Lifetime’s new series, Devious Maids doesn’t premiere until Sunday June 23, but the first episode of this dramedy is available for preview on Xfinity On Demand, or on Lifetime’s website.
The series follows five Latino women who are maids to eccentric rich families who either seem to ignore them or treat them like automatic vacuum cleaners. The maids are all trying to get somewhere, and while they endure mistreatment, they’re feisty and won’t take “no” for an answer.
The show begins with Evelyn Powell (Rebecca Wisocky) telling her maid, Flora, how she admires her work and ambition… and to stop sleeping with her husband or she will have her deported. Her husband, Adrian Powell (Tom Irwin) apologizes for being “seduced, repeatedly” to Flora’s disbelief. As the couple goes back to the party they’re hosting, Flora writes a note saying that she had been raped. Just then, someone bursts into the room with a knife and murders her. When there’s a murder within the first 4 minutes of a show, you know it’s going to be good.
When the waiter comes out of the house, holding a bloody knife, he is charged with the murder, and the Powell family doesn’t know who’s going to clean their bloody carpet.
Marisol (Ana Ortiz) is hired as a new maid at a home nearby, and when she hears that the Powell family is having a hard time finding a new maid, she offers to clean for them as well. Adrian, the nasty husband, hits on her. He, as well as the wife of the other family Marisol works for, noticed that Marisol sounds educated and would likely be able to get a better job than being a maid.
Rosie (Dania Ramirez) cleans and is the nanny for a couple of self-absorbed actors, who refuse to let her have a day off to see a lawyer who will help her bring her son to America. When the mother, Peri (Mariana Klaveno) says in an interview that she’s a wonderful mother and would never leave her baby while she goes to a different country to film a movie, Rosie interrupts the interview, telling them that Peri’s baby said his first word–he called Rosie “mama.”
Rosie then got the day off, since Peri wanted to make her baby call her, not the nanny, “mama.”
Carmen (Roselyn Sanchez) works for a famous singer, Alejandro (Matt Cedeño) and hopes to befriend him, in order to show him her music and get some help into the music industry. His assistant, Odessa (Melinda Page Hamilton) won’t even let Carmen get near him, let alone play him her music.
After some scheming and help from another house worker, who has a crush on Carmen, she gets caught trying to sneak him her CD. Odessa is about to fire her, when she falls down the stairs and has to be hospitalized.
Later that morning, Carmen is singing quietly to herself as Alejandro walks by, and compliments her voice. She has a smile of victory as she continues to dust.
The other two maids are a mother, Zoila (Judy Reyes), and daughter, Valentina (Edy Ganem) who work for an overly sensitive woman, Genevieve (Susan Lucci) who swallowed pills when the pool boy she was dating broke up with her. Crying out, from underneath her enormous bed, that she is lonely Valentina suggests that Genevieve’s son, Remi (Drew Van Acker) comes to live with them.
When they agree, Valentina changes into a pretty floral dress before she brings Remi tea, and “accidentally” brings him two cups. As she apologizes and starts to bring one away, he asks if she would like to sit and have tea with him.
Later, her mother, Zoila, brings her a new uniform to wear to work, a bulky bright yellow maid outfit. Her mother warns her that rich boys never fall in love with the help. When Valentina refashions the ugly uniform into a cute and sexy little dress, however, you can see Remi take notice of her.
After Marisol took charge of a dinner party that was crashed by her employer’s crazy ex-wife, kicking her out, her second employer, Adrian whispers into her ear that he can’t wait to find out why she’s really here. The audience is wondering the same thing, until she sits down at a visiting station in jail, and the waiter charged with Flora’s murder calls her “mom.”
While some may criticize the stereotype of Latino women as maids, this is a show about servants who are anything but submissive. These women do what they feel like they must, despite the limitations set for them. Plus, who doesn’t love a show about people who run around scheming? I would call this a must-watch.
The premiere of Devious Maids is online now, for free, here.
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