The anxiety level of this episode is through the roof, but that’s exactly what makes The Cleaning Lady such a gripping and excellent piece of television.
With each twist and turn, you have absolutely no idea what’s coming or what to expect.
And while you always want things to work in favor of your favorite character — the ones you find yourself rooting for even if when they are bending the rules ever so slightly — The Cleaning Lady proves yet again that it isn’t afraid to make the big calls; the ones that ruin and implode the lives of the characters you champion.
While things aren’t looking so hot for Thony as she sits behind bars on American soil, in an odd way, she can still claim her small piece of victory.
In her eyes, getting Luca the liver transplant was the only victory that mattered.
And plenty of other smalls wins followed. His body wasn’t rejecting it — win!
He was able to cross the border back to America despite all the obstacles that presented — win!
He got home safe and sound and reunited with his family — win!
Luca’s safety and survival is what Thony has risked everything for, so it’s a success regardless of her current predicament.
And though it pains us to see Thony get caught after everything she’s been through, she knew the risks and understood that this was a possible worst-case scenario.
Of course, she likely never imagined that she would become public enemy #1, but it was always a possibility.
The series has consistently lifted the veil on the plight of the undocumented in an eye-opening way that shows just how easily it could’ve happened to you. Thony isn’t a bad person; she’s tried to follow the rules time and time again, but they never worked in her favor.
The most frustrating part is that the only thing standing between Thony/Luca getting the necessary care through the proper channels was having an American passport.
Look how easily it was for Luca to get back into the states when he went with his “American mother.” Border patrol — granted, it was an agent that was paid off — didn’t even bat an eyelash or check Luca’s passport, but if he had tried to go through with Thony, they both could’ve been turned away.
It’s easy to question why Thony has made the choices she’s made when you’re not faced with the mounting obstacles at every turn. The world has basically forced her into a life of crime in order to save her son. It’s either losing a son or risking it all, and we all know the choice we’d make as parents is in line with Thony’s.
However, if Thony simply chose to go with Luca, she likely would’ve been able to cross right before the border patrol agent switched his shift.
Instead, she was sent back — thankfully, given the chance to “walk away” — after being called out for using forged documents.
Every time Thony hits a roadblock, I think of how cruel the universe is for doing this to her, but it’s making her stronger.
Thony never once stops to feel bad for herself, instead, choosing to keep trucking on.
When she realized Arman would not come to her rescue this time, she called Garrett instead. It was a risky move considering she wasn’t even supposed to flee the country, but at this point, Thony has nothing left to lose.
I also have to commend Thony for being so understanding when Arman informed her that he couldn’t get to his money or fly her back to the states. I wanted to blame Arman and throw a fit, but Thony simply accepted it and looked for an alternative solution. If you never expect help, when something hits the fan and falls apart, the blow is significantly less fatal.
Plus, she knew that Arman didn’t want to turn his back on her. He was going through his own hell-storm after Hayak found out about his betrayal.
This is the first time that Arman and Thony’s storylines diverged slightly, and while I love when they conspire, it was nice to see them fend for themselves and take care of their problems independently.
It was obvious that Arman would survive the explosion, but I was shocked when Nadia told him that a week passed. That poor man was so out of it, and yet, oddly calm that his whole life had just been blown to smithereens.
It’s a good thing that Nadia stuck around to take care of him, though, I wonder if it’s because she truly cares about Arman and wants to start over with him no matter what, or if it’s because she still wants that $6 million from the gun sale.
Their relationship is so strange that I never know if it’s about money or love or both.
However, she was the reason Arman survived so there’s a level of gratitude there for sure.
It’s obvious that Hayak was behind the explosion, but when Arman came to him and suggested that it was a rival mob, Hayak played it off as though he had no idea. And he actually seemed scared that he made the wrong call.
Arman definitely played it off well suggesting that he wasn’t trying to betray Hayak but rather keeping the gun sale a secret until he could properly vet the buyer.
Arman, like Thony, understands the risks associated with his actions, but he also knows what he’s doing; he knows how to play the game.
- Arman has it bad for Thony, even if he won’t admit it. He was hallucinating her right after the explosion!
- I love how supportive Chris has become of his mother. He helped her stand up to the lawyer, and I’m so glad Fi confronted him, shamed him for being a terrible human, and got her money back! And when Marco was talking down to Fi, he stood up to his uncle. Go, Chris!
- Marco continues to be the worst human imaginable. He hasn’t done anything to help Luca and yet, he continues to pass judgement onto everyone else for doing whatever is necessary. If you aren’t bringing anything to the table, Marco, you don’t have the space to talk!
