Do Noa and Daniel find romance on The Baker and the Beauty Season 1 Episode 2?
Honestly, that’s never even been a question. It’s the whole premise of the series. You wouldn’t be here if they didn’t.
The question was when Noa and Daniel would finally kiss, and the episode held out until the very last moment.
Unfortunately, the build-up to the moment wasn’t as exciting as it should have been.
The morning after their wild meeting, Noa swung by Daniel’s place to apologize for her manager, Lewis, inform him that she wished he stayed last night, and invite him to her birthday party.
For someone who is uber-famous, Noa and Daniel sure had a lot of privacy during their beach walk aside from the one kid who awkwardly recognized her, though it was a cool moment, and ran away without even asking for a photo.
It was a minor moment in the episode, but it rubbed me wrong. If the series wants us to believe the narrative, they have to go all the way and bring out all the stops to make us believe it.
The scene felt unmotivated and lackluster. And it’s that attention to detail that I found myself missing from much of Noa’s party.
In my review of the premiere, I noted that to succeed, the show needs to veer away from cliches.
Rather than give us a fresh take on the idea of a girl and boy who want to be together but keep running into roadblocks, the episode was a walking cliche.
The obstacles they ran into at the party were cheesy and predictable like a broken-down truck or no cell service.
It felt like the whole birthday party was strung out for far too long without much happening to move along the narrative.
Daniel remained intrigued by Noa, but he kept his guard up and told himself that Noa made everyone feel as special as he felt because that’s just what celebrities do.
It made sense for Daniel to take this approach after his snafu with Lewis, who made him feel like he was less than. He’s the one who told him Noa always takes to men as if they were charity cases.
But the more Daniel got to know the real Noa under all the glitz, glamour, and celebrity, the more he realized there was something there and began to allow himself to fall for her.
The episode succeeded in giving Noa some much-needed depth so that she remained likable and humanized.
Viewers are getting an accurate portrayal of the ups-and-downs of fame, which is exciting to watch. We all have a celebrity we idolize, so it’s nice to see fame from their perspective and that it isn’t all that it’s cracked out to be.
The backstory with her mother shows a different side to Noa that not many people get to see.
You can have all the money, fame, and fortune in the world, but that can’t help you when disaster strikes. It doesn’t get rid of the pain, it cannot bring her mother back, and it can’t fix the fact that Noa hates her birthday.
It also emphasizes why Noa was drawn to a family-man like Daniel; she’s in awe of his bond with the Garcia’s and wants that for herself since she never had it because of her mom’s illness and her dad’s abandonment.
Once Daniel realized that Noa needed him to “turn a horrible night into something she’ll never forget,” he skipped out on prior commitments to help break the birthday curse.
He was returning the favor of the former night. .
When they finally broke away from the party and spent some time alone, we finally saw what she saw in “that guy,” as her manager Lewis, refers to him.
Daniel is caring and thoughtful and he’s not someone who is swayed or influenced by the riches and wealth.
He could have looked up everything about Noa, but he chose to get to know her by asking questions instead. It was refreshing for her to talk to someone who didn’t know everything about her.
Memorial Day Weekend: 5 Best TV Shows and Movies to Binge-Watch
Break out the red, white, and blue because it’s Memorial Day weekend.
The holiday, honoring and remembering fallen military personnel, is typically characterized by a three-day weekend consisting of parades and outdoor grilling.
But if you’re planning to kickstart summer indoors, there are plenty of great shows and movies to binge-watch with friends, family, or even solo!
You can opt for some Memorial Day-themed movies, or you use this time to finally get around to that “one show” you’ve been meaning to watch!
If you’re looking around for new shows to feed your eyeballs, look no further than this list of must-watch during Memorial Day weekend shows that are all streaming RIGHT NOW!
Cruella – Disney+
Disney+ knows what it’s doing by releasing the highly-anticipated live-action film ahead of the long weekend. Emma Stone’s take on the iconic Disney villain will be fun for the whole family. It will be available on the streaming platform for an additional $30 fee or you can make it a night on the town since many movie theaters are opening back up again. The choice is yours!
Why Women Kill (Paramount+)
The dark comedy is gearing up to release another deliciously twisted season in June, so it’s time to catch up on season 1! Since it’s an anthology series, you don’t have to watch the first season to understand the second, but you’d be missing out on some serious excitement. The series stars Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Alexandra Daddario as three women living in three different decade each dealing with infidelity in their marriages.
