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La otra is a Mexican telenovela that aired in 2002. It stars the beauty queen Yadhira Carrillo, heartthrob Juan Soler, and senior actress Jacqueline Andere.

It is a twin drama with a new twist. The characters, Carlota and Cordelia, really aren't twins, but doppelgangers. Carlota is sweet and innocent, raised by her greedy and abusive mother Bernarda, while Cordelia is cruel, manipulative, and willing to do what is necessary to get what she wants. Carlota meets Alvaro one day and they fall in love. Bernarda, of course, objects to this and does what she can to separate them. She succeeds, and 10 years later, she still hasn't gotten over him. Alvaro, however, has married Cordelia and they have a daughter together. Cordelia treats the daughter with contempt and feels stuck in the marriage. She sees other men on the side, including Alvaro's adopted brother Adrian! Eventually, fate will bring Carlota and Alvaro together again one day.

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This show provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents: Bernarda to Carlota and Eugenia.
  • Alpha Bitch: Apolonia, Bernarda, Cordelia, Sabina
  • The Aughts: During the post-prologue period.
  • Brother–Sister Incest: Bernarda lies to Eugenia and says that Roman, the man that got her pregnant, is her brother.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Adrian loves his parents, especially his mother VERY much. NEVER EVER EVER even THINK of harming or insulting either one of them in front of him. Let's say Cordelia had to learn the ultimate lesson by doing so...
  • Evil Matriarch: Bernarda, Bernarda, Bernarda.
  • Evil Twin: Cordelia
  • Happily Adopted: Adrian
  • Identical Stranger: The entire premise of the show.
  • It Was a Dark and Stormy Night: The opening scene of the first episode.
  • Karma Houdini: Bernarda's ending. Let's see, she ruins a marriage (which caused Carlota to be born, mistreated both of her daughters all their lives, indirectly caused Eugenia's death, ruined Carlota's romance with Alvaro, lied to her about Alvaro's whereabouts, murdered a whole bunch of people, ALL FOR MONEY.
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  • Kill It with Fire: Apolonia sets fire to a shed while the kids are in there, and Juan Pedro goes in to rescue them. He manages to save the kids, but dies of smoke inhalation.
  • The Klutz: Natalia. Cordelia happens to be the victim of Natalia's clumsiness most of the time, which really pushes her BerserkButton, causing her to go into mean mother mode.
  • Meaningful Name: A few fans have pointed out that if you take out the "C" in Carlota's name, it's an anagram for the show's title.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Cordelia provides this non-stop.
  • The '90s: During the prologue period.
  • Parental Favoritism: While she never experienced true parental love in any sense from Bernarda, Eugenia wasn't exactly treated like a human cancer in the way that Carlota was. Plus, Bernarda viewed her as potentially able to achieve something in life, while Bernarda viewed Carlota as an "inutil" (useless/good-for-nothing/etc.).
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  • Really Gets Around: Cordelia
  • Redemption Equals Death: Sabina
  • Rich in Dollars, Poor in Sense: Alvaro. As time went on during the TwinSwitch mentioned below, nearly everyone on the ranch has figured out that "Cordelia" is really Carlota. However, Alvaro never figured that out, and didn't find out until his fiancee had to tell him
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Carlota. In the first three weeks of the show (the prologue period), Carlota looks plain and homely. When the show switches to the present and the main plot actually begins, she looks much better, especially when she manages to escape her mother's clutches.
  • Telenovela: Duuuuhhhh.
  • Twin Switch: After Cordelia is murdered by Adrian, he goes to Carlota and asks her to take her place. She does go to the ranch, and all hell breaks loose from that point on.
  • The Unfavorite: Poor Carlota...
  • Vacation Episode: For five episodes, actually.


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