Why would a boy like Remi love me? I'm nothing.
|Valentina Diaz, "Totally Clean"|
Valentina Diaz is one of the main characters of Devious Maids. The daughter of Zoila Diaz, Valentina is a smart, determined and kind young woman who has two major interests in life: going to fashion school, and her young boss, Remi Delatour. Valentina works at the Delatour house as a maid, along with her mother, and she is hopelessly in love with Remi. When her mother finds out about this, she tries her best to keep her daughter from coming any closer to Remi, for she knows from experience - or believes, anyway - that rich boys never fall in love with "the help". However, and even though Zoila's heart is in the right place, Valentina's determination to break the employer/employee barrier is further fueled by her mother's attempts to stop her.
Valentina has wanted to be a designer since she was a child. She used to make dresses for her dolls. I could see the talent even then, so I bought her sewing machines and patterns and fabric. I did all I could to encourage her. Her dream became my dream.
|Zoila Diaz, "Getting Out the Blood"|
A picture of the Diaz family. ("Look Back in Anger")
In the year 1994, Valentina was born to Zoila and Pablo Diaz. Growing up, her family didn't have much wealth, and in order to save money, she learned to make her own clothes... as well as clothes for her dolls. Overtime, she decided she wanted to be a fashion designer when she grew up, and so she began putting away money. Her mother also encouraged her dream, so she would do all she could to help, from buying Valentina sewing machines to patterns and fabric. Valentina's dream became Zoila's dream, as a result. Since her mother worked as a maid for Genevieve Delatour, Valentina would often spend time over at Genevieve's mansion, where she began to form a crush for her son, Remi. ("Pilot", "Making Your Bed", "Getting Out the Blood") As a child, Valentina was raised Catholic and thusly attended catechism; this imbued her with a strict set of morals, enhancing her religious beliefs. ("Proof") At some point, Pablo gifted Valentina with an Ángel de la guardia pendant. ("From Here to Eternity")
When in high school, Remi becomes addicted to drugs, and when sent to rehab, Zoila lies to Valentina about where he is, for she was still young; the age of 12. ("Taking a Message") After completing school, Valentina is accepted into the Los Angeles Academy of Fashion and Design, but due to not being able to afford tuition, and for not being poor to qualify for financial aid, she takes a job working alongside her mother as Genevieve's second maid. ("Pilot", "Scrambling the Eggs") Zoila eventually introduces Valentina to fellow maids, Rosie Falta, Carmen Luna, and Flora Hernandez, and she is welcomed into their group of friends. One day, however, Valentina and her friends are told a secret by Flora of her plans for success. For quite sometime, Flora has had the intentions of becoming impregnated by a rich man's child, and then blackmailing him. Despite not approving of this, Valentina, her mother, and her friends keep it a secret. In the summer of 2013 though, Flora ends up murdered in the home of the Powells, leaving only Valentina and a few others knowing the truth about her background. ("Pilot", "Totally Clean")
Valentina decides to make an impression. ("Pilot")
Valentina attends the funeral of fellow maid Flora who was stabbed under suspicious circumstances, and on her way out of the funeral alongside her mother, Zoila, and mother's friends, Rosie suggests that they go to the police with what they know of Flora's murder, but she is warded against the idea. Valentina is later introduced as the maid of Genevieve Delatour who has swallowed a bottle a pills and hidden herself under the bed. Valentina calls Remi, Genevieve's son, with whom Valentina has a crush on, over to the house, to talk his mother out of suicide, and Valentina suggests that he stays home instead and commute with college so that his mother won't be lonely, and Genevieve loves the idea, offering to get her stomach pumped. When her mother leaves, Valentina prepares some tea for her and Remi and changes into a prettier outfit so that she appears more presentable, before sitting down for tea with Remi at the poolside. However, Zoila sees this and isn't happy, and so buys Valentina an outfit after work which turns out to be a stereotypical maid's outfit, and Zoila tells her daughter that it is her new uniform, so that she is to remember her place. Valentina is not too happy and so whips out her sewing kit and totally changes the dress to look sexy. The next day, she approaches Remi while wearing it to serve him his breakfast, and she is very content in the fact that he appeared overwhelmed by her beauty. Later, Valentina is seen having lunch with her mom and her friends and they invite new maid Marisol over, however, having somewhere to go, Marisol walks past her fellow maids. ("Pilot")
Genevieve joins Valentina's cause. ("Setting the Table")
Valentina's interest in Remi continues to grow, and when overhearing him and a friend that he's into old movies, the two sit down and bond over said topic. Zoila continues to stand between them though, and feels the need to call her daughter away; however, this doesn't stop Valentina from making sure she runs into Remi when with a group of friends at the movies. Remi's friends take an interest in the girl, and so she is invited to join them. The night goes well, and Valentina and Remi have fun chatting about it the next day, but when Zoila finds out, she starts scheming of ways to sabotage the growing friendship. She convinces Genevieve to throw a party for Remi and his friends, one of which she and Valentina will work. This is done, and Valentina ends up humiliated when forced to take everyone's drink requests in her uniform. Remi's friends are no longer accepting of her, now knowing she cleans for a living, and she breaks down in tears soon after. Zoila assures what she's doing is for the best, but Valentina does not believe so. Genevieve later finds the girl in her poor state and sits her down, which results in Valentina confessing to her boss her love for Remi. Unlike Zoila, Genevieve is entirely on board with it, and supports the maid. She then agrees to help get them together. ("Setting the Table")
