Opal Sinclair
Opal Sinclair
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I may not be a good person, but I am a good mother!
Opal Sinclair, "Night, Mother"

Opal Sinclair is one of the main characters of Devious Maids. She has been Nicholas Deering's trusted maid for many years, and the two share a close, but enigmatic, relationship. Marisol becomes a target for Opal's disdain as she feels that Nick is not ready to love again, and her secretive demeanor suggests that she has much to hide, especially regarding Dahlia's "suicide". Ultimately, with her life having fallen apart because of her boss's new lover, she commits suicide by shooting herself in the head, still leaving Marisol with many unanswered questions.


Early Life

And at some point, Dahlia began to realize that Opal was actually in love with her. And so, one uneventful afternoon, Dahlia decided she would seduce Opal.
Nicholas Deering, "Look Back in Anger"

Although based on sketchy information[1], it is possible that Opal went to a bar one night in 1994 where one of the men there complimented her on her beauty, something she desperately needed to hear back then. She ended up allowing him to take her home, but she changed her mind halfway through and asked to leave. However, he wouldn't allow this and he forced himself on her, leaving her with child. ("Crimes of the Heart") Later that very year, a nineteen-year-old, single, and pregnant Opal meets Dahlia Deering, who takes pity on her, and allows her to move in and work as a maid for herself and her husband, Nicholas; the two eventually become the best of friends. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs") In 1995, Opal gave birth to her son, Ethan, and the Deerings continued to let her and her son live with them. ("An Ideal Husband")

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Opal allows herself to be seduced by Dahlia. ("Look Back in Anger")

Nick and Dahlia's marriage was always a bit troubled. Nick would travel on business trips a lot, something that Dahlia hated. She'd be left alone in their house for long periods of time with no one to talk to except their maid, Opal. At some point, Dahlia began to realize that Opal was actually in love with her. One afternoon, Dahlia decided to seduce her maid. Wanting to hurt Nick, she began leaving clues around the house for him to realize she was having an affair. One of the clues included flowers from Opal that had a love note attached. At a moment, Dahlia's mom discovered her daughter's affair with her maid. She thought the lesbian relationship of Dahlia was ruining her marriage to Nick, so she wrote a note asking her daughter to do whatever it takes to get Opal out of the Deering's home.[2] ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs", "Look Back in Anger")

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Opal and Dahlia exchange a knowing look, as the latter leaves with Nick to the luncheon. ("Look Back in Anger")

However, Dahlia ignored the advice of her mom, and began to feel that it wasn't enough for Nick to be jealous. His humiliation wouldn't be complete until he knew who his rival was. In the year 1999, on their way where Nick was suppose to get an award, Dahlia decided that it was time to tell her husband who her lover was. As they were driving past the park, Dahlia finally exclaims, "I'm having an affair with Opal." Nick takes his eyes off the road for one second to turn to his wife. Dahlia gasps as he hits Barrett Powell, who was celebrating his seventh birthday. Nick and Dahlia speed away, not looking back at the dead child. Sometime later, Dahlia reveals the truth behind Barrett's death to Opal, who secretly collects evidence in order to blackmail Nicholas in case she needs to in the future. Among the evidence she gets together is a blood stained piece of fabric used to clean his car, and a newspaper clipping talking about Barrett's death, all of which she stores in her safe deposit box. ("Night, Mother", "Proof", "Look Back in Anger")

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Opal pushes Dahlia over the bridge, and to her death. ("Betrayal")

