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Wayward Pines: The Children Are The Future

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Courtesy of FOX

Warning: Spoiler Alert

Ethan Burke wakes up in the woods just as a figure escapes from view. He ventures out and the figure is not gone. Its racing past him repeatedly and even slices his arm as if to say, ‘still here’. Ethan fires his shotgun blindly over and over. One shot sounds like it might have hit something. Or someone.

Ben has begun to take a real interest in Amy. The bigger issue here is that perhaps he’s begun to accept the situation. Last week, the Mayor admitted that the town focuses on shaping the minds of the children. Ben is doing what he must to fit in, or so he says. It also doesn’t hurt that Ben is received like one of the popular kids.

Theresa following her son’s example decides follow-up on the real estate job she was handed. Her boss or at least immediate supervisor is loud a brash. Theresa’s first assignment is to ‘give’ the newest addition to Wayward Pines (i.e. ‘accident’ victim) a new house.

Ben and a couple of others have been summoned to ‘orientation’. Three kids in numbered seats in a white room. Mrs. Fisher enters without a word and sets up a projector. Fisher shows them students. All of them that came before them. This orientation is very ominous. Using phrases like “only accept”, “if you make it through” and “first generation of”. Only those kids ready for the truth will proceed.

Ethan continues to map the terrain, I assume to map out an effective escape route.

Theresa makes her way to the hospital to greet the accident victim she is supposed to give a house to. Mr. Johnson (the victim) is resistant to her help. She then tries to sympathize with him and his attitude changes. They connect as both being accident victims. Only Mr. Johnson saw something. He implicates Pam but before he can go too far, Theresa gets closer and warns him that this place is not safe. Great approach, if Nurse Pam wasn’t eavesdropping around the corner.

Fisher shows them more slides. This time of the same section of land over time. 14 years ago, a few years after that, and 3 months ago. She asks the kids what they see. Ben points out a figure in the left third. This the first official introduction of what they call ‘abbies’. These figures are the result of genetic mutations or aberrations. The photo is blurry, but it vaguely resembles the Marvel character Abomination if it was normal human sized. They resemble humans because they once were.

While Ethan tracks his route, hoping to avoid what his son is currently more informed on, Fisher continues with the lesson. She hands each kid a dirty coin. Ben asks to scrape off the sediment. What he finds is even more unexplainable. It’s a United States quarter whose date would indicate it came from about 80 years in the future. The Abbies are devolved humans. And the long and short of it is, they don’t have quarters from 80 years in the future, they have quarters that are over 2,000 years old. It’s not 2014, it’s the year 4028. Wayward Pines, it seems, may be an attempt to repopulate the human race into a world whose civilization died centuries ago.

Fisher explains how this is possible. Ethan finds the edge of Wayward Pines to discover what I assume used to be Boise, laid in ruins. Theresa talks to Mr. Johnson in the new home with dryer running. He remembers waking up and looking out of a window not unlike that of the dryer. Cryo-sleep. And why? These people were all chosen to survive the human race.

A doctor foresaw the devolution and decided to collect a sample of people to hopefully stave off the mutation that affects all people or things outside the walls of Wayward Pines. His name is David Pelcher. They will never meet him, but he is always watching. Essentially making a doctor a God.
Out on the edge of civilization a black helicopter approaches and lands in front of Ethan. Out of the helicopter steps Dr. Jenkins (Toby Jones). Only he is not Dr. Jenkins. His real name is Dr. David Pelcher.

The kids are on strict instructions not to share this new information with their parents. The idea being that adults have lived too long in the old world and their minds cannot handle this new reality. This way, the children are the guardians of the arc that is Wayward Pines.

Following orientation, Fisher escorts them to a dark room where all of the other kids stand holding candles. Amy welcomes them to the first generation. The kids all begin pound their palms repeatedly creating a fraternity like ritual.

At the helicopter, David gives Ethan the hard sell. Reluctantly, Ethan agrees to get on the chopper just as the Abbies descend upon his previous position. As the helicopter rises avoiding the four Abbies in pursuit, Ethan sees the desolation in the surrounding areas.

