|“||Mama P: Did you forget something? You gotta get that pluot back to your grandmother.
Darbie: Yes, but I wanted to take some with me for the rest of the family, get a jump on eating these bad boys!
(tries to pick them up only of Mama P to stop her)
Mama P: Drop the pluots, Kelly. (grabs Darbie by the arm as Darbie grunts)
Darbie: Let go of me, I'm not Kelly, I'm Darbie, Darbie, Darbie!
(spell wears off)
Mama P: I thought so. Walk In My Shoes Schnitzel. I used to use that a lot when I was your age.
Darbie: I know was your plan is. You're gonna steal the spell for yourself. I'm not gonna let you eat the first bite.
Mama P: Try stopping me. (eats the pluot)
Darbie: I'm calling Kelly! (pulls out her phone and starts to dial)
Mama P: No, you're not! (takes away Darbie's phone, and locks her in her closet)
Darbie: Help! Help! Help! Let me out!
|~ Mama P locking Darbie in her closet and revealing her true nature to Darbie in "Just Add Pluots Part 1"|
Ida Perez better known by her stage name of Mama P is a recurring character and major antagonist the Amazon Original Series Just Add Magic. She the main antagonist of Season 1, a supporting anti-hero throughout Season 2, and a recurring character in Season 3.
She is portrayed by Amy Hill.
|“||'Jake: I'm really confused.
Kelly: So are we.
Jake: Is Mama P good, is she bad? You had me lie to her, break into her shop and steal from her, and now you're just hanging out with her in the secret pantry? What's going on?
Hannah: Honestly... we have no idea.
|~ The heroes on Mama P.|
Mama P is an incredibly complex woman. On one hand, she's very deceptive and manipulative as she was able to trick Kelly, Darbie, Hannah, and even Jake into thinking she was a kind-hearted and wanted to support them into breaking Becky's curse. In reality, she is selfish and nearly all her goals are self-centered. She wanted to lift the curse off of her not caring about who she would harm in the process, and used her magic to eliminate and shut down all other food industries in Saffron Falls and make sure her own restaurant thrive, to the point where she became the most beloved citizen of the thrive. She's also capable of holding a serious grudge, not just with her former partners Becky and Ida, with Chuck and various other people (including her own customers).
On the other hand though, she's far from heartless. Mama P was more than willing to help out the girls with spells and cooking ingredients, but this could've just been part of the 'nice act'. Although, she genuinely loves and respects her closest and most loyal employee Jake, to the point where he's often treated as a family member. In fact, when she found out Chuck had possessed Jake's body as a way to break his curse, she once threatened to strangle Chuck for it. Although Mama P returned and is now an ally of the girls, the gang now knows about how deceptive and untrusting she can be. Over the series though, she begins to change her ways and despite still tricky and pessimistic, she starts using her deception skills to actually benefit her close ones and proves to be a valuable companions.
Before the Series
When Ida was around twelve, she and her two best friends Becky and Gina were gifted the cookbook by The Traveler when they accidentally went off the trail during a field trip to the Cedros Forest. Together they made a variety of magical dishes and even created some recipes of their own. However, when Chuck came into their lives some point around 1965, their relationship began to falter. Not only was the book slowly tearing them apart, Chuck got between the girls as well. Gina told Chuck all about magic and the cookbook, which angered both Becky and Ida. In addition, Chuck also stole Ida's morbium seed. One day, the girls decided it was enough with Chuck, so they cooked up a caramel apple recipe to wipe any memories of magic from Chuck's head. At the Pluot Festival, Becky gave Chuck the apple, however, something went wrong and Chuck disappeared entirely. He wasn't heard from for decades, but the girls still kept him in their hearts, as they never meant for this to happen.
As the girls began to get fed up with each other and more arguments began to arise due to the book, Ida and Gina both cursed each other. After what Gina did to her, Ida could never leave Saffron Falls, and Gina could no longer play music in public anymore. Becky couldn't believe that Ida and Gina had cursed each other, so she throw the book over the falls with the help of her morbium. Later in her life, Ida opened up a restaurant in Saffron Falls called Mama P's. Here, she sold a variety of many different kinds of food and drinks such as muffins, smoothies, sandwiches and some Spanish dishes. When Jake was about 13, he started working here to promote his food bike business and help wait the tables.
Just Add Magic
Ida used her restaurant to store her magical ingredients in a secret pantry. She used these ingredients to try and break her spell, as well as use them to trick her customers and throw all the other restaurants out of business. Mama P's later became very famous in town due to this reason, and Mama P was deemed an iconic person whom almost everybody in Saffron Falls knew. She was also voted Citizen of the Year during the 50th Annual Pluot Festival.
Upon learning that Kelly had the book and was creating magical recipes, Mama P took advantage of Kelly and her friends and deceived them into breaking her own curse. Mama P claimed that she was helping Kelly's grandmother and teaching the girls magic, but she only did this for selfish reasons.
In the season one finale, Mama P finally breaks her curse and leaves Saffron Falls frozen in place while she goes off to Paris and opens up a new restaurant. However, Kelly and the girls thought ahead and managed to drink a protection shake from the curse and bake a cake that saved the town.
Mama P was enjoying her time in Paris and loved bossing around the other workers. However, she is lead back to Saffron Falls again due to a spell and she redeems herself as a good person. She begins to help Kelly and the girls once again and helps out with the Chuck situation. However, her selfishness took control of her once again, as she sneaked into Chuck's trailer solely to get her morbium seed back.