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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

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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. 

What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewed for Season 2 on FOX

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We’ll get more intense chemistry between Thony and Arman on The Cleaning Lady because FOX just renewed the drama for a second season! 

“This heart-pounding, emotionally driven story has captivated audiences across all platforms with its empowering, suspenseful narrative about an undocumented worker forced to navigate the criminal underworld to save her ailing son’s life,” said Michael Thorn, president of Fox Entertainment.

The Cleaning Lady bravely and unapologetically takes on many of today’s most important social issues — something we’re proud to say is one of Fox’s long-time calling cards — and it’s all brought into sharp perspective by the powerful performance of our lead, Élodie Yung, and the entire cast. Thanks to the incredible talent of [executive producers] Miranda [Kwok] and Melissa [Carter] and our outstanding partners at Warner Bros., audiences have embraced this story and can now look forward to finding out what comes next for this devoted mother and her son when our show returns for its second season.”

The renewal is everything that fans have been hoping for as the season 1 finale found Thony and Arman teaming up and pulling one over on both the FBI and Hayak. In the final moments, Thony arrives home to realize that Marco fled Vegas with Luca, who she spent the whole season saving by going above and beyond to secure him a kidney transplant. 

Congrats to the cast and crew! We can’t wait for more episodes. 

Until then, you can re-watch season 1 and read our reviews here! 

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Arman and Thony have an intense and electric bond on The Cleaning Lady

While they let the passion get to them on a few occasions, they’ve mostly kept things PG. So, how can there be so many “hot moments” between them, you ask. Well, good question!

When it comes to these two, it’s not only about the physical connection but the emotional as well. It’s about every longing gaze, stolen glance, and forbidden touch. It’s about all the times Arman helps Thony at his own discretion, and in turn, it’s the loyalty and support she extends to him. 

Here are the hottest and steamiest moments between Arman (Adan Canto) and Thony (Elodie Yung) on The Cleaning Lady Season 1! 

 

Season 1 Episode 1

Not only does Arman spare Thony’s life, but he “hires her” as the cleaning lady in order to justify keeping her alive. He sees something in her that not only piques his interest but also reminds him of himself. When Thony stands up to him at the airport hangar for the first time, she’s setting the scene for their season-long tug-and-pull dynamic. Arman acknowledges that she’s a woman that “commands respect” while noting that he’s “offering that to her.” He also reminds her that as immigrants, they need each other, and she needs him as he can play a huge role in keeping her son alive. It’s a key scene in order to establish the ground rules between these two power players — even if they are told at every turn that they have no power. 

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: …lodie Yung and Adan Canto in the ìTNTî premiere episode of THE CLEANING LADY Monday, Jan. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC. CR: Ursula Coyote/FOX

 

Season 1 Episode 1

When Arman risks his own life to save Thony’s after he realizes he’s basically walked her into a trap, it’s one of the first moments where he admits, subconsciously, that he cares for her. After the explosion, she pays him back for saving her life by saving his, which is when she reveals that there’s much more to her than meets the eye. Arman is impressed with how well she works under pressure, but Thony once again reminds him that it’s a give and take relationship. “You want me to work for you, protect me. Give me the respect I deserve. And if anything happens to me, swear my son will be protected.” He gave her his word… and he never lied. 

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung, Adan Canto and guest star Alonzo Ortega in the “TNT” premiere episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 3 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC. CR: Ursula Coyote/FOX

 

Season 1 Episode 2

With Luca dying in her arms, Thony realizes she’s out of options and seeks out Arman and the club, who rushes to her aid and brings her to a private doctor that’s paid off by Hayak. Arman doesn’t just drop Thony off — he carries Luca inside, takes her burden, and sticks around to make sure that she’s okay. While he’s offering a shoulder to cry on, he realizes that he trusts her enough to open up about his past, which reveals that he understands Thony’s predicament all too well as he’s done the unthinkable to protect his family, too. The moment humanizes him in Thony’s eyes and the eyes of the audience. And when he sees that she looks at him with judgment for the career that he chose, it almost seems like he wants to become a better man for her. 

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: ƒlodie Yung and Adan Canto in the ÒLionÕs DenÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2021 Fox Media LLC. CR: Michael Desmond/FOX

 

Season 1 Episode 6 

When Arman notices that Thony is upset about Luca’s procedure, he comforts her. He allows her to have a full-on breakdown (one of Thony’s only moments of weakness in the series) and cradles her in his arms. And all those heightened emotions lead to a very unexpected yet passionate kiss. I mean… really passionate. You cannot fake that kind of chemistry! Thony stops things before they escalate to the point of no return, but it’s enough to satiate all the fans that have been long shipping the couple. 

