After Ignacio's heart attack he was resistant to the scrutiny and criticism from his nurse, Elena, but their mutual animosity quickly turned into passion. Betty and Hilda didn't like the idea of any woman taking their mother's place, but they soon came to realize that their father deserved a chance to find happiness. Eventually, Elena gets a career opportunity at a nursing school in California. Ignacio wants her to marry him, but he realizes that she should do what is best for herself, so instead of giving her an engagement ring, he gives her a plane ticket. Its unknown if their relationship will still hold or how long they stayed together once she went to California, since Ignacio wants to stay in New York.