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

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung and Adan Canto 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

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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 Review – Arman’s Velorio (3×07)

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With each passing week, The Cleaning Lady makes audiences feel the weight of Adan Canto’s passing more and more. 

The mark that Canto made on the series is evident—and moving on without him hasn’t been easy. We all feel cheated from a storyline that we deserved, but, as with loss, all we can do is relish in the moments that we carry in our hearts and grieve alongside all those he touched. 

Thony and Nadia are affected the most on the series as they were the two women that were closest to him. 

Thony feels responsible for his death, considering that he risked his life to save hers in the hide speed chase in the desert. She also feels the heaviness of the words left unsaid, a reminder not to hide your feelings from the person who means the world to you.

But even though we were all rooting for a Thony and Arman relationship, it’s hard not to feel for Nadia, who lost the love of her life for the second time. She didn’t get closure or a chance to say goodbye, which some might say Thony got through that brief exchange with Arman right before the car plunged off the cliff. 

As Nadia also admits, she lost Arman a long time ago when Thony entered their lives—and nothing she did was able to bring him back and restore their lives to how they once were. But she held onto that hope for so long, with his death now making his absence permanent. 

She might hate Thony, but in a way, they are also bonded for life as the women who knew Arman best. They share a connection, and now, with the uncertainty of who can be trusted lingering at every corner, I think they’ll be forced to rely on each other more than ever. Grieving together to keep Arman’s memory alive, while working together to keep each other safe. 

Arman’s family, Jorge and Ramona, can’t be trusted. It’s unclear where they stand with each step. They believed Thony when she showed them that Dante was responsible for Arman’s abduction—and Ramona even proved how ruthless she was when she executed her lover on the spot—however, after Arman’s parents arrived at the velorio and called her Marina, Thony realized it was the name Arman wrote on the table where he was held captive. This can only mean that his aunt was involved in his kidnapping, though it’s unclear if Jorge was also involved or if he’s being kept in the dark. 

Did Ramona kidnap Arman to get money from Nadia? And who called the feds ahead of the exchange? Was it Dante and Ramona? Did she ever actually care about her nephew or was it one big act?

And then there’s the Thony problem. She was handed an out on a gold platter—and she still refused to take it. Hasn’t she learned her lesson? You’d think after all that’s transpired, she’d call it quits on this lifestyle and prioritize taking care of her child. 

Instead, she feels the need to avenge Arman’s death by making the people responsible pay, which, in the process, is going to cost her and her loved ones. She just can’t let it go, but it’s such a dangerous situation to keep putting yourself in. 

Upon Arman’s death, the finger-pointing started immediately, and there’s no telling how far Jorge and Ramona, specifically, are willing to go to protect themselves. 

While some of the family and the “who called the feds” drama took away from Arman’s memorial, the creative forces still managed to pay their respects to the character that Arman built over the course of two seasons—the hero to Thony and her son. It’s why Thony feels responsible and like she owes him because he always saved her, up until the very end, never once hesitating even if it made things inconvenient for him. The significance of Thony wearing all white to his memorial—while everyone dressed in black—was also crystal clear as she was his guiding light in life, the one who tried to pull him out of the darkness that continuously enveloped him and, as a result, her. 

The moment when Thony gave Luca the model car belonging to Arman—which he held onto for all these years—and asked him to keep it safe is what really broke me. It was such a simple yet effective scene, paired with Arman’s final ride into the sunset, a scene from the season 2 finale that set up Thony and Arman’s power couple arc, a storyline that we also had to mourn and say goodbye to. 

There’s also the new men in Thony’s life that are a bit concerning. Jorge, of course, for many obvious reasons, but Jeremy, who was part of the chase that led to Arman’s death and who still has plenty of questions about what transpired. He’s the only one who can place Thony at the scene—and I’d imagine Nadia wouldn’t be pleased to find out that Arman might’ve survived if he wasn’t one again playing hero for Thony. I also don’t trust Jeremy’s intentions with the security cameras. Does it give him access to see what’s going on in Thony and Fi’s household?

What did you think of the episode?

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The Cleaning Lady Review Season 3 Episode 5 – All of Me

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The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 5 thrives on keeping us—and Thony—in a state of constant anxiety.

Not only is it nerve-racking that she has a court date that will determine whether or not she can keep Luca, but when her interview with CPS’ Susan nears, Luca is nowhere to be found. 

Thony tries to play it off as though he’s just running late, but when Fi and JD return home without him, it’s pretty clear that something else is going on. Susan is not easily fooled, and she quickly catches onto the fact that Luca has gone missing. 

While finding Luca was Thony’s top priority, she knew that jumping the gun and putting out an amber alert would come with grave consequences—not only for her court case but also for her relationship with the cartel.

JD’s call to tell Susan about Dante, the man who picked Thony up earlier in the day, came from a good place as he thought he had Luca’s best interests at heart. It’s hard to be mad at him when he was just following his gut, but man, when he gave Susan all the information, as someone who understands the kind of people that Thony is in bed with, you knew that it wouldn’t end well for her.

Thankfully, Thony is like a cat with nine lives, and she always lands right-side up. She was able to find Luca at the aquarium (he previously said he wanted to be like a turtle and hide in his shell), and was able to convince Jorge to expunge the amber alert so that it couldn’t be used in court and against her. 

