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.
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!
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Premiere – Sins of the Father (2×01)
Woooo—I know I had several months to prepare for the return of The Cleaning Lady, but I was not ready for all that to happen in the very first episode of the season.
The season 2 premiere came out swinging in its determination to entertain all the while telling the important and timely stories.
Over the span of an hour, everything we thought we knew was flipped right on its head as Thony, Fi, and Arman found themselves in an even bigger mess than before. You thought season 1 was intense? Get ready, and strap on in, baby, because I feel like season 2 is going to be a wild ride.
Through all the hardships and struggles that have been thrown their way, the one thing about Thony and Fi is that they’ve always stuck by each other. And that’s mostly because of Thony’s loyalty to the ones she trusts, which, in this case, includes Arman. At the end of the day, this is a group of fighters with an “it’s us against the world” mentality that found common ground and a common goal of survival in a world that’s hellbent on bringing them down and destroying them.
Garrett tried his best to get everyone to talk and flip, even attempting to exploit Thony when she was at her most vulnerable (as a mother worried about her child and desperate for his help) and trying to lure answers about Hayak’s money out of Arman by dangling doughnuts in front of him (does that man look like he eats doughnuts?!), but neither of them cracked.
Even while focusing on saving Luca after he was dadnapped by Marco, Thony remained committed to the plan that she and Arman concocted. When Fi briefly attempted to throw a wrench in those plans, Thony knew that without the money that was promised to them and without Arman’s help, everything else was a pipe dream. Their situation does not afford them the luxury of being picky; they have to choose the lesser of two evils, and, in this case, Arman is the lesser and the one that they can rely on. Garrett has been a huge help, sure, but his help comes with strings attached, and, in a number of ways, his hands are tied by the rules from up above.
A life of crime might not be ideal, but it’s their only way out to get to the other side and provide a good living for themselves and their children. And naturally, we have to anticipate that it’ll spiral out of control before it gets better.
Fi is a ride-or-die, which is why it was frustrating to see her bash Arman when he was the only one who helped Thony when it came to Luca; he went to bat for that child every single time, and he still would, even from his jail cell. Her fears are understandable considering Arman’s criminal ties, but it would be nice if she would at least acknowledge the good that Arman has done while questioning the root cause of Thony’s involvement with him. Because, at the end of the day, Thony is sticking around because she’s personally invested. She might be fine with ignoring the true nature of her feelings for Arman since she’s not ready to admit that she’s in love with a criminal, but she’ll have to face it sooner or later. Everyone around her can see it, including Marco, which is what stemmed his actions with Luca in the first place.
Her loyalty is rooted in something very complex; she believes in the man that she thinks he can be. And that Arman is in there somewhere, I just don’t know if we’ll see him come out to play in the near future considering Hayak launched a full-scale attack on him. Now is not the time to get soft, but more on that in a minute.
It was also frustrating to see Fi go to bat so hard for Marco considering everything he’s done. Her alliance was being pulled in two different directions as she didn’t know if she should support her brother or her sister-in-law, but it’s clear that blood relations aren’t always stronger. Fi was defending a man who didn’t hesitate to belittle her existence and lifestyle. When Fi and Chris supported Thony and confronted Marco on the stairs at the motel, it was clear what he thought about his “family” and that he felt superior to them.
Marco was a grade-A asshole who wasn’t even attempting to take Luca back to the Phillippines because he thought it was the best for his child. He hoped that his actions would give Thony no other choice but to move back to their home country so that they could all be this happy little family and pretend nothing ever happened, which simply wasn’t realistic. There were plenty of reasons Thony didn’t want to go back to the Phillippines, and yes, Arman may have been a small part of it, but mostly, she could no longer envision a life with a man who would be so hurtful as to take her own child from her—the child whose life she single-handedly saved. The trust was broken. And for those who don’t know (because I didn’t!), divorce is illegal in the Phillippines, which means Thony would’ve been trapped with a man who, may I remind you, also gambled away the money she worked so hard for and who didn’t really contribute much to obtaining Luca the medical care that he needed. It was never about Luca for him, which is upsetting because, in his own selfishness, he didn’t even stop to think that if Luca ever needed another medical procedure or intervention, being in the U.S. would’ve been beneficial.
