Why Ed Trucco in “Al Otro Lado Del Muro” Now Understands Captain Dobey’s Pain … And Other Telenovela Tragedies…

Que tal!

Did you see last night’s gripping episode of Al Otro Lado del Muro on @Telemundo? It is definitely the fastest hour on television!

Poor Eliza and those kids of hers!

They finally arrive in Los Angeles by bus, and Max is not there to pick them up, the kids are hungry, and Liza’s cell Phone does not work in the USA.

Between the bad food in bus terminals and no phone, this is where I get right back on the bus to Mexico. Let Max find me there.

I’m going back to my mother. And The Bakery.

But Liza is a better person than I am, and so she waits.

And waits…

Meanwhile, two security guards who don’t speak Spanish are getting ready to make a move on her.

Now here is where I get a little angry:

I predict we are going to see some Gringos who do not speak Spanish, or are going to speak Very Bad Spanish.

Why not cast La Gringa Novelera in one of these roles?

No one speaks worse Spanish than me.

I could play any of these roles.

And I already have experience acting in a telenovela.

My 4-seconds in #QuienEsQuien was the most compelling 4-seconds in that series.

I would go the distance in a role requiring Very Bad Spanish, and believe me, I wouldn’t have to go very far.

But I digress…

So the Missing Max has a good excuse for not showing up at the Bus Station – his son with the evil Jennifer was in the hospital and the doctors can’t figure what is wrong with him.

All we know is that his parents were having yet another big fight, and the poor kid collapsed.

My guess is that he’s so tired of listening to his mother trying to hold her marriage together by screaming at his father that she has driven the poor kid into a coma.

Max now needs to stay at the hospital so he can be with his son, and so that Jennifer can continue to yell at him.

So Max sent his brother-in-law Steve (who was on his way to Madrid to try to reunite with his family) to pop-in at the bus station, explain everything to Eliza, and give her a lot of cash.

Steve (Gustavo Pedraza) wasn’t too crazy about this idea, because even though yes, he was in his way to Madrid, he was not going by BUS, so it’s a bit of an imposition. But he agreed to go.

He must be a pretty good packer, because normally on the day anyone is about to travel, there’s no time to go to the bus station, cover for a Missing Dad, and still get to the airport in time to fly to Madrid.

But unfortunately poor Steve was mugged and badly beaten up just before he walked into the bus station. Unconscious, he was taken away by ambulance…

And Eliza and the kids are about to be thrown out of the bus station by a mean Gringo who does not speak Spanish…

Meanwhile, back in Mexico, Sofia has problems of her own- not the least of which are a Human Trafficker of a Husband who is also Governor, and an evil stepson named Julian, who is thwarting her escape plans at every turn.

She should have known Julian could not be trusted when, at the age of 11, he expressed an interest in wearing bow-ties, when he should have been asking for a Metallica t-shirt.

Joel, the Brave and Heartbroken Interpol Agent, showed up at a Governor’s Gala in disguise as either a Hipster or a Rabbi.

As you can imagine, this created just enough confusion at the Gala to give Joel and Sofia enough time to plot her escape, with the help of her Kind And Trustworthy Driver, German.

He’s not German – that’s his name – and he’s played by my friend Hely Ferrigny!

The Governor was interrupted at the Gala by his Human Trafficking Partner’s calls from jail demanding to see him.

So the busy Governor left his fundraiser to go to the jail to visit Juan Estevez, with a confession already written out for him to sign.

A “confession” which of course takes the Governor out of the crime ring.

The Governor promised Juan that if he confessed, after a short time in prison he would send him to Spain.

I’m not sure what the Sentencing Laws are in Mexico, but if Parole includes a trip to Spain, this is an excellent criminal justice system.

Even though Juan is a Human Trafficker, and Spain is beautiful, I admired him when he took the “confession” and threw it in the Governor’s face.

As a disappointed Governor left the jail, confession in hand,

I wondered when had time to write it, but figured he had staffed it out to Paula, who loves nothing more than to compound a crime, when she is not trying to humiliate Sofia or fool around with Sofia’s husband The Governor.

In Illinois, our Governors never visit anyone in prison, but that is because they all end up in prison.

Meanwhile, at first Sofia’s escape seems to be going pretty well:

Since one of the guys in the Governor’s security detail is a former and current hitman who Joel had arrested before, Joel was able to convince him to help get the kids to their mom Sofia, who Joel had stashed in a second-rate hotel, where the elegant and highly-accessorized Sofia stood out like a sore thumb.

If you ask me, Joel should have hidden Sofia at The Four Seasons, where she could hide in plain sight.

Things started to break bad when that twit Julián snuck Sofia’s cell phone into the bathroom and called his dad, to tip him off.

Then poor Patrick, Joel’s Interpol boss who spends half of his workday yelling at Joel for being a rebel, and the other half of the day covering for Joel because he’s his best agent, gets attacked by the Sicario/Bodyguard, and is left for dead.