Remi and Valentina agree to hold back. ("Wiping Away the Past")
Zoila is ushered out of the house by Genevieve, who wants her to go pick up a jar of face cream, which means that Valentina is able to head over to Remi's college dorm and help him move the rest of his stuff. She sees that he's throwing away a shirt simply because it has a rip in it, and quickly she takes out her sewing kit and fixes it, which he finds admirable. The two of them seem to be bonding and, later, Remi asks Zoila if Valentina has a really nice sewing machine, for he'd like to get her a present for helping him. Zoila is shocked that Valentina did this and comes to realize that Genevieve helped set it up, sending her into a fury about how the two of them are now going behind her back. Genevieve champions the idea of young love, but Zoila remains steadfast in the belief that rich boys don't end up with maids. An argument breaks out between the employee and the employer, and Zoila decides that in order to keep Valentina and Remi apart, she and Valentina won't be coming to work for a few days. Genevieve tries to go to Zoila's house to apologize, but an incident with a loud dog winds up with in the hospital. While she has just sprained her wrist, Remi tells Valentina that maybe they should hold back on their relationship since it means so much to Zoila. ("Wiping Away the Past")
Valentina confronts her mother about her past. ("Making Your Bed")
Genevieve's brother, Henri pays a visit to town, which clearly makes an impact on Zoila. Valentina notices her mother's behavior changing, as well as the way she lashes out at her husband, Pablo. When overhearing a meeting between Zoila and Henri, Valentina goes to Genevieve and asks to know all about her mother's relationship with him. As such, when Zoila returns home, Valentina confronts her, concluding that the reason her mother won't let her be with Remi is because she fears that history will repeat itself. She wonders why she would end up with her second choice just because Zoila did, but Zoila assures that she loves Valentina's father, even if she might take him for granted sometimes. Valentina asks if her mother believes she ended up with the love of her life, and Zoila says that she did, and so Valentina requests that she let her end up with the love of hers. Zoila goes on to speak with Genevieve and tell her that she's decided to butt out of her daughter's love life. She then bursts into tears and says that if Henri comes back, she doesn't want to be there. She knows Genevieve doesn't want to hear that because he's her brother, but, as Genevieve points out, Zoila is her sister. ("Making Your Bed")
Valentina clarifies her feelings for Remi. ("Taking Out the Trash")
Valentina goes to wake Remi, only to discover a girl named Allison in his bed, with whom he spent the night. Naturally, she is very jealous, and Remi asks her to make the girl some tea. He mentions that she is off sugar, so Valentina puts extra sugar-cubes in her cup, then running it up to her and getting asked to search for the girl's earring under the bed. While searching, Valentina overhears Allison talking to her friend on the phone, saying how Remi is total marriage material. She is appalled, and even more so when, later, Remi says that he has to go work on his thesis at school, meaning Valentina has to look after Allison. Allison overhears Remi telling his maid that she has to be nice to her, and so she tries her best with getting away with ordering Valentina around. First, she has her quieten the gardeners, and then she has her apply some sunblock. When she asks her to paint her toenails though, Valentina sees it as a step too far and, when Allison threatens to tell Remi that his maid is so obviously obsessed with him, Valentina takes the nail polish and throws it over Allison's top. The two of them end up in a huge cat fight, to the gardeners' joy, and later Remi scolds Valentina because Allison said she tried to kill her. An argument ensues, but leads to Valentina confessing her love for him, while topping it off with a kiss. ("Taking Out the Trash")
Valentina is pleased to see how "well" Remi is. ("Walking the Dog")
Zoila returns along with Genevieve from Armani, only to learn from Valentina that the gardeners are refusing to work because their checks bounced. Genevieve finds this terribly strange, wanting to get into contact with her business manager Myron Moyer to see what's happened, but it seems he's skipped the country and taken all of her money with him, meaning she no longer has a cent to her name - she believes this to be the end of the world. Besides Genevieve though, this also effects Remi, who has been going about handling things his own way. He's recently become addicted to cocaine again, and when Valentina finds him after having inhaled some, she finds him to be doing very "well", despite everything in his family's life falling apart. Valentina is glad to hear this, though she is a bit awkward around him with the way he's acting. Remi then makes her dance with him, clearly not in his right mind on the drug. Meanwhile, Zoila tries helping Genevieve by giving her back a ring that was gifted to her years prior, but Genevieve refuses. She has her own plans of coming into some money and keeping her lavish life with Zoila and Valentina as her maids... Her plan is to find a seventh husband. ("Walking the Dog")
