Sunday, February 28, 2010

Tu O Nadie: The fourth version






Last year, a fourth version of Tu O Nadie (No One But You)  was made; Sortilegio, which means ‘Love Spell’.  Andres Garcia and Lucia Mendez's 2009 successors are  Alejandro ‘Alex’ Lombardo (William Levy) and Maria José Lombardo (Jacqueline Bracamontes) , the villain is called Bruno
( David Zepeda).



The story line here is the same with major differences:



-The story is set mostly in Merida, in  the free and sovereign state of Yucatan, instead of Acapulco like the previous versions.


-Alex and Bruno have the same father. Victoria’s first husband, Samuel was friends with Alex’s father, Antonio. She and Antonio fell in love and had an affair, which Samuel found out about. Samuel, out of spite, refused to divorce her and they moved to Europe. She gave birth to twins; Bruno and his sister Raquel. Samuel died when the twins were six, so Vicky was finally free to marry Antonio, now widowed. However, Alex was made the principal heir to the estate, because- although Antonio tried very hard to raise the twins well- Bruno and Raquel, (Bruno especially), caused him and Victoria nothing but trouble. No one except Antonio, Victoria and the housekeeper Felipa  knew that Bruno and Raquel were not Samuel’s children. Victoria told a very shocked Alex years later; by then Antonio was dead and he and Bruno were enemies.

-Raquel grew to fall in love with her handsome stepbrother; not knowing he was actually her half-brother. She settled for a loveless marriage with Roberto, who is actually bisexual.

-Alex’s ‘accident’ was a car accident. Bruno paid his two accomplices to ram their truck against his car, causing it to somersault off the road. The car burst into flames after Alex was flung out.






-Alex’s  best friend, Fernando,  in a sub-plot, is secretly (and genuinely) in love with Victoria, Alex’s stepmother. At first she’s astonished that such a handsome, young man (he’s Alex’s age) was interested in her but fell for him too. However, they had to keep their relationship secret for a while. (Weird, but that’s what happened, naija folks.)






-The scene where Alex and Maria José made love for the first time, was the most erotic of all the versions of Tu O Nadie; their subsequent love scenes all through the telenovela the same way.

-Maria José’s sister, Paula got a job in Alex’s company. They have another sister they knew nothing about at first- Maria Jose's twin Sandra. Their father Pedro was not a widower; his wife Elena  abandoned them years back for a rich man but took Sandra with her. In order for M.J and Paula not to think badly of Elena, Pedro made them believe she was dead, including having them visit a fake grave. Sandra grew up a spoiled party girl who later died from a drug overdose.


-Bruno killed the judge before Alex and Fernando could question him. They were shipwrecked on an Island for months and it was assumed they were dead. But they made it home just in time. Maria José was already heavy with child and she fainted when he surprised her in their bedroom. He was right there in the delivery room when she gave birth to their son, named after his late father, Antonio.










-Alex appeared to be more religious than the previous heroes (Antonio, David, Tony); he constantly wore a rosary with a crucifix round his neck. He later took it off and slipped it under Baby Tony’s pillow in the cot, for protection.










-Bruno and Maura conspired to kidnap Maria José. Her memory was erased, which caused her to forget  Alex and their baby Tony. Alex patiently helped nurse her to health after dragging her back home until her memory slowly came back; thanks to pills given to her by the family doctor.

-Maura’s sister, Lissete came up with a joke to invent a fictitious name and say he’s Maria José’s lover but repented after she was diagnosed with cancer. Maura later ended up in prison for her part in Maria José’s kidnap &  for fraud.

-Bruno was shot to death by his accomplice, Erik when he was trying to kill Alex on the beach. Victoria saw the whole thing but still wept over her son, Alex as well.

- Bruno’s funeral was shown.



Alex formally asked Maria José to marry him; hiding her diamond engagement ring in a rose.











They actually had THREE weddings;






A civil wedding held at the house


The traditional Mayan ceremony














...and the formal church wedding.































-The last scene was of the happy couple making love on the beach, decorated like the Garden of Eden, complete with wooden animals.












