Telenovela Alborada, #11
Monday: lots of people tell each other things they (and we) already know (I'll spare you). This episode is mainly about everybody finding out that Hipólita and Antonio are married and the two of them meeting for the first time since she escaped from Panama before the birth of her son Rafael. He wants her back; she's furious [recap for new people] because he was complicit in his demonic mother's throwing a political prisoner (Luis) into her bed in the dark in order to get her pregnant since Antonio himself couldn't do it. If that confuses you, go back and read the previous recaps!!
Hipólita delivers Martin's deathbed message to his mother. "He wanted me to tell you this: I love you with all my heart, and don't miss me, I'll be with you always." Carmela shrieks at Hipólita that Martin's death was her fault. Hipólita leaves in tears.
Doña Juana, true to her promise to the brutal Francisco, suggests to Cristóbal that he marry Catalina (Francisco's daughter). Cristóbal does love Catalina but had not been thinking of marrying just now.
One way or another everyone discovers that. Aunt Isabel thinks Luis should just kill Antonio - "that's how guys do it." Luis goes around telling everybody to deny that Rafael is Hipólita's son - if Antonio knows there is an heir, he will never give Hipólita a divorce.
Diego brings Antonio to Cristóbal's palace to see his wife Hipólita for the first time in three years. Diego is happily anticipating some fireworks but Luis denies him the satisfaction by throwing him out. The housekeeper, looking at Diego's backside as he leaves: "I don't know why that boy turned out so bad. His parents were so nice!"
Antonio and Luis recap to each other and agree Hipólita should get to decide whether she'll return to Panama with Antonio, isn't that grown-up of them? Luis denies that Rafael is Hipólita's son.
Antonio and Hipólita meet dramatically. They recap. The only interesting parts:
- Antonio throws himself to his knees, blaming the "incident" (a strange man being tossed into her bed in the dark to get her pregnant) on his mother and screaming "I never had the guts to oppose my mother, you have no idea what hell she made my life ever since I was a child." This is the first Hipólita has heard that her demonic mother-in-law is dead.
- Hipólita hears that Esperanza, her half-sister and wife of Luis, is pregnant.
Doña Juana and Esperanza see Fray Alvaro, who as head of the Inquisition is quite the micro-manager. He once again asks Esperanza if she's really "cohabited" with her husband. "Yes," she says. Juana rolls her eyes. "And are you really pregnant?" "Yes," she says. Juana rolls her eyes. "The Virgin promised me a son, and she came through!"
On the way home, Juana says: "Luis told me he never touched you, and he never lies." As they cross the square, we see more guys being tortured and strung on sticks etc. - perhaps they, like the guy in the barrel last week, are a reminder that Fray Alvaro is not a benevolent man if you lie to him.
Antonio tries to explain to his friend Rodrigo that none of what happened is Hipólita's fault, but as Antonio doesn't want to reveal his secrets, Rodrigo doesn't get it. Antonio: "It's all my fault." Rodrigo: "Oh, a few slaps on the face are no excuse. If she were my wife and put the horns on me, I'd denounce her for adultery and then divorce her!"
Diego is sitting at a table sucking down pink fluid as he tries to throw playing cards into a silver bowl. His aim is poor. When his mom, Juana, shows up, he finds out she already knew about Antonio, which spoils his happy surprise and causes him to screech: "You never tell me anything!"
Asunción pressures Hipólita to go back to Panama with her "legitimate husband." Asunción is tired of all the shame and gossip and scandal Hipólita has brought into their lives.
Hipólita had a very rough time in this episode. She ends up crying on her bed, at her wits' end. Ada gets her an infusion.
Tuesday: Caray! So much happened today! And, I'm tired of Hipólita getting so beat up! She needs some rest!
Esperanza is all atwitter, rubbing her pregnant belly nervously. She can't tell Luis it was a miracle that she's pregnant! Her maid Mirtha says: "What matters is not what Luis thinks, but what other people believe."
