Saturday, June 28, 2008
Fuego en la Sangre, 06/27/08: When Outrageous Bull Leads to Bull-headed Outrage
Among other conveniences of the modern world like television, telephones and cell towers, a decent newspaper is something this phenomenally anachronistic little town in the bowels of Mexico could use. Never mind! Gossip is slicker and runs quicker than any goose’s guano in Ciudad Serdán! It has run all the way to the Hacienda Augustín where Sofia is now telling Eva and her granddad that Juan needs her and she has got to go into town to find and comfort him. Gramps says it’s only going to complicate matters. Sofia says nobody will stop her from giving him emotional support. Juan has always managed to confront Heaven and Hell for her and she can only do the same for him. So, after a brief prayer from Augie to have God bless them each and everyone Sofia races off to town.
At the police station Juan is yelling at the P.C., aka sheriff (sorry, but I just can't quite conceive of a guy dressed like that in a dustly little town like this as anything but a sheriff) --that the dagger was planted and insists that it’s the P.C.’s duty to find those truly responsible, cuz if he doesn’t Juan threatens to take justice into his own hands. He races out of there while Padre Tadeo tells the aka sheriff that he’ll try to pacify Juan, so not to worry and he races out after him. The P.C. takes it as all in a day’s work. He calls in Deputy Dario and orders him to send off the the dagger to Mexico City to be checked for any of the Reyes’ fingerprints for proof whether it was one of the Reyes brothers who killed Petra Sanchez or not.
Back at the hacienda Augie writes in his journal that Don Quijote will take on the windmills to exact justice. He joins Quintina down below. Both are now dressed in heavy leather bomber jackets and caps like WWI flying aces (gotta be rough in that hot, Mexican sun) as they hop into a shiny little motorbike and sidecar number she apparently bought with the cash he gave her. (So much more useful for bread deliveries and hauling things, doncha know. Slap me for allowing logic to seep through the cracks in this Humpty Dumpty style little fairytale of ours.) The two putt-putt off towards town. (Note: Was that a hot little red Mustang I saw parked on the side of that beautiful, fenced, tree lined street they were putt-putting along?)
Outside the church in the main plaza Juan is yelling at Tadeo that he’s nobody’s fool. Juan is certain that someone wanted to harm him and his brothers. Tadeo tells him to calm down again, to be patient and to trust in the police to do their job. Sofia comes running over then and asks Juan what she can do to help. He smiles sexily through his scruff (the wonderfully delicious way only EY can) and tells a swooning Sofia that her presence alone is a great consolation for him.
Back at the police station Don Quijote Augustín and Sancho Quintina Panza roll in to speak to the sheriff. Augie throws a number of gold coins at him and says to use it to get the best mouthpiece in the region for Oscar and Franco in order to get them out of jail. This is an injustice that he, for one, won’t allow.
Meanwhile Oscar and Franco are passing the time singing silly little loves songs in their cell when Sarita and Jimena come on a surprise visit to see what they might do to help out, albeit as Sarita claims, out of a humanitarian act of compassion. Franco is frustrated that Sarita can never manage speak to him face to face and look him in the eyes. Oscar pushes him out of the way and thanks the two for coming. Franco brings up the priest business which shocks Sarita. Oscar then has to play along and explains it’s because Jimena, there, wants nothing more to do with him. He adds that, in any event, they’ve got nothing to fear since they didn’t kill anybody.
Although Jimena believes them, Sarita says she isn’t so sure. The discussion is stopped short when the jail explodes with a cacophony of catcalls and wolf-whistles. Rosario has appeared, in a dress yes, but with a neckline that might as well be down to her navel since those bazoombas of hers are, as usual, poking way out of her polka-dotted frock. Jimena angrily asks who she is there to visit, Oscar or Franco. She says both and the two Elizondo sisters decide to leave. Franco wise-acres at Sneerita about where all her piety has suddenly gone as she pushes Jimena out the door.
