Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Pasion - Jan. 29, 2008 - Bernie disappears; Rico and Cami are in love
* Rico and Lis are talking in the hacienda salon - Rico has to re-explain since the medical letter has disappeared, their only option to get the inheritance is his marriage to Cami. Lis starts to cry; Rico has to work at assuring her that he will never abandon her and gives her a hug.
* Later in the bedroom, Fran works at convincing Lis that Rico is lying and will dump them into poverty when he has the chance. Fran tries to promote a relationship with Alberto but Lis ain't interested.
* Rico joins Jorge and Alberto for drinks at the mansion. They discuss Rico's business trip in La Mariana and the caravan assault. Rico says that his employee was wounded and now recuperating and his valuables were stolen. Rico asks Jorge what he is doing to stop the assaults and protect the caravans. Alberto asks about Lis' pirate cousin. Rico says his name is Ricardo de Salamanca. Jorge and Alberto are surprised by the coincidence.
* Jimena and Cami are out in the woods waiting to meet for the extortion exchange. Man in a black cape swoops in and points with his sword for Cami to put the basket with the money down on the ground. As soon as he grabs the basket and starts to talk about the money, Cami is shocked to discover the man is Bernie.
* Rico explains he and Ricardo are two different people (he's from San Vicente; Ricardo is from La Mariana island). They end the discussion talking about Don Gaspar Valdez' reference letter - Alberto knows of the religious leader with close ties to the Spanish crown. Rico leaves. Jorge talks with Alberto; the chests definitely are Rico's but there's no proof yet that he's a pirate; especially with a high priest as reference. Jorge supposes that this could be a perfect cover for a pirate.
* Cami and Jimena run down the trail - they are shocked by Bernie being the one behind the extortion. They discuss where he got the letter - from the palace, perhaps from Ursula and, shock, perhaps Vasco is involved too.
* Rico stops by Cami's house. Cleo says that Cami took the keys when she and Jimena left. Rico says he'll wait outside.
* Cami and Jimena continue walking down the lane, discussing the extortion and who has the medical letter/how they got it. At the house, Cami rings the bell and shouts for her dad.
* Vasco and Justo wake up and run downstairs together.
* In the salon, Vasco and Justo meet with Cami and Jimena. Cami confronts Vasco about his friend Bernie's extortion plot and Vasco getting the letter from Ursula at the mansion. Vasco has no idea what she's talking about. Justo has to step in and explain to Cami that Sofia stole the letter and gave it to him to destroy; he did - or so he thinks - by burning it in the oven at the house. Cami supposes then the letter is destroyed and no one has it; that Bernie was bluffing. Vasco will leave to find Bernie and make sure. Vasco leaves the room.
* Vasco enters Paco's room, and wakes the little boy up. Vasco makes his sleepy son promise to never say anything about the letter to anyone, especially not Aunt Cami or Grandpa. Sleepy Paco promises. Vasco lets Paco go back to sleep and he leaves the room.
* Cami tells Justo about the extortion note. Jimena explains the medical letter has to do with Tim. Cami apologizes for not saying anything, she didn't want to worry anyone.
* Vasco storms down the street to Lupe's house. He bangs on the door. Lupe answers. Where's Bernie? asks Vasco. She doesn't know, he left and has returned all night. Vasco grumbles his disgust that his best friend would deceive him like this.
* Rico is impatient outside the front gate. Cleo is nervous. He asks if she's sure she doesn't know where Cami went. Cleo starts to stutter. Rico yells at her to back up. With two hard thumps of his foot, he kicks in the door and enters. Rico stands in Cleo's face and forces her to tell him about the letter Cami received that morning. She says Cami probably put it in her room. He tells her to shut up and stay put. He goes inside.
* Justo walks Cami and Jimena back home. As Cami thanks Justo for walking them back home and to tell her what Vasco finds out about Bernie, Jimena notices that the door is broken. They all rush inside to find Rico standing by the fountain with the note in his hand. He immediately scolds her about the note. She starts in on him for breaking into her home and going through her stuff. Justo tells them to stop it; marriage contract or not, Rico is a gentleman and is trying to protect her. Rico calmly asks her again why she didn't tell him or Justo about the note. Cami starts to cry. Rico goes to her and quietly tells her to trust him; he is there to help. As Cami and Justo start to talk with Rico, Jimena realizes the gossip Cleo is still outside and pushes her back inside to her room. Justo tells Rico about the 'destroyed' letter and then mentions Bernie. Cami says he is Vasco's best buddy. Rico walks Justo to the door. Justo asks to call Ascanio tonight about the door. Rico says he will handle it tonight, and promises on his honor as a gentleman to protect Cami and that nothing will happen between them. Jimena goes inside to prepare Ascanio's room for Rico. Rico closes the broken gate door and moves the bench in front of it. Rico sits down and smiles, like a good body guard; Cami laughs at him.
