Monday, July 24, 2017

La Candidata 7.24.17 Chapter 30: Emiliano is a Victim of Cecelia...

Lorena immediately gets off Alonso and gets dressed as Mauro ushers her out. Regina slams the door closed as Alonso tries his best to keep a straight face. Regina approaches him, demanding to now what he is going to say about what she just saw, but he is quiet. Regina slaps him as tears start to form in her eyes.

In the hallway, Mauro follows Lorena as Cecelia and Magda look on. Cecelia and Lorena look at each other as Cecelia waves goodbye though Magda asks if she knows the problem she has just created. Cecelia tells her that she didn’t tell Regina what was going on, and doesn’t know who did, but Magda worries what a scandal like this one could do to his campaign. Cecelia tells her that it was his own fault before leaving.

Omar’s guard shoots at Jose but Jose takes out his gun as well and begins to shoot. Jose manages to get into the driver’s side as Omar runs down the stairs, demanding they stop them from leaving. Jose drives away as the guards continue to shoot and Omar calls them all imbeciles for allowing it to happen.

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Friday, July 21, 2017

La candidata Friday 7/21/17 Capítulo 29: Natalia Tries to Escape/Regina: A Woman on a Mission

OR: Omar Goes Around the Bend OR: Too Much Coke and Insomnia Do Not a Pretty Cecilia Make

Cecilia's apartment--Hernán arrives at Cecilia's and in her drugged state she answers the door. He is not happy with her less than enthusiastic greeting and wants to know if this is how she treats her friends. Lifeless Cecilia has no time to fight with him and closes the door. Suddenly, she comes to life when she hears him shouting through the door that he has info on Lorena Sánchez. This time when she opens the door she is all perky. Hernán knows where Lorena lives and also that Larreta is not the only guy she is seeing. As a matter of fact, right now she is with somebody very special: the Gov. Voilà! He has a video on his phone of Alonso and Lorena having sex. Cecilia can barely look.

The hospital--It is morning and Regina and Gerardo have fallen asleep on a couch in the waiting area next to each other. They wake up and the doctor informs them that Noemí made it through the night but now she has an infection so they are running tests to see which antibiotic will work the best for her. Gerardo tells Regina that they need to be positive. Regina is worn out but does show a sign of life with a smile when she realizes that he spent the whole night with her. Gerardo wants to always be there in her arms but it is 6:00 a.m. and Regina tells him the time has come for him to get going because she needs him fighting in the senate. She cannot count on her fellow senators because they will do whatever Larreta or Alonso tells them. He will call her later. They have a quick kiss and he is gone but not soon enough. It just so happens that Mario has arrived and his first question to Regina is what was that guy Gerardo doing there. Barely hiding her annoyance. Regina pretends he asked about her mother and tells him that she made it through the night. Mario catches on and asks how his wife is. Regina adds that she now has an infection and is in isolation. Mario returns to his original question about Gerardo. Regina stands up and tells him that Gerardo came to open her eyes to what kind of a man her father is.
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La Candidata; Thursday, July 20, 2017, chapter 28: Cecelia is Jealous of Lorena

Regina calls her father to ask if he knows anything about her mother. She describes how her mother screamed and heard like something hit her before the call dropped. While on the phone, Mario discovers some paperwork showing that Noemi was finding out about his activities and now appears angry. At the same time, Daniela informs Regina that her mom was taken to the hospital via ambulance. Regina asks “Is she okay?” But she doesn’t know and says she must get to the hospital. She tells her father to also get to the hospital.
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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

La Candidata Martes, 7/18/17 Chapter 27: Noemi is in a Rush

Swords are deadly, but often words are more powerful weapons than any blade. They cut more deeply and can never be unheard.
  • D.D.
Chapter Twenty-Seven: Noemi is in a Rush

Teresa got out of the car in front of her building and told the guards they didn't have to bother anymore. She knew that they were keeping an eye on her for Mario, Alonso, or both. She acted as though she did not, presenting a cheerfulness that was actually due to the scandal she had just caused, and went inside.
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Monday, July 17, 2017

