Monday, July 31, 2006
La Fea Mas Bella, week ending 7/28
She goes back to her office, dousing herself in more perfume. Omar shows up, and he and Fern talk about the stinky perfume and kisses. Omar jokes about the moon and the stars, and they laugh about the candy bar and split it. They say something about "Tomas is dead in the head," not sure what that's referring to exactly, and they joke and ridicule some more.
The gist of this conversation, as best I understand it: Fern seems not to like Alicia, and Omar says something about bed (maybe like how he slept with her), which surprises Fern. Omar jokes some more about flowers and chocolates. He then writes a love letter (to Lety, I presume) in front of Fern, in Fern's name. Fern crumples it up in horror, and they argue. Omar continues to joke, which offends Fern. They discuss last night's "date" some more, and Omar says something that's apparently over the line, angering Fernando even more, and then Omar escalates his insults so much that Fernando is forced to jump to Lety's defense. I'm not sure exactly what he says, but it's passionate, and it's in her favor.
Meanwhile, Saimon rescues Alicia with that gas. She demands that he pour it for her. He asks her how someone with such a fancy car can't afford gas. They (well, mostly Saimon) have a conversation which is no doubt funny, but I can't understand it. Alicia gets to work in a bad mood and goes directly to Marcia, begging for more money. Marcia tells her to go to Fern, but Alicia knows Fern hates her. Nevertheless, she tries. Lety greets her, and Alicia demands to speak to Fern. Lety pretends to look for Fern under the desk, etc. since Alicia is still yapping hysterically as if he's there and listening to her. Then Fernando shows up, and Alicia begs for "a minute" of his time. He agrees, and he and Lety start counting down from 60. She says she needs money for food, etc. He makes fun and says no, and her minute runs out, and Lety and Fern make fun of her. She leaves, and Lety and Fern talk business.
Alicia is VERY angry. Ariel calls, and at first, she doesn't recognize his voice, and he doesn't recognize hers. She complains about money, and THEN he recognizes her, LOL! But she still doesn't recognize him right away. Then he tells her not to answer the office phone anymore or talk about money on the phone! Luigi does listen to Alicia's complaints and offers advice, but I guess it doesn't thrill her, because she just shakes her head at him after he leaves.
At lunchtime, the feas take up a collection for lunch, but come up a bit short. Saimon shows up in a very good mood (owing to some conversation with PM that completely went over my head) and gives them the money they need. Alicia then shows up and is snotty to them, and PM cuts her down to size. Then Alicia starts sniping at Lety, and Lety retorts in kind. Whatever they say, seems to end in a draw.
The feas leave for lunch, and Luigi and Marcia show up and try to cheer Alicia up. (Marcia blinks!) Marcia says she doesn't care about the feas' boyfriends. She asks Fern something about girlfriends, and Marcia, Alicia, and Luigi joke about drooling and/or braces, making Fernando VERY uncomfortable. He forces a laugh. They seem to be speculating about Lety's rich boyfriend. He cuts the discussion short very sharply. When he's alone, he takes a bite out of that crumpled love letter that Omar wrote, and spits it out.
Omar and Fern go to a restuarant for a business lunch. Fern drinks morosely while Omar ogles pretty girls and continues to goad Fern about Lety's rich boyfriend.
The feas area at a fun restaurant. They embarrass Lety by asking about Tomas (who they still think is her handsome, rich boyfriend that they've never seen before) and her love life. Then they go back to the office and walk in on Yazmin, who is making another gooey phone call to Lola's ex-husband. The feas make fun of her, and she brags about how great her boyfriend is. Once again, Lola must be restrained by the feas, to keep from killing Yasmin.
Saimon is excited by something again (I really wish I knew what), and lightens the feas' mood.
Luigi says something to the models about money, which miffs them. If this is the same as on the Colombian show, then what's happening is that there's a little cash flow problem. They models are going to get paid, but not just yet.
All this talk of rich boyfriends and love lives has enflamed Lety's heart anew, and she leaves another treat on Fernando's desk. The last one was a chocolate bar; this one looks like a peanut brittle or maybe a rice krispy treat. Anyway. He doesn't notice it right away. She keeps trying to get him to notice it, moving it around on his desk while he's signing contracts and such. Finally, when it seems like he is deliberately ignoring it, she asks if he is annoyed with her. He gives a sarcastic answer, something about her rich boyfriend. Then they have a tense conversation about Tomas and Alicia, and she confesses that she doesn't even have a boyfriend. His manner becomes extremely frosty, and she apologizes and takes the rice krispy treat.
