Monday, November 30, 2015

Yo No Creo en los Hombres #98 Lunes 11/30/15

Chapter 98: A War in Hell

A newspaper vendor hawked the front page headlines, just like in an old movie. Honoria stared at the vendor as Julian's coffin was carried into the church by Orlando, Adrian, and two other guys from the neighborhood. She paused at the entrance to the courtyard. Her face was like stone. When the coffin was rested in front of Padre Juan, Orlando stood beside Doris.
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Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #69 Monday 11-30-15 (Mex 98) Three Bright Ideas on The Battlefield of Luuuurve!

Hola, Ciao and Hey, y'all!  Let's dive right in!  We begin in Vitto's office at La Dolce Vita.  Fiorella is shocked!  Luc is asking her not to marry Vittorio when just moments before he was all hunky-dorey with it!  Of course, Luc had to fake in front of his uncle but he wants her to swear that she won't marry Vittorio.  Vitto enters the room and smells the conspiratorial air.  Luc and Fiorella deny that anything is amiss.  Vitto doesn't seem to be convinced.  Fiorella is saved by a phone call from Gianna telling her of Benito's firing.  Fiorella leaves to talk to Gianna about this, Luc stays and Vitto sits him down for a man to man talk.

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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Señora Acero and Preciosa Perla: Week of November 30, 2015

As of this week, the Telemundo y Más page has some new folks in charge.  This has already been graciously announced on the ¿Qué nos cuenta, Caray, Caray? page, so I'll just quote a bit from there: Since the end of El Clon, Jean and Novela Maven have devoted five fabulous years of work to maintaining a space for discussion of Telemundo's telenovelas (and those on other networks as well).  This week, they are handing the reins over to LXV and Juanita to carry on the tradition.  Muchísimas gracias to Jean and NovelaMaven for their invaluable work.  They're a hard act to follow, but LXV and I will try our best.'s this week's Telemundo y Más page, where discussion has been taking place about Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Señora Acero (now in últimas semanas), and Preciosa Perla (which apparently has just ended).  Everyone is welcome--indeed, encouraged--to join the conversation.  Since discussion of all these novelas takes place on this page, please remember to put the name of the novela you're discussing at the top of your post, so people can easily find commentary about the ones they're watching. 
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La Vecina Highlights and Discussion #114-118 Nov. 30-Dec. 4

Here's hoping Antonio survived.


¿Qué nos cuenta, Caray, Caray!? (November 30, 2015)

Hola Carayites!

In this week's edition:

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Qué culpa tiene Fatmagül?-index

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Yo No Creo En Los Hombres, #97 Friday 11/27/15 The Enemy List Grows

Max and MD exchange rings through the bars of the local jail. They don't need a church or a judge, they consider themselves married.

Orlando returns to Josefa with Doris in tow, to ream her out for destroying his shop. Josefa accuses him of kidnapping her. She said that if he withdraws his report on her involvement of the theft of his stuff from the shop, she will withdraw her report of him kidnapping her. But she’s still furious that he made her miss all the good stuff that happened while she was trapped in the shop. She stomps off and Doris holds Orlando back from following her.
Doris convinces him that he should let it go, they have the money from her Nanis to start a new shop, and after everything that has happened, she can’t withstand Orlando being in jail and having to deal with everything without him being there for support. Orlando feels very guilty for spending the time to take Josefa away because if they hadn’t done that, he would have been there in time to stop what happened and Julian would still be alive. They cry together over the loss of Orlando’s best friend, a very sweet loving scene.
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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Pasión y Poder Episode #18 Friday, November 27th 2015 Who needs matching bath robes when you can have personalized toilet paper

On this Black Friday, I'm not looking for good deals on Smart TV's, iPad's, or a PS4. No sirree, I'm looking for a great deal on personalized toilet paper. It's on my Christmas wish list. *This recapper runs to Walmart and fights the crowd to get the best deal* 

Shall we begin... 

Julia and Artie's lips are at close range. They are about to smooch like they haven't smooched in a loooong time, when Gabriela walks into the room (without the knocking on the door!) and interrupts them. At that moment when Gabriela walks into the room Julia jumps back, startled. Gabriela apologizes for her lack of manners and tells her aunt that Franky (Franco) is on his way over there. Gabriela leaves. Julia tells Artie that it would best if he skedaddles out of there, but Artie wants to know what she wanted to ask him, and she tells him that she'll tell him another day. Artie leaves and Julia is left alone to absorb what has just occurred. 

Erick, the sleazeball, acts nice with Consuelo. He sniffs Consuelo's perfume, and tells her, that he loves the smell. He makes her believe that he's interested in fixing their relationship and even suggests taking couples therapy. At first, Consuelo doesn't know how she should behave around him or even if she should believe in him, but at the mention of couples therapy, she melts and is touched that he'd be willing to go along with the couples therapy, for her. When she leaves the room, the sleazeball shows his true face, and texts The Ratt, telling her that he's about to go and see something about a business deal that will leave him with enough dough to have her as queen. 

Franky walks into his madrina's office and tells her that his padrino sent him over there to see if she needed anything. Julia isn't amused AT ALL that Eladio has already started to spy on her. She dismisses Franky, rather rudely, but rightfully so. Franky leaves. Now alone with Gabriela, Julia thanks her niece for alerting her of Franky's visit. Gabriela asks her aunt if Artie will have the DNA test done. Julia explains that she didn't even get a chance to ask him to get it done, because the two started talking, and he admitted that he still felt something for her. And by having Artie so close, she realized that she has never stopped loving him. She admits that she should have never seen Artie, because now that love, has been reborn with a much stronger force.

