Friday, October 29, 2010
El Clon - Gran Final, Fri, Oct. 29
One daughter found:
The family watches nervously as Mohamed paces and mutters terrible threats against Samira. Then the door opens: Tío Alí has brought Samira home. All – Latifa, the Naz, Zoraida, Amin and especially Mohamed – rush to kiss her and welcome her back.
And one daughter lost:
A servant brings Said the shocking news: Jadiya is missing! Even though she was driven right to the door of the school, she never went in. Said’s nostrils flare and he breathes heavily.
Rania and Amina exchange mean little smiles.
And one son still in limbo:
Enrique is in court presenting Lucas’s argument to the judge. You can’t equate genetic identity with parentage, he says. Daniel was cloned from a cell taken from Lucas. No parental link exists between Daniel and Leo. And if Leo is not Daniel’s father, then Lucas isn’t his brother.
In fact, Daniel does have a family, continues Enrique: his mother is Dora; and his father, en el sentido socio-afectivo del término, is Dr. Albieri. Albieri created him and has always been a father figure for him.
Daniel turns accusingly to Albieri: You said they weren’t going to mention that I was a clone!
A servant brings a bouquet of flowers to Said along with a note from Jade asking his forgiveness. But it isn’t fair, she writes, to keep her from seeing her own daughter.
So Jade took his daughter! Said is beside himself with rage. I’ll kill her, he roars. This time I’ll give the lashes myself and no one will be able to save her!
Luisa follows Albieri in her car. [She seems more adept at it than she was when she thought he was cheating on her with Dora.] She sees him join Amalia at an outdoor café. Albieri is still being cagy with Amalia, but she cajoles him with just the right amount of flattery mixed with honesty into acknowledging that he created a clone. She knows he is brilliant – and vain! And they both laugh. But Luisa’s not laughing: Ya verás, Albieri! she says. (You’ll see!)
The second courtroom of the evening:
The judge gives Fernando a choice of standing trial and most likely doing jail time or entering rehab. He chooses rehab, much to the relief of Clara and Escobar. And it is very nice to see the smirk finally wiped off Fernando’s face.
Enrique is nervously preparing himself for a more personal trial. He is going to see his children. Carolina offers to go with him but he prefers to do this on his own.
He takes a taxi to his family’s house. Unfortunately he loses his nerve when he gets there. He tells the man who comes to the window that he was just checking an address.
The story moves to Fez:
Jade reassures Jadiya that they are safe in the medina: discovering them there would be like finding a needle in a haystack (aguja en pajar). And then they spot Tío Abdul tormenting… I mean educating little Zumaya. They run back to their lodging.
Back in Miami, Said questions Zoraida and Alí but they don’t know anything. Besides, says Alí:
¡Yo nunca apoyaría una fechoría como eso, Said!
(I would never support villainy like that, Said!)
Said figures they must be in Fez because it’s the only place Jade really knows well. He’s going to track her down and when he does, he’ll show no her mercy. And Rania, now happier than a pig in potatoes, has to work extra hard to hide her smirk.
Enrique has taken refuge in a bar. Whiskey doble!
Carolina tells Clara how excited Enrique was about seeing his kids and how good he felt about his decision.
The man Enrique spoke to earlier (stepfather, employee?) now tells a young man and woman (his children?) about his brief visit. The girl asks him to call her if he comes back.
Caro is trying to call Enrique but he doesn’t pick up.
The mood is gloomy at the Del Valle home. The second DNA test came up positive and Lucía is left with the inescapable conclusion that her Roberto did indeed father a child with another woman.
But change is in the air at Casa Ferrer. Marisa gives Lucas permission to go on with his life and make the changes he needs to be happy. She tells him not to feel guilty about Natalia: they both tried, they gave her their best.
I’ve suffered so much in my life, she tells him. And to shield herself from pain, she invented a story, she says. But the truth is this: her mother didn’t die: she was lost to drugs and alcohol when Marisa was very young. And she never even knew her father. She blamed herself for her mother’s problem, the same problem Natalia has now…
This confession is cut short when Rosa rushes in: Natalia is having a crisis! Lucas finds his daughter distraught, restless and craving drugs. Take the baby, she pleads. She wants to be left alone. She doesn’t want anyone to see her like this. She is frighteningly out of control.
