Abismo de Pasio... ep 1... Mar 12 .. And the story begins... with tween love triangles, mistaken identities, witches and habaneros

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Recap by Marta Ivett - Let's plunge right in!!
Here we go…La Ermita, Yucatan… some kind of cultural celebration taking place at the center gazebo with music… very colorful typical outfits for the area… everyone happy…Artisan stands, food, etc Then we see fields of habanero chiles… two boys and a girl, about 10 y.o. running through the fields while the adults pick the chiles… They run and run right down a dirt road where they meet another girl, the boys run right by her, but Elisa (the young girl) stops for a minute before continuing… The other girl, Paloma, comes to where they are taking their clothes off (no, don’t think perverted things) to jump into a pond/quarry… the boys throw stones/sticks at Paloma so she runs away scared, Elisa is mad at the boys… the ‘guero’ of the boys tells her they did it because she is the granddaughter of the town’s witch… Elisa says maybe now she will tell her grandma and she will turn them (the boys) into toads!! LOL! The boys get scared and jump in the water… Elisa laughs it off… At the Arango hacienda house a woman is trying on dresses in front of a mirror, asking the maid (Antonia) if her son is around… The woman (Alfonsina) is talking ill of the other boy, Gael, does not understand why her son has become friends with Gael and why her own brother has taken Gael, who is an ordinary orphan, in. (Padre Lupe)… the maid justifies Padre Lupe, but the woman, bitter, says Padre should not. She is angry that her husband agreed to have them go to another family’s dinner party… Maid asks her if she does not want to go. Alfonsina says if I don’t go my husband will love going alone, and that is not something she will allow. At the chile processing plant… the foreman (Gabino) is ordering/shouting around downtalking the workers… he goes in the office, finds his boss Rosendo, the plant owner, doing hanky panky with a woman in a white dress, he interrupts of course…  Gabino seems miffed about it but stays quiet… he tells Rosendo that his wife (Alfonsina) was looking for him. No, she was not here but she asked for you. Rosendo sends message to her that when he is done (working) he will go… Back at the house, Antonia comments that Dona Estefania is pretty, Alfonsina downplays it that that is what everyone says but… ..  Said pretty (and happy) woman Estefania (Ludwika Paleta, looking prettier than ever) is walking around town (apparently with the same white dress of the woman that was just at Rosendo’s office at the plant)… meets with her maid Lolita [Dolores] (Eugenia Cauduro)… Estefania came to the plant to personally pick the chiles for a sauce she will make tonight for the dinner party.  Gabino comes to meet them and is talking rude to Estefania, saying he is surprised she came by the plant… knowing her husband himself is the one that farms them in the area. Apparently this is not the first time Lolita has or witnesses a confrontation with Gabino since she uses a rough/sharp tone to tell him that Dona Estefania wanted the habaneros for making a special sauce for tonight’s dinner precisely for Dona Alfonsina. Gabino claims if they had requested it, he would have sent them with a worker. Estefania insists she wanted to pick them personally. Gabino apparently has the hots for Estefania from the way he looks at her as she leaves. At the farm, Rosendo Arango (the owner of the processing plant) and Augusto Castanedo (Estefania’s husband, the owner of the farm), apparently these two have been friends for many years… Augusto reminds Rosendo about the dinner party tonight… Rosendo wants to talk about something personal.. they have always been honest with each other… apparently Alfonsina has always had issue with Estefania, so Rosendo asks Augusto if the dinner party will serve to cool things out between the women. Augusto says Estefania has always been in the best disposition to conciliate… Rosendo says yes, your wife is, but mine… anyway… we will be there. At the Castanedo house, the dinner prep is going in the kitchen. Estefania and Lolita are working when little Elisa walks in… Elisa asks her mother if she can invite Damian (Rosendo’s son) and Gael (the orphan who lives with Padre Lupe). Estefania sends Elisa with Lolita to get her bath… Elisa wants her mom to also be very pretty tonight. Estefania goes in her room and pulls out a very pretty dress from her closet… (apparently she is wearing the white dress of the woman that was with Rosendo)… In walks her sister Carmina, who apparently envies what Estefania has as far as money and attention from her husband… then Carmina brings up the subject of the guests for tonight, Rosendo and his wife Alfonsina, who seems to be the royalty in town, or at least they behave like it, especially Alfonsina. Estefania says Alfonsina is the wife of my husband’s best friend so that is enough reason to be cordial with them.  