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #68 Fri 11/27/15 (Mex 97) Italian Stallion 2.0 to the Rescue?

Ciao, Muchacha Peeps!  Here's your Friday night and weekend offering.  Some scenes have been combined, hopefully for better flow and clarity.

Fiorella offers to go with Pedro and Sergio to the columbarium where lie the remains of Pilar, Pedro's Mother and Sergio's Wife.  Fidel helps the still disoriented Sergio and all three exit the foyer, Freddie has listened and spied on them.  

Helloisa fires Benito after reminding him how he has violated the cardinal rule of class separation and forgetting his place in the Angeles household.  Roxi rushes out and throws herself between Benni and Helloisa and begs for clemency.  It's all her fault!

At the columbarium Fiorella tells Pedro that thinking of his Mother makes her think of Tania and that it must be hard for him to know they had the same problem.  Pedro says Tania had the problem when he met her and he had hoped he could save her from herself but it was foolish because he couldn't even save his own Mother.  Fiorella steers the conversation to something more positive.  She thinks Pedro's Mother would want him to be happy.  She tries unsuccessfully to get him to promise that he will be happy for both of them.  Sher thinks he can be happy with Aitana.  He suggests she go back to the car, he wants to spend time with Sergio who is weeping piteously.

Assvaldo confronts Gael who is on his way out to meet Gianna.  Assvaldo's tone is bullying and arrogant as usual.  Gale lies that he's going to an appointment with Alina.  Ass boy insists on going with him.

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Antes muerta que Lichita #48 Friday 11/27/15 Engagement party and Alicia tries to pull a 'i can do it all alone!' sprint... very successful with the Mi Can customers... but can she hold the pace?

Braulio tells Lichita (let me share something in your inbox… (LOL!)) that Sandra ordered everyone in the office to boycott her… so she is on her own with ALL the campaign work. Lichita tells us that she then realized that the engagement with Alex did not do anything for her, that she had to EARN her title with her work.

At the café, Nacho and Elsa comment it was good to leave LIchita out of the mess of the coffee cart at the office. Meanwhile Ximena’s dad (can’t remember his nick) is trying to make a tower of donuts and cinnamon rolls for display… too much touching and too little work if you ask me… Nacho and Elsa are glad the coffee shop is starting up… but Elsa wonders who she can get to handle the cart at Iconika… Ximena’s dad offers his services… Nacho says heck no! but Ximena’s dad says it is Elsa’s final word and puts his arm around her… LOL!

Valeria and Luciana are talking to her dad on the web… Luciana assures Rafael that her fiancée is a great guy… Rafael is more interested in showing them his new painting, which looks like a mix of Luciana and Valeria… Luciana is like ‘ah….. well….. hu….. ‘ ‘cute!’ Luciana leaves. Rafael tells Valeria that he feels he deserves that for treating Luciana like he has…

Elias is trying to encourage Lichita… but reminds her she has a LOT of work to do… and asks ‘why are you trying to show this front of ‘I can do it all, you will see!’? Luciana asks if he will watch her or help out… he responds ‘I’ll watch!’ LOL!!

Rafael continues with Valeria, says he feels abandoned over there in Buenos Aires alone… Valeria tells him she does miss a bit of BA, but here she has a much more fulfilling life… so forget it if you are sitting and waiting for her to return. Rafael tells her ‘don’t you feel like you are sitting as permanent guests there? Don’t you feel bad about it? ‘ Valeria says no way with this caseron! (huge mansion) they are staying at… Rafael then gets a bit hopeful ‘you think they are beginning to forgive me?’

Roberto asks Luciana if she does not think their engagement was a bit rushed and they should call it off. Luciana says no way Jose!

Fatima tells LIchita about the guy with the cart was selling pirate merchandise… Fatima also tells Lichita that she had caught Magos doing it when Magos was the one handling the cart… Lichita and her conclude it was Magos doing (or at least the one that started) the pirate selling, not the guy that got fired. Lichita is about to shoot fire out her mouth she is so mad with Magos...

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Antes Muerta que Lichita #47 Thursday 11/26/15: Nepotism, Lies & Backstabbing...Just Another Day in Iconika

Hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday and are enjoying those Black Friday deals today! 
Lets get on to the show as the people of Iconika did not slow down with their shenanigans due to the holidays.

Alicia decides to tell half truths to her mother and does a bad job of convincing Elsa she is not marrying Alex for purely business reasons. To Alicia's credit she admits that she is not in love with Alex but he is basically like a best friend. Elsa tries to reason with Alicia that marriage is hard enough as it is. You need to find someone that you can see as your husband...etc. Alicia eventually cuts her mom off saying that she knows what she is doing. She made her decision and Elsa cannot talk her out of it. Elsa walks away with tears.

Luciana is having one of her wash, rinse, repeat scenes with Don Augusto about getting back at Alicia. She wants her humiliation to happen like yesterday and for Beto to go far in the company. Even Don Augusto is tired of her antics and puts her on a timer.
Don't you want to just pinch my cheeks. I'm so cute!
Today, Alicia starts her first day as the general creative director which comes with moving to a brand new office....Roberto now old office. He does not mind that he is moving as he will soon be spending less time at Iconika and more time at API helping Alex with his presidency. As usual they get into an argument about about the usual. Roberto wants to know how far she will go to get where she wants. They commence into a fighting match, like kids, about which person is more horrible.

Sandra calls a meeting with the creative directors, minus Alicia, to make it clear that Alicia she not be given special treatment even though she is the fiance of Alex. She basically wants them to make her job harder...not to help her...etc.

