Friday, November 30, 2007
I Love Juan 11/29 Thursday - In which a demon in the form of a beautiful woman draws energy from men to sustain herself.
Paula leaves Moni's office in a huff. She sees the chismosos outside. "Happy?" she asks. She claps her hands and congratulates Pastor, she's finally outta there. Pastor makes a face behind Paula's back. Nyuck nyuck.
Over at CL's love shack Ivonne tells him she's there for her part of the deal, To Make Love. CL tries to get her to take a vacation. Instead she gets in a lather about him and Paula; he lost his marriage, his business and now he's gonna leave the country because of her...he's saved by the bell (telephone actually).
It's Pastor with the office update. World War III erupted in the office between Moni and Paula. Now sit down Señor Farell because Paula, the one and only, the very same, resigned! "Very interesting," comments CL. "Problemas?" asks Ivonne. "Quite the contrary," CL responds, giving her a kiss. Gad he's a cad.
Paula bawls to Marely, wah wah she can't work for Monica one more minute! More crying...no way will she work day after day with her worst enemy, boo hoo.
Over at the market Nidia hefts her bosom and asks Angarita, will he leave with her si or no? Angarita says they are not kiddies, they are oldsters and need to act like a pair of responsibles. He demands that if she wants to make a home with him she must be on the up and up, i.e. she must divorce.
I do believe CL and Ivonne had a quickie and now he's trying to push her out the door. Dude, you are so crass. Ding dong...uh oh the doorbell. CL pushes Ivonne back into the bedroom and tells her to be her obedient self. CL answers the door and Paula rushes in for a hug and sympathy.
Nidia tells Angarita that any man would be happy to run off with her. "I'm not any man, I'm the guy who loves and respects you. Now go get your life arranged and we'll talk later." (OK, I'm really beginning to like this guy!!)
Ivonne watches from her hiding place while Paula wails and complains and CL comforts her. He's still working the Spain angle. Ivonne shoots daggers at him from behind the door.
Commercial break to PASIóN. Fernando Colunga rides a horse in slo mo!
Paula whines about having to leave her Ma if they go to Spain. CL uses this opportunity to escape Ivonne's dagger eyes. "Let's go right now and talk to her, we'll take her with us," CL suggests as he grabs Paula and leaves a scowling Ivonne.
Kike and Yadira are at home all kissy face and ready for love. Darn, they are interrupted by Delirio's anguished yowling, "Your mother left!" (Cut to Nidia walking with her cute red suitcase.) Yadi and Delirio check the bedroom and yeah, it looks like Ma flew the coop. Yadi insists her ma is with a friend. She tries to call around but no luck. Delirio yells that the orangutan stole his woman.
Nidia shows up at Ana's house and cries on her shoulder.
Delirio self-combusts while Yadi and Kike, now joined by Juan and Marely, watch with curious interest.
Nidia tearfully complains to Ana about what Angarita said to her. Ana says Nidia should be thankful that he respects her so much. No no no, Nidia now decides she behaved like an easy tart. "No Madam," Ana refutes, "you are a valiant and daring woman."
Nidia and Ana are surprised to be interrupted by CL and Paula. CL and Paula are surprised to see Nidia crying in Ana's house.
Back at Casa Cachón they are still calling around trying to find Nidia. Juan talks to Angarita on the phone; Angarita admits that Nidia was there but she left. He doesn't know where she is and by the way, would it be possible for all of them to leave him alone???? Delirio rants and raves that Angarita is a savage with the tongue of a machete (?). He demands to know if there are machetes or other arms in the house that he can use. Juan rolls his eyes.
It looks like Ana is stuck with Nidia for a while. Nidia's in the guestroom and makes Ana promise not to tell anyone, especially her family, where she is. Ana goes downstairs. Gah, Paula and CL are still there. She informs them that Nidia suffers from sadness, the sadness that comes from making Very Bad Decisions, nudge nudge wink wink say no more. CL ignores her and announces that he and Paula have come to discuss New Decisions.
Monica and her cousin/pal/whatever vent on the subject of Paula and CL. They sit on lovely pink and purple sofas (bleck). Monica gleefully vows that the civilized Monica died that morning; the hour of vengeance has arrived.
CL and Paula's plan to convince Mama Ana to accompany them to Spain crashes like a lead piñata. Ana sarcastically tells them to do whatever they want and just let her know. Better yet, don't tell her at all!
