SEN CAL KAPIMI EPISODE 23 SUMMARY
Surprise! Surprise! Armed with a huge container of popcorn and the expectation of spending an intimate evening with Serkan in his home watching a movie, Eda is greeted with a scene of Serkan bending over Balca’s hand. She has finally resolved to temper some of her annoyance to give him his requested unexpected “Knock on his door” night visit, but she is not prepared to face what appears to be a betrayal.
Balca makes a hasty exit as Serkan insists that Eda enter, claiming that Balca came to complete some work. Eda is aware that Balca’s intentions for the night visit were much more devious, especially when the pizza is delivered, the candles are lit, Sirius is playing with a new ball, and a lost earring is discovered behind the sofa cushion. Angry that Serkan would be so gullible and defensive about Balca’s presence, Eda leaves abruptly.
The next morning, the girls watch as Melo fires up the wood-burning stove as punishment for making a cookie order appear 500 (with a smiley face) instead of 50. The talk turns to Eda’s night visit to Serkan and the revelation of Balca’s seduction tactics. Fifi says you can’t trust a man, but Melo and Ceren assure Eda that Serkan only has eyes for Eda.
Aydan and Seyfi discuss what they must do to get Serkan and Eda back together, even though they recognize that Ayfer, who is opposed to the couple’s romance, has a great deal of influence on Eda. Aydan decides they must discover what will most impress Ayfer to change her mind. Aydan decides to use Ayfer’s culinary skills to bring Serkan’s friend Chef Alexander to influence Ayfer’s interest and warm attentions for Serkan and Eda.
At the office Balca approaches Eda to clarify her relationship with Serkan. After returning Balca’s “lost” earring to her, Eda says her relationship with Serkan is complicated and they aren’t together at the moment, a statement that Balca relays to Serkan when she takes her PR folder to him a few minutes later. When Eda comes in to see Serkan after Balca leaves, she tells him that she gave the earring to Balca who was surprised that her plan to return to Serkan’s house didn’t work. Serkan says he doesn’t believe Balca had any such intentions. Eda accuses Serkan of being naïve and gullible, so Serkan says they will make a bet. If Eda is correct that Balca is scheming to be with Serkan, he will let Eda go; if Serkan is right that Balca doesn’t have any interest in him, Eda will have a special dinner in Paris with him.
Ferit declares his love for Ceren who is pleased but shy because of Selin’s previous hold on Ferit’s feelings. Ayfer is enchanted with the attentions of Chef Alexander who wants to send her a small gift. Fifi is instrumental in encouraging this friendship through social media. When a gift arrives, it’s Mardin candy which Ayfer loves and quickly eats, but the note inside wishes her a happy birthday. She realizes the candy is not from Chef Alexander but from her despised mother. Later, Chef Alexander’s gift of a fine culinary knife arrives.
At lunchtime, Serkan suggests that he, Eda and Balca have lunch, the purpose being to observe Balca’s behavior as evidence for their bet. At the restaurant, Eda kicks Serkan every time Balca orders the same food as Serkan, brags about cooking pasta, and offers to make sauce for Serkan’s pasta. When Balca claims that work is the second most important thing in her life, the first being love, Eda kicks Serkan furiously under the table. Eda gets a call from Efe which provokes a jealous response from Serkan and the jealousy war is on between the two. Efe’s call is about preparing the upstairs office for the new partner who is expected to arrive any day. Serkan is angry that Efe called Eda instead of him.
Aydan and Seyfi visit Ayfer who greets them at the door with the new knife in hand. Aydan tells Ayfer that Chef Alexander will work with the foundation on a charity project and she wants Ayfer to join the project, too. Ayfer, however, refuses Aydan’s request because she wants Eda and herself to stay away from the Bolats.
At the office, Engin tells Serkan that a landscaping company they had enlisted for a new project they are bidding on has decided to back out, so Serkan calls for a quick meeting. Eda agrees to look for other landscaping businesses and choose the best, Piril will rework the finances, Ceren and Ferit will review the contracts, and Balca will work on press releases. After an afternoon of feverish working, Serkan invites the crew to his home that night to complete the project. Aydan and Seyfi arrive unexpectedly with a huge fruit basket. Balca continues her flirting with Serkan which makes Eda crazy with jealousy and angry with Serkan because he pretends not to notice. At the end of the evening, Eda suggests two landscaping firms which Ferit will investigate to determine if they are in good financial standing. A good partner will help them win the bid for the project.
The next morning is a celebration of Ayfer’s birthday with gifts and a cake. Melo and Fifi leave to locate where Balca goes for coffee because Melo has tracked a house through Balca’s social media account. Unexpectedly, the door to an apartment opens and Balca’s friend Suzi sees Fifi whom she believes to be a client for romantic advice. Fifi goes in for a session of advice on how to find a romantic partner. While she’s there, Suzi the love advisor gets a call from Balca complaining about Serkan’s attachment to Eda.
