The Five Juanas (2021) s01e03 Episode Script

Secrets Never Die

Look, she has to understand
that you'll never be with her anymore.
Simón. Did you hear what I said?
[phone line ringing]
- Hello.
- [woman] Hi, Susi.
Oh, hi.
Hey. Do you wanna meet up for coffee
tomorrow at 2:00?
No, I think I'd better not.
It's just
I think I'm coming down with a cold.
I know that
we don't say it very often, but
I love you, Cata.
Oh, how sweet of you.
- Thank you so much, sis.
- You're welcome.
Are you okay?
[Susana] Yeah.
I'm just a bit emotional today.
- Okay, let me know if you need anything.
- [Susana] All right.
Take care, Susana.
- [Catalina] Ciao.
- [Susana] Ciao.
Do you think he even knows that we exist?
The guy got five women pregnant
at the same time,
so at least one had to tell him.
I doubt my mom did.
She was going to get an abortion.
And your mom holed up in a convent.
Plus, they all kept it from us.
Maybe he threatened them,
or perhaps the poor guy never found out.
Whichever it is, that poor guy
is in for a big surprise.
That's why we have to find out
who he is first.
And where the hell is Manny?
[man] Juana Manuela?
[chuckles] Manny.
Nobody calls me Juana Manuela.
I prefer Manny.
Manny. Sorry. It's amazing.
You look just like my mom.
Yes. How is it possible
I haven't met my cousin in 25 years?
I mean, our moms love each other, no?
Yeah, yeah. Of course.
That's part of the reason I contacted you.
My mother will be in Mexico
for a couple of days.
My mom and I
don't have the best relationship.
But, still, she's done a lot for me,
and I wanna do something for her.
How can I help you?
[Bautista] Look, you take this crystal,
you fill it up with your intention,
and you put it on your breast
on the right side.
Don't let anyone else touch it.
- [woman] Thank you.
- Okay.
I'd like you to meet Gregorio Robles.
This is Valentina de la Paz.
The article you wrote last year about
the disappearances of women was great.
They're using it in all the universities.
- It's a pleasure to meet you.
- Nice to meet you too.
Gregorio was an intern at Conaculta
around the time they changed the name,
and he told me he has access
to the files that you're looking for.
- Seriously?
- Totally.
Welcome to the magazine.
- [chuckles]
- Gotta get back to work.
Here you go, dear.
Disappeared completely forever.
Pretty soon,
I'll have another job for you.
A woman, alone, 32 years old.
The whole package?
Your flyers should be ready in two weeks,
depending on when you bring me
the information.
Thank you.
[tense music playing]
[man] Señorita Mai.
Señorita Mai.
[suspenseful music playing]
[woman] Bautista.
[shuddered breathing]
Lately, I haven't been able to control it.
And that's not the first client
I've scared away.
How do you know that it's a memory
and not a vision of a future accident?
It just feels different.
I know I was there.
I have to find out what happened.
Maybe it's just me, but I had no idea
that nuns needed business cards.
I saw you go into doña Julia's store.
[Caridad] Ah! No, these are
just flyers for an event at the convent.
Are you sure you feel better?
Yeah, thanks. Don't worry about it.
That's what sisters are for, right?
And also to confide in each other.
Caridad, whenever you need me,
you can count on me.
Don't forget that.
["Este Camino Sin Ti" playing]
[song continues softly]
[woman] Yes. That's the old bar.
As far as I know, the new owner
who bought it two years ago
changed everything, even the name.
[distant thud]
So your mom sang here?
Well, she must have.
My mom always said
that Mexico is the place to be
if you wanna make it big.
Why don't you sign up
to perform here next Thursday?
There's only one spot left.
Does it pay?
Actually, no. But listen.
Sometimes representatives come, managers.
They look for new talent. You never know.
- Thanks a lot, huh?
- Good luck.
Hi, Bea.