Jorge is proving to be a lot like his cousin—he has a soft spot for Thony and is swooping in to save her at every turn, even though she doesn’t exactly deserve it. She’s more trouble than she’s worth, quite frankly, but men can’t seem but to get invested in assisting her. 

Fiona, Jaz, and Chris all took the stand to attest to how good of a mother, aunt, and friend Thony is, but it was her own testimony about going to great lengths to save her son that pulled on heartstrings. 

The judge agreed to let Luca stay with his mother, with continually CPS supervision, which was a huge win. 

But one thing that really bothers me is that the court wasn’t there when Thony was running out of options for her dying son. The judge didn’t care that she didn’t have money for treatment, nor did anyone care that he would’ve died without it. It’s so easy to look at something after the fact and deem it wrong, but how can saving your child’s life at any cost be wrong?

Thony will never apologize for what she did because if she didn’t do it, Luca wouldn’t have been here. 

And the only reason Luca ran away in the first place was because he didn’t want to be taken from his mother. The court might think they are doing their due diligence, but look at the stress that this whole situation has placed on him.

It may have been a huge victory for Thony, but it also came at a potential price as the amber alert meant that Dante was in a prison cell when the call for a ransom exchange came through, meaning that they lost their shot at getting Arman back—and no one seems to know if he’s dead or alive at this point. 

Though, I have to say I agree with Jorge more than Ramon—giving into the ransom seems weak, so I hope she has a bigger plan in place for getting her nephew back.

I also find it strange how Fiona is constantly surprised upon finding out who Thony is working with. How did she think Thony managed to arrange her transport back to the States? Wouldn’t she assume that the cartel—or someone equally as dangerous—had to be involved? Thony has a lot of pull and resources at her disposal, but it comes at a price. 

Whether that price will prove to be worth it in the end, well, only time will tell.

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The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 4 Review – Agua, Fuego, Tierra, Viento

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The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 4 concluded Fiona and Chris’ (and Camilla’s) grueling journey back home—but not before putting them through the wringer. 

The trek to America is not for the faint of heart, especially when you get kicked out of the transportation truck in the middle of the desert. Things weren’t looking good for Fiona and Chris, however, their guardian angel (because as annoying as some of her reckless behavior might be, she also goes above and beyond for the people she loves) was looking out for them. 

If it wasn’t for Thony’s determination to find her family, things might’ve turned out quite differently, but her efforts paid off, even when it seemed like she was looking for a needle in a haystack. There were times Thony was close to giving up, but she persevered, likely because she had Jorge’s assistance. The dynamic between the two of them is, questionable, to say the least, as it’s unclear where his alliances lie—and he’s made it clear he has no qualms about killing her at any moment—but he’s also softened up a bit after seeing her vulnerable side. In a lot of ways, he sees himself in Thony, especially being a single father who is trying his best to protect his offspring. 

That, of course, doesn’t mean he’s a decent human being, as he even tells Thony herself at the end that he’s not the kind of man she thinks he is. Thony is always drawn to these wounded birds, but this is different than Arman—Jorge seems to be a terrible human who may be behind Arman’s kidnapping. I think his warning to Thony was indicative of that (I think the devil’s breath was his), plus, he’s not as redeemable as Arman was. It’s clear he’s going to be Thony’s next love interest—and the one who helps her through all the tough moments, while being the one who pushes her—but I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing for her. It keeps her in this lifestyle and in this cycle of chaos that she just can’t seem to free herself from. 

Now, back to Fiona and Chris, who went through it to make their way back home to Jaz and JD, including Chris’ sprained ankle, dehydration from a lack of water, and nearly suffocating to death from engine smoke inhalation. But they showed that they had the strength and willpower to survive, with this experience bringing mother and son much closer together, along with Camilla joining the family as his future significant other. Something beautiful is formed from the darkness is a great takeaway. Plus, Chris was finally able to see all that his mother sacrificed for him to have a better life, so I hope he shows his gratitude for a long time.

The reunion was a little breath of happiness during a very gritty episode—and it’s important to keep the balance to not lose viewers. No one can take so much tragedy, loss, and anxiety every week without getting a bit of reprieve at the end to prove that it’s all worth it. 

As Thony focused her efforts on finding her family, Nadia remained committed to her search for Armando, but she very quickly learned that she was running out of options. Her partnership with Russo (or Auntie Kate) fell apart almost instantly as she was never truly on Nadia’s side. She froze Kamdar’s assets the moment she got wind that Nadia was operating the money to find Arman. When her headhunter, Logan, went MIA, she essentially had no choice but to put all of her trust in the cartel—they are family after all. 

Ramona proved her loyalty by helping her get the money needed to save Arman by (from my understanding) blowing up La Habana so Nadia could cash in on the insurance money. There’s definitely something that the Sin Cara cartel isn’t telling us about Arman, but Ramona swears she’ll do anything to protect him, so I guess for now, our only choice is to trust her. That one swift move, however, ensured that Nadia is indebted to her, so both Nadia and Thony are in deep now—and I hate that for them. If they’d just stuck together, maybe there would’ve been another way out of this mess. 

Thony’s celebrations will be short-lived as the next step is to face CPS and prove that she deserves custody of Luca. 

The Cleaning Lady has found many ways to keep Arman’s spirit alive by dragging out the search for him and connecting Thony and Nadia with his family, but one of the best moments of the episode was when Nadia drove in on a motorcycle in a leather jacket. It was as if Arman was close by—and we know he’d be damn proud. 

What did you think of the episode?

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