Friday, June 29, 2007
Destilando Amor 6/28/07 “I fell into a burning ring of FIRE”
Rod is in his study at the hacienda, drinking, crying, and talking to Dani. All of Gaviota’s love, kisses, and caresses were all a lie. She broke his heart in pieces. Dani tries to reassure him. He wants to know what he’s going to do.
At Casa Pilar, Minerva and Fedra are making their case to Pilar. Videgarray was actually defending Mariana Franco! Pilar says yes, it can be hard to believe that Mariana is really such a vile person. Minnie and Fed don’t want Videgarray to talk to Rod, or all the work that Minnie and Aaron did to separate Rod and Gaviota will be for nothing. Pilar doesn’t want discord between Aaron and Rod, does she?
Aaron and Pam are sitting with Johnny Molina in Miami, talking about Aaron’s upcoming meetings. Pam suggests that he reschedule his appointments with the bankers. She could come with him to New York as his assistant. Aaron wants a wife, not an assistant! He tells Pam she can’t come to New York. It’s a business trip. Pam gives in. She doesn’t want to play the part of a jealous wife.
At the hacienda, Dani drags Rod into his bedroom. He is still clutching his bottle and doesn’t want to go to sleep. She tells him he’s had enough. He asks, how long are you going to stay? She says, until you get better. He laughs, never! You don’t know how to be my sister! She tells him to go to sleep. They’ll talk in the morning.
Clarita is applying cold compresses to Gavi’s forehead, but each time her fever seems to be worse. Gavi tells her to go to sleep. Clarita says, how can I sleep? Tomorrow we’ll find out if you’re carrying Rodrigo Montalvo’s child!
Dani and Elvis are looking at pictures of her family on the mantle at the hacienda. She shows him her grandfather Amador and her parents. She talks about how great they were. Rod is like her dad in so many ways. She’s worried about Rod. Roman comes in to offer them dinner. And by the way, James says hi. He’ll be returning to the hacienda tomorrow. Elvis says, who is Mr. James?
James is presenting industry info to his tequila quality group. They are very patient.
Rod is sleeping, thrashing. He dreams of Gavi and Aaron together at the office. Aaron has pulled off her jacket and is kissing her shoulders. She throws her head back. Just then, Rod bursts in on them in his ranchero getup and hat. They pull apart. Gavi tells Rod, it’s not what you think. You’re the only man in my life! Rod looks grim and pulls out a gun, aiming it at them with a shaky hand. He fires. Rod wakes up screaming from the dream. He turns on the light, gasping and retching.
Gavi is still very sick with fever. Clarita’s got more cold compresses.
Dani and Elvis are eating dinner with the staff in the kitchen at the hacienda. San Juana wants to know where Elvis is from. Dani goes to call Pilar to report on Rod. Elvis wants to speak to Pilar. He tells her that he and Dani are sleeping in separate rooms, very far away from each other. No worries! Pilar tells him to put Roman on the phone and verifies the sleeping arrangements. Dani and Elvis laugh.
Rod is looking out into the night from the window in his room. He is dazed. Looking at his suitcase, he picks it up and unzips it. First he takes out a suit, the one he wore in DF when Gavi said she had come back for him. He smiles, remembering them kiss, then sighs. Next he takes out the blue scarf she wore when he first discovered her at the office in DF. He remembers when he told her that his marriage to Isa was a horrible mistake. He tosses the scarf aside. Next he picks up the watch. He remembers giving it to Gavi in the cantina, how she said she couldn’t possibly take it. And he remembers later, in DF, when she gave him back the watch. She told him she didn’t believe him and felt nothing for him. He throws everything into the suitcase. No more, Gaviota!
Gaviota is still feverish. She cries, my Rodrigo! Clarita is praying.
At Casa Pilar, Sophie returns home, animated from her date. Francisco is very entertaining. Pilar wants to know if they’re planning to get married now. No, says Sophie, not right now. But Francisco did tell her that he is serious about her. Pilar wants to know if Sophie talked to Isa. Yes, and Isa wants nothing to do with Rod. She definitely wants a divorce.
Back at the hacienda, it is dark. Rod approaches the little cabin where Gavi and Clarita stayed when they worked at the hacienda. He has his suitcase and a gasoline container. He kicks down the door and says he’s going to burn the place down. He looks around in a daze, puts the suitcase on a bed, and lights a lantern.
Next, he takes the cassette Gavi gave his out of the suitcase. He clutches it to his chest, hangs his head, and cries. Over against the wall is an old bureau. He remembers Gavi running over to it to get the cassette for him, when she first gave it to him. How they kissed. She asked him if she was really his first. First and only he replied. And he’s coming back to marry her…He smiles and starts to laugh. The laughter turns into sobs.
