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Las Aparicio Episodes 1 & 2 Recap

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Julia is in this unfortunate relationship with a guy named um … I forget. Armando. Whatever. He sleeps around and she knows it. He tries to explain to her why he can’t be faithful by saying he’s a soccer player and women flock to him which just makes her go WTF at him. He then tries proposing to her, which doesn’t go over any better. She refuses. He asks her if there’s someone else and she pauses eeeeever so briefly before saying no. She’s obviously unhappy with him, but she doesn’t break up with him.

Mariana then interrupts this totally effed up conversation. Mariana is Julia’s best friend. Beautiful. Chef. Lesbian. A general bundle of awesomeness. Julia’s interruption effectively kills the conversation and Armando goes away. Julia thanks Mariana for her awesome timing. She grabs Mariana’s face and says, “I love you.”

It’s really hard to recap these two because so much of it is in the looks and not in what is actually said. Like the look on Mariana’s face when Julia says, “I love you,” is sort of shock mixed with hope mixed with resignation. And all of that happens in the blink of an eye.

Later, on the two of them are in Julia’s bed, drinking wine and talking about love and relationships. Julia is lamenting how difficult love is and how much relationships suck and Mariana just goes along with it. Julia takes off her bra at one point and talks about how women used to burn those as a way to reclaim their independence, and Mariana tells her they should burn it while yelling, “We demand better relationships!” And then they both laugh and lay down on their stomachs and talk about how growing up they’d had plans to live together and how they would both become Orthodontists and have four dogs and ten cats.

Mariana says that she doesn’t like cats and Julia complains that she loves cats and her mother wouldn’t let her have any so they must have ten cats. And Mariana says, “You can have one.” But at Julia’s pout she bumps it up to two. And they giggle.

Then Julia looks at Mariana all pensively and asks, “Why couldn’t you have been a man?” And Mariana replies, “Don’t be stupid. If I were a man, you wouldn’t love me.” And then Julia says, “You think?” And then kisses her.

It all gets very heated from there as they keep on kissing and start taking off each other’s clothes. But Mariana puts a stop to it, reminding Julia that she’s not the lesbian, and leaves Julia looking all turned on and confused.

The next time we see Julia, she’s in her kitchen cooking and her mother drops in and their housekeeper is there, too. And the housekeeper, Aurelia (who, by the way, is also our narrator) asks how come Mariana left in the middle of the night. Julia says that Mariana had a prior engagement, which seems strange to both Rafaela and Aurelia because it was the middle of the night. But Julia follows it up by saying that Mariana was meeting Dani (her ex) and that they were probably getting back together. Aurelia then goes on to say that she doesn’t really know how lesbians “do it” – although she tip-toes around the particulars of what she means, so it takes Julia a couple of seconds to get what Aurelia – and her mother, who joined in – are talking about. Julia gets all defensive and says, “If you’re so curious, why don’t you ask Mariana? What would I know about it? After all, she’s the gay one.” And walks off. Aurelia and Rafaela just look at each other.

Later on, we see Julia arrive at Armando’s house/apartment/brothel/whatever. He’s in bed, naked, and I throw up a little in my mouth at the memory andtheygoontohavesex. Sorry, it was difficult to get that out.

Moving on, we later see Mariana cleaning up in her apartment when Julia arrives. Julia looks all down and depressed and awkward and Mariana’s attitude is a mixture of passive-aggressiveness and casual nonchalance. Julia first apologizes for not showing up that day to help her cook, but Mariana says it wasn’t a problem, while moving all around the apartment cleaning stuff up. Julia follows her and asks whether Mariana doesn’t want to talk about what happened. Mariana replies, “Nothing happened. We drank too much. And I clarified that the one that likes women is me not you. And that’s it.”

Julia explains that she feels awful and that whens he feels awful she always goes to Mariana to talk about it but that she doesn’t know who to talk to when what she feels awful about involves Mariana. Mariana tells her to go talk to Armando about it, since, after all, she has to listen to all her stories about him.

Julia: I did go see him today, actually.

Mariana: And what? You slept with him and after you came you felt empty inside, no?

Julia: How did you know?

Mariana: Your face.

And then Mariana touches her face and notices there’s a hickey on Julia’s neck so she goes to touch it but Julia sort of bats her away and then they stand really close to each other and Julia looks like she’s going to BURST WITH FEELINGS.

Julia: I’d rather be with you than with anyone else in the world, what do you think that means?

And we see that look in Mariana’s eyes that sort of hope mixed with fear mixed with uncertainty, but it’s over in a flash because they’re swiftly interrupted by another female voice. And here we meet Dani, Mariana’s ex, who is her ex no longer. Ah, lesbians. And Mariana welcomes dear Dani with a kiss and Julia just looks like she wants to crawl into a hole and die, but she’s forced to swallow it all up and pretend she’s happy that Mariana and Dani are back together. But it’s quite obvious that she’s not happy at all.

Later, we’re back in Armando’s abode and we see Julia sitting at the edge of the bed and Armando is behind her, kissing her neck, and she’s staring off into space, imagining Mariana and Dani together and when Mariana and Dani kiss, she turns and kisses Armando.

fin.

To say that I love this show is an understatement. It’s awesome. Also, I recapped this mainly from memory so I apologize for anything that may be a little off.