There was a lot happening under the surface on The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 8.
And sometimes, actions speak louder than words.
Not much time passed between Thony and Arman’s devastating night with Kamdar on the previous episode and the opening events of “Spousal Privilege.” Kamdar forcing Arman to pull the trigger and kill Maya haunted Thony, but it was also something they both had to keep a secret as Garrett was on a rampage to destroy Kamdar and the man who shot his girl. Garrett may have developed into a sort of friend confidant for Thony, but the power dynamics are still in play; He’s still her handler, which means that he wouldn’t hesitate to take down Arman if he found out the truth. We know it’s only a matter of time before the whole situation implodes, and for Arman’s sake, let’s hope Garrett at least takes the circumstance of the situation into consideration before casting judgment or seeking revenge.
Thony also realized that she couldn’t keep putting her family in danger, so she moved them to a safer location until it was all over. And by this, I mean the FBI putting Kamdar behind bars for good. Both Thony and Arman were a little too optimistic when they suggested this would all be over soon. While they seem to understand the dangers of taking down Kamdar, they also believe that they will be free from his grasp in no time, which doesn’t really track. As we know, nothing ever pans out the way they hope it does, so it’s a little too hopeful on their part. And that becomes even more evident on when Nadia becomes way more involved in the case than Arman ever wanted.
There were a handful of issues that I couldn’t look over on this episode, including Thony thinking that Fi and the family would be safe at JD’s house. Kamdar managed to find Maya at an FBI safehouse that was guarded by security. Garrett eventually realized that Cortes was tracking Maya, which gave Kamdar a leg up, but honestly, if he wanted to find Thony’s family, I doubt he’d have any issues. There is no place where they are truly safe with Kamdar free, and she needs to accept it.
I also find it strange that Garrett keeps showing up at Thony’s house. Wouldn’t that raise some suspicion? Thony is jumpy all the time thinking that Kamdar will sic one of his men on her, so I would think that he has people watching her house. If they don’t want him to find out that she’s the one working with the FBI, Garrett shouldn’t be coming around her place all the time. It’s too exposed. These may just be oversights on the show’s part, but they truly bugged me throughout the episode. They all seem well aware of how dangerous and sly Kamdar is, so why are they underestimating him, his reach, and his capabilities?
When Arman realizes that Thony was staying at home alone without her family, he offers to stay with her and protect her, but the fuzzy feeling fades quickly when they staged their meeting with Kamdar in hopes of taking him down only to realize that Nadia is handling his business while he’s away on a trip. She’s literally his second hand—the woman he trusts the most–so that already means she’s in too deep. But With the FBI listening in, Arman attempts to shut down any conversation with Nadia in order to protect her. He informs Garrett that he was not going to hurt or set up his own family in the process of bringing Kamdar down. He might not be with Nadia anymore, but he won’t let her become collateral damage. And the fact that he still cares this much for her is a testament to his character. Unfortunately, Nadia keeps pushing Arman away as her judgment is clouded by how close he is to Thony. Her jealousy and insecurities prevent her from realizing that there’s something larger at play and that Arman is simply not telling her the whole truth to keep her safe.
Eventually, it becomes clear that the only way to find any true incriminating evidence on Kamdar—enough to put him away for life rather than just a few years—is to steal the ledger in his office that details all of his transactions. If they can crack the code and follow the breadcrumbs to all the criminal syndicates that he owns, they could have his head on a platter.
And the only way to get inside his office and get to the ledger is by stealing Nadia’s ID card. Of course, this means Arman must “reconcile” with Nadia, a seemingly dreaded word for everyone. The look on his face indicates that by doing this, he feels like he’s betraying Thony, and there’s definitely a shift in energy between them once he does eventually get back into good graces (and the bed) with his estranged wife. Both Thony and Arman seem aware of what must be done, but it doesn’t lessen the blow of what this means for their relationship.
Arman is also forced to manipulate his wife, and while it’s better than letting her sink with the ship, it’s still not ideal. He still has love for Nadia, but he’s not in love with her and it’s evident he’s only getting back with her because there’s no other way to do what needs to be done. He knows what needs to be done to protect Nadia, himself, and Thony + her family. In a twisted way, he’s bedding his wife for Thony. He even seems to apologize to Thony for it, and for having to leave her, which shows that his romantic loyalty has completely shifted.
Nadia is in seventh heaven after her romantic rendezvous with her husband, but it quickly fades when she notices her ID is missing and the realization that she was simply a pawn settles in. I actually feel bad for Nadia in this scene because it’s a heartbreaking moment for her and one that will likely push her further away from Arman and into Kamdar’s grasp. Her desire to establish an independence from Arman has forced her to get more involved with Kamdar, which means that there’s no way that the FBI will be able to bring him down without taking her down too. And especially in light of the new development that Nadia and Kamdar are/were married!