In the year 1999, Dahlia and her husband, Nicholas Deering are seen arguing outside of their rich Beverly Hills manor. Their maid's four year old son, Ethan looks out the window and watches them. His mother, Opal comes into his bedroom to pick up. She asks why he is still awake as she told him to go to bed an hour before. Ethan motions his mother towards the window where he shows her the Deering couple fighting. Dahlia slaps her husband across the face and starts running, trying to get away. Nicholas calls for Opal, and the two of them plus Ethan get into a car and head after her. Nicholas, Opal, and Ethan find Dahlia walking on a bridge. They pull over and get out of the car. Opal asks her what she is doing and Dahlia tells her that confession is good for the soul. The woman is in tears. Opal tells her boss that she has had too much to drink and it would be better if they talked about this back home. Dahlia refuses, stating that they deserve to know what happened. Opal reminds Dahlia if she says anything than Nicholas could go to jail. Dahlia tries to storm off, but Nicholas grabs her arm. Dahlia yanks it away and tells her husband not to touch her. Opal tells her hysterical boss that they are just trying to help. Dahlia tells them that the only way they can help is by letting her end this. Nicholas grabs her, saying that he can't let her do this. Dahlia tries breaking away. Nicholas tells his wife that if she won't listen to him then to at least listen to her girlfriend, referring to Opal. Dahlia tells Opal that their entire relationship means nothing. She tells the maid that she was just used as an experiment because life was so boring being married to Nicholas. A heartbroken and furious Opal pushes Dahlia over the bridge, killing her. ("An Ideal Husband", "Betrayal")

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Opal makes a deal with Nicholas. ("Night, Mother")

Nicholas and Opal quickly get off the bridge and run to Dahlia's corpse. Nicholas feels for a pulse, but it's no use - she is dead. Opal is horrified. She promises Nick that she didn't mean for this to happen. Ethan gets off the bridge and joins his mother and her boss. Nick yells at him to go back up to the car, not wanting the young boy to see this. Ethan runs back up to the bridge, but instead of hopping into the car, he continues to watch Nicholas and Opal. Nick gets out his phone to dial the police, Opal begs him not to because she has to raise her son. Nick tells her that she should have thought about that before throwing Dahlia off a bridge. Opal tells her boss not to be stupid: it is the perfect time to start the bargain. Nick is confused, and Opal reveals that Dahlia told her everything. She says that if Nicholas keeps his mouth shut then she'd be inclined to do the same. Nicholas puts up his phone and tells Opal that it'd be her word against his. Opal says she wouldn't be so sure of that. Nick admits to defeat and asks the maid what she wants. Opal says that he has to provide for her and Ethan the rest of their lives in exchange for not telling his friends and neighbors he's a killer. Nick accepts these terms and asks Opal what she would like him to say happened to Dahlia. Opal replies with "she jumped." The two then look back at the top of the bridge where they see Ethan watching them. ("Night, Mother")

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Opal and Nick lie to the police. ("An Ideal Husband")

Opal and Nicholas call the police, and soon enough an ambulance arrives and finds Dahlia's corpse, while officers take everyone's statements. Nicholas and Opal tell the police that they knew Dahlia suffered from mental illness, but never knew she was suicidal. Opal adds on and lies that they were begging her to come home; then she jumped off the bridge. This catches Ethan's attention, who's playing with his toy; he understands what his mother is saying is a lie. The officer wonder if perhaps Dahlia said anything beforehand, but Nick brushes it off that it wasn't anything that made sense. From there the officer turns to Ethan, asking him if he saw what happened. Nick and Opal watch in fear as their entire plan could crumble; Nick discretely shakes his head at the boy. Ethan understands this and goes along with the prior story, stating that Dahlia jumped. Nick and Opal then let out a sigh of relief, and go about the next fifteen years secluded from the world. ("An Ideal Husband")

Season 2

Why is your dead wife's lover still living in your house?!
Marisol Suarez, "Betrayal"
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Opal declares war on Marisol. ("An Ideal Husband")