Wayward Pines: Telling The Truth Is A Revolutionary Act

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Photo: Courtesy Of Fox

Warning: Spoiler Alert

The euphemism for getting killed in “Wayward Pines,” is apparently referred to as deciding to retire, or so it would seem after the airing of the fourth episode of the ten-part miniseries. Another discovery that viewers made, is that if you kill the town’s sheriff, you inherit the job. At least in the case of Secret Service Agent Ethan Burke, who found out he’d gotten named sheriff, hours after killing his predecessor Sheriff Pope.

We join the Burke family on their ride back to their new home, after escaping death at the hands of Pope. Ethan takes his son out of the police vehicle and uses the garden hose to wash the blood off his hands. Ben asks his father what kind of creature dragged Pope’s body away, when they opened the gate and Ethan replied it was a wolf.

Ethan gets back in the vehicle and tells his wife Theresa that the entire town’s under surveillance, that cameras and microphones are everywhere. They have to pretend they’re going along with everything in order to survive. Suddenly Theresa looks up and realizes Ben’s gone, they jump out of the truck and see their son standing at the end of the driveway. A deliveryman on a bicycle, gave him a package and an attached letter, it says that Ben will start school the following morning at Wayward Pines Academy. The package contains his school uniform.

Ethan heads to the sheriff’s department and uses Pope’s keys to unlock the ammunition cabinet and grabs a couple of pistols, before getting surprised by Pope’s secretary Arlene. She greets him as Sheriff Burke and congratulates him on getting the job, presenting him a cake. Seconds later Mayor Brad Fisher and a photographer enter the office, they stick a copy of the town’s paper, with the headline Sheriff Pope Retires. Fisher puts his arm around Ethan and they snap the shot.

Ethan asks the mayor who appointed him sheriff and Fisher responds that’s above his pay grade, when Burke asks to speak to someone who might know that answer, Fisher and Arlene discourage him. Ethan then suggests they have cake and Arlene says she’ll get the utensils and plates. Burke senses that the mayor wants to talk to him, but he realizes this isn’t the time or the place. He tells Fisher he’s looking forward to working for him and the mayor wishes him good luck on his first day.

Theresa walks Ben to school and they are greeted by one of the teachers, coincidentally she’s the mayor’s wife Megan Fisher. Theresa gives him a hug and tells him she’ll pick him up at 3:00 pm. We see the upstairs picture window of the building’s filled with students, taking a look at their new school mate.

Ethan starts searching his new office, he goes through the desk and the file cabinet and comes up fruitless. Then he discovers a hidden compartment under the throw rug, he unlocks the compartment and finds a box of records. The actual records of all the town’s residents, stating where they lived and what they did prior to ending up in Wayward Pines. He looks at the records of Brad and Megan Fisher, then checks out Arlene’s file, he sees that she lived in New Jersey and was involved in a domestic relationship.

He hears Arlene crying in the outer office and he heads out there, he doesn’t mention her tears, but instead asks if she misses New Jersey. She responds that she doesn’t, then she sees that it’s going to be a busy morning as Nurse Pam arrives with two big beefy guys dragging a smaller man. Burke’s nightmares didn’t end with Pope’s death, Nurse Pam is a formidable opponent and used to getting her way.

She tells Ethan she’s made a citizen’s arrest after Peter McCall spray-painted graffiti on public buildings. She says there has to be a reckoning, that McCall’s now a three-time offender. Burke tells her as long as he’s sheriff, the reckonings are being discontinued and he’s certainly not killing a man for spray-painting. Nurse Pam tells him if he doesn’t have the stomach for it, they have others who can execute McCall. He thanks her for her civic-duty and tells her he’ll handle it.

Megan Fisher brings Ben into her office and says she’s going to ask him some questions, don’t think of it as a test it’s just a way to get to know each other better. She then asks him three questions;

Where are you from?

Where do you live?

Where is home?

Ben answers Seattle to all three questions and Fisher shakes her head with a smile on her face. She asks the teen why his parents won’t take him home and he responds that his father’s working on a case for the Secret Service. She then asks why he believes that and he replies his father told him so, she then asked if Ben’s father had ever lied to him. The answer of course is yes, as he lied to his son and wife about his affair with his former partner Kate Hewson. She asks if he lied to him before, how can he trust him now?

