Just in case you did not know the most dangerous place to be, “Devious Maids” Sunday (Aug. 4) reminds you: It’s between a mother and her son. Should you find yourself in that precarious situation — move fast.
No discounting that complicated relationship between mothers and daughters, but this episode deals with how mothers will do anything for their sons.
As the title suggests, plenty of truths come out. The biggest one is that Marisol’s (Ana Ortiz) true identity is revealed. And that leads the category of mothers protecting their sons.
1) Marisol. As expected, she is highly educated. Marisol could never hide her intelligence behind a mop.
Her mission — to gather evidence to exonerate her son being held in prison as the sole suspect for the murder of a maid — is based solely on maternal protectiveness.
She is a professor of English, specializing in Oscar Wilde. Marisol and Rosie (Dania Ramirez) are in the supermarket and one of Marisol’s former students is happy to run into her. Marisol pretends she is someone else, but Rosie later goes online and the truth comes out in a few clicks.
Rosie confronts Marisol that she will unveil her truth, but Marisol counters that she will tell Peri (Mariana Klaveno) that Rosie is carrying on an affair with Peri’s husband, Spence (Grant Show). “So here is the deal,” Marisol tells Rosie. “You don’t tell my secret and I won’t tell yours.”
“I hate you,” Rosie hisses.
“I can live with that,” Marisol says calmly.
And she can because as fond as she has grown of the other maids, she will do whatever necessary to help her son.
2) Rosie. She misses her son so much she is willing to do anything. Rosie, a poor widow from Mexico, had to leave her young son with her mother when she came to California to make money.
She fights with her conscience as Spence’s lover and kowtows to Peri to keep her job, though Peri has been awful to her. Now, she will take on the unenviable job of being a maid for the Powells to take Marisol’s place.
3) Evelyn (Rebecca Wisocky). Her son has been dead for 15 years, but that does not stop her from acting on his behalf. She watches home movies of him. She celebrates his birthday by buying him presents. She puts up with her awful husband because of the death of this boy. Now isolated form most of her friends, all stemming from her actions of defending her uber-creepy husband, Evelyn is miserable.
In the only scene where we have seen Evelyn lose it, she weeps on the couch about all she has lost. And all of it is from mourning her son and what she has done because of that.
4) Zoila (Judy Reyes). Even though she has a daughter, Valentina (Edy Ganem), Remi (Drew Van Acker), is like a son to her. She has helped rear him since she is the long-term housekeeper to his mom, Genevieve (Susan Lucci).
This week Remi’s coke habit became all too apparent and Genevieve was missing. It was Zoila who called in Remi’s dad. It was Zoila who had the talk with Remi and it was she who packed his bag for rehab.
She may be a hired hand, but she loves him like a mom, and she recognizes she could someday be his mother-in-law, which makes her even more formidable.
What did you think of “Devious Maids” this week?