Valentina watches as Remi is taken to rehab. ("Taking a Message")
Valentina is cleaning when Remi returns from an all-night party, having been out using cocaine. As he sleeps, Valentina goes to take his duffel bag full of dirty clothes to the wash, and she is pleasantry surprised to see a little plastic baggie full of "detergent" (cocaine) is already in there. She puts it into the washing machine, causing Remi to panic when he wakes up and realizes what's occurred. Confused by his extreme reaction, Valentina wonders what's wrong, and Remi admits that the baggie was in fact full of cocaine which he's been using to deal with his stress over his lost money and the fact that he's failing all of his classes. He makes Valentina promise to keep this a secret, for he assures that he's done using now, but later Zoila finds her daughter crying in Remi's room. She assumes that something's wrong with Remi, and it doesn't take her long to get her daughter to admit that the boy she loves is on drugs. Zoila explains that this happened before, about seven years ago, and proceeds to stage an intervention. She tells Remi how he always had to look after his mother when it should have been the other way around, which is why she thinks he gets so stressed, because he has no one he can depend upon. He knows what's going on and tries telling the maid that she can't tell him what to do, which she agrees with - hence she has invited the only person who can: Remi's father Philippe, who insists that his son return to rehab. ("Taking a Message")
Valentina's insight gives Alfred something to think about. ("Minding the Baby")
Zoila and Valentina welcome Genevieve home, having learned that, while out on her cruise, she managed to secure a new fiancé: Alfred Pettigrove. He is 76 and rich, and Genevieve lied to him saying that she's 39. Zoila wonders if the man is stupid to think that this is her employer's real age, but then he enters the house, revealing himself to be blind. The maids aren't comfortable maintaining the lie over dinner, especially when Alfred announces that Genevieve has agreed to bear him a child, and Zoila asks her how that's supposed to work. Genevieve reveals that she'll pretend to find out she's barren and then adopt an orphan, but Zoila doesn't like the idea of a kid being brought into this. Genevieve believes herself to be a wonderful mother, but this is only because nobody's told her that Remi is really in rehab, and Valentina stops her mother from doing so when she almost throws this in Genevieve's face. Valentina assures that Alfred is smart and will figure out Genevieve's lies when he wants to; however, when Zoila accidentally lets it slip and he does find out, Alfred leaves Genevieve. Valentina helps him start packing up his belongings and she expresses that perhaps the reason that Alfred is so unwilling to forgive Genevieve is the reason that he's 76 and never been married, which gets Alfred thinking: he's willing to stay with Genevieve if they can use a surrogate to bear them a child... but he wants to use Valentina's eggs to make the baby. ("Minding the Baby")
Zoila reveals Valentina is going to school. ("Scrambling the Eggs")
Zoila is sat down by Genevieve, who's ordered sandwiches for the occasion. She proceeds to explain that Alfred has decided not to leave her and that the two of them are going to use a surrogate to bear them a child... but they still need eggs, and they don't want to use a stranger's. Zoila thinks that her employer is about to ask for one of her eggs, but in fact Genevieve and Alfred want Valentina's, and Zoila is even more disgusted. She refuses to allow Valentina to hear a word about this, but Alfred proceeds to talk to the girl, learning that the reason she works alongside her mother is because she's trying to save up enough money to go to design school. He offers to pay her tuition should she provide him with an egg, and she accepts, going on to tell her mother who flips out. She figured Zoila would be grateful since she's always taking on extra work to make more money for design school tuition, but Zoila remains furious. She goes to Genevieve and orders her to talk Valentina out of it, but Genevieve wonders what the problem is, finally learning that Zoila fears the idea of her grandchild having her as a mother. It's then that Zoila reveals Remi has been in rehab this whole time, and Genevieve, understanding it's not all about her anymore, talks Valentina out of the deal and ends her engagement with Alfred. Meanwhile, Zoila sells her ring to pay Valentina's tuition. ("Scrambling the Eggs")
Vemi is finally canon. ("Hanging the Drapes")
Valentina is worried that Remi might be mad at her as she, Zoila and Genevieve prepare to welcome him home from rehab. Zoila tells her daughter that if he's mad at her for doing the right thing then he's too stupid to love; luckily, when Remi returns along with his father Philippe, he approaches Valentina and he thanks her for saving his life, then kissing her. Later, he approaches Zoila and asks for her permission to date her daughter, but Zoila says that the real person whose permission he needs is Valentina's father, Pablo. Remi proceeds to attend a dinner at his new girlfriend's house, though she is thrown off when it becomes apparent that he didn't know her surname was Diaz. This leads to her yelling at him during the meal, pointing out that she knows every little thing about him while he knows so little about her; she storms off to her bedroom and, after Remi leaves, Zoila approaches her. Valentina reveals her fear that Remi just sees her as the help because he only ever sees her when she's acting as a maid. Zoila proposes an obvious solution to this problem: that Valentina simply quit. Valentina decides that this would be best for her budding relationship. She later attends a party at the Stappord house along with the Delatours as Remi's date where Olivia Rice attempts to commit suicide. ("Hanging the Drapes")