Fifteen years later, we are shown the home of Nicholas Deering where he is seen admiring an engagement ring. Opal comes up behind him and asks what is that. Nicholas tells her that he intends on proposing to his girlfriend. Opal wonders what the girl will think of him after learning about his secrets. Nicholas tells the maid that she better not. Opal's son, Ethan comes into the room and announces his boss' girlfriend's arrival. Entering the room is none other than Marisol Suarez. Later on, Marisol is seen having some serious issues with Nicholas' maid Opal. While Marisol is in the shower, Opal puts a pair of Dahlia's earrings on the nightstand so Marisol thinks they're from her husband-to-be. Marisol ends up wearing them to dinner, upsetting Nicholas. Marisol realizes that he didn't put them there, but it was Opal. She apologizes to her beau and Opal takes the earrings back. Later on, Opal informs her that after Dahlia’s suicide Nicholas was devastated, and he will never be able to love again - this is why she wanted her to see what Nicholas can be like. That night, Marisol confronts Nicholas and wants to know why he didn't tell her that Dahlia committed suicide. He claims he didn't want to scare her off because he blames himself. He says it is hard to talk about. Marisol makes him promise her there will be "no more secrets." Later, Ethan brags to Opal that Marisol helped him with his English homework, she tells him not to get too attached because "Marisol won’t be around much longer." ("An Ideal Husband")

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"This is not your house!" ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")

Marisol moves stuff into Nicholas' home. As she works on moving Dahlia's things out of the bedroom, Opal stops her, telling her that she must get permission from Nicholas. This infuriates Marisol as she is to be married to him, thus giving her the right to make some decisions. Opal reminds her that it is still Nicholas' house. Later on, Marisol talks to Nicholas, and he tells her to give all of Dahlia's things away. After giving all of the stuff to goodwill, Marisol is seen strolling through the house with one of Dahlia's items that was left behind. Opal is furious as to why Marisol has it, so the ex-maid informs her own maid that goodwill left it behind. Opal's jaw drops and she runs upstairs to the master bedroom to see the closet. She breaks down into tears, screaming at Marisol that she had no right to get rid of Dahlia's belongings. Later, Marisol tries to talk to Opal, she reveals that she worked as a maid for six months so she respects her job. She apologizes for getting rid of Dahlia’s stuff without asking her. Opal begins crying and says that Dahlia took her in when she was nineteen and pregnant and she was her best friend. Marisol says that they should start over. Later, Nick is getting ready to leave on a trip for a week, he is a little nervous about leaving her alone with Opal that long. Marisol reassures him they will be fine and when he comes home they will be best friends. Nicholas jokingly says that that makes him even more nervous. The couple laugh, and then Nicholas leaves. Later, as Marisol is cleaning out the closet full of Dahlia's things she finds a letter that was left on the top shelf. It says, "Given all that you said I don’t care what you have to do, Dahlia. Get Opal out of the house. Love, Mother." This leaves Marisol terrified. ("The Dark at the Top of the Stairs")

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Opal explains to Marisol how she met Ethan's father... or not? ("Crimes of the Heart")

Opal is seen walking into the room and serving Marisol and Taylor. She asks Marisol if she should pour her a drink. The later declines this, and Opal leaves. Taylor notices the strained relationship between Marisol and Opal. She starts to doubt Marisol is happy, so she tells her that she will pour the tea, and her former maid can start talking. Later on, it is shown that Marisol is telling Taylor how she thinks Nicholas and Opal may have been having an affair. Taylor asks if she thinks it is still going on, and Marisol tells her ex-boss that she doesn't know and doesn't really think so. She just wonders why Nick keeps letting Opal live in the mansion. She says that if Opal's son, Ethan is the product of an ancient one night stand then it would at least make sense. Taylor tells her friend that if Nicholas is Ethan's father, then surely the former would have set up some sort of financial situation for his son. She asks if Marisol saw anything suspicious in the financial records. The ex-maid shocks Taylor by revealing that she, nor her lawyer have seen the records - because there was never a prenup. Marisol explains that Nicholas never asked for a one. Taylor says that that is to bad because if he really didn't trust her, then it'd be easier for Marisol to trust him. Later, after Nicholas realized Marisol made up the entire pre-nup so that she could have access to his financial records, they argue. Opal confronts Marisol in the morning and wants to know why they were arguing about her last night. Marisol confesses that she thought Nicholas was Ethan’s father. Opal tells her she met Ethan’s dad in a bar, and went home with him. However, this man was a monster and he raped her, which is why she hasn’t told Ethan who he was. Opal adds Nick is a good person, because he helped her after that night, but also because he decided to leave $5 million to Ethan. After her conversation with Marisol, Nick thanks Opal for lying to her, leaving it unknown if anything she told Marisol is true.[1] ("Crimes of the Heart")

