Saturday, November 27, 2010
Llena de Amor 11/26/10 A Turkey is Carved, A Doll is Snatched, A Dove Flies Away
Fedra's back and she's fuming, you are going to regret sleeping with this zorra for the rest of your life. Poor Lorenzo now finds himself in unenviable, awkward circumstances. the cute cozy cuddly kitten with a quirt, Zulema has been displaced by an annoyed frighteningly ferocious feral feline, Fedra. She heads straight for her toy box. Digging through her playthings, she selects a favored whip and threatens him with it as she reminds him of the good times. He's beginning to panic a bit and goes into a begging mode, "... I'm a man; men are weak..." (standard tried and true stuff). She tickles his feet with the whip and the uses it to bind them.
She mumbles threats as she rummages through the toys, finally going over to her purse selecting the appropriate prop, a souvenir... she turns with a wicked but loving smile, then frowns, flashing her switchblade shiv.
Bound to the bed, Lorenzo seems to suspect that things could get ugly as he pleads and mewls in a distinctly unseemly unmacho fashion. Fedra, troubled by a wayward curl which she keeps having to blow from her face, purrs affectionate threats as she teases her quivering quarry with the gleaming blade.
"I want you to clearly understand who owns this appendage that you have here." He interrupts her, "Oh, no, no, don't do anything foolish!" She cooly continues, "So there will be no doubt, I'm going to carry it around in a jar." She proceeds to tease him with the blade telling him that without his... ummm... well, that, he is nothing. Oops, I think he wet himself. " You deserve a lesson, Lorenzo, and this lesson one learns with a little blood."
She strokes him with the knife, he cries out. Accusing him of sounding like a little girl, Fedra stalks out, slamming the door behind her. As he cries out helplessly, let's trust Fedra not to do anything foolish, at least not just yet, as we quickly check in on a rather shaken Mari who was stirred up by the machinations of those evil twins, Ilitia and Cristal.
Cristal has returned her to the Naco Dorm where she is wheezing and whining about the horror she has just witnessed... the naked Ilitia sharing a bed with her one true love and recently committed novio, Manny. Too bad she didn't seem to notice his comatose state, but then as Ilitia observed, he was all tuckered out from an afternoon of fun and frolic. Making matters even worse, it was in the exact same spot the she had gotten naked with Manny for a little fun and frolic herself. Satisfied that Mari is sufficiently devastated, Cristal leaves her alone, pouting amidst her shattered dreams over this latest betrayal.
As cat are wont to do Fedra has, at least for the moment, tired of her little game and releases one of Lorenzo's cuffed hands leaving the other firmly secured and the key just out of reach of a bawling begging Lorenzo who has now abandoned his manly pride completely. Fedra bounces out as a desperate Lo helplessly reaches for the key.
At the edge of a nifty swimming pool, Garduña and the bumbling Basuro and Baldy are toasting their good fortune in finding such a choice plum (better make that orange) in Mauricio when suddenly they are joined a weeping and wailing Zulema.
Cristal has made in home in time to welcome a pickled Manny who is returning with the assistance of Ilitia and Andrés who guides him to his room, "Bye baby!" as the very attractively dressed evil twins celebrate their successful operation.
Meanwhile Mari has had quite enough. She promptly calls Tia Corlota and between sobs, manages to tell her that she has finally reached her limit, she wants outta here... NOW! She's getting dangerously close to reclaiming her nickname from MEPS... Sniffles. Corlota tells her not to worry, she'll arrange for her to receive a ticket for Spain first thing tomorrow morning. Netty comes down the stairs and a blubbering (no, that is not a veiled fat joke) Mari tells her that she is going to Spain. The last Netty heard was that she and Manny are getting married and now she's off to Spain? Mari explains this latest debacle, "...and in the very same place!"
A disgustingly inebriated but ecstaticly happy Manny is in his room still accompanied by his pal, Andrés. He wants to go and see his one true love, but Andrés thinks this is not such a great idea given his current state. Ignoring sound advice, Manny comes up with a brilliant plan... ¡Benigno! ¡Mariachis¡" Oh yes, that should work nicely.
A cooler and calmer Mari relates Manny's latest misstep with Ilitia. Netty is sympathetic but seizes the opportunity to say, "I told you so, I told you so." Mari vows that she never wants to see him again. "So you're really going to Spain?" "Sí, Tia."
