rashid and Abu Omar, talk with Kasim Al-Yazbek about surviving the bombing during their raid of five Christian homes, the night before. Rashid says that Kasim must have been blessed to survive the bomb and asks him what he believes saved his life. Kasim says it was likely timing, Ihab Rashid says that timing’s critical, especially when coupled with information. He then accuses Kasim of collaborating with the Red Hand and when Kasim claims innocence, he starts asking about his brother Munir. Kasim remains silent.

Rami and the chief of his Air Force meet with Colonel Mahmoud and General Said tries to get Khalil’s phone number from him. He tells Said that he works for Jamal and if he were to disobey orders, he’d get tried for treason. The Air Force commander says it’s not treason to try to save the country. Mahmoud advises Rami not to try to get Khalil’s number as it will lead to trouble.

The Red Hand have a meeting and Halima asks about Barry’s progress with the palace. He tells the group he’s waiting for a call, but he’s encouraged due to earlier conversations. He tells them he’s sure that things are going to work out the right way and then asks Sammy if he’d like a tour of their living quarters. As soon as the two are alone, Barry hugs his son, but Sammy’s still angry and hurt. Barry tells his son he contacted Molly and let her know he was okay. The call for prayer sounds and Barry invites Sammy to join him, but the teenager declines the offer.

Barry’s cellphone rings while he’s praying, he sees the call’s from Jamal and steps out of the group to answer his phone. Jamal greets him by asking how his favorite counter-revolutionary’s doing and Barry responds he’s anxious. He tells the President he’s glad he called, he wants to speak with Jamal’s military leader and solidify plans. The President replies that he doesn’t trust his military commander and then tells him that Rami’s actually his son. A son he never knew he had, who came to him with a distinguished military career.

Barry asks Jamal why he doesn’t trust him and Jamal replies that God hates him for refusing to forgive his brother. Barry responds that the President’s a very wise man, but he shouldn’t presume to know God’s thoughts. Jamal asks if the Red Hand could storm the Caliphate Army base and destroy their anti-aircraft artillery, Barry replies that without explosives or trained soldiers it would be a very tough mission. Jamal says that’s fine they’re just exploring options.

He then asks the man he knows as Khalil, his thoughts about just giving the Caliphate Army Ma’an. He admits that would give up the nation’s oil resources, but he says that oil’s not the energy of the future. Barry tells him that’s a bad plan, that Jamal’s people are there and counting on the government and the Red Hand to save them. Jamal chortles and says that Khalil’s a warrior and he likes that and trusts him. However at that point he looks out his office window and sees Rami talking with Nusrat and says he’ll call back the next day.

Rami tells Nusrat she looks as if her world’s falling apart and she says that happens to be the case. She then tells him about her conversation with Leila and he asks what’s Ahmed’s reaction. She says he’s devastated, because he’s willing to give up everything for her, but she’s not willing to do the same for him.

Ihab Rashid’s torturing Munir, trying to get information about where the Red Hand are located. Kasim’s sitting and watching his brother getting tortured and tells Munir to tell them the truth. Munir cries to his brother that he saved his life and Kasim responds he’s trying to do the same for Munir.

Rami pays Leila a visit, she’s pouring water in with the liquor in Jamal’s decanters, in an effort to cut back her husband’s drinking. She tells Rami that Jamal’s drinking too much and not sleeping, he then asks her for Khalil’s phone number.

Molly calls Barry and unloads all her frustration and anger on him, she says that she’s found herself wishing he really was dead, since she heard from him. She can’t comprehend what kept him from contacting her and she says he’s a horrible person. Barry lets her vent without defending himself.

While Jamal’s taking an afternoon nap, Leila takes his cellphone into their bathroom and copies Khalil’s number onto her phone, to give to Rami. Jamal wakes up shouting her name, when she arrives at the bed he tells her he had a nightmare. He says he was in the ocean and developed a cramp and started to drown, he saw Leila standing on the shore but she just watched dispassionately, making no effort to help him.

She tells Jamal she will always be there for him and would do anything to save him. She tells him he just had a dopey dream and then gives Jamal back his cellphone, saying he left it in the bathroom.

Barry’s asleep when he’s woken by his phone, Rami’s on the other end and asks Khalil if they can meet that evening, at a safe-house not far from Ma’an.

