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The Cleaning Lady Review – Kabayan (1×04)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Guest star Lou Diamond Phillips and Adan Canto in the ÒKabayanÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 31(9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: John Britt/FOX



Where there’s a will, there’s a way. 

That seems to be Thony’s motto as The Cleaning Lady Season 1 Episode 4 kicks off with her and Fiona’s road trip to Los Angeles in hopes that the doctor will give them the name of the bone marrow donor needed to save Luca’s life. 

Naturally, what Thony and Fi asked the doctor to do was illegal and unethical, but Thony already knew it was a far-shot. And her backup plan was to simply sneak into the office and grab the name of the anonymous donor herself. It was definitely convenient that the doctor’s office was open and his computer wasn’t password-protected, but I’ll let that pass because it allowed for a very powerful and moving episode. 

Thony’s little road trip ended unsuccessfully when she couldn’t persuade Joe to become a donor to save her son, however, once she told Arman all about it, he took matters into his own hands. 

I’m not entirely sure what Thony thought was going to happen when Arman paid Joe a visit. She even told him that she knew what his version of “talking to someone” meant, but somehow when she saw that he kidnapped Joe and was holding him hostage, she was surprised. 

There was a lot of tension between Thony and Arman on The Cleaning Lady Season 1 Episode 3. Since both of them said some hurtful things to each other, I assumed it would be addressed at some point, but instead, it was glossed over as a lover’s quarrel as Arman jumped in all too eager to help Thony. 

He clearly likes taking care of someone, particularly her, but it was so much more than that — he hated that Joe was using his power and taking advantage of someone in need. 

This time, however, the act of connecting with Joe as a human was more powerful as he didn’t respond to threats and fists.

What I truly loved is that Arman went out of his way to fetch Joe for Thony, but he didn’t force her to do anything she wasn’t comfortable with.

When Thony decided she wanted to let Joe go since he wasn’t budging and refused to help save her baby boy, Arman didn’t object. Instead, he sent him off with a warning if Joe even thought about stepping out of line. 

It iwas a huge moment because it shows that not only does Arman have full faith in Thony, but he trusts her enough to handle her own situations the way she wants to. He’s just the muscle to her brains.

And though she wasn’t exactly on board with how he handled Joe, Arman redeemed himself as somewhat of a good guy in her eyes who was willing to go the extra mile and help her when she was in need. 

There was a mutual trust between them; there’s no denying that they make a really great team.

The heart of the episode happened through the human connection as Thony drove Joe home. 

A flat tire led to a very transparent conversation about their families. Thony revealed that her father died before she was born, which is why she went into the medical field. Then, she got a call from Luca asking her to sing him a lullaby before he went to bed.

When Joe heard Thony singing the same song his late wife used to sing to their daughter, Grace, something in him switched. He opened up and explained that he pulled out of being a bone marrow donor because he was afraid he would also die from a “safe and simple” procedure as his wife did.

The moment that Joe and Thony leveled with each other, it was easier to not only understand Joe’s actions but to relate to them. And to forgive him.

It was also the moment where Joe realized he had to put his fears aside and help Thony’s son. 

What started as a hostile and fractured relationship blossomed into something beautiful as Joe joined Thony’s family for dinner following the successful transplant. 

The Cleaning Lady Review Kabayan Season 1 Episode 4

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Martha Millan and ƒlodie Yung in the ÒKabayanÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 31(9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: John Britt/FOX

Not only did he keep her secret about working with the hitmen, but she’s forever indebted to him for doing this huge favor for Luca — as the only match out there for her little boy, he was her only hope. 

Despite the cards that life has dealt her, Thony is a hopeful, optimistic, and caring person, so she tried to repay Joe by calling his daughter and helping them reconcile. 

After all, family is everything.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and good vibes. Thony also played both sides of the field in the FBI’s bust on Eric Knight. 

Her double-agent status was juxtaposed so perfectly to paint a picture of a woman torn in two directions without much of a choice.

As Arman was going the extra mile and dishing out kindness to help her save her kid, she was selling him out to the FBI.

Garrett didn’t give her much of a choice as he forced her to become his informant and help him get dirt on Eric’s deal with Arman and his people.

Thony played it slick when she dropped the pen, which was also the recording device, near the table, as proof of a bribe.

However, when the FBI raided Eric’s place, Arman ordered her to go fetch Eric’s laptop from Lexi’s suite as it would “incriminate them.”

Of course, she didn’t really have much of a choice in the matter. Arman ordered her to do it, and if she didn’t, there would be dire consequences. 

She thought that no one saw her, but unfortunately, Garrett previously noticed her necklace, which he found on the floor.

The raid was a bust without the laptop, and when someone “took care” of Eric in prison, Garrett seemed hellbent on getting revenge and blaming Thony for his shortcomings. 

Here’s my problem with Garrett, however — he hasn’t given Thony any reason to help him. 

Sure, he’s threatened her with deportation, but Thony’s only motivation for everything is saving her son. She’ll move mountains to ensure his survival, so unless Garrett leverages that, he’ll never fully have Thony’s cooperation. 

There’s no reason why he should be surprised that she helped Arman because right now, he’s the one helping her move those mountains. Her loyalty is with him because he’s not only talking about helping Luca, he’s acting on those promises. 

If Garrett really wants Thony to help him, he has to be willing to provide her with the care Luca needs at any given moment. 

Thony also knows exactly what Arman will do to her if he figures out that she’s an informant, but Garrett hasn’t really proved to Thony that he’s capable of protecting her from Arman’s wrath.

With Garrett, it’s all talk, but with Arman, it’s all action. 

Right now, Garrett needs Thony way more than she needs him. The balance of power isn’t working in his favor. Unfortunately, he’s so motivated to win and prove himself that he’s just going to keep repeating these mistakes thus pushing Thony further and further into the mafia’s trenches, and thus, into Arman’s arms. 

Thony has managed to successfully get Luca the transplant that will repair the damage to his kidneys and ensure that he’s back on track for the trial.

This show is proof that you should never underestimate a mother’s love and dedication to her child. 

But what does this mean for Thony and Arman’s arrangement moving forward?

Will he begin to realize that there’s a mole in his operation? Will he connect it to Thony?

Or are his feelings for Thony his blindspot?

Fiona also went back on her word and ended up dealing drugs for Brandon in order to pay the retainer for Chris’s immigration lawyer. 

On one hand, I was so proud of Fi as she dumped the stack of money wrapped in a glow stick.  It was such a boss move and yet another example of a dedicated mother who won’t take no for an answer.

On the other hand, this is one dangerous path to go down. Obviously, the money is good, but in her situation, it’s extremely risky in her situation. One false move means immediate deportation for her and her children. 

If I had to take a guess, I think Fi will eventually get caught up and Thony will have to ask Arman to pull some strings for her family, which will force Thony to tell Fi about her secret gig. 

The Cleaning Lady is the best drama of the season — it’s riveting and hits all the right notes. 

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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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