Thursday, December 05, 2013
Lo Que La Vida Me Robó #12-12/04/13: Of Heart Attacks and Looming Heartaches
Wow Graceless is so horrible. It will be fun when she can no longer manipulate with Monse or Ale and even more fun when she gets her anvil. Until then, good heavens what was she wearing tonight?!! This show becomes must-see-tv because you have to see these fashion felonies (thanks Mads) to believe them.
And Juvie's fantasies and bold delusions concerning our protagonista; insane. I will look forward to Ale beating him down for even thinking about touching poor Monse.
I hate that the fleecing of Josefina. I can't wait to see when she wises up to them. The actress was so much fun in Gancho and is putting in a great performance thus far.
Thanks Urban and NM for your great recaps. The holidays and my upcoming trip have kept me away from our blog.
Marvelous, superb recap! Liked your little asides and all the detail.
Esme sure surprised me. She is very nice. I wonder if what she told Ale was her true story. I hope she and Refugio end up together.
Monse and Ale are breaking my heart too. How very sad. Monse thinks that poor Ale is worse than JL, so sad, although JL is entirely innocent too. I feel bad for JL too, but he never had the avocadoes to talk to her Papa. I wish Ale hadn't made the deal with the devil Gracie about keeping things on the down low. So sad. Monse is sure hating on him that's for sure.
Juvie is a creep, no other word for him. I am always glad that Dominga has that handy skillet. I wish it were cast iron. She could really sock him with it. I too can't believe he showed up at the Mendoza's. Noone would let him near Monse that is for sure.
Dim and Addy are such Losers. They should be stamped with a big L on their foreheads. Like Ale can't see through them. Too bad Josie can't, poor thing, I so don't want Dim to take her for every thing she has. Isn't it funny how much Dim and Gracie are alike? Both won't take responsibility for anything they have done.
Best characters are still Lottie and Vic. Love the two of them, such voices of reason. I wish that Monse would listen to her Tia more and not ole Gracie. Vic is very sensible just like Lottie.
Gracie never wants Monse to be happy. She'd rather Monse hate Ale than hate her. Gracie is such a beyotch, she needs an anvil!
It sounds like Esme might be a sympathetic character. Good! The actress definitely has the props to play both naughty and nice.
Oh dear, so Montse thinks Ale is worse than JL? Let the chronic misunderstandings begin. We can't pretend we didn't know it was coming.
Julia, I was thinking I might skip watching this episode, but your recap has intrigued me. I don't think I can bear to miss the Pervy Scene winner or the setups for all the upcoming agony.
I'm trying to watch this as it airs, so I can chat with all of you, because I really like SR and AB together.
I understand why Monse is upset with Ale now, he is kind of buying her affection - sure, he doesn't know that she knows (and I'm guessing this will bring them much heartache in the future), but he shouldn't have agreed with Gracie in the first place; Vic is right, he's so blinded by love, that he's spending all this money on Monse's family... for what? To make sure she won't turn him down?
Of course Monse is lying, too, wich makes things all the more telenovela angsty.
I really don't care for JL or his ruggedly handsome appearance (that I find anything BUT handsome). Refugio and Esmeralda are much more interesting.
I did find it funny how Esme let two strangers in her house, after just being attacked - yes, they did come to her rescue, but still, I would be so freaked out, I'd lock my door with a million keys and hide under the covers - but then again, Esme has the "street smarts" I lack.
I've never seen Josefina in another tn, so for me she is very fresh. At first I thought the brows were not enough to make her ugly, but then I noticed she has the whole attitude to go with it. I actually enjoy her with Dim and I REALLY like the Finita-Adolfito talks - I find them great comic relief, even if he's a lying liar who lies to everyone, including his partner in mischief, Dim (noticed how he asked Finita 100k and she only told Dim he got 50).
So the wedding is coming, huh? Fingers crossed that JL doesn't show up to ruin everything for Ale.