TRIVIA: 

Guillermo Zarur- the actor who played the Lombardo family's head butler, Ezequiel- played the head butler of the Lombardo family, Ramon,  in the original version of this telenovela-  Tu O Nadie (No One But You) in 1985. 

Chantal Andere- the actress who played Bruno's twin sister and Alex's half sister Raquel; played Aide who was  Lorena's rival for David's affections in a previous remake  of Tu O Nadie; Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma (Acapulco Body & Soul) in 1995. 


That's ALL on Tu O Nadie, folks. Thanks for staying till the very end. Yours in blogship...HONEY. Check video below to watch the trailer. 


Sortilegio - Trailer (English)
Uploaded by eolin666. - Full seasons and entire episodes online. 

Tu O Nadie: The English (second) version

 


The second version of Tu O Nadie,  released in 1995 is  Acapulco Bay; a joint venture of TELEVISA and FOX TV. Also set in Acapulco but with both American and Mexican actors and actresses and the names anglicized versions of the Spanish names of the main characters. Here, Antonio is Tony Stockdale (Anthony Newman), Raquel is Rachel Swanson Stockdale (Raquel Gardner- she’s half Brazilian), and Maximilian Albeniz is Max Hauser(Ash Adams but credited as "Jason Adams" at the time). 

 



                     DIFFERENCES:






- The false wedding between Max and Rachel was conducted by a clerk, not in Guadalajara but San Francisco.









-Rachel’s father, Peter, walked with a cane.











-when Tony and Rachel got back from their first date, they  nearly made love for the first time and Rachel wasn’t drunk at all.





- The night Tony confronted Rachel to tell him the truth; he had to stop her from committing suicide first- she tried to drown herself in the ocean.

- The night Tony returned from Maura's house, Rachel was waiting for him in front of the house.


- Tony and Rachel didn’t go out on the yacht, they had a picnic on the beach and went skinny dipping (and then some!)






- The night Rachel was unable to sleep-out of worry for her sister; she turned to kiss Tony when he got into bed beside her.

- When Tony and Rachel had their terrible fight; Rachel not only left the money, plane tickets and a letter but also her diamond wedding ring. Tony didn’t cry at all, but his face hardened after reading the letter.



-Tony’s personal assistant  Charles is old enough to be his father.






-Tony and Rachel’s daughter, Kathreen, was shown sleeping in the incubator.

- Max was shot dead, but NOT by Tony.


TRIVIA:

- Maree Cheatham,(above)  the actress who played Victoria Stockdale, portrayed Marie Horton (youngest daughter of Tom and Alice Horton) in the daytime soap DAYS OF OUR LIVES.

- Acapulco Bay remains the only remake most  faithful to the original versionTu O Nadie.

- The Stockdale family mansion was the same house used as the Montalvo family mansion in another remake of Tu O Nadie; Acapulco Cuerpo y Alma(Acapulco Body & Soul); also released in 1995. 

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ACAPULCO BAY’S FINAL EPISODE

Andrew (Andres) tries to persuade Tony to let the police just arrest Max instead of confronting him at the mansion but Tony is adamant, determined to even the score.  He left the apartment, followed by Charles (Pablo), to visit his baby at the hospital.  Maura gets back to the house but Carla isn’t home. Instead she finds Frank (Rod) there, who asked her where she’s been. Bill called to ask if she’d found Tony, Rod takes the phone from her and hears Bill’s voice, asking for his money. He handed the phone back to her and pulls out a gun, ordering her to persuade him to come to her own and she timidly obeys.

At the hospital’s NICU, Tony smiled down at his daughter Baby Kathreen, who was sleeping peacefully in the incubator, her tiny eyelids moving. Peter  and Martin  walk into a bar and Peter noticed the clerk who had conducted the false marriage. They talk; Peter told him what had been happening to his family and said he needed some sort of vindication. At the Stockdale mansion, James answered the phone, spoke rudely and hung up. Rachel asked who it was; he replied it was Luis looking for Max- and has been doing so all day. She asked after Marnie and her father and was told he’d gone out with Martin as usual. The clerk agreed to help Peter after some persuasion, as he too had a daughter.