Roberto is unhappy to hear that Enrique is away. And when he sees that Lucía has packed up his belongings and sent them to his office, he looks like he could use a whiskey doble too.
Alí and Zoraida are greeted by Zumaya and Abdul upon their arrival in Fez. Zoraida tells Zumaya that Said is on the warpath and she’s afraid she’ll be blamed for Jade’s sins too.
Jade and Jadiya are in their room in Fez. Jadiya misses her father. Jade understands but says that if he finds them right now, she and Jadiya will never see each other again.
The glowering Said stalks the medina with Amina, Rania and Munir trailing behind. Jade’s not going to escape this time, he vows.
In Miami, news of The Kiss has gotten around. At the gym, Vicki asks Pablo if he is falling in love with the Naz. It was just a kiss, he says. But it was a kiss so… one more kiss like that and I’d be in love!
Then Vicki congratulates him. For what? he asks. He got the job in Morocco!
Rogelio hasn’t fired Malicia yet but as she stands before him, he looks as if he is smelling something very unpleasant. Diana comes in to say that a friend of Malicia’s is looking for her. And in walks Aurelio.
And back to Enrique – now so drunk that he is ill. Seeking help, he taps on the window of a patrol car and the officers drive him away. The two young people are watching him; they hail a cab and follow the police car.
Amalia shows up at Albieri’s house and teasingly warns him not to run away from her this time. Oh, no, he says, he’s ready to tell her everything – how he made a human clone. And he proudly shows her photos of Lucas and Daniel. ¡Dios mío! say Amalia softly, muy impactada.
The boy and girl – his children! -- have followed Enrique to a hospital. He lies on a narrow bed, barely conscious. The go up to him and say: Papa? Papito! Why did you abandon us. We missed you so much!
Monica, his daughter says: In spite of everything, he’s our father. But Ricardo, his son, is unyielding: Oh yeah, why didn’t he remember that fact all the time he was gone? Forget it. For me, my father is dead.
Alí and Zoraida are settling back into the house in Fez, but it feels oddly empty to Alí:
Me siento como un barco viejo abandonado en medio mar.
(I feel like an old boat abandoned in the middle of the sea.)
Zoraida reminds him of his three wives and his children but he tells her they are no comfort to him. Why did Allah ever permit him to marry those tres vendavales (three gale winds)?
Sólo tú me haces reír de mis tristezas, Zoraida.
(Only you make me laugh at my sorrows, Zoraida.)
Zoraida goes into the kitchen to make sure that the lamb is being prepared the way Alí likes it. One of the servants, Karima, splashes drippings on Zoraida’s veil. She removes the veil so she can replace it with a clean one. At that moment, Alí opens the kitchen door and catches a glimpse of Zoraida with her lovely long dark hair free of the veil. And from his expression, it is clear Alí está flechado! (He’s in love, that is, struck by Cupid’s arrow).
Another kind of love story is playing out at Casa Ferrer:
Who packed my suitcase? asks Lucas. I did, Marisa tells him. It’s time for you to go to Jade. Don’t use Natalia as an excuse. Let’s give her a good example by the way we live our lives:
Te amé. Te amo. No te voy a culpar porque no me hayas amado. Ve por ella y se feliz.
(I loved you. I love you. I’m not going to blame you because you didn’t love me. Go to her and be happy.)
The final verdict in Leo’s paternity case is in: The judge finds in Leo’s favor. Based on the DNA evidence, Leo is Daniel’s father. The cloning will be investigated separately by the medical authorities. And the appropriate action will be taken against Albieri. He may go to jail.
Dora’s cries out at the injustice of the ruling – ¡El juez es un desalmado! (The judge is heartless, literally ‘soul-less’) -- and her lawyer has to escort her out of the courtroom. She promises Dora they will appeal the ruling.
Early on in this novela, Andrea seemed to be a Miami version of a Valley Girl. It turns out, she’s actually Nancy Drew, Girl Detective.
It’s funny that you know those two sKanks, I mean, women, she says to Consuelo. Oh no, they’re just conocidas del barrio (acquaintances from the neighborhood), answers Consuelo. Well then it’s really weird that you brought these ‘acquaintances’ here to meet my mother – as if my mother were some kind of celebrity!