Kasim comes back to visit Munir holding food and water and Ihab Rashid cuts off the bonds that have secured him to the chair. Kasim says that he knows his brother’s hungry and thirsty and all he has to do is walk over to the map and point out where the Red Hand are hiding. Munir says he doesn’t know, and that Kasim’s his only friend. Ihab Rashid puts a gun against Kasim’s head and tells him he’s going to shoot Kasim if Munir refuses to give up the Red Hand, Munir gets up and walks over to the map.

One of the female members of the Red Hand has a crush on Sammy and keeps trying to flirt with him. Suddenly the members of the Red Hand get excited as they hear that Khalil’s meeting with Abbudin’s military leaders that night. One man starts pounding the table and chants assassinate the Caliphate. Soon almost all are banging and chanting, while Sammy looks on.

We cut to a jeep and see Ihab Rashid, Abu Omar and Kasim riding along. Abu Omar says it would have been alright for Kasim to sit out the attack on the Red Hand as he just witnessed his brother getting killed. Kasim says he admitted his crimes and got the punishment he deserved.

Barry, Siddiq and a few other soldiers from the Red Hand meet with Rami, the commander of the Air Force and other military leaders. We join them as their meeting’s finishing up, Rami tells the man he knows as Khalil that he’ll be given enough explosives and goggles to take out the anti-aircraft weapons. He then asks Khalil to not mention the conversation to Jamal and sound surprised when Jamal tells him the plan. Barry nods his head and says he understands.

Just as the meeting breaks up, the Caliphate Army arrive at the Red Hand headquarters. They start by bombing the building, then send in soldiers to engage in a fire-fight. The girl who has a crush on Sammy, grabs her machine gun and him and they take off. She shoots back at the Caliphate Army soldiers, then the two of them hide under a truck as the soldiers run past them. She then kisses Sammy and when he asks her why she kissed him, she says she was tired of waiting for him to kiss her. She tells him to hang tight, crawls out from under the truck and gets killed by gunfire. Sammy stays under the truck hyper-ventilating.

As Barry and his men get closer to their facility, they see flames shooting from the structure into the night sky. He tries calling Sammy but keeps getting his voicemail. When they arrive back at their camp they see all the dead and Barry starts screaming for Sammy. Just then he gets a call from Molly and he starts crying that he doesn’t know where Sammy is. She tells him she spoke to their son 20-minutes ago, he’s battered and bruised but otherwise alright and he’s heading back to fight with Barry. She then tells her husband she’s glad he’s still alive.

When Rami and the Air Force commander return to the palace, Jamal and Mahmoud are waiting for them. Jamal says he’s gotten a report that they met with a group of armed men and asks if they met with the Caliphate Army. The Air Force commander says they met with Khalil to try to save the country, Jamal asks his son why he disobeyed a direct order?

Rami’s frustration gets the best of him and he calls Jamal a drunken old fool and tells him to stand down. He says allow me to do my job and save yours in the bargain. Jamal asks his son if that’s the way he talks to his President and his father? Rami apologizes and says somehow I’ve lost your trust, but I swear on the soul of my dead mother that all I want to do is help you. He says everything’s in place and they’ll take down the Caliphate Army, the night after next. Jamal smiles and says excellent job and dismisses the two men, but holds Colonel Mahmoud back to talk to him. As soon as the two men get out of earshot, Jamal says he wants Rami dead.

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

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

Sometimes we can run as fast and as far as we can and still end up at the place we started. Bassam Al Fayeed tried to run away from his destiny for over 20-years. However even after being left for dead in the desert by his older brother Jamal, Bassam’s on the verge of helping his brother save Abbudin and in turn his presidency. The phone conversation between the two brothers in the final scene of the latest chapter of the FX Original Series “Tyrant,” was just one of a series interesting events, in an action packed episode that seemed to fly by.

The first scene takes place in the hotel room of Molly Al Fayeed, whose surprised when she wakes up next in bed next to her attorney James Timmons. She sees that she’s fully clothed as is the attorney, turns out they both imbibed heavily the night before on Chinese whiskey and simply passed out in her bed. Timmons infers he has feelings for Molly, but he says what ever this is, they’ll have time to figure it out once they get back home to California.

Molly’s elation about heading back to the States, doesn’t last long as she gets a disturbing call from Sammy. He tells her he’s on the road with Marwan and they’re about to meet with the leader of the Red Hand, a group that’s trying to defeat the Caliphate Army and need funding. What neither Sammy or Molly realize, is the man Sammy’s heading to meet is Barry/Bassam.

