On My Block: Season 2, Episode 10 “Chapter Twenty” [Season Finale] – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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Like season 1, we’re left on a cliffhanger, but that’s just the icing to a rather gourmet cake.


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/29/2019

When The Adults Step In: Oscar, Cesar

For the entire first season and part of the second, Cesar was largely being protected or looked out for by his 14-year-old friends. Friends whose parents stepped up in season 2, but mostly out of guilt. Also, while they provided a place to stay, not much beyond that was offered.

Thus making Oscar’s plan to handle the Prophet$ genius. Long story short, from the Freeridge Savings money he’d have all the Prophet$ taken down for they would be using marked bills. Meanwhile, thanks to the ingenuity of Oscar’s friends, the Santos would have laundered money. Leading to many, if not all, of the Prophet$ going down as they spend money for their Hood Day – including Latrelle.

An Ultimatum: Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Jasmine, Jamal

After what Cesar did, so comes the question if the crew can or should be the same? Monse, partly thanks to Jasmine, is starting to feel she has outgrown the crew and that going to Mayfield Academy in New Hampshire isn’t that bad of an idea. The boys, despite all she has done as a friend, or girlfriend, don’t appreciate her. So maybe what she needs is girlfriends?

Monse noting she believes she and the guys have outgrown each other.
Monse: And I think we’ve outgrown each other.

So, what originally was posed to be an ultimatum of choosing between Monse or Cesar comes to Monse choosing herself and giving a goodbye. One which none of the boys believe, which upsets Monse, and leads to a bit of a blowup since they continue to show they don’t respect her.

And Then There Was Darkness: Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Jamal

But then a van pulls up and kidnaps each one of them. First the boys, then Monse, and we’re left wondering what happened?

Collected Quote(s) & .Gifs

I forgive you, but I can’t forget. ‘Cause if you loved me and you did that… what else would you do?
— Monse

Highlights

Monse Choosing Herself

When you think about it, Monse has pretty much-done anything and everything for her friends. Sometimes while complaining, but whether it was dancing or putting effort into saving Cesar, she has done more for the guys than they have done for her. Heck, even if you take into account Cesar noting he smashed Monse in season 1, arguably they were more so protecting Cesar from Monse than trying to spare her feelings. So her deciding to put herself forward, even come to the mindset of thinking she outgrew her friends, it not only makes sense but is right.

Monse talking to Jasmine and realizing she has outgrown her friends.
Monse: Why am I always fighting for my friendship?

Think about it, as much as you’d think Monse would have needed time to adjust to Brentwood, she was able to fit right in. All those summers away made it so she was well-rounded and while her friends are no dummies, we never hear them venturing outside of Freeridge. Meanwhile, Monse goes two miles by bus to get to know Julia and spends a month out in Brentwood to get to know her and perhaps how the other side lives.

A young girl with curiosity like that truly would outgrow Cesar, Jamal, and even Ruby. Yet, because of the ending, likely we may not see her leave until mid or end season 3, if/when this gets renewed.

Low Point

Cuchillos Is Still A Ghost

I can’t be the only one who wants to see who runs the Santos right? Much less, considering how often the adults, 30-40+, mention how things have changed, it would have been interesting to meet one of the factors of that change. Assuming Cuchillos isn’t maybe a few years older than Oscar.

Considering Monse Likely Has Family Which Are Prophet$, Shouldn’t She Feel Something?

It kind of sucks that we spent most of the season hearing about Julia’s family, and Selena’s, but then get a bomb dropped on us that Monty was raised by profits and we don’t meet any of them. We don’t see Monse’s grandpa, cousins, and taking note of Jamal questioning her blackness in season 1, it would have been a nice follow up to see her hang with her cousins. Maybe feel like an outsider and use that to amplify her feelings towards Julia and feeling she isn’t enough.

For if there is one thing you don’t see a lot of is shows and movies addressing what it means to be bi-racial outside of a Black/White context. So this could have been a good opportunity.

On The Fence

Another Cliffhanger

Monse reacting to the guys being gone suddenly.
Monse: What the hell?