Hi, Daniel. Look.
The list for next Thursday is complete.
Okay, let me see. Hand me a pen, please.
Matilde Heredia.
Yeah, she said she's the daughter
of a Colombian singer
whose name is Dominga,
with the same surname.
I gotta go.
Lots of people
who worked in the Conaculta office
could have important positions today.
The guy you're looking for
could presently be a member of Parliament,
a mayor,
or a member of Congress.
Whatever it is you're looking for,
you're gonna blow the lid off a scandal.
["Passing Through Me" playing]
[knocking at door]
I shouldn't have reacted like that.
I don't think we can live together.
But maybe we can see each other.
I won't ask anything else about my father.
If you say it doesn't matter,
well, that's that.
Do you wanna go out for lunch?
I can't right now, but tomorrow
I'd like to take you somewhere.
We'll go wherever you want,
whenever you want.
Take this.
Get yourself a little something.
- Pick you up at 6:00.
- Okay.
Doña Julia can produce
false identification documents.
Certificates, diplomas.
Everything a woman in trouble may need
to start a new life somewhere else.
Sometimes they have no choice.
It's their only option.
- Does your Mother Superior know?
- No.
And that's the main reason
I was hiding this from you and the others.
Because if someone finds out, I don't want
any accomplices.
[Valentina] Yes, Bautista,
it has to be a powerful man.
Someone who knows artists
like your mother and Matilde's mom
and with the authority to cancel a project
like the one Alice was working on.
Actually, the intern has helped me a lot.
Obviously, I haven't told him.
He thinks
I'm investigating a corruption case.
Come see me when you're back. Take care.
Here are the documents you asked for.
[phone chimes]
Thank you.
["Who Wants You" playing]
[phone ringing]
Hi, Mom.
Gracie? What's wrong?
My dad's not there?
Okay, okay, okay. Yeah, I'm on my way.
- Bye.
- What is it? What's the matter?
The main thing is my mom
downed half a bottle of pills. I gotta go.
- What? But you should call an ambulance.
- No, no, no. I'll tell you about it later.
- Can I help you?
- It's complicated. Don't worry.
Are you sure?
Uh Goddamn destiny! Ah!
[door closes]
["Bombs" playing]
- Señor Suárez.
- Manny.
I didn't think I'd see you again.
Manny, my darling, you decidedly grow
more beautiful with every passing day.
Thank you.
However, you made me look real bad
in front of my friend Godoy.
[tense music playing]
Fortunately, Godoy is a man
who is very kind and generous,
with a very
big heart.
[Godoy] Don't fight or resist.
My bodyguards are outside.
And he's letting me
pay off that debt today.
[Manuela grunts]
[Manuela] No!
Please, no!
[Suárez] And in return,
he's going to forgive you
[Manuela sobs] No!
- for the problems you got me into.
- No!
[shuddered breathing]
[Suárez] You're going to enjoy this.
- [Manuela sobbing]
- [Godoy grunting]
[woman] Oh, no, no!
[woman] Grace. Where is Grace?
- Wait, wait. Lay me down slowly.
- [Federico] Careful.
Oh God. How embarrassing.
Forgive me, Fede. Forgive me.
- Please forgive me. Will you forgive me?
- Shh, Mom.
It's just your father never loved me,
you know?
In fact, the only thing he cares about
is his job because he's a scumbag.
[crying] He's such a bastard!
- Mom, don't say that.
- No. But not you. Shh
- Stop worrying. Shh. Now rest.
- You're so handsome.
- No.
- [Federico] Go to sleep.
How embarrassing. Why did they call you?
Take care, sweetie. [moans]
[chuckles] You're so cute.
[Federico sighs]
I saw her lying in the garden,
and I got so worried, Fede.
Don't worry about it, Grace.
I'm glad you called me.
[door closes]
Why are you here?
Gracie called 'cause she thought Mom
had put tranquilizers in her whiskey.