Thony didn’t see a solution to their marital woes in the Phillippines, and you can’t blame her for not wanting to go back.
Admittedly, she shouldn’t have ignored Marco’s attempts at talking about their situation and future, but he should’ve realized the consequences of his actions and maybe tried a different approach to get through to his wife. They were still in a place where they could have salvaged the relationship, even as friendly co-parents, but once he pulled that stunt, there was no going back.
When they finally did talk, Marco wasn’t willing to listen and things escalated to one of the tensest moments on television. When I saw Chris and Marco get into a scuffle near a staircase (Marco should’ve been the adult here), my stomach dropped because I knew what was coming. Chris accidentally pushed his uncle down the stairs, which resulted in his death.
This is a game-changing moment for everyone involved. Chris is going to have to live with this every day for the rest of his life, and while it’s great that he’s becoming more involved in the storyline, I wish it was another way. If what happened ever got out, it would ruin his life as no one would ever believe an undocumented immigrant claiming self-defense or that it was an accident.
The only positive thing I will say is that I love how much Chris loves Luca and I’m glad the roles weren’t reversed and he wasn’t the one that was pushed.
Fi will have to be strong to support her son while dealing with the grief of losing a brother and likely lying to her parents and family back at home about what happened.
As for Thony, well, her feelings about Marco were complicated, but they still loved each other, so I can’t imagine it’s easy to process when you’re always trying to decide if you should put your skills of cleaning up dead bodies to use or report the accident without incriminating yourself.
Unfortunately, she was spotted by a shoddy motel manager, who she convinced to call 9-1-1. When she got the call from Garrett that they found Marco and Luca, the manager immediately recognized her and went to pull the security footage, which I’m surprised wasn’t confiscated by the police. I’m also wondering why Thony didn’t think to ask for it.
From the video, it’s clear as day that it was an act of self-defense, but from the looks of it, the manager is an opportunist that’s going to want to extort Thony and her family for everything they have, which adds yet another headache into the mix. When one problem withers away, another one comes to light.
There wasn’t much time to process Marco’s death, but it did feel a bit premature.
The sad truth, however, is that Luca is the one who will suffer the most. It was a heartbreaking sight to see him walk out of the motel room in his pajamas all confused and surrounded by police lights.
Thony has done everything to shield, cure, and protect that boy, but he’s inadvertently involved in all these terrible situations. He was visibly scared and concerned at the airport, and waking up at a crime scene (where your father just died, no less) is traumatic, even if you are reunited with mommy. And he’s likely going to see a lot more now that Thony and Fi are wrapped up with the crime syndicate.
All of this brings me to poor Arman. A life of crime always looked good on him, but he was not made for prison. Prisoners eat up a pretty face like that, and while he’s not above getting his hands dirty and knows how to handle himself, it’s not possible when it’s an unfair fight. While Arman was still in Hayak’s good graces, he was treated to a VIP lifestyle in prison, but once Hayak, who somehow found a way to wrap people around his finger in prison, realized that Arman was the mole, things got pretty ugly.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events considering Arman was so close to pulling it all off and walking out as a free man with all the money.
Instead, Hayak had the accounts drained (you would think Arman would somehow ban his access) and then sent two goons to dish out what he believed to be justice on the traitor. Arman fended them off, impressively, I might add, but he was also stabbed multiple times in the process.
There was some really fantastic imagery throughout the episode, including the opening scene that shows Arman cleaning instead of Thony. However, it was pure greatness to juxtapose the scenes of Marco’s death with Arman’s near-death incident in order to really capitalize on the intensity of these moments.
