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The Cleaning Lady Review – Bahala Na (204)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung, Martha Millan and Adan Canto in the “Bahala Na” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Oct. 10 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 4 was a beautifully dark installment that finally put an end to the motel owner’s hunt to extort Fi.

His demise was of his own doing because he simply didn’t know when to stop—and he messed with the wrong ladies this time around. 

Fi initially tried to deal with the situation herself, which only made things worse. When she clocked him upside the head in self-defense, she didn’t kill him, but it likely would’ve made things much easier in the long run. Instead, she roped in Thony to help her clean up the mess hoping that they would find a solution that didn’t involve killing John. Thony questioned why Fi didn’t just wait for her, who then blamed Thony for not prioritizing the family, which wasn’t fair. This episode, in particular, proved just how far she’s willing to go to protect the ones she loves. I understand Fi wanted to get this over with, but pulling the trigger (no pun intended) early only made for more problems later.

Fi was being optimistic that there was a way to deal with the situation that spared John, and since this was her first time truly getting her hands dirty, it was understandable that she didn’t want more blood to be spilled, but they were just putting off the inevitable for too long. Eventually, she had to come to terms with the fact that if they wanted to be free, they couldn’t let John live.

As Arman explained, extortion never ends until you end it. John’s choices resulted in his death. If he kept his word about keeping his mouth shut and owned up to the additional copies he made of the incriminating video, he likely could’ve continued living out his miserable life. But even after Thony threatened him with the visual of selling off his organs one by one, John still lied by stating that he didn’t make any copies. He was a wise ass who thought he could outsmart them and hold on to some assurances, and it was hard to feel bad for him in any way. He simply didn’t deserve a second chance or to walk away. 

When they realized there was no way they could ever set him free and prevent him from talking or going to the police, there was no other choice but to leave him with Arman, who was happy to help Thony protect her family. At this point, he almost is family!

I didn’t expect John to survive the episode, so the outcome wasn’t surprising, but it was exciting to see Arman and Thony back in action, and in a way we’d never seen them together before. They played off of each other—and their chemistry and electricity transferred past the romantic aspects and into the job. 

This was also the first time Fi met Arman, and her reaction was…beyond fitting. If I met Arman, I’d also forget my own name. Fi was a bumbling mess when she realized Arman wasn’t some slimy goon but instead, a fine man in a suit! She’s been giving Thony so much grief about Arman, but when she saw him standing there all tall, dark, handsome and fiercely protective, she began to understand why Thony was under his spell. 

And the truth is, there’s an established mutual trust between Arman and Thony that might not make sense to anyone else, but it makes sense to them. They can count on each other, which in turn means there’s loyalty. No matter what’s going on, if one of them needs help, they show up for each other.

Thony knew that Arman would never judge her or Fi for what happened nor would he use it against them, which is why she had no qualms about calling him.

Not only was it Fi’s first time meeting Arman, but it was also her first time seeing Thony working alongside him, and even though she didn’t like it, she couldn’t deny that it was impressive. 

Thony has picked up on a few things working with Arman—including tying a man up!—and she felt comfortable enough with him around to try things her way, even if they didn’t work out in the end. Arman has always seen Thony’s potential, but even he seemed pleasantly surprised with the way she took charge of the situation and threatened John with the black market chop. She’s terrifyingly good at this part… and he was really into it. There was one moment where he was just like in awe of her and totally in love! If this show simply becomes Thony and Arman teaming up to threaten people, I’m here for it!

 Thony called Arman in as backup, but she also proved that she could’ve handled this all on her own! 

The question remains… is their John problem finally over? The police will likely look for a suspect in his death, but there’s likely no shortage of those when it comes to a shady and scummy motel owner who was secretly filming his guests. Maybe they can find a way to spin it so that John is named the suspect in Marco’s death. That would solve everything, honestly. 

I liked seeing Fi get a front seat to the action with Thony and Arman, but I hope they keep her out of it moving forward. She’s too pure for this world of crime.

