Wednesday, May 31, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #18 5.31.17: A Confession of Love from a Coward with Bad Fashion Sense

• Having seen the gun, Ryan understands why Estela always said that her life depended on what was in the blue suitcase; he assumes she always her knew father’s lifestyle would catch up to her. Laustela notes the gun is new, and barely touch, before Ryan suggests she keep it, for protection. Laustela hesitates and Ryan reminds her that he already saw her handle a gun and knows she can use it. Laustela hopes she never has to use it.
• That night, Laustela and Ryan arrive home for a change of clothes. Ryan gives her the suitcase and asks her to hide the gun. Laustela nods, goes to Ryan’s room and looks for a place to hid it.
• Morgana finally finds Chavalin at the bakery, explains that she’s Laustela’s friend, and tells him that Paloma, Laustela’s daughter, had to go to the hospital. He asks if she’s okay and Morgana nods as Chavalin takes out his cell to call Laustela. Morgana stops him, reminds him she’s at the hospital, and asks how he is related to Laustela. Chavalin thinks it’s strange she doesn’t know, since Laustela sent her, but she looks untrustworthy either way so it could be that she’s not as friendly with Laustela as she originally told him. Morgana tells him to calm down, she just thought Laustela had no family, but he explains that he’s an uncle on Laustela’s mother side. He then asks Morgana to leave as he’s very busy and has to call his niece. Morgana nods, huffs and puffs, and hurries out.

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La Piloto #61 5.30.17: In Which Yolanda is Back Where She Started...

• Monica walks to the shower and remembers when Joanna and her cohorts threatened her in the recreation yard. She then remembers when they beat her up in her cell and warned her not to fight back. She gets to the showers but finds no peace; Joanna and her cohorts are waiting to tease and berate her. Monica warns them to leave her alone but Joanna warns her to be careful and listen to all her instructions unless she wants her to cut off her tongue for insubordination. They leave her be while she showers.
• Vergara sends Yolanda, Lizbeth, Olivia, Wilmer and Estela to where Zulima is waiting for them. They are all happy to see her, and introduce Wilmer, before Vergara announces that Yolanda has decided to work for their organization and distribute drugs along the same routes as the Lucios. Estela is happy to hear it, as narcos make great money, and then asks about Rosalba and the baby. Vergara explains that they are safe in an undisclosed location, incubator and all. He then tells Yolanda that they need her to start ASAP and asks her what she needs. Yolanda tells him they need helicopters, a plane and an airstrip where they can land and take off. Vergara nods.
• Some time later, Vergara brings Yolanda a suitcase full of cash and tells her it’s her it’s her pocket cash. He then reminds her that nothing is free and this cash is more of a loan than a gift as they will deduct every red cent from her first paycheck. Yolanda nods and Vergara gives her the cell phones she asked for before reminding her that they are not to make personal calls and she should always remember that any stupidity on her part would only hurt her aunt and the baby, in that order. He then leaves them to work and Estela jumps at the money. She closes the suitcase and tells them that they must take care of it.

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La Candidata Martes, 5/30/17 Chapter 2: Cecelia Fears For Her Life


Apples rarely fall far from their trees and we have some proof here. Alonso, Cecelia, and Emiliano all show whose children they are. What they do in a crisis and how they feel about it will be determining factors in their lives. Our tale is full of these unfortunates.
  • D.D.

Chapter Two: Cecelia Fears for her Life

Regina withheld her anger to the best of her ability.
How could you think that I had anything to do with the murder of that girl? Don't you know me? Do you think I could do something like this?”
Your people are involved in this matter. You told me yourself –”
I told you that my people investigated.”
Then therefore you have to learn to give orders. You might say one thing and they hear something else.”
Do you have proof?”
That is in process. I will find out.”
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #17 5.30.17: Empty Perfume Bottles & (Not So) Empty Threats

• Paloma wakes up, crawls out of bed, and sees that Rosario and Laustela are not in the room with her. She goes off to find her.
• In the meantime, Rosario is in the laundry room, oblivious to Paloma’s escape.
• Ryan is in the kitchen, contemplating taking a drink but decides to pour it down the sink. Morgana comes and asks for a drink; he obliges and she tells him that nothing better than a stiff drink to wash over life’s troubles.
• Paloma goes to Mercy’s room, sees the lamp shaped perfume bottle and decides to pretend to be “Mercy.” She demands the perfume bottle from Rita and then proceeds to stray some on neck. Accidently, she sprays some into her mouth and begins to cough and sneeze uncontrollably.
• Laustela is in Ryan’s room, thinking, when there’s a knock on the door. It’s Danilo, with guitar in hand. He has come to show her his new song and asks him to sing it, so she can feel better. Danilo begins to sing as Laustela smiles.
• Ryan asks if things are bad with Danilo and Morgana confesses that she feels he doesn’t pay attention to her anymore. Ryan reminds her that he’s busy with the new album but Morgana extends her fingertips to Ryan and explains that she and Danilo haven’t been together in a while. Ryan suggests she talk to Danilo but Morgana reminds him that she’s a young, beautiful woman that still has a lot to give a man. She gets close to Ryan and asks if she is beautiful. Ryan nods but tells her that he needs to go and does as Morgana smiles.

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La Piloto #60 5.29.17: In Which Yolanda is Forced to Make a Decision

• Monica is processed and taken to a Mexican prison while she awaits her trial. She finds new and old enemies in fiery redhead, Joanna, and all her cohorts, who tease her for being another prisoner like the rest of them despite having been an “upstanding” police officer.
• The Senator kicks Oscar and his men out of Lucio headquarters because he’s tired of his shenanigans. Oscar obliges but, secretly, vows revenge.
• Dave goes to see Yolanda and gives her sloppy kiss but is less than happy to see Yolanda indeed kidnap Amanda’s baby from the hospital.
• Zulima finds the Senator and gives him all he’s been waiting for. After a roll in the sack, he asks her to help them get in contact with Yolanda.
• Later, Dave tells Yolanda that the best thing would be to turn herself in, as a show of good faith, because Benavides is looking to capture and extradite her as well.
• Vergara calls Yolanda, as Zulima gave them Yolanda’s number, as the spokesperson of El Cartel de las Sombras and offers her a deal: to handle the Lucio’s part of their business. Yolanda isn’t interested and hangs up.

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La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #16 5.29.17: The Double Life of (Pretty Much Everyone but Paloma)

Memories are in italics.

• At Furia. Danilo warns Calao to be careful as his extracurricular activities almost got them in trouble with Ryan. Calao reiterates that it’s not his fault they sent him for Laustela but Danilo is happy after all because he now knows the real reason Laustela went back with Ryan: Calao’s threats. Calao smiles but shakes his head and denies having threatened Laustela. Danilo does remind him that he is his boss so if he falls, so does Calao.
• Ryan wants to know who hacked his medical file but Steve shakes his head. Ryan has no idea who would be interested, as only Mercy knew, and his lawyers went through great lengths to make sure his stint in the rehabilitation center wasn’t brought up in the trial. Ryan assumes it could be Pedro’s people, investigating his past to see how they can blackmail him, or it could have to do with Laustela’s threats. Steve is confused and frustrated as Ryan just told him he thought the threats were a lie.

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Monday, May 29, 2017

La Candidata Lunes, 5/29/17 Chapter 1: Looking for Guilt



Foreword

After years of chronicling the lives of the rich and shameless I am still astonished at how similar they are no matter the country or culture. The newly rich like Eladio Gomez-Luna will buy their respectability through the silence and compliance of others. In the end he fell short of becoming another Gerald Bradley because the latter never fooled the set who regarded him as an interloper. In the end – if what I heard about his death was true – he was ultimately unable to fool himself. Since I no longer practice the faith of my upbringing I am done speculating on whether he is in Purgatory or elsewhere.

