You couldn't have known it then, but if you happened to be watching TV on October 10th, 1992, and flipped to HBO to catch their original series "Dream On," you were witnessing history.
The sassy Mexican guest star in the episode, who Martin (star Brian Benben) meets in an elevator and asks on a date, was none other than future Oscar-nominee Salma Hayek. It was her first major English-speaking role, after a smaller turn earlier in the year in the Carl Weathers crime drama "Street Justice," and you can tell even from this one episode that she, at age 26, had the goods to be a star.
Titled "Domestic Bliss," the episode sees sparks of romance fly between Martin and Hayek's character, Carmela, after some initial awkwardness on a long elevator ride. The twist here is that they get off on the same floor and then go to the same door; turns out Carmela is the maid of Martin's ex-wife (Wendie Malick!!!).
Martin and Carmela forge ahead with their romance, with plenty of economic and social class friction keeping things uncomfortable. In a world of Republican-demanded deportation and the 99% vs. the 1%, this is still very topical. And, thanks to Salma's performance, still awkwardly funny.
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