Friday, February 24, 2017

Weekend Discussion: Recap Authors' Update on our Favorites and our Greatest challenges



About 14 months ago we had this discussion on the subject of our greatest challenges in recapping and how we do this sometimes thankless job.  Now that we have some newbies -- both recap writers and readers --  on board I think we're due for a new forum on this subject.

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A Que No Me Dejas #116 2.23.17: With Family Like This, Who Needs Enemies?

Felix and Nuria take Valentina back to the mechanic shop.

Almudena brings Jaime back to her villa at the hotel so he can get some rest before he must go home. Jaime hopes that he doesn’t get her in trouble because someone may see them and misinterpret the situation. Almudena doesn’t care, his health is the most important thing right now. Almudena goes to get him a blanket and Jaime lays down on the couch and goes to sleep.

Felix and Nuria bring Valentina back to the shop. They tie up her waist so that she can’t escape again. Valentina is still unconscious and Nuria comments on how high and mighty she behaves but how defenseless she looks now. She’s happy though because Gonzalo will take more pity on her and give them everything they ask for. She orders Felix to take the picture with the newspaper as proof of lie and then have a kid or someone drop off the photo at the Murat house. Felix doesn’t like Nuria’s attitude or the fact that she keeps ordering him around. Nuria reminds him that they she can’t do everything by herself and he is going to receive a lot of money form the kidnapping so he should stop whining. Nuria holds up the newspaper as Felix takes the picture and then walks away to print it. Nuria laughs at the fact that Felix called Valentina pretty because she finds her disgusting; she looks too much like Paulina for her tastes.

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Mujeres de Negro, Jueves 2/23/17 Chapter 8: Obsessions


José drove Katia home in Lorenzo's lemon-yellow car. While they talked he put his hand on her uninjured knee, which made her sufficiently uneasy to remove it. But this was only in the name of driving safety, as she did not find this touch unwelcome. When they arrived at her home there was a flood in the kitchen. José removed his shirt and went to work on the plumbing, allowing Jackie an excellent view of his near-perfect physique which was devoid of body hair. So engrossed she was on the view that she did not hear his request to pass the pliers that she held. He was well aware of this as he took them a second later and continued his work. It was a simple repair and she thanked him. “I don't know what I would have done without you,” she said. He got up and wiped the sweat from his brow, making certain she got a perfect view. After this he put his shirt back on and got some beer out of the refrigerator for them to share a drink and chips. Katia was a little nervous about this, but was enjoying herself.
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): La Fan, La Doña, El Chema, & más: Week of February 20, 2017

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

Here's Page 2 for the week.  The current telenovelas are as follows (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Amar es Primavera
• 12PM-2PM—Mujeres Ambiciosas
• 8PM—La Fan
• 9PM—La Doña
• 10PM—El Chema

Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.  Since discussions of all the Telemundo novelas share the same page, please remember to put the name of the telenovela you're referring to at the top of your post, so readers can easily find the conversations they're looking for.  Also, please do not discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode.

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El Color Dela Pasion #115 Wednesday 2/22/17 - Oh Mommie Dearest

Magda confides in Sara that she's suggested to Mario that maybe they can consider adopting, though he didn't seem too keen on the idea.  Sara tells her to chill out, maybe she's misunderstanding Mario's non-reaction to the idea.   Sara tells Magda about Benny's slow progress.  Magda wonders if Clara will be able to handle the financial strain of his therapy and medications.  Sara tells her that Clara is receiving assistance from a relative. 

At the clinic Benny is not very happy with his lying mother.  He wants to know why she lied to Lucia and where she's getting the money to pay for his treatment.  Clara admits she lied but for a good reason.  Benny tells his mother he doesn't want her doing bad things to get the money, he'd rather stay the way he is.
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A Que No Me Dejas #115 2.22.17: If You Can't Kill Them, Kidnap Them

Mauricio and Gonzalo locate Valentina’s abandoned car and Mauricio is sure Nuria kidnapped Valentina. He suggests that they call the police but Gonzalo wants to call Dec. Guerrero because he’s sure Nuria is going to use Valentina as a bargaining chip to get out of the country. Gonzalo calls Guerrero and asks him to go to his house as they may be dealing with a possible kidnapping.

Alexis can’t locate Mauricio on his cell phone and hangs up as Leonel walks in and Alexis asks him about Tobias, who just started working at the hotel as a bellhop yesterday. Leonel is shocked to learn they have him working as a simple bellhop especially since he’s his son and Gonzalo’s grandson. Alexis is surprised to learn Tobias was telling the truth and Leonel ask that they remove him from the lowly position and let everyone at the hotel know Tobias is a Madrigal Murat. Alexis obliges.

