Over at the Atelier, Armando tries to get Alma to help him with the whole Julia situation. Alma tells him that she can’t control what Julia thinks or feels or does and wouldn’t want to anyway. Armando says he’s lost because he doesn’t want to share Julia but he also doesn’t want to lose her. Alma tells him that she doesn’t feel comfortable having that conversation and that the three of them will have to resolve it themselves.
Back at Casa Aparicio, Rafaela has no trouble at all having that conversation. She’s annoyed at Julia and letting it all out. She recounts Julia’s many indecisions and tells Mariana that none of it is right.
Rafaela doesn’t want to see Mariana get hurt further and wants her to let Julia go if that would be healthiest.
Rafaela: Julia is my daughter. I love her with all of my heart, but it’s not worth it, my love.
Mariana: But I love her.
Rafaela: Of course you love her, but you also have to decide what you want for yourself. You have the right to be happy. If Armando was sitting right there, I’d tell him the same thing. The two of you deserve the best.
Mariana: The best? Patroncita, Julia is my best. She’s my best friend. She’s my best companion. She’s my life and without her…
Rafaela: Hermann Hesse said, ‘To be born, you must destroy a world.’
He also said, “Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.” Not that Mariana is ever letting go. She’s in luuurve and as Mother Teresa said, “If you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love.” I’m not sure she was talking about polyamory, though.
In the meantime, Mariana decides to call someone to come by and change the locks on her front gate because it will keep curly-haired vermin from wandering in uninvited. I’m all for this.
Unfortunately, as she’s in the middle of explaining to the lady on the phone that she wants more locks on her doors because she needs to guard her house and her heart more, she realizes maybe she doesn’t want to guard her heart so much and tells the lady never mind.
Over at Armando’s, he’s in the middle of calling Julia to offer to pick her up from the set, but then Mariana shows up out of the blue and ruins those plans.
Mariana: You’re not going anywhere.
I love bossy Mariana.
Armando: Have you come to say you don’t want any part of the arrangement or to discuss how we’re going to schedule our time with Julia, because honestly, I prefer Sundays.
Mariana: I’ve come to discuss totally the opposite.
She wants them both to stop the madness. Neither one gets Julia.
That’s like… if you have two chocolate addicts and they’re both dating this giant Twix bar and the giant Twix bar is like, “I want you both,” and the chocolate addicts are like, “No way, neither of us get you!” Pffft. Like it wouldn’t take two seconds for them both to be munching away on the Twix bar. Please.
Did I mention I’m on cold medicine? Okay, I’m not, but I should be.
Where was I?
Oh yes, Mariana has diagrams.
It looks a lot like Julia’s diagram except it’s in purple which is a gay color and it matches the rag on her head.
Mariana proposes that they make a pact to stay away from Julia because they can’t keep letting her lead them around like two lost puppies. The only way she will learn to choose is if they both agree to see her as little as possible, and with zero romantic intentions.
They’re totally drunk as they make this pact so you know it’s serious and will hold up well against the test of time.
Yeah, they’re totally doomed.