That's nothing new.
There's no need for drama,
and it's not your problem.
It is when I have to come here
to make sure
my mom doesn't die of an overdose.
- Why didn't you answer your cell phone?
- I had to work.
Dad, she needs to go to rehab.
It's obvious.
Don't be ridiculous.
Oh, right. It would fuck up
your nomination for attorney general
if they knew your wife
was an alcoholic, right?
["Glokomsec" playing]
[man] Girls, it's time
to give your very best.
We got good customers tonight.
You're on after Nina.
I'm not doing any more
fucking shows tonight.
What's that all about?
What's the matter, Manny?
Is there anything wrong?
[sighs] Manny, the attorney insisted
that I turn off the cameras.
- [woman] Leave her alone. Get out.
- Manny, I'm sorry.
[woman] Get out!
You don't understand a thing.
[woman] Are you okay?
You can't leave like this.
[woman] Is there anyone you can call?
Do you want a drink?
I just wanna leave
this shitty life behind.
Okay. When you do, don't forget about me.
[bells ringing]
[indistinct chattering]
[Bautista] According to the autopsy,
my mother died instantly.
The accident was very violent,
and there were no signs
that your mother was moving.
[mysterious music playing]
[nun] Caridad.
There's a police officer asking for you.
Detective Márquez.
Sis Sister Caridad.
- How can I help you?
- Um
The attorney of the man
we arrested in Cancún
made a deal with the DA
in exchange for information,
and the guy got released.
I need to talk to Teresa.
Look, we know she's not a nun
but one of Chango's women.
She was a prisoner.
Teresa called me,
and all I did was help her get away.
We have a shelter for women
whose lives are in danger
here at the convent.
We don't do anything illegal.
Teresa went back to Chihuahua.
Do you have any way to reach her?
She could be in grave danger.
["Owing to Wonder" playing]
It smells delicious, Grandma.
Oh, my beautiful little girl.
It's so good to see you again.
[singing to herself]
Don't worry.
This is something that's going
to happen to you all your life.
You have to learn to control it.
We're going to a beautiful lake
with lots of ducks,
and then we'll go see a friend
who's coming to visit.
Come on. Wait for me inside.
When you get ahold of her,
call me, and I'll handle the rest, Sister.
You can call me by my first name.
Then you can call me Lorenzo.
- Goodbye, Caridad.
- Goodbye, Lorenzo.
[song continues]
[dramatic music sting]
[ethereal music playing]
[man] I took you home,
but by the time we came back with help,
Nicté was already dead.
[Bautista] Nobody mentioned
that I was in the car.
Your grandma thought
that the best thing to do
was to keep it secret
so you'd forget about it.
Did you see the accident?
I heard it from my house over there.
Nobody knows how it happened.
The reports don't mention anything.
They never found out
who was with you in the car.
The man came running out of the car.
If I saw him today, I'd recognize him.
[soft guitar instrumental playing]
Where are you taking me?
It's a surprise.
Oh no. It's Susana.
["Bittersweet" playing]
- Happy birthday, Mom.
- [sobs]
It is her! I can't believe it!
[both crying]
[Catalina sobs] Oh, let me look at you.
Hello, Manny. Come here.
Oh! You're beautiful!
I've seen you in pictures.
Hi, Auntie.
[Susana] And you must be Federico.
How handsome!
- Thank you, Auntie.
- You were part of all this, right?
I contacted him.
I couldn't wait any longer.
I wanted to meet the only family I have.
- That's right. We're your family.
- And your dad?
[Catalina] He's on a business trip,
but that doesn't matter.
Come on.
[Catalina] Everyone, I'd like you to meet
my sister and my niece.
["Tu Calor" playing]
[song continues]
[crowd clapping, cheering]
So what do you think, Daniel?
The band plays really well,
but you, you sing amazing.
Well, thank you.
Do you think you could hire us full-time?