Chelo is unpacking Tobias’ room when she sees a box of clothes on the sofa. She wonders if all his clothes are going to end up in the garbage since now he’s going to be rich. She wonders how money will change him since he was already greedy without having money and now he will have all the money and luxury he will want. She misses when Tobias was a child; how different he was from what he is now. Chelo laughs at the fact that everyone told her he didn’t look like her or anyone in her family but she didn’t pay attention the truth that was right in front of her. She hopes one day he comes back and tells her he loves her as much as she loves him.

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Vino el Amor #81; Wednesday February 22, 2017: Vino el miedos (fears)


We begin where we left off yesterday with David and Luciana in an embrace and kissing. Luciana tells him that she is very happy but doesn’t want to cause him any problems. David says, “Well this is why we are going to take things slowly and quietly so that we don’t lose everything that we have worked for. But then DisGrace barges in. (Her presence always seems to spoil the party).
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Mujeres de Negro 2.22.17 Chapter 7: Hidden Truths and Startling Revelations

Emails are in italics.
Flashbacks are in bold.

Catalina, Nicolas’ mother, comes outside of her room and hugs herself. She can feel the emptiness in her soul from her son’s untimely death. She goes into his room and looks around. There’s a photo of Nicolas propped up on a pillow on the bed. She regrets that she never came to visit Nicolas while he was married to Katia because she figured he’d come back to her someday. She begins to cry, thinking about the fact that she’ll never see him again.

Vanessa is at her PTA meeting but she can’t focus on whatever mindless task the president is babbling about. She pulls out her phone and types a message in her “Amigas” group chat. She explains that Bernal called her that morning and she needs to go to the police station after the meeting. Should she not come back, she asks that they take care of Diego and then come to her aid. She begins to type something else but stops when she hears her name being called.

Catalina is talking to her lawyer and asks that he tell her brother to visit her as soon as he gets back from his trip because she has a very delicate matter to discuss with him regarding Nicolas and his wife.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Valentina gets kidnapped A Que no me dejas #114


  • Leonel tries to win over Tobias by telling him that he will give him everything he has always dreamed of having, he even gets him to admit that he has never been proud of being the son of mere servants. Ugh.
  • Gonzalo puts his foot down and tells Leo that Tobias will continue to live under his roof as a Murat and that Chelo and Beto will continue to be his legal guardians, si me entiendes, verdad?
  • Gonzalo tries to get Tobias to agree to a private tutor so that he can finish school, but Tobi does not want to go to school, especially now that he has money. Gonzalo argues that now more than ever he needs an education, in order to avoid getting ripped off he needs to learn how to manage his wealth, and if he does not want to go to college he can at least learn a trade, Tobias agrees to think about it.
  • Nuria and Felix bring Valentina back to their lair, Nuria taunts Valentina and tells her once she gets the ransom money from her dad she will be sending Valentina to the other world to be with her parents.
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El Color #114:Of Continuing Pursuits, Conniving Brutes and Capstone Lawsuits

 Parte 1~~

Speaking of Milagros, Doña Millie gets one-miracles, that is-- cuz Rafaela turns out to be a bit grazed and dazed, but breathing.   By the time Marcelo arrives breathless and panting, the EMT’s are there tending to her.  Mama Millie avoids the truth behind Rafi’s rather inelegant header down the stairs.

Brigida pays a late-night visit to Rodrigo.  She explains she’s finally figured out she has been living all these years with a violent man.  The parental unit is now in halves.  She refuses to let Rod speak to him or he’ll realize she’s there with him and for now she has nowhere else to go.  Why not move in with Mama someplace new?  (What and leave his new found independence as Man-maid in Puebla City?  What will poor Sergio do for decent help?)  He seems to give this idea some thought.  (Woe is we in Viewerville.)

Meanwhile, Papi Amador takes a brief trot over to the police department to ask the chief detective there what clues, if any, he’s gotten on Benny’s whereabouts.  Chief Detective asks why the great interest.  Amador comes up with some lame nothing excuse which doesn’t do much to convince Chief Detective.

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Vino el Amor #80, Tuesday, February 21, 2017: Vino el New Novias


This episode was kind of a mish-mash transitional episode. David is happy, not grumpy, but he makes a lot of other people grumpy with the news that he's got a new girlfriend! And her name is not Gracie, which makes Gracie quite unhappy. Fer is happy about her new boyfriend, but not so happy about Dad's new girlfriend. Miguel still seems like he's heading for a new novia himself though, even though he still keeps reaching out to the old one.

(Just a small note that I'm scheduling this post early because I'll be busy all day Wednesday and Thursday. So if I missed anything, just please correct me in the comments. Thanks in advance for all comments!)
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Mujeres de Negro Martes 2/21/17 Chapter 6: Outbursts


Katia put on some music and began working on her salsa moves. Little Diego asked her about this, then demonstrated his moves. He started to fall forward and she caught him. As she hugged him she thought about how she would have liked to have a child.
Where is my mama?” he asked her.
She's returning the money to the man who came looking for it.”
Oh, then the secret is over?”
Yes, the secret is over,” she said with a short laugh.
Ay, good! Because I don't like to keep secrets.”
Let's dance.”
She seemed to have no sense of foreboding.
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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

El Color de la Pasión #113 (Hulu/Uni #112), 2/20/17: Beware the Momster!