While Rosario and Andrea are conferring about the situation – A mi esa historia no me encaja en la cabeza (this story doesn’t make sense, lit. it doesn’t fit in my head), says Rosario – Consuelo sneaks out with her suitcase. Rosario sounds the alarm and Andrea rushes out in pursuit. We have to catch that woman!
Fui donde el Sheik como me dijo el tío Alí, él me convirtió y me pidió que le dijera que me enseñara leer el Koran.
(That sentence has more verbs than any sentence should: I went to the Sheik just as tío Alí told me to; he converted me and asked me to tell you to teach me to read the Koran.)
Andrea has captured the sKank! Single-handedly! She returns in triumph dragging Consuelo by the arm. Talk or I’ll call the police, says Andrea. And Consuelo talks. Hilda forced her to take used condoms from the trash…
And now Planet Lucía is back in its orbit and harmony is restored to the Del Valle family.
Malicia’s blast from the past, Aurelio, turns out to be a very bitter, not quite ex-, husband. He shows up at the apartment with a list of everything she owns. Since they never legally separated, he has a right to half of it.
Alí announces to his family that he has decided to get married again. ¿Con quién? (with whom?) He answers enigmatically: Ya lo sabrán. (You’ll find out.) Zoraida’s eyes well up with tears.
One father found and one daughter find each other:
Enrique’s daughter, Monica, comes looking for him. He asks her forgiveness and they hug.
Natalia says what everyone has been waiting to hear: I need help! She wants to enter rehab. And when she gets there, she sees a familiar face: Fernando.
It’s time for Marisa to leave Casa Ferrer and start a new chapter in her life. As she is saying her goodbyes to Rosa and Cristina, Cristina excuses herself. She doesn’t feel well.
The family is gathered at Alí’s house in Fez. He tells them that he is getting married and this time, he’s marrying the right woman. Who? asks Zoraida. He answers:
Eres tú, Zoraida, me quiero casarme contigo. ¿Te gustaría?
(It’s you, Zoraida, I want to marry you. Would you like to?)
Zoraida’s response: She faints.
Things are getting complicated for Albieri. He tells Julio that he feels good about entrusting his story to Amalia. Her book will present his actions in the best possible light. But Albieri panics when he hears that Luisa will be spilling his story to reporters before Amalia’s book comes out.
And Luisa has, in fact, arranged a press conference (una rueda de prensa) with the clear intention of doing as much damage to Albieri as she can.
Now Albieri is scared. For all his bluster, he doesn’t want to go to jail. He decides he’ll escape to Morocco.
Daniel, in full clone identity crisis, shows up on Albieri’s doorstep. If Albieri is going on a trip, Daniel is going with him:
Yo no voy a separarme de ti hasta que tú construyas un mundo para mí.
(I’m not going to part from you until you build a world for me.)
Hilda sKank and Karla sKank are basking in the sun and dreaming about how they will spend Roberto’s money (Hilda wants a leopard-skin themed décor – so chic!) when Consuelo sKank bursts on the scene with tragic news: We’re done for! They know everything!
And unfortunately, Jade and Jadiya are done for as well. Said’s thugs close in on them and they have nowhere to run. Said glowers.
End Part I.
But Nati tells him that she doesn't want him to sacrifice his happiness for her anymore. Lucas replies that the fact that he isn't happy isn't her fault. Nati asks him to do her a favor, 'Sé feliz... y así yo tambien voy a ser feliz.. y me quitas ese peso de encima, ¿Sí?' Be happy, and then I will be happy and you will take that burden off me. Ok?
[Clearly, this is not happening at Alí's house in the medina.] He asks if she wants to go with him. She does, of course, and off they go while her family cheers or curses according to their opinions.
It was so satisfying to see the Naz ride off with her Prince.
I cannot believe that Ali had never seen Zoraida's beauty, but I guess better late than never.
The huge surprise was Cris and her twins! I am not sure Leo it up to it. It is good thing that Rosa and Cris were getting along before this happened. She can sit and rock the babies to heart's content.
I LOL when Said took another wife and now Raina is still bug-eyed. Ali was right, Said does like conflict.
