apologies for this being late. This is now complete.
brought the children home from school. They were agitated and and
Vanessa told Danna that she would stay with them until her father
picked her up. Eddy arrived right on cue and asked about ZZ as soon
as he came in. Vanessa said the police and insurance company were
investigating the fire and would call her when they knew something.
She then invited him and Danna to stay for dinner, which she would
have to order because she had had no time to prepare anything. The
children began campaigning for pizza.
and Jackie talked about whether Irene Palazuelos had anything to do
with the fire. Jackie wondered who else it might be if it wasn't.
It had to be an enemy of Julio's. Katia implied it could be Saúl
because he knew about the bomb, but Jackie ruled him out. Someone
else had to know and if that person knew he or she was capable of
denouncing them to the police. Katia avoided looking her in the eye.
José returned and told them he quit his job at the club Jimena's
family owned. He sensed that something was wrong and Katia told him
about the fire.
and Vanessa talked about their situations while he made and kneaded
pizza dough. He told her that he had made an agreement with Rebeca
but still didn't trust her.
and Jackie told him what happened at ZZ and that Borgetti was
investigating. This seemed odd to José who wondered why Bernal
wasn't on this case. Jackie changed the subject and asked why he had
resigned his job. He said he needed time to look for locations for
the bar they talked about opening and suggested that Katia be part of
and Rico returned to the station in Encino Blanco talking about
widening the investigation to the pharmaceutical labs. They wanted
to talk to Borgetti but Kuri told them that he had left early that
morning and hadn't been back. Bernal thought that rather odd.
went home and was about to dine with his wife. She started talking
about taking Farmateca public. She had not been able to convince
Irene to do this. Borgetti said that is probably isn't the right
time. Miriam asked if he could convince Irene, but he said that it
would be wiser to wait until Dietrix hit the US market. The stock
market was unstable at the moment. Miriam thought this adequate
reason for the moment but wanted no excuses when conditions improved.
went home and Bernal said to Kuri that it was strange that Borgetti
went alone to investigate the fire. She also thought so. Bernal
thought it interesting that the fire was associated with one of the
widows. He suggested that Kuri respect her new hours and go home.
She left a little reluctantly. Bernal stared at Borgetti's closed
went home and found Erik on the couch on his laptop and wearing his
headphones, tuned out from the rest of the world. Sensing that he
was asleep she shook him and he removed the headphones. They started
arguing again about her work hours, as now it was past midnight. She
suggested that he get involved in some activities after school He
took her long hours to mean she didn't want to be with him. He asked
why she didn't contact his father to help take care of him. This
made her uneasy and she finally said that if he had been interested
in doing so he would have been around since he was born.
I want to meet my father. I have every right to.”
stopped Kuri cold for a second.
father is a very busy man and if you think I'm busy imagine him.
That isn't possible.”
want to meet my father.”
that isn't going to happen. We better sit down and we'll eat.”
left the room.
admitted to his psychiatrist that he had become attracted to one of
the widows. He didn't like feeling this way and was annoyed with
himself for doing so. He had major issues with his mother that he
wasn't getting past and has been unable to have a proper relationship
with a woman.
chicks met in for breakfast and one told her she saw José running in
the park. They joked about conquering him.
arrived at the police station and looked for Bernal. Kuri shrugged;
he wasn't in yet.
was at Farmateca in Irene's office. He was continuing the
investigation into the dead bodies. “There is a possibility that
the cadavers were of people who were involved in illegal lab
insinuating that we have something to do with this, aren't you?”
don't insinuate; I investigate.”
the pharmaceutical industry is number 1 in the world. Farmateca is
number 2 in my country. With the results of our new product,
Dietrix, we will be number 1. As you can imagine I wouldn't risk my
position for anything in the world.” She took out a cigarette.
“Besides, if you will allow me, my ethics – personal and
professional – impede me from acting in that manner to make that
I asked, where are the experiments done?”
took a long drag on her cigarette.