Barry’s treating an injured child in Ma’an when another aerial barrage rocks the area the Red Hand occupy. Siddiq enters the shelter and says the Caliphate Army must know that’s where the Red Hand’s hiding, but Bassam tells him that an aerial attack’s emanating from the government. He then makes a call on his cell phone, Siddiq asks who he’s calling.

Jamal’s praying in Arabic, calling out to God to show him the right path and keep evil away from his family and his country. He switches back to English and asks that if someone whose committed the evils he has, even has a right to pray. He tells God he realizes he’s being punished for killing his brother, but asks how much of a price he has to pay? He’s lost his grandson and half his country, he’s willing to sacrifice himself, but asks that his son Ahmed be spared.

Leila storms into the room and berates her husband for his self-pity. She says that God has too much to do, to punish Jamal. She then says you’re the President and Abbudin needs you, stop your crying and get back to work.

Colonel Mahmoud enters Rami’s office and tells him a man claiming to be Khalid, the leader of the Red Hand’s on line three, Rami asks if he’s legit and Mahmoud says all he knows is that’s whom the caller claims to be. General Said gets on the phone with the man who in reality’s his uncle and starts asking for proof. Bassam responds he’ll give him a target, the address of the compound that houses all the Caliphate Army’s leadership. Rami says he could be setting him up to bomb innocent civilians. He says that he wants the Red Hand to set-up a Caliphate Army cell and take them down and then he’ll believe him. Bassam says he’ll call back with the target.

Mahmoud tells Rami that he best let Jamal know what’s going on, after all it should be his decision to make. Said tells the Colonel he’s absolutely correct and he’ll inform his father. However Rami keeps the information to himself, a decision that will come back to bite him.

Bassam tells Daliyah that he needs to contact Munir and get a target. Daliyah looks shocked, she asks him if he’s willing to work with his brother? Bassam responds one devil at a time.

At the hospital where Nusrat’s recovering from her miscarriage and hysterectomy, she tells Leila that she keeps second-guessing herself, about what she could have done differently to save her son. Her mother-in-law responds that’s nonsense and it wasn’t her fault. Nusrat says yes, but this changes everything and Leila suggests they talk about it when they get home, but Nusrat wants to discuss things right then.

Leila’s a viper, very protective of her family and can strike at any second, which is what happened next. She told Nusrat that they’re family and she thinks of Nusrat like her own daughter. However one day her son will be President of Abbudin and then one day his son will become President. Nusrat finishes the sentence, a son she can no longer provide, then asks if Ahmed’s aware of this?

Leila says not yet, that her daughter-in-law will end the marriage, telling her husband she loves him to much to saddle him with a barren wife. In return the Al Fayeed’s will set her up for life, wherever she wants, Paris, London, Dubai. Leila says you need to leave this country that’s taken so much from you, then she leaves the room while Nusrat starts to contemplate her world’s fallen apart.

Bassam meets with Munir and he tells him that the Caliphate will be targeting five homes of Christian residents that evening. Bassam says they can evacuate all the occupants and load all the homes with explosives and they’ll detonate the bombs when the soldiers enter. He tells Munir he did a great job and then the teenager starts to breakdown and cry. He says he doesn’t recognize his brother Kasim any longer and last week feels like ten-years ago. Ihab Rashid’s gone insane due to the death of his wife and Munir’s not certain how much more of this he can take. Bassam hugs the teen, but the softness that we’d expect to see in his eyes doesn’t appear.

Marwan and Sammy meet with Halima and one of the members of the Red Hand and they frisk Sammy. He’s not carrying a weapon, but they find his wallet. At that point the advice his cousin Ahmed gave him about keeping his identity unknown’s meaningless. He looks Halima in the eyes and tells her he’s Sammy Al Fayeed.

Jamal arrives at the home of an elderly well-to-do man, who appears to be an Iman or some sort of religious leader. He says that Jamal hasn’t been to his home since his father passed away, but the President instead of responding to the statement tells his host he thinks God hates him. He then talks about all the bad things that have occurred since he left Bassam in the desert and asks his host his interpretation. The man responds God’s will and Jamal says, or is it his hatred of me.

The man says he’s not going to straighten out the problems in his country, until he first straightens out the problems in his palace. Jamal asks the man if he thinks someone in his house is working against him and the man responds with some cryptic statement.

Kasim finds Munir counting boxes and tells him his brother that he’s leading one of the teams that are arresting the Christian families and he wants Munir to accompany him. Realizing the homes are filled with explosives, he says he can’t go, he has to finish this task and Kasim has to help him. Kasim tells his brother he’s crazy and they’re both going to arrest the Christians.