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Opal realizes Marisol discovered her affair with Dahlia. ("Private Lives")

Marisol is seen going to Nicholas' library and takes a book from the shelf. When she opens it, the first page said "To Dahlia, with all my love, Adrian". Just then, the light chandelier behind her goes off. Opal is seen fixing the chandelier as Marisol questioned her if Dahlia had an affair with Adrian or anyone else. Opal was pressured, and when Marisol said she knew Dahlia had an affair and only needed to know who it was with, Opal fell of her ladder. Later, Marisol visiting Opal in the hospital. Opal then threatened Marisol to tell Nicholas about what Marisol had said. Opal promised not to say anything if Marisol stopped bringing Dahlia up. Marisol then have Carmen over to go through Opal's things. Carmen was offended when Marisol thinks she could break locks, but quickly forgives Marisol. As they go through Opal's locked closet, they found a lot of Dahlia's pictures, leading them to think Opal had a lesbian affair with Dahlia. When Rosie and Zoila came by, Zoila expressed uncertainty about Marisol's theory. Zoila remarked that if Nicholas was aware of this, why is Opal still working at his house, which got Marisol thinking. When Opal arrived at home, Marisol was putting some flowers inside a pot. When Opal entered her room, she sensed something and open the not-so-locked-anymore closet. Then, Opal got out to the room Marisol was in, about to confront her. Marisol smiles at her. ("Private Lives")

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Opal tried to kill Nicholas. ("Betrayal")

Opal asks Marisol if she opened the top drawer of her bureau Marisol, when she took her things to the hospital. Marisol says she did not, and adds Opal could leave it unlocked by accident. She also tells the maid that she cant wait for Nicholas to get home because they have a lot to talk about. Opal hands Marisol a cup of coffee, mentioning that she used a new mix. Opal tells her boss to enjoy it and then leaves the room. Once she is gone, Marisol dumps it into the sink, not trusting the maid. When Nicholas comes back, Marisol sits down with him and tells him that she knows Dahlia had an affair with Opal, and wants to know why he didn't tell her. He says that it was embarrassing, and he and Opal were both devastated when she died, and they helped each other get through it. Marisol says it has been fifteen years, and it is time to send Opal on her way. She tells him that she can no longer live under the same roof as Opal. Nicholas reassures her that everything is going to be fine and he is going to take care of it. The next day, Nick surprises Marisol with a brand new house, then he informs her that Opal and Ethan are going to live in their old one. Marisol is furious, and can tell that Opal has something on him, she says either Opal goes or she goes. Later, Nicholas gives Opal a severance check, telling her he needs to let her go. Opal tells her boss that they had a deal, but Nicholas says that they need to finally move on. Opal realizes that Marisol is behind this. Nick says that he loves her and that she is threatening to leave if Opal isn't fired. Opal asks if Nick loves Marisol enough to go to jail. Nick says that if he goes to jail then he is taking Opal with him. That night, Nicholas goes for a jog to the bridge that Dahlia was thrown over. He then remembers the night she was pushed by Opal. As he leaves, a car runs over him. It is revealed that the driver is Opal. ("Betrayal")

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Opal announces that she is finally moving out. ("Night, Mother")

