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Allí abajo (Down there) is a Spanish comedy television series produced by Plano a Plano for Antena 3. It started in April 2015, and ended in June 2019 after five seasons. The show was created by Óscar Terol, who also writes and stars in it, and Plano a Plano owners César Benítez and Aitor Gabilondo.

The series revolves around Iñaki (Jon Plazaola), a Basque man nearing his forties who has never left the Basque Country until he is forced to join his absorbent mother Maritxu (Ane Gabarain) in a weeklong trip to Seville. However things take a turn for the worse as Maritxu falls down a staircase and into a coma on their first night in town, and is subsequently rushed to a local clinic, where Iñaki meets the chief nurse, Carmen Almonte (María León).


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  • Affectionate Parody: Episode 9 is one to Good Bye, Lenin!, as Maritxu has waken from her coma and Iñaki does his best to make her believe they are in San Sebastián. The episode is fittingly titled Agur Lehendakari (Basque for Goodbye Mr. President).
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Nekane, the waitress at the tavern Iñaki owns in San Sebastián, is madly in love with him but fails to tell him time and time again.
  • Catchphrase: "Kabenzotz!", Iñaki's go-to cursing line. Occasionally dropped by some of the other Basque characters as well.
  • Character Blog: Several of the main characters have their own Twitter feeds. To name just three: @VascoEnSevilla (Iñaki), @AupaCarmen (Carmen) and @maritxuteoye (Maritxu).
  • Convenient Coma: Maritxu's accident at the hotel is the start of Iñaki's longer-than-expected stay in Seville. She doesn't wake up until halfway through the first season.
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  • Cool Old Guy: Don Benito Benjumea, a rich man who is also hospitalized at the clinic... even though part of the medical personnel think he's staying too long on purpose. He actually is.
    Benjumea: Here, they only take blood from me once in a while; and at home, my sons are sucking my blood all day.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Iñaki's mother can't stand Carmen and Carmen's father can't stand Iñaki.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Several characters show flashes of this at some point.
    Dolores: I think that if you want to receive the insurance money, you're going to have to adorn that story a little.
    Iñaki: No way. We Basques never lie.
    Dolores: And where's Urdangarín from, Chiclana?
  • Distracted by the Sexy: On their first night in Seville, Iñaki and Maritxu are forced to join the rest of the retirees they're travelling with in a variation of the blind man's buff in which Iñaki has to guide his blindfolded mother around. As he gets distracted looking at a sexy waitress, Maritxu keeps walking on her own, unable to see the start of a stairwell going down. No points for guessing how it ends.
  • Extreme Doormat: Iñaki's uncle, Sabino. Probably a result of his marriage to Bego, every bit as controlling as her sister Maritxu.
  • Fish out of Water: Iñaki upon arriving in Seville.
  • Gilligan Cut: In the series premiere, Iñaki's friends meet at the tavern and they wonder how he'll be doing in the south. One of them says "I'm sure he's already singing bulerías with some hot Seville chick!". Cut to Iñaki in the waiting room of the clinic, next to a pregnant woman screaming for help at the top of her voice as she is apparently about to give birth to her baby.
  • Hopeless Suitor: Nekane to Iñaki.
  • I Choose to Stay: Iñaki has second thoughts about moving back to San Sebastián after The Big Damn Kiss with Carmen in the season 1 finale.
  • Mistaken for Gay: Iñaki and Rober, when the latter shows up completely naked in Carmen's house, where the former is living, and leaves poor Sabino in shock in the process.
  • My Beloved Smother: Maritxu sees Iñaki as a perennial child unable to move forward on his own, and so, she controls everything he does (when she's awake, that is), with the complicity of her sister Bego. Case in point: this exchange from episode 10:
    Maritxu: Nekane, you're going to be my daughter-in-law. Congratulations. Not that you're the ideal option, but right now you're the only one in hand with certificate of origin.
    Nekane: Thanks, I suppose. Just one thing: shouldn't Iñaki decide a little about this too?
    Maritxu: Yes, of course. But Iñaki will decide what we tell him.
  • Nosy Neighbor: Carmen's neighbors Merche, Piedad and Luci.
  • Only One Name: Nekane, Peio, Merche, Piedad and Luci.
  • Put on a Bus: After definitely realizing she doesn't stand a chance of winning Iñaki's heart, Nekane moves to Bordeaux.
  • Real Men Cook: Iñaki. After all he's the chef of his own tavern.
  • Relationship Sabotage: Several characters try their best to break up the relationship between Iñaki and Carmen. Especially Maritxu and Rober.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: Benjumea continues to smoke in the clinic despite the doctors' warnings. He also sneaks drinks into the building with the help of José, the hospital orderly.
  • Shout-Out: To Game of Thrones. An episode of the first season revolved about a Game of Thrones actor (played by a Peter Dinklage look-alike)note  being hospitalized in the clinic after sustaining injuries while the series was being filmed in Seville.
  • Title Drop: Most of the Basque characters when talking about Seville or Andalusia. Here's one from the premiere:
    Nekane: He's only leaving for a week.
    Amaia: To hunt him down there, one day's enough.
  • Wedding Day: Iñaki and Carmen finally get married in the season 2 finale.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Iñaki and Carmen, for most of the first season. They Do.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Rober claims he's still in love with Carmen, but won't stop flirting with Trini.
    • Played for Laughs with Antxon, who falls hard for one of Carmen's neighbors in Seville... despite already being married in San Sebastián.
    • It also happens to Koldo with Piedad, and in the second season he divorces his wife and moves to Seville with her.

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