I have found new examples of the ultimate indulgences of such people. While there is no Coliseum or Circus Maximus in Mexico City the San Románs share some of the vices of certain historical personages echoed by their name. Only modern civil law and my profession have – thus far – held the line against the rise of a new Caligula or Nero. I am a latter-day Suetonius, telling tales of hypocrisy, corruption, and crimes that attempt to defy discovery and go without punishment. I present my tales to you, my elite readers, that you may judge these people for who they are.

Sit back and read at your leisure. At least our wine is better than that which was consumed by the Caesars.
  • D.D.
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): El Capo, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 29, 2017

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 are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12-2PM—Gonul
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2  (repeats 12-2AM except Monday 12-1AM)

Guerra de Ídoles remains relegated to Saturday nights, 9-11PM. All the capítulos can be found on Telemundo's web site.  Folks may certainly discuss the novela here if they wish.

Telemundo has announced that the new season of El Señor de los Cielos will debut on Tuesday, June 20, in the 10 pm (EDT) time slot.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

La Piloto #59, 5-26-17: Bad Boys Brawl But Bad Broads Rule





Monica sits in her jail cell thinking back to how the state prosecutor doesn’t understand her, I.e., how she could have let herself bow to the demands of a couple of (insidious and predatory) redneck narcos anymore than she could ever understand DEADave’s’s rejecting her sexual advances.  (You mean besides Yolanda’s being a beautiful, brave and alluring bad girl?)
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La doble vida de Estela Carrillo, # 15, Friday 05/26/15 Dumb and dumber make a fine couple, indeed

This is from memory (watched while cooking dinner), so sorry for any mistakes; I did a lot of editing, I combined scenes for better flow, stupid dialogues were ignored (almost everything having to do with the Threesome that nobody asked for, formed by LetMe, Eraser and Brujita).

Estela is waiting for Ryan at the restaurant, but he's a no show. She calls Furia and Genesis tells her that Ry forgot his phone at work because he left in a hurry - he needed to "save" someone. This worries Estela, she asks Genesis to search for the last call on Ryan's phone and give her the number. (Note to Ryan: password protect your phone, you silly idiot.)
She then calls said number and ends up at a rehabilitation clinic where a receptionist tells her that Mr. Cabrera has been checking in, without giving any further information.
Estela is impactada that Ryan would hide something this important from her and tells Chayo that she needs to further investigate. There is no way that she can tell him her own deep dark secrets as long as HE has deep dark secrets of his own.

So these two lovable fools already have a rocky relationship three days into their dating/ engagement (who would have guessed, with all the lying by omission, by mistake, on purpose, for the grater good etc etc..). When they meet back at the house, Ryan apologizes for standing her up at the restaurant, in the process making up a story about some business deal that he had to solve asap. Estela pretends to believe him, but decides to do some investigating into  Ryan Cabrera, Man of Many Secrets and ardent lover.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #14 5.25.17: Painful Pasts & Punches

• Ryan and Laustela consummate their love, amid roaring passion and desire.
• Bonita tells Leticia that she got married a year ago in a civil wedding but not a religious one. She warns Leticia that she will call the police if she doesn’t leave. Leticia obliges and breaks down outside.
• Laustela wants to talk more about her past but Ryan thinks there is time, especially because he doesn’t want to ruin the moment. Laustela agrees and they go for round two.
• Erasmo finds Leticia outside his house and demands she leave, go back to her children, and stop embarrassing herself. Leticia obliges as Erasmo goes inside.
• Over breakfast the next day, Danilo tells Mercy that he is fixing up the ranch Walter left him and will leave her house soon. Laustela and Ryan come and they both congratulate them on getting back together. Mercy then teases Danilo on is 20%.
• Luisa tells Mr. Blake that she found a girl that may know where Fausto is but she hasn’t been able to make her talk. Mr. Blake wants to meet her ASAP as there are certain ways to make people talk.

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La Piloto #58 5.25.17: In Which Yolanda Realizes Her Nightmare is Far From Over...

• Dave wants to be a DEA again and accepts the offer to take over Montgomery’s position. He reiterates that they still have plenty to do including dismantling the whole Lucio operation. Fajardo admits that he was wrong because he is an excellent agent and Dave thanks him. For now, their top priority is finding Montgomery, who is probably hiding with Oscar. He shows Fajardo Montgomery’s card, which has his personal contact information and not his DEA information.
• Bautista updates on John’s situation; he thinks it would be impossible to launch an escape plan at the Mexico City police station but Oscar thinks they should still try. The Senator thanks him for the information and hangs up as the consul walks in. The Senator chides her for being so carefree but their situation but she explains them she had to go through hell and high water to be there. The Senator reminds her that they all fall should John talk but the Consul wants more details so they can take care of the problem. Vergara explains that they tried to rescue John in Villa Antigua but it failed and they are looking at other options. Oscar tells them that he will rescue his brother, no matter what, and storms out.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): El Capo, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 22, 2017

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

Here's Page 2 for the week.  The current telenovelas are as follows (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

Here are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12-2PM—Gonul
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2  (repeats at midnight, check your local listings)

Guerra de Ídolos has been relegated to Saturday nights, 9-11PM

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By common agreement, this group DOES NOT discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode of the current production. Spoilers WILL be removed by the admin. This includes reference to earlier productions of the story, and even the original novel. Thanks for your cooperation!

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La Piloto #57 5.24.17: In Which Yolanda Steals a Baby...

• The Senator is pissed and with good reason: John has been officially detained and will be extradited to the US by the DEA, Oscar has done nothing thus far to rescue John from prison and he cannot locate his fellow Sombra partners with the exception of the Governor. Vergara tries to make excuses for them but the Senator is tired of excuses and will fix everything when he’s President. For now, he wants Vergara to cal Montgomery and ensure John doesn’t say anything to the DEA.
• The girls watch the press conference in the hospital as Zulima looks on. A hospital employee comes and asks for family members of Amanda. Yolanda tells her that she didn’t have any one but them and the employee asks them to come with her.
• Fajarado meets Raul and Monica. They hand over Montgomery’s cell phone and Fajarado nods as he looks over the evidence.
• Santamaria and Rubio arrive at Cielito Lindo and decide to ditch the ambulance there; they notice how close the bar is to AeroTours.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #13 5.24.17: Let Your Body Do the Talking...

• In Asdrubal's office, Danilo isn’t sure if Laustela is gone for forever, because she left and came back three years ago, but if she does, he and Morgana would have had their own child by then and claimed the 20%. He does lament that Laustela left without sleeping with him but Asdrubal reminds him that Laustela needs to come back ASAP lest Ryan open up an investigation into her whereabouts. If he does, the police may investigate Furia and that would make El Dorado very unhappy. He instructs Danilo to think and make sure Laustela comes back so everything is calm.
• Laustela explains that everything is over between because she can’t continue to be Estela Carrillo, not with all the problems it has caused. Ryan proposes they find a solution but Laustela thinks the only solution is to be far away from him and start a new life. She asks Ryan to let her go, if he loves her, because she can’t be Estela but she can’t go back to Laura Oviedo, either. Ryan asks her to please tell him why not but Laustela shakes her head and asks that he not make things harder. Ryan can’t let her go, not knowing that she and her daughter are in danger, but Laustela asks him to leave her be. Ryan nods and hopes she realizes the mistake she’s making. He leaves and Laustela breaks down.

