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Thursday, April 20, 2006

Telenovela Alborada, #35

This is a recap of the Univision telenovela Alborada. In order to read the whole post, you click "read the rest" at the bottom of this summary!

If you are new, please visit the recaps in ORDER - they are listed to the right under a picture of Doña Juana and Modesta. See the bottom of this post for more information.


FRIENDS: the current plan is to migrate the telenovela adventure to http://caraycaray.blogspot.com starting with Jean's recap of the Cristina show appearances of the Alborada cast. We are going to pick up with Barrera de Amor, the new 9:00 novela, midstream. I have already posted the synopsis and the cast of characters, with commentary and pictures. There will be one more recap here, of the Friday finale, and then - we're off! But please come back here to Pratie Place to visit, anyway, OK?

Wednesday: To judge by the comments, an awful lot of you are obsessed with the possibility of seeing Luis without his shirt on again. I have to say, I think the chances are slight, so don't erase those old beefcake episodes from your Tivos...

Speaking of beefcake, the Wednesday episode opens with a splendid procession of lots of good-looking guys on horses galloping through the dust. It is Team Luis, back from witness-gathering operations in Valverde (where Old Dude Epifanio was picked up) and Monforte (where they collected Sara, aka La Poderosa).

There is a large tree, just the one, by the side of the road, and it has ten bandits craftily concealed in it. They are like my squirrels, who feel similarly well hidden when they are on a tree-trunk.

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Higinio, who signed onto Ramon's operation out of curiosity and with the idea, perhaps, that he could thwart some evil-doing, idly asks Ramon (who was hired by Diego to murder Luis on this return trip), "Who is it we're we killing today?"

Ramon says he has trust issues and Higinio should mind his own beeswax. "But aren't we all thieves, don't we all have dead consciences, doesn't money rule us all?"

Before this persuasive argument takes effect, Team Luis rides up. Ramon and the hired help aim their rifles - but at the last minute Higinio pushes Ramon's rifle and Luis, though thrown to the ground somehow, is not dead. Pandemonium ensues.

Sara pokes her head out of the carriage to see what's going on and the sight of her electrifies the hired help, some of whom had probably been members of her own lowlife rabble. "It's La Poderosa, don't shoot!" All scatter as Ramon shouts: "Don't be cowards!"

Ramon rushes toward Luis, who's still on the ground - but Luis skewers Ramon before he himself can be skewered, and Ramon falls dead. Everybody gallops off except Arcadio, who kneels sadly and nobly over his dead - well, hmm, what do we call the guy who's not the sidekick?

Isabel, Catalina and Ada bustle into the dungeon with an all-important permission slip and the supplies they gathered for our beleaguered heroine. (I'm surprised Ada didn't bring that stuffed boy Rafael and shove him in the faces of all the bloody screaming people.)

Going down in the dungeon is like those toll-roads in New England where you stop every mile or two to throw in your quarters - even WITH a permission slip, Catalina and Isabel are putting coins in every outstretched hand as they go deeper and deeper into the bowels of the earth!

Hipólita is crouched in a corner in her pearl-covered dress, crying. They swear they'll get her out and all hug and sob. "You have to eat, for the baby's sake. ... and whatever happens, deny the adultery. Say Rafael is solely Luis's child and that you're now pregnant by your husband." "Maybe Antonio won't lie for me. ... I'm afraid for the baby, I don't want to lose her."

Diego grandly tells his mother Juana: "Yes, I accused her (of adultery), because in front of my wife she shouted that I am not the Count of Guevara." "Do you realize you've dug your own grave? Luis will never pardon you - she's expecting a second child by him." "Yes, I know." "You KNEW, and still you did this?" "Don't worry, he'll never know..." "You've hired somebody to kill him AGAIN?" "I've spent more than 30 years as the Count of Guevara and I'll never step down, I'd die first." "Dead you'll be." Juana staggers off.

In an interesting series of long, silent shots, Diego cries soundlessly. Meanwhile, Juana tells Modesta: "We're falling apart from the inside." Her mouth is bloody. This is great TV.

The placid Fray Alvaro sits complacently in his office as always. Juana has dragged her sick self there to say: "Diego isn't right in the head and he was mistaken in his accusation." Alvaro: "What, another crazy person in the palace, like Esperanza?!" (Maybe it's the water.) Juana: "He drinks and loses his senses." (Oh, so it's the booze.) Alvaro: "Nevertheless, I have to investigate - adultery is a serious charge, with a severe punishment." "I swear she's not an adulteress."

Aurelio gallops up to Team Luis and tells them Hipólita's in prison. They gallop away to save her.

Antonio gets home, gets the news, and immediately goes to Fray Alvaro. "My spouse has never been unfaithful." "The count, though, said Luis's child is hers and that she's expecting another by him." "Not true, the baby is mine." For some reason, the Count's word carries greater weight with Alvaro than the testaments of Antonio and Juana.

As Antonio is leaving the office, Team Luis arrives. They descend into the depths to see Hipólita, but are blocked because they don't have the magic permission slip. This just turns out to mean that instead of one coin per hand, Felipe has to follow behind Luis handing out hefty little bags right and left. Luis and Hipólita have a tearful, intimate reunion, perhaps not wisest in view of all the guards...

Luis wants to kill "half the world" and kidnap Hipólita away, but it's pointed out that four against lots is not good odds. Luis: "Then I'll tell Diego I'll renounce the title if he'll retract his accusation."

Juana: "Diego, you must tell Alvaro you were misled by rumors." "No, she's a bitch and Luis isn't coming back." "Luis has more lives than a cat, how many times have you told me he wouldn't be back, he'll be back this time too, and it will be the end for you." Diego breathes heavily through his narrow aristocratic nose, I bet that nose was key in his getting the gig...

Here begins one of the greatest scenes of Alborada. Antonio storms into Diego's chambers and demands that Diego retract the denunciation. "Wine, or sherry?" is the response. Diego continues: "Why would I retract, since it's the truth?" Antonio throws his wine (or sherry) in Diego's face. Diego: "It looks like you enjoy defending prostitutes. Or is it because you can't get it up with them - you're not a man..." Uh-oh, as has been carefully set up before, these are magic fighting words to Antonio!

Antonio hisses: "It's you who aren't a man. Listen up, if you don't take it back ..." "What, you'll kill me?" A very dirty fight now starts - first laughable sissy slaps, then kicking, then swords. Antonio jumps on the table and I laugh again when he insightfully points out in the midst of this mayhem: "And to think, you complained that you don't have any friends! Who would be your friend?" (Did this make you laugh?)

Diego's answer: "Someone of my own stature -- and that's not you." The sword fight continues with Diego boasting: "You're good, but I'm better!" Juana and Modesta enter. Next, Diego wraps Antonio in a brocade tablecloth and bites him (I told you this was a dirty fight) and smashes his head in with the butt of his sword. Dagoberto prudently crawls under the table.