Maura pleaded with Frank, she had no idea where Tony was but he doesn’t believe her. Bill showed up and Frank shot him from behind. He shouted, where was Tony? Screaming, she said she didn’t know, he escaped from the rented villa. Carla entered unexpectedly and Frank forced her to join her sister. She’d however left the door open and Robert rushed in and wrestled the gun from Frank, in the struggle Maura is shot on the leg. Max eavesdropped Clark’s conversation with Andrew over the phone; he heard Clark telling him the clerk has been found and the hotel he was staying! Max rushed away. Tony returns from the hospital and Andrew is amazed to see him holding an automatic. After Tony left for the house, Andrew finally told Clark that Tony WAS ALIVE AND ON HIS WAY HOME! Clark, of course, is shocked…

Max phoned Luis and gave him the address of the hotel, ordering him to kill the clerk. However, Luis can’t leave Marnie as she knew they were holding Danny. Max decided to do the job himself, but asked him to deal with Marnie and Danny once and for all. On his way out, he bumps into Vicky and coldly walked away from her. Rachel opened her door and is very surprised to find Vicky crying. She led her into the room and asked what was wrong but Vicky kept on crying, holding on to Rachel’s hand.

Luis loads his gun, telling Marnie he had no choice in the matter. Marnie began acting lovingly towards him; kissing him and urged him to run off with her, away from Max’s influence. Very pleased at her change of heart, he moved to the next room to find his passport and some money, leaving the gun on the table. Marnie immediately grabbed it and made for the door, just as Luis came out to ask her something. Furious at being tricked, he moved towards her but she fired, shooting him in the thigh. She ran down to the basement to get Danny and they fled.  At the hotel, the clerk handed Peter the written & signed confession i.e the affidavit.

At the house, Clark informed Camille that her brother was alive and on his way home. Filled with joy, she ran out and sure enough Tony had already arrived, talking to James. Tony didn’t look very enthusiastic to see her, (maybe he still hadn’t forgiven her for her role in trying to break up his marriage) but he allowed her to hug him and shook hands with Clark. He was told Max wasn’t around and Rachel was in their room.
Max shocked the clerk, demanding to know what Peter wanted and the man was forced to tell him. Max shot him, using a silencer.







Vicky gasped on seeing Tony and hugged him, sobbing. He hugged her back but gently shushed her, he wanted to surprise Rachel.








He entered silently, his expression emotional at the sight of his wife after several months apart. She doesn’t hear him enter, she’s looking out the window. He closed the door and waited for her to turn around. As if she sensed she wasn’t alone she turned, and slowly got up. She said, ‘Oh, My God…’ then ran into his arms. Tony held Rachel tightly and then began kissing her.






Rachel was overwhelmed by this miracle, her husband back from the dead! Tony  fought his own tears and held her close, reminding her of his promise... that they'll be together forever, adding that nothing in the world would ever take her away from him again.
Meanwhile, Peter and Martin returned and Peter hid the affidavit under the carpet in his room, Martin wasn't pleased he was letting the man go scot free. Outside, Annie(Meche) informed  Martin that Tony was alive and has returned home, James came up and happily confirmed it. They hurry off to tell Peter. Andy found Camille and Clark in another part of the house, he was told Tony was with Rachel but Max wasn't around.  Andy  does not like the idea of Tony having a face-off with Max but Clark felt Max deserved what was coming to him. Camille said Vicky had told her about Max's confession. They go to see her while Andy called the police but the police captain was already on his way.
In their room,  Rachel explained that Vicky had pleaded with her and she hadn't the heart to deny her and the agony she'd lived through- thinking he was dead. Tony assured her everything was going to be fine from now on and said he loved her very much... and their daughter. She smiled and he said he's seen her that morning at the hospital, with Charles. 'She's truly a special gift, thank you.'
Rachel stared at him, her expression speaking volumes. 'I love you,' she said.
They kissed again, Rachel slipped her hands under his jacket and her fingers encountered the gun. She pulled it out and sharply asked, 'what is this? what are trying to do with this,  Tony? Are you going to kill Max?'
Max got back to the house and went to Peter's room, tearing it apart for the affidavit. When he didn't find it, he stormed out.
Everyone else was gathered in Vicky's room, Andy said the police were on their way and hoped they'll show up before Tony and Max encountered each other. Marnie and Danny got back to the house and Marnie is frightened at the trashed room and no sign of Peter. Danny asked her to stay in the room while he looked for Annie. Marnie warned him to look out for Max, she had seen his car. She waited, gun in hand. Peter is caught by Max who demanded for the letter. When Peter refused, Max started to punch him.
 Martin, James and Annie come into the room later, surprised to see Marnie there- Martin asked her where she'd been and told her Tony was home. Marnie told them Max was around. Tony and Raquel's argument was cut shot when James called their extension to warn Tony. Tony asked that everyone should stay where they were and hung up, his face  hard. Rachel watched in alarm as he clicked the gun in place.
'Tony...please don't do this!' she stood against the door, when he didn't answer her. 'I'm not letting you out of here.' she insisted.
Tony said he wasn't going to kill Max but he needed to talk to him and see his face, it was Max who wanted to kill him. Raquel begged him again; realising  he was about to lock her in. Tony said he wasn't going to allow Max coming to their room to look for her, he needed her to be safe. Despite her pleas, he left, locking the door behind him. Gun in hand, he went down the hall...

