La Candidata Watch Party 6/26/17-6/30/17

This week on La Candidata, we have a new time and a Wednesday interruption for fútbol. There are no more late-night repeats scheduled for this show.

Here’s the Q&A from last week (Episodes 13-16), Plus Episodes 17-20:

Q: What’s the deal with Gerardo’s ex-wife? (1)
A: She has a gambling problem. (1) She decides to start rehab. (3) She ditches rehab and leaves in the middle of the night. (9) She steals money and a watch from Gerardo’s to gamble with. (11) Gerardo opts to move her into his apartment so he, Ximena, and Teresa can “deal with this as a family.” (12) She attempts suicide by gas inhalation, which also injures Ximena. (13) She lies to Gerardo and says it was an accident. (14)

Q: What’s the deal with the person who keeps calling Magda? (3)
A: He was bugging her to ask Alonso for a favor, but Alonso’s too busy for her to ask him. (3) He stops taking her calls and she talks to Mauro instead of Alonso. His name is “Israel” and according to Mauro, he’s a friend of Magda’s. He needs a job. (4) He’d been living with Magda. He stole her stuff and trashed her place. Mauro had checked him out, he told Magda Israel had been living a double life and needed money for his sick niece. Magda knew, but she wanted affection. She promises not to see him again if Mauro will get him out of jail and help him. (5) Israel tries to apologize to Magda and says he did it for his son, but she doesn’t stick around to hear the story. (7) He later returns the things he stole. (8) She’s trying to avoid him, but he won’t leave her alone. (10) Magda asks Mauro to look into Israel for her. He gives her the address of his job and his pensión and says he’s lived there since his son died. He tells her that Israel is separated from his wife. (15)

Q: What “business” did De La Garza (Secretary of Health) leave Mario out of? (4)
A: Unknown, but Mario’s not happy about it. He has someone contact Cecilia with an anonymous tip that Regina’s staff is investigating because a friend of De La Garza’s is accumulating money in an account Panama. He also apparently has someone make an anonymous tip to Regina’s staff about it so they actually do start investigating and anonymously sends over proof. (4) The “business” IS the money De La Garza’s funneling out of the Department of Health and Alonso’s getting a cut of it, but it hasn’t made its way into his account yet. (5) After Pacheco gets fired, he gives Ignacio the story and Ignacio gets Gerardo’s permission to give it to the press. Mario ends up being the one named in the story, rather than Alonso. (16) Mario tells Regina it’s all Omar’s business, but she doesn’t believe him. She knows he used her to get revenge, even though he won’t admit it. Mauro attempts to get De La Garza to resign, take all the blame, and spend a year in prison–after which they’ll help him get out and move with his family to Miami–by threatening his family. Part of the scam was that De La Garza’s department sold flu vaccines to a pharmaceutical company that turned around and re-sold them at a mark-up. De La Garza refuses to take the blame because he found out that Omar owns that pharmaceutical company. (17) He changes his mind and takes full and sole responsibility later. (18)

Q: What are Alonso’s plans for Pacheco? (4)
A: To push him out slowly and replace him with Cecilia. He knows too much. (4) He gets fired after Hernán’s story about the fight for the presidential nomination is published. (13)

Q: How did Regina and Alonso meet? (10)
A: He was one of her professors in college. (10) He was also her mentor. (13) He was also Gerardo’s professor. (18)

Q: What is the problem Susana has with Mario? (11)
A: Mario rapes Susana and she mentions to Cecilia that he’s “not like the other clients” and she wants out. (11) She tries asking Regina to get her out of the country. She gives a description of the service Mario runs as paying for college in exchange for sleeping with government officials and getting information from them. She says Mario hurt her, forced her to do drugs, and forced her to have sex with multiple men at once. She doesn’t reveal Mario’s name or give Regina any specifics before Mario sees her in Regina’s office. (12) Mario has her killed in Cecilia’s apartment. (13)