If you want to go down to the lab to talk to our technicians and
biochemists, you can do so.” She turned to Victor. “Victor,
escort Agent Bernal down to the laboratory and give him all the help
more question. Are you clients of Transporte ZZ?”
are registrations of regular trips for you crossing the border out of
the country. To Ciudad Real, to be exact.”
had the contract to transport our products not just to Ciudad Real
but to other countries. If you want to know more I'd be happy to
show you the information or whatever you want.”
was watching his reactions. Bernal maintained a poker face.
returned to the warehouse and tormented Julio some more. The opened
a tin of tuna and fed him with a plastic fork. Three bites later he
asked whether he wanted more. At the “yes” he said “You will
have to write a letter.” When Julio tried asking questions
Borgetti slapped him with a file folder. The letter was to be to
Vanessa. When Borgetti untied Julio's hands Julio tried to fight,
but Borgetti had the upper hand... or foot, as the case was. He held
him at gunpoint as he dictated.
escorted Bernal through a lab filled with technicians working in
scrubs and masks. The supervisor talked about following the highest
protocols and maintaining the highest standards. Bernal asked about
experimenting on humans and was told that this was forbidden at
Farmateca. Both Victor and the lab supervisor watched Bernal for
reactions. Bernal maintained his professional poker face as he had
in Irene's office.
was complaining on her cell to Borgetti about Bernal coming to the
company and poking his nose into everything. He promised that Bernal
would not return there. She said “I hope not” and ended the call
and Borgetti made a call to the department shrink to have Bernal meet
him immediately in his office.
insurance agent told Vanessa that the fire had been provoked and
therefore the company would not pay anything. Julio is still the
called Bernal into his office. The female shrink left his office
with an apology to Bernal, who closed the door behind her. Borgetti
started by accusing Bernal of making mental health appointments
against his orders. Bernal said that his psych visits were about
personal issues, not professional. Borgetti accused him of having
problems with authority and that he would tolerate no more
disciplinary infractions. He then went on about the visit to
Farmateca and because of these things he was suspending him. Bernal
countered that this was not happening over anything disciplinary or
professional but for personal reasons. He accused Borgetti of not
wanting him to make the connexion between the dead bodies and
Farmateca because his wife is the majority shareholder of that
company. All this was loud enough to be heard in the squad room. It
got worse until Borgetti demanded Bernal's pistol. He drew it out
and pointed it at Borgetti, who then did the same. After a second or
two Bernal put his on the desk and turned in his badge. He then left
Borgetti's office and took a transfile box.
told him to calm down. She asked what happened. As he began filling
the box with his personal things Bernal told her that he was sick of
Borgetti's throwing his weight around. She asked what he would do
next. “What I always do. Seek justice.” She told him that
Borgetti was unlikely to let him come back. That didn't matter to
Bernal, as there were other precincts he could go to. Borgetti came
out of his office and stared. Bernal looked back once before going
out the door.
pointed out that they were all in danger and they need to make all
decisions jointly. Katia said that if this was arson then Irene must
have done it. Vanessa said then she also had to be behind Julio's
disappearance. Katia said that this all had to be against Julio
rather than them. Vanessa said then they needed to know what was in
the video so they could negotiate for Julio's release. Jackie
disagreed, saying that Vanessa could not do this due to her failure
in the sale. Since Jackie was their target before that left Katia to
be the one to do this negotiation. She didn't look very happy about
financial expert named Osvaldo advised Irene that her mother just
became the majority shareholder of Farmateca, and Miriam was now the
second-highest shareholder. This had not been easy to accomplish, as
other shareholders had to be bought out. Irene was pleased at this
because when he told her that her mother would become immensely rich
she said that in time she would get her mother to turn the shares
over to her.
did not want to do it. Vanessa's back was against the wall because
she would need to get the company's books resolved, pay the workers,
and she could not do this otherwise. Jackie suggested selling the
beach house. The only alternative was for Vanessa to negotiate with
Irene. That was where they left it as Katia and Jackie rose to
found an envelope that had been pushed under the door. The three of
them looked around outside but saw no one. They went back inside and
Vanessa read the note.
in the midst of my love and my pain I must do this but I can't
denounce you and your friends for what you did to my friends and to
me. What the deal is is that I can't remain at your side. I'm
leaving. I don't know for how long, but I have to decide what to do
about the future. Do what you have to about ZZ. All aspects of my
life are destroyed and I have to rebuild. Tell Diego I love him,
please. I can't be with him right now but I will return someday to
explain it to him. Don't try to find me; it will be useless.
Goodbye, Vanessa. Take care of my son. Julio.
felt the envelope and found Julio's wedding ring. She looked at it.
it's over.” She took off her own wedding and engagement rings.
“Irene Palazuelos had nothing to do with Julio's disappearance.”
you sure that's Julio's handwriting?” asked Katia.
