Verbotene Liebe Recap: Stella and Carla take care of their families

After finally becoming more flirtatious last week, this week Stella and Carla were in only one very brief scene together, as they were both busy taking care of various family members. In order to ease the withdrawal, I added a little lesbian goodness from VL history to this entry as a bonus. Enjoy!

Monday, July 20th, 2009 (3431)

No Stella & Carla scenes.

Elisabeth decides to leave the castle and Lahnstein Holding. Carla tries to convince her to stay, telling Elisabeth that she’s part of the family. When Maria, as ordered by Ansgar, affirms her request that Elisabeth leaves the castle, both Carla and Leonard get angry and argue with their “mother”, especially when Maria also asks them to try to reconcile with Ansgar.

At the family lunch, Carla picks a fight with Ansgar, who revels in his success.

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009 (3432)

Again no Stella & Carla scenes.

Carla and Leonard are still fighting with Ansgar when Maria enters the dining room to announce that Elisabeth has left Königsbrunn. Leonard and Carla are shocked, and Carla loses her temper and yells at Maria that her attempts to reconcile the family are ridiculous.

Later, Carla tells Leonard that she’s talked to Elisabeth, who’s on her way to the airport to visit her daughter Nina (yes, the lesbian!) in Greece. When Leo considers to leave as well to visit his wife Sarah in Boston, Carla convinces him to stay, arguing that they have to stick together to prevent Ansgar from winning.

The next day, Carla is working at the Holding when someone approaches her from behind and puts their hands over her eyes. She thinks (hopes!) that it’s Stella, but it turns out to be Constantin, her little brother, whom she asked to come over from London where he currently lives. He’s shocked when Carla tells her that their mother is still alive and back at Königsbrunn, and demands to see “Francesca”. But when he meets Maria and she reaches out for him, he backs off and declares that Maria is not his mother.

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009 (3433)

Still no Stella & Carla scenes.

Constantin’s reaction towards Maria makes Carla even more suspicious, but when she starts to question Constantin about it, Ansgar intervenes and makes Maria leave with him. Back at the castle, Constantin expresses his doubts about Maria being his mother, but Carla and Leonard tell him about the seemingly indisputable DNA test.

Meanwhile, Stella tries to cheer up her cousin Christian who is depressed because he had to give up boxing for medical reasons. To distract him, she hires him to do some gardening at the castle, where he gets into a fight with Rebecca and falls head first into the pool.

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 (3434)

No Stella & Carla scenes.

Stella tells Rebecca about Christian’s medical condition.

Friday, July 24th, 2009 (3435)

Gregor and Louise return to the pension from their getaway in the forest and are being greeted by Stella, who tells them that people were desperately trying to get a hold of them. Meanwhile, at Königsbrunn, Louise’s father Wilhelm asks Carla for a loan to safe Waldensteyck, their family estate, but she has to decline as the risk for Lahnstein Holding would be too high. When they ask Stella for Louise’s whereabouts, Stella tells Wilhelm and Carla that Louise has returned and was planning to come to the castle.

Bonus: A Look Back at Lesbians Past – Nina Ryan

During Tuesday’s episode, Carla mentions Elisabeth’s daughter Nina.

Nina Ryan was the resident lesbian on VL from 1998 to 2001, a few years before Carla von Lahnstein first set a Stiletto-clad foot into Schneider’s. Her sexual orientation was made clear from the very beginning and became obvious when she fell for Erica Sander, owner of an ad agency and mother of two. Back then, Erica was living with Arno Brandner (who later married Nina’s mother Elisabeth and who is the father of Carla’s now ex-wife Susanne). After some back and forth in true soap opera style, Erica finally declared her undying love for Nina and moved in with her. But as undying lesbian love never lasts forever, at least not on TV, while Nina is out of town for a few days, Erica ends up in bed with Arno. When Nina learns about Erica’s infedility and that Erica has lied to her about it, Nina breaks up with her. Erica eventually decides to leave town and move to London.

After having her heart broken by Erica, Nina soon finds a new love interest in Jule, but the relationship eventually fails because Nina can’t get over Erica. To top it all, Nina learns that she has a daughter, Lara, who she gave birth to at age 13 (!) but forgot about because of the traumatic event of the birth and who was therefore raised by Nina’s aunt. But her newfound motherhood still can’t keep her from eventually leaving Düsseldorf to open a hotel in Greece with her best friend Simon.

In 2005, for the 10th anniversary of the show, the producers brought back some couples from the past for cameo appearances, including Nina and Erica. Erica has finally decided to leave behind a lonely life in rainy London to live in Greece with her true love Nina, Simon and Lara, who has moved to Greece as well. It seems that at least this once, a lesbian soap opera couple gets a happy ending.

Source: Das Erste / Screencaps: Rosalie & Co.

Originally posted on mels blog on July 26, 2009.