Patrick, played by Ed Trucco, is like Starsky and Hutch’s constantly worried Lieutenant. He knows he’s lucky to have Joel, but Joel’s UnOrthodox methods (unless he’s posing as a Rabbi) drive him crazy.

I love the scenes between Patrick and Joel (played by Guillermo Ivan) more than any other scenes in this show because they usually speak English, so I can relax a little.

As last night’s episode ended, when Sofia opened the door to her Motel 6 room to escape with her kids into the waiting arms and small private plane of Interpol, The Evil Governor was on the other side of the door.

Now what????????

Don’t miss tonight’s exciting episode!!!

Pretty soon we should be seeing Christopher Millan!!

I Love this series!!


Everything In Life Relates To “Seinfeld,” Even The Telenovela “Al Otro Lado Del Muro!”

Did you watch the Telemundotelenovela Al Otro Lado del Muro last night? If you did, then you must have been glued to your couch, just like me!!

In fact, I was so paralyzed by what was happening that like Sofia, I was trapped in my own room,

except unlike Sofia, I was not locked in there by my husband, The Governor.

And unlike Sofia, my housekeeper did not bring me a delicious dinner with a hidden cell phone to use.

And unlike Sofia, I did not get a visit from Paula, my husband’s mistress and campaign manager, who gave me permission to leave my room, so she could yell at me.

And unlike Sofia, I am not a former beauty queen who my husband’s mistress choose to be The First Lady based upon a good head shot.

And unlike Sofia, my husband’s mistress would not have me shot in the head if I don’t behave myself.

Sofia had a TERRIBLE day yesterday, and she got absolutely no traction even though she busted wide open the Human Trafficking ring her husband and his friends run.

When she confronted her husband, he denied everything, even though she found the secret papers in his safe that were basically receipts for selling teenage girls to the Cartel.

I’ll give Gabriel Porras this:

He Plays The World’s Greatest Liar so perfectly that he could work for Trump as his new Press Secretary.

Even though I had seen I the meeting between him and the Mob about the Human Trafficking, he almost had ME convinced he wasn’t involved.

To add insult to injury, he sent the kids to his mother’s and locked Sofia in her room, which the entire household staff did not think was unusual at all.

Then, Sofia got the bad news from Paula that not only is Paula The Governor’s First Girlfriend, but the Governor only married Sofia because she was popular, and because Paula picked her over the telenovela actress.

This was remarkable.

The fact that Paula choose Sofia over a telenovela actress not only shows how brave Paula is, but was also DELICIOUS because all of the women in the show are Telenovela Actresses.

I love Meta-Moments like that.

Plus the show was so tense that I needed a little comic relief.

The only bright spot in Sofia’s day were the violets the Interpol agent sent that had a cell-phone hidden inside, so he can help her escape. Plus, I predict it is his first courting gesture.

No one owes a bigger debt to telenovelas than the telephone industry.

You know who betrayed Sofia?Julian, The Governor’s Mini-Me and Child Spy. No one says “Que haces Aqui” as scary as this kid.

If I was Sofia, I’d get Julian a box of Tic Tacs to keep in his pocket, like Elaine gave to “The Sidler” in “Seinfeld,” so she always knew when he was coming.

Eliza had a bad day too:Not only did she leave her mother AND the bakery, to take the kids to L.A. to live with their dad, but she also had a very hard time keeping her son out of her purse every time she wasn’t looking, which is a sure sign of a Bad Seed.

Plus, she must be afraid to fly or something, because Max looks pretty successful and could have definitely afforded the three plane tickets.

Eliza should have flown because then she would have arrived in L.A. two days ahead of something a lot scarier:

Max’s wife.

And their son’s impending illness.

This novela is gripping and excellent, and you don’t want to miss it!!

An Exciting Premiere With Lots Of Chauffeurs!

Did you watch the Very Grand Premiere of the latest telenovela from Telemundo & writer Laura Sosa Pedroza, “Al Otro Lado del Muro?”

It was the fastest hour on television last night, and I didn’t know where to look so I wouldn’t miss anything!!

Here’s the story so far:

Marjorie de Sousa plays “Sofia” the kind and beautiful wife of Ernesto Martinez, Governor of a large state in Mexico.

They have two children, a boy and a girl, but Ernesto prefers his son because he wears bow ties. He’s not too crazy about his daughter because she is a tomboy and smart.

They have a very big house with a lot of cars in front and everyone has their own driver, which has always been my dream.

The chauffeurs are always hanging around out in front while they spy on each other and the family, while pretending to polish their side-view mirrors.

I predict that in this series, instead of the housekeepers knowing what everyone is up to in the house, it will be these chauffeurs, which is a twist I already love.

