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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

#TorontoStrong



Living in Canada, you almost feel as though you're in a fish bowl in comparison to the rest of the world.  As a Canadian, I am often looking through the newspapers, or watching the news on television, seeing all of the horrific events that have taken place over the last couple of years worldwide.  The terrorist attacks on Paris and Nice.  The bombings at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.  The hostage crisis in the coffee shop in Sydney, Australia a couple of years ago.  But living in Canada, I admit that at times I have felt as though we were insulated from all of those horrible tragedies.  I, like so many of my fellow Canadians, thought that those events couldn't possibly happen in a country as friendly and warm-hearted as Canada.

At least, I felt that way until 1:27 p.m., on April 23, 2018.



That was the moment in which a white van sped through one of Toronto's busiest streets and purposely mowed down pedestrians at three major points of the street before he was stopped by police.

Ten people lost their lives that day.  At least fourteen were wounded.  And for hundreds of people who happened to be in the vicinity of Yonge and Finch Streets in Toronto, as well as Mel Lastman Square, they were witness to an event so shocking that I suspect that many of them won't forget what they saw for a very long time...if ever.

For the paramedics on the scene to take the injured to the hospitals, to pedestrians on the streets calling 911 and administering first aid to the wounded, to the peaceful manner in which the perpetrator was arrested.  Let's just say that there was no shortage of heroes that day.  But among those were millions of people all across Ontario, trying to make sense over what just happened.

It's true what people say.  You never think anything so tragic will happen in your own backyard and when it does, you are completely caught off guard.  Just last week, the top story in Toronto was the CN Tower being forced to close because of melting ice falling from the top of it.  To go from that to this...that would be jarring for anybody.



I know that when it comes down to it, I certainly didn't expect anything like this to happen in Toronto.  It's only a four hour drive from my area to Toronto.  I've visited the city of Toronto a great many times - the last time being just a few years ago.  And by all accounts, Toronto is a wonderful city.  It's way too expensive for me to live there, but whenever I have visited there, it was always a good experience.

Toronto has always been one of the most multicultural cities in Canada, if not the world.  It is a living, breathing mozaic of different cultures and backgrounds coming together to form a huge city built on a foundation of love and understanding. 

I guess that's why I am still in disbelief that this happened. 

Now, we've certainly seen cases of this happening all over the world, and certainly every nation has their own coping measures with how to process their grief. 

This is how we do it in Canada.



On the very street where ten people lost their lives, makeshift memorials have popped up, with people from all over Ontario coming down to pay tribute to those who fell.  Gigantic poster boards with signatures and messages of compassion line the street.  So many flowers of various colours have popped up along the street.  It is very reminiscent of what took place in Saskatchewan a couple of weeks ago when the Humboldt Broncos were involved in that bus crash that claimed the lives of half of its team.  And it's a testament of just how strong of a community Toronto is, with its citizens leaning on each other to get through it as best they can.



I've also learned that Toronto is resilient and refuses to back down and cower when times are tough.  Even though a hockey game was scheduled the same night that this took place, the game was held as scheduled.  And I have to think that because of the strength of Torontonians and the resolve of the hometown hockey spirit that the Toronto Maple Leafs are on their way to Game 7 against the Boston Bruins during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. 

And I think that whether you live in the heart of Toronto, or several hundred kilometers away, this tragedy has impacted so many Canadians.  While our bubble of protection has sprung a leak, I don't think that we should live our lives in fear either. 

Toronto will get through this.  The entire eyes of the world are now upon them...and I'm sure that for many of those eyes looking at this unfold...they know exactly what it means when people say that they are #TorontoStrong.




Stay strong, Toronto.  We're all there for you.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Recapping One Day at a Time - Episode 12 - Hurricane Victor


Brace yourselves.  A storm is coming to this blog.  And I do apologize for taking a week off...it's been a crazy week.  But fear not...I've got a little bit of writing inspiration back, so there's more to come.  But first...

