Friday, September 30, 2011
LFdD, Thursday 9-30, #40: La Fuerza de Carolina's power over Antolín
Gerry is lonely at home. He picks up a picture of him and Alex. Rosa, the maid, comes in and asks if there's been any word from Carolina. Gerry keeps up the lie that she took Alex on vacation. "Alone?" asks the maid. "Of course not! With a friend." "What friend?" Gerry tells her to quit asking questions and to tell anyone who asks that Carolina just left that morning. So, if Luisa comes by, she's to tell her that Caro and Alex left that morning and she doesn't know where they are. Gerry conforms to her that he does know where they are and they're fine. Rosa has her doubts.
Ivan and Lucia plan to go visit Camilo in jail (in that short skirt?) and then swing by Gerry's to check on Alex.
Celia and Antolín visit Camilo in jail. Camilo asks for a moment alone with Antolín to accuse him of knowing all about the fires. Antolín isn't going to give up all his secrets to Camilo, but he does confess that he was away on a trip with a hot chick…no, he corrects himself, he was with a princess, at the seashore. No shells were sold during the making of this vacation. Antolín tells Camilo he'll always have his back and Camilo agrees. Celia gets a few tears and a bendición (a blessing) in before the guard makes them leave so that Lucia and Ivan can visit. Antolín won't stay to talk to the lawyers.
Camilo is about a million times happier to see Lucia than Ivan, and it shows. Ivan doesn't notice.
David calls Judith, who has stood him up. She tells him that her dad has forbid her or Mom from talking to him. David says he just wanted to see her, that's all. Judith asks how Camilo is doing.
Ivan tells Lucia that he suspects that Antolín didn't want to talk to the lawyers because he had something to do with the fires. Ivan's guess is that it was done on JJ's orders and he really wanted to implicate Ivan and Toni. They're walking up to the door of Gerry's house and Lucia rings the bell. The maid shows them in and tells them that Carolina took Alex on vacation that day, early. Lucia is shocked they left so early and without saying goodbye to her. Rosa says they went to the beach, but she doesn't know exactly where. They can tell she's not giving them the whole story, but since she also doesn't know it, there's no use yelling at her. Lucia tries to call Gerry, but he won't answer.
Back out on the porch, Ivan is screaming at Lucia (not her fault, back off, Neanderthal!) that Carolina has taken Alex away and this is proof that Alex is his son. He goes on and on about how her family are all so awful, taking both his mother and his son away from him, and the he warned her he wouldn't tolerate one more lie. "Don't you know what it's like to have a child? Of course you don't!" Lucia breaks down and says she did lie to him and Alex is his son. Of course, he's pissed she's just now telling him. Lucia tries to defend her father. He just keeps yelling at her and finally says "this is over," before they take off in the SUV.
Antolín is leaving without waiting for Camilo to be let out. He says the guy won't show up to make his accusation in person, so that's that. He leaves before Celia can give him a Hands-On Blessing, so she has to use her daily power of Long-Distance Blessing...which has quite a long range, considering she's an Epic Level Mom…as Antolín heads out the door.
Saul is at The 9 Ball asking the bartender for Gordo's address. The bartender knows which neighborhood Gordo lives in, but not the address. Antolín finds Saul there and grabs him by the shirt, telling him that if he messes with his carnál (brother) one more time, it will go worse for Saul than it did for Gordo. And he doesn't care about Saul's dad. He also doesn't care if they all end up in jail…or dead! Having delivered what, considering Antolín's reputation, is more of a promise than a threat, Antolín departs Alamos to head back to his Princessa.
Ivan won't walk Lucia into the house. He's got stuff to do. All she gets is a "Nos vemos" (see ya).
Ivan goes into Toni's office. Toni starts to give him the news that no one has appeared to denounce Camilo, so he should be getting out soon, but Toni notices Ivan's mood. Ivan says Lucia knew "all along." He's worried that Alex is with Carolina and no one knows where.