Fatima asks Alicia why she is not at the meeting when all the other creative directors are there. Alicia joins everyone just as Sandra ends the meeting. Alicia holds Sandra back to try to clear things with her. However, Sandra is not ready to let the chip on shoulder thaw. Sandra tries to put Alicia in her place foreshadowing that she has her work cut out for her. Alicia does not cower.

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Pasión y Poder, Episode 17, Thursday, November 26, 2015: Giving Thanks, or: Who's the real turkey around this table?

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  I had a chance to ask some of our characters what they were most thankful for on this Día de Acción de Gracias.  You can read their answers below in the recap.

Both Miguel and David suspect that there's something personal underlying their fathers' feud.  And they both fear that the conflict will have terrible consequences.

Despite his misgivings, Miguel tells Arturo he will help him take down Eladio.  But in the end, Arturo comes to his senses.  Attacking Eladio like that would bring Arturo down to the level of his enemy.  He begs Miguel to forgive him – what they need to do is figure out how to make their company grow.  Miguel agrees.  Arturo kisses his son's brow and gives him a real hug.
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Yo No Creo En Los Hombres Thursday 11/26/15: What was in that turkey? aka Rerun?

Hey guys, I've checked several times last night and again now (after getting some sleep) and as far as I know, last night's episode was Wednesday's episode all over again. Let me know if that happened to you all too, or if I'm stuck in another dimension. Thanks!


Thursday, November 26, 2015

Muchacha Italiana Viene A Casarse #67 Thu 11/26/15 (Mex 96) Gobble, Gobble

As in: that's what my DVR did with this episode, so...gimme the goods!  What did I miss?


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Pasión y Poder #16, Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Lo Nuevo

Eladio's bodyguard seperates Art and Eladio and Eladio leaves with a smile on his face.

Connie continues her talk with Clarita about her doomed marriage. Gisela arrives and disapproves of their friendship and wonders why Connie doesn't at least help out her friend by giving her some money. Clarita tells Connie to not pay attention to her. Connie is willing to give Clarita money but CLarita doesn't want any. Their conversation returns to the doomed marriage and Clarita asks Connie what she will do if she finds Erick with his lover. Connie doesn't know what she would do. Clarita asks if Connie is willing to get a divorce. Connie just wishes that this was all a bad dream, or that Erick would wake up and leave his lover. Connie says she can not live without Erick.

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Muchacha Italiana Viene A Casarse #66 Wed 11/25/15 (Mex 95) Uomo Italiano viene a buscar a su hija

Fi instantly bonds with Santino over being Italian and he…has a moment.  Her face…have they met in Italy?  Well, he's in Florence and Fi's from Maratea the south.  Santino had no idea there was a party going on and Dante's furious he was allowed to enter the house without being on the guest list.  He insists he's there "with" Julieta.

Meanwhile, just to make it, like, super obvi…Diana reads the letter AGAIN up to the SAME point where she stopped last time and adds "Are her real parents still alive?!"

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Antes muerta que Lichita #46 Wednesday 11/25/15

First of all, a very happy Thanksgiving to everyone! On with the recap!

We are back at the awards presentation where Luciana is accepting Roberto's proposal.  He is staring right at Alicia with his big sad puppy dog eyes(don't do anything for me anymore). Alicia is not a happy camper. Her reaction is so apparent, Alex asks her if she is okay. Of course, she is. Beatriz is not happy that she did not know ahead of time about Alex's "surprise" engagement and tells Augusto as much. Augusto says they wanted it to be a surprise and that he himself was surprised by Roberto and Luciana's engagement. Alicia is getting the same reaction from her parents who did not appreciate being "surprised" at all. Beatriz comes over with Alex and Augusto to complain to Alicia and Alex that she is angry because they only left Augusto in on the secret. Augusto tries to smooth it all over and gets Nacho to reluctantly agree that the important thing is to celebrate their children's engagement.

Somewhere else in the room Valeria is congratulating Roberto and Luciana and talking about how they have to inform her father. Augusto appears with some champagne to make a toast and approaches Roberto who apologizes for not telling him about the engagement ahead of time. No problem, Augusto is there to make a toast with them all for Alex and Alicia.

Augusto notices a pensive Sandra leaving the room and follows her to a side hall. He wants to know what he can do for her. She understands the promotion for Alicia now that she knows she is going to be Augusto's daughter in law. Augusto asks her not to make a scene because Beatriz is there and she might figure things out. She is sick of being second. Augusto tells her he only loves her and roughly grabs her to kiss her. Surprise! Elías in his top hat catches them. He wonders out loud if Sandra and Augusto are all alone to deal with some work issue or  maybe something more intimate.

At the mansion, Dafne is having a good time blogging about her surviving her first day at school, explaining it all to Yesenia the maid, and eating French fries.
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Yo No Creo en los Hombres #96, Wed 11/25/15: Boda de Sangre

Caray! I need a stiff drink after watching this episode. I’m not going to go into a lot a detail and dwell on all the rotten things that happened. Pour a strong drink, and grab a turkey leg! Happy Thanksgiving!

Let’s start with the only good from this episode. All the ladies looked smashing in their different shades of red for the wedding. Jenny was almost unrecognizable when she arrived at the church on Adrian’s arm. MD also ended up wearing red, but that wasn’t intentional…Let’s get to it, shall we.

