Vida: Season 2, Episode 2 – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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As Emma slowly removes the stick out of her bum, Marisol is dealing with some interesting developments.


Network
STARZ
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Evangeline Ordaz
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
              Baco Raúl Castillo

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Same Old Mistakes: Marisol, Yoli, Tlaloc

Tlaloc finds himself back in Marisol’s life, and it is all thanks to Yoli. You see, with Marisol losing her job, for being a few minutes late, she is feeling a bit down. Which Yoli gets since her parents are about to lose their place, due to her mom signing their home away. But, while her life is a mess, she recognizes a party could be good for Mari and sends her to a one which happens to have Tlaloc. You know, the dude who filed Mari giving him head.

Yet, thanks to some sweet talk, and him eating the box, it seems they might be back on good terms.

Yoli noting she and her family are gonna be homeless.

Let Me Keep Some Dignity: Lyn, Emma, Eddy, Johnny

Emma and Eddy continue to bump heads with one another, but this time it is over renting Don Fully’s former apartment. One which Emma says she can get $2,000 for which would help immensely. But with Eddy trying to get in the way of the pricing and choosing, Emma becomes tempted to go to probate court since she knows Eddy doesn’t have a leg to stand on legally. Leading to, when Eddy needs help, and Lyn is the only one around, she asks Emma not to be called – especially since she peed herself.

Thus Johnny is called since, while Lyn works out, it’s not like she is a bodybuilder. She can’t lift Eddy and help by herself. But in asking for his help, they end up in a conversation which has Johnny call Lyn a detour. All just because she was trying to be too friendly and perhaps familiar.

Compatibility Questions: Cruz, Emma, Lyn, Eddy, Baco

Cruz and Emma seem to be getting along well, but there are some ideas in Cruz’s head that things could go past her pleasuring Emma. You know, being more than a local convenience. However, Emma slowly but surely leaves Cruz questioning what is going on. It all starts with a compatibility test about, if your partner became a zombie, what would you do? For Emma, the answer is simple: Kill them, rather than have them suffer. Cruz instead would preserve.

Now, with Cruz’s answer being the opposite, and her keeping Emma alive, this leads her to question a few things about her choice. But she sets that aside for she has to meet Rocky’s friend Baco who she can afford to being her repair person. Though things are a little hot with them. At least due to Baco not liking to do paperwork and legal documents, and him questioning Emma’s heritage. This pushes the question of what it means to be Mexican enough and further boggles Emma’s mind.

Lyn and Emma together in the apartment.

Thankfully though, Lyn provides some solace. Not in terms of the rental thing, since she asks Emma if she would want to rent to someone like herself, and her answer pushed her to bring Eddy into the situation. But, it is Lyn saying that, like Emma, she’d kill someone she loved, if they were a zombie, rather than keep them alive, which makes Emma feel a little less of an outsider.

Highlights

Johnny May Have A Purpose

Eddy clearly needs someone to help take care of her, and between her insurance and Emma, I’m sure something could be worked out. Plus, you already know, Lyn and Johnny are likely end game. So him helping Eddy, cooling it when it comes to Lyn, it isn’t the most horrible way to handle things. Especially if the show refuses to have Lyn put that situation to rest.

Marisol & Emma Possibly On A Crash Course

I can fully imagine Marisol, thanks to Johnny being at Eddy’s, learning about the apartment and trying to advocate for Yoli. Alongside that, one thing I’m hoping we get out of this season is Emma and Mari having more conversations. Based off their jail time together in season 1, it seems clear they connect in a way they don’t with others. Also, with Mari not having any clear maternal figure, Emma seems like the next best thing. Heck, even a big sister would be good.

Eddy’s Pain & Dignity

It was surprising how much I felt Eddy’s pain. It was beyond just the emotional impact of Emma hating her, Lyn being nice out of a sense of obligation, and the loneliness which came from having no other family. The stress and physical pain also hit you and just recollecting has me eyes watering and my upper lip slightly trembling a bit. And mind you, I’m typing this with it being days since I watched this episode.

The Zombie Question

One of the main benefits of the zombie question was seeing Lyn and Emma on the same page. For with them often portrayed, and interacting, from opposite cliffs, it makes a reminder that these two do share something beyond parentage a sweet moment. Plus, the more Emma is pushed to feel like an outsider, the more you recognize her struggles with not only her heritage but owning it.

I mean, just imagine you being pushed out as she was by her mother, grandmother, and having no one understand you? That one moment of Lyn choosing the same answer was likely everything to her.

On The Fence

Tlaloc is Back

Tlaloc saying he cares for Mari.

I really do mean this: Why are shows focused on women unable to toss out their exes? I get actors have contracts, creating OTPs and things like that are good with hashtag culture, but what do these dudes really have to offer? Tlaloc is a wannabe woke dude with problematic tendencies, and he got thoroughly called out in season 1. So why is he here? Is he going to change, or is it more of the same, and this is about showing poor Mari falling for a pinche cabrón who doesn’t want to take advantage of her?