I think that the guy playing JL is a much better villain than good guy. he was spectacularly wicked in Alborada . I do not think that he is right for this role.
Thanks for mentioning the 50% cut Alfie took for himself. I laughed when he told Dim 50 mil while barely keeping a straight face. No honor among thieves, or "ladron que roba ladron". I also enjoy the comic relief scenes with Fina and the two dimwits. They aren't over the top. But I hope Fina catches onto their game soon.
I was in the midst of taking cookies out of the oven, but I think Graceless also told Monse that Ale would call up the loan and take the house if she didn't marry him. It's not enough for Gracie that Monse marry a man she doesn't love. Now she's ensured that Monse is marrying a man she HATES and doesn't respect. Let the games and misunderstandings begin!
Esme and Refugio are adorable. JL was totally killing the mood between them. Too bad Refugio's a fugitive. I don't see much of a future for them.
Gracie just can't do anything simply. Maybe that's why they dress her like they do--everything is in excess, even her scheming. Poor Ale, no idea the twist of the knife she pulled on him. There were a few moments last night I thought "gees, man. Run! you want to marry into THIS family?". Then they had the scene where they addressed just that...it was so sweet and you just saw Mon melting. Well, I was melting too. That pile of goo on the patio--yeah I was a goner.
EEEK moment of the night for me though--that primal scream that came out of Dim in the argument. Holy crap! Definitely a few screws coming out of the hinge...
Hated that preview with Ale at the altar...sniff.
"daughter/princessa/mealticket", "maybe Monster doesn't want her mama's crazy, badly dressed nalgas around", "Really Mean and Sordid Streets of Agua Azul", "not suspecting that her image is fast becoming the bugger of Juve's eye", "This guy clearly has never met a crazed ambition he couldn't claim for his own" and "Adolfo has come to call on her in a pair of red pants he borrowed from that other stylish evil-doer Hernan from La Tempestad" were my favorites (from a pared down list).
Such great chemistry in the pairings here - Monse and Ale and now, Refugio and Esme. Smoke detectors beware...
We knew Ale should never have made the agreement with Graciela in the first place, and it has now come to haunt him with full force. I feel for him - he is so enthused about the wedding and the fabulous honeymoon. Monse - not so much! Will she make it through the vows??
Karen, I am also loving Veronica. I also loathe cruelty to anyone who is lonely and starving for affection and that is certainly Josefina.
Juvie is repulsive, isn't he Madelaine? I can hardly believe this is the same, swashbuckling, heart stealing main man Mario from Pasion.
How will Esme get rid of Dimwit tonight? Her bad taste in getting together with Dim aside, I think she has heart and spunk, an unbeatable combination. As you noted Sylvia: "The actress definitely has the props to play both naughty and nice." Exactly! Looking forward to seeing more of her.
Julia, you totally rock. This was amazing.
She sure likes pink and wearing layers upon layers of fabric that intersects and hang loose and go around the shoulders and down the spine and so on and so forth...
I wonder how the actress likes her dresses - I bet they have a good laugh everytime she has a new outfit to show off.
I kept falling asleep while watching last night, so I can't wait to get home and see the rest of this Eli and check out Graci`s outfit.
But we got a great closeup of the Lampara Invitada again. I swear those people in the Televisa props dept are messing with us and having fun doing so.
What I am not understanding about this series is how you can update it without having Monserrat attending college at her age. It looks even less likely that Dimwit attended. He's supposed to be 28 years old, so how did he reach that age without making anything of himself?
I certainly don't fault Lauro for wanting to disown him, but what took him so long?
I like Esme & Refugio too.
Surprised that Gracie spilled the beans to Montse. Even though Gracie lied to blame Ale, seems to me she would fear that Montse would get even angrier and bolt on the marriage. In that moment, I felt like Gracie wanted to hurt Montse, even more than she wanted to get Ale's money.
I'm for Ale, but I like JL too, for someone else. JL was lame to not step up to Lauro, but Ale was lame to talk to Gracie, and even Dim, about his feelings for Montse instead of going straight to her in the first place.
