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Caso Cerrado’s ‘Pokemon Go’ Episode Was Full Of Delicious Chisme

It looks like Pokémon GO has finally completed the Latino TV cycle. It all began with “Primer Impacto” telling your parents to be very afraid of the game. Now it’s become the center of an episode of “Caso Cerrado” with Dra. Ana Maria Polo. It’s a tale of violence, betrayal and addiction.

Dra. Polo kicks things off with a quote that she attributes to Albert Einstein — except it’s not actually from Einstein.

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CREDIT: Credit: Caso Cerrado / YouTube

Translation: “I fear the day that technology will surpass our human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.” Great quote, but it’s not from Einstein. It actually might be from the movie “Powder.”

After that great start, we meet the plaintiff, Julio.

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He’s suing two young women for $20,000 (!) after a Pokémon GO-related incident that took place in his front yard.

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Julio tells Dra. Polo he’s in the middle of a custody battle for his daughter and the incident could ruin his chances in divorce court.

The defendants, Victoria and Angelica, were playing Pokémon GO in Julio’s front yard. At 3 a.m. In the dark. Hours later, they would end up in an ambulance.

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CREDIT: Credit: Caso Cerrado / YouTube

So here’s what went down: Julio said he heard his daughter crying late at night. After hearing strange sounds outside of his house, he went out to investigate. After seeing a silhouette outside (spoiler alert: it was Victoria and Angelica), Julio picked up a brick and threw it in the direction of the silhouette. Julio claims he threw it “to the side” to scare whoever was in his yard. “Mejor un ladrillo que una pistola,” says Julio. Either Julio has terrible aim or he’s a liar, because the brick apparently hit Angelica in the back. And during all the commotion, Victoria hurt her ankle.

When Dra. Polo asks what they were doing in his yard, Julio explains that people keep showing up to his house because it’s a Poke Stop. Dra. Polo has NO IDEA what he’s talking about.

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So, dude ends up giving Dra. Polo a pretty thorough breakdown about the game and how it works (remember this for later).

After Dra. Polo plays a clip that explains the game to viewers (a.k.a. your parents), Julio continues recounting the incident.

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Julio, who claims he threw the brick to scare off a potential intruder, says he heard several cries of pain. He turned on the light to his porch and realized the two girls were on the ground. The girls eventually called an ambulance AND the police. Julio says cops at his house isn’t a good look — especially when he’s a custody battle.

Sidenote: Shoutout to the guy in the back who was probably hyped to be on TV for a whole episode only to have zero lights pointed in his direction.

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Julio then presents video footage of people playing Pokémon GO in front of his house.

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The girls explain they were playing for hours and didn’t realize they were trespassing. They then reveal they’re countersuing for $10,000 (!).

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Angelica shows off a large bruise on her back caused by the thrown brick…

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And Victoria, who is wearing a heavy boot over her right leg, says she owes $3,000 in medical bills after hurting her ankle in the incident.

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CREDIT: Credit: Caso Cerrado / YouTube

She adds that she’s missed work for about a month. I guess if you add that to the $500 they owe for the ambulance that picked them up, it all somehow adds up to $10,000.

Angelica claims they shouldn’t be punished for the fact that this guy’s house is a Poke Stop. Dra. Polo still doesn’t grasp the concept of a Poke Stop:

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So, which side are you on? Wait! PLOT TWIST: Angelica’s brother is there to testify. AGAINST Veronica and Angelica. Meet Gary:

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Gary says everything was good with the girls — they were getting out of the house more often — until they became addicted to the game and started missing school. The girls fire back: “We only missed ONE day.” Gary says he’s concerned that “next time,” they’ll be injured by something worse than a brick. You know, like a Geodude or a even a Graveler.

Things are looking grim for Veronica and Angelica. But wait! DOUBLE PLOT TWIST: The girls have brought in Julio’s estranged wife as a witness, and she’s got the REAL CHISME.

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The woman, named Yesenia, says her husband is a liar and hypocrite because he was the “first one to download the game when it came out.” That explains why he knew so much about the game! She says they’re getting divorced after she used Pokémon GO to confirm he was cheating on her. One night, when he arrived late, she went into his cell phone while he was showering and used the game’s log to pinpoint where (and at what time) he was catching Pokémon. Her sleuthing led her to realize most of Julio’s hunts took place at a female coworkers house. BUSTED.

After reviewing all the evidence, Dra. Polo comes to her decision. But you’ll have to tune in to a re-run of the episode to find out what happens next!

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CREDIT: Credit: Caso Cerrado / Telemundo

Just kidding! After three experts — an attorney, a police officer and a sociologist — weigh in on the case, Dra. Polo decides to throw out both cases, telling everyone, “I hope you all have fun with your game!”

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All Of Your Favorites Telenovelas Are Coming Back With NBC Universo’s ‘Retro Jueves’

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All Of Your Favorites Telenovelas Are Coming Back With NBC Universo’s ‘Retro Jueves’

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So many us are already glued to our screen right now, binge watching far too much television, if you ask me. But – and it’s a very valid but – a throwback series consisting of our favorite and iconic Latino television shows would be a very valid excuse to continue racking up that screen time.

And guess what? NBC’s Universo is delivering exactly that with the launch of their new prime time lineup called ‘Retro Jueves.’ Consider it a chance to rewatch some of your favorite TV shows and realize just how fast time passes.

‘Retro Jueves’ will be full of iconic Latino TV shows – bringing us some much-needed content during this quarantine.

With the slogan “Remembering is Living” – so true! – Universo is launching “Retro Thursdays”, a new programming block that will be broadcast every Thursday in prime time from April 30 (that’s tonight!) at 7 p.m. ET.

