Miriam has been dragged into the Women’s Prison Director’s
office. Borgetti is there to hear what she has to say about having lied about
her inability to walk. Miriam begins to explain that she had been divorced from
Benjamin for a few years when her brother and sister were killed in an accident
and she stepped forward to care for her orphaned niece, Alexa. She loved her
more than anything in the world. Aha, says Borgetti in an accusatory tone—she had
a niece and never told him?
As Miriam reminisces, we see the hazy image of a young girl
running down the steps of a nice-looking house, chasing her ball. It bounces
into the street; she follows it and is hit by a car. The driver stops, gets
out, sees what he’s done and is momentarily dazed and confused. In Miriam’s
retelling, we are privileged to see the driver was Bruno Borgetti. The coward
looks around, gets back in his car, backs up over the body and peels out of
there as Miriam comes flying down the steps, only to cradle the lifeless body
of her niece.
The Prison Director wants to know if she reported it. She
says she did. Borgetti, meanwhile, is steaming mad. He wants to know que the
hell does this have to do with her lying about her incapacity? Miriam screams
back, everything. She’s very agitated and Borgetti calls her a loca. She claims
it was Borgetti in the car that killed Alexa. He denies it all. She continues,
the shock was enough to bring on the chronic illness that put her in the
wheelchair. Borgetti continues to deny. Miriam claims she’d never forget his
face. Then she saw him on TV being touted as the exemplary police official. She
came into his life to collect evidence, in memory of Alexa.
She knows he is implicated in all the deaths in Ciudad Real,
he and his “woman,” Irene Palazuelos. Borg can only repeat, she’s crazy. Prison
Director interrupts. These are serious allegations to make without proof.
Miriam swears she’ll get the proof needed.
Borgetti gets in her face and says she’ll be sorry. In fact,
he’s the one who will bring charges against her for defamation and a fraudulent
marriage. He marches out and leaves her in the office in tears.
Meanwhile, at the Encino Blanco police station, Kuri is
telling Bernal the hit and run story. She believes Miriam; she wants to help
her. Bernal agrees to open an investigation to see if there is any truth to the
story. Bernal directs Barbara to see if they can determine what kind of car
Borgetti was driving then. Kuri is to go to the lab. The technician says he has
some interesting information for them and Bernal only wants Kuri to get it.
Bernal himself, has to go see the governor to tell him what Lascurain found out
about the bomb in Panama and what happened to Irene.
On his way out, Bernal takes a call from Isabella. She heard
the report that Irene Palazuelos was dead. He replies, so it is. She thinks the
three widows should be locked up by now. She wants him to hurry because Vanessa
wants to take Diego back to Encino Blanco and it is important for Vanessa to be
in prison so she can be assured of custody. He tells Isabella to be patient.
Arturo is in lawyer mode. He’s with Katia and Sandro. Katia
thanks him for helping them. It’s not his specialty, but he will keep an eye on
the proceedings, which will be long and drawn out and expensive.
Jimena gossips with Giovanna about Katia [what else is new]
and wanting to ruin the image of Eddy’s restaurant. After she heard that Jackie
and Vanessa were going to be associated with the restaurant, she knows exactly
what she wants to do—expose the three widows publicly as suspicious of being
involved in the yacht explosion that killed their husbands.
Kuri gets an in-person report from the lab technician.
First, the governor authorized revising Joel’s phone. He has captured all the
calls and messages on it. Second, the blood on the boot belongs to the dead
prostitute, Emma. More interesting is that Borgetti’s fingerprints are on the
boot, supposedly only used by the gardener. He found also found Borgetti’s
fingerprints on the ring, along with some blood belonging to Marcial Mendoza.
Kuri is ecstatic. She quickly calls Bernal.
Bernal is in the governor’s office. He takes Kuri’s call. He
relates the findings regarding the lab's tests. Emma’s blood on the boot
proves Bernal cannot be guilty of her murder. He then goes on to tell the governor
about the bomb. It originated in the Middle East, but was acquired on the black
market by Marcial Mendoza, the ex-cop who was allegedly working for Borgetti on
the side. Mendoza brought the bomb to Playa Coral. He most likely also acquired
the chemicals used in the Ciudad Real experiments. The governor thinks there is
enough evidence to hold Borgetti, but Bernal wants to delay a bit while he
investigates the possibility there was a 2d bomb. The governor indicates surprise. Bernal
explains that there seem to be two groups who wanted those three men
eliminated. The time and place coincided, but not the motives.
Giovanna is now telling Arturo the gossip about the yacht
explosion. He doesn’t believe the three women could be guilty of such a deed.
She says even the police suspected them. Arturo says there’s a big difference
between being a murderer and being suspected of murder. Besides, the real
suspect was Julio Zamora’s business partner. Gio has that “well don’t say I
didn’t tell you” look on her face.