According to today's schedule in the Recapping One Day at a Time feature, we're at Episode 12 - Hurricane Victor.  Now, I'm guessing that the reason why this episode is called this is because Victor is the name of Penelope's ex-husband and his return is set to cause a ruckus.  I don't know for sure, but that's my guess.



For now, we're treated to a make out session between Penelope and her new boyfriend, Ben.  Remember, we met him in Episode 11 after Penelope picked him up in a gay bar because she was still coming to terms with Elena being gay.  And as it turns out, Penelope mentions this in passing to Ben, as Victor is planning on making an appearance to celebrate Elena's quinces with her.  Ben seems a little nervous, but Penelope assures him that all is fine - even though her mother still has this idea that she and Victor will get back together again.  Which leads to some random scene where Lydia actually calls Penelope using Ben's number.  No, that's not creepy at all.



By the time Penelope arrives home from her date, she sees that Elena, Alex, and Lydia are gathered around the computer having a Skype session with Victor.  At this point we don't see his face - we just hear him.  But it appears as though the session is going well with Victor playfully flirting with an unimpressed Penelope, and Lydia clearly seems to be holding onto hope that Victor and Penelope will find love with each other once again.  



It seems as though there's at least one more member of the Alvarez family that doesn't seem excited that Victor is visiting.  Elena is concerned about her father coming to see her because she feels as though they have absolutely nothing in common.  Plus, she hasn't told him that she's come out of the closet yet and she is worried about how he will react.  Though Penelope does try to make her feel better by saying that because she likes girls, then she'll have something in common with him.  Still, it's a valid concern that Elena has, and it'll be interesting to see if the show deals with this potential plot twist.



Alex is excited to be playing the cello in a recital that he has coming up in the next couple of days.  Though he is bummed that Victor can't be there to see him perform.  But as Victor is talking to Alex on the computer, they hear a knock on the door, and when Penelope opens it...

...surprise!  Victor is standing at the door!  And Alex gives him a hug so huge that they both fall backwards into the hallway!  I guess Alex has grown some since they last saw each other a year ago.  Victor also tries to make contact with Elena, but they both just seem to awkwardly stare at each other not knowing what to do next - proving that Elena's opinion of Victor might have a lot of threads of truth binding it together.



Of course, Penelope's reaction to Victor is a little bit frosty, but Victor is undeterred.  In fact, he's quite charming and warm to her, and eventually succeeds in making her crack a smile or two. 



As for Lydia, it seems as though Lydia is more than on board with the "Reunite Penelope and Victor" train.  When Victor remarks that he came early to see Alex's recital and he's booked a hotel room for the duration of his stay, Lydia opens up her curtain and offers Victor use of her bed!  Even better news for Penelope, Lydia announces that she will be moving into Penelope's room.  I'm surprised she doesn't take up residency with her platonic bestie, Dr. Berkowitz, but he's not in this episode either.  I'm guessing Stephen Tobolowsky had other commitments and was only available for 11 of 13 episodes, but still...I'm kind of missing him.



The following morning, Victor is pouring Lydia some coffee and Lydia is incredibly smitten.  Seems as though he's turning on the charm again - which doesn't seem to go unnoticed by Penelope - or Lydia.



Victor also seems to want to make up for lost time with his children as well, offering to make them breakfast.  Unfortunately for Victor, his attempt involves making pancakes shaped like a clown face.  Certainly the breakfast of champions for a kid, but for Elena it is a bit juvenile.  At least Alex is easy to please, remarking that his clown pancakes are about to create a circus in his stomach.  Wow.



Victor also has some presents to give to the kids as a way to make up for the fact that he's been away for a whole year.  For Alex, the gift he brings is one that many thirteen-year-old boys dream of.  A PlayStation 4!  Needless to say, Alex is thrilled about the gift and thanks Victor wholeheartedly.



I only wish Victor had struck gold with Elena as well.  Her gift happens to be a gigantic Barbie doll - which leads me to wonder if Victor realizes that a quinces is to celebrate a girl turning FIFTEEN!  Victor hilariously tries to explain that the doll is a fierce Latina like her, but Elena only half buys it.  Fortunately, Victor kept the receipt so he can return her to Toys R Us...well, at least this was filmed during the period in which Toys R Us wasn't completely bankrupt.



