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The Cleaning Lady Review – Trust (210)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Eva De Dominici and Naveen Andrews in the “Trust” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Dec. 5 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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The Cleaning Lady excels at delivering high-stakes scenarios. Season 1 was an introduction to all the spine-tingling twists and turns that season 2 was going to deliver. 

No other episode has been as intense as when Arman was forced to shoot and kill Maya, but The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 10 came close bringing the same levels of uneasiness, tension, and stress. It mostly stems from the fact that Kamdar is a wild card—he’s a dangerous man, so there’s no telling what he’ll do or how he’ll react. It’s like trying not to step on a land mine—one wrong step and it can all blow up. 

And then you throw in three additional loose cannons into the mix with Arman, Nadia, and Thony, who seems determined to stoke the fire, and the anxiety doubles. 

The episode was basically Thony versus Arman and Nadia. They all have different end goals, which means that the way they approach their situation with Kamdar varies drastically. 

Thony wants to save her boy at all costs, so at this point in time, she benefits from keeping Kamdar alive as he’s the only one with the resources to secure the life-saving meds. 

Arman is fighting the clock, and his plan to kill before he’s killed is pure survival of the fittest. He has no choice but to kill Kamdar if he wants to live. Meanwhile, Nadia is stuck in the middle, though she’s more committed to helping Arman kill Kamdar. She of all people knows what her ex is capable of and knows that Arman will never make it out alive if Kamdar is still breathing as he’s made it very clear to her that Arman is a liability. While she understands Thony’s predicament, she asks her to prioritize Arman for once after all that he’s done for her, and that’s not for nothing. It’s not an entirely fair ask, but it isn’t unfair either. Arman has gone above and beyond for Thony, so I don’t understand why she can’t accept a reality where she gets the meds and her Kamdar problem is eliminated. 

She went to bat to keep Kamdar alive, even recklessly roping Garrett into this whole mess, when the truth is, her life would be so much simpler without Kamdar. 

All she needed to do was trust Arman and stop meddling. Arman has always, always, always protected and helped her, even when it proved to be an inconvenience, including in the present scenario, as he made sure to use up one of his last remaining connections to get his hands on the shipment of drugs for Luca before he gave Nadia the green light go through with the “kill Kamdar” plan. 

Even when his life is on the line, Arman will go the extra mile for Thony because that’s how much he cares about her and Luca. It was one of the most romantic gestures ever. 

I just wish Arman informed her of his plan ahead of time so she would have just stepped back and let it all play itself out instead of meddling and desperately trying to take charge. By saving Kamdar after he went into cardiac arrest, she pretty much signed Arman’s death certificate.

In one moment, Thony undid all of Nadia’s progress. The girl put her life on the line trying to slip those drugs to Kamdar without anyone noticing, and thanks to Thony, all of her efforts were in vain.

Thony may have taken an oath to protect, but if it wasn’t for Luca and the meds, I think she likely would’ve turned a blind eye to killing Kamdar since it was for the greater good and provided a good solution for her. Kamdar’s death would finally give her freedom—so the fact that she’s fighting so hard to keep him alive makes me think that she’s thriving on the thrill of this lifestyle.

When she went to Garrett and informed him of Arman’s plan to kill Kamdar, she didn’t consider Arman’s safety or what would be best for him. All that was top of mind was Luca, which is understandable, but it proves that she’s not putting out the same love and care for Arman as he is for her. And as someone rooting for Armony to happen in some way, shape, or form, that’s upsetting.

Thony’s decision was also a huge miscalculation; Garrett may have proved to be a confidant in the past, but he’s very much a man of the law and one who has wanted nothing more than to get his revenge on Arman. Thony didn’t realize that Garrett knew the truth about Maya after picking up Arman’s partial print, so she fed him right to the lion. I normally would side with Thony but not this time.

