Saturday, April 30, 2016

El Hotel de los Secretos #66 Deathbed Confessions

What an episode, I'm so happy I got to do this one, but boy am I worn out!

We left off on Wednesday with Diego getting an anonymous note saying that his wife has a lover, and Benjamin dragging Isabel into the woods to kill her. 

Diego runs to Matilde’s room, assuming that the note is true and Isabel is hiding out there. As he pounds and kicks the door down, Doc Vic pulls him away. Diego wants to know where Isabel is, but the doc says she never met him at the hospital. Diego continues on his rage as Teresa shows up wanting to know what’s going on, and the doc tells her that Diego is upset that Isabel didn’t meet him for dinner, lol.

Getting back to Ben’s abuse of Isabel, he smacks her across the face telling her to get down. He tells her that at this point, he has nothing to lose. He will rid the world of another maldito Alarcón. Isabel doesn’t understand why he’s doing this, he’s been like a father figure to all the Alarcón children. Oh, but he has only been pretending to like them, and all the while The Alarcón have been enslaving all the workers. 
All of a sudden, as Ben raises his arm up to stab Isabel, a bright light shines on him and then a gunshot right to his chest. Julio and Ayala to the rescue. Julio, holding the gun, (where did Julio get a gun?) says “how did i do that?” hinting that his gun may not have been the one that actually fired? Ayala runs to Ben and says that he’s still alive, and chastises Julio for intervening in justice. Ayala wants Ben to stay alive so he can solve his mysteries.  As we pan out to the commercial, Jacinto appears from behind a tree. Hmmm.
Wow, what a lot of action in the first 4 minutes. 
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Sueño de Amor (SdA) #38. Friday April 29, 2016. You Make Me Solve Clues But Don't Show Me The Bling? Worst Non-Proposal Ever!

At a glance

-- Tricky Ricky makes Peppy Espy work hard for a proposal that never happened.
-- Kracy and Anastasia get to know each other over copious amounts of tequila.
-- Erasmo ditches Kristel, this TN's Princess Confundida, over her smooch with Pedro.

A closer look 

Esperanza receives a dress box with a first clue that asks: “What is square-shaped and has a combination?”. Paper! Snow! A ghost! No, it's the stupid love vault. Is this another one of Osorio’s protracted and exhausting marriage proposals with clues? Oh, how original! 

Randomly diced pieces of film are thrown our way, without regard for coherence. Salma thinks she is nauseous because she is riding the bus and mocks Kristel for selling her car to help their father. Felicia breaks up with Mario. Ricardo asks his kids’ permission to have a dinner date with Esperanza. Kracy and Ernesto have a very vocal session of desk-boinking that scandalizes Anastasia, who can hear their carnal howls from the hall. 

Luca formally accuses Vicente of sending him a dead rat. A pair of detectives made the trip to the constructora just to take his statement. No wonder La Sombra is running amok. Law enforcement is busy investigating pranks. 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Pasión y Poder Jueves 4/28/16 Gran Final, Part 3. #137 When All Is Said and Dunne...


Too often in life the lust for power and the love of family or objects of passion are in conflict with each other. Is it better to desire one and not the other? It's been said that he who would rule the world must forswear love forever. That does not only apply to emperors and dictators or even to mythical pagan gods. It is also about mortals and sometimes with more dire consequences.

My colleagues and I sometimes run into human stories about the inhuman and the inhumane that defy understanding. This has been one of them. – D.D.
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Pasión y Poder, Gran Final, Part 2: Ep. 136, Thursday, April 28, 2016 Lies, Betrayal, Anvils Fall, & A Reconciliation (Finally!)

Well, this is it. My last PyP recap. It has been fun recapping this show and discussing it with all of you. Thank you so much for everyone who stopped by and jointed us on the PyP Patio. A special thanks to my teammates: Urban, NovelaMaven, AuntyAnn, and Cynderella for all their wonderful recaps. Also, many thanks Nandicta for the wonderful recaps that you wrote for us. 

Here we go... 

At GLA, Regina visits David in his office. Regina tells him that she found out that he is going to Australia. He confirms that he is, but didn’t think she cared. She has something that she wants to tell him, but he tells her that now is not a good time. They are having problems at the office. She understands that he doesn’t want to speak with her, it’s just that, well, umm… (but she doesn’t tell him what she came to tell him, instead she turns around and rushes out of the office, as if she’s got the runs). David starts to chase after her, but the doofus heads back into his office when his cell phone rings, instead of chasing after the woman he supposedly loves, because really, it was obvious what she came to tell him, and yet he let her get away. [Whatever] 

Anyway, David doesn’t get a chance to even speak to whoever called him, because at that moment, security enters and lets him know that per Franco’s orders, he’ll have to hand over his name tag and abandon the premises. David refuses and tells the security guys that they can’t kick him out. Oh, but they can, at least that’s what Franco thinks. David tells Franco that the board meeting isn’t until the afternoon, so until then, they have no idea what will happen. But Franco is confident that the board members will back him up, after all he is the major shareholder of GLA now. David points out that they’ll have to see just how much longer Franco will be the major shareholder. Franco has heard enough and he orders security to get that imbecile out of there. Security obeys and they begin to approach David. But David asks them not to touch him (“no me toquen”) and lets them know that he knows the way out. He takes off his name tag, throws it on the desk, and leaves the office with his head held high. Franco smirks.

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Pasión y poder, Gran Final, Part 1: Ep. 135, Thursday, April 28, 2016: Franco's VERY Hostile Takeover. (Say goodnight, Marintia! Say goodbye, Mr. Turtle!)

Part 1 of this Jumbo Gran Final is brought to you by NovelaMaven, by the letter "A" and by Argentina.

Eladio isn't even tempted

Erick, still smarting from his parents' fury upon their discovery that he was behind the baby's kidnapping, has shown up at GLA with a proposal to sell out Arturo.  Eladio sends him packing: 

No trato con asesinos, con secuestradores, ni con cobardes...
(I don't deal with killers or kidnappers – nor with cowards.)

