Vida: Season 2, Episode 9 – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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A monkey wrench is thrown into Emma and Nico’s pending relationship as Eddy comes across some terrible news and Lyn, well she decides to be assertive.


Network
STARZ
Director(s) Nancy C. Mejia
Writer(s) Tanya Saracho, Mando Alvarado
Air Date 5/23/2019
Introduced This Episode
Zoe Cara Santana

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Goodbye To That Fuzzy Feeling: Johnny, Lyn, Emma, Nico, Zoe

With meeting Zoe, who leaps onto Nico, it seems Emma found her out and is ready to exit whatever there was between her and Nico. As for Lyn and Johnny? Well, between the baby coming and wanting to respect his ex, things seem capable of moving forward but are immensely complicated. Yet, Lyn loves Johnny enough to deal it appears.

Who Really Wants To Have Hard Conversations?: Emma, Nico, Baco, Eddy

Getting back to the Nico thing, however, Emma decides to avoid them the rest of the day. Partially since now, she has to worry about the wall ad being defaced, but also due to Baco still being a bit frustrating to her. If only because he is so strange as a businessman that Emma doesn’t seem able to figure him out and it bothers her. Like, who runs a company that isn’t trying to bleed clients for every penny they have? It makes her trust issues flare up in hives.

She may not be alone, however. Eddy is still dealing with what Emma said and through her friend’s connect, she learns not only was she and Vida not married, but also Vida never divorced her husband, Victor. On top of that, Victor is alive.

Eddy looking at her wedding ring.The Truth Is A Mother: Eddy, Emma, Lyn, Baco

Learning that really messes up Eddy since it begins to shift her perspective of Vida from her loving wife to the woman Emma had her appear to be. Which is rather hard to deal with. Yet, the truth hurts. Take Baco noting how used he feels and Emma coming to terms she has essentially created a #MeToo situation with him. Realizing how low she has come seems to have taken her out. Which for Lyn is good timing, since she wants to assert herself, but can the bar really survive if Emma isn’t working the numbers as Lyn handles the social aspect?

Highlights

Lyn Stepping Up & Using Her Talents

Let’s be clear: Lyn always had potential. The problem is, between the hangups her mom caused, and comparing herself to the work Emma does, she has downplayed a lot of her efforts. Making it so she, similar to Emma when it comes to relationships, wouldn’t necessarily go all in for she wanted to just deal with the fun part. Not the actual work and challenges of doing things. Yet, I think Emma not being check up on by neither Emma or Marcos was a wake-up call that she really has to look out and focus on herself more. Yes, she is pretty, but while her beauty gets her attention, it doesn’t inspire loyalty and the kind of relationships she wants and deserves. So now it seems she is realizing she has to demand the things she wants or she just won’t get them.

Emma’s Pending Breakdown

Between the headache earlier this season and not it appearing she is about to have a depressive episode, it makes you wonder if Emma may break open? For whether it is talking to Lyn about the time they were separated or the rest of her life, Emma has to open up sooner or later. Either to Lyn or Marisol.

Emma deciding to tap out and go to bed for a while.

On The Fence

Victor’s Return

While Victor’s name isn’t new, with how shows like Vida are set up, it requires you to rewatch the first season to try and remember how much you really know. Much less, what are the known unknowns in regards to Victor? Such as, does he know Vida is dead? What about the state of her children, possibly his children? Is he aware Vida has been saying he was dead all this time? There are so many questions and honestly, considering the cast is slowly becoming bloated, it is hard to gauge how he can fit into all of this.

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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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