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The Cleaning Lady Review – Paradise Lost (206)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Adan Canto and Élodie Yung in the “Oasis” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Oct. 24 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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Well, that escalated quickly.

I assumed Cortes would be a problem for more than half an episode, but by the end of The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 6, he was no longer a threat. But that doesn’t mean they are in the clear or that this is over because it’s not. In fact, it’s much more twisted than ever before.

Thony and Arman aren’t in the clear with Kamdar either, and I imagine he will be very suspicious now that the Cortes deal was blown by the FBI before it even got off the ground.

And while they can spin it and say that the FBI was already onto Cortes because of a romantic relationship, I don’t foresee Kamdar being pleased with how easily trouble follows Arman around. Not to mention, the Cortes deal was Arman’s escape from under Kamdar’s thumb. Without it, is he going to be forced to pay back the debts? Will the FBI just allow him and Thony to continue their drug dealing side hustle? 

I definitely expected a partnership between Cortes, Arman, and Thony to last a few episodes before things went south, but this is also the beauty of The Cleaning Lady—it continuously keeps you on your toes. There’s a larger plan at play for the series that the audience isn’t seeing; the creators and writers are steps ahead of us, as they should be. 

Will the FBI still expect Thony and Arman to work with them to deliver Kamdar? And if so, how will they manage to convince him without raising any red flags?

Garrett’s decision to shoot Cortes to save Maya changes the power dynamics. He no longer has the upper hand when it comes to Thony or even Maya; he’s now indebted to them in the hopes that they don’t sell him out. Everyone needs to be on the same page about what happened inside the compound or it all implodes.

Thony proved that she’ll go the extra mile to help Garrett cover his tracks (she’s loyal like that) by taking the gun from Maya and putting it into Cortes’ hands. The simple act guarantees that there isn’t any suspicion about why Garrett fired at an unarmed man. They can use self-defense—his shoot-and-kill is justifiable. But what about Maya? She was obviously shaken up and terrified, but she also had a relationship with Cortes so she’s kind of a loose cannon. Will she be grateful? Will she blame Garrett?

The Cleaning Lady Recap Season 2 Episode 6 Paradise Lost

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Eva De Dominici, Adan Canto and Élodie Yung in the “Oasis” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Oct. 24 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

Regardless, their connection runs deep. Garrett saw firsthand just how easy it was to do the wrong thing for the right reasons, and for that, he’s no better than Thony and Arman who have been simply doing all that they can to stay afloat. They are working the cards they’ve been dealt as best they can to keep their loved ones safe. Their actions might not be legal, but they are attempting to minimize the fallout as best they can–Thony even hopes that some good will come out of all of this by selling the pharmaceuticals people really need but can’t afford/don’t have access to.

Garret has never walked the straight and narrow, but he’s now kind of united with the “bad guys.” He can’t tell his colleagues what really went down, but the truth is, trouble follows him just as much as it follows Thony. There’s no denying that the moment he hopped back on the Cortes case, they had more momentum than they had in months. Garrett is an asset to the case because he’s a good agent, but he’s only a good agent because he makes shady deals left and right. The momentum resulted in Cortes’ death and left Russo wondering if the shoot was legit. She knows Garrett all too well, so she’s definitely suspicious about how it all went down, especially because Garrett is personally connected to both women and cares deeply about Maya. Maya thought she could shake Thony up by telling her that Garrett slept with her, but Thony knows all too well that you can’t help who you develop feelings for. She’s empathetic and understanding in most situations even if it would be totally okay for her to lose it or freak out.

Cortes compound had so much security, there was no way one mere agent like Garrett should’ve been able to infiltrate it without getting caught, but it’s a good thing that he did. If Garrett wasn’t there, my guess is that Thony would’ve shot Cortes to save herself and Maya from a dangerous situation. Either way, the outcome would’ve been the exact same. 

The whole deal that Arman and Thony set up was beyond dangerous, and when Arman left there to get the drugs and was forced to leave Thony behind, you could tell just how nervous he was. The look they exchanged indicated that he didn’t know if he would ever see her again. And while Cortes may not have been aware that he was getting played, he absolutely picked up on the passion between them, even assuming that they were a couple. At this point, Thony and Arman are the only ones dancing around how obvious it is, though, I think the possibility of almost losing her might force Arman to confront his true feelings. Considering Nadia is out of the picture, there’s nothing holding them back or stopping them. Also, Thony is a stunner no matter what she’s wearing, but I loved her “drug dealer.” She’s always Arman’s equal, but the outfit just solidified it. They are some good-looking people that make a really great team. 

Nadia made her choice, and while it wasn’t outright Kamdar, it also wasn’t Arman, which is telling. She’s so naive that she believes that Kamdar cares about her more than Arman. Arman might not be a stellar husband, but everything he’s doing involves protecting Nadia in some way. Even the secret deals with Thony and Garrett included some form of protection for Nadia. I think Arman was going to tell her the truth, but when he came home and saw that all of his things were strewn across the lawn, he realized that he could no longer trust his wife; he’s been compromised. 

And honestly, even his warning to get out of Kamdar’s club came from a place of love because he didn’t want to see her go down with the ship. However, Nadia was adamant that she could take care of herself, and in addition to running La Havana, she was set on working the floor for Kamdar. Again, her choice, but it might not be the right one. 

Arman’s perception of the situation, including Kamdar’s decision to give Nadia back her wedding ring, is very accurate. It may be the ring Arman gave to her, but Kamdar gave it back to her. He knew what he was doing with that manipulation tactic. 

Where the plot goes from here, I have no idea, but I’m eager to see just how thick as thieves Garrett, Arman, Thony, and Maya get following the Cortes drama. Will they leverage their FBI contact? Or will they drag Garrett to the dark side?

Meanwhile, Fi was trying to save Chris from himself, and while she couldn’t get through to him, JD finally did. Fi accidentally blurted out the truth about Marco’s death to JD, and while I couldn’t stop screaming, “Fi, no!” at the top of my lungs,  it seems that maybe it wasn’t a terrible choice on her part. The audience doesn’t know or trust JD, but we have to believe that Fi knows what she’s doing. And she seems to think that he’s a good guy, so that counts for something. Instead of judging Fi or Chris, JD simply helped locate him and even tried to talk to him about forgiving himself and living with the truth. 

I think it finally got through to Chris that while it was a terrible situation, it was an accident. Turning himself wouldn’t solve their problems, it would only do more damage and rip him away from his family. 

Unfortunately, Detective Flores is aware that Chris came to visit her, and though they can craft a cover story for why he was there, if she’s a good detective, she’ll figure it out. It’s likely that Garrett will have to intervene and protect Chris from deportation. Self-defense only works for citizens, but it’s not exactly something TNTs can get away with.

Jaz noticed just how broken and distraught Chris has been, and she tried to fix it by providing solutions thinking that the core issue was that he was a TNT. It was sweet and it came from a place of love, but it definitely wasn’t good timing. The whole situation provided some clarity into Fi’s relationship with JD, however, as we learned that he has a girlfriend. But honestly, love always finds a way, and it seems that JD never meant to leave Fi; he loved her and wanted to have a life with her. Fi has always been on her own, handling her business and refusing help from everyone, but she doesn’t have to live that way forever—she can let love and help in. Will she let her guard down with JD?

What do you think of JD’s involvement? He seems like a smart guy, so I know that he’ll catch on to Arman if he ever crosses paths with him. 

How did you like the episode? Were you surprised with how things ended with Cortes? Will Thony and Arman find a way to work with Kamdar while selling him to the FBI?

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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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