Ready for some devilishly good fun? The hit series returns for the second half of season 5 on May 28th and explores family dynamics between Lucifer and his conniving brother Michael. We also meet God, played by Dennis Haysbert!
The Baker and the Beauty – Netflix
The series may not have gotten much love during its initial run on ABC, but it’s become a massive hit on Netflix. There’s even talks about a possible second season, which would be great so we can finally know more about Noa and Daniel’s love story. Set in Miami’s Little Havana, the premise is simple and so sweet: a local baker falls in love with an international superstar.
Cruel Summer – Freeform
Love a good mystery? So do we. And Cruel Summer has quickly become the hottest mystery of the season. Taking place over the course of three summers, the drama tells the story of Kate Wallis, a popular teen who goes missing, and Jeanette Turner, a dorky outlier who is accused of knowing who abducted Kate and keeping it a secret. Which one of them do we believe? There are seven episodes available to binge-watch right now!
‘The Baker and the Beauty’ Fails to Find a New Home After Getting Cancelled by ABC
According to TV Line, efforts to save the rom-com drama by getting it picked up by another, more appropriate network including Netflix, Peacock, and Prime Video were unsuccessful.
Upon the show’s cancellation, the show’s leading lady, Nathalie Kelley (Noa Hamilton) explained that the decision to cancel the series was “tone deaf” during a time “when the public is marching in the streets demanding representation and diversity.”
Lisa Vidal, who plays Daniel’s mother Mari, took to Instagram to emphasize how much a show with a mostly Latinx cast is necessary. “There are over 500 television shows on air, and ZERO latino shows on network TV right now, and only a handful on streaming. The Baker and the beauty is a well written diverse show about a Latin family preppers denting our Latino culture in a positive light. It pretty much is for every family to watch,” she wrote.
The series found love in a hopeless place as Daniel, a baker working at his families Cuban bakery, struck up an unlikely romance with Noa, a very famous model-turned-fashion mogul, that turned their worlds upside-down.
Season 1 concluded with a two-hour finale in June, but instead of offering resolutions, it provided fans with some huge cliffhangers: Daniel and Noa got back together and engaged, Daniel’s brother, Mateo, confessed to having feelings for Daniel’s ex, Vanessa, and the family contemplated selling the bakery.
The least a network could do is renew the series for one more season to give it a proper ending!
The series was cancelled due to low-ratings, but in its short run, it built up a dedicated fan base and proved that it was a summer romance that deserved a second shot.
Relive the great moments by reading our reviews of the first season of The Baker and the Beauty here.
Nathalie Kelley Releases Statement Calling Out ABC for ‘The Beauty and the Baker’ Cancellation
Fans aren’t the only ones upset about the cancellation of The Baker and the Beauty.
Nathalie Kelley, who stars as lead Noa Hamilton, released a statement about ABC’s decision to cancel a show centered around a solely Latinx family after one season.
Earlier in the week, the cast took to social media to share their thoughts about the network’s decision stating that they are shopping around the series to the “right” network.
The series was canceled after one season just like Eva Longoria’s Latinx-focused series Grand Hotel last summer.
Read Nathalie Kelley’s full statement below:
Now more than ever, the world is waking up to the importance of diversity and representation on our televisions. We want networks to commit wholeheartedly to ensuring that BIPOC, LATINX and LGBTQ+ people, and other marginalized groups, get a chance to tell our stories. Baker and The Beauty was a show that embodied the themes of unity, empathy, and compassion, all of which are so needed in our national discourse right now.
For years, Latinx stories were limited to drug cartels, maids and the ‘spicy latina’ sex object. I credit ABC for letting us tell the story of a loving, wholesome and hilarious Cuban-American family on network TV. I praise them for allowing the youngest daughter Natalie’s LGBTQ storyline be central to our show. I am also forever grateful to them for casting me, an Indigenous woman, as the lead female role. Noa Hamilton was not written for a woman of color, but they cast me anyway. And I could not be prouder of what we all did and the show we created.
These stories create empathy, and there is nothing that we need more in these times than unity, empathy and compassion. That is why it was especially sad to not see them follow through on their support for our beloved series. Nevertheless I remain hopeful that there is a platform out there that will jump on the opportunity to give this show a new home. A chance to send a meaningful message to our communities that they hear our passion, our voices coming from our streets, demanding visibility and justice. The Baker and the Beauty is a beautiful show, one that means so much to so many people. It’s full of love, laughter, inspiration, and comfort. And I cannot think of anything more necessary during these times.
Karey Burke, president of ABC Entertainment, told Deadline that ratings were “primarily” the reason for the cancellation.
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