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The Cleaning Lady Review – The IceBox (1×05)

THE CLEANING LADY: Élodie Yung (L) in the “Icebox” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Feb. 7 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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The Cleaning Lady is wasting no time setting the scene for what I anticipate is going to be a bloody battle between Arman and Hayak.

At the kickstart of The Cleaning Lady Season 1 Episode 5, Thony, Fi, Gaby, and several other cleaners are arrested by ICE. 

If you found yourself thinking “this must be a setup” — because how would ICE just find them randomly cleaning party busses? — you were right. The “raid” was organized by Garrett as a tactic to force Thony into cooperation. 

The thing about Garrett is that he’s not exactly a forward-thinker. We know he’s had previous indiscretions that almost got him fired, and threatening people with deportation is beyond cruel, especially since the agent he talked to about keeping Fi and Gaby “safe” didn’t even follow through. 

Thony agreed to help him, but Garrett wasn’t able to keep his promise. They were able to save Fi from getting deported at the last minute — she was already on the bus, but poor Gaby was shipped away leaving behind her kids with the nanny. 

While the series primarily aims to entertain audiences, it’s also a deeply realistic peek into what illegal immigrants go through in this country. 

They’re locked in cages, stripped of essentials, silenced, treated like animals. And as we see through Thony and Fi, many of them are just here trying to provide for their families and make the most out of a terrible situation. 

I don’t think Garrett understood the gravity of what he’d done until it was almost irreversible. Plus, his mentality definitely changed when he saw that young child in the cage.

Garrett really doesn’t know how to get through to Thony. Forcing her hand, punishing her for not cooperating, and threatening her and her family isn’t the answer. 

In fact, it’s only pushing her further away and into the arms of Arman. Despite all the terrible things that he’s done, she has a loyalty to him because, as she herself said, he’s the only one who had done anything to help her son.

And, as I’ve said multiple times before, that’s really the only thing that matters to Thony. 

Garrett’s deportation tactic scared her into thinking she’d never see Luca again, and therefore, the moment she could, she confessed everything to Arman. 

Naturally, he didn’t take kindly to the fact that she has been working with the FBI to bring him down, but the moment of sheer anger aside, Arman definitely valued Thony’s honesty and the fact that she felt like she could trust him.

I’m not entirely sure if he would’ve come around as quickly, as eagerly, or at all if the rest of the cards with Hayak didn’t fall into place when they did, but it’s a huge win for Thony… and, on some level, for Garrett. 

When Arman realized that he’s been dedicating his whole life to helping Hayak only to be talked down to like “the help,” his loyalty was fractured. 

Arman has done unimaginable things to ensure that Hayak’s business thrives under the radar, but instead of becoming a partner in the hotel that he worked so hard to make happen, Hayak gave it to his daughter, Isabelle, and her husband. 

I get that Hayak wants to keep things in the family, but at this point, after everything, Arman should be considered family. Instead, he was basically told that he has no future in the family dynasty after bringing more to the table than any of Hayak’s children. 

We know Arman is good at this. After all, he made a point when he brought up that Isabelle and her husband have no knowledge of how Arman makes his money, so this idea is only going to backfire. Isabelle is already looking into things and asking questions about whether they “cooked the books.” She’s in for a real treat. 

Though, I think that could actually come in handy if she finds out the truth and decides to bring her father down. 

Isabelle and Arman have an established relationship — imagine if everyone turned on Hayak and took over his dynasty legally. 

For now, Arman and Thony are the only ones teaming up in a situation that could hopefully benefit them both. 

Arman’s limits were pushed when he was talked down to and basically told that Hayak owns him and all of his successes.

His wife, Nadia, decided that she was leaving, which seems like it was for the best. Their relationship was always lacking in love and seemed more like a business arrangement. She’s looking for an easy life full of luxury, and my guess is that she’s going to try to seduce Hayak. 

I couldn’t help but laugh when Nadia broke down about “how hard she works” and how people are always making things difficult for her while she’s talking to Thony, a woman who has gone through unimaginable pain and remains optimistic regardless.

Nadia’s “woe is me” act doesn’t seem like Arman’s vibe. 

The cleaning Lady Review Season 1 Episode 5

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung and Adan Canto in the “Icebox” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Feb. 7 (9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

With Hayak proving that he doesn’t respect Arman and Nadia announcing that she’s leaving him, Arman was in the perfect position to take Thony up on her offer. 

Hayak might be the big boss, but never underestimate the scorned henchman that knows all too much about the ins and outs of your business! 

Arman can bring Hayak down in a matter of minutes if he plays his cards right. 

By helping Thony, he can decide what information is fed to the FBI, which assures that he also keeps himself clean.

At the same time, he’s helping Thony stay in Garrett’s good graces. 

And well, on some level, Garrett also wins. He’s not going to take down Arman, but who needs Arman when he can snag the head honcho?

The new alliances that are forming are truly game-changing and elevate an already incredible and riveting series. 

Will Thony and Arman get away with it? Garrett might not always follow the rules, but he’s not stupid either. 

But again, if he’s promised the opportunity to bring down the head honcho, will he even care? 