Valentina is the only one who blesses the reconciled Delatours. ("Cleaning Out the Closet")
With all the new found drama currently circulating in the Delatours' lives, Remi becomes part of it, which leads him to forgetting about a movie date he had scheduled with Valentina. She shows up at his front door, but she's understanding if he wishes to do it another night instead. It's then that Genevieve and Philippe call for theirs and Zoila's attention though, and that's to announce that they've begun seeing each other again... and that they're getting married. A toast is had, but only Valentina cheers to them, while Zoila and Remi disagree entirely. Zoila reveals her scheme to prove Philippe still has adulterous intentions, with her experiment with Margo Grayson, but Philippe stands up for himself and tells Zoila that she was merely included in the announcement out of respect, and if that's not what she will be paying him in return then some changes will have to be made, and it won't matter if Valentina is dating Remi or not. It's then that Remi punches his father in the face and whispers something in his ear. Valentina and Genevieve then run after him. ("Cleaning Out the Closet")
Remi asks Valentina to go to Africa with him. ("Getting Out the Blood")
Remi's involvement regarding the mystery of who killed Flora Hernandez has increased, especially given to the reveal that he was the father of her unborn child. He also learns that Philippe raped the maid, and the whole ordeal makes Remi want to do something better with his life, and so he applies to be a part of a program that helps sick people in Africa, having a year of pre-med. He tells Valentina and asks her to come with him; she accepts and proceeds to tell her mother, while already packing up her belongings in the process. Zoila forbids her daughter from leaving her hopes and dreams behind while she chases after a boy, but Valentina isn't asking her permission, merely telling her what her decision is. Zoila is absolutely crushed. Unable to allow this, Zoila goes to Remi and convinces him to copy out a note she wrote for Valentina explaining why he left for Africa without her and why he had to go without saying goodbye. Remi fears that, if he does this, Valentina will hate him, but Zoila points out that Valentina will learn the truth eventually and then she'll be the one that she hates. Despite not wanting to, Remi knows that it's what must be done, and so he obeys. ("Getting Out the Blood")
Valentina learns of her mother's betrayal. ("Totally Clean")
Remi has taken Zoila's advice and left for Africa without saying goodbye to his loved ones. When Zoila is told to wake him up, she returns from his room with two letters in tow: one for Genevieve and the other for Valentina. Both of them are crushed while Zoila tries her best to rectify the situation, taking her daughter out to lunch in an attempt at cheering her up. However, Valentina can't help but be depressed the whole time, finally concluding that her mother was right all along... why would a boy like Remi love her? She's nothing. Zoila assures her that that's not true and that Remi loves her very much. Valentina wonders how she knows this, and Zoila says that she saw the look on his face when she asked him to write her that note. The teenage maid is shocked that her mother would do such a thing and publicly rejects her. Zoila tries profusely to apologize, but Valentina is later seen packing her bags for Africa, planning to find Remi and be with him for the next year. Other business then consumes Zoila's time, as she helps take part in unveiling Philippe Delatour as the one who murdered Flora Hernandez. ("Totally Clean")
I still adore Remi. I... I do. But Ethan really understands me.
|Valentina Diaz, "The Bad Seed"|
The Powells acquire a new maid. ("An Ideal Husband")
Three months after Valentina goes off to Africa to pursue Remi, Genevieve continues to mourn the loss of her ex-husband, Philippe - the man she was about to remarry. Zoila delivers her boss the mail. She also tells Genevieve that she needs to get out and spend some of Philippe's money. As Genevieve goes through her mail, she's excited to get a letter from Remi. As she reads it to herself, she's stunned by something, but decides to not tell Zoila. She gets up and tells her that maybe she will spend some of Philippe's money. Genevieve ends up going to a bad part of Beverly Hills where she stops by a rundown motel. There, she visits none other than Valentina Diaz. It turns out that in the letter Remi sent his mother revealed that he and Valentina fought and broke up. The latter ended up returning home, and Remi wanted to make sure she was alright. Genevieve tells Valentina that she refuses to allow her to stay in that motel. Valentina tells her former boss that she's almost out of money, so she couldn't stay even if she wanted to. Genevieve tells her to pack up her things and to come stay at her mansion. The following day, Valentina lounges by Genevieve's pool when the latter's new poolboy, Ethan comes outside to clean up. He asks Valentina if she is still dating "Richie McTrust Fund", referring to Remi. Valentina tells him negatively, and goes back inside. While coming through the door, Genevieve tells her that Zoila is there to see her. After the mother and daughter hug, Zoila apologizes profusely, and then tells her daughter to go get her stuff and come home. Valentina informs her she isn't coming home, she is going to live with Genevieve. However, thanks to Zoila, Valentina is forced to move out. Later, Valentina is sitting in her car and Remi calls her, he apologizes to her for telling his mom that she was back. Valentina apologizes and says she has a job interview. She hangs up and knocks on Evelyn's door - she is applying to be their maid. ("An Ideal Husband")