They then talk about the men in town going after Carmina… Carmina says the ‘good catches’ are taken already… Estefania gives Carmina a dress for the evening party she bought for her. Carmina hugs her but when we see Carmina’s face she looks like she really hates the dress and/or looks constipated… At the church, Padre Lupe does not want to give Gael permission to go to the dinner, even if Elisa has invited him. It is an adult gathering, not for kids, according to P Lupe. Gael pulls the ‘but Damian got permission from his parents, it is unfair that I don’t get it’ card.. Padre knows that Gael is crazy about Elisa and does not think Gael is old enough to be that nutso for a girl… Padre knows both Damian and Gaellike her. So no cigar…(Apparently Rene C had a minor accident while closing the armoire in there,… Gael asks if he hurt himself, Padre Lupe says it did not hurt, he is atomic), Padre says he doubts his sister Alfonsina will give Damian permission to go to the party either. At hacienda Arango… Alfonsina does not want Damian to come along… even if all the kids of the Ermita were going, you are not! … here comes Rosendo to the rescue… he lets Damian go to the party…  Damian walks away and Alfonsina is ready for battle… she is offended that Rosendo contradicted her, but even more so because he will take Damian precisely to that house (Rosendo immediately guesses where this argument is going) Rosendo does not want to argue… he will go shower, Alfonsina says its too late for that… he came home from the processing plant so late… she questions what he was doing there… Rosendo says same as I always do… work. Alfonsina is not done provoking an argument. She says she heard Estefania went to the plant today… did you see her? Nope. Haven’t seen her all day. Excuse me, will go get ready before it gets even later. At Castanedo house, Augusto is calling for Estefania but Carmina comes and tells him Este is busy and she helps him with tying his tie… Augusto thanks her for staying for the dinner, Carmina says she would do anything for him, dear bro in law. Augusto compliments on her looks. Carmina  does not waste a chance to keep feeding the fire with the idea that there is something between Estefania and Rosendo, saying Estefania took time to make herself prettier than ever for his best friend, and of course for his wife. Augusto goes to find Estefania… Este and Elisa are setting up the table… Augusto thinks both the daughter and the wife are looking beautiful… he tells Este her sister was right, she looks even prettier than ever… she also made her special habanero sauce… she tells him she went to Rosendo’s plant to pick them herself, since he told her that at Cielo Abierto (I guess that is a store place in the farm or the name of the farm) the trucks had already left… Augusto is surprised/confused, does not remember telling her that. She brushes it off saying surely she heard it from one of the farm workers. The Arango’s arrive… the four of them stare at each other, Estefania and Rosendo are smiling happy, Alfonsina looks like she is constipated, Augusto looks contempt. The children (Damian and Elisa) greet each other’s families… we see the usual forced (Alfonsina) and unforced greetings. Carmina comes out… Estefania sends the kids out to play. The adults walk ahead to in the house, Carmina looks a bit annoyed… At church, Padre Lupe realizes Gael is gone, and guesses where he went to.. he is not happy ‘canijo’(naughty) boy, you will see later… as if you could do what you want… Estefania stands to serve wine, Rosendo offers to help her… Carmina teases Alfonsina saying her husband is so detail-oriented… Alfonsina gets up with excuse to tell Damian to wash his hands before donner… Augusto has come out to get the kids… The boys have climbed a tree to find a nest that Elisa spotted earlier… (Gael arrived running and when he heard Elisa wanted a nest that was on the tree, he offered to bring it down for her, definitely these two boys have already entered