Saturday, December 30, 2006
LFMB, Fri 12/29 (#177): Cheesiest line of all time
"I found this seashell on the beach, and when I saw it, it reminded me of you."Barf.
I think I saw Jorge, Irmita's son, in tonight's Heridas episode. Small world, eh?
At the Padillas'
After Tomas gives Mom all of the details of Filmo-Imagen's liens on Conceptos, Mom wonders why Lety went along with something so "delicate." She tells Tomas that if RoboPop finds out about this, he'll kill her, and Tomas too. Tomas says Lety did it because she's loyal and accommodating, just like Julieta, but she isn't satisfied with this explanation. She complains, "I ask you for a mole recipe, and you give me one for rice-with-milk." Did they threaten Lety? Did they offer money?
Tomas asks if she thinks that Lety was just the assistant to the president and he, Tomas, merely the dumbass ("asistonto") to the assistant? No, this business dealing is huge. The profits were enormous. This only tantalizes Lety's mother further, but Tomas won't explain Lety's motivation. He says it's very private.
She guesses that her daughter was in love with Fernando. Tomas gives her a poker-face, but Mom nods knowingly. She's her mother, and she can feel it. She knows something bad happened to her child. Tomas still refuses to answer. She wants to call Lety and get her to come home before something bad happens, but Tomas is afraid that Lety will find out that he told her as much as he has and rip his jugular out with her braces. He says he will talk to Lety first and then Mom can talk to her.
RoboPop comes down and catches Tomas eating while Julieta dials the phone. He complains that Tomas is stuffing his face while people are dying of hunger in the street. Plus, Tomas is in RoboPop's chair.
Mom places the call and speaks to a receptionist at who gives a very robotic but efficient plug for the Fairmont Villa Marquez (that's what it sounded like) in Acapulco. RoboPop tells Mom they should wait for Lety to call them, because long distance calls are expensive while they're going through a phase of austerity. Mom tells him long distance isn't that expensive, but Lety doesn't answer, so she hangs up. RoboPop speculates that Lety is out partying and fooling around. (He stabs Tomas's greedy hand with a fork.) Mom tries to conceal her worry.
Eventually, Mom and Tomas get Lety on the phone (more about that later; in short, Lety isn't cutting her Acapulco trip short). RoboPop discovers them and wants to talk, plus Aldo is knocking on Lety's door, so Tomas hurriedly says goodbye and hangs up. Tomas tells RoboPop that the call was too expensive to continue any longer. Mom agrees. RoboPop says the expenses are for him to decide. Tomas says Lety was in a hurry. RoboPop wants to know why. Tomas says "sorry, she didn't tell me." RoboPop has lots more questions about Lety, but Tomas basically says it's not his day to watch her. Pop says don't forget this: when Lety calls, they'd better let him talk to her. He stomps away again.
Tomas tells Mom that Lety's not coming back yet. Mom thinks Tomas needs to deliver the bad news to Conceptos in person. If he does it over the phone it'll look bad. He complains that it's hazardous for him to go there. Something about guns, and women who are attractive and seductive, but dangerous.
Fern calls. Mom says Tomas will go to the meeting again tomorrow. Fern can't believe Lety isn't coming. He says, "WE don't need Tomas. I need Lety." Mom doesn't tell him any more and they end the call. Fern whines to himself about Lety playing hard to get.
Mom again asks Tomas why Lety doesn't want to see Fern. What's with the attitude? Tomas finally admits that Fern "committed a serious error with Lety," and that was the error that caused things to go wrong with the two businesses. She will probably never forgive him, and he agrees. Julia wants more info, but Tomas again says it's very personal and private to Lety, and he can't say anything.