Garrett wanted the truth and he got it, but it wasn’t exactly the version of it he was expecting. Once he finally had the full picture, he had no one to direct and channel his anger at anymore, which meant that he had to face the grief. Garrett tried to make Arman feel bad about what happened, but the hurt on Arman’s face when he recounted the events of that evening proved that the unspeakable horror would stay with him forever.

Garrett made up a story in his head about what went down so that he could make Arman the villain, assuming he did it because Maya was a loose end that could out him to Kamdar, but he was completely off base. When all was said and done, he understood why Arman did what he did, even if he didn’t like it. He added that he would’ve never pulled the trigger, but that’s easy to say when you’re not in the situation with an unhinged man who is threatening the very woman you love. No one can say how they would handle an absolutely impossible situation. And in the end, it’s Kamdar that should pay the ultimate price, not Arman or Thony.

While it seemed as though Garrett was finally warming up to Arman, he made sure to remind him that once he was no longer of any use to him, he would bury him, which drives home the point that Garrett isn’t a friend at all—he’s just self-serving. Though I would take his threat with a grain of salt because I think, in the end, Garrett actually wants to help Thony, he’s just too upset right now. 

Robert may have been paranoid before following the Sin Cara shooting, but now he’s going to be even more intense now that he’s aware that someone is trying to kill him. His paranoia is going to make it harder for anyone to get close to him, including the FBI, who wants to take him down. Thony’s decision just made it that much harder for them all to free themselves from Kamdar’s grasp, but she probably bought herself some brownie points after saving his life. There’s definitely a perk to having Robert Kamdar indebted to you.

However, Kamdar is smart, and while Nadia tends to be his weak spot, I don’t think it should be hard for him to see the light and put two and two together, especially after he saw her snooping around his pills earlier that day. He’ll soon be alerted that Arman diverted his shipment, and any goodwill he has toward Thony will likely be erased. 

For now, Thony has been an asset to him, much like Nadia, so he has granted her a security guard for her protection… or so he says. We all know that having someone tail these women around all day works mostly in Kamdar’s favor as it allows him to keep tabs on everything they do and who they meet with. 

Thony found a way around the security detail, meeting up with Garrett while going through the drive-thru, though, personally, I wish she didn’t.

However, the security detail also threw her family life into jeopardy when the man came after JD, who arrived at Thony’s house to bring Fi some dinner as she watched Luca. The whole situation alerted JD to the fact that Fi’s relationship with Thony is a real threat to everyone in her life, including his daughter, Jaz. I can’t blame JD in the slightest—he wants to be supportive of Fi’s relationship with Thony, especially since Thony is dealing with a sick child, but there’s no way he can stand by idly and watch Fi get dragged deeper into Thony’s mess. And he’s right; she’s nowhere near getting out.

Of course, this puts Fi into a rather tight spot as JD doubled down on his initial warning and left her with an ultimatum: Thony or her children. Fi is understandably upset, but she’s also aware that JD was right—she has no idea the extent of the danger that Thony is putting them in. 

There’s no world in which Fi would choose Thony over her daughter, and Thony is a rational person, so I think she’ll understand JD’s take on it and will encourage Fi to prioritize her children, including Luca. If Thony is going to continue being involved, even for a short time, she can’t bring anyone else down with her. Fi, Jaz, Luca, JD, and Chris don’t deserve any of this, and while Luca benefits from her medical expertise, he’s safer away from Thony for the time being. She’s made so many sacrifices for that little boy, so I have no doubt she’d make this one in a heartbeat, even if it is the most painful thing she has to do. She fought so hard to keep Luca alive, so keeping him away until it’s safe to return is the best course of action. 

And it’s clear JD really cares about the kids. I didn’t trust him at first, but he seems like a good person to have in their lives, and it’s finally some support and stability for Fiona. She deserves a shred of happiness after the hard life she’s lived and navigated. 

