Thursday, April 18, 2013
Que Bonito Amor Wed 4/17/13 Maria becomes Santos’ Guardian Angel.
Anyway, I didn't have time to work out all the names so I apologize in advance.
PLUS, my broadcast was interrupted near the end. I don't think I missed much but was it explained who the old guy was that fingered Santos at the hotel?
I'm really loving the music. I absolutely adore Rancheras and the whole Mariachi thing. I think I was a singer in a past life. jaja
IMDb and Wikipedia list the L.A. cop as "Commandante Derecho" but do not list his female partner's name. Rosie Pelayo is the actress, but the character's name is not on either page.
I love the music in this. Whenever I go to a Mexican restaurant that has a band I always want to be on the main floor. However, a public serenade would embarrass the crap out of me.
Sadly, the gods did not give me the ability to sing ranchera or opera, which is the next thing up from it. I could probably scat like Ella Fitzgerald, but I want to sound like Aida Cuevas!
We crossed into episode 5 last night; I suspect tonight will be episodes 5 (part 2) and 6.
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A very good looking couple, our main duo, even if neither one looks quite as young as they are playing. The kewpie doll lipstick on Danna/Maria takes away from her natural beauty.
So far the story doesn't have a lot of interesting twists and turns (the clown had me going for a moment!), but heck, it's the first week.
BTW, although I don't have a real phobia about them, sending a clown to a hotel room with birthday greetings is guaranteed to start one.
Wonderful recap. I am so enjoying this one. I just love the music. I had to laugh at Don Concho when he was mouthing the music? He is so sour, he has a lemon face, lol.
Maria is so sweet. I don't like the Coloso and his I will make you mine line. I thought it was sweet when Maria's sister rang the doorbell at Gloria's and Rod came out looking around to see who rang the bell and she was giggling.
I also had to laugh when Mike flushed his cell phone and those papers down the toilet and they went down, lol.
And Guilo calling the cops and saying Mike was dangerous, lol. Like they wouldn't know that, maybe? Since he knows Santos?
The costumes in this are wonderful. The musicians and Maria's costumes are wonderful.
I am waiting for them to do El Rey. I have heard a dozen versions of it. I like Chente's best : )
This may be a little soon, but I'm guessing that Oscar can have just about any woman in the place so he assumes Maria is accessible.
Just as El Clon provided jobs for every belly dancer in Rio de Janiero, will this series ultimately employ every mariachi in Mexico City? Will Don Vicente make an appearance? That would be cool.
Madelaine, it's possible that L.A. didn't require people to install those low-flush toilets that became mandatory in NY about 15 years ago. That rule went away because too many people were flushing repeatedly to get rid of just the normal amount of paper.
I lol'd at your comment about the toilets, cause we have them here. I hate them and you are so right about the way they function : )
UA, I was so happy to see another fan. It helped to ease the pain of losing our friends from AB.
I, too, hope we hear Don Chente's "El Rey"!!!
I think this is probably obvious to all of you,but not yet to me. Was there really money laundering going on or is this something the orange looking guy (OJG as Paquita called him, LOVE IT!!) has made up?
Thought I'd better get that part straight before I continue.
It is SO good to see our wonderful recappers again!!! Thank you!
$10 million is grand something, so whether it's being laundered or was just plain stolen doesn't matter. The only thing that's obvious is that Santos was clearly being set up by Bruno, Arnold, and Giuliano who are the real villains here.
What isn't making sense yet is how Bruno expected to get away with this after marrying Wendy although the timing he had planned on would have given him an "out."
Unless the little bridezilla is his accomplice, too.
One inconsistency (or I could have missed a scene) I noticed in last night's episode:
"He introduces himself to her as Jorge Alfredo Vargas (our first alias!) ."
"Coloso demands to know if it’s Alfredo."
Also, I really do not like clowns.
"What isn't making sense yet is how Bruno expected to get away with this after marrying Wendy although the timing he had planned on would have given him an "out."
I'm not exactly sure what you mean, but I think mainly he didn't plan on getting caught.
Nobody ever counts on the police catching on and the police in L.A. have had a bad rep since O.J.
I looked it up and Jardinera is right: The red car is a Lamborghini Gallardo, which costs over $200K (the financing deal I found was $2k x 144 months = $288K). Mike must have a lot of dough.
The word "gallardo" is translated as "rakish, dashing, debonair, gallant." Mike needs that car because he falters in those qualities (He's not alpha-level). That would also be the car Oscar would want if he had the dinero although he has the looks to compensate.
I can't wait to see more fans.
Paquita, thank you again. Love your distinctive style!
Should we start a count of how many religious symbols/moments we have in each episode of this tn?
Agnes- Yes. Fernanda's Monica is VERY different from Vivi. Couldn't be more different! Sort of like the difference between the tone/story of this tn and the that of Cielos. Both are a little too far on the Cheesy---Gritty scale (on polar opposite sides) for me to really get obsessed with, like AB. (Just means I get to bed earlier.) But this group is way more fun. :)
To help you out in the future, and for any johnny-come-latelies, here are the members of the band:
Oscar Fernández, El Coloso (Top Cock) – Pablo Montero
Fernando Beltrán, El Mil Amores – Arturo Peniche (He of the patched guitar)
Natalio Molina, El Soñador – Mariano Palacios
Susano Sanchez, Susanito - Miguel Ángel Biagio (He plays the trumpet and was Poncho in Amorcito Corazón)
Genaro Monterreal, El Baritono – Rafael Negrete
Jairo, El Aventurero – Latin Lover (Wrestler*), real name Victor Manuel Resendez Nuncio
*I looked him up, he is a prof. wrestler.
The colors and the music are wonderful! I don't know much of ranchero music but it's growing on me fast.
