Tahsin is behind bars.

The bleakness of his new cell is a shock for him, but in his inimitable self-centredness, Tahsin is soon maneuvering for special treatment from the guard who is locking him in. Even now, he attempts to use others to his advantage.

When Aziz visits him, their dysfunctional relationship is immediately obvious. The father is angry at the son for not rescuing him. His crime is not as important as his present comfort and he holds Aziz responsible for his predicament. The son can hug his father and then walk away, leaving the elder to the fate he has earned, at least physically if not emotionally.

This role reversal in both the Korkmazer and Caglar families has been one of the major themes throughout “Vuslat”. In psychological terminology, this is “parentification”, where one or more children in a family take on tasks and responsibilities that belong to their elders. The cost to the children is usually the forfeiture of their childhood as they strive to provide for their parents that which they should be receiving instead.

The worldly Aziz was aware of his parents’ neediness and right from the start of “Vuslat” we saw him trying so hard to assert his independence. Now he leaves his father in jail, but the ties of their codependency are very strong.

Feride is held in the iron emotional grip of Faik, her father who will not let her go where her heart demands because he has chosen to sit with his secrets, anger and grief, blaming this young generation of Korkmazers for the sins of Tahsin. He has no idea how his choices have inflicted terrible damage on his children. Over the next two episodes, that damage will be laid out for us to see, in detail. He has expected that they will sacrifice their needs to feed his buried rage, which Hasibe has helped him express, along with her own, more vocal anger and greed.

Aziz, Sultan and Gulten realise that life in the mansion is neither desirable nor possible. Gulten will go to support Aneta and Alice, Sultan will move to a rented house near the antique store in the neighbourhood, which she has learned to love. Aziz already has other plans.

Calling into the Caglar household, Yalcin brings news that Tahsin is in jail pending trial and that the murder case will be reopened. O finterest will be the old police records and, of course, the gun. Hasibe looks dubious about this, asking what could be gained by such a move. Faik is silent, Firat ia angry and challenges Yalcin about the likelihood of justice as the Korkmazers have money to buy Tahsin out of trouble. . Yalcin is angry in return, as is Feride at her brother’s comments.

A pair of very stylish boots and a carryall bag are coming through the door.

Aziz has come to the antique store with his overnight gear in one hand, and in the other, some cinnamon candy because he’s heard Salih loves it.

Looking not in the least surprised at his arrival, Salih says,
“Welcome, son.” and “Of course.”, when Aziz announces that he’s there to sleep over this time. In thanking him, Aziz signals a shift in their relationship. Salih has already given him much that Tahsin never could.
“Thank you, dad”. he says. Everything is being stripped away from Aziz, only his love is left, but Salih stalls him from adding that love from his list
of losses. How can a reunion occur without a separation? These people and things he has lost have been shifted out of his way so that he can complete his soul journey. He will experience hard, lonely times, even a day when he will be utterly defenceless, so “How can you get on top with a crowd, son?”

Aziz looks sad and exhausted. Tears are not far away, as he asks Salih whether, as it did for him, all this pain and stress started for him with the death of little Firat, all those years ago.

As Salih suggests that someone’s prayer may have been the trigger, Abdullah, with his customary synchronicity, arrives, sitting silently. The implication is clear.

Feride is sad, too. Restless and trying to sew, she finds the butterfly brooch which Aziz had kept as a reminder of the time she was shot, almost died and for which he felt responsible.

She had taken it from him, suggesting that they only wanted to store good memories. Now, tearful, she wonders if that will ever be possible.

It’s time for Satranc-i-Urefa back at the antique store. This time, the message is “Pray to God”: when the going gets tough, the passenger turns his face to God. Just where Aziz finds himself now. Prayer, says Salih, is not only holding hands up and talking. First one needs to open up the self, then to clear away what is defective as a preparation for prayer, which becomes so important that it transforms into a lifestyle.

Asking is not always prayer. Sitting quietly with acceptance of whatever comes, good or bad even when knowing what you want, is what works best. Being grateful for what you have been sent and knowing that you will find what you need to deal with the worst of the problems that come your way will help you to go on.