... and Erick fits the profile.  Let him to go back to his father, ask his forgiveness and beg him to take him back because Erick is one chimp who can't survive on his own.

¡Estoy harta! (Imagine how WE feel, toots!)

Marintia screams at Franco that she is sick and tired of being his Back Street Girl.  He needs to take care of the Gabriela problem now.

They cooked the books, Dad!
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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sueño de amor, Ep. 37 (4.28.2016) Reecherd is officially free but it's not taking applications.

You get a box, and you get a box, everybody gets a box...

Novia de estudiante, nunca esposa de profesionista
Mapato (Mapa[mamá+papá]+Patricia) get ready because Patolucas (Patricia+Luca) have a date. For them, none of their dates are just ordinary dates. All are special. This is the first after he quitted school to be closer to the women he loves, his mother and this duck.
Luca arrives with rose bouquet #1 and while their music plays only for them and stops when they are off screen, Patricia tells Luca something she has never told him before: He is the perfect man. He is a hero for being so understanding, he is more good than the bread (as long as it is gluten free), and even when he confesses he is selfish, is only for love, because he wants her only for himself, so that's fine. Have you seen the slug's trail?well, these two leave a trail too, a syrupy viscous molassey sticky trail. 
They keep with the arrumacos and giving like! to anything they say. Suddenly, while they start animorphing into ducks, Luca shows his Kinky side and unveils that he likes handcuffs, BDSM and even Gorilla glue. And is not the Aflac duck showing up for the commercial, is them who now quack to each other. Translation: Yo mucho más, in duck language: quack!!  <(") Ditto. Me more! I love you, quack (me more), quack, quack!! Like this or more ridiculous? ('')> quack! (more!)
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Señor de los Cielos #4, Secretos, and ¿Quién es Quién?: Week of April 25, 2016

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

Here's Page 2 for the week.

SCHEDULE ALERT: all evening programming Thursday April 28 will be pre-empted by Premios Billboard de la Música Latina.  

The current novelas include the following (all times are Eastern Time):

 noon  - Secretos 
 1 PM  - ¿Quién es Quién?
 8 PM  -  Eva la Trailera
 9 PM  - La Esclava Blanca 
10 PM -  El Señor de los Cielos #4

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Pasion y Poder #134 The Cat's Out of the Bag! Finally! Wednesday 4-27-2016

Lo Nuevo

Art wants to get back together with Julia but Julia is not sure. I guess she's confused again. She says she's scared of their love.

David is back from working on the Rivera Maya project and visiting Eladio at the GL mansion. David says that the people from the Rivera Maya are going to be giving them a public recognition for their work. Eladio doesn't want to be included because it was all of David's work. He also thinks that Julia will be very proud of him. David asks his father if he's seen Julia. Eladio says he has not seen her because he is keeping his promise to not look for her (unlike some people) even though he is dying because he misses Julia like nothing else in the world.
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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Sueño de amor #36 Wednesday 4/27/16

So, here we are just waiting to see what happens after Tracy has told Ernesto his kids need to see him as a hero to gain their affection.

Pato talks to Kristel at the school cafeteria. Kristel tells her about what is happening at home and that her mother is being thrown out of the house. She looks upset even if she knows her mother deserves it. They get up to get some coffee and suddenly Pedro is there. Before anyone can say anything much, Ara steps up to protect her interest in Pedro in a a new "punk" costume mouthing off to Kristel about how Pedro is HER boyfriend. Kristel gets the message loud and clear and starts to laugh which just incenses Ara more. Félix comes by (announced by his whistle) and is not impressed by Ara's new look. He tells her he is writing her up and she is to report straight away to detention. Pato turns a second to check a text on her phone and someone covers her eyes. It turns out to be jerky Vicente from her weekend at Harvard. He has missed her and so just appeared in the hallway of her school. His life has no meaning without her. He has brought her a lollipop shaped like a heart. He grabs her by her arm when she tells him to get lost. He will never let her go. She warns him not to touch her again. (She should have hauled off and hit him up side the head the first time,) Creepy. He is very much a stalker.
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El Hotel de los Secretos #65, 4/27/16: The GKK Revealed, But Many Mysteries Still Remain

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I’m starting to think the Gran Hotel guests have started coming to the hotel in hopes of witnessing scandal, and this morning they are not disappointed. The lifeless body of a guest has been found on the lawn, a maid has just freshly been murdered upstairs, and the proprietress’ daughter looks to be the culprit. As they mull this over tea and scones in the dining room, in runs the culprit herself—hands bound, and frenzied as she tries to escape the grasp of Detective Ayala. Well, breakfast just got WAY more exciting! They turn to watch the drama, absently sipping their tea and munching on their scones…

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El Hotel De Los Seretos #64 -- Stop Dreamin' Y'All!

Ø  Sleeping Beauty de Sofia awakens from her nightmare to find it’s been all too real.  Beatriz’s dried blood is all over her hands.  Out, out, damned spot[s]!

Ø  Down the hall, La Inocente de Isabela awakens from her dreamless sleep to find Diego up on his feet and smiling.  He’s turned romantic and tells her it’s all because she’s come back to him.  He asks her never to leave his side –all this from a knife wound, a stab in the back.  She allows him his romantic way with her.  (Damn, is she easy!  If Julio only knew what a pillow-pushover she is for sweet words and small talk, his sex life could take a real turn.)


Ø  Speaking of Julio, he’s in Cecille’s room ready to romance la ramera ésa with her favorite morning after sweet –ahem, sweets for the tart…..  He is offering himself once again to her in hopes of forgetting Isabela. Take him home?  He’s strayed and he’s tired of following a path with no future. (Hey, aren’t we all, slugger?) They are once again in each other’s presence.  It must be for a reason! They loved each other once -- and probably still do?  (Well, it wadn’t fate, Big Boy!  She made her fate and went lookin’ for you!) She is not that easily swayed, except for the fact that she admits she’s no spring chicken and the bloom is almost off her roses at this point in life.  She is angry that he’s still stuck on some rich bitch “…who married THE OTHER GUY, FOOL!”  Well, she can’t afford to be picky at this age…… 
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Sueno de Amor #35 20160426 Both Esperanza and Shakira Are Annoying

Full Disclosure:  I don't know who the hell these people are and what is going on. 