Zoila continues to try and control Valentina's life. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")
Valentina calls Pablo and tells her that she got a job working as a maid for the Powell's. Pablo congratulates her, but Zoila is furious. Later on, Ethan is seen working as the pool boy in the Powell house. As Valentina is cleaning up, he walks in, trekking in a mess. Valentina asks what he is doing, and he tells her that he is looking for the bathroom. She directs him to it. Zoila then arrives, attempting to go upstairs and pack up her daughter's belongings. Valentina tells Zoila that she has no control over her and that she needs to leave. As Val storms off, Zoila is seen stealing one of Evelyn's Faberge eggs. Ethan sees this as he is coming out of the bathroom, but doesn't say anything. Later on, Valentina is taking a break from cleaning the Powell’s mansion and pouring herself a drink when Ethan approaches her and says they “need to talk.” Ethan tells her that Valentina's mom stole the “egg thingy” and Valentina puts two and two together and realizes Zoila took it so that she would be fired. Ethan also tells her that he intends on asking her out the following week. Valentina calls Pablo and tells her what Zoila did. Pablo confronts Zoila, telling her that he and Valentina are sick of her being so controlling. Pablo then proceeds to leave his wife. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")
Valentina decides to make a new friend. ("Dangerous Liaisons")
Valentina video chats with Remi, and tries to tell him about her parents splitting up. Remi tells her he can’t talk. Ethan over hears and says that Remi is insensitive and offers to talk to her about her parents, Valentina doesn’t want his pity. Valentina tries to video call Remi, but a girl named Heather answers. She slams her computer shut and heads downstairs. She finds Adrian standing by the window with his gun. She sits down with him and makes him a cup of tea. Valentina tells Adrian she is worried about him. Adrian begins talking about his and Evelyn’s six year old son, Barrett, who was killed by a hit and run driver. He didn’t protect his son, but he plans to protect Evelyn so he doesn’t lose her too. The next day, Valentina asks Ethan to hang out with her this weekend. She says Remi made a new friends, so she thinks it is time for her to make a new friends too. ("Dangerous Liaisons")
Ethan and Valentina take things a step further. ("Crimes of the Heart")
During a date with Valentina, Ethan ironizes about their date, saying it is a fun one. He is pleased to see Val is still making him work for it, and adds he will haul out some sexist compliments, like the fact she is gorgeous. Val is amused and Ethan asks why she is not a model. She tells him she wants to enter into a fashion designer school. Ethan asks her why she did not design, and Valentina tells him she does not have the time. The next morning, Ethan surprises Valentina with a sketch pad because she confessed she wants to be a fashion designer. He tells her to go draw and he vacuums the rugs for her. The next day, Valentina shares her design sketches with Ethan. He tells her he is sure they are great, but he does not know anything about clothes. Valentina tells him what we wear say something about who are we or who we would like to be. Then, she presents him with a shirt that she designed and sewed herself. He thanks her and kisses her for the first time. ("Crimes of the Heart")
Mother and daughter finally make amends. ("The Bad Seed")
Valentina and Ethan are making out in a corner of Evelyn’s house. Genevieve barges into the house and informs Valentina she has to come to her house to see Remi. Valentina is shocked, she had no idea he was sick, or back from the Congo. Later, Valentina sees Remi and the first thing he does is apologize about Africa. He announces he wants them to get back together and “start all over.” Afterwards Valentina reveals to Genevieve that she is actually dating her poolboy Ethan. Genevieve is really upset about that. Finally, Valentina pays Zoila a visit and tells her she needs advice and “apologizes for being such a brat.” She reveals that she loves Remi, but he broke his heart. She cares about Ethan too, but at the end of the day he can hurt her too. Zoila informs her she is not telling her what to do, and she needs to make this decision herself. Later, Ethan pays Valentina a visit and tells her that if she wants he will step to the side so that she can get back together with Remi. She kisses him and it looks like she may have finally made her decision. Valentina pays Remi a visit and confesses to him that she is seeing Ethan, he understands and tells her that she “deserves the best.” ("The Bad Seed")
Valentina makes it clear she has chosen Ethan. ("Private Lives")
Genevieve is busy trying to get Valentina and Remi back together. And the only thing standing in her way was Ethan. Luckily the problem was quickly fixed. Once Genevieve found out that he had been wait-listed to a school on the east coast, Ethan has been accepted into Brown. And because everyone knows that long distance relationships don’t last then Valentina will have to end hers with Ethan. However, Valentina sees through Genevieve's manipulations. Valentina understands why Genevieve did it, but she made it clear to Genevieve that she’s going to live her own life so it’s best if the other woman simply backs off. After her chat with Genevieve, Valentina was happy to put the whole episode behind her while Ethan elected to let Remi have a piece of his mind. Remi didn’t have anything to do with his mom arranging for Ethan to be sent away, but that doesn’t seem to matter to Ethan. He doesn’t exactly appreciate being nearly bought off. So, Ethan says to Remi that he got what he wants and no one is going to make him give her up. Prior to their little scene, Remi was actually considering letting Valentina go. He changed his mind on that score after meeting Ethan and realizing how much of a jerk that guy was. ("Private Lives")