And Jade and Lucas lived happily ever after, AHHHHH.
Muchísimas gracias to both of you for months of delightful, witty, insightful, and, of course, informative recaps. I would never have made it through without them. Indeed, I'm already beginning to experience withdrawal symptoms, not because the TN is over but because I won't have the pleasure of reading your recaps each day. I guess, like Nati, I'll just have to deal with my addiction one day at a time, but it won't be easy. Geez, I'm already missing you...I need a fix!
Still haven’t collected my thoughts on the Gran Final. It was deliciously crazy, but I would’ve preferred more on the Leo/Alicia thing. Albieri, Naz, and Zoraida had epic endings. In a word: great. I’m left feeling good for the other main characters.
Ciao, Bellas & Bellos.
Highlights Zoraida marrying Ali and her fainting at his proposal.The Naz watching Pablo leaving her reaction to that and finding out Zoraida is going to marry Ali.The her getting her story tale ending riding off into the sunset with her bare chested prince Pablo on the back of a white horse.Carlos and Zamira getting the approval from Mohammed.Said marrying Zulieca to piss off Rania.
The lowlights Roberto and the Skanks plot c'mon no charges for fraud bought against them? Malicia maybe her pass her ex-husband or separated from husband but she's still allowed to go onto her next victim to wreck some havoc in their life.Anita giving the Chump a chance sorry i am not that hard up for a man i don't like the writers making Anita look like that. Lusia wow now the obsessive stalker regrets her actions. Albieri and Daniel swallow by a Sand storm perhaps? Poor Dora she finally gets recognized as Daniel's mother but she loses her son? What judge with that evidence given to him about cloning would rule in favor of Leo. Leo and Cristina having twins? Please let's not start this merry-go-round again! Nati and Fernando rehab and clean slate so no jail time at all despite several times using a gun to rob people? Then they open their own rehab? BLECH!!!!!!!Said continues to stay married to Rania. Jade and Lucas for me i don't care.
Finally if there was one thing that really made me ROFL from thinking about it all after it ended was Fez's own (Chuck Woolery) Tio Abdul working his magic again setting up Amina with a husband around the same century as Tio Abdul priceless the funny thing she seem to welcome this matchup.
Oh well we'll have to see if "ahem if cough,cough" Aurora can measure up to this novela.
I really enjoyed the Gran Final. Some things surprised me and others were expected. I suppose having Daniel wander off into the desert was predicted by Zoraida's reading in the shattered cup. What surprised me was that Albieri also disappeared. I suppose we can take that however we like. They may have found a tribe of Bedouins. Daniel could have found another woman with a veil. Or they may both have perished there. I like the ambiguity.
The Naz ending up with Pablo surprised me. There were lots of hints, but I guess the writers decided that la química conquers all.
I LOVED it that Rania's comeuppance was getting another wife.
I wasn't too satisfied with Malicia's anvil. And Escobar and Clara never got back the apartment or the dinero? ¿Qué? Or did I miss something? I would have liked more of an explanation of what the maid's uniform she had on while trying to seduce the old guy meant.
Jade and Lucas reconnecting in the ruins was perfect. And I loved the joyful embrace of Jade and Jadiya, with Said looking on fondly.
Of course, we could have predicted the twins. Every woman who feels a bit ill is almost 99% of the time pregnant.
I guess I win the Kewpie for calling the end of the Dora story. But of course the show screwed up the biology lesson. Mitochondria are found in cell plasma, not blood plasma, and they do have genes (their DNA is totally separate from cellular DNA).
Did Roberto father a child with Karla? I tend to think fathering requires active participation, that Roberto cause the child to be conceived. That wasn't the case here, nor would it be if he were voluntarily an anonymous sperm donor. (Mothering, on the other hand, is a lifetime project.)
By the way, excellent picture of grossed-out Andrea. But poor Bobby Jr. Maybe they can find a loving home for him. And Hilda and Karla moved into a beach penthouse? What? You and whose money?
