Just because something was once valuable doesn’t mean it still is, and the value of many things changed on Queen of the South Season 2 Episode 2.
Once upon a time he was the love of Teresa’s life. He meant everything.
But today, not so much.
I really didn’t think we’d get to the reunion between Teresa and Guero until at least half way through Queen of the South season 2, but I was wrong.
Teresa had to process the ghost of Guero standing in front of her quickly. I’m surprised she handled it as well as she did, but then again, Teresa has had to handle many things that would leave any other person on their knees.
I thought Guero did a lousy job of explaining what happened, or maybe he was simply being honest. He could have told Teresa that the DEA picked him up and whisked him away without giving him a choice, but he didn’t.
Knowing that Guero made the choice to leave, Teresa realized that he had left her behind to fend for herself.
I did what I had to do. Nothing's changed. I told you, I'd give my life for you.Guero
But everything has changed. Not only didn’t he die for her, he didn’t fight for her. Teresa may still love him, but she’ll never trust him again.
It was good to see Teresa starting to learn how to transform herself into a woman of power.
Camila: I gave you that dress and those shoes for a reason.
Teresa: I hope they look good because they feel horrible.
Camila: We're here on business. One drink, top shelf only. Never finish the glass. Tell me, are you going to wear that dress or are you going to continue to let it wear you?
The dress looked gorgeous, but Teresa lacked the confidence in it that she normally exudes when wearing jeans and boots.
Another highlight was Pote reminding Teresa that a safe house doesn’t make you safe.
He may have practically assaulted her in her own room, but, oddly enough, it came from a good place.
Pote has surely seen how easy it is for people to get taken in by the trappings of this life, and as he shows in this Queen of the South quote, that in his own way he’s grown protective of Teresa.
Nothing distracts like glitter. Camila will surround you with distractions. Don't get comfortable Teresita.Pote
As Camila later points out, loyalty isn’t something that can be bought or taught; it just is, and Pote and James appear to have a growing loyalty towards Teresa.
The horse race looked as though it was going to be a fun heist story, but no one ever gets out unscathed on Queen of the South.
Pote scaring the girls about the horse was pretty funny, but I couldn’t help but think of the little girl in the pretty blue dress as James was murdering her father.
At first, I’d wondered if James had taken the money for the girl, but he took it for Tony because the boy means something to Teresa.
Teresa: You're a good person, James.
James: Listen to me, there is no good or bad in this business. There is win or lose. Live or die.
At what point will James and Pote have to choose between loyalty to Camila and loyalty to Teresa? I don’t think it will be any time soon, at least not in a major way, but there’s not doubt that it will happen.
Finally there was Teo. Oh Teo, fooling around with the baby sitter will do you in every time. Only this time, instead of a nasty divorce, he was left hanging in his garage.
Now Camila has a new ally in the head of the law firm, and I’m wondering how his wife will come into play. I can see Kelly Anne, with her fascination with Teresa, becoming its own source of trouble.
There was no sign of Epifanio in this episode but I can’t say I missed him. Watching Camila and Teresa spar and strategize makes for one intriguing hour of TV.
Check back next week for my review of Queen of the South season 2 episode 3, and if you need to catch up, you can watch Queen of the South online any time here at TV Fanatic.
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