As for Fi, thanks to Thony, she remains on U.S. soil, but she’s definitely suspicious. How did Thony get out of ICE custody? How was she able to stop the bus and save her from deportation? Why is she working with the FBI agent from the bathroom in the first place?

I expect this to cause a slight rift in Thony and Fi’s relationship. Fi is likely grateful that Thony saved her, but she hates being lied to. And they were in this mess because of Thony. If Thony told her the truth from the getgo, Fi might’ve been less stressed.

Fi will probably see Thony’s actions and willingness to work with the mafia as hypocritical as she told her not to sell drugs to make money. 

However, I hope they can look past this because Thony and Fi’s friendship is one of the strongest aspects of the show! 

What did you think of the episode? Are you impressed by the story development? 

The Cleaning Lady isn’t afraid to take risks or blow up their characters’ lives, which is what makes it such compelling television!

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The Cleaning Lady Review – Smoke and Mirrors (310)

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The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 10 seems to getting its groove back—and best of all, it’s forcing Nadia and Thony into each other’s orbits. 

The latest development in the storyline brings them closer than ever before as they focus on a common goal of taking Sin Cara down.

As the episode declared, Thony found herself in a rather tricky situation, stuck between Ramona and the FBI. Neither was going to shake her, which is no way to live. Thony needed an out, quickly, and when it presented itself, she didn’t hesitate. Ramona said something to Thony that foreshadowed what was to come and illuminated her path forward—in every situation, even the powerless ones, Thony always looks for the power; the upper hand. 

So, when pushed into a corner, Thony found the power and did what she had to do, confessing that she knew Jeremy was FBI (he thought he was so slick—the poor man had no clue that his cover was long blown) and leveraging it to save Nadia’s life…. by killing her, temporarily, of course. Arman would be proud of the way they continue to have each other’s backs. 

It did seem as though Thony was going to make a full venture into the dark side when she offered to “take out” Nadia, but that wouldn’t be in line with the character—and her alternative actually allows her to walk back the line to freedom and innocence. She’s pushed the boundaries for so long for the sake of her family, but now, it’s done more harm than good. 

And getting out isn’t as easy as one might think. She tried reasoning with Ramona to cut her loose after she proved her loyalty, but the problem was always that, just as everyone before her, the leader of Sin Cara saw what Thony was capable of and deemed her to be valuable, and thus, she would always dig herself in deeper. 

But now, after essentially blackmailing Jeremy into helping her pull off Nadia’s death to the world, Thony has a chance at finding some normalcy. As does Nadia, even if the initial shock has her blaming Thony for “taking her life from her.” It’s almost like she doesn’t realize she didn’t have much of a choice—either she faked her own death or she actually died. She may not be “free” while she’s hiding out in a basement, but at least she’s alive, an once they finally take down Ramona, she will be able to get that second chance to really live. 

It’s unclear if the goal is to take down Jorge as well. Nadia was about to enter into a lucrative partnership with him, however, once he realizes that Thony and Nadia are behind the attack on his sister, I think it will prove once and for all that his loyalties lie with his blood family. There’s no way Ramona goes down for running the Sin Cara cartel and Jorge still strikes a deal with Nadia—he’s opportunistic, but not naive.

However, if you really think about it, Nadia doesn’t need him for the new luxury business venture. He needs her way more as she’s the one who has built a name for herself and developed a high-profile clientele. The only benefit of Jorge was that he had the means to unlock all of Kamdar’s money—and I’m sure she’ll find a way to leverage her link to the FBI now to get what she wants. In fact, with The Cleaning Lady renewed for another season, I think that’s what I’d be most interested in seeing—Thony and Nadia working together to open up their own business that allows them to launder money in the background. Be their own bosses!

Thony is now in the best position she can be in—she’s proven her loyalty to Ramona tenfold; she saved her life with the rogue surgery, and then killed Nadia, something that Ramona thought she didn’t have in her. She was quick on her feet, as usual, coming up with a solution that benefitted them both. Never underestimate a doctor! 

Thony is now Ramona’s greatest asset, and she doesn’t suspect her of working with the feds at all. None of those emergency protocols will matter when there’s someone on the inside feeding information that’s going about undetected (which will also come in handy with finding where they moved. Camila!). 

Plus, she has protection with Jeremy in her corner while feeding him information that can bring down Ramona and eventually buy her and her family freedom. And it doesn’t seem like Russo knows anything at all, which means there’s less likelihood of word getting out about Thony’s double-agent duty. 

It is a good pivot for The Cleaning Lady after wrapping up the storyline on Arman Morales, all while restoring agency to the female characters who have proven they can weather any storm. 

What did you think of the episode?

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‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewal News That Left Fans Seriously Shocked

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The Cleaning Lady has officially been renewed for a fourth season—but while TV show renewals tend to elicit excitement from fanbases, the Fox renewal is snagging some divided reactions.

Mostly, fans are expressing their shock that the show scored yet another season in light of Adan Canto’s real-life death, which heavily impacted the direction of season 3—and, according to many fans, not in a good way (though the creative forces behind it are trying their best to navigate a tricky situation). 