In the living room, Peter was on the floor,  bleeding. Max pulled his gun out, shouting for the letter or Peter will start eating bullets. Peter told him to go ahead, he wasn't going to give it to him. Tony appeared, his own gun out.
Max didn't bother lowering his gun instead he sneered, 'Well! Well! Look who's back from the dead...AGAIN!' To Peter, 'you see Peter, I always said, you want something done right, you do it yourself, this time... no mistakes' (Ugh... hate  him; 'no retreat, no surrender' is his damn motto!)

Tony warned Max he'll kill him if he forced him to, it wasn't really  his intention. Max sneered again; he didn't have the guts to do it. He was the one with the guts,  brains and ambition; who was always  ready to do whatever it took- all Tony had was a rich daddy. Tony pointed out that the late Mr. Stockdale had been his father too, Max had been the one who never wanted to be his son.(No, but inheriting money that didn't belong to him wasn't so repulsive). He had more than enough but the problem was that he was greedy, had to have it all, Max angrily admitted it, that was all he wanted all along and he still aimed to do so, and no one was going to stop him.
Marnie suddenly ran in screaming, distracting the two men. Both got locked in a physical combat, one of the guns going off. Rachel pounded on the locked door  while the rest of the family ran out from Vicky's room. Rachel got out through the French windows.
The family ran into the living room, in time to see Max pointing a gun at Tony. Vicky picked up the second gun and ordered Max to put the gun down. Max, totally mad, refused. 'you won't shoot me, mother- I'm your son.'
Camille cried, 'Victoria, don't do it!'
But Vicky didn't back down. 'Max, put the gun down, I will NOT allow you to commit murder!'
But Max was way past caring. 'it's too late, mother... I'm way past that.' To Tony, 'say goodbye to Mum.'



He aimed... Vicky fired(to our horror), crying in anguish. Max fell to the floor, bleeding. Tony removed the gun from his hand. Vicky wept, she had to do it. Unrepentant, Max taunted, she has made her choice, Tony over him and gave up the ghost. Vicky held him, weeping bitterly and Tony covered him with his jacket, actually kissing him on the cheek.  

Then came Rachel's panicked voice, screaming for Tony. He dashed out and she flew into his arms; she'd been so frightened that Max had finished him off after all. She asked what happened.


'Max is dead.' he told her. She is silent for a second then asked, 'did you kill him?'
'No, it was Victoria.'
'Oh, My God.' she wiped blood off the corner of his mouth and asked what was going to happen to Victoria.


'Nothing,' Tony said. ' Victoria will be okay.' holding her closer, 'I love you so much.' Rachel sobbed in his arms, the nightmare finally, finally over. Tony and Rachel shared a passionate kiss, the final shot was the bright lights of Acapulco behind them. THE END (see videos below)









Max & Rachel- Just a Dream by meggieA








Tu O Nadie: The third version

Tu o Nadie was remade twice in 1995, this one called Acapulco, Cuerpo y Alma- 'Acapulco  Body and Soul'.
 Here the couple is David and Lorena Montalvo, played by Saul Lisazo (Hector in Until My Last Breath) and the lovely Patricia Manterola respectively ; the villain is called Marcelo de Maris(Guillermo Garcia Cantu), and produced by the same production company that brought Tu O Nadie- TELEVISA.



