Devious Maids Season 1 Review “Setting the Table”

Devious Maids Season 1 Episode 2 Setting the Table 6

On the latest episode of “Devious Maids”, the show started to settle into its groove, as we shifted from one household to another, seeing what a typical day in the life of a maid was like in “Setting the Table”. Obviously a lot of it depends on the who, and some of the maids clearly have it better than others. For instance, Carmen had a field day skinny-dipping in the pool and laying out beside it with her fellow maid friends, sipping fruity drinks- at least until the nefarious Odessa returned.

But for others, it was not so fun, in particular poor Rosie, who was caught between a rock and a hard place when she caught her employer, actress Peri, sleeping around behind her husband Spence’s back. I wasn’t sure what to make of him on the pilot episode, but now I actually feel for the guy. He seems to genuinely listen to and respect Rosie, unlike most of the maids’ employers. That certainly includes Peri, who first lied to Rosie, then used Rosie’s feelings towards Spence against her, ultimately resulting in her keeping her mouth shut and not telling the guy. That marriage isn’t going to end well, I’m guessing.

Another surprising development was with Genevieve and her maids, Zoila and Valentina. Despite being a full-time drama queen, she’s actually pretty decent to her maids as well, encouraging the latter to make her feelings for her son, Remi, known. Not so nice was Zoila’s careful maneuvering of that very same situation, so that her daughter would be exposed as the maid she was to Remi’s friends. That was pretty mean, I thought.

I mean, she does have a point- I would have thought G wouldn’t have been too keen on her son dating the maid’s daughter, either, but I guess I thought wrong. Either way, G’s dialogue to that end was priceless: “The duty of the old is to help the young find love, but since there are no old people around, it’s up to me.” LOL.

I love Susan Lucci. I was never a big soap person, but I did see some of “All my Children” back in the day, when Sarah Michelle Gellar (aka “Buffy”) played her daughter on the show, for that reason, and I remember how amusingly twisted she was there as well. Soap actresses (or actors in general) get a lot of crap for playing things too broadly, but you try learning that much dialogue over the course of a week and making it sound remotely convincing and tell me how that goes. Besides, a lot of big names started in soaps, so it’s a pretty decent training ground, if you ask me. Lucci may be over the top, but it works for me here, in this context.

However, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the work being done by Rebecca Wisocky as Evelyn Powell. She had the best lines in the pilot- including the oft-repeated “Who’s going to clean all this up?” after her maid was murdered- and she has the best ones in this episode as well. That must be a fun character to play. Here, the big quote was: “To steal another woman’s husband is rude, but to steal her maid is unforgiveable.” Though I also got a kick out of her deciding not to hire a deaf maid because “I need someone who can react when I’m screaming at them.”

It was actually sort of interesting seeing how the hierarchy of the rich people’s houses works, and who has the real power and who has the least. I imagine it’s not that different from that of a monarchy, only on a smaller scale. I guess that’s why people are so fascinated with “Downton Abbey” or whatever. Personally, though, I like my shows of this nature to be a little on the trashy side, and that just doesn’t cut it for me. “Devious Maids” does, at least so far. I mean, what’s not to like, really? Sexy Latina maids, duplicitous rich people, murder and mayhem? That’s all you need, really, in a good nighttime drama. Well, that and it’s nicely trashy, with some good barbs throughout the show. I like it.

Not much plot development beyond that. Marisol secured a job working for the Powells on her day off, after some hesitation on Taylor’s part. Clearly, Mr. Powell had something on her or something he was able to use against her to make that happen, as she wasn’t too keen on it at first. Marisol also found the late Flora’s letter, but Mr. Powell snatched it away before she could inspect it too much, and now it’s fireplace fodder. However, we did learn that the rape referred to was not regarding Mr. Powell, who seemed actually horrified by the revelation. Marisol’s of the mind that the rapist is likely the killer, which may or may not be true.

So, what do you think of “Devious Maids” thus far? Who do you think raped Flora? (Or has that character even been introduced yet?) Who do you think killed her? Are they one and the same? Do you think that Remi’s friends will accept Valentina as well, now that they know she’s a maid? Is the relationship between Valentina and Remi doomed? How about the budding one between Sam and Carmen? Do you think Carmen will realize her musical dreams? Will Spence ever find out about Peri’s scheming? Sound off below in the comment section!