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La Piloto #56 5.23.17: In Which Yolanda Gets Some Very Bad News...

• John calls Dave, Monica and Garrido idiots because he will escape either way. Monica agrees, takes out her gun, and slams John against the wall. She proposes they take care of the problem right then and there and John challenges her to do so.
• Yolanda tells Raul that Monica, Garrido and Dave are guarding John and they will do so until the DEA comes to arrest him. Raul asks how she was able to capture John and Olivia tells him that Yolanda is a fighter and they all laugh. Yolanda tells them that it was either that or the Lucios were going to kill them all. She proposes they talk about it later but Wilmer wants to hear the whole story of John’s capture.
• Garrido and Dave tell Monica to put down the gun and not ruin all they’ve accomplished till now. John reminds Monica that they killed Sofia and she goes in for the kill but Dave manages to wrestle the gun away from her and then punch John in the face. Garrido then receives a call from one of his men, who tells him that the two trucks that were seen in the vicinity, presumably to help John escape, have taken the bait and are following their squad cars. He relays the news to Dave and Monica and John laughs before telling them that Oscar will never give up on him. Dave suggests Garrido order reinforcements and not let Oscar escape. John continues to laugh, hysterically.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #12 5.23.17: Love Letters & Songs Make Excellent Firewood

Memories are in italics. 

Laustela's letter is bolded.

• Ryan goes in for the kiss but Laustela tells him she is going to see Paloma and leaves.
• Calao informs Asdrubal that they rescued Laustela and dropped her off where he instructed but it was with her friend because she never let her go. Asdrubal asks if anyone saw them but Calao confirmed no one did but ICE will likely investigate, especially because they released at least a dozen illegal immigrants. Asdrubal doubts it but either way they let them escape close to the Mexican border so someone is sure to catch them. He tells Calao to turn on the radio or the TV so he can sure and leaves.
• Laustela goes to visit Paloma, who welcomes her with open arms, and hugs her tightly. Paloma wants to know where she was but Laustela tells her it doesn’t matter because she’s back and loves her very much. Paloma loves her and Rosario very much too; they hug again.

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La Piloto #55, 5-22-17: The Time Bomb Explodes




  • While Yolanda and DEADave are walking back to AeroTours, John is on the cell phone telling Oscar which cell he’s in and where it’s located.  “—We’re working on it, Bro.”

  • Yolo tells Dave she’s tired of all the crap she’s been put through and it was never what she wanted (I believe.  Again I have no CC’s.)  She notes a scratch from a bullet on his arm.  They go into Auntie Rosalba’s old bedroom to fix it up.  The two fix up their relationship as well.  Love in the afternoon transpires.

  • Rubio and SantaMaria drive towards the AeroTours parking lot in the meantime and Viewerville panics.  There’s a request for the ambulance driver (now presumably dead as a doornail out in the campo somewhere) to report in by radio.  
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Monday, May 22, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #11 5.22.17: To ICE(y) Hell and Back...

• Mercy tells Ryan that she took 5 pills and Ryan insists on taking her to the hospital. Mercy doesn’t want to because she loves being there with her two children. Ryan thinks she’s talking nonsense and goes to make a call.
• Danilo announces to the audience that he is going to perform a new song for a friend, who he hopes knows he is always there to help her. Morgana smiles, thinking it’s her, but Laustela, walking backstage, hears him and smiles, knowing it’s really their song. Danilo begins to sing and sees Laustela at the edge of the stage. He sings to her but Morgana begins to dance seductively in front of him and takes him away. Laustela shakes her head at the whole thing and leaves as Danilo tells Morgana to put a sock in it and get off the stage.
• Later, in the dressing room, Laustela asks Morgana if she is okay but Morgana chides her for the poor condition of the dressing room because there isn’t even a sofa for her to lie down when she has a headache. Laustela explains that it is simple festival, and they don’t have fancier accommodations, but Morgana reminds her that she should, at least for the guests of honor. Laustela will be sure to tell Ryan and Tato and goes to leave but Morgana asks if she’s Ryan’s woman because she would like to give Ryan her message personally and see if she can flirt with him. Laustela smiles and reiterates that she will tell him as Genesis comes and tells Laustela that Don Chayo is ready to go on stage and need her help. Laustela leaves with her but leaves her beg behind. Morgana sees it, checks to see no one is outside, and takes it with her.

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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): El Capo, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 22, 2017

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 are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente (except Tuesday)
• 10:30AM-12PM—Un Nuevo Dia (Tuesday only)
• 12-2PM—Gonul
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2  (repeats at midnight, check your local listings)

Guerra de Ídolos has been relegated to Saturday nights, 9-11PM; Commenting has been understandably light since Telemundo, in their infinite wisdom, has decided to play fast & loose with the schedule. Your moderators, Juanita & LXV are as dismayed as anybody about the bad programming choices made recently by Telemundo. We want to encourage anybody watching any of the shows to post their thoughts about it--random comments, what they like, what they don't, whatever. It doesn't have to be a recap; it doesn't have to be long: your thoughts in a few sentences, just to keep the page alive during this drought. We'll even open the page up to La Fan watchers, who have indicated that part 2 is better tha part 1.

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

La Piloto #54, 5-19-17: Catch But No Release

Part 1~~
Zuli eavesdrops as Lisbet and Raul get whatever information they can on Amanda’s condition by Raul pulling rank with his badge.   They learn that she was hit by a car and is now being prepped for the baby’s delivery, 2 months prematurely.  Zuli decides to disguise herself as a janitor (we assume to finish the job on Mandy).  Olivia calls Bette just then and gets the word. She and Wilmer drive up to the hospital.

DEADave and Yolanda drop Moni off at the police station—where both of them are now personas non gratas—for the latest.  Dave gives Yoli more bullets and tells her naively that everything will be just fine now that John’s behind bars.  Yoli, wise to that says nope, not till he’s behind bars in the States will it be over.

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La doble vida de Estela Carrillo #10 Friday, 05/19/2017 First kiss, first fight

Sorry this is late, but whenever I got into writing, my daughter needed something: to dance, to play, a snack...
Here goes, I hope I didn't forget anything.

There is a party at Furia. They are celebrating Estela's arrival , Don Chayo signing a new contract and Danilo becoming part owner of the company. Morgana wants Dani to introduce her as the girlfriend, but he barely acknowledges her presence. He is busy talking to Don Chayo's lawyer, trying to convince him to go into the money laundering business. The lawyer is appalled at first, but Dani seems to be getting to him.
Mercy and Joe leave the party early; she's had enough of her step-son for now. There is some news in the papers: the prosecutor who worked on Ryan's case and his assistant died in an "accident".

Estela asks Ryan to leave the party room, too, because she needs to make out talk things out with him. Why is he still on her case, he does know that she's leaving as soon as the Jaripeo is over, right? He takes her to somewhere more private, the stage of the big auditorium where the festival will take place. They get into a fight about his reasons for inquiring into her future. Why does he care, why can't a promise for help be just that, with no strings attached?
Ryan can't help it, he needs to discover the mystery that is Estela and all her mysterious life and mysterious past and ... he gets the  crazy eyes, if she weren't into him so much, it would look borderline obsessive. Estela says that she needs her space, but what Estela actually wants is to kiss him. And that she does, with no resistance coming from him. Bright screen behind them, it looks like the perfect first kiss...that is, until Ryan says that he never thought anyone would make him feel the same as Realstela did. Dude! Way to ruin a good thing. Good luck getting back into Fauxstela's graces now.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #9 5.18.17: Two Lawsuits and a Surprise Party Later...