While rummaging through Kamdar’s office (does the man not have cameras?!), Thony unearthed the bombshell piece of information that will surely rock Arman’s world. Are Nadia and Kamdar still married? Because if so, that means her marriage to Arman was never valid.
If Nadia truly is Nadia Kamdar, there’s no way that Arman can protect her anymore. He’s been trying to do the right thing by everyone, but protecting Nadia comes at too high of a cost. Thony made it very clear to Arman that she’s also not going to put her neck on the line for Nadia any longer, and it makes sense. While she has tried her best to be respectful of Arman’s wife, at some point, it’s just not worth it. They can’t even trust her with the truth because she’s such a loose cannon.
Arman has a big decision to make moving forward, and I hope he follows his heart.
When Nadia asked him if he loves Thony, his “I don’t know” was telling. He may not understand his feelings yet, but the simple hesitation means that he’s definitely feeling something for Thony that goes beyond friendship. My guess is he hasn’t found the time to get in tune with his feelings just yet considering the fast-paced nature of the criminal life, however, he also hasn’t had to because no one has ever flat-out asked him that either. Now that the question has been posed out loud, it will likely be in the back of Arman’s mind when he decides how to move forward in light of some unsettling news about his wife’s past.
As for JD, I can’t really figure out if he’s trustworthy. He seems great, but he’s always pressing for more information about Fi’s life. It may just be that he’s a devoted dad who wants to be more involved in his daughter’s life, but considering the nature of this series, we can’t just take people at face value.
What does he have to gain from all of this? Could he really just be a nice guy? Initially, when he told Fi that he won’t let Jaz be around Thony after she confided in him, I was fuming. How dare he waltz in here and make such demands? Fi trusted him with this information and he seemingly threw it back in her face.
However, once I let myself cool down, I could understand his concerns about allowing his daughter to live with someone who is the target of one of Vegas’ most dangerous criminals.
Plus, he framed the situation in a way that Fi hasn’t considered yet—is this the quality of life she wants for herself and her kids? Thony is trying her best, but the truth is, she keeps getting dragged down further and further into a situation that is putting them all in a world of danger. When will it be enough? Does Fi have it in her to cut ties before it costs them all? Will she remove herself and the children, including Luca, from the situation that has now escalated all too far? In the back of Fi’s mind, she believes Thony is doing all of this for Arman, and while it’s not 100% true, she’s also not wrong. Thony has stuck around simply because of how intertwined she is with Arman. We can’t blame her for the decisions she made as they all stemmed from helping Luca, but it’s fair for Fi to want to protect herself and put her foot down.
At some point, it will all come to a head, but will it be too late? Will Thony be forced to chose between her family and Arman?
What did you think of the episode?
‘The Cleaning Lady’ Actor Adan Canto Tragically Dies at Age 42—Fans React
The Cleaning Lady has lost one of its own. Ahead of the upcoming third season season on FOX, leading star Adan Canto has passed away at the age of 42.
Deadline reports that the Mexican actor died on January 8, 2024, after a private battle with appendiceal cancer.
His health reportedly did not allow him to resume filming when production started on the third season in December, however, he was supposed to rejoin the cast later on in the season for the role of gangster Arman Morales, who has a very complicated and steamy relationship with the show’s lead Élodie Yung (Thony De La Rosa).
The actor’s reps at UTA, Entertainment360 and Viewpoint confirmed the news with a gutwrenching statement, writing, “Adan had a depth of spirit that few truly knew. Those who glimpsed it were changed forever. He will be greatly missed by so many.”
Canto, who also had a significant role in Designated Survivor, is survived by his wife Stephanie Ann Canto and their two very young children, 3.5-year-old Roman Alder and 1.5-year-old Eve Josephine.
The Cleaning Lady is set to return on March 5 and sadly, without Canto to bring all of the emotions.
Fans immediately took to social media to mourn the beloved actor, as one wrote, “My heart goes out to everyone on The Cleaning Lady crew and his family & friends. Really loved watching him on that show and he will be missed. RIP Adan Canto.”
Another one shared, “I’m f***ing heartbroken. Adan Canto was one of my favourite actors. Fell in love with him the moment he walked on the screen as Arman Morales. Literal irreplaceable talent,” as a third summed up, “I f***ing hate cancer.”
My heart goes out to everyone on The Cleaning Lady crew and his family & friends. Really loved watching him on that show and he will be missed.
