The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Episode 7 proves that The Cleaning Lady is the best show on television right now.
The episode was a gripping, beautiful mess that moved the plot forward while escalating the stakes higher than ever before.
We thought Arman and Thony were in danger before but as it turns out, we didn’t know what real danger was until Kamdar was staring us right in the face. And Kamdar is not the kind of person you want to mess with, double-cross, or be indebted to, and unfortunately, all three of those things apply to Thony and Arman right now.
Kamdar somehow remains untouchable to the FBI while Thony and Arman continue to dig themselves deeper and deeper into this mess. Trying to do the right thing and come out on the other side is proving to be a lot harder than one would have hoped.
And they almost lost everything in one fell swoop, largely due to Garrett. We’re seeing Garrett in a new light this season as a friend to Thony, but we’re also seeing the fallout of his personal involvement in the Cortes case.
When Garrett gave the FBI the go-ahead to storm Cortes’ compound, he thought he was doing the right thing to protect his two CIs, but in fact, he was putting them in a world of danger that he couldn’t comprehend.
Once Cortes was murdered, Kamdar lost it assuming that everyone within the circle was a rat. And he made it very clear what happens to people who are rats, suffocating Nick, Cortes’ right-hand man, right in front of Thony and Arman to send a message.
From there, Thony and Arman knew that they had to do everything to prove to Kamdar that they were “legit,” or else it would be their lives on the line, including the lives of Thony’s family, who Kamdar didn’t hesitate to bring up by name. This moment was critical in reminding audiences why Thony continues to bend and break this far—she’s doing it all to protect her family. It’s been one mess after the other that all stemmed from trying to save Luca while being a TNT.
The system has failed her, but in a way, Garrett is trying to make up for it by aiding her and helping out in any way he can. At this point, he owes her more than she owes him, so he convinced Russo to release the drugs back to Arman and Thony so that they could sell to another buyer that Kamdar had lined up and prove that they are trustworthy and set the plan back in motion.
Unfortunately, said plan hit a handful of unexpected bumps in the road before they were able to get “in” with the mega-player in Vegas.
First up, new evidence showed up in Marco’s murder, with Detective Flores forcing both Chris and Thony to go station just as the latter was about to set out to assist Arman with the deal. It was terrible timing that could have cost them the deal with Kamdar’s new buyer. You know these people aren’t patient, and arriving late might tip them off or make them think something is awry.
Garrett was called in because the new evidence pointed at Thony being there at the time of Marco’s murder despite her claiming she had nothing to do with it. At this point, Thony knew better than to deny the facts, and in line with protecting Chris, she confessed to the crime, telling Garrett a slightly altered version of the truth as she claimed she accidentally pushed Marco while trying to get to Luca. He didn’t buy it, but it didn’t matter because Thony was an important asset in trying to bring down Kamdar. Not to mention the dirt she had on Garrett that would put him behind bars—remember he shot Cortes while he was unarmed and she helped him cover it up.
She went to bat to protect Garrett, and it was his time to return the favor. It’s understandable that Garett was upset at Thony for not telling him the truth, but honestly, he has to stop doubting Thony’s character. Even when a situation may seem questionable, he knows that there has to be more to the story rather than just assuming the worst of her. She’s never let him down before.
Once Thony made it clear that if she goes down, she’s taking him down with her, Garrett got the sign-off from up above that Thony and her family are cleared in Marco’s death. It wasn’t what Flores was hoping for, but honestly, we have more pressing problems right now.
While Thony ran off to aide Arman in the deal with Kamdar’s buyer, Garrett promised to stick around and keep an eye on her family, which was kind of him. He also finally got the truth about what happened to Marco—off the record—when Chris broke down after overhearing Fi and Garrett talk about Thony and realizing his actions might put his auntie at risk. Garrett was surprised by the confession, but he began to understand why Thony lied and that her motivations for everything thus far have been to protect her family at all costs. He acknowledged Chris’s difficult circumstances with being a TNT because even with something that’s so clearly a case of self-defense, there was a chance it would get turned around and used against him. Instead of reporting it, Garrett assured Chris that he understood that it was an accident, which was what the minor needed to finally forgive himself. The weight of paying the price for the crime was lifted off of his shoulders.
