The conversation between Mariana and Hernan is still going on. Hernan confesses that while he didn’t leave because of that woman, he did stay because of her. He explains that what she gave him was something beyond the physical. They both shared a passion for the work they were doing.
Hernan: Mariana, when you’re there, in the jungle, in the fight, you’re very lonely. You have a lot of people around you that would give their life for you, but you’re alone. And she was there. Of course I fell in love. But I also fell in love with her clarity and her intelligence, for her passion for the fight. There was no way to separate one thing from the other. She revealed to me the reasons for why I was there…
Mariana asks what happened to her and Hernan says it ended, like everything does.
Las Aparicio are still playing the candle wax game and I’m not sure that anyone has gotten a particularly mind-blowing answer to anything. Though that doesn’t stop them from using the game to tease Mercedes about when she’ll stop being stupid and sleep with Claudio.
Back at Mariana’s, the conversation continues and they discuss why Hernan came back. Mariana asks if he came back because he’d finished things off with the woman and he says he came back because he’d realized that he’d given his life for everyone but for his own family. Mariana tells him that he doesn’t even know her and he agrees but that given the chance, he’d love to know more about her.
Mariana’s not up for talking about herself (a.k.a. coming out), but she tells Hernan that he can crash on her couch.
The next day, Hernan is looking through Mariana’s bookshelves and opens a book to find a picture of Mariana and Dany stuck between the pages. Wasn’t that picture framed a few episodes back when he broke into her apartment?
He says her friend looks like Julia, which I think just means Hernan has a functioning gaydar because other than their both loving Mariana, I don’t think they have much in common. Hernan then apologizes for looking through her stuff and says he just wants to know more about her.
But Mariana’s still not up for the big revelation about her sexuality, which is really what talking about herself would entail, so she shoots off some quick answers to his questions about what she loves and what moves her and sends him on his merry way.
Later on, Julia’s over and they’re doing what two girls who are in a Complicated Relationship do best together: cook.
Julia: Did you fix everything with your dad? Did you come out of the closet and everything?
I think Julia should write a book called How To Solve All Your Problems The Julia Aparicio Way. Got an issue? Julia Aparicio can help! Did your father abandon you when you were four? Is he suddenly back? Are you having trouble restoring that relationship? Well, come out of the closet! Problem solved!
Are you in love with more than one person at once and can’t decide between them? Are they both in love with you? Well, date them both at the same time and convince them that this is a good idea!
Oops, getting way ahead of myself.
Back to this.
Mariana: It’s not that simple. I don’t want to talk about my sexuality to a perfect stranger like Hernan.
Julia: What do you mean a stranger? He’s your father! What if instead of a picture of Dany he’d found the picture of some guy. Wouldn’t you have told him, "Yeah, it’s my boyfriend," or something like that?
Mariana: Well, yeah.
But Mariana is scared about being rejected by her father once he knows the truth, which is understandable given her stepfather’s reaction.
A little later, Armando shows up.
No, not that Armando. Armando from the Atelier! Who? Yeah, I didn’t know him either. He’s just there to pick up the food for the cafe.
Julia also thought it was the other Armando and freaked out.
Mariana: It wasn’t the other Armando. Why, have you talked to him?
Julia: No, of course not. That’s why I almost had a heart attack. I can’t talk to him. What am I going to say? "Oh yeah, I’m totally in love… I have a girlfriend." I can’t tell him about us Mariana. Not now. He’s got a lot of problems –
Mariana: Could it be that you don’t want to talk to him because you miss him too much and it hurts?
Julia: No. That’s not why. It’s honestly because I don’t want to hurt him. The guy is in a bad place. I can’t hurt him like that right now.
Mariana: Yeah, poor him.
But Mariana gets over it and later on the two of them are in Mariana’s bedroom doing what any two girls in love with each other do when they’re alone in a bedroom together: rehearse for an audition.
There’s also some tickling.
And some kissing.
And some peeping Hernans.
Don’t worry, Hernan, they’re just practicing for boys.
Like any responsible father who’s just spotted his daughter making out with her best friend, Hernan dives for cover when Julia finally passes by on her way out of the apartment.