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The Cleaning Lady Review – Full on Gangsta (1×08)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: ƒlodie Yung and Valentino/Sebastien LaSalle in the ÒFull On GangstaÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Feb. 28 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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I cannot say enough good things about The Cleaning Lady

I’m hooked. It is — hands down — the best new show of the season. 

The characters are incredible, the drama is next-level, the stakes are so high which puts everything at risk, the romance is hot and heavy, and things change by the minute so you can’t ever get too comfortable because ever happy moment is fleeting and followed by a twist that only puts Thony and Arman in more danger. 

But most importantly, the writing is solid, which makes for realistic and suspenseful dialogue between characters. 

The writing matters. It can make or break a series, but for The Cleaning Lady, it makes the series stand out as one that deserves all the praise and attention it’s getting. 

The latest episodes delves much deeper into the complex world of crime in Las Vegas while managing to deliver a silver lining with Thony’s unwavering bravery and dedication to her son. She goes where no mother has gone before out of love and without much of a choice… which makes her, as the title episode notes, a “full on gangsta.”

And Arman is quick to follow, even if it doesn’t necessarily make too much sense and puts him directly in the line of Hayak’s wrath. 

I’ll start by saying that while I’m still very much annoyed with Marco and his ego, I am glad that he was sensible in his gambling and managed to save the $20,000 and add $5,000 on top of it. 

He cares about Luca, it’s obvious, but his actions were careless and almost put everything that Thony has worked so hard for (SO HARD FOR) in jeopardy. He has an addiction, and while some might turn a blind eye to a gambling addiction, it’s just as bad as any other addiction with the means to ruin a family. 

If he really wants to help Thony and Luca, he needs to seek out help and truly stay committed to his recovery. 

It has to be a terrible feeling to not have the means to help your son, but it’s also unfair to shame Thony and guilt her into seeking out help from another man that can help. 

Shouldn’t getting Luca a new liver be the number on priority? Once he’s better, they can deal with their marital issues! 

Of course, Marco isn’t completely wrong in thinking that Arman is only helping Thony because he has feelings for her. It’s absolutely true. 

As he confirmed to Nadia, he loves that Thony needs him and sees him as her hero. 

Thony doesn’t seem to mind either because Luca’s health and safety is top of mind. 

When Thony revealed that she needs to make her way to Mexico for the procedure, Arman couldn’t even fathom the idea of Thony making the trip with a coyote. 

And when she made it clear that if she left to Mexico, she’d never get back, he was vehemently against the idea. 

With Garrett, the FBI agent, clued into the gun sale, Arman and Thony saw Mexico as an opportunity for the both of them. She would get Luca his transplant, while Arman could finalize the gun sale away from prying eyes. It was a win-win. 

However, Arman shouldn’t have led with his heart here. He wanted to go to Mexico because he wanted to be there for Thony and Luca. That’s sweet, but it’s not a practical decision. 

The Cleaning Lady Review Full on Gangsta Season 1 Episode 8

THE CLEANING LADY: Adan Canto in the ÒFull On GangstaÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Feb. 28 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

He could’ve made the gun sale away from Garrett and the FBI, but he tipped off Hayak. He left Nadia in charge, and while she had his back, she couldn’t necessarily fend off Hayak when he came to the house and informed her that he called Arman’s father who revealed that his aunt wasn’t dead. 

If Arman wanted to make that lie work, he needed to have his father on-board. He sorely underestimated Hayak, and his naivety cost him Hayak’s loyalty and exposed his whole plan. 

Why couldn’t he stay back and send Nadia in his place? Yes, the trip would’ve been awkward considering she’d be curious as to why Thony was there in the first place, but it would’ve still been better for them overall. 

Arman trusted Nadia enough to loop her into the plan, and she proved that she can get the job done, so she would’ve been just fine finalizing the deal in Mexico. 

If she questioned why Thony was with them, Arman could’ve simply told the truth, and she likely would’ve appreciated that much more than finding out that Arman was in Mexico with “the cleaning lady” from the FBI agent. 

