"I'm Estela Reynolds. Fernando Esteso sucked one of my nipples in "Desembraga a fondo". Have you got BETA video?."
From the writers of another well known Spanish comedy series, Aquí No Hay Quien Viva (Nobody Can Live Here) comes La Que Se Avecina (The Coming One), a Slice of Life sitcom which happens in a new building called Viewpoint of Pinemountain (Mirador de Montepinar). A humorous series showing conflicts and everyday problems that face the inhabitants and workers of the building. The main characters at the start of the series are: an antisocial couple, Antonio and Berta; Enrique and his family which consists of his wife Araceli, their son Fran and Araceli's mother Charo; a newly married couple, Javi and Lola; Javi's pre-retired parents Goya and Vicente; the "annoying pest", Leo; the "Cuquis" and their three children; an antisocial defaulter; two squatters, Izascun and Maritere; two brothers, Sergio and Joaquín Arias; the porter Maxi and the gardener Coque, and some others.In Season 2, Raquel's cousin Nines was introduced. From Season 3 onwards, every character from the first two seasons becomes a flanderized version of himself/herself. Sergio and Joaquín Arias, Cris, Araceli, Charo and other minor characters left the series, and new characters were introduced: Judith Becker, a psychologist in her thirties, and Estela Reynolds, who is Lola's eccentric mother and quickly becomes the series' main protagonist along with Antonio and Amador. At the end of Season 4, Maritere, Goya and Estela abandon the series. In Season 5, Araceli comes back with her girlfriend Reyes, one of the two new characters introduced that season, with the other one being Justi, Amador's mother. In Season 6, neither Reyes nor Justi reappear, but does Sergio Arias, who, however, doesn't stay in Season 7 and neither does Fran, Maxi nor Izascun. Fermín Trujillo, Lola's father, and Rebeca Ortiz, Judith's lawyer and friend, are the new characters introduced this season, although Fermín's first appearance was nearly the end of Season 6. Estela too reappears in the Season 6 finale and is a lead character in Season 7.Other secondary characters that appear in the series include Parrales, Antonio's employee, Violeta, Antonio's schizophrenic sister, Álvaro, Antonio and Berta's son, "La Chusa", Coque's junkie ex-girlfriend, Judith's sister Ingrid and her husband Matthew, Berta's priest, the mayor and the director of "Internado Sangriento", among many others.
This show provides examples of:
Absentee Actor: In season 6, Araceli is absent in some episodes, because the actress, Isabel Ordaz, was also doing a play at the time. She is absent in the second half of Season 7 too.
Judith and Raquel are both absent in the first half of Season 7.
Adorkable: By characterization, Javi, Enrique and Parrales are this trope.
A Friend in Need: In Season 3, after the "Cuquis" break up, Amador's friend Leo lets him stay at his place for a few months. Leo also lent 50.000 euros to Amador in the name of friendship so that Amador could buy a better apartment and make up with la Cuqui. Subverted in Season 6 and Season 7 when Leo refuses to take the "Cuquis" in after they are evicted by the bank.
In the Season 4 finale, Antonio breaks up with Berta and has nowhere to go so he ends up staying at his friend Enrique's flat, resulting in a Crowning Moment of Heartwarming. The entirety of the episode (and especially the end) also qualifies.Subverted in Season 5 when Enrique refuses to take a homeless Antonio in. Played straight again in Season 7 when Antonio moves to Enrique's for the whole season.
Ambiguously Gay: Antonio. Although he is often obsessed with women and is an absolute homophobe, his behaviour also suggests that he might not be as heterosexual as he wants to believe.
In the Season 2 finale, he confessed his love for his friend Enrique, kissed him and told him that he was gay, yet in the Season 3 premiere that fact was not acknowledged by neither Antonio nor Enrique and the writers basically acted like it never happened.
Throughout the series he's kissed other men, got an erection due to a male massager, masturbated in front of Enrique, it's assumed that he had sex with Enrique once while both were high when they could have hooked up with two sexy women, and has apsychoticallyco-dependentobsessionwithEnrique, to the point that he cares more about him than about his own wife.