  Differences:


-David’s ‘accident’ was via helicopter.

- Lorena is not from Guadalajara but from Zithuatanejo, a Mexican town on the Pacific; and worked at a  restaurant/bar.

- David and Lorena’s first time happened in the family yacht. Marcelo knew very well what they were doing out there and smashed a lot of things in his room!

-David and Marcelo got into a fight (Marcelo, of course started it) Lorena moved out of the house, back to her place; upset that David didn't trust her completely. Marcelo went out there and attacked her but she was rescued by her friends present and he was thrown behind bars after she went to the police. David went to see her and persuaded her to come home with him.

-David formally asked Lorena to marry him. They had a simple, civil wedding.

-when David discovered Aide teamed up with Marcelo to wreck his marriage; he didn't act gentlemanly at all- he gave her a good dressing down, grabbed her by the neck and physically tossed her out of his house.

-Marcelo met his death accidently(who cares, he deserved it). He held his own mother, Elena, hostage at the house and he and David got into a physical fight when the latter tried to rescue her. In the struggle, Marcelo got tossed over the balcony at about twenty feet into the sea, where he drowned. Lorena had already moved out.



-Lorena had a son and David  found her at the airport and begged her to come home but she got on the plane anyway.

















At the mansion, David was at the balcony looking at the ocean, thinking he’d lost Lorena forever; he suddenly turned round to see her walking towards him, their baby in her arms. The last scene was of David holding the baby and kissing Lorena. 






 
TRIVIA: 

 -The Montalvo family mansion in Acapulco Cuerpo y Alma was the same house used as the Stockdale family mansion in the American remake of Tu O Nadie; ACAPULCO BAY

-Chantal Andere; the actress who played Aide- Lorena's rival for David's affections- featured in yet another remake of Tu O Nadie- SORTILEGIO- in 2009. 

TU O NADIE FINAL EPISODE!!!!


This is the grand finale of this fantastic, action-packed telenovela. The first time we watched the ending, my family and I, wow... were we bummed out! Posting the recaps from the beginning to the end was a real challenge  because they were mostly drawn from memory but I was happy to do it because Tu O Nadie will always remain my favourite telenovela and I’m glad I was able to share it in this blog. To the visitors who left comments and encouraging words and have been here to the end, I thank you all very much and as a treat, look out for the juicy trivia and additional posts attached to Tu O Nadie. Now for the concluding part of Antonio and Raquel’s love story...




Evil Max stepped into the elevator and saw Daniel passing by just as the doors closed. Having given the written confession, the judge began packing his things. He answered the door and got the shock of his life when Max barged in. At gun point, he admitted what he’d done but lied that his signature was forged. Alas, that didn’t help because Max shot him in the stomach, using a pillow to muffle the sound.

Back at the mansion, Camilla suggested the room down the hall be fixed up as a nursery since Baby would be coming home soon but Raquel objected to the idea of Minerva sleeping far away from her. Ramon recommended his niece to be Minerva’s nanny- as Raquel would be ‘distracted’ every now and then. Raquel sarcastically wondered who and what could possibly distract her now and went upstairs. Camilla asked Ramón about his odd remark to Raquel, he shrugged and smiled knowingly and said, ‘well… you never know, ma’am.’


Footsteps were heard and Camilla’s eyes widened. ‘Antonio…’ she whispered in disbelief, before  walking into her brother’s arms. Ramón formally welcomed his master home and Tonio thanked him. Camilla told him how Claudio, Andres and Pablo had discussed the possibility he could be alive but she hadn’t dared to hope. Tonio asked for Raquel and was told she was in her room. But before he could go, Vicky appeared and ran into his arms, weeping with joy. Meche came out from the kitchen, filled with astonishment.