And, of course, there wouldn’t be a target on their back when it came to Hayak. That is not one enemy you want to make. 

Now, Thony is essentially stuck in Mexico since Arman flew back with the private jet. 

Hayak clearly found out about Arman’s betrayal — and didn’t take lightly to it as he killed his lackey and blew up Arman’s car, which means that Arman has been cut off and likely doesn’t have access to the jet anymore. 

I love Arman, but it’s unattractive when people can’t keep their promise. And while some might argue that this was beyond his control, he had to know that this was a possible worst-case scenario. He had to consider that Hayak would figure it out and retaliate. All of his moves on the chess board are not without repercussions. 

The blast that rocked the final moments of the episode was intense, and admittedly, I found myself shouting “Arman, watch out!”

Physically, I think he’ll be fine except for a few cuts and bruises, but emotionally, it’ll take a much bigger toll on him as he looses the only stability he had in his life, his power, and the means to do whatever he wants without zero regard for others. 

We’re going to see a new side of Arman that we’ve never seen before. 

Of course, we’ll also see Arman fight for Thony in a way he never has, so honestly, I’m just really excited for more episodes. That’s my way of saying FOX, please renew this show immediately… what are you waiting for?!

Back in Mexico, Thony was being the usual badass that she is. When she found out that Luca’s surgery was bumped because of some “exclusive client” who paid way more than she could ever afford, she was furious. 

Some people would just take the punches as they came, but Thony is done being the punching bag. She’s tired of the system and of being on the losing end. She’s tired of the rules that are set up to fail people like her and Luca. 

Is what Thony did unethical? Maybe. But is there a place for ethics when an innocent child’s life is on the line? Absolutely not. 

Thony finally took control and ensured that her son was given the treatment that she paid for. 

And when they tried to tell her there weren’t enough doctors to perform the surgery, Thony did it herself like the boss lady that she is. 

Again, there’s a reason why family members aren’t allowed to operate on loved ones, but in this case, Thony was able to put her emotions aside until the surgery was done. 

Luca was dying, and she was his only chance at survival. How could she not pull herself together long enough to complete the surgery? There’s plenty of time to break down later. 

Thony is the strongest person ever, and Luca is beyond lucky to have her in his corner. Children never fully understand how much their parents do for them, but man, it’s a lot. They’d move mountains if they could.

For now, it seems that Luca is in the clear. It’s possible that his health could deteriorate over time or his body could refuse the liver, but for now, Thony bought him some time. We have the celebrate the wins as they come! 

Thony won’t be celebrating for long once she realizes she’s stranded in Mexico, but that’s a concern for a different day. 

It’s unfortunate that Arman couldn’t be there for her in this joyous moment, but it just speaks to Thony’s journey overall — she’s always had to rely on herself first and foremost. 

Despite everything that transpired throughout the episode, there were some key Arman and Thony moments that could make even the coldest heart melt. 

The first moment was Arman encouraging Luca to travel on his own spaceship when he was feeling uncertain about the trip. Not to mention that Thony trusted Arman enough to have him hold Luca as they boarded. If anything was going to upset Marco, it definitely would’ve been that moment!

And there is, of course, the kiss! The first kiss was hot and passionate, but in the heat of the moment when Thony was at her lowest. 

The second kiss was much different. It was sweet, soft, and romantic. It was between two people who were totally aware of what they were doing and wanted to do it in that moment. There was full control. The lust, oh, the lust. 

This was the kiss that mattered. And the way he looks at her… someone fan me. 

They both realize that there are genuine feelings there — they care about each other and fill a void. 

What does it mean for their future now that Arman has been ousted from his mafia life? Will he willingly cooperate with Garrett in exchange for protection?

What are your thoughts coming off of the episode? Share them with us in the comments below! 

 


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The Cleaning Lady Review – Lolo and Lola (2×02)

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The body count just keeps rising on The Cleaning Lady Season 2, but the latest death was justified. 

With an “eat or be eaten” mentality permeating the jail system, Arman didn’t have much of a choice when he was forced to square up with Hayak in the showers.