Antonio looks absolutely magnificent covered with blood! He's as good as Sarah Bernhardt! He gores Diego, then holds his sword point at Diego's throat and says "If you don't promise to retract I'll kill you!" "I swear, I swear!" Antonio walks over his vanquished opponent and goes outside; he is swaying, more wounded than he'd appeared.

Diego gets to his feet, rushes out - and stabs Antonio all the way through, from behind!

Antonio crashes like a bull elephant and tumbles down the outdoor stairs in slow motion, coming to rest in a bloody tableau. Everybody just watches. I thought he was dead! Otherwise, why weren't they screaming for the doctor?

A great, great scene.

Diego is carried in and NOW a doctor is shouted for. Do they really say, "We can't get a doctor, it's Sunday?" "Then bring me clean rags and water!" (or something) Diego whines to his mother, "My arm hurts." "It's your conscience that should be hurting, you used treachery!" "Get me a tourniquet, I'm bleeding!" "When Modesta was hurt, you didn't care that she was bleeding! ... And what's with you anyway, Diego, your syphilis has affected your brain!" This is unwelcome news to him: "Syphilis? Syphilis? ¡No puede ser!You're just making that up to scare me, you've always ... (great vocabulary word alert) ...

Ningunearme: "treat me like dirt [nothing]."

... and you think I'm an imbecile and now you say I'm crazy, I'm not!"

Juana tells Modesta: "He's my punishment in life, what a terrible mistake I made!" "You thought things would go differently" is Modesta's weak consolation. Juana: "It can't go on like this..."

Team Luis goes to Fray Alvaro's office. Alvaro: "Though everybody and his brother has been traipsing through here denying the adultery, I have the word of your cousin. And now, excuse me, I have other things to attend to." Cristóbal's usual cry for calm is derided more hotly than usual and Luis calls Diego an S.O.B.

In the street, Luis sees the carriage carrying the bloodied Antonio (who had to scrape his own self up off the steps, I guess, while everybody fussed over Diego). Antonio reports on what's been going on. Dr. Cristóbal notices he could see daylight straight through the center of Antonio, which is not a good sign.

Luis gets home and Isabel says she's been trying to reach the regidor, but he's out of town. She wants to go to the top, to the viceroy. Luis enters Diego's rooms to hear Diego shrieking at the doctor. Luis jumps on him and says if he doesn't retract next day, he'll murder him with his hands.

Dagoberto gets a quick switched-baby recap from Ada and remarks that he, too, was witness to the burned-leg thing. We hear that Antonio, on his deathbed, wants to see Perla.

Isabel looks very good in her green dress as she gazes upon the sleeping Diego. She touches him, he wakes and asks "What did you come to do, finish me off?" "I'm trying to find some trace of my brother in you. Something physical, that is - because on the inside, you've nothing at all." There is burned-leg talk, he tells her to go away, she says: "Go away?!!? This is MY palace, I can throw both of you out at any time ... I'd like to feel something good towards you, since we share the same blood, but I just can't."

With astounding chutzpah Diego suggests: "Aunt, tell Luis not to denounce me - he loves you and will do as you ask. If my father hadn't died, my life would have been different ... Aunt, help me, it's not my fault, I was raised thinking I was the Count [liar!] and now I'm not, and I'm afraid ... I beg you..." She says "I'll care for your daughters, they won't grow up unprotected"' and as she leaves he mutters: "Wretched old woman!"

Though she had appeared unmoved, Isabel demurs when Luis says "I should have killed him long ago." "He's your cousin, he's my nephew ... though how could Leopold have fathered such a monster?"

We end with Team Luis wondering how to make matters right.

Thursday: MAGNIFICENT! I have chills.

Antonio, dying, tells Cristóbal: "Luis has to get Hipólita out [of jail]. It's my fault, I should have let her go..." Perla comes and says: "It's my fault, I let my friend spread that gossip - Diego heard it in the brothel - I swear I didn't mean to!" Antonio dictates one of those deathbed wills to Cristóbal: "Hipólita will make out all right with Luis, so I leave everything to my son." [Don't you hate how they just assume it's a boy?]

Luis busts in on Diego and tells the attendants: "Get him dressed or I'll take him as he is!" They dress him and put him into a chair and carry the chair through the palace - Juana staggers behind it, shouting, crying, falling to the floor coughing. Wonderful!

Guards come for Ada and Rafael (who luckily manages to remain calm no matter how many guards with guns threaten him or how much Ada shrieks and cries).

[Did you notice Toyota and McDonalds are advertising on Alborada today? The bigtime!]

Guards take Hipólita to Fray Alvaro's office on a rope; there, Ada and Rafael are waiting. Rafael, seeing his mother shriek and cry, luckily remains calm. Fray Alvaro only has to say: "A true mother never renounces her child," and Hipólita cries, "Yes, he's mine, I'm an adulteress." Alvaro smiles happily. Is HE going to get HIS? No, of course not! And why is it only the WOMAN who goes to jail for adultery? Don't bother answering, that's just a bitter rhetorical question.

Diego has been carried through the streets (did you notice he was TIED into his chair so he wouldn't fall out?) and is brought to Alvaro's office - Luis having offered to renounce all claims to the title "until the day you are consigned to hell" if Diego will retract. They go in and Luis shouts and prods at Diego to retract, but it's too late, because Hipólita already confessed. She's taken back to her cell and will be flogged the following day. This flogging thing must be pretty bad indeed since everybody assumes it will cause her to miscarry.


Diego is taken back to the palace and when his wife Eloise asks him something, he slaps her and says "I don't want to see you again." She huffs and puffs: "I never thought I'd entered such a perverse family - I'm going home and telling EVERYBODY!" She flounces out and he mutters, "Fat idiot ... hey, put me to bed, I've opened my wound, call the doctor." Juana asks what he said to Eloise and he replies, "That old one disgusts me."

I missed a little here but Team Luis is trying to figure out how to rescue Hipólita - maybe they can nab her in the plaza - it will take a lot of men. Isabel says there are no more permission slips, they won't be able to visit Hipólita in the dungeon.

Isabel and Luis decide to find the viceroy and see if he can arrange a pardon. She is against the "blood and fire" technique of rescuing Hipólita...

Antonio gets Extreme Unction. To Perla: "Promise you'll be a good mother, don't make him feel bad, no matter what happens, no matter what he does... Give him love and security, try to understand him, tell him his dad would really have liked to play with him... [OK I admit it, I cried a little at this point] ... I would have liked to have said goodbye to Hipólita..."

Juana tells Modesta: "I want to confess."