Marisol is receiving a phone call alerting her that Nicholas had been in an accident. Ethan simultaneously realizes his car is missing and puts two and two together, Opal gives him the “shh” signal as she rushes out the door to drive Marisol to the hospital. Later, Opal rushes home to get insurance information for Marisol, Ethan confronts her and asks her why she ran him over. She confesses that Nick was threatening to kick them out and take Ethan out of his will. Ethan is shocked. Opal begs him not to be mad at her and insists she did it because she is a great mother. Later, Opal receives a phone call from the police and asks Ethan to be her alibi when she meets with them for questioning. Ethan agrees to tell the police that she was with him all night, as long as she promises to move out and leave his life, he is tired of lying for her and covering for her, he is tired of carrying around her secrets. Opal shows up to the hospital with a bouquet for Marisol, who is in her wedding gown. She announces to Marisol that she is moving out tonight, but she wants Ethan to stay at the house, Marisol says that will be fine. The pastor tells Marisol it is time for the wedding and she heads in to Nick’s hospital room to say her “I Do’s.” As Marisol and Nicholas are wed, Opal cries, watching from outside the room. ("Night, Mother")

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Opal chooses to kill herself. ("You Can't Take It With You")

Marisol calls Opal and tells her she showed the security footage of the night of Nick's accident to the detectives, telling her she did not show the part where she drove off a few minutes after Nick Then, Marisol asks Opal to come over and tell her everything, and she won't get the police involved. Opal says she will be right over and takes a gun out of a box. Later, Opal arrives at Marisol's, and Marisol demands she tells her who Nick killed. Marisol adds she must know the truth because it is how she blackmailed Nick, so she must have a proof. Then, Opal says she had a wonderful life in this house with Ethan, until Marisol ruined everything. Marisol tells her she has two seconds to tell her the truth or she will call the police. Opal pulls a gun on Marisol, saying she kept taking everything she had. Marisol is afraid and and she begs the crazed maid not to kill her. At that moment, Ethan walks in and asks his mom what she is doing. Opal tells him Marisol knows she ran over Nick. However, Ethan wrestles the gun out of Opal's hand and apologizes for his crazy mom. Then, Ethan asks Marisol to bring him a big red book. Opal says Marisol is gonna call the police but Ethan tells her he does not have the time for her B.S. Then, Marisol gives the book to Ethan and he takes Nick's emergency money out of it, saying he needs to leave town. Marisol asks him why Nick let Opal live in his house, and Ethan confirms his mother has something on him. He also reveals the truth about Dahlia's death; Opal is utterly dejected. Then, Ethan says he would appreciate if Marisol did not tell the cops he was here. Opal tells Ethan she is so sorry, but he replies he does not care, and he leaves the house. Marisol says to Opal she is going to call the police, and asks her if she wants a lawyer. Opal refuses. Then, Marisol takes the gun to the kitchen and begins to call the detectives. Opal sneaks in behind her and grabs the gun off the counter and shoots herself in the head. ("You Can't Take It With You")


Season 2

I will not allow you to sit there and play the victim. What you did that day set off a chain of events that also cost Dahlia and Opal their lives.
Marisol Suarez, "Look Back in Anger"
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Marisol, having impersonated Opal, finds out what Nick is hiding. ("Proof")

Following Opal's suicide, Marisol is comforted by her friends as the police investigate and clean up the scene. Nick arrives as well, and Marisol is still determined to find out what Opal had on him. She winds up going to the deceased maid's apartment to look through her belongings, and comes into possession of the key to her safe deposit box. Also having her drivers' license, she disguises herself as the maid and is able to get through when standing in the line of an elderly bank teller. With that, she opens the box and finds out everything Opal had on Nick. ("Proof") Now knowing the truth, Marisol confronts her husband for what he's done, pointing out that he has set off a long chain of events that cost both Opal and Dahlia their lives; she forces him to come clean to the Powells that it was he who ran over their son, and then turn himself in to the police. ("Look Back in Anger")


  • In "Proof", her drivers' license says "Opal Woodruff" instead of "Opal Sinclair", however, it has been confirmed to be a prop mistake.[3]
    • Her drivers' license also states that she weighs a total of 132 lbs. ("Proof")
  • Of the main characters, Opal has only formally met with Marisol, Taylor, Nicholas, and Ethan.
  • Opal is described as a "reminiscent of Mrs. Danvers from Hitchcock's Rebecca".[4]


This is a gallery of photographic stills released to promote the character.


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