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The Cleaning Lady Review – The Ask (209)

THE CLEANING LADY: Naveen Andrews (C) and Élodie Yung (R) in the “The Ask” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Nov. 28 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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The Cleaning Lady is determined to make my blood pressure skyrocket. 

In the latest episode, Thony gets in much deeper with Kamdar instead of finding solutions to free herself from this violent and dangerous lifestyle. 

When Fiona asked her flat-out how she was going to get out of this mess, Thony herself acknowledged that she had no idea while emphasizing that the only thing that truly mattered was that Kamdar was helping her save Luca.

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 9 circled back to the very crux of the story: the great lengths Thony will go to as a mother. Her desire and need to save Luca was the reason she got embroiled in this mess in the first place, so it’s fitting that, as we get ready to close out this season in just a few episodes, she’s once again being backed into a corner and forced to trust a dangerous man to save her son.

This time, Kamdar is the new lifeline for her boy instead of Arman, which is unfortunate because Kamdar is a straight-up terrible man with no soul. He’s not as kind or gentle as Arman, nor does he actually care what happens to Thony’s son. The only reason he’s even interested in helping is to get what he wants from Thony in return—an established pipeline to sell the drugs that she managed to smuggle in through the Phillippines. 

The storyline is, admittedly, a bit of a stretch, but I love that it connects back to Thony’s roots and her home country because she feels the impacts of it that much more. I hate that she was forced to burn a bridge with two close friends who admired her and thought highly of her, but, at the same time, it goes to show you that Thony will stop at nothing to help her son.

However, it also begs the question—how far is too far? Is there a line she won’t be willing to cross? She knew that the price for anyone in the Phillippines who helped smuggle drugs into the US was death, and yet, she still went through with it. She keeps excusing her behavior by saying that she had no choice and saying that she’s helping Luca, but I also don’t fully believe it. At some point, she’s just convincing herself. A part of me thinks that she’s addicted to the rush of all of it because it gives her purpose. Not to mention, she’s good at it. 

I’m sure that if she wanted to, Thony would be able to leverage her connection and relationship with Garrett to get hold of the meds Luca needs. But then again, she was in the same boat as Arman: kill or be killed. Thony wasn’t directly killing anyone, but she was putting a target on her friends because if she didn’t, Kamdar would have no problem taking her out of the equation. 

However, being back in the Phillippines and seeing old friends and family was a bit of a wake-up call. It forced Thony to confront the reality of how much her life has changed from what it once was. She has taken a very dark path, but up until now, she’s had a bit of tunnel vision because she’s been so focused on helping Luca and freeing herself and Arman from Kamdar’s grasp. But surrounded by all the familiar places and people, she’s seeing her life for what it really is. It’s forcing her to take a hard look at the mess that she’s created, which will hopefully force her to make some necessary changes, even if they are dire. Thony is resourceful, but her skills come at a price to the people she loves, including her two friends in the Phillippines.

After Arman and Thony were burned by the cartel, they were put in a near-death situation which led to the death of Arman’s friend and dealer Bosco. The whole situation was honestly too close for comfort, and I still have no idea how they managed to get away without any injuries. But once they lost the drugs and their shipping route, they were of no use to Kamdar. 

Thony realized she could leverage Kamdar’s connections for herself while buying them some time, but the truth is, it was her Hail Mary, which meant that Kamdar did not want Arman to go on the quick trip to the Phillippines.  This was her deal—and Arman was no longer part of the equation. 

This is the first time we’ve seen Arman and Thony’s paths diverge in some time, and I’m not entirely sure I like it, especially because it brought Arman back into Nadia’s orbit.

The moment Arman realized that he was as good as dead since Kamdar no longer needed him, he concocted a master plan that hinges very heavily on an assist from Nadia. And this means Nadia and Arman are now the A-team, leaving Thony in the dust as her allegiance is with Kamdar until she can secure those meds for Luca. The shake-up is not something I’m comfortable with, particularly because I’ve been hoping that Thony and Arman would get closer in the aftermath of their shared trauma. 

Then again, it all makes sense. Nadia is still Kamdar’s wife, so if they were to successfully get away with killing him, she would theoretically inherit his empire. Of course, I don’t know what judge would sign off on giving her everything, plus, Kamdar likely has a contingency plan in place for his death, though there’s no denying that Nadia is his weak spot. If there’s anyone who could get close enough and gain his trust, it’s her. 

Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it seems. Nadia may be interested in helping Arman because she still loves him and understands just how unhinged Kamdar is, but I also think there’s also a part of her that loves how much Kamdar worships and values her. There’s also her jealousy over Arman whenever he’s with Thony which could blind Nadia and force her to do something to sabotage him.

And what if she suddenly changes her mind when she gets back into her old life with Kamdar? I mean, in order to convince him, she’s going to have to pretend that her relationship with Arman is over and that she wants to be with her former husband. It’s a risky game to play, especially as she seemed smitten with Kamdar’s decision to buy La Habana for her. With Kamdar, she’s getting the life that she always wanted with Arman, so why would she give any of that up or eliminate her meal ticket?

The sad truth is that I think Arman has too much faith and trust in his wife… who likely isn’t even legally his wife anymore. I don’t know how that works, but if she’s still married to Kamdar, I imagine it voids her whole marriage to Arman. 

My fear is that Arman will be so determined to kill Kamdar that he’ll keep Thony in the dark in the same way he kept Nadia in the dark about his and Thony’s deal with the FBI. And again, this just isn’t the path I envisioned for Arman and Thony to take in the final few episodes.

Regardless, you can’t deny that the creative forces behind The Cleaning Lady know how to complicate everything, and I’m excited to see this pan out. I don’t trust Kamdar or Nadia, but I trust that the writers know what they are doing to give us the best and most realistic storyline that’s grounded yet also provides the level of entertainment value we expect from the series and stays true to the brilliant characters they’ve created. 

The whole storyline involving Luca’s declining health gave me PTSD as I felt the same fear and anxiety that I did back in season one. The plot just hits different when Luca’s life is on the line because that’s when you know there’s nothing Thony isn’t willing to do, which ups the danger factor significantly. She’s gone through so much as a mother, staring down the real possibility that her boy will die every single day, and she still has so much strength to remain calm and composed in the face of a man who basically tells her that he’s willing to let her boy die.

I feel like Thony bonded with Kamdar’s right-hand man, who is also Filipino, and I’m kind of hoping he’ll want to help Thony and Arman out of this predicament. At the end of the day, I would hope that she’d be able to trust her own people. He has to hate Kamdar as much as the rest of us. 

Garrett and Russo are heating up, but we all saw this coming, right? There has been so much hinting at the inevitable hook-up: they’ve been “friends” for quite some time, their whole lives revolve around the FBI, and they are both down on their luck lately. It’s a recipe for bringing together people who otherwise shouldn’t be involved.

Garret’s fire will be reignited, however, after finding the gun that was used to kill Maya and matching a partial print from it back to Arman. He’s always wanted to nail Arman, so this is his opportunity, though, after everything they’ve been through together, I hope that he finds it in his heart to actually hear him out. 

As Russo said many times before, Kamdar will never be the one to pull the trigger. Garrett has worked with Arman to bring down Kamdar, so he knows what he’s capable of, and he knows that Arman’s whole mission has been to get out of this lifestyle. I hope he’ll realize that Arman never wanted to pull the trigger, nor did he have a choice. 

The worst part is that the revelation might fracture the working relationship, especially if Garrett finds out that Thony knew this whole time and lied to his face about it. If he does find it in his heart to understand, it might still break his trust, and he might not forgive them.

Other Thoughts

  • Fi has been thrown into this mess without much of a choice, but in the last episode, JD painted her loyalty to Thony in a new light. Will she remove herself from the situation by the time the season is up? Or will she stick by Thony’s side no matter what?
  • I don’t know why this thought came to me, but if Luca needs medical help down the line that Thony won’t be able to get him since she’s a TNT, she might have to give Luca over to Nadia and Arman, who are citizens. What if, in the end, they “adopt” Luca in order to save his life and give him a shot at survival? It would surely complicate the love triangle even more. Thony can also marry Arman (since I believe his marriage is void now that Nadia is still married to Kamdar) and find a way to citizenship that way—she’s broken the law in worse ways, this we know. 
  • Garrett and Russo need to focus less on making out and more on decoding Kamdar’s ledger. 

Everything is hitting too close to home for Thony, and I hope her prayers are soon answered and an “exit” sign appears so that she can finally catch a break.

What did you think of the episode? How do you think the rest of the season will pan out? Share your thoughts and predictions in the comments below, Cravers! 

You can also catch up on our interview with Martha Millan (Fiona De La Rosa) and see what she had to say about the rest of the season—it’s juicy. 

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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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