Hernan drops by and they have a nice chat about relationships. Mariana tells him that even though she’s got a girlfriend, she feels like there’s something missing. Hernan says that love is a series of tests, but that from where he’s sitting, Mariana looks whole to him. She says she has many reasons to know that isn’t true.
Hernan: You’re just in love.
Later on, they have coffee and Hernan says that he just wants Mariana to be happy. He promised not to say anything or comment or give his opinion on anything, but he can tell she’s not happy.
Hernan: It worries me.
Mariana: Love doesn’t have to be instantaneous.
Hernan: It doesn’t have to be instantaneous but there’s no reason for it to be impossible.
Mariana tells him that she’s got to do this, not only because she loves Julia, but because she’s always believed that love is free and that it transcends gender. So basically, she’s just trying not to be a hypocrite. But also, she believes that her relationship with Julia was a perfect kind of love and she thinks they can get that back eventually if she just gets through this rough spot. The rough spot lasts approximately 29 more episodes (but who’s counting?)
Changing the subject, though, Mariana signed the paperwork to take on Hernan’s last name.
The next day, the trio is at Mariana’s and Julia is upset because neither Mariana nor Armando wants to go with her to dinner at Casa Aparicio. She calls them cowards. They tell her she’s got the day off and that she should get some rest because dating two people must be very exhausting.
But the truth is that neither Mariana nor Armando want to face Rafaela because they know she’s not going to be very happy with this arrangement. Julia insists that both of them should go with her because they need to face things. Her family will find out eventually and she should at least be able to count on their support.
That sound you heard was the sound of Julia’s whip. So, naturally, they agree to go.