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Tehran season 1, episode 6 recap — “The Engineer”




Episode 6 is slick, fast-paced and shows Tamar transform back into what we know she is — a spy. This is probably the best chapter of the series so far.

This recap of Apple TV+ series Tehran season 1, episode 6, “The Engineer” contains significant spoilers.

We will be recapping every episode — check out the archive.

The opening

This is slowly turning into one of my favourite series of 2020 and I’ve watched a lot of TV. There’s something about Tehran — it has a vibe that shines through the story. Anyway, to the recap…

Faraz rings Gorev about the deal with Masoud; he knows that they shot him and he asks for his wife back. He’s absolutely furious. He tells them he will blow their head off one day if they don’t. Afterwards, he tells his boss that his wife affected his judgement — Faraz’s duties are suspended.

Poor Faraz: you get the sense though that when he says he will get revenge, he means it.

Tamar’s plans

Back at Israel HQ, they talk about Tamar’s plans to contact the engineer using Milad and shutting down the city of Tehran, including the military radars. Gorev has a decision to make. To either let her proceed or stop her.


Meanwhile, Milad and Tamar seem to be enjoying each other, a lot. The pair seem to have grown closer after pill-popping and partying. Tamar rings HQ while in the shower and she is asked to proceed with the plans.

I have to say, Tehran season 1, episode 6 proves how bewitching Tamar is — she fully convinced me in this chapter and I did not expect what came later.

Meeting the engineer

Tamar heads out to meet the engineer with Milad. Karim is a little paranoid about Tamar and starts asking questions to himself about where she works. This character will not give Tamar a break. Anyway, Milad introduces the substation engineer Parham Kasrayi to Tamar — they ask for access to his workplace and promise it will not trace back to him. Parham is fretting, realising how illegal all this is. Tamar and Milad believe they may have persuaded the engineer.

Tamar and Milad is getting intense

Milad talks of how he loves this country so much and Tamar remains silent. Israel HQ is listening in and they sense that the relationship between them is getting a bit intense. Yael texts Tamar with some encouragement, telling her she’s doing well. There is a slight hint that Tamar may be feeling guilty about her situation with Milad, or so we thought.

Kamir’s intervention

Later in the evening, Milad gives Tamar a gift — he gives her his mother’s bracelet. Tamar is definitely feeling guilty now but Milad insists he isn’t trying to make her stay; he doesn’t want her to forget him. Karim then interrupts their dinner and there’s a real tension in the room. He asks if they are celebrating something and Milad reveals that Tamar is leaving the next day to go to Qatar.

Karim is trying to find out why she is leaving. He asks why he cannot find her on social media and Milad gets frustrated with Kamir but his friend tells him to stop thinking with his c*ck. And then Kamir wonders if it this is all about the electric company. Tamar insists she used to work at the electric company — Kamir then shows the real photo of Zhila and asks who she really is. The story has turned its head, Tamar has been compromised and her hand is shown to Milad.

Kamir attacks Tamar and but she manages to draw a weapon on him. Israel HQ sends in support and they kill Kamir — Tamar tells the men not to kill Milad and she asks him to give her his phone. Tamar asks Milad to do as she says when Parham arrives.

What’s surprising in all this is how Tamar has managed to switch modes — her lack of sympathy for Milad in this situation is striking; in true Bond-fashion, she continues with her mission. The question the audience will have is — were her feelings for Milad genuine? At this stage, it does not look like it.

An evening with the engineer

And then Parham arrives and both Milad and Tamar act normal. She gives the man some cocaine. Parham asks what’s wrong with Milad who is acting disconnected from the conversation. Israel HQ asks the men to kill Milad if he betrays Tamar. Again, Tamar is still cool about the whole situation.

Tamar asks Parham about access to the station but he’s worried about his family. Parham asks Milad if he understands but he remains silent. Suddenly, Parham gets frustrated but then Tamar shows a video of him sniffing cocaine and threatens to show his boss. Milad tells him that he has no choice. Parham gives her the information needed and on the way out, he tells them both that they don’t care about people.

The ending

Tamar and Milad then leave; Milad is blindfolded and put in the back of a van. When they arrive at the safehouse, Israel HQ tells her to get some rest and be in good shape for the morning. Gorev is worried about the operation but Yael tries to reassure him. Before she goes to bed, Tamar listens to a nice voice note from her father and she responds saying she misses him.

Faraz is also sending his wife a message saying how much he misses her and that he has run out of solutions.

Arezoo rings a family member named Mordechai and begs them to help her leave Iran. Faraz is sat next to her as she makes this request. Mordechai heads to a hotel room to meet her but he’s greeted by Faraz who acts like he’s a family friend.

Episode 6 is slick, fast-paced, and shows Tamar transform back into what we know she is — a spy. This is probably the best chapter of the series so far.

There’s always plenty of debate about creating a female Bond but Tehran proves strongly that you do not need to gender-swap — all you need to do is create new stories. Tamar is a great character.

Additional points
  • Ali learns that if a hacker gets into a civilian electricity station, they could potentially bring down military systems.

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College Football’s Most Pleasant Turnover Prop Is Penn State’s Turnover Greeting Card




Like every Big Ten team besides the two that faced off on Friday night, Penn State kicked off its 2020 season on Saturday. The Nittany Lions traveled to Indiana to take on a dangerous Hoosier squad and found themselves in some serious trouble in the third quarter, trailing 17-7 and desperately needing a spark.