In Marcia's office
Marcia tells Teresita that she's sure Fern is in love with Lety. He even said it to her face. She thinks it must be a different kind of love because he acted so strangely. She had sensed that something was going on, that she was being robbed and now she believes that she's definitely lost him. Ter tells her not to give up, but Marcia says that at this point, all hope is lost. Ter says no, Fern acted crazy because he is crazy, he doesn't know what he's doing or what he's feeling or what he's saying, but there's no reason why a woman like Marcia can't easily win him back. After all, she's not up against some great rival. It's just Fern's stupid whimsy. "That poor woman" has nothing over Marcia. That chubby, graceless, clumsy, badly dressed, hunchbacked, humorless fea. When and if Fern ever sees her again, he'll be disillusioned, and he won't be in love with her any more. (She seems to be taking this very personally! Hey, Teresita, did Humberto ever date a fea himself, by any chance?)
Marcia considers her would-be mother-in-law's words, but doesn't look optimistic.
Ding-dong, the desgraciado is dead
Lola is on the phone with Irma, hearing the news of Rafael's death. She says at least it was fast. She promises to spread the word, and later they will visit her at home. She brings the rest of the feas up to date, and they cluck sympathetically. Juana says something spooky about Rafael's spirit flying around, or not being able to fly around, or something. Sara, for some morbid reason, really wants to know if they were all around him when he died. Saimon disapproves that this guy who abandoned his family was surrounded by them like a king when he died. Sara said he had the good luck to marry a woman like Irma, because she's a saint. They all agree and prepare to break the news to Marcia.
Alicia forbids them to interrupt Marcia's meeting with her "ex-mother-in-law." A battle of wits ensues, minus the wits. Sara threatens Alicia, but Saimon the peacemaker tries to silence her.
Meanwhile, at Irma's house, Irma asks Lucy, her granddaughter, if she likes living in Boston, then says that's a dumb question - she's never lived anywhere else. Irma asks if she'd like it if her whole family moved to Mexico. Lucy says, well, her parents both have jobs in Boston, and Lucy has school and friends. But then she seems to spark to the idea, and asks if Irma would like it if they were to live there. Of course Irma would...
Rebeca shows up and Lucy starts to talk about moving to Mexico, but Irma shushes her and winks.
While Fern meditates on the picture of Lety on his screen, the cuartel piles into his office. Startled, he thinks they've come to give him bad news about Lety. They tell him about Rafael's death and ask if he would like to accompany her to the funeral parlor. He politely declines, and Saimon somewhat tactlessly points out that it's probably not Fern's place to do that sort of thing any more. Fern tells them to send some flowers along with his condolences. PM then asks him to tell Marcia, since she's been holed up with Teresita all day and they don't dare interrupt. Martha asks PM not to be imprudent, since Fern and Marcia... Lola cuts in and says they'll just tell Marcia tomorrow. They ask Fern's permission to leave and go see Irma; he grants it. (I'm not sure if he can grant that kind of permission any more. What if Lopez finds out?) They leave, and Fern asks himself how he can go to a funeral when he already feels like he's dying. "Poor Irmita," he adds. (Glad he managed to sneak in a thought about someone else, if only just for a moment.)
The cuartel show up at Irma's with Fern's flowers. Saimon says he's their new ex-president's emissary. He bad-mouths Rafael a little bit and is scolded by the others. Luigi says the flowers should be at the funeral parlor. Saimon moves them out of the way. Luigi says the feas look like beautiful horrors - a total change. (This is what passes for a compliment in Luigi's book.) He says that he and Jorge have everything under control. He says he needs to go home and change, because at a funeral parlor, he'd look like a carnival.
Rebeca says it's time to go. Juana offers to stay with Lucy; Irma doesn't want to be away from her granddaughter for even a moment, but Rebeca says it's time.
Meanwhile, back at Conceptos
Fern gets medieval on Omar's lapels for saying "gargolita." Omar asks Fern if he's really going to hit his best friend just for saying something dumb. Fern backs off, and Omar gets out of his chair (with difficulty, rubbing his back). He asks Fern if he's going to stay shut up in this room for the rest of his life waiting for Lety to call. She's threatening their business and they should be trying to save their honor. He's being pathetic. They've been shamed and they're sitting in offices that are no longer even theirs.
Fern retorts that he can't concentrate, he can't work, he can't do anything because he can't settle his problem with Lety. Why can't Omar get that through his head? (Fern, in case you haven't noticed, your friend is not a swift learner.) "I am going through a bad moment, Omar!" Omar says fine, we'll just wait for Lety. Meanwhile, you just go on looking at your little photos, if that's what you want.
