Lifetime's "Devious Maids" has been building to a major reveal in its season finale, and to understand who killed Flora and why, Lifetime is re-airing the entire season Sunday (Sept. 22) in advance of the finale. The marathon starts at 10 a.m. ET.
The show will end as it began -- at a black-tie pool party at the Powells.
In the pilot, a maid, Flora ( Paula Garces), was fatally stabbed. She staggered out to the party, and collapsed into the pool, her blood billowing about her.
A young cater waiter was immediately arrested, which made sense considering all the evidence pointed to him knifing her. But his mother, Marisol ( Ana Ortiz), was so certain of her son's innocence that she gave up her job as a college professor and went undercover as a maid.
Marisol was relentless in her pursuit of the truth to free her son. She never really did quite fit in as a maid in Beverly Hills and the other maids, particularly Zoila ( Judy Reyes), were suspicious of this woman who asked too many questions.
The series gave us a glimpse into the excesses of the Beverly Hills idle rich, and the best examples were Adrian and Evelyn Powell ( Tom Irwin and Rebecca Wisocky). He had his "disgusting little hobby" as she calls it. Adrian procured prostitutes for his friends, then recorded their sessions. She bought luxury gifts for their long dead son.
There was the drama of a first wife hanging herself from a tree in front of her old home as the second and much younger wife announced she was pregnant. Both wives, Olivia and Taylor ( Valerie Mahaffey, Brianna Brown) looked dead on that front lawn and Taylor's fate is revealed in the final episode.
In another household, Carmen ( Roselyn Sanchez) took a job as a maid so her boss, Alejandro ( Matt Cedeno) would help her with her career as a singer. She was a lousy maid and selfish, but evolved more than the other characters by the end. She found love but the finale will show that love tested.
The most complicated family -- and on this show that is saying a lot -- is the Delatours. Susan Lucci as Genevieve has been completely fabulous and terminally clueless.
Luckily she's had her maid, Zoila, to keep her grounded. Zoila's daughter, Valentina ( Edy Ganem), is in love with Genevieve's son Remi ( Drew Van Acker) and the season takes us through the difficulties of a relationship when one person in it waits on the other - for a living.
And there was the maid/babysitter, Rosie ( Dania Ramirez), and her married employer, Spence ( Grant Show), having the clichÃ©d affair. But the show went beyond the usual course of these trysts because Spence so loves Rosie he has long wanted to leave his wife, Peri ( Mariana Klaveno) who could give a bad name to narcissistic evil actresses.
The marathon may not be the most productive use of a Sunday, but for anyone who has not tuned in, it's a great way to be ready for the big surprise in the finale.
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