Vanessa calls Isabella to try to talk to Diego, but Issy
says he still doesn’t want to talk to her. Van asks that she put the phone on
speaker next to Diego. She woos him with a trip to an amusement park with Danna
the next day. He gets pretty excited about the prospect. Issy takes the phone
away and essentially tells Van to get lost.
Lascurain returns to the office from Panama and Kuri greets
him with a hug and a very friendly kiss. He fills Kuri in on everything he
learned in Panama. Kuri tells him the Bernal has 24 hours to get the goods on
the widows. Las feels sorry for Bernal since he’s so in love with Jackie.
Bernal is at the hospital. He’s talking to a doctor and they
are both looking in on a patient who might or might not recover. [We can’t see the
patient, but we can guess who it is by the other-worldly music. It’s probably
somebody who is supposed to be dead].
Next day at her house, Giovanna gives Vanessa her walking
papers. Van is happy to go as long as her reputation is in tact and her resume isn’t
corrupted. Gio doesn’t want to ever see her again—and she knows why [hint,
hint, it has something to do with Arturo and a divorce].
Jackie and Bernal are in her place talking about the bomb
and how Marcial Mendoza obtained it. He tells her the bomb was planted on orders of Borgetti, not Zacarías. He assures Jackie that even if
Borgetti denies it, there is no doubt about it. Bernal seems very loving and sincere
with Jackie and they kiss as he leaves. As soon as he leaves, Jackie texts the
other two widows to celebrate. Van says to come on over to her house, she’ll
have the tequila ready.
Once together, they lift a few shots of tequila to their
luck and discuss the near miss they had and how now they are home free, clearly
implicating themselves. Meanwhile, inside the panel truck, Lascurain, Kuri and
Bernal listen in disbelief, disappointment and despair. The widows continue
The doorbell rings. It’s Lascurain and Kuri at the door.
They are invited in to join the women in a drink. They decline as they are on
duty. They announce the three widows are being placed under arrest for the
yacht explosion that killed Lorenzo and Nicolas and the attempted murder of
Julio. All three think it is a joke. When it turns serious, Jackie says she’s
going to call Patricio—as he walks in. He tells them he gave the orders. The
women protest. There is nothing to link them to the yacht explosion. Bernal
himself said it was Borgetti. Bernal, with a heavy heart, says he does have
evidence—the watch he gave Jackie had a microphone in it and all their
conversations were recorded, including this one. Katia and Van are taken out to
a patrol car.
Jackie and Bernal have a painful conversation in the house
before being taken out. Jackie can’t believe he trapped her. Patricio says once he
had information pointing to them, he gave her every opportunity to tell the
truth and she didn’t. She deceived him. She accuses him of treachery. He
responds he’d rather be a traitor than an assassin, like she is. He
wants to know WHY? He’s astonished that it was Lorenzo that gave her the idea in
the first place and she’s the one that introduced it to Katia and Vanessa.
Patricio wonders if it was the dirty business or the money? No, her life was at risk, all three
were victims of their husbands’ violence and domestic abuse. Jackie claims it was “them or us.” Bernal
doesn’t believe her. She reminds him of the violence she suffered at Lorenzo’s
hands and showed him the scar on the back of her neck as proof. They were
afraid of their husbands and took the matters into their own hands. They truly
believed that would be all there was to it. They had no idea what hell they
were going to go through with the dirty dealings with Zacarías, Farmateca, Palazuelos
and Borgetti. Jackie goes through their hell step by step for Bernal’s benefit—to
give him a timeline of when they learned what they know now. Zack was the first
to threaten them, then he died. Then it was Irene Palazuelos, followed by
Borgetti. Those three thought they knew all about Transporte ZZ and the tie-in
They were constantly in danger. Jackie was shot, Van’s car’s
brake line was cut, someone followed Katia, surely with the intention of
killing her. They were terrified. Patricio asks if Borgetti blackmailed them
for the video. She answers yes and he learns where that video came from—the box
of things Zack’s mother left at the police station. They had to retrieve it to
protect Van’s family.
Vanessa and Katia talk in the back of the police car. They
wonder if Jackie is snitching on them. They wonder how long Patricio suspected
them and how he found out. [Katia conveniently leaves out the part that she
told Julio and we know Julio told his Momma before he was OD’d and she told
Patricio.] They blame it on the
microphone cum gift watch.
Still in the house, Patricio tells Jackie how he came to suspect
them [see pp. above, leaving out the Katia part].
Meanwhile at the Borgetti manor house, Bruno Borgetti is
ripping up any and all photos he has of Miriam.
At the station, Barbara finds the report on Alexa’s hit and
run death. It was filed in Playa Linda [shades of AQNMD] and not Encino Blanco.
She does a search on the description of the car and bingo, finds the kind of
car Borgetti had at the tinme of the accident.
