Later on, at Casa Aparicio, the family – and Hernan – are having a meal together and Hernan is talking about why he left. Essentially it was because he wanted to fight for a better world and it’s hard to be a revolutionary while being a part of the system. Ileana says that he left to do all those things he claimed to want to do and because those things didn’t work out now he was back. She tells him he should take responsibility for his actions and for Mariana’s feelings.
Hernan is totally in agreement and says that kids should not be responsible for their parents’ mistakes. And starts to say that when he was younger they believed in utopias like equality and liberty.
And then Mariana shows up to call b.s. on his whole Utopian fantasy excuse.
After what I’m sure was a very pleasant meal, Mariana and Hernan retire to the living room, where Mariana tells him that when she was little her mother’s friends had a nickname for him: Utopio. She hadn’t understood the nickname until now.
Hernan asks Mariana about the letters he’d write to her but Mariana says she never saw them. He says in the letters he tried to explain himself but that it doesn’t matter now. And that it’s even more of a reason for her to listen to him.
Mariana: I have to listen to you. For what? So you feel better? To relieve your guilt? I don’t have to do anything for you, Hernan.
Hernan: Don’t do it for me. Do it so you understand what happened in your own story.
Score 1 for Hernan.
Later on, Hernan shows up at Mariana’s because Mariana called him. She’s still not happy about any of it and says her life is really complicated and he’s shown up and ruined everything. But she still wants to know his story, so that she’s not left with the uncertainty of it.
Over at the Aparicio household, Ileana and Julia are watching sports news to find out what’s going on with Armando. Because sports people speak an entirely different language, neither Ileana nor Julia know what’s going on with Armando’s situation. Alma suggests maybe Julia talk to Armando, but Julia starts to hyperventilate because talking to Armando will lead him to ask about her life and she can’t possibly tell him she’s with Mariana now. That would be like … having to be honest about her feelings and making her decision official and coming out to her ex-boyfriend. It’s TOO HARD.
At which point Sue Sylvester pops in to yell, “You think this is hard? I’m passing a gallstone as we speak! That’s hard!”
But back at Mariana’s, Hernan is narrating his life story and Mariana’s eyes are all teary as she listens to him talk about how he wanted to make the world a better place for her. He left at first as a volunteer doctor and all the misery that he saw convinced him to make a bigger sacrifice and take on those responsibilities with everything he had.
Mariana: And one of those responsibilities you had was falling in love with that woman…
Hernan doesn’t have a ready-made answer for that one, so we let Aurelia start up her closing narration, as we move on to episode 44.
It turns out that Alma, on top of being a doctor, mathematician, astronaut, marine biologist, neurologist, gallery owner, and escort service leader, is also a witch. Or so claims Ileana when Mercedes pops in to see what her sisters are up to. Alma explains that they’re playing Tell Me, Wax, Tell Me; a game of mystery, magick and candle wax.
Mercedes is familiar with the game and sits down to play.
Essentially, you ask the candle wax a question, pour some into a bowl of water, and then whatever it does in the water is your answer.