That moment came on the heels of a lengthy Nittany Lion drive that ended with a missed field goal. Indiana quarterback Michael Penix, on the first play of the ensuing drive, took a deep shot and got picked off by Penn State’s Lamont Wade. While the eighth-ranked Lions would go on to score after that, the far more important moment came as the defense returned to the sideline to celebrate the pick.

One of Wade’s teammates, linebacker Jesse Luketa, grabbed the Nittany Lions’ apparent prop — the Turnover Greeting Card — and held it up for all the world to see.

Now beyond the fact that this is my alma mater and I have a vested interest in seeing this a lot, I very much hope this gets a ton of run this year, because this is extremely funny. That, to be clear, is the case with every college football turnover prop, and if not for the fact that games would be repulsive if they were gigantic turnover-fests, it would be great if every college football game featured multiple cameos by them.

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Watch Obama Roast Trump: ‘Florida Man Wouldn’t Do This Stuff’




Former President Barack Obama lit into President Trump during a drive-in rally at the Florida International University campus in support of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Saturday.

With hundreds of cars honking, Obama tore into Trump from the start. The former president said the current occupant in the White House has shown little interest in taking his job seriously and that he “treats the presidency like a reality show.”

Trump “hasn’t shown any interest in doing the work or helping anybody except himself and his friends or treating the presidency like a reality show to give himself more attention. And as we noted the other day, his TV ratings are down,” Obama said.

Obama added, “The rest of us have to live with the consequences of what he’s done.”

The former president went on to speak about those consequences as it relates to Trump’s bungling of the pandemic response. And encouraged Floridians to make Trump a one-term president.

“At least 220,000 Americans are dead. More than 100,000 small businesses have closed. Half a million jobs are gone. Half a million jobs are gone. Right here in Florida. Half a million jobs,” Obama said. “You delivered twice for me, Florida, and now I’m asking you to deliver for Joe and for Kamala [Harris].”

Later in the speech, Obama talked about getting back to some kind of normalcy as he roasted Trump referring to him as the infamous internet meme “Florida Man.”

“And here’s another thing, with Joe and Kamala at the helm, you won’t have to think about them every single day. There might be a whole day where they won’t be on TV. There might be a whole day where they don’t tweet some craziness. You won’t have to argue about them every day. It won’t be so exhausting just having a normal president. You’ll be able to go about your lives knowing that the president’s not going to suggest injecting bleach or we tweet conspiracy theories about secret cabals running the world or claiming that or retweeting the claim that Navy SEALs didn’t actually kill [Osama] Bin Laden,” Obama said.

Obama continued, “We’re not going to have a president that goes out of his way to insult anybody who he doesn’t think is nice enough to him. We won’t have a president who threatens people with jail for just criticizing him.” He said “That’s not normal behavior. Florida. You wouldn’t tolerate it from a coworker. You wouldn’t tolerate it from a high school principal. You wouldn’t tolerate it from a coach. You won’t tolerate it from a family member. Florida man wouldn’t even do this stuff.”

The former president then asked what many have been asking going on 4 years now.

“Why are we accepting it from the president of the United States? It’s not normal behavior,” Obama said.

It’s obvious that Obama is not going to resort to his usual understated persona during the waning days of this election cycle. Earlier this week, in his first campaign trail speech for Biden the former president, signaled his aggressive tact by relentlessly bashing Trump then too.

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LeAnn Rimes says the Coyote Ugly set was her introduction to sexuality




LeAnn Rimes was only 17 when she had an on-screen cameo in the 2000 film Coyote Ugly.

The American country singer, now 38, says being on set was like “a shock to the system”.

“I was … this little sweet innocent girl and then … I walk on set and they hand me these chicken cutlets to put in my bra and they’re like, ‘Push ’em up’,” she told Entertainment Tonight.

“That was my introduction into sexuality and being sexualised as a woman.”

The film is set in a New York City bar, where the barely-dressed bartenders dance on tables for tips. It’s a pretty sexual movie, especially for a 17-year-old who was new to the industry.

Rimes, who wrote and performed four songs for the movie’s soundtrack – including the iconic ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’ – appears in the final scene of the film where she sings and dances on the bar alongside the other actors.

“It was interesting,” she described. “I was a kid looking at these women going, ‘I’ll just do what she’s doing.’ Nothing was really embodied.”

“I was trying to be this sexy singer performing on a bar, and that was so opposite of me,” she continued. “I was really acting at the time because I was still figuring all that out about myself. Now, it’s a different story. Now, if you put me on a bar, it’s a different story.”

“Now, with all of my music, there’s so much more of an embodied experience since I’ve lived these songs. I’m 38 now and it comes from a completely different place … I draw from my own life experiences.”

Rimes went on to say that being in the film was a turning point for her where she learned to grow up –– up until that point her team had fought to preserve her “innocent” image.

Earlier this month, one of the film’s stars, Tyra Banks, confirmed there is a reboot in the works. “Yes, we are talking about trying to do Coyote Ugly 2 or a series,” she told Kelly Clarkson.

Rimes just released a remix of ‘Can’t Fight The Moonlight’ to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Coyote Ugly.

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