Hey all! Sorry it's only bullet points but here goes:
  • Danilo asks Ruben to think of a way to benefit from his shooting but poor Ruben's still trying to recover.
  • Ryan comes and reveals that he went to Michoacan to find out more information about her past and everyone told him that her and Fausto took Herminia's and left her in the lurch. Laustela explains that Fausto lied and didn't tell her the money was stolen from her aunt; she found out later that it was Herminia's. She laments the fact that her aunt died thinking she was a thief but tells Ryan that she, Paloma and Rosario are gone after they pay her the festival money. Ryan hopes she keeps her word this time. 
  • Mercy then finds Ryan and insists she register Paloma as his daughter, pronto, and he reveals that she is actually not his. Sometime later, she tells Joe the truth about Paloma, worried, as Danilo can now impregnate any old bimbo and win the 20% of them.
  • Later, Laustela finds the box Ryan brought back with her things and cries, remembering her love for aunt. 
  • Mercy and Danilo have another confrontation and Danilo shuts Mercy up by telling her that she is looking mighty good lately, much to her surprise.
  • The next day, Genesis tells Laustela about the latest media scandal: Ruben reported Don Chayo for shooting him because he was jealous that his band was going to perform at the festival. Laustela is shocked as she thought Ruben had cleared up the incident and declared it was an accident.
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La Piloto #53 5.18.17: In Which Yolanda Gets Revenge…

• Yanez’s men throw John in the truck as Yanez tells Yolanda that the Lucios are done. Just then, Oscar shows up and begins to shoot at them as Yolanda escapes in the truck carrying John. Oscar manages to capture Yanez and his men, who surrender immediately.
• In the truck, Yolanda checks the gun she got from John and finds the magazine empty. She curses her luck.
• Oscar points his gun at Yanez and demands to know where John is. Yanez smiles before Oscar shoots him in the head. Oscar then shoots him two more times in the chest and leaves with him men to find John.
• Arley begs Amanda to stay but she realizes it was a mistake to come. Arley holds her hand and tells her that he is ashamed for having shot her and begs her (AGAIN) to forgive him. He confesses that he is now an enemy of the Lucios, who betrayed him, but Amanda will never forgive that Arley put his boss’ best interest above hers and their child. Arley begs her to listen and tells her that there is money hidden in Cielito Lindo and remembers when he first stashed it there, as Zulima was nosing about. He tells Amanda that he is sure the Lucios weren’t able to get it out and she should go get it and use it for their child. Amanda shakes her head but Arley begs her to use it for herself and for him because he’s going to escape. Amanda cries as Arley begs her to help him escape.

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Weekend Discussion, 5/19/17: Toxic Mothers, Round III

Now that we're past Mother's Day, it's time to review some of those that are undeserving of such honor. Do any of them come up to the level of Catalina Creel of Cuna de Lobos? Let's talk about this:
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Thursday, May 18, 2017

TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): El Capo, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 15, 2017

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

Here's Page 2 for the week.  The current telenovelas are as follows (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12-2PM—Gonul
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2  (repeats 12-2AM except Friday 12-1AM)

Guerra de Ídoles has been relegated to Saturday nights, 9-11PM. Even so, folks may certainly discuss the novela here if they wish.

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 referring to at the top of your post, so readers can easily find the conversations they're looking for.

By common agreement, this group DOES NOT discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode of the current production. Spoilers WILL be removed by the admin. This includes reference to earlier productions of the story, and even the original novel. Thanks for your cooperation!

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La Piloto #52 5.17.17: In Which Yolanda Makes Her Move...

• Dave takes Monica up the stairs and to her apartment. He asks her how she feels and she said nothing would make her feel worse than her sister’s death so she’s fine. He thinks it was stupid that she went alone, especially to arrest Yolanda, but Monica reiterates that she had to because he is the only one who still thinks Yolanda is going to help them. Dave explains that Yolanda has disappeared; she went to Christian’s funeral and no one has seen her since. Monica thinks she will appear soon, as always, and Dave hopes so. He then tells Monica that he already confirmed Montgomery is working with the Lucios and was able to take his cell phone but he needs someone’s help to unlock it. Monica promises to help him with that as Raul and Lizbeth come. He’s happy to see her and tells them that Lizbeth has taken care of him very well while they were out. Lizbeth is also happy to see her and Raul explains that his contact in Tres Fuegos found Margot’s car abandoned a few blocks from the house but there was no trace of Yolanda. Dave shakes his head.
• That night, Yolanda sighs and lies down in a bed in Yanez’s house. She remembers when she ran to John in the airstrip and he confessed to ordering her murder. She then remembers her plan to capture the Lucios and extradite them to the US. her bed. She gets off the bed and sits in a nearby chair to make a call.

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La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #8 5.17.17: Danilo is the Man with Several Plans…

• In Michoacán, Ryan converses with the Padre Otero about Laustela. Otero explains that she used to sing in the chorus and eventually came to lead it before she left. He also explains that Laustela’s mother was a single mother, who eventually left her with a tia-abuela named Herminia, who took care of her despite her advanced age. Ryan confirms that he is a friend of Laustela, and used to see her when she taught music in el Gabacho, but lost track of her years ago. He had some pressing business close by and decided to visit her town because she used to speak highly about it. Otero is happy to hear about her after all those years but because he never did again after she left. Ryan asks if he knows why she did and suggests she had problems with her husband. Otero stands up, surprised to hear that Laustela married that boy she used to date.
• Mercy wonders how Laustela will convince Don Chayo to sing at the festival since she’s a stranger but Laustela reminds her that she is the best person to explain that Ryan, and Furia, has been cleared of all charges. Joe also has his doubts and Mercy orders them to keep looking instead of wasting time trying to convince Chayo. Just then, Danilo limps in surprised that they have a meeting without letting him know. Mercy explains that Ryan is in New York so she is taking care of any pressing business but Danilo reminds her that she is no longer alone and that he can help. Mercy tells him that the meeting is over but she will get him up to speed. Everyone exits the board room expect Mercy and Danilo.

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

La Piloto #51 5.16.17: In Which Yolanda Hides From Everyone But Yanez...

• John and his men torture Monica, now tied up with rope from head to toe, by placing a plastic bag over her head. He calls her pretty but Monica shies away from his touch. He continues to ask her where Dave is but Monica is quiet. John shrugs and tells her that he will get the information out of her the hard way. Just then, Monica’s phone rings and it is Dave. John answers and asks Dave where he is. Dave is shocked to hear John and asks him what happened to Monica. John tells them they are just talking but Dave vows to kill him if he does anything to Monica. John reminds him that he can kill her whenever he wants and Dave asks him what he wants. John tells Dave to come to them and bring Yolanda but Dave tells him that he doesn’t know how to find her. John suggests he does, soon, and hangs up. John then tells Monica that they will finally see if Dave loves her as much as Monica loves him.
• On the side of the road, Yanez agrees to help Yolanda and tells her that John is in Olivia’s house and they need to call the police. Yolanda wants to call Olivia first, who is on her way there, and Yanez hands her a phone. Yolanda calls Olivia immediately, who is close to her house, and warns her to not go home because john is waiting for her. Olivia nods and tells the taxi driver to not stop and then hangs up.
• Zulima converses with the Senator, who chides John for not appreciating a woman like Zulima. He suggests she come with him so she can take advantage of all his privileges as the future President of Mexico. Zulima laughs and tells him that any woman would love to hear his promises but she knows he won’t leave his wife and she will not be his lover. She thanks him and tells him she can’t accept. He nods and asks if she thinks she’s the only woman in John’s life. She is quiet and the Senator asks her to look him up should she change her mind and leaves.