Salih is talking about the power of faith, and Aziz is slowly taking the lesson on board. And, says Salih, it’s time to climb the ladder which starts at this square, and move the Passenger to the place of Good Habits, all the time getting closer to Reunion.

Tahsin’s imprisonment has contributed to pressures and questions for others. Yalcin is praising Feride’s bravery in breaking apart the secret which had put power into the wrong hands for so long. He is talking with Firat who is worried about his family and who resolves to take practical measures to begin the healing. Firat causes great delight and total surprise to his parents and siblings by “creating a table”, an elaborate breakfast for them to wake up to. His little brother is included in the preparations and the family sits together discussing ways to move forward.

Sultan has been shocked to the core by the revelation that her father is a murderer. She is gathering her strength and is clear that she is not ready to see her father in prison. Serpil, faithful assistant to the Korkmazer siblings at the Holding, offers her extra support and there are very clear signs that Sultan is growing into her assertive adult self.

Aziz does go to prison visiting hours It’s an unprecedented occasion for him.

He’s met by the accusation, again, that he is at fault for not enabling Tahsin’s escape from arrest. Everyone but himself is at fault, even Feride who “made” him attack her. Aziz is not surprised at Tahsin’s inability to accept responsibility for his actions, always looking for someone to blame.

Adamant that his father must accept the consequences of his offending, Aziz reminds Tahsin that he tried to kill the woman that he, his son, loves.
Tahsin pleads with Aziz not to abandon him, “I don’t have anyone to hold onto except you.”

He is becoming increasingly child-like in his fear, particularly of Bulent who has a wide reach and can hurt people anywhere.

Abandonment is an old issue for Tahsin. As he talks of his father, Aziz’s grandfather, Mehmet Sefik Korkmazer, he tells of his yearning to be acknowledged and loved by a man who had time for everyone else except him. Here, I believe is the root of his inability to “father” his own children adequately. He knows this is so, even describing the role reversal that has happened in their relationship. “…our roles changed. You’re like a father and I’m like a child.” And putting even more emotional pressure on his son
“Aziz, you’ve begun to look like your grandpa.”

His heart breaking, Aziz hugs his father and make promises about arranging extra security for him.

There is sadness and relief for Aziz as he leaves his father behind in jail.

Feride has been at the atelier. Her emotions in turmoil as she tries to envisage a possible future after the divide between hers and Aziz’s family has been made even wider, she is visited by her faithful friend Emine who pleads with her not to give up on her relationship with Aziz. “You’re different, Feride. I saw the way you look into each other’s eyes. I witnessed your passion. You can do this despite everything.”

She hugs Feride, who is still deferring to her father’s hatred of the Korkmazer family which has only increased with Tahsin’s arrest.

Always, she will be there to support her great friend and confidante.
Firat is visiting the Holding. He has come to make his apologies to Sultan and tells her that she looks tired, which is not surprising.

Sultan invites him to stay, telling him that in the light of what has just happened in the two families, she understands him and his actions better. Firat assures her he has no ulterior motive but has been reflecting on their conversation in Salih’s store and has realized Sultan was right. He wants her to recall how he was as her driver, because he was happy for the last time in those days.

Sultan tells him that she is more interested in what people do rather than what they say, having gone through a great deal of pain to discover this. Firat apologises for any pain he caused her.

They part in peace but there is now a growing awareness for us that Firat may be decompensating. What is really going on inside his head and what is he planning to do? His behavior is beginning to resemble that of his big sister as she went after Tahsin. Has he taken to heart Yalcin’s comment that others need to step in after Feride? As he leaves Sultan and pauses to look back, is this the last time they will meet? Sultan weeps as she holds his gift of a single daisy.

Zehra is very proud of Yagmur’s part in the arrest of Tahsin but is concerned about her daughter’s safety as the police continue their investigations, Waking the exhausted Yagmur, she tells her that her father would also have been proud of her.

