Friday, June 14, 2013
Corazon Indomable #24 6-13-13 MariCruz 2.0 Takes Baby Steps (and Maybe Some Giant Steps) Toward Her Future
Don Alejandro says he will make MariCruz a great lady (un gran dama). This brings to mind other celluloid makeovers, including Princess Diaries, My Fair Lady, Miss Congeniality, and Pretty Woman (for whatever that’s worth.) MariCruz’ age and hair style seem similar to Princess Diaries [recapper’s opinion]. Scenes may be combined.
Our action begins as Lucia composes a letter to Octavio (She probably attended two semesters at a prestigious university, where she majored in fashion design and minored in creative writing before dropping out to get married.) She explains that she’s writing instead of Miguel, that he’s busy with a heavy work load, that Tav shouldn’t be concerned for MC. In fact, MC may be over him, etc. etc.; there’s no encouragement for a continued relationship. (If I missed details here, please fill in.) She tells him to take care and don’t do any crazy stuff.
Serafina’s not quite as folksy as Chatita over on PEAM, but she’s almost equally involved in her tenants’ lives. So far, her efforts to introduce MC and Octavio were refused. She wonders if MC was married or had a relationship, since she appears to be pregnant. She’d be happy take MC to a doctor. An upset MC doesn’t want children, can’t see a doc until her day off. She needs to work, as she gestures to Solita, for their food and rent. A fearful Solita, still suffering PTSD flashbacks, hugs MC. Dona Serafina has the phone number for MC’s work and will keep an eye on Solita.
At some point, we see a straggler from down home wandering the city streets. Maria, finished with the pizza delivery fiasco from yesterday, is bidding the police farewell. She shows them her smudged address paper and asks if they could take her there. They agree, but due to unseen circumstances she is still on the streets at night and struggling to find MC. She uses her basket and shawl to bed down for the night in a doorway, asking God to care for her.
(Viewerville hopes her prayer is answered, since the box she carries is the tenuous link between MC and her faraway father.)
Since Don Alejandro is a man of wealth and property, this impressive mansion may be only one of his homes. The grounds behind the house are extensive, running down to some stables where we catch a glimpse of horses circling a horse walker. Tobias is back at work, bringing morning meds to Don Alejandro. Don Ale explains that he let MC go visit her sister and she’ll be at work shortly. Tobias is dubious, especially when he hears Don Ale bought clothing for the girl. Alejandro explains he made the gesture due to MC’s concern for her finances. He wants Tobias to pay her a little more than Benita made. Don Alejandro can tell Tobias is angry about MC and thinks he may have lecherous intentions. Not at all, the gentleman explains. He thinks of her as a girl, not a woman, and she makes him think of his daughter.
At the table, Don Alejandro reams out Tobias for treating MC poorly (like trash, hmm?) Tobias thinks she’s not worth the effort, but Ale sees the value in her and likes her. Tobias thinks she’s pretending, but Ale is sure she’s innocent. He hopes to find his daughter, but in the meantime, he’ll help MC. Nothing and no one will change his mind! (Due warning posted for Tobias. Can we hope MC will melt Tobias sooner or later?)
Our two pilots have morphed into HGIEC (Hawt Guys in Evening Clothes) and are entering the casino. Raiza softly breathes “fresh meat” as she hones in on the target. Her jazzy music theme trails behind her as she slinks across the room and asks if they prefer black jack or roulette. Oblivio wants to observe before playing and sits with Raiza at the bar. A MC flashback plays in his brain.
Octavio asks Serafina about MariCruz.
MariCruz slips while practicing staircase grace and the doctor says she must go to the clinic.
Thanks so much for this very fab recap. Ay yi yi, I really thought that Tav and MC would see each other. It's funny how he thinks of her constantly, even when she isn't almost colliding into him.
I am really liking Don Alejandro. He is the kindest gentleman ever! I really like how he treats MC and I am sure he will also take Solita and Moctavio under his wing. I hope he suggests a school for Solita and some help with her PTSD. I am glad MC will be seeing a Doc. Maybe MC does recognize the signs of being preggers cause no one ever told her about the birds and the bees? I don't think Abue did, anyway.