- Hearing Luca call for his mommy when she was turned away at the border broke my heart.
Garrett saw the value Thony brought the operation — even if she was feeding him false info — so he went above and beyond to save her.
Trying to smuggle her across the border in his trunk wasn’t his brightest idea, but there was no guarantee that they could get her through the proper channels.
The series makes it very clear that if you want your desired outcome, you have to work around the rules and take the big risks.
Big risks, big rewards…. unfortunately, for Garrett that meant nearly losing his job and getting his informant arrested.
How will Thony get out of this one?
In the final scene of the episode, she looks more determined to fight than ever. But there aren’t that many strings to pull once the government is involved and you’re behind bars.
My guess is that the only leverage she has is that she’s still their only way of landing Hayak and taking him down. If she can help them catch him in the act of selling the illegal arms, maybe they’ll go easy on her?
After all, she needs to be there for Luca during his recovery.
What did you think of the penultimate episode? Will Thony be free? Is Arman playing with fire? Sound off in the comments.
‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewed for Season 2 on FOX
We’ll get more intense chemistry between Thony and Arman on The Cleaning Lady because FOX just renewed the drama for a second season!
“This heart-pounding, emotionally driven story has captivated audiences across all platforms with its empowering, suspenseful narrative about an undocumented worker forced to navigate the criminal underworld to save her ailing son’s life,” said Michael Thorn, president of Fox Entertainment.
“The Cleaning Lady bravely and unapologetically takes on many of today’s most important social issues — something we’re proud to say is one of Fox’s long-time calling cards — and it’s all brought into sharp perspective by the powerful performance of our lead, Élodie Yung, and the entire cast. Thanks to the incredible talent of [executive producers] Miranda [Kwok] and Melissa [Carter] and our outstanding partners at Warner Bros., audiences have embraced this story and can now look forward to finding out what comes next for this devoted mother and her son when our show returns for its second season.”
The renewal is everything that fans have been hoping for as the season 1 finale found Thony and Arman teaming up and pulling one over on both the FBI and Hayak. In the final moments, Thony arrives home to realize that Marco fled Vegas with Luca, who she spent the whole season saving by going above and beyond to secure him a kidney transplant.
Congrats to the cast and crew! We can’t wait for more episodes.
Until then, you can re-watch season 1 and read our reviews here!
7 Hottest Moments Between Thony and Arman on ‘The Cleaning Lady’
Arman and Thony have an intense and electric bond on The Cleaning Lady.
While they let the passion get to them on a few occasions, they’ve mostly kept things PG. So, how can there be so many “hot moments” between them, you ask. Well, good question!
When it comes to these two, it’s not only about the physical connection but the emotional as well. It’s about every longing gaze, stolen glance, and forbidden touch. It’s about all the times Arman helps Thony at his own discretion, and in turn, it’s the loyalty and support she extends to him.
Here are the hottest and steamiest moments between Arman (Adan Canto) and Thony (Elodie Yung) on The Cleaning Lady Season 1!
Not only does Arman spare Thony’s life, but he “hires her” as the cleaning lady in order to justify keeping her alive. He sees something in her that not only piques his interest but also reminds him of himself. When Thony stands up to him at the airport hangar for the first time, she’s setting the scene for their season-long tug-and-pull dynamic. Arman acknowledges that she’s a woman that “commands respect” while noting that he’s “offering that to her.” He also reminds her that as immigrants, they need each other, and she needs him as he can play a huge role in keeping her son alive. It’s a key scene in order to establish the ground rules between these two power players — even if they are told at every turn that they have no power.
When Arman risks his own life to save Thony’s after he realizes he’s basically walked her into a trap, it’s one of the first moments where he admits, subconsciously, that he cares for her. After the explosion, she pays him back for saving her life by saving his, which is when she reveals that there’s much more to her than meets the eye. Arman is impressed with how well she works under pressure, but Thony once again reminds him that it’s a give and take relationship. “You want me to work for you, protect me. Give me the respect I deserve. And if anything happens to me, swear my son will be protected.” He gave her his word… and he never lied.
With Luca dying in her arms, Thony realizes she’s out of options and seeks out Arman and the club, who rushes to her aid and brings her to a private doctor that’s paid off by Hayak. Arman doesn’t just drop Thony off — he carries Luca inside, takes her burden, and sticks around to make sure that she’s okay. While he’s offering a shoulder to cry on, he realizes that he trusts her enough to open up about his past, which reveals that he understands Thony’s predicament all too well as he’s done the unthinkable to protect his family, too. The moment humanizes him in Thony’s eyes and the eyes of the audience. And when he sees that she looks at him with judgment for the career that he chose, it almost seems like he wants to become a better man for her.