Alex wants to talk to his dad, but Carolina is keeping him from doing it. Alex wants to talk to Lucia, but Caro won't let him do that either. He's having no fun cooped up in the house while Caro's cousin is working and tries to get her to agree to just take him down to the beach if he promises not to go in the water. Caro says she has to tell him something, but he has to promise not to tell. Um, no, sorry. Barring innocent things like surprise parties and Christmas presents, adults have no business asking kids to keep secrets from other adults. Big red flag! "Remember that time I told you there's someone who wants to hurt us? Well, it's Ivan. He lost his son and he thinks you're his son. Ivan doesn't think you're your fathers son, and he's got lots of money so maybe he paid some guys to kidnap you. So that's why I don't want to let you go out alone. What if someone takes you? We'd never see each other again." Alex gets scared and begs her not to let anyone take him. Crazy bitch.
Ivan leaves a message for Gerry telling him he knows Alex is his son and if Gerry doesn't tell him where Alex is, he'll report him for kidnapping a child.
Lucia cries in her room. Carlota, ever the optimist, thinks Ivan will get over it. Lucrezia starts to come in the room, but she stops to listen at the door. She hears Lucia say that she should have told Ivan that Alex was his son from the beginning and now she's lost Ivan. Lucrezia comes in and asks QTH is going on. "What's this about the kid not being your father's son?" Lucia says he's Ivan's son. "Ivan's and Maripaz's? So Gerardo took him?" Carlota points out that he did it so that the kid could be raised by family and not in an orphanage like Lucrezia wanted. Lucrezia reacts with a predictable concern about the (come on, say it with me now) "escandalo" *drink* Carlota is sick of Lucrezia Borgia being more worried about what other people will think than about her own family. Lucrezia says it's an easy fix…Ivan and Lucia will get married and the kid will live with them, and they'll say they adopted him. Lucia tells her that she and Ivan broke up and Alex has disappeared.
Gerry gets home and listens to the voicemail message on his way up the front steps. The spineless worm gets back in his car and drives off.
JJ is sitting alone at his dining table, drinking. His lawyer, I assume, comes in to tell him that the anonymous informant never showed up and so…. He doesn't get to finish his sentence, because JJ conks out. And probably not from the alcohol. The lawyer calls for Esther.
Lucrezia and Gerry argue, 10 years too late, about Alex. Gerry doesn't know where Carolina is. He called her cousin in Huatabampo, but the cousin said Caro wasn't there. "Maybe she lied," offers Lucia. Gerry says he had the same though, which is why he's going to there tomorrow. Lucia wants to go too. Carlota thinks they need to tell Ivan. Gerry is reluctant, since they don't know if Caro and Alex are really there, and besides, he has to convince Carolina…. "Convince her of what? The kid is nothing of hers." Gerry points out that she's been a mother to him, etc. Lucia understands that, but Ivan is his father and he has rights, and he hates her for keeping it from him. Gerry tells them about the phone threat to accuse him of kidnapping. Lucrezia tells him to just give Ivan the damn kid, so he can marry Lucia and they can secretly adopt him so no one will find out. Gerry gets pissed off and says "You think it's that easy to tell a kid, 'you're going to go live with that guy now, because I'm not your father!'" "You should have thought of that before you kidnapped him!" I think they're both right. Carlota says this is all pointless and Gerry needs to tell Ivan everything--that he suspects Carolina is in Huatabampo, that he had nothing to do with her decision--and get the kid back before they decide anything else. Carlota tells Lucia to go with her father to find Ivan. Lucia hesitates. "Listen, girl, you made mistakes, you lied to him, you deceived him, so now you need to take the bull by the horns and face the consequences." You go, grandma!
The doctor has checked JJ over and said he has hypoglycemia. It could be isolated, but if not, they'll need to take further action. The doctor says it could have happened because he hasn't been eating well, or because of his frequent alcohol consumption. Esther plays down JJ's drinking, saying he has the occasional drink, usually at parties. The doctor tells them to watch JJ for sweating, shaking hands, headache, or confusion and give him some fruit juice right away. Otherwise, he may lose consciousness again. The doctor advises that JJ live a quieter life, quit drinking, and avoid "disgustos" (arguments, unpleasantness), but Judith says that's going to be difficult as her father goes around being an ass at all times.
