Chivo reveals the meaning behind his gnomes and with Latrelle’s return, and the truce over, comes an increased fear of The Prophets.
A New Way To Protect Cesar: Chivo, Jasmine, Monse, Cesar, Ruby, Jamal
With Latrelle back in town, and it coming upon Prophet Hood Day, everyone is a bit on edge. So much that when Jasmine comes up with an idea, wire fraud, to help save Cesar, even Monse, knowing it is illegal, doesn’t give any lip. But, one snag to this idea is that Chivo is Jasmine’s connection for fake IDs and when he sees Jamal, he gets difficult.
Yet, with a few jokes at Jamal’s expense, things chill out. In fact, taking note Chivo is an OG Santos, they decide to approach him about helping Cesar. Specifically Jamal, who fails, and Ruby who, even with his fast-talking, doesn’t get Chivo to budge on a deal in which he gets Juanita, and he gives Cesar only a week.
Which, in the long run, is taken and allowed Cesar to learn the reason Chivo has all these gnomes is essentially to cope. Each one is named after a dead homie, and he sees Lil’ Ricky’s spirit in all of them. Also, he reveals, despite the way the Santos have become, Lil’ Ricky wasn’t for violence. Similar to what Ruby thought the Santos should be, Lil’ Ricky was more so for peace and simply protection. Leading you to wonder who or what shifted the goals of the group?
Money Bunny: Jamal, Jasmine, Monse, Jasmine, Ruby
Since Abuelita is out, and Cesar is now living in a church, which might get raided by ICE, Money Bunny, a wire transfer service, is their only hope. The problem is, Jamal is a nervous wreck, as is Jasmine, and while Ruby is there to support Jamal, he doesn’t help much. Then for Jasmine, even though Monse is doing the transfer, she ends up doing the most. Yet, in the long run, the transfer works, and it seems like they have a plan!
Sometimes You Have To Make A Hard Choice: Cesar, Ruby, Monse
But with unnamed Prophets rolling up on everyone, it seems time may have run out. For aside from naming Ruby, they note Monse’s situation, and so everyone is freaking out. Leading to Cesar taking one of Chivo’s guns and his car. Leaving him last seen posted outside of Latrelle’s girl’s apartment waiting.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Did they ever say what specifically happened to end the truce? Did a prophet get killed after Ruby’s rousing rap?
- Why is Jasmine still coming for Monse like she hasn’t been studying YouTube makeup tutorials, ways to do your hair and protect your edges? Like, how threatened is she by Monse because she gets real out of character around her?
The Father’s Story & Spanish Speaking In General
While Olivia’s story in season 1 talked about undocumented immigration, the gentleman in the church took it a step further and I loved that it was a Spanish only conversation. Though, in general, I love when Ruby and the rest just jump straight into Spanish and remind you that as universal as parts of their story are, some of it you have to know the culture or be of it to truly get.
The Truth About Chivo
It’s easy to write characters off as being weird for the sake of it. Jamal is one, Jasmine two, and Ruby is three. However, once you get to know them, you get it. Same goes with Chivo. His talking to ghosts, weird demeanor, and things like that, it’s because he has experienced a massive amount of death around him. So, to cope, these gnomes represent those who died which may include Juanita. And when it comes to the way he talks, it may not be that he was born that way, but parts of him have just thoroughly shut down to the point it takes too much energy to laugh or smile. Thus making Chivo seem rather tragic.
The Officer Who Cares
Officer Hamill warning Monse, trying to warn Cesar, was sweet. It is also a reminder that, despite how cops can be in urban areas, there are decent ones out there. Add in that Officer Hamill isn’t a saint, since he has quite a bit of personal issues, and it makes you appreciate this small token.
The Threat Presents Itself
We have spent the entire series worrying about Cesar’s safety yet the biggest threat was Latrelle. However, with seeing actual Prophets who likely won’t hesitate, so comes the need to take notice. Yet, I must admit, a part of me wonders if we may see their side of things or will they just be this big evil lurking around the corner? Because, surely, the Prophets can’t just be some group of menacing Black folk who decided to harass the local Latinx community just on the GP.
|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 Fridayvibe to it. It’s comedic yet, with its urban setting and gunshots, you know things can go left in any moment.|