A fuming Fedra arrives at Creepy Casa and is greeted by the sound of guitar chords.
Axel has found some clothes to wear and is serenading a rather easily impressed Delicia with the two chords he can remember. You're a long way from Carnegie Hall kid, but who knows? Keep practicing. As Dee fiddles with her uniform sleeves he charms her witha less than smooth line, but not to worry, she'd be enthralled if he recited multiplication tables. He tells her that she is his musical inspiration and source of confidence and security. Looks like he's gonna need it... here's Fedra! She grabs Delicia, and although Axel sternly protests, tosses her across the room like a ragdoll. Then turning her attention to the guitar, she snatches Axel's axe from his grip and does her best Pete Townshend imitation, smashing it to bits.
Meintras tanto, Muñeca appears to have lost that lovin' feelin' for Lorenzo as she rants at his photo. Ilitia strolls in in time to see her dash his picture to the floor and to hear her dad denounced as a disgraciado and is curious why Muñeca is so out of sorts. Muñeca directs her effort into restoring her relationship with her daughter, "If I can't be your mother at least allow me to be your friend." An impudent Ilitia responds with, "Is the chapter of your telenovela already over? Or is this the commercial break? Because it gets a zero rating, or that is, your story is super-boring. I just want to go sleep. Byyye!" Ouch! Not discouraged, Muñeca asks about her day. This tender mother/daughter bonding moment is rudely intruded upon by a grumpy Garduño and goon... with guns. "Ladies, we're looking for Lorenzo Porto López."
Fedra evicts Decilia from Axel's room with a swat to her cute little pompis.
Axel objects. She cautions him to stay away from the hired help. "If you need a woman, just say so and Bernardo will take you to a whorehouse." Uh oh. This triggers an unpleasant memory. Flashback... we've seen this. So has Axel... he complains, "I was a child and you made me go. Why?" Bernardo's here and needs to talk to Fedra... next!
Emanuel and Benigno, mariachi's in tow, arrive at the steps of the naco dorm. Tequila in hand, Manny is in charge, he calls out for his Gordita, then... "¡Una, dos, arránquense (strike up) Mariachis!" They begin to play and he shouts out, "¡Ay mi Gordita, que te quiero pero así de grande condenada! (My Little Fatty, I'm condemned to love you!... or something like that) "
and they sing:
"On the day you arrived in my life
my beloved dove I started to toast
and got a little drunk
Thinking of your lips
I began to sing..."
Mercifully we rejoin Muñeca and Ilitia as they entertain their uninvited guests. Flora and Fidel are rounded up and ushered in. They are all going to wait there for Lorenzo who has an account to settle.
Marinela's not home, the tenants are disturbed and Netty's mad as a wet hen, "No one mocks Marianela!" and punctuates the sentence by dousing Manny with a bucket of water. I think the singing is over for tonight.
So where is Marianela?
She's saying goodbye to Tio Maximo. She tells him that things just aren't working out between her and Manny. She needs to get away for a bit. She's going to Spain. Then Max drops a bombshell on her. He tells her that he suspects that Gretel is the daughter he and Paula had and thought had died. "¿Paula? ¿Paula? ¿Paula? Our Paula?" His sister Carlota may have taken their daughter and given her to Fedra to rear. He wants Marinela to verify this for him.
Fedra informs Bernie that Gretel now knows everything including that Fedra is really Juana Felipa Pérez and that she threw Mari's dad out the window.
Mari has noticed that Fedra treats Gretel... special... Hmmmm. She agrees to find out the truth.
The dorm dwellers are more than happy to tell Manny that his chubby dove has flown the coop. Oliver seems especially hostile. The ladies restrain him as he lunges at Em. "She's gone to the university?" He hopefully asks. Nopis. She took a plane. "Flying far away. Out of the country." "Marinela can't leave without me!"
Muñeca, Ilitia, Flora, and Fidel are sitting with hands bound behind their backs as the nervously await for the return of Lorenzo, who when we last saw him was rather tied up, himself. Ilitia, who is ecumenical in her lack of respect for authority, demands that Garduña release them and get the heck out. Garduño glowers. He decides that she's even prettier when she's angry and reaches to stroke her face. Fidel briefly objects but is encouraged by Baldy to sit back down.