MD and Julian have their heart to heart about how they have been each other’s wind beneath their wings. MD made Julian fight to go further than anyone thought he would. Julian gave MD courage when she needed it. There’s a knock at the door, and MD and Julian assume it’s Orlando returned to bring them to the Church, and not her rapist/homicidal ex-boyfriend/fake husband. Unfortunately, it IS Dan!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #65 Tue 11/24/15 (Mex 94) The Italian Girl Who Came To Get Married...In Which the Men Stand Up For Themselves...Some of Them Anyway

Recap by sneaky two shoes:

Aitana want Pietro to come to her dress fitting, the dress will look just like his mom’s wedding dress. Pietro is touched, but when she asks if he misses her, meaning his mom, he thinks of Fiorella, and tells her he knows he is marrying the woman who can make him forget (blech)

Quina thinks Fidel doesn’t respect her after her confession, Fidel is cool with her but has lost respect for Max even though he already knew he cheated. Quina tells the whole story; she was young and impressionable, he was powerful and horny, and whoosh Roxi came along, at first he wanted to give her money to go away and he would keep the kid but she didn’t want to separate from her daughter so he handled things his way and she came to work on the day Roxi was adopted, look how well that turned out.

In true telenovela fashion Quina doesn’t want to tell Roxi what she should know because it would make her unhappy (show of hands, anybody who doesn’t think Roxi would be better off, and less annoying, knowing Joaquina is her real mommy --  yeah I thought not)

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Antes Muerta Que Lichita #45 Tuesday 11/24/15: The big fiesta

All react to the announcement of Lichita's promotion. Luciana says this is her nightmare.

Magos bumps into an oafish guy. Perhaps he's actually the father? Yes! He's the Dad, he never knew about the kid and didn't flee like Magos told everyone! Chaclas (the oafish dude) is as surprised as Magos' parents! But he rolls with it and seems delighted to be a new part of the family (despite Elsa and Nacho's obvious disapproval.
Elsa and Nacho, not particularly thrilled to meet the father of their granddaughter

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Yo No Creo En Los Hombres #95 Tue 11/24/15--Wedding Bells And Death Knells or, Like a Bad Penney, Daniel Always Turns Up

·       Alma hisses at arrogant Ari to get lost before she calls the police on him.  He leaves and Clara and Esperanza put her to bed.  Alma hints at Clara to keep mum same as before with Leo; that he’s old enough to realize there are times when discretion is the better part of valor—i.e., it’s more courageous than outrageous to keep quiet as opposed to blabbing the hurtful truth to all around you.  When Clara and Espy object, Alma hisses that she’ll handle things herself in this matter because these are people who’ve been loving and helpful and she doesn’t want to lose their continued support. Throughout the rest of the episodio she suffers in silence but doesn’t let on that she knows.

·       Josefa lets Isela know in no uncertain terms that she knows Ise’s trying to steal something out of the box.  The picture?  Why?  Because the suicide note has handwriting that doesn’t appear to be her sister’s and Ise thinks it could be Hosie’s.  Hosie writes on the back of the picture so A the Little Lawyer Man (Arin?) can have it analyzed also.  Hosie wants an answer to the “who done it?” same as Ise does.  

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pasión y Poder #15 Martes 11/24/15

It's only been a few weeks in Mexico City but they've certainly been colorful. Far from the deliberate restraint of the Upper East Side and Newport, these people seem to wear their hearts on their sleeves. It will be interesting to see how that plays in the long term. At any rate, it's a refreshing change for now.

I'm going to need a few more moles to keep up with all this. There are 20 million stories in the Naked City and Aldo could write half of them without leaving his building. – D.D.

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La Vecina Highlights and Discussion, #110-113*, Nov. 23-27

*The Thursday episode will likely be preempted.

Happy Thanksgiving Week, Amigas  and (lurking) Amigos!

Sara is already off on her Thanksgiving vacation, so I am posting this week’s La Vecina page. I’m sure things will be a bit slow here on the La Vecina Patio this week, so let’s just play it by ear. Whoever wants to recap, feel free to claim a day. If not, we can just discuss.

We ended last week with a few cliffhangers…

Will Sara be able to fly solo, without Antonio in her ear(piece), and convince the local government leaders to support Conatrol’s plans?
Will Simon be able to overcome his stage fright and host a web chat about his rocket?
Will Sabastian escape the clutches of Titina’s muscle-bound brothers, in one piece, and will he have to marry her?
Will Tonio actually stay in bed long enough to recover from his Dengue fever?
Will Padre Vicente ever be able to finish eating a meal in peace?

And the biggest question of all, did Rosa survive the explosion in El Molcajete????

Let’s get on with this week’s discussion!


Antes muerta que Lichita #44 Monday 11/23/15: the worm continues to turn

Crazy Marta, in her campaign to steal Mateo from his father, discovered Roberto beat up a guy in jail, just when he was going to be released early for good behavior, and so he had to serve his full sentence. He won't tell his lawyer what happened, it would implicate third parties.

Gumaro, who literally ran into Luciana outside the restaurant where Roberto is meeting with his lawyer, flirts hard with her, partially to save Roberto's ass and partially because he is very attracted to her. She calls him an indio sin gracia (play on her usual idiosincracia) and complains about the hairy guys and human contamination in Nacolandia.

Marlene Garbo wants to be Cleopatra in her own ads, with a few hundred extras, and pyramids. Or, instead, she'll be a Roman emperess and kill Christians in a coliseum. Alicia and Elias point out that these ideas, while undoubtedly magnificent, would be expensive and would not sell her products. Here's what they think:

Elias and Marlene continue their flirtation and are soul-gazing with joined hands when Sandra comes in.

Later Elias tells Sandra: Marlene doesn't like any of our ideas, we are are "un cero a la izquierda," that is, zero, "as our marriage was" - but when Sandra evinces jealousy he lights up and says, maybe our marriage was better than I thought - maybe 0.5 from the left on the meter.

Magos' revolting pole dance wriggling in front of the Guero continues though he says, "I don't want any more coffee! And I love my fiancee and we're getting married soon!" By accident Magos, Guero, and the door collide and he has to go to the hospital with a broken nose. Magos follows and offers him coffee there, too. Just when she tells him Ximena is his daughter, his fiancee shows up (of course), hears all, and leaves in tears.

The Guero finally tells Magos that the night she woke up next to him, naked as Eve, they hadn't had sex. "You were drunk and sad because Chanclas was cheating on you. I was a gentleman, I didn't take advantage of you." She is astounded, has the grace to be embarrassed, and goes to his girlfriend's house to confess her idiot behavior and declare: Guero is completely innocent. He shows up, proposes to Vanessa, they embrace, and Magos has finally done something right.

Augusto asks Roberto to keep Luciana away from the house so the engagement dinner with Alex and Alicia can be peaceful. At a restaurant, Luciana tells Roberto Alicia will soon be fired, confesses her escapade escaping the Duke but keeping his ring, and that she's under a warrant for arrest back home in Argentina. She wants some confessions from him too but he resists. She pries: is Mateo really just your nephew?

At the mansion, during the glacial family dinner, Augusto and Beatriz laud appearances and united families. "It's one thing on the outside and another on the inside," Alex says. "If so, it's for a good cause," purrs Bea. "Lies are a sin," reminds Dafne, who goes off to have a cozy chat with Alicia about how hard school is and how she'll never have friends. Alicia tells her to be strong "and you always have me."

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Pasión y Poder #14 Mon 20151123 Less Talking, More Choking!

Montenegro Offices

Artie tells Augustin that he knows that he will see Julia again.  He can tell by the look in her eyes that she still pines for him. 

Later, Artie tells Erick that the company website is down and the guests can't make reservations.  Artie takes a swig of a stiff drink after he learns that Erick has known about the problem for a while and said nothing. Erick is obviously his dumb son so, Art says that he's going to have Miguel, his smart son, look into this immediately. Erick tells Art that Miguel is a hermit-nerd.  Art says that Miguel is a hermit-nerd that supports himself.  Erick gets all offended and leaves.   

Later during a meeting with Mike (Miguel), Artie enjoys a cup of soothing tea.  Artie believes that this is the job of Eladio.  Miguel says that he can't prove it.  Artie asks Mike if he can fix it because he losing a lot of money and clients.  He's also got a wife, two grown kids, a daughter-in-law, and his son's mistress to support. Mike says that he and his two imaginary friends will stay up all night and fix it. 
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Monday, November 23, 2015

Yo No Creo en los Hombres #94 Lunes 11/23/15

Chapter 94: Plans of Rats and Men

Arango pointed out to Úrsula that Danny-Boy was her only weakness. She had no understanding of drug addiction. He had taken something that was extremely addictive. She had to wait for him to shake off the effect of the drugs. The doorbell rang during his lecture. As he started another point, Isidro walked in behind Ari, who was dragging his suitcase.
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Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #64 Mon 11/23/15 (Mex 93) Two Revelations and a Tease

Ciao a tutti! Hey, y'all! Here's the low down on tonight's show: down, dirty, and not necessarily in order of broadcast!

Diana finds a letter addressed to Fiorella from Fiorella's late Father, Mario, in Vitto's safe. She opens it and we only get a few tantalizing words: "My dearest Fiorella, in these, my dying moments, I must tell you a truth that I cannot take to my grave. You need to know that. . . ." Diana gasps and smiles and we don't get to hear the rest. She puts the letter back in its envelope.

Roxi and Benni have dinner. She thanks him for calling off Quina: she's always on Roxi's case. Well, Quina is her Nana, it's to be expected. Nanna, yes, Mama, no! We have a few interchanges in which Benni shows he's a poor, ignorant hick. Roxi thinks Benni is a diamond in the rough and hires a personal coach to remove all the crud and shine up all the facets of his sparkling personality.
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS: Celia, Bajo el Mismo Cielo, Señora Acero and Preciosa Perla: Week of November 23, 2015

HELP WANTED!  We need your energy and creativity! 

Dear Friends:

After five years and many amazing conversations in this space, Jean and I have decided to give someone else a turn at hosting the discussion.  Lately, we've been more or less absentee landlords around here and we think you deserve better.

Is a separate Telemundo page still necessary?  We're not sure because:

- Telemundo novelas are now included in Diva's weekly update, ¿Qué nos cuenta, CarayCaray?  

- While daily recaps are still the mainstay of CarayCaray, now some Univisión novelas are covered by weekly posts with abbreviated (or not so abbreviated) recaps in the comment section.  See, for example, the page for discussions of La Vecina.   Why not separate pages for individual Telemundo novelas too?  

Is someone interested in posting a page for Bajo el mismo cielo?  

How about Celia?  Does she deserve a page of her own? 

Or would you rather continue with a single Telemundo y más page?

Important: If you'd like to be involved but you're not on Jane's roster of recappers, you'll have to ask her to add you. 

Please don't panic!  If we haven't figured it out by next week – and we might not, with Turkey Day and all – I'll put up a new page on November 30.

What do you think?  Who'd like to keep this thing going?  What format would you prefer?  Let's come up with a plan.

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¿Qué nos cuenta, Caray, Caray!? (November 23, 2015)

Hola Carayites!

In this week's edition:

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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Yo No Creo En Los Hombres Capitúlo 93, Fri November 20, 2015, Or, What's Done In The Dark Comes to Light


Scenes combined for clarity

Lo Pasado
Leo breaks up with Clara, saying she hides information just like MD, since she knew his mother was sick and didn't tell him.

Maleny's quest for truth continues as she meets with the sixth man, Aron Valezquez, a ballistics expert, who knows more information about her Dad's murder. Maleny thinks he won't tell her the truth about the facts of the case. On the contrary, he says he involved himself in the investigation because Claudio promised he would not be named in the peritaje (expert report), and because of that fact, he can tell Mal whatever she wants to know, since in the case he officially does not exist.

Max explains to MD why his father helped Ursula get Dan out of jail and she tells him his father and Isela are having an affair.

Lo Nuevo

At first, Max doesn't want to believe MD about the affair, saying his Dad is incapable of treating Alma that way. He insists that Claudio has been un hombre ejemplar (exemplary or ideal man) and un esposo intachable (a husband of flawless, impeccable or faultless reputation). Orlando saw them kissing, MD responds. "Orlando has had loads of problems with my father. He'll say anything about him." MD is exasperated as she tells him Isela confessed to her that she was sleeping with Claudio. Max finally starts to believe at this statement and then gets mad at MD for not telling him earlier. "I didn't tell you for a lot of reasons but most of all because you told me your Mom needed calm, peace and quiet."
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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Pasión y Poder Episode #13 Friday, November 20th 2015 The one where the Gomez Luna men have girl trouble.

When we last left off, Julia had walked in and found Hubs (Eladio) and The Ratt (Montse) in a rather compromising situation. In a surprising twist, Eladio wasn't able to weasel his way out of this one, despite The Ratt's squeaks, err pleas, that she and Eladio have nothing together. And despite, Eladio attempting to explain to Julia that what she saw was a terrible misunderstanding. Julia leaves the Gomez Luna offices believing that Hubs is cheating on her with The Ratt. [Side Note #1: It should be noted that one point, Julia told Eladio that she thought that his flings were over with, which would indicate, that she knows very well that he has had affairs with other women.] [Side Note #2: Marinita, or whatever her name is, was seen slithering past Eladio, at the end of the scene, which would indicate that she had overheard the entire argument between Julia and Eladio.] 

Daniela spews some BS to Arturo about wanting to head off to Queretaro because she wants to change and wants to patch things up with her sister Regina. Well, Arturo Montenegro wasn't born yesterday, so he's not buying the BS, AT FIRST. But then, Daniela claims that she talked to her mother about her "change" and as expected Mommie Dearest backs her slutty daughter up. Well, that's enough for Arturo, to allow Daniela to head on over to Queretaro, so I guess he was born yesterday. [Side Note: It should be noted that during this scene, the Joshua factor came up, and Arturo made it clear to Nina that he didn't want to smell, err see, Joshua in the Montenegro household ever again.] 

Ms. Insensitive, err Clara, decides to chit chat with Maribel, who is obviously suffering another headache, about the embrace and support she received from Francisco, regarding how sad Clara was over what is happening to Maribel. Clara can't seem to accept what is happening to Maribel, but Maribel has already accepted it, and advises Clara to live and enjoy every moment of her life. Maribel also advises Clara to get closer to Francisco and to not wait for him to get close to her. Jacinto joins the group and he picks up his daughter Luisita. He then passes Luisita over to Maribel,  so she can hold her daughter, but Maribel can't handle the weight of her daughter, and nearly falls down. Jacinto realizes that Maribel isn't feeling well and he asks her go on inside, telling her that he can take care of the corn stand for her. But Maribel refuses to go inside, in fact no one is leaving, they'll all stay together like a family. 

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Friday, November 20, 2015

Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #63 Fri 11/20/15 (Mex 91-92) You Make Your Bed with a Cold, Pale, Wrinkled Bag of Bones; You Lay in It!

Ciao, Muchacha Peeps!  Let's jump right in.  Scenes have been combined and are not necessarily in the order of broadcast.

Remember that Sergio was telling Pedro that whenever Granny says so, they have to assume the position so he'd better make it to the chapel on time with Aitana. . .who bursts into the office with Julieta.  She ignores Pete's anger at the lack of respect and insistence that he's got work to do.  Petey darts out to take a call from Fiorella:  He wants to run away with her, she says destiny is separating them again.   She throws the phone and says it would've been best if they never met. All three convince Petey to adjust his priorities and the ladies herd Petey off to pick out rings and the wedding cake and other matrimonial frou frou, leaving Sergio in the office.

Freddie enters the office where Sergio has made himself comfy with a cigar and more than a shot of liquor.  She pumps him for information about the relationship between her Father, Gabriel, and his Father, Maximo.  It was bad, they were like water and oil and fought all the time; one would never know they were brothers!  Once their Father died and the business was left to the two of them, they argued more than ever, especially about how to manage the business.  Maximo ended up being the head hancho Freddie says, baiting Sergio, because he was brighter and more fit.  Oh no, goes Sergio, your Father was very capable and talented; it was such a shame that he died.  Yes, she adds, under suspicious circumstances; but she was very young and it was never clear to her what happened.  Sergio thinks such rivalries are common:  he had one between himself and his brother (the late) Osvaldo, Sr., and Gael and Osvaldo Jr. have the same rivalry.  Sergio observes that he was never serious competition for his brother as far as the business was concerned, being the fun-loving type and all.  [I feel like there should be some kind of alert here, but I'm not sure exactly about what.  Any ideas?]  Anyway, Sergio insists such rivalries are normal, yah, Freddie thinks it's all fun and games until somebody dies and it must've been hard for him when his brother died like it was when her Father died.  We can hear the wheels in Freddie's head creaking down the same old rutted road.

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Antes muerta que Lichita #43 Friday 11/20/15 ALicia makes her demands... but ends up agreeing to marry ALex... Marta causes Mateo to have a new crisis, which alarms and upsets Roberto

A very self-confident Alicia tells Augustus she thought about it very well and she will marry Alex but only if she becomes the Creative Director. Augustus predictably reacts a bit proud ‘Wow, wow! (lol!) no less than the CREATIVE DIRECTOR of ICONIKA!! Hey kiddo, don’t you think that is a bit steep? … makes sense, you marry my son in exchange with ANOTHER promotion’ Alicia assures him her work will be up to par with her new title. He responds ‘it better be… it won’t be easy jaja! … let’s see if you can carry the load!’

Alicia assures us she can! She adds to Augustus ‘Since Roberto had nothing to do with this there is no need to take his job away… he can take a role as Sub-Director or similar…’ Augustus protests that she now is making up position titles at the agency … Agu jokes that he will now be the one that sells coffee. Alicia adds to her list of requests: stop blocking my parents business of the coffee shop. Augustus claims he is totally unrelated to that situation. But he offers he will have someone find out what is going on there. By the way, regarding the compromising photos, you better be putting distance from your ‘amiguitos’. Alicia asks Augustus if Alex is aware of this offer, is he willing to marry ‘me’? Augus gets close to her face in a jolt.

At Iconika, the reporter lady is now interviewing Roberto. She is very curious about Mateo… Roberto detours her back to his job at the company. Then Luciana starts making up a advertising profile background… saying he has worked in Mexican and worldwide advertising agencies. Shushette adds on to the mask full of false facts… Roberto again tries to detour the conversation to his CURRENT job at the agency.

Augustus is meeting with Alex in his office. Alex still refusing to deny who he really is… Augustus insists that he has to come to his senses and shows him a magazine cover with a photo of Alex’s love interest ‘Kenny Williams’ with a title saying he just got engaged to a certain Hilary Paterson. Augustus tells Alex that the ‘tipo’ with whom he was related understood the game of appearances. Alex picks up the magazine and reads the title with a teary voice. Augustus apparently also has some teary shadow in his eyes… ‘this world is based on appearances, if your ex understands it, why don’t you?’ Alex asks ‘and you knew about it already?’

At reception tres amigas… the girls are mocking Magos about her having trouble with ‘guero’ and his girl. Fatima comes and rants at Magos about complaints that have come to her regarding that situation.

Alex tells Augustus ‘you investigated… you not only knew I was gay but every detail of my life… you never stop surprising me.’ Augustus claims that is why I am where I am and I am who I am. Alex continues ‘in the end, you don’t forgive that I am not like you… you think I have a weak character…’ Augustus comes over to hug him and assure him ‘I only want to open your eyes… if you came out, you would make many unhappy, beginning with your family…’ / ‘Then to avoid making others unhappy I have to make myself unhappy? I have to sacrifice myself?’ / ‘no, no!! don’t look at it that way! … your mother would not resist seeing you like that, and you would never be out of trouble… didn’t a guy beat you up, even if he had the same sexual orientation as you? Nothing good awaits you following that life!’ Alex claims it was just bad luck… Augustus says no… don’t be selfish, think of those of us who love you. (who is selfish?? ) if I am asking you is because I love you… I won’t be around always to get you out of trouble! I beg you, please accept…

(the new actress, Marle [Patty Navidad]) is yelling at Alicia and Elias… she claims it is a lack of respect and dignity to make her wait… Alicia and Elias apologize and assure her they will make it up to her. Marle says Elias and her were talking for a long time, she says Elias is interesting… Elias says the same. Marle leaves, ‘I want something dignified/to the level of… my fabulous brand!... I am a genius! I know!’ Marle and Elias have a flirty goodbye… Alicia looks at Elias a bit inquisitive… makes the ‘I am watching you’ sign with her fingers.

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Thursday, November 19, 2015

Pasión y Poder #12, Wednesday, 11-18-2015

Hey folks! Bad news. I did not get the very beginning of the episode. My DVR was set to start 1 minute early, but I guess Uni started the capitulo earlier than that. I will start the recap where my recording started.

Arturo and Augustin are talking at the office about Julia and her marriage. They are under the impression that it is a good marriage. Little do they know all that Julia has suffered.

Clarita is talking with Francisco at their place of work. Through tears she tells him about her friend Maribel who is sick and that she has no cure. He offers his help and gives her a hug. Franco sees this public show of affection and tells them to get back to work. Clarita goes back to work. Franco tells Francisco that even though he is David's friend, his Godfather can still fire him. Francisco tells him yes, like you said only Mr. Gomez Luna can fire me. He gives Franco a stare down that proves he is not afraid of him.

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Antes muerta que Lichita #42 Wednesday 11/18/15 "Managing and Selling Images: Layers of the Truth"

Thursday night: Latin Grammies. More Lichita on Friday.

There was some question yesterday as to the meaning of "flor de quilombo" as Valeriana was warning Luciana that she would be creating a "flor de quilombo" if she were to keep going after Alicia. "Flor de quilombo" is Argentine slang (Lunfardo) for a big mess/enormous problem. Great job by the writers trying to include some Argentine vocab with the Argentine characters.

Now on to tonight . . .

Back we go to Alicia being told the way things are by Augusto. She will marry Alex or else she and her whole family will suffer economically. He knows all about them and their precarious financial position. Augusto wants her to act as a "tapadora" "front/cover" for Alex. She can save Alex's career and her own. She asks Augusto what if she does not want to get married? Augusto tells her he does not threaten (is he channeling Catalina Creel from "Cuna de Lobos"?) and gives her ONE day to decide. Does she want to lose it all or gain a lot more? Augusto motions her to leave, closes the door and laughs.

