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Alejandro Rubio is one of the supporting characters on Devious Maids. As a wealthy Latino singer, Alejandro can come off as pretty self-absorbed, but he remains good to his employees. Things within the household started to fall apart, however, when the press got a hold of the fact that he's gay. To save his career, he proposed marriage to his maid Carmen, simultaneously breaking the heart of Odessa - his longtime admirer - and Sam - Carmen's boyfriend. All was eventually for naught though as, just as he made the decision to be true to himself, he was shot dead by a robber in his own home.
At an unknown point in his life, Alejandro fell in love with a man named Dario. Their romance came to an end, however, when Alejandro declined Dario's offer to move to Europe with him. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")
Sometime later, Alejandro won an American Music Awards, in the category "Favorite Latin Artist". ("Pilot")
Alejandro admires his maid's singing voice. ("Pilot")
Carmen is introduced as a maid under the employ of controlling housekeeper Odessa Burakov. Alejandro Rubio, the owner of the house Carmen works in, returns from his tour, and Carmen hopes to become friends with him as he is a famous music producer; however, Odessa does not allow Carmen to talk to him. Later, she attempts to serve Alejandro some orange juice, but is unable to thanks to Odessa, and the maid complains to Sam, someone else under Alejandro's employ, who reveals that he hired Carmen because he had a crush on her. Odessa later confronts Carmen, having found some of the maid's songs on her boss' iPod, realizing that she wants to be "discovered" by Alejandro. Carmen goes to Sam that night and has him wreck the elevator so the next morning, Odessa is unable to use it to take up Alejandro's breakfast tray, which Carmen slips a copy of her CD in. She attempts to take the tray up herself, using Odessa's leg as an excuse, but Odessa refuses, bringing the tray to Alejandro herself and furiously removing the CD. As she chases down Carmen, Odessa trips and falls down the stairs, her prosthetic leg detaching from her body and landing separately. Once Odessa is in hospital, Carmen sings while she works in front of Alejandro, and, much to her delight, he compliments her voice. Later, when having lunch with her friends again, they invite Marisol over, however, she has somewhere else to be, and walks past them. ("Pilot")
Alejandro leaves for a while. ("Setting the Table")
With Odessa still in hospital and Alejandro leaving for a tour, Carmen thinks it's time for she and Sam to sit back and enjoy all the luxuries of their boss' mansion, but Sam is wary about the idea. Later, after using Alejandro's shower, Sam finds Carmen in nothing but a towel, playing a song on their employer's expensive piano. She is singing and Sam finds it beautiful, wondering who she wrote such a sad ballad about. She says that she can sing about it but she can't talk about it, before pointing out how nice he's been to her. He says that it's because he likes her and asks if she likes him too. She does, but not in the way he thinks, to his disappointment. He wonders why she would do things such as kiss him and walk around naked - traditionally female signs of encouragement - and they begin to argue about it. Their argument is cut short when Odessa unexpectedly returns from the hospital, and she finds Sam cleaning with Carmen's towel. Carmen, meanwhile, is hiding naked inside the piano. ("Setting the Table")
Alejandro invites Carmen to his party. ("Making Your Bed")
Benny Soro is set to attend an A-list party at Alejandro's mansion and Carmen grows worried when she learns this because she doesn't want him to see her as a maid. She asks Alejandro for the day off and he grants her this, going as far as to actually invite her to the party as a guest while forcing Odessa to do Carmen's job and serve drinks, to the house manager's annoyance. Carmen knows that Odessa is unhappy and promises to do whatever she asks in repayment for this, and Odessa asks her to not attend the party. In the ten years she's been working for Alejandro, he's never made her a guest at one of his many events; additionally, Carmen is the maid and Odessa is her superior, so while she can handle waiting on Alejandro's friends, she cannot bare to wait on Carmen. Carmen reveals a secret to Odessa: next Monday, she turns 37, and that is very old for the music business. She says she has to get on the fast track to achieving her dream as soon as she can or else it's never going to happen, but Odessa doesn't care. She despises waiting on Carmen, especially since the maid appears to be the life of the party, dancing salsa with the guests and going to great lengths to successfully impress Benny Soro and the other celebrities. When she smashes a glass while dancing, Odessa is made to clean it up and Carmen feels incredibly guilty once she notices. Benny Soro ushers her away before she's able to help and Odessa appears humiliated. However, the Russian housekeeper acts deviously to get back at her co-worker, approaching Soro and revealing to him Carmen's real age. This causes him to phone her up and drop her as his client, to her own absolute devastation. She realizes that Odessa is behind this when she leaves a present for her on the counter - a glass, just like the one Carmen smashed - and their relationship becomes even more strained than it already is. ("Making Your Bed")
