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The Cleaning Lady Review – Coming Home Again (1×09)

THE CLEANING LADY: ƒlodie Yung in the ÒComing Home AgainÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, March 7 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX



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. 

The Cleaning Lady Review Coming Home Again Season 1 Episode 9

THE CLEANING LADY: Oliver Hudson in the ÒComing Home AgainÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, March 7 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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. 

Other Musings

  • 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. 

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The Cleaning Lady Review – Smoke and Mirrors (310)



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)



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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