Lots of "huh?"s around here. It's day and night with Marisa. And did she mean that literally when she said she never knew her father? I thought she used to live with him. Day and night with Jade too. She lost Jadiya before, but this time it makes her sympathize with Lucas? Whatever. And since when does Alí have children? Said proves he's dumber than Jade with his theory that with wives, the more the merrier. He should get Rania a dog or something. And why did he finally grant Jade visitation rights? That seemed out of character. And did anybody else notice Enrique was passed out in the hospital, then sitting in court, then back in the hospital?
I agree with Blu, the judge in Daniel's trial must be incompetent to give that verdict. I'll be Leo bought him off. Lucky for Cristina's twins, Leo doesn't want to relive his mistakes. And luckily or unluckily, he's super old, so he won't be around to screw them up.
It's been a long time coming for Alí and Zoraida. Was he just too preoccupied with Jade to realize what he had? Anyway, good for her.
In the implausible romance category: Anita, what are you thinking? Escobar really has nothing to offer, except that he makes good money. Can't be more than Julio, who is better in every other respect. And that Carlos is one committed teenager. I mean, Samira's nice and all, but hold your horses, kiddo.
The resolution of Nazira's story was implausible, especially for Pablo, but I'm happy with it. Nazira totally was the Cenicienta of this story, at least in terms of being totally unappreciated and overlooked by her family. She deserves her Príncipe Azul.
This show has totally made me a fan of Andréa Montenegro (Nazira). She was seriously shortchanged in this show. She had to deliver the same rant 100 times, although the fact that she made it so over-the-top and clownish made it bearable for me. Whenever she got to do something different it was immediately clear that she has plenty of charm and acting ability, both comedic and dramatic.
And what the heck was Daniel asking of Albieri: "build a world for me"? Does he want Albieri to clone the Earth? I guess it's appropriate that the Albieri/Clone story ends with an allusion to Frankenstein, with the mad scientist and his creation lost in the wilderness. But it's anticlimactic, and bad for Dora.
By the way, no resolution for the Andrea/Pablo thing. Or Dora's amebas. Or Miguel. Even for the stories that were resolved, the first two thirds was dragged out for about 4 months, then the last third is rushed in one or two episodes, sometimes even a single scene. Overall this was an OK episode. Some interesting things happened. But the storytelling was still a mess, and it didn't really pay off the debts. Not good for a finale. El Clon was definitely a mixed bag; lots of estupideces, but it had its good points.
Anyway, for me the only part that made me shed a few tears was Zoraida's wedding scenes. Zoraida's character was the best of the whole bunch and the story couldn't have succeeded without her in it. She indeed was the glue that held Ali's household together. She got her just desserts and the love she showed Ali in the bedroom as he washed her feet was was golden. As for the rest of it, well it was to be expected. It was pretty satisfying overall, though I expected Anita to end up with Julio. He is/was everything that Escobar would/could never be! I also expected some better, more definite resolution to the Daniel/Albieri problem. I guess the writers ran out of steam, but the reference to Frankenstein's monster was appropriate enough. I would have liked a bit more of a conversation between Lucas and Jade during the wedding scene. Maybe there was and it got edited out. Their running towards each other in the desert sands while Ali rides his camel off into the sandy dunes was totally incongruent and a total letdown.
So, now I'll join the others in Clon rehab. I hope to see you recapping something else in the near future! ¡Nos veremos, amigas!
I was surprised that at the end, we see Nati and Fernando and their clinic instead of a final scene with Nati and Alejandro, which emotionally would have been more satisfying as a farewell. Also, it seemed strange to me that in a finale so many of thegood/positive people ended unhappily --such as Daniel and Dora. I agree that there should have been a worse ending for Malicia, which would have been more satisfying for the viewer. I guess she winds up as a waitress?
Once again, thanks for the recaps...
Thank you soooooooo much to the 'regulars' who kept this blog conversational and interactive. You kept it fun and lively even when the story got sluggish.
And thanks to those folks who haven't commented regularly but have been stopping by in the last few days to say they've been reading and enjoying what we are doing it. That means a lot.
I have to say that I absolutely loved this final episode. Maybe it doesn't stand up to critical scrutiny and is a hunk of logical swiss cheese -- full of holes, but delicious nonetheless -- but I found it emotionally very satisfying.
I loved all the fairytale elements at the end:
--the Just Naz story made 'real'
--Zoraida's Cinderella ending
--and of course, all the real world complications melting away so that Lucas and Jade could be together.
