On My Block: Season 2, Episode 6 “Chapter Sixteen” – Recap, Review (with Spoilers)

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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.


Network
Netflix
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

It seems what Ruby said did end up riling the Santos, and now the truce is over. Thus leaving Cesar vulnerable and Dwayne worried. So, with the help of Monty, they hide Cesar in Monty’s room. Leaving you to wonder why Monty had a sudden change of heart? Unless he is that lonely.

M.I.A.M.I: Ruby, Marisol, Jamal

With Marisol feeling the money is cursed, her arthritis, and not selling many dresses, it has made her ability to clean money nil. Thus far, she has only cleaned $98, and she spent a good portion of it. Leading to there being some fuss and her eventually deciding to quit the project. Making it so Jamal and Ruby are back at square one.

The Answer To All Your Problems: Monse, Jamal, Julia, Ruby, Monty, Cesar, Jasmine, Sahara, Jane

With it being a little over a month since going to Brentwood, apparently just to get to know Julia, not officially moving, Monse has gotten to know her and used to her lifestyle. For whether it is having a Macbook and going to a café with Julia, reading to her younger siblings, getting used to her friends’ kids, Sahara and Jane, or just living the high life, things are nice. However, whether or not she’d want to make things permanent is hard to say. After all, her dad doesn’t have anyone but her, and there is, of course, the crew. She fought for months to keep them together, and now she is the one who could potentially tear them apart.

So, to help make a decision, and with Julia’s permission, she invited the crew from Freeridge, minus Cesar, and Brentwood over. This leads to a few good things, at least for Ruby, since he flirts with June and Sahara, and gets to feel June’s breast. As for Jamal, from Sahara, he gets some insight on how to money launder and get away with it.

But then things get bad. Jasmine comes, to help kill the party, and ends up in one of Julia’s robes, Jamal takes a whole lot of edibles and ends up really paranoid. As for Ruby? Well, he knows how to handle his stuff so he’s good. Yet, rather than tell Monse what she wants them to say, which is “Comeback” they tell her to stay.

Something which she would have done if it wasn’t for Sahara slipping and Monse hearing that, to cover up her not speaking to Monse, Julia was saying that Monty was abusive. As you would expect, Monse confronts Julia since that is a serious accusation and she tries to defend herself with weak excuses. All of which don’t convince Monse that her mom left for a good reason but more so for selfish reasons. One of which may include, when it comes to leaving Monse specifically, her not being the same skin tone as her friends. Thus leading to Monse going back to Freeridge with Monty – who doesn’t hear about what went down.

Highlights

Colorism

Monse questioning if her skin tone was a factor in Julia leaving.
Monse: Would you have left if I looked like you?

While colorism is addressed in one single line, Monse asking if she was lighter if she would be left, it still is a noteworthy thing since colorism in the Latinx and Caribbean community is a big deal. One which hopefully is addressed beyond Monse’s question.

Low Point

Not Getting To See Monse Or Julia’s Family Adjust

While Monse isn’t ratchet or anything like that, it seems the show missed a good opportunity to show the culture shock of living in someplace nice. For while Jamal’s home isn’t too shabby, the crew rarely seems to go over there. Also, there is the question of how the twins adjusted and how Julia’s husband handled learning Julia had another kid? Plus, considering how Monse’s little sister was starting to pick up some slang, how was that handled?

Yet, the show sidesteps all of that.

Damning Julia

Things felt strangely one-sided when it came to Julia leaving. One could push that Monty’s ultimatum of him or her family was a factor, her sisters not presenting the best environment, or an opportunity across the country she couldn’t miss out on. Yet, nothing is really presented so even if Monse doesn’t get it right now, at least the viewer could have something to grasp onto beyond theories. For with the way Julia has thus far acted, it seems she felt horrible about leaving Monse behind. However, the why of it has largely been dodged.

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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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