Saturday, May 31, 2008
Guapos Friday 5/30/08
Review scenes: Luci tells all to perfidious Flo. Connie leaves for a meeting and almost catches Andrea getting an envelope from the safe.
Andrea has an idea for getting the name of the bank. They have the account number in the envelope, but not the name of the bank.
Mili, Braulio and Padre Manuel talk in Mili's room with the giant teddy bear. She's not the same lately. Braulio hugs Padre M, who shrugs him off a bit uncomfortably.
Lina and Gloria are folding clothes in the girls dorm and dreaming of romance. Gloria says Lina should read romance novels intead of just fan magazines. They talk about how sweet it was to see Rocky and Val at Rodeo last night--they are so in love. Lina despairs of ever having someone for herself. She said something about barking that I didn't understand. They leave the rest of the clothes for Karla to fold. Karla has been standing by, listening to everything.
Over at the tire store, Horacio misses Socorro. He's afraid she forget him after just one day, and Morgan tells him not to worry. Val comes for a visit, and they play around about her car running out of gas and needing work. They talk about expanding the tire shop to a full mechanic's venue.
Connie is on the phone with Andrea. Then Karla comes in and tells him that she heard the girls talking about Val. She demands money, and he hands over some cash, which she deposits in the usual spot. Connie says they will have to "tomar cartas" in this matter. I cannot figure out what this means. Take letters? Maybe it's like setting up an account for future payments.
Now Mili comes into the office. She sits down and asks Connie if he remembers how he told her she could always come to him for help. Is that offer still open? She tells him she wants him to help him find her father! Connie's collar feels tight. She suggests that he may have contacts in the prison system. That's where they're sure to find her father, amid the cowards and cockroaches. Connie ventures that her father may come from a good family. No, you're involved with politics???? Each time she says something like this, he looks more uncomfortable and she looks more defiant. Hah! He then asks what if he doesn't want you to find him? If he wanted to find you he would have done so by now. She says that if he doesn't want to help, she'll get Robledo to help. No, Connie will not hear of it. She thanks him, saying that instead of the trash who is her father she wishes that he were her father. Gulp.
She goes into the hall laughing. Hugo is there and wonders if she is glad to see him. He wants to go out tomorrow, but tells him she has a big soccer match. Then she invites him to play and even to come to the special night at Rodeo. He is pleased that he is finally invited to a soccer match. In the middle of this conversation, Luci is coming down the stairs and hears all. They call out to her. Mili says hi in that button-pushing way.
In the kitchen, Socorro announces that Braulio just gave her good news--they are getting raises. Gloria and Lina are excited, but they find out that only Karla and Soco are included. This is obviously whatever means they have of laundering Karla's blackmail money, but Soco admits she doesn't understand it and found it a bit strange. Karla taunts the other girls with being envious and undeserving flojas (idlers). Karla leaves, and Soco breaks down in tears. She doesn't understand her daughter, and she doesn't really need a raise either--she just wants Horacio. Pobre de Socorrito.
Connie sees Val coming in and tells her she's grounded 4-eva. He instructs Braulio to watch her at all times. He now takes Braulio into the private office and tells him about Mili's request. Braulio raises his eyebrows, and Connie says "hey that's the same reaction I had--it was an uncomfortable moment." Anyway, he has a brilliant idea--he's going to get that same detective his mother hired to find Uncle Brau and have him "find" papa and tell them he's dead. Brau isn't pleased with this plan and sarcastically tells Connie "you know best."
Luci is meeting with Mat in a bar where she can conveniently down a couple of scotches. She tells him about the soccer match the next day so he can go and make a play for Mili. She admits she knows he wants Mili for money, and she doesn't care. She doesn't even care about power for her son. She just wants Mili far far away. She wants Mat to fight for Mili. They toast their new alliance.
Mili invites Brau to the gay dance (without telling him it's a gay dance). He doesn't want to go, but he can't refuse his niece. She gives him a hug. They compare notes on the the Connie front. Soon the truth will out?
Horacio visits Soco in the kitchen, but Connie catches them and throws Horacio out.