La Candidata 7.17.17 Chapter 26: Cecelia Reveals That She…(Recap Below)

Natalia thinks she arrived at the worst time but Omar chides her for showing up unexpectedly, especially because it’s his house. Natalia reminds him that it’s their house but Omar reminds her that she gave up all her rights when she left. Natalia demands Marcia leave but Omar grabs Natalia and tries to throw her out though Jose immediately stops him. Marcia opts to leave but Omar asks her to stay because Natalia disrespected their house first so she has no right to demand anything of him. Jose leads Natalia up to her room as Omar orders them to get everything of hers out of the house and never come back. Marcia tries to leave again but Omar apologizes for what happened and explains that he has nothing to do with Natalia anymore. Omar hugs and kisses Marcia as Natalia shakes her head from atop the staircase. Marcia, though Omar doesn’t notice, seems to be throwing up in her mouth.

Teresa explains that Mario helped her a long time ago and they are now friends though she had no idea that he was Emiliano’s grandfather. Mario then explains that Teresa asked him to help her find a job and Teresa tells them that she will start working in his company soon. Ximena is surprised that her mother wants to return to the workforce but seems happy enough. Mario then bids them goodnight and asks Teresa to continue their conversation tomorrow. Emiliano kisses Ximena goodbye and then leaves with Mario as Ximena tells Teresa that she’s happy for her but can’t understand why she didn’t tell her the good news sooner. Teresa wanted it to surprise and asks Ximena to not tell Gerardo tell she decides. Ximena is unsure of this request.

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Monday, July 10, 2017

La Candidata 7.10.17 Chapter 25: Regina Puts Gerardo Against Her

Mario warns Isela to be quiet and patient as he takes care of the problem. He hangs up on her and goes into the living room to call Almiron. He looks around to make sure no one is listening and then tells Almiron that he needs his help ASAP to rescue his daughter. Noemi walks in and listens to the tail end of the conversation before asking Mario which daughter he is referring to and who he was speaking with. Mario closes his eyes and sighs.

Ignacio explains to Gerardo that he was able to spare Nayeli jail time in exchange for him burying the story about Cecelia’s connection to prostitution and the cabaret. Gerardo reiterates that he did kill the story but Ignacio shows him the news report from the morning paper. Gerardo assumes it was Rodrigo’s friend, the reporter, who did so without his knowledge but he wants to know what this has to do with Nayeli. Ignacio reminds him that favors need to be paid but Gerardo thinks this is just blackmail, pure and simple, and they should go to the police. Ignacio tells him that Nayeli will end of in prison if they do before going back inside his house.

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Friday, July 07, 2017

La Candidata Capitulo 24; Thursday, July 6, 2017: Regina Confronts Cecelia

Ignacio and his daughter Nayeli come out of the police station and she’s in tears trying to explain herself and apologize. She says that the drugs were just for fun and entertainment, she really isn’t a drug addict. “I just don’t know who you are anymore”, says Ignacio. How long have you been into this? What kind of entertainment is this anyway?” “Oh Daddy, I’m so scared!” Iggy says, “Help me out here because I no longer know what to do with you.” He hugs her.

At the political event, Larreta is introducing Alonso, but Regina isn’t there yet. She is on her way, but is keeping everyone in suspense. Obviously, she doesn’t really want to be there. Shortly after Alonso takes the podium, Emiliano motions to his father that his mother is there. He escorts her in as Alonso announces her to the audience and she presents herself as the first lady to be. Gerardo is watching on TV and is very upset and throws down his remote. His secretary leaves the room after offering to do something to help. He storms out as well. Alonso goes on at the event thanking his family and talking about how he plans to fight corruption and violence in Mexico. (Yeah buddy, you are part of the problem!) The audience applauds…
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Thursday, July 06, 2017

La Candidata, Wednesday 7/5/17 Capitulo 23: Teresa goes bonkers (or as I like to call it Regina Gets hit by a Triple Whammy!)