Aunt Isabel, bustling down the hall in search of more gossip, encounters Diego. He says: "I told you to leave!" "According to Juana, you apologized to me!" "Not true, get out!"
Nobody can find Perla - she disappeared after setting the Hipólita-kidnapping scheme into motion, the scheme that ended in Martin's death. Luis wants to help Felipe find Martin's murderer; they plan to go back to the beach settlement in a few days "after I've taken care of this problem with Hipólita's husband."
All agree that the authorities, if asked, will force Hipólita to go back to Panama with her husband Antonio. But Antonio has told his friend Rodrigo, "If she's to come back with me, it'll have to be voluntary."
Hipólita tells Aunt Isabel her fear: if Luis's wife Esperanza gives birth, Luis will lose interest in Rafael. "No, he loves you! He only tolerates Esperanza because he's a good man."
Marina tells Catalina that Don Diego hasn't asked for her again. Catalina: "Our lives are ugly, aren't they? Others decide for us and we have to comply." Marina: "You're lucky, your parents will find you a decent husband." Catalina: "But I want love." She figures out that Marina loves her (Catalina's) brother Andrés.
The midwife shows up, summoned to ascertain whether Esperanza is actually pregnant. "What took you so long?" "I had a (touchy delivery - a primapara)." "But didn't you realize Doña Juana wanted you?" "What, is Doña Juana pregnant?" [What, was that actually a joke? A JOKE? In THIS show? -- Ed.]
There was an interesting exhange between Luis (advocating for Catalina, as Juana did the previous day) and Cristóbal. "You told me things would be better for you when you left the seminary." "But it hurt me to be thrown out - it wasn't because of the guard getting shot, it was because they don't want criollos in the church." [Criollo is a term for people of Spanish descent who were born in Mexico; the Spaniards looked down on them.] Anyway, I don't see myself with wife and kids." Luis: "But when we were young, we talked about having families - and I know you like Catalina, so what's the problem?!" "Maybe I'm afraid. I never had a family. My parents died when I was a kid, my sister went into the convent when she was fifteen years old. I don't know how to do this (romance stuff), I'm not prepared."
Luis has a civil conversation with his mother! Doña Juana is, unbelievably, actually spinning yarn in this scene, can you believe it? Doing something useful? Shows she's really nervous! She doesn't smoke so spinning is next best in relieving stress.
She agrees to help Luis with the Antonio - and Rafael - problem. Luis: "This is the first time you've been on my side." Juana: "I would always protect anyone who carries our blood."
Santiago, Esperanza's brother, who is very nice except for his greasy strands of hair, tells Luis he's working on repairing one of the family's houses in town, Luis offers to help, Santiago queries: "My sister says you have a child with another woman." "Yes, and I'm going to separate from Esperanza." "You can't, she's pregnant!" "No, no. Sorry, but she's not right in the head - not being able to have children has affected her. I have a right to have an heir, that's the way it is."
The midwife announces that Esperanza is, in fact, pregnant! Juana drops her spinning apparatus in shock!
Juana is absolutely magnificent in this entire episode!
She barges into Esperanza's boudoir and shouts "Who's the father?" Esperanza tries: "Don Luis?" "NO!" Juana shouts and slaps her till she tells the truth: "It was Don Diego! He said he was sent by the Virgin to give me a miracle." Juana can't take it: "I can't believe it, my son is losing his mind."
In the plaza, Diego is pumping Antonio's friend Rodrigo for intimate information, and sharing dirty gossip in exchange. Do men really do this? Diego asks what kind of man Antonio is - "he seems kind of reserved ... and he doesn't seem to care for women..." "I knew him in Portobello when he was at military school. His dad died when he was young, he lived with his mother, a very dominating woman." Diego: "All mothers are terrible." Rodrigo continues: "Then he married Hipólita, she disappeared, they said gypsies took her ... Something happened between them for which he feels guilty." Diego: "Maybe we can help him get her back..."