Thony continues proving that she’s a complete and total boss babe. After she ordered the hit on John, she delivered the cloned cell phone she got from Maya to Garrett and then leaped into action to deliver Nina’s baby without missing a beat or even getting a water break. Luca’s babysitter was in good hands when she went into labor at their house. 

The series did a great job of showcasing Thony’s power through the imagery of her welcoming a life right after giving Arman the green light to end one. Some would call that the natural cycle of things—as one life ends, another begins. 

And surprisingly, a newborn was all it took for Chris to gain a new perspective; it was sort of like his rebirth. 

Chris has been tough on himself since Marco’s death, and it’s unfortunate because, at the end of the day, it was an accident. But taking a life takes its toll. The fact that Chris was struggling to come to terms with it is actually a good sign; it proves he’s not a psychopath. The best thing for Chris would be to talk to someone and get some help, but since he can’t actually tell a therapist about what happened, it wasn’t really a possibility. All he could do was talk it through with his mom and aunt.

When he found other ways to “cope,” it was destructive and threatened what Fi and Thony were working to accomplish as it brought too much negative attention to the family. They were going above and beyond to make sure things were handled on their end, and they needed Chris to keep it together as well. 

Garrett was desperate to get the cell phone from Thony so that he could submit it and weasel his way back onto the Cortez case. I don’t actually think Garrett deserves to be on the case since he’s emotionally invested, but there’s no denying that his prior relationship with Maya was crucial in obtaining new information that they wouldn’t have had otherwise. Maybe he could actually help move things along while protecting her. 

In a moment of weakness, Maya revealed that there was a new player in town, and though she didn’t add much else, my gut tells me that it’s Robert Kamdar. The interest in the Cortez case would only make sense if it connected back to Thony and Arman in the end. 

Kamdar currently “owns” Nadia and Arman after they accepted a deal to work for him in addition to paying off the $1.6 million. It’s not an ideal situation, but they didn’t have much of a choice. Robert knew what he was doing by suggesting that the deal also involves Nadia as he wants to get closer to her and have her in his orbit. And from the looks of it, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be hard to pull her away from Arman. Yes, she loves and cares about Arman and seems loyal enough to him, but the moment she realized he was once again helping Thony, jealousy took over and her loyalty waned ever so slightly. I don’t think Arman and Nadia have a strong enough foundation to survive this (they were already rocky when Arman romanced Thony), especially as she’s going to realize that being by Robert’s side comes with all the perks she lost out on when Arman got arrested and lost everything. At the end of the day, Nadia seems like an opportunist, and Robert is providing her with a new opportunity to have her dream life. 

As a debt collector, Arman’s work is far from glamorous—he’s always gotten his hands dirty living a life of crime, but this time, he’s gunning after the people that owe money in order to pay off his own debt. In the end, it’s just a vicious cycle that loops back around to Robert Kamdar, who runs half of the criminal enterprise in Las Vegas. Yep, he’s 10 times worse than Hayak simply because, as Nadia pointed out, this is all just a game to him. He wields enough power and money that he’s just playing with people’s lives simply because he can. 

I hate that he has such a hold on Arman, so I’m hoping he will find a way to get the money to pay him back and free himself soon. 

The ultimate scenario would be Nadia and Robert teaming up to run their little betting empire, while Arman and Thony work together to put good out into the world by selling people the medication that they need at a fair price. Arman seemed interested in starting the business with Thony, and when Nadia suggested selling something that “pays more,” he immediately shut it down because he knew how dangerous it would be! This proves that she wants a bigger piece of the pie while Arman simply wants to eat to survive. Their goals no longer align, and once they pay off the debt, that’ll become clearer than ever. 

Thony doesn’t seem interested in causing problems for Arman and Nadia, but I don’t see a way where their three-way partnership works out, especially with Nadia’s jealousy and distaste for Thony in full swing. And there’s just no way that Arman and Thony will part ways–they’re in this for life. 

What did you think of the thrilling installment of The Cleaning Lady? Did you enjoy seeing Arman and Thony work together?

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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.

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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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