Q: What does Alonso have his staff do to “deal with” Hugo and his parents? (12)
A: He has Ochoa check on Hugo’s progress in the hospital and look into his parents. He and Ochoa are assuming that if Hugo’s mother has a boutique that sells name-brand clothing at “economical” prices, she must be selling pirated merchandise. They have no cash and are in debt with their bank. Alonso has Ochoa send a financial inspector to check out the store and shut it down. (12) Alonso has his men threaten Hugo’s mother–if she presses charges against Emiliano, they’ll have her store shut down. Hugo’s mother hides this from his father and claims that the reason she doesn’t want to make an accusation against Emiliano is because Hugo is gay (true), he attempted suicide because he’s in love with Emiliano (at least partly true), and she doesn’t want to out him. (13)

Q: How do Omar and Alonso plan to deal with Regina’s challenge to Alonso’s candidacy? (12)
A: He wants Alonso to have her sign something saying she isn’t seeking candidacy. He also wants her removed from office, which Alonso does not agree with on-screen. Later, Mauro tells Cecilia to have Hernán publish negative stories about Regina, explaining that they need her out of the way. The implication is that these orders are coming from Omar. (12) Alonso reviews Hernán’s story before it goes out and approves of it, but Hernán instead publishes a balanced piece that makes both Regina and Alonso look bad. (13) Alonso makes a point of asking Emiliano for his support and tricking him into telling the press Alonso is running. (15)

Q: When did Emiliano and Ximena become an item? (15)
A: Don’t ask me. Even Emiliano didn’t realize it until she showed up upset that he slept with her friend. (15) They did not discuss making it official when he visited Gerardo’s–they were too busy kissing. (16) Based on his behavior, Emiliano either doesn’t think they’re together or doesn’t think they’re exclusive. (20)

Q: Who is Regina and Alonso’s party backing for president? (15)
A: According to Larreta, the party leader, he doesn’t have a preference, as long as the party wins. (15) Alonso attempts to demand that Larreta make him the party’s candidate and offers his mistress, Lorena, the post of Secretary of Health to put pressure on him. (19) After his meeting with Alonso, Larreta would rather have Regina as the party’s candidate because she’s free of scandal. He offers to make her the party’s candidate if she wants it, but Regina wants to think about it. (20)

Q: What do Regina and Daniela find out in their search for Susana? (16)
A: One of the residents at the new women’s shelter used to clean Susana’s apartment. She tells Daniela that Susana was involved with drugs and powerful men. There were other women in the building who did the same thing. She doesn’t think anyone had forced them into prostitution. There was a police officer nicknamed “El Cuervo” who used to come by for protection money. He asked too many questions about her and she lost her job. (16) The woman, Sra Galindo, later identifies him from pictures of all the officers in the area that a contact of Daniela’s provides. His real name is Miguel Estrada.(18) He’s a Victim’s Services agent. Regina calls Mario for help, so he tells Almiron to kill Cuervo so she doesn’t find out about their connection. (19) After Cuervo kills Pacheco, Almiron kills Cuervo while he’s running from the police. (20)

Q: What does Isela do about Pacheco investigating Cecilia? (17)
A: Knocks him out with tainted booze and films him in bed with a couple of her employees. (17) She and Cecilia show it to him to get him to back off his investigation. (18) Isela also encourages El Cuervo to get rid of Pacheco. El Cuervo toys with Pacheco, telling him that Mario is Cecilia’s father and offering to give him more information, but he shoots him anyway. (20)

Q: What are the party’s plans for Teresa during Gerado’s campaign? (17)
A: They’ll be married as far as the public is concerned. She’ll stay in her house with a nurse, a psychiatrist specializing in addictions will treat her at home, and the party will pay for it. In exchange, she’ll stay out of trouble. Unofficially, Ignacio will keep her “entertained.” (17) Gerardo begins to suspect the unofficial part of the plan, but Ignacio denies it. (20)

Q: What is the significance of the necklace Alonso gives Regina on their anniversary? (18)
A: It’s a pendant of Themis, the Greek goddess of justice. Alonso says when Regina gave him a lecture about her significance when she was his student, that’s when he fell in love with her. (18)

Q: Who is Daniela’s contact in the police department? (18)
A: Andres, a friend of her ex’s who seems to have a thing for her, but Daniela doesn’t want to get involved with another cop. (18)

Q: Why is Magda the person Omar calls to help him after his attack on Natalia? (18)
A: She’s his ex-lover. (17)

Q: What does Alonso offer Gerardo’s party in exchange for them supporting the law Regina proposed? (19)
A: An increase in the Public Works budget for the states where their party is in power. (19)

Q: What happens to the escort service Cecilia used to manage? (20)
A: Mario asks Isela to manage it to distance himself from any further potential scandal. Her only condition is that he stay away from the employees. (20)


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Kat is 5ftLatina. She is really 5' tall (and probably shrinking) and Latina. She is not actually a cactus, but she is both prickly and cute. Mr. 5ft is actually married to Kat, but is not 5' tall or Latina. He is also not a form of plant life.

