The Kiss.  No, not Auguste Rodin’s sculpture of lovers, but Eda and Serkan sharing a beautiful moment of pure sensuality and love in an elevator.  Unfortunately, the lovely moment didn’t last long enough.  Eda comes to her senses and slaps Serkan for breaking one of the rules of her agreement, but Serkan reminds her of a simple fact about agreements between men and women: Love gets tired of a lot of little whims, and he kisses her again.

Their private breakfast is a spiced with biting conversation comparing Serkan to a potato, but followed with flirting conversation on the balcony about eggplants and putting color in life.  A call from Leyla and messages from Ferit and Ceren end the lover’s romantic idyll and bring them back to the company.

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At the company, Selin retrieves the letter she left for Serkan on his desk, and calls the journalist to find out what Efe did to get her confession about the engagement contract and the news of Serkan and Eda’s breakup.  Realizing that she’s been exposed for her underhanded PR manipulations, Selin decides to burn bridges in her exit from the company.

At the Bolat estate, Aydan is drinking tea and inhaling the vapors of an atomizer to calm her nerves. When Seyfi runs in to tell Aydan that Alptekin has come, Aydan is nonplussed and expects Alptekin to apologize and beg for a return home.  What she doesn’t expect is for him to be so blunt when he announces that he wants a divorce.  In a matter of fact way, she says a 30 year marriage has ended in 30 seconds.  She’s almost too calm and unemotional, a behavior that alarms Seyfi.

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Ferit comes to the company in the morning ready to admit everything to Serkan about his role in the first public relations nightmare, but before he can talk to Serkan, Selin comes in and makes her confession.  She accuses Ferit of taking the photo of the engagement contract and giving it to Kaan, who sent it to the journalist.  She explains that she convinced the journalist to hide her source and that Ceren and Eda knew the truth but didn’t tell him. She further tells him that Efe also knew the truth and attempted to black mail her, but she didn’t sell her shares to him.  She has decided to give the 5% to him.  Selin doesn’t mention anything about the money she paid to keep the journalist quiet nor the fact that she alerted the writer to Eda and Serkan’s breakup which brought the reporter and photographers  to  the company.

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Serkan accepts Selin’s confession with aplomb.  He mildly chastises Ceren, Ferit and Eda and says they will all forget the subterfuge, and from now on, each will deal honestly with problems.  He dismisses them, but tells Eda to stay.  He says she lied to him, an obvious reference to the fact that she accused him of lying about the cause of their breakup.  Further, he says she should be punished, but before he can say what or how, he is interrupted by a call from Seyfi telling him about Alptekin’s visit and Aydan’s strange behavior.  Serkan says he must go home and asks Eda if she would go with him.  

When Serkan and Eda arrive at the estate, they find Aydan dancing around the room in an attempt to deal with her emotions.  She recalls meeting and dancing with Alptekin the first time thirty years ago, and then she admits that she’s depressed.  Serkan tells her to forget the past and plan for the future.  She doesn’t know what she can do until Eda suggests that she pursue her campaign to be leader of the charity, an idea that Aydan immediately accepts.  In her excitement to start her campaign, Aydan leaves to make calls while Eda and Serkan have coffee.  Serkan tells Eda her punishment will be more like making amends.  He has three wishes, some big, some little, and she will fulfill them. 

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At the company, Piril comes to Engin with a problem about the Golf Resort.  The doors have not arrived and they must find another supplier immediately.  Engin, however, doesn’t worry about doors. He is more concerned about Piril meeting his mother because he’s anxious to get engaged.  Later that night, Engin visits Serkan to discuss his problems with Piril about meeting his mother.  Serkan tells him that Piril may be afraid that marriage will ruin her career, but Engin should pay more attention to what Piril doesn’t say.

The next morning Alptekin comes to the company to tell Serkan about the divorce.  He tells Serkan that Eda is a good woman for him and he will be happy with her if he doesn’t make his father’s mistakes.  Serkan thanks him for the words but says he never wants to see him again.  Alptekin is taken aback by the coldness of that statement, but he says he will always be available if Serkan needs him; they are, after all, father and son.

When Alptekin leaves, Eda goes to Serkan to see how he has reacted.  He tells her that work is the second thing that helps him get over disappointments.  When she asks him what is the first thing, he replies that she knows what will help him, but Eda plays coy.  He asks her to work with him since Efe has left the company, but she says she will still be working with Efe when his partner arrives.  Leyla comes in to say that the people who have applied for the PR position vacated by Selin have arrived.  Serkan invites Eda to help him with the interviews.   

