Again, we’re outside Korkmazer Holdings as Aziz has pushed his way through the pack of baying reporters and photographers. He’s reached his car and is intent on a face in the crowd. Moving towards him, a halo of light reflected from the flashbulbs popping around the car is Abdullah.

So often he has arrived at moments of great emotional impact with cryptic messages and surprising objects which turn out to be treasures for those who receive them.

This time, Aziz is given a large, ornate key which he accepts with no question. It’s the words that go with the gift that are so intriguing.
“The future is the door of the past. The key of the future is hidden in the past.”
The message is clearly very important – he says it twice. Aziz watches, deep in thought as Abdullah limps away.

The key will open a real door in the very near future. As well, it symbolizes the emergence of answers to mysteries from the past stories of the three families who formed the original Korkmazer Holdings. In all their toxic destructiveness, more of these family secrets are emerging. In this episode we experience their impact on the three young people who have set out, following the plans laid out by Mehmet Seyfik Korkmazer, to find the enigmatic miniature and to solve its puzzles from the past.

Clearly, Abdullah has a plan of action. Purposefully he limps to the Holding’s’new and impressive façade, pushing open the heavy front door. He stands surveying the scene as if he owns the place.

Following close behind, Aziz intercepts the rough and disrespectful manhandling of the seemingly indigent man by the company’s security guards who are trying to prevent him from going further.

With a smile of genuine affection, Aziz assists Abdullah to his feet, tends to a cut on his mouth, offers him water,

Abdullah sets out unerringly towards Aziz’s office and what he has come for, stopping with Aziz in front of the miniature.

He lifts it off the wall to the background music of the recovered vinyl recording and heads outside.

From his body language, it’s clear he wants Aziz to drive him somewhere and he’s able to communicate directions in the same manner. Abdullah and Aziz have been developing a close minimally verbal communication system. This I believe goes right back to the time when Aziz took off his shoes and gave them to the older man. Abdullah’s feet were torn and bleeding from walking barefoot to stand vigil at the hospital for the wounded Altan. They talk with their eyes and through smiling and there is a growing affection between them.

At the same time as the miniature is being gathered up, Salih is carefully folding and packing away the Satranc-i-Urefa set,

Taking it with him as he locks and leaves the antique store.

In her atelier, Feride is absorbed in her work while the vinyl recording which she found as part of the miniature quest plays in the background. She is stitching what seems to be a wedding gown. As the fabric pivots on the sewing machine needle it slips and reveals a gun sitting on the table. She has taken it from Yalcin’s office but he has not realized yet that it is missing.

Feride seems distant, distressed, disconnected. With the game board case, Salih is walking past the atelier when he stops, hand on heart and prays unobtrusively for Feride. He is aware of her distress and concerned for her.

Feride has finished sewing what is indeed a very beautiful wedding gown which she folds carefully into a white garment bag.

All her movements become slow and dreamlike. There is a real sense that this is not the “real” Feride, that something is decidedly wrong. A tear rolls down her cheek.

Aziz and Feride are on separate parts of their journeys, both headed into unknown territory. We switch between them often now as we track their individual paths. Aziz concentrates on following Abdullah’s wordless directions, Feride sets out on a slow walk through the neighbourhood. As she locks the atelier there is a mood of finality, even foreboding. Feride is headed for the cemetery where her mother and aunt are buried and she is bringing a gift.

Abdullah has brought Aziz to what appears to be a derelict building. He carries the miniature as they negotiate an alleyway

Feride is absorbed in the task she has set herself. With a Mona Lisa smile, she pulls the wedding gown from the bag and lays it out on the grave of her young aunt, murdered before she ever had a chance to marry.

“I did it,” she whispers to the aunt with the same name as hers. Putting on a black headscarf, she prays for her aunt, then rereads the letter which Abdullah had given her.

At the door of the old building, Abdullah waits patiently for Aziz to “get it” and smiles when he does. This, it turns out is the door between the past and the future which he told Aziz about and the old key he gave him opens the door.

The building is a derelict factory. Abdullah moves purposefully across the littered floor to a space on the wall which seems to be the “home” of the painting. Aziz finds a nail and hammer to hang it. Standing back, he is satisfied that the reminiscence has found its rightful place.