Arman has survived great odds simply by outsmarting his enemy. He may have entertained the idea of additional muscle (the criminals were impressed by Arman’s defeat against the goons that Hayak sent on him in the premiere episode) to get Hayak alone, but he didn’t put all of his eggs in one basket. In fact, he barely relied on an assist at all, so it wasn’t a complete blow when the inmates turned on him and informed him that the mentality is “the highest bidder wins.”

Honestly, the joke’s on them because the highest bidder would have been the one still alive to pay up in the end, which, in this case, was Arman.

Arman isn’t naive, he knows the rules of the game and most importantly, he knows Hayak like the back of his hand. He spent years working with the man and executing his orders, so not much can take him by surprise. He couldn’t just wait around; he knew he had to act fast because another attack was coming, which is why he even told Thony that you don’t survive prison by being “careful.” And while things may have looked bleak for Arman for a minute there, ultimately, he had an ace up his sleeve, er, a syringe tucked in his bandages that he used to stab Hayak in the neck. 

As Hayak lay there paralyzed and dying a slow death, as a fan, it was a triumphant moment; the lion was taken down by the cub, and it was magnificent to watch. But it was also slightly bittersweet for Arman as he had a real bond with Hayak for many years. The man may have been cruel beyond belief, but he also took Arman under his wing. Arman owes him a lot and likely would’ve wanted a different outcome considering that long history, however, Hayak would’ve never allowed Arman to walk free, giving him no choice but to do everything in his power to save himself. This also makes Hayak’s comment about thinking of Arman as a son weightless and meaningless. You can’t get sentimental and in your feels once the roles are reversed, sir. You started this mess, so the least you can do is go out with your dignity intact. 

This isn’t the end of the road for Arman’s problems, as eliminating one bad guy meant that they became indebted to another.

The only way that Arman was able to make bail was because of Nadia’s deal with Robert (The Dropout’s Naveen Andrews), some rich, sleazy guy from her past who knew all too well that they had no other option and leveraged that knowledge to get a piece of the gun business.

He’s a slime ball that Arman will undoubtedly have to take care of in the future, and I have no doubt that they’ll be able to handle him, but I also know he’ll be a thorn in their sides for just a bit. There seems to be no shortage of opportunistic men whose only power is the ability to pay people off. 

Robert proved just how terrible he actually is when Thony came to pick up the money instead of Nadia. It was the cherry on top of her already terrible day and yet, the woman remains impenetrable; she takes so many hits left and right for the people she loves, and it never breaks her.

On the day of Marco’s funeral, while she was getting ready to bury her husband, she had to divert and handle the money situation to help get Arman out of jail. Fi questioned the hold Arman has over Thony, but honestly, I don’t think her romantic feelings even played a role in her decision. She feels indebted to Arman because of the lengths he went to in order to save Luca, and now that he needs help, she’ll do anything to make it happen and essentially, pay him back.

Nadia may have questioned Thony’s loyalty and motives, but Arman put his trust in the right woman; a woman who knows how to get the job done against all odds and at all costs. 

When Robert asked her to strip, it was part scummy and part safety precaution, but she took it in stride. The line about no one paying attention to the cleaning lady was such a full-circle moment for the show. The writing continues to be exceptional this season!

I fully expected him to ask her to clean up the mess with his security guard, but thankfully, he was just being an ass and after Thony proved herself, she was on her way with the money and flowers as promised. 

The Cleaning Lady Review Lolo and Lola Season 2 Episode 2

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung and Valentino/Sebastien LaSalle in the “Lolo and Lola” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Sept. 26 (9:02-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

It was a masterfully executed plan that didn’t even raise any eyebrows. They were able to pull a fast one over the feds once again while their every move was under a microscope.

Nadia’s near-meeting with the judge was the perfect decoy to force them to look away from Thony, and since she was busy with Marco’s funeral, no one even considered that she could be handling anything else until it was far too late. By the time Garrett caught on and arrived at the funeral, Thony was by her family’s side mourning her estranged husband.