At the soccer game, Chalupa and Morgan arrive and tell Padre M they're ready to play. Chalupa reveals he's Gloria's novio. Padre M is taken aback, but Chalup assures him that he hasn't disturbed her sanctity. Then Alex shows up. Padre M is really treating him like a close relative now. Alex asks what's with Mili. Padre M assures him that Mili loves him, and not to worry. Although everything seems weird now, eventually it will all work out. Alex says he's going to leave Mexico, and Padre M shouts "No, don't do that." Alex wonders where all this unusual emotion is coming from.
At the office, Connie is practicing his political speech. He's no Barack Obama, but he wants to combat unemployment and share capital. I notice that he's wearing his little photo ID card on his chest, as is everone else. (I always find it funny that people on the novelas wear these whenever they are in the office. That must have some element of reality or they wouldn't be so religious about that detail. In New York, the only place they wear IDs is in hospitals.)
Andrea comes in, wearing her ID, and they ask each other what they're doing there on a Saturday. She says that someone from the bank called with a problem but didn't leave a number--he should call back. She leaves. Here's her clever plot. He dials the number and starts to talk but Damian comes in and presses the hook, hanging up. He says that he has something important to tell Connie. Connie is suspicious that this is one of Damian's idiotic ideas again but he is persuaded to leave the room (don't do it!). Now Andrea comes in and uses redial to call the bank. She speaks English and finds out the name.
Alex and Padre M continue talking about how sad Alex is to have lost Mili. He wanted to marry Mili and his dream was cut short. He reveals that they were going to be married with Padre Cosmo, and Padre M is a bit insulted. No wonder they had trouble, he says. Just then Hugo arrives, cruising for a bruising. Padre M is wearing the GO GO shirt that Maggie noted yesterday. Hugo and Al start head butting, and little Padre stands between them pushing them apart. Just then Mateo arrives. Did I come at a bad time? he asks. Yes, Hugo and Al shout in perfect unison. Mat says he has a right to be there, as he's Mili's novio. Padrea M says that Mateo has a point, and Hugo and Al chorus again: "Padre Manuel!" Hugo says that Mili told him it was a lie. Mat asks why she kissed him, then. Alex says the only truth is that although she denies it, Mili loves him, Alex.
Mili arrives with Sor Cachete, who says she smells testosterone!
Mat: Is it truth you kissed him? (pointing to Hugo)
Hugo: Can you tell them I'm playing today!
Alex: Tell these idiots you love me!
Damian now has Connie out on the street and tells him some nonsense about the phones being bugged by the opposition and he should change the private line. Connie thanks Damian for saving him. For a smart guy, Connie really acts dumb sometimes.
Braulio catches Val going out. She says she's just going for ice cream. He reminds her that her daddy has ordered him to keep an eye on her--what flavor ice cream does she want? He'll get it for her. She says she wants mayonnaise flavor. Ugh, say I, and so does Braulio.
Connie calls for Andrea to get the phone line changed right away. Andrea tells Damian she got the info about the bank; it's the international bank of the Cayman Islands. Damian says they can start transferring the money little by little, but how? Andrea suggests using Peralta, but Damian thinks he's too dangerous. He has a better idea: his little sonny boy, Hugo, will do whatever he's told.
Back at the soccer match, Chalupa misses a shot when he sees Gloria arrive. Then Mili seems to miss a shot while looking dreamily at the sidelines and remembering when Granny Regina came to watch her play. (I admit I really don't know what happened here, 'cause it looked like the other guy scored a goal for their team.) Soccer hooliganism breaks out, and amid the fray, Alex grabs Mili and carries her caveman style up the hill behind the field. Sor Cachete is worried, but Padre Manuel says everything's okay.
Alex carries Mili kicking and screaming into the church. She shouts for him to let her go, and he puts her down, but he asks her to tell this truth. He says he brought her there because he knows it's the only place she will be honest. Tell me you love me, Mili--I love you. She keeps turning to look at the statue of Jesus, saying no, no, don't make me, please. Finally, she seems to give in and say she loves him and they kiss. End of episode. I can't imagine how they're going to explain this one.
Avances: Mili and Val plan to go to Rodeo. Flor tries on her wedding dress. Her dad threatens Alex for a change.