RIP Adan Canto https://t.co/gYgYWvGvQc
— Will Landman 🍥 (@WillTheLandMan) January 9, 2024
Rest in peace, Canto, and thank you for gracing us with your amazing talent.
Did ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Get Renewed for Season 3? You Betcha!
The Cleaning Lady has quickly become one of the most talked about shows on social media for a variety of reasons.
There’s a compelling storyline, it’s action-packed and quick-paced, the casting is superb starting with the lead star Elodie Yung as Thony De La Rosa all the way down to the Naveen Andrews’ villainous Robert Kamdar, and most importantly, the palpable chemistry between Yung’s Thony and Adan Canto’s Arman Morales.
And that’s exactly why FOX has given the series a green light for a third season!
You heard that right—the network has renewed the drama for season 3, which means we’ll see Thony and Arman get deeper involved with the criminal underworld of Las Vegas.
In addition to season 3, The Cleaning Lady is getting a new co-showrunner with Jeannine Renshaw joining creator Miranda Kwok, per The Hollywood Reporter. Renshaw’s background includes In the Dark and Good Girls, so hopefully, this means we’ll finally get those #Armony moments we’ve been waiting for.
“After two heart-pounding seasons, we’re thrilled with how audiences have latched on to this incredible story,” Fox Entertainment president Michael Thorn said in a statement. “The cast, led by the incomparable Élodie Yung, along with our brilliant creative team and our partners at Warner Bros. Television have expertly crafted a highly compelling, emotionally-driven show that gives a perspective you don’t often see on television.”
“The Cleaning Lady is a gripping and masterful tale of a mother who will do anything for her child. I am thrilled that we get to continue to explore Thony’s world in a third season. A big thank you to our partners at Fox for providing a platform for this show to thrive, to Miranda Kwok for developing such a powerful story, and to Melissa Carter for her leadership during the first two seasons. We are excited about Jeannine Renshaw joining the creative team, and I can’t wait for audiences to see what Miranda and Jeannine have in store for season three,” added Warner Bros. Television Group chairman and CEO Channing Dungey.
The two-hour season 2 finale brought a satisfactory conclusion to Kamdar’s reign and realigned Thony and Arman’s efforts once again, leaving the former as the boss lady in charge. I can’t wait for them to explore this dynamic even further!
The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Review – [SPOILER] Dies
Forget an action-packed TV show—The Cleaning Lady Season 2 finale (episodes 11 and 12 titled “Sanctuary” and “At Long Last”) was an action-packed, large-scale film. Clocking in at under two hours, the back-to-back dose of episodes was a flurry of emotions as Thony and Fi teamed up to save Luca’s life by any means necessary.
And unfortunately, lives were destroyed in the process.
Though Thony remained a loving mother who would do anything for her son throughout the course of the two seasons, she was much more dangerous this season, and I think it’s fitting to give her the nickname Tornado Thony. She brought so much chaos through her reckless decision-making, and even though she was able to/will undo almost all of the damage, the sad reality is that Garrett, who helped Thony since day one, was a casualty of the war.
That one hurt the most because Garrett, though flawed, was a truly great man who didn’t deserve what happened to him. All he wanted to do was redeem himself and his career and save Maya, but his fate was sealed the moment he had that heart-to-heart with Russo, right before they hooked up, where he reflected on his life and how he gets too close to his CIs. The poor guy never stood a chance after continuously getting roped in with Thony and toeing the line between what’s right and what’s necessary.
A lot of the plot points this season, though entertaining and dramatic, were far-fetched, so for any of this to be believable, there had to be a believable outcome—not everyone could survive the ordeal. It was already kind of surprising that Kamdar let Thony and Arman live for as long as he did.
The series didn’t have many options for victims, however. Thony needed to make it out alive since she’s the protagonist, and since Arman’s connection to Thony and their will-they-or-won’t-they dance is a crucial draw for viewers, the writers couldn’t kill him off either. To keep the possibility of Armony in-tact, they also couldn’t let Nadia die—though they did give us a scare—because Arman would never forgive Thony for saving Kamdar. Nadia’s death would’ve fractured Arman and Thony’s relationship and pushed it to an irreparable point.
But, in a way, Garrett was the heart of the series, so his death was a gut punch that drove home the dangers of this world and the work he was trying to accomplish. It’s a huge loss, don’t get me wrong, because I love Oliver Hudson, but it was also necessary as the series needed to distance itself from the FBI and the fact that he was always coming to Thony’s rescue; it was becoming too predictable and a bit of crutch that would have become a disservice to the characters. Not having the FBI connection to lean on forced Thony to think outside of the box.