Gerry and Lucia go looking for Ivan or Toni. Carmen tries to give them the brush off, and Gerry is weasely enough to try to accept her brush-off at face value and leave. Toni hears the conversation and tells Carmen they're going to talk later. Then he takes Gerry and Lucia into the study.
Ivan takes Camilo home. Camilo has a fit of hysterics before he goes inside, saying it's so great to be outside and see the sun and the street and his house. Well, ok, but…wasn't he in jail for about 24 hours? Just saying.
Celia is weeping with joy. Ivan chalks it all up to Antolín.
Gerry tells Toni that he suspects Caro is in Huatabampo, but she wouldn't tell him. He doesn't know how she got there--he lied and said she want with a friend, but she doesn't have any friends.
Celia now hears that Alex is Ivan's son. And that Lucia lied about it. Celia says Ivan had a right to know, but Lucia promised her father she wouldn't tell. She reminds him that she also lied about the relationship between his mom and Gerry. "Yeah, but that's different! We were engaged." Camilo's ears perk up when he hears that they WERE engaged. Wipe the drool off your chin, there, Camilo. Ivan says he can't stay with a woman who lied about his mother, about Teo being his grandfather, and about his son. Camilo doesn't even bother to defend her, he's so excited to think he might have a chance with her. Screw both of them right now, neither one deserves her. They both know damn well that Lucia, sweet innocent Lucia, has always been the last one in her family to know the nasty secrets. Why does that make it her job to spill the frijoles? Whatever. I'm sick of both of them right now. Ivan won't listen to Celia. His phone rings and Toni tells him Lucia and Gerry are there and Gerry told him that Caro took Alex and he had nothing to do with it, and Caro won't tell him where they are, but he suspects they're in Huatabampo and someone had to have helped her, but he doesn't know who. Camilo and Celia both suspect Antolín helped Carolina.
Lucia comforts Gerry for finally manning up and doing the right thing. Gerry whines and cries that now he's going to lose Alex because he doesn't think Ivan will let them see him. Oh, and by the way, sorry about your broken engagement, dear. Lucia says the important thing is to find Alex. Gerry agrees, but says he can't take off right away because he has to deal with something on the jobsite. He suggests a 7am departure. Really? That's as early as you can leave? Lucia agrees and says she'll see him then.
Ivan wants to take off right away and he argues with Camilo about whether Camilo should come with him. Celia convinces him that Camilo is the only one who can deal with Antolín. Ivan goes to pack and Camilo goes to take a shower. Celia stops him and asks him not to fight with Antolín, especially after what he just did. "Maybe he doesn't even know the kid is Ivan's!" Camilo cynically, but accurately, says he doubts there's anything Antolín doesn't know.
Lucrezia asks Carlota how long she knew that Alex was Maripaz's kid and why no one told her. Before Carlota can answer, Lucia comes in, sad, and says that Ivan wasn't home, so they told Toni. Lucrezia can't believe that the crazy took him and she's not interested in trying to understand her. "The only thing I understand is that she committed a crime!" "And you've never committed a crime?" Carlota likes Lucia's comment, but Lucrezia calls it disrespectful. "If you don't marry Ivan to cover up this," say it with me now, "vergonzoso" (shameful ) *drink*, "situation, I'm going to tell Maripaz to do it…since she's the brat's mother!" Lucrezia Borgia storms off, feeling like she's had the last word, and Carlota shouts after her, "Don't worry, sometimes your mother just likes to hear herself talk!" Lucia pouts that Maripaz is the kid's mom and she has rights. Even if she only does it out of self-interest. Maripaz is, after all, capable of doing anything to get her hands on Ivan AND his money.
