Friday, July 31, 2009
En Nombre del Amor, July 30, 2009
Leftover from yesterday: Inaki and his dad are talking, with his dad saying that if Inaki marries Paloma and gives up his studies, he won’t receive a single penny from him. Inaki replies that he’s not for sale, and neither is his love for Paloma.
At school Paloma asks Romina if they can talk, but Romina cops an attitude and says she can’t, she’s going to play basketball. But you don’t like it, points out Paloma. Romina says she just feels like playing, and walks away. What a jerk! Paloma opens her notebook and starts to write Inaki a letter: “Inaki mi amor, I’ve been thinking a lot, and I made a decision…”
Emiliano is walking in the park with Meche and she’s talking about Romina, I bet you love her a lot, right? Emiliano looks very sad and Meche guesses correctly that there’s someone else. Emiliano says that he’s just realized it and can’t get Paloma out of his mind. Meche advises him to break it off with Romina, and he explains that he tried but couldn’t. And besides, she’s my best friend’s girlfriend, and they’re going to marry. Meche says that the first thing to do is break up with Romina (the rest of her words of wisdom I couldn’t understand very well...I think it was something along the lines of little by little he’d get over Paloma).
Paloma runs into the kitchen all excited and asks Rufi to take her letter to Inaki’s house and put it in the mailbox (buzón). Rufi wonders if the letter has something to do with the wedding, and explains that Marcarena already told her about Inaki’s proposal. Paloma says yes, and that’s why I want to get the letter to Inaki, but don’t tell anyone because I don’t want Carlota to find out. Rufi asks if there is going to be a wedding or not, and Paloma just smiles.
Inaki is at the bar cleaning tables when his mom arrives. They sit down to talk and she tells him that she knows that he spoke with his dad, and that he (Inaki) is not going to change his opinion (well, neither will his dad). But Carmen has changed her mind and is going to support Inaki and his marriage to Paloma.
Rufi is at Inaki’s house and drops the letter in the mailbox, but as soon as she walks away, Arcadia emerges from behind the corner.
Carmen asks Inaki if he’s thinking of living in Mexico or going to Spain, and he says he hasn’t thought about that-—it might be a big change for Paloma to leave her house, her aunts, her country. His mom says maybe that would be better, because if they stay Carlota will make life impossible. She tells him that he can bring Paloma to her house whenever they want to come.
Romina is walking along and gets grabbed by German, who tells her that she is mistaken if she thinks that sending Liliana that email will get him to fall at Romina’s feet-—if you want my love, you know what you have to do. He then kisses her forcefully and she tries to fight him off. He says that next time she will be the one asking him for a kiss.
Inaki and his mom are walking home. She mentions that if he and Paloma lived in Madrid he wouldn’t have to postpone his studies, and Paloma could find a university there. Inaki opens the mailbox and finds a letter from Paloma. He’s all excited and starts reading aloud: “Inaki, I love you very much, but I don’t think that’s enough for us to get married. I’m sorry but I’m not going to marry you, not today, not ever. Don’t look for me ever again.”
Paloma is jumping for joy, telling Macarena how she has accepted Inaki’s proposal, and they’re going to marry as soon as she turns 18. Macarena says that Carlota will find out and Paloma has to tell her. Paloma agrees, but won’t tell her until she and Inaki have everything ready, so that she can’t stop my wedding. Macarena warns that things will be worse if she hides something so important, but Paloma insists that Carlota won’t find out. Macarena says all of this is so surprising, she doesn’t know what to say. Paloma asks, you don’t want me to marry him, right? Macarena replies that she has the feeling that what Paloma wants is to run away and that she would marry whoever asked her (can you blame her?). She thinks they are looking at marriage as a solution to their problems and that they don’t realize the responsibility they will have. Plus, the purpose of marriage is for it to last all their lives, and Paloma’s too young to make a commitment like that. Are you sure that you love him? One of the classic novela lines, “Con toda mi alma”, is Paloma’s response. Ok, says Macarena, you can count on me.
Inaki’s mom is telling him that if Paloma’s decision is not to marry, he has to respect it. But I was sure that she was going to accept. Carmen speculates that maybe Paloma realized she was going to make a mistake, or she told her aunts and they convinced her to reject him. Inaki insists that there has to be another reason. He wants to find her. Carmen says maybe it’s the best thing that could happen to him, because Paloma is the reason he wasn’t going to finish school. She adds that he was ready to give up everything for Paloma, but it looks like you weren’t that important to her.
Arcadia is on the phone telling Carlota that Inaki and Carmen are outside reading the letter. Carlota asks if she has the original letter and tells her to read it. It’s the same one we heard Paloma writing earlier--we see her with the notebook writing that Inaki changed her life, and she’s so happy. But if Carlota was capable of going to your mother, it’s because she’s never going to let me love you. It’s as if my parents sent you from heaven, because I’ve never felt so happy, and that’s why I say “yes” (meanwhile we see Paloma imagining herself and Inaki getting married). Paloma then writes that she’ll wait for him in the park-—she’ll cut out of (or skip?) her art class to see him.