So some chick named Esperanza is totally freaked over some guy named Ricardo.  Ricardo is out on a stakeout.  I'm not sure who called whom, but Ricardo and Esperanza talk while he's on the way to the stakeout.  Esperanza whines to her daughter Patricia that Ricardo is in danger, yet she has not problem with texting him and thereby distracting him.  Let me know when the stakeout is over.  I'm very worried. 

Meanwhile, across town, Ernesto and his wife seem to be having a little tiff.  She is surrounded by a lot of boxes and wants to separate the crystal wine goblets.  Ernesto tosses all the glasses to the floor.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Pasión y Poder Martes 4/26/16 #133


Chapter 133: Shattered

Tragedy happens to us all. Money, beauty, power, and position may think they are immune, but they are not. They will suffer just as much and will do their best to hide it in the process. Women will usually suffer behind closed doors while men maintain as stiff an upper lip as they can, at least in public. Healing takes its own time for everyone willing to learn a valuable human lesson. – D.D.

With tears in his eyes, Arturo told Julia he could not continue their relationship.
I have to put some order into my life. I don't know where to begin,” he said.
The only thing I want to tell you is that I don't want to leave you alone,” she answered. “I want to be with you while you're going through these difficult times.”
He turned away from her as though he didn't want her to see his tears get worse. “Julia, this would just make things more complicated than they are. I don't know what to do.”
I will be at your side. I'll be there as a friend to help you, to do whatever it takes.”
What I need now is recover my relationship with my children. That is what I have to do.” He turned around to face her again. “But that does not mean that I have stopped loving you. My children need me. My love for you has to wait.”
I know,” Julia said as she nodded in agreement. She held his hand and cried.
Thank you.”
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Pasion y Poder #132 20160425 Mufasa Would Never Act Like This!

I rely on CCs to recap.  They were horrible last night.  Please fill in anything that I have missed.  Thanks. 

So we're back at the casket, where observes Nina grieving for her daughter.  In Art's brain, they are sharing a moment, so he reaches out to caress her hand.  Nina let's him touch her for a few seconds, but then withdraws her hand.  She looks at him like he's got the cooties or something as she clutches a flower that she pulled from the casket. 

Anyway, Julia, the shameless hussy, walks right in (followed by her cuckhold, Eladio) and walks up to Art.  She hugs him and he thanks her for coming. Anyways, Julia the shameless, hussy turns to offer her condolences to Nina.  Instead of smackin' Julia, Nina tells Julia to hit the bricks and to take Art with her.  She blames Julia and Art for Dani's unhappiness and overdose.  Art reminds Nina that he has the right to stay because he sired Dani.  Eladio pulls Nina away. 
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Monday, April 25, 2016

El Hotel de los Secretos, #63, Monday 4/25/16: Opposites

Kitchen, night. Andres calls for Natalia, drunk. She answers him, but she's pissed. As Angela and the rest of the staff peep through the windows, she asks, why are you bothering me? We're just the maids and waiters down here. Go back to your fancy suite with your fancy wife. Andres falls to his knees and begs her forgiveness. She says no, forgive me for thinking a swell guy like you would be interested in a maid who only wanted to give you her love and care, sorry but you rejected me so now you can stay with her.

Angela has seen all of this and tries to comfort Andres, but he rejects her.

Felipe is scowling outside the comisario when Ayala returns from the hotel. Felipe asks to be arrested. It's where he belongs. He can't stand another minute here on the outside.

Andres has made his way to the cantina. Violeta goes to him, asks him to find Gabriel. Cecelia says this isn't a good time to bother DON Andres. Cece tells him he's brave to come here in his condition, and she likes brave men. He says he's a coward. She tells him not to be so hard on himself. He's a good man, not like his jerk friend Julio. Andres says Julio's not a coward, he's deeply in love. He fights for his great love Isabel Alarcon. Cece gets mad and flounces off to sit with her nieces and Melibea.

At the comisario, Ayala wakes Dagoberto to tell him that Felipe escaped while he was asleep. Felipe has to promise not to escape again. Ayala wants to know who helped him escape. Felipe is afraid he'll do something stupid if he's allowed to roam free. But Ayala wants Felipe's help to find Garrido. He can lead them to the real killer of Felipe's father.

Belen finds Andres nearly passed out drunk on the floor in their suite.
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Sueño de Amor (SdA) #34. Monday April 25, 2016. Some Characters Need To Get Whacked And Cristián Needs to Take Off His Shirt! ¡Pero Ya!

At a glance

-- Rodrigo is preparing a sleepover with his best friend, Homero, who turned out to be La Sombra's son! Doh!
-- They haven't even kissed como Dios manda, yet Tricky Ricky is practically living at Peppy Espy's house.
-- Viviana nearly gets thrown off the balcony for suggesting to give her shares to Luca instead of selling them to Ernesto.
-- Kracy tries to mow Esperanza down with her car.
-- Iker's sister is the new nanny of Ricardo's kids.
-- Ricardo encounters a suspect who can lead him to La Sombra.

A closer look

Ernesto explains to Luca a little toxic parenting 101: “I treat your brother like crap this because I love him and I want to help him become a good man just like you”. Yeah, whatever you say, bub. If I cared, and I really don’t, I would suggest to Ernesto to dial down the tough, dial up the love and seek urgent professional help. But then again, meh! Me vale gorro. I’m only here to mock and ogle. 

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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Señor de los Cielos #4, Secretos, and ¿Quién es Quién?: Week of April 25, 2016

Welcome to Page #1 (Monday edition) of the Telemundo y Más page, issued twice a week: Mondays at 3:00 PM and Thursdays at 8:00 PM.