When Arman notices that Thony is upset about Luca’s procedure, he comforts her. He allows her to have a full-on breakdown (one of Thony’s only moments of weakness in the series) and cradles her in his arms. And all those heightened emotions lead to a very unexpected yet passionate kiss. I mean… really passionate. You cannot fake that kind of chemistry! Thony stops things before they escalate to the point of no return, but it’s enough to satiate all the fans that have been long shipping the couple.
When Thony informs Arman that she can’t afford the surgery and the liver donor, Arman offers to pay for the surgery, assuring her that he couldn’t have secured a huge deal with Thony’s intel from the FBI. “I’m in too deep now,” he says with an adorable smile, which definitely implies that he’s not just doing this for Luca. However, when Thony mentions that she’ll have to “talk to her husband” who has arrived in the U.S., Arman’s whole demeanor changes. The guy has absolutely no poker face, but it’s because he simply can’t hide himself or his emotions in front of the woman he loves. And while the moment isn’t exactly “hot,” it does reveal just how bad Arman has it for Thony. Plus, he’s still willing to pay for the surgery even with Thony’s husband in the picture, which is admirable.
The kiss right before Luca’s surgery was perfection. Unlike their first make-out session, this kiss was rooted in trust, honesty, and longing. Arman risked everything to get Thony and Luca across the border in a private jet because he cares about her so much and knows he might not have her around for much longer. The kiss is prefaced by a sweet talk where Thony reveals so much happened in Vegas that she’d like to forget, which prompts Arman to suggest, “hopefully, not everything.” “Not everything,” Thony admits.
Arman and Thony are like the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. In one fell swoop, they worked together to take down Hayak and stole the $6 million from the gun sale after agreeing to help the FBI make the arrests. The action-packed episode didn’t allow for any real romantic moments, but the very fact that they trust each other enough to get into bed with the FBI while pulling one over on FBI at the same speak volumes.
Also, the longing gaze and hang caressing while Thony visits Arman in jail is enough to make fans go crazy waiting for more #Armony (should we make that a ship name?).
Come on, FOX. Give us a second season!
I’m sure there are plenty of other moments I could’ve mentioned — which ones would you add to the list? Weigh in in the comments below!
The Cleaning Lady Season Finale Review – The Crown (1×10)
Now, that’s how you deliver a season finale.
Just when I thought my heart couldn’t ache any more for Thony, Marco goes and does something so incredibly stupid and reckless, I don’t even want to imagine Thony’s wrath next season.
That woman moved mountains to save her son and give him another shot at life. She quite literally risked everything so that she would never have to lose him, so it’s ironic that she loses him at the hands of her irresponsible husband. After everything she’s been through and the obstacles she’s pushed through, nothing can stop her. She’ll fight twice as hard to get him back; Marco doesn’t stand a chance.
And now she’ll have Arman in her corner.
Marco’s move was inspired by the same move that Thony pulled a year ago when she essentially kidnapped Luca and took him to the U.S. without Marco’s permission. However, the situation was much different because she was doing it to save her son. In the present-day, Marco is doing it out of spite and for is own selfish reasons. The least he could’ve done was wait to have a real conversation with her and understand where she’s coming from.
And no, rushing the conversation when she wasn’t ready to talk wasn’t fair either. Marco kept insisting they go home even as Thony informed him multiple times that she literally couldn’t because of her deal with the government. If she didn’t comply or even attempted to leave the country, she would’ve been arrested for a very long time. And all of that because she sacrificed and risked everything to save her son.
How is Marco so ignorant in all of this? Also, I hope he has to right medication for Luca because he is still recovering!
After being caught up at the Mexico/US border, Thony was only let go if she helped the FBI, so she didn’t really have time to listen to Marco’s whining. She had a small window to make some very necessary moves to secure her freedom.
Marco’s self-righteous attitude was also very off-putting. He thought he was better than everyone, including his own sister who is a “TNT.” However, the reality is that his situation isn’t any better. He came to the states with nothing and wouldn’t have been able to secure Luca the necessary treatments because he doesn’t have the backbone.
He has absolutely no right to point the finger at anyone when what he really needs to do is take a long, hard look at himself in the mirror.
But enough about Marco because, as always, this episode was showed off just how incredible Thony and Arman are when they work towards a common goal.