Valentina smuggles her boss in some sweets. ("Betrayal")
Valentina tells to Tony and Evelyn she needs to go to the grocery store and she'll come back in a couple of hours. Outside, Valentina meets Remi with a bunch of flowers. Remi tells her he does that as a friend and adds he met Ethan, who does not seem to be a good guy. Valentina is offended and she comes back into the house, telling him to do not come back here unannounced. In the house, Valentina sees Tony and Evelyn having sex together. Later, Valentina pays Adrian a visit at the mental hospital, she brings him his books and sneaks him some cookies. He wants to know why Evelyn didn’t come, but Valentina reassures him that she is busy. Valentina tries to convince Adrian to come home, and says that “Evelyn misses him more than she knows.” That night, Evelyn and Tony arrive at home and Evelyn can’t find Valentina. Evelyn thinks that Valentina is acting strange towards her lately, and she is afraid that she knows about their affair. They head into the other room and are shocked to see Valentina standing with Adrian. He announces he is healed and home to stay. Evelyn and Tony are obviously not thrilled. ("Betrayal")
Adrian is comforted upon discovering Evelyn's affair. ("Night, Mother")
Valentina catches Adrian unpacking boxes of surveillance cameras. He announces he is planting them around the house so that he can “catch her in the unholy act and he can crush her and win.” Valentina tries to reason that it isn’t a game, but Adrian doesn’t want to hear it. Then, Evelyn receives a bouquet of flowers with a hidden camera on it and orders Valentina to put them in her bedroom. When Valentina refuses Evelyn discovers the camera on it and asks her how many cameras are hidden in the house. She announces since she is being watched, “she is going to have to put on a show.” The next day, Adrian asks Valentina to take him for a ride and leaves Evelyn home alone with Tony. He pulls out his computer to watch them on camera, and realizes that Evelyn knows there is cameras because she isn’t doing anything with Tony, instead she orders him to take her shopping. They find Tony and Evelyn pulled over and having sex in the back seat, but Adrian is too shocked and hurt to say something to them. Valentina helps her heartbroken boss back to the car. ("Night, Mother")
Ethan's misdeeds start to come out. ("The Visit")
While cleaning, Valentina encounters Adrian, who seems depressed while eating snacks on the sofa. She asks him if he is okay. Adrian replies that it is the effect of total emasculation. Valentina apologizes and informs him she does not know what "emasculation" means. He tells her it is what happens when a man becomes a cuckold. Valentina tells him, again, that she does not understand that word either. Adrian then expresses his feelings to her about his wife Evelyn's affair. Valentina advises him that he should pray to God for help and guidance. Adrian confesses that he’d be too embarrassed to pray after all the things he has done. Valentina asks him if she could pray for him, and Adrian says yes, and that she is "the paragon of magnificence". At first, Valentina takes this as a perverted compliment, but Adrian informs her it just means nice. Valentina smiles and walks away. The next night, Valentina meets Adrian in the living room and she says to him she has been praying for him. Adrian tells her she cans stop now, because it worked. Later, after she took out the trash, Ethan's friends drop him off where Valentina is, right after Ethan was stabbed by Carmen. Valentina sees him, and is very worried. She races over to Ethan, screaming and asking him what happened. Valentina holds Ethan as he falls in and out of unconsciousness. ("The Visit")
Valentina goes down for her boyfriend's crime. ("Long Day's Journey Into Night")
Valentina drives quickly to her house. Once she arrives, she helps a injured Ethan get out of the back seat of her car. While she leads him to the inside, Valentina asks Ethan to let her take him to the hospital. The boy refuses and then asks where they are. Valentina tells him it is her mom's house; then, she asks what happened to him as she tries to stop the blood. Ethan tells her he was in a fight at a bar drinking, and some guy stabbed him. He adds he cracked a bottle over the guy's head but the cops won't care who started it so he can't go to the hospital. At this moment, they hear a car in the alley. Valentina tells Ethan he passed out on their way over there, so she called someone. Ethan is shocked and asks who she called. At this moment, Remi enters in the house; Ethan does not look happy to see him. Remi is next seen stitching Ethan's wound while Valentina stands and watches. The latter teases Remi, asking him if he missed the class on stitches. Remi replies by saying what he meant to say was "thank you for saving my life". Ethan thanks him reluctantly, but Remi adds he did not do it for him. Then, Valentina says to Ethan he should go lay down in her room. Once Ethan left the room, Remi tells Valentina he thinks Ethan lied about the knife fight, and Valentina agrees with him. The next day, Remi rushes over to Valentina’s and shows her the article about what happened at Spence's home. He tells her that they are both going to be accomplices and go to jail for helping Ethan. She confronts Ethan and he confesses that it was innocent at first and they were just “stealing from the rich and giving to the poor.” She tells him that he needs to turn himself in and she will forgive him. He refuses, he doesn’t want to go down for murdering Alejandro. He wants Valentina to run away with him, and she says it isn’t an option. Valentina walks out on him and drives home. She swerves her car on the way home while she is crying and a cop pulls her over. The cop sees blood all over her back seat, and tells her that she has to come down to the station with him. ("Long Day's Journey Into Night")