Once the kids and Lydia leave (I should point out that Lydia doesn't want to leave, but Penelope forces her to go), Penelope and Victor chat about the last year, and Victor actually admits to Penelope that he is seeking treatment for his problems.  He tells her all the steps he took to get to where he is now, and Penelope seems visibly impressed.  Considering the stories we've heard about Penelope and Victor, it would appear that their relationship breakdown was because Victor refused to get help for his problems - culminating in Victor nearly crashing a car into a tree.  Maybe Victor is serious about getting help.  And maybe he is serious about wanting to make amends with his family.

Of course, this prompts Penelope to drop a bombshell of her own.  She's seeing someone.  And while Victor initially seems upset about it, he calms down a bit and shakes his bon bon over the news.  Okay, maybe he's no Ricky Martin, but again.  Positive steps.  Victor asks Penelope who he is.



Cue a yet again shirtless Schneider asking Penelope what colour sweater he should wear to Alex's recital completely ignoring Victor.  Okay, I'm hoping we see less shirtless Schneider in Season 2 because this recurring gag is getting really old.



But at least Penelope and Schneider (and I) get a good hearty chuckle when Victor makes the assumption that Schneider is Penelope's new man.  Yeah, like THAT'S gonna happen.

Anyway, after that misunderstanding, everyone is gathered at the place where Alex is playing.  Which appears to be at an old folks home where some elderly guy is singing old songs from the 1940s and 1950s.  I suppose we all have to start somewhere.



At least the relationship between Schneider and Victor is thawing.  Victor actually appreciates Schneider for being there for Alex and taking him to games, and supporting him in developing his skills.  Again, I'm finding it hard to understand why Victor is so bad of a guy, and watching Penelope and Lydia, I think Penelope is questioning why they split up.



But we've no time to analyze this now.  There's a problem.  The person who was responsible for delivering the musical instruments to the recital has gotten lost, and Alex doesn't have his cello to play.  If he cannot play, the recital will be cancelled.



Fortunately, Victor has a plan.  While he sends Schneider out to go find the van, he grabs Penelope and takes her to the front of the room to stall the audience.  Mind you, their idea of stalling the audience involves he and Penelope singing the 1983 Bonnie Tyler classic "Total Eclipse of the Heart" a bunch of times - but let's face it.  The crowd isn't THAT tough to entertain.  Turn around, bright eyes.



At any rate, Elena and Lydia seem pleased to see that Penelope and Victor are getting along with Elena remarking on how cute they look together.  Given that Elena is the living, breathing definition of sarcasm, this is a big deal for her to say this.



Fortunately, it doesn't take long for Schneider to recover the instruments, and after Alex and his friends are equipped with their respective strings, they start to play their song.  Thankfully it's NOT Bonnie Tyler's "Holding Out on a Hero".  But given the glances and compliments that Victor showers Penelope with, maybe Penelope is starting to see him as the hero she fell in love with.  This could be quite complicated.



Back home, Alex is praised for his performance by all, and Alex wants to hook up his PS4 as a reward for his hard work.  Victor is definitely up for that idea, but first he has to give something to Elena.  He returned the Barbie doll to the store and instead gave her a gift of a donation to one of her favourite social organizations.  Now that's a gift for the aspiring social justice warrior!  Elena loves the gift, and it seems as though Penelope is noticing that Victor is making an effort and is pleased by it.

Of course, she can't think about that right now.  She has a hot date with Ben tonight and she wants to focus all of her attention on the date.  But as she leaves to go on the date, Victor stops her and has a present for her as well.



It appears as though Victor is realizing that Penelope wanted Victor to make a decision about their future and he has drafted up divorce papers for her to sign.  It seems as though all is fine and good and that Victor is now free to live his life and get help for his issues and Penelope and Ben can sail off into the sunset together.



So...why are they smooching in the hallway?  You know that both talk a good game, but you can tell that there are some major unresolved feelings between herself and Victor.  This probably doesn't bode well for her future with Ben.



