The story of an unassuming American family drawn into the workings of a turbulent Middle Eastern nation. Bassam "Barry" Al Fayeed, the younger son of the dictator of a war-torn nation, ends a self-imposed 20-year exile to return to his homeland, accompanied by his American wife and children, for his nephew's wedding. Barry’s reluctant homecoming leads to a dramatic clash of cultures as he is thrown back into the familial and national politics of his youth.
Aired 5 years ago - Aug 26, 2014
On the verge of betraying and displacing Jamal, Barry receives troublesome news that threatens to destroy everything he's worked so hard for. Meanwhile, Jamal's rising suspicions lead him to question the loyalty of those closest to him.
Just until the situation is stable.
Lea: Well, with the plane crash
and the arrest of Tariq,
And without our protecting
your family once they're stateside?
Jenna: So, listen,
His cousin was on the plane.
I don't know.
- John: No, no, no.
- Barry: "Arab living in the U.S. for 20 years"
(Molly sniffles, groans)
- Barry: I love you.
- Emma: I love you, too, dad.
there's something kind
of magical about this place.
You feel like you should be able
to see right down to the bottom...
- Barry: There, you happy now?
- Jamal: Uh-huh. Mm... (chuckles)
- Molly: Ramy, this is Molly Al Fayeed.
Look, just please don't do this.
Okay? We'll make this right.
Only what we had.
Jamal: We'd live in the same town.
He does not appreciate being blackmailed.
Neither one of them are
answering their phones.
Jamal: Unless you want to keep going.
And all you can do is play it.
Policeman: Why would the president's niece
John: I have a dozen people combing the streets.
I've known him for... 15 years.
The funny thing is...
Jamal: You can't ask me this.
You are the president.
This is your democracy?
John: I don't know.
I don't know anything else.
My God. Oh, my God.
No. I told you. I-I knew.
Aired 5 years ago - Aug 19, 2014
As the plans for the coup continue to take shape, Jamal proves how far he will go to punish those who oppose him, and Barry's relationship with Molly is pushed to the limit after she learns of the repercussions that await their family.
Aired 5 years ago - Aug 12, 2014
Fed up with Jamal's unpredictable and violent nature, Barry conspires to start a coup and remove his brother from office; while at the same time Jamal is so moved by Barry's willingness to do the unthinkable and hasten Sheik Rashid's demise, that he stops at nothing to prove his worth to his brother.
Or you can go back to Washington
and you can say,
- Jamal: Your father was a great man.
- Ihab: Thank you.
Last time you wanted to talk, well,
We owe it to your father to do this right.
I only want what's best for you.
So tell me
He's still my brother.
Well, Tariq's not gonna stand by
while I take over from Jamal.
Bassam, come on.
like the old days.
I don't get it. We were
completely in love, and now she...
Now she doesn't want to be around me,
They're easy enough to manage.
Sir, I have no political aspirations.
Uh, Jamal shook some hands,
Uh, you know, Jenna just got here.
You know what...
She begged him, but he refused.
Or you can act it, if you have to.
So only I know what
you really want.
As I told my wife...
by hitching your wagon
to Jamal, don't you?
I can look after myself.
If you really do have a way
forward for us,
take our base and go home.
Molly, I don't need you
to ask me why,
There's nothing you can do.
Because I can't.
The-the prodigal son returns to
You ripped us from our lives, Barry.
Aired 5 years ago - Aug 05, 2014
Jamal is terrified to discover that Sheik Rashid may actually survive Jamal's brutal attack, while Amira's disclosure of a twenty year old secret leads Barry to question everything he's ever believed about his father.
How's that for dumb luck?
IHAB: And... Father was alone...
in the bathroom.
LEILA: Take me back
to the Palace.
JAMAL: Out of respect for your
father's condition, I have
JAMAL: So, you don't think so?
BARRY: Jamal, what did you do?
We'll hold the elections, just like
you planned, just like you want.
Palm trees... swaying
in the wind.