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Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago

Hmmm. . . Seeing how Mario physically reacted to Regina’s insistent questioning( like who is Cecilia?), I was surprised he didn’t have another heart attack.

I felt afraid for Sra. Galindo being asked questions about El Cuervo’s identity by Regina since Sra. Galindo has a better idea of the risk than Regina does.

Interesting that Mauro and Alonso themselves personally threatened De La Garza with death for him and his family if he does not take the fall

Hernán is just plain annoying.

Linda F.
Linda F.
3 years ago
Reply to  Jarifa

We could play the drinking game with Hernán’s scarves!

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Magda has been a real surprise and a lot friskier than I ever would have imagined.

Linda F.
Linda F.
3 years ago
Reply to  Jarifa

I’ve always loved that actress, ever since she starred in the educational novela, “Destinos.” I wish her married lover hadn’t been Omar, though–gross!

Linda F.
Linda F.
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Omar is either a total idiot, or he must be setting Noemi up for a big fall. Although some guys aren’t good at recognizing attractiveness in other men.

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Funny about the “pouffy” plant. Every time I hear that word I think of South Park: cheesy poofs. ITA about the dropped towel. Nothing sexy or romantic going on there. These kids seem to be either late high school or college age. I hope sooner or later we get a clarification about what exactly they DO besides aimlessly occupying their bedrooms and partying. So, besides getting beaten up, Natalia has to put up with the indignity of her husband’s lover taking care of her. The height of hypocrisy: Dr. Contreras will have to report abuse “next time”. Will Natalia be… Read more »

Linda F.
Linda F.
3 years ago
Reply to  Jarifa

Gerardo is such a jerk for not backing Regina’s bill, especially after he pledged his support earlier! And then he expects her to sneak out of her house and get into his car? He can be just as selfish as Alonso. She deserves better than either of these losers.

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago
Reply to  Linda F.

Linda F., I could not believe that Gerardo would just appear outside of Regina’s house and be stupid enough to call her, what? Why? To come out and play. It really was childish.

Linda F.
Linda F.
3 years ago
Reply to  Jarifa

This was one time when I actually wanted to see Alonso go after someone! 🙂 He had every right to object to some guy loitering in a car outside his house–who also happened to be texting and phoning his wife at the same time. Really, how is Gerardo’s behavior any different than Emiliano’s, when he was harassing Hugo? Neither one seems to know how to recognize or respect boundaries.

Linda F.
Linda F.
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Emiliano seems to have inherited a lot more from his dad than his mom. As my Peruvian friend would say: “¡Él va por mal camino!”

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago

I worry for Sra. Galindo.

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago

Could Pacheco and El Cuervo actually be killed off in one episode?

The attitude of both Alonso and Dr. Contreras towards Omar’s penchant for wifebeating was disgusting.

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Omar will throw anyone under the bus no matter who they are but Magda did herself no favor by calling him so he could come on down to try to stop Dr. Contreras from telling Alonso. Really? She still feels some kind of loyalty to that jackass? She and women like her are a big part of the problem. I liked the last scene, because we saw Almirón shoot El Cuervo in each leg (LOL Does he spend all his time target shooting?) and only heard a third shot. So, where did he hit El Cuervo? Is he dead? I… Read more »

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Ah, what a delightful scene that could have been . . .

Jarifa
Jarifa
3 years ago
Reply to  5ftLatina

Being older than you and having gone through the woman’s lib movement, it never stops aggravating me when women work against each other and against their own best interests. Some like Natalia are trapped by violence or others by economics but then there are the Magdas of the world. Guess I don’t have much faith in human nature.