Sara is shmoozing with Higinio at her old hideout when she gets the news. "Even if the Viceroy does grant clemency, it won't come in time - they're flogging Hipólita tomorrow." "So soon, and she's pregnant?"

Sara goes to Juana's, wearing a strange fur-lined bathrobe. Seeing Juana's ravaged face, Sara says: "Life is making you pay for everything you did." "I thought we'd never see each other again." "Why did you accuse my family of heresy?" "I told you, I didn't, I just said that to make you go away." "Well, who did, then?" "Your father's business partner, money was his motive, he ended up with everything. He waited until after my brother was dead - my brother would have protected you. I was too busy switching babies to help..." "And planning to usurp the position! You can't deceive me - I know Luis is Carlos's son! why did you do it? I'll tell you why - you wanted the recognition and power, and to be Countess of Guevara!" "I loved Diego, but I created a monster... I wish he'd been like Luis..." "Luis is good-hearted and might take pity on you, but I won't! If you don't denounce Diego, I will."

So Juana, in the midst of her tears, makes an evil, horrible face and hisses: "What makes you think anyone will believe a JEW?" Sara is unbowed: "There's irrefutable proof - the scar - and there'll be justice for Carlos and Aurora!"

Sara leaves and Juana tells Modesta again: "I don't want Diego to suffer for what I did, it's not fair."

Sister Teresa and another nun are wondering why they didn't get their monthly money from Juana when a note comes. Teresa gets permission from the Archbishop and visits Hipólita. There is some reviewing and they pray.

Isabel and Team Luis are granted an audience with the viceroy, who has lots of rings and a big cigar. He listens to Luis's story: "There's a woman being accused of adultery, yes, she did it, but there were unusual circumstances. If anyone should be flogged, it's I, not she..."

Higinio is collecting men to prepare a rescue in the plaza next day. There will be a lot of deaths! Be ready!

Juana tells Modesta to bring paper and pen.

Cristóbal shows the efficacy of the era's medicine when he tells Perla to administer tea and honey when Antonio is awake. Perla cries, "He told me he'd give his name to the baby!" "Unfortunately, we can't register an unborn child."

Luis and all are galloping home - on horses! in the dust! [Those of you who crave naked torso shots are out of luck, but I, who enjoy guys galloping on horseback in the dust, am doing pretty well!]

Diego is sprawled in his longjohns. He has a fever, but not much of one. Juana, on the other hand, looks like hell and, after she visits him, staggers back to her room leaning heavily on Modesta's shoulders. How grand and creepy this scene is! As she passes guttering candles in dim passageways, she says: "Let's go - the hour has arrived."

Perla hears Antonio's pre-death rattles. He gets to make another farewell speech (I don't mind, he's doing a bang-up job with them). "I never thought it would be so tiring to die! I don't want to, but it's come. Perla - find a good man, who'll give his name to the child. Don't cry. I regret - I regret - that I didn't pay more attention to Rafaelito [ooh, that one got me too] - children are not to blame for their parents' mistakes - my mother was so unfair to me - if she'd understood, my life would have been different..." Perla cries and says he was the best man she'd ever known. He says: "You've really loved me! ... Find somebody who will accept and love my son..."

The guards come for Hipólita.

One more update, will be posted Saturday. The list of Alborada recaps is to the right - below the picture of Modesta and Doña Juana, just above the elephant. Click on the numbers in order!

You can buy (cheap) souvenir cards I painted in honor of our Alborada adventure
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88 Comments:

At 10:48 PM, Blogger desertdancer said...

melinama, I need to thank you. I found Alborada at the beginning of the semester (I'm taking a Spanish class on-line and wanted -- needed! -- more Spanish in my life). At the beginning of the semester, I could understand only enough Spanish to interpret about 25% of each show. Your blog was invaluable! -- and now I'm stopping by mostly to enjoy your wonderful sense of humor, and for the vocabulary update (there are always a few words that escape me!), and to surf around in other areas of your blog.

I really, REALLY love Alborada, and I haven't even had the heart to think of looking for a new novela to replace it. Since you're picking up Barrera, and it's now moving to 9 PM in my time zone, you've made the choice for me. Even if the show isn't quite the same as Alborada (understatement!!), I enjoy your blog coverage so much, it'll make up for the lack of Alborada a bit.

(And just for the record -- I'm a huge fan of Cristobal...especially in the hat, LOL!)

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Thank you, Desert Dancer! I certainly hope that some other people who've come for Alborada will keep coming back to visit me. It will get very quiet around here without you all...

 
At 1:31 AM, Anonymous margarita said...

Howdy =)

I would like to add my two cents on the chest hair issue. Marie, it actually makes quite a bit of sense for a man of that skin tone to have no chest hair. Most native tribes in Mexico (possibly all) had men with no chest hair. That gene came from the Spaniards. In a sad irony, that same gene combination is what produces a slightly more visible mustache in the women. Sigh =( Thankfully, if you leave it alone it's not likely to get any worse!

I loved your comment on Antonio having to scrape himself off the floor =) I would hope Dagoberto helped Antonio get onto the carriage so he could go home. Diego's tantrum over his arm wound after stabbing Modesta and fatally wounding Antonio is much like the 2000-year-old man's description of tragedy-vs-comedy. A man trips on a banana peel and falls into a man hole to his death, that's comedy. I get a papercut, that's tragedy!

A flogging can be pretty brutal. Did you see the floggings in "Glory" or "Roots"? The leather will cut through the skin and leave welts and bruises. All the trauma from the loss of blood and the pain could definitely bring on a miscarriage. I'm right with you on the whole male-female double standard. When Juana told Fray Alvaro that Rafael was Luis' son and he mentioned this meant he had committed adultery, she said something to the tune of "we can't go around punishing all the males who do something indiscreet" and that seems to please him just fine. He also has no problems when the recently wed Diego mentions he heard about the adultery at the brothel, but is quite determined to flog Hipolita to teach the other women a lesson. Those were the good old days huh? On the bright side, at least Antonio and Perla feel sorry for how they treated Hipolita.

Take care,
Margarita

 
At 4:34 AM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

It's a good thing I've started keeping Kleenex around for my allergies, because they're getting double-duty with the Alborada final. ^^; I even feel sorry for Antonio and Perla and Juana!

The fight between Antonio and Diego was magnificient. (My mother walked through about thirty seconds before Antonio took his little tumble and commented on Diego being kind of cute. Apparently, she completely failed to notice when I pointed him out to her three months ago, before the syphilis and the pants around the ankles.)

but I, who enjoy guys galloping on horseback in the dust, am doing pretty well!

You and me both! I could sit and watch guys on horses all day long. (Or horses without guys. Actually, I've pretty regularly been coming home from the stables just in time to have a shower before Alborada. I hope we have a costume class at a show soon, because I know what I want to whip up for it!)