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La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo #7, 5-16-17, Breaking News: Dead Men DoTell Tales

Anita, here, substituting for Alfredo, so he can have the night off. I apologize for the lack of detail, but my heart is in it. Some short scenes have been combined. Ok, here  we go---

Lo de Ayer
Laustela tries to convince Mr. Everwood of the real reason for the mass shooting at the Foundation. He refuses to believe that it’s all about the gangs trying to re-establish lost territory by frightening the citizens of Riverside into looking to the gangs for protection. That and then recruiting new gang members, even from the Foundation. Estela is there to warn him. He still doesn’t believe her and points out that the home invasion at Estela’s proves the action was taken against her specifically and not by throwing blame for the danger to the neighborhood on others. She knows that El Caravelas, a gang member is involved. Everwood is still not convinced as he’s the nephew of Bettina, who is very helpful to the foundation. He thinks Estela is the one responsible and trying to blame others.

Meanwhile, at the La Furia offices, after the reading of the will, Ryan is trying to calm a very agitated Mercy saying he will never abandon her or leave her unprotected. That’s not what she’s worried about. She’s worried about Ryan and what will happen to La Furia in the hands of that buffoon—as she points to Danilo. Ryan is calm. He says what’s written is written and he plans to follow his father’s wishes.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

La Piloto #50, 5-15-17: Changing Sides And Re-assessing Alliances



Yolanda remembers Dave’s saving her and giving her back her medallion as she heads off to Christian’s funeral

Lisbet visits Raul Arguelles, late of the Federales.  She gives him the doctor’s bad news about never walking again-or at least it being very unlikely.  She plans to stay by his side.

Col. Santa Maria tells Reyes that when they get to the border, Reyes is going to use his head and his papers to get the three of them safely across the border into Nicaruagua on their way to Mexico.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #6 5.15.17: Everyone's Lying & Some are Almost Dying...

• In the car, Laustela laments the fact that Paloma’s teddy bear is destroyed; she cannot give it like that to the girl. Ryan reminds her it is only a teddy bear but Laustela thinks he only says that because he doesn’t have kids. After a moment of silence, she chances the station and raises the volume of a regional music song and begins to sing along. Ryan is surprised is knows all the words and Laustela confesses that it reminds her of home. She goes to turn down the volume but Ryan stops her and they share a moment. She asks if he is done asking questions and Ryan confirms he is, for now. She then asks her if he is willing to help her and Paloma become legal citizens and Ryan confirms he will, as long as she goes along with their charade for as long as he needs her too. Laustela reminds him that their “relationship” is in appearances only and Ryan chides her for nagging so much. He assumes that is why Paloma’s father left but Laustela prefers he keep trying and stop asking stupid questions. She raises the volume again and Ryan tells her that he can introduce her to Don Chayo. Laustela is ecstatic but asks if that too is part of their deal. Ryan smiles but is quiet.

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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): El Capo, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 15, 2017

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 are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12-2PM—Gonul
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2  (repeats 12-2AM except Friday 12-1AM)

Guerra de Ídoles has been relegated to Saturday nights, 9-11PM after barely a few weeks.  Apparently Telemundo does not consider patience to be a virtue. Folks may certainly discuss the novela here if they wish.

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 referring to at the top of your post, so readers can easily find the conversations they're looking for.

By common agreement, this group DOES NOT discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode of the current production. Spoilers WILL be removed by the admin. This includes reference to earlier productions of the story, and even the original novel. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

La Piloto #49, 5-12-17: It Finally Dawns On John...Or Does It?


 Parte 1~~


John suddenly suspects that Zulima and brother Oscar have been lying to him about Yolanda still being alive.  Zuli manages once again to “bewitch” the damnable bastard into believing she knew nothing; but Oscar apparently did.  And, Os didn’t kill Christian like he had agreed to either!  Estela is alive and kickin’ as well.  John is filled with self-doubt for once.  Muy pero muy impactado is he!  Could his brother really be defying him and going behind his back and… why?  Zoo plays Ms. Naïve and helpless. “—Well Oscar’s been really strange lately.  I heard the guards talking about things.  Forgive me!  I didn’t want to worry you.”

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo, #5, Friday 5/12/17 Ryan saves Estela, Estela saves Ryan. But who will save Danilo… from his own stupidity?

The old:

Ryan takes Estella, Chayo and Palomita to his mansion. Mercy almost has a heart attack in seeing them, but Ryan says he brought his "family" home, so she better deal with it, or else...
In order to keep up the pretense of a reunion, Estella and Ryan need to share the same room, so Paloma has to sleep with Chayo in a separate part of the house.
Also, Estella just happens to get a glimpse of Ryan's "goods" - the girl likes what she sees and he doesn't mind the admiration. Dudes, I understand that you have to play pretend, do you wanna make things easier by just going for it?

Mercy goes to a bar and who is there to join her? Young, married Joe, the company lawyer and Mercy's boy toy apparently.
Danilo sees them making out in the car later in the evening - he's sure to take advantage of this bit of information later on. He also realizes that working for El Dorado comes with serious, dangerous strings attached. Will this be enough for him to say no?
On the other hand, Morgana is more than willing to accept the deal.
Mercy and Pedro Carillo apparently share a common history. She has his picture hidden in her room - wonder what this is about...
  
The new
The Mansion
We pick up with Mercy again, while she’s burning Pedro Carillo’s photo. She looks serious. And crazy.

Estella is in panic mode because Paloma has disappeared (so she believes). The housekeeper explains that she overheard a conversation between Ryan and Mercy – Paloma was present and she was saying that she wants to go back home, in Riverside. So is that where Ryan took the girl?
Estella is about to explode. Why would he take Paloma? How dare he not inform her first? Just then Mercy comes to the kitchen, and doesn’t understand what the big fuss is about? Isn’t Ry Paloma’s dad?
Uhhhh, yeah, sure, but it’s not like he’s very paternal, Estella insists and not even Chayo’s attempts to calm her down succeed. Mercy wonders why Estella decided to testify and tell Ryan about having a child together – were his letters such a turning point for her? Also, maybe she should take some anxiolytics if she’s so nervous (hehe). Chayo thinks a tea would suffice.
Estella wants neither, she storms off in search of Paloma. She won’t take Chayo with her, in case Daddy Kidnapper shows up. 

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Friday, May 12, 2017

La Piloto #48 5.11.17: In Which Yolanda Realizes Dave May Not Be Such a Bad Guy...

• The Lucios and their men look around but they don’t find Raul anywhere on his floor. Oscar assumes it was Monica who busted him out and John agrees. He radios his men at the entrance and as them to keep a lookout for Monica.
• Downstairs, Monica weeks Raul out through the parking garage exit. She tells him that they are going to her apartment and run out to the street.
• Moments later, the Lucios arrive at the parking garage but find it empty. Oscar asks John what they will do now but they don’t have time to think about it as they hear sirens. The Lucios and their men run.
• In the coroner’s van, Olivia finds it strange that Yolanda hasn’t arrived yet and Wilmer wonders if Dave caught her. Estela suggests they call her but Olivia wants to give her more time lest Dave catch her trying to answer her cell. The coroner continues to struggle against his restraints and Estela threatens to shoot him if he doesn’t stop. Wilmer laughs at the fact that her and Yolanda are a lot alike.