His death needed to matter, however, which is why I’m so glad that Arman and Nadia went through on their promise to kill Kamdar. After everything he did, including trying to drown Nadia (key word trying because he couldn’t go through with it—she was his weakness), he deserved the outcome. And the fact that Nadia pulled the trigger after he physically and emotionally manipulated her for years was the cherry on top. The series needed to put an end to Kamdar’s wrath as dragging it out wouldn’t have added to the believability. He was a very well-connected man, but the moment he let his guard down, Arman swooped in.
Arman has never let down the women in his life, always making good on his promises. He told Nadia that upon Kamdar’s death, she would inherit his entire empire, and she did. She deserves to be the boss babe after everything she’s been through, not to mention, she damn well made sure to remind Arman that she was no longer answering to a man. They may have pulled off Operation Kill Kamdar together, but she’s an independent woman now—in life and in business. Arman is still around, but what’s hers is not his, and she made that very clear.
I think that’s partially why Arman agreed to help Thony when she came to him in the final moments asking him to reverse the damage from his decision to kill Kamdar. Obviously, this is the writers’ way to keep Arman and Thony in each other’s orbit, but it also makes sense plotwise. Without the FBI’s guarantee, Thony had to take matters into her own hands, and next to Nadia, Arman is the most connected person that she knows in Vegas.
We’ve seen how well they work together, even if they aren’t always seeing eye to eye. There were so many great moments in the finale, but every time Thony and Arman hopped on his bike after one of their escapades, it was electric. I can see why she’s so addicted to this lifestyle—and him!
While it seemed as though Arman and Nadia were back together and on the same page after Kamdar’s death, the truth is, I think she’s done being the woman that’s dependent on a man. And she’s definitely done fighting for Arman’s love and being second best in this love triangle. She helped Arman because she cares about him (and because she’s partially responsible for getting him into this mess with Robert), but too much has been broken between them for far too long. And the reality is that Thony will always be an obstacle in their relationship because Arman simply cannot say no to her; she has a pull over him in the same way she did with Garrett. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost Arman in the same way it did the FBI agent.
I love that before Arman agreed to help Thony, he needed to clear the air about her lack of trust. The truth is, a lot of this could’ve been avoided if she just believed that he would be able to help her get the meds and kill Kamdar. Arman has always been good for it, and the moment she found out he rerouted the shipment for her and put himself in the line of danger with Kamdar, she realized the error of her ways. She was foolish to think Kamdar was her way out of this when we’ve seen Arman literally throw himself in the line of fire for her time and time again. He has such a big heart, especially when it comes to matters concerning Thony.
Thony assured him that the trust has always been there (girl, it better be), and they didn’t waste any time before jumping onto their next Bonne & Clyde adventure—Thony taking Kamdar’s place in the drug smuggling world, in full boss babe attire, might I add. Honestly, this was an even bigger boss move than Nadia pulling the trigger on Kamdar and walking into La Habana as a survivor.
Thony is now on top and calling the shots, and her first request to the immigration/customs officer was to look the other way when she brings someone back home to U.S.
At its core, The Cleaning Lady has always been about how far you’re willing to go for family, and while the focus was mostly on Luca, it’s now shifting to the other members close to Thony’s heart.
Fiona went through the wringer this season, but the one thing she’s always remained is loyal to Thony because it was the right thing to do. She helped her sister-in-law save Luca not because she had to, but because she wanted to. And she stood by that choice even while wearing an orange jumpsuit. It’s why Fiona has always been one of the best characters in the series.
And thankfully, her loyalty will all be worth it because if there’s one thing that Thony is good at, it’s finding a way and never giving up. When one door closed with the FBI, she carved her own path. She’s always done what needs to be done, even when people doubted her. And there’s nothing that these two women wouldn’t do for each other, no matter the danger or the consequences.
Realistically, Thony should’ve told Fi to go home after she got to the hospital. She has always crossed the line because being an informant in an ongoing investigation offered her a level of protection, but that protection, as we saw the first time Fiona was nearly deported, did not extend to her sister-in-law. Thony could afford to take risks, but others weren’t as lucky, which is why it wasn’t fair of her to ask Fiona to help her break the law, steal a ventilator, and give Luca unauthorized meds. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hold it against her as she wasn’t thinking straight. Everything she did was to save Luca. There was nothing else that mattered—and when the hospital was blatantly ignoring them and writing off Luca as someone the wasn’t worth saving, she did what she had to do no matter the consequences. If it weren’t for Thony and her efforts—misguided as they may have been in the eyes of the law—her little boy would’ve died.
