Saturday, June 28, 2008
Guapos Friday 6/27/08 Pass me the chips, dear--I think this beauty cream is going to waste
Mili calls upon the Donita up in heaven. Why is she not with her at this awful time?
Luci continues consulting with Mat on her divorce. He wants to know why she needs to ruin Constancio--isn't it enough just to get a divorce? Connie isn't an easy target, he says, given that he's a diputado and he has connections. Luci can't really explain the years of evil machinations on both sides that bring her to where she is today. She just says that Mat is capable of carrying out the scheme. Cause a big scandal that will leave Connie with nothing!
Horacio is modeling his new chauffeur's uniform for Socorro. Morgan sort of flirts with her too.
Over at the church a cute children's chorus is singing something sweet about five pieces of bread when, ouch, my ears! That's Damian chiming in with some off-key warbling. My dog runs under the table while Damian explains that maybe he's had too many years of smoking. I didn't follow all the rest, but Damian gets sent off to do something else.
Karla is complaining to her mother that she has not heard from Damian since he left. I think Socorro is encouraging her to wait, because Connie's crazy plan will work, but she should remember that Connie is not doing it for her, Karla--but for some reason of his own.
Mili is dozing on her big bed, and Lina and Gloria are sitting with her. Lina tells Gloria the big secret. Is anyone keeping track of how many people know now. Mili pipes up--Gloria, remember, no one is supposed to know! I'm surprised Lina did not blurt it out to all Mexico during her TV appearance. Lina tells Mili not to cry, as she is not alone. Maybe she will be happy with Hugo. Mili says no--when she saw the baby on the ultrasound it brought it home to her how it was all stolen from her by that viper Floreeenda.
Alex confesses to Bobby how he almost kissed Mili. Bobby consoles him by saying it's okay because he loved her before he knew Flor and about the hermanos thing. (Uh, Bobby, maybe now's the time to fill in your friend . . .). Bobby asks for a favor. Since Alex apparently still has the keys to Marisela's apartment (as it was his wife's apartment too in the old days), he wants to borrow them to surprise his little girlfriend. He does not fill Alex in on just what surprise he has in mind.
Val burbles to Ramses about how cute the baby was on the ultrasound. He says it sounds like she wants a baby too, but she denies it. She's acting like old Val--as if it it might cut too much into her manicure time.
Braulio brings tea, and Val wants to know why the servants haven't brought it. Braulio doesn't have a good answer--after all he can't say "The better to ogle Ramses with, my dear."
Ramses now has a bright idea (you can hear the light bulb working really hard to turn on). He asks if Braulio can prepare some of that avocado mask for them.
Luci is applying cold cream to her face in the bedroom. Connie comes in looking for clothes, as he forgot the clothes were in the other room. They have an argument, and she throws the cold cream at him. Too late! He has exited the room, and the jar of cream breaks and splatters all over the door.
Ramses and Val are applying guacamole to each other's faces. They're daintily dabbing small bits on with their fingertips in what must pass for a mating ritual in the model species. Tune in to the special on PBS. Rocky comes in, and Val orders him out. Ramses wants to know why she treats him that way, and our little princess says it's because he deserves it.
Socorro and Braulio discuss making the mask. Socorro seems to think he's wasting perfectly good guacamole. Braulio is wearing plenty of mask himself, and he now covers Rocky's face with it. Rocky asks if Braulio can help him with a love question. Braulio thinks he's flirting.
Ramses and Val are relaxing on the couch with their masks when Luci comes in. Students, pay close attention to the fact that Luci and Val are wearing similar baby-blue pegnoirs. This will have significance in tonight's comic relief segment.
Back in the kitchen, Braulio continues applying glop to Rocky's face. Yes, folks, everyone has a green face tonight, which is hilarious enough. There is no reason Rocky has to have the mask applied for the plot, but it certainly is funny. They have come up with a plan to get Rocky alone with Val. Braulio will distract Ramses (as if he minds . . .).
We now see that Mili and the girls have gone to Rodeo. I was beginning to think that our new graduates had stopped going there. Gloria asks if Marisela is really cheating on Bobby. Mili says yeah, she's a lizard like her sister. Mat's friend comes over, and Lina dances with him. Hugo pops up out of nowhere and asks Mili to dance. Gloria has no one, because Chamuco is late. Then he shows up on crutches with a cast on his foot. He ran over his foot with the grocery cart, it seems. Looks like the writers have to write in another cover story for a real foot injury. Gloria makes poor Chamuco dance on crutches.
Over at Marisela's apartment, Mat and Mari are engaging in pillow talk about Luci's divorce. It seems they can't sleep because that hideous flowered fabric on the wall is keeping them awake. Bobby opens the door with the key and comes in the bedroom. He looks stricken.