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La Doble Vida De Estela Carrillo #4, 5-11-2017 Discussion

Hi all-

 I fell asleep before the episode came on, I'll watch it now and have a recap later, in the mean time discuss!

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Vino El Amor 5/12/17 Alternate Ending is Finally Dunne


It's been a little while since I've visited wine country. It was time to catch up with some of the people I've met there. While it's usually a little more relaxed than the social scenes in the major cities, it's not without tales with more juice than the grapes in Napa Valley. Here is a section from my forthcoming book, More Grapes of Wrath.
– D.D.

It was 1 AM and David Robles could not sleep. Most would think that normal for a bridegroom, even one who had previous experience of this event. The truth was he had looked for any excuse to not marry Graciela.
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Vino El Amor: Alternate Endings 5/11/17

Note:  This will have multiple endings added as they come in.  Mine is posted on its own only because I am extremely verbose.  My apologies if that looks narcissistic.  Julie's has been added.

Delilah's ending

Luciana realizes that the best thing is for her to finally put HERSELF first. She tells her family that she realizes she needs to be away to grow and pursue her love of wine and so she is going to travel through Europe and taste wine, maybe work at a vineyard. It's heartbreaking for David especially who begs her not to leave, but alas she does anyway vowing to always love him. 
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Vino el Amor y Se Fué, Postmortem, 5-11-2017


ALONG CAME LOVE, PASSED THROUGH AND KEPT ON GOING




Disgraced Came Along and Ruined Everything
 
 
FIRST AND FOREMOST
Julie:  Here are some lessons I've learned from VEA:
- Women are hopelessly fickle.
- Men are hopelessly fickle.
- True love is a fantasy.
- People really can change...they can get meaner and dumber.

Susanlynn: So many lessons learned via this show....all of them depressing .  In most telenovelas in the past, women viewers want to be with the galan and male viewers want to be him. In this show…not so much.

Now, presenting a DisGraced Graciela with a few Dudveeds thrown in for variety. This round-up is not comprehensive or complete. Many of the contributions come from 4 of our wordsmiths, Kirby, Susanlynn, Lila and Julie. The Patio thanks them for the diversion and helping us through this show.

Urban: on Graciela: “She is a legend in her own mind. She thinks she is All That and a Bag of Chips.
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): El Capo, Guerra de Ídolos, La Querida del Centauro2, y más: Week of May 8, 2017

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

SCHEDULE ALERT: from your faithful, if erroneous admin. This WAS to have been Thursday's post, but as I am out of the reach of internet OR television this week, please take it with a large grain of salt. I've been led to understand that Telemundo (as it grasps desperately for ratings) has been playing fast & loose with the schedule, so pay heed to your fellow commenters who are more current than I.

Here's [ed note, was] Page 2 for the week.  The current telenovelas are as follows (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12PM-2PM (Tues -Fri)—Gonul
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-10PM—Guerra de Ídolos
• 10-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2

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By common agreement, this group DOES NOT discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode of the current production. Spoilers WILL be removed by the admin. This includes reference to earlier productions of the story, and even the original novel. Thanks for your cooperation!

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La Piloto #47 5.10.17: In Which Yolanda Gets Caught (Again)...

• Wilmer arrives at the airstrip field and finds Raul. He tells him he needs a doctor as Dave comes behind him and orders Wilmer to drop his gun. Wilmer tells him he found Raul like that and Dave goes to see if he can help Raul. Monica comes and Dave asks her to call an ambulance. She obliges as Dave goes to check Arguelles’ pulse and finds him dead. He then asks Wilmer who he is and Wilmer explains that he came with Yolanda in a motor home. Dave goes to help Raul again and tells him help is on the way.
• Sometime later, Dave drags Wilmer to his car with Monica in tow and asks him how he knows Yolanda. Wilmer explains that he works for a telephone company and was helping Olivia find her brother by tracing the outgoing calls made from Lucio cell phones. He met Yolanda through Olivia and came with her to meet up with her boyfriend, John. Dave asks why John wanted to kill her but Wilmer doesn’t know so Monica asks where Olivia is. Wilmer explains that she is with Christian, who was shot yesterday when they rescued him and Estela. Dave orders Wilmer to take them to the hospital and push him into their car.
• Yolanda arrives in Mexico City and parks the RV. She begins to cry and goes over to Olivia’s revenge board and pulls off a photo of John. She remembers when she met up with John at the airstrip and he confessed to ordering her murder. She cries some more.

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #3 5.10.17: Out of the Frying Pan and into a Fiery Pit...

• The defense rests and the prosecution asks Laustela when she renewed her relationship with Ryan. Laustela explains that it was recent because she realized he was the love of her life but the prosecution calls to dismiss her testimony as her relationship with Ryan shows clear favoritism. The defense tries to object but the judge shakes head. Laustela explains that her father opposed her relationship with Ryan because he thought it was a passing fancy and the prosecution assumes that’s why Ryan hated Pedro Carrillo. Laustela tells him that Ryan didn’t hate her father and explains that Pedro was a criminal who could’ve been killed my one of his many enemies. The prosecution asks for proof, especially because she may be an accomplice to her father’s criminal activities, but Laustela makes it clear she only found out about it after Pedro passed and he knew none of his father’s contacts.
• At the narco party, Danilo and his band continue to play. All the narcos drink and dance around as Danilo tries to catch the attention of the woman in the chaise. Morgana is none too happy about this but continues to sing, When Danilo gets closer to the chaise with drinks, one of the El Dorado men grabs him and points a gun at his privates. He reveals that the woman is El Dorado’s main squeeze and Danilo should be careful.

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La Piloto #46 5.9.17: In Which Yolanda Rescues Everyone But Herself...

• A freshly showered Zulima gets a call from Oscar, who informs her that Yolanda accepted their deal so he needs her to entertain John while he kills Yolanda. Zulima hopes he doesn’t fail again and hangs up.
• Roberto informs Oscar, who is in his car outside that John has been in his room for a while. Oscar instructs him to go to the warehouse, grab Estela and take her to the warehouse where they will meet Yolanda. Roberto thought that they were going to kill Estela and Christian but Oscar wants to see what Yolanda is planning first.
• Yolanda and Olivia arrive at the warehouse that Oscar told them about and sees Christian. She wants to go in immediately but Yolanda tells her that they need to bide their time and plan their strategy as Oscar is going to betray them. Just then, Yolanda receives a call from Oscar, doesn’t answer, and she tells Olivia that they have to hurry.
• Roberto is packing up his things when another one of the Lucio men, Javi, catches him. He tells Javi to let him explain and then attacks him. In the ensuing gun battle, a round escapes and kills Javi. Roberto freaks out at the sign of his blood-covered hands.

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La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #2 5.9.17: Telling the Truth is Overrated...

• Ryan deduces that Laustela stole Estela’s identity and wonders what sort of deal an illegal immigrant can offer. Laustela goes to leave but Ryan stops her and tells her he will listen to her since they can help each other.
• Danilo gives Rita, the servant girl, a stack of clothes to wash and iron but Mercy comes and informs him that Rita only comes twice a week because a servant girl in the US is a luxury most can’t afford. Rita leaves.
• Laustela proposes that she testify in favor of Ryan and he forgets about her for the rest of his life. Ryan reminds her that the real Estela was his woman so she would have to pretend that she loves him and is deeply committed to him. Laustela wonders why Estela there to help so Ryan reveals that Estela is dead and that is why he needed to see her. She tries to leave but Ryan has a counteroffer.
• Danilo pushes the servant issue with Mercy, who reveals that despite having Walter’s name and a US citizenship, the only child Walter recognized was Ryan and he shouldn’t expect much from the will. Danilo thinks Walter could’ve left him something like part ownership of Furia productions but Mercy tells him you need an education to direct a company. Danilo reminds her that he’s never been accused of murderer even if he doesn’t have an education.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2017

La Doble Vida de Estela Carrillo (LDVDEC) #1 5.8.17: The American Dream is harder than it looks....