Carlota orders Arcadia to burn the letter right away, so she runs off to find matches. She tells Carlota that she’s burning it but it looks like she’s only burning the envelope—-did I see that correctly?
Alonso returns home and he tells Natalia about Inaki’s “stupid idea” of wanting to marry Paloma. Natalia thinks he should be proud of Inaki. Alonso accuses her of taking Inaki’s side.
Romina is buying some cookies at a bakery. In the next scene she’s bringing them to Emiliano at work, saying she made them herself. She pretends to be understanding and sweet--she knows he’s busy and doesn’t want to take up his time. Emiliano asks her for a hug and kiss as she leaves, but he doesn’t look happy about it.
Paloma tells Macarena about her plan to meet up with Inaki in the park, and how she’s going to ask Inaki to go to Macarena and ask for Paloma’s hand. Me? says Macarena. Yes, you’re like my mom, no? After Mac leaves Paloma looks at a picture of her and Romina and wonders what’s going on with her—-what did I do?
Carlota, looking purple-y as always, comes in to tell Paloma that she’s not going to art class. She is super mean like the evil witch in “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe”, only purple instead of white. Anyway, Carlota says yesterday’s punishment wasn’t enough, you’re not going anywhere.
Inaki is pacing in German’s office. German tells him he has to accept it, but Inaki can’t believe it, something tells me she couldn’t have decided to break it off. German argues that he has to know how to lose...even though it hurts it’s the truth, you have to have dignity.
Carmen is on the phone with Alonso talking about Paloma’s supposed letter. I knew it, he says—-he thinks as soon as she found out Inaki would not get any money, she dumped him. Carmen wonders if maybe Paloma was afraid of marriage. Alonso says young girls in love aren’t afraid of marriage, and Carmen agrees that he's right (was she once one of those girls?). Alonso thinks Inaki will get over this soon and that when he realizes the favor Alonso did for him, he’ll be grateful.
Natalia is talking to Cristobol about her argument with Alonso, she doesn’t agree with how he acted with Inaki. Cristobol says the problem in all this is resentment--blame/guilt are generated and can burden a person his whole life. Natalia: Is that what happened to you? Cristobol explains that the family of the woman he loved (before meeting Natalia) was opposed to their relationship. She killed herself, it’s my fault.
Macarena arrives Camila’s store, weeping. She says she can’t share Paloma’s happiness over her marriage and explains that Paloma has decided to marry upon turning 18. Macarena is afraid that Paloma is making a mistake. Camila tries to comfort her, saying that Paloma made the decision to fly, and the only thing Mac can do is help open the door of the cage. Macarena cries about Paloma leaving and Camila says she has to try to be optimistic.
Back to Natalia and Cristobol—-she asks if that’s why he told her he was a killer. She tells him he can’t see himself as a killer for her suicide. Cristobol says there are many ways to provoke someone’s death--she was fragile, of weak character. He wanted them to fight for their love but he didn’t realize she wasn’t ready. Natalia repeats that he’s not responsible for her death, but he believes his attitude provoked her death, and since then he hasn’t been able to find peace. He then asks Natalia not to ask him about his past any more. She mentions that both he and Inaki fell in love with women in Real del Monte whose families rejected them.
Camila goes in the store to attend to a client. The doctor walks by and sees Macarena and stops to talk with her.
Romina is on the phone inviting a friend to her birthday party. After she hangs up she wonders and what am I going to wear? so she calls her mom and whines that she needs to buy her a dress, pleeeeeeeeze, I’m turning 18.
The doctor notes that Macarena looks a bit sad, is something wrong? Camila comes back out then and tells Mac that they won’t be able to go for coffee today, so when the doctor hears this he invites Mac out.
Back at the house of horrors, Paloma begs Rufi to help her get out of the house to see Inaki. Rufi informs her that Carlota has just gone out, so Paloma runs off.
At the office, Orlando asks Emiliano how things are going with Romina. Better than I expected, replies Emiliano, she’s been caring and brought me some cookies that she made. Orlando says you’re with her to try to forget Paloma, right? Emiliano admits that he is, and Orlando thinks that it’s a mistake when he knows he doesn’t love Romina. Emiliano thanks Orlando, who says that he can’t help thinking that his son would be Emiliano’s age. You had a son? Yes, but I’ll tell you another day what happened with him “and her”.