Poor Maria. I hope she still has all those papers with her and she finds MC.
I do like the way Don Alejandro is teaching MC. He is very patient with helping her and maybe Tobias will thaw a bit. MC just may win him over.
I can't stand Raiza. She ought to be pimping herself out instead of poor Arecely. Leave the poor girl alone. Maybe Eduardo will rescue her, who knows!
I won't even mention Lucifera. I just hope once Tav finds out MC has left there, he demands to know what the hey happened to his money! That will be a not to miss confrontation. I hope he does it in person too!
Loved - "(She probably attended two semesters at a prestigious university, where she majored in fashion design and minored in creative writing before dropping out to get married.)" - LOL
Don Ale and MC-s relationship is developing nicely.. can't wait for the truth to come to light - (WHERE ARE YOU MARIA?!!) - MC is clearly not confortable with the new clothes and etiquette lessons but she's really want to learn. Her table manners obviously needs improvement. Papi Voice is very patient with her.
Toby should get off the high horse, they keep putting servants in this TN who consider themselves higher than their employers
Poor Solita, hopefully Don Ale takes her and the monkey to live with them in the big house and hires a special teacher for her to learn the sign language.
Cliche alert: MC falls down a staircase according to the promos.
I bet it would be a treat for Solita to get a hug from Ale and feel the vibrations of that rumbling voice and laugh.
MC seems to want to forget the fact she's pregnant, like if she doesn't think about it, and no one mentions it, it will go away. Looks like tonight's fall forces her to finally go to the doctor.
Not sure why Tobias has such a stick up....well, anyway. Maybe he's just protective of the boss? Hopefully he will realize that MC is the real deal, meeting Solita may help with that. And adding the monkey to the mix should just about nail it.
The whole Pygmalion plotline is rather fun, and Alejandro is showing the same impatience that Prof. Higgins had with Eliza. Tobias I suppose plays the role of the Col. Pickering hopefully and everyone warmed to Eliza eventually. Though, at some future point in time the two casino witches will have to come into play with her...bummer.
I had to laugh at Tav convincing himself that couldn't be MC he saw. Yeah, how many woman with wild long hair wearing that style white dress are there. I kind of thought he would jump out of the car in pursuit, but I guess that's asking a lot of our man of inaction right now.
"MC is able to open her napkin and place it in her lap, but her old enemy, the silverware, is another story."
I loved the look on her face when she picked those up and and looked at them warily as though they might bite.
daisynjay, yes, I've no doubt that Solita and the monkey will help warm Tobias up.
Vivi, I can not believe that's the same girl! Completely different roles, but now I see it. Thanks for pointing it out & agree she's doing a great job.
Hope that maria finds MC soon. So sad to see her having to sleep out side like that.
ok,ok, I admit it's getting better, but how long will it last???????
"I had to laugh at Tav convincing himself that couldn't be MC he saw. Yeah, how many woman with wild long hair wearing that style white dress are there."
Would you want this guy to be your pilot? How can he recognize the airport?
Vivi - thanks for letting us know about the actress playing Solita. Wow, she's good.
That and his tendency to get all dreamy and zone out. Top attributes I want in someone who has my life in his hands 40,000 feet in the air.
yesterday you asked if anyone has ever seen the actress playing Raiza as a good girl. In Mujer de Madera (a rather strange but very entertaining TN, with some very well-known and talented actors, that went on and on and on...) she played the main good girl after a face transplant. She was preceded in her role by Edith Gonzales. I think that her main galan was played by Jaime Camil.
Since it wasn't always real coherent in its original state, I think it might have lent itself very well to editing for DVD.
Little trails of silvery stickines mark their jacjets where her paws were stroking them.
Need for a hair stylist on the Isla Dorada
Madelaine---Yes I wish Raiza would leave poor Arecely alone, but playboy Eduardo? I don't trust him.
I think that he is a bad influence on Oblivio.
Daisynjay---Our man of inaction
you guys are good.
Yeah right Irisz79---The servents think that they are really special.