Other characters like Vicente, Judith, Raquel, Estela and others also have had gay tendencies at some point in the series.
Bigger Bad: Germán Palomares. He's responsible of all the things Antonio is not involved, rarely appears and, unlike Antonio, his evil deeds are taken completely seriously. Oh, and he was the one who kidnapped Enrique.
Big Eater: Coque is a mild version of this in later seasons.
The Pastor family: Enrique's wife abandoned him with a note in the second season; she came back years later as a lesbian and has left him again several times; Enrique was kidnapped for four months in the Season 3 finale and as a result suffered from PTSD during the fourth season; his son Fran dropped out of school and is a rebellious teenager who in late Season 6 moves to Brazil with his over thirty-years-old girlfriend; Enrique doesn't have contact with his terrible father who is also a pervert and extended family; he starts dating a much younger woman, Judith, with whom he had apoisonousrelationship until they get married at the end of Season 5; Judith fakes her pregnancy and later on fakes losing her baby, making a heartbroken Enrique leave her; Judith turns out to actually be pregnant but moves to Chicago without telling Enrique and in Season 7 they divorce each other.
The Maroto-Trujillo family: Starting with Javi and Lola's marital issues; Javi (nearly) had an affair with Lola's friend Raquel and they spent the whole sixth season at odds; in Season 7 they have a baby but Lola has post-partum depression and in the season finale she decides to stay in Colombia and join the FARC; Javi's parents, Goya and Vicente, can't stand each other; Goya dies in the Season 4 finale; Estela, Lola's neglectful mother, is mentally unstable and driveseveryonecrazy; and she has a love-haterelationship with Lola's father Fermín who Lola never met until now.
Bilingual Bonus: Matthew, who is a native English-speaker, whenever he speaks in English. Other characters have sometimes spoken in English but the vast majority of the characters are not bilingual, and in fact have a very poor knowledge of English or any other language that is not Spanish.
Bi the Way: Araceli and Berta, from Season 5 and Season 7 onwards respectively.
Season 3 ends with Berta leaving Antonio and Enrique being kidnapped by the defaulter.
Season 4 ends with Antonio discovering that one of his only friends, Coque, is his wife's lover. Also, Goya dies and Lola throws Estela out of her house because of Estela lying to Lola about who her real father is.
Season 5 ends with Araceli leaving Enrique and Reyes at the altar (but Enrique then marries Judith), and Amador is forced to move to his mother's town, separated from his friends.
Season 6 ends with Enrique and Judith breaking up and Judith discovering that she is pregnant, and the "Cuquis" being evicted by the bank.
Season 7 ends with La Cuqui having to do time in jail for at least 6 months and Lola abandoning her family to join the FARC. It's, however, one of the happiest season finales of the series because Antonio and Berta reconcile and Enrique and Judith agree on joint custody of their son Dylan.
Blatant Lies: Lots of times, especially Amador's lies to la Cuqui about his jobs and money. Also, Enrique's lies to Antonio in Seasons 3 and 4 to protect him from finding out the truth and killing Coque.
Blond Guys Are Evil: Nines says that all blondes are evil. And it looks as if all bald men are evil, too.
Fran, too, who used to get very bad grades until he dropped out of school. Nines doesn't have a formal education either.
Breakout Character: Estela Reynolds, who was introduced as a supporting character to Javi and Lola, became surprisingly popular in season 3 (the season in which she appears for the first time). Season 4 has a plot centered around her in every episode, and Javi and Lola became HER supporting characters.
Divorce Assets Conflict: The "Cuquis" after Amador finds out the son his wife carries is from Sergio Arias. They eventually get divorced but remarry in the Season 6 premiere.
In Season 7, Berta wants to divorce Antonio and the two quickly are at war, with Antonio refusing to give in to her demands and throwing Berta out of their house. As a result, Antonio ends up temporarily losing the flat to her and has to go live at Enrique's. They end up getting divorced but reconcile in the season 7 finale.
Enrique and Judith, in season 7 too, who do get divorced as well and in joint custody of their son Dylan.
Araceli, who was a Deadpan Snarker in Season 1, became an Expy of La Hierbas when she reappeared in Season 5. Both characters were played by the same actress.
