The next day, we start off in good spirits. Ileana is coming out of her room to go find Julia so they can leave for work and instead hears suspicious noises coming from Julia’s room. Nosy person that she is, she decides to peek through the door and finds … Mariana kneeling in between Julia’s legs.
But before you get all excited, she’s really just helping Julia button up her jeans.
From Ileana’s perspective, though, I’m not sure what she thinks is happening. Nothing wholesome, for sure. So she runs off.
Ileana pretends like she didn’t see anything weird though she acts weird anyway because Mariana makes her uncomfortable. Knowing this, Mariana decides to tease her and starts trying to get really close to her, which horrifies Ileana.
Julia: I really don’t want to go to work today. And if I stay home and take care of you?
Mariana: No no. I’m not anyone’s excuse to stay home and like you’d even be qualified to be taking care of me. Now, go go. I have many things to do.
One of Mariana’s many things to do is to rehearse for a play or something. Rafaela serves are her audience. Rafaela tells her that her performance moved her. And that Mariana is a true artist. That all of the pain and the hardships that she’s gone through give her the source of her talent.
Rafaela is love.
Later on, Gaby drops by and she and Mariana talk about what happened with the baddies. Gaby says she feels really alone in all of this because she doesn’t have anyone to talk to about her feelings or about what happened the night they went out. Mariana is lovingly understanding, even when Gaby says she’s not sure she can continue the relationship, but she tells her that breaking things off would be like letting those jerks win. And gives her a nice pep talk which probably serves to make Gaby fall madly in love with her.
Meanwhile, Julia arrives home just in time to catch a tender moment between Mariana and Gaby.
Which of course she doesn’t like at all.
Later on, Julia and Mariana are in bed and talking about Gaby and the lawsuit that Mercedes wants Mariana to raise against the guys that harassed her. Mariana’s convinced that she needs to do it for both of them and she feels guilty that she got Gaby involved in an ugly mess.
Julia: Listen, forgive me for what I’m about to say. And I know it’s not the best moment. But I’m just going to say it. I didn’t think it was cool of you … or it didn’t make me feel good … that you brought her here.
Mariana: To your house?
Julia: Well yes. And I’m sorry. I’m telling you with the best intentions and I swear I don’t want you to take it wrong. But … no. It just seemed to me really out of place. And not because of you. Not because of you at all. It’s just that with everything that’s going on between us, I find it really complicated –
Mariana: Wait! Wait, Julia. What’s happening between us? No, because from where I’m standing, I told you that I loved you and you ran off to Spain and you didn’t give a crap.
Julia: Oh yeah? Well then I returned to find you. And I was met with the news that you’d disappeared mysteriously and that no one knew where you were and you didn’t bother to leave any clue of where you’d gone.
Mariana: Oh, please, Julia. You know why I disappeared? It was because –
Julia: No no no! It’s not important. What’s really important here is that you found true love at the beach, because that’s what you left for, no? To find true love? Well now you found it!
The phone rings and interrupts another legendary argument brought to you by Misplaced Sexual Tension. And guess who it is? Why, it’s Armando, of course!
Armando misses Julia. He’s miserable in Spain. Etc. Etc. Blah. After the phone call, Julia goes back to the bed, where Mariana is still sitting looking miserable.
Legendary Argument Brought To You By Misplaced Sexual Tension Take 2 … aaaaand action!
Julia tells Mariana that Armando is all sad and alone in Spain. Mariana makes a sarcastic comment, which pisses Juila off. And then Mariana gets off the bed and says she’s going to go home because she’s sick of them acting like nothing is happening and going on as if nothing.
Julia: You’re right. We’re acting like jerks in pretending that nothing is happening. But you can’t leave. You can’t leave because it’s dangerous and it’s a serious issue that has nothing to do with you or me or Armando or Gaby. It has to do with your safety. You can’t go home now. Don’t you realize what’s going on with you right now? You can’t leave because those assholes are out there and they could hurt you at any moment. You can’t leave so that you can be protected by … Nana … and my sisters … and so that I can take care of you too … and … and I miss you. A lot.
Mariana: Me too!
Julia: I’m sorry.
Aaaaand more hugging.
Later on, they’re enjoying the aftereffects of the hugasms, and Julia says that Mariana has no idea how happy she is to be back from Spain. She couldn’t imagine being all the way over there while Mariana was going through all this stuff. Mariana says she would’ve much preferred to be in Spain, enjoying a good paella while Julia was here suffering. Juila throws a pillow at her.
And it seems like things are back to normal … for now.