For the sake of my sanity, I’m not going to recap every minute detail of everything that’s happened in the past seven episodes because I’ll be here forever. So, I’ll just give a brief overview of everything that’s been going on.
Rafaela has residual guilt over Alma’s husband’s death. She had something to do with him getting shot. I’m not sure whether she shot him herself or if she hired someone to do it. But she keeps seeing his ghost everywhere. Well, not his ghost exactly, but an extension of her conscience which takes the form of Maximo and talks to her randomly. She continues to hate pretty much every male in the vicinity of her daughters. She does, however, like Mariana a whole lot.
Alma’s storyline is all over the place because she’s dating this guy named Leonardo who has a private investigator looking into her life. It seems he knew her dead husband (Maximo) and that at first he suspected she had something to do with his death. He no longer believes that, partly because he’s falling in love with her, and partly because he really doesn’t believe it. He doesn’t trust Rafaela, though, and now has her P.I. friend looking into her instead.
Alma’s daughter, Ileana, is a conservative homophobe that mounts a huge tantrum whenever Mariana is anywhere near her. She’s also against her mother sleeping with men she’s not married to. She had huge issues with Mercedes’ transexual client. And she pretty much is just angry and bitter all the time because she was born into the most open-minded family in the whole of the universe and her idea of “family values” is in direct opposition to theirs. It’s all kind of hilariously ironic. She also got a job working at the coffeeshop in her mother’s gallery where she met Mauro, one of Alma’s male escorts. Of course, Mauro doesn’t know that Ileana is Alma’s daughter. And Ileana has no idea that Mauro has sex for a living. Or that he works for her mother.
In the last couple of episodes, Alma’s storyline has extended to that of helping a woman named Alicia who believes that she is ugly and has no sex appeal. Alma to the rescue.
Alma also sees Maximo’s ghost/conscience-projection thingie everywhere she goes.
Mercedes is doing a lot better than she was at the beginning. Her daughter quit being a huge brat and is quite the sweet little girl now. Mercedes’ job situation has improved, though it got really chaotic while she was defending Carla, the MTF transexual who was looking for justice in the form of visitation rights to her son. Mercedes, ever the advocate for equality rights, won the case for Carla, and in the process made many pro-LGBT speeches, which the rest of las Aparicio cheered on, with the exception of Ileana, who believes her whole family is going to hell in a handbasket.
Also, Mercedes’ colleague, Claudio, who was her husbands BFF but that turned around and became her biggest nemesis when she took over her ex-husband’s job, has now done a complete turn-around when she reminded him that back in college he’d been someone she’d admired. I’m not sure if he’s back to being someone to be admired, but he’s very into admiring Mercedes. Particularly her long, shapely legs.
Julia/Mariana (and Dany and Armando)
Oh, God. Where to begin with these people.
Well, let’s see. Dany and Mariana were doing well, except for the fact that Dany kept randomly spazzing about Julia and Mariana and expressing mucho jealousy over the fact that they’re totally made for each other. Pretty much everyone can see that with the exception – of course – of Julia and Mariana, who reside permanently on Cloud Denial.
Julia spent a couple of episodes going back and forth about moving in with Armando and whether or not she could trust him and eventually caved in and moved in with Armando. Things were kind of okay for a minute or two. Julia had her Armando. Mariana had her Dany. And Julia and Mariana had voiceovers (from Alma) that narrated the tale of split souls forever searching for their other half. Alma was teaching one of her female empowerment courses and talking about soulmates and it cut to Mariana and Julia twirling around together in the patio.
I repeat: Made. For. Each. Other.
Alas, paradise was shortlived. One of Armando’s many sexual conquests decided to send Julia a photo of Armando in a compromising position with lady parts that were not Julia’s. Naturally, Julia took this poorly, and moved out.
Meanwhile, Mariana and Dany continued to argue about Julia because Dany was convinced that Mariana was in love with Julia and that if Julia weren’t straight that Dany wouldn’t even be in the picture. And the more Dany argued, the more Mariana began to realize that maybe what Dany was saying was true. And so, the next morning, she made a teary-eyed confession that essentially boiled down to: I’m in love with Julia.
Dany, kind soul that she is, was amazingly understanding about it all and moved out.
While Julia was being emo about Armando to her sisters, Alma suggested that perhaps he simply couldn’t help himself. So Julia began researching sex addiction, which led her back to Armando’s apartment. She found him on the floor, curled up in the fetus position and looking very miserable. So, after a chat about him getting help for his problem, Julia agreed to move back in.
Julia dropped by to visit with Mariana and she saw that Dany was in the process of moving out. But Mariana didn’t want to talk about it and when Julia suggested they get some movies and pig out on ice cream, Mariana downright snapped at her. Julia, looking like a kicked puppy, agreed to leave Mariana alone, and kissed her cheek while Mariana looked like her heart was kerploding in her chest.
And now Mariana is all sorts of emo. She’s taken to making videos of herself talking about love and how her love already has a love of her own.
Julia is now knee-deep in Armando’s sex addiction issues and they went to therapy together and now must abstain from sex for four months, during which time Armando must also tell Julia about all the women he’s slept with over the years. He eventually tells her there’s one more but that he doesn’t know if it’s the right time to tell her and she snaps and says she doesn’t want to hear anymore. So this mystery woman is now up in the air.
The latest episode ends with Julia getting into an empty bed and Mariana getting into an empty bed, while the narrator says…
The fear of loneliness makes us bear what we once thought unbearable, including swallowing the whole list of women that have shared our bed with our man…
…not realizing that somewhere else there’s a loneliness as large as our own, waiting for us in a bed that carries our name.
Continue on to the next recap: Las Aparicio Episodes 14-17!