But before he could go, Vicky appeared and ran into his arms, weeping with joy. Meche came out from the kitchen, filled with astonishment.
Vicky asked anxiously, ‘what’s going to happen to Max?’ Antonio stopped smiling and made no reply. 

‘It was he…wasn’t it?’

At Tonio’s solemn ‘yes’, she burst into tears and Camilla took her away to her room. Tonio turned to Meche and assured her Gabriel was safe; he escaped with Martha, according to Luis. Filled with relief, Meche asked what was now going to happen to them and was assured they will be protected.  Ramón told Tonio Max wasn’t in the house and hasn’t been seen all day. With that, Tonio went upstairs to the room he shared with Raquel.


Raquel saw him through the dressing table mirror and turned round. Tonio smiled at her amazed face. Slowly she got up, touching him. Tonio held her arms, saying, ‘It’s me.’ Raquel threw herself into his arms, crying ‘My love! Antonio, my love!’

They kissed and hugged each other passionately. Raquel sobbed with joy, unable to stop staring at her husband, back from the dead.
'Can't you say anything?' he asked her.
'Well... I'm speechless!' Raquel stumbled over her words; took his hand and pressed it against her cheek. 'My love.' she murmured.
‘Did you doubt we’ll ever be together again?’ he demanded and she nodded.
‘I never did, Raquel!’
They held each other again, kissing.




 If only Evil Max wasn’t skulking around outside instead of  behind bars at that moment, for sure the happy couple would get ‘busy’... if you know what I mean *wink, wink*
Moving on...
 At the guest bungalow, Daniel told Chucho what went on between him and the judge but Chucho still wasn’t pleased he’d promised not to turn him over to the police. Daniel decided to hide the precious document under the carpet, reminding himself to tell Meche when Chucho pointed out she may come to sweep the place. Chucho went back to the mansion and was very surprised to hear the good news from Ramón and Meche. Ramón remarked that the day was the happiest day for the Lombardo family…. except for Victoria. The three servants looked sad as they thought of the poor woman.
Upstairs, Raquel gave the whole gist of what happened after Tonio’s disappearance to the day she had to go to the hospital, also telling him that Victoria begged her to let Max stay at the mansion and manage the business on her behalf. Tonio consoled her; saying it was all over. He told her how much he loved her- more than he’d ever loved anyone; her and their daughter. 
She smiled, ‘you know about her?’
He replied he went to see her at the hospital that morning. As she hugged him again, something hard pressed against her ribs. Pushing back his jacket, she saw the gun. Max, sheer murder on his face, entered the guest bungalow but Daniel isn’t there.

Andres and Claudio joined Vicky and Camilla in the bedroom. They told the two women that Luis and Rod were in custody, while Maura and Carla were presently giving their statements. The police were on their way. Vicky began crying again, poor thing.

Martha and Gabriel finally got back, stopping at the guest bungalow first. They can’t find Daniel and Martha is filled with terror over what might have happened to her father as they’d already seen Max on the grounds. Gabriel suggested she stay and wait while he go and find his sister and warn Raquel. Martha didn't want him to- Max would shoot him on sight but Gabriel decided to take his chances. 

 Evil Max caught up with Daniel in the mansion and demanded for the written confession but for once the timid old man stood his ground and refused to tell him where he’d hidden it. Max started to punch him mercilessly. (Wicked Bastard!)

Ramón, Meche and Chucho found Martha at the bungalow; she told them Max was around and Gabriel had gone to the house as well. Ramón picked up the phone and placed a call to the mansion…


Raquel pleaded with Tonio to let the police handle Max, not him. The phone rang and Tonio got the message from Ramón. He ordered that everyone stay where they were presently and hung up. Raquel watched as he locked the French windows and begged him again. Tonio assured her he wasn’t a murderer but he had to defend himself and he needed her to be safe. He locked the door behind him. Downstairs in the living room, Evil Max was still demanding for the document, this time his gun drawn. Daniel was now bleeding but still defiant. Gabriel appeared from behind and hit Max with his crutch. From the stairs, Tonio pulled out his own gun, ordering Max to drop it. Without hesitation, Evil Max fired at him and Tonio dodged. 






