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The Cleaning Lady Review – The Brit (205)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Adan Canto and Oliver Hudson in the “The Brit” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Oct. 17 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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Thony’s situation just got really bad. 

The poor woman can’t seem to catch a break, constantly getting caught up in battles that aren’t her own. In the final moments of The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 5, her situation somehow managed to take a turn for the worse—worse than when she was wrapped up in Hayak’s business—when she offered herself up as a CI for Garrett while promising to deliver Robert Kamdar on a silver platter. And Kamdar, as we’ve seen from our brief interactions with him, is a very dangerous man to cross. Not to mention, he kind of owns Arman at the moment, which makes this a very confusing and problematic situation for the extraordinary character reduced to a “thug in a suit” for his forced dealings with the criminal mastermind in Vegas. 

Thony was pushed into a corner when Garrett caught her and Arman with a truck full of drugs and a duffel full of money. There were very few viable options available to them at that point, and survival was top of mind. Thony has always been resourceful—she always finds a way—plus, she promised to help Arman get out of a bind, so she told Garrett she would become his informant, thinking she was doing the right thing by everyone, including herself since she can’t risk going to prison. However, if I’m being honest, getting caught in the crossfire of Kamdar’s criminal empire sounds worse than getting arrested. If Kamdar finds out she’s working for the FBI, well, let’s just say, she won’t be able to take care of Luca either way. Kamdar is ruthless. 

Arman didn’t have much of a say in the matter, but you could tell that he was very much against her rogue plan. Arman wanted to take the fall and set Thony free, but she would never allow it since she was there in order to help him in the first place. If he got arrested, he wouldn’t survive prison a second time, and there was no way he’d find the funds to get himself out. 

Arman is undoubtedly going to feel guilty about the position Thony has been put in because he’s the reason she’s in it; his persistence to push street drugs to turn a higher profit got them into yet another mess. Arman and Nadia wanted to take control of their drug empire after deeming Thony’s ethical methods not lucrative enough, but in the process, they failed to assess the danger that came with the territory. Arman had laser vision to free himself from Kamdar’s clutches, while Nadia only wanted to get back to her carefree life. If Arman would have listened to Thony and trusted her, things may have turned out differently.

Mostly, it didn’t sit right with me how dismissive Arman was of Thony’s hesitations. Selling drugs of any kind without a license is illegal, but if there was no way around it, Thony wanted to make sure that she was at least doing a good thing and putting out good into the world. She actually cares about what happens once the drugs leave her hands. 

It was cruel of Arman to spit back all the things he’s done for her and hold it over her head, even saying he “killed for her,” referring to the shady motel employee. All of those things were valid, sure, but it hurt to hear Arman list them out as if his intentions were purely selfish in every situation. Let’s not get it twisted, Thony has gone to bat for him as well with the limited resources at her disposal, so it wasn’t fair of him to point fingers; it was a low blow and created a bad taste. And I get it, Arman is feeling the pressure of working for Kamdar in many ways—he’s losing his status, he’s not able to focus on his business, and he’s reduced to simply being a thug and teaching the very people he used to work with a “bloody” lesson. He beat the man to a pulp because he was so angry about his situation; he’s losing himself in the process, and it’s not sustainable. Once Thony saw the effect it had on Arman and how much he was suffering, she understood why he was feeling the pressure of paying back the money. Time was not a luxury they had, and thus, she agreed to help him move the product. If she had just given it to her dealer, maybe they could’ve avoided the run-in with Garrett, but, unfortunately, what’s done is done. 

And Thony played the only card she could at the moment when they were ambushed and put on the spot. 

Garrett may work for the FBI, but he’ll look the other way if he can get what he wants. On some level, he knows that Thony isn’t a threat and is simply wrapped up in the wrong business to provide for her family. And while he hates “handsome” Arman and wants to take him down, he wants to save Maya and bring down Cortes more. 

Being a cleaning lady has some benefits, including overhearing some tense and private conversations. That’s what landed Thony in this mess to begin with, but in this case, seeing Kamdar meet with Cortes was her saving grace because she was able to spin that and hand it to Garrett in exchange for her and Arman’s freedom. I use freedom loosely, however, because while Kamdar owns Arman, Garrett now owns Thony. 

