Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot25 September 2007
When Pancho Duque is given a death sentence by his doctor, he wants to pass leadership of the Duque rum distillery to the next generation. His son Frank wants to sell the family sugar fields to an old family rival, Samuels, and take up other areas of business. But Pancho's stepson, Alex Vega, discovers Samuels is up to foul play and expects great payoff from government plans to support ethanol production from sugar, and Pancho selects Alex as his successor. Meanwhile, Alex's youngest son tries out for the baseball all-star team, his daughter starts going to clubs, and his oldest son Jaime tells his father he does not want to go to college. As if that weren't enough, Alex's wife has something to tell him.
2 October 2007
Alex is blackmailed by Miguel over his indirect involvement in the death of Quinones just as he takes over the reins of the Duque Rum corporation. When Miguel goes to Joe Samuels with the information Samuels tells Alex that he wants him to withdraw from his Ethanol deal with Senator Barnes or he will go to the police. Alex talks to Jamie about his enlisting in the Army after Isabel pressurizes him into talking Jamie out of it.
9 October 2007
Alex makes Santo his driver-bodyguard. Jaime gathers the courage to propose to Rebecca King and present his fiancée to the family, which welcomes her, albeit insincerely in his mother's case. Enrique finds alternative investor, Dimitry Yasis, for his nightclub VIP room, but Alex fears it may be drug money. Alex sees Frank meeting lover Ellis Samuels and sets a trap for them to convince the senator to invest in a bad sugar deal. senator-friendly A.D.A. Michael Bronson still can't find the dirt on Alex, who keeps even his friend, sheriff Grasso, in the dark.
16 October 2007
Isabel, Henry and Frank are told by Alex that they need to get the sugar cane cut by machine and not by hand so as to get it processed into ethanol faster - but warns that Pancho is against it. Quinones half eaten body is found in the Everglades. Amalia finds out about Pancho's cancer and after a fight ensues between the siblings over the way the sugar is to be cut she tells them. Henry tells Katie he cannot let her come to his club anymore.
23 October 2007
Alex is under extreme pressure from all sides as the police tighten in on him and Santo over Quinones murder and the uncovering and exposure by Joe Samuels of Senator Barnes sexual proclivities. Meanwhile, Rebecca invents an excuse for Katie so that she can meet Nick. Unknown to Katie Nick videotapes them making love.
30 October 2007
Henry is not pleased with Dmitry and his bodyguards who run his club the way they want. When Henry tries to call the police when he sees them beat up a patron they turn on him and beat him up and get their pit-bull to attack him also. Alex goes to see Dmitry but he refuses to negotiate leaving Alex no option but to go to Little Havana and enlist the help of known criminal Ramon to gain justice. Ellis Samuels enlists the help of Michael Bronson to follow Alex. Rebecca is beginning to hate all the plans being put in place by Isabel and Amalia for her wedding to Jamie and asks Jamie to elope with her. Pancho meets an Australian master blender, Terry Greenway, at the International Rum Awards and suggests to his family that he wants her to replace him as Master Blender of Duque Rum. Pancho also refuses chemotherapy when he finds out that his tumors haven't shrank. Meanwhile, Isabel miscarries her baby.
6 November 2007
Alex abandons the Duque business to find out why land is being bought up by bogus companies and goes to Vancouver to chase down one company - Rosewood Investment Partners. There he finds a connection to Joe Samuels and then alerts the US Attorney. Katie discovers the sex-tape that Nick made of her and gets drunk at the club afterward. She tells Henry who beats up Nick and destroys his digital camera. Isabel is approached by Michael Bronson, when in church, and he tells her indirectly that Alex is responsible for the death of an innocent man. When Alex hears of this he goes after Bronson and threatens him. Terry and Pancho continue to blend their versions of Duque Rum. Later at the club where Alicia Keys performs, Henry strikes out with Terry when she doesn't respond to his flirting. Pancho tells Frank about his dead sister, Lucia, and the involvement of Joe Samuels. Frank then tells Ellis he wants nothing more to do with her family. Ellis goes to her father Joe to find out the truth about Lucia Duque and is stunned by her father's answer.