She wiped away a tear. “And this also is his ring. It was
expensive and matches mine.”
least you have Diego,” said Jackie.
there any chance he will change his mind?” asked Katia.
but only for Diego.”
the money is still in the safe deposit box and Julio doesn't take it,
how are you going to live?” asked Katia.
not her problem,” said Jackie. “If Irene doesn't have Julio then
she isn't behind the fire.”
would be most probably, but this letter was written by Julio. That
means he's alive and he's out of our lives like you wanted.”
nodded. Katia said nothing.
was still being held in the warehouse. He struggled to free himself
and began crying in frustration as he remembered Borgetti holding him
at gunpoint and talking.
you set the fire at ZZ?” he asked him.
The fire was provoked for –”
what? Why?” He began crying. “Why? I didn't do anything.”
fire,” Borgetti began, then tried lifting Julio's face. “Look at
me! That fire was a demonstration that we will do whatever it takes
to make you do as we say.”
have I done? What else?”
paused a moment. “Well, there is your son. Your wife. Your
reached up and tried to grab the gun, but he was at a severe
disadvantage with his feet tied. Borgetti grabbed his arm, twisted
his body until he was facing away from him, and held the point of the
gun to the nape of his neck. He had a pair of handcuffs he was
waiting to use.
up! You're crying like a baby. Do you want to will suffer the
consequences? Believe me, I can be very cruel when I need to.
Believe it! Do you want to be free? Will you do as I say? I will
give you my word. Is that clear?”
was backed down on the floor. He nodded in submission and said
came into the squad room with two cups of coffee. He gave one to
Kuri, saying it was just as she liked it. As she thanked him he told
her that Bernal knew this was coming. She thought he was gloating
but he denied it, saying that Bernal was very thorough and efficient.
Kuri thought for a moment and put the coffee back on the styrofoam
tray still in Rico's hands.
looked at photos on the corkboard at home while he called for an
appointment with the general police commissioner. He was given an
appointment for first thing in the morning.
was applying makeup as she thought back to the last time she had
boinked Julio. She started to cry and dabbed at the tears in a
manner to not disturb her foundation. José came in and asked why
she was crying. She told him she was thinking of Diego who has just
lost his father. José tried to kiss her, but she said she had to
go out. She gently pushed him back, took her handbag, and left.
Jackie started asking him about the locations he just found. They
were about to sit down to work on it when the doorbell rang. José
opened the door to Bernal and let him in.
Jackie's question Bernal told her that there was no news and he
wasn't there on official business. In fact, he was no longer in the
force. José excused himself, saying he had to go out. He kissed
his stepmother despite an expression that asked him to stay. He
patted Bernal's shoulder saying to make himself at home before he
went out the door. Jackie invited him to sit down and said she
wasn't sure when she would be able to return to class. Then she
asked why he was no longer with the force.
met Sandro in his office. What happened was what she expected
before. He gave her his scripted comments about thinking she had a
great future with the company and offered her a temporary position as
his personal assistant. She asked when he wanted her to begin.
told Jackie that he hoped to find another precinct to work from.
This was inevitable because of his differences with Borgetti. This
was because Borgetti was always obstructing his investigations and
because he always thought himself in the right. Except now.
then said that he (himself) thought the three ladies guilty of
placing the bomb and Borgetti made him see that they didn't. This
surprised Jackie who asked “And now you don't distrust us?”
he said with a smile. He listed the subsequent events that pointed
to someone else's guilt and finally said that Jackie and her friends
were all in danger. After the fire at ZZ he found the connexion
between ZZ and Farmateca and became sure that Farmateca was connected
to the dead bodies that had been turning up.
was having coffee with Jimena. She talked about everything going
according to plan with regard to Katia. Jimena told her that it was
more difficult than she had anticipated to get enough signatures to
get Katia fired. Catalina said that the gymnasium was only the
beginning. She will only be satisfied with Katia's death.
looked at photos on the end tables, photos of Jackie and Lorenzo.
She came back from the kitchen with two glasses of orange juice. He
asked her if she and her friends were becoming paranoid. She told
him no because they had nothing to do with Farmateca. ZZ may have,
but after the fire it is gone and there is no relationship between
the two. He asked about whether they had any previous contact with
Irene Palazuelos and Jackie told him about the purchase offer. When
Julio reappeared Vanessa declined the offer to keep the business for
him. Bernal thought that the fire could be revenge for the refusal
to sell; Jackie said she didn't know and that it no longer mattered
because Julio disappeared.
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