Desert Dancer, Cristobal is adorable! I'd go mad if I had to deal with him fawning over me constantly, but I love watching him do it to Catalina! ^^;

 
At 6:07 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think I could have tolerated the never-ending misery in this telenovela much longer. . . but truly, I (with little time for TV) will have a significant life change after tonight. I'll miss this show. I'll miss the comments of hostesses and visitors. Honestly, I don't know what I'll do with myself -- except maybe, watch the news.

 
At 6:30 AM, Anonymous catherine said...

Argh! My power went out 30 minutes into the show. That was major drama. I didn't care about the hail or 60 mph winds. I wanted my show! Apparently, we're getting the same tonight. if the power goes out tonight I will lose it completely! I'm hoping that I'll be able to pick up a used copy of the dvd set in a month or two... If someone is willing to make copies for me I would be happy to pay shipping and other expenses :)
What I did see was riveting. Everyone has really stepped up their performances. I slammed Lucero's acting ability beore but she made up for it in the scene when see admitted Raphael was hers. Wow!
As far as Barrera De Amor, Did anyone else notice Dona Jacita popping herself with a whip in self-flagellation? man she is creepy!! Who casted that show? Must have been a man 'cause there's no way a woman would have picked that guy for the lead. Of course, would we really be satisfied with anyone else after Luis and Marcos and Cristobal? Not me! I refuse to watch la fea mas bella because just the commercials irritate me.

 
At 6:39 AM, Blogger melinama said...

Catherine, I think we're all in agreement that La Fea is a non-starter. Although my mentee Menticia, who is 11, is really looking forward to it...

I think Jacinta (the evil mom who whips herself) is going to get the Sarah Bernhardt award for Barrera.

 
At 8:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

BTW, this is Don Esteban (a huge and well known Modesta fan). I just couldn't remember the password--but I yield my anonyminity right now.

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just to throw in a male perspective, I have grown incredibly weary of Hipo and her indecisiveness. I suppose moving in with Luis six weeks ago when she recovered her memory was impossible because it would have ended the drama, but all she has done since then is sob and make her chest heave. She doesn't seem capable of sitting down and making any kind of sensible plan. It's like she enjoys being caught in the trap she has woven for herself. And the business about "a good woman will always recognize her child" is simply unbearable. Where is the moral quandry in lying to the Inquistion, for heaven's sake. Lying to the inquisition to keep yourself alive to raise the child in question is the clear imperative here.
It may be wrong to expect Hipo to act with more decisiveness. (She is portrayed as a product of her time.) That said, she has incredible resources ready to hand: a few hours at the feet of Dona Juana taking Plotting 101 would be a big help. Or (more elegantly) why doesn't she just let a subcontract to Modesta?

 
At 8:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry to post twice. Not sure I'm getting through--DE.

 
At 8:50 AM, Blogger melinama said...

Ah, Don Esteban! Thank you for your perspective. I have been tired of Hipólita ever since she came ashore in Mexico. She has a lot of friends and a lot of resources and hasn't done much of anything with them. I thought she was billed as a "strong woman." Is "I can't take this any more!" supposed to be a strong reaction?

The love interest in "Amor Real" was similarly wimpy. Are they all this bad? The one in "Barrera de Amor" is just sitting around letting her awful stepmother poison her. Anybody with half a brain would run away from that old woman so fast!

 
At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello,
Margarita-Thank you for your info on the chest hair issue. It is true, you can learn something new everyday!;)
I tell you..I have never had a telenovela make me so nervous. I just saw Hip getting draged thru the street(I'm a few shows behind)
in a way, I will be glad when this is all over. As for Barrera, I am watching it for the "look" (grand houses & countryside) but now the storyline is starting to bore me. Oh well, I guess I am use to the high bar Alborada has set.
Adios-Marie

 
At 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow... where do I begin? I found this site just a few weeks ago---it was a wonderful discovery because I understand only a bit a Spanish . [The little Spanish that I have was picked up informally from my students...I teach ESL.] I want to thank you so much [muchos gracios]for these translations. [I was a little off on my interpretations...I thought Luis and Hiploita were married and Esperanza was Luis' mother!!! I only started watching about the time that Esperaza was dying.] I can't imagine not having this wonderful show and its characters to watch . There is never going to be anything like it on American TV, so I will look for the dvds ...I'm very anxious to see all those early shows that I read about here, but missed. Loved your sense of humor. I laughed out loud many times when I read your clever observations. I will miss reading them very much. Thanks for all the hard work--I appreciate your time and efforts. Susanlynn, sad to see the end so near ...CARAY!CARAY!

 
At 11:01 AM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

You guys, I was just on www.esmas.com and found out what's going to happen on tonight's episode -- go there, click on "telenovelas", click on "Alborada" and read it for yourself! Oh, and just because I already know, doesn't mean it'll take any of the "juiciness" out of the finale!

What are we gonna do without Alborada? There isn't another program like it on TV anywhere! And why in the world would they cancel such a great show for something as utterly stupid as "La Fea Mas Bella"? Have you seen the previews? What a stupid, stupid show! It's certain that Univision will lose a huge demographic group because of the loss of Alborada. "La Fea" won't last at all -- maybe that'll prompt Univision to bring back Alborada in re-runs!!!!

 
At 11:33 AM, Blogger Jean said...

I must be the old curmudgeon here because:
1. Luis without his shirt did nothing for me. I thought his sculputed abs looked weird;
2. The more that the novela has focused on Luis and Hipólita, the less interesting it is to me; and
3. I agree with Melinama and the others that Hipólita is a big crybaby and has had zero character development.
At the beginning of the novela Sor Teresa had such high moral standards that Juana had to use her influence to get Catalina admitted to the convent because her mother, Asunción, had had a child out of wedlock. Now, Sor Teresa has no qualms about visiting an admitted adulterer in prison and apparently accepts Hipólita's excuse for her adultery - 'it was for love.'

 
At 11:48 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why do you think we love this telenovela so much aside from the acting being terrific? My sister thinks it's because love endures many problems and still survives. She says in real life it isn't so easy and we would like to think that romantic love can be this strong. What do you think?

 
At 11:50 AM, Blogger melinama said...

Well, can just speak for myself - I like the historic, scenic elements - the interiors - as a backdrop for activities which remind me of our own and are yet so alien. As I said recently, though guys don't jump on tables and stab each other with swords much any more - I bet they wish they could! And I find all that old stuff so romantic... and countrysides with nary a billboard, not to mention a McDonalds -

 
At 12:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate the rawness of emotion displayed. I don't know any men who go around calling each other "brother" and hugging. People don't yell or fight in my world. I can't even be sure they care about anything enough to do so. Everyone surrounding me is comfortable and happy, which is a good thing, but boring

-Lilian

 
At 12:17 PM, Anonymous Kay said...

