All One day at a timePenelope’s wanted was a little “time alone” to catch up Foreign – but his “household to me” was disturbed when Alex made the mistake of opening his bedroom door without knocking.
Yeah, that’s right! During Tuesday’s episode, the teen bumped into his mom as she masturbated. (“I haven’t seen a terror in the eyes of a man like that from Afghanistan,” Penelope revealed to her PTSD support group.)
“It turns out that masturbation is funny! Executive producer Gloria Calderón Kellett told TVLine. “This whole week has been one of the funniest weeks of [writers] bedroom. We had a lot of fun talking about it, and this opening scene is one that I [originally] launched at [co-showrunner] Mike Royce three years ago. We just needed to find the story to support doing it.
The story that finally came together was a story of borders – or rather a complete and utter absence of borders among the Alvarez. Case in point: An awkward conversation between Penelope and Alex about a “completely normal expression of human sexuality” was interrupted by Penelope’s traditional Catholic mother, Lydia. She walked into the living room and said that masturbation was “a dirty and sinful habit for sad and ugly people.” Then, after granddaughter Elena listed the health benefits associated with complacency, the family matriarch said that “sex is between married people… it’s Adam and Eve, not ‘Buzzzzzzz’ and Eve! “
“It was perfect that it took that long to come up with the story because all of the characters are at an age where it was a lot easier to have that conversation with this family,” Kellett said. Royce adds, “I think the episodes Gloria and I love the most are the ones where each character has an extremely well-defined point of view – and extremely opposed from someone else’s point of view.
After Lydia found out it was Penelope and do not her little papito caught in the act, she undertook to find a man for her daughter. She joined Tinder on behalf of Penelope and even made a date to find out about a potential suitor named Danny (played by Criminal minds graduate Adam Rodriguez). While Danny seemed like the perfect guy, Lydia finally stumbled upon an even better (and familiar) match: Penelope’s ex-boyfriend Max (played again by Ed Quinn). After meeting him at the grocery store, Lydia invited the handsome EMT – who recently returned from a stint with Doctors Without Borders – to rekindle his relationship with Penelope.
As for whether Max’s previously stated desire to have children will hinder this “new” relationship? Kellett says Max has “filled that need by helping children overseas, and he really found his purpose in doing so.” As such, “his feelings have changed.”
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