It couldn’t have gone any better. Thony delivered the money to the judge, who was able to take his bribe without getting caught, and Arman walked a free man. Everyone wins… for now. But hell, I’ll celebrate every victory, no matter the size. 

The religious reading at the end—a prayer to ensure Marco’s freedom in the afterlife—was extremely powerful when paired with the scenes of Arman, clad in a pristine suit and shades, walking out of prison towards his freedom. I only wish Thony was there to greet him instead of Nadia. After all, she’s the main reason why he’s out in the first place… and he knows it, too. 

I know we got a brief reunion between Arman and Thony, but with that protective glass divide between them, it wasn’t the same. I’m looking forward to seeing the sparks fly again when they reconnect in person. I love how much he cares about her. Even with everything he was dealing with in prison, he still cared enough to ask about how she was holding up. Arman is one of the only people who has ever given her the respect she deserves and seen her for all that she truly is. 

As I mentioned before, however, their troubles are far from over. In addition to a new enemy in their lives, someone is going to have to pay the price for Hayak’s death, and I suspect his family will have some inkling that Arman was involved. Elsewhere, Thony still hasn’t dealt with the manager at the motel who has incriminating evidence against her and the family pertaining to Marco’s death, but I feel slightly at ease knowing that Arman is at least out of jail and readily available to help her sort this out… if you know what I mean. She had his back when the going got tough, so he’ll have hers.

And let’s not forget Garrett, who keeps taking hit after hit because he’s being outsmarted by Thony and Arman at every turn. He’s so desperate for a win that isn’t coming that it might honestly just make more sense to team up with them at this point! 

The further they get from his grasp, the more determined Garrett is likely going to become, which is dangerous, especially since he’s a loose cannon that doesn’t do well with abiding by the rules. After Russo specifically asked him not to get involved with the Cortez case, Garrett did the complete opposite and visited Maya at her house likely jeopardizing the whole case and putting everything at risk. It seems like there were definitely real feelings involved between them (it was more than “sleeping with the CI), but Garrett must understand that the consequences could be dire. If Maya is being watched, which she likely is, everyone is going to find out about his visit, including Russo, who won’t be happy, and Cortez, who Maya seems to be in a relationship with now. I can’t tell for certain how invested I am in this side case, but it will allow us to get a deeper understanding of Garrett, hopefully. 

I’ve talked your ear off already, and I barely addressed Marco’s death. His parents, Lolo and Lola, arrived in the U.S. for the funeral, and, as you can imagine, tensions were running high. 

A death in the family can knock anyone and everyone off course, but it was really hard to watch Lolo continuously blame Thony for everything that happened without acknowledging all that she went through or placing at least some of the blame on Marco.

As I said before, that woman is really a human punching bag. And again, she took it all in stride, acknowledging that they were only saying mean things because they were hurting inside. Hurt people hurt people. 

But when the blows became too heavy and Lolo tried to lay down the law and inform Thony that he’s taking Luca back to the Phillippines where he belongs because “that’s the only thing I have left of my son,” Thony was quick to shut him down and remind him that Luca was not his son. And good for her! You can be understanding of someone’s pain without allowing them to walk all over you. Everyone keeps testing her, but the bottom line is that she’s Luca’s mother.  She knows what loss feels like because as she pointed out, she was facing down the possibility that she would lose Luca, too, which is why she fought like hell for him and deserves to be happy with him on her terms. 

Thony will protect and defend her son at every turn; it would be wise for people to remember that in the future. 

I also love how parenting styles are being addressed in the series as it’s so rare to see on television.

Lolo tried to out-parent Thony by forcing Luca to stay at the table and telling him to clear his plate. He even told Thony that she spoils her son, but Thony immediately shut it down. She wasn’t interested in the judgment about her parenting choices, which I may remind everyone, belong to her and her alone.