Regina and Gerardo continue to kiss, they give in to their passion, but Regina’s brain is racing a mile a minute and she stops and says this is bad.
“Sorry Gerardo, this is bad”
“This is good” says Gerardo
“This is what we both feel; this is the strongest thing we have ever felt”
“No, the consequences, did they see us?”
“I don’t care if they did, only you matter and my daughter matter”
Regina begins to explain that she can’t do this and uses Emiliano as an excuse. He needs her and she can’t do this.
“Also think about the war with Alonso, about the people in the senate, the people that need us”
“Those are just excuses”

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017

La Candidata Martes, 7/4/17 Chapter 22: Regina Give In

Too often in our modern lives where appearances are everything one often loses sight of one's true feelings. Most shrinks will tell you that this is why they get rich.
  • D.D.
Chapter Twenty-Two: Regina Gives In

Alonso tried to tell Regina that he was the man who loved her and supported her, but she told him that for some time their relationship has not worked.
All the trouble, all the pain has been your fault,” he said.
No; that isn't true.”
Is this divorce about me or for Gerardo Martínez? That imbecile is all over us, near my house, in my face at all hours. He's responsible for you forgetting your values, your principles,” he said, shaking his index finger like a scolding parent.
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Monday, July 03, 2017

La Candidata 7.3.17 Chapter 21: Gerardo Will Do Anything For Regina

• Almiron orders El Cuervo to drop the gun but he refuses. He now knows that it was all a trap but Almiron warns him to cooperate or he will kill him and the rest of the police will declare that it was in self-defense. Cuervo obliges and Almiron chides him for killing a reporter, which is a serious offense in Mexico. He then orders his men to grab him and put him in the car.
• Emiliano, drugged out of his mind, tries to make out with Ximena but she pushes him away and goes to leave. Nayeli asks her not to, as things are about to heat up, but Ximena warns her that she could go to jail if something happens to Emiliano thanks to all the drugs she’s given him. She then storms out as Nayeli laughs.
• On the car ride back to the Senate, Daniela warns Regina that something is not adding up regarding Mario’s clandestine witness protection program. Regina tells her that it could be something so secret she doesn’t know about but promises to find out more. Daniela then receives a call from someone and answers immediately.

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Friday, June 30, 2017

La candidata Friday 6/30/17 Capítulo 20: Gerardo Attacks Ignacio

OR: Alonso Suddenly Becomes Befuddled When Trying to Define "wife beater" OR: Magda--the Monkey in the Middle-- Reveals Herself to Be the Snake in the Grass She Is

Action at the Government offices--

Cecilia questions Lorena her about her politics, studies and preparation so she can use the info to start introducing her to the public via the press. Lorena throws a wrench in the works: she is not sure she will be accepting the position. Lorena is surprised to find out that Cecilia knew that Larreta was not in favor of her taking the position and that the info had come via the Gov. Cecilia knows that Lorena and Larreta are lovers. Lorena rightly concludes that the reason for her being offered the position was just a ploy from the Gov to get to Larreta. Cecilia then launches into a pep talk telling Lorena it does not matter why she was offered the position but that she should take it for herself; consider it a reward because she has earned it. Who knows about Larreta? He could trade her in for a newer model any day. She should not turn the position down and then later be sorry for her decision. Later, Lorena gives Larreta the bad news that she is going to do something for herself. She will be accepting the Gov's offer. She does not care how this affects him. By the way, she would do anything to get that job.
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La Candidata Thursday 6/29/17 Chapter 19: Alonso Confronts Gerardo….in the Last 5 Minutes