Zehra should not worry unduly. These men, including Bulent, are strong but not invincible, responds Yagmur. It’s a matter of finding their weak spots, even though Bulent is tougher than most. Seeing the butterfly in the photos of the past crime scene has convinced her that Bulent was involved in her father’s murder.

Hasibe has rung Zehra’s doorbell and is seems a declaration of war is at hand…

At the Holding the new design team are explaining the failure of their ready wear collection.

Kerem is impatient with their ineptitude and announces Plan B, the introduction of a new coach, Aziz Bey. The idea stops the two in their tracks: they are terrified at the idea of their old, meticulous boss returning.

Kerem explains that he is bored at the Holding. Perhaps Aziz is also bored?
Feride,is still in the atelier with Emine who has told her that things remain the same with Altan, on hold, no progress . her phone rings. It’s Aziz and she panics. “What am I going to say to Aziz?” She panics and cuts the call off, much to Emine’s concern. Aziz is distressed at her failure to take his call, not understanding why and recalling a time when they were very close.

Altan tries to find out why his friend can’t reach Feride. Emine reminds him Feride has found out that Aziz’s father killed her aunt. What she needs is time.

Back at Aunt Zehra’s house, Hasibe is in attack mode, holding Zehra responsible for all the trouble in the neighbourhood since her return.
Zehra has even been responsible for trouble in the Caglar household, and what is the story about opening an atelier with Feride? And why is she
pushing Aziz and Feride together? Why doesn’t she marry her own single daughter off with him? Neither she nor Faik approve of the match, anyhow, between Aziz and Feride.

Zehra smiles quietly, calling Hasibe out for her obsessive behavior and reminding her visitor that she is fulfilling a promise she made to Suheyla to look after Feride. Hasibe should be doing that too, Hasibe flounces out and Zehra is aware is the one thing she wants is for Zehra to stop digging around, particularly where the gun is concerned.

Firat is meeting with Bulent who is delighted to hear that the young man is intent on killing Tahsi . He’s even asking Bulent for help to do so. Firat wants revenge. Ironically, Bulent tells him that intikam is not a good thing. However, if Firat wants, Bulent will help him become the hero in his family by taking his revenge, he’ll even give Firat a “story” that will get him into jail and close to his target. “Here’s your story.”

Bulent “adlibs” a fiction about a conflict between Firat and his man, then calmly shoots the man. Firat is instructed to sit, wait for the police and to repeat his story over and over until it is fixed in his head and even he believes it.

Wiping the fingerprints off the gun, he hands it, butt first to Firat and walks away. A tearful Firat now understands that his course is set and there’s no way back.

In his first interrogation, the detective picks up very quickly that there is something wrong with Firat’s story and challenges him to say what is really going on. He won’t.

In prison, Tahsin grows increasingly fearful, even refusing to eat in case his food is poisoned.

Aziz accepts Kerem’s offer of a job, insisting on autonomy and accusing Kerem of needing him because he’s screwed everything up. He knows his foster brother very well and understands that, under the bravado, Kerem wants to prove he can do better than Aziz. Serpil receives a phone call from the “new” ready wear manager, announcing his own appointment.

Despite his air of confidence with Kerem, he is distressed, desperate to reach Feride and tries to accept Altan’s assurances that all will be well if he allows her the time she needs.

There has been a breakthrough with Alice and Kerem has found a psychiatrist who is willing to see his mother in her own environment. Alice’s great passion and talent in the past was playing the piano and unexpectedly, she has sat at the piano, playing Brahms’ Lullaby without a wrong note. She seemed transfixed by her experience.

Mrs Canaan is a psychiatrist and hypnotherapist and Kerem explains to a decidedly cool Gulten that she is going to hypnotise his mother. Kerem introduces her to his mother and grandmother. They are, he says, his most valuable treasures.

It’s easy to see what Kerem identifies as Aneta’s “ebbs and flows” and his love for both is just as easy to see. Disconcertingly, Aneta is adamant that she would not lose her daughter, but Alice is not present right now. Alice is sitting right next to her and is distressed that her mother can’t “find” her.

Gulten and Kerem have permission to stay as the therapy starts. Alice sits at the piano, playing the Brahms piece and suddenly she has “returned” to her mother who recognizes the melody. The therapist suggests that she will be able to use the music to help Alice talk.