"ni perro que ladre" is part of a saying about being so lonely (or so alone) that you don't even have a barking dog. I remember coming across it one time in a library book called "Tune Up Your Spanish".
And I think "tomar cartas en el asunto" means I'm going to get involved, take charge, tighten up on the reins" etc. as in I'm going to make sure Valeria doesn't get out of the house again to meet that no good "mequetrefe".
Anyway, you covered everything...top performance knowing how bad you must feel. And I was amazed by the kiss in the church...so amazed I was afraid it was going to be a "dream sequence" rather than reality. I'm a sucker for this romance, what can I say?
I think! Anyway, Margarita can set us straight on this I'm sure.
However my Big Red Book of Idioms did have "tomar cartas en el asunto" and what I said was basically correct but they gave a nice one-word definition which was "intervene".
And truly, now I'll shut up!
Thanks for the recap NinaK! Sorry you're under the weather (probably 'cause it changes at the drop of a hat and we all end up with the sniffles). I myself got interrupted a few times and was glad to catch what I missed in the recaps. The only thing I would add is that Luci not only tells MP that Connie's not the baby daddy of her boy Al, but that he's actually Mili's. Then she confesses to crashing their secret wedding and making Mili believe they were sibs. It was creepy watching her beg Flo to tell her she's a good mom, then having Flo say she would have done the same thing in her place! If she succeeds at landing Al, I hope they don't reproduce! Oh yeah, and at the soccer field Al tells PM he's marrying Flo but they can't have a church wedding 'cause she's divorced, although he'd always hoped PM could officiate his wedding. PM says: "me too, but to Mili!"
Judy B, I think you may be right about the expression "ni padre, ni madre, ni perro que me ladre" (nor father, nor mother, nor dog to bark at me). It's been a while since I've heard the whole thing as most people usually just use the last line when they talk about their loneliness, and poor Lina feels pretty alone without a boy - esp with Mili trying to shake off her three galanes.
I believe Regina also used the "take letters/cards in the matter" (tomar cartas en el asunto) expression when Braulio asked her to make sure Mili wouldn't be left to fend for herself after Regi was gone. Little did he know how many cards Regi was holding in her hand! I have no idea what the etymology is (esp since it can refer to letters or playing cards, if not more) but the definitions of "intervening" and "taking matters into your hands" are about as close as you're likely to get.
Mili actually tells Hugo he cannot come to the dance/bar place 'cause of the special event, but he can come play soccer instead. He's on cloud nine after that!
Re: IDs - I've worked in office buildings where you didn't have to necessarily wear your id, but it certainly made your life easier as many doors require it as a key card to open them (including restrooms, vestibules, etc) so wearing it was easier than carrying them around all day. I also have to wear and id when I work at the ballpark.
Mili was so cute backing away from her testosterone-laden suitors saying: "Hey I just came to play ball." I wish I could have caught the rest of the game/fight, but I still got to catch the fireman's carry/church scene. Does it make me a terrible person to complain that I had to help out hubby after he tripped and therefore missed part of the episode? Anywhoo, I can just imagine what a wreck Mili will be after making out with her alleged bro! In the previews Al was actually trying to call off the wedding. We'll see how long that will last. I wouldn't be the least bit surprised if crazy Flo tells Al the same half of the truth Luci told Mili, conveniently leaving out the "she's Connie's kid, but you're not so it's not like you're actually kin or anything..."
Luci has now gone from full blown bitch to psycho crazy, blabbing her dirt to the MP. Those two are an unholy alliance if thee ever was one. I can't understand why she felt it necessary when as far as we know she has never told Damian the truth about Mili and he is her confidant. Since he seems pushing the Hugo/Mili alliance for the money involved, imagine his glee if he knew he would be putting one over on Connie and now he, his son and Mili would have 60 percent of the company and therefore control.
Poor Mili in the space of a few months she has gone from convent girl to heiress with three obsessed suitors. Lina should count her blessing that she doesn't have to deal with this lot.
Margarita – too bad you missed the fight scene. It was really well done. It was fun to see the mild little padre stepping in to separate the combatants.