Carlota goes to talk to Lucrezia. "Please don't tell Maripaz anything about the child. If Ivan and Lucia reconcile, which is what I hope, they can get married and follow your suggestion--adopt the child and avoid a scandal. No one knows Gerardo kidnapped him, or that Maripaz had a child 10 years ago. If she does find out, there will be trials and lawyers, and you don’t want that, do you? And besides, the truth about Teodoro could come out too. About how he left land to his bastard daughter in his will, and how you don't carry his blood, that you're not a legitimate Curiel. Listen to me, daughter, Maripaz isn't trustworthy, and she could start something up for no reason. We should keep our mouths shut, right?" Lucrezia agrees and Carlota says sadly that for once they're in agreement. She thanks Lucrezia and kisses her on the cheek. Lucrezia cries and says she can't remember the last time Carlota gave her a kiss. "Maybe that's because you didn't deserve it." Lucrezia and Carlota laugh and cry. "Despite all our arguments, and all our tantrums…I love you very much, Lucrezia." "Me too, mom." They hug and cry some more.
Ivan takes his carry on and heads out the door, Toni chasing after him. Ivan's plan is that if he doesn't find Alex, he'll call Toni and have him hire investigators. Wouldn't it be faster to call the cops in that town? Or hire investigators now from somewhere closer, at least to find her before he gets there and make sure she doesn't take off again? Ivan doesn't think it will be difficult to find a blind woman and a 10-year-old boy. Toni says that Lucia was very depressed. Ivan can imagine, but he doesn't have time to talk about her right now. And now, Toni gets ready to have that conversation with Carmen.
Benito tries to explain to Carmen what she did wrong. She tries to defend herself by saying that she didn't know Lucia was Ivan's fiancée and Gerry was like his father-in-law. All she knows is Don Anthony hasn't been out of the hospital long and he's not supposed to have visitors. Toni hears this and tells her she can't make decisions without consulting him. He tells her that she was being a busybody and didn't consider that they might be coming to tell him something important…not that they needed to tell her that. Toni tells her she is an employee in that house, who is supposed to make sure everything runs smoothly and nothing more. "If you don't like it, find another job, let me know, and it's over." "Does Ivan know you're practically firing me?" "I don't have to ask permission from my son to make decisions. I like your brother, and I respect your mother, but you…your chances are over! Go to David, have him give you your final check and get out of my house right now." That's 2 firings for Carmen. "What did I do?" She threatens to sue for unfair firing. Benito laughs, saying go right ahead, but lawyers are expensive. He doesn't think her mom and brother will like it. Carmen says her OTHER brother will defend her. The other maids have been listening in and they make a big show of doing nothing when Carmen walks by, snapping her fingers at them and telling them to get to work. They laugh once she leaves.
Ivan and Camilo are not having an easy time finding Huatabampo.
Alex is, understandably, confused. He thought Ivan was a good guy. Caro says he is a good guy, he just has the idea stuck in his head that Alex is his son and that's why he wants to kidnap him. "And why didn't my dad tell me anything?" "So you wouldn't worry." "And why won't let me talk to him?" Caro says he's acting like a little boy. He gets distracted by Antolín being back. Antolín gives him cash so he can have some alone time with Caro. Antolín says they need to resolve the Alex problem, and quickly. He says he didn't tell anyone where she is and he didn't see Gerry, but he does think what she did was good at all.
Carmen runs into David in the living room and tells him she was just on her way to see him for her severance check. He asks why she was fired. "How should I know? Probably just because he doesn't like me. You know how willful that man is…." David cuts her off, saying he's in a hurry, but he'll tell the accountant to prepare her severance check. He excuses himself to go talk to Toni. Carmen gripes that she's lower than trash to "these people," and swears they'll pay.
David passes on the news about his dad and says he's going to go see him now. Toni sends his wishes for a fast recovery. He says he'll stop by the office to tell the accountant to prepare Carmen's check, but Toni says he'll take care of it. Once David leaves, Benito says "Who says there's no justice in this world? Maybe he'll die!" Toni scolds him for wishing ill on someone. Toni says they'll go to the office and then to Carlota's house…but Bruno is staying behind.
David hears from Saul that he's been kicked out of the house and left without credit cards. Saul asks to stay with David for a few days, but David's apartment is only a 1 bedroom. Saul says he'll sleep on the couch or a chair, wherever. David says fine, whatever, but he's on his way to see his Dad since he passed out. Saul gets a speculative look as he asks if JJ has something a person can die from. Jackass.