Here's the lineup (all times are Eastern Time):
 noon  - Secretos
 1 PM  - ¿Quién es Quién?
 8 PM  -  Eva la Trailera
 9 PM  - La Esclava Blanca
10 PM -  El Señor de los Cielos #4

More information about the new novela, La Esclava Blanca, along with full episodes from this first week, can be found on the Telemundo website.  The Latin Times offers a brief synopsis and information about the cast (in English) here.


Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.  Since we all share the same page, please remember to put the name of the telenovela you're discussing at the top of your post, so readers can find their way around.

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Sunday, April 24, 2016

Un Camino Hacia el Destino-Week 10 (Apr 25, 2016)

--The Ring Cycle.
Will Marissa crack the lying, two-faced creep's story about The Ring? How much money does Fernanda need to earn busking to rebuild the house? Will Pedro ever get it built? Can he convince people he did not try to commit suicide? How are Carlos and Fernanda ever going to get back together again? Will Amelia make it to the Big House? What happens to the quesadilla stand?

These and other questions may be answered in the coming days--or weeks--or months.

But for now: Surprise! Cesar asked Clarita to marry him and she said yes.

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Pasión y Poder Capitulo #131 Friday, April 22nd 2016 While the rich folks grieve, the poor folks ride horses and play tennis.

Assmore ambushes Daniela in the bathroom and puts his cocaine infested hand over her mouth. "Surprise, surprise" he utters [and in English, so we are reminded that he's a gringo]. Daniela struggles to free herself from the slimy Assmore's grasp, but it's no use, he has the upper hand here. Assmore utters some more English words- a "relax" and a "good girl" - and he also tells her to "breath". He eventually whips out two baggies- one full of cocaine (a white powder) and the other full of pills. He tries to force the pills down her throat, but since she's able to fight him off, he instead decides that he'll put both baggies inside her purse, and it's clear that Assmore wants her mix the pills with the cocaine. He tells her to "fly", then tells her that he wanted to say his goodbyes, and promises that he won't bug her anymore. He eventually leaves the bathroom, but not before he blows a stomach turning kiss her way. Now alone, Daniela (still startled and recovering from the attack) approaches the sink and washes the cocaine (white powder- that was left on her mouth by Assmore) from her mouth. Then she takes out her cellphone, and still startled, calls David and asks her to come and get him.

Meanwhile, Erick teaches Luly about the American Manifesto ("In Good We Trust") using a dollar bill as a prop. Luly spots Assmore as he exits the bar, and she questions Erick about what Assmore is doing there. Erick pretends he doesn't have a clue. Luly gets up from her chair and wants to go and check up on Daniela. But Erick convinces her to sit back down. Erick spots Daniela as she comes from the bathroom and lets Luly know that Daniela is coming over to them.

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Saturday, April 23, 2016

El Hotel De Los Secretos (EHDLS) #62. Friday April 22, 2016. "It Is Not In The Stars To Hold Our Destiny But In Ourselves." Try Telling That To The Alarcóns, Shakesy!

At a glance


-- Dr. Vicario is still keeping an eye on injured Diego.
-- Andrés may have discovered that Belén is nothing but a gold-digging ho who has been using him all this time.
-- Alfredo breaks up with Sofía and starts making plans with Beatriz.
-- Jorge frees Felipe from jail. The two kiss.   
-- Ayala and Matilde discover a brand new clue.

A closer look

Teresa asks Isabel to stand by her and start acting like an Alarcón. She wants her daughter to do her part for her family: Grow up, assume her responsibilities, take care of her marriage, have kids, look out for her loved ones. These things are more important than playing detective and rummaging (hurgar) through old secrets, trying to discover Lord knows what. Teresa doesn’t like the fact that Isabel treats her like an enemy. They lock horns over Teresa’s prior knowledge of the truth about Andrés and for her attempts to impede the investigation into Rómulo’s death. In the end, Teresa tells Isabel to go ahead and look for “the truth” she is so eager to discover, but if that truth breaks her heart, she’d better not come crying to Mommy because Mommy will have no consolation for her.

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Sueno de Amor, #33 Friday, 04/ 22/ 16 Questionable fathers and their offsprings: will Ernie be a better grandpa than he is a father? Will La Sombra get a Dragon gift for Father's Day?

We begin with a rehash of Ernesto and Viviana's  ugly fight - Viviana wants the divorce and half of everything, including half of the company that Ernie built with her father's money. This whole mess happens in front of their children - classic La Colina family moment!

Felix asks Margarita to meet up at night and at first she thinks it's a romantic rendez-vous, but he only wants to go ghost hunting (hey, if a girl has to settle...). Later on, they meet the certified ghost hunter (if such a thing even exists) and start roaming the school at night.

Aranza arrives for her "job" and is greeted by a lecherous looking overweight man, who looks at her with nauseating lust, approving of her big cleavage. She looks disgusted, but we don't actually find out what she's up to.

Esperanza of the Tell No Lies Family and Ric of the Incompetence in Every Job Order want to talk with PatoPedro about something very important. The teens think that since Ric's divorce is almost final, things around the house are about to change: Pato will get another new daddy and Pedro another chef to cook his vegetables (does he know that Ric only prepares pancakes?). But no, the  talk is about a big secret. He's a super secret agent, who came to Mexico to track down his arch enemy and put everyone's life in danger. Pato seems to believe this is all a joke (who can blame her?), but then they are informed about La Sombra and his activity, the way the bastard killed Ric's partner and only friend and how he has a kid in their school. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

El Hotel De Los Secretos Discussion 04/21/16

Below is your recap:

Diego is back at the hotel and he is being cared for by doctor Vicairo and Matilde, his wife who wants to become a doctor just stands there and stares, I'm scared for her future patients.