Back at the mansion, Luci has applied some of the mask, and Val, Luci and Ramses are reclining to keep the stuff from dripping onto the furniture. As if this were an English farce, Val says that they need some music. She gets up to go upstairs in search of her ipod. Braulio comes in and entices Ramses into the kitchen with the promise of a remedy for blackheads. Luci, left alone, moves from the side chair to the couch. Rocky moves in for the kill--I mean kiss. He plants a big beso on Luci, who screams. Just then Val comes in and asks "How dare you kiss my mother?" Luci calls him an animal--you see a pretty woman and you have to take advantage. No, he says. You mean I'm not pretty, she says? No you are, he stammers. Oh, so you want to seduce me for my money? No I want to kiss you, he says, pointing at Val and using the tu form. Don't tu me, you igualado, Val says.
Hearing the commotion, Connie comes in and spots the green faces. Is it an epidemic? he asks. Braulio explains that Val found her mother kissing the gardener. Horacio? asks Connie. No, Horacio is the new chofer. It's Rocky. Connie asks Luci if she has lost her mind. Rocky pipes up, boss, I swear, I didn't mean to do it. Luci tells him to shush. She then says, Connie, that servant kisses better than you. Mama! shouts Val. Morgan basks in the adoration.
Val tells Ramses that she is dying of shame. Connie asks Braulio to escort him out. Rocky says that now that the model has left, it's all family. They tell him to shut up.
Back in Marisela's bedroom, Bobby is uttering the immortal TN words: No puedo creer. Mari calls him "my love," and he says not to call him that. Mat is going to leave them to talk, but Bobby doesn't want to talk to Mari. Mat can stay. Now Mat commences some gratuitous insulting: He tells Bobby that he doesn't know why Bobby is surprised. He should have known that sooner or later Mari would look for a real man. She's too much woman for you. You'd better look for a woman as boring as you are. According to Mari, you're not functioning in the bedroom. Bobby commences a well-deserved beatdown, while skinny Mat can't even put up his dukes. Mat is like the before picture in a Charles Atlas ad.
Back at the club, Mili has been announced to sing a song. This is good, because it means less for me to recap. I did not take down all the words, but the refrain is "Somos algo mas," or We are something more. The song is about how they are more than "distance, pain and nostalgia." It is actually a beautiful song, and Mili was singing better than last time. Her voice didn't sound so deep. Hugo looks on so adoringly that he does not notice Alex come in and stand right behind him, but Mili does.
After the song, Hugo runs up to kiss her, but she is looking for Alex, who has left. Hugo asks who she is looking for, and she says, oh, no one. He profusely declares his love, and she is sort of lukewarm at best. The girls tell her that they got goosebumps. Over by the bar, Al is remembering the time they sang a duet. His cell phone rings, and it's a tearful Bobby saying he needs his friend.
Flor wakes up to a cold room and asks Al to close the window. She notices that he's not there. She goes looking in Mili's room and see's Mili's not there. Putting two and two together, she makes five: He's out with HER.
Al is not out with HER. He's listening to poor Bobby whine. Why can't he get a girl? First Al's sister throws him over for a chauffeur. Now Mari has thrown him over for Mat. He gives everything and gets nothing. Calm down, Alex says. You just haven't found the right girl yet. And if she doesn't come, Braulio is still single . . . hardy har har.
Hugo and Mili come home and say their goodnights in the hallway. Of course, Floreeenda is conveniently not eavesdropping now, 'cause she's lurking in Mili's room. Mili enters her own room and sees Flor in the mirror. Flor comes up and slaps Mili, giving us a good closeup of her nose stud. She shrieks: Where did you go with my husband?
Avances: Flor threatens Mili that Al will never be hers. Mili says that if they told Al the truth, she'd see how fast he'd run for the door. Wanna try? Enter Al . . .
And the goofy sequence of Luciana actually responding to the kiss and eyeballing Rocky sideways was a nice relief from her usual venom.
Also enjoyed Rocky's imitation of Horacio spouting flowery "piropos" to Socorro.
The song the choir was singing was about "the loaves and fishes". One of the miracles that the Bible talks about during Christ's ministry time on earth. Off-key, cigarette and whisky pipes added a whole new flavor to it! Glad Damian was sent back to the tomato fields.
Karla should start looking good any day now. Although Socorro really nailed it when she told her daughter that Constancio and Damian were just messing with each other as usual. There was never going to be a wedding for Karla in all this business.
Always listen to mom. (well, not when it's Luciana)
At the risk of incurring Beckster's wrath, I'm tired of Damian's excursion into the religious world. He's a funny character, but this storyline is boring me.
I think it's funny that even when Mili's having serious discussions she refers to Florencia as Floreeeenda.
I thought Mili's song was really good, and Al's heartbreak while listening/watching was touching.
Bobby doesn't know about Constancio not being Al's real father, does he? He just knew that Constancio was Mili's father before Al found out & didn't tell him because Mili convinced him not to.
These few souls don't know about Mili - Horatio, Rocky, Socorro, Karla and Val as major characters and probably Domingo and MP2, Chamuco, and maybe Nestor and Damian.