Fern spins his Mac around for Omar to see the full-screen picture of Lety he's been looking at (in addition to the tiny one in his wallet). Omar rears back like a vampire confronted with a crucifix. Fern says "that's not for you to make fun of, Carvajal. I already warned you." Omar replies that he's not joking, he's speaking very seriously and it seems very romatic to him, but Fern's not understanding him. Doesn't he realize that this face he's been carrying around with him, don't idealize it, because when she comes back, she'll be transformed...
...Omar edges towards the door as Fern stares at him blankly...
"...Uglier than ever!" Omar adds and dashes out the door as Fern throws something at him.
Later, Omar calls a hot chick he knows (she might be a celebrity, because at first they don't show her face, but I don't know her) and says he has a friend who's turned into a corpse - he needs her to revive him. She says that's her specialty and wants to know how he got that way. Omar says he had a very bad, very ugly love affair. She promises to cure him. Omar says he wants his friend's life to go back to the way it was before - women, women, and more women. He wants Fern to forget about his gargolita.
Later, he hints to Fern about this surprise - the surprise of the century. With his one-track mind, Fern takes it the wrong way and thinks it's Lety. Omar says "it's sex." I think that's pretty clear, don't you? But Fern excitedly asks, "you found Lety?" He climbs over his desk and gives Omar a bear hug. In order to move things along, and perhaps to avoid being crushed to death, Omar says sure, he found her. (This provokes another bear hug.) Omar scurries away and gives Fern a telephone number.
Acapulco: A shave and a haircut, deferred
Lety & Caro go to the beauty parlor. Lety suspiciously inquires as to what they're going to do to her. Caro says isn't it obvious - it's a beauty parlor. Doesn't Lety still trust her? Lety says sure, that's why they bought all these clothes (waving the bag). Caro says that Lety picked out all of the clothes, and now it's Caro's turn. (Does anyone else think it's unfair that Caro is going to deduct the cost of the clothes from Lety's paycheck?) Lety tires to weasel out of it. Caro asks what does Lety have against beauty parlors? Lety says nothing, it's just that this sort of thing is personal and she already has a beauty parlor she goes to back home and they know her and (whispering) she trusts them. Caro introduces Carlos, one of the best stylists in the whole country. Carolina reminds Lety that she's starting a new life, and this place can mark the start of a new routine. New habits, new image...
Lety grumps that it won't be the solution to her life. Caro agrees that this is true, but it can help. She promises that it won't be anything outlandish. It'll be a first step. She pleads with Lety to give her this chance. Lety sits and the stylist asks what she wants. Makeup, hairstyle, cut? Lety says nothing for me, thanks! Caro patiently tells Lety that's why she brought her here, so please tell the man what she wants. Lety gets nervous and tries to get up, but Caro pushes her back into the chair. She says she has absolute confidence in Carlos and he wouldn't betray her. She's in good hands.
Carlos suggests losing the braid and working on a new hairdo. Lety whines that she IS the braid; it's her look. He pushes some salon books at her and tells her to pick out one she likes even better, but she nixes all of them. Of the first, she says it might look good on a model, but not on her. The next one, she says looks like someone on the news. The third looks more like a wig. A model can have any hairstyle and look good, but not her.
Carlos pulls Caro aside and asks what to do. Lety won't let him touch her. Caro tries to convince Lety herself. She suggests a wash and trim. Lety says no. Carlos inspects Lety's braid as if he's never seen one before, then reaches for the scissors, assuring her that it will be okay, but Lety screams and grabs it away from him. He explains that he was going to cut her braid off. (I think she already figured that out.) Caro suggests getting rid of the glasses. Lety vetoes this as well. Caro says it's just so they can wash your hair, and she takes them off Lety's face. Lety gets very upset and tries to leave, but she can't see so is easily subdued. Carlos tells her not to get so wound up. Lety yells, "This is how I was born and this is how I am and this is how I'll stay!" She makes an ugly, sulky face in the mirror.