A note to bfisher: They are not "cancelling" Alborada. Latin telenovelas (unlike US soaps that last your entire lifetime) have a beginning, a middle and an end. They generally last about 3 months or so. Alborada is simply coming to its natural end. La Fea Mas Bella will also last as long as it is intended to. And, believe it or not, there is an audience for this kind of telenovela (a comedy). It doesn't appeal to me, but there are many other telenovelas on the air at any given time, not only on Univision but on Telemundo, and during the day as well as at night. They do vary in quality, and Alborada was truly one of the best, which spoils us all. But there will be other good ones.

Note to Don Esteban: As wimpy as she is,I don't think Hipolita should have taken lessons in Plotting 101 from Juana or Modesta. Just look at what a disaster their plotting has turned into.

Note to Jean: Luis without shirt did turn me on, but it also felt
out of place. Fernando may hit the gym daily for body building, but his character would not have. And, as a member of the ruling class, Luis certainly didn't labor long and hard in the fields to build up such muscles. Practicing swordplay and riding around on his horse would not have done it.

Kay

 
At 12:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer to fantasize that Luis is some sort of over-muscled mutant not seen before or since in the history of mankind. I have to suspend my disbelief on any number of points for this show (like goodness! what artificialy straight and white teeth these people have!) so this gives me no qualms whatsoever.

Actually their teeth do bug me. I'm not accustomed to that degree of whiteness, are they whiter than US TV actors? Certainly the people I see me in my daily life do not have teeth like that. Muscle on the other hand looks normal to me, I'm at a rather serious gym every day. I'm considering hanging around one of the horse ranches so I can increase my appreciation of these animals and join in the horse joy I see posted here.

-Lilian

 
At 1:18 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

Reply to Kay:

Thanks for the lesson in Spanish soaps -- I'm new to Spanish TV, and I didn't know telenovelas didn't go on forever (hey, I could watch Fernando Colungas any day, any time!) Anybody know what F.C. is up to, now that Alborada is over?

 
At 1:23 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

--How about something for EVERYONE?---a shirtless Luis riding his horse??? Personally, I like it all----Luis shirted or shirtless---Luis on his horse...also Luis getting on or off his horse [I missed Luis STANDING ''Zorrolike'' on his horse to get over Hipolita's wall...Wouldn't Fernando make the ultimate Zorro?]---I like to see Luis yell, beg, sulk,and threaten.Of course, Luis in romantic mode is my fav , but every shot of him is a treat in my book. Maybe I'm too easy to please, but the guy even breathes sexy. [He's been hyperventilating alot in these final shows. When he stormed into Diego's room and had him dragged out of bed abnd dressed , he was superbly furious...lots of breathing. Susanlynn, the appreciative

 
At 1:26 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

Shirtless Luis on a horse sounds absolutely wonderful . . . . aahhh, I'm getting a mental picture of that now . . . . somebody start serving the margaritas . . . .

 
At 1:30 PM, Blogger Jean said...

Why do we like period novelas? I think it is because the plots - switched babies, poor girls making good marriages, undying passion, mysterious deaths etc. seem more natural in an imaginary past than in the equally imaginery present. The bad guys and the good guys just seem better suited to puffy shirts than 3 piece suits. And while they tarted up the women's costume a lot in Alborada, heaving bosoms are more suited to gowns than what most televnovela women wear to the office. Add to that the unfamiliar. Remember how we all learned about colchinella and some of the history of colonial Mexico?

 
At 1:32 PM, Blogger Jean said...

Susanlynn: You choose Fernando Colunga over Antonio Banderas as Zorro?!? Luis is nice but I'd take Antonio Banderas any day.

 
At 1:44 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

Susanlynn-I'm in Fernando's camp completely! I prefer Fernando! Although Antonio has an incredible singing voice. He was magical in Evita. Really great. I wore that vhs out.I have it on my ipod now and love to hear him. I sort of lost respect for him after Spy kids 1, 2, ...12.!! I guess we all make bad career moves. Fernando has more screen power to me. Just my two cents.. .

 
At 1:50 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

Yeah, what Catherine said! I like Antonio (he was a great Zorro), but I'm a Fernando fan!

 
At 1:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What an excellent idea, margaritas for the finale! Why didn't I think of it before? No, wait, if I drink I probably won't understand any spanish at all.

I've been off and on this site all day, I'm so excited! I probably won't concentrate at work tonight. My husband promises to be home by 8:00 to make sure the VCR does not betray me again.

-Lilian

 
At 2:08 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

To Lillian -- I've been keeping this site on my computer all day, so I can keep up the conversations as well!

To everyone else -- Has any of you gone to www.esmas.com and read about tonight's episode yet? Also, does anyone know what F.C.'s up to now that Alborada is no more?

Thanks!

 
At 2:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lilian- maybe that's what luis is doing when he's mixing his bottles in the lab.. He is making margaritas for team luis! That or chest hair remover. I am with you. I am so exited for tonight. If I lose power I will cry. Is anyone else in the south like me? That storm looks pretty bad.

 
At 2:10 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

I'm in Houston, but our weather's supposed to be good tonight. I'm planning to tape tonight's episode . . .

 
At 2:23 PM, Blogger melinama said...

THANKS to everybody for holding back, if you know tonight's events already! I have to delete spoilers cause lots of people don't like them!

One can speculate that the righteous will triumph. I am already brooding, though, that Fray Alvaro and Don Francisco will emerge unscathed. (Just guessing.) GRRR

 
At 2:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in New Mexico it's a little like the land of Alborada, never rains and always safe to have an outdoor wedding. So I'm in no danger of weather knocking out power, but I live in the stix (arguably most of New Mexico is the stix) and my power is just flakey all on it's own.

Yeah, I never understood what the heck the laboratory was for; I'm one of those people who came in late in the program. But I am sitting here feeling pretty smug (rather than stressed) because I have the whole thing arriving on DVD hopefully next week and can watch all the stuff I missed.

In addition to scouring the web for FC photos I also look for news. Boy that's tough. I'm including spanish sites in my search, but current information on him is hard for me to find. The best I've seen is a post Alborada interview sometime in March where he stated he hasn't accepted anything yet and would like to direct.