Oscar immediately questions Rosario about the gossip in town and she tells them that nobody believes they are the murderers. However, they searched both their house and bakery and found a knife full of blood. (I don’t remember a “bloody” blade. More of Nepotist Nephew’s handiwork, no doubt.) She tells them that the worst case scenario is that it proves they killed the woman. Happy-go-lucky Oscar suddenly gets worried because, like those of us in Viewerville, he knows this “no puede ser”! It just cannot be!
Sarita and Jimena are surprised to find Gramps talking with the sheriff and sneak their way out while the law-abiding lawman assures Augie that he doesn’t want the “mordita” –er, money. (Now we know this really is a Mexican fairytale!) He says that if the Reyes’ are innocent he’ll let them go free without a doubt. If not, they’ll pay for their crime.
At the same time back at the bakery, Juan is anxiously telling Sofia about his suspicions. He says it’s now obvious that someone is out to get them. He explains about the brakes on their truck being purposely cut and says that for his money it was her hubby what done the deed.
Sarita and Jimena knock now at Mama’s hospital room door. Gabi quickly puts on her best half-paralyzed expression and has them come in. Jimena tells her they’ve been following her most charitable example by assisting those in need. Gabi says “Good girl,” and sends her home. She asks for Sarita to stay, though. Alone with Sarita she feigns fraility and mumbles that Sneerita is the one true daughter who loves and respects her. She can best help her by finding out who the father of Sofia’s bastard child is. Sneerita says there’s no need to investigate since she already knows who he is. Gabriela is so impactada by this revelation that she forgets herself and sits up in bed, all pretense of paralysis forgotten, and demands to know his name.
Sarita is extremely impactada over her mother’s miraculously improved state and she demands to know why the sudden change. (Okay. Along with no phones, no newspapers, no computers or cable we see there is no school that goes beyond elementary, either. So forget The Learning Channel or Discovery. These gals are impossibly, unbelievably, excruciatingly duh-duh-duh-dense, not to mention duh-duh-duh-dumb as a doorknob. Where’s my huarache when I need it? ¡Aye, carumba!) Gabi quickly realizes her error and fakes a crying spell. Sarita is beside herself needing answers. She doesn’t un.der.stand!
Meanwhile Rosario catches up to Jimena on the street and tries to explain that she never had any designs on Oscar and is not interested in him. She warns Jimena that if she truly loves Oscar she needs to go after him or run the risk of losing him. Jimena answers with the 4th most used phrase in Telenoveladom, "¡No le creo nada!" She doesn’t believe her at all. Jimena then storms off in a huff.
It's now Augie and Quintina's turn to visit the Baker Boys. Quintina tells them how the commissioner refused Augie’s bag of gold and told them to trust in The Law. Augie says the aka, sheriff has always seemed to him to be a just and honest fellow. He assures them that if they’re not released in a fair amount of time he’ll take action. Oscar tells him not to excite himself or he’ll have another attack. Oscar is certain things will be cleared up soon because they didn’t kill anybody.
Oscar asks if they’ve seen Juan but nobody knows where he’s gotten to. He is certain that as hot-headed as his brother is, he is bound to do something crazy.
Speaking of crazies, we jump back to the Bad Love Bar where Armando and Fernando are waiting for Rosario. She walks in and they sit her down for a chat. Feo says he knows she went to see the Reyes’ in jail. Rosario swears she never told them a thing. In fact, she has gotten chummy with Eva the way he wanted. Feo says fine, but only on the condition that Eva never comes visiting again at the bar. He doesn’t want Eva to find him there or to learn anything about his business dealings. Rosario makes the mistake of saying, “Like the deal I saw go down in the bar last night?”
Feo grabs her arm and bends her finger back demanding to know what she meant by that. She tries to explain and he threatens to scar her face and take her son away again if she doesn’t keep her “sensual little mouth” shut!
Jimena returns to the jail a short time later and tells Oscar she’s come back because Rosario explained there was nothing going on between them. Franco interrupts to remind her it’s too late because Oscar has decided to become a priest. Jimena sadly says she won’t interfere with that decision and leaves. Oscar lites into Franco for sticking his oar in like that.