They exchange fire, Max using Daniel as a shield but Daniel struggled and pushed him in the line of fire. Evil Max aimed at Tonio again but was flung over the couch when Tonio got him squarely on the chest. Tonio silently went down to bend over his step-brother as he bled.



The ruffian grabbed him by the shoulder and his last words were:
‘You’ll never love her ... as much as I did.’ He fell back and gave up the ghost.  You say such a thing at a time like that, you unrepentant sinner???

Martha and the servants ran into the room, gasping at the sight of Evil Max’s dead body on the floor. Vicky and the others came down the stairs and saw the gruesome sight as well. Everyone silently watched Vicky weep over her son after calling his name, closing his staring eyes with her hand. 











Tonio went back upstairs to Raquel who embraced him, sobbing.
She looked at his pale face and asked, ‘you murdered him?’
‘I had to do it.’ was her husband’s reply.
'You shouldn’t have done that,’ she said and began to weep hysterically. Their marriage was over because of his action; they now both bore the guilt of Max’s death and how on earth would they be able to live happily when his death would always come between them? Tonio tried to console her but she continued to weep. Helpless, Tonio left the room, hoping she would calm down eventually. 



                                         A YEAR LATER…



The scene opens to Guadalajara City. (to our amazement that night)


Raquel is feeding Minerva, a chubby-cheeked replica of herself, now a year old. After Daniel took the child to bed, the doorbell rang. It was Vicky and the two women embraced tearfully. After greeting Daniel, Vicky explained why she’d come; she could no longer bear watching Tonio suffer. He was absolutely devastated at what happened a year ago- time wouldn't let him forget- and at the present situation; he and Raquel living apart. He couldn't bear the thought of losing his wife. Surely Raquel didn’t blame him for what he had to do?
Raquel replied she didn’t, she realised he had no other choice but she wished he had not been the one to do it.
Vicky replied she said the same thing... many times, but she gradually accepted it and right now Tonio was like a ghost of his old self; he loved Raquel and missed her very much- he couldn’t go on without her. Raquel said she loved Tonio too but reminded Vicky that Max had been her son, her biological son. Vicky took Raquel's hand, reminding her that Tonio was very much her own son too. Raquel was still filled with guilt over Max’s death; if only she’d stood up to him at the very beginning and had the courage to tell Vicky and Tonio the truth on time…

But Vicky begged her to stop blaming herself, what was the point of wishing what could have been? She, his own mother, had been forced to accept long ago that the real person to blame for the whole tragedy was Max. But right now, she didn’t know what would become of Tonio if Raquel continued refusing to see him. Raquel asked if Tonio had asked her to come over to Guadalajara to talk to her. Vicky said no, he asks for nothing these days but goes around very silent and miserable; all he thought about was Raquel and Minerva.

Tears running down her cheeks, Raquel told Vicky to tell Tonio to come for her, that she missed him and loved him very much; she could no longer live apart from him. The two women held each other, sobbing.






The next scene showed Minerva toddling round the garden. Raquel reads a magazine, keeping a sharp eye on the child at the same time; calling out to her, 'Don't go too far away!' 
 She didn’t notice someone coming along. She didn’t notice Minerva toddling up to her Daddy who picked her up, lovingly cradling her in his arms. Raquel finally looks up and sees the moving sight of Tonio (his moustache shaved off, enhancing his handsome face further) carrying their daughter.






There’s a look of peace in Raquel's eyes as she got up from the grass. Tonio put the child down, picking up the doll he’d brought for her, before moving towards Raquel. They regard each other for a second before Raquel placed her arms around her husband’s neck; his arms encircling her tightly.



Little Minerva Lombardo watched with innocent interest as her parents exchanged kisses.








                                         THE END


TRIVIA:

-The young actor who played Gabriel was Lucia Mendez’s (Raquel) real-life younger brother, Abraham Mendez.

-The soundtrack played at the final few minutes of the episode was sung by Lucía Méndez (Raquel), “El amour sin ti ni vale nada” which means, “Love is worth nothing without you.” Lucia sang most of the tracks in the telenovela as well.

MORE TRIVIA IN MY NEXT POST! IN THE MEANTIME...


 A VIDEO BY A TU O NADIE FAN: