The Cleaning Lady is like a punch to the gut, every single week. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good gut punch (if that sort of thing exists) as it serves as a reminder to appreciate what you have and that things could always be worse.
And for Thony, it seems like things just keep taking a turn for the worse.
She’s so strong, but every time it seems like she’s coming up for air or turning a corner, the world starts caving in on her all over again.
“Legacy” started off on a positive note as it was the day Luca was set to start his trial, but a series of unfortunate events led to a heartbreaking final moment that showed how far a mother, desperate to save her son, would actually go.
First, Thony was told that Luca’s trial would be postponed because of his slightly abnormal liver results. She wasn’t pleased with the information considering the long road it took to get to this very moment, but with the encouragement of a fellow mother in her shoes, she accepted that this was just a momentary setback.
Unfortunately, the retesting revealed that sweet little Luca was in liver failure and needed to get a transplant, which disqualified him from the trial. That’s not the kind of news any mother wants to hear. My heart broke watching her sit there and break down because she of how helpless she feels yet how badly she wants to make this go away for her little boy.
And she’s been trying everything.
She’s become a cleaning lady for a mafia after seeing a man get killed, and since then, she’s just seen more horrors at the hands of Arman, including a councilman getting waterboarded.
Just when she thought things couldn’t get worse, FBI Garrett Miller swung around to the trial clinic to ask her to be an informant, which is essentially signing your life away if you get caught.
When she refused, he threatened to deport her and her child fully knowing that he’d be signing her son’s death sentence.
It infuriates me that people continuously use the one thing women love most in the world — their children — as leverage. And it’s even lower coming from a man who has a child that’s almost the same age as Luca. His job might be on the line, but it seems as though he has no sympathy… and maybe walking a mile in Thony’s shoes just might be what he needs to get her to fully trust him and agree to become the woman on the inside.
Naturally, Thony was against Garrett’s proposition not only because of the risk that came with it but also because she developed a loyalty to Arman. He might have mafia ties, but he opened up to her about what led him down his path, and he has never wavered in his help when she needed it. He’s the reason that Luca survived the adenovirus; in Luca’s eyes, Arman is a hero who drove him to the hospital in a cool sports car.
Thony feels a sense of gratitude toward Arman, which is evidenced when she tells him that she’d like to take on more shifts to pay him back for his generosity.
At that moment, Thony was coming from a sincere place.
However, Arman and Thony do this tango every time, so the dynamic quickly changed when she saw him almost kill the councilman (thankfully, she’s a doctor and was able to save him).
This was a turning point in their relationship. Up until now, I think Thony was in a bit of denial over who Arman actually is because she’s only seen the kindness he’s extended towards her in her time of need. I love that she sees this twisted side of him because it’s so easy to romanticize someone who is doing you favors. She knows he’s in really deep, but she wanted to believe that he was a good man so that she could justify what she was doing.
But there’s no unseeing the darkness behind his eyes as he almost killed another man with his bare hands. She sees what he’s capable of now, and she realized that she’s painted him as a hero when he’s actually a monster.
This moment is what swayed Thony into taking Garrett’s offer, unwillingly. When she approached Arman’s wife and asked her to help out at the wedding because she needed extra cash, she was no longer being genuine — she had an ulterior motive.
Arman’s wife has sniffed out some kind of chemistry between him and “the help,” so she was easily manipulated by Thony And just like that, she was working the wedding.
A little snooping her and there allowed her to catch a glimpse of Arman counting cash, and she was able to snag a photo of that list so that she could deliver it to Garrett.
However, that never happened. The following day, she told Garrett that she wasn’t able to get anything while working the wedding, which is obviously a lie.
My guess is that her encounter with Tarik — who accused her of stealing — and eventually, Arman, who lost it when he realized Thony was actually afraid of him, scared her into further secrecy… for now.
She’s seen these people at their worst, she knows they can “take care” of any situation, and there’s no reason to cross them and put everything at risk.
The fight between Arman and Thony was explosive and intense. There were a lot of emotions at play, including disappointment. She was disappointed that he wasn’t the man she thought he was, while he was disappointed that she was a hypocrite that was “leeching off of him” when she needed his help but also judging and criticizing the very reason he’s able to provide that help.
It pained me to think that Arman kind of had a point, but Thony is benefitting from the lifestyle, and using her son as an excuse doesn’t justify it.
I understand her motivation, but it’s hard to point fingers when you’re also doing immoral things in order to gain something from it.
Yes, Thony has a line she won’t cross, or so she thinks, but what happens when she hits yet another roadblock — as she has with the trial — and needs another favor?
As I said before, she’s such an impressive and strong woman that I hate for her to crawl back and ask for forgiveness because she needs his help again.
If she’s going to be involved in this, I want him to respect her and see her as somewhat of an equal.
And on some level, he likely does respect that she’s not afraid to stand up to him, call him out on his actions, want him to be better, and challenge him, but it just seems a little too soon in the game to be wanting to call the shots when you still need strings pulled.
Of course, this fight happened not only after she saw him almost kill a man but also after she saw him make out with Isabelle, so she’s likely a little hurt by the realization that his kidness towards her was an act.
Arman’s love life is messy and complicated.
His dynamic with Nadia is strange; she seems to be in his corner with wanting to become Hayak’s partner, but she’s also taking advantage of the fruits of his labor. Hayak reduced Arman to nothing more than “the help” when he asked him to go fetch the councilman, and Nadia had no problem with it.
Would I be far off base to say that Nadia is probably sleeping with Hayak? Or that she would leave Arman the moment Hayak propositioned it? She definitely seems to be interested in a legacy, and I don’t see Hayak wanting to give the keys to half of his kingdom away.
Hayak also seems to like Arman more than his son, Tarik, who he announced at the wedding that he is shipping off to join the army (and this explains Tarik’s anger at the world — he just wants his father’s acceptance), but he also doesn’t seem to respect him.
During Arman’s chat with Isabelle, we learn that the duo dated but she was forced to break up with him at her father’s behest because he’s not Armenian.
Then they kissed in public without even trying to hide it. I mean, come on!?! Anyone could’ve caught that — and Thony did.
My guess is that Arman is going to be tired of being nothing more than an errand boy to Hayak, Nadia, and everyone else in his life, and eventually, Thony is going to help him see the light that his “family” isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. Plus, on some level, he understands Thony as he’s been there; he’s been viewed as and called “the help,” so his soft spot for her is very much real and not something he’ll be able to shake. It’s the very reason why their fight was so emotional — that kind of heated argument only happens when feelings are involved.
Can Arman save Luca while Thony saves him?
The fact that “once you’re in, you’re in” seems to be the motto is slightly concerning. Hayak obviously controls councilmen in Vegas, so getting free from his grasp doesn’t seem like an easy feat.
Does the FBI even have what it takes to bring Arman/Hayak down?
Why do you think Thony didn’t bite with Garrett? Do you think Garrett’s decision to divulge his personal life with his former wife and child was a bit too forthcoming with an informant? We know that he previously got a slap on the wrist for sleeping with an informant and getting Theo killed, so maybe he just doesn’t understand personal boundaries in the slightest?
Will Fiona figure out that Thony is consistently lying to her since she caught her in a lie about a job? And how will that go over in a household embracing a “no lying” policy?
What’s Thony’s next step when it comes to Luca?
What did you think of the episode and how are you enjoying The Cleaning Lady on FOX so far this season?
‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewed for Season 2 on FOX
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!
7 Hottest Moments Between Thony and Arman on ‘The Cleaning Lady’
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?).
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!
The Cleaning Lady Season Finale Review – The Crown (1×10)
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.
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.
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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