Luis and Hipólita have a disheartening conversation. She is exhausted by all her travails. It's news to her that she and Antonio are divorced! (Antonio told this to Juana and Juana told lots of people.)
Luis points out that if Agustín (father of Hipólita and Esperanza) had been a decent man and had married Hipólita's mother Asunción, then he, Luis, would have married her, Hipólita, instead of Esperanza. "That would have been nice," she says sadly. "It still can be. I love you (blah blah blah)."
Juana goes on being magnificent, despairing over her son Diego. "I did everything for him, I educated him like a prince. But we didn't notice we were raising a scorpion! A foolish scorpion!" Modesta: "Scorpions aren't foolish - they use their instinct to survive." Juana thinks Diego's survival instinct failed him this time, because if Luis finds out Diego is father of Esperanza's fetus, Diego is a goner.
Juana: "We should never have done it! [Switched the babies.] It's DIVINE JUSTICE! We should never have done it, it was a REALLY BAD MISTAKE. I thought Diego would have the nobility of my brother, but I was wrong - Luis has it!" But then, instead of reforming, Juana goes to Esperanza: "Listen, you stupid whore. If you tell anyone Diego got you pregnant I myself will turn you in to the Inquisition. Say it was Gasco, Vicente, the coachman, I don't care - just don't mention Diego's name. You too, Mirtha, I'll kill you."
Andrés meets his sister Catalina outside Cristóbal's palace. He intends to ask for work, but Catalina says: "Cristóbal's done enough for our family already - he's maintaining all of us!" "But I'm desperate, I'm only being offered menial jobs, and We Are Descendants of Nobility!" "But now we're Nothing, get used to it." Marcos comes along, hears Andrés's tale of woe, offers him his sandwich, takes him to get a drink; Andrés tells him the place he's staying is a pigsty full of insects and drunks, so Marcos offers him room at his own place. On the cot Martin vacated by dying, no doubt.
Catalina is humiliated yet again when her dad Francisco comes barging into her innocent and brief little conversation with Cristóbal. What a boor! Francisco says: "You're doing so much for our family, for which I'm of course grateful, but you know how people talk, they say you're doing it because you want Catalina. We're being embarrassed, so what are you going to do about it?" "Do you mean marriage?" "Yes!"
Francisco returns to Asunción and announces, as if Catalina weren't standing right there listening: "No, he won't marry her, but he says he'll help find her an adequate husband, and will give her a dowry." Catalina leaves crying. Asunción: "Well, that's not bad." "Yes, it is - after the Manriques and the Guevaras he's one of the richest men in the province. If he were my son-in-law I'd get respect and lots of loot." Catalina cries, holding her crucifix.
Finally Luis finds out - the midwife certifies that Esperanza is indeed pregnant! He blows! "I haven't touched her for years! Maybe the Devil himself did it, but it wasn't me!" He barges into Esperanza's boudoir and asks who did it. Esperanza: "You?" Luis: "I haven't touched you for three years!" Esperanza: "It was a miracle? - or, maybe it was that one time... you were so drunk you don't remember..." Luis chops furniture with his sword. "I've never been so drunk I wouldn't remember something like that! WHO WAS IT?"
After he leaves, Mirtha and Esperanza wrack their brains [wrack or rack?] trying to think of somebody other than Diego to blame for Esperanza's condition.
Juana barges into Diego's boudoir and pulls the covers off his long-johned sleeping form. "Esperanza says you told her you were sent to her by the Virgin!" He giggles. "Diego, if you open your mouth, I'll reveal your secret - your lucky run as Count will end!" "You wouldn't dare!" "Don't try me! How could you do it?" "Because I hate him! ... Does Luis know?" "No, and Esperanza won't dare talk. But you better keep quiet - not one joke or insinuation, especially when you're drunk, or being Count is over. People won't forgive perversity - and you are perverse."
Entre el Amor y el Odio
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