Courtesy of Vivi (Special Guest Recapper ;) to get us started):

The real name of Estela Carrillo is Laura Oviedo. Laura bought the identity (SS number, DOB info) of Estela Carrillo a few years back when she wanted to stop working under the table as an illegal, and get a real, decent paying job. She eventually got the music teacher job at the foundation that works with Latino youth in her Riverside community.

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La Piloto #45, 5-6-2017: Setting Traps; Plans In Motion

Parte 1~~

Shot start firing at Rosalba’s and Yolanda wants to race off to know what’s going on but she can’t cuz they know her face.  Wilmer volunteers to check on what’s taken place.

During the fracas, DEA Dave manages to wound and capture one of Oscar’s guerreros.

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Monday, May 08, 2017

Vino el Amor, Lunes 5/8/17 Chapter 142, el Gran Final: The Curse Is Lifted


This finale would be completely right if the rest of the series had been better-written. I have thus given it a mostly straight retelling. Gracias to my fabulous team – dy77, Cynthia, Julie, Delilah, Sonia, and Anita – for doing better than justice to this mediocre novela. This is the wrap-up episode to Friday's action-packed one and I wish they had been shown together as the producers meant them to. Univision, take note of that.
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1):El Capo, Guerra de Ídolos, La Querida del Centauro2, y más: Week of May 8, 2017

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 are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12PM-2PM (Monday only)—Amar es Primavera (final show)
• 12PM-2PM (Tues -Fri)—Gonul (new show starts Tues)
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-10PM—Guerra de Ídolos
• 10-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2

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 referring to at the top of your post, so readers can easily find the conversations they're looking for.

By common agreement, this group DOES NOT discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode of the current production. Spoilers WILL be removed by the admin. This includes reference to earlier productions of the story, and even the original novel. Thanks for your cooperation!

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Saturday, May 06, 2017

La Piloto #44, 5-5-2017: On The March To Make Those Proverbial Tables Turn

Parte 1~~

The gunfight at Aero Tours continues;  Yolanda makes her escape through the forest however, and once again Oscar The Grouch must return to his trash can having been bested by his lady-bell, backtracking, backpacking betters.

Col. SantaMaria, meanwhile, is failing on the home front.  He learns his wife is now in the know and is leaving him.  Yuppers.  She knows he lied about Yoli the love-slave and his varied and sundried petty criminal activities and money stashes [caleta=slang for hideaway, stash o’ cash].  She and Pretty Baby are leaving him!   Like others of his ilk, he blames his victim:  “--Yolanda has ruined my life!!”

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Premios TVyNovelas 2017: Stevey's Follow-up on the Winners and Losers

FROM STEVEY:

Hi everybody!! 

I’m sorry that my follow-up for the big TVyNovelas awards show is so late (better late than never!, I hope!), but I did want to do a follow-up for anybody States-side who might be interested as to who was lauded as the best of their bunch this past year.  Without any further ado (and recognizing my own penchant for… uh, ‘loquaciousness’ (to put it kindly, it sounds nicer than ‘eye-strain and migraine inducing…), here we go!!

We’ll start with the biggie…
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Friday, May 05, 2017

Vino el Amor, #141a, Friday May 5, 2017: Sideways

Alt. titles:
A Fall from Grace
Grace Under Pressure
Lil and Grace
The Many Faces of Grace (thanks RC)


Juan says to Lilian, "your daughter Lisa didn't die in an accident like everyone thinks. Graciela killed her!" Graciela slowly turns to face her mother.

Lil asks Juan to clarify. Juan explains that he saw Grace coming back from the river after killing Lisa. Grace lamely tries to deny it, but by now she's so nervous she sounds like a chipmunk and has no credibility at all.

Juan reminds Lil of the time Grace abruptly went back to Spain, and the time she agreed to a pact for the three of them, and has always done whatever Juan told her to do, including defending Juan when David was going to fire him, and getting out of the way when Juan wanted to buy Los Olivos. She always helped Juan in exchange for his silence. Grace calls Juan a liar, but Juan continues calmly, "you never let me down until now!"
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La Piloto #43 5.4.17: In Which Yolanda Safely Lands in Mexico but is Barely Safe...

• Santamaria and Rubio walk to the airstrip in Reposo and Rubio is surprised to know that Santamaria knew about the airstrip beforehand. Santamaria explains he didn’t know the narcos used it and they both agree that money can move mountains. They arrive at the airstrip but notice two men (Pinto and Helper #137) wrapping a tarp over the back of an airplane. They walk over to them and comment on the fact that the men haven’t even noticed them. Santamaria shouts good morning to Pinto and then takes out his gun. Both men immediately surrender and Pinto confirms that he knows who Santamaria is. Santamaria smiles and asks where Yolanda is. Pinto wants to know why he wants her since they have orders to kill her on sight. Santamaria nods and punches both Pinto and his helper before confirming that he doesn’t want Yolanda dead like him does.
• Dave, Reyes and some military officers stop and look at the map. Dave tells them that they need to search the area he has designated for the secret airstrip and Reyes reminds the men to be careful as Santamaria has an officer helping him and they are both armed with nothing to lose. They decide to spread out and get back in the car to find the airstrip.
• Some time later, Santamaria and Rubio look around the airstrip but find it too quiet. In another part of the airstrip, Yolanda and Diego arrive and begin to look around. Santamaria sees her and shouts her name before firing a few rounds. Diego and Yolanda take cover behind a car parked next to the airstrip and Diego behind to fire back at Santamaria.

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Vino el Amor #140 (Univision 129); Thursday, May 4, 2017: Vino la Verdad (The truth has arrived!)


[This is my last recap for the series. I have very much enjoyed this group of followers and all the comments. You all have been great. Hope that many of you join us for “La Candidata” when it begins.]

Repeated scene: Luciana arrives in front of David’s office in hopes of talking with him. But before she even can get close to the door, she sees David and DisGrace together, locked in embrace, kissing each other. In tears, she runs out.

DisGrace is in semi-meltdown and asks why the papers he was supposed to sign weren’t on his desk. She is wondering now if he just said he needed to go to his office to sign something just to be alone and get away from her. Dave says, “That isn’t true, Susan was supposed to leave some papers here.” Grace begins her frantic little act again and starts acting very insecure and tells David how much she loves him and kisses him some more.
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Thursday, May 04, 2017

TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#2): El Capo, Guerra de Ídoles, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 1, 2017

TELEMUNDO WEEKEND EDITION (continuación)

Here's Page 2 for the week.  The current telenovelas are as follows (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12PM-2PM—Amar es Primavera (on May 3-5, 12-1PM)
• 1-2PM—La Querida del Centauro2 (on May 3-5, repeats previous night's episode)
• 8-9PM—El Capo
• 9-10PM—Guerra de Ídoles
• 10-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2 (began Tuesday, May 2)

Season 2 of La Querida del Centauro began on Tuesday of this week. More info about Centauro appears on the Telemundo site.

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 referring to at the top of your post, so readers can easily find the conversations they're looking for.