Lety hurries back to her room and throws a tantrum. She dumps the clothes out of the bags (I don't get a good luck at them) and asks herself why she wants them. She talks to herself in the mirror. She tells herself that Carolina doesn't know that Lety already tried to change before. (The New Lety from five months ago appears in the mirror, and we hear Ariel's inspiring words from that day: "You're not the assistant to the president; you're more like the assistant to the circus.") She doesn't want people to make fun of her again. Fern's betrayal finished her off. She couldn't take it, while she's feeling so alone, so fragile, so insignificant, so upset. There is no remedy. She would have to go back to birth to feel good about her looks. She says something like a new dress will only make her uglier. Uglier, uglier.
Caro comes back looking for her and wants to apologize and talk. Lety doesn't come to the door; she just yells through the door that it'd be better if they talk later. Caro says she'll be waiting at the lounge. Lety curls up on the bed, saying she doesn't want to see anyone. She wants to be alone.
Aldo shows up at the bar and asks Caro if she's seen Lety. Frustrated, Caro vents to him about how Lety wouldn't let them cut her hair, when Caro just wanted her to change a little, and she got all upset and ran out of the beauty parlor. "You forced her, Carolina," Aldo surmises. Caro says of course not, she's not capable of such a thing. Ah, well, maybe she pressured Lety a little, but it was for her own good!
Aldo points out that in light of recent events, with Lety's self-esteem so low, now is not the time to make her feel insecure about her appearance, much less impose a change. Okay, maybe I like him a little bit... just for today. :-) Caro says she wasn't imposing anything; and he's got self-esteem issues, himself. He says Lety lacks something more than a change of appearance; first, she should accept and like herself the way she is.
Caro says it would be easier if she could see herself prettier, if the mirror would reflect a more appealing image. Aldo says that she will see herself as precious, when her heart is calm and at peace. For that, she won't need a hairdo, nor makeup or anything artificial. Caro complains that Aldo doesn't understand her.
Just when it looks like it'll get ugly, he takes off her hat and kisses her head and leaves. Caro sulks prettily.
Meanwhile, Mom calls Lety again. Lety says she was out with Caro earlier and everything's going just swell, like always. Mom passes Lety off to Tomas, who explains why she must come home (I don't believe this needs to be rehashed any further). She needs to sign something. Lety just wants to know if he told them where she is. (He conveniently forgets to mention that he told Roman's gang.) Lety says forget it, I'm staying here and helping Carolina. Tomas says they are furious; Fern begged him; they urgently need her. Lety says, "those people can bite me." (That's not quite what she says, but that's the short version. As for whatever Fern said, she doesn't care; it's not her problem.
Aldo starts knocking on Lety's door, so they wrap up the call.
Aldo shows Lety a seashell and says when he saw it, it reminded him of her. Because it's broken like her heart. It couldn't be for anyone else. Oh barf! She holds it to her ear, enchanted.
They go for a walk along the beach. Lety says she doesn't want to see anyone, but Aldo points out that she did answer the door to him. She says sure, but that's because you're my friend. Aldo says that's very nice. Lety says Caro is her friend, too, but she thinks Aldo understands her better. Aldo says Caro wants to help her change, but Aldo definitely doesn't. He likes her exactly the way she is, pain and all. (This is sweet and refreshing, but he's confusing her.) She says she was born ugly, and she'll die ugly. He says that's a lie, fabricated by her mind. She disagrees - she sees the same thing in the mirror as everyone else. He says she feels and believes that she's ugly; snot the same thing as BEING ugly. It's just a projection.
He asks her what would happen if she were to become beautiful. She says she doesn't know; that would be another Lety, not her. He says that's why she's afraid to change - because she doesn't know that she'd still be the same person. They go at this a little longer, then she asks him to drop the subject.
Lety asks about the smashed-up minivan. Why'd he get all nasty and tell them to leave? Aldo's face hardens. He doesn't want to answer, and tells her to forget it. She says okay, fine, it's just that he's always talking about nature being good for the soul and all that stuff, but now she doesn't believe any of it, because he said he was very happy, but it seems to her like it's a complete lie. He's suffered, and he doesn't have anything to be happy about.