Awful-felia thinks that she's special and then some.
Most think that Tobias will be just fine with Solita and Monito. I think that he will have no trouble with Solita but I'm not so sure about Monito.
I so agree with everyone that the Solita actress Gaby Mellado is terrific. That must be a hard role
What a relief is Don Alejandro! I would have had to quit watching had not Mary Cruz finally found her way to him. It was just too degenerate out there in the mountains. The sweetness between Don Alejandro and MC is such a joy to watch....real chemistry there and I do mean as father-daughter.
The coincidence of everyone running into everyone so conveniently in a gigantic place like Mexico City strains credulity but I accept this as a standard device in telenovela-land. I also missed the significance of the yacht-hump-back-sort-of-fellow and beautiful brunette cigarette girl. Are they related to MC? Or Don Alejandro...beyond apparently being part of the empire run by the two blond gals?
Due to a tornado watch and severe storms that had me and my doggie ducking under the mattress last night, some of the last part did not get recorded. So thanks especially LP for the description of that and the grammer lesson. Hope to see MC in her new clothes tonite.
You're the best!
Thanks for the funny recap...my favorite was alluding to the possibilities of Luciafer's major. She sure does not know how to dress down. Casual is not in her vocab.
ITA with everyone about the actress playing Solita. She sure is doing a great job communicating her anguish through facial expressions. I really hope they give her something more to do than sit around the house all day.
Vivi: I thought the same way everytime MC got all bothered when someone alluded to her pregnancy. Ignoring it will not make it go away!!
Like everyone else, I'm enjoying the new, gentler version of this right now. And your fine recaps.
"Oblivio" and "HGIU (Hawt Guys in Uniform)"- another couple of great snick-nicks. Definitely keepers! Not to mention, "HGIEC (Hawt Guys in Evening Clothes)" LOL!!!
"Viewerville hopes her prayer is answered, since the box she carries is the tenuous link between MC and her faraway father. At this rate Don Ale will be six foot under and have a full grown oak tree on his grave before Maria gets word to MC."
"(I want a job like this, please.)" --You land it and then get me hired right after, ok?
"Little trails of silvery stickiness mark their jackets where her paws were stroking them." You were on another roll, amiga!
"Can we hope MC will melt Tobias sooner or later?"--NO! Not until she's made him eat a double share of crow once he finds out who she really is!!
Personally, I'm ready to donate Moctavio to the nearest zoo.
I can understand the attitude of Tobiased (love it). He is afraid that his jefe will be taken advantage of.
I can also understand the people thinking Alejando is a dirty old man, until they know him.
Dona Felipa, Teobaldo was working as a guard and errand guy at the casino. He saw Areceli on the dock when she was homeless, hungry, and nearly fainting. He took her in, treats her as a friend, but loves her. Don Ale owns the casino, with the blond bimbo sisters working for him. Raiza lusts after Don Ale and/or his money and social position.
Jarifa, I also love the possibilities for a spin-off series with Monito. He could leave monkey droppings on Eduardo's car and haunt the pizza delivery guys. And that's only the beginning. Not sure if Don Ale will want him in the house.
Lucia and her creative letter writing was also a shout-out to Alicia in La Fea Mas Bella. She was always bragging about her six semesters of finance in a prestigious university (I think that's how it went.)
I'm loving Don Ale as a sweet Santa Claus of a papa. Also liking that MC shows her determined and spunky personality and isn't totally overwhelmed by her new life. She is in denial on the baby.
2. I liked Maricruz's blue dress with no shoulders.
3. Teobaldo says "I want nothing more than your company" and kisses Aracely's hand...but fails to mention "and I don't want any other man to look at you, talk to you or touch you, and I never want you to leave my house". He is starting to creep me out, seriously. This controlling behavior is how abuse starts. How long until she stops being grateful and starts resenting him?
4. Why is Tobias being SUCH a jerk!? That first meeting with Maricruz wasn't THAT bad. Geez. I am very glad Alejandro is sticking to his guns.
5.) María is very brave. Coming to the city all by herself, trying to find Maricruz...very brave lady.