By common agreement, this group DOES NOT discuss previews, trailers, or any other plot information not found in a current or past episode of the current production. Spoilers WILL be removed by the admin. This includes reference to earlier productions of the story, and even the original novel. Thanks for your cooperation!

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New Novela Alert: La Doble Vida de Estela Carillo

New Novela Alert:

Next week La doble Vida de Estela Carrillo starts, anyone want to recap it? It sounds like it might be good, the story line deals with an undocumented immigrant who saves her students after a shooting in Riverside, she becomes a hero but can't afford to have anyone know that she's in the country illegally. 

If anyone else is up for this one I'm willing to recap.

La Piloto #42 5.3.17: In Which Yolanda Makes Contact With the Wrong (and Right) People...

• Santamaria asks Rubio for a mirror so he can see himself. Rubio hesitates so Santamaria rips off his IV cable and goes to the bathroom. He looks at himself in the mirror and sees his right eye, half closed and mangled, before cursing Yolanda’s name. Rubio suggests he sit down and rest but Santamaria reminds him that Garcia is going to send the military police to arrest him for his crimes and they need to leave ASAP. Rubio reminds him that Castro will protect them but Santamaria calls Castro an idiot, just like Rubio, and assumes the DEA must know he kidnapped Yolanda too. Rubio sits down Santamaria, who stands up again, and tells Rubio to go to the street and steal a car and park it in the garage immediately so they can go. He also wants Rubio to find out if Yolanda talked to Amparo since she will need her help if she has not been able to fly out of Colombia. Rubio obliges and leaves to find a car as Santamaria curses Yolanda again.
• At the base, Dave tells Reyes that he’s going to visit Santamaria but Reyes thinks it’s useless since he won’t tell him anything. Dave reminds him that Santamaria’s career is over and he would have no reason to hide what they now all know. Dave reiterates that he needs to find Yolanda before leaving Colombia but Reyes tells him she must be long gone. Dave doesn’t care and Reyes offers to go to Medellin with him. They go off.

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Vino el Amor #139 (Univision #128); Wednesday, May 3, 2017: One Very Happy Couple



Repeated scene: Miguel apologizes to Luciana for his previous possessive behavior. She says he does have a point and he says it was just not the way to do things. He feels badly about the way he treated her. Then Luciana says she needs him to help her completely forget David.

“So what can I do to help you forget about David”, says Miguel
“Oh I don’t know.”
“Well, I am going to have to get you to think about something else. Hey I have an idea. How about if I organize a trip for us to present this wine in other countries?”
“I love the idea”, says Luciana. “You always know how to make me feel good.”
“And other times, we can just work in the vineyard, with the soil and tending the vines, just like you love to do. In fact, why don’t we go outside and start now?”
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Wednesday, May 03, 2017

La Piloto #41 5.2.17: In Which Yolanda Makes a Daring Escape

• Santamaria immediately wants to get to business but Yolanda tells him they have plenty of time and hands him another shot. He chugs it down as she takes off her shirt and throws him on the bed. She kisses his neck and strokes his ego with sweet words when he stops her and shakes his head, trying to focus his eyes. Yolanda notices as he begins to struggle and she tells him to be quiet before anyone hears them.
• Reyes tells Dave that he doubts Santamaria will let them inside the base, especially if he’s holding Yolanda hostage. Dave suggests they speak directly to the brigade and Reyes is shocked at how far he’s willing to go to save Yolanda. Dave reveals that he thought she was dead but now he knows she isn’t. Reyes asks what he will do if they find Yolanda in the base but Dave doesn’t know. He begs Reyes to call the brigade in the meantime.
• Olivia shows her mother the board she’s made of her enemies starting with the Lucios. Her mother is confused so Olivia explains that the Lucios communicate via radio unless the distance is too far, then they use cell phones. For them to make international calls, their roaming must be on which means they must use a local cell phone company in Mexico to get their service. Her mother agrees but they must have used fake names and Olivia agrees. She sits down, frustrated, and tells her mother that the phone company wouldn’t have given her the information regardless; the DEA or federal police must ask for it.

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Vino el Amor #138 (Univision #127), May 2, 2017: Vino el Killa Bridezilla



In this episode, we've got blackmail, regrets, worries, dumb moves, and a whole bunch of killa bridezilla faces!

This is my last recap. I had high hopes for this show, but ultimately the writing just was not good and the main promoted couple was probably the worst couple I've ever seen on a telenovela. So it's definitely not going down for me as a favorite. On the plus side, the villains were fun and the supporting characters were fairly fleshed out. There were some good performances in the cast. I really thought Kimberly Dos Ramos stood out as Gracie - one of the more intriguing and crazy villains I've seen in one of these. She gave great screencap face, so for my last recap, I am going to salute those crazy faces one last time.

In the end, I had a good time laughing at the whole thing and I guess in that sense, I was entertained! Which is all I ask of the telenovelas I watch. Thank you to all of the fellow recappers and to all of you who posted nice words for my recaps and had a good time commenting on the show.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017

La Piloto #40, 5-1-2017: Of Contraband And Contrabanditos Or Hand Across the Water, Heads Across The Sky

It's on the way (with apologies to Paul and Linda, qepd. --edit.)

Over the next five months, life goes on.  DEA Dave returns to the EEUU where Spanish is spoken like a native language; Amanda gets plumper and plumper as the pregnancy continues in Villa Antigua now as Sindy’s surrogate self; Lisbette gets very courtier-like visits from Lt. Raul Arguelles, who comes a –courtin’ her in jail; Olivia is putting together and studying pictures and maps/locations of los Lucios and the main players in that group, using the dead sergeant/colonel’s RV (don’t know what good it’s doing a dunce like her, but again, we’re in telenovela land where the miraculous is the norm); Rosalba prays for and to her (shrine of) her niece; Monica avoids all contact with her former life and Dave; John struggles not to lose patience with Zoolima’s lacking aeronautical acumen; Yolanda endures Colonel Santa Maria nightly “assaults”; and the partying never ends in the new mansion of Lucio expansion.

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Monday, May 01, 2017

Vino el Amor, Lunes 5/1/17 Chapter 137: Head-Scratchers


Juan watched the video on the cell phone, horrified at the shooting of Perla, whom he had cared about after all. He almost collapsed on the bed next to the dead girl, crying and shouting, “You will pay for this, Graciela! You will pay!”
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TELEMUNDO Y MÁS (#1): La Doña, Guerra de Ídoles, El Capo, La Querida del Centauro2, & más: Week of May 1, 2017

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 are the current telenovelas (all times are Eastern Daylight Time):

• 10:30AM-12PM—Corazón Valiente
• 12-2PM—Amar es Primavera (May 1 & 2)
• 12-1PM—Amar es Primavera (May 3-5)
• 1-2PM—La Querida del Centauro2 (May 3-5 - repeat of previous night's episode)
• 8-9PM—La Doña (May 1 - final episode)
• 9-10PM—La Guerra de Ídoles
• 10-11PM—El Capo (as of May 2, El Capo will move to the 8-9PM time slot)
• 10-11PM—La Querida del Centauro2 (beginning May 2)

There are lots of changes this week. La Doña ends on Monday, May 1. Beginning Tuesday, May 2, El Capo moves to the 8-9 PM slot, making way for season 2 of La Querida del Centauro at 10-11PM. (For more info about Centauro, see the Telemundo site.) Guerra repeats at midnight each night. Once Centauro2 starts, it too repeats late at night, 1-2AM. Also, at the start of its run, Centauro2 will have a repeat of the previous night's episode the next afternoon, 1-2PM.  (Got all that? There will be a quiz in 5 minutes.)
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