After dinner, Julia and Mariana are in the kitchen, helping with the dishes. Armando comes in and asks to help. They wonder at his desire to help with domestic tasks but he says that he notes them looking tired and wants to be of aid. Then Julia gets some soap in her eye and Armando beats Mariana to the punch in helping Julia. Mariana walks over to help but Julia doesn’t even notice her.
Mariana: I’m leaving, Julia.
Julia: What? Why?
Mariana: There are too many hands on one plate.
Way too many. Mariana storms off.
In episode 53, we pick things up a little later that night. Julia is at Mariana’s apartment and the two are arguing about the soap-in-the-eye incident. Julia doesn’t see what the big deal is.
Julia: It’s only Armando!
Mariana: Oh, it’s only Armando! Julia, you’re going to drive me crazy. I swear to you. You have to understand that he’s your ex-boyfriend. It’s logical that I’m like this.
Julia: You’ve said it. EX-boyfriend, which means past. And you’re now my girl, which means present. Don’t you understand the difference?
Mariana: Of course I understand, but I also see, very clearly, what his intentions are, and they’re not good. And honestly, I’m not cool with it, because I can’t stop thinking that he wants something with you and that there’s something there between you still. I just … no, no…
Blah. Blah. Lesbian arguments. Blah. Mariana tells her she’s had this argument before, with Dany, only that Julia was Armando. Julia asks how that argument ended and Mariana admits that they made up. Julia smiles and asks if she can please approach her now. Mariana, whose picture appears next to the definition of the word “whipped” (right next to Jane Rizzoli’s picture, actually), doesn’t say no, so Julia takes her cue.
Mariana says that dating Julia is difficult because she feels like Armando’s ghost is haunting everything. Julia finds this amusing. It takes 3.5 seconds of Julia touching Mariana to soften her up into a ball of goo. So, argument over.
The next day, the two of them are sharing a cute moment alone, which obviously means that Armando is about to show up. But first, Julia asks what Hernan and Mariana talked about the day before and Mariana confesses that they spoke about her and Julia’s relationship. Naturally, Julia wants to know what was said. Mariana tries to be vague, but that doesn’t work.
Julia: I mean, did you tell him about the whole process of how we went from being best friends to being in love?
Mariana: What? You mean you’re in love with me?
And then the cuteness shrivels up and dies because guess who’s there? Yes. Armando. On the plus side, no one is happy about it.
Mariana: No. It can’t be.
Armando shows up … with pie. Mmm, pie. Wait, what am I saying? It’s EVIL PIE. Armando made it with “love.” And by love, he means, “I made it so I’d have a reason to show up here and interrupt whatever alone time you two have. Have a slice.”
They invite him in. They try the pie. It is, unsurprisingly, not very good. Armando thanks them for their honest opinion.