Meanwhile, Ariel shows up at Conceptos. He bothers Alicia and threatens her.
Fernando sneaks up on Marta, who is sneaking a sandwich under a desk. Apparently, Marta has been on a diet, and I guess she thinks that if no one sees her eat, it doesn't count. Fernando takes the sandwich, takes a few bites, critiques it, scolds her for eating in the office, and gives back what's left of it.
In Omar's office, Omar and Fern talk about Luigi and the women. Omar has several gift bags filled with candies, greeting cards, romantic music CDs, poetry, flowers, etc. He laughs at the corniness of it all, but Fern finds it distasteful. Omar suggests sending a particularly mushy card to Lety, and Fern refuses. He says it is the stupidest idea of all time!
In walks Ariel, who also makes fun of the foofy gifts. They discuss some more, and Ariel leaves and bothers Lety for a while. He scares (or tries to scare) her with talk about police, news, and helping Fernando with something. Fern shows up and wants to know what they're talking about with the door closed. Ariel leaves and tries to bother Marcia, who is annoyed by his attempts to intimidate her. He then moves on to Alicia again, taunts her about her bills (which she apparently carries around with her).
Later, Omar leaves a card and some chocolates in Lety's office (in Fern's name, of course). Fern tells Omar that the card is "muy gay." Lety finds the card and screams with delight. Meanwhile, the models who had received bad financial news from Luigi before have showed up at Fernando's office to pester him about payment. They try to flirt and sweet-talk, but when Lety comes in (still glowing about that "muy gay" card), Fernando scolds the models and orders them out. He then complains about them to Lety after they leave! She thanks him profusely for all that mushy crap he left on her desk. After SHE leaves, Fern tells himself that he's a terrible disgrace.
Omar comes in and wants to know how it went. He is like a 7th grader!! They talk about Marcia and some "stock." Evidently they are trying to keep some stock information from her. Marcia comes in with questions, and Omar excuses himself and leaves. Lety listens at the door while Fern and Marcia talk about the business, then Marcia leaves in a bad mood. She argues with Alicia about infidelity, because Fernando had stayed out late the previous night, and she didn't know who with.
It's almost time to go home. Omar and Fern talk some more about Marcia and the stock. Lety puts on some more perfume. Alicia, now completely out of money, considers asking the feas for gas money, but wisely decides not to.
Fernando offers to drive Lety home, and a security guard sees them leave together. I missed the next day's episode (Wednesday), but on Thursday, PM was out on a hot date with a hot guy, and Lety and Fernando were on some datelike outing at a club.
Paula Maria and her guy are super-drunk and loud in the street. An angry neighbor yells and throws things at them, threatening to call the police.
At the club, Lety and Fern are about to kiss, but they're interrupted by an obnoxious DJ. F is embarrassed and gives a false last name. The DJ asks if they are married, or just novios. He tries to get them to sing and dance. Lety is a terrible singer, but Fern is pretty good. He really gets into his performance for a while, but then snaps out of it and becomes self-conscious. The DJ moves on to bother some other people. While Fern and Lety dance on their own, PM and her date stumble in! The boyfriend sees them, but doesn't know who they are, and thinks they're a cute couple. PM is too busy humping him (I think it was supposed to be dancing, but it was less elegant than the lambada) to notice them.
Meanwhile, Tomas is again drinking with those two older men. He is shaking hands with them and preparing to leave when two hot ladies approach. The old dudes introduce Tomas to the women and they seem thrilled to meet him, at least to his face, although their contempt is visible when he's not looking. He goes into the restroom and calls someone to brag about his hot conquest, then comes back, still talking on the phone, pretending to cancel a very important appointment so that he can spend time with this one super ho who seems to have taken a liking to him. They continue drinking. Later, the two older men seem to have fallen asleep at their table, and their "date" leaves in disgust. Tomas's date continues to flirt, but then he freaks out for some reason and leaves! Without her!!
Fernando seems to have genuinely had a good time with Lety, but he still isn't completely ready to admit it to himself. He gives Lety the daintiest, but sincere, goodnight peck on the cheek. RoboPapa is upset with Lety when she finally gets home, but she's much too delighted to be bothered by his attitude. She writes some more in her diary. Fernando, in his own apartment, paces the floor restlessly. Marcia sleeps alone with a bridal magazine open on the bed next to her.