Milagros takes aim at the woman she believes killed her favorite son, Federico, using the gun he used to take his own life. “Go to hell, b*tch!” Rebeca is frozen in fright on the front steps, and can’t even get a word out from her agape crimson lips. Neither woman notices Nora approach the foot of the other side of the staircase, from the garden. Milagros tries to steady her shaky aim with both hands, dropping her purse to the ground. She fires off a shot. BAM! Nora screams bloody murder, while Rebeca falls into a protective stance, squatting low while clutching her left arm which was grazed by the bullet.
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Mujeres de Negro 2.20.17 Chapter 5: Two Deals With Two Devils

Borgetti is in his office talking on the phone. He tells the person on the other end that he knows exactly what he has to do. He hangs up, goes into the bullpen and calls Bernal and Kuri into his office. He tells them that he received a tip that the Zaldivia jewelry store is going to be robbed and he wants 24 hr surveillance. Bernal is confused as to why he wants them on this assignment because they’re already investigating the yacht explosion in Playa Coral but Borgetti makes it clear that he doesn’t want them wasting their time while they wait for Zacarias to make a mistake. Kuri immediately agrees and Borgetti likes her attitude a lot more than Bernal’s who also asks how long they will be on the jewelry store assignment. Borgetti tells them that it will be as long as is necessary and just like they were assigned to this surveillance detail, they will also be assigned to other cases in the mean time. Bernal goes to argue again but Kuri quickly thanks Borgetti and drags Bernal out of the office.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Vino el Amor, Lunes 2/20/17 Chapter 79: The New Beginning


Some scenes combined for clarity:

David declined Graciela's offer of money for the land purchase. In fact, he intended to go to the bank for a loan and start paying her back for the previous money she poured into his vineyard. Before she could whine and cajole he took his leave.
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A Que No Me Dejas #113 2.20.17: Who Wants A Shiny, Bratty, New Teenager?

Valentina wants to know who is the mystery woman that Mauricio is in love with but Mauricio wants to wait until he is sure he has her heart. He promises that as soon as he’s sure, she will know. Valentina agrees and they smile at each other and go off to breakfast.

Policemen ask Nuria’s superintendent to open the door to her apartment but he’s wry since she is not in and hasn’t been back since yesterday. They show him the search warrant and explain that this gives them the right to search the apartment top to bottom. The superintendent gives in, opens the door and they begin their search.

Chelo is packing her packs because she’s moving into Tobias’ room now that he will have a room upstairs. Beto doesn’t want her to go but Chelo reiterates that everything between them is over. Beto begs her not to leave him and remembers their whole love story: from the time she and Mauricio first stayed in the Murat house to their wedding. This doesn’t faze Chelo who confesses that she’s not sure if she loves Beto anymore and doesn’t know if she can forgive for hiding the truth about Tobias. She leaves.

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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): La Fan, La Doña, El Chema, & más: Week of February 20, 2017

Welcome to Page #1 (Monday edition) of the Telemundo y Más page, issued twice a week: Mondays at 3:00 PM and Thursdays at 8:00 PM.

Here are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Standard Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Amar es Primavera
• 12-2PM—Mujeres Ambiciosas
• 8PM—La Fan
• 9PM—La Doña
• 10PM—El Chema

Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.  Since discussions of all the Telemundo novelas share the same page, please remember to put the name of the telenovela you're referring to at the top of your post, so readers can easily find the conversations they're looking for.  Also, please do not discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Mujeres de Negro Viernes 2/17/17 Chapter 4: The New Threat



Bernal and Borgetti talked about Zacharias. Bernal's report indicated that everything Zacharias said was checked out and proven true. He wanted to look into other lines of investigation. Borgetti didn't agree with him, telling him to forget about the widows. Bernal would not, but he didn't stay to argue with his boss.
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Vino El Amor #78 Friday 2/17/17 -- Every party needs a pooper that's why we invited you....

No party is a party without a little drama, tears, fights, the party crasher and that one guest who has to be a party pooper! I counted three in this episode. 

Fer can't believe this is happening, but Tano says this kiss is filled with all of the affection he feels for her.  She's a magical girl..a princess and the more he gets to know her the more fond he becomes of her.   He thanks her for everything she's done and for making him smile again.   Fer says if tonight was already perfect, he's made it unforgettable. They share another sweet kiss before Tano thinks it's best they go back inside before Fer's father realizes they're missing.  Fer says she'll treasure this moment forever. 
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El Color De La Pasion #112 (Hulu #111) 2.17.17: What Goes Around Comes Around...