Easily Forgiven: Played Up to Eleven with Enrique when it comes to Judith's and Antonio's wrongdoings. In one episode from Season 4, Antonio wrongly thought that his friend Enrique was Berta's lover, and hired a hitman to kill him. In the next episode they were friends again, and only three episodes later, Enrique resigned as President of the Community which was what he had always wanted the most for Antonio.
Even Evil Has Standards: Antonio won't accept bribes and will go to great extents to punish corrupt politicians. He also won't kill his loved ones, since he had to hire a hitman to kill Enrique because he couldn't do it himself, and couldn't kill his other friend Coque at gunpoint either.
Extreme Doormat: Coque and Vicente are the most prominent examples, although Javi, Enrique and Berta fit this as well to an extent.
Family Business: To some degree, "Mariscos Recio", with Antonio, Berta, Violeta and Nines all helping with Antonio's small fish shop at some point in the series. However, Antonio and his employee Parrales are generally the ones who run the business.
Flanderization: Every character is a flanderized version of himself/herself from the first two seasons.
Antonio Recio was a religious man with sociopathic traits who liked women. From Season 3 onwards, he is a lustful man who is always asking about Judith's private parts and usually asking Enrique to going to prostitutes.
Coque was a not very smart pothead. From Season 3 onwards, he becomes totally stupid.
Amador, who in the first seasons showed some traits of being rude and uncultured but who was also a good father, becomes a rough-spoken jerk obsessed with women who usually forgets about his children. Eventually lampshaded by his wife, who angrily asks if he's been always so stupid.
Forgotten Anniversary: Antonio hardly ever remembers his wedding anniversary and it's Berta who has to remind him.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The series, initially considered child-friendly, had to edit and cut its episodes when airing during children programming hours in later seasons due to the series usually showing sex and masturbation scenes, swear words, alcohol and drugs abuse, racist, sexist and homophobic behaviour, mild violence etc.
Loads and Loads of Characters: The series usually has around 15 recurring characters and that doesn't even include minor characters like the Cuquis' children, Antonio's employee Parrales or Enrique's son Fran.
Lonely Together: Javi and Vicente in Season 5, and Antonio and Enrique in Season 7.
Make Up or Break Up: The series is fond of this trope. Some examples include the "Cuquis", Javi and Lola, Antonio and Berta and Enrique and Judith. It's happened more than once for all of these couples.
My Sister Is Off Limits: Antonio with Violeta due to her being mentally handicapped. Subverted with Amador and in episode 6x09 when Antonio sets her up as a prostitute to attract clients to his casino.
In the Season 2 Finale, Enrique says he's going to move out. He mentions having seen an apartment in Desengaño Street. The Original Series took place in Desengaño 21.
In Season 6, Fernando Tejero plays Fermín, Lola's dad. When Fermin sees Enrique (José Luis Gil) and Maxi (Eduardo Gómez), he recalls knowing them from somewhere else. Fernando Tejero's character in Aqui No Hay Quien Viva, Emilio, was the son of Eduardo's character and had a father-son relationship with Jose Luis Gil's one.
Nobody over 50 Is Gay: Araceli and Reyes are both in their mid-fifties. Berta is around fifty years old. Amador's father and his lover are in their sixties. Estela, Vicente, Antonio and Enrique, who either had one gay experience and/or are ambiguously bi, are all around fifty or older, too. Paco and Manolo, a gay couple that appear as guest stars in Seasons 6 and 7, are around fifty.
Nobody Thinks It Will Work: Nearly every one of the neighbours and especially Antonio thought Enrique and Judith's relationship wouldn't work. It finally doesn't as they get divorced in the season 7 finale.
No Means Yes: Antonio has a tendency to think that when Enrique says "No", he means "Yes", and will just go ahead and explain to him his mater plan, much to Enrique's frustration.
Nosy Neighbor: Basically the core of the show. Almost every character is this.
Not So Different: Antonio and Enrique. The latter starts acting more and more like Antonio as time goes by. He even lampshades it in one episode from Season 7 when he says that he spends too much time with Antonio after suggesting he kills a neighbour, much to Araceli's astonishment.