It looks like he might survive the attack which they determine was caused by a knife, the conclusion seems to be that he was another victim of the GKK, Diego is only at risk now if he gets an infection, everyone leaves and Isabel stays with her husband. Diego is running a high fever and confuses his wife with his dead father is law (who that's possible I'll never know but let's roll with it). In his state Diego says the following:

                                         Diego (confusing Isabel for her father): "I was surprised you hasn't come by sooner to visit me, what did you come here for, to see me die? You've been waiting impatiently for my time to come, right? {In reaction to the way Isabel is looking at him} If I'm dying it's thanks to you"
                                         Isabel: "You are not going to die, you just need to rest"
                                         Diego: "You and I are never ever going to rest in peace, Isabel is smart and                                        our fingerprints all over the place, she'll figure it out what I've done, but she'll finally, finally figure out what you are."- he keeps repeating that line over and over again.
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Sueño de amor, Ep. #32 (4.21.2016) The case of the search of the criminal based only on a crayon drawing

Antes muerta que arrugada
Better dead than wrinkled. Its hospital time again and the turn now is for Viviana who just woke up from an express coma. Too fast for a non-believer. I guess Esperanza has ''palancas'' with her sponsor Virgen de la Paz and her circle of prayers worked. Viviana is (as Esperanza was in her moments of need) surrounded by her loved ones, including the ones who will be always around her as long as she has money. 
Be careful what you wish for, she wanted to be at least 15 years younger and she is now a newborn. Talk about taking 50+ years off with a single surgery! 

Pato, in a very convenient scene, heard about Ana and Ernesto's affair and immediately told Luca, who confronted Ernesto, who denied everything until proof was shown. This is unforgivable, it is scandalous (and I come from the theater). Luca thinks father and son should never share the same woman. He almost asked for his kidney back. Just when he was saying ''you're dead to me'' Adrián shows up and his jaw falls to the floor. Don't worry brother, assures Luca, there's no problem between father and I. I said ''your head is clean'' 

Commercial break: Lala cheese is soooo good, that even when you put it in the coldest tortilla, it melts by itself!! Yummy, and it doesn't contain polyethylene terephthalate!!
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Pasión y poder, Ep. 130, Thursday, April 21, 2016: It's a dog eat dog world. ¡Qué FEA! (Franco, Erick, Ashmore)


Arturo's day is off to a rocky start

Julia, clearly shaken by Nina's visit, tells Arturo that it would be best to end "this thing" and not see each other anymore.

The Careful Courtship Proceeds

In the infirmary of the foundation, Gabriela and Agustín enjoy the supper he has prepared at home as they keep vigil over little Diego, asleep on the cot.  When the boy groans fitfully, Agustín checks on him and comforts him, assuring him he's just having bad dream.  Agustín tells Gaby the boy still has a little fever and then puts a cool washcloth on the child's forehead.  "You like playing soccer?  You'll see – you'll be out playing again very soon."  

Gaby looks on with an approving smile.  "You'll make a great father."  He returns her smile, reminding her that when he has a wife, he plans to adopt five kids.  "How long before you're married?" Diego asks.  He wants to be one of those five kids.  Agustín says he doesn't know – he's waiting for the woman of his dreams.

He looks meaningfully at Gabriela, but she refuses to catch his eye.

Arturo Montenegro Cannot Believe His Ears

This thing?  [¿Esto?]  That's what Julia is calling their relationship?  He'll talk to Nina and make sure she doesn't bother Julia again.  It's not because of what Nina said, explains Julia, it's because of everything else: "Regina and David – who really love each other – can't be together because of us."
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Señor de los Cielos #4, Secretos, and ¿Quién es Quién?: Week of April 18, 2016

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

Here's Page 2 for the week.

The current novelas include the following (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

 noon  - Secretos
 1 PM  - ¿Quién es Quién?
 8 PM  -  Eva la Trailera
 9 PM  - La Esclava Blanca  [new]
10 PM -  El Señor de los Cielos #4
 
More information about the new novela, La Esclava Blanca, along with full episodes from this first week, can be found on the Telemundo website.  The Latin Times offers a brief synopsis and information about the cast (in English) here.
 
Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.  Since discussions of all the Telemundo novelas share the same page, please remember to put the name of the telenovela you're discussing at the top of your post, so readers can find the discussions they're looking for. 
 
 

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Pasion y Poder #129 Wednesday 4-20-2016

Lo Nuevo

After Jorge tells Gina he will wait for her (to make up her mind about marrying him) they both wipe their tears away and go back to the wedding party.

Auggie and Gaby eat pizza and talk on a bench at the foundation. They talk about how Franco is working all the time and doesn't find time to spend with Gaby. Auggie tells her that Franco will have to make time if he wants to be a father.
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Sueño de amor #31 Wednesday 4/20/14

So here we go this Wednesday night . . .

Pato gives Ernesto and Anastasia the stink eye at the hospital and Ernesto the brush off. She is going to get a coffee but first she is off to the bathroom. No, Ernesto will not be coming with her.

The news spreads of Viviana's coma, Adrián calls Estrella.

Pato arrives at the hospital. Luca is there to greet her. Esperanza is also soon on the scene. No change in Viviana's condition. Nobody knows when/if she will come out of coma.

Ricardo is at home. He is on the phone then off. Tracy is there and wants to know who he was talking to. His lawyer. The divorce will be final next week. He is worried about the future of their kids. She says he should be worried because his future will not be easy. She says he never loved her. She will not be happy and she will make sure he isn't either.
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El Hotel de los Secretos #60, 4/20/16: Diego Plays Hero, But Ends Up the Victim of the GKK

Olegario gives Elisa an offer she is certainly not going to refuse—lots and lots of Harriet Tubmans, in exchange for her securing him the hotel shares of her “grandson.” He’s working on keeping Belen out of the way and securing Andres’ shares of the hotel. The reason? There’s black gold, aka OIL, underneath the hotel, and he and his gringo investors want to tear down the hotel to get at it.