As I’ve mentioned, there’s a lot about this series that’s far-fetched, including how Thony seems to avoid any real consequences, so I was actually glad that the doctor reported Thony and Fi. If he looked the other way, it wouldn’t have made sense. It was a necessary obstacle to ground the storyline and keep it as realistic as possible. No doctor would let Thony get away with it, despite her pleas, as they would’ve deemed it unethical. Thony assumed she could just convince him because she operates in a world where bending the rules is the norm, not the exception, but that’s not the reality. If he kept quiet, he would’ve been complicit, and the blame would’ve been placed on him and not Thony if the drugs didn’t work.
We may not have gotten the romantic moment between Thony and Arman this season, but if you think about it, everything they’ve done has come from a place of love and affection for each other—it’s just manifesting in different ways.
Arman risked his life for Thony every single time she needed it. Even when he was mad at her, if she called and needed help, he dropped everything. And though she may have put him in some danger, Thony stuck around because of Arman and her desire to help free him, even when it would’ve made sense to go back to the Phillippines and give Luca a good life. They did all of this for each other, and that’s more romantic than anything else. And while I would’ve loved a steamy kiss, I’m kind of enjoying the slow burn because when they do finally admit it to each other, it’ll be that much more rewarding.
As the first half of the hour found Thony scrambling to save Luca, the second half of the hour focused on the fallout of crossing Kamdar and Thony’s need to make everything right. She didn’t listen to the FBI when they told her to lay low because she was burned, and though she managed to do exactly what Garrett wanted—deliver Kamdar on a golden platter—it came with some real consequences.
However, there was definitely some kind of happy ending, including Thony and Arman riding off into the sunset together after finally arriving on the other side of everything, and if Fox chooses not to renew the series (which would be a very big mistake), this would suffice as a series finale. I’m almost certain that’s why they chose the two-episode finale so that they could wrap up all the lingering storylines while leaving the door slightly ajar in the event that Fox decides to give them the green light.
And listen, while Kamdar’s reign came to an end, there’s plenty more to explore in the criminal underbelly of Las Vegas, not to mention within the new hierarchy and in the personal dynamics.
I want to see Thony’s boss era. She’s been calling the shots and doing it all this whole time, but now, there’s nothing hanging over her head—no one she’s running from or cleaning up for. And
On The Cleaning Lady Season 1 finale, Arman and Thony thought that they finally achieved success, but things took a nasty turn rather quickly, but this time around, there’s not much stopping them. They’re at the very top, with Nadia as an ally, not a foe.
We could see a new side of Thony, we could see Thony and Arman continue to explore their personal and professional relationship and run a business together, we could see Thony finally open up her clinic to help people, we could see Fi’s return, and how she and Thony move on from what happened, and we can hopefully finally see Fi getting her slice of happiness and prioritizing her own family.
The focus has so far been mostly Thony as a loving mother who will do anything for her child, but I’m glad that we got to see Fiona finally realize that she has kids to think about as well. They might not be in the same predicament as Luca, but they need their mom, and she needs to start putting them first. And JD helped remind her of that. She saw just how easily she lost everything that mattered, and I think that will have a profound impact on her relationship with Thony, even if she did do everything to bring her back.
Fiona’s chat with Chris was so heartbreaking but also so authentic and reflective of the plight of immigrants and the undocumented, highlighting all the sacrifices that they make day in and day out so that their kids can have a better life. They are truly the unsung heroes in this story.
Thony may have lost herself a bit in a scramble to save her son and free herself from Kamdar’s grasp, and though she burned bridges left and right, at the end of the day, she tried to make it all better, which is why we were rooting for her in the first place.
Again, I’m really hoping Fox gives us a third season so we can see just how far things can go.
The writers and creators of the series have proven that they know how to tell a story, and they know how to tell it well. There’s an endless amount of possibilities, and I’m sure there are even more bad guys to create conflict.
Other Stray Musings
- Thony stayed in this lifestyle to save Fi, but after her sis-in-law is back in the states, how will she justify her decision to continue working alongside Arman? JD will definitely have an opinion about it, and if Fi wants him in her life, she’ll still be required to make an impossible choice.
- One thing I couldn’t shake was how easy it was for Thony to do anything when Kamdar’s men were supposed to be watching her. How did she keep evading them?
- Nadia may have hated Thony this whole time, but she gave her the hint about the Caymans, so on some level, she had to trust and respect her.
- I love how much time they dedicated to Garrett’s funeral. He didn’t deserve to die, but he definitely deserved a proper sendoff.
What did you think of the season 2 finale? Are you happy everything was buttoned up? Do you think we’ll get a season three renewal?
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