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The Cleaning Lady Review – El Diablo Que Conoces (2×03)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Martha Millan and Élodie Yung in the “El Diablo Que Conoces” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Oct. 3 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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The Cleaning Lady keeps upping the stakes with its latest installment “El Diablo Que Conoces,” proving that there’s no shortage of bad guys around hoping and willing to strike at any given moment. 

As Arman dealt with Robert, Nadia’s ex, who so graciously loaned him the money to get out of prison in exchange for a piece of the gun business, Fi was confronted by the scummy motel owner who demanded $10,ooo in exchange for the incriminating video of Chris pushing Marco down the stairs. If she didn’t pay up, he threatened to go to the cops, leaving her with no choice.

Both villains, as I see them, are dangerous as they both possess something that could destroy them or leave them indebted. 

And Thony was stuck in the middle of it trying to find a way to not only help Arman and Fi but also herself as Luca became jaundiced as his body started rejecting the liver. And worse of all, her drug supplier, Vinny, didn’t have the necessary meds because of “supply chain issues.”

And that was all piled on top of Fi taking a stand against her boss’ abusive behavior and quitting on the spot—for good this time. It was a boss move, and while it’s terrifying not to have a guaranteed income, I have no doubt that they’ll find a way to turn this situation around–they always do. 

In fact, Thony never shuts down when a door closes; she’s constantly looking for another way out and rarely relies on other people to help get her out of a mess. 

When Arman realized that Robert was right—no one would work with him on another gun sale because they all knew the feds were onto him—it was time for plan B. 

Thony suggested that they cut a deal with his supplier in Mexico to bring in a ton of pharmaceuticals that could be sold on the street. With Arman’s payoff to Robert above the million-dollar mark, he was willing to do whatever it took to free himself, but Nadia wasn’t convinced that they could do it the “legit” way without dealing a drug more in-demand like Xanax. However, Thony was adamant that she was only fine with making a profit if they were helping people in the process rather than filling the streets with addictive drugs for personal gain.

You have to admire Thony’s determination to break the rules for the right reasons, especially when she has to stand up to some powerful people to do it. And she’s not wrong—Arman has been wanting a clean break, so this way his chance to shine. Plus, Thony knew the most in-demand drugs that she could move quickly and without anyone noticing. They needed to trust her on this one. 

In the end, they were about $50, 000 short, and Robert agreed to erase the debt if Arman found a way to make his other “client” pay up his debt. This once again sent Arman down a pretty dark path, especially when it was revealed that the man that needed to pay up was a frail elderly man on oxygen, but Arman had no choice—it was either this man or him. And since Robert requested that Nadia stay behind as “collateral,” Arman was doubly motivated to get the job done and save his woman. The way he swooped in, threw down the money and grabbed his wife without saying a word was very attractive. He sure made a statement. Though, I definitely don’t think that Robert is going to be out of their lives for good. That man wants Nadia, and I don’t see him stopping until he gets her back. 

It was definitely interesting to see Arman, Nadia, and Thony team up and work towards a common goal, especially because it’s clear that Nadia still doesn’t support Arman’s friendship with Thony. In some ways, she’s right as these two might be platonic now but there’s a reason they continue to orbit around each other; they’re drawn to each other in inexplicable ways.

While Thony was hustling to sell the meds and make the money to help Arman, she shaved off the 10K necessary to help get Fi and Chris out of trouble with the motel manager. Unfortunately, when she was slightly delayed working off her debts to Garrett, Fi decided to go to the motel on her own, where she was caught up snooping around his computer.

Fi was being optimistic in her belief that paying the 10K would get this man off her back. The moment he realized she could deliver, he decided to milk the situation simply because he could. While I get that she was a scared mom who wanted to protect her son, Fi recklessly put herself in a dangerous position. 

Confronting the man for being a perv—she realized he was recording his motel guests—was bold, but it was also terrible timing since she had absolutely no backup. And when he lunged at her, well, she defended herself. In the eyes of the law, it was self-defense, but the circumstance surrounding her presence at the motel are questionable as was the fact that she’s an illegal immigrant. 

So now Fi and Thony have a new problem on their hands as the show takes the title of the cleaning lady to heart. Thankfully, Thony is exceptionally skilled at cleaning up bloody messes, and she’ll likely call Arman to make this whole thing disappear.

As bad as it sounds, this might be the best possible outcome for Chris now there’s no witness to Marco’s murder and no one to extort them.

But I imagine the person investigating Marco’s death will find it a coincidence that the motel manager died shortly after one of his guests.

If you thought Thony had a lot on her plate, well, now she has even more as Garrett roped her into cloning Maya’s phone. The powers at be keep telling Garrett to stay away from the case that he was removed from for having an inappropriate relationship with one of the suspects, but he just can’t help himself. I know he wants to help Maya in any way that he can, but why is he putting Thony in the crosshairs? 

He’s also such a hypocrite. He judges Thony for working with Arman to help save her son’s life, but he has no problem threatening and forcing her to do something shady to help him. 

Garrett inserting himself into the Cortez case is inevitable, but I’m just hoping he doesn’t continue dragging Thony down with him. I can definitely see a situation where Garrett gets so involved he has to turn to Thony and his enemy, Arman, for help, which would honestly just be really delightful to watch. Garrett carries himself as though he’s so much better than Arman, so it would be nice to see him get knocked down and forced to rely on him for help.

And finally, Thony managed to still come through for Luca because she’s a super mom. I love that no matter what, her child and his needs will always come first, though, I felt for her when she stated that it shouldn’t be this hard for him to live. They really can’t catch a break, which also goes to show that Marco never fully understood the gravity of Luca’s medical situation. He prioritized returning to the Philippines because that’s what he wanted; he never took into account what would happen if Luca got sick again or his health declined and he needed medicine or treatment that was only available in the states. 

I can’t wait for the day that Thony and Fi finally get their heads above water—Arman too—and start their boss babe business to support themselves and their families. No more taking crap from men like Alonzo, who refuse to chip in but have the nerve to boss hardworking women around while uttering passive-aggressive phrases like “chop chop or tick tock.” The nerve.

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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. 

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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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