One-Person Birthday Party: Subverted in Season 5 with la Cuqui. Her casual friends didn't come to the party because her closest friends and family had prepared a more private, surprise party for her.
Only Known by Their Nickname: Maite "La Cuqui" Figueroa, Fernando "Nano" Rivas, Amador Jr. "Ojos de Pollo" Rivas, Germán Palomares "El Moroso", Jorge "Coque" Calatrava, Gregoria "Goya" Gutiérrez, Maria Dolores "Lola" Trujillo, Javier "Javi" Maroto, Paca Pacheco "Estela Reynolds", Leonardo "Leo" Romaní, Maximiliano "Maxi" Angulo, Angelines "Nines" Chacón, among a few others.
Parental Favoritism: Judith's father, who always paid more attention to Judith's sister, Ingrid. He dies in Season 6.
Parental Neglect: Antonio's parents and Antonio himself towards his sons, Enrique's father, Amador's father, Lola's mother Estela, Nines towards her son and Judith and Lola towards their newly-born babies (justified in Lola's case in that she has post-partum depression).
Estela Reynolds leaves at the end of season 4. Again, The Bus Came Back at the end of season 6.
Maritere also leaves the show with no explanation.
Reyes and Justi appeared only in season 5, and they don't reappear in season 6.
Izaskun is put on a bus in late Season 6 due to the actress quitting because of her age.
Maxi, Fran and Parrales are put on a bus at the end of Season 6.
Estela leaves the show once again at the end of season 7.
"The Reason You Suck" Speech: Lola gives one of these to her mother Estela several times throughout the series. Enrique gives a heartbreaking one to Antonio in episode 4x00, and Rebeca and Judith give another one to Antonio in episode 7x12.
Talking Down the Suicidal: Enrique talks Antonio down from killing himself in the Season 4 finale. Subverted in episode 4x00. Javi also fits this trope everytime he has to talk Estela down from doing something stupid.
In the third season, a suicidal man threatens to jump off the balcony and Judith, his psychologist, manages to talk him down.
Downplayed with Vicente, who does jump off despite the neighbours' attempt at talking him down but survives with practically no injuries at all.
Theme Tune Cameo: Judith and Nines sing part of the show's theme tune in season 6, episode 10.
In the season 4 finale, he discovers that one of his two friends, Coque, is Berta's lover, loses the presidency of the community because the neighbours despise him and thinks that his best friend Enrique has betrayed him by becoming the new President of the community, so he leaves the building. At the end though Enrique and Coque look for him and the three friends leave together Mirador de Montepinar.
In episode 7x12, Antonio loses at trial, Rebeca and Judith give him a cruel "The Reason You Suck" Speech that causes him to have a panic attack later on and ends up in the hospital where no one goes to see him showing just how alone Antonio truly is. He then does everything in his power to make up with Berta but she doesn't forgive him and by the end of the episode Enrique throws him out of his house due to being fed up with Antonio's jerkass behaviour. However, Antonio does make up with both Berta and Enrique in the next episode.
Tournament Arc: Episode 1.07 - A reunion, an eviction and a paddle tournament.
True Companions: There are several groups of friends in the series that fit this trope. Los Leones (The Lions), which consists of Amador, Leo, Vicente, Javi and Maxi, often meet at Maxi's bar, help and advice one another and, in conclusion, are very good friends. Antonio, Enrique and Coque are El Equipo A (The A-Team) and are good friends as well despite often not being able to tolerate one another. Then there's "La Chupipandi", the female group of friends, which initially was composed of Judith, Raquel, Lola and Nines, but later on La Cuqui, Berta, Araceli and Rebeca joined the group as well.
Will They or Won't They?: Judith and Enrique in Season 4 and Season 5. In Season 6 they did and were married for the whole season, but in Season 7 Judith wanted to divorce him and they went back to Will They or Won't They?. In the season 7 finale they divorced each other but remained as friends.
The "Cuquis", for three seasons straight until they get remarried in the Season 6 premiere.
Antonio and Berta, and Javi and Raquel during Season 5.