You are an Al Fayeed.
I think I must have confused the
smell of old age... of infirmity...
JAMAL: If he wakes up, everyone will
know this horrible thing I did.
JAMAL: Well... let's
go to the Maldives.
AMIRA: 20 years ago, your
father tried to sit down with
AMIRA: And when your father
refused to take the bait, Tariq
Tariq is the most
dangerous man you know.
And look how well my
brother learned from him.
Here nothing is black and white.
SAMMY: The hospital.
JAMAL: If I... weren't president...
would you say that?
I don't think it's good for me.
JAMAL: I'm not teasing you.
WOMAN: The family that moved in
after were all killed in the
And I don't know how tomorrow
will be, and... and when the sun
JENNA: This place is amazing.
For a week.
BARRY: Would you mind if I, uh...
if I spent a few minutes
He wanted to make peace.
And I have racked my brain trying
to think of any other way.
Or will be in the
next few hours.
I could... hear the waves and...
feel the sand on my feet.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 29, 2014
Barry convinces Jamal to meet with exiled opposition leader Sheik Rashid. But when the meeting takes a turn for the worse, Jamal is forced to make a difficult decision that will impact the lives of his family and his country forever.
Well, what about Ziad?
It's not his plaza, it's not his country.
I only ask you show the president
I've been working with the Al Fayeeds for over a decade now.
That Ihab so much as looks at me cross-eyed
Perhaps it's even time to rethink the nationalization
the office of president of Abbudin, monitored by the U.N.,
Is he out of his mind?
and then comes the campaign-- that's a year,
They are calling me "A beacon of hope in the Middle East."
Now, we want the people to vote for me...
60 Minutes called.
Do you think the people love me?
If you've come here to tell me what to say
as the head of the military for an ironfisted dictator.
But then I remember his father.
Uh, I would not vote for him,
young president Al Fayeed?
because I have announced elections?
Let me think about all of that,okay?
Forgive me for not getting up.
nor did any of my people.
Well, I find you very lovable.
but I know it's just pity.
Well, tell that to my trusted council.
give me your love... here, now.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 22, 2014
As Jamal prepares to throw down the gauntlet on the thousands of citizens gathered in the Plaza to protest his reign, Barry scrambles to put together a summit in the hopes of avoiding violence and bloodshed.
So, you want to use Sheik Rashid
to do an end run around Ihab?
You end up dead in the desert in a trail
there are others who will.
they want to give us platitudes.
Is this you talking?
Or is it Bassam?
Maybe he will play nicer
with electrodes on his balls.
It makes me look like a fool.
I am not here by accident.
Look, 20 years ago, Rashid was prepared
to negotiate with my father.
Why are you putting
your life on this line for this?
You have my word.
I spoke to Bassam
right after their meeting.
But they stand down until I give the order.
You understand our precautions.
but today you are my guest.
She's in a doctor's care.
Reema, with this kind of injury,
When their father went to the police,
begged for his children,
Sheik Rashid: Have you come to love?
- Sheik Rashid: This is a young
- And I need an old man
Get in. I'll take you back to the Palace.
So, when they start shooting,
- Is all for you.
- Ahmed: Nusrat.
- I stand with you, my brothers and sisters.
- Crowd: Free Abbudin!
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 15, 2014
Tensions boil as the 20th anniversary of the chemical attack ordered by Barry's father, President Khaled Al-Fayeed looms. Barry’s plan to defuse the situation runs into heavy resistance. Meanwhile, Jamal struggles to regain confidence in the bedroom.
Right. We're just grandchildren
of a war criminal.
Never forget Ma'an!
Peace be on you and your children.
I don't recall seeing Harry Truman
in irons after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
secure a place for me
in the square to address the people.
Nusrat's been a little,
um, under the weather.
We will show you how we party in Abbudin.
you belong home and safe with me.
Then you should be happy.
She has found the righteous path.
but all are united in their frustration
at the dynastic succession
It's because they're
afraid to say anything.
we have asked for so little,
There they are.