Antolín…or should I say Ahhhhhhhntolín, runs on the beach back to Caro. He tries to talk some sense into her regarding Alex. He agrees her feelings are important, but the law is the law. "Does Ivan know he's his son?" Caro says that she's sure Ivan suspects and she knows that Lucia does know because Gerardo told her. Antolín guesses that Lucia has told Ivan and Ivan will be looking for Alex now. "Well, why does he care!? For years he didn't take an interest in Alex!" Antolín reminds her that Ivan was in the US for 10 years, living in what kind of conditions, before he met up with "Merlin" and came home covered in silver. Since Ivan wasn't living near his son, he couldn't pay attention to him, but now that he's back, blood calls to blood. Caro begs him to leave. "What, are we going to go from town to town, like gypsies? I'll steal and kill so we have money? No. And let me tell you, the money you have isn't going to last long and I don't have a whole lot of capital. I did a job and it didn't turn out well--the guy didn't pay me. Princess, what I'd like is to have all the money in the world and be able to take you to Africa or China or anywhere, but some things are impossible." Caro asks what she has to do. Antolín says she does have to give up Alex and Caro gets all hysterical again and begs him for help. Sucker!
JJ is already refusing to follow doctor's orders and won't stay in bed. He gets grumpy about the guys being there and says they're just vultures, waiting to see if he dies. Judith tries to argue, but he calls her mentally retarded. You know what, just fucking die. David offers to take over the ranch, even if it means he has to quit the McGuire's. JJ says he'll give David the chance, but he doesn't want to see Saul again for the rest of his life. Saul makes some vaguely threatening gestures and leaves. JJ smirks that he's now gotten rid of one useless son. "I hope you're worth it. If not, I'll call my other son to take over. The one with more guts than the other two put together--Ivan."
Saul calls Maripaz. She's getting ready for a party, but Antolín isn't going to be there. Of course, Saul is invited, not that he needs an invitation.
Toni wants to resolve the problem on good terms. The Curiel ladies present agree. Lucia says that's why she was hoping to get to the village first, but Ivan took off already. Lucrezia repeats her plan of having Ivan and Lucia get married and adopt Alex. Lucia reminds them that Alex is a kid and this is going to be traumatic for him. Lucrezia, ever sensitive, says "Well, you're a psychologist! Just treat him and be done with it!" Carlota calls her cold, but Lucrezia says she's practical. Carlota thinks they need to consult Ivan, but Lucia says he's very angry right now. Toni will work on Ivan. He asks Lucia to walk him to the door, but stops to kiss Carlota's hand and ask permission to visit her later. He says goodbye to Lucrezia, but ignores her hand. *snort*
Lucia tells Toni she's worried about Alex. He's not worried about the breakup, he just thinks they need time. Lucia's kind of pissed off at him for the way he talked about her family. She knows that her family has done a lot of crappy things. A lot. No, I mean, like, really, really, a lot. Um, but she can't just stop loving them! Toni says love is a power that moves mountains. Lucia hands him off to Cleto, who walks him to the gate.
Ivan and Camilo arrive in Huatabampo. Ivan is declaring that he's DONE with Lucia. And he's not interested in seeing things from her POV since she wasn't interested in trying to see them from his. Oh, shut up! They go looking for food.
Caro and Alex are walking, possibly in the same square. Caro tells him that he can't talk to his dad because if Ivan pressures his dad, his dad will tell Ivan where Alex is. "And you don't want him to come for you, right?"
The taco guy has seen Caro and Alex and tells Ivan and Camilo that he thinks they're staying with Doña Estela.
"But I don't understand. If Ivan is so bad, then why is Lucia his girlfriend?" "Because she's in love and so she doesn't realize it. She thinks he's good." Ivan sees Ivan and yells, "There he is!" He tries to run off, leaving his aunt, but Ivan catches up to him. Alex cries that he doesn't want to see Ivan and he doesn't want to leave his dad. Aw, that sucks! Crazy bitch!
My DVR cuts off before the previews.