Remi and Valentina finally reunite. ("You Can't Take It With You")
When they arrive at the police station, Zoila and Pablo go in the room where they see Valentina; she is eased to see them. The young girl tells to her parents she knows it looks bad but she swears she didn't do anything wrong. A cop tells them she has refused to answer any questions and hasn't been charged with anything, so Pablo tells him they can take her home. The cop strongly advises Valentina to cooperate, but they leave anyway. That night, at their home, Zoila and Pablo question Valentina about the blood in her car, she confesses that it was Ethan's blood and he got stabbed while he was robbing Spence Westmore's house. Zoila insists they call the police because they killed someone, but Valentina doesn't want to ruin Ethan's life. Pablo confesses to Valentina that he spent 14 months in jail when he was her age because he stole a car with his friends. Zoila tells her he didn't wanted her to know about it because Pablo thinks Valentina would be ashamed of him. Then, Pablo tells her he doesn't want her to make the same mistake. That night, Valentina arrives on Remi's doorstep and reveals that she is headed to tell the police about Ethan, and she won't throw him under the bus and tell the cops that Remi stitched him up. She thanks him for not breaking his promise and turning Ethan in. She kisses him and Remi asks if they are getting back together. Valentina tells him not to ruin the moment. ("You Can't Take It With You")
Valentina unknowingly becomes a target. ("Proof")
Valentina catches Zoila in the kitchen. Zoila asks her what she is doing there, and Valentina answers that she has to meet with the police to talk to them about Ethan so she decided to spend the night. Then, Valentina realizes Zoila has two cups of coffee and she tells to her mother she likes Javier because he is really nice. But, then the doorbell rings and Javier is at the door, saying to Zoila he has pastelitos so they can have their breakfast together. Zoila heads to the park with him, and then Pablo comes out of the bedroom, and announces he and Zoila are getting back together to a confused Valentina. Later, Valentina goes to Genevieve's house, in order to talk with her mother. She congratulates her with irony because Pablo told her they are getting back together. Zoila says Pablo is probably confused and Valentina says it is because Zoila slept with him. Then, she adds if she does not want to get back with him she needs to tell him. However, Zoila says she does not know if she wants to be with Pablo or Javier. She says she needs to think about it, but Valentina says she must talk about this to Javier, because if he discovers the truth by himself and he will be heartbroken. Later, Valentina is at a diner with Remi, but he has to leave because some of the people that promised Genevieve they'd get tested didn't show up. He kisses her and he leaves. At that moment, Ty goes over to Valentina, asking if she is Ethan's girlfriend. Ty presents himself as a friend of Ethan and that Ethan always talks about her. Then, Ty asks her if Ethan was really a part of the robbery ring because everyone is talking about that at school. Valentina tells him she does not want to talk about that, but Ty replies he is worried for him and he hopes she won't talk to the police about the robbery. Valentina is really surprised by that, and Ty adds she could ruin his life and the lives of the people who help him during the robberies. Valentina replies she already talked to the police and then she asks Ty what his name is. The latter leaves her, without answering. ("Proof")
A sight to kill. ("Look Back in Anger")
Evelyn and Adrian are talking about their 25th wedding anniversary, when Valentina runs in to the room and announces that she got an internship with fashion designer Bruno de Luca in Manhattan, thanks to Adrian who sent Valentina's drawings to Bruno. Then, after she explains everything to Evelyn, Valentina tells her that Adrian is going to let her stay in their penthouse in Manhattan. The young girl hugs Adrian, and the latter puts his hand on her bottom, which is noticed by Evelyn. Later, Valentina goes to see Remi and tells him everything about the internship and what the Powells did for her. She says she hopes Remi will come to New York with her, but Remi refuses to leave because Genevieve is too sick and Pablo refuses to give his kidney. Remi asks her to have her father reconsider giving up his kidney, but she says she won't because it is his decision. A disappointed Valentina asks if she still be picked up for Rosie's wedding tomorrow, but Remi asks her why they can't catch a break. The next day, at Rosie and Spence's wedding, Zoila and Valentina are talking, saying Remi kept some seats for them. Val leaves her mother, when the latter receives a phone call from Dr. Kimball, revealing that Zoila is pregnant. After the wedding, Rosie and Spence and all of their friends and family follow them out of the church to see them off. Carmen notices Ty in his car. He drives towards the crowd, puts his mask and fires a whole round of bullets in to the crowd, aiming at Valentina. Someone has been shot; Rosie drops her flowers on the ground. There is blood on it. ("Look Back in Anger")
That day was the worst day of my life. I lost my dad. I couldn't imagine losing you, too.