Theresa’s exploring the town square and she sees the words that McCall spray-painted across two buildings. “In A Time Of Universal Deceit, Telling The Truth Is A Revolutionary Act.”

She looks into the window of the coffee shop and sees Kate Ballinger entering her shop, Theresa crosses the road and goes into the toy store. Kate asks if she can help her and Theresa says she’s looking for a gift for her son. Kate suggests a music box that her husband hand-crafted. winds it up and lets it play it’s song. She then tells Theresa she has 30-seconds to say what she wants to get off her chest.

Theresa tells her that she gave up becoming an agent, as she realized the job always comes first and she wanted to be a mother. She says that Kate hurt her and her family, Kate apologizes and said a lot’s happened since then. Theresa says that’s not the case for her. Kate replies that it is the case, Theresa just doesn’t realize it yet. Theresa leaves the shop.

School lets out for the day and Ben’s standing there waiting for his mother, when a cute girl about his age comes over and introduces herself as Amy. She asks if Ben’s waiting for his mother and the teen attempting to look cool says he’s just trying to figure out where his new home is. Amy says she’ll walk him home and they’ll find it together. Seconds after they leave Theresa walks up and panics when she doesn’t see her son. She finds them as she approaches the house and Amy apologizes, saying she practically forced him to walk her home. Theresa says fine, then takes Ben by the arm and they walk away.

Ethan pulls out Peter McCall’s file and shows it to him, there’s a picture of McCall with his wife and young son and daughter. McCall says that was another life a long time ago. Burke says that McCall wasn’t using a cane in the earlier picture, Peter says he hurt his leg in a rock-climbing accident. He says he actually tried to climb his way out of Wayward Pines. When Ethan asks him how long he’d lived in Wayward Pines, he replies that he stopped counting after four winters, but he believes that he’s been there for another four or five years.

Burke asks Peter if there’s anyway out-of-town and McCall puts his finger to his temple and mimics shooting himself in the head. The phone rings Ethan picks it up and hears Nurse Pam tell him that the reckoning’s scheduled for 10:00 pm the following night. Burke hangs up the phone and tells Peter it was a telemarketer.

Ethan heads home for the day and informs his wife he’s the new sheriff. He tells her he think that the mayor Brad Fisher, would like to tell him something, Theresa responds that she met a woman named Fisher at Ben’s school. Ethan tells her that’s the mayor’s wife Megan and she was a hypnotherapist, before coming to Wayward Pines. He asks his wife to arrange a dinner with them for the following evening.

Theresa walks Ben to school the next morning and tells Megan that they have no friends and she was hoping to have her and her husband come over for dinner that evening. Megan responds they’d love to have dinner, but she wants them to see some of the town so she suggests they meet that evening at the Beer Garden.

Ethan greets McCall with breakfast and Peter asks if this is his last meal, Burke tells him he’s not going to die. Peter then says he’s read his file over-and-over again and says he’d forgotten how much he forgot. He then tells Ethan that he was in Los Angeles for a conference in 2001 and he met a brunette named Denise in a bar. He says that even though he was married, after a few drinks they went to his room and had sex and did some drugs. He passed out and woke up in another hotel room, the brunette was still with him. However she had aged and her name wasn’t Denise, it was Pam.

Fisher brings Ben back into her office and says they’ll work on the same exercise they did the previous day, then asks him where he lives? He responds he doesn’t know and Megan says that’s excellent, he’ll join the other students for classes the next day and she’ll be his teacher. She then tells him to close his eyes and she gives him an acoustic guitar. He breaks into an ear-to-ear grin and she says that for his heart-song.

Theresa and Ethan meet Megan and Brad at the Beer Garden and it seems like most of the town’s in the place, we see Arlene sitting with the hotel manager, as well as Kate and Harold Balinger. Megan says the place’s known for their buffalo burgers but she suggests the trout. Theresa asks her if she’d show her the way to the restroom and the ladies depart.

