Tuesday, June 20, 2017
La Candidata Monday June 19, 2017; Capítulo 13: Regina will Present her Candidacy
It's obscenely late, so I just wanted to say a couple of things...
1) Teresa- ABSOLUTELY- intended to kill herself and Ximena. The cheesecake in the oven was merely a cover, should it not work out as she had planned, so that she wouldn't get sent to jail for murder/attempted murder. Nailea Norvind, I thought, was terrific in this scene. Her staring at her sleeping daughter, then robotically walking through the motions of 'baking' the cake, opening the oven door and then cranking the temperature to maximum (for anyone wondering if her attempted gassing of her and her daughter was just a mistake, please ask yourself- who the hell would bake a cheesecake at full power????? To me, this scene showed me how Teresa really cares for her daughter. In short- she doesn't. Ximena's life is meaningless to Teresa as she sees her daughter only in terms of how she relates to herself and not as the living, breathing, individual- her DAUGHTER- that she is.
Also incredibly telling is Ximena's choice of words during her fight with her mother (which Cynthia mentioned in her recap), asking her if her mother was going to beat her AGAIN. Yet another clue as to the monstrous and unstable narcissist that her mother really is.
I'm tired, so I'll make these next two short...
Cecelia- what a mess. You've got to feel for her- her life absolutely sucks in every way, with a monster for a father and an amoral harpy for a mother. But...... setting an innocent girl who TRUSTED her up by in essence delivering her to her monstrous father... I'm sorry. Desperately seeking Daddy's favor / Being programmed this way / Being afraid for herself / Hoping that she's doing the right thing and really just ignorant to what her father is capable of or WHATEVER her rationale to herself might have been... there's no excusing her. Susana's blood is on her hands just as much as it is Mario's and she knows it. Why do you think she was completely WRECKED after her conversation with her father??? She KNEW what was likely to happen, yet she did it anyway... she hates herself for doing it, apparently, but she did. (And, while I'm at it... isn't Susana Gonzalez KILLING it in this role?? The more I see this actress in, the more impressed I am at her talent!)
Last note: Wasn't poor Susana's murder a truly disturbing, even horrifying scene? I love scenes like that... NOT out of any sort of sadism or anything like that, but because to me they demonstrate to me the capability that the entertainment medium that is television really is in making the viewer really FEEL something, even if it is horrible. Scenes like that make me think that- for me at least- the actors, the director, the lighting guys, EVERYBODY... they all just f**king GOT it, and combined to hit the ball out of the park. I just want to give a slow clap to everybody involved in making a scene like that (slow only because of the disturbing, uneasy feeling that I have in my stomach, and with mouth agape, of course), and feel happy for the actors involved for them having done their job (i.e.- reach the audience, in my case of course 'me') so incredibly well...
The look on Juan Carlos Barreto's face as Susana died was simply perfect. I think he could have won the award for the years best villain (which he did, with Azela Robinson winning the female villain award) just based on that one cold, satisfied, chilling look- 'Mona Lisa smile' on his face and all- alone.
Likewise the expressiveness Jessica Ortiz (Susana) is capable of in this terrible scene. There was nothing pretty or graceful in her death- indeed I felt that her 'death mask' (the look on her face at the moment of death) was absolutely terrifying- twisted, brutal, and ugly as, of course, it was. Kudos to this young actress for bringing reality- however ugly and uncomfortable- into this scene that was nothing but that.
WELL... so much for keeping this short! (lol). I hope that all are well, and look forward to reading everybody's comments, as ever and always. Thanks again to Cynthia and all of the recappers for doing such a terrific job for us on this fine telenovela. Best wishes to all! :-)
P.S.- Does anybody know what has become of Vivi? I don't believe she's been around these parts for a while (I was really hoping that she'd be a part of this LC group), and hope that she's okay..