Governor Martinez is not only the World’s Worst Governor because he is a Human Trafficker who cheats on his wonderful wife with his Social Secretary who thinks she is the First Wife, but he might have a worse Cabinet than Trump:

1. Juan Estevez, (the always awesome Omar Germenos) his partner in Human Trafficking of children, and

2. The Very Tall and Corrupt Senator Irving Cummings of Texas, whose Spanish is worse than mine.

Last night, in the midst of the big birthday gala for Ernesto, where all of their evil friends were in attendance, Sofia gets wind of the fact that her husband and his pals might be involved with human trafficking when the mother of a missing girl keeps trying to get to The Governor to help find her missing daughter.

The mother does not know that all Ernesto has to do to “help” her is to release her daughter (and the hundreds of other kids he’s holding) from the ranch Sofia inherited from her father, but apparently never visits.

I’m not sure why Sofia has abandoned the ranch to begin with, because even if it’s far, she has a driver, so she could go whenever she wants.

The Mother Of The Missing Girl, and an intrepid reporter, keep trying to convince Sofia to help, but what convinces her to check things out is when she catches Gov Martinez and his scary pal Estevez talking about delivering shipments of “little bottles” of wine and tequila.

Since being a Bad Governor keeps Ernesto busy enough, Sofia is certain he is also not a liquor distributor.

To be honest, if this was set in Chicago, Sofia would know that only a busy corrupt politician that has the time, cash and connections to obtain a liquor distributorship.

Sofia sneaks out of her own house (always a bad sign when you have to sneak out of your own house), drives herself out to the her ranch, peers into the window, and sees a lot of teenagers laying around watching tv.

Now, abunch of teenagers laying around watching tv is not that unusual sight anywhere, but since no one lives at the ranch Sofia was very suspicious.

And when she recognized the Missing Girl among them, she realized her husband was involved in the Human Trafficking with his best scary pal, The Guest Who Never Leaves, Juan Estevez.

She is caught by a Very Bad Guy while spying but then saved by a Very Good Guy who is also one of The Chauffers, who she thought was a Very Bad Guy.

Devastated, she gets into a car accident on the way home, and calls her chauffeur German (Hely Ferrigny) to pick her up. I’m not sure if he can be trusted yet, because like the rest of the chauffeurs he is also always outside, pretending to polish his side-view mirror.

I’m prepared to predict today that The Chauffeurs are all going to be very important to this series, as well as very unpredictable!

Now is the time to tell you that in the first minute of the show, we see Sofia and her daughter making a fantastic escape across the Border in a car that drives up a ramp and crosses The Border that way (which I hope keeps Trump up at night) with one of the Chauffers saving her life by shooting a guy that’s about to shoot her.

The rest of the show is told in flashback from a week before that.

Sofia is an excellent stunt driver, considering she never has to drive herself anywhere.

This is a very busy week for Sofia and her caterer, and the show’s other Protagonist “Eliza,” played by Litzy. Stay tuned to this Page:

I’ll tell you all about her story in the next post!

Meanwhile, cancel your plans, set your DVR, and do whatever you need to do to follow this wonderful new telenovela!

And don’t forget to pay extra-special attention to the scenes involving legal issues because I helped!!

Another Telenovela Dream Come True!!

Que tal!

Who knew that when I decided to learn Spanish from telenovelas that one day I’d be consulting on the scripts??

But that’s what’s happened, and that telenovela is “Al Otro Lado del Muro,” which premieres tomorrow night on Telemundo!!

When you watch the show, pay close attention to the law-related scenes, because guess what??

I consulted with the writer Laura Sosa Pedroza (at her invitation!) on the legal issues in the show!!

I always knew being a lawyer would pay off one day – but I never thought it would be by consulting with telenovela writers on legal themes in the script, and being part of a show as exciting as this one!

One of the things I have always loved about telenovelas is how crazy the courtroom scenes are, with people in the audience yelling “Culpable!” and “Mentirosa!!” I also love the law enforcement technique they use of pitting one criminal against the other during an interrogation (although that recently backfired for a certain bad guy in “Jose, Jose” when his co-conspirator called him a liar and slashed his throat in the Interview Room. While the police were unable to solve the original crime they had plenty to work with on the new murder that happened in the police station).

And now, I am a very small part of this crazy world! You will be happy to know that the courtroom scenes in “Al Otro Lado del Muro” will be as exciting as ever, and still almost as if a real lawyer was never consulted, since I am more like a t.v. lawyer anyway.

An added bonus is that I’ve met many of the cast members, and spent a little time on the set, something I would never have thought was possible when I started learning Spanish from telenovelas!

You are going to love Litzy, Marjorie de Sousa and Gabriel Porras in this timely and exciting series, and the supporting cast is unbeatable, including the epic Adriana Barraza.

Let’s watch this show together! I’ll be writing about it here, on Lagringanovelera.me, and on social media @gringanovelera.

And pay close attention to all legal issues because there might be a quiz.