Thanks for this excellent recap.Really nice work, very well written.
I particularly loved this segue:
'Meanwhile, not suspecting that her image is fast becoming the bugger of Juve's eye, Montse and Tia Carlotta engage in some heartfelt talk in Montse's bedroom.'
Absolutely brilliant, Julia.
Julia, I have an amusing story about your use of the term MONSTER_RAT. I have a lovely black cat that I rescued some years ago from a shelter. My great niece, who was about 4 at the time, was with me when we found her. As the cat had been spayed, I figured she must be a virgin, or at least re-virginated so I named her Montserrat, after the black Virgin of Monserrat in Catalunya, Spain. My little niece, who could not quite get her tongue around the new cat's name, called her Monster-rat.
I was very amused by your take on Monse's conversion in last night's epi to MONSTER_RAT.
Also, we, ahem, I, don't fuss too much about typos. I am the worst typo offender on the blog.
So many scoundrels, so many buffoons to mock and despise … (Hmm. What would Henry James say about the attitude on The Patio?)
Won't it be fun when JL realizes Esmeralda was a player in the scheme to discredit him? Or will he find out?
Right now, Alejandro would be better off marrying just about anyone other than Montserrat. I bet Josefina would be willing to live on the hacienda. Or what about Esmeralda? She would be nice and down to earth (and she'd know how to deal with María too).
[Sorry Carlos -- María has been too naughty to deserve Alejo. If she grows up a little, maybe she'll be worthy of Victor. Maybe.]
Anyhoo…to distract myself from all the nasties, I have started listening for one of my favorite suffixes -azo words. Last night, I only noticed two, but they were classics:
Dominga grabbed a frying pan and threatened to give Juventino a SARTENAZO.
[Q: What do you call the klop you give someone with a SARTÉN?
A: A SARTENAZO.]
Either Carlota or Graciela referred to Alejo as a PARTIDAZO (a great catch)
[Here, PARTIDO is literally a match, such as a sporting event. A PARTIDAZO is a super important match. This is a figurative use: match --> catch. In any case, this isn't the first time the cuñadas Mendoza have referred to Alejo this way.]
Dimbulb is despicable. I detest him so much more than Ernesto Laguardia who played the brother in Amor Real. Even playing the villain, Ernesto's sweet nature and charm peek through. This actor really makes me cringe. Yelling at his father to die was unforgivable.
The scene of Juv sprawled on his bed fantasizing about sweet, young Mony was icky. Channeling NovelaMaven as the camera zoomed in for a close up of his eyeball, I imagined his thoughts...ewwwww. ......" innocent , ripe young thing skipping out of church.....innocent, ripe young......ripe., ". UGH. Where's the brain bleach ???? I want a really big anvil on a gigantic pie cart for this oily, smarmy guy. How could this happen to sweet pirate Mario. I am so disillusioned.
theorems a chapter in our speaking book about fairy tales . All cultures have them , and they follow a certain formula. telenovelas are fairy tales. Today, I was reading Rapunzel and Cinderella from are big, fairytale book. In both stories, the prince falls in love at first sight. Sometimes, that can happen in real life, too.m
I am so with you on the casting of Jose Luis. Noting about his acting here pulls for my sympathy. He just seems...obsessed with Monse, not madly in love with her. Why would he say he is going to take her away with him, willy-nilly? What is she has changed her mind?
I have to blame the writers and direction here. If they want us to care about and root for the doomed couple, they had better make JL more appealing.
Karen, I cannot STAND the 'fleecing of Josefina' as you so aptly put it. Ack!
As always, you continue to enlighten us. Big smile.
I can honestly tell you that before this very moment, I had never given a thought to -AZO words. Wonderful exposition on the suffix, dear! Now I will listen for it.
I particularly enjoyed your 'por ejemplo' involving the skillful use of a skillet upside Juventino's cabeza.