Outside the bakery Nonefer is lying in wait for Juan. He sees Sofia and Juan come out but apparently doesn’t hear the conversation. Sofia must have told Juan that her poor, misguided, lovesick, and forlorn Fernando couldn’t have possibly been responsible for the truck accident since Juan is telling her as they walk out that he respects her husband. (HUH?) They agree to talk later and she tells him she’ll always be there for him and then drives off. Fer gets out of his SUV, swaggers over, and demands to know what his wife was doing there with him. Juan just gives him a disgusted stare. Fer yells at him, “Answer me you sorry, good-for-nothing brute!!” Juan says “What’s it to you?” Feo’s comeback is worthy of every playground punk: “I ain’t afraid of yeeeww!”
Next thing we know the two of them are knocking heads and gnashing knuckles while the crowd cheers on Juan. “Give it to him! Give it to him, Juan!” Juan is starting to get the upper hand when he rolls over and Feo pulls a gun. Feo quickly thinks to himself that he can’t shoot the guy there in front of all these witnesses. Juan goads him and tells him not to be a coward, to go ahead and shoot. Feo yells back not to tempt him ‘cause he’s hopping mad and ready to. Juan says well then, better make sure when he does shoot that he’s good and dead because if not Juan will become his worst nightmare. Feo slithers in close and hisses a question: Is Juan sure he wants to die cuz while he’s in the mausoleum moldering away, his brothers will be rotting in jail for the rest of their lives. Snickering at his own sick humor he slithers in closer and whispers in Juan’s ear that he will kill him another day, and not only will he kill him but he will kill Sofia, too! Juan pushes Fernando away. As Feo drives off he repeats his threat. “I’ll kill you both.”
Juan runs to get Capricho and rides off towards the hacienda to rescue Sofia as the townsfolk gossip amongst themselves.
Sarita is seriously surprised at the sudden “improvement” of her mother and while Gabi pretends to have difficulty breathing, Dr. Mentiroso Matasanos arrives in the nick of time to help Mama out of her predicament. Gabi keeps hinting with her eyes that he needs to cover for her. Sarita says her mother suddenly has no more signs of paralysis from the stroke. He explains away Gabi's goof-up by giving some gobbledygook cock and bull yarn that these symptoms can suddenly completely reverse themselves after a second shock. Dr. Matasanos asks her to leave then so Mama can breathe more comfortably.
Sarita goes out to sit in the waiting room in case they need her. Gabi, now alone with the doctor, gets up from her bed and angrily tells him that it was a stupid error on her part and she should have been more careful.
Fernando drives back to the hacienda to warn Rosendo that Juan Reyes is headed there and if the SOB tries to enter he is supposed to shoot to kill. Feo is going for the P.C. and will be back ASAP. Rosendo doesn’t understand so Feo tells him that if Juan is trying to force his way into other people’s property, Rosendo can’t be held accountable for committing a crime if he (conveniently) shoots and kills him. Feo drives off.
Sofia finds Sarita in the hospital waiting room and asks about her mother. Sneerita gets snippy and tells her she’ll find out later. Sofia asks if Sneerita ever intends to forgive her. Sneerita snaps back that she doesn’t want to be rude (uh-huh), but she'd rather she didn't speak to her again till this whole matter is resolved.
Meanwhile, Juan gallops up to the hacienda mistakenly thinking Sofia is there. Rosendo won't allow him in and tells him that if Juan does try to enter they are going to be forced to kill him. Juan jumps off his horse and tries to explain that he wouldn’t be there if it weren’t something very important concerning Sra. Sofia and him. Rosendo still refuses so Juan tries to push his way through. Guns cock and Juan stops in his tracks. Rosendo throws down his rifle and runs up to him to try to speak some sense to him, but Jawt-headed Juan just hauls off and hits poor Rosendo and it’s a fisty-cuff free-for-all again till Feo pulls up with the P.C. and his deputies. They grab for Juan and tell him to calm down already.
