On My Block: Season 2, Episode 3 “Chapter Thirteen” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

On My Block Season 2, Episode 3 Chapter Thirteen - Title Card
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For those who wondered about Jasmine’s backstory, you have to watch Chapter Thirteen.


Network
Netflix
Director(s) Ryan Shiraki
Writer(s) Jamie Uyeshiro
Air Date 3/29/2019

Reunited & It Feels So Good: Abuelita, Jamal, Cesar

With Jamal being haunted by gnomes, he feels the money is no longer safe at his home. So, it’s decided that a means to clean the money is needed and since Abuelita has a cash business, she is approached. However, after learning she wasn’t thought of when it came to splitting the money, she originally says no. Yet, with a 35% cut given, and Jamal, with Caesar, presenting what she could do with the money, she is ultimately convinced.

Selena: Julia, Monse

Selena revealing she is Monse's mother.

With Cesar needing money for a place to stay, since Monty is back, Monse decides to work with Julia who has been calling, but she hasn’t answered. However, with her asking for a consultant on a book, which means major money, Monse takes a bus for two hours to see Julia. This leads to Monse going on and on about herself from recent events, like Olivia dying, to her dad not dating, and how her mom leaving affected her. Which, since Julia perhaps didn’t fully take in how hard it would be to hear how her absence affected Monse reveals the truth.

You Are Your Own Universe: Jasmine, Ruby

Ruby and Jasmine have been a good match since season 1 since she respects his intensity and admires how is himself. So, since he matches her swag, that is why she is drawn to him and has tried to be there for him since she knows loss. Well, her father, an Afghanistan vet, isn’t dead, but whether he is shell shocked or something similar, while he doesn’t need machinery to be alive, he isn’t very responsive.

This reveal leads Ruby to feel bad about his previous actions, including bargaining with a higher power that he’ll be nice to Jasmine as a means of charity. Leading to him realizing, while she can be a bit extra, she’s a good person. One he should treat as such.

Question(s) Left Unanswered

  1. Where is Jasmine’s mom?
  2. Why did Selena leave?
  3. Will we see Monty in the next episode? He’s back so shouldn’t he be trying to make time with his kid?
  4. What does Geny do for a living?

Other Noteworthy Facts & Moments

  • It’s January 2019 in the show.
  • Jamal is working for Coach Ron to pay off the repairs.

Highlights

Jasmine

Jasmine reassuring Ruby as he has a breakdown.

Jasmine has become my favorite character. I was given all I needed and more as we discovered why she is this weird and jubilant soul. Not just because of what her dad is going through but because she knows she has to seek it internally. Yet, despite that, knowing that she’ll have to find her validation, reassurance, all that from inside, and she still was willing to be in Ruby’s corner? It makes it hard to not get in your emotions a bit.

Think about it. Ruby might be the closest person to her in terms of knowing themselves and being comfortable. Yet, look how he does her for most of season 1 and how he was up until this episode. All the while she accepted it and took note he is probably hurting so she wrote it off. Then, when he was having a breakdown, she didn’t give him tough love or anything like that, she gave him what no one has probably given her. Mind you, without expecting anything in return either.

Leaving me to hope that as much as Ruby has acted funny towards her in the past, these two end up together. I mean, taking note of the good times, like when they were practicing dancing for Olivia’s quince, these two are clearly a match. Ruby just has to get his head out of his ass.

Ruby’s Survivor’s Guilt

Ruby blaming himself for Olivia's death and noting all the ways he could have saved her.

Ruby is noted as being a very passionate character. One who jumps into things headfirst and then will go 100 miles an hour. However, what we haven’t seen thus far is him really stumble or regret something. I mean, he did end up getting Cesar promoted in the Santos, but that doesn’t compare to his guilt over Olivia. After all, between him pushing her to do a quince, pulling her on the dance floor, and so many other factors, he has taken on the weight of her death and the fact he survived the shooting, that makes it hurt even more.

And it’s that survivor’s guilt which perhaps amplifies the need to praise Jasmine for it allows her to play off this side of Ruby and truly push, as fun and nuts as she can be, she is still human. Like Ruby, she’ll bend over backwards for you if you seem worth it. Also, taking note of how deeply Ruby feels about Olivia’s death, it shows one-way kids who live in urban environments, especially violent ones cope.

Monse and Selena

Yet, there are also those like Monse. People who don’t necessarily want to cry or move on like it didn’t happen. Instead, they take it as part of life and that, since they aren’t dead, they have to continue living. Not in a callous way but because that is the best way to honor someone’s memory. And I think Monse seeming low-key cavalier sent some guilt into Selena and made her question her part in this. For while she didn’t leave Monse because of something involved with being her mom, in a way, it seems she has her own survivor’s guilt. After all, she has a whole new life and are providing two children one completely unlike Monse’s. So imagine the weight of hearing Monse’s troubles on Selena.

Abuelita and Jamal

Short and sweet – Abuelita is the best match for Jamal out of all the cast. As seen by how they shake on it, she seemingly is the only one on his frequency, and with how the cast is mostly paired up, he needs to be with his partner more.

Low Point

So, Jamal Really Didn’t Set Aside A Cut For Abuelita?

Abuelita realizing she isn't getting a 20% cut of the Rollerworld money.

With that said, considering how much information Abuelita gave and encouragement, the fact she wasn’t getting 20% was very messed up.

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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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