Inaki is being confronted by Clara, the art teacher. She knows that he’s not from a modeling agency and that if he’s here it’s not to be a model, it’s for Paloma. She says that Paloma came to class early and told her everything and that she doesn’t want to see Inaki again. Inaki doesn’t believe Clara’s story, but she says Paloma asked her to tell Inaki to forget about her—-she’s never going to marry you. All this time Carlota has been eavesdropping around the corner and smirking away. Inaki says he’s not going to rest until Paloma tells him personally-—he doesn’t think Paloma trusts Clara enough to ask her to tell Inaki something so important. Clara counters that he doesn’t know Paloma well enough to know whether she’d trust Clara or not, and how else would she know all this if Paloma hadn’t told her? You say you love her, right? Then leave her in peace.
Carlota thanks Clara for the favor. Clara says she did this because she understands Carlota’s concern for Paloma. Carlota lies that she would do anything for Paloma’s well-being. Clara: It must not have been easy to forget about your life to take care of her, but surely one day she’ll appreciate everything you did. Carlota: I don’t do it for her to thank me...you know how kids are today, they don’t realize that a wrong decision could mark them for life...unfortunately, Inaki is a crafty devil (vivales; thank goodness for closed captions). Clara says it’s too bad, he seems like a good boy. Carlota says “Ojos vemos, corazones no sabemos”—-has anyone heard this before? I’m not sure exactly how to translate this, but I’m guessing it’s something like we see eyes, we don’t know hearts, meaning that we can see a person’s outside, but we don’t know what’s in their hearts, what they’re really like. (How hypocritical of her!)
Macarena and the doctor are having coffee at an outdoor cafe—-she’s very nervous and says she can’t stay long because she has stuff to do. Doc says he’d like this to be the beginning of a great friendship—-what do you say? Just then Ines spots them and goes to their table to chat, and Mac looks scared. After Ines leaves she tells the doctor that Ines is going to tell Carlota about them. The doc offers to talk to Carlota, but Mac refuses.
Paloma is walking down the street and looks into a bridal shop. The saleslady, Lidia, shows her a dress and takes her measurements. Aron comes into the shop and says what a small world to find my best friend and “prometida” here. He and Paloma laugh that well, her tia wanted them to be novios, but no. Meanwhile, Inaki is wandering around looking for Paloma-—we see him in the background across the street. Aron asks if Carlota finally accepted Inaki and they step outside the shop, where she tells him she’s going to get married in secret. But d’oh!! Over her shoulder we see pobre Inaki walking in the opposite direction-—alas, two ships in the night.
Carlota is back home looking for Paloma. Ines calls Carlota and dishes about her finding Macarena and the doctor having coffee. Carlota tells Ines the doctor is only interested in Mac’s health, it’s only a patient-doctor relationship. Well, if you say so, says Ines.
Inaki comes by and climbs up to Paloma’s balcony. Carlota enters Paloma’s room and sees Inaki’s shadow on the balcony. She pretends to be Paloma and tells him to go away. He says please, we have to talk, I need to see you. When “Paloma” doesn’t answer he leaves.
Paloma is at the fountain, saying nothing will ever separate her and Inaki.
Alonso is still talking trash about Paloma—-if he had known she was after money he would have offered her some to leave his son before arguing with him. He mentions Paloma’s last name, Espinoza de los Monteros, and Natalia realizes that Paloma is the daughter of her friend Sagrario. What a coinky-dink, huh? Natalia protests that being the daughter of Sagrario and Javier, she can’t be how you’re portraying her, she must be an honest girl, a girl of values, her aunts would have raised her to be a good girl.
Paloma is at the fountain looking very worried.
Carlota is writing “Paloma” over and over on a piece of paper-—it appears to be a self-taught course in forgery.
Paloma goes to Inaki’s house and encounters Arcadia-—she asks for Inaki, he’s not there; she asks if he was given the letter that was in the mailbox, Arcadia thinks it was. At first Paloma asks Arcadia to tell Inaki that she was looking for him, but as she’s leaving she says no, better not say anything.
Inaki arrives at the bar and starts pounding tequilas. The bartender sees how down he is and says it must be a woman. Inaki corrects him: no, it’s not *a* woman, it’s the *only* one.
Paloma is back at the fountain, crying and wondering if Inaki doesn’t want to marry her now. No, I shouldn’t think stupid things, he loves me as I love him.
Avances: Carlota is berating Macarena for thinking she could attract men and is putting a letter in the front door that Rufi later gives to Paloma; Romina puts the moves on a drunken Inaki.
This novela is just excruciating. I only watch glimpses of it, but even then, it is painful. Although I want Paloma and Emiliano to eventually end up together (I found him VERY attractive, in a Jane Austen hero kind of way from the get-go)I hate seeing dear little Iñaki and Paloma suffering now....echoing the suffering of the young Macarena and Cristobal decades ago.
Also, I saw the previews where Carlota was shaming Macarena "for thinking that anyone(ie. the doc) could be interested in her now" and it was such a downer!
Thank you for subbing (it's a tough gig) and all the recappers for handling this heart-wrenching story. Sad, sad, sad.
