Turks have always loved a good soap opera. Years ago the fixation was "Dallas," and Turks of a certain age still refer to a woman who drinks too much as Sue Ellen, the boozy character on that show. More recently, the Turkish drama "The Magnificent Century," about palace intrigue and romance in an Ottoman sultan's harem, became an obsession here and in the Middle East.
Currently, though, the show to watch is Turkey's own political crisis, set off by a corruption scandal that has played out like a serial drama through the steady flow of leaked telephone conversations. The most sensational one was released Monday night, an apparently wire tapped conversation in which Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, worried about an investigation closing in, is heard telling his son to get tens of millions of dollars out of the house.
(Read more: Turkey: What's going on and why you should care)