-Lilian

 
At 2:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Caray!!!---LOL---I loved all those comments!---Jean--I like Antonio, but I prefer Fernando. I like the big, strapping fellows [like my hubby]...I also seem to be really a sucker for loooonghaired dudes. I wrote a long post earlier explaining why I like '' Alborado'' and my preference for talldarkmachogauypo was a big part of the explanation.[Unfortunately the message didn't post. . F.C. has gone to the top of my list of TDMG .Joe Lando has dropped to second place and Adrian Paul has slipped to a dismal third. Of course, hub is at the tippy top. If I have the time and energy, I will repost my thoughts on the shows I've liked in the past and the pattern I see in them {Highlander, the tv series and ''Dr.Quinn''] I love art, history, music, costumes so I enjoy shows with these elements featuring a hero who is TDMG plus passionate, confident, protective, sensitive, respectful, polite, and totally devoted to his love.As for bfisher: The margaritas would be a nice touch tonight!! And Anonymous 3:o9, Your post gave me a giggle. Susanlynn

 
At 3:03 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

I'm with Susanlynn -- I just love those boys with long hair . . . . always have. This next part is gonna sound weird, but as a Mexican, I was never attracted to my own kind - don't know why (my hubby's a blond-haired, blue-eyed cutie), but Fernando has definitely caught my eye (and the rest of me as well)! And thanks also for the updated info on F.C. -- I couldn't find any current goings-on for him, but what you found was definitely more than what I could get! Thanks!

 
At 3:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just walked in..read Anonymous 3:09 pm. I'm still laughing over that one. We better hope its margaritas going on in that lab.
-Marie

 
At 3:11 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Hey everybody,

If you want the telenovela blogging to continue - we need more people to sign up to tag team on Barrera. I know, it's quite a let-down after Alborada, but don't we want to stay together? I have volunteered to do Mondays, Jean volunteered to do Tuesday, Ruth would do Wednesday or Thursday, but we need at least TWO MORE VOLUNTEERS and it would be better to have some people in reserve, because our regulars sometimes will go out of town - or their VCRs will misfire.

You don't have to do it the way I've been doing it - blow by blow, with dialogue. I don't think I'm going to stay with that level of detail.

If you're interested, get your email address to me and I'll put you on the list of people who can post to http://caraycaray.blogspot.com

Melinama

 
At 3:12 PM, Anonymous BW said...

I completly agree with everyone who said FC will make an excellent Zorro!
I watched Walt Disney's Version growing up(got my daughter into it later) and always loved Guy Williams. FC has that same quailty about him.
The scene were Luis imagines telling everyone at Diego's wedding who he really is reminded me of a scene where Don Diego de la Vega created a whole scenario for Sgt. Garcia. Same tone almost exact mannerisms.
Besides Luis really is Diego Arellano!

 
At 3:23 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

That margarita question was part of a longer post that for some reasons didn't go through. I have just wondered for the longest time what he was mixing! I finally had to ask. He never does anything with his mixtures, just sort of broods and frowns. Hmm, needs more lime juice.. Felippe, where's the plastic sombrero with the salt?... Cristobal where's my cointreau?
I think I love Fernando so much cause my Cajun hubby works two states away and his features and build are very similar. He did get upset though, when I suggested he shave the sides of his beard off and just leave the middle. Don't know why.... Maybe I shouldn't have called him Luis and tried to put the sword and cape on him. He was so not amused! He's way too touchy.....

 
At 3:25 PM, Blogger melinama said...

I also wanted to say - thanks to the people who've ordered souvenir cards! I got a little behind this week shipping them out but I'll catch up this weekend! I appreciate it!

 
At 3:33 PM, Anonymous bfisher@samson-usa.com said...

Catherine, you're too funny . . . .

 
At 3:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

A few random thoughts---First,I will not be watching barrea---poisoned tea,,,big ,fuzzy spiders ...and not a TDMG in sight--adios, amigas. Second, since I understand pocito of what is said, I'm going crazy about a few things...WHat exactly does the wounded Antonio tell Luis as he is lying in the carriage? [Note: Last night , hub said, ''Is that guy STILL dying?? We thought he was A GONER when he hit the bottom of the staircase] Also, exactly what do luis and Hip say in the cell? And, my fav scene was L. storming into the bedroom, growling menacingly, and HURLING himself on top of the already groaning Diego [stoic he is not!]---as Tia and doc try ineffectively to keep our hero from strangling D. , L.yells ''Listen'' twice [that's all I got and I had to ask my students what it meant because I spelled it wrong so I couldn't find it in the dictionary...I heard it several times last night from Luis and Cristobal]---What does Luis say as he's grabbing Deigo, especially the very last word which sounded to me like [phonetically--''cuvalso''--I had no luck again with my dictionary. I did get a giggle out of Tia rattling on to Luis as L.is breathing heavily and otherwise engaged in finding youknowwho---as luis sweeps away, our little hummingbird Tia makes a blowy face , a ''pfft'' sound, and says something like ''JADAY'']Susanlynn, lost without the translation

 
At 4:02 PM, Anonymous phyllis said...

I just went to the new blog caraycaray and the first thing I see is in Spanish...please help those of us who do not read Spanish and depend on you to translate for us. Thank you so much for such a wonderful job.

 
At 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just stopped in at the new site. Even though I don't plan to watch ''barrera'' for reasons I previously stated, I read a bit of your summary and nearly fell off my chair ROFLOL!!!--unibrow is one GRANDA letdown after the beautiful, charismatic Luis--lOVED the photo of the Alborado cast--Fernando is tall and looks good in regular duds, but I prefer him in his luis wardrobe---speaking of wardrobe, that ever present accessory, the sword must have been a major pain back in the day---did anyone notice that in the lab/margarita bar, while commiserating with Tia and Felipe on how to rescue Hip , the pacing Luis turned a little too close to the table filled with bottles and hit a couple with his sword. Susanlynn, way too excited about tonight's episode [ less than 4 hours left]

 
At 5:22 PM, Anonymous shannon said...

I dont see how they can hold hipo for adultery if her marriage has not been consumated. If I'm not mistaken a marriage can be annuled by the catholic church for that reason. I don't know why any one has mentioned that to the Friar. Also I would like to thank you guys for all your hard work, all of you seem like a fun bunch.

 
At 5:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I also have wondered about the "unconsumated marriage as cause for annulment" as one of the arguments against it being adultery. In fact, I thought in some circles it wasn't considered a marriage if it hadn't been consumated. Maybe these are parts of the explanation given to the viceroy (sp?)

In a way I'm sorry to see Alborada end - I like a historically set story, fiction or no... but I've got to say at this point my favorite characters aren't the leads, but rather... Catalina/Christobol...Felipe and Higinio.... Higenio (sp???) has certainly kept his eyes open and was a very effective "behind the scenes" character.

 
At 5:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it's a catch-22--If it wasn't adultery, it would have been fornification ...also a big nono in those days.

 
At 5:59 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

Even if her marriage had been anulled, It would still be adultery because Luis was married during the boinking. And she could still be dragged out there for being a sinner for and having a bastardo, Right? And it is sooo typical that the man is in noo trouble at all. She didn't get pregnant by herself. Somebody else was there. Unfortunately I came on board too late to see it. It's probably good though because I would be way too jealous...This plot line is very similar to a trashy romance paperback I read a while back, except it was set in England.