Meanwhile, Thony and Arman made good on the deal, and you have to be impressed with how much Thony accomplishes in a day. When did she even have the time to look that good? Arman definitely noticed! When she walked in, you could see his whole mood shift as he only had eyes for her. Nadia picked up on it too, and she wasn’t pleased, but at this point, the man can’t even hide it—he’s smitten!
Kamdar is unpredictable and dangerous, however, and the moment the deal was made, his people put two black bags over both Arman and Thony and whisked them away to an undisclosed location. I could feel Thony and Arman’s anxiety by being kept in the dark (literally for them) about what was going to happen next, and the moment I saw Maya inside the abandoned house, I knew it wasn’t going to end well.
Kamdar informed them that Maya was a rat as he picked her up from an FBI safe house. I assumed he was going to see whether she would crack and turn on Arman and Thony, but instead, he did something even viler: he ordered Arman to prove his trustworthiness by shooting Maya.
Naturally, Arman refused, knowing all that he knows about Maya, but Kamdar’s men then turned the gun on Thony as an incentive. Arman was faced with an impossible choice—either he saved an innocent woman (she just wanted out!) or he saved the love of his life. The tension in this scene was insane as you could see Arman’s inner turmoil with the inevitable but difficult decision. Poor Maya knew that her life was over, while Thony urged Arman not to kill her. But from what we’ve seen, Kamdar doesn’t play around or mince words, and he wouldn’t hesitate to shoot Thony just to prove his point.
And thus, Arman had no choice. My god, my heart hurt for that man. Kudos to Adan Canto on that scene because it was chilling!
We didn’t actually see him take the shot, but given his expression and change in demeanor, one can assume that he was the one who pulled the trigger.
And it broke him. Arman has killed plenty of times before, but it was always men who double-crossed him or bad men who had it coming; this was a new level of monstrosity that even he wasn’t prepared for or equipped to deal with and process. I can’t even imagine how broken he’d be if something happened to Thony, so I understand his choice, but it’s still going to eat away at him.
We thought that Arman and Thony were connected before by their shared trauma, but this puts them in a whole new place; this takes the “I’ve killed for you” sentiment to a whole other level. Arman felt numb after pulling the trigger on Maya, and as Thony watched him hold back tears, all she could do was comfort him by holding his hand. It was a beautiful moment yet deeply twisted.
And it’s proof that their lives hang in the balance every minute that they work with Kamdar.
I don’t know if Arman will recover from this considering he’s been trying to be a better man with Thony by his side and was forced to stoop to his lowest. He’s being forced to be the kind of man he absolutely despises—where do they go from here?
Arman may have pulled the trigger, but the blood is actually on Garrett’s hands. If he didn’t force the police raid at Cortes’, Kamder wouldn’t be on a mission to snuff out all of the rats from his operation and Maya wouldn’t have been in the crosshairs. I don’t know what protective detail they put on her safe house, but it wasn’t good, and my guess is that if Garrett wasn’t protecting Thony’s family, he may have had a shot at saving Maya.
I fully assumed that Thony would’ve told Garrett about Maya when she got home and saw him sitting in her living room, but that wouldn’t put them all in jeopardy. If Garrett ran over to find Maya moments after Thony and Arman left, it would’ve indicated that they told him about her death, which would have painted a clear picture to Kamdar. Garrett had to find out the hard way.
Plus, something tells me that Garrett won’t be too forgiving considering his deep feelings for Maya. He won’t understand the intensity of the situation, so he’ll probably try to blame and take down Arman for it. Or, and this would be the best course of action, he’ll be even more motivated to bring down Kamdar.
It’s unclear where Arman went after such a tense evening, but Thony went exactly where she needed to be—to cuddle up to Luca. I love that no matter what happens, the series never loses sight of what’s important to Thony, and her focus despite it all remains her little boy.
I’m truly not sure where we go from here, but I’m deeply invested. How will Thony and Arman find a way out of this? Will this bring them closer together? Will they finally acknowledge the deep feelings they have for each other, especially considering they could die at any moment?
Will Nadia finally listen to reason and get herself unwrapped from Kamdar’s grip? Will Arman and Thony confide in her? How much more can pain and heartache can they all take?
What did you think about 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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