"I can assemble a rifle in 13 seconds. I'm a total badass."
—Penelope, This Is It
Penelope Alvarez is the mother of Alex and Elena as well as the daughter of Lydia. Currently, she works as a nurse. She was formerly an Army medic in Afghanistan where she hurt her shoulder. Because of her experiences as a soldier and a single mother, she struggles at times to feel like she belongs. In This Is It, Penelope accepts that she needs the anti-depressants that were prescribed to her. Penelope admits she isn't sure she believes in God which Lydia struggles to accept.