Does any character on “Devious Maids” understand boundaries?
Of course not! And that is why it’s so much fun.
If we wanted real life, we would turn off the TV. But it’s a fair chance in real life no one is polishing our Rolls Royce, wearing couture gowns to dinner or accompanying us to assist in the ever-so-difficult chore of selecting vegetables at the market.
The third episode does not disappoint. Each character is only more of what he or she was in the pilot and second episode. So far, only Genevieve (Susan Lucci) is proving truly good, but she is ridiculous, which works so well on her.
From the beginning, we knew Marisol (Ana Ortiz) was different, not a real maid. She’s too confident. That’s not a dis to the other maids, as no one is exactly a shrinking violet, but there is a level of subservience in the work that Marisol does not have.
Her job is far more important than cleaning. She needs to gather information fast to spring her son from jail. He’s the lone suspect in the murder that launched the series, and if a few social niceties fall by the wayside in her pursuit of her son’s defense, so be it.
With that mind, the top five boundary breaks of the episode are:
Boundary Break 1: Olivia (Valerie Mahaffey) the spurned ex-wife of Michael (Brett Cullen) apologizes to Marisol for her boorish behavior at a dinner party. Marisol, forever instructing everyone in how to behave, tells Olivia to direct her mea culpas to trophy wife Taylor (Brianna Brown) since it was Taylor’s dinner party Olivia wrecked, and she is standing next to Marisol in the produce section of a market.
“I don’t apologize to whores,” Olivia says.
She’s not speaking metaphorically.
Nope, Taylor was indeed trading money for sex when she met Michael.
Boundary Break 2: Taylor confides her past to Marisol. Clearly this young woman needs friends, but she tells Marisol way too much and Marisol gives up nothing about her life in return. Taylor even asks Marisol to be with her when she breaks the news to her husband. Bad idea. Marriages tend to get so crowded when more than two people are in them.
Boundary Break 3: Rosie (Dania Ramirez) is far more involved in her employers’ marriage than she would like. That happens when you walk in on your employer, Peri (Mariana Klaveno), mid-tryst, as Rosie did last week. The fall-out from that awkward moment starts. Peri screams at Rosie, definitely crossing the line. When Peri’s husband, Spence (Grant Show), gives Rosie a large check, tells her it’s a secret, then hugs her for too long – as his feelings for her grow very apparent — it’s a whole new boundary that’s broken.
Boundary Break 4: We learn this week that Adrian Powell’s hobby is “giving prostitutes” to his pals. When Adrian and Evelyn (Tom Irwin, Rebecca Wisocky) have one of their oh-so-loving married couple conversations, he refers to their houseguest, who’s also Evelyn’s ex.
“I am going to introduce Maxwell Rose to wanton carnality for his own middle-aged good,” Adrian says. “The fact that it will hurt you is just a bonus.”
Boundary Break 5: Adrian remains so creepy, he needs two categories. The final scene, where Adrian sequesters himself, presumably to watch his wife’s ex-lover and a hooker, well, that pretty much defines boundary breaking now, doesn’t it?
Meanwhile, Carmen’s (Roselyn Sanchez) career is finally getting launched. She talks Sam (Wole Parks) into helping her, but he seems done with chasing her when he watches her allow a hit maker record producer paw her.
Carmen knows what she’s doing, and tells Sam, who’s besotted with her, that she knows she won’t have too many more chances. The scene where she’s working on losing her accent and knows that she has probably lost good guy Sam isn’t a boundary-breaker — it is a heartbreaker.
More hearts are broken when Zoila (Judy Reyes) continues to try to thwart the budding romance between her daughter, Valentina (Edy Ganem) and Genevieve’s son, Remi (Drew Van Acker), who gets his obligatory shedding of the shirt.
As anyone watching suspected, Zoila’s heart was broken — and maybe Valentina is the product of the union – by a rich guy. We find out it was Henri, Genevieve’s brother, who will be visiting soon.
We have high expectations that he, too, will break some boundaries.