He forces a laugh and says he is surprised that she is confronting him so forcefully. He finds it delightful. She accuses him of changing the subject. He says he'll tell her why he talks about happiness and then later has these fits of sadness and pain. He says that he's talked about the harmony of nature, but nature also has its fits. Sometimes they manifest themselves as hurricanes or earthquakes, but in all forms, nature is happy.
Lety firmly asks if he's changing the subject again. He talks about contrasts in nature - tranquility and violence. And he is part of nature, and he also has contrasts. (I'm not sure I like where this is going.) So he's not lying when he talks about his happiness.
She says she believes him. Then he says he'll tell her about some of the things that caused his unhappiness and desperation.
Teresita continues her disturbing campaign to force a marriage that never should have been contemplated.
Fern prepares for a joyful reunion with Lety.
Omar prepares to get killed.
Lety goes to a party.
all retarded for goodness sake that one girl is just trying to help but no lety has to be all emo about it."
Hmm, I thought mom was complaining to Tomas: "I ask for mole, and you give me rice and milk." (In other words, he wasn't answering her question.) But I didn't tape it so I can't listen again...
I couldn't belive all that junk that Guru Aldo spouts. He obviously has some serious issues of his own that he isn't facing. No wonder he is attracted to Lety and her wounded bird routine.
I can't believe that Omar is so vile that he sets up Fern with some hottie when he knows or at least has heard a dozen times that his"friend" isn't interested in anyone but Lety. I wouldn't want to be in his shoes when the truth comes out.
Helmet head and the harpy still don't get it. Fern doesn't want the marriage. All the talk about he couldn 't care for that (insert your own insulting remark) is beyond the point. He doesn't love Marcia. Give it up ladies and move on.
I am glad Luigi finally noticed that he might just look like a carnival. Of course, he only acknowledged that in light of going to a funeral home. Otherwise, we can gather he thinks he looks appropriate.
Lety's whining may have some purpose, but it surely is irritating as you've noted. If I were Caro, I think I might just give up. We could nominate Lety for "What Not to Wear" and let Stacy and Clinton try their hand at her.......
I thought Aldo was Mr. Pollyanna until the last two episodes. It's clear he's not. I'm not sure which is worse, the perennial smile and "all's right with the world and nature" song he sings most of the time, or the "don't ask 'cause I won't tell" surliness.
Does everyone still think she'll get a makeover? I wasn't so sure last night....
The whinning was annoying, until I realized why Lety was so upset about Caro trying to go the makeover route... in Lety's mind, she had already tried a makeover before (the green polkadot nightmare), and she remembers how badly that turned out, so the last thing she wants to do is relive that again.
At least Lety has a new friend to help her mend, and so far, Aldo's been good to her - wish I'd met him a few years ago ;)
Melinama, I agree with you on the receta remark by Julieta.
Lety sure attracts people who want to help her- Caro, Anais, Aldo - but then she starts to whine - she's getting worse...ick!
Fernando is getting more carried away with Lety than ever. He had not just one photo of her on his computer screen but three. The Lety photos are taking over.
The comment about the revenge marriage is scary. Please, no.
I have to agree w/ Aldo that Lety shouldn't be forced to get a make-over at this time. The desire to change has to come from within and Lety has to accept herself first. I've heard of beautiful women, models, etc... who have low self-esteem too and who sometimes suffer from anorexia because they see themselves as fat even though everyone else sees them as beautiful. I also thought Caro was being a bit too pushy. I know she is trying to be helpful, but healing is a slow process.
Happy New Year Everyone!
Lety is whiny a lot of the time but Fern and "nature man" seems to find her attractive. It gets on my nerves but not as much as Marcia and mama's constant nasty snipping.
Aldo's intense constant drivel are a little too much to take. I'm glad he likes Lety but he does drone on.
I looking forward to seeing what Fern does to Omar when he finds out about the set up. Just when I was starting to feel a little sorry for Omar. Now I'm ready for him to get clobbered.