Mario set Cecelia up, too. The murder took place in her apartment and even if the goons do a clean-up there is always the risk of trace evidence, especially blood. Cecelia is now an accomplice.
Since Cecelia is also hell-bent on destroying Regina's career as well, she's on Karmageddon's Hit List. Let her steal Alonso and the two of them go to hell together at the end.
Stevey, ITA about the expression on Mario's face. It was chilling.
Teresa's suicide/homicide attempt was no surprise. Teresa is an addict AND nuts. It took Gerardo forever to get Ximena out of that apartment/house as he went scurrying around to turn off the gas first. Wrong move like so many of his moves.
On the other hand, Regina has shown she can learn. It was good to see her confront Alonso and tell him she knows how it is.
Hmmmm . . . Now Cecilia has blood on her hands having told Mario about Cecilia being at her place. I was sort of surprised they stabbed Susana right there on the carpet. It was dramatic but could have caused a costly carpet clean or replacement. Ha! Ha! And it is Cecilia's home . . .
Poor Natalia having to put up with Omar. He needs to be dispatched ASAP.
Guess we won't be hearing anymore from Hugo or his family.
Man oh man LC is absolutely top notch, the acting, the plot, the plot twists and turns, the revelations, or near revelations that keep us hanging to every word and the climax, and resolution to each of these sub=plots is incredible. Yes I knew Susana was doomed, but so soon and so brutally WOW!!! Talk about the shock factor, and yes mouth gaping wide open. Never thought Cecila would be complicit in a murder, but she sure proved me wrong.
Now how in the world would Regina ever win the presidency? hear me out. Her father is a pimp, murderer. Her mother is a booze guzzler, her sister is an addicted, prostitute, murderer, her husband is a cheating, lying, corrupt politician, her son is an immature, drug taking, cyber bully. Her father-in-law is a wife beater, corrupt, son of a b#$%. Yes she is non of those things but she is in the middle of the hurricane, it seems virtually impossible but it will be fun to watch her go after Alonso's dream.
This murder/suicide thing -- which Teresa will insist was an accident -- is more than enough to put her away for a while. My gut is telling me that this is a manipulation timed for Gerardo's usual arrival time from the office, but whether it was that or it was real she belongs in the giggle jacket and padded room.
I don't know how Regina would win the presidency, it will sure be an uphill battle. I was talking to my friend from Mexico who watches this with me. She says it's just like real life in Mexico. Politics is just dirty business there as it is here an a lot of other countries. I think Regina truly wants to do something good and has a righteous and giving attitude toward helping people. However, Alonso seems to really relish his power and control which has led to his corruption.
Honestly, I think that Gerardo is the only non-misogynist among the men in this story despite being married to a totally toxic woman and having an immature, needy daughter.
Cynthia: Alonso will be taking a page out of the Frank Underwood Playbook in getting the Presidency by any means necessary. But little does he (or whoever wins the job) know that it's only a 6-year job with no reelection due to their strict term limits on the Mexican Presidency.
Poor Regina will never catch a break but if there is one sliver lining is that if Regina doesn't get the presidency, at least Alonso won't either because he is just as dirty as everyone else and it will all come out. I hope, if anything, Gerardo wins because anyone else but him or Regina is sure to plummet the country into darkness.
Jarifa--Thank you for yesterday. I didn't have a chance to comment before they closed.
Stevey--Wonderful analysis. Love to read your commentary-like essays. We've only seen Teresa hit Ximena once before last night's whack. Each time it was when Ximena goaded Tere by calling her "loca," which tells us something--Tere resents the label because in her moments of lucidity, if any, she realizes it's true.
Gerardo and Regina are certainly playing with a short deck. Shouldn't they by now know all the players in the game and what hand they are playing? She's surprised it's her husband who has all the power?
Why oh why is it Natalia that has to suffer from having to submit mentally and physically to that nasty Old Goat? I gagged when I saw him crawl on top of her. It's not his age--it's HIM.
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