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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 – Arman’s Velorio (3×07)

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    With each passing week, The Cleaning Lady makes audiences feel the weight of Adan Canto’s passing more and more. 

    The mark that Canto made on the series is evident—and moving on without him hasn’t been easy. We all feel cheated from a storyline that we deserved, but, as with loss, all we can do is relish in the moments that we carry in our hearts and grieve alongside all those he touched. 

    Thony and Nadia are affected the most on the series as they were the two women that were closest to him. 

    Thony feels responsible for his death, considering that he risked his life to save hers in the hide speed chase in the desert. She also feels the heaviness of the words left unsaid, a reminder not to hide your feelings from the person who means the world to you.

    But even though we were all rooting for a Thony and Arman relationship, it’s hard not to feel for Nadia, who lost the love of her life for the second time. She didn’t get closure or a chance to say goodbye, which some might say Thony got through that brief exchange with Arman right before the car plunged off the cliff. 

    As Nadia also admits, she lost Arman a long time ago when Thony entered their lives—and nothing she did was able to bring him back and restore their lives to how they once were. But she held onto that hope for so long, with his death now making his absence permanent. 

    She might hate Thony, but in a way, they are also bonded for life as the women who knew Arman best. They share a connection, and now, with the uncertainty of who can be trusted lingering at every corner, I think they’ll be forced to rely on each other more than ever. Grieving together to keep Arman’s memory alive, while working together to keep each other safe. 

    Arman’s family, Jorge and Ramona, can’t be trusted. It’s unclear where they stand with each step. They believed Thony when she showed them that Dante was responsible for Arman’s abduction—and Ramona even proved how ruthless she was when she executed her lover on the spot—however, after Arman’s parents arrived at the velorio and called her Marina, Thony realized it was the name Arman wrote on the table where he was held captive. This can only mean that his aunt was involved in his kidnapping, though it’s unclear if Jorge was also involved or if he’s being kept in the dark. 

    Did Ramona kidnap Arman to get money from Nadia? And who called the feds ahead of the exchange? Was it Dante and Ramona? Did she ever actually care about her nephew or was it one big act?

    And then there’s the Thony problem. She was handed an out on a gold platter—and she still refused to take it. Hasn’t she learned her lesson? You’d think after all that’s transpired, she’d call it quits on this lifestyle and prioritize taking care of her child. 

    Instead, she feels the need to avenge Arman’s death by making the people responsible pay, which, in the process, is going to cost her and her loved ones. She just can’t let it go, but it’s such a dangerous situation to keep putting yourself in. 

    Upon Arman’s death, the finger-pointing started immediately, and there’s no telling how far Jorge and Ramona, specifically, are willing to go to protect themselves. 

    While some of the family and the “who called the feds” drama took away from Arman’s memorial, the creative forces still managed to pay their respects to the character that Arman built over the course of two seasons—the hero to Thony and her son. It’s why Thony feels responsible and like she owes him because he always saved her, up until the very end, never once hesitating even if it made things inconvenient for him. The significance of Thony wearing all white to his memorial—while everyone dressed in black—was also crystal clear as she was his guiding light in life, the one who tried to pull him out of the darkness that continuously enveloped him and, as a result, her. 

    The moment when Thony gave Luca the model car belonging to Arman—which he held onto for all these years—and asked him to keep it safe is what really broke me. It was such a simple yet effective scene, paired with Arman’s final ride into the sunset, a scene from the season 2 finale that set up Thony and Arman’s power couple arc, a storyline that we also had to mourn and say goodbye to. 

    There’s also the new men in Thony’s life that are a bit concerning. Jorge, of course, for many obvious reasons, but Jeremy, who was part of the chase that led to Arman’s death and who still has plenty of questions about what transpired. He’s the only one who can place Thony at the scene—and I’d imagine Nadia wouldn’t be pleased to find out that Arman might’ve survived if he wasn’t one again playing hero for Thony. I also don’t trust Jeremy’s intentions with the security cameras. Does it give him access to see what’s going on in Thony and Fi’s household?

    What did you think of the episode?

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    The Cleaning Lady Review Season 3 Episode 5 – All of Me

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 5 thrives on keeping us—and Thony—in a state of constant anxiety.

    Not only is it nerve-racking that she has a court date that will determine whether or not she can keep Luca, but when her interview with CPS’ Susan nears, Luca is nowhere to be found. 

    Thony tries to play it off as though he’s just running late, but when Fi and JD return home without him, it’s pretty clear that something else is going on. Susan is not easily fooled, and she quickly catches onto the fact that Luca has gone missing. 

    While finding Luca was Thony’s top priority, she knew that jumping the gun and putting out an amber alert would come with grave consequences—not only for her court case but also for her relationship with the cartel.

    JD’s call to tell Susan about Dante, the man who picked Thony up earlier in the day, came from a good place as he thought he had Luca’s best interests at heart. It’s hard to be mad at him when he was just following his gut, but man, when he gave Susan all the information, as someone who understands the kind of people that Thony is in bed with, you knew that it wouldn’t end well for her.

    Thankfully, Thony is like a cat with nine lives, and she always lands right-side up. She was able to find Luca at the aquarium (he previously said he wanted to be like a turtle and hide in his shell), and was able to convince Jorge to expunge the amber alert so that it couldn’t be used in court and against her. 