I liked the transformation of Marisa's character. The actress really nailed it: she projects a vulnerability and an openness that now attracts other people where before, despite her great beauty, her hard-edged arrogance made her repellant.
I liked the fact that in the end, nearly everyone has to answer for their actions, that actions do, indeed have consequences.
It was interesting that ultimately, Daniel forgets about Jade, even though he has reason to think she is within his reach, and follows Albieri, demanding that Albieri somehow tether him to this world.
I loved the choice of the Dance of the Seven Veils at the end -- and not one of the scary, one false move and you're dead dances (think of the snake and the sword).
I was surprised, but the final episode was for the most part satisfying. Lots of little inferences that tidied up loose ends. It made me sad that Dora, an innocent and blameless character, would end up suffering the loss of her son, while Nati, who hurt so many people, apparently got off more lightly.
THe scene of Daniel following Albieri towards what looked like certain death was disturbing, but maybe the Bedouins came to their rescue, as they did years before when Lucas was in the desert. I like to think so.
Adios, Clon fans, I will miss you all!
Concerning the episode itself, I was sad that poor Dora would probably never know what became of Daniel and would suffer to the end of her life. She was completely innocent in the story and suffered the most. Totally not fair when petty and evil characters like the sKanks and Malicia apparently got off scot free.
I totally agree with you, Luke, about the performance of Andrea Montenegro as the Naz. As I know I've mentioned, she played a nun in Zorro with equal believability. I hope to see her talents showcased again.
I thought that Marisa's redemption was believable but I'm not sure that I believe that she ever really loved Lucas. As to her back story, it was kind of thin and not supported by the earlier part of the novela. We recall that Diego was going to her birthday party in Boca Raton when he crashed the helicopter. How could that have been if she was poor and fatherless?
I also thought that the whole clon business was not given its potential. Daniel was treated just as another twin of Lucas and the whole medical/legal aspect of cloning was reduced to the interminable faith/science arguments of Albieri and the priest.
I have to say that I was hardly ever surprised by what happened in the novela, which I guess is another way of saying that so little did happen. Anyway, I learned something about Islamic family law.
Thanks again to NovelaMaven and all the commenters and readers of the recap. You folks make it all worthwhile.
Reading Jean's last comment made me realize that the only thing we agree on 100% is how great everyone here has been and how much we appreciate all of YOUR comments! But on almost everything else, we have agreed to disagree. How great is that? I love the atmosphere of the CarayCaray blog in general and of this discussion in particular for its good humor and civility. A huge thank you to everyone who contributes to that atmosphere!
We can't thank you enough for all your hard work during these many months.
We've mostly enjoyed the show despite the fact that the plot often didn't make sense. The high points for us were:
- Mauricio Ochmann's acting.
- Sandra Echeverria's fabulous dancing and her beautiful face, perfect for Jade.
- The unusual (for us) scenes in the Fez medina.
Good luck for the future, whatever you choose to do.
Chris and Elizabeth
I didn't like Nati's getting off scot free, or that Malicia got off so easily, although I suspect she will run in further troubles in her future.
Much of what I'd intended to say was already said by NovelaMaven. The grand love stories! Three of them: Naz and Pablo, Zorida and Ali and, of course and especially, Jade and Lucas. It all had to be.
Was so touched by Marisa's rehabiliatation from witch to mother and friend. Some time ago I opined that anyone was bad as she could change. But her life story made it possible to believe. All those awful things she did were not done through arrogance, but through fear. Admitting the truth, she is now free to be.
Andmy mind wrote a slightly different story for Daniel. Albieri gives out, sweating all his bodily fluids away and dying. As he gasps his last, a small group on camelback approach and save Daniel, taking him to far lands where no person knows he's a clone. He meets a woman as beautiful as Jade who wants to be his life companion. Etc., etc.
To heck with the other details. Loved it all and each of you made a good thing better by being on this (is it a blog?). Lois
I don't know if I missed something, but why was Ali in the desert???
Also, I got a kick out of Carlos reading the Koran (yet in Arabic)!!! Give me a break!!!