For now, Thony has to focus on getting out from under Kamdar and protecting Arman—as Nadia explained, she owes him that much. Thony still cares about him, even though they have a slight disagreement about how to proceed with their plan. They didn’t see eye-to-eye, and, quite frankly, fought like a married couple, but they’re in this together… all three of them. Though, I am a little concerned by Arman’s reaction when he finds out that Thony ruined his brilliant and nearly-successful plan to eliminate Kamdar, thus putting them all in the line of fire, including Nadia, who now has to get closer to him than ever to convince him that she’s actually in love with him.

Amidst all the action, the series still found a way to get back to the basics of what’s at the heart— the love between a mother and her son. Thony’s storyline with Luca grounds the series while continuously pulling at our heartstrings. It reminds us why we’re always rooting for the protagonist, even if we don’t necessarily agree with all of her decisions as of late.

Thony poured all of her energy into baking Luca a cake and making his 6th birthday extra special, even if his cousins weren’t around to celebrate. And it was heartbreaking to watch Luca struggle to blow out his candles. The poor sweet boy has been through so much in his little life, and he has no idea the extent of his mother’s love for him.

Thony put on a brave face for her kid because she has to—she’s the mom—but when she was finally in her safe space, with Arman by her side, she felt comfortable enough to break down and just cry. And despite everything that’s happening around them—and their disagreement on how to deal with Kamdar—Arman was there for her, reassuring her that she’s been through this before and will get through it again. 

Other Stray Thoughts

  • Fi and JD kissing—get it, girl! 
  • Russo always brings Garrett back down to planet Earth. Without her, he’d jump the gun countless times, and he sort of did when he ambushed Arman, but in the end, he realized that keeping him alive was more important to the overall case that was much larger in scope than just getting revenge for Maya’s untimely death. If they take down Kamdar the right way—with Arman and Thony’s help—they can dismantle the biggest drug and human trafficking rings in Vegas. 
  • The way Joseph and Nadia exchanged glances at the hospital when Kamdar woke up makes me think that they’re in cahoots together. 
  • Nadia and Thony’s chat left me super conflicted. On one hand, Nadia is right, they have helped Thony’s son countless times, but on the other hand, she’s so cold and indifferent about the little boy’s current health setback. 

What did you think of the episode? Will Thony feel guilty about sabotaging the plan, or will she come up with a better one? How will Fi resolve her issue? And where do we go from here? Cravers, the two-hour season finale of The Cleaning Lady is next week, so come back to CraveYouTV.com to read all about it!

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    The Cleaning Lady Review – Smoke and Mirrors (310)

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 10 seems to getting its groove back—and best of all, it’s forcing Nadia and Thony into each other’s orbits. 

    The latest development in the storyline brings them closer than ever before as they focus on a common goal of taking Sin Cara down.

    As the episode declared, Thony found herself in a rather tricky situation, stuck between Ramona and the FBI. Neither was going to shake her, which is no way to live. Thony needed an out, quickly, and when it presented itself, she didn’t hesitate. Ramona said something to Thony that foreshadowed what was to come and illuminated her path forward—in every situation, even the powerless ones, Thony always looks for the power; the upper hand. 

    So, when pushed into a corner, Thony found the power and did what she had to do, confessing that she knew Jeremy was FBI (he thought he was so slick—the poor man had no clue that his cover was long blown) and leveraging it to save Nadia’s life…. by killing her, temporarily, of course. Arman would be proud of the way they continue to have each other’s backs. 

    It did seem as though Thony was going to make a full venture into the dark side when she offered to “take out” Nadia, but that wouldn’t be in line with the character—and her alternative actually allows her to walk back the line to freedom and innocence. She’s pushed the boundaries for so long for the sake of her family, but now, it’s done more harm than good. 

    And getting out isn’t as easy as one might think. She tried reasoning with Ramona to cut her loose after she proved her loyalty, but the problem was always that, just as everyone before her, the leader of Sin Cara saw what Thony was capable of and deemed her to be valuable, and thus, she would always dig herself in deeper. 