 

Season 1 Episode 7

When Thony informs Arman that she can’t afford the surgery and the liver donor, Arman offers to pay for the surgery, assuring her that he couldn’t have secured a huge deal with Thony’s intel from the FBI. “I’m in too deep now,” he says with an adorable smile, which definitely implies that he’s not just doing this for Luca. However, when Thony mentions that she’ll have to “talk to her husband” who has arrived in the U.S., Arman’s whole demeanor changes. The guy has absolutely no poker face, but it’s because he simply can’t hide himself or his emotions in front of the woman he loves. And while the moment isn’t exactly “hot,” it does reveal just how bad Arman has it for Thony. Plus, he’s still willing to pay for the surgery even with Thony’s husband in the picture, which is admirable. 

 

Season 1 Episode 8

The kiss right before Luca’s surgery was perfection. Unlike their first make-out session, this kiss was rooted in trust, honesty, and longing. Arman risked everything to get Thony and Luca across the border in a private jet because he cares about her so much and knows he might not have her around for much longer. The kiss is prefaced by a sweet talk where Thony reveals so much happened in Vegas that she’d like to forget, which prompts Arman to suggest, “hopefully, not everything.” “Not everything,” Thony admits. 

 

Season 1 Episode 10

Arman and Thony are like the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. In one fell swoop, they worked together to take down Hayak and stole the $6 million from the gun sale after agreeing to help the FBI make the arrests. The action-packed episode didn’t allow for any real romantic moments, but the very fact that they trust each other enough to get into bed with the FBI while pulling one over on FBI at the same speak volumes. 

Also, the longing gaze and hang caressing while Thony visits Arman in jail is enough to make fans go crazy waiting for more #Armony (should we make that a ship name?). 

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THE CLEANING LADY: in the ÒCrownÓ season finale episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, March 14 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

 

Come on, FOX. Give us a second season!

I’m sure there are plenty of other moments I could’ve mentioned — which ones would you add to the list? Weigh in in the comments below! 

You can read all of The Cleaning Lady reviews right here! 

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Now, that’s how you deliver a season finale. 

Just when I thought my heart couldn’t ache any more for Thony, Marco goes and does something so incredibly stupid and reckless, I don’t even want to imagine Thony’s wrath next season. 

That woman moved mountains to save her son and give him another shot at life. She quite literally risked everything so that she would never have to lose him, so it’s ironic that she loses him at the hands of her irresponsible husband. After everything she’s been through and the obstacles she’s pushed through, nothing can stop her. She’ll fight twice as hard to get him back; Marco doesn’t stand a chance. 

And now she’ll have Arman in her corner. 

Marco’s move was inspired by the same move that Thony pulled a year ago when she essentially kidnapped Luca and took him to the U.S. without Marco’s permission. However, the situation was much different because she was doing it to save her son. In the present-day, Marco is doing it out of spite and for is own selfish reasons. The least he could’ve done was wait to have a real conversation with her and understand where she’s coming from. 

And no, rushing the conversation when she wasn’t ready to talk wasn’t fair either. Marco kept insisting they go home even as Thony informed him multiple times that she literally couldn’t because of her deal with the government. If she didn’t comply or even attempted to leave the country, she would’ve been arrested for a very long time. And all of that because she sacrificed and risked everything to save her son. 

How is Marco so ignorant in all of this? Also, I hope he has to right medication for Luca because he is still recovering! 

After being caught up at the Mexico/US border, Thony was only let go if she helped the FBI, so she didn’t really have time to listen to Marco’s whining. She had a small window to make some very necessary moves to secure her freedom. 

Marco’s self-righteous attitude was also very off-putting. He thought he was better than everyone, including his own sister who is a “TNT.” However, the reality is that his situation isn’t any better. He came to the states with nothing and wouldn’t have been able to secure Luca the necessary treatments because he doesn’t have the backbone.

He has absolutely no right to point the finger at anyone when what he really needs to do is take a long, hard look at himself in the mirror.

But enough about Marco because, as always, this episode was showed off just how incredible Thony and Arman are when they work towards a common goal. 

Thony had no choice but to cooperate with the FBI, but that didn’t mean she had to do everything they asked. She definitely trusted Garrett, but her loyalty was first and foremost to Arman. After all, she said it herself — Luca is alive because of Arman — so, she kind of owes him everything. 

When the FBI wanted her to take Arman down, she openly refused and suggested that they make a deal with him instead and go after Hayak. 