Tired of waiting , Garduña grabs Ilitia by the arm. He needs some collateral to assure that Lo will do as he says. Muñeca offers herself instead and to my surprise, he agrees. Now Ilitia pleads that they not take away her mother. I'm shocked... she cares!
Fedra descends the stairs, arm around Axel as she reassures him that she'll never force him to go to a whorehouse if he doesn't want to. Well, that's certainly a load off my mind. This tender moment is interrupted by Emiliano, "Fedra, I need to talk to you." He's got the divorce papers ready for her to sign.
A grim Gretel is alone with her wine buddies and manages to untie herself. Good... now where is that corkscrew? "I've got to get out of here. If no one can't hear my screams, they'll have to hear this. Asesinos, asesinos," she whispers as she grabs an expensive red varietal and ... oh no! I can't watch this! She begins smashing wine bottles.
Expensive red wines! At least grab the German white wines, honey. Oh my.
Just outside Delicia is struggling with a heavy jug and hears the breaking of glass, "Sounds as if someone is being killed in there."
Fedra goads Axel, "See what your father's doing to us?" Axel asks Emiliano if he's totally certain of what he's doing. "I see no other solution, son, now that I've boffed Netty..." Actually I embellished a little, but you know that's what he's thinking. Fedra was hoping for more reaction from Axel. Well, he would have offered up some music, "... but you trashed my guitar and this piano doesn't have wires." And he's pretty sure that she's the one who removed them. Good one Axel. She agrees to sign the papers but not until they talk... in private.
Now he's home. Fidel is finishing untying Ilitia as Lo strolls in. She starts to complain but he cuts her off. He had an awful night. He was assaulted, cut up, had to go to the hospital. Flora and Fidel share a knowing glance. litia isn't moved. She tells him about their night and that some guy named Garduña abducted mom.
Delicia is certain that something strange is going on in the wine cellar. She is joined by Bernardo.
Netty and Brandon escort Mari into the air terminal. Netty promised Eva to care for her daughter and she's done such a bangup job, Mari's headed to Spain to live with that dour troll, Tia Carlota. Mari assures her that her mom couldn't have selected better. That is not the reason that she's leaving. Brandon encourages them to hurry.
Manny roars up on his... whatever that is.
"Marianela, where are you going?" He shouts as they disappear into the terminal.
Bernardo has decided to take a few moments to heap abuse on Delicia. What is she up to. Who was she talking to? She tells him that she thought there might be rats in the wine cellar. "In this house I'm the one in charge of rat killing ." He tells her with a hint of irony. Axel rides to the rescue.
"¿Estás bien?" "Sí." "¡Vámonos!"
Manny pulls up in front of the terminal but is told by the guard that he can't leave his vehicle parked there.
Bernardo enters the cellar to check on the rat. As I was, he is appalled at the shedding of innocent wine. Gretel confronts him with a broken bottleneck but he disarms her.
"Who do you think will have to clean all this up, animal? I'm betting that it won't be Delicia this time.
Ilitia tells her dad how Garduña was going to take her but her mom insists that she be taken instead. "They took her as a guarantee that they'll get to talk with you." "With me?" The phone rings. No surprise, it's Garduño, "As you can guess, I'm no longer in jail, Lorenzo." "Return my wife to me. You'd best not touch a single hair." Ilitia must believe in full disclosure. She tells him that that is not really Muñeca's hair but rather extensions. Lo has trouble grasping the concept, "¿Qué? ¿Las extensiones?"
Garduño who assures him that he will treat his wife with the same attention and courtesy with which Lo treated his Goddaughter, Zulema. Goddaughter?... Hmmm. "I sent a women to have a good time and you return her almost dead. If this is revenge for what happened to your son, you chose badly. What happened to your son was an accident."
Lo thinks it best that he continue this conversation alone and sends Ilitia to her room. He tells Garduño that it wasn't him. In fact he got cut up himself. Even had to go to the hospital. Well, Garduño wants to know the name of this lunatic. Lo also wants her taught a lesson... "Fedra Curiel."
Fedra Curiel is trying to convince her husband that he should stay with her. His mind's made up so she takes this opportunity to have the big one. Clutching her chest, she complains of chest pain and conks out. All over the land, eyes are rolling, but I have to admit, I think that this is the real thing.