* Justo finds Vasco on the street. Vasco still hasn't found Bernie - and is grumbling about it. Justo mentions going to Jorge for permission for Vasco's wedding with Ines. Vasco is surprised and grumbles about being forced into it. They go home.
* In the salon, Rico gives Cami a shoulder rub as they discuss the note and Bernie's extortion meeting. Rico brings up his meeting with Jorge tonight. Rico tells Cami everything in confidence - she trusts him too. Rico confides his suspicions about Jorge being involved with the assaults; Cami admits she thinks Jorge is capable of it. Rico mentions they discussed pirates (two Ricos, one is a pirate). Cami assures Rico that she will never tell anyone anything they discuss in private. Rico goes over his suspicions about the thieves that stole his chests. Cami comes up with people they can trust to help. She wants to help - he laughs and asks why? She says because she does. They sit and flirt and tease each other. (She loves that he loves her.) Then they kiss passionately. Jimena stumbles in to tell them the room is ready, and runs back out quickly. Rico and Cami laugh about the interruption. He's in love like a stupid person. Cami laughs, Antillano in love and stupid, never. Rico says this is the first time he's fallen in love like this. They stand up; she asks if he wants to go to sleep; he says only with her in the same bed. He says tomorrow he and Justo will go sign the marriage contract; he then tells her what he wants from life with her. She smiles and agrees. They hug.
* Next morning, it's raining. Vasco comes home and talks with dad in the dining room/kitchen. Vasco says still no sign of Bernie. Santo stops by. He says that Don Augustin has agreed to do the ceremony, and it's set for next Saturday. Vasco and Santo still don't look each other in the eyes. Justo asks Santo to stop by Cami's house and fix the front gate - the lock's broken. Santo says he'll handle it and leaves. Vasco and Justo have another father-son chat about growing up and taking responsibility for one's own life. Paco comes in and talks with Vasco about Ines - Vasco confirms that Ines will be his new mami. Paco is excited.
* As Rico stands on his mini-balcony overlooking the patio smiling and putting on his coat, down below, Jimena and Cami discuss Cami's love for Rico. Cami tries to hide it but Jimena can tell. Rico comes out to join them for breakfast. He reminds her about his meeting with her father to sign the contract. She mentions Bernie and money. He doesn't really care about money, and reminds her he's rich. They tease and flirt with each other at the table. (aw! the love birds!)
* In Cami's bedroom, Cami and Jimena make the bed and giggle about Cami and Rico falling in love.
* Rico and Justo meet at the market and discuss marriage - Santo is married to Rita and is expecting a child. They agree to go to Don Castulo and make the engagement official. Justo walks away and Rico grimaces about having to use his fake name.
* On the street as Rico and Justo pass the mansion, Jorge and Alberto walk out to the street. Jorge grumbles to Alberto about Justo and Rico going to visit Don Castulo; Jorge thinks Rico has made a fool of him, he dumped Ursula to marry Cami instead.
* In her bedroom, Cami finally admits to Jimena that she is indeed in love with Rico. Jimena is overjoyed; then tells Cami that she is interested in three men - Mario, Ascanio and Don Jorge. Cami is aghast and discards Don Jorge outright, immediately.
* Justo and Rico meet with Don Castulo in his office. Rico says that as far as inheritance goes, all children will be given equal shares, without regards to whether they are boys or girls. Rico then says that as far as the dowry is concerned, he doesn't want any. Justo is surprised but, if that's what Rico wants, he agrees.
* Jorge meets with Marcelino; Alberto listens to the conversation. Jorge gives Marcelino a paper and tells him to talk with Don Castulo - if Rico and Justo have signed a marriage contract, then he should inform Rico that as a good neighbor he should get permission from Jorge for the wedding. Marcelino agrees to deliver the message. Alberto smiles and chuckles to himself. Jorge then tells Marcelino to write a letter to Don Gaspar, asking about Rico's background. Marcelino leaves. Alberto talks with Jorge about the letter to Don Gaspar. Jorge is very interested in Cami; Alberto wonders if Jorge is actually more interested in getting Cami to sleep with him again.
* Rico and Justo walk on the street and Rico explains why he turned down the dowry. Since it's raining, they part.
* Ofelia and Ines are at home. Ramona tells Ines some advice about men and then she leaves. Justo comes in and tells them the arrangements Santo made with Don Augustin for the ceremony to be next Saturday. Justo then tells them that he will meet with Jorge for his permission. Ines freaks out and is scared that she will suffer the same fate as Cami. Ofelia has to console, hug, and calm her down.