13 November 2007
The F.B.I. approach Joe Samuels about his illegal land purchases in Cuba under the guise of a Canadian property company. Joe tells them that it is Ellis that dealt with all deals and they should question her. Alex discovers that Frank has a serious gambling problem. After a fight with Frank, Alex gets Ramon's men to buy out Frank's bookie in exchange for Ramon and his crew taking over the transportation of Duque Rum. Henri becomes frustrated at not being able to succeed at winning Terry over and goes to Pancho for advice. Rebecca's bitter and estranged father, Gordon, visits the Duques and Jamie becomes incensed with the way he has treated Rebecca in the past. Frank and Ellis announce that they are a couple and go to dinner with Isabel and Alex. There Ellis is arrested and taken into FBI custody for her part in the illegal land deals. Later, Alex visits Ellis at her home and tells her to stay away from Isabel and Frank. Ellis reminds him of a time when he wanted to be close to her.
Season 1, Episode 9: The Exile20 November 2007
Ramon's trucking company, Santa Cruz Transport, and its drivers are attacked whilst carrying Duque Run and three are murdered. Pancho is furious and orders Alex back to Duque Rum but he tells him that he is meeting with Senator Finch with regard to Ethanol production. But when he gets to see Senator Finch she tells him she is not interested in Ethanol but wants him to help her with her Senate mandate and get the Cuban vote. She asks him to accompany her to Washington D.C. for a working weekend. Henry is determined to win over Terry and make her his and finally succeeds. Isabel has her hands full with demanding artist Hudson Brack. Alex terminates the Santa Cruz contract when he finds that Duque Run is in the middle of an escalating gang war between Ramon and Dimitri's crew. When Alex and his family are threatened he brokers a deal between Ramon and Dimitri. Alex finds out that Joe Samuels will only get a fine of 1.5 million from the Department of Justice for the illegal land deals and is furious. Pancho tells Alex to take some time away from the company and spend it at home with his family.
Season 1, Episode 10: Time Away27 November 2007
Having been ordered by Pancho to stay away from Duque Rum for a period of time Alex searches for something to do but with his family but cannot get them on board so he seeks out the company of Ramon and two of his crew Petey and Chicho who are heading to the Caribbean. But far from the trip being a getaway break for Ramon & his crew Alex learns that they are only there to avenge the shooting and robbery of Chicho which happened previously in Miami. Meanwhile, Jamie tells Rebecca that his friends are planning a bachelor party for him and he intends to go. She asks him not too since they are married but he refuses which prompts her to go reluctantly on her own bachelorette party. But both Jamie and Rebecca are similarly unhappy at each party and leave. Elsewhere, Hudson makes his move on Isabel with Alex away and Henry joins the Duque team and suggests that Duque go into the beer trade until Duque Rum's sales start to climb again but Pancho is not amused.
Season 1, Episode 11: HurriCane11 December 2007
As a hurricane hits the Florida coast Alex and Artie are about to take cover when Alex gets a call about storm damage at his parents home. Leaving Artie with Santo he goes to the house and finds that Henry and Frank had also been called. Henry leaves to be with Terry and after he leaves Alex hears a noise and goes to investigate. When he comes back he finds Frank held at gunpoint by three gang members and he is quickly taken hostage. Terry introduces Henry to Neville, her husband. Isabel and Hunter are trapped at her art gallery during the hurricane.
11 December 2007
Ned Bronson is fired by Joe Samuels because he failed, in Samuels eyes, to bring down Alex Vega. Bronson goes to Alex and tells him that Samuels is planning to disrupt Jamie and Rebecca's wedding. Alex hires Ramon and his men to provide security at the wedding but their overzealous security causes Pancho's fury. A highly-strung Joe Samuels calls an unknown person asking them if his wedding present to Alex Vega will be delivered on time. As the wedding party are secure unknown men set light to the Duque cane plantation. Rebecca tells Jamie that she cheated on him at her bachelorette party and he drives off to the cane fields and gets caught in the inferno. Alex manages to find him and Rebecca and Jamie are finally wed. Frank tells the family that the fire destroyed a third of the fields. Alex tells the family the circumstances of Samuels involvement in Lucia's death and how he had Quinones killed. Amalia becomes angry with Pancho and tells Alex she wants justice and for him to finish it. Alex goes after Joe Samuels and as he confronts him an unknown shooter shoots and kills Joe through the windows of his house.
18 December 2007
Alex is arrested for the murder of Joe Samuels after his stolen 9mm was found in the grounds outside Joe's house and which had been recently fired. High-powered lawyer Constance Hughes is hired to defend Alex and he conducts his own investigation into the murder and his main suspects are Frank, Ellis and Bronson. Alex resigns from Duque Rum.
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