Connie doesn't know that Mili knows
The list who know about Al is shorter than those who don't and they include, Damian, Andrea, MP 1 and 2, Mili, Braulio, Hugo, Padre Manuel and some of the folk at St. Deceptions.
I don't know if Bobby knows this one or if Mili told him.
Now the avocado scenes were hilarious as was the infamous kiss on the couch. After some of the heavy duty things in the last couple of days it was needed comic relief.
Poor Bobby but his problem is he keeps going for vapid and/or manipulative chicks. Time for him to widen his horizons. In looking at the ugly decor in the apartment all I could think is that the Mafia Princesses have lousy taste. It wasn't any better when Florinda lived there. One more note about Bobby - hooray for the beat down on the skunk Mat.
I love the Rodeo scenes and the opportunity for songs but unfortunately the sound during dialog is really hard to hear. Mercifully what usually goes on isn't key the overall story. Both Allysson and Eugenio do an excellent job of conveying emotion when singing or hearing each other.
I saw those ads for Charles Atlas the first time around...very prevalent in my youth.
Alas, the men in my family are built pretty much along those lines, long, tall and skinny. But much kinder than the sleazy Mat.
I just bought Algo Mas on ITunes and its a great. Frankly tho I prefer Alysson's version better because I like that darker deep tone in her voice. When I was watching both she and Eugenio singling last night I couldn't help wondering if both of them are more likely to go the pop routine rather than stay in the acting field. It would be a loss as far as I'm concerned especially since Allyson shows great range for someone so young.
And yes La Quinta Estacion did begin In their native Madrid but have been working in Mexico for 6 or 7 years.
Here's the URL for the YouTube video of Mili singing last night, in case there are others like me that didn't record this episode and would be interested in hearing her again.
Wish computers had been around when I was in school so I could have learned it then...but hey, I've got you guys! I'll give it a try eventually.
Wow, Flor is a piece of work. Nina, your comment about her adding two and two to get five was so perfect...that's exactly how she is...two people both not in their beds must be together, because neither of them could possibly be doing anything else.
The Mateo-pummeling was so excellent, particularly in light of Mateo's constant posing as a tough bad boy. Bobby didn't seem to have a single mark on him. Marisela seemed a little turned on by the whole thing.
I have to heap more kudos on everyone too for the hilarious guacamole scene. It was very tightly scripted and well acted.
I believe I figured out how to cut and paste the links for the comments. I forgot that you have to cut and paste from the html screen. That is not as complicated as it sounds, Judy.
I think Rocky wanted the avocado mask so he could get close to Val without her recognizing him at first, in case her eyes were open. Loved watching Brau checking out Ramses' behind the whole way out of the living room ;)
Re: Thursday's movie reference from Damian - He asked the girl if she'd seen "El Crimen del Padre Amaro" (Father Amaro's Sin). It was a 2002 movie with Gael Garcia Rangel based on Portuguese novel from 1875. In it, a young priest has an affair with a 16-year-old girl (I think "The Thornbirds" was a little like that as well) with dire consequences. It was quite controversial because a)the RC church was outraged and b) It wasn't faithful enough to the original novel (starting with the fact that it was set in modern times).
I don't think Mat's Mili agenda would preclude him from trying to ruin Connie with a divorce. He doesn't know Connie's Mili's dad and he knows she's a lost 'cause (hence his moving to MP2). He and Luci tried to partner together once upon a time so he could take Mili off of Luci's hands and land himself a rich heiress. Luci knows he's a slimeball that will stoop to any level of lowness for money - perfect for a divorce lawyer!
Did you change your screen name in honor of the food-related show? I wish I had time to watch that, because I love cooking and food. I love Top Chef. Wouldn't it be great if they had a Mexican version?
I thought Mat was just the worst when Bobby caught him and Marisela together. Bobby was really being a gentleman and was making a very polite exit when Mat started in being really cruel. So yeah, he totally deserved to be pounded.
Also, listening to Alex and Mili, I’m thinking Eugenio is the better singer. But then again he’s older and has a few more years to develop his talent. Also, Mili’s hot babe/rock star poses don’t work for me. She just doesn’t have the right look for that – too baby-faced. Still the singing scenes were touching. I think the two have great chemistry.
I think Allisson Lozano is doing a great job, particularly considering that she is a 15- or 16-year old now playing 21 or 22 with the time jumps. However, I too have trouble watching her perform onstage...she cheeses it up a bit. I did wonder whether Hugo and Al were watching her so intently because her skirt was about one inch long, and she was up on the stage.
Also, she has $$ now, but earlier she had similar clothes and I was wondering how a convent girl could afford cowboy boots and the rest of her club outfit…
Maggie - Mili couldn't really afford those cowboy boots in the past either. She had a bad habit of "borrowing" clothes from the Goodwill pile that the church had for sale, and later from Val. I remember a scene from way back when where she talked Lina into borrowing one of Val's blouses and she got a stain on it. Mili solved the problem by burning it with the iron and blaming Karla. She's generally a very nice girl, but those Belmonte genes sometimes get the best of her and she turns into quite the little vandal.