|Valentina Diaz, "Awakenings"|
Valentina is tired of Remi's over-protectiveness. ("Awakenings")
As an unstable Ty attempts to get rid of Valentina via a drive-by shooting outside Rosie's wedding, he unintentionally hits Pablo instead, to his daughter's dismay, and the wound proves fatal. Four months later, Valentina returns from visiting her father's grave to find Remi waiting in her house with a present. She is excited at first, until she learns that it's pepper spray to ward off bad guys. He reveals how worried he's been about her safety ever since the shooting happened but Valentina is less than impressed, pointing out that Ty was arrested and proceeding to go for a jog... only to have her boyfriend follow her. As a result she uses his own pepper spray against him, thinking him to be someone dangerous, and is shocked once she realizes the truth. She wonders why he would follow her and he claims to want to keep an eye out for her, leading her to threaten that she will break up with him if this brand of "protection" continues. Back at her house she tends to his sore eyes as he tells her that he's glad she used the pepper spray, for he now knows she's apt at taking out potential bad guys, and she wonders why he's been so protective lately. He points out that, when the gunshots started on the day of the wedding, he ducked - he could have protected her but he was more concerned with protecting himself. She is okay with this however, because that wedding was the worst day of her life: she lost her father, and she would be utterly destroyed if she had lost Remi as well. Therefore, she's glad he made himself safe. The two of them make up and continue their steady relationship. ("Awakenings")
Valentina is ready to have sex for the first time. ("From Here to Eternity")
After a leg is found in the garden of the Powell residence, Remi comments on the creepiness of this before announcing to his girlfriend that he's been accepted into medical school in New York, and he wants her to reapply for her internship with Bruno de Luca and come with him... as his wife. Valentina is ecstatic, as is Genevieve for her future daughter-in-law, but Zoila takes the news less pleasantly, thinking Val to be far too young to get married. Valentina points out that if she marries Remi then they'll finally be able to make love, for Zoila always told her premarital sex is a sin, but her mother is just shocked that she actually listened, continuing to forbid this wedding. The next day, however, Zoila announces her own engagement to Javier, as well as the fact that she's pregnant. This deeply upsets Valentina, who refuses to bless the union on the grounds that this is not what her late father would have wanted at all; Remi points out that he wouldn't want she and her mother to fight either, and that he thought Val liked Javier. She confirms that she does, and so Remi wonders what her problem is, leading her to realize that the reason she's upset is because her mother is starting a new family without her. Zoila feels the exact same way about Valentina, and the two of them are able to make amends and bless one another's unions. Val tells Remi that they don't need to get married right away... but maybe they don't have to wait for everything. With this in mind, the two of them make passionate love for the very first time, before Valentina quits her job as the Powells' maid. ("From Here to Eternity")
Zoila and Javier decide to elope and ask Genevieve to be their witness, since Valentina and Remi are already settled in New York. Genevieve insists that they have a big wedding; however, the relationship eventually falls through due to Zoila's baby in fact being Pablo's. ("The Awful Truth") Zoila is on the phone with Valentina, telling her to give her love to Remi, when her sister Reina stops by, knowing that Zoila is pregnant because Valentina put it on Facebook. ("She Done Him Wrong") Later, Genevieve goes to visit Valentina and Remi in New York for a little while. ("Whiplash") When Zoila goes into labor, she tells Genevieve that she's the person she most wants by her side after Valentina. Genevieve later phones Valentina to tell her that her little sister is on the way; however, there is a complication and Genevieve is left to decide for the doctors who should be prioritized in the pending surgery - Zoila or her baby. ("Anatomy of a Murder")
Genevieve chooses to prioritize Zoila, thus resulting in the loss of her unborn daughter. After this, Zoila goes up to New York to spend some time with Valentina and Remi. ("Once More Unto the Bleach")
- In an early script for the series' premiere, Valentina and Zoila's surname was "Del Barrio".
- Rebecca Wisocky (Evelyn Powell) always wanted Valentina to design Evelyn a dress once getting further ahead in her fashion career. However, this never came to pass due to Edy Ganem's demotion and the series' cancellation.
- The writers considered bringing back Valentina and Remi towards the end of the fourth season to help reunite Zoila and Genevieve, but due to time constraints the idea was scrapped.
- Valentina has formally met with every main character except Michael, Peri, Spence, Sam, Nicholas, Opal, Sebastien, Ernesto, Jesse, and Daniela.
This is a gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.
- ↑ https://twitter.com/curtiskheel/status/853791547225104384
- ↑ http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Devious_Maids_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=532SZ1dN6pE
- ↑ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VKmP4nO81uY