Over breakfast, Ole assures Belen and Andres that he is no murderer and Ayala has no reason to suspect him. Belen has a hard time believing Felipe is a murderer either. Andres slips his leash and goes to serve himself some coffee that’s nearby, but everyone jumps in to say that’s not his place and tries to make him accept being served. He gets frustrated with all of this, and with Ole and Belen. He thought they were trying to get the baby back, but Ole seems more concerned about the inheritance/money! He leaves the table. Belen tells Ole that she agrees with Andres about getting the baby back, ASAP.
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Wednesday, April 20, 2016

El Hotel #59 - Tuesday's Highlights

Sorry.  I waited for the episodio to come down from HULU as long as I could.  Highlights follow from other recappers kind enough to pick up my slack:

Highlights From Julie:
Olegario is a suspect in Romulo's murder, but when questioned by Ayala and Dagoberto, he transfers the suspicion onto Felipe.

- While Genaro is being buried at the cemetery, Felipe shows Jorge Genaro's secret stash of cash hidden beneath the floor at the cantina. Felipe hopes this will satisfy his ransom demand, but Jorge specifically wants money from the hotel.
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Pasión y Poder Martes 4/19/16 #128



Chapter 128: Grand Gesture

Some people are incapable of doing anything small. It's not always a bad thing, but it can certainly be awkward in public.  When the whole world is watching there is no margin for error. – D.D.

Arturo and Daniela finished their conversation and he left. Nina caught the tail end of it and seemed relieved that things seemed to be improving. She hugged Daniela whose expression became more pained when she knew her mother couldn't see it. She definitely had been less than honest with her father and with herself.
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Sueño de Amor (SdA) #30. Tuesday April 19, 2016. Ghost, Coma, Water Bucket Toss, Military Camouflage, Hobo Sex, Afro Wig, Father And Son Boinking The Same Gal... Sure You Can’t Squeeze Something Else In, Juabbly Juan?

Hello Patio Pals! We’ll have to make do with a quick summary until a volunteer takes over this recapping spot. 

I think that maybe, just maaaybe, Juanito Osorio is getting a tad desperate here! Here’s what went down, pell-mell: 

Erasmo also has a smartphone. No wonder the Gallos can’t afford milk or tomatoes! 

There are no records of an Ágata having studied at the Magenta School of Arrested Development and Vindictive Ghosts, otherwise known as Instituto Palacios. 

Esperanza calls Pamela María Paula Rivas Iturbe, because she rubbed her eyebrow with her pinkie and threatened to exact her revenge on Félix for confiscating her tablet. María Paula was the evil triplet from “Lazos de Amor”. Playing those triplets was arguably Lucero’s best acting performance ever, a performance I highly doubt that Angélique Boyer will even come close to emulating, in the much awaited (but not by me) “Tres Veces Ana”

Margarita is aware that Félix is a lot younger than her but that doesn’t make her a cradle robber (una asalta-cunas) either. It makes her a sabertooth cougar, as our recapper and patio regular, Pablo, likes to call her. 

Viviana goes into a coma. Zero surprise here. We saw it coming a mile away. 

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Pasión y Poder (PyP) #127. Monday April 18, 2016. Let’s Face It, This Novela Is A Glamorized Version Of The Maury Povich Show!

At a glance

-- The cutting room floor fodder took over the whole episode. It seems to be a telenovela tradition to turn Últimos Capítulos into filler galore. Why begin lining up anvils, unravelling hidden truths and tying up loose ends when you can cram it all in the finale? 
-- Arturo, PyP’s resident runteldat, runs to tell Julia that Eladio came to his office to provoke him. 
-- Eladio, PyP’s resident rogón arrastrado (the crawling begging take-me-back), warns Julia against Arturo’s lies and manipulations. 
-- Julia, PyP’s resident Princess Confudida, refuses to listen to anyone except the man who has manipulated her all her life, i.e. her toxic father. 
-- Nina, PyP’s resident reformed villana, who never got to commit any real villainies, is flitting about the episode, distributing hugs, smiles and words of support. 
-- David, PyP’s resident sisterfudger, is adamant to renounce to Regina while pining for her to anyone who would care to listen. 
-- Regina, PyP’s resident love martyr, is adamant to renounce to David while pining for him to anyone who would care to listen. 
-- Clara and Justino, PyP’s resident filler, are bugging everybody with their stupid wedding. 
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El Hotel de los Secretos, #58, Monday 4/18/16: At last, we have a winner.

Julio tells Isabel the truth about Cecilia. She helped him out when he was hiding from the police. He owes her everything. She came for him, and he's going to leave with her - but not until he helps Isabel find what she's been looking for.

"Then, I'll have no more reason to stay here... right?"

"Right," Isabel replies.

And it seems that she means it, because in the morning, she makes nice with Diego. She apologizes that this marriage hasn't been what he expected, nor has she been the wife that he expected. Diego is gracious about it, but Isabel admits that she's kept secrets from him. He admits that he's kept secrets from her too. They agree to start over.

But she's full of baloney, because when he goes into the bathroom, she transfers something (I can't see what) from under her pillow to the drawer in her night-table.
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Monday, April 18, 2016

Sueño de Amor (SdA) #29. Monday April 18, 2016. I Cannot Teach Her. The Girl Has No Patience.

At a glance

-- Ricardo starts Esperanza's super agent training. 

-- Kracy and Ernesto seal their alliance against Reecherd with a series of bizarre mating rituals.
-- Juabbly Juan is definitely going ahead with that ridonculous haunting storyline. ¡Que la Virgen de la Paz se apiade de nosotros! May la Virgencita de la Paz take pity on us!

A closer look

Tonight’s tumble into the Sueñolandia dump begins with a repeat of PatoLuca's reconciliation. I’m in a magnanimous mood tonight, so I’ll spare you the rehash of Friday’s gibes. 

At the house of self-deluded warriors, Esperanza is still adamant to learn how to be a super agent: “It’s not gonna be easy but if an agent can be a teacher then a teacher can be an agent!” Yes... In Bizarro World! I'm starting to think they detected Esperanza’s tumor in the wrong place. Ricardo acquiesces to her wish: “It’s not the same thing using a handgun as using a chalkboard (pizarrón), but OK, I’ll teach you”. Teach her, sexy Yoda! They spend 5 minutes saying good night. Rest well. Night night. Don’t let the bedbugs bite. Sweet dreams. Sueña bonito. OK, hang up. Esperanza, I love you. Uh-huh, rest well, Ricardo. 