Luca is respectful and kind and sweet. The boy has been through hell and back, so man, if he’s no longer hungry, let’s respect that and let him leave a stuffy and tense room while he’s mourning the loss of his father at such a tender age. Better yet, let’s not force things and create bad habits with food. It was a small but critical scene as it underlined the differences between our generations when it comes to parenting and was very relatable for so many mothers from all different walks of life and cultures. It’s nice to finally be acknowledged as a parent that’s simply trying their best, which brings me to Fi finally getting a pat on the back for being a good and loving mom. 

For as much as people sling hit after hit on Thony in the series, audiences sort of put her on a pedestal and celebrate her efforts when it comes to being a good mom, but Fi deserves it just as much. She faces hardships every day and does her best to make things easier and better for her children! I’m so happy her mother saw that and brought it up to her daughter.

All the tension definitely got to Chris, who was feeling terrible about what happened. It didn’t help that Lolo kept making comments about how much Chris reminded him of Marco or that Luca was now looking at Chris as a father figure.

Hopefully, Chris finds a way to live with what happened without the guilt eating him up because as his mother informed him, admitting the truth now will only do more harm than good. They can’t change what happened. 

What did you think of the second episode of The Cleaning Lady Season 2? Are you enjoying this season so far?


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The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Premiere – Sins of the Father (2×01)

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Woooo—I know I had several months to prepare for the return of The Cleaning Lady, but I was not ready for all that to happen in the very first episode of the season. 

The season 2 premiere came out swinging in its determination to entertain all the while telling the important and timely stories. 

Over the span of an hour, everything we thought we knew was flipped right on its head as Thony, Fi, and Arman found themselves in an even bigger mess than before. You thought season 1 was intense? Get ready, and strap on in, baby, because I feel like season 2 is going to be a wild ride.

Through all the hardships and struggles that have been thrown their way, the one thing about Thony and Fi is that they’ve always stuck by each other. And that’s mostly because of Thony’s loyalty to the ones she trusts, which, in this case, includes Arman. At the end of the day, this is a group of fighters with an “it’s us against the world” mentality that found common ground and a common goal of survival in a world that’s hellbent on bringing them down and destroying them. 

Garrett tried his best to get everyone to talk and flip, even attempting to exploit Thony when she was at her most vulnerable (as a mother worried about her child and desperate for his help) and trying to lure answers about Hayak’s money out of Arman by dangling doughnuts in front of him (does that man look like he eats doughnuts?!), but neither of them cracked. 

Even while focusing on saving Luca after he was dadnapped by Marco, Thony remained committed to the plan that she and Arman concocted. When Fi briefly attempted to throw a wrench in those plans, Thony knew that without the money that was promised to them and without Arman’s help, everything else was a pipe dream. Their situation does not afford them the luxury of being picky; they have to choose the lesser of two evils, and, in this case, Arman is the lesser and the one that they can rely on. Garrett has been a huge help, sure, but his help comes with strings attached, and, in a number of ways, his hands are tied by the rules from up above. 

A life of crime might not be ideal, but it’s their only way out to get to the other side and provide a good living for themselves and their children. And naturally, we have to anticipate that it’ll spiral out of control before it gets better.

Fi is a ride-or-die, which is why it was frustrating to see her bash Arman when he was the only one who helped Thony when it came to Luca; he went to bat for that child every single time, and he still would, even from his jail cell. Her fears are understandable considering Arman’s criminal ties, but it would be nice if she would at least acknowledge the good that Arman has done while questioning the root cause of Thony’s involvement with him. Because, at the end of the day, Thony is sticking around because she’s personally invested. She might be fine with ignoring the true nature of her feelings for Arman since she’s not ready to admit that she’s in love with a criminal, but she’ll have to face it sooner or later. Everyone around her can see it, including Marco, which is what stemmed his actions with Luca in the first place. 

Her loyalty is rooted in something very complex; she believes in the man that she thinks he can be. And that Arman is in there somewhere, I just don’t know if we’ll see him come out to play in the near future considering Hayak launched a full-scale attack on him. Now is not the time to get soft, but more on that in a minute. 

