I loved this last programme, and I’ll try to remember as much as possible to do a word picture for you of the parts where Gastón appears – a large part of the show, fortunately!
To begin with, I think Gastón has grown up this past year, and he’s passed that rather adolescent stage of fooling around for the camera. He’s quite comfortable being filmed, and talks naturally to whoever is filming him, but he doesn’t go in for the horseplay that the others do. It’s just different styles, he’s still enjoying himself, one of the group, but he doesn’t act for the camera.
He first appears going for a walk with Juanita Davin in the hotel grounds. He’s looking after her, and he takes her to see a pond with flamingoes. She can’t be more than three or four, and she’s obviously completely comfortable with him, like a sort of second dad. He asks her if she remembers he took her there the previous year, but she doesn’t. So then he puts her up on his shoulders and walks away over a bridge, and, as Adri told you, there’s a caption offering baby-sitting services if you call 0-800-GASTONBABY, accompanied by the Heidi music!
The next scene is Gastón on the beach, wearing his favourite red swimming trunks, sitting in a beach chair under a canopy. Mariano behind the camera comments to him about his having been to dinner the previous evening at Luis Miguel’s house (a famous Latino singer, obviously a PR
stunt because I doubt that G. would listen to his kind of music), and Gastón looks at the camera with a deadpan look and says “Yes, he offered me his house… For all of us… So we could all go there”
. And Mariano says “That’s because you’re ‘The Gato of the People’” (quoting the title of an article that appeared after the B.A. ATP).
At that moment Juanita runs up and says she’s going to bathe. She has to take her blouse and tiny skirt off, but she’s embarassed to take off her top because they’ll “see her titties”; Gastón’s grinning all over his face but doesn’t make fun of her. He helps her to take it off and then covers her up with the top made into a ball and with his arm, as he hugs her. He looks just like a doting father! If you look at Adri’s fab new avatar, you’ll see how they appeared.