"I can assemble a rifle in 13 seconds. I'm a total bad ass."
—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 a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army, where she was deployed as a medic to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne, subsequently hurting her shoulder. Because of her experiences as a soldier and a single mother, she struggles at times to feel like she belongs. In One Day at a Time, 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. She is a "soon to be divorcee" of Victor, the father of both Elena and Alex. She works as a nurse with her boss being, Dr Berkowitz.
Memorable Quotes Edit
”Mami, no!” (When Lydia pushes her over and climbs into her bed, as a result of her spooning her.)
”Well, they don’t want them. Clean it, Papito” (To Alex when he has a box of candy planned for Dr. Berkowitz’ birthday party.)
“She’s been here most of the week. Can she only survive in this apartment’s atmosphere?” (To Elena when she doesn’t want her to send Carmen home.)
”Alex, you know Mrs. Resnick doesn’t go faster. Unless we’re going downhill, so she can’t stop.” (To Alex when he tells her to drive faster to his baseball game.)
”And you, when you get a stoke and don’t die, you tell people.” (To Lydia when she tells her she lies even more than she does.)
"Oh My God! Stop saying what i'm trying to say! You mansplaining, micro aggressive, bobo cabron!" (To her coworker who is presumed to be sexist)