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Premiere Episode 1 Sins of the Fathers

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Sebastien/Valentino LaSalle and guest star Ivan Shaw in the “Sins of the Fathers” season two premiere episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

It was also frustrating to see Fi go to bat so hard for Marco considering everything he’s done. Her alliance was being pulled in two different directions as she didn’t know if she should support her brother or her sister-in-law, but it’s clear that blood relations aren’t always stronger. Fi was defending a man who didn’t hesitate to belittle her existence and lifestyle. When Fi and Chris supported Thony and confronted Marco on the stairs at the motel, it was clear what he thought about his “family” and that he felt superior to them.

Marco was a grade-A asshole who wasn’t even attempting to take Luca back to the Phillippines because he thought it was the best for his child. He hoped that his actions would give Thony no other choice but to move back to their home country so that they could all be this happy little family and pretend nothing ever happened, which simply wasn’t realistic. There were plenty of reasons Thony didn’t want to go back to the Phillippines, and yes, Arman may have been a small part of it, but mostly, she could no longer envision a life with a man who would be so hurtful as to take her own child from her—the child whose life she single-handedly saved. The trust was broken. And for those who don’t know (because I didn’t!), divorce is illegal in the Phillippines, which means Thony would’ve been trapped with a man who, may I remind you, also gambled away the money she worked so hard for and who didn’t really contribute much to obtaining Luca the medical care that he needed. It was never about Luca for him, which is upsetting because, in his own selfishness, he didn’t even stop to think that if Luca ever needed another medical procedure or intervention, being in the U.S. would’ve been beneficial. 

Thony didn’t see a solution to their marital woes in the Phillippines, and you can’t blame her for not wanting to go back. 

Admittedly, she shouldn’t have ignored Marco’s attempts at talking about their situation and future, but he should’ve realized the consequences of his actions and maybe tried a different approach to get through to his wife. They were still in a place where they could have salvaged the relationship, even as friendly co-parents, but once he pulled that stunt, there was no going back.

When they finally did talk, Marco wasn’t willing to listen and things escalated to one of the tensest moments on television. When I saw Chris and Marco get into a scuffle near a staircase (Marco should’ve been the adult here), my stomach dropped because I knew what was coming. Chris accidentally pushed his uncle down the stairs, which resulted in his death.

This is a game-changing moment for everyone involved. Chris is going to have to live with this every day for the rest of his life, and while it’s great that he’s becoming more involved in the storyline, I wish it was another way. If what happened ever got out, it would ruin his life as no one would ever believe an undocumented immigrant claiming self-defense or that it was an accident.

The only positive thing I will say is that I love how much Chris loves Luca and I’m glad the roles weren’t reversed and he wasn’t the one that was pushed.

Fi will have to be strong to support her son while dealing with the grief of losing a brother and likely lying to her parents and family back at home about what happened. 

As for Thony, well, her feelings about Marco were complicated, but they still loved each other, so I can’t imagine it’s easy to process when you’re always trying to decide if you should put your skills of cleaning up dead bodies to use or report the accident without incriminating yourself.

Unfortunately, she was spotted by a shoddy motel manager, who she convinced to call 9-1-1. When she got the call from Garrett that they found Marco and Luca, the manager immediately recognized her and went to pull the security footage, which I’m surprised wasn’t confiscated by the police. I’m also wondering why Thony didn’t think to ask for it.

From the video, it’s clear as day that it was an act of self-defense, but from the looks of it, the manager is an opportunist that’s going to want to extort Thony and her family for everything they have, which adds yet another headache into the mix. When one problem withers away, another one comes to light. 

There wasn’t much time to process Marco’s death, but it did feel a bit premature. 

The sad truth, however, is that Luca is the one who will suffer the most. It was a heartbreaking sight to see him walk out of the motel room in his pajamas all confused and surrounded by police lights. 

Thony has done everything to shield, cure, and protect that boy, but he’s inadvertently involved in all these terrible situations. He was visibly scared and concerned at the airport, and waking up at a crime scene (where your father just died, no less) is traumatic, even if you are reunited with mommy. And he’s likely going to see a lot more now that Thony and Fi are wrapped up with the crime syndicate. 