Alejandro is happy to hear that Sam's found someone. ("Walking the Dog")
Carmen finds a strange woman by the name of Julie snooping around Alejandro's refrigerator and soon learns that she's the neighbor's chef, having been fired from her previous position because she was allergic to her boss' new Rottweiler. Sam, who takes a liking to her, told her that she could borrow a few ingredients, and he then reveals to Carmen that he's thinking of asking Julie out. That night, Carmen is unable to sleep because she can hear Sam and Julie having sex in the bedroom downstairs, and she goes to get them to stop. She tries reporting this behavior to Alejandro in the middle of his jog, but he is just happy that Sam finally has someone in his life, since he's been lonely the entire four years in which he's been his butler. He then greets his neighbor as she walks her dog - Julie's old boss. Still wanting to settle what she sees as a problem, Carmen approaches Julie's old boss and offers to walk her Rottweiler, then taking it to Sam's bed and allowing it to roll all over the sheets. Later, when Sam and Julie start to have sex again, she is carted away in an ambulance because her allergies are so bad. Carmen feels incredibly guilty, having thought Julie would just get a rash or something, and Sam, figuring her out, concludes that she's jealous. She denies this, but then she goes to his room in the middle of the night and admits that she is, and he invites her in. ("Walking the Dog")
Dat belly. ("Minding the Baby")
Alejandro yells at his two remaining cleaners (with Sam having left) for shrinking his sweater in the laundry. Carmen knows that this is Odessa's job but, to her chagrin, she ends up taking the blame. She tries confronting Odessa and smells alcohol on her breath, later waking up in the middle of the night to find the Russian housekeeper crouched over a broken bottle of Alejandro's good scotch. She cuts herself on the glass and Carmen offers to fetch her first aid kit; however, amidst Odessa's pills she discovers the same medication Carmen's mother took when she had cancer, and she realizes that her co-worker has been drinking to cope with the pain. She takes the blame for the broken scotch as well, putting her in jeopardy with her boss, and the next day she begins cleaning the silverware, which is Odessa's job. Odessa is furious about this, now knowing that Carmen knows of her illness, and orders her not to take her work away from her... she's not dead yet. Later, Carmen makes Odessa a pot brownie to help with the pain because she knows medication doesn't always work, and this gets Odessa to open up about her past. She used to be a great ballerina until she got cancer in her leg and it had to be amputated. After that all she ever got from people was pity, which is why it annoyed her so much when Carmen did her chores for her. But the brownie was nice, and the two women are able to bond while reading Odessa's old dance reviews. ("Minding the Baby")
Carmen berates her employer. ("Scrambling the Eggs")
Odessa's hair begins falling out due to chemotherapy, which means it's all over Alejandro's food. She and Carmen have to work fast to snatch it away before he and his guest have a chance to eat it, and this event leads them to decide that it's time to tell their employer of Odessa's condition. Later, Carmen stands beside Odessa as she reveals to Alejandro that she has cancer and will be taking some time off. She is very grateful for Carmen, who has been a godsend and will be taking over her chores, but Alejandro's heavily nonchalant reaction upsets them both. Carmen reports this to her maid friends who are sure that Alejandro cares deep down but something is stopping him from expressing his emotions. When Carmen is serving him dinner and asks if he would like to visit Odessa in the hospital, he refuses, saying he'll send some flowers instead. This leads to his maid throwing his plate at the wall and quitting, telling him that she only took this job because she respected him so much, but, after seeing the way he treats people, he's no longer who she wants to be when she grows up. She herself visits Odessa at the hospital and is surprised when she finds Alejandro in the hall. He tells Carmen that, when he became famous, people stopped kicking his ass and started constantly kissing it instead; therefore he's happy that she yelled at him earlier because she forced him to realize the error of his ways. She is given back her job and watches happily as Alejandro sings to Odessa. ("Scrambling the Eggs")
Time for a shave. ("Hanging the Drapes")