The new programming block will bring back some of the most iconic U.S. Spanish-language TV programs from the early 2000s and let us remember the good ol’ days as we get a chance to look back at the beginnings of some of our favorite TV celebs.

Consider this a golden opportunity to revisit some of these classic shows that so many of us grew up watching as kids. Or, if you’re in quarantine with your mamá or tías – get them in front of that TV with you for a trip down memory lane.

Some of the classics I’ll be watching include, Caso Cerrado.

Few shows are as iconic and over-the-top genius as Caso Cerrado. The super dramatic court TV program is hosted by the beloved Dr. Ana María Polo and includes some seriously scene-stealing guests.

Though the show has come under fire for allegedly creating fake court cases – I don’t care. It’s great entertainment.

Caso Cerrado will kick off the programming with some of it’s very first episodes at 7pm ET.

Then it’s on to Protagonistas de Novela 2.

Protagonistas de Novela 2 follows at 9 p.m./8 p.m. central. This 2003 reality show guaranteed the winner a spot in a future telenovela, and this particular season became crucial for current stars like William Levy and Ximena Duque. Relive the drama and excitement that divided a nation: were you team Erick Elías or Alfredo de Quesada? Maybe your opinion will change if you rewatch it, or maybe it’ll remain unchanged.

Then things get hot at steamy with episodes from the super intense show, Decisiones.

At 10 p.m./9 p.m. central, we’ll dive into the true stories of people thrust into amorous adventures and pushed to their breaking points. Decisiones brings steamy melodramas about passion and sex in the modern world of 2005, featuring unique standalone stories in each episode.

Then it’s way back to Dr. Ana María Polo’s OG days with her original court program – Sala de Parejas.

This was the very court program that quickly had Dr. Ana María Polo stealing the hearts of viewers. The show centers on marital problems – which made for some seriously great TV. The success of Sala de Parejas enabled Dr. Ana María Polo to take the idea further and launch Caso Cerrado, where she was able to show other disputes not related to relationships.

With such a promising lineup of classic, iconic TV shows – I now have my Thursday night plans and I’m beyond excited.

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I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out These Pokémon Were Inspired By Mexico And Latin America

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I Was Today Years Old When I Found Out These Pokémon Were Inspired By Mexico And Latin America

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The Pokémon franchise is one of the biggest and most important ones in the world. Including video games, TV series, movies, card games, collectible cuddly toys and even clothing, the Pokémon empire’s profits amount to billions of dollars annually. With more than 800 species of Pokémon, the work for Pokémon creator Satoshi Tajiri has taken inspiration from various cultures around the world to invent each of the “pocket monsters,” and some were inspired by Latin America.

Nintendo and the Pokémon Company have published well over 50 different Pokémon games.

In the two decades since Pokémon first came to be, Nintendo has released over 50 games set in different worlds —featuring hundreds of unique monsters.

Currently, there are 722 official Pokémon that have been confirmed by Nintendo.

The nearly 800 monsters, draw upon the folklore from various cultures. Mawile, a fairy/steele-type monster, is loosely based on the Japanse legend of the Futakuchi-onna, a demon woman with a second mouth hidden in the back of her head, for example.

While some Pokémon are tied to myths, others are grounded in real-world cultures.

In particular, there just so happen to be a handful of pocket monsters with direct links to Latin America. Some of them are super cool and some of them are…well, pretty racist. But they’re all a part of the Pokémon legacy and you should know all about them.

Ludicolo

In typical Pokémon fashion, it’s difficult to tell what Ludicolo’s supposed to be exactly. It’s a pineapple. It’s a duck. It’s a man wearing a poncho and a sombrero who likes to sing and dance? At best, Ludicolo’s supposed to be a tribute to Mexican Mariachi. At worst, it’s just offensive. You decide.

Sigilyph

Sigilyph is a flying/psychic Pokémon first introduced in the Black and White games. Unlike most Pokémon, Sigilyph isn’t based on a specific animal, but rather a drawing of one. The monster’s design is inspired by the Nazca Lines, a set of artistic geoglyphs etched into the earth of the Nazca Desert in southern Peru.

Hawlucha

Hawlucha is definitely part of the Pokémon wall of fame. It’s a fighting/flying hawk-esque creature with an affinity for airborne wrestling moves inspired by lucha libre. Whereas Ludicolo came across as a slightly-racist reading of a cultural tradition, Hawlucha’s characterization tends to be much more respectful and celebratory. Also it’s just cool.

Wooper

This Pokémon is inspired by the axolotl, the amphibian endemic to the Mexican Basin, who can regenerate its own body. The Mexican-inspired monster is blue, and has a pair of antennae on its head —which are a clear reference to the gills of Axolotls.

Rayquaza

Rayquaza is a mixture of several mythological beings, but we gotta say that its resemblance to Quetzalcoatl is pretty evident. This is one of the most powerful Pokémon of the franchise’s universe, and there’s a colorful version in the Pokémon Go video game.

Maractus

For foreigners, the cactus is a very Mexican element, and Maractus is a Pokémon-cactus, its bright colors are reminiscent of Mexican culture. In addition, it shakes what would be its hands as if they were maracas, another very “Mexican” element for people —hence the name mar(acas)(ca)ctus.

Mew

When the first Pokémon games were released, Mew was something of an urban legend. When Mew’s existence was finally confirmed and the Pokémon was made available to the public, we learned that Mew was the original Pokémon from which all others descended.

In the first Pokémon movie, Mew’s described as being a psychic capable of learning all moves and transforming into other Pokémon. It’s also explained that researchers looking for the elusive monster eventually (and unknowingly) discover it in the jungles of Guyana. Ancient Guyanese cultures, it’s implied, encountered Mew often enough that they incorporated it into their local mythology, a concept that’s worth pointing out considering that Mew’s known for rendering itself invisible.

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