There is still much to explore in the old building and Aziz makes a discovery which shows them that he is not alone. The Satranc-i-Urefa board is laid out on a low table, two fires are lit for warmth, two old chairs are waiting and Salih Baba emerges smiling from the shadows.

Feride’s tormented inner self shows itself in the rapid changes in the expressions on her face. Increasingly, she seems to be disintegrating emotionally and mentally. The last item she has brought to “show” her aunt is the gun she took from Yalcin’s room. Telling the first Feride that she will use the gun to call to account whoever put her in the grave, she holds
the gun first against her cheek then lays it on the wedding gown. Her distress is obvious.

Kerem is triumphant at the Holding. Aziz is ousted from the chairmanship of the board because he has been deemed not worthy after the online fiasco. Kerem is appointed in his place. His future plans suggest his grandiosity and his lack of experience; his attitude to the legal team and his staff is arrogant and dismissive. He is holding court.

It’s not long before he dismisses two staff for what seem to be trivialities. A showdown with his hated stepfather confirms that he enjoyed destroying Aziz’s reputation even though he had been acquitted from any offending. He is now the boss and the only interest he has in Tahsin now is that his stepfather must sign over his shares – and fast.

As the spinner is set in motion for today’s Satranc- i-Urefa lesson, Salih notices that Aziz seems sad. The younger man’s concern centres around his belief that while the game is about him as the Passenger, he only seems to succeed in hurting others. He quotes as an example, Enes, whom he was willing to help despite his betrayal. Even though Aziz had committed to supporting Enes and his family, the younger man had died and Aziz felt responsible. Salih teaches him about lives that inevitably touch one another but are dependent on personal choices made. Everyone is a Passenger in his own life and Aziz cannot be responsible, if he has been merciful towards this person who has betrayed him, for Enes’ decision to run.

Aziz owns to being terribly weary and admits that he wants to leave everything behind and to run away. Salih asks where might he be able to escape, given that he will have to take himself and his problems along with
him.. Salih tells of the prophet Yunus who ran from Allah’s plans for him and who somehow found himself thrown to the bottom of the sea, entombed alive inside the belly of a huge fish. There, still with the task Allah had set him, he had time to contemplate what his work was. There would be no escape from the will of Allah.

In his earlier lessons about water and the sea, Salih has been preparing himself for the answer he gives to Aziz. The prophet, while trying to escape his duties and responsibilitie,s is facing himself while alone with his god. When he is ready, he will be washed back to the shore and to the tasks that Allah has set him. Aziz slips into a waking dream which parallels that of Yunus. He is inside the great whale, talking to his God until he, too, is cast back to shore.

Ever since Salih and Aziz have been talking over the board, Abdullah stands guard as watcher and, it seems to me as protector, this time as a Guardian Angel. Aziz needs such protection. He is exhausted, close to tears, aware of the need to go on.

With all the assets, mental, physical, emotional that Allah has given him, Aziz realizes that he cannot sidestep the tasks he has also been given. Salih can’t tell him whether he is still inside the whale or out of it yet, but as he places the Traveller on the square for “Supply”, he can be sure that his source of supply is this abandoned factory to which Abdullah has given him the key.

He must not leave the company but stay and fight. As in the song from the vinyl record, he cannot turn his back.
This building is to be the base from which he goes out, and working out its ownership and significance in his life is one of his tasks. Furthermore, Abdullah has encouraging information,
“There is a sultan’s treasure under the ruin.” This too is for Aziz to work out.

Tahsin is doing everything he can to avoid signing over his shares. Eventually, Kerem will force the issue with a promise of non-disclosure to the police of the murders Tahsin has committed. He never has any intention of keeping that promise. Bulent is unreachable, Tahsin slowly realizing his increasing isolation, as Bulent prepares to pull the rug out from under him and to watch him slowly fall.

Leaving the building and securing it with Abdullah’s key, Aziz feels the need to talk with Feride. She won’t answer her phone. Yalcin had urged her to tell Aziz about his father’s murderous behavior in the hospital, but she doesn’t know yet how to be the one to tell him that his father is a killer. Yalcin is concerned for her safety as Tahsin is being hunted down.