She got Emiliano's attention, "Fedra, Fedra, Fedra, Fedra, Fedra... as we go to a commercial break.
Manny's still arguing with the airport guard. Finally in desperation, he pushes him down and runs inside where Mari's flight is ready for boarding. She hugs Netty and Brandon, charging Brandon with the safety of her aunt. We hear Manny shouting "¡Marianela!" Brandon hurries her toward the gate, flashing his badge. He stays behind to impede Emanuel.
Garduño is already arranging for Manny's abduction.
Axel asks, "What wrong with my mamá?" Calling for an ambulance, Bernardo exhorts her to hang on. Fedra tells Emiliano that he won't be needing a divorce, "... I feel like I'm going to die."
A last goodbye for Mari and Netty. Mari wants no tears. Netty gives her a San Antonio action figure, Mari reminds her to give Emanuel the letter she wrote.
Manny tussles with Brandon, pushes him to the floor, then sprints to the gate.
Mari goes through the metal detector, her fat suit must have set off the alarm, she's wanded then boards the plane.
Manny arrives in time to have his butt chewed by Netty, "No you can't talk to her and I hope that you never get to talk to her, Emanuel Ruiz y de Teresa."
He helplessly shouts, "¡Marinela! ¡Marianela!
It's too bad that both she and Eman fell for Ilitia and Kristel's cruel trick. I felt bad for Eman. He has no idea why Mari is suddenly leaving and never wants to see him again when just the day before they got happily engaged. From the looks of Monday's show he is completely destroyed by these sudden turn of events.
I was so hoping Gretel would smash Spiderus over the head with the bottle of wine and bolt. Unfortunately, he restrained her and tied her hands again.
I also was glad to see Axel come to Delicia's rescue and now he remembers what Fedra did to him. Maybe now he won't be a Stepford Son anymore.
"a plum (better make that orange)"
"Sniffles" (how did you ever remember that!?
"blubbering (no that's not a disguised fat joke)"
"that dour troll Carlota"
and my irreverent personal favorite:
"a San Antonio action figure".
You're going to have to say a lot of Rosaries to make up for that one, Carlos. And me too for laughing at it.
I decided to watch this one on the TV without closed captions and noticed my Spanish IQ dropped a considerable number of points. Dang! I was getting so cocky.
Speaking of...I thought Axel was more endearing, less leering, more protective, less prick-ly this time around.
Now let's spring Gretel. I'm getting tired of those crazy faces.
PS Is it weird that the smashed guitar bothered me a lot more than the smashed wine bottles? Though I didn't like either, since in our house, I'm the cleaner-upper.
Great recap Carlos. As always.
I should watch this show, especially since I adore half of the cast.
I wanted Gretel to use a little more common sense and hide beside the door with a bottle in each hand. But, that would make her captivity end sooner, and clearly the writers have other plans. Dang. Maybe Tía Carlota will 'fess up to her malfeasance. She did Gretel et al. a huge disservice.
Regarding Axel, I feel that my understanding of some aspects of his character is similar to your defense of and hope for the redemption of Ilitia (and Ivana over on STuD though we know Ivana is not going to be redeemed). I also add that in general female bloggers are more sympathetic to some male characters and vise versa. I don't regard his interactions with Delicia as leery. To my view, when he first "sees" Dee dressing it's a moment of discovery for him. It is almost ironic because he is "discovering" he is truly attracted to and liking a woman. He's subsequent interactions with Dee I don't view as creepy because I don't see him as having a motive to use or take advantage of her. He's truly attracted to her and is very clear about his desire for her. Yes, Lorena jumps him regularly but he simply allows that to happen to him; in that regard she's like Fedra and his stepford state. He accepts what they say and goes along with it not really thinking. However, when he's with Delicia he's actually playful and laughs; emotions we had not seen in him prior to the coma. And Delicia is his choice and not an idea foisted on him. While it is true there is that unfortunate power differential that is so prevalent in TNs (doctors fall for patients, teachers for students) I think their ages are supposed to level things between them except for class. He's also trying to figure out his past with her which he has not done with any other family member especially since he's forgotten that Gretel was his closest ally in the house (and she's locked up currently). So ends my defense of Axel.
Khalilah - yes, Mari played Aurora in MEPS or Sniffs which was one nickname the recappers/bloggers gave her.
