Josias's limousine stops at the police station and he opens the door to step out, “Melissa, can you wait here?”“Yes, Josias, thanks for the ride.” She smiles gently.“I need to see if Kate obeyed me.” Josias smiles slightly and leaves, closing the door.The driver looks at Melissa in the rearview mirror and decides to turn on the car radio. Westlife's song “Swear it Again” made Melissa more comfortable with the wait.“So he forced his wife to give a statement...” Melissa says to herself, “Kate is having the reaction of someone who has suffered major sexual trauma, but why do I feel, over and over, that such trauma doesn't exist?”Meanwhile, Josias enters Lagoon City P.D. The same policewoman who attended to Katherine earlier widened her eyes when she now saw her husband.“Mr. Rocha... what a pleasure to serve you. What can the police station help you with?”“Miss Officer, did my wife Katherine come here to give the statement? Is Sergeant Moraes there?”The policewoman nods vigorously
At Marçal Publishing, Maggie is checking the photos that have been taken by her respected photographers. Along with them was a draft of a likely article by the writers tied for the editor-in-chief to decide whether it could or couldn’t be worth publishing such an article.She narrows her eyes when a draft by the writer Gabriela is attached to a photograph of Katherine sternly arguing with a strange gentleman. Staring fixedly, it gave the impression that it was he who reprimanded Mrs. Rocha...In the draft, “Handsome gentleman accuses Mrs. Rocha of giving false testimony on the harassment charge. He called her 'Potiphar's wife'!”Maggie takes the phone from her desk and dials Gabriela's extension.At Gabriela's desk, the writer responds effusively, “Marçal Publishing House, Gabriela?”“Gaby, it's me. Come to my office.” Maggie orders in her editor-in-chief tone.Just as she's considering what to do, Diane bursts into the office, “Maggie, I know you're busy, but I need some advice!”Mag
Maggie sees the distress on Diane's face and gestures, “Come in, my dear! How can I help you?”“I know you are the little sister.” Diane sits down, “But sometimes it's women who talk sense into men's heads.”Maggie smirks, “Is there a problem with my brother?”“It's that subject of the rumor involving Alan Rocha that is still yielding.” Diane scratches her head, “I told Daryl to clean it up, but it looks like we just added more yeast to double the mess!”“What happened?”“Mrs. Queiroz and Mrs. Motta came to the restaurant bar to question me, as if I was guilty of something!” Diane exclaims, “And I just blurted out that it was Katherine who started the rumor.”Maggie narrows her eyes, “They didn't know about that?”“From the faces they made, no. Mrs. Queiroz even drank the cognac in one go.” Diane smirks as she recalls the scene. Elza looked like a lady drunkard from a low-grade tavern.Maggie smirks, “Hmm... Looks like Kate was looking forward to having J.J. as the successor and tried
Maggie and Diane are in front of Bernardo to ask the CEO of Marçal Publishing for permission regarding Katherine's story.“Girls, we don’t even know who this guy is making this accusation.” Bernardo scratches his head and breaks out in a cold sweat. His wife wants to gossip against Josias Rocha's wife!“We can investigate.” Maggie continues excitedly, “I think it's going to be an interesting story. We don't need to put it on the first page, just a little space on the inner pages and...”“And the matter spreads like wildfire.” Bernardo adds, chuckling, “Maggie, are you aware that we are talking about Mrs. Rocha?”Diane rages, “We're talking about the woman who set my husband up! Now my husband has a bad reputation thanks to Octavio Motta. But she was the one who started all this!”“Mrs. Motta must be talking to her husband right now, and if I know Elza Queiroz well, she will also be telling her husband. And we know that Vernon Queiroz is going to dig it in depth and make the most sensa
Bernardo calls Vernon's office.Vernon is in his office writing a hot piece about a Vila Velha businessman accused of corruption, “Hello?”Bernardo chuckles, “Hey, shouldn’t it be ‘Journal LCN, Vernon Queiroz, good afternoon’?”Vernon laughs too, “I'm not used to such nonsense. That I leave to the secretaries. How can I help you, Bernie?”Bernardo doesn't remember permitting Vernon to call him that, but... “Have you been informed by your wife about the conversation she had with Diane today at the Crystal Blue bar?”Vernon's eyes are shining and the hairs on his arms are standing on end, “No, but I'm sure she'll tell me while we're in bed... to sleep, of course!” Vernon immediately corrects it, fearing it will sound pornographic to Bernardo.Too late, Bernardo turned up his nose, “Spare me your marital intimacy. Anyway, let me tell you, my wife is dying to publish a hot piece against Katherine, but she needs more research and reliable sources.”Vernon bounces in the swivel chair, “Are
Days passed, and with that, the certainty that Katherine feels that she will never be unmasked made her calmer. Josias noticed how her mood improved 1000% after he assured her that he still loves and trusts her.Alan, however, is not satisfied. He's packing his bags, ready to head back to Mountain Penthouse.J.J. enters the room and finds him stuffing the toys into a specific suitcase, “Hey, bro, why are you packing the parcheesi board?”“J.J., it's time for your brother to go back to the penthouse,” Alan responds seriously, but without being aggressive. These last few months, he really warmed to his stepbrother, “Don't worry, you're guaranteed your place in the company.”J.J. nods, not quite getting what the older brother said. Maybe he's still too young to understand... “I'm gonna miss you. Mommy won't let me visit the penthouse because of Cláudio.”“That cow will get what she deserves, little brother,” Alan promises with a fierce look.“What do you mean, ‘cow’?” J.J. scratches the
Josias appears in Alan's room with a furious and dissatisfied expression on his face, “ALAN! What's this about you leaving? Who authorized you? Did your mother call you?”Katherine is thrilled, “Honey, Alan knows what he's doing. Let him go.”“He won't while the pervert instructor works there!”Alan questions, “But dad, am I supposed to stay here while my little sister is alone up there in the penthouse with him?"Josias approaches him, “Caroline is with your mother and Kelvin. Alan, I'm afraid you want to face Mr. Guzman and he throws you off the balcony or drowns you in the pool and then claims it was an accident.”Alan smiles, “What is it, Dad? I stand up to Uncle Will because I know he's a wuss who won't fight back. But Mr. Guzman is different. I’ll be cautious.”Josias quells his anger and scratches the back of his head, “But why exactly do you want to leave, son?”Alan glares at Katherine, but it lasts for a few seconds. He looks back at his father, “I miss home and I don't inte
In the Teodoro building, Tiago, Carmen, Vera, and Teresa are waiting for Pedro and Rosemary to return.Beto walks into the lobby with his chest up, proud to have his puppies back.“Hello! We come back!”“YEAH!”Hugs and kisses everywhere. Teresa starts crying as if they were her children.Vera also wipes away tears, “Guys, how old I am! Rosemary was a little girl when I left Lagoon City... and I didn't even get to witness Pedro's birth! How old are you?”“I am ten and Rosemary is fourteen, the same age as Alan,” Pedro answers.“Actually I am a few months older than him,” Rosemary answers.Pedro turns to his father, “Where are we going to sleep, father?”“In our apartment! There's room for everyone.” Beto responds emotionally.Teresa nods, “Exactly. Let's settle down. We need to share the good news with others.”Tiago goes to the office, “I'll send everyone an email, it'll be faster!”Carmen points to the canteen, “We prepared some delicacies for you, let's go!”Rosemary and Pedro don'