a competition for Elisa’s attention)Alfonsina comes out after Augusto and begins nagging at Damian to come down from the tree. Augusto summons the kids (including Gael, whom he does NOT undermine) to go inside to eat dinner… Alfonsina claims it must have been Gael’s idea for the boys to climb the tree, Augusto is surprised at her accussing attitude… Alfonsina continues argues questioning Augusto why he gives Gael the same treatment as Damian… Augusto says because he is also my daughter’s friend…Alfonsina claims Gael does not deserve the same treatment as her son (Damian). Augusto gets a bit miffed at her and questions since when is she so against that boy Gael… since tonight, right? Tonight when you were FORCED to come to my house for dinner? He knows she did not want to come and he knows it is because Alfonsina can’t stand his wife Este… what is it you have against my wife?... Since her denying it won’t get her anywhere, she says alright, will tell you why… because she is betraying you with none other than my own husband! Rosendo and her are lovers!...  Augusto’s eyes tear up almost instantly, he is in shock… Alfonsina won’t let him recover… she says from his reaction she can tell he knew it or at least knew something was not quite right… he is hurting really bad and denies it as absurd, silly… Alfonsina has no doubts that Rosendo is betraying her precisely with Este. Augusto demands proof.. .she has none… Don’t you see how Rosendo treats Este? Augusto claims Este loves him. Alfonsina says she won’t lose Rosendo, will keep him with her at whatever cost. Augusto seems confused but finds strength to say that he does not need to ‘retain’ his wife because he is sure of her love and because I love her! (Augusto returns inside the house while Alfonsina rolls her eyes and stays there).. Inside, Este and Rosendo talk very cordially about the business in front of a very annoyed Carmina… Rosendo says Augusto has the town’s prettiest women in his house.  Este notices Carmina’s attitude and tells her Rosendo just complimented the two of them… Carmina says she does not have to fake flattery at the compliments of a person she can’t stand… She takes her exit… Este tries to appologize for Carmina.. she is glad he is there… Rosendo is kissing her hand just as Augusto and Alfonsina come back in the living room… Augusto stops in his tracks while Alfonsina looks at him with a ‘see?? I told you so!’ facial smirk…  Padre Lupe arrives at the house looking for Gael. Carmina meets him at the door walks him in, right where the other 4 are sitting… Augusto invites Padre Lupe to stay for dinner, but he came just to get Gael… As Este takes Padre Lupe to kitchen,  Alfonsina again nags… this time about Padre Lupe not greeting her personally. Rosendo snags at her that Padre said ‘Good evening everyone’. But obviously that was not enough for her. In kitchen, Lolita is serving the kids desert… but Padre comes in and takes Gael immediately with him, appologizing for the ‘trouble’… Elisa asks Padre Lupe not to punish Gael… she invited him… Padre claims he did not give Gael permission and he knew it.Gael looks so sad…  Este asks Lolita to warm up dinner for the adults… Elisa comments to Damian wondering if Padre Lupe will punish Gael.. Damian is a bit rough saying if he does, then Gael asked for it, why did he come (without permission)? When Este returns to living room, turns out Alfonsina has put a script of ‘not feeling well’ so she immediately summons Rosendo and Damian for going home immediately. Rosendo appologizes to Este for leaving like this with the dinner served…When the Arangos leave, Carmina makes a cold comment about the attempt to conciliate the families with this evening was in vain. At church, Padre is mad at Gael… Gael says you should punish yourself too, because you lied to me too, you said Damian would not get permission to go, but he was there.Padre says perhaps his parents did not have anyone to leave him with. Gael then gets sad reminding Padre he has no parents… Padre gets mushy as a marshmallow. Gael is resentful that everyone has family around except for him, even Padre has his sister and even the town witch has her granddaughter, but I don’t have anyone..Padre reminds him he has Padre, God and the Virgin Mary. Don’t cry anyore! You either!... I am not! (SWEET SCENE!) For this time I will forget what happened and there will be no punishment. Gael is about to go to sleep but turns back around and appologizes to the Padre and hugs him. Padre gives him the