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Un Camino Hacia el Destino-Week 9 (Apr 18, 2016)

--Accidents do happen. People live, even when the car accident was the deliberate intention to murder both mother and child. The chauffeur was collateral damage.

The accident was provoked by a heartless sister who puts money, envy and entitlement above the sanctity of life and the happiness of her own father, whose days, he feels, are numbered.

Our beloved young heroine was wounded severely and received a blood transfusion from an elderly gentleman who matched her rare blood type. Little do either know they are related as grandfather and granddaughter and neither does Doctor Carlos, who is deeply in love with Fernanda.

Her mother, a most spiteful, acrimonious woman, has been left paralyzed from the waist down and told she will never walk again. Poetic justice? YES? Attitude reforming catastrophe? It doesn't seem so. While she used to let loose with calculated barbs and sarcasm, she tolerated her existence with a man she hated and a daughter she treated with contempt. Now she spits her venomous sentiments at her soon to be ex-husband, whom she blames for everything wrong in her life. She does this within the hearing of her fragile and recovering daughter. She curses them both to leave her alone. She never wants to see either of them again.

Is there a pit deep enough to hold this vile a human being? Will someone take pity on her? We will have to see in the coming week if anyone does.

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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): Eva la Trailera, La Esclava Blanca, El Señor de los Cielos #4, Secretos, and ¿Quién es Quién?: Week of April 18, 2016

Welcome to Page #1 (Monday edition) of the Telemundo y Más page, issued twice a week: Mondays at 3 PM and Thursdays at 8 PM.  This week, there are some major changes in the novela schedule.  Starting on Monday, a new telenovela, La Esclava Blanca, premieres at the 9 PM time slot.  As a result, Eva la Trailera will begin an hour earlier, at 8 PM, and ¿Quién es Quién? moves to 1 PM.

So here are the current novelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

 noon  - Secretos
 1 PM  - ¿Quién es Quién?
 8 PM  -  Eva la Trailera
 9 PM  - La Esclava Blanca
10 PM -  El Señor de los Cielos #4
More information about La Esclava Blanca, including a 10-minute video clip from the opening episode, can be found on Telemundo's siteThe Latin Times offers a brief synopsis and information about the cast (in English) here .

Everyone is welcome to join in the conversation.  Since discussions of all the Telemundo novelas share the same page, please remember to put the name of the telenovela you're discussing at the top of your post, so readers can find the discussions they're looking for.



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Saturday, April 16, 2016

Pasión y Poder Capitulo #126 Friday, April 15th 2016 Three couples mate, two people get slapped, and no one gets an anvil yet. What gives?

(scenes have been combined for better flow) 

Daddy Issues - Everyone has them in this novela

Julia meets with her shrink, who I call Dr. Phil, for some late night therapy. Julia admits that she needs more determination with her father. She still has trouble telling [the rat bastard- my words, not hers] "no". Dr. Phil listens, then asks, if the rat bastard [again, my words, not his] is still imposing himself. Julia replies- that her father has changed for the better, but that she feels like he's still capable of manipulating her in someway. With a stern look and voice, Dr. Phil, tells Julia to not allow her father to have that power over her. Parents should give their kids the roots so they grown with strength and values [values- hmm, that's something that no one seems to have in this show] and guide them so they can fly on their own, and not pull the strings of their lives. Julia agrees with this assessment, but admits that her father still wants to decide what's best for her. And right now, her father thinks that Arturo, is what is the best for her. Dr. Phil points out that her father thought that Eladio was what was best for her 20 years ago. So what matters now is what she thinks, he tells her. Julia says that her father thinks that her Mr. Right is someone who can give her the life of a queen. Dr. Phil points out that she had that life with Eladio, but she gave up the comfort that he gave her, so now they'll have to see what happens with Arturo. 

Later, Julia is still get psychoanalyzed by her shrink, and this time, she tells Dr. Phil that the relationship she had with her dad influenced how she got along with the boys. She admits that she has always looked for her father's approval and love. However, she was never able to get it. However, her father has now changed, he's gotten closer to her, and she has no doubts that he does it out of affection. Dr. Phil asks her .. "and how does that make you feel?" Julia replies that it makes her feel good. How can she reject something that she has always wanted. Dr. Phil smells a rat bastard, so he tells Julia to analyze where her father's change is coming from. Julia looks puzzled [and seriously, when doesn't she look puzzled?]. The shrink also wants for her to realize that her value is not in how others value herself, but how she loves herself. Julia admits that it's hard for her to see things in that manner, because she has always looked for the approval of others. The shrink tells her that until she finds that love for herself, she'll never be able to find happiness, with Arturo, Eladio, or anyone else for that matter. Julia listens carefully and takes all that in. 

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El Hotel do los Secretos, #57 Let's make a deal, A hotel for the baby

Before I begin, I want to point out something that’s been bugging me since Thursday’s episode. Andres asked Julio and Isabel if they already knew that he was Romulo’s son, and both replied that they did, and that made him mad because they kept that secret from him. But Belen also knew, and for a much longer time than they did, since way back when Cristina died, and then she wanted to marry him, but she gets a pass about knowing and not telling him. Hmmmm. 

Ok, here we begin. Andres and Belen get married in the church, while Ayala is investigating where the arsenic came from. But the druggist’s brother, who we suspect is a bit of a psycho, has tied Ayala and Dagoberto up and is holding them at gunpoint, angry that they are asking questions. But the gunman’s brother shows up and demands that he put his pistol down, and is very sorry when he learns that they are detectives.
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Sueño de Amor (SdA) #28. Friday April 15, 2016. Truly Wonderful, The Mind Of A Moron Is.

At a glance

-- Same doo-doo, different day, except that we got a break from the school scenes.  