All of this brings me to poor Arman. A life of crime always looked good on him, but he was not made for prison. Prisoners eat up a pretty face like that, and while he’s not above getting his hands dirty and knows how to handle himself, it’s not possible when it’s an unfair fight. While Arman was still in Hayak’s good graces, he was treated to a VIP lifestyle in prison, but once Hayak, who somehow found a way to wrap people around his finger in prison, realized that Arman was the mole, things got pretty ugly. 

It’s an unfortunate turn of events considering Arman was so close to pulling it all off and walking out as a free man with all the money.

Instead, Hayak had the accounts drained  (you would think Arman would somehow ban his access) and then sent two goons to dish out what he believed to be justice on the traitor. Arman fended them off, impressively, I might add, but he was also stabbed multiple times in the process. 

There was some really fantastic imagery throughout the episode, including the opening scene that shows Arman cleaning instead of Thony. However, it was pure greatness to juxtapose the scenes of Marco’s death with Arman’s near-death incident in order to really capitalize on the intensity of these moments.

It’s clear Arman isn’t going to die (are you kidding me, fans would riot!), but it does flip the script for everyone as they now don’t have Hayak’s money or protection. What happens to the casino? The Nadia? To Thony and Fi’s business dreams? How do they get him out of prison without the crypto cash to wash? Will Nadia become Thony and Fi’s new BFF? Thony and Arman are typically good when it comes to dealing with high-stress situations, so I have no doubt that they will conspire to find a way out of this, but I’m also totally content with seeing them freak out and lose it for a minute. I would! 

And just because Arman survived this time, doesn’t mean Hayak isn’t going to attempt finishing what he started. Arman needs to watch his back and get out of there ASAP. 

Arman’s new situation likely also allows the writers to focus on the character instead of trying to appease wagging tongues with an Arman and Thony relationship, which simply doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now. There are way more pressing things to deal with, and the heart can get what it wants a little bit later. 

Will Thony be forced to finally fess up to Garrett and make a deal to save Arman’s life?

What are your thoughts? And what did you think of The Cleaning Lady Season 2 premiere?


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What We’re Hoping to See on ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Season 2

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The Cleaning Lady was the breakout series last fall, which wasn’t exactly a surprise. It had everything that ensured a promising series—crime, drama, bad guys, a mother willing to go above and beyond to save her son, and intense chemistry between two leads. 

Audiences—including myself—were hooked from the pilot episode and beyond. 

Each episode provided a deeper and emotional look into the plight of immigrants in America as they are faced with difficult decisions and forced to do whatever is necessary to survive. The lines between good and bad were blurred, both in actions and in people. Is the bad guy really that bad if he’s using his newfound success to help someone in need? 

And it ended its inaugural 10-episode run with an explosive finale and promising cliffhanger that left fans hanging on and wanting more.

That being said, here’s what we’d like to see when The Cleaning Lady Season 2 resumes:

 

Thony Saving Luca 

First and foremost, momma needs to get her baby back! And she needs to put an end to her marriage with Marco because that fizzled out a long time ago. The series has explored many themes, but it’s never lost sight of the fact that it’s about a devoted mother who will do whatever it takes to save her child. Thony would go to hell and back for that boy, and the moment she was finally able to get over all the obstacles and bumps in the road to get him the life-saving surgery, Marco took Luca and disappeared. He’s likely attempting to return to the Philippines as he believes that’s where their life is now that the health situation has been sorted out, but he’s going about it the wrong way. Thony technically kidnapped Luca first, so in his mind, he’s simply “returning the favor,” but just because she did it once doesn’t make it right. Thony has only ever acted from a place of love, so taking her child away from her is pure cruelty. 

I can’t wait to see what hell Thony will raise to get her boy back. Will she leverage her connection to the FBI? Will she turn to Arman?  I hope once she does have Luca safely back in her arms, she can start to breathe again and simply enjoy all the tender moments of being a mom and watching your son grow up. 