Thanks, as ever, for being our grammar guru.
Novela maven, Grammar Guardian Goddess, when you were writing about that subjunctive tense in Spanish, I realized why my Spanishseaking students are not as intimidated by the 12 verb tenses in English including the dreaded present perfect progressive. Are there 16 tenses in Spanish ?
Susanlynn, I am also disappointed in JL's character. The actor was so divinely wicked as Don Diego in Alborada; still one of my favorite villains ever. I am expecting more from him here, not sure what exactly, but a little more zing. ITA with you that his "love" for Montse is just not believable. I can't decide if I am supposed to root for him or not. I just don't care. Meh.
But Juventino...now THERE is a slimeball I can get behind. Even the way he combs his hair gives me the creeps.
What a wonderful spot-on description of Juventino. In this updated version of Amor Real, the writers have added some repugnant sleaze, I must say. Gracie and Juventino are both bottom feeders. The mother in the original was not anywhere near as repellent. And there was no distressing Juventino character. Sorry that in "updating" they felt they had to ratchet up the repugnance.
Susanlynn...I'm in complete agreement about JL. He was fabulous as the corrupt Diego; but leaves me cold as the "innocent, betrayed lover". He's wasting his time (and our time) in this role. But I would love to see him as a villain again.
You said it best on Juventino:
'Even the way he combs his hair gives me the creeps.' Hee, hee, hee, amiga.
You know how it goes, amiga. In real life the actor probably helps lame old ladies across the street and cares for sick puppies.
But on screen he has me totally creeped out.
Judyb.. I completely agree with you. The mother in AR was cold and calculating and all about money and social status, but she dressed conservatively and was not BSC like our Gracie. She doted on her worthless son and showed no warmth to her daughter as she used her to save the family's face and fortune, but she had a little class while doing it. She was very concerned with appearances. Like Graceless Gracie, she wanted a big , ostentatious celebration to impress people . Also. like Gracie, she kept her husband in the dark about marrying off their daughter to a rich man. it seemed harder for her to accept a bastardo as a son-in-law, but Manuel's money was tempting enough to make her continue her push for Matilde to marry him. Do you remember the scene where Matilde is knocked unconscious in the street and good Dr. Manuel takes her to his townhouse and has the maid undress her and put her in a bed.? The mother finally convinced Matilde to marry him because her reputation was sullied. (shout out to Ursullied from LT who really was ultra sullied.)
So it seems we have followed the white rabbit right down the rabbit hole...Juv is the Cheshire Cat...Moony Mon is , of course, Alice...Gracie is the crazy Queen..Lauro is her weak , little king...okay, let's see Mad Hatter..Dim (or perhaps he is that pipe smoking caterpillar ) ..Marchhare..Addy...or maybe Dim and Dimmer could be twiddle Dum and Twiddle Dummer...maybe Refugio is the dormouse and the white rabbit.is JL (because he is always running somewhere)...no part for Alehandsome because Alice in Wonderland has no hero.
Happy Unbirthday, everybody, from a stoned Louis Carroll, Walt Disney, the cast of Robo, and me.
On Amor Real, I actually had a little sympathy for Matilde's mother. She was totally shaped by her culture, and no doubt was married herself to someone she did not love (although I adored her husband..he seemed stronger spiritually than the doddering Almirante); so it seemed perfectly right and just that Matilde should marry someone financially adequate, regardless of her feelings.
Remember, that in many parts of the world, young women are still married this way. Some are even betrothed by the time they are 5 or 6. And many undergo grotesque, non-sterile surgeries, so they cannot enjoy marital relations. In a world where men rule, female feelings don't count. Not even to their mothers.
I had guys from India and Bangladesh who told me that their parents would be choosing their wives for them.
The storyline made much more sense in AR because it was taking place 100 years ago when arranged marriages were common and women had few options other than marriage. Tia encouraged Matilde to marry Manuel as her mother wanted because she did not want Matilde to be an unmarried woman living with relatives like she was.