Regina arrives at the office with her ear still reverberating with Alonso’s insinuations that Gerardo, promising to support her law is just using it to separate the two of them. She gets an update from Daniela on the resignation of De La Garza and Gerardo’s statements in the press. Daniela is worried that it might affect her image. Regina says there will always be scandals. What she really wants to know is if they can trust her friend (Andrés) on the police force. Daniela says they can. Regina will call Sra. Galindo and Dani can call her pal.
Omar shows up at the governor’s office. He tells Magda she must never speak of what happened the night before to Alonso or to anyone else OR else…He’ll take care Natalia never says anything and Magda must make sure Dr. Contreras never says anything either. Magda says to his face that she can’t believe he attacked his wife so savagely—he could have killed her. Omar muses that she might find herself in the same situation.
Alonso opens the door from his office to reveal the lovely décolleté Lorena, her interview over and a cabinet position in her purse. She’s glowing with pride. Magda shows her out and Omar goes in to talk to his son. He tells Alonso he thinks Magda is too old to continue in her job. He repeats this several times, to Alonso’s skepticism, remembering his mother yesterday, wondering why that museum piece, Magda was still in his employ.
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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

La Candidata Martes, 6/27/17 Chapter 18: Alonso's Attempt to Win Regina Back

Politics does make strange bedfellows and a lot of dangerous liasons.
  • D.D.
Chapter Eighteen: Alonso's Attempt to Win Regina Back

Alonso marched into his office, complaining that he was alone. Magda followed him, telling him he was not.
You have Cecelia. She's loyal. She's efficient. She plays on your side.”
Alonso looked up, but Natalia's arrival stopped him saying anything had he been inclined.
Good afternoon,” she said.
Magda gave her a cold look and got a dismissive one in return.
Leave us,” Natalia whispered. Magda obeyed.
Hello, Mother,” said Alonso as Magda left the office and closed the door.
Yes, your mother is now becoming a museum piece.”
Don't talk trash about Father, please.”
Don't tell me you're going to defend your father's actions against my lover.”
Ex-lover. It's better we don't talk about that, isn't it?”
You're right,” she said, not agreeing but not wanting more conflict than necessary. “Totally. I'm condemned by your father. That man wants to think he's the exemplary husband but in reality.... I don't want to talk about this. As soon as you've made your bid for the Presidency I will separate from your father.”
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La Candidata Capítulo 17; Monday, June 26, 2017: Regina Rejects Gerardo’s Love

At the hospital, Regina continues to grill her father Mario about his involvement with this healthcare scandal. He tries to pin it on Omar and says, “It’s just business.” Then she asks him about Cecelia. “Who is Cecelia, really Dad?” His machines start going faster and Mario starts getting more uncomfortable. The doctor comes in to scold Regina and ask her to leave because Mario is prohibited from having visitors because he is much too weak to handle any kind of stress. Reluctantly, she leaves his room.
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Friday, June 23, 2017

La Candidata Capitulo 16; Thursday, June 22, 2017: Pacheco Investigates Cecelia

At the Martinez home, while Emiliano and Ximena are making out on the sofa, the nurse comes running in to tell Ximena that her mother is out of control. Emiliano decides this is a good time to leave.

Gerardo and Regina are sharing a tender moment together and they move in for the kiss---which does not happen because Regina moves away and says she can’t do this. Gerardo says, “Don’t you want me to kiss you?” Regina says, “Yes I do, but the problem is, I can’t do it this way. I need to resolve the problems in my own life.”

Gerardo’s phone ring. It’s Ximena calling to tell him it’s an emergency with her mother. She’s going crazy, asking for Gerardo, and the nurse can’t seem to get her under control. She asks her dad to come home right away and he agrees. Ximena and Teresa hug and Teresa starts to calm down.
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Thursday, June 22, 2017

