Misunderstandings and mistaken identities form the first impressions Defne and Yalin have of each other when she arrives to start a new job at his tech company. Defne’s overbearing and traditional older brother Cinar forbids her from wearing the short, tight, and in his opinion, inappropriate, blue dress that her ex-sister-in-law Leyla has selected for her. Defne, being Defne, decides that to fit in with the modern and fashionable women in her new office, she will sneak it out of the house and change in her car once she arrives at work. Struggling to button the back of her dress, Defne steps out of her car for better leverage, which is when her bare feet and non-stop “blabbering” catch the eye and ear of Yalin, who is working under his truck repairing the vehicle. Sliding back out offer assistance, casually dressed Yalin is assumed to be the company mechanic and promptly called a pervert by Defne, who herself is sized up by Yalin as a young woman looking to advance in her new job by capitalizing on her looks.
Once inside, while waiting to meet her new boss, Defne bonds with Yesim, who was similarly scolded earlier by her own (slightly) overbearing but (mostly) modern older brother for dressing too scantily for work. Yesim’s cousin, Deniz, arrives to greet Defne and introduce her to Yesim’s brother and the head of the company, Yalin Aras. Yalin is shocked that the brilliant coder Deniz has been telling him about is none other than the young woman he perceived was trying to get by on her looks. He gives her a seemingly unsolvable problem to decode and is impressed when the confident and competent Defne does just that before the end of her first workday. Between their fiery introduction in the parking lot and physically close encounters at Defne’s computer station, the sparks that fly between them are not necessarily welcomed but are undeniable. Playful, flirty, and persistent, Yalin eventually wears Defne down, and both admit their feelings for each other, sparking a flame of love that, while tested more than once, cannot be extinguished.
Meanwhile, as members of Defne and Yalin’s families become acquainted, other romantic pairings develop, each with unique problems. Cinar and Yesim fall quickly in love but find themselves continually bickering due to their stubborn natures and vastly different values. Cinar is traditional, economical, and hard-headed but softhearted, while Yesim is modern, frivolous, and immature but well-meaning. Their relationship hits as many bumps in the road as Defne and Yalin’s. Meanwhile, forced to spend time together due to the sisterly bond that Defne and Yesim almost instantly develop, Yalin and Cinar’s relationship evolves from hatred to unexpected respect to full-on bromance throughout the series.
Deniz and Leyla’s sister, Ezgi, struggle to start and make progress in a relationship because Ezgi’s history of being cheated on by her ex-fiancé makes it difficult for her to believe that she can trust someone with an infamous playboy lifestyle like Deniz’. Defne’s third brother, freighter captain Polat, and Deniz’s globetrotting sister, Nehir, are kindred spirits who share “wild child” backgrounds, initially hate each other, and get into quite a bit of trouble together. With time they realize they could potentially be a well-suited pair.
Defne and Cinar’s oldest brother, Toprak, rules his family with an iron fist and tries to block each of these budding relationships on the supposed basis of propriety. Toprak has been grumpy and miserable ever since his controlling and strict nature led Leyla to divorce him. As the saying goes, misery loves company, and Toprak inflicts quite a bit on those around him, particularly Defne and Yalin, often forbidding them to see each other. The key to Defne’s family’s happiness seems to be Toprak’s happiness in the form of a reunion with Leyla, which is easier said than done as Toprak’s temper is their biggest roadblock.
Yalin and Defne are physically and emotionally intimate in ways that are often surprising and unexpected for a dizi, particularly a comedic dizi. The realism in their interactions balances the sometimes kooky or silly tone of the series. Also seldom seen in a comedy is the push and pull between Toprak, other elder members of Defne and Yalin’s families, and the younger adults over acceptable behavior in romantic relationships. The restrictions placed on the female characters shine a light on the different expected standards for men and women.
External factors such as elder family members are not the biggest hurdles that Defne and Yalin have to cross to be together. Abandoned as a child by his mother when his parents divorced, Yalin is resistant to believing that any love can last. Insisting that she will prove him wrong, Defne manages to open his mind and heart, but her constant fibbing and (well-intentioned) manipulations become impossible for Yalin to withstand. Their breakup and eventual reunion provide many of the meatiest and most emotionally involved scenes in the series.
Laugh tracks, silly sound effects, quirky background music, and fun dream sequences remind the viewer that while it is often dramatic and romantic, Inadina Ask is a comedy at its core. More specifically, it is a romantic comedy because, in this series notorious for an ending without an end, and despite warring families, mentally unstable kidnappers, accidental injuries, peculiar wedding ceremonies and forced separations, Defne and Yalin prove that “love doesn’t end.”