Vida: Season 2, Episode 5 – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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As more is taken from Eddy and Emma’s memories, one can only hope they realize it is lightening their cross to bear.

Director(s) Gandja Monteiro
Writer(s) Nancy C. Mejia, Elena Crevello
Air Date 5/23/2019

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Inclusion: Eddy, Emma

A person is finally found for the vacant apartment, and Emma proposes Marcos – the androgynous person who was at Cruz’s cousin’s wedding, and we met in season 1. Problem is, Eddy doesn’t necessarily like people like them since she assumes that means parties, among other things. However, with him having good credit, being a borderline doctor, and maybe paying that $2K asking price, Emma doesn’t seem like she is going to budge on this one.

Eddy noting she needs to be consulted more.

When Bad Turns To Worse: Nico, Emma, Eddy, Nelson, Lyn, Johnny

With there being a huge amount of junk Vida left behind, it’s only natural Emma is going to sell it. Problem is, Eddy already lost a shirt that smelled like Vida, so the stuff going too? It’s a bit much. What doesn’t help is Johnny helping her around to make things even more complicated. Though, compared to Nelson entering the bar, that’s nothing.

You see, Nelson is trying to take down Emma so with him seeing fire code violations and things of that nature, he pounces. All of this, by the way, was made possible due to Lyn not knowing what Nelson looked like. Thankfully, however, Nico, who now works at the bar, is able to calm Emma down.

How? Well, by taking her out. Not on a date, at least that word isn’t said, but they do go eat tacos and learn about each other. Have interactions they couldn’t have before since, either it was inappropriate, or they were just feeling one another out. But, in the long run, Nico brings up this “Bird by Bird” way of doing things, which translates to taking things one at a time, and it helps Emma become a little less frazzled and able to think of what can be done so the bar isn’t closed for 30 or more days.

Nico and Emma having tacos.

Flaunt Your Feathers: Rudy, Lyn, Emma

Remember Rudy? The guy from the gym, a councilman? Well, Lyn is back in his life, and with all that is going on, she flaunts her feathers. Making it so what could take 30 or more days could take less than a week. Which gives Emma a bit of relief but perhaps what really reminds Emma how valuable Lyn is comes from her remembering Emma’s birthday. Something she downplays, doesn’t even tell Nico during their hangout, but Lyn making as big of a deal a broke person can, it leads to a very rare smile from Emma. One worth cherishing.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Considering Yani’s family needs a place to stay, why didn’t Marisol mention them and their needs? I’m sure between Eddy and the rest she had to have heard something.

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • Nico is Honduran and Argentinian


Earning the Smile

With Emma often serious, overthinking, and stern, seeing her smile after Lyn did their dad’s hand thing was such a cute moment. Also, it was a little heartbreaking since you realize, at this point, Lyn may be the only one who knows about and cares about Emma’s birthday. Granted, it isn’t like Emma is sharing that information around. However, there is something about people asking or knowing and doing something, the way they know you’d like things to be done, is special. Because Lyn could have told Eddy, called Nico, made it into a big deal, but she knows Emma isn’t about that life. Instead, she did this thing their dad did, got some alcohol, and played a song for Emma. She made the night about Emma and with the way Emma talks sometimes, that’s all she wants. Someone to focus on her and make her happy.

Lyn noting they are going to celebrate Emma's birthday.

Nico and Emma Endgame

At this point, I don’t want Cruz to come back and act as a Johnny or Juniper type for Emma. Let them be gone and have Nico flourish. I mean, I know it is very weird to ship characters, but I am at the point of wanting to see these two move in together. Maybe not get married, since it is way too soon, but I want some solid commitment. But before we take it that far, I need Emma to at least ask Nico to be her girlfriend or something exclusive.

On The Fence


Eddy is starting to get on my nerves. They’re hurting, both physically and emotionally, and I get it. But they are becoming as one-note as Johnny at this point, and it is bugging the daylights out of me. Surely, there can be more to Eddy’s life beyond trying to preserve Vida’s memory.

Eddy noting a product on display is not for sale.

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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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