Last night at a Taqueria we got to catch some glimpses of the fabulous Telenovela, Man˜ana es Para Siempre. The episode we watched involved a suitably buxom nurse being chased by two bungling thugs (dressed as orderlies) all over the grounds of a mansion. At one point, she found some conveniently stacked barrels of some gooey liquid (possibly egg creme's) which she, of course, kicked over on the thugs. Why those buckets were sitting at the top of a hill near the mansion is a question of cultural signifigance to Mexicans, I'm sure.
At the same time, another character is sitting in the mansion contemplating suicide. She takes a glass shard and holds it against her wrist. She doesn't notice the doctor (who is obviously evil because of the music cue that accompanies him, and the way he sneaks in) sneaking into the room with a syringe of something evil (perhaps egg creme's?) he means to inject her with.
Our poor nurse throws a rock at suicide girls window & startles her. She begs for help, and just as suicide girl is listening to her, the evil doctor tackles her from behind & stabs her with the syringe, sedating her (and then crowing about it to another nurse that just entered. Seriously, I'm pretty sure no one was ever happier to inject a syringe into somebody than this guy..)
Sadly, the thugs lived up to their bumbling reputation. Covered in egg creme, they chase the poor nurse. She manages to find a conveniently slow moving bus with it's door open, and jumps on. Unfortunately, in a dramatic F-U to TV conventions, the bus continues to go slow long enough for one of the thugs to jump on board.
The passengers on the bus (mostly dressed as indigenous indians for some reason) have ignored the nurses desparate cries for help, and the driver has refused to close the door. So, one of the thugs is climbing on to the bus. Stunned, our poor nurse has to do something to get him off. She decides against the conventional kick him off, and goes right to biting the hand that he is grabbing on to the bus with. I would have gone in a different direction, but I wasn't wearing 6 inch heels with a skimpy nurses outfit, so what do I know?
We headed out after this, but we did get to see the last shot. The indians on the bus all start randomly applauding the hysterically sobbing nurse for her action in the face of their apathy.
All in all, this was a classic, probably aided by having no idea of the plot or even speaking the language. It really played like a spoof of every convention of telenovelas. The strange interspersing of random physical comedy with scenery chewing juxtaposed with a strangely cinema veritae depiction of attempted suicide made for riveting viewing over my pollo asado burrito. I actually Youtubed a couple of other snippets, but none were as entertaining as the travails of our poor nurse.
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