In other novelas, typically there's a ratio of 3/1: Three bad characters die and one innocent character dies. They did not follow that formula here, and since Daniel and Dora were the ones who died/suffered at the end, I think we should have been treated to a massive pie cart for Alicia!
Alas, we can only dream our preferred ending...
The same happened with the recent changes in Jade, Alí, Rosa, Natalia, Rogelio, etc., though not with Luisa, Albieri, and (surprisingly) Enrique. (By the way, did he and Carolina get married?)
Lois, I like your idea for Daniel's story. It would be emotionally satisfying to give him a happy ending, not to mention interesting: could he really live an entirely normal life? I think telenovelógica bound the writers to make him disappear, but I would have liked to see something less predictable, especially in this somewhat unconventional novela.
Again, I also loved the final, with the possible exception of Malicia not being squashed like a bug by an oversized pie cart!
I also thought Andrea López was very convincing as both an evil witch and later as a person who recognized the wrongs she'd done. It's true that the revelation that she had grown up very poor with an alcoholic mother didn't really jibe with the way she was first introduced. I got the impression she was a spoiled rich girl when she first appeared.
Again, I also 100% bought the final redemption of Said. He always adored his daughter. And he finally came to realize that she needed her mother in her life and relented.
Since they didn't really give Zein a happy ending, I'd like to volunteer to spend some time with him gazing into those hypnotic eyes and making it all up to him.
Lois, I love your ending! After all, as Novelera pointed out earlier in this thread, the writers left us some ambiguity and we are free to use our imagination. If the Bedouins rescued Lucas 20 years before, then why not come to Daniel's rescue now?
Ann, We've seen Alí riding in the desert before and it seems to be his time for meditation, for thinking Deep Thoughts. But that's just my best guess.
About punishing villains --
We're all so used to dreadful fates befalling telenovela baddies that we tried to impose that template on this story. We were wrong. It doesn't fit. The writers seem to be more interested in redemption (Marisa, Natalia, Fernando, Said) than punishment.
As for those who seem beyond redemption --
--Well, if a house didn't fall on Malicia, she did (off screen) lose everything -- reputation, job, money -- and was forced to start all over as some kind of servant.
--The sKanks and their beach penthouse? I have no explanation for that one. Just another hole in the Swiss cheese.
--And nasty Rania being forced to share her husband with Zuleica? Perfect!
again thank you!
I thought the finale had some funny moments especially Nazira's scene she cracks me up.
I don't know if anyone else saw O Clone but Roberto ended up paying the sKank's child support because it's not the babies fault that his mother was a lying ho. Andrea convinced her parents to take care of her brother. I enjoyed this version but I feel that they cut out a lot of the original story & left a lot of holes in the plot. If any of you haven't seen the original I highly recommend it. Much better then this version Malicia get's what's coming to her a little better then here.
1)Daniel and Albieri...So if Sidi Ali says that "some stories repeat"...will their story repeat once again in the desert-like w/ Lucas when it all began?! I didn't get to watch the very beginning, I have watched it for the past 8 months almost, and I heard through my grandmother that Lucas was saved by someone that way--from the desert.
2)Karla and her mom: THERE'S NO POSSIBLE WAY anyone can get pregnant by an already used condom!!! Sperm dies in about 15-20 mins of airborne contact! I thought it was ridiculous! I couldn't believe it! I was thinking, "The kid is Daniel's, that way Karla would still have money since he would be an inheriting from Leonardo Ferrer!
THAT last one confused the crap out of me...I literally had myself believing (until the end) that it was Daniel's child, and they were all just plotting against such a truth since Karla didn't know about Daniel's dilemma anyway.
Thanks! I appreciated looking at your blog for the last few episodes of "El Clon" : )
Jeanette, I too was assuming that the sKanK baby would turn out to be Daniel's. Indeed, I even imagined Dora offering to raise it and finally getting to raise a child without Albieri's interference. Oh well....
I keep coming back to this discussion site, but I guess it's time to move on. I've decided to watch "Eva Luna" on Univision, in part because I like Guy Ecker, one of the stars, in part because the trailer for "Aurora" didn't grab me, and in part because CarayCaray has a full set of recappers for "Eva Luna." Jardinera did a terrific job with the first episode last night. I hope perhaps I'll see some other Cloners there as well.
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