“This really surprises me. I miss Adam Canto but thought they did a good job this season. Thought for sure it would end its run this spring,” one fan wrote of the series getting the green light.

“Really? Why?” another simply pondered.

Someone else chimed in noting: “Surprising and yet not surprising, either. It was renewed for a season 3 with low ratings, so it’s not really surprising that it was renewed for a season 4 with even lower ratings. That being said, I thought they’d just end it this season after Adan Canto’s death. Not sure if this is a good idea or not.”

“The show is not very good this year,” someone else said, while elsewhere a fan mused that they thought there was “no chance.”

The surprises only continue as The Cleaning Lady is not part of Fox’s fall lineup, being held for the midseason instead. 

And in even more shocking news, Miranda Kwok, who developed the series, and Jeannine Renshaw, who was the showrunner during the third installment—taking on the difficulties of navigating a show without Canto’s Morales—will not be returning for the fourth season. If the person behind the show’s inception isn’t on board, it is surprising that the network has so much faith in a series currently averaging 2.2 million total viewers and a 0.2 demo rating.

Either way, there are plenty of fans who are surprised yet happy by the renewal as it allows the series to explore the future of the characters they love, like Thony and Fiona, without the added focus on Arman’s whereabouts. This season heavily tied into the grief of losing him, but hopefully, the slate is cleared next season and allows the storyline to flourish, with Thony making better choices and finding her groove. 

The renewal is said to be for 12 episodes, which will debut sometime in the spring lineup.

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The Cleaning Lady Review – From the Ashes (309)

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The Cleaning Lady seemed like it was gaining its momentum back with the twist on Jeremy last week, only for The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 9 to fall flat once again. 

It pains me to say this, but I can’t get into Ramona and Jorge being the new big bad, on the heels of an actually terrifying man like Robert Kamdar last season. They just aren’t compelling enough, even as the series aims to remind us that Ramona is cutthroat and will kill when pushed up against a wall. 

Thony wanted to find a way to remain resourceful to protect herself and her family, and thus, she began looking into Ramona’s health. It wasn’t long before she found what no other doctor was able to figure out–she was not in kidney failure, she’s suffering lead poisoning from a lodged bullet from years ago. 

Moments after her discovery, Ramona was on the makeshift operating table as Thony dug out fragments and attempted to make the most out of this second lifeline. It all just felt a bit too rushed for my liking—the whole season kind of feels like they can’t wait to get to the next big thing, all while simultaneously giving the vibe that not much is happening when it comes to momentum. 

The Sin Cara cartel is dull—and nothing compared to what Thony previously dealt with. 

And it took her absolutely no time to also figure out that Jeremy was snooping around her house and not to be trusted. From those flashbacks, it’s unclear if she thinks he’s the cartel’s enemy or if she’s aware that he’s an FBI plant, but either way, Thony is not pleased that yet another person has been lying to her. 

Jeremy seemed like a promising agent at first as he figured out a way to get close to Thony and solved the big mystery at hand that Sin Cara is a woman. He was unassuming and was able to ask questions without it coming off too suspicious or nosy.

But then he made such a rookie move. He’s not the kind of person to underestimate Thony, so why wouldn’t he assume that she would check the cameras/notice that a chunk of time was cut out? 

But what now? Will Thony confront him and take his deal to work with the FBI and bring down the cartel? It’s a dangerous option for sure, but it might be the only way she washes her hands of everything and moves on. Having Ramona and Jorge in her life has only proven problematic, plus, bringing them down while working with the FBI would be the best revenge for Arman. 

However, Thony is so engrained in this lifestyle, I don’t think she’d ever openly trust the FBI either. She likes to do things herself and for herself, and I’d assume that would play a key role in her decision-making.

The whole cartel storyline is also getting quite muddled as now Jorge has set his sights on Nadia, and is hoping to leverage her power and money into creating his own dynasty, apart from his sister’s since he thinks she’s “holding him back.” When confronted, Jorge made it seem like Ramona was still holding the reins, so he’s playing on both fronts and likely seeing if he’s better off with Nadia or Ramona in his corner. Either way, I can’t say I’m too invested in this and simply want to see Nadia out of the game for good, right along with Thony. 

As for Fiona and Chris, it definitely seems like they don’t know how to include them—and that’s a shame since they had such prevalent storylines at the beginning of the season as we learned more about Fi’s past—so they are now on this goose chase to find Camila. 

It’s possible finding Camila will open the door to a corrupt part of Ramona’s business, and that will be a way to take her down. And hopefully, Chris doesn’t have to suffer the loss of a woman he loves in the process. 

“From the Ashes” surely felt like a filler episode more than anything, but we are also seeing Thony once again prove her resourcefulness and rise up from the pain and suffering of losing Arman. She’s gained Ramona’s trust—which has to mean something—and must leverage that to free herself from this mess. I guess knowing that Luca is thriving in school due to all the sacrifices she made and all the hoops she jumped through is proving to her that there’s a reason for everything. 

What do you think of the episode? Are you enjoying this season thus far?

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