 
At 6:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't say how much I too have enjoyed your recaps Melinama and friends! Since beginning the novela, my Spanish has improved and returned to my better understanding since having relocated to NJ from Florida - Miami to be exact. Anyway, my favorites are all of your "sidebar" comments on the stuffed Rafaelito doll, (soon to be available at your local "Toys R Us" stores). The good news is that the doll doesn't need batteries as it....does nothing!
The reason I loved the period novela's is because the other contemporary ones look so "cheezy", much more so than even our soaps. The only good thing about the Spanish ones is that they do end whereas ours go on forever....the same actress is still crossing over to get a cup of coffee after three weeks, if you know what I mean.
I have to say that I'm in agreement with those of you who think Fernando would be better than Antonio. "A" doesn't move me...in any direction, but Fernando is my idea of my fantasy.
I don't have margaritas but some wine will do!
I will keep up with your new novela as I love laughing out loud too to the stuff you all focus on just as I do. I'm not sure I'll watch though unless your comments are too funny and it makes me turn it on. But, definately, not addictive from what I watched.
I also agree that "Hippy" has got to be the worst cryer of the bunch, and I like her so I feel bad to have to snag her on a bad review, but come on, I want to smack her to get her to really cry!
I hope we all meet again. And again, Melinama, thank you, you did more than I ever expected by translating even lines versus just the main ideas of the scenes. I am indebted to you...keep up the great job.
Camille

 
At 6:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to miss Alborada as well...In Latin America, even the most manly men, are extremely affectionate with one another, as long as they have know each other some time. It is very common to see men shake hands and pull each other kindly into a hug with a hard pat on the back, not on the butt. Young people, whether the first time they meet or have know for a while, when they meet, they sort of hug or kiss on the cheek. This is a common practice, but don't get carried away, there is no kissing involved with a male/male encounter. We are just extremely friendly and affectionate. That is how the Lord made us. There is close fraternal affection between Cristobal and Luis, specially if you remember that all that Luis has is he and Felipe. Felipe has been a fatherly figure, and boy, does it show! He is so overly protective of Luis, there is some real affection, I love the camaraderie between Luis, Felipe, Cristobal and Marcos...I love how all four go into the dungeon, and everyone knew what to do...Felipe and Marcos stay behind, taking care of business, while all Luis had to say was "hermano", and Cristobal was by his side... how Marcos knew he had to hand the money bag to Felipe to buy the tickets needed to see Hipolita... We briefly saw that all of them are planning what to do to get Hipolita out of trouble. Even hunky beautiful Marcos is trying to recrute his "mara" to try to free Hipolita, no matter what it takes. I love to see Felipe act like a rooster when it comes to defending the ones he loves. How I would love to play his wife to feel his kind love and caring affection...and Luis, what can I say...I would love to be the wallpaper in his bedroom to see him all the time, in every possible way... endless possibilities. Please, when you try to analyze their acting abilities, consider their tight schedule, sometimes tiredness gets in the way of playing some emotions. Lucero has been around for a while, I believe she is a great tespian, maybe not the best at crying, nonetheless, transmits her emotions. Alborada had a wonderful cast. Great story, customs, director, makeup, hair , historians, and sets. I am so grateful for all. I enjoyed it so much! I am thankful for it. Oh, and before I go: maybe their teeth look whiter because their skin is a little darker? I love all, good luck and love, live and laugh! Maya

 
At 6:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maya---Iloved your post. I have had several students form Mexico, and both male and female were so loving and affectionate to me. A woman from Monterey whom I tutored privately always greeted me with a kiss on my cheek . One man called me '' angel.'' Sometimes my Latino students are a bit surprised by the personal space [about 2 feet] that people from the U.S. feel comfortable with. Maybe someday I will be able to visit Mexico. I loved everything about ''Alborado.'' Susanlynn, anxiously waiting for 9 pm

 
At 6:48 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

Melinama- did you have any idea your blogsite would get hijacked by all thesed crazed Alborada fans?!!
By the way, if anybody is in Fernando withdrawal next week, Netflix has Amor Real and La Usurpadora, available for rental. I may need some kind of support group. Hi, my name is catherine, and I am an alboradaholic. I have admitted I am powerless over Alborada, I have made amends and asked forgiveness of all those people I ignored while it was on.....

 
At 7:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

catherine---lol!!!---i think i'll need a support group, too. Maybe I'll ask hub for the dvds of ''ALB'' for my birthday next week. Susanlynn, looking at the clock...7.57pm.....ticktockticktock...it's quarter to Luistime

 
At 7:10 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

Quarter to Luistime! *Giggles madly*

Speaking of the stuffed boy! Did Ada have him wrapped in burlap on the way to the inquisition? Even she's realized what a sack of potatoes he is! XD

 
At 7:29 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

Back off ladies!! Fernando is mine!!! HAHAHAHA!! Oh man I have 30 minutes! Please let the weather hold out until it's over! Then we can have hail, floods, brimstone, mudslides, anything!I don't care.! I used to make fun of my sister's obsession with the x-files, but now I understand completely. She thought my hissy fit when the power went out last night was karma for all the x-files jokes through the years.

 
At 7:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

My hubby and I went to one of our local Mexican restaurants Wed. night and I prayed that Alborada would be on the TV. Not only was it, but the co-owner of the restaurant is an avid Alborada fan! She's Mexican, so while WE were watching, I occasionally would say, "What'd he say? What'd he say?!" She loved that I was a fan even though I speak no Spanish! Her hubby consoled himself that my hubby had it worse than him in that case! I'm so sorry this is coming to an end! Will there be another 'historical' telenovela in the near future?!
I'm one of the non-Spanish speaking Alborada fans who gratefully acknowledges the importance of your recaps/translations of this show! I signed my previous post, Anonymously, but I am Songbird. 8 minutes and counting!!

 
At 8:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

9:03 pm and all went quiet in Alboradaville.......(sound of criket)chirp-chirp-chirp.

 
At 8:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All went quiet for you ladies, but I'm here in CA, and there is no Alborada for at least 1 hour and 30 minutes more....hey anybody?... Is somebody still there?... Maricruz 90 minutes and counting

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Didn't Antonio do a good job with his five or six deathbed speeches?

 
At 8:38 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Good scene with the mask, too!

 
At 8:47 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

I still wouldn't kick Luis outta bed for eating crackers though. Are you sure Anonio is really dead this time??? He's like a bad case of hiccups. Hey Luis is back at the matrgarita bar! Hipo probably needs one 'cause her back is probably ouchie.

