It’s New Year’s Eve and months have passed since the tragedy in the season 1 finale. Leading to the question of how is everyone?
|Introduced This Episode|
Mario Has Some News: Amber, Mario, Geny
Remember Mario? He warned everyone about not having sex with Monse and was rarely seen after that? Well, he is back and got a white girl, Amber, pregnant. Someone who got kicked out of her house, so he is hoping to come back home, meaning quitting school, and have Amber live there too. Geny, Mari and Ruby’s mom, basically says hell no.
Why? Well, let’s say Amber is more so aware than “woke” and says a lot of culturally insensitive things which upset the family. To the point Geny has no wish to have that woman in her home, and wished Mario didn’t make her part of the family through the child she’ll have.
A Party With Very Little To Celebrate: Caesar, Oscar, Monse, Ruby, Jamal, Geny, Abuelita, Monty
Ruby has only recently got out of the hospital and regained his ability to function, minus his left arm. Yet, rather than mope around and dwell on Olivia’s death, he wants to move forward. Which, while understandable, Abuelita questions why isn’t Ruby crying? Everyone in the family has a thing and Ruby being emotional, or specifically, the crier, is his. So, to help the boy relax, she smokes weed with him.
However, while the high makes Ruby feel temporarily better, it doesn’t last all night. For one, at midnight, when all the poppers and things go off, it triggers Ruby’s memories of getting shot and leads him to freak out. Following that, there is going outside and looking at Olivia’s memorial outside of the house. Leading to him living up to being a cry baby and then Caesar walking by.
Now, it should be noted that Caesar has been released from the Santos, perhaps by Oscar, but with that comes him being ex-communicated and disowned. Leaving Monse his only source of housing but with Monty learning Caesar is in the house, he makes Monse promise to get him out. After all, he is formerly gang affiliated, got Ruby and Olivia shot, and with Monty wanting to move, he’d rather with his daughter alive to help than as ashes.
But, despite how Geny feels about Caesar and Monty, he is hugged by Ruby and told it wasn’t his fault. A small bit of reassurance that may not allow Caesar to forgive himself, but lessens the guilt.
What Could Have Changed It All: Jamal, Abuelita, Caesar, Ruby, Monse
Jamal has the Rollerworld money and has started to use it. However, one thing he hasn’t done is told anyone – even Abuelita. But, it seems like the right time so he slips some cash to Abuelita and just as he was to show the money to the gang, he realizes it is gone.
Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments
- Despite Oscar disowning his brother, you can tell it was hard for him to put Santos before blood.
The Time Jump
Would it have been nice to have seen Olivia’s funeral, the aftermath of the shooting, and so much more? Yes. However, with jumping ahead a few months, I believe we left off in October, it means a new year and a new start. One that could have the occasional flashback but not dwell on Olivia who, based on the actress’ past tweets, probably won’t even be seen.
Monse & Caesar
It’s the small things, you know? Watching Monse help dress Caesar and them seem very domestic, it present a different side to dating we don’t often see. For while we know they are having sex and are 16, there is the vibe they are serious. That Caesar, with him trying to cook, isn’t there just on the couch, lazy as hell, making Monse do everything. He is trying to contribute and earn his place not just in her home, but her heart. Giving us probably the cutest relationship I’ve seen between teenagers in a while.
I hope it lasts.
No offense to Olivia but Ruby is this fan’s favorite. So while it kind of spoiled things, I’m glad the promos revealed Ruby was still alive and it’s clear he isn’t some ghostly figure or nothing like that. Though I do wonder, after losing Olivia, who was just falling for him, will they give him a nice girl to be with? Or is that girl Jasmine who seemingly has grown quite tight with the family. Even to the point of Geny not going off on her when she was repeating her and adding her two cents to a private matter.
On The Fence
Amber feels like a token and her pretending to be down and some form of woke, I get is supposed to be funny, but that might get annoying quick. Making the only good thing about her being around is it may mean Geny around more since those two are like a Coke and Mentos.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Episode Information||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 2, Episode 10 “Chapter Twenty”||Like season 1, we’re left on a cliffhanger, but that’s just the icing to a rather gourmet cake.|
|Season 2, Episode 9 “Chapter Nineteen”||Cesar does what he believes he has to so that he’ll stay alive, Monse is safe, and the rest of the crew aren’t haunted by Prophet$ for the rest of their lives.|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Chapter Eighteen”||Chivo reveals the meaning behind his gnomes and with Latrelle’s return, and the truce over, comes an increased fear of The Prophets.|
|Season 2, Episode 4 “Chapter Fourteen”||With Jasmine’s help, Ruby tries to pursue normalcy as Oscar gives Monse an ultimatum.|
|Season 2, Episode 5 “Chapter Fifteen”||Oscar tries to be the saint Ruby expects him to be, until Ruby says something to incite the Santos and Cesar makes a mistake.|
|Season 2, Episode 6 “Chapter Sixteen”||Monse’s new life in Brentwood is comfortable, but does she want to stay permanently? Ruby and Jamal, as well as new friends, help her make a decision.|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “Chapter Seventeen”||Major and minor secrets are revealed as Amber’s baby shower comes about. Also, an old problem resurfaces.|
|Season 2, Episode 3 “Chapter Thirteen”||For those who wondered about Jasmine’s backstory, you have to watch Chapter Thirteen.|
|Season 2, Episode 1 “Chapter Eleven”||It’s New Year’s Eve and months have passed since the tragedy in the season 1 finale. Leading to the question of how is everyone?|
|Season 2, Episode 2 “Chapter Twelve”||Ruby and Oscar, of all people, have a heart to heart, as Jamal tries to get his money back – from a cop.|
|Season 1/ Episode 10 “Chapter 10”||For the last few recaps I questioned whether the ending was going to be ideal or realistic and, well I got my answer… which ends up being both.|
|Season 1/ Episode 9 “Chapter 9”||The treasures of Rollerworld are finally found and just when Cesar needs them the most.|
|Season 1/ Episode 8 “Chapter 8”||Cesar learns what it will take to keep having precious moments with his brother as Monse takes an opportunity to get to know Julia better.|
|Season 1/ Episode 7 “Chapter 7”||Ruben continues to prove he is husband material for Olivia, despite her dating Cesar, as abuelita gets Jamal another clue which could lead to the money.|
|Season 1/ Episode 6 “Chapter 6”||With the secret dropped, now comes the question of how to move forward. Though for Jamal, it becomes time to reveal his secret as well.|
|Season 1/ Episode 5 “Chapter 5”||Just as Monse is finally coming around to wanting to be official, this Olivia kiss could ruin everything. Will she find out and if so, because of who?|
|Season 1/ Episode 4 “Chapter 4”||Jamal’s relationship with Abuelita gets him one step further to Rollerwood fortune and with tagging along with Jamal, Monse sees a ghost.|
|Season 1/ Episode 3 “Chapter 3”||Objectification is the issue of the episode and it ruins Ruby’s chances with Olivia and might be the final straw for Cesar.|
|Season 1/ Episode 2 “Chapter 2”||As a fourth member is added to the squad, Monse has to deal with Cesar manipulating her and Ruby has a date with Oscar.|
|Season 1/ Episode 1 “Chapter 1”||On My Block has an almost Friday vibe to it. It’s comedic yet, with its urban setting and gunshots, you know things can go left in any moment.|