Rehearsals continue. I'm thinking the show's going to be kinda awesome.
I am so mad at Caro right now. Poor Alex is going to need so much therapy. If she hadn't been in the picture I think everyone would have done the right thing and Ivan would have been reasonable. Now Ivan is probably going to do something stupid.
And Ivan is a fool if he can't see that Camilo is moving in on Lucia...who really annoys me so I don't care what happens to her now.
Carmen is going to be trouble with a capital T.
This is probably too much to hope for but when Lucia catches up with Carolina she should slap her flat. She is a crazy bitch and she just put Alex's mental health at a very serious risk. If she cared anything at all about him she wouldn't have done that.
She should be charged with kidnapping. Of course, any threat about that could make her decide to spill the frijoles about Gerry kidnapping Alex in the first place and all hell would break loose.
Carmen doesn't have a leg to stand on about suing for unfair termination. She knew that Gerry worked for Tony at some point. And for her to use Antolin as a threat is really low. She is trash.
I'm concerned about David going back to run his father's ranch. If JJ has been told that he should avoid "disgustos" he will play this for everything he can get out of it, like Gabriela in FELS. He will treat Esther and Judith worse than ever. Maybe this should spin off into an episode of Mujeres Asesinas.
Making the man the especially aggrieved party, a la Ivan, runs the risk of making him look like a brutal fool (shade of FD's character in Pasion). Right now I'm rooting for Camilo and Lucia together.
Those boots and that short, tight dress. What are they thinking with such a pretty woman as Lucia. In general, Maripaz has it all over her in the wardrobe and style aisle.
How wonderfully ironic that JJ should lack sugar in his bloodstream! Just give him a little orange juice and he'll be himself (not someone nicer, it turns out). Telenovela medicine. And diagnosis in your home, without a single test.
Caro really crossed a line. OMG! Poor Alex AND Ivan. This relationship is going to take come serious work to repair. The kid is terrified of Ivan.
Loved the comments about Camilo. If he started panting and drooling every time he saw Lucia, I wouldn't be surprised. By the way, Bruno WAS panting and drooling all over Lucia as she sat on Toni's couch. I think SE was having a hard time keeping a straight face because of it.
Lucia and Ivan also have some serious work to do on their relationship. But I think Carly pointed someothing important out. Lucia is handling this relationship like a little girl, and not like a grown woman. She needs to be to both confront and say NO to her family, AND confront and stand up for herself to Ivan (who is a self admitted intense hot-head). She can't go burying her head in the sand each time she doesn't want to confront a difficult situation. I hope that this is an area where her character will grow.
I loved how Tony just ignored Lucrazy's hand.
Lucia's stylist must have gone over to the Teresa wardrobe department and taken one of Teresa's cast off dresses with the flower. Not liking all these dresses paired with boots not just anyone can pull off the look.
Not a fan of Camilo he is just too flat and seemingly lacking a personality...
JJ is such an ass, so dismissive of his entire family. I wish I could reach in to my TV and slap a few of the characters around....
I broke up when Tony ignored Lucrecia's outstretched hand.
Camilo s/b be glad the inquisition didn't get a hold of him like poor Hipolita.
I dozed during Mujeres asesinas but I did catch wimp Gerry getting it with a frying pan, muchas veces.
When are they giving us new ones?
Camilo was just too funny, acting like he'd been in dark confinement with scary prison gangs for decades and not in a calm police station cell with plenty of visitors overnight. And his lusty looks at Lucia...how does Ivan not pick up on this??? He's not exactly Mr. Subtle.
Carolina and Antolin are interesting to me. They could straighten each other out, or they could go down a very dark path together. They are both so incredibly selfish. Either way they've got a hotter romance than our main noncouple.
Esther needs to leave JJ, stat. Even lily-livered Gerry managed to leave Lucrezia eventually. I'd really like Esther to sass JJ more but I'm afraid of what he might do to her. Maybe Judith could get away with it. She needs more of a story.
What do we blame her ignorant attitude on?
UrbanA: Loved your recap also, and especially the snarky descriptions! Tks.
Ick. I hope your show exceeds your expectations!