 

Arman Getting Out of Prison and Finally Figuring Out What He Wants

There’s no denying that Arman is in a less-than-ideal situation behind bars when the series concluded. But, on the plus side, he has gained Hayak’s trust and thus, the bank account numbers, so he’s technically in charge of the whole operation along with Thony. In his professional life, Arman has just attained what he’s always wanted, but he has a lot to sort through in his personal life, particularly, the romantic side. 

Arman is torn between two women — Nadia and Thony. The first choice is easy and convenient, while the second one is difficult and unexpected. And it’s just as hard to accept someone that challenges you on a daily basis as it is to shake them.

He loves them both for different reasons, but he simply can’t pull away from Thony as she reminds him of the good parts; of who he could be rather than the man he is. He’s always regretted walking down this dark path, and Thony proves that his choices don’t have to define his future. I hope we see Arman work through these complex feelings and figure it all out before making any more moves on Thony, however. As much as Nadia supports him (and it often feels like they are just friends in business together), it isn’t fair to either woman to be with a man that has one foot out the whole time. 

 

More Arman and Thony

And not even in the hot, romantic way, although, they have an undeniable chemistry and sexual attraction to each other that’s becoming harder to deny. However, what makes them so compelling together is that they have a deep understanding of each other; there’s respect and trust. They are partners in this upside-down rollercoaster world. Thony pushes Arman to be a better man (and he wants to be for her), while he pushes Thony out of her comfort zones to believe in herself and understand her power and influence. They’re electric together even if they aren’t in a relationship, which is honestly just an added bonus. I want to see them on the same page and working through this new venture that they have going. I want them to tackle conflicts and problems head-on together. I want their friendship to deepen and their love to grow — and I’m open to the slow burn, baby. I know settling for stolen glances and accidental touches will all be worth it in the end. 

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Thony Running Things

Arman basically handed Thony the keys to the kingdom. He trusts her completely, and honestly, she’s made for this. She’s proven time and time again that she has the wits to do this job—she’s cunning and resourceful and knows how to outsmart anyone. And she’s not losing herself in the process either. Thony has always taken every situation and made the best of it. By opening up a clinic to help those in need, she’s ensuring that she’s using this new platform to do good while still promising to help Arman out by washing his cash. Arman helped her out, so she’s returning the favor. She’s putting her skills and connections to good use to give back to the community. We know Thony can navigate any situation she finds herself in, and she’s being thrown right into the fire, so let’s see what she’s got! 

 

A Path Towards Citizenship

Illegal immigration is a huge aspect of the series, painting a realistic picture for those who may not be familiar with the hardships and roadblocks that immigrants in America face. In Thony’s case, she’s an immigrant forced to take any and every job to make ends meet while fighting a broken system to get help for her son. And the path towards citizenship isn’t easy — it’s pretty much impossible for Fiona and Thony to become “legit.” But as I’ve said before, Thony can do whatever she sets her mind to, not to mention she has some pretty powerful FBI connections. She may have pulled a fast one on Garrett, but I’m sure their paths will cross again, and when they do,  she will hopefully use him to figure out a way to fix her status and help Fi. However, until then, it’s nice to simply see immigration at the forefront of a storyline. 

 

Plenty of Conflict

Thony and Arman vs. the FBI, Arman vs. Hayak, Arman vs. Nadia, Nadia vs. Thony, Thony vs. Marco — there’s no shortage of potential conflicts awaiting this core group of characters, who are now intertwined with each other in ways they never imagined.  There’s a lot of heart on The Cleaning Lady, but the drama is also grade-A and juicy. The freshman season kept us on the edge of our seats and on our toes with unexpected twists and turns, and I hope there’s no shortage of that come season 2. Arman and Thony may have won… for now, but in this business, allegiances are wavering, and there’s always someone lurking around the corner ready to pounce. The matters of the wallet, the family business, and the heart are all breeding grounds for chaos. And I’m here for it all!

 

What are you hoping to see on The Cleaning Lady Season 2? Let us know in the comments!

Recap all of our previous season 1 reviews and tune in for the season 2 premiere on September 19 on FOX! 


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