Kerem pleads, that if Mrs Canaan can make his mother well, she can ask for anything. That he has called them his treasures is the measure of how much he values them, she says. Treasures also represent the hidden, buried things in the human mind. Both his mother and grandmother have buried memories of trauma in their minds but having done so is not enough to make them feel safe. Kerem listens intently as the therapist explains, “So, your mother is hiding it by being silent and your grandma is hiding it by forgetting.”

The piano is a shared memory where they feel safe and don’t need to hide. Kerem is transfixed as the piano does indeed work, when his mother is hypnotized and begins to speak. Everyone is astounded.

His mother talks of fire and screams. Clearly the trauma needs to be excavated and plans are made to do so at another session.

As the episode progresses, some of the important happenings are:
Aziz and Sultan, back at the Holding together, strategise for a fairer distribution of profits in the future, for a return to the Caglar family of assets which are theirs by right and for careful use of the shares which their mother had left, wisely as it turns out, to Sultan.

Kerem lets Bulent know that he has found out some very interesting things, stories involving fire and screams, for instance. He is very dubious
about Bulent’s claim that his father is still alive and his belief in anything his grandfather says is fast unravelling. Bulent looks uncomfortable and is finding it difficult to hide his anger.

Bulent has tried to move in on the Holding, with little success, so far.
Firat has scoped out Tahsin’s whereabouts within the jail and has taken “delivery” of the murder weapon, a screwdriver, honed to a sharp point and pushed underneath his cell door.

And Feride has found hope again, in the seed which Aziz gave her so long ago and which has sprouted again.

Like many another keen gardener, she talks to the plant. “I have a lover. He brought you to me”

She needs Aziz and wants him again. She’s working hard, her creativity refreshed.

Salih and Aziz are “reading” the miniature, mining it for extra messages and making possible connections between fine details in the painting and versicles from the Kur’an-I Kerim. Aziz is enjoying this spiritual treasure hunt. He’s an apt student and Salih gets pleasure from teaching him about an ancient Arabic coding system used to protect parts of the Ku’ran.

Salih leads Aziz to further discoveries about the structure of the Kur’an, the importance, as throughout his journey so far, of the number 6 and the presence of God codified in the miniature.

In the prison, the tragedies brought about by the unravelling of the secrets ruling the current lives and histories of these families, will soon play out. Firat has been supplied with a plan of action, by Bulent’s men on the inside.

Wired, he waits for Tahsin who has been enticed into making a phone call.

He wants to talk to Salih Koluber and spells the name out. The security cameras, Firat has been told, will be off for one minute and Tahsin only has two minutes to talk before Firat makes his move.

At the antique shop, Salih is sitting bolt upright as if he is expecting something. He has come back and found Aziz has gone out.

Abdullah arrives, hurrying as fast as his limp will allow, to reach a dusty old phone just as it rings. Salih joins him. The call is for Salih, from Tahsin, but he asks for Abdullah.

This is when Firat strikes, stabbing Tahsin multiple times and calling out,
“For my family!”

On the end of the phone, in the antique store, Abdullah and Salih hear Aziz’s father dying. It is a good thing the younger man is out of the store.

Tahsin calls for his beloved daughter with his last breath. At the same time, Sultan, at work, stops in her tracks. Something has happened, what she does not yet know.

Firat, the tormented young man, will pay the ultimate price for his greed, rage and naivete. Of course, he can’t be allowed to live and implicate Bulent in any way. His accomplices are waiting for him. He is stabbed multiple times and left to die whilst his assailants disappear. As Firat dies, he calls for his mother. At home, she is ironing his shirts.

Bulent is delighted that his plans have worked out so well. Next in line, Aziz and Feride, just like Romeo and Juliet, he decides.

Feride has surprised a delighted Aziz with a visit and a long- awaited hug.

“Can I ever turn my back to you?”
Sultan appears at the top of the stairs. There is something very wrong with the expression on her face.

WRITTEN BY: Judith Kelleher



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