* Rico returns to the hacienda. Mario tells him they found the two haciendas outside of town on the main road; one belongs to Mateo's dad and the other is Alberto's. Both haciendas could've been used to hide the stolen cart. As Rico and Mario talk on the stairs, Marcelino enters and tells Rico congratulations on his engagement; then he gives Rico the message from Jorge. Mario starts to laugh; Rico tells him to stop laughing; Mario can't stop, and then scares Marcelino with the threat of castration for Don Jorge if Jorge tries to exercise his rights.
* Justo and Sofia meet in the garden office. Justo informs her that Rico and Cami's engagement is now official; he is still surprised by Rico's conditions over not accepting any dowry. Then Justo tells Sofia he needs to ask Jorge for permission for Ines and Vasco to marry, but he wants help to avoid the fiasco that happened when Santo and Cami were engaged to marry. Sofia understands perfectly and asks Justo when he plans to meet with Jorge.
* On the street, Marcelino reports to Jorge what Rico and Mario told him in response to the message - Rico refuses to accept Jorge's demands, and requests to meet with Jorge soon. Marcelino leaves. Jorge and Alberto discuss the response; Jorge is determined to exercise his rights and authority.
* Justo and Sofia continue their conversation - they discuss the extortion attempt by Bernie over the medical letter. Sofia is concerned who could have the letter; she starts to think of all the people at the palace; Justo mentions Ursula, then has to stutter and stammer until Sofia forces him to tell her about the rumors surrounding Ursula and Vasco's affair. Sofia is shocked.
* Fortunata and Ursula are gossiping in Ursula's bedroom about Vasco being forced to marry Ines. Ursula is thinking about asking daddy to exercise his rights of the first night with Ines to get revenge on Vasco. Fortunata says Ines doesn't deserve that. Sofia bursts in, interrupts and slaps her daughter hard across the face. Fortunata is shocked by the action and Sofia slaps her also. Sofia is disgusted, first by her own husband sleeping with whores, and now with her daughter turning herself into a common whore.
but Marcelino-Ric-Mario scene had to be the best--- marcelino is such a doctor seussy dude, or maybe an escapee from the land of Oz. sepa. Imagine his hairdo merged with Tia Fran's.
What fun! Now if we could just keep the tears dry.
Also, my TV burst into flames during the Ric/Cami scene when he told her he only wanted to sleep next to her. There's something about Ric that is so devilishly delicious.
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Second favorite, Ursula getting slapped.
Marcelino also reminded me of an Oz character, specifically the coroner from munchkin land.
Great recap JR, thanks!!
And, yeah, Usula getting whacked across the face and being called a 'ramera' by her mother was great!!!
So, Jimena has a crush on Ascanio too? You could have fooled me. Not that I thought she dislikes him, but I would have thought she'd only have eyes for Mario.
Maybe she was just fibbing so Cami wouldn't guess how hot she is for Mario. :)
Also, the actress playing Jimena does a great job but is not getting exposure with pics on the official sites. Who is the actress? What has she been in before? Thanks!
1. The landscape painting in Jorge's palace, in the background when he's talking to LaFont. Is that an anachronism? I didn't see it well, but it looked much later. Maybe the Hudson River School played in New Spain before its NY debut!
2. Marcelino - am I mistaken, or is he playing an exaggerated ethnic stereotype? And if so, I could see that being the norm, for court scholar, before 1492, but we are obviously post-1492. Or am I all wet? It's a subject I know little about, so I'm making VERY uneducated guesses!
Whew. OK, back from the daydream...
the story is definitely picking up steam (in more ways than one!) & every time you think you have something figured out, WHAM, another twist. I'm really enjoying this one but it did have a slow start. Great characters...wouldn't it be fun to hang around the set for a day or 2? (pant pant)
Thanks for the recaps! Can't wait to tune in tonight!
mmmmmmmmmmm from CT (see, told you I was melting)
One or two things I remember that weren't mentioned - When Justo told Ric that Santiago would fix the door he broke, Ric was VERY jealous and wanted to know why it had to be HIM to fix it. Justo pointed out that Santiago is the best man for the job.
When Paco comes to breakfast, he says (in front of Justo) that Vasco woke him up but he doesn't remember what they talked about. Of course it was Vasco telling him to keep quiet about the ED letter, but Vasco covered by saying "oh uh yeah I told you that I am marrying Ines." Of course this means that Paco doesn't know to keep quiet about that letter.
Great recap J.R., thanks! I am really liking this show, I find myself anxiously waiting for after my son goes to bed so my wife and I can sit down and watch.