Interesting...it looks like Juan's phone call bothered Angarita because he starts looking around for Nidia. Where could that woman be?
Nidia wakes refreshed from her power nap. She tells Ana how lovely it is to awake and for once not be criticized harshly by Delirio. She announces she'd like to stay with Ana. Ana agrees but only if Nidia tells her family where she is.
CL and Paula are still hanging around downstairs. CL tells Paula he doesn't like Ana's attitude and it gets worse every day. (So go already you hoser.) Paula doesn't agree. CL transforms into Señor Screampop and yells that Ana is The Typical Mother-in-law...jealous, impertinent! Paula calms him down, but no he's back yelling again. They fight. "You go to your mami!" he screams, red-faced and bug-eyed as he exits.
Cut to Casa Cachón where Ana has called to inform the family of Nidia's whereabouts. Delirio goes into his sexist, possessive tirade and vows to fetch Nidia. The girls convince Juan to go with him.
CL arrives home in a snit. He's greeted by a cheerful "hola!" coming from the ubiquitous and relentless Ivonne. CL is not happy to see her. They argue about Paula. "Go, go leave me in peace!" he shrieks as he raises his hand to hit her.
After the commercial Ivonne goes on the attack. She dares CL to hit her, go on, is he a coward? They have another argument, this time about their disfunctional relationship. She says she will open her veins and it will be his fault. He tells her to throw herself out the window, slit her wrists, he doesn't give a grain of cumin what she does. He roughly pushes her out the door and yells "Get out of my sight!"
Ana and Paula stuff their faces and talk about boys. Ana sneers that CL is such a creep even though Juan puts him on a pedestal. "Que?" asks Paula? "Oh sure, Juan thinks CL is a good guy and he only wishes the best for you and CL," munches Ana. Paula can't believe it because she thought Juan loved her. Ana replies that Juan sacrificed his love so Paula could be happy with that good for nothing.
Juan and Delirio take a taxi to Ana's house and Juan thought-bubbles that he had to teach this big pig-head (cabezon) the ABC's of handling women.
Paula considers Ana's words and wonders/dreams about Juan. Ding dong, the doorbell again, this time it's Juan and Delirio.
There is a knock on Nidia's bedroom door. She's horrified to see Delirio. "Nidia mi amor, come home," he pleads, persuades and cajoles. She refuses because he asks her too many questions at home. She needs her space.
Downstairs, Paula beckons Juan to sit next to her. He tries to resist but...he must succumb to the succubus. She wants to know what he said to Ana about CL. She rubs his knee (NOT playing fair!). "Why did you say CL is the man for me?" she asks, caressing his leg. Juan admits he said it only to alleviate Ana's anguish and he only wants Paula to find what she seeks. "You know what I'm looking for, Juan" she coos. They close in for a kiss...
...and are interrupted by Delirio and Nidia crashing down the stairs. Delirio is thrilled and loudly announces that Nidia is coming home. Delirio is delirious, Juan is happy, Nidia...not so much.
Nidia arrives home to her adoring daughters who hug and scold her. Juan, Delirio and Kike share happy man hugs. Juan thought bubbles that in spite of their madness this family loves each other like sugar.
Cut to a split screen where Paula and Juan can sleep face to face. They both dream about their almost kiss.
Back in the land of despair the evil CL lies awake; he stares angrily at the ceiling. He obsesses about Paula's conversation with Juan where she says he is very important to her.
Next morning we share a happy family breakfast at Casa Cachón. "Very civilized," comments Marely. "Too civilized," observes Juan. They watch Yadi and Kike making kissy faces.
Delirio brings Nidia breakfast in bed. She says she's not hungry so he proceeds to describe the breakfast in detail. Bad move dude. She tells him to go. He tries to feed her. He tells her he's 'un hombre de huevo' (an egg man), no no NO he means 'un hombre de NUEVO' (a new man). Nidia informs him his attempt at sucking up to her is tacky and affected. When he finally leaves she clenches her claws at him. Oooooh, he's driving her crazy!!