Sure enough, Penelope decides to break things off with Ben right then and there...and while Ben is shocked of the sudden turnaround, I get the impression that he understands the confusion that Penelope has.  To be honest, I don't fault Penelope at all for this.  The truth is, I think she handled the break-up very well.  They weren't dating that long, so there wasn't time to build up a deep relationship, and if she had any doubts, it's good that she made them clear now.  Still, it kind of sucks because Ben was actually not a bad guy for her.  Alas, Ben, we hardly knew ye.

Penelope arrives home late at night and she sees Victor sleeping soundly in Lydia's bed.  But of course, Victor wakes up and asks Penelope why she's home so soon.  Penelope explains that she called it quits with Ben and that she is not as ready to move on with another man as she thought she was. 



Victor tries to cheer her up by offering to spoon her in Lydia's bed...which to me would probably have me running for the door based on the ick factor surrounding that very suggestion.  But Penelope - whose brain is obviously not working properly - thinks this is an okay idea and crawls into bed beside him.



At first, things are going okay, and Penelope and Victor are really enjoying the moment...which almost makes me believe that this is the moment in which they will get back together.  However, since this sitcom seems to be grounded in reality more than most, we have to have one last twist ending.  And in this twist ending, we learn that Victor has alcohol on his breath when Penelope leans in to kiss him.



And judging from the number of empty beer cans that fall out of the bed when he tries to get up from the bed, I'm guessing that Victor is not enrolled in Alcoholics Anonymous.  Now I'm beginning to see what contributed to the break-up between Victor and Penelope.



What ends up happening is a blow out screaming match between Victor and Penelope with Penelope cursing Victor out for not getting the help he needs, and Victor making excuses for why he doesn't need help.  Penelope makes the final move by kicking Victor out and ordering him to go to a hotel...and furthermore, she doesn't want to see him again until Elena's quinces, as she does not want Alex or Elena to see him in this state.  And right there is why Penelope is not only just a badass soldier, but a badass mother as well.  Mad respect to her.



The argument causes Lydia to wake up, and Victor - knowing that Lydia has a soft spot for him - tries to reason with her to calm Penelope down.  But Lydia is firm in her stance, and she wants Victor to leave as well. 



The episode ends with Victor leaving his former home with his tail between his legs, and Lydia doing her best to console a heartbroken Penelope as the screen fades to black.  And to make note of the fact that this is a "very special episode", there is no music to accompany the closing credits.

Really, this episode proves a lot of points.  It showcases the fact that as an ensemble, the actors chosen were the best.  I liked the actor who played Victor as he perfectly portrays someone who had it all but was traumatized by war and lost it all because he couldn't cope with it.  And as I stated before...Penelope Alvarez is a total badass, and someone that all women can look up to.

Later on this week, we will end off season one with Elena's quinces - which promises to be explosive!  That's all I can say for now. 

Let's end this off with some of the funniest lines from episode 12.  Enjoy!

LYDIA:  Victor is showing us a funny picture of a camel.  It is very tiny.  It has no humps.  And...it is a dog.

PENELOPE:  And, uh, where are we with the idea of telling him?
ELENA:  Oh, who thinks it's a good idea to greet my Latino veteran dad with "Hey, I like girls!"
PENELOPE:  You'll finally have something in common.

VICTOR:  I know, I'm early, but I really wanted to surprise papi chulo over here and see his cello show.
ALEX:  Awesome.
LYDIA:  Que nice, que thoughtful...Kay Jewelers.  They sell engagement rings.

ELENA:  A donation to Kiva...in my name!
ALEX:  Why are you giving money to a guy named Kiva when you could be giving money to a guy named Alex?
ELENA:  Oh, Kiva is an organization that gives a loan to a small business in a developing nation.  They're amazing!  How did you know I would like this?
VICTOR:  Well, I did a little research.  And, uh, well, somebody told me you were...what was it?
LYDIA:  Annoying?
VICTOR:  A...a social justice warrior.
LYDIA:  Same thing.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Recapping One Day at a Time - Episode 11 - Pride & Prejudice

Okay, so I am racing against time to post this entry before any potential power outages.  My area is in line to get a major ice storm - in the middle of April - and I don't know how severe it will be in this area.  And since I worked late last night, I'm posting the Recapping One Day At A Time entry a day late.  I'm thinking that maybe choosing Fridays was a bad move on my part.  I might rectify this the next time I do a television review blog.