I can't believe how stupid Whore-hey is. He and rooster hair have had several conversations about how "dangerous" Ric might be. With great aplomb he hinted they might be involved in stealing silver from the Crown. La Font is obviously impressed with Ric's connection to the high-born cleric. And yet. And yet. Whore-hey still wants to wave the red flag at a bull, poke a sleeping tiger, whatever metaphor works, and try to exercise his right of prenada with a dangerous man's prometida.
I had thought from the previews that Vasco was outed about the ED letter and was not happy to see he got away with hiding his involvement - for now.
Jimena can't believe Cami and Ric haven't gotten it on yet. But how come she and Mario haven't gotten busy? That pairing would really steam up our tv screens.
“Rico has to re-explain since the medical letter has disappeared, their only option to get the inheritance is his marriage to Cami.” Boy, oh, boy, is Cami going to be annoyed if she figures this out, even if it’s not really true and he’s just saying it to placate Lis.
“Jimena realizes the gossip Cleo is still outside and pushes her back inside to her room.” If they fire her, she knows so much she can bury someone. She’s a real liability with a biiiig mouth and she takes significant joy in shooting it off where she thinks it’ll be worth her while.
“Justo mentions Ursula, then has to stutter and stammer until Sofia forces him to tell her about the rumors surrounding Ursula and Vasco's affair. Sofia is shocked.” This is a surprise that Sofia, who even knows that Santiago is likely Jorge’s son, did NOT know about her own daughter. Fortunata is likely to be in the doghouse with Sofia over this one—as evidenced by the slap. It’s not going to be lost on Sofia that Fortunata probably had an inkling about this.
V. V. – “marcelino is such a doctor seussy dude” ROTFL! That’s what he reminded me of, I couldn’t think what it was.
“Imagine his hairdo merged with Tia Fran's.” Just add La Bouffant to the Marcelino/Tia Fran duo and we’ve got….Three Stooges? (Notwithstanding that none of them are bald).
“Marcelino also reminded me of an Oz character, specifically the coroner from munchkin land.” ROTFL!!! This is good, too.
“1. The landscape painting in Jorge's palace, in the background when he's talking to LaFont. Is that an anachronism? I didn't see it well, but it looked much later. Maybe the Hudson River School played in New Spain before its NY debut!” Mad Polly/Paula H, great catch on that one. Very amusing!
Anon 4:21 - if you live in the US, and your television was made after July 1 1993 (and you purchased it in the US) it DOES have closed captions. You just have to figure out how to turn them on for your kind of set. It's usually under language, or options, or some such group of menu commands. That's if you want them on. It's called "CC1" for analog, (and differs for digital captions depending on yoru set and on whether you have a DVR cable box). You may have to turn them on in more than one place on your television as well as the cable box.
Thanks so much for responding. Unfortunately, I have a VERY old t.v. Next purchase will comply with the new digital signal standards effective 2009. Until then, and I've looked, there is no captioning. Fernando is so delicious to watch and I hate to miss the very subtle (but meaningful) things that he says.
By the way, Ric doesn't know about Cami's previous forgetable night with Whore-hay or her rape does he? Otherwise, I don't think that he would have been so calm in last night's episode when Marcelino came a callin to tell him about the conditions of Whore-hay's stamp of approval on his wedding. I could be wrong.
We have to get rid of an analog television, too. It still works fine, but it's not worth the price of a converter box. (sigh) Progress.
If you are creative enough with your Google searches, you can find anything! :)
--The scene when Cami first arrives home to a broken door and finds out Ric has gone through her stuff, there is a minor explosion when Ric reminds her that they are practically married and Cami insists that she hasn't signed on the dotted line yet. Justo intervenes aand calls their bluffs--they've already given their word(s) so no empty threats please. After that Ric cools Cami off with sweet talk.
--When Cami's dad Justo leaves Ric there to protect the women, Ric gallantly assures Justo that his daughter (and his daughter's virtue) will be safe with him. Justo gives him a look like, "yeah, whatever" like he has a choice and besides his daughter isn't a virgin anyway. When Ric is on the couch with Cami, he tells her he regrets making the promise to her father and that he can't control himself. In fact, he wishes she had slugged him when he made it. Then Jimena comes in and the moment is spoiled. He refers again to the promise. It's kind of humorous how Ric's hot blooded passion is getting thwarted at every turn. This is true romance, folks.
I think that Jimena's discussion of Ascanio, DJ and Mario is of "prospects." She's not a ramera but she is a survivor and she's not above using sex to help her get by. Her view of it is more er transactional. She's comparing her life choices as Ascanio's or Mario's wife or Don Jorge's Mistress.