La Candidata, Miercoles, 6/21/17 Chapter 15: Gerardo's Lie

At Ignacio’s house Regina explains to Alonso that she was going to call him as soon as she figured out what was going on. Alonso makes a snarky remark about how she called Gerardo instead of him. He then addresses Ignacio and says “give me my son or I will have my guards handle this issue” Gerardo tries to let level heads prevail and asks Ignacio to give Emi back to Alonso and Regina, and to go take care of his daughter instead.
Noemi is at an isolated area, without a car and is freaking out trying to call Regina.
Now in Alonso’s car, Regina is pleading to Alonso to take Emi to the hospital since they don’t know what type of drugs he consumed. Like always Alonso dismisses Regina’s concerns says that Emi is fine and “just look at him he is sleeping like a baby and is clueless as to the turmoil he has caused”. They continue to argue about what is best for Emi, Regina wants to continue to overprotect and Alonso want’s the hands off approach (yin yang).
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

La Candidata Martes, 6/20/17 Chapter 14: Mario's Heart Attack

Too much of a good – or bad – thing never leads to anything positive and nothing is more pathetic than an old man with too high an opinion of his own power... or prowess.
  • D.D.
Chapter Fourteen: Mario's Heart Attack (We're surprised; we thought he didn't have one)

Natalia got away from Omar, whose vileness knew no limit. He cursed her again as though he were unaware of how repulsive he had become to her.
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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

La Candidata Monday June 19, 2017; Capítulo 13: Regina will Present her Candidacy

As Susana is about to explain to Regina about her being deceptively recruited into this prostitution ring and forced into this life, held captive, who should appear but the super-pimp daddy himself, Mario Barcenas. Poor Susana is mortified to see him show up at Regina’s office door and put two and two together and figured out that pimp-daddy is also Regina’s daddy. Susana goes running and contacts Cecilia for help.

Mario wants to know what is going on and Regina briefly tells him. “Well did she give you names or places,” Mario’s inquiring mind wants to know. Regina tells him that they were barely getting started when he showed up and she got scared and ran off. “Well, maybe she will return,” says Mario. “So what are you doing here?” says Regina. Mario says, “I have something very urgent to discuss with you.” They go back into her office.
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Monday, June 19, 2017

QEPD Dead - Antonio Medellín at 75

Muere el primer actor
You'll remember him in his last role as the rich farmer who wanted to marry Ana Lucia in Tres Veces Ana.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

La candidata Friday 6/16/17 Capítulo 12: Omar Threatens Natalia

OR: "Mujer honrada, la pierna quebrada y en casa" (An honorable woman is at home with a broken leg.) This classic Spanish proverb is alive and well in the misogynist world of "La candidata".

Alonso accuses Cecilia of lying to him. He never told her to do that. Cecilia thinks back on it all. Mauro told her and she thought they were Alonso's orders. That is why she got close to Hernán; to control him. She asked him to withdraw the information he was going to publish. Alonso wants to know if Mauro also asked her to sleep with Hernán. Cecilia just looks at the floor.

A very upset Emiliano, in the middle of Hugo's medical emergency, calls Regina. He says he is at Hugo's house and Hugo is dead from pills he took. Hugo's mother is blaming him for it all. Regina calls an ambulance. Emiliano needs to stay put, Regina is on her way.

Gerardo gets home and Ximena is there in tears. She comes clean about lying to him the night before. Her mother was not home when he called and she ended up going out herself. She informs Gerardo that Teresa is up to her old tricks: she is asking her for money again. Furthermore, she said that Teresa wanted to make a pact not to tell him about it. Teresa also hit her. Then she started taking everything out of the house saying she was going to sell it all. She cannot/does not want to live with her. Gerardo discovers that Teresa followed Ximena back to his place and that Teresa stole his father's watch. He shakes his head in exasperation.

Natalia informs Omar that she does not want to/cannot get back together with him. Omar says it is her choice. If she chooses to leave him, he will kill her. He will not allow her to expose him in front of everybody. It is bad enough that she came to stay at their son's house. How much more is she planning on humiliating him? Natalia thinks he should be in prison for killing Javier. No, he will be in prison for killing her, the damned ingrate she is. Natalia threatens to scream. Omar doesn't care because nobody will come to her aid. The time has come for her to end her tantrum. Come home with him or he will kill her on the spot. He proves his point when he takes out a gun.
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