    Jorge is proving to be a lot like his cousin—he has a soft spot for Thony and is swooping in to save her at every turn, even though she doesn’t exactly deserve it. She’s more trouble than she’s worth, quite frankly, but men can’t seem but to get invested in assisting her. 

    Fiona, Jaz, and Chris all took the stand to attest to how good of a mother, aunt, and friend Thony is, but it was her own testimony about going to great lengths to save her son that pulled on heartstrings. 

    The judge agreed to let Luca stay with his mother, with continually CPS supervision, which was a huge win. 

    But one thing that really bothers me is that the court wasn’t there when Thony was running out of options for her dying son. The judge didn’t care that she didn’t have money for treatment, nor did anyone care that he would’ve died without it. It’s so easy to look at something after the fact and deem it wrong, but how can saving your child’s life at any cost be wrong?

    Thony will never apologize for what she did because if she didn’t do it, Luca wouldn’t have been here. 

    And the only reason Luca ran away in the first place was because he didn’t want to be taken from his mother. The court might think they are doing their due diligence, but look at the stress that this whole situation has placed on him.

    It may have been a huge victory for Thony, but it also came at a potential price as the amber alert meant that Dante was in a prison cell when the call for a ransom exchange came through, meaning that they lost their shot at getting Arman back—and no one seems to know if he’s dead or alive at this point. 

    Though, I have to say I agree with Jorge more than Ramon—giving into the ransom seems weak, so I hope she has a bigger plan in place for getting her nephew back.

    I also find it strange how Fiona is constantly surprised upon finding out who Thony is working with. How did she think Thony managed to arrange her transport back to the States? Wouldn’t she assume that the cartel—or someone equally as dangerous—had to be involved? Thony has a lot of pull and resources at her disposal, but it comes at a price. 

    Whether that price will prove to be worth it in the end, well, only time will tell.

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 4 Review – Agua, Fuego, Tierra, Viento

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 4 concluded Fiona and Chris’ (and Camilla’s) grueling journey back home—but not before putting them through the wringer. 

    The trek to America is not for the faint of heart, especially when you get kicked out of the transportation truck in the middle of the desert. Things weren’t looking good for Fiona and Chris, however, their guardian angel (because as annoying as some of her reckless behavior might be, she also goes above and beyond for the people she loves) was looking out for them. 

    If it wasn’t for Thony’s determination to find her family, things might’ve turned out quite differently, but her efforts paid off, even when it seemed like she was looking for a needle in a haystack. There were times Thony was close to giving up, but she persevered, likely because she had Jorge’s assistance. The dynamic between the two of them is, questionable, to say the least, as it’s unclear where his alliances lie—and he’s made it clear he has no qualms about killing her at any moment—but he’s also softened up a bit after seeing her vulnerable side. In a lot of ways, he sees himself in Thony, especially being a single father who is trying his best to protect his offspring. 

    That, of course, doesn’t mean he’s a decent human being, as he even tells Thony herself at the end that he’s not the kind of man she thinks he is. Thony is always drawn to these wounded birds, but this is different than Arman—Jorge seems to be a terrible human who may be behind Arman’s kidnapping. I think his warning to Thony was indicative of that (I think the devil’s breath was his), plus, he’s not as redeemable as Arman was. It’s clear he’s going to be Thony’s next love interest—and the one who helps her through all the tough moments, while being the one who pushes her—but I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing for her. It keeps her in this lifestyle and in this cycle of chaos that she just can’t seem to free herself from. 

    Now, back to Fiona and Chris, who went through it to make their way back home to Jaz and JD, including Chris’ sprained ankle, dehydration from a lack of water, and nearly suffocating to death from engine smoke inhalation. But they showed that they had the strength and willpower to survive, with this experience bringing mother and son much closer together, along with Camilla joining the family as his future significant other. Something beautiful is formed from the darkness is a great takeaway. Plus, Chris was finally able to see all that his mother sacrificed for him to have a better life, so I hope he shows his gratitude for a long time.

    The reunion was a little breath of happiness during a very gritty episode—and it’s important to keep the balance to not lose viewers. No one can take so much tragedy, loss, and anxiety every week without getting a bit of reprieve at the end to prove that it’s all worth it. 

    As Thony focused her efforts on finding her family, Nadia remained committed to her search for Armando, but she very quickly learned that she was running out of options. Her partnership with Russo (or Auntie Kate) fell apart almost instantly as she was never truly on Nadia’s side. She froze Kamdar’s assets the moment she got wind that Nadia was operating the money to find Arman. When her headhunter, Logan, went MIA, she essentially had no choice but to put all of her trust in the cartel—they are family after all. 

    Ramona proved her loyalty by helping her get the money needed to save Arman by (from my understanding) blowing up La Habana so Nadia could cash in on the insurance money. There’s definitely something that the Sin Cara cartel isn’t telling us about Arman, but Ramona swears she’ll do anything to protect him, so I guess for now, our only choice is to trust her. That one swift move, however, ensured that Nadia is indebted to her, so both Nadia and Thony are in deep now—and I hate that for them. If they’d just stuck together, maybe there would’ve been another way out of this mess. 

    Thony’s celebrations will be short-lived as the next step is to face CPS and prove that she deserves custody of Luca. 

    The Cleaning Lady has found many ways to keep Arman’s spirit alive by dragging out the search for him and connecting Thony and Nadia with his family, but one of the best moments of the episode was when Nadia drove in on a motorcycle in a leather jacket. It was as if Arman was close by—and we know he’d be damn proud. 

    What did you think of the episode?

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