PM and her hot date are being amorous in the street when Saimon shows up! He misinterprets (or does he?) their sidewalk antics and attempts to defend Paula Maria's honor, which does not thrill PM. The date chases Saimon away, but the date is over.
Next morning: Tomas is sooooo hung over. Lety taunts, scolds, and yells at him. She leaves for work, and Tomas calls someone, trying to get in touch with the amiga's amiga. He is disappointed by the answer.
In the office, Saimon cries disconsolately about PM. The security guy gives him hell but also tries to pump up his self-esteem. Marcia storms in, upset with Fernando, and doesn't pay much attention to sobbing Saimon, who is surrounded by an ever-growing pile of discarded tissues. Marcia and Alicia ignore him and try to figure out where Fernando is. Finally Marcia takes note of Saimon and gives him some money (I don't know why).
Marcia and Alicia go into the restroom and speculate some more about Fernando. They talk about how he didn't come home last night, where was he and with whom? They don't know that Marta is hiding in a stall, sneaking another illicit snack and overhearing the entire conversation. Once they leave the bathroom, Marta shares the gossip with the rest of the feas, and news of Fernando's latest lover spreads like a rancid bean fart!
Fernando tries to cheer Saimon up. Meanwhile, Lety finds the old chocolate wrapper in Fern's pencil cup, and is touched. She leaves a scroll tied with a red ribbon. Marta asks Lety what she knows about Fern's whereabouts last night, and Lety plays dumb. Later, she goes into her office and talks to her Fernando screen saver. It sounds like she's mad at him for having a girlfriend. Maybe she thinks he went to see someone else after their date? Not sure.
Marcia and Alicia continue to speculate - seriously, it's amazing how much time they spend obsessing over his whereabouts, but these two womens' combined brainpower couldn't solve a TV Guide crossword puzzle - and Marcia tries calling his house. He's not there, which for some reason convinces her that he's with another woman, even though it's not weird for a guy to not be at home during business hours.
PM shows up late as usual, and Saimon gives her the cold shoulder. Fernando appears, and scolds her for her frequent tardiness. When he gets to his own office, Lety tells him that everyone - including Marcia - has been wondering where he was. Speak of the unblinking devil, here she is. She chews him out. They argue and she tries to dump him, but he makes a phone call to his gardener(?) who confirms that Fern went home alone last night.
During all of this, about half of the feas congregate in the bathroom and try to cheer Lola up about her divorce, and they gossip about Fernando. I'm not really sure what this conversation is all about.
Saimon bursts into Fern's office, and further explains Fern's movements to Marcia, claiming that he was indeed working, just not there. He was at the studio or something. Then Saimon leaves the room, and brags to the other half of the feas listening at the door, including Marta, about his great performance. Alicia watches this exchange with interest at her desk.
Marcia continues her harangue, and Lety excuses herself, but listens in her office. Marcia notices the candy wrapper in his pencil cup and asks about it, but Fern feigns ignorance. Then she sees the scroll, which he hasn't had a chance to look at yet, and unrolls and reads it. It's a mushy love poem, fortunately unsigned, about how they danced and sang together! His protests aren't very compelling, and she storms out. They are through!
Lety apologizes profusely to Fern about the poem, and wants to quit. He begs her not to, but she just cries and cries at her desk, while he goes to Omar in a panic. They absolutely cannot let her quit!!
The feas' tongues wag, and Alicia tries to comfort Marcia. They go to see Luigi and enlist his help in finding out who this mysterious poem-writing woman is. They are pretty sure it's some model named Augustini. Luigi gets indignant about something, but Marcia placates him, and Alicia gets excited about something (someone help me out here??).
The feas interrupt Lety's crying, not even noticing how brokenhearted she is. They want to know what just happened with Marcia and Fernando. She doesn't give useful info willingly, and one of the feas snidely jokes that that's why they're called "secret"aries. Bleh.
Meanwhile, at home, Tomas gets a phone call from one of the ho's. He tries to be cool, but his squeaky delight betrays his lack of sophistication. It seems that she has his cell phone...
Back at the office, Marcia bursts into Lety's office and starts biting her head off...
Now we're all caught up. Things are getting very interesting!
I know very little Spanish, but watch faithfully and really need the help you provide.
Thank you very much for your volunteering.
Thanks for the encouragement, Ellen!