With Odessa taking some time off, Alejandro wonders if Carmen could assume one of her old duties: shaving him. This surprises her at first, until she learns that Odessa doesn't shave Alejandro's face, but his hairy back, which, as she later tells the girls at lunch, is like "if you cross a werewolf with a Kardashian". She is disgusted by the request and so Marisol craftily suggests that she ask Alejandro for a big raise so that he won't want her to do it. However, to her further surprise, he agrees to the raise, and so she implores some liquid courage in order to finally begin shaving him. She is so grossed out that she has to look away, which means she ends up cutting him with the razor. He wonders why she wasn't looking and she reveals that she finds back hair "nasty", which hurts him deeply. He points out that he shared something personal with her that he's embarrassed by and says that Carmen should have trusted him enough as a boss to just tell him that she was uncomfortable doing what he asked. She believes him to be totally right, knowing that he doesn't let people in much, and so he decides to change that. He introduces Carmen to his date for the evening, someone very special to him. Carmen is shocked to learn that Alejandro's significant other, who no one's ever met, is a man by the name of Scott, meaning her employer is gay. ("Hanging the Drapes")
Alejandro grows sick of his boyfriend. ("Cleaning Out the Closet")
Following the revelation that Alejandro is gay, he starts bringing his boyfriend, Scott, home to his mansion following their dates. Scott would like for Alejandro to come out of the closet publicly but he refuses, knowing that it would ruin his career. Carmen, who's swamped with Odessa's workload, learns that Scott is to be a houseguest for the next four days due to his own home repairs going on, and Alejandro tells his maid that he plans on dumping him following this period, to her shock. The next morning she learns that Scott loves to clean, grateful that he takes over washing the kitchen, and realizes how helpful it would be for him to stick around. She tries convincing her boss not to break up with him by spinning his poor qualities into good ones, but Alejandro just takes this to mean that Scott and Carmen have a special bond, and so he asks her to break up with him in his stead. Very upset, Carmen tries breaking the news gently to Scott; however, this sends him into a rage and he ends up trashing Alejandro's living room. Carmen helps her employer clean it up, since he's too embarrassed to call the cops, while a heartbroken Scott heads to the press and spitefully tells them about Alejandro's homosexuality. ("Cleaning Out the Closet")
Alejandro Rubio's 'special' friend. ("Getting Out the Blood")
While having lunch with the girls, Carmen tries flirting with a reporter that seems interested in her so that he will pay for her meal, until she learns that he's just trying to clarify whether or not Alejandro Rubio is really gay. She refuses to comment, but, when he offers her a large sum of money, she begins to consider it. She asks her boss if he would ever think of coming out of the closet, but he is strongly against it, still deadest on the idea that it would ruin his career. He points out that she's the same as him: she cares about success more than love, and that's how he knows she will make it. However, Carmen is upset by this and ends up calling Sam, who shows up in an Armani suit and the revelation that he's enrolled in an agent school, wanting to manage Carmen's music career... but she reveals that that's no longer important to her, for she's realized that all she needs to be happy is him. With the two of them back together, Sam asks Carmen to move in with him and she agrees. Alejandro is happy to see them back together and gives Sam a congratulatory hug, which is unfortunate because both of them are topless and this highly contextual moment is being photographed by the reporter from the restaurant. Alejandro and Sam both try chasing him down and threaten to sue him, but the photos are released online nonetheless and the singer's career is in jeopardy. His managers say that he needs to get married in order to convince the press that he's straight, and he says that he knows just the girl for the job, meaning Carmen. ("Getting Out the Blood")
Alejandro proposes to Carmen. ("Totally Clean")
Odessa finally returns, having beaten her cancer, and confides in Carmen that she's relieved to learn that Alejandro is gay because she's always had feelings for him and at least this means that, if she can't have him, no other woman will take her place. Carmen is then approached by her employer and asked to marry him, being told by his business managers that should she agree to this then they will produce an album for her and ensure that she becomes a star. Wanting this, she asks Sam if he'd be willing to wait two years for the divorce to occur, but he refuses, saying that Carmen has to choose between him and her career. She wants it all, but he tells her that she can't have it, leaving. She tries begging him to come back, only to find Odessa distraught over the fact that Alejandro is marrying her friend. ("Totally Clean")
Alejandro stays out of Carmen and Odessa's arguement. ("An Ideal Husband")