The first season ended with Ruby being shot and Olivia dying, now with most, if not all, of the Prophet$ getting arrested, this means one of two things: Those who got away are kidnapping Cesar and his friends for revenge. The second thing would be, considering the summer is coming up, for kicks and giggles, Oscar is taking the kids to Disney. I mean, he has the money, the kids did help him take out Santos’ sole competition and damn near made them obsolete. So him trying to take the kids and his crew to celebrate doesn’t sound that far fetched right? Plus, Oscar is the type to mess with them a little bit rather than straight up tell them they are going and to get ready.

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Season/ EpisodeSynopsisEpisode InformationTopics & 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.
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/29/2019
  • When The Adults Step In: Oscar, Cesar
  • An Ultimatum: Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Jasmine, Jamal
  • And Then There Was Darkness: Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Jamal
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.
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Air Date 3/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Ruben Sr. Eric Neil Gutierrez
  • On The Run Again: Latrelle, Cesar, Oscar
  • You Got To Move On: Ruben Sr., Ruby, Geny
  • Desperate Choices: Oscar, Ruby, Jamal, Cesar, Monse
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.
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Adam Starks
Air Date 3/29/2019
  • A New Way To Protect Cesar: Chivo, Jasmine, Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Jamal
  • Money Bunny: Jamal, Jasmine, Monse, Jasmine, Ruby
  • Sometimes You Have To Make A Hard Choice: Cesar, Ruby, Monse
Season 2, Episode 4 “Chapter Fourteen”With Jasmine’s help, Ruby tries to pursue normalcy as Oscar gives Monse an ultimatum.
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Christopher Encell
Air Date 3/29/2019
  • You’ve Got Options: Ruby, Jasmine, Monse, Monty, Julia
  • An Ultimatum: Cesar, Monse, Jamal
  • You’ve Got A Friend In Me: Ruby, Jasmine
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.
Director(s) Jeremy Haft
Writer(s) Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Air Date 3/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Angelica Kendra Michelle
Rosario Belita Moreno
Paula Maleah Ann Goldberg
  • Someone Has To Worry About Your Health: Jamal, Marisol (Abuelita), Rosario
  • It’s Been A Month: Paula, Cesar, Monse
  • The Return of Ruben – With The Big Mouth: Ruby, Mario, Angelica, Oscar
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.
Director(s) Erica Watson
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/29/2019
Introduced This Episode
Sahara Dana Gaier
Jane Brooke Sorenson
  • The End of the Truce: Cesar, Dwayne, Monty
  • M.I.A.M.I: Ruby, Marisol, Jamal
  • The Answer To All Your Problems:Monse, Jamal, Julia, Ruby, Monty, Cesar, Jasmine, Sahara, Jane
Season 2, Episode 7 “Chapter Seventeen”Major and minor secrets are revealed as Amber’s baby shower comes about. Also, an old problem resurfaces.
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Sonia Kharkar
Air Date 3/29/2019
  • I Want Her Back: Chivo, Jamal
  • Baby Shower Drama: Mario, Amber, Geny, Ruby, Jasmine, Monse, Cesar
  • Free From The Curse, But Still In Freeridge: Abuelita, Jamal, Cesar
Season 2, Episode 3 “Chapter Thirteen”For those who wondered about Jasmine’s backstory, you have to watch Chapter Thirteen.
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Jamie Uyeshiro
Air Date 3/29/2019
  • Reunited & It Feels So Good: Abuelita, Jamal, Cesar
  • Selena: Julia, Monse
  • You Are Your Own Universe: Jasmine, Ruby
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?
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/29/19
Introduced This Episode
Amber Shoshana Bush
  • Mario Has Some News: Amber, Mario, Geny
  • A Party With Very Little To Celebrate: Caesar, Oscar, Monse, Ruby, Jamal, Geny, Abuelita, Monty