Anyway, the big news from Episode 10 was Elena finally coming out to Penelope.  In Episode 11 - Pride & Prejudice, we see how she is coming to terms with it. 



And given that she is knocking on Schneider's door in the middle of the night, I'm guessing that Penelope is having issues with it.  After Schneider lets her in, she talks about how Elena came out to her, and is actually shocked to find that Schneider and Alex knew before she did.  But once she gets over the shock, she explains that she is not entirely okay with knowing that Elena is a lesbian.  She doesn't consider herself homophobic, and she doesn't even know why she is having reservations about it.  I am just going to take a wild guess here and say that because she only found out a short time ago and it's taking her brain time to process it.  I mean, having a loved one come out to you is a fairly life-changing event.  It takes time to understand it for some people.



Of course, maybe Schneider isn't the best person to talk about this stuff because it seems as though Schneider uses the opportunity to try and ask Penelope for some friends with benefits action while he has another woman in his bedroom.  Remind me why Penelope and Schneider are friends again?



After the opening credits, we see that it is now the following morning, and while Lydia is listening to music, Penelope is going a little bit too overboard in her acceptance of Elena coming out.  I mean, I get that she's trying to make an effort, but she comes across as being a little bit cartoonish.  Either way, Elena is very happy that everyone in her family has been accepting of her coming out, and for what it's worth, it IS good to see.

However, Elena still hasn't filled Lydia in on her sexuality yet, and given Lydia's religious background and old way of thinking, I'm guessing that it will be very hard for her.  And since Dr. Berkowitz doesn't appear in this episode, there's no buffer for her to hide behind.  And it appears as though she will have to wait to tell her anyway because Lydia has invited Josh over so that she can teach them how to do the special dance at Elena's upcoming quinces.  For what it's worth, Elena happily informs Penelope that Josh is okay with Elena coming out - causing Penelope even more doubt within herself.



Soon after we're introduced to the B-plot of the episode which focuses on Alex and Schneider.  It seems as though Alex has gotten so good on the baseball team that he has been selected to play at away games.  There is a game coming up this weekend in San Diego, and he really wants to go - but Penelope is booked for that weekend and cannot take him.



Schneider makes a suggestion to be the team chaperone for the game, which includes an overnight stay at a hotel, and it's not hard to understand why Penelope would be so against it given Schneider's background in general.  But to Schneider's credit, he manages to craft a solid argument for Alex, and he promises that he will make sure that Alex will be safe under his care which somehow sways Penelope in the other direction.  On one hand, I'm thinking what the hell just happened...but on the other hand, she's had a lot to process over the last few hours.  She's not quite there yet.



Some time later, Lydia is working with Josh and Elena on their quinces dance and it appears that both of them are having a great time learning all of the steps...until Lydia gets a little bit too giddy and starts making both of them dance closer together.  I take it that Elena still hasn't had the important discussion with Lydia yet.  Of course, Lydia's interference sends Elena and Josh collapsing into each other on the couch, making for a rather entertaining scene when Penelope arrives home from work.  But hey...I'm sure by now Penelope is used to it.

But Penelope's mind is actually on something else - or rather someone else.  She is concerned about Alex and disappears into the kitchen to contact Schneider to find out what is going on and if Alex is okay.  



Of course, Schneider is perfectly fine.  After all, he's currently talking to Penelope from the hotel restaurant while simultaneously flirting with Finn's mother.  For what it's worth, Alex, Finn, and the rest of the team seem to be doing well, and Schneider actually impresses Penelope by sharing with her some of the safety features of the hotel including the date in which the elevators were last inspected!  I seriously hope this isn't foreshadowing and Schneider accidentally sets the hotel on fire trying to attract the attention of Finn's mom.  But let's face it.  Finn's mom has got it going on.



