Leo says he didn’t write the note–it was a trap! The others in the studio don’t like him. The instructor told him to leave.
Mustafá and Mehmed are fighting in the schoolroom. Mustafá won’t share his pen and Mehmed spills ink on Mustafá’s writing. They argue about which one of them will be sultán.
Hafse hangs out with Hürrem, praising her for having gotten her ring back without drama. Hürrem sucks up her pride and says when she thinks about the stupid things she used to do…. She even invites the Sultana Madre to stay for dinner. Good thing she declines!
So, look, Aleks is Sultana Hürrem now and Leo needs to leave before they get killed. Suleyman surprises them, but not only does he not think there’s anything going on when he sees Leo and Hürrem in Hatice’s dining room, he talks to Leo about painting the ceiling of one of his yurts next time he goes hunting or on a campaign.
Mahidevran is furious with Gulsa for sticking her nose where it doesn’t belong. She doesn’t need help!
Hürrem refuses to accept Ibrahim’s terms for returning to the palace–that she do everything he tells her to, starting with begging Mahidevran’s forgiveness. Hatice visits later with Mehmed and Hürrem changes her mind.
Mustafá’s fever is down. Suleyman spent the night with him and Mahidevran. She and Sultana Madre Hafse both think Suleyman’s going to come back to her. That’s what Hürrem is afraid of.
To their credit, Mahidevran and Hürrem are first in line trying to get to the room.
Suleyman tells Hatice, Hafse, and Mahidevran (because she happened to be in the room) that he wants to marry Hatice to Piri Pasha’s son Mehmed. He wants to announce it before he goes to war and have the wedding after he’s back.
Ayşe remembers Firial bringing the fur for Nurhan. The doctor tending to Nurhan thinks the fur was covered with poison.