And it was a solid plan as it was a win-win-win for everyone. The harder part was getting Arman to agree to essentially work with the enemy. 

Arman was hesitant, but he eventually agreed as long as Garrett also agreed to let Thony walk free. When he only needed to think of himself, he still put her first. The love! 

Cooperating with the feds wasn’t ideal, but it allowed him to finally get rid of Hayak and take over the business. Meanwhile, Thony paid off her debts to them, while Garrett was able to clear his name and keep his job.

Their collaboration was fruitful for everyone! 

The whole plan hitched on securing the gun sale and ensuring that the FBI was there when the transaction was happening. 

Once they barged in, Noah turned a gun at Hayak, but Arman jumped in and saved his life, which further convinced Hayak that Arman was still his right-hand man and trustworthy. It also cleared Arman from looking like had anything to do with the raid. Arman knows how to work the situation in his favor, that’s for sure.

The Cleaning Lady Season Finale Review The Crown Season 1 Episode 10

THE CLEANING LADY: Oliver Hudson in the “Crown” season finale episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, March 14 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

On the way to prison, Hayak was grateful for Arman’s loyalty and told him he’d get him out while handing over all of his account numbers.

Arman may have gotten into bed with the FBI, but he didn’t trust them to keep their end of the deal, so when the raid happened, he stole the drive with the $6 million from the gun sale and tossed it into a cleaning cart that Fi scooped up. 

Thony and Fi walked out with the money in cryptocurrency like the boss babes that they are… and Garrett had no idea that they played him while helping him in the process. 

It’s a clear lesson of always looking out for yourself and ensuring the best possible outcome. 

Arman also set the scene well as he used ensured that Hayak would no longer be a problem by telling Isabel the truth and having her turn on her father. 

When she went to the FBI and handed over his books and everything else, she pretty much guaranteed that he would stay locked up for a very long time as there was now irrefutable proof tying him to the crimes. 

He orchestrated this master plan to take down Hayak while protecting himself and his loved ones in the process. And the best part is that Hayak was completely clueless to it all. He underestimated Arman, and this was his well-deserved punishment. 

Come season 2, I think maybe Hayak’s son, Tarik, might come back into the picture and pose some problems for Arman, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. He’s proven that much. 

The scene between Arman and Thony in prison was so good. They’re so connected that they can communicate through longing gazes and forbidden touches. It’s electric. 

How is it possible that the man looks just as good in a jumpsuit as he does in a business suit?

Once Thony secured the money, she handed Nadia her envelope. Nadia and Arman might not be end-game, but she was vital in encouraging Noah to go through with the deal as she vouched for Arman’s character.

Arman truly is a “man of his word” and ensured that his wife was taken care of in the end. But of course, Nadia’s ego wasn’t able to accept that “the cleaning lady” who won over her husband was more powerful than her. 

The “you still work for me” comment underscored just how pathetic and powerless she truly is now. 

Honestly, good on Thony for being the bigger person. 

The spark between Thony and Arman — and their partnership moving forward — makes me excited to see their relationship progress next season. 

I would’ve loved to see more steamy moments between them this season, but I get why they would hold off on that. There was too much going on and neither of them were truly available. Plus, there was also the aspect of Arman being in control of her whereas now, the playing field has been slightly evened. She’s no longer just the lady cleaning up his messes — she’s the lady washing his cash. 

In my reviews of the first few episodes, I noted that the show, and the chemistry between Arman and Thony, reminded me of Good Girls, and now, with Fi and Thony washing the money, it’s come full circle. I’d love to have Good Girls back on TV, but if I can’t make that a reality, at least I have this show to fill the void! 

There are many things keeping Thony in the U.S., including Arman and Fiona, but mostly, it’s her desire to help people who find themselves in her situation. 

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Thony is well-aware that she got lucky with Luca. I don’t know if anyone would necessarily consider a job cleaning for the mob as being lucky, but without it, and Arman, Luca would’ve likely died. 

She knows that if she can help people in need, particularly those who are undocumented and need to see a doctor, she has to do it. 

And honestly, it’s admirable. This is one of the reasons why we all fell in love with Thony. This is why Arman fell in love with Thony. She’s caring, loving, resourceful, and giving. 

Arman and Thony make a good… no, they make a great team. Their loyalty is unmatched and they aren’t scared to go all the way in order to ensure results. 

What will their adventures bring come season 2?

Season 1 has been a whirlwind of emotions, and I’m ready for more, so this is the public plea for Fox to officially renew the series! 

Share your thoughts about the finale in the comments now!


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