After Penelope gets off the phone, she is floored to learn that while she was chatting with Schneider, Elena came out to Lydia.  And even more surprisingly, Lydia appears to be completely accepting of it!  Josh remarks that Elena has a great family to support her in her coming out, and Elena is on cloud nine, exclaiming just how much she loves everyone.  It's such a sweet moment...



...which makes Penelope feel even worse about herself for not being on the same page.  It does make her slightly feel better knowing that Lydia only appeared to accept Elena's coming out when in reality she has a huge problem with it.  And when I say it makes her feel better, I mean in the sense that she isn't the only one with doubts.  But hilariously (and I will recap the whole conversation in the best lines portion of this piece), Lydia literally does a complete 180 in the time span of eighty-three seconds, causing Penelope to look even more exasperated!  It's becoming clear that Penelope is still trying to process the information, but doesn't quite know how to get there - a challenge that I am sure a lot of people have gone through.

Let's leave Penelope and Lydia for now and check back in with Schneider, Alex, Finn, and a couple of their friends at the hotel.  Schneider is really becoming incredibly overprotective, insisting that he check the hotel room for hazards before they go inside.



And then Schneider gets all angry when the kids just want to jump on the beds.  And then he proceeds to throw out an entire coffee maker because he deems it a fire hazard.  Wow...is it just me, or has Schneider become a bit more crazier than he usually is in this episode?



Or, maybe it's all of the adults that have gone crazy because Penelope has decided that if she is to be more accepting of Elena's coming out story, she should familiarize herself more with gay culture.  So as a result, she's sitting in the middle of a gay bar with her gay friend from her veteran support group, Ramona.  On one hand, I'm not sure how this plan of hers is supposed to work (and for that matter, I don't even think Ramona understands).  On the other hand, good on Penelope for trying to understand Elena more.

Of course, Ramona proves to be of no help to Penelope.  Mind you, she really tries...but when her gaze focuses upon a sexy woman across the bar, she abandons Penelope in an effort to get to know the woman better while half-heartedly telling Penelope to watch her in action so that she will get a better idea of what it will be like for Elena while dating.  Um...huh?

Someone else who is having a hard time is Schneider, who is obviously not dealing with being the chaperone of an entire baseball team very well.  It actually takes Finn's mom to get him to sit down and relax.  Also seated at the table is a large, burly man who appears to be Cuban - which makes for a really awkward scene when Schneider talks about how ever since he became the chaperone for Alex, he's become more Cuban as a result.  Seriously, Schneider...just be quiet.  Sometimes silence is golden.  But after a while, Schneider is realizing that Finn's mother is correct and that he should just relax.  After all, the kids are upstairs in the hotel room relaxing, chilling...



...getting arrested by hotel security who brings them to Schneider's table causing Schneider to curse in Spanish.  At least that's what I think he's doing as my Spanish vocabulary only consists of words learned from Sesame Street.



Back at the gay bar, Penelope is looking rather glum.  Granted, I don't think she'll be feeling that way for much longer given how she seems to be sucking back cocktails...but still, she's nowhere near getting any sort of resolution for why she feels the way she feels.  She is so in the dumps that she doesn't initially notice that there is a nice looking young man sitting next to her initiating conversation with her.  It takes a while for Penelope to open up to her new drinking buddy, but we learn that his name is Ben, and that he's at the bar with his brother.  But before we learn this information, Penelope tells him about her daughter Elena and how she came out, and how she feels she is a monster because she's not entirely okay with it.  But to her surprise, Ben understands exactly what she's going through.  When Penelope explains that she only found out a day and a half ago that her daughter was gay, he laughs and says that it's perfectly normal for her to be feeling the way she is.  He then says something very profound about how her heart is ready to accept...but her brain just needs to catch up.  It certainly doesn't make Penelope think of Elena any less...it will just take time.  Just as it took time for him to accept that his brother was gay.



