Devious Maids Season 1 Review “Totally Clean”

Never come between an employer and their maid! That was but one of the lessons learned on the season finale of “Devious Maids” this week, with a close second being: never screw with a maid- figuratively or literally, I might add. One might also add, however, if you do screw with a maid, it could just as well come back to haunt the maid as it does the one involved with her in the first place. Needless to say, all came into play in the action-packed finale to the fun first season of “Devious Maids,” entitled “Totally Clean.”

As predicted last week, Taylor did indeed lose the baby, though she herself survived. She also insisted Michael tell Marisol everything, and boy, did he ever. Obviously, if you haven’t seen it yet, you’re going to want to stop reading now, but it was revealed that Philippe was indeed the culprit who killed Flora, with the motive being revenge after Flora attempted to blackmail him after he raped her. It fit perfectly, down to Philippe giving away the fact that he was at the party uninvited the night Flora was killed to the Powells, but ultimately Marisol wasn’t able to get him to confess after she lured Philippe into a bedroom during the engagement party and had Rosie film them from behind a two-way mirror- the very one that Adrian used to film his “presents” behind.

Indeed, Marisol almost got herself killed, but thankfully, Evelyn saved the day by having her ousted. Not so lucky for Philippe, though, who was promptly lured to another back room by Adrian and poisoned by the same, who then tossed him out a nearby window and into the pool in front of the whole party, which, of course, gave the entire season a nice symmetry, as it began with a similar kind of murder. Said Adrian, just before: “You killed my maid, you son of a bitch. Don’t you know how hard it is to find good help?” File that under #richpeopleproblems.

Needless to say, the Powells plan was a bit dubious, and even the cops pointed out that he was seemingly dead before he hit the water, but the ever-present maids overheard the line of questioning and told the cops they heard Philippe confess to the murder as the Powells said. Not sure that will hold up, but it was enough to get Marisol’s son out of jail, so mission essentially accomplished there. I suspect the Powells aren’t out of the woods yet, though. I did enjoy the fact that, as Evelyn stated, it was “hate” that brought them together, not love, what with them starting off the episode in divorce proceedings.

Is it me, though, or was all of this a bit too clean? I mean Philippe being the culprit of Flora’s murder, not the Powells getting away with it. Keep in mind that we never heard Michael’s confession to Marisol, and Philippe never did admit much of anything beyond the rape to his son, though the Powells did seem to trip him up with the flowers thing. I can’t decide if creator Marc Cherry put that in as a way to say, yes, it was Philippe who did it, or if it was a red herring of some sort.

After all, it would be pretty clever of Michael to frame Philippe as revenge for what he did to Taylor. But I’m probably reading too much into all of that. I think the flower thing was meant to assure us that Philippe was indeed the one who did it. If not, though, that was a smart move on Cherry’s part to leave that particular thread dangling for future revision. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was a little more to it than we know, but if not, it was still pretty satisfying, especially with Philippe getting his just desserts.

Even if that was that, there were still plenty of loose threads dangling at the end of the episode. Obviously, there’s the question of whether the Powells will get away with murder, but also whether or not Carmen would accept Alejandro’s faux proposal/recording contract (and the fate of her and Sam), how Zoila will react to Valentina leaving for Africa, and, of course, the big one: what will become of Rosie? Things were not looking good for Rosie in particular, and Peri was clearly the one who orchestrated that whole business, as she smirkingly looked on as poor Rosie was dragged away by ICE. Guess she’s done playing nice!

Thankfully, despite all that was going on, there was still time for some clever bon mots along the way, particularly from Genevieve. I loved it when she explained to Valentina why her wedding veil was so thick: “It’ll be my fourth wedding in this church. If the minister recognizes me, I’m toast.” Her take on Remi’s African plans was similarly hilarious: “Sounds like the worst vacation ever…if he wanted to help poor people, why couldn’t he just go to Burbank?” LOL.

All in all, a pretty satisfying finale. I could quibble about a few things here and there, such as the fact that I should think Michael would have been almost as mad at Marisol as Philippe, as she did sort of cause him to lose his baby as well (it didn’t help that she was so insistent in the hospital room, which was sort of gross, in terms of being disrespectful to Taylor, who, I don’t know, took a freaking bullet for her!); or that the Powells’ plan was a bit dubious from the get-go, but what’s the point? It’s the nature of a show like this to be over the top and not always sound, in terms of logic.

What did you think of “Devious Maids” this season? Were you satisfied with the ending? Think that maybe something else was going on there than it would seem? What do you think will happen next season? As ever, feel free to comment below, and thanks for reading!