The P.C. tries to talk some sense into Juan but he hauls of and hits one of the deputies. They grab him again. Feo starts mouthing off that the guy is a rabid dog that his men will have to kill. He sneaks out that pistol he’s been packin’ and just as he cocks the thing the lawman knocks it loose and grabs it away from him. “Juan may be on someone else’s property," he warns, "but it doesn’t give you the right to kill him. I am the authority here and you’d better obey me or I’ll be locking you up too!” he tells Feo. “Get him up!” he yells at the deputies and they drag our raging bull off to jail.
Meanwhile, back at the hospital, the doctor gives Sofia another gobbledygook explanation about miraculous and sudden reversals in stroke patients’ symptoms. Augie has arrived and mocks Mentirosa’s explanation of his daughter’s “inexplicable improvement”. Dr. Matasanos babbles on about medicine certainly still being full of mysteries as Augie guffaws,"Yes! Heh-heh! Many mysterious mysteries!” Grampa Augie’s momentary guilt is gone and he whispers something to Quintina which is probably something like what a crock of crAp!
Oscar is warning Franco off from interfering with him and Jimena again when Juan is brought in and put into the cell with the two of them. Oscar asks what’s going on since they thought he was coming to get them out. Juan starts to explain he went over to the hacienda. Oscar interrupts and asks if something happened to Sofia. This gets Juan going again and he starts screaming for the guards to let him out. He tells them he’s got to get out somehow and starts for the window. ("Bullheaded” is a word especially created for and descriptive of men like Juan, whose particularly explosive personality traits have now, as far as I am concerned, gone way beyond “tedious”.)
Once more we beam back to the hacienda where Eva is telling Feo that Sofia has most likely stayed to visit her mother at the hospital, despite Crabiela’s being dead set against it. Feo takes the opportunity to tell Eva that he accidentally overheard her arguing with Gabi about her having a daughter. Eva admits she does have a daughter and so our slimy serpent-in-residence sympathetically tells her that she can count on his unconditional support if she needs it.
Back at the hospital again, Sarita is following behind as Sofia wheels Augie into Mama’s room. He starts in on Crabi immediately. “You’ve prohibited Sofia from visiting you I know, but I’m certain that is all changed now that you’ve had this miraculous recovery, right?” Crabi just rolls her eyes now that the game is up.
In their cell, Juan tells his brothers that what worries him most is that he’s certain Sofia’s lousy swine of a husband will keep his word and harm either her or his child. Oscar tells him the coward doesn’t have the [gonads] to do such a thing. Franco reminds Juan that barking dogs don’t bite, but Juan says the guy’s no dog. He’s a viper. Oscar says that what really is important is if Feo suspects Sofia’s child is his. The child’s life will really be in danger then! Juan says, “You see now? That’s why I’ve got to get out of here.” He starts railing through the bars again for somebody to come let him out. “I can’t allow that swine to get hold of Sofia!” Oscar says, “Fine, but there’s no way out of here, Juan.” (My head hurts.)
Back in Crabiela’s room Sofia is trying to be as kind as possible and tells her in her sweetest voice how glad she is to see her recovered so quickly. She bends over to lightly kiss her “fragile” mother as Crabi rolls her eyes in disdain. (Oh, Sofia, you have gone way beyond “tedious,” too, with your unENding attempts to be the dutiful daughter. I am so done with you. I just want to gag from sugar O.D. every time I see you around these people anymore. Get over yourself already!! Blechh!) Of course, when Sarita tells Mama how happy she is, Gabi’s eyes light up.
Dr. Matasanos walks in on this happy picture and tells them they’ll have to leave or Gabi could possibly revert back to her previous condition. So, from now on they’ll have to get his permission to visit his patient. Augie starts to object and Sneerita snipes in defense of Matasanos. Sofia defends Augie and says if Sneerita is upset about something to take it out on her but don't yell at Grampa Aguie who hasn't done a single thing to her. Sneerita backs down and stiffly apologizes to Augie. (Ah, Sofia. Maybe there is hope for you yet.) Gramps says no problem. He loves her enough to forgive her anything, anything at all. Mama smiles warmly at Sneerita.
Eva arrives at Rosario's dressing room for a visit. She tells Eva that they should probably go to a different place to talk.