You're Colombian?
At your service, sir.
I'm Colombian too. I'll think about it.
[salsa music playing]
[Federico] I've never seen her so happy.
So where do you work?
I know all the bars in the city.
I work freelance. And you?
Yeah, I have two options.
I'm either a free spirit,
or I haven't figured out
what to do with my life yet.
The two options sound like
you're a spoiled, rich kid
living off of his parents.
- [Catalina laughs]
- [Federico] Wow.
You two have to come over
to our house, okay?
Well, I was just telling Cata
that you're working long hours.
No, whenever you want, Auntie.
- Tomorrow, then. Deal? For lunch.
- That's perfect.
[Catalina] Simón won't believe it
when he sees you. [laughs]
- [Catalina] Right?
- [Federico] Yeah.
[Manuela] Come on. Drink up, Mom.
You're imagining things, Pocho.
I saw the way
he was looking at you at the bar.
No, seriously. You're jealous of a man
who could be my dad?
[phone ringing]
Who is it?
Mamá Ela. What's wrong?
What? What do you mean?
But when did they tell you that?
No, I haven't heard anything yet.
Yeah, yeah. Don't worry, Grandma.
No, don't worry about that.
Yes, tell Papá Antonio everything is okay.
All right. Yes. Goodbye.
What's wrong?
The police have put a warrant out for me.
But why?
Say something! Why?
Because [sobs]
because I killed a man. I'm a murderess.
[Bautista] No matter how hard I try,
I can't remember the man Yumil saw.
It's normal.
You were a child.
It must've been traumatic for you.
Why'd he run away?
Why didn't he call anyone?
He could've made an anonymous call
to the police.
Especially if you knew
your mom was gonna die
if nobody rescued her.
Maybe it was intentional?
My mom was driving the car, Valentina.
I'm sure of that.
I don't mean the accident, Bautista.
[pensive music playing]
You don't know what life is like
in that part of Colombia.
[Matilde] There was this guy
who always got drunk,
and he often came by the store.
He was always angry
'cause I wouldn't go out with him.
[Matilde] No! Don't touch me!
And one day,
he got more drunk than he ever had before.
[Matilde] No!
[Matilde] No! No, no!
[Matilde whimpering, grunting]
[Matilde] Let me go! Let me go!
[Matilde] He was a lieutenant in the army,
and we didn't have anyone to turn to.
[Matilde sobs]
- So that night
- [Matilde whimpers]
[Matilde sobs] No!
my grandpa took out all their savings
and gave them to me.
[man grunts]
I'm on the run.
That's why I came to Mexico.
[nuns praying]
[woman] Those feelings are natural.
You shouldn't let them torment you.
Mother, I need to take my vows
as soon as possible.
I beg you.
Please help me, Mother Superior.
My child, the convent
is not a place to escape to.
It's not a place to hide.
Maybe you should reconsider your decision.
No. As far as I can remember,
I've always wanted to be a nun.
Look, the other sisters
have left everything behind.
They are aware of what it means
to take their vows.
You were born here.
There are many ways to dedicate your life
to serving and helping others.
Not all of them involve wearing a habit.
[acoustic guitar music playing]
We are all hoping they will announce
Simón's nomination to the short list.
Attorney general
is one of the most important positions.
It is important. He'd be in direct contact
with the president.
It's my husband's lifelong dream.
And his father's.
I'm sure that as a child,
Rogelio forced him to wear a court dress,
even for Halloween.
Señora Catalina. Excuse me.
Víctor just called to say
that your husband is on his way.
[Catalina] Thank you. Can you serve
the coffee and the dessert on the terrace?
- Thank you.
- [Grace] Yes, ma'am.
I want to know everything about you.
What you studied,
what you do for a living,
if you've got a boyfriend.
Listen, perhaps we could leave this
for another day.
I actually didn't sleep very well,
and I'm exhausted.