blessing…  At Castanedo house Elisa is in bed with her mom.. Elisa mentions to her what the boys did to Paloma, and asks about the ‘witch of the town’. Este explains that Ramona (the witch) is a ‘curandera’ (herb healer). Elisa says then if that woman helps cure people, then she is not bad. Este confirms that Ramona and her granddaughter are not bad.. Elisa says the towns people talk bad about them. Este says people make up things about other people… These two are so happy together… At Arango hacienda, Rosendo is irate at Alfonsina… he is sure she used her ‘blood pressure’ as excuse to pull off that prank… Alfonsina keeps shouting that Estefania is driving him crazy and he feels nothing for Alfonsina anymore.. Rosendo is feeling pity that Alfonsina thinks so little of herself… HE is so fed up with her that he grabs his PJs and goes to sleep at the guest room.. out in hallway he runs into Damian who got concerned with all the ruckus… Rosendo says she is fine, she does not feel well today, that’s all… tomorrow we will go riding together ok? Damian comes by the door of his parents and sees her mother cry, but does not go in …
At the Castanedo house bedroom, Este and Augusto are talking about what happened with Alfonsina and that Rosendo did not believe her… Augusto is distant, thoughtful… then he asks Este if she ever regretted marrying him… absolutely not… she always liked the mature men… she says she only liked him… Augusto insists wouldn’t you have liked better to marry a man like Rosendo Arango, a rich man, owner of the biggest processing plant in the region, an enviable wealth and social place… I am just a farmer… doing well but will never reach Rosendo.  Este assures Augusto she married him because she loves him very much, now more than ever… She asks why all the questioning… Augusto says don’t worry.. she won’t let it go.. she knows him… he claims when he came out to the garden, he was talking with Alfonsina and… (in comes Elisa to interrupt the chat)… The couple kisses Elisa good nite…  Augusto says he has to go to the study to look at some papers… (apparently he changed his mind about telling her about Alfonsina’s accusations)…  Augusto sits at his desk … is very impacted by the events of the evening… then hears noises.. he comes out and sees a man ride away on a horse, recognizes Rosendo.. Then he runs into Carmina coming in… he confronts her… Carmina says she heard noises and came out to investigate… she realizes Augusto is worried about something… he has been acting strange since the guests left… she wants him to confide in her… HE tells her Alfonsina told him Rosendo and Este were lovers… Carmina puts shocked face… she asks him not to mention anything to her sister, it is too silly, says Alfo is a sick woman… can’t believe her… did you believe her? … no, but the comment bothered me very much…  I have no reason to doubt your sister… no of course not, but I do know you are a very jealous man, and if the idea did cross your mind that she was betraying you you would go insane. What would you do? … I would kill her, her and the man who she was unfaithful to me with… At town next day, Damian and Elisa are playing, Gael comes by with the nest and the birds in a box… he climbed the tree and got it for her… she just wanted to see them for a little while… what are we going to do now? … the mother won’t find them.. Damian blames Gael that the birds will die now… Elisa suggests going to Dona Ramona so she will care for them… ‘the witch?? ‘…  At church, Alfonsina and Padre Lupe are talking about her accusations to Este…  Padre asks her why is she thinking that.. Alfo says we women know when our husbands are unfaithful… Padre tells her it is a good part your own fault… I think all this is just a story you made up to justify your own faults…  Alfonsina claims she has just tried to be a good wife… Padre says a good wife does not accuse, harrass and monitor her husband constantly… Alfo claims her own brother should be on her side… Padre says his role is not being on any side, precisely because I am your brother I will tell you… Rosendo is no saint, but if he is looking elsewhere, it is looking for something he does not  find in his own house.  Rosendo arrives somewhere…  apparently some house… . a woman is waiting for him.. it is Carmina! … apparently he has this place for his periodic meetings with her…They get into hanky panky… end of ep…
previews: Carmina continues to feed the case for Este and Rosendo lovers to Augusto... Augusto confronts Este...