Bassam and Siddiq are on top of a building with the detonator in their hands, when the soldiers approach. Bassam’s excitement’s tempered when he realizes that Munir and Kasim are among the soldiers who are soon going to enter the homes. Siddiq says they have to abort, they can’t lose a good man on the inside like Munir. That’s the only way that Siddiq knows Munir, as an ally on the inside of the Caliphate Army, but Bassam has a much deeper relationship with the teen. Munir’s the son of his late friend Ahmos Al Yazbek, the man who took him in when he was near death from the desert, the man who died by his side when they released some of the prisoners held by the Caliphate.

There was a time not long before, that Barry would have agreed with Siddiq’s suggestion to abort, but instead he said that if they failed to detonate the bombs they’d lose General Said as an ally. He says they have to go through with the bombing. Munir however had to strong a sense of self-preservation and wanted to save Kasim as well. As soon as the doors got bashed in and the soldiers rushed into the homes, Munir backed up about 100 yards and called to Kasim saying he couldn’t see. Kasim rushed towards him and the bombs got detonated, with them both far enough away to survive the blast.

At the palace Rami’s overjoyed at the news reports on TV that the Red Hand killed twenty soldiers from the Caliphate Army. He shuts off the TV and turns to Jamal, saying this man’s the answer to our prayers, we’ll meet with him and he’ll be a great ally. Jamal’s contempt’s barely contained when he says to his son, you mean this man that you neglected to tell me about until right now? Rami says he was being cautious and Jamal says that decision cost them the chance to kill Ihab Rashid and the rest of the Caliphate leadership. He says from now on he’s to be informed before any decisions get made and he’ll be the one talking with the leader of the Red Hand. He then tells Colonel Mahmoud to follow him and they leave the room.

Jamal asks Mahmoud if he knew about this and he swears that General Said promised to discuss it with Jamal and he assumed he had. The President tells the Colonel he trusts him, but he’s not sure how much he trusts his son. Mahmoud says he made a mistake, Jamal asks was it he that made a mistake in bringing Rami to the palace, perhaps the Rashid blood that came from his mother burns too hot. He then tells Mahmoud to arrange a call to the head of the Red Hand.

General Said and his top aide meet on a balcony and the head of Abbudin’s Air-Force tells Rami that he should get a jet gassed up and sitting on the runway, to escape the nightmare he’s heading into. Rami says he’s my father, the man responds, Idi Amin, Papa Doc, Saddam Hussein, the family all disappeared first.

Bassam returns from the bombing of the soldiers, to find Daliyah waiting for him outside the shelter they live in. She says that Halima brought the rich American kid there, but the kid’s Barry’s son Sammy. Al Fayeed doesn’t believe her at first and then says that Sammy’s far from rich. However she corrects him, telling his son scored a huge inheritance when Barry died.

Barry says to Daliyah to send him away, but she tells him he has to talk to him. She says Sammy came all this way and he deserves to know that his father’s still alive. Barry realizes she’s right and goes to the alley where his son’s waiting. He looks at him for a few minutes then walks towards him, Sammy doesn’t recognize him immediately but Barry removes his head-dress.

He tells Sammy how Jamal had sentenced him to execution but couldn’t go through with it, so he left him in the desert to die. Somehow he survived and with the world believing he died, he decided to remain dead. He said he didn’t want to hurt Sammy or the rest of the family again. The response infuriates Sammy who tries punching his father, but Barry grabs and hugs him and the two hug each other.

The drama’s far from settled however, as Barry says that Jamal would have kept him from returning to California and at best all he’d be is a voice on the phone. He said he wanted the family to move on, he wanted Molly to live her life and go on without guilt. Sammy says he always thought Barry felt he was a disappointment, but it turns out that Barry’s the disappointment. Barry tells his son he can’t stay there and has to go home but Sammy refuses. He asks Siddiq to set Sammy up with sleeping quarters.

A member of the Red Hand approaches Bassam with a cellphone and tells him that President Al Fayeed’s on the other end. Bassam puts a handkerchief over the phone and talks to Jamal. The President asks him who he is and Bassam responds he’s the man that’s going to help him fight the Caliphate Army. Jamal says that in times like these, it’s hard to know who to trust, but there’s something in his voice, that makes the President believe he can trust him. He then asks can I trust you and Bassam replies, yes Mr. President.

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