Susi, there's a delicious cornbread cake.
Come on.
You need a strong coffee, that's it.
[Catalina] With a splash of rum.
[Susana] All right, if you insist.
[pop music playing softly]
Something told me
that you'd have lunch here today.
Actually, I wanted to apologize
for running out of your apartment
half naked the other day.
I know exactly what it is
to be concerned about your mom.
No need to apologize.
How is she?
She's fine.
- It turned out to be a false alarm.
- Mm, I'm glad.
It's really sweet of you
to be there for her.
Oh yeah? Does that make me irresistible?
[Valentina chuckles]
To tell you the truth,
she's always felt so alone.
But she just reunited with her sister.
The two of them
haven't seen each other in 25 years.
Can you imagine?
I think it'll be good for her. I hope so.
Reconnecting with your sister
after not having seen her in 25 years.
Bartending pays well.
Plus, I can keep studying
by distance learning, so it's perfect.
Mm. You're very ambitious.
You must be so proud of her.
Very proud.
That's really good.
[Simón] Susana.
It's unbelievable.
Hi, Simón.
You don't look a day older
than the last time I saw you.
You must be Manny.
- Very nice to meet you.
- Likewise.
[Catalina] Do you want a cup of coffee?
[Simón] No. No, thank you.
Senator Toledo's in my office right now,
and I wanna make sure I get his vote.
[Catalina] Of course.
Please excuse me.
[Catalina] Ah, Simón
- Same as always.
- He hasn't changed, right?
I cannot wait to continue
what you and I started the other day.
Half past eight?
- [Federico whimpers]
- [Valentina chuckles]
I finish at 6:00.
You haven't answered.
Ah, then I must have shouted "yes"
inside my head.
[both laugh]
Turn off your phone when you arrive.
[Susana] No. No, stop.
[Catalina] Come on, Susana.
Another drink won't harm you.
- Thanks.
- [Susana] It's the fourth one.
[Catalina] That doesn't matter, Susana.
We're having fun. Here you go.
- [Catalina] Bottoms up.
- Ugh.
- Where's the bathroom, Auntie?
- At the end of the hallway.
[Catalina chuckles]
Hey, when are you gonna tell me
why you ran away?
- Ran away? Me?
- Mm-hmm.
Well, I was offered a job, that's why.
I told you already.
Yeah, you informed me
in a three-line letter
you sent from Monterrey
two weeks after we spoke on the phone,
and you told me
you were coming down with a cold.
[Catalina] Whatever it was,
you can tell me, Susi.
It's been such a long time.
I'm sure it's not that important now.
Come on. Tell me.
What happened?
Tell me, Susana.
You forgot something?
The bathroom
is two doors down to the right.
Peña Nieto.
What do you want?
$200,000 in cash.
I need to get out of here.
That's nothing
for someone as loaded as you are.
And I'm supposed to give you that money
because you're my wife's niece,
is that it?
'Cause you want me to keep my mouth shut
so I don't ruin your life.
Look, Manny,
I don't know what you're playing at,
but you don't know who I am.
I know perfectly well who you are, Simón.
You're a perfect son of a bitch.
What the hell are you doing?
Are you recording?
Get out of here.
["You Made a Monster" playing]
What's that supposed to mean?
I can be kind, I can be nice ♪
It means
that the honorable attorney general
was out there screwing his sister-in-law
while his wife was pregnant.
No need to freak out.
and this stays between you and me,
You made a monster ♪
You made a monster ♪
You made her ♪
You made a monster ♪
You made her ♪
- You made a monster ♪
- Stitch by stitch ♪
You made her ♪
You patch me up, then tear me down ♪
- You made a monster ♪
- Stitch by stitch ♪
You made her ♪
- Stitch by stitch ♪
- You made a monster ♪
You patch me up, then tear me down ♪
- Stitch by stitch ♪
- You made a monster ♪
Monster ♪
[song ends]
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