Back in their jailcell, Franco tells Juan about Oscar’s so-called new vocation. Juan yells at the top of his lungs at Oscar that he cannot play around with something so sacred and does not believe his brother is serious. (Yeah, the “joke” was lost on me a long time ago. It has stopped being funny –if it ever was. Yawn. ) Oscar mumbles he is very serious and defends himself saying he’s a grown man and can make his own decisions in life.
At the same time Rosario and Eva are chatting on a park bench in town. She suggests Eva not visit her at the cantina and says besides, Ofelia doesn't like her coming around since she doesn't think Eva is really her mother. Eva figures Ofelia is simply jealous after so many years of taking care of Rosario. Rosario asks her to understand that even so, Ofelia holds a very important place in Rosario’s life. Eva hopes to meet with Ofelia, on better terms, to thank her for always being there for Rosario. Just then Sofia shows up and invites Rosario to come with them both back to the hacienda for a real visit. She’d like to get to know Rosario much better.
Juan tells his brothers that he had gotten onto Sofia’s balcony the other night in hopes of telling her the truth, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it. Sofia had spoken so sweetly about Libia and her father and their relationship that he was left a speechless, fawning fool. Oscar asks what Sofia said about her. Juan says she told him she prays for Libia and her father equally, and that it is a consolation to know they’re up in Heaven together in love for all eternity. So, he adds, it would seem that Bernardo really did intend on marrying Libia, whatever it took.
At the hacienda Sofia brings Rosario into the great hall and tells her not to worry since neither her sisters nor her mother are there right now. They go in to sit in the living room and chat. Sarita and Jimena show up unexpectedly afterwards. Sofia invites them to join the chat with her and the others. Sarita is extremely upset to see the competition there and threatens to throw Rosario out herself if Rosario doesn't go on her own immediately. Eva stops her and Sofia explains that Rosario is there because Eva is Rosario's mother.
Love the name "Sneerita" though one reason I can't bear to watch this show is I hate seeing this actress play that role.
She was such a charming and lovable character in Fea Mas Bella and I want to remember her that way.
Your "buns in the oven" expressions generated a wonderful background story on "domingo siete" so if you have time, check Fuego's link to the legend behind it all. Fascinating. And thanks again.
Somone should call the commisario mutton chops instead because of his beard. LOL.
Gabriela seems to have been busted by Sarita. Heh heh. Hmm so they senfd the knife over to the capital,Mexico City for DNA forensic analysis. this coming from a backward town with Suvs with dvd players but no cell phones and computers. Interesting. :)
Question: Sueltame means let me go. Right?
Que Haces Aqui? Is what are you doing here. Right?
What does joquiti poquiti mean?
I am enjoying the show and really enjoy the recaps. All very funny! Keep it up, it is wonderful!
I'm not sure what joquiti poquiti is, and don't remember it from the episode so not sure of the context (did Grandpa or Quintina say it?), but it sounds suspiciously like "hokey-pokey."
I'm thinking hocico poquito which would mean "little snout".
judyb: Yep. Although, the two confrontations between Feo and Juan were fun, and Gabi's forgetting her "paralysis" was a hoot, most of the hour I was glad to have my Excedrin nearby and my thumb on the volume control with many of these scenes since all Juan and Sarita could do was to test the decibal levels of my t.v. set's audio system. I can't believe the time spent on this recap but a concise, slice-n-dice has never been my strong suit anyway. ~; ? )) (Thank gawd for light n livelies like Q.E., no? Predictable but charming.)
How can he ride roughshod over the populous without that? Maybe he didn't have enough cash left after his gambling debts. That sheriff was mopping the floor with Fernando; if he can't buy him off, he at least shouldn't have let an honest guy remain in there. One more example of Fernando not being as smart as he thinks.
I think it's ok that the Elizondo girls are dense where Gabriela is concerned; it makes it easier to take Gabriela's perfidy -- since anybody who believes her, deserves what they get. Gramps is telling them straight out the score with Gabriela, and they don't believe him either. They're going to be sorry one day, and I will enjoy seeing that.