Oh, and for the record, Ben asks Penelope out on a date since he's straight.  Only Penelope can go to a gay bar and find a date.  But what a pivotal scene.  I really enjoy this show and its ability to tackle tough subjects with compassion and kindness.  Not too many shows on nowadays are successful in this.



Later that night, Schneider and Alex arrive home way before they were supposed to which causes Penelope and Lydia to wonder what happened.  Come to think of it, we never did find out why Alex and Finn were busted by hotel security.  It seems as though when Schneider was downstairs at the hotel lobby, Alex and Finn thought it great fun to take a couple of the chambermaid's carts and have races with them through the hallways.  I mean, come on...the first time I stayed in a hotel, I was fourteen and I totally considered doing that too.  But the difference was that when I was fourteen, I didn't have a chaperone like Schneider.



Schneider is being a real drama queen about how much he failed Alex, and how much he failed the Alvarez family, and how he feels like a failure.  I almost wish we had Yo-Yo Ma in the background playing music over this scene because this is over the top even for Schneider.  So imagine Schneider's surprise when Penelope hugs him and actually celebrates the fact that her overprotective nature left an indelible impression on Schneider and that she trusts him to look after Alex again because of it.  This cheers Schneider up, but leaves me feeling way confused.  I almost kind of wish that Schneider took this episode off and Dr. Berkowitz was in it because this episode kind of makes Schneider look like an inept fool that was rewarded for being an inept fool.  More inept than usual.



The end scene takes place in Elena's room where she's Skyping with Carmen with her laptop.  It's nice to see her again, even though she's still very strange.  But she seems to be adjusting to her new life in Texas and has amusingly started adding the word "y'all" in random conversation.  And it's also cool to see that when Penelope comes into the room to chat she's friendly with her.  I get the feeling that no matter how far away they are, Carmen will always be an honorary member of the Alvarez family.



And in the last few moments of the show, Elena and Penelope share a real bonding moment and I think Penelope has finally come to terms with the fact that Elena is gay - a very positive end to an otherwise strange show.  Penelope even mentions that she met a man and they are going on a date, which may signify a brand new story arc for her.  I'm kind of excited to see where this is going...though looking at the preview for Episode #12, it may pose a challenge when Penelope's ex re-enters the picture. 

And now we shall laugh at the most humourous lines from the eleventh episode.  Enjoy!

ALEX:  No one wants their mom around when they're dating models.  Just being real with you.
PENELOPE:  You still have Spider-Man sheets.  Just being real with you.

PENELOPE:  All right.  You think you got what it takes?  Bedtime?
SCHNEIDER:  9:00 p.m. weekdays. 10:00 p.m. weekends.
PENELOPE:  Blood type?
SCHNEIDER:  O positive.
LYDIA:  Wrong.  Red.

PENELOPE:  Thank God that you're so honest with your feelings.
LYDIA:  Yeah, I know you don't agree with them because you are so liberal...and I'm just a narrow-minded homofallopian.
PENELOPE:  You mean you're homophobic?
LYDIA:  Ha!  There is the judgment.  Look...I know you are cool with this, but you have to understand.  I am a religious woman.
PENELOPE:  I know, Mami.
LYDIA:  And, I'm sorry.  I'm sorry, but I have a problem with Elena being gay.  It goes against God!  Although, God did make us in his image.  And God doesn't make mistakes.  Clearly.  And when it comes to the gays, the pope did say, "Who am I to judge?"  And the pope represents God.  So what, am I going to go against the pope and God?  Who the hell do I think I am?  Okay.  Okay, I'm good.
PENELOPE:  What?  You just worked that out in ten seconds?
LYDIA:  Si.  Because she is my granddaughter and I love her no matter what.  Ya.  So, tell me, when is the parade?

PENELOPE:  I want her to have the most perfect coming-out story.  You know, where I'm cool and supportive and we high-five and ride unicorns down a rainbow together.
BEN:  Okay, so, gay people aren't magic.  But it's a common misconception, so...

CARMEN:  I'm going to the rodeo tomorrow.  Hopefully one of the clowns will get gored.
PENELOPE:  I love that little weirdo.