    But now, after essentially blackmailing Jeremy into helping her pull off Nadia’s death to the world, Thony has a chance at finding some normalcy. As does Nadia, even if the initial shock has her blaming Thony for “taking her life from her.” It’s almost like she doesn’t realize she didn’t have much of a choice—either she faked her own death or she actually died. She may not be “free” while she’s hiding out in a basement, but at least she’s alive, an once they finally take down Ramona, she will be able to get that second chance to really live. 

    It’s unclear if the goal is to take down Jorge as well. Nadia was about to enter into a lucrative partnership with him, however, once he realizes that Thony and Nadia are behind the attack on his sister, I think it will prove once and for all that his loyalties lie with his blood family. There’s no way Ramona goes down for running the Sin Cara cartel and Jorge still strikes a deal with Nadia—he’s opportunistic, but not naive.

    However, if you really think about it, Nadia doesn’t need him for the new luxury business venture. He needs her way more as she’s the one who has built a name for herself and developed a high-profile clientele. The only benefit of Jorge was that he had the means to unlock all of Kamdar’s money—and I’m sure she’ll find a way to leverage her link to the FBI now to get what she wants. In fact, with The Cleaning Lady renewed for another season, I think that’s what I’d be most interested in seeing—Thony and Nadia working together to open up their own business that allows them to launder money in the background. Be their own bosses!

    Thony is now in the best position she can be in—she’s proven her loyalty to Ramona tenfold; she saved her life with the rogue surgery, and then killed Nadia, something that Ramona thought she didn’t have in her. She was quick on her feet, as usual, coming up with a solution that benefitted them both. Never underestimate a doctor! 

    Thony is now Ramona’s greatest asset, and she doesn’t suspect her of working with the feds at all. None of those emergency protocols will matter when there’s someone on the inside feeding information that’s going about undetected (which will also come in handy with finding where they moved. Camila!). 

    Plus, she has protection with Jeremy in her corner while feeding him information that can bring down Ramona and eventually buy her and her family freedom. And it doesn’t seem like Russo knows anything at all, which means there’s less likelihood of word getting out about Thony’s double-agent duty. 

    It is a good pivot for The Cleaning Lady after wrapping up the storyline on Arman Morales, all while restoring agency to the female characters who have proven they can weather any storm. 

    What did you think of the episode?

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    ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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    The Cleaning Lady has officially been renewed for a fourth season—but while TV show renewals tend to elicit excitement from fanbases, the Fox renewal is snagging some divided reactions.

    Mostly, fans are expressing their shock that the show scored yet another season in light of Adan Canto’s real-life death, which heavily impacted the direction of season 3—and, according to many fans, not in a good way (though the creative forces behind it are trying their best to navigate a tricky situation). 

    “This really surprises me. I miss Adam Canto but thought they did a good job this season. Thought for sure it would end its run this spring,” one fan wrote of the series getting the green light.

    “Really? Why?” another simply pondered.

    Someone else chimed in noting: “Surprising and yet not surprising, either. It was renewed for a season 3 with low ratings, so it’s not really surprising that it was renewed for a season 4 with even lower ratings. That being said, I thought they’d just end it this season after Adan Canto’s death. Not sure if this is a good idea or not.”

    “The show is not very good this year,” someone else said, while elsewhere a fan mused that they thought there was “no chance.”

    The surprises only continue as The Cleaning Lady is not part of Fox’s fall lineup, being held for the midseason instead. 

    And in even more shocking news, Miranda Kwok, who developed the series, and Jeannine Renshaw, who was the showrunner during the third installment—taking on the difficulties of navigating a show without Canto’s Morales—will not be returning for the fourth season. If the person behind the show’s inception isn’t on board, it is surprising that the network has so much faith in a series currently averaging 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating.

    Either way, there are plenty of fans who are surprised yet happy by the renewal as it allows the series to explore the future of the characters they love, like Thony and Fiona, without the added focus on Arman’s whereabouts. This season heavily tied into the grief of losing him, but hopefully, the slate is cleared next season and allows the storyline to flourish, with Thony making better choices and finding her groove. 