BarbaraM, I have to agree that a lot of crummy things happened, but it was certainly a lively episode. Seeing a little punishment dealt out to Lorenzo was very satisfying. As for Fedra's heart attack, real or staged, may be enough of a distraction to give Delicia a chance to help Gretel.
Pirate Babe, I blame Eman for falling into that trap. It's a mystery to me why he wouldn't even join in a toast with beer with Mari and the folks at the boarding house but would suddenly start tossing the drinks down later with Ilitia and the people at work.
Judy, how convenient for me for Fedra to cut on Lorenzo the day after Thanksgiving. I think that the guitar smashing would have bothered me more if he had shown some talent. I am liking him better. I thought that the San Antonio action figure my slip by without anyone noticing.
Jeanne, I had hoped for a little better effort out of Gretel. Probably the worst thing for Lorenzo was that no one, not even Ilitia, seemed sympathetic or even interested in what happened to him.
Khalilah, that's a a good way to put it, this is an edgy little show. Funny at the core, but some pretty dark stuff has already happened. No one, with the exception of M&Em seems assured of making it to the end of the show.
Karen, what a great case you make for Axel. I actually felt a lot better about him Fri. night. He seemed very sweetly and genuinely interested in Delicia. I especially liked his grim humor about not being able to provide music for the divorce talks.
I rarely watch the episodes of Llena but I faithfully follow the recaps. I hope to rejoin the show in progress after Mari's metamorphosis. I couldn't write off the show completely because of the many great actors in the cast, and I'm especially fond of César Évora and Diego Amozurrutia (Axel), but I find it hard to watch the emotional and physical abuse that regularly takes place, not to mention murder and attempted murder. And it's really disorienting to have the dark themes mixed in with wacky hijinks, sometimes in the same scene! I'm still holding out hope that Begoña is alive somewhere and can be reunited with her little son. Meantime, I'm keeping up with everything via all the great recaps and comments.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and all your football/basketball teams are doing well!
On the wine, though I enjoy it, it's basically just "fruit juice gone bad" when you think about it.
Jackie and Sandy, and Khalilah....how great to hear from you all again.
Khalilah...go ahead, ask questions. If we don't have the time to answer, we won't. But it never hurts to ask.
Karen...wow, what a thoughtful defense of Axel. Well put.
Schoolmarm, so glad you're joining us on a regular basis. Our rascally Dr. Carlos always manages to generate a good discussion.
And the Buckeyes did win convincingly, Sandy. And Karen, even the Hoosier triumphed over Purdue! How great is that? Now on to the BCS Bowl, wherever it may be.
Jeanne, are you here too? Wish we could have another great dinner at Taco Mamacita, that was fun!!
I wonder who's Axel bio dad? Could it figure into why Fedra hates the thought of Axel taking up music?
Hopefully, Mari will team up with Tia to bring down Fedra. I am sure that Tia thought that Fedra was a good person and Fedra spun a web of lies about Paula. I am not sure that she (Tia) knows that Gretel is #1 Max's offspring and #2she has been mistreated her entire life by Fedra. I hope Mari had enough sense to take her Dad's letter with her to Spain.
What a hoot it was when Fedra was looking in her box of S&M toys and she stopped to smell one of those quirks! I was LOL about that one.
Yes, JudyB and Sandy, I'm here again and am very hopeful of staying. The recaps are SO delightful, and Carlos has a wicked sense of humor as do the others in the LDA team!
Sandy, Taco Mamacita was indeed delightful and I have thought about it ever since, off and on. Thank you so much! I look forward to seeing you again some time!
Sandy, I've missed you. I always enjoy your perspective on things. Baylor had a more successful if not stellar football season and may get a bowl game. The highlight was beating Texas in Austin. Both the men and ladies' BB teams look promising.
Rosemary, I've wanted to like Carlota but I'm still very put out over the Gretel thing. I hope you are right and that she felt sure that she was doing the right thing. She certainly seems to love Mari very much.
Jeanne, I'm so glad that you're enjoying this show. I think Gretel's best bet is Delicia. I don't think she'll rest until she finds out what's going on in the wine cellar.