Leaving the cemetery, tears ready to fall, she murmurs,
“Not now, love, I’m not ready for this yet.” She has a plan of action forming, as she asks Allah’s forgiveness for what she is about to do.

At the Holding, changes are happening. Loyal Serpil is leaving whilst also grieving for Enes whom she had loved. Sultan consoles her but is no longer the scatty teenager and can stand up to Kerem. She is disgusted at the way he has treated her brother and breaks her longstanding bond with her foster brother as he spits out his hatred for Aziz.

Gulten, Alice and Aneta pick up the news story about Aziz and there is great distress among them, Gulten distressed for the boy she has loved and brought up in place of his disconnected and selfish parents.

Feride has arrived home bearing gifts for her family. The pattern of behavior she demonstrates from now on in suggests that she has a plan in mind which should give those around her cause to worry. Especially if they are aware of the symptoms of an impending suicide. Tidying up one’s relationships, the giving of farewell gifts, the withdrawal from loved ones are a recognizable pattern. We will find eventually that Feride has planned to kill Tahsin and has accepted that her own death may very well be part of that scenario. Reassuring her family that she is OK and has just been working hard, she gives her presents, delighting Can with the tablet she has been promising him.

Things move very rapidly now for Tashin. Desperate for help as the net closes around him and he becomes more isolated, he visits Necmi, promising information about the death of his family. Details of how they died are shocking. We have known how devastating the loss has been and he is no mood to be helping Tahsin in return for the identity of the killer.

Tahsin blurts out that it was Bulent who ordered the massacre of Necmi’s family. After so many years of uncertainty, Necmi now has a target for his revenge. Such has been the trauma caused by Tahsin’s information that Necmi falls to the floor in shock, clutching his chest. Tekin is in the vicinity and pulls Necmi to his feet.

“It’s time for me to hunt, Tekin,” he states as the younger man agrees to give whatever support Necmi needs.

Feride is out walking again, greeting Ahmet who seems alerted to her strange mood, especially when she asks him to help her younger brothers.
Salih is back at the antique store quietly reading his Koran. He too notices that all may not be well with Feride as she slowly passes by.

Distracted, she drops her bag in the street, only to have Aziz pull up just in time, in an almost perfect repeat of their first meeting. She comments “So we are back where we started. Life is strange.”

Aziz is just delighted to have finally found her and they sit in a quiet café to drink tea, just be together and to daydream about how life could be if ever they are able to leave all their current problems behind. A little bungalow, a garden, children. It seems so ordinary, yet so unattainable.

Aziz has not understood why his phone calls all day have not been answered by Feride. They agree that nothing will ever be the same again and wonder what would have happened had they never met. Their love for each other is very evident, but something is not right. Feride tells Aziz she will walk, rather than have a ride with him and he is bothered by this, but gives in. He loves her so much. Suddenly, she is clinging to him and telling him she loves him. Aziz does not feel her slip her engagement ring into his coat pocket. She is weeping.

Feride may be passing into a highly charged emotional state as she plans her solitary revenge, but Kerem is disintegrating. He has a “visit” from his imaginary small self in his office as his rage, disappointment and determination on intikaam grow daily. Kerem is losing it, surrounded by the trappings of his newly found power and causing great concern for Sultan. She and the staff at the Holding think him crazy by now. But he has kept his promise to tell Yagmur at the police station about Tahsin’s guilt.

Aziz has called into the Holding to tell Kerem that he will not be giving up on the company, but that he has finally given up on the boy who became his beloved foster brother and who now hates him so much. Kerem always sees himself as the aggrieved one, he says, who has no concern for anyone else. He always needs someone to blame and from now on in is a stranger to Aziz, who is going nowhere.

In a bitter final showdown, the bonds between the two brothers are broken forever.

Feride’s father and Yalcin have realized that she is missing and that she is in a precarious mental state. The gun is missing from Yalcin’s office and he has worked out when it disappeared. Aziz is shocked to discover her engagement ring in his pocket, recalling her hug and words of love. The hunt for her is on.

Tahsin has returned to his home, grabbing essentials and money as he prepares a getaway.

He opens the door to a cold and angry Feride holding a gun in front of her and promising to kill him.

At this very moment Aziz is learning that the murderer the police are seeking is his father, Tahsin Korkmazer.

WRITTEN BY: Judith Kelleher



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