Patricio finally says it’s time to go. Jackie begs him to
not do this, in the name of their love. He gently puts his hands over her mouth
and ask her not to talk of love—it was all a farce. She swears it wasn’t—she had
no intention of falling in love again, much less with a policeman. She does
love him and she’s sure he loves her. They are close enough to kiss each other,
but Patricio can’t quite do it. It’s night before they finally take the widows
Back at the hospital, the nurse is reporting to the doctor
that the patient is doing so-so and should she let Bernal know—he seems to be
some sort of relative. [We learn the patient is a she. It can't be Aurora. Hmmm, could it be....?]
José is at Jackie’s knocking on her bedroom door to remind
her about tomorrow’s appointment at the bank. When there is no answer he phones
her and leaves the message. At the very same time, Sandro is wondering where
Katia is. He checks all the rooms and he also calls her and leaves a message.
The three Musketeers are dead tired, but glad to have a job
well done. Barbara comes in to tell them not only did Borgetti have a car with
the same description as the hit and run vehicle, but he also had a place in
Playa Linda, where the accident took place.
Benjamin, Miriam’s IT guy, and her lawyer are having a
restaurant meeting al fresco. They are discussing what all he found on the
Farmateca lap top and Irene Palazuelos. Hers was pretty much wiped clean, but
he did find the double entries involving Transporte ZZ and e-mails referring to
chemicals being shipped to Ciudad Real. The contact was Tomás Aguirre, the one
who ran the Ciudad Real lab.
And someone seems to be listening to them from the bar, but IT guy continues. He
tells them Andres, the head of the lab at Farmateca is a relative of his
girlfriend’s. He would like to talk to Benjamin and the lawyer. Oh, the guy at
the bar listening is Andres. They know he provided the testimony that basically
sealed Miriam’s fate. He’s had a reversal of conscience and is willing to
testify that only Irene knew about the danger of using Dietrix long-term.
Miriam had no knowledge. He admits that he was compelled by Borgetti to say
only Miriam was implicated because Borg threatened harm to his family if he
Borgetti has called an outdoor press conference. Only the
flags, bunting and larger-than-life podium are missing. As a substitute, he
stands on the landing of the split stairway—way above everybody. He has to eat
some crow, but does it willingly, nay proudly. In his position, he is charged with seeking justice
and upholding the law, even when it involves someone close to him. He has to
admit that he was a victim of his own wife, who used him as a shield to evade
justice. She gets no special privileges, as any other who transgresses the laws.
The press conference is over and the reporters are about to
scatter when the governor of the state shows up with the chief of the federal
police at his side. Borgetti welcomes them, thinking it’s all about him and
they go inside the station. In front of his staff, Bernal has the privilege of
arresting him for endangering the public health, fraud, extortion and homicide.
Uncomprehending at first, he whips out his gun and points it at Bernal, then
hands it to him. He gets pretty upset at having the tables turned on him and
resists getting handcuffed. He shouts that they’ll all be sorry, as they take
him away. Lino Cortez (the guy that gave Bernal the beating of his life) is left
behind by the rest of the squad and looks worried.
A TV reporter attending the press conference turns around to
the cameras and reports all the juicy details of an “honest” cop getting caught,
live on TV. Guess who is watching the breaking news: Benjamin, along with
Andres and the lawyer, Isabella and last, but not least, the prison director.
The governor commends the Encino Blanco police force for
their work and sends them back to their duties. The governor pulls Bernal aside and asks him about the other bomb
and the three widows. Bernal is silent for the time being.
The widows are being kept isolated in a small room at the
station. They are wondering what’s next.
After the gov and the chief have left, Ramirez comments on
who would have thought they had a criminal at the head of the unit. Rico
guessed that Barbara was an undercover agent. She addresses Limo Cortez. He has
nothing to say. She asks, rhetorically, is he sure? She thinks he should
consider telling all the things Borgetti had him do and explain what his car
was doing in a body shop the same day Patricio’s car was found abandoned along
the river bank. As for Rico, she leans in, he should explain what really
happened when Borgetti shot Tomás.
The governor of the state and the chief of the federal
police enter the room with the widows. The gov tells them they were kept
separate so as not to get mixed up in Borgetti’s arrest for various crimes,
including the bomb that blew up the yacht. However, he knows they are also
implicated in the explosion and Bernal has to formally arrest them. Bernal
marshals them through the flock of reporters and transports them to the prison
gates. Jackie is the last one through and she looks back at Bernal with longing,
as the gate slams shut. He takes a long look at Jackie and turns away.
The airwaves are full of the Borgetti story. José watches
astounded as the reporter leads with the breaking news on the Black Widows—the Women
in Black. Sandro and Alberto watch transfixed. Catalina and Jimena look on
incredulous. Arturo shakes his head as Giovanna just watches. Benjamin, Andres
and the lawyer are watching. The Prison Director is soaking up the additional
news. Isabella is not stunned. Diego can’t believe they are talking about his