Brad then says to Ethan that their son Ben seems like a good kid and Burke says his son’s great. Fisher then says that the town concentrates on the youngsters, shaping their opinions at the school. Ethan says that Fisher’s wife’s a teacher there and the mayor nods and tells Burke to be very careful.

Amy’s throwing pebbles at Ben’s window to get his attention. He comes out and she tells him she wants to take him to her favorite spot. When they arrive, she takes him over to a bench and says this is her favorite spot. She asks if he’s still homesick and he says he lied, that he wasn’t popular at his school in Seattle. She says you have me now, then he asks her what kind of animals live outside the fence. She looks like she’s going to whisper in his ear, but kisses his cheek instead. He then hugs her, more out of needing a friend than anything romantic.

The women head back to the table and Burke brings up the icebreaker, of what everyone thinks about the public executions and the Fisher’s freeze, before Megan asks him what he means. Ethan refers to the public execution of Beverly and Megan says that the reckonings are terrible, but they maintain order in the town.

The camera pans to Arlene and Tim Bell’s table and we hear Arlene saying she couldn’t believe that ice-cream eating S.O.B. retired without saying goodbye to her. She says a lot of the town thought that Pope was too gruff, but she said he was very kind and generous to her, especially around the holidays. Nurse Pam intervenes in their conversation and tells Arlene that soon she’ll feel the same way about Sheriff Burke.

Nurse Pam asks all in the house to raise their glasses to toast their new sheriff Ethan Burke, then starts going on a diatribe of how the town hopes he’s up to the task of serving justice. Ethan interrupts her, then thanks her. He says he will do everything in his power, to bring the true evil of the town into the light and the true criminals brought to justice. The crowd cheers his words.

Ethan and Theresa run into Dr. Jenkins on their walk home and Burke asks Jenkins if he can help stop the members of Wayward Pines from killing Peter McCall. The doctor gives the couple a sympathetic look, then says that he believes that great beauty calls for great sacrifice. Realizing Jenkins won’t help, Ethan tells Theresa to head home and he’d be there in a little while. However she sees an envelope in their mailbox, from the Wayward Pines Real Estate Association. It says they’ve got great news, one of our senior realtors has decided to retire, they expect her at the office the next morning at 9:00 am. Is this Peter McCall’s job that’s suddenly become available?

Burke heads to the sheriff’s office and tells McCall he’s getting him out of there, Peter tells him to be sensible, there’s no place for him to hide. Then he tells Ethan to take him to the fence. When they get to the fence, Burke asks him why he took him there. Peter points to the mountains across from the fence, and says that’s the only way out.

He then tells Ethan that his time’s up and McCall can either kill himself, or Ethan can give him a push to win the town’s confidence. Burke says he’d never do that and Peter hugs the new sheriff, saying that’s why Wayward Pines truly needs him. He then grabs the high-voltage fence and fries to death.

Ethan heads home and tells his wife Peter McCall’s dead. He then whispers in his ear that he’s going to get help, he needs her and Ben to stay there and keep playing along. He tells Theresa that she’s a lot stronger than she realizes and leaves the house.

He stops by the sheriff’s office and he grabs a rifle and some ammunition. Nurse Pam walks in and says he may just be sheriff material after all. Burke says he thinks that Nurse Pam should be the town’s sheriff and she says that’s the smartest thing he’s said since he’s come to her town. He leaves the office without a response, Nurse Pam sits at his desk and starts to meditate.

The final scene shows us Burke climbing the mountain, hand over hand. He reaches a ridge and we see a bald-headed man without a shirt, peering out from behind a tree. Guess we’ll find out who, or what he is next Thursday.

The Story Continues Next Thursday Night at 9:00 pm on FOX.

Tyrant: Meet The New Boss

Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/FX Network
Photo Courtesy Of Vered Adir/FX Network

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.

Tyrant: What The World Needs Now

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.

Tyrant: Sins Of The Father

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.

Tyrant: My Brother’s Keeper

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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.

Tyrant: State Of Emergency Puts Bassam Into Action

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Warning: Spoiler Alert

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The story will pick up again next Tuesday on FX.