Okay, that's not what it was.
I know the difference...
It all sounds so antiseptic.
and, uh, it's probably not a good idea
for me to come to the plaza.
Uh, no, I don't think so.
Washington's pro forma protest,
We keep Guantanamo, but
Castro hates our guts.
Let's make a partner out of Ihab Rashid.
and expect Nelson Mandela
to walk out of prison every time.
You're telling me to leave the plaza
when that's where you should be.
Well, she's willing
to take that chance.
Baby... tell me.
And if that proves insufficient?
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 08, 2014
While Barry’s decision to stay in Abbudin is met with mixed emotion, the discovery of new evidence connected to the attempted murder of Jamal threatens to drive a wedge between the two brothers.
Because he is my brother.
your grandfather dying
Didn't we talk about this last night?
If we didn't have kids.
If we didn't both have medical practices.
As you can see, I have invited
my brother Bassam to join us.
I am sure you are aware that General Tariq,
He claims he does not know
his nephew's whereabouts.
Thank you for your testimony,
I'll hang them both.
Maybe something different tonight.
Lots of sound and light, but no blood.
absolutely pleases the United States, yes.
No, um... I don't know.
I-it just seems, as an outsider,
My old friend. So, I'm hearing
that you've joined the opposition.
There's no way to post it.
I... I thought that you were
the special counsel to the president.
Then I guess when I,
when I go home tomorrow, we can, um...
Now, the best I could come up with,
of the top of my head, is that
What the hell were you doing
with those men? Ihab Rashid?
No, you're not.
He's the one who testified against
Ihab at the council.
at the behest of Ihab Rashid.
We were at the market buying food
And I just need,
I need one other sane person here
To make it safe.
Huh? That something you learned from dad?
That is General Tariq's doing.
I'm not necessarily aware of...
And not a country on the planet
is gonna lift a finger to stop them.
Aired 5 years ago - Jul 01, 2014
When Barry's older brother, Jamal, the newly appointed President of Abbudin, is incapacitated, Barry must put his plans to return to America on hold. His life is further complicated, when his nephew's new bride is kidnapped by terrorists.
That might be difficult.
Listen, can you, uh, can you go
online and rebook our flights?
I want to go home.
I'm around if you need me.
20 years, Bassam.
You're making a mistake.
What do you know about
what's going on?
It didn't feel like
my place to get involved.
I'm going home.
Terrorists start young here,
You have never seen
a woman's breasts before...
then at least let me
go in and talk to them.
Not if you listen to me.
How could I possibly take
any pleasure in this?
The president can't deliver the eulogy
from a wheelchair, can he?
But, you know,
sometimes you need a hammer.
How do you work this?
so I didn't even sound like them.
Even if I run away again,
No, there is no other speech, Bassam.
In fact, it was never easy.
Aired 5 years ago - Jun 24, 2014
Barry Al-Fayeed is a California pediatrician who also happens to be the second son of a Middle Eastern dictator. Barry reluctantly agrees to return home with his American family for his nephew's wedding. Events thrust him into the complex and turbulent growing pains of a nation straining to break free from dictatorial rule.
but he's an excellent doctor and
I'm about to leave town, s...
Why do you think he hasn't
been back in 20 years?
This is what I'm talking about.
To your brother, Jamal.
MOLLY: Look, Em,
there's a Subway.
LEILA: We are very proud, yes.
Talk to Walid yourself.
I give them order and prosperity,
and all they want is chaos.
EMMA: You know, I don't really want to go
to this thing tonight. I'm kind of tired.
Blow up the wedding? Jamal, I
brought my whole family here.
Invite his whole family and put one
of them at every single table.
If there was ever a time
to come back, it was then.
JOHN: Are you kidding?
SAMMY: So, what's
KHALED: Wait! Wait! Wait!
I don't want
to dump all this on you.
I'm right here!
BARRY: Sammy, for once,
you do what I tell you.
BARRY: - Not now.