In the hospital, Agustín was just getting ready to tell Sara about his history with the crooked doctor, but she shut him up in the nick of time, even though we did get an apology for disrespect forced out of her by Sofía. I had to laugh, comparing the doctor's diagnosis to that old dramatic bromide, amnesia -- where the patient develops amnesia after a bonk on the head, and then miraculously sheds amnesia after a second bonk on the head.
I did notice Juan and Fernando got cleaned up from the fight, but I thought Juan did that when he ran into the house immediately. They showed him galloping out on his horse next, but I figure they actually collapsed the timing there.
And Fernando had time to hike back to the club for a quick wash and change (he still had bruises on him), because Juan arrived on horseback approximately the same time Fernando arrived in the SUV. Juan was right in front of the bakery, so took less time.
It wasn't clear to me whether Fernando actually suspects Juan of being the baby's father yet -- or if he just threatened to kill them for seeing them together, like he did out on the road that dark night by the river. He might still just think there is no way Sofía could ever accept a low-life like Juan in preference to Fernando himself.
Not sure why Franco insisted in front of Jimena in the jail cell that Oscar stick with his intention of going into the priesthood. I understand why Oscar came up with it in the first place; but I don't get Franco's interest in perpetuating that, unless he just means to make Oscar pay for acting profane. The obvious reason is to hold the couple apart a little longer; but otherwise, I wonder where that is going.
(Regarding Querida Enimiga, I can only agree with the "predictable" part; plus, it has few men in it, and Gabriel Soto is not enough to carry a telenovela, IMO.)
I love how Abuelo Don Quixote has used his antique cold coins twice now to offer mordidas (bribes) to first the Reyes bros. to test their character and then to the police. It is amazing that he seems to keep them in the office (or his room?) but that neither Feo nor Grrcrabi have found them. Maybe they just avoid his costume closet. I can't wait to see who turns up the hidden letters that Papa's mentioned/threatened in his letter to Feo that will condemn him.
Judy, what is the "domingo siete" legend regarding buns in the oven?? I can't figure out what you mean by "Fuego's link" either??? Inquiring minds....
Does this help any?
And for the other, Fuego's link -- perhaps it's the esmas link?
Crabiela should just give it up. Shame on her for harrasing her own daughter. What does she see in None Feo nando? Scumbag that he is!!
Off Topic/ Is there anyone that does recaps for Lola:Erase una vez?
The set people are going to have to figure out how to have them roll in the dirt without getting their faces dusty/dirty! Kinda blows the illusion of 22 year old muchachos that we are supposed to be believing...
Raquel wants to be friends with her sons' future MIL, but she doesn't know Crabi very well. I can't wait to see some sparks fly between them.
No, Sarita is in no mood to make nice with Rosario as it is. It maight turn into a great catfight once she finds out the Rosario is supposed to be her half-sister. I cannot personally see Franco and the Sneering One together. Franco has been a jerk to both of those women, but Sarita has handled things all wrong and Franco still treats her better than she deserves. Rosario has been troubled, but has been sweet and truthful about her regrets in handling things the way she did with him. The way I see it play out, one of those two really does love him and deserves him and the other only thinks she is in love with him and will fall for somebody else and give him up. That way I don't think Rosario will have to die and so, either way, Franco marries into money also!
That's a whole 'nuther can of worms that Eva will not want opened, IMO. She can trust Sofía; it also might not be impossible that Jimena could be trusted; but not Sara, IMO.
Sara will probably be in a snit over Eva having had an illegitimate child by itself. I guess they could tell her; but as I said, it would surprise me.
I so hope Feo-nando is not able to pull off any more murders, premeditated or just casual homicide. Let's hope that PaddyTad has really left enough evidence in his letters to his superiors that Feo will be afraid to Off him. I like PT so much, like Abuelo, he is one of the really noble characters in this insane little saga.
The dirt in the aging face lines was hilarious. Since I am about to sing that "Will You Still Love Me When I'm 64 song, it is true they don't look 20-something but gee they look awful cute to me.
I kind of hate Feo and think he isn't handsome on the show (pretty is as pretty does said Momma) but the pictures of him on the Esmas site are pretty handsome. I hope to see him as a good person on some other show. Does anyone else know him from other roles? And doesn't Diana Bracha (sp?) do Evil to a fare-thee-well!
