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.
- 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.
‘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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