Yes the leads are too old for their parts, but they look very good nonetheless. Jorge Salinas looked quite nice last night. In part because the lighting was kind to him, and in part because he's looking very refreshed these days, and presumably in better health than he was during LQNPA. And the girl who plays Maria is absolutely lovely.
I enjoyed the drama that Maria's mom caused when she saw a "strange" man in the house! It sounds like Maria is not inclined to do that (like in NEVER) so this is all new for the whole household.
I also enjoyed in Tuesday's episode, that Santos was being ogled and called a bombon. They do this in Amores Verdaderos too. The leading men are treated like tasty morsels of man candy all the time and in some cases are harassed mercilessly by lusty women. Wonder if our bombon Santos will get the same treatment? That would be funny to see!
Looking forward to tonight's episode!
Further clarification on what Mads' said, Susana Diazayas (Wendy) played Young Inez in CME in the early episodes (the flashback years).
and some responses:
yes, Comandante and la Teniente were the major part of the comic relief in the original LHDM (in that one their character names were Comm Leonardo salas and Tnte Guadalupe Morales). The other comic relief character is yet to appear, i think.
I too fell in love with the mariachi bobbleheads/clay characters in Coloso's dashboard. I even showed it to my daughter so i will let you know if i find them for sale anywhere. (I remember i looked up the colorful mariachi hat pens in 'Concho's(Don Carlos in LHDM) desk in LHDM and found them on sale).
I loved Coloso making reference to La Golondrina and El Caballo Blanco as 'rude' goodbye themes. A nicer goodbye scene was used several times in LHDM, '[ojala] que te vaya bonito', which was used in LHDM at times as a 'nice' goodbye and at least once as a 'nasty' goodbye song.
I am trying not to pass judgement, but Pablo M still has to show me more of 'Coloso'. G. Pernia put all his personality into it, including gestures, poses, cocky phrases, threatening tones, etc etc. I am still giving Pablo time to build the character more.
But i have to second the suggestion by Anon 8:43, maybe after this one is over, you guys who like the music and setting, and have not seen LHDM yet, you need to at least check a couple eps out.
By the way, 'Jairo, el aventurero' character he plays here was played in LHDM by the real voice behind the leading man (Alfredo a.k.a. Francisco Lara/Emiliano in LHDM)
Anita thank you so much for the list; I'm putting together my cast list to refer back to when I'm recapping. It drove me nutz last night that no one referred to Fernando by his name. Coloso kept calling him carnal through the whole episode -- drats!
Re: Santos I also notice he looks much better in this than LQNPA.
re: the costumes -- I really like Maria's charro skirt inspired by the traditional charro worn by mariachi. I've never liked the ones used by the female mariachi, it's just a long a-line skirt. This one is much nicer and in keeping in the traditional mariachi costume.
Vargas = last name of Pedro Vargas, a famous singer of mexican ballads
Francisco = the leading man in LHDM got it from a poster of Pancho Villa at the bar
Lara = last name of Agustin Lara, the composer of the song Coloso was singing when Emiliano was sitting at the bar thinking of getting a fake last name
So both Santos and Emiliano thought about famous names and combined them to come up with a 'fake' name that was common enough that it would not be 'catchy' or 'strange'.
So far I would file this novela under "mindless fun."
It's worse in English, that's for sure.
Vargas is also from Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, the most famous mariachi band in the world.
I will definitely be stealing Orange Julius, cause it's just perfect for him!
If we don't get a name for the fawning lady cop soon, I'm going to call her Fawn. I want Detective Capellan from Mujeres Asesinas to show up and give her a good swift kick in the pants and a lecture about professionalism.
Aplausos a Jorge Salinas for making "Virgen" sound sexy. His hair's bugging me, but as long as he keeps talking, I'll try to overlook that.
El Coloso is begging for a rename. There is nothing Coloso about him except his ego and a bad case of celos...hey, there's a name for him. El Celoso :p
The Mariachimobile, when they finally pulled up at Maria's and I could see the whole thing, was priceless! "Quick, men, we've got a serenata emergency...To the Mariachimobile!"
Is it sad or funny that you had to point out that the clown was literal? I'm just glad he didn't end up wearing the clown suit to escape!
Now, if I were Elaine of Seinfeld I might have another theory on that nickname.
"He introduces himself to her as Jorge Alfredo Vargas (our first alias!) ."
occurred after Maria and Santos had left the club.
" El Mil Amores does the honors to introduce them. For some reason, they never get around to Santos—he’s still unnamed and unknown."
I know, nitpicky and trivial but it it can be fun to watch for these little incongruities here and there. Plus I saw HdM so have to be cautious of the things I comment on.
See picture here.
We don't know if anyone was wearing boots with heels, but in any case, none of these guys is short.
Forgot to mention I also met Fernando at a Univision cocktail party and... tambien what you see is what you get.
If I get back on the guest lists I will figure out how to make sure he has a wardrobe malfunction.
Bruno's wife is not too far behind.
btw, orange julius.. I remember we used to call this guy either carrot man or orange man in earlier novelas... why does he always look like he has congenital jaundice with an orange tone, like his diet consists of carrots and oranges?
Funny how Comandante Derecho's 'mano derecha' is in luurrvvv with him and loses focus every few minutes, but hope they don't drag it out for the entire tn. It could get very old very fast.
Another thing that's already getting old, IMO, is the 900 times that the song "Que Bonito Amor" is played throughout the episodes. I love that song, but am already getting tired of hearing it.
Madeline - I'm not positive, but I think Don Concho, nitpicky boss that he is with Maria, was signaling to her that she forgot her hat (rather than mouthing the words to the song). It would be funnier if he were singing the song, though. :-)
In tn bingo ... is there a square for "Bad guy named Bruno?"