My mother's mother used to tell her "It is nice to put your feet under your own table." I wonder if that is a German expression...or just my grandmother's feelings.
Graci's hair always makes me think "deshabille."
And the young woman must also not only feel an obligation to help her family, but also be made to feel this is a life or death situation (her father), and also be disillusioned with love and men in general, so that she doesn't believe she will ever find real love, so she might as well marry this guy.
I think both these guys are doomed, though.
Re FGM: This so horrified me when I first read about it. There are horrendous health problems that result from it and nobody seems to care. If the insecure men in those cultures would learn how to please women this practice would be easier to wipe out.
NovelaMaven, I'm going to stand by María although I really don't want her to end up with Alejandro either but for very different reasons. I much prefer Victor for the sweetness, loyalty, and yes, purity that is María. OK, I remember the key thing but I don't think for a moment that she thought that she might be abetting a rape attempt.
Alejandro is certainly pretty, but he is not exactly that great a prize himself. He is self-deluding, social-climbing, and willingly involved in purchasing a wife. He's certainly not very discerning if he doesn't realize that Monserrat is not as enthusiastic about or committed to this marriage as he is. He, after all, did propose the initial deal with Graciela and she took advantage of it. Does he not wonder who Monserrat mistook him for the first time they met? Also he really put me off with his not inviting or even telling the folks back home of his upcoming nuptials. His excuse was lame and embarrassing.
Very true that Ale has made mistakes. Don't worry. He'll weep many pretty tears because of his errors. But he's still too good for Maria, and so is Victor.
Karen: Glad you are with me on all things SR!
Mads: I am loving Lottie and Vic in all things, too! Could they ever end up together?
Cap'n Sylvia: So glad my recap pulled you in to an episode you might not have watched otherwise!
Adriana: Thanks for pointing out the sneaky thing Adolfo did with the money. I always get really nervous when I try to figure out numbers in Spanish for some reason, and I missed the double-dealing.
Vivi: I felt like a lot was going on, too! It was hard to keep up and condense everything, and I worried I was going on for too long.
Daisynjay: I agree, I am feeling so sad thinking about what Alejandro might have to face tonight.
Diana: Thanks for all your specific shout outs of lines you liked. It is always great to know which ones were most enjoyed
Doris: Love the term "Snarktastic" and to know my recap was such!
Urban: I really agree. Montserrat's not going to university really bothers me, too. Also, I keep wondering why no one ever asks Ale what his degree was in. Will we ever find out?
Elna June: Thanks for sharing the funny story about MONSTER-Cat. As a full-fledged crazy cat lady myself, I welcome all feline anecdotes
NovelMaven: Those words Sartenazo and Partidazo are so cool and make perfect sense! I'm so glad you caught those and pointed them out and for your great ear.
Lila: I agree DIM"s ranting was awful and hostile. His lack of remorse is astonishing to me, too.
Carlos: I love your championing of Maria. Your comments about Ale's lameness really got me thinking about this more, and I think you're right. His excuses were bad, but somehow I just let him get away with this and still think he's wonderful.
I wanted to give a personal shout out to everyone this time--if I forgot any of you, I'm so sorry. There was one anonymous with no name, but I enjoyed this person's observation about not wanting Refugio to get caught but not minding if J-L did.
I will be interested to see Ale's character development. In Amor Real the hero Manuel was a bit of an anti-hero. He had a dark side that he had to learn to control. Will Ale have a dark side? Rulli most certainly plays Alejandro as if there is something simmering underneath his very polite and generous exterior.
I am sad to say that my original comment on this epi is gone...vanished. You see, I am at work, and I had to leave my desk. When I returned minutes later, a co-worker had decided to use my computer to write an e-mail and had logged me off the computer. All that hard work was gone. I am so upset right now that I can't remember all that I wrote, but I know it had to include, 'what was Graceless wearing?' For now, I am short on time, so I bid you farewell...
Back to work...hasta pronto!