Rod imagines Gavi as a prostitute, looking at him seductively and smoking as men dance around her. He clutches the tape. You promised me eternal love! Taking the watch, you told me you loved me! Traitor, burn in hell!
He grabs the container and splashes the gasoline on the bed and around the room. God has condemned him eternally! He lights a very small match and gently throws it on the bed. He cries out, God, please take me! I can’t live without her! The bed is in flames now. He screams. Wicked Gaviota!
Gavi is sleeping, sweating profusely. Clarita is praying to the Virgencita. Don’t take my Gaviota away from me!
In the cabin, Rod is spinning near the flames, screaming like a monster.
Inside the hacienda, all is quiet. Dani and Elvis are going to walk in the agave fields by the moonlight. But first she wants to check on Rod. He’s not in his room! Roman bursts in. The cabin is on fire! They all run out.
Gavi screams, no, no, no! She tells her mom she is dreaming about horrible things.
Inside the burning cabin, a heavy beam set in flames falls in front of Rod. Hilario is outside, throwing buckets of water on the burning structure. More water! Dani runs up and screams. Rod is inside! Elvis holds her back. Hilario and the family panic.
Inside the cabin, Rod is cursing Gavi amid the flames. Then he hears his grandfather’s voice: Son, the land is memory, the land is history! Rod turns around and lumbers out of the front door, screaming.
Roman shouts at the huddled family, don’t touch him! Stay back! Rod drops to the ground and takes some soil in his hands. The land is my memory, the land is my history! The dirt slips through his fingers. The family is terrified. Rod cries and drools. Dani runs over to comfort him. Bro, are you OK?
Gaviota died inside the fire and so did I! Dani says, but you’re both alive! Rod stares into space and wanders off. The cabin is completely engulfed in flames.
Ofelia thanks God that Rod is safe. San Juana cries, but he could have died, all because of Gaviota! Hilario tells her to shut up. Why did Rod do this? Roman thinks he knows why, Gaviota did not want to go back with Rod.
In the morning, back in DF, the doctor has come to see Gavi. Clarita keeps talking about the fever, as he tries to listen to the stethoscope. It’s all Rod’s fault! Gavi protests to her mom. Clarita says, doctors are like priests, you have to tell them everything! The doctor thinks that Gavi doesn’t have anything serious. Maybe she has a virus or infection, because her defenses were down. Just to address their concerns, he’ll order a pregnancy test, too.
Pilar calls the hacienda from her breakfast table to check on Rod. San Juana tells her that no one can come to the phone right now. They all had a rough day yesterday. Rod set a fire! You have to come out here right away! Pilar is impactada.
In DF, the doctor tells Clarita that Gavi’s illness could be somatic, the result of a depression or big loss. Clarita is shocked, she is sick because of love! Gavi curses her horrible luck.
Just then, at the hacienda, Rod curses his horrible luck. He is at the breakfast table with Dani and Elvis. Because of Gavi, he waited at the hacienda, took a job in DF that he hated, destroyed his marriage, and ruined Isa’s life. People in love are dangerous, he says. They should be locked up!
Dani and Elvis try to comfort Rod, but he won’t have it. He gets up from the table to go find James. It must be James’ fault! Dani asks if he has proof. It has to be James who told Aaron about Gavi! Rod leaves. Elvis is glad he’s not James right now. Dani is frustrated. Rod has to get this thing with Gavi sorted out.
James is out in the fields, talking to his students about agave and tequila.
At Rancho Arroyo Seco, Acacia is outside the front door. She screams and holds her head with both hands. Meliton tells her to go to bed. He’ll go to town to get a doctor. He tells himself, he doesn’t like the look of this at all. She could remember!
In DF, Pilar and Videgarray are discussing Rod and Mariana Franco. He tells Pilar that there are things about Rod that she doesn’t know. Pilar warns him that she does not want to find out that Videgarray is meddling in Rod’s personal life. If she does, Videgarray will be neither their lawyer nor her friend!
At Aaron’s place in Miami, the servant answers to phone to be interrogated by Minerva. Aaron gets on the phone. He’s just about to leave for New York. No, he has no idea where he’ll be staying, probably at a hotel. They’re remodeling the apartment. Minnie yells that she knows the servant is lying and Aaron is not alone in Miami!
After the call, Aaron and Pam commiserate. Then he invites her to New York. She is thrilled!
Back in DF, Minnie is crying. She is losing her husband!
Nuria is badgering Ricardo. Have breakfast! He tells her he had a horrible night, with so many things to worry about. He has to go. When he opens the front door, the police are there. They are arresting him for fraud!
Gavi is crying in bed. She tells Rod he must be happy with his wife. Why did you have to lie to me? Why did you tell me we had a future together?
In Tequila, Rod enters Carmelo’s cantina. He’s looking for James. Carmelo asks him what he’s drinking. Nothing. Just then, James comes in with the students. James sees Rod. Friend! Rod glares at James. Traitor!