Juan arrives at Monica's house to pick her up for work. She asks, "Juan, did you know that Paula resigned from Farell?" Juan is muy impactado!
cabezón = pig-headed, stubborn, big-headed (also good-eatin' fish out here on the west coast, ugly but delicious)
cursilería = tacky, affected
facilonga = easy mark
fustigar = criticize harshly
patán = good for nothing
qualquiera = tart
In spite of the crotch-high skirts, skin-tight jeans and navel-cleavage, this telenovela is a morality play(I guess they all are)...if you don't honor your parents, other people's marriages and don't tell the truth, you're gonna suffer big-time. I see redemption coming all around but Senorita Paula is still chalk screeching along a blackboard for me.
Paula on the other hand is so not fun. She and CL seem to be in a dead heat to be named slimedog of the week. I get a kick out of Ivonne proceeding to prepare romantic dinners and basically denigrate CL's big proclamation of love and fidelity to Paula. Ivonne is the realist of the triad. Paula seems blithely ignorant that she is part of a triad. Oh she just can't end up with Juan as her prize after being so disgusting, can she? Isn't there a telenovela law that sets limits on being a traitor to a beloved, naive protagonist?
I've been an Angarita fan from the beginning. He may be the cure for what ails Doña Nidia. But I also appreciate the acting (overacting) skills of silly old Perafán.
I love Melinama's list of loves and I agree with JudyB that Paula is the chalk that makes you grit your teeth.
“Monica: servin' up the smack down.” LOL! No more Ms. Nice Gal! She is going to be a great “mujer scorned!” (Between her and Ivonne, imagine these next seven months).
Hooray for Angarita for sticking to his guns!
CL is the most disgusting, revolting creep alive. The slime oozes from his pores—I’m surprised it doesn’t stain his white shirt.
Wow. Ana may be a wet blanket for her daughter, but she’s not too bad as a friend for a vieja like herself, and especially her ex-amante’s widow! Maybe Nidia will have a change of heart and the original will can be “found.”
“CL and Paula's plan to convince Mama Ana to accompany them to Spain crashes like a lead piñata” ROTFL!! Nice!
“Paula calms him down, but no he's back yelling again. They fight. "You go to your mami!" he screams, red-faced and bug-eyed as he exits.” He looks like he could get dangerous, and when he almost hit Ivonne, I was sure he could be dangerous. He’s not only a creep, he’s getting unpredictable. That’s really bad news. But, Ivonne and Paula are predictable, they’ll be back for more.
Ah, I see you threw the word I couldn’t remember in: succubus. It just reeks of what it means, doesn’t it? Poor Juan, will he EVER get a kiss again? And more to the point, why would he WANT to?
Cheryl NM – “Paula on the other hand is so not fun. She and CL seem to be in a dead heat to be named slimedog of the week.” ROTFL! Amen! And Paula better NOT end up with Juan as her prize for being such a twit.
This telenovela is the BEST!
Schoolmarm Jeanne (arms crossed, tapping foot and giving my best stink eye at anyone who thinks otherwise)
"Oh no you dinnit!!", I yelled at the TV. (My wife bursts out laughing.)
Luckily for CL he thought better of it. I like the actress that plays Ivonne more every time I see her. What a woman!
Oldman, Ivonne drives me nuts because she hasn't dumped CL and he treats her badly, but I hope she comes out on top at the end. Two things to her credit, she's goal oriented and she's persistent.
This guy is a loser (CL and Chad). And no matter what I say to my daughter, she continues to go back to this guy! Why is it that women are attracted to abusive men? What's even more bizarre, to my mind, is that my daughter inherited all of her mother's fiery temper and "in-your face" attitude. Yet when it comes to Chad, something short-circuits in her head and two or three weeks after the last abusive event, she's back with him.
I think this is why I enjoy watching the Telenovela's. Unlike real life, the girl finally gets a clue, the jackass finally gets what he deserves and good people do get to finish first!
And not to minimize the issue of abuse, which I personally find abhorrent, but I'm reminded of a joke I heard once....
God comes down to Earth to reward the "perfect man". He tells the guy that he can have any one thing he desires. The perfect man can't think of anything he wants, but finally asks for a bridge to Hawaii.
God rubs his chin and makes a face. "That's a pretty difficult task", he tell the perfect man. "There's ocean currents, climate effects, whale migration patterns, tide effects and a million other things."
The perfect man apologizes for asking for something so complex and he tells God that he'll settle for something simple, like being able to understand women.
God rubs his chin and looks at the perfect man and says, "So, about this bridge, would you like two lanes or four?"