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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 – 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. 

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)

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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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