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Three very attractive young women are interviewed, and Serkan seems to be interested because of their looks and their vita sheets.  Eda, however, is not impressed and Serkan accuses her of being jealous, an attribute she is quick to deny.  He then says they can hire a man for PR if she would prefer.  Saying that isn’t necessary, she takes the folder of applicants and chooses the resume of a rather plain looking woman who wears glasses. She suggests they call this woman for an interview.  When Balca Kocak arrives, she is as glamorous as the other three women and she has a predatory air about her.  Unbeknownst to Eda and Serkan, she has been told that the man in her life will have the initials C and B.

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Eda is surprised and asks what happened to the glasses she wore in the photo attached to her professional resume.  Balca says the photo is old.  Eda’s reaction to this woman is noted by Serkan who detects a bit of jealousy in Eda’s behavior.  When the interview is over, Serkan asks Eda for her opinion.  Eda, trying to show that she doesn’t care and isn’t threatened, tells Serkan that Balca is the kind of woman he is looking for; she’s professional and attractive.  Serkan agrees, since Eda doesn’t think they need to interview men for the job.  Serkan says he will call her to start work tomorrow, but Eda, in an effort to deny being jealous, says let her start work today.  Eda is being flippant, but she’s plainly not happy, and Serkan sees this.  He senses that Eda cares but she doesn’t want to show it.

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Balca is ecstatic to be hired and in her excitement, she calls her friend to tell her that Serkan Bolat surely must be the man of her dreams as her friend predicted.  This conversation is overheard by Selin who doesn’t seem eager to leave.  Selin offers to show Balca her office and give her information about the company.  We can be sure that Selin also tells Balca about Serkan’s romance with Eda and the fragility of this relationship, encouraging her to flirt with Serkan and find ways to insinuate herself in his life.

Journalists and reporters descend on the Bolat estate;  Aydan thinks they have come to interview her about her campaign to be leader of the charity club.  In fact, her competitor, Nesrin (Ferit’s mother) has reported the divorce to the newspapers and they have come to get details.  Aydan calls Serkan to come handle the situation.  As he and Eda are leaving, Balca says that she may be able to help as well, and after Eda says okay, Balca joins them.  Serkan is very carefully allowing Eda to make decisions concerning Balja because he’s enjoying her efforts to seem unconcerned.

When they arrive at the estate, they are accosted by the reporters and photographers with Seyfi trying his best to get rid of them.  Balca tells Serkan and Eda to go inside while she attends to the problem.  She tells the group that she knows their editor very well, and they will not publish any news about the Bolat  company or family until she has approved it.  If they will refrain from this effort to obtain gossip, she will write a press release and give it to them exclusively. 

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Aydan is impressed with Balca, especially when she says the press will not bother her anymore; Aydan also likes Balca when she volunteers to help with the charity leadership campaign.  Eda and Serkan will convince Ms. Lehman, an important member, to vote for Aydan and hopefully, Mrs. Lehman’s ten close friends will follow suit.  Balca will call other club members to solicit their votes. 

Eda and Serkan pay a visit to Ms. Lehman’s gift shop to encourage her to vote for Aydan.  In the process of buying wall art and discussing the club campaign, Eda and Serkan discover that many of the art pieces are made on site in Ms. Lehman’s studio.  They are invited to work with clay and fashion a work of art themselves.  Serkan is hesitant, but Eda agrees, and so the lovers are introduced to a glob of clay on a wheel.  Serkan stands behind Eda with his arms around her and his hands covering hers as the wheel spins and they mold the clay.  They are both mesmerized by the intimacy of the moment.

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A return to work at the company dispels some of the romantic illusions of the clay.  Balca reports that calls to charity club members have been completed; Eda says that she and Serkan convinced Ms. Lehman to support Aydan but they couldn’t promise that her ten close friends would also vote her way.  Eda says it’s difficult to change a person’s opinion sometimes and the conversation becomes a commentary on “change.”  Balca, remembering what Selin has told her, tells Eda and Serkan that she doesn’t believe you should try to change a person; rather, you should accept him or her the way that person is.  Serkan listens to this carefully and watches Eda’s reaction.  He thanks Balca for her work and she leaves.