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & Focused Characters
Season 2, Episode 3As Emma starts thinking about how life can be now that she left Chicago, she comes to some decisions. Of which some don’t make Lyn too happy as she struggles with life.
Director(s) Jenée Lamarque
Writer(s) Nancy C. Mejia, Jenniffer Gomez
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Rudy Adrian Gonzalez
Nico Roberta Colindrez
  • Swallowing Your Pride: Johnny, Tlaloc, Marisol, Eddy, Emma, Lyn
  • When Effort Doesn’t Lead To Results, Beyond What You’re Used To: Lyn, Rudy, Dona Tita
  • Ending What Was Old & Welcoming Something New: Cruz, Emma, Nico
Season 2, Episode 4In a rather emotional episode, Mari makes a mistake with Eddy and Emma has a bit of an emotional awakening.
Director(s) Jenée Lamarque
Writer(s) Chelsey Lora
Air Date 5/23/2019
  • Unnecessary Cruelty: Marisol, Eddy, Lyn, Emma, Baco, Johnny
  • Learn To Use Your Feathers: Dona Tita, Lyn
  • When You Know What You Want, But Settle For What You Need: Baco, Nico, Emma
Season 2, Episode 5As more is taken from Eddy and Emma’s memories, one can only hope they realize it is lightening their cross to bear.
irector(s) Gandja Monteiro
Writer(s) Nancy C. Mejia, Elena Crevello
Air Date 5/23/2019
  • Inclusion: Eddy, Emma
  • When Bad Turns To Worse: Nico, Emma, Eddy, Nelson, Lyn, Johnny
  • Flaunt Your Feathers: Rudy, Lyn, Emma
Season 2, Episode 6The s*** hits the fan and may drive Emma to a panic attack.
Director(s) Gandja Monteiro
Writer(s) Mando Alvarado
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Lisa Diana Danger
  • He Is Not Your Father!: Emma, Lyn
  • Dismissed: Lisa, Marisol, Tlaloc, Eddy, Emma, Nico
  • Just When They Were In Recovery:Marcos, Lyn, Emma
Season 2, Episode 2As Emma slowly removes the stick out of her bum, Marisol is dealing with some interesting developments.
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Evangeline Ordaz
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
              Baco Raúl Castillo
  • Same Old Mistakes: Marisol, Yoli, Tlaloc
  • Let Me Keep Some Dignity: Lyn, Emma, Eddy, Johnny
  • Compatibility Questions: Cruz, Emma, Lyn, Eddy, Baco
Season 2, Episode 7As Emma deals with Lyn’s betrayal, Marisol and Eddy are trying to handle being rejected by their assumed family.
Director(s) Jenée Lamarque
Writer(s) Gladys Rodriguez
Air Date 5/23/2019
  • Exposed: Mari, Johnny, Tlaloc
  • Trying To Get Back On The Good Foot: Marcos, Nelson, Lyn
  • It’s Not Right, But It’s Okay: Marisol, Emma, Nico, Eddy, Lyn
Season 1/ Episode 1 [Series Premiere]With STARZ barely featured in “water cooler” conversation, it seems with Vida, there is a push to really be taken seriously as a network which promotes diverse stories.
Creator Tanya Saracho
Director(s) Alonso Ruizpalacios
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 5/6/2018
Noted Actors
Vidalia Rose Portillo
Lyn Melissa Barrera
Emma Mishel Prada
Eddy Ser Anzoategui
Juniper Jackson Davis
Johnny Carlos Miranda
Mari Chelsea Rendon
Season 1/ Episode 2Emma learns the state of Vida’s books as Lyn searches for some answers out of Lupe about life.
Director(s) So Yong Kim
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho, Santa Sierra
Air Date 5/13/2018
Actors Introduced
Lupe Elena Campbell-Martinez
Tlaloc Ramses Jimenez
Nelson Luis Bordonada
Cruz Maria-Elena Laas
  • Mari Got A Lot Going On: Mari
  • It’s So Hard To Really Let Go: Johnny, Emma, Lyn, Juniper
  • Standing Against Adversity: Emma, Lyn, Eddy
Season 1/ Episode 3As Emma hunkers down and starts working on the books, Eddy has a breakthrough with the girls and Lyn? Well, she deals with Karla.
Director(s) Rashaad Ernesto Green
Writer(s) Evangeline Ordaz
Air Date 5/20/2018
Actors Introduced
Karla Erika Soto
Doña Tita Renée Victor
  • The Sweet Escape: Mari, Tlaloc, Johnny
  • The Wrecking Ball Meets Steel: Lyn, Johnny
  • The Women You Don’t Know: Eddy, Emma, Lyn
Season 1/ Episode 4We finally get to know the details of Emma’s beef with Vida as Mari learns Tlaloc is not a good dude – despite his excuses.
Director(s) Rose Troche
Writer(s) Chelsey Lora
Air Date 5/27/2018
Actors Introduced
Jackson Anthony De La Torre
Harper Tru Collins
Aurora Laura Patalano
Little Girl Aaliyah Samara Lopez
  • The Grand Betrayal: Mari, Tlaloc, Eddy, Emma
  • One of Us: Lyn
  • Learned Shame: Emma, Cruz, Eddy
Season 1/ Episode 5As Lyn and Emma start planting roots, Eddy continues to try to break through to the girls and form some sort of family. Also, Mari and Emma have a conversation.
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Mando Alvarado
Air Date 6/3/2018
  • I’m Not Going To Fight No More: Karla, Johnny, Lyn
  • Dealing With Things In My Own Way: Emma, Eddy, Mari
  • Taking Back My Power: Mari, Tlaloc
Season 1, Episode 6 [Season Finale]The world shifts for both Emma and Lyn as two major events mean they have closed a chapter in their life and are ready to begin a new one.
Director(s) Rose Troche
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 6/10/2018
  • The End of an Era: Lyn, Johnny, Lupe
  • I Don’t Stay Where I’m Not Wanted: Emma, Nelson, Eddy, Cruz
  • A Breakdown To Rebuild: Emma, Eddy, Lyn
Season 2, Episode 1 [Season Premiere]As Emma decides to double down on the bar, many question if there is still time to turn their lives around.
Director(s) Catalina Aguilar Mastretta
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
George Alex Klein
  • Is It Too Late To Get My S*** Together?: Johnny, Marisol, Lynn
  • Going All In: Emma, George
  • Welcome to Vida: Emma, Eddy, Nelson

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