Three months after becoming engaged, Carmen and Alejandro return from a red carpet event and Carmen brags about how beautiful all the celebrities were up close, but she was still the prettiest. She wants him to buy her some new clothes but Alejandro reminds her she is just his fake girlfriend. Moreover, Carmen runs into problems with Odessa, when Carmen starts acting like the diva she always has been. The next night, Carmen and Alejandro arrive at another red carpet event, but Carmen refuses to get out of the car. He climbs back in and she complains about Odessa not respecting her. He says that he will support her more and she finally gets out of the car and smiled for the paparazzi. Carmen wakes up the next morning and tries to get Odessa to make her breakfast. She tells her if she doesn't then Alejandro will fire her. Odessa says she will save her the trouble and quits. Carmen breaks the news to Alejandro that Odessa quit. Alejandro is furious, Carmen says it is no big deal they can hire a new maid. He reminds her that they sleep in separate bedrooms and aren't really together, and a new maid will realize that and leak stories. He tells her she has to clean the house like she used to. Carmen apologizes to Odessa, and begs her to stay. Odessa says she isn't jealous of Carmen, she is happy for her, but she can’t stand Carmen “treating her like the help.” Odessa breaks down in tears and says she “thought she mattered” to Carmen. Carmen apologizes and Odessa agrees to stay. ("An Ideal Husband")
Alejandro dies in Carmen's arms. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")
Carmen and Alejandro are at some celebrity party when the former catches her fiancé flirting with a man by the name of Dario. Alejandro introduces the two of them. Carmen talks to Alejandro in private and tells him that people are going to start noticing the flirtations and then she asks who he is. Alejandro explains that he was 'the one' who got away. A former boyfriend that he was madly in love with. Their romance came to an end when Alejandro turned down moving to Europe with Dario. He then sends Carmen home. The following morning, Carmen gives Alejandro the third degree. She tells him if she is going to “have sex with boys from now on he has to do it at home so she doesn’t worry.” Alejandro confesses that Dario invited him to move to Spain with him, he says he is considering and their wedding might be off. Later, Carmen and Odessa read the contract, and it states that if Carmen and Alejandro are not married, Carmen will get nothing. She then decides to still throwing her engagement party, despite the face that her fake fiancé is out with Dario and told her he wants to leave the country with him. The guests are arriving and Alejandro is hammered. Carmen tries to turn their engagement party into a wedding so that Alejandro doesn’t leave her for Dario. Alejandro drags her down the hall and asks her what the hell she is doing. She cries to him that if they don’t get married she won’t get any of the things that was promised in their contract. He reassures her that he will honor the contract regardless of whether they are married. While they are talking they hear a raucous peer over the balcony at the engagement party. Men have barged in wearing ski masks and are robbing the guests just like the Powell’s house. One of the burglars fires his gun up in the air and shoots Alejandro in the chest, killing him. The burglars run out when they realize they have killed someone and Carmen sobs over his body. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")
Alejandro is laid to rest. ("Dangerous Liaisons")
At Alejandro’s house, Carmen and Odessa are in for a shock. Alejandro’s family lawyer reveals to them that he left all of his money to charity and they have sold his house, Carmen and Odessa have four days to evacuate the premises. The next day, Carmen and Odessa help Renata plan Alejandro’s funeral. When Carmen learns that Beyonce and Kanye are coming to the services, she begins scheming. She proposes to Alejandro’s aunt that she sing at the funeral, obviously she has ulterior motives. Later, Odessa catches Carmen rehearsing a song for Alejandro’s funeral. She informs Carmen that this is a funeral, not an audition, and Alejandro’s love ones deserve to say good-bye to him with dignity. Carmen informs Odessa that Alejandro is dead, and she is not, and she “is going to be a star.” During the funeral, Carmen takes the stage but the reality sets in that Alejandro is really gone and she is unable to sing her song and breaks down in tears. ("Dangerous Liaisons")
- Originally, the character was announced to be filling a recurring role under the name of "Alejandro Reyes", who would be promoted to series regular if the show was to be renewed for another year. For unknown reasons, however, the character's surname was changed to "Rubio", and it appears the writers have changed their minds in regards to his promotion, as he wound up not being promoted, with his storyline ending in the third episode of the second season.
This is a gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.
- ↑ http://deadline.com/2012/11/melinda-page-hamilton-matt-cedeno-join-lifetimes-devious-maids-377236/
- ↑ http://leethomson.myzen.co.uk/Devious_Maids_1x01_-_Pilot.pdf