From Abuelita To Ruby, These Quotes From ‘On My Block’ Are The Realest Quotes On TV Right Now
The fandom has reached a consensus: Season 2 of Netflix’s On My Block was somehow even better than the first. Yes, it’s a corny take on the real life struggles that the Latino and Black community face in east Los Angeles, but Latinos need corny TV shows, too. This season shows traumatized young men actually express their vulnerability and hold each other up. It shows a young black woman literally walk out of a room that’s trying to impress upon her “how a girl should look and act like.” It shows the Latino community taking turns to house a homeless teenager trying to escape gang violence, and how even ICE makes safety more difficult to come by.
On My Block gives us all these very real issues and more–alongside imaginary gnomes, an abuelita smoking a blunt with her nieto and too many real laughs. Here’s the best of Season 2:
When Ruby was going to give Olivia a Spanish-English dictionary:
The whole first episode, we were crying over Ruby’s unopened gift to Olivia for her quince only to find out it was a dictionary.
Ruby: “What’s wrong with trying to improve someone’s skillset?”
When abuelita’s solution to Ruby’s grief was marijuana (pronounced “meri-juan-ah”):
Abuelita was trying to make all these jokes about how “at least Ruby has his own room, now” and it wasn’t landing. This solution super landed.
And then Ruby started theorizing about Latina’s immortal skin:
Ruby: Do you ever miss your little adobe hut?
Ruby: “You know, your little adobe hut back in Mexico. You think all that mud has something to do with why your skin still looks so soft?”
Abuelita had the most abuelita moment to date:
Raise your hand if your mami, tía or abuela has not told you about that time they were almost abducted by a UFO.
When Jamal and Cesar were trying to convince Abuelita to launder their money for the adrenaline rush:
I want to meet the writer that’s responsible for this content. Mil gracias.
Say his name out loud:
It never gets old. 😂 This is the payback Jamal gets for stealing an overly personified gnome.
When Jasmin’s response to Ruby asking her to the school dance competition was this:
This season, not only was Jasmin’s comic relief next level, but we also got to know her better. She became a nuanced character and we can’t wait for more of this.
When Jasmin is making jokes about her father being nonfunctional:
Ruby went over to her house to apologize for being a pendejo and Jasmin was busy putting sunblock on her completely non-functioning father. He went to Afghanistan and never really came back. When she asked Ruby to put sunblock on him, she even made this joke. ⬆️ How are you so amazing, Jasmin?
“Why do I have to pledge allegiance to something that comes out of a fake country in Italy?”
Oh sh*****t. Writers of On My Block gave us this moment when Ruby told his mother he wasn’t going to church so he could help out Jamal. Relatable moment.
Mom’s response: “If you can’t hang with Jesus, you can’t hang with Jamal.”
When Mario knocked up tone-deaf white girl Amber:
“I’m so sorry for your recent loss. As a beneficiary of white privilege, these kinds of tragedies are, like, foreign to me. So on behalf of my people, I am sorry for keeping your people down…I’m about to be the mother of a whitina.”
When Ruby accidentally revealed this three-prong life plan to his friends:
- Cesar’s sloppy seconds
- Get SWOLE
- Court older women (Juniors and above)
Then, there are all these gender aware moments, courtesy of sweet Ruby:
We don’t deserve this show. Or we really do deserve this show? Either way, there will be an uprising if Netflix cancels it.
Like when Ruby corrected Jamal on his misuse of female pronouns:
I’m learning so much. Preach, Ruby–way to combat machísmo the best way we know how.
When Ruby wasn’t having it with his mom’s idea for a gender-reveal cake.
At first, Mario came in to protest because he wanted the gender of the baby to be a surprise. Thankfully, Ruby had some thoughts on the “bigger issue.”
“We need to wait for the baby to tell us how he, she, or they identify.”
Standing ovation for the writers of this show. We’re beside ourselves.
“Pero beige? Beige is not our friend. Beige brings out the yellow in our skin.”
Mario and Ruby’s mom is, at this point, livid: “I no longer identify as the party planner.”
When Jasmin came in to ask the gang if they wanted any ‘refreshments’ only to smack her nalga and slam the door on the way out:
Jasmin ended up teaming up with Ruby to put on a bomb baby shower. They even paid extras to be there because Amber “has no friends or family.”
When Jasmin had questions about Amber’s pregnancy:
“You’re a gringa so it’s like soy, almond, or some good sh*t like that.” I’m screaming.
When Jasmin delivered Amber’s baby:
And then when Amber asked her if she was pooping and Jasmine replied in English, “No, honey, you’re good.”
In Spanish: “Tengo mucho caca! Someone get me a bedpan!”
And basically all of Jamal’s super intense paranoia:
Someone, meme this por favor. We’re all still triggered from the cancellation of One Day at a Time, so please share this article, tweet about what this show means to you, and have your own watch parties. Let’s keep this Latino representation alive!