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is one of those shows that is hard to categorize. Its strength lies in seamless way that the scenes switch back and forth from comedy to tragedy. And there was nothing quite so tragic as the death of Santos in first season finale.
Santos was on his way to see his son Justin (Mark Indelicato
) perform in his school's production of West Side, he stops at a convenience store and finds himself in a hostage situation. He is shot while trying to defend the store clerk from the gunman. It was heartbreaking to see, especially because he had been successfully turning his life around, being a better father to Justin and about to marry Hilda (Ana Ortiz
The worst part was that we had to wait the entire summer to find out what happened to him. In the second season premiere this fall, taking place three weeks after the shooting, we find Hilda spending the day in bed with Santos, who is alive and well and recovering from his gunshot wound. They happily plan details of their upcoming wedding and their rosy future ahead of them. But sadly, we find out at the end of the episode that it was all in Hilda's mind. If the scene in which Hilda brings herself to admit to Betty (America Ferrara
) that Santos is gone didn't bring a tear to your eye, then you, my friend, are made of stone.
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