And Kamdar just so happens to be the missing piece of Garrett’s puzzle. When Thony copied Maya’s phone, he leveraged it to get himself back on the Cortes case, and the FBI found out the new player in town was “a Brit.” Garrett was desperate to find out who the Brit was, and lo and behold, Thony had the information he needed. It pays to have friends in high places, don’t you think, Garrett?

Garrett cares about Thony, so while he’s determined to save Maya, he also won’t let anything happen to Thony if he can help it. But I’m not sure how deep Thony can go as a CI since she was already made by Maya. If she’s loyal to Cortes, this is bound to blow up in their faces. 

And I can’t underscore how dangerous that will be. 

Arman will also be around, so he’ll do his best to protect Thony, but he’s not exactly in the best headspace or financial space. And all of this takes away from their goals of being free and legit. 

However, it does keep them revolving in each other’s orbits, which I was worried about when Arman told Thony they were done. 

It seemed as though he no longer felt like he had a use for her partnership, but they can’t seem to shake each other.  Thony went against all of her beliefs and everything she stood for simply because she cares about Arman. His demeanor was tense the whole time he was working for Kamdar, including when he was with Nadia, but when he saw Thony, everything changed. You can tell he feels safe with her and like he can be himself around her. He doesn’t have that with Nadia, who is still playing some kind of game. It had to hurt Arman to see her laughing and flirting with her ex-boyfriend while he was basically groveling to pay off his debts, with  Kamdar abusing his power by embarrassing Arman every chance he got. Nadia cares on the surface, but the minute things get hard, she doesn’t seem interested in staying the course. She’s blameless, immediately making it about herself and becoming the victim when Arman brought up all the things he’s doing to pay off the debts, even giving him grief about “his cleaning lady.” There’s so much jealousy exuding from her, it’s actually pushing him right into Thony’s arms. And there’s a gentleness about Thony that is welcoming and comforting—she has a calm and compassionate presence, and Arman likes the man he becomes when she’s around.

Thony doesn’t just talk to the talk, she walks the walk. Even when Arman flung the list of things he’s done for her back in her face and ended their partnership, when he called and asked her to help, she came. When she saw how hurt he was, she held his hand and told him if he helped her clean, they would be able to make the meeting. Nadia has never offered to do any of the dirty work herself, and a man who is down will remember who lifts him up. 

Neither of them are consciously aware of their feelings, but it’s love. Pure love. As long as they are in it together, nothing else matters. And, as we’ve seen previously, they make a killer team. Thony and Arman are now even more tied together, and they have this secret that will bring them closer and push Nadia away even more.

And that’s the thing–while hings may look bleak for Thony and Arman right now, I actually feel bad for Nadia. At least they have each other,  while she’s all alone living in this delusion and not realizing she’s just a pawn in Kamdar’s games. She’s falling for his sweet words and empty promises, but really, he’s an opportunist who thinks he can take anything. They deserve each other. 

Elsewhere, Thony and Fi finally got their cleaning business, The Cleaning Ladies, off the ground, and while the customers didn’t come rushing in, they did manage to land a contract with a former showgirl-turned-event planner. Fi was understandably stressed about the situation since they had no customers and all the ladies needed the work to pay the bills, so when they got their first opportunity, she gave it her all. And her efforts were noticed and rewarded as the client was impressed with her work ethic. She didn’t even mind that Fi forced her kids to work so that she could get the job done!

Fi has been under a lot of pressure lately as everything is coming at her from every angle a million miles a minute, just like Thony. Neither of them have actually dealt with the grief, loss, and situation surrounding Marco’s death, so eventually, I think they’ll likely crack, but Fi’s breaking point was JD, her ex and Jaz’s father, announcing he’s moving to Vegas. She explained it put a lot of pressure on her to live up  to the comparisons of a more established parent, but honestly, JD seems fairly normal and really cool. He even came to help clean, which goes to show that he doesn’t think less of Fi at all. I sense a reconciliation—I just hope he’s ready to deal with the criminal empire that Thony and Fi are involved in. And hopefully, the new event gig that they landed doesn’t provide more problems than it’s worth. 

What did you think of the episode? Thony and Arman might have a shot as no one would think Arman would be crazy enough to work with the feds again after getting busted before.

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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.

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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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