 
At 8:51 PM, Anonymous catherine said...

my first comment went missing so my last post makes no sense!
I said that Luis lost man points for showing up late to the flogging of his honey by the beer bellied kitten with a whip. What was he doing that made him late? did he think they were going to just yell at her a little??

 
At 9:03 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Don't those awful ads for La Fea make you grind your teeth?

 
At 9:09 PM, Anonymous cat said...

absolutely! Hey raphael was moving! they cut off the meds. two questions, was that scene in the same square that they were whipping everyone?? more important, Did Luis just have on leather pants? I almost lost my mind! AHHHH I just heard thunder! Por dios, no!

 
At 9:11 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

La Fea makes me wonder why God hasn't provided me with a Tyrannosaurus-mounted laser cannon yet.

Aii, is it a longer episode tonight?! I hope I have enough tape left! ;_;

OhohOH! Is Fransico about to get his, finally? Yes! Yes! YES!

 
At 9:13 PM, Blogger melinama said...

I can't believe Perla got away with everything and ALSO GOT MARCOS!!! He deserved better! Oh, well, she's probably good in bed.

 
At 9:22 PM, Anonymous cat said...

she has on the job experience!! hehe.Ooh i don't like it when Luis kisses her. Makes me jealous! I'm consoling myself with the idea that now they're married, the spice will go out right! Hands off my man Hippo, now!
Shadowpup-I can't stop laughing over your comment.
Melinama- you are my new best friend!

 
At 9:23 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Oh no, is FRANCISCO going to get rehabilitated now? He so doesn't deserve it. I want him to eat s-t, I want Asuncion to wear leather and step on his neck.

 
At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

No, no, NO! No rehabilitating of Francisco! Where is my herd of goats? Run him over with that hobbyhorse, footmen!

 
At 9:28 PM, Anonymous cat said...

Isa just rolled her eyes at Fransisco. They drugged Raphael again! he'll be on a vh1 child star special in a few years...

 
At 9:32 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

Did that ominous music scare anybody else as much as it did me? I was half-expecting reports of Zombie-Diego or Antonio or soemthing! XD

 
At 9:34 PM, Anonymous cat said...

oh it's over! I'm on the ledge! Somebody talk me down!! oh wait !fernandos back with jeans on! So no goats to run over Fernando though.

 
At 9:36 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

...got Fernando on the brain, cat? ;D

It's such a terrible shock to my little mind to see them as normal people. *Sniff* Give me back my fantasyland!

(Oh, look, girls. There's some shirtless Luis for you. ;D )

 
At 9:41 PM, Anonymous catacita said...

Good lord! They oughta warn a girl before they show that !!OMG I will never go to sleep now. He will be mine, oh yess, he will be mine..
he smiles kind of goofy though with out the beard. I like him in costume, ohh they showed it again.
I am so glad that you guys are putting up with me.. So whose name will baby perla/antonio have?

 
At 9:43 PM, Blogger melinama said...

You know what? I don't think Fernando looks very comfortable in his body. He's standing very strangely. And he keeps kind of hitching -

 
At 9:48 PM, Anonymous cat said...

he's not so yummy when he smiles. What's with the sweatshop? He's not comfortable at all! I hope somebody will translate later cause my spanish is not fast enough to understand.

 
At 9:50 PM, Blogger melinama said...

Jean is going to recap Cristina and it will be on the new blog.

I'm not very impressed with Lucero's singing, she's kind of a lightweight, isn't she.

WHAT is the matter with Fernando? Maybe his back hurts or something. Maybe he threw it out picking up his pregnant wife. hehehe

 
At 9:52 PM, Blogger melinama said...

I know who she reminds me of when she sings - Marie Osmond. Oh dear.

 
At 9:53 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

melinama, I think you just broke my brain!

 
At 9:55 PM, Anonymous cat said...

She's not very good. Did she have gum in while singing or just big teeth. These people look much better in costume, except for Juana. She acually has lips now!
He's probably uncomfy cause he knows all the women there think he's a piece of meat (me included). It has got to be hard for him to find someone who is really interested in him, not looks or fame. My older sis is a well-known celeb and has the same trouble.

 
At 9:59 PM, Anonymous Shadowpup said...

...Diego's hair! His beautiful hair! It's gone! *Gasp* Well, in addition to my brain, my heart has just broken. So much for crackers in bed with him. *Huff* (Daniela's is very nice, though. I wish mine was that flipaboutable!)

 
At 10:02 PM, Anonymous cat said...

Hey Shadowpup! (cat singing) Lucero's a little bit country, Daniella's a little bit rock and roll!..... I couldn't resist

 
At 10:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like happy endings...sigh...now that I've seen the end, I must find the beginning and the middle. I agree that the real actors on the Cristina show sort of took the magic out of the whole deal. Fernando was cute, but I missed Luis...the goatee and mustache...the longer locks...those white shirts with the standup collars and puffy sleeves---..I even missed the sword.....sigh,,,back to alboradoville for me. Susanlynn, not-ready-for-reality

 
At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

All this talk about shirtless Luis on horseback...While me, myself, found myself oggling over Diego sprawled in his longjohns...^.^;
Did that ominous music scare anybody else as much as it did me? I was half-expecting reports of Zombie-Diego or Antonio or soemthing! XD
Hehehe! And I thought I was the only one who had that in mind...
(Now if Deigo looked as amazing zombie-fied as he did all bloody and distraught from the Antonio duel, then I would not have minded the least bit.) :)

 
At 10:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I discovered Alborada about half-way through, and then found this site and cannot thank you enough for it. My Spanish is weak, but I was surprised how much I did understand. This site provided much needed details and great humor to help my Alborada experience. If dvd's were released with English subtitles, someone would make millions. Thank you so much once again for providing the recaps....very enjoyable!

 
At 12:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am really in trouble here!
My mom entrusted me to record Alborada- the last seven episodes. She took a trip overseas and did not want to miss it. As promised i taped the shows for her on my time warner cable -dvr (like tevo)... but the harddrive crashed and i lost everything. Can anyone help me? is there a way of getting copies of the last two weeks? I really dont want to disappoint her.

R

 
At 9:21 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have posted some photos of the shirt removal scene. Will post more as time permits. They are not as clear as I'd like but you can see the 6-pack no problem. You'll have to create a free account to view them on this Kodak sponsored site.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/ShareLandingSignin.jsp?Uc=innamtu.nsq4loy&Uy=-40cwh7&Upost_signin=Slideshow.jsp%3Fmode%3Dfromshare&Ux=1&UV=249341022765_26737931410

 
At 6:47 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to wade in on the chest hair issue. I have discovered a number of photos showing a crop of dark hair on Fernando's chest. This leads to the conclusion that a thorough waxing of his chest was needed in order to properly show off his muscles.
See for yourself:
http://free.hostdepartment.com/f/fernandocolunga/bio_en.html

 

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