-- Dopey Hopey and Tricky Ricky are now a team, supporting each other and stuff. 
-- Several characters ruminate on the implications of the Salmagate sex scandal.  
-- Kracy is her usual Kracy self. She gets into trouble with the LAPD for getting drunk and leaving her small kids without adult supervision.  
-- PatoLuca fight and reconcile.

A closer look


A pair of grown-up dumbos sit an innocent blond cub down and decide to gratuitously break his wee generous heart: Your dead daddy is a lying motherfella! He lied to separate me from my old flame! He destroyed my sueño de amor! Pedro doesn’t know how to react to this revelation or what to tell the two morons who made it. All he knows is that he can’t judge his father, a father who passed away before his birth. Esperanza says that she decided to tell Pedro because she doesn’t like to hide things from her kids. #EpicFail. If anything qualifies as hide-able, it’s this! Esperanza believes that her health scare taught her not to cling to the past (aferrarse al pasado), that’s why she decided to traumatize her teenage son and fall for the fibs of the man who abandoned her 20 years ago. She adds, as an afterthought, that if things hadn't happened the way they did, Esperanza wouldn’t have had her most cherished treasures, her children, Pedro and Pato. And Tricky Ricky wouldn’t have had his Rodrigo and Selena, he chimes in. If this is the case and you’re grateful for the kids that the “lie” of Pedro Papá gave you, then what was the point of organizing this awkward chat? What did you gain from tarnishing the image of this boy’s deceased father? Moving on. 
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Friday, April 15, 2016

Some people are just bad eggs El Hotel De Los Secretos 04/14/2016

Oh my cheesus, what an episode! Enjoy the recap patio peeps!

 Andres shocks everyone by telling them that he is an Alarcon, the whole scene is awesome with Teresa coming *this close* to fainting, Andres makes his exit after telling everyone to keep their miserable lives, and making it clear he wants nothing from them. Teresa tries to cover everything up by telling the guests that Andres is a disgruntled employee and in order to apologize for the scene he caused she gives all the guests free booze and for those that stay the night a free breakfast in the morning. Then she takes her leave.

Once in her room the doctor tells her that her blood pressure is too low but before he can treat her her beloved (hahahah, no) brother in law comes in and throws it down. It seems that years ago he had a plot to take over the hotel (and sell the land?), Teresa discovered this and told her husband because in her own words she really could not keep a secret so big from her own husband, her hateful BIL comes back with "oh yes, because Romulo never kept any secrets from you"- this guy is an ass and I don't like him at ALL, not because I like Teresa but because this jackass is using Andres's love for Belen to try and steal the hotel. I hope they all get scurvy and die!
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Thursday, April 14, 2016

Pasión y poder, Episode 125, Thursday, April 14, 2016: Dani's LOST! Wait – Dani's FOUND! And Art? Too busy plotting with Humberto to notice.


Agustín and Gabriela do lunch

How can Agustín make Gabriela see THE TRUTH about Franco?  Or at least as much of the truth as he himself is privy to?  He knows about Franco's financial double-dealings, but he hasn't yet learned about the Mouth Breather and child.  (And the chilling contempt Franco feels for his wife?  Is anyone but Gabriela blind to this?) 

Gaby continues to make excuses for Franco's heartless behavior.  She knows that he went behind her back to sell her father's shoe factory, all she had left of her late parents.  But he still struggles with daddy issues, poor thing.   Now he has apologized and given her the proceeds of the sale, and she has decided to give him another chance.  After all, he is her husband, and in the end, he was acting on her behalf: the factory was bankrupt.

Agustín looks at Gaby with a mixture of pity and exasperation.  "Ay, Gabriela, maybe you should listen to something else of his," he says, holding up the USB drive Arturo gave him earlier.  "This is a recording of his attempt to blackmail Arturo."  [We know it also captures Franco saying he will sell Gómez Luna secrets to Grupo Montenegro for a price.]

A Surprising Alliance

As the Grupo Montenegro board meeting comes to a close, Miguel tells his father that he will make sure Eladio doesn't use Nina's proposal to harm the company.  [The camera angle widens and we see Nina at the head of the table, looking pleased.  Erick, of course, is scowling.]  Miguel uses the occasion to make another announcement: from now on, he'll be taking an active role in the corporation.  He'll use his power as a share-holder to ensure that his decisions and ideas are taken into account. 

"You see, Dad," mutters Erick.  "That's what you get for putting company shares in that one's name and not in mine."  Nina and Arturo stare at one another.  Neither one blinks.

The Desperation Defense (listed just below the Twinkie Defense in the Annals of Dubious Justification)
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Sueño de amor, Ep. 27 (4.14.2016) Faith is the food of dreams (Hope and charity are just appetizer and dessert)

Aka The only shadow Ricardo is after, is Esperanza's

Once upon a time, there was a dear foolish woman called Dopey Hopey.
One morning, as she was riding the bus to work, suddenly she felt pains in her tummy.
-Oh, dear me, my va-jay-jay is paining! I need to tell Tricky Ricky and Sweety Petey and Flato Pato and Horney Erney and away she ran down the road only to end up being eaten by Crazy Tracy. Y colorín colorado, este cuento se ha acabado.

Esperanza es ahora Dolores Guerrero
Dopey Hopey doesn't feel well and is surrounded by her family including Tricky Ricky, who moved in to save on rent to spend it on plane tickets to see his kids, now living in Elei with their mother. 
Kracy never fried them an egg, so now, when he prepares Esperanza's breakfast, Ricardo reminisces about his kids enjoying his -bleep- rancherous and offers the love of his life room service. Hope, who right now could be ''Dolores'' instead, suffers sharp pains in the left fallopian tube and she is afraid it could be cancer. Pato, who reminds her how well she took care of her when she suffered typhoid fever, a broken leg and a crack'd skull, brings a hot water bag. Just in case. It doesn't even it out, but who cares right now? Esperanza hasn't seen her gynecologist since Patricia's birth, so who knows? There may be cobwebs down there... 

Someone wrote this on the little blackboard on the wall:
La fé es el alimento de los sueños
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