Advances for Friday’s episode:
- Clarita has Gavi’s pregnancy test results.
- Isa visits Ricardo in the slammer and refuses to return to Rod.
- Pilar tells Rod what really happened with Amador after the jima so many years ago.
My goodness, Rod has an overactive imagination. Your description of him burning the cabin was most excellent.
Things have really taken a nose dive in Destiland this past week. I just love all this pandemonium.
Thanks Susana, this was an excellent recap.
I haven't had a chance to see this yet...but loved your most excellent recap...ahhhh the vivid descriptions left me wanting a smoke too..
Finally finally...Pillar will fess up about the jima...
Pillar..I mostly get lost when she is on cause I am waiting to see her blink...I defy anyone to say they have ever seen her blink...
beckster: zombies aren't supposed to blink, are they?
In the preview for tonight Pilar's telling Rod about, presumably, way back when she and grandpa Amador had marital problems over a jimadora (female agave cutter) who used to sing just like Gavi did in the fields during the harvesting. We don't know what exactly went on, but she starts to unravel that mystery for the audience tonight.
Hee, Hee! Beckster and Jardinera! Pilar's eyes ARE scarey!!! I don't think she can blink, either!
I'm hoping the lawyer (Videgaray) ignores Pilar and tells Rod what he knows.
Carmella - Its unfortunate that Rod and Gavi are so immature. But its that the novela way. Our leads have to mature and earn one another's love.
And regarding Pilar, she's so caught up in class and her family that she refuses to see right from wrong. It will be interesting if she will learn how wicked Aaron, Minnie, Fedra, TWB (Isa), and Frankie are. Will it all be too much and kill her? Or will she have to live with all the mess created by her "wonderful" family?
One reason she feels justified in thinking meanly about the poor is she believes her husband had an affair with Clarita.
Of course Gavi is spunky beyond belief and totally speaks 27 languages...but jest sayin...
Perhaps he wasn't adopted, but maybe his daddy was. Then, if Gavi was Amador's daughter or even a granddaughter via some abusive situation by say, Bruno, well, either way, Gavi and Rod's relationship would be legit.
class issues--Mexican telenovelas faithfully transmit class values of the society. Protagonistas and villanos always have European features and white skin. The indigenas are servants always-- Elvis is a leap forward, but he is made to be absolutely perfect in every way. Adoption is not viewed in the same way by the upper classes as it is here--you may adopt your unmarried sister's child so she can go on pretending she's a virgin and make a good catch (yes, I've actually seen that), but adopting a child whose origin is unknown --that's a "recogida"--and not a practice of the upper class. Pilar and Amador probably didn't adopt anybody. As for Pilar's eyes, Martha Roth had an upper and lower blepharoplasty (eye lift) and maybe the upper is too tight. Sergio/Aaron's whole face is too tight. But they all look absolutely fabulous.
Right Beckster, Pilar's eyes sort of lock on to mine and it's hard to shake loose, cause she doesn't blink! Pilar is trapped in her own mind. Maybe it's more comfortable to live in her reality and in denial. Her paradigms are twisted like her face...
Last night's show has not yet been recapped,but the passion and anger is running rampant. Pilar wants Rod to stay married to that harlot Isadora for appearance purpose amd forget about love? Skeletons are gradually going to fall from her closet.? Can't imagine any man,even in younger days,would want to bed down that frigid looking woman. Others have spoken here that Isadora will end up pregnant..I agree, and she will pass it off as Rodrigos(being so stupid to go along with that insane insemination deal)..it's the only way she can hold on,even though,it probably belong to the slime Franco..Will it be Aarons..? I can only hope.However,that would open up she & the babe to have some of the Montalvo money..I don't think the writers will do that,but who knows? Just speculating,as I know nothing about the original story.
Pilar reveals a sensitive part of her history to help Rodrigo toward what she, as a traditional woman, thinks is the right path for him. I don't think she is evil, only misguided. She could be portrayed by a warmer, more sympathetic actress, but Martha Roth has been known in Mexico since about. . .1946? She's kind of a south of the border Martha Stanwyck and she's a survivor.
There are some other links to "Telenovelas de ayer" that look interesting.
What MsDestCafe wrote is correct..the class system is very rigid in Mexico, not just in TeleNovelas...& the upper class is fairer skinned..People from Rod's class do not marry with people from Gavi's class..
I'm making a judgement...I am just stating a fact..maybe someone might..but all social & family doors would be closed to them
I say they should be grateful they were blessed with good looks. The power of beauty is strong and having it slip away is a two edged sword. Power and privilege is afforded, but it's a greater loss.
It's tough to feel sorry for the beautiful people. Kinda like-they are used to always getting a free extra scoop of ice cream and then not getting it anymore...