  • What Could Have Changed It All: Jamal, Abuelita, Caesar, Ruby, Monse
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.
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Air Date 3/29/19
Introduced This Episode
Office Hamill Brent Werzner
  • Spending The Day With Oscar & Evening With Geny: Oscar, Geny, Ruby, Amber
  • The Money and Explorer Program: Officer Hamill, Jasmine, Cesar, Monse, Jamal
  • Communication Is Key: Monse, Cesar, Jamal, Dwayne, Coach, Jamal’s Mom
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.
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/16/2018
  • Never Gonna Give You Up: Jamal, Chivo
  • Changing Places: Cesar, Ruby, Monse, Olivia, Jasmine
  • Bittersweet Tragedy: Latrelle, Cesar, Jamal, Ruby, Monse, Olivia
Season 1/ Episode 9 “Chapter 9”The treasures of Rollerworld are finally found and just when Cesar needs them the most.
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Air Date 3/16/2018
  • In Search of Gold: Cesar, Olivia, Ruby, Monse, Abuelita, Jamal, Latrelle
  • Halves Cannot Revoke Wholes
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.
Director(s) Steven Tsuchida
Writer(s) Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft, Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/16/2018
  • Dress Freakout: Monse, Cesar, Olivia, Abuelita, Ruby
  • In Pursuit of a Better Life: Cesar, Oscar, Jamal, Chivo
  • Is She or Isn’t She?: Monse, Cesar, Julia
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.
Director(s) Steven Tsuchida
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/16/2018
Characters Introduced
Chivo Emilio Rivera
  • Julia Whitman & The Boy Fresh Out of Prison: Monse, Cesar, Latrelle
  • Cesar Is Just My Placeholder: Ruby, Cesar, Monse, Olivia
  • The Gnome Holds All The Secrets: Jamal, Abuelita
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.
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Adam Starks, Francesca Gailes
Air Date 3/16/2018
Characters Introduced
Jamal’s Mom Raushanah Simmons
Coach Rob Murat
Monty (Monse’s Dad) Reggie Austin
  • I Can’t Live A Lie… Unless You Help Me: Ruby, Jamal, Olivia
  • Nobody Wins When The Family Feuds: Ruby, Jamal, Olivia, Cesar, Monse
  • Ending Things On Top: Jamal, Oscar
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?
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Jamie Uyeshiro
Air Date 3/16/2018
  • Secrets Are Deadly: Jamal, Cesar, Ruby
  • My Girlfriends: Jasmine, Olivia, Monse
  • Lockdown: Oscar, Cesar, Olivia, Ruby, Jasmine, Jamal
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.
Director(s) Steven Tsuchida
Writer(s) Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Air Date 3/16/2018
Characters Introduced
Rosé Angela E. Gibbs
Julia Lisa Marcos
  • Get You an Abuelita: Jamal, Monse, Ruby, Olivia, Cesar, Abuelita
  • Straight Outta Brentwood: Olivia, Ruby, Cesar, Oscar
  • Can You See Me?: Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Olivia
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.
Director(s) Steven Tsuchida
Writer(s) Robert Sudduth
Air Date 3/16/18
  • Don’t Worry, Abuelita Believes In You: Jamal, Abuelita
  • I Feel So Objectified: Cesar, Ruby, Monse, Olivia
  • This Isn’t Fun Anymore: Cesar, Ruby, Monse, Olivia, Oscar
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.
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich
Air Date 3/16/2018
Characters Introduced
Olivia Ronni Hawk
Abuelita Peggy Ann Blow
Geny Paula Garces
  • The New Girl In Town: Olivia, Monse, Ruby, Cesar
  • Digging A Deeper Hole: Oscar, Cesar, Monse, Ruby, Jamal
  • Jealous?: Monse, Cesar, Olivia
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.
Creator(s) Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Director(s) Lauren Iungerich
Writer(s) Lauren Iungerich, Eddie Gonzalez, Jeremy Haft
Air Date 3/16/2018
Noted Cast
Cesar Diego Tinoco
Monse Sierra Capri
Ruby Jason Genao
Mario Danny Ramirez
Oscar Julio Macias
Dwayne Eme Ikwuakor
Latrelle Jahking Guillory
Jasmine Jessica Marie Garcia
Jamal Brett Gray

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