Marcelo goes out into the hall way of city hall as he receives a call from Lucia. He asks her where she is but Lucia wants him to forgive her because she can’t marry him today because of Nora. She doesn’t know exactly what’s going on but she needs to be with her and support her. She will call him later to explain but she begs him to forgive her again and hangs up.

The witnesses are waiting and Magdalena hopes Lucia gets there soon as the judge has only given them 10 more minutes. Marcelo comes in and announces that the wedding is cancelled because Lucia isn’t coming. Everyone wants to know why but even he doesn’t know. He thanks everyone and leaves.

Rebeca goes to Gloria’s house to see if Nora is there with her. Gloria tells her she isn’t and she hasn’t seen Nora in days. Rebeca tries to leave and Gloria asks if everything is okay. Rebeca explains that she left the house in a hurry and forgot her phone. She thought she heard her mention Gloria’s name so she went to see. Gloria tells her that if she sees or hears from Nora, she will let her know. Rebeca thanks her and leaves.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

A que no me dejas Episode 112 (2.17.17) In Lie Lie Land, with truths as horrible as this one, lies are more than justified...

Losing is winning
Consuelo doesn't see the silver lining and is still crying over the fact that she could be losing Tobías to Nuria, who will be probably very happy to have him. Or at least that's what she thinks.
Dear, Tobías has been lost all this time (at least to you). Remember. If you love something set it free... and if it doesn't come back, GO GET IT!!

For the whole family Micaela's revelation has been a shock and now we only need to see what will be Nuria's reaction when she finds out Tobías is her son.

Gonzalo, keeping his hand by his stomach, probably blocking his sphincter of oddi with his fingers, instructs Valentina to fetch Tobías and take him to his office. 

Let's be a trouple

Me, you and Gonzalo. Meanwhile, Osvaldo and Angélica talk about themselves + Gonzalo, who at least listened to what he had to tell him after the "Leonel" incident.

-I am very concerned, his life is in danger- she says- I wish he gave me also the opportunity to clear things up.
-I was surprised with what Fernanda told me.
-Yes, I liked it very much, she forgave you... 
-And that's another chance for us. 
-No, no more chances for us. Please Osvaldo, understand that I need time... 
-Why, I am not with Maite anymore, there's no walls between us. 
-I feel terrible, above all, with Gonzalo, I wanna take my time, let's leave it this way, ok?
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Mujeres de Negro, Jueves 2/16/17 Chapter 3: The Price of Liberty



After a search of Jackie's and Katia's homes the police found nothing in the way of technology. Jackie told Bernal that Lorenzo never brought work home with him and it appears that he had his cell phone with him on the yacht. Katia told him that Nicolás didn't like technology, so there was nothing to find, nothing missing. They may or may not have been telling the truth based on the look Vanessa gave them on the way out. A look that Kuri noticed.
As they left the station they talked about wishing it were all over. They wanted to get as far away as possible. Borgetti came out of the building, explaining to them that he had been attending to multiple cases. There was an order for seizure of the camioneta the three couples had used to go to the beach house. He wanted to make sure that the case was resolved as soon as possible. Vanessa thanked him, saying that his detectives were all respectful and amiable, perhaps her biggest lie to date.
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El Color de la Pasion #111 (Hulu/Uni #110), February 16, 2017: Tha Crossroads


In this episode, it's wedding day! Maybe. It's fighting day! Definitely. It's going crazy day! Oh yes. And even Nora realizes how crazy she is after she receives a special delivery package. If only medical professionals and her mother did. Things are coming to a crossroads as we go through ultimas semanas...

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A Que No Me Dejas #111 Thursday 2/16/17 Leo you are NOT the father, but you still have a kid somewhere!

Nuria panics and decides she can't risk her father turning her in.  She decides to flee!

Mau and Vale go check out the turtles who are about to give birth.  The births will be filmed and share via the internet to get the message of Mau's campaign across the globe.  They feed the turtles!  The marine workers tell Val that she must be very special to Mau because he never brings anyone down to this place. She tells them and Mau that he's very special to her too.

Gonzo grapples with the knowledge that Nuria is a killer and is responsible for the death of his friend Alfonso.  He vows to Alfonso's memory and Camilo and all of his loved ones that Nuria will pay for what she's done
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Vino el Amor #77; Thursday February 16, 2017: Love Wins; sealed with a kiss


Continuing on with DisGracie’s little “guess who” game she is very upset that David guessed Luciana instead of herself. David apologizes, but DisGrace is insistent about “What the hell is going on, so why did you think it was Luciana? Why did you think it was her and why did you confuse me with her?” David just replies that nothing is going on and to PLEASE forget it! But DisGrace continues to insist that she will not forget it.
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