The wine cellar is confusing. I guess no one has heard Gretel before because normally no one is in that far-off area of the basement; it's just for storage and mechanical stuff and maybe is not too close to the finished basement area where Max lives. Not sure why you would build a nice wine cellar that seems like the sort of place you would take guests to for tasting parties or whatever (what with the seating pit) and then make them walk through the boiler room to get there, but who knows? Maybe there's another route through that labyrinthine house; clearly the door we were looking at wasn't the same door that goes directly into the wine cellar. This is nitpicky but I have a real need for buildings to make sense.
I like Axel's and Delicia's slowly building alliance. I wonder how long it will take Axel to go from realizing his mother is not the saint she had convinced him she was, to realizing that maybe some of Fedra's enemies (i.e. Marianela) are his friends.
I found the guitar smashing really painful. I love music and was horrified to see an instrument treated that way (I have always hated when rock stars smash guitars. It is SO DISRESPECTFUL to the instrument makers!). Also, as was mentioned, it wasn't just the object, she was also trampling Axel's passions and violating his personal property. Doesn't matter that he doesn't remember how to play right now; music was important to him and she won't let him pursue that interest, to the point that she took the strings out of the piano.
Marianela isn't interesting me much at all right now. She and Emanuel are both being kind of idiotic. I hope she smartens up while she slims down in Spain.
Zulema has taken a step down since we last saw her in Dinero as one of Chavez' lusty lasses. :)
There were such great comments on this episode and recap, that I am in total agreement with. So no need to repeat. Ditto on Axel. Ditto on Low. Ditto on Em&M. I wonder how long the Spain transformation will take. Eman actually has bigger issues than Mari since there's a bounty out on his head.
Jeanne- Thanks for the info on Paula and Gretel being real life mom and daughter. I remember someone saying, it was good casting and that they do look alike when that big reveal was made. And now we know why. :)
Vivi, I'm also wondering whether we're going to see a meses despues, or if we're actually going to have episodes in Spain. What city does Carlota live in?
Julia, I didn't recognize Zulema. I hope we get to see more of her.
Jeanne, thanks for the information about Paula and Gretel. I think several people have commented that they look similar.
I think it was interesting (and probably wise) that Garduño agreed to take Muñeca instead of Ilitia.
Mari definitely has a price on her head, Julia, you said it perfectly. Spain can't come quickly enough.
JudyB, you made me gasp out loud. I think wine is fruit juice gone better, not bad. (Fanning myself now as I'm feeling faint. Must have wine...) I blanched at the broken bottles but I admit that the smashed guitar was more horrible than the smashed wine. Firstly because music seems so fundamental to the soul and secondly because Fedra did it just to be a meanie. Grrrrr.
Jeanne, I didn't know that Gretel is Paula's daughter in real life. We were all saying how similar they look and what great casting it is. Duh, I never thought to look. Good on ya.
Jackie, I'm hoping Begonia is still alive too. I know I'm a cockeyed optimist but I can't help it.
Carlos, it's marvelous to be on the same recap team with you again, you're such a hoot. Great link to the Townsend guitar smashing links. It was the perfect comparison. Also loved the screen shots, what fun.
It looks like of all Fedra's crimes, the two receiving the harshest criticism here were killing poor Dumas and smashing Axel's guitar. Of course we all continually complain bitterly about Gretel being locked in the wine cellar, but at least she isn't being pumped full of drugs or having her brain zapped.
Maybe Fedra will mellow out a bit if she really suffered a cardiac event as our cardiologists refer to heart attacks these days (makes it sound like some sort of party).
I'm so glad that Kris has agreed to join us recapping every other Friday. I think her biting humor with fit very nicely with this show.
Sylvia...okay, I admit I was trying to get someone going with that "fruit juice gone bad" comment. Thanks for playing along.
Sandy in TN...We love Gordon Gee here. He was president of OSU once before, left for Brown, then left for Vanderbilt, then came back here. I got a big kick out of his "Murderers' Row and Little Sisters of the Poor" comment. Actually it sounds like something our very own Dr. Carlos could have said. Wry, funny and guarenteed to get people going.
Jeanne...first prize goes to you for noticing Gretel and Paula even walk the same and looking it up. You're a natural born researcher and fact-checker, even when it comes to telenovelas. That is so interesting! Thanks for filling us in.
Thank you also to the other wonderful LdA recappers for your hard work and dedication. I couldn't comment as I wasn't in work most of last week but your efforts are truly appreciated.
Frustrated in Ashburn, VA