* This page contains spoilers for Tehran Season 1 on Apple TV+.
Masoud Tabrizi was an Iranian born undercover agent working for the Mossad in Tehran. As a front for his daily operations, he ran a local travel agency. The company car Tabrizi drove had an emblem symbol imprinted on its side, a detail that would lead to him being flagged and arrested later in the series.
Tabrizi is first introduced as a sort of ‘clean up man’ after Tamar Rabinyan accidentally kills a man sexually harassing her at an electric company. The man was the boss of the woman with whom Tamar traded identities with at the airport bathroom in the Tehran series premiere. Tamar tells Masoud that the woman’s husband might have known what was going on. But that he seems harmless.
Tabrizi however, sees this information as damning and murders the woman’s innocent husband in the dead of night… Leaving questions and the first clue of evidence to Faraz Kamali, a Revolutionary Guard investigator. Tamar does not trust Tabrizi and at one point, rejects working with him moving forward after a city protest. Declining to be a passenger in his car.
Faraz would eventually arrest Tabrizi based on video footage of his car being at both locations where the murders took place. The electric company and the husband’s residence.
During an intense interrogation where Tabrizi is beaten down, a widower is brought in and admits an affair with Tabrizi. But no criminal wrongdoing. This does not satisfy Faraz in the least.
The Mossad makes a call to Faraz that they have his wife Naahid post-brain surgery and that Tabrizi must be released immediately. Faraz complies with the order and loses the confidence of both his boss and the agent working for him.
He brings Tabrizi to a secluded area and puts him on the brink of mental breakdown, directing a pistol point blank and shooting an empty clip. He tells Tabrizi he’s free to go but can never return to his wife and children ever again.
Tabrizi is unable to accept this offer internally, despite the Mossad telling him to take the first plane out of the country. Faraz visits Tabarizi’s house in the middle of the night and informs him his life can go back to normal if he works as a double agent.
Tabarizi doesn’t accept or really reject the offer. Yet, the next morning Tabrizi decides to drive to work like normal and does not get on the plane the Mossad has organized for him.
He gets one last chance on the drive there, an impromptu call from a ‘travel agent’ asking if he’d like another flight after missing his prior one. That the money does not have to go to waste due to a certain loophole.
Tabrizi jokes that in all his own years working in travel, he did not know such a thing was possible. That you always learn something new!
The travel agent was of course Mossad, and sensing Tabrizi’s imminent betrayal, a decision is made.
Major spoiler ahead in next paragraph. Click to reveal.
Right as Tabrizi is opening the door to his office building outside, a masked, armed agent dressed all in black shoots him dead with a silencer. The man makes a quick getaway on a motorcycle driven by another agent. Faraz witnesses the shooting and attempts to shoot the motorcycle and its assailants down to no avail.
Season 1 Episode 5 concludes with Masoud Tabrizi lifeless on the ground and would be his last active episode on Tehran.
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Actor Navid Negahban was also part of Showtime’s series Homeland. He portrayed character Abu Nazir on the series. Negahban has also lent his voice to Netflix animated series Castlevania as Sala.
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