Written by: John McGreevey. Directed by: Charles Barton.
We start this episode with a brief review of previous events, which culminate with Buffy and Jody alone on a bus in Spain.
Mr. French is desperately trying to explain the situation to a woman at the bus station, but the language barrier interferes.
Sensing French’s alarm, Dichoso hurries off to find an English-speaking friend.
He can’t speak their language, but his irritation comes through loud and clear.
This shot features some nice shaky camera work, which conveys both the motion of the bus and helplessness the kids feel.
She’s taken him to her favorite place in Barcelona, a market area where gypsies recite sappy love poetry.
He says the poem–which ends with, “Love is a tear”–is very said.
Cissy’s also off having fun with a new love interest.
Ricardo sees some friends but declines to join them, even though Cissy says talking with his friends would help her improve her Spanish.
When the twins’ bus reaches Sitges, they disembark.
Instead of showing any concern for these kids, who are alone and clearly out of place, the angry driver stalks off.
The flower seller wishes him good luck. When Ana translates the sentiment, Bill says he understood it.
Come on, Ana, he knows “murmur” and “flame”–don’t patronize him!
In the cafe, Ricardo is introducing Cissy to churros, which she soon realizes are similar to doughnuts.
I’ve read several articles on the history of churros and haven’t come upon a reference to this. Can anyone shed any light?
She’s apparently supervising a school trip, and Buffy and Jody get swept up with the other children. Soon they are on another bus.
Realizing that the nun doesn’t speak English, Buffy says they’d better get off the before it takes them someplace else.
“It looks like we’re already someplace else,” Jody sighs.
Back in San Juan, French is relieved when Tio Dichoso’s bilingual friend arrives.
The driver remembers the kids, but when he and the station manager look for them, they come up empty-handed.
The translator breaks this alarming news to French, who insists on going to search for them himself.
“Don’t you understand?” he cries. “The children were in my charge. Mr. Davis entrusted me with their care.”
When we next see Buffy and Jody, some time has passed.
When they wake up, the driver has stepped away from the bus and left them alone.
They try knocking on the door of a nearby building but don’t get an answer.
Too much like a studio lot, maybe?
I guess no one ever told them that when you’re lost it’s better to stay in one place.
Cissy breaks the news that the twins are lost, and Bill is alarmed to learn that it’s been nine hours since the Sitges bus took them away.
He adds that the area around the Sitges station has been searched thoroughly.
(This scene is confusing. French does not mention that he went to Sitges himself to look for the kids. He must have done so, though, because he now has the picnic basket they left on the bus.)
As night falls, Buffy and Jody are getting tired, hungry, and even more scared.
“Ministers help people,” Buffy notes.
The twins decide to enter the church anyway.
Then they see something that terrifies them…
I don’t blame them–I’d be scared, too.
Eventually, they stop and determine that “it” isn’t following them. When Buffy asks what “it” is, Jody says he thinks it’s “something there aren’t any of.”
Buffy and Jody keep walking, inadvertently making their trail harder and harder for would-be rescuers to follow.
On the plus side, this guy can speak English. On the minus side, he’s really annoying.
He cheerfully notes that lost children are not uncommon, and that a family in the countryside is probably caring for the kids and keeping them safe.
Bill tries to emphasize the situation’s urgency–these kids are only seven years old and can’t speak the language.
Geez, they’re still seven? They were six two and half years ago!
In the countryside, Buffy and Jody’s travels bring them to a farm.
Looking inside, they discover that the barn has an occupant.
They are both sure that Uncle Bill will find them in the morning.
When dawn breaks, the farmer’s wife enters the barn to milk the cow.
When they hear someone coming, the twins scurry back to their hiding place.
When he leaves, it becomes clear that Buffy is at the end of her rope.
As the episode closes, Jody tries to comfort his sister.
I’ll offer commentary on this whole three-parter when I blog about Part 3. Look for that installment on Tuesday!
Bus Driver: Rico Alaniz. Reader: Socrates Ballis. Carlos Vega: Nacho Galindo. Bus Driver: Gilberto Galvani. Senor Las Casas: Ruben Moreno. Ana Vicente Cassona: Anna Navarro. Tio Dichoso: Jay Novello. Sacristan: Julian Rivero. Station Manager: Ben Romer. Nun: Lenore Stevens. Maria Vega: Rosa Turich. Ricardo: Johnny Aladdin.
Whew–that’s a big cast. Most of these performers made their livings playing Hispanic bit parts in movies and television, especially in Westerns.
Ruben Moreno’s most visible film role was as Dustin Hoffman’s father in Little Big Man. He worked as a director and screenwriter as well an actor and is especially well remembered as an acting coach. A former student has set up a Facebook tribute page. Some sources say Moreno was a two-time Academy Award nominee, but I am unable to verify that in the official Academy Award database.
Lenore Stevens was once married to actor Richard Mulligan.