Thony had no choice but to cooperate with the FBI, but that didn’t mean she had to do everything they asked. She definitely trusted Garrett, but her loyalty was first and foremost to Arman. After all, she said it herself — Luca is alive because of Arman — so, she kind of owes him everything.
When the FBI wanted her to take Arman down, she openly refused and suggested that they make a deal with him instead and go after Hayak.
And it was a solid plan as it was a win-win-win for everyone. The harder part was getting Arman to agree to essentially work with the enemy.
Arman was hesitant, but he eventually agreed as long as Garrett also agreed to let Thony walk free. When he only needed to think of himself, he still put her first. The love!
Cooperating with the feds wasn’t ideal, but it allowed him to finally get rid of Hayak and take over the business. Meanwhile, Thony paid off her debts to them, while Garrett was able to clear his name and keep his job.
Their collaboration was fruitful for everyone!
The whole plan hitched on securing the gun sale and ensuring that the FBI was there when the transaction was happening.
Once they barged in, Noah turned a gun at Hayak, but Arman jumped in and saved his life, which further convinced Hayak that Arman was still his right-hand man and trustworthy. It also cleared Arman from looking like had anything to do with the raid. Arman knows how to work the situation in his favor, that’s for sure.
On the way to prison, Hayak was grateful for Arman’s loyalty and told him he’d get him out while handing over all of his account numbers.
Arman may have gotten into bed with the FBI, but he didn’t trust them to keep their end of the deal, so when the raid happened, he stole the drive with the $6 million from the gun sale and tossed it into a cleaning cart that Fi scooped up.
Thony and Fi walked out with the money in cryptocurrency like the boss babes that they are… and Garrett had no idea that they played him while helping him in the process.
It’s a clear lesson of always looking out for yourself and ensuring the best possible outcome.
Arman also set the scene well as he used ensured that Hayak would no longer be a problem by telling Isabel the truth and having her turn on her father.
When she went to the FBI and handed over his books and everything else, she pretty much guaranteed that he would stay locked up for a very long time as there was now irrefutable proof tying him to the crimes.
He orchestrated this master plan to take down Hayak while protecting himself and his loved ones in the process. And the best part is that Hayak was completely clueless to it all. He underestimated Arman, and this was his well-deserved punishment.
Come season 2, I think maybe Hayak’s son, Tarik, might come back into the picture and pose some problems for Arman, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. He’s proven that much.
The scene between Arman and Thony in prison was so good. They’re so connected that they can communicate through longing gazes and forbidden touches. It’s electric.
How is it possible that the man looks just as good in a jumpsuit as he does in a business suit?
Once Thony secured the money, she handed Nadia her envelope. Nadia and Arman might not be end-game, but she was vital in encouraging Noah to go through with the deal as she vouched for Arman’s character.
Arman truly is a “man of his word” and ensured that his wife was taken care of in the end. But of course, Nadia’s ego wasn’t able to accept that “the cleaning lady” who won over her husband was more powerful than her.
The “you still work for me” comment underscored just how pathetic and powerless she truly is now.
Honestly, good on Thony for being the bigger person.
The spark between Thony and Arman — and their partnership moving forward — makes me excited to see their relationship progress next season.
I would’ve loved to see more steamy moments between them this season, but I get why they would hold off on that. There was too much going on and neither of them were truly available. Plus, there was also the aspect of Arman being in control of her whereas now, the playing field has been slightly evened. She’s no longer just the lady cleaning up his messes — she’s the lady washing his cash.
In my reviews of the first few episodes, I noted that the show, and the chemistry between Arman and Thony, reminded me of Good Girls, and now, with Fi and Thony washing the money, it’s come full circle. I’d love to have Good Girls back on TV, but if I can’t make that a reality, at least I have this show to fill the void!
There are many things keeping Thony in the U.S., including Arman and Fiona, but mostly, it’s her desire to help people who find themselves in her situation.
Thony is well-aware that she got lucky with Luca. I don’t know if anyone would necessarily consider a job cleaning for the mob as being lucky, but without it, and Arman, Luca would’ve likely died.
She knows that if she can help people in need, particularly those who are undocumented and need to see a doctor, she has to do it.
And honestly, it’s admirable. This is one of the reasons why we all fell in love with Thony. This is why Arman fell in love with Thony. She’s caring, loving, resourceful, and giving.
Arman and Thony make a good… no, they make a great team. Their loyalty is unmatched and they aren’t scared to go all the way in order to ensure results.
What will their adventures bring come season 2?
Season 1 has been a whirlwind of emotions, and I’m ready for more, so this is the public plea for Fox to officially renew the series!
Share your thoughts about the finale in the comments now!
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