I can't imagine Feo in a typical telenovela galan role, but he's pretty funny. I hope he's done some comedy (or will do soon).
She was great, and the show was great. Someone put a glowing review of it at the IMDb in the comments section, and it deserves it. Also stars Helena Rojo, Alfredo Adame and Yolanda Andrade.
Retrato de Familia at IMDb
And I would love to see Cantu in a romantic comedy. I think he could be very attractive; he's a talented guy.
But it seems like a waste of talent without that nice twist of evil and humor they both bring. :)
Cantú is in it, as well as Patricia Manterola, Saúl Lisazo, Chantal Andere, Karla Alvarez and Paty Navidad, among others.
Director is Juan Carlos Muñoz (Rebelde), original idea by María Zaratini (Pasión, Alborada, Amor Real, Corazón Salvaje, Jaula de Oro.), and the producer is José Alberto Castro (Rubí).
Also, it has English subtitles. Links:
Page at IMDb
Page at Amazon
We've had lots of hints dropped at us that it's Rosario, but they could very well just be leading us astray. :)
I am not completely sure why Feo wants to encourage the relationship. It could be that he realizes Eva has a lot of influence with Grandpa and the girls, and is hoping to use Rosario to control Eva.
He would certainly be a lot more interested in the Eva-Rosario relationship if he knew that Bernardo was the father of Eva's baby. However, he since he can't even figure out the father of his own wife's baby, I doubt he'll know about Bernardo - unless he overhears something, which is possible, because Eva keeps sharing her "secret" with people.
Gabriela cruelly taunts her with the knowledge of who the baby might be, heightening the anxiety; and Eva has a mountain of love to give her baby that has been pent up and pressuring her to get out.
I don't think Eva is quite in her right mind about her predicament, and that is why she is not acting rationally by seizing on the closest excuse she encounters.
As to Fernando, there was an episode where he discovers Eva's perception and proposes a deal with Rosario about Luis if she goes alone; but I don't remember him saying what his angle was on that.
He may have indicated it, but personally, I think it must have to do with gaining some influence over Sofía somehow. That's his main concern, next to stealing the hacienda.
Fernando knows that Eva is more like a mother to Sofía than Gabriela, and he may foresee some advantage to manipulating Eva through Rosario at some point.
As to Rosario, he just wants her to stay at the club, because she's the golden goose. She could do a lot better than his place; but he keeps threatening to hurt Luis if she leaves. That's all he has over her that I know about.
I think her only other hope would be a loan from Grandpa's sock-money, if he has any left. But I don't think that will happen, because we probably have to watch her be tortured for a few more months. :(
Wonder if the actor who plays Fernando has ever played a priest in another novela!!???? Would be too weird, huh?
Can't wait to see the craziness tonight!
Of course, that would mean she's got even more dirt on him than he has on her, so theoretically she should have the upper hand. That's often the case with blackmail/extortion schemes, at least in fiction (and perhaps in fact). Nevertheless, it still works as a plot device because the victim is usually not a "fighter" and isn't aware of her own power.
Maybe in the doctor's case, since the money keeps coming in, he doesn't mind. But if Gabriela ever stops paying him, he could cause her trouble, too.
Personally, I think EY needs to modulate his voice better or their sound people need to accommodate for it electronically, because it distracts from the script and the performance. It's to the point now that I hear his name and I forget about his good looks and his acting. They are becoming secondary to the bellowing.
I admit it's not my favorite thing; he used to holler often as Rodrigo -- Rodrigo was tortured. It's frightful.
Unfortunately, I have a feeling Juan is about to become tortured. Up till now he's been pretty happy, despite his sister's murder.
Jeri, I guess I'm thinking also of the jail scene screaming at Oscar about the priest thing, yelling at the priest and the sheriff,and the screaming in the woods in general. I am not saying it is inappropriate for the scene, but much louder compared to the others on the same set overall and grates in general on my ears. Maybe it is just a personal "handicap" of mine.