    The renewal is said to be for 12 episodes, which will debut sometime in the spring lineup.

    You can catch up on all of our The Cleaning Lady reviews right here!

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    The Cleaning Lady Review – From the Ashes (309)

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    The Cleaning Lady seemed like it was gaining its momentum back with the twist on Jeremy last week, only for The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 9 to fall flat once again. 

    It pains me to say this, but I can’t get into Ramona and Jorge being the new big bad, on the heels of an actually terrifying man like Robert Kamdar last season. They just aren’t compelling enough, even as the series aims to remind us that Ramona is cutthroat and will kill when pushed up against a wall. 

    Thony wanted to find a way to remain resourceful to protect herself and her family, and thus, she began looking into Ramona’s health. It wasn’t long before she found what no other doctor was able to figure out–she was not in kidney failure, she’s suffering lead poisoning from a lodged bullet from years ago. 

    Moments after her discovery, Ramona was on the makeshift operating table as Thony dug out fragments and attempted to make the most out of this second lifeline. It all just felt a bit too rushed for my liking—the whole season kind of feels like they can’t wait to get to the next big thing, all while simultaneously giving the vibe that not much is happening when it comes to momentum. 

    The Sin Cara cartel is dull—and nothing compared to what Thony previously dealt with. 

    And it took her absolutely no time to also figure out that Jeremy was snooping around her house and not to be trusted. From those flashbacks, it’s unclear if she thinks he’s the cartel’s enemy or if she’s aware that he’s an FBI plant, but either way, Thony is not pleased that yet another person has been lying to her. 

    Jeremy seemed like a promising agent at first as he figured out a way to get close to Thony and solved the big mystery at hand that Sin Cara is a woman. He was unassuming and was able to ask questions without it coming off too suspicious or nosy.

    But then he made such a rookie move. He’s not the kind of person to underestimate Thony, so why wouldn’t he assume that she would check the cameras/notice that a chunk of time was cut out? 

    But what now? Will Thony confront him and take his deal to work with the FBI and bring down the cartel? It’s a dangerous option for sure, but it might be the only way she washes her hands of everything and moves on. Having Ramona and Jorge in her life has only proven problematic, plus, bringing them down while working with the FBI would be the best revenge for Arman. 

    However, Thony is so engrained in this lifestyle, I don’t think she’d ever openly trust the FBI either. She likes to do things herself and for herself, and I’d assume that would play a key role in her decision-making.

    The whole cartel storyline is also getting quite muddled as now Jorge has set his sights on Nadia, and is hoping to leverage her power and money into creating his own dynasty, apart from his sister’s since he thinks she’s “holding him back.” When confronted, Jorge made it seem like Ramona was still holding the reins, so he’s playing on both fronts and likely seeing if he’s better off with Nadia or Ramona in his corner. Either way, I can’t say I’m too invested in this and simply want to see Nadia out of the game for good, right along with Thony. 

    As for Fiona and Chris, it definitely seems like they don’t know how to include them—and that’s a shame since they had such prevalent storylines at the beginning of the season as we learned more about Fi’s past—so they are now on this goose chase to find Camila. 

    It’s possible finding Camila will open the door to a corrupt part of Ramona’s business, and that will be a way to take her down. And hopefully, Chris doesn’t have to suffer the loss of a woman he loves in the process. 

    “From the Ashes” surely felt like a filler episode more than anything, but we are also seeing Thony once again prove her resourcefulness and rise up from the pain and suffering of losing Arman. She’s gained Ramona’s trust—which has to mean something—and must leverage that to free herself from this mess. I guess knowing that Luca is thriving in school due to all the sacrifices she made and all the hoops she jumped through is proving to her that there’s a reason for everything. 

    What do you think of the episode? Are you enjoying this season thus far?

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