Did anyone else think Carlota was going to fly out onto the balcony and push Iñaki over the edge?? It was so frustrating that she managed to be everywhere, thwarting every opportunity Iñaki and Paloma had to meet. The scene where they just missed each other outside the dress shop was so frustrating.
Iñaki has been portrayed as patient and resourceful. When I saw him drinking at the end, I was initally disappointed but after thinking about it, realized he simply reached his limit. Everyone he trusted and turned to has let him down, lied or betrayed him. Despite the fact Carmen changed her mind, it was too little too late.
Debbie, I don't think Arcadia burned Paloma's letter either (only the envelope). This is sure to turn up at some point down the line.
I'm taking back everything nice I thought or said about Romina. Blech.
Diana in MA
Just want to say how much I enjoyed your recap. Thank you so much for filling in. I know it's a lot of work. I just wish more people were watching and could appreciate your talent and hard work.
I do like the characters and the storyline but I also find it painful to watch. I'll probably keep in touch through the recaps so you and the other recappers are most appreciated.
Re: the episode: It seemed to me Arcadia got confused and burned a different letter so this one will eventually surface, I'm sure. It's rather unbelievable that Paloma and Iñaki wouldn't insist upon seeing each othe face to face before they accept that the other doesn't want to marry them. Ah well, then there'd be no novela.
This novela is painful in some ways but I do appreciate the ways it avoids some of the most annoying characteristics of a lot of other novelas. Iñaki and Paloma don't just automatically believe the first thing any old villain tells them, they try to find each other and straighten things out for themselves. Unsuccessfully, of course, because we need to extend the story, but at least they try. I like that they believe in their loved ones.
It's also kind of interesting to watch both Germán and Emiliano struggle to deal with Romina in opposite ways. So far neither has fallen into bed with her the way she wants. Also interesting that a total snob such as herself has no problem with sobbing desperation as a means of trying to keep a man.
I don't know if I can watch much more of Carlota's abusive behavior. And it looks like Romina's going to get worse, kissing Iñaki in the previews.
Carlota is truly a sick puppy, not only what she's done to Paloma, but to her sister for an innocent cup of coffee with her doctor. Of course the chismosa Inez couldn't wait to call Carlota. What is it with the portrayals in novelas of spinsters? They always have boards up you know where, wear glasses, bad clothes, and are gossips.
Diana, I also thought Carlota was going to give Inaki the heave-ho off the balcony. Although it is tough to watch her in particular, the actress is teriffic--and as painful as it is for us to watch this show, I imagine it must be emotionally draining to have to play that character day in and day out (and for the other actors too).
German sure has some nerve telling Inaki to forget about Paloma and to have dignity, when he had just accosted Romina earlier--he and Carlota get the prize for Biggest Hypocrite in this episode.
What is the deal with Orlando? He seems to be an important character, but I don't think we have seen much of him, unless I missed something when I was fast-forwarding thru some of the earlier episodes. It was interesting to find out that he had a son--I noticed they used past tense--but I bet he himself had a doomed love affair of his own.
-Vivi in DC
To all recappers, could you please put the number of the capitulo of the episode at the beginning of the recap? I'm going to be traveling for the next couple weeks and can't watch on TV but will have to watch on You Tube and want to keep track of which chapter I should be watching. I'll also be referring to the blog as usual for recap.
Also, I have a big question: Why does Cristobal think Mac is dead?
I assume that Carlota told Cris that Mac is dead (or arranged for him to get that information some other way) and also did something to make him leave town and cut all ties there, so that he wouldn't find out she's there alive and well.
Yes, this is a dark drama, but it’s so well done I’m really enjoying it. The writing is wonderful – the characters are properly developed so that their actions make sense, and, as Julia pointed out the other day, they’re not a bunch of idiots.
Carlota is waaay too good as what she does. Too bad she never took up a career. And yes, I thought Carlota was going to shove Inaki over the balcony too. Of course he’d climbed up in broad daylight, so somebody could see her. In fact, it’s a wonder nobody called the police on him.
In the scene with the doctor, we got to see how cowed Mac is by Carlota. Rough.
Jackie – I’m sure there are oodles of people watching this. I haven’t seen the ratings yet, but I’m betting it’s going to be the #2 Spanish-language show after Manana. Plus there seem to be many many more people reading the recaps than the number of comments would suggest.
Dona Gringuita – I never know what the episode number is!
This is a dark novela but is countered by good writing, good character development, great acting and a believability factor since the actors seem age appropriate for their roles. I cringe a lot while watching but am enjoying this novela.
I also thought Carlotta would push Inaki off the balcony!
My 18 year old daughter walks in now and then while I watch this TN. She likes it better than MEPS because most of main actors are younger. She thinks that German is the best looking guy so far..."he's kinda cute"