At the office, an employer has an important document for Eda which she places on Eda’s desk. Balca sees the document and glances through it. Apparently, it is an outline of the finances of the landscaping company that Ferit has investigated. Balca removes the page that indicates the company was sued and has a poor standing. Balca calls Suzi her advisor to say that she’s creating her own opportunities to get closer to Serkan. When the bid fails because of Eda’s recommendation, Serkan will lose his trust in Eda, and rely on her instead. Balca also arranges for an interview with Serkan in a different location, an attempt to get him away from Eda so she can flirt with him more openly. Balca takes the opportunity to get close to Serkan as she shows him the interview site on the computer. Eda is immediately aware of what Balca is doing when she learns that Serkan is leaving the office. That fact plus the information Melo and Fifi have learned about Balca’s friend, the love mentor Suzi, make Eda certain of Balca’s intentions.
Efe has told Eda to take flowers to a house that the new company partner will live in while in Istanbul. Melo goes with Eda to a grand house on the Bosphorus. While Eda arranges the flowers, Melo goes rambling through the house and discovers a locked room. She tries to open the door but can’t get the key to work. The viewer sees the contents of the room, old pictures and dolls piled on a bed. As the girls are leaving, Eda gets a message about Serkan’s interview with a selfie that Balca took with Serkan. She and Melo decide to go to the location and interrupt Balca’s plans. As they leave the house, they are observed by a blonde older woman standing beside a black van who seems keenly interested in the two young women.
At the interview location, Eda sees Balca intentionally break the heel of her shoe and Serkan rush to help her sit down. When Eda and Melo enter the building, Serkan greets them with an innocent “welcome” but Balca is obviously disappointed. Melo helps Balca out the door so Serkan and Eda can be alone. Eda asks Serkan if he realizes that she’s won the bet, but Serkan says no, he isn’t convinced that Balca is trying to seduce him. Following is a very intimate, sexy scene where a seated Serkan pulls a seated Eda to him where they are nose to nose. He tells Eda in an intimate whisper that he can tell when a woman is in love by her eyes, her expression, her breathing, her heart palpitations, her smell, her shyness, her weakness. . .and as he recites these telltale love signs, Eda slowly melts with the sensual pleasure of his nearness and his words. Finally, she breaks the spell by moving her chair back and saying she must leave because she has plans for the evening.
When they return to the office, Eda waits for Melo to return while Serkan meets with Engin about the bidding. Melo has followed Balca to a meeting with her friend and mentor. When Balca left, Melo spoke with Suzi, the mentor, and learned that Balca has had a breakup with a lover, information that Melo tells Eda. Of course, it’s a lie, but neither Eda nor Melo can dispute it. Eda goes back to her desk and on the way she sees Balca with a gift. Balca says the gift is from the former boyfriend, a man she still loves. Of course, she’s lying to throw Eda off track. Eda goes to Serkan and tells him that he won the bet, and Serkan says after the bidding is over, they will fly to Paris for dinner.
To celebrate Ayfer’s birthday, Eda has arranged an evening of ice skating. Eda takes Ayfer to an ice skating rink where Ayfer is greeted by the office personnel, Aydan and Seyfi. After everyone has gone, Serkan makes close romantic talk with Eda about their planned trip to Paris, and then the snow machine scatters snow over the lovers as they listen to a romantic French ballad. While Eda and Serkan share their romantic moment, Balca goes to the empty office and replaces the page she took from Eda’s file. She is sure that Serkan will lose the bid and Eda will lose Serkan’s trust.
The next morning Serkan tells Ferit to go to the bidding to hear the results. He is confident that they will win the project. Meanwhile, Piril waits on a helicopter pad for her father to arrive. He comes in an entourage of black sedans and men dressed in black suits. Piril walks to the car and speaks to her father as he remains seated in the back seat. Is he a Mafioso?
At the office, Serkan sends Ferit to check on the bidding process while Engin nervously awaits Piril’s return. He is anxious that maybe the meeting with her father did not go well. Did her father object to their marriage? Why is she so late? Serkan assures him that all will go well with a confident smile. He is more concerned with what news Ferit will bring to them about the bidding.
Piril comes in and relieves Engin when she says the meeting with her father went well. Before she can finish telling Engin about the meeting, Ferit arrives. He has a rather glum look on his face, and Engin panics. Everyone gathers around Ferit, afraid because of his demeanor, and Engin demands an answer. Ferit can’t keep his frown very long. He bursts into a grin and says, “We got the bid!” Serkan smiles and makes an announcement that Eda double checked the landscaping company she had chosen, discovered some financial problems and they chose another company at the last minute. Balca is surprised that her little trick to destroy Serkan’s trust in Eda didn’t work, but she manages to eke out a congratulations.
Hard on the heels of the good news is Leyla announcing that the mysterious new partner has arrived. The new partner is the aloof but elegant mother of Ayfer, grandmother of Eda, the incomparable Mrs. Semikha. Eda is aghast as she stares at the older woman and slowly mutters, “Grandmother.” How will this newcomer affect Eda and Serkan’s life? Will she damage the company?
WRITTEN BY : SUSAN WATSON