I loved your recap Julie! Thanks so much.
Aldo? He's being used to increase Lety's self esteem,while she yearns for Fernando..Aldo is no Fernando.Mo
I think Marcia DOES get that the wedding is off... but Fern's mom is trying to talk her into getting Fern back anyway. I find their relationship very disturbing.
I LOVE the way Luigi dresses.
I can understand Lety being afraid of the makeover considering what happened before, but I figure it wouldn't do any harm to let Caro's guy see what he can do (stopping short of cutting the braid off, of course). That way if she hates it, she's proven her point to Caro and can go back to her old look.
Perhaps Caro should have approached it as "sure you'll still be ugly, but at least it will be a different kind of ugly." :o)
Fern won't impress me until he finally stands up to his mother... and his father. That will be a happy, happy day. I should buy a bottle of champagne to prepare for the occasion.
What does glow-tooth Aldo mean by this? That Lety is cone shaped and hollow?
I didn't get the sea shell comment either. Was he saying that Lety is lost and broken? He's just too psychic guru for me.
I have to keep telling myself that today is Sunday and I have one more day until I get to see my favorite show and Fernando. This holiday weekend seems so long until then!
I've seen all kinds of broken stuff on the beach, so I guess we should be happy he went with a shell and not, say, an old beer bottle or a mashed cigarette butt. ("It was all crushed and twisted, just like your soul.")
I checked the Julieta/Tomas scene and indeed, she said "I asked you for a mole recipe and you gave me one for rice and milk." From what I hear, she doesn't need a mole recipe and Tomas wouldn't have one - hence my confusion. I was suffiently inspired by the scene to go out and get some mole mix and turkey wings.
Hau‘oli Makahiki Hou (oops, wrong place)
Prospero Año Nuevo a Uds., también.
Jeanne (do you get the idea that my New Year's Eve is rather quiet? We're rather snowed in)
I was googling around and stumbled on another website talking about LFMB (no spoilers) and apparently the original casting of Aldo was supposed to be Ernesto Leguardia. That would put an enirely different spin on things and no one would be worried about Lety ending up with Aldo. As for that I did hear a spoiler that gives me hope for Fern and Lety but the way things are going I still worry.
I really think we will have a happy ending for Fern and Lety. It would be nice if we could for all the characters.
I like the way Luigi dresses for his character. Very loud and outrageous exactly like he is suppose to be. Personally I think a lot of his clothes are ugly but great for the character. I like the way he is becomming more human. I hope the change continues.
Somehow I feel the street gang might clue Fernando in on where Lety is. I'm probably wrong but I wonder otherwise what the purpose was of Tomas telling them?
You all know I love Fer, but I have to give Aldo his props when he was scolding Carol. I know she was trying to do a nice thing, but how she was going about it wasn't the greatest. I think her actions just reinforced to Lety her fea-ness. The fact that Aldo could sense that, well maybe there is some real wisdom in all that stuff he's spouting out. I'm still 110% in Fernando's corner, but will allow Aldo the opportunity to help Lety get out of her funk.
On a side note, when my Mom was in college there was girl in her dorm that wore her hair in a long braid. One night they had had a "make-up" party (that's what they did for kicks at an all girl Catholic college). So they had preplanned to cut this girl's braid off. They did it and she was devastated. My mom still feels terrible about the incident, and it is almost 40 years ago. I am so glad that something similar did not happen to Lety. What a violation it would have been and Lety has been violated enough already.
The incident of cutting the girl's braid from your mother's past is interesting. What a violation, and to kids it would merely seem like a prank, I guess. Having her braid, which is "her" as Lety said, is one of the few things in her life over which she has control. That goes for her fea-ness, too. She controls it. It's up to her if it changes....unless someone takes that autonomy away.
Gee, I'm glad I'm not that young any more.
Caro was a bit pushy about the makeover. It does need to come from Lety, but she needs to be open to trying some new things. Change does need to come from within, but having the outside change can give the self-esteem a large boost and can help that inner transformation also.
Happy New Years.