Elsa and Nacho are discussing with the municipal government representatives who have come to shut down their business. Nacho tells them he got all of the permits that were needed so how can they shut them down? Seems that for starters they do not have their "derecho de reventa" "resale right" (resellers license?) That is followed by picayune problems that these representatives have detailed. Elsa is convinced that somebody must have invented these complaints just to drive them out of business. Nacho says they will be going down to the the municipal government office to sort it all out. The government workers have them vacate the premises and have seals to officially close the business.
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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Yo No Creo en los Hombres #92, Wed 11/18/15: Isela and Ivana Confront Their Abusers, But Find They are Looking in a Warped Mirror

Max solemnly greets Clara and tells her the reason Leo hasn’t been answering her calls is because Alma revealed last night that she has cancer. Not only that, but she also told them that her cancer has advanced and she does not plan on getting treatment. Leo took it badly and slept curled up with Alma. Clara understands how devastated they must all be, says she will call Leo later, and makes a quick exit.

Up north, Doris joins Nana Chelito at the dining table, and scolds Chelito for eating all that delicious looking bread, when diabetes runs in her family. Chelito basically tells her she’s already old, and she didn’t get to enjoy the good things in life when she was young because she was always working—not even going out with male suitors. Doris wonders if that means that Nana has never done the deed. Chelito basically responds that she’s got her own secrets and it’s none of Doris’ business. Doris starts complaining that she’ll be in the same boat with Orlando ‘cause he won’t give up the goodies under wraps in his package. Chelito doesn’t understand young women today. In the old days, women would beat lousy men off with a stick to keep their grubby paws off them. Now, women don’t appreciate a good man who respects them. She asks if Doris doesn’t think she saw what went on (or didn’t) on that couch last night? (That’s right, Doris. You should be blushing.) If she wants someone like Ari, he’s there waiting for her. But don’t waste Orly’s time. Doris points out that these days, sex is no big deal if the two people love each other. Chelito’s advice is to enjoy the courtship, and allow love and respect to grow over time.
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Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #62 Wed 11/18/15 (Mex 90) Here we go again

I almost thought Vitto had overplayed his hand when Fi said it was all too much, between Gianna being sick and her dad having just died and she might actually take of running because she couldn't handle being around any more sickness/death right now, but nooooooooo…she ended up promising never to leave him, as overheard by Diana.  Oh, what's he dying of?  They don't know yet.  They're still running tests.  But he's totes dying.  *roll eyes*  Well, what the hell, it's not like we love Fi for her critical thinking skills.

She called Pedro, in the midst of Vitto's fake "I'm dying" speech and told him NOT to call things off, and then later had a big cry-fest with him in the garden because she can't possibly leave a dying man, blah, blah, blah.

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Antes Muerta Que Lichita #41 Tuesday 11/17/15: In which so much stuff happens!

Whew, this was a really busy one, guys!

Luci, initially delighted to catch Lichicienta in the act of cheating on Alex with some gross old married dude, is horrified to see her smooching Beto! She snaps some photos for evidence and then indulges in some angry selfies!
Luci in shock!

She goes to her mom and whines: "Who knows what twisted and perverted tricks that Alicia used to ensnare Beto!?" Her mom points out that as of yesterday she was all aflutter for Alex and mad at Lichita for getting him. Luci explains that yeah, she liked Alex and was done with Beto, but when she saw him kiss Alicia so passionately, the ground shook beneath her. In the most brilliantly sarcastic line of the night, her mom, who's seen this all before, gasps: "another earthquake strikes Mexico!"

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Yo No CreoEn Los Hombres #91 Tue 11/17/15: Mother and Son Reunions

 (I’m doing this from memory cuz I’m in a hurry today.  If I got it wrong or left any out, my apologies.)

Daniel, smelling and looking like  sewer rat after slinking off from prison at his release, grabs hold of Maria Delores, pulls Julian out of his wheelchair and into the street, and then threatens  her and throws another guilt trip on her.  He then races off up to Josefa’s apartment, bangsing till she lets him in.  Julian is lying in the street but MD takes the time to help him back into his wheelchair and screams for him or somebody to call the police. 

Daniel finds the cell phone and calls Ursula to tell her to pick him up from there.  He then makes his way to Hosie’s kitchen and holds her off at knifepoint while grabbing food out of the kitchen.  She convinces him—one sewer rat to another-- that they should make a pact  to wreck MD’s and Max’s wedding by blurting out the truth about Claudio and Isela’s affair.  “—That news will stop the wedding for certain!”  He agrees.

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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Pasión y Poder #11 Martes 11/17/15

Chapter 11: Sex, Lies, and Seduction

Eladio left Monserrat's apartment just missing Erick, who ducked out of sight just time to to avoid being caught. Once Eladio was gone Erick took the long-stemmed roses he had brought and hit the wall twice with them. That was enough to scatter the petals all over the floor. He then rang Monserrat's doorbell and charged in, demanding some answers. She finally told him that Eladio Gómez Luna paid for the apartment.
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Muchacha Italiana Viene a Casarse #61 Tue 11/17/15 (Mex 89) Buncha lying liars

Benito can try to fake it all he wants, but Pedro heard what he heard.

Gael confides in Roxi about Osvaldo's threat.  She knows Osvaldo's capable of some truly assy behavior, but she doesn't think he'd come at Gi after everything Pedro has done.  She even apologizes for exposing them to Eloisa.  She half-jokingly says if he's going to break up with Gi, he'd better not kill her in the process!

Pedro goes to Gianna's room looking for Fi.  She's playing with her balloons, which unfortunately does not include inhaling the helium and inviting Pedro to do the same.  She's looking for Gael, but he won't answer his phone.

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