Graduados is a 2012 Argentine comedy. It is about a group of former 80's high-school students, who grew up since then, and life led them to many paths.Loli is married with Pablo, but she had a relation with Andy in the past, and she discovered that her son Martín was actually Andy's son, not Pablo's. Andy is also a friend of Vero and Tuca, who run a radio. Vicky is Loli's best friend. Loli's father Clemente run the Macan enterprise, were other former students work, as Guillermo. Finally, unknown to all, Patricia Longo is actually Jimena Benitez, the ugly and fat girl who was rejected by everybody, who became thin, changed her face and name, and swore vengueance against all her former mates.
Graduados contains examples of:
Aborted Arc: In the first episodes, Vero loved Andy and did not dare to say it out loud. As episodes go on, the whole thing was forgotten.
Also for Patricia's "vengueance" plot against the others. Other than having Guillermo fired, she did not advance a single bit: she's just mean. She even falled in love with Pablo, the bully that insulted her in the school. Initially, it seemed as if she was faking love in order to manipulate him, but there have been no more hints since many months ago.
Actor Allusion: There was a funny one in the Chilean adaption, where Andrés Jalifa (=Andrés Goddzer) mentions that he has forgot it all about the embrace of Maipu and all that stuff. The same actor that, a couple of years back, played Bernardo O'Higgins himself.
All Just a Dream: Patricia visited the Goddzer in the night, and killed Elías with a knife... of course, it was Danna having bad dreams.
Comically Missing the Point: Aware that Patricia is hiding something, Loli, Guillermo and Vicky took a strange CD from her. It was a commercial of a great German doctor, who made several plastic surgeries (including the classic "before" and "after" images). Did they suspect that Patricia was fat and now thin, or that she changed her face? No: they thought she was a man, turned into a woman.
Coming-Out Story: Guillermo is gay, and in fact he was all the time, even during high school, but he only said it openly during the reunion of former students. They were all shocked, but supported him... with the exception of Pablo
Crappy Holidays: Due to unexpected circumstances, they are reunited at the same bar during the Friendship Day. It did not turn out very well: they remembered that they were never united but divided in two groups, Guillermo felt insulted by Patricia, Patricia has to hear them failing to remember the fat Jimena Benitez and then making fun of her (and it was her, which is still her secret), and Andy... Andy has to endure the Friendship Day with Loli and Bon Jovi, after Loli broke up her romance with him.
The way that Elias discovered that he was grandparent. Andy did not deny anything.
Averted when Loli first visited Andy's house, suspecting the parental issue. Dana got behind the door, to overhear their conversation... and Elías saw her, and shoo her, give Andy some privacy, damn it!
Eureka Moment: The way Loli figured out that Patricia Longo is actually Jimena Benítez. She remembered all the small hints, put two and two toguether, and got to the inevitable conclusion.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: Elías and Dana, jews, explain the circumcision to Martín, not jew. Dana says that they cut... that, but only the part that is not useful. Elías replies that it is all useful. Dana replies, "not in your case".
My Eyes Are Up Here: When Pablo first met Patricia, he did not recognize her as Jimena. Not surprising... he was not looking to her face.
Happy Dance: When Gaby told that she would get married with Marito, Mao improvised a Happy Dance in the office: the Oppa Gangnam Style.
Happy Marriage Charade: Guillermo is gay, Victoria has to settle being her friend, and Guillermo falls in love with Fernando. And then... Fernando's former wife, and mother of their daughter Luna, shows up, ignoring that Fernando is gay now. What to do? Guillermo and Vicky act as if they were Happily Married, to avoid suspicions.
Here We Go Again: The whole story began when Andy Goddzer, working as dog walker, answered a request and unexpectedly found a childhood friend... who had a son with him, that he never knew about. In the last episode, Dany Goddzer, working as dog walker, answered a request and unexpectedly found a childhood friend... who had a daughter with him, that he never knew about.
Honor Before Reason: Gaby discovered by accident that Patricia and Pablo are a couple. She was forced into secrecy, but through a series of overheard conversations the news reaches Andy. He knows that Pablo is cheating on Loli... but did not tell her. After all, he has no proof, he had not seen it himself, and Loli is having enough problems as it is.
I'll Never Tell You What I'm Telling You: Gaby overhears that Patricia's son is actually Pablo's and not Clemente's. She arrives home desperated, because Keeping Secrets Suck, and she's already exhausted of being the Secret Keeper. She will not tell Andy what's going on, but he insisted. By her face, he recognized it was a secret involving Patricia. And giving a "it has happened to you" as an excuse to avoid talking did not help: Andy immediately put two and two toguether, and understood what is it all about (although without Pablo's name)
Living Prop: Sofía. She began as Martín's love interest, then Luna came in, and Sofía was demoted.
Nostalgia Filter: Averted. They are always having nostalgia of the "good old times" back in the 80's, but they never take it to comparisons with current music, current lifestyle or anything else.
Open Secret: The secret of Andy being Martín's true father. Everybody knows and tries to avoid indicating that either Pablo or his brother Augusto know... but Pablo found out on his own. He didn't tell that he knew it, until he decided what to do about it. When Loli shouted it out, the big deal was that it was said out loud: it wasn't new to anyone.
And again with the identity of Patricia as Jimena. In the end, everybody (and that means everybody) knew that, except for Pablo himself.
Photographic Memory: When it comes to their high school years, all of the graduados have it. "The music teacher? Sorry, I can't recall her face, it's been too many years" is not a valid answer, ever.
Actually, there is a thing some of them forgot: the fat girl, Jimena Benítez. First, they did not remember her, and then they make fun of her in absentia... with Patricia right there with them. And, as told somewhere else, Patricia is really Jimena Benítez.
Platonic Life Partners: Andy and Tuca (male) and Vero (female). There's no romance between either of them, in fact they all have their own romantic issues with other peoples, and there's no jealously about it. In fact, they welcome it if their friend is happy, and take it personal if someone makes the other suffer.
Switching P.O.V.: a usual trick for flashbacks. For certain reasons, the different characters have contemporary flashbacks of a same old event, but each one under his own perspective, which complements the others. For example, Pablo remembers that Loli was missing in a certain event of a party, and Loli remembers where was she back then.
Techno Babble: Vicky's use and abuse of psycology jargon. Most of the time, it is well used, but other times it is abused (using arcane words when simpler words would suffice), and from time to time it is used incorrectly.
Justified with Luna. She is, after all, a teenager with dreams of becoming a psycologist, and not an actual psycologist with degree.
The Eighties: The show is a monument to the decade. There are constant evocations and nostalgia. Even to the point that the high-school students graduated in... 1989
The Reveal: The DNA test that proved that Martín is the son of Andy and not Pablo. Loli tried to confess it, but she was interrupted, and Pablo found the test results in the locker on his own later.
Time Skip: The first episode does not begin with a fashback, but with action set in 1989. Graduation night, Pablo cheats Loli, Loli finds him and leaves with Andy, they have sex, Loli leaves in the night, Andy return home and falls to his bed... and the series continue 19 years later.
What the Hell, Hero?: During the 1989 graduation, Vicky did not cope well with drinking alcohol, and was about to vomit. Loli helped her to the ladies' room, to use a toilet for that... and they found Pablo having sex with another girl. Loli tossed Vicky to a side, as if she was a rag doll, and left crying... yes, it makes sense in context, but poor Vicky.
World of Snark: Vicky, Patricia and Vero are the masters of it, but Andy, Pablo and Augusto do not stay much far behind.