Serkan attempts again to have private time with Eda by inviting her to have coffee with him.  She refuses, but he lures her with the suggestion of his first punishment, that she will surprise him.  She will knock on his door one night unexpectedly. They will do nothing more than watch a movie and eat popcorn.  When she says he doesn’t eat popcorn, he says he is changing.  He asks her when she will come, but she says it wouldn’t be a surprise if she told him.  Besides, she hasn’t decided that she will do that.

Melo arrives home from work and takes a call for Ayfer.  Someone places an order for 50 cookies.  Melo writes the order on a notepad and puts a smiley face beside it.  When Ayfer sees the note, she thinks it reads 500 cookies because she mistakes the smiley face for a zero.  Ayfer makes 500 cookie and when the error is discovered, the girls decide to take the extra cookies to the charity club to raise money for the girls’ scholarship program.

While Ayfer is in the kitchen that evening, Eda and the girls discuss the idea of changing a person you love.  Eda has given thought to what Balca said at the office and now reconsiders her notion of what she expects from Serkan.  At his house, Serkan has expectations of Eda.  He believes she will appear at his door that very evening, but when the doorbell rings, it’s Engin to discuss his love problems with Piril, not Eda.  Behind Engin come Ferit to apologize once again for his betrayal, and Erdem to bring documents.  Serkan is not happy because they have spoiled his evening.  At her house, Eda is considering what Serkan said about “whims.”  Too many little whims can spoil a love.

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As Serkan deals with his unexpected guests and Eda re-thinks her efforts to change Serkan, Balca goes to the Bolat estate to offer advice to Aydan.  She says that Aydan should have a Question and Answer interview with the club members because she’s much smarter than Nesrin, her opponent.  At the same time, Ceren meets Ferit on her walk home and they have dinner together at a street stand.  He confesses that he’s changing in his outlook on life, and Ceren is happy to see that he’s so responsive to her.

The next morning Aydan and Seyfi wait at the charity club for the members to come.  To support her, Eda and Balca have come to the meeting, followed by Ayfer and Fifi with 450 cookies to donate as a money-raising project.  Aydan answers the questions with help from Eda and she wins the race for leader.  To celebrate her success, Aydan plans a “70’s” theme party for the Art/Life Company.  Everyone attends the party except Engin.  Piril is worried because she has no idea where he might be.

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As the evening commences with singing and dancing, Piril waits anxiously for Engin to appear.  When he does, it is a very unusual and dramatic moment.  A sudden fog appears outside a huge picture window, and into the cloudy, dim view there appears a figure on horseback.  As the mysterious figure approaches the house, Piril recognizes Engin.  When she brings him inside, he gets on one knee and proposes before he puts a huge diamond on her finger.  After the party, everyone goes home and Serkan waits at his house for a surprise visit from Eda.  After all, the intimacy of the clay molding and the dancing at the party promised that Eda was ready to resume their closeness.

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When the doorbell rings, it isn’t Eda who waits.  Serkan finds Balca who has decided to drop by with her PR proposals on her way home.  She suggests that he look over them and she’ll get them in the morning, but before she leaves, she gives him a toy for Sirius and asks his opinion about a nearby pizzeria.  Serkan simply agrees with her suggestions until she asks about the pizzeria.  I think he suddenly realized this would be an opportunity to challenge Eda’s whims because he has noticed that Eda seems to be a little uncertain and jealous of Balca.  He invites Balca in so that he can look at her proposal and suggests that he order pizza to be delivered.  When the doorbell rings, he’s sure that it’s Eda but he says it’s the pizza delivery; he tells Balca to answer the door while he gets plates and a candle to light.  

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Eda is waiting at the door with a bucket of popcorn in hand.  Before she decided to surprise Serkan, Eda had asked the girls if she was too hard on Serkan about making changes in his habits and personality.  Ceren said Serkan had already changed in so many ways and Melo said that too many whims can ruin a romance.  That statement shocked Eda since it echoed what Serkan had said, so she decided to surprise him.  

Not waiting for a greeting at the door, Eda walks in to find Balca sitting on the sofa with Serkan bent over, lighting a candle that she holds.  The picture that Eda sees is rather cozy, perhaps a little intimate given the closeness that Serkan stands to this newcomer and how he hovers over her hand.  Eda is shocked.  The question is what will she do?  Will she walk away in her disappointment and unhappiness or will she stay to lay claim to Serkan’s affections?  Will she admit she’s gone too far or will she give up and let Serkan make a decision?  Ahhh, Eda. . .have you overplayed your hand?

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