It’s clear Arman isn’t going to die (are you kidding me, fans would riot!), but it does flip the script for everyone as they now don’t have Hayak’s money or protection. What happens to the casino? The Nadia? To Thony and Fi’s business dreams? How do they get him out of prison without the crypto cash to wash? Will Nadia become Thony and Fi’s new BFF? Thony and Arman are typically good when it comes to dealing with high-stress situations, so I have no doubt that they will conspire to find a way out of this, but I’m also totally content with seeing them freak out and lose it for a minute. I would!
And just because Arman survived this time, doesn’t mean Hayak isn’t going to attempt finishing what he started. Arman needs to watch his back and get out of there ASAP.
Arman’s new situation likely also allows the writers to focus on the character instead of trying to appease wagging tongues with an Arman and Thony relationship, which simply doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now. There are way more pressing things to deal with, and the heart can get what it wants a little bit later.
Will Thony be forced to finally fess up to Garrett and make a deal to save Arman’s life?
What are your thoughts? And what did you think of The Cleaning Lady Season 2 premiere?
What We’re Hoping to See on ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Season 2
The Cleaning Lady was the breakout series last fall, which wasn’t exactly a surprise. It had everything that ensured a promising series—crime, drama, bad guys, a mother willing to go above and beyond to save her son, and intense chemistry between two leads.
Audiences—including myself—were hooked from the pilot episode and beyond.
Each episode provided a deeper and emotional look into the plight of immigrants in America as they are faced with difficult decisions and forced to do whatever is necessary to survive. The lines between good and bad were blurred, both in actions and in people. Is the bad guy really that bad if he’s using his newfound success to help someone in need?
And it ended its inaugural 10-episode run with an explosive finale and promising cliffhanger that left fans hanging on and wanting more.
That being said, here’s what we’d like to see when The Cleaning Lady Season 2 resumes:
Thony Saving Luca
First and foremost, momma needs to get her baby back! And she needs to put an end to her marriage with Marco because that fizzled out a long time ago. The series has explored many themes, but it’s never lost sight of the fact that it’s about a devoted mother who will do whatever it takes to save her child. Thony would go to hell and back for that boy, and the moment she was finally able to get over all the obstacles and bumps in the road to get him the life-saving surgery, Marco took Luca and disappeared. He’s likely attempting to return to the Philippines as he believes that’s where their life is now that the health situation has been sorted out, but he’s going about it the wrong way. Thony technically kidnapped Luca first, so in his mind, he’s simply “returning the favor,” but just because she did it once doesn’t make it right. Thony has only ever acted from a place of love, so taking her child away from her is pure cruelty.
I can’t wait to see what hell Thony will raise to get her boy back. Will she leverage her connection to the FBI? Will she turn to Arman? I hope once she does have Luca safely back in her arms, she can start to breathe again and simply enjoy all the tender moments of being a mom and watching your son grow up.
Arman Getting Out of Prison and Finally Figuring Out What He Wants
There’s no denying that Arman is in a less-than-ideal situation behind bars when the series concluded. But, on the plus side, he has gained Hayak’s trust and thus, the bank account numbers, so he’s technically in charge of the whole operation along with Thony. In his professional life, Arman has just attained what he’s always wanted, but he has a lot to sort through in his personal life, particularly, the romantic side.
Arman is torn between two women — Nadia and Thony. The first choice is easy and convenient, while the second one is difficult and unexpected. And it’s just as hard to accept someone that challenges you on a daily basis as it is to shake them.
He loves them both for different reasons, but he simply can’t pull away from Thony as she reminds him of the good parts; of who he could be rather than the man he is. He’s always regretted walking down this dark path, and Thony proves that his choices don’t have to define his future. I hope we see Arman work through these complex feelings and figure it all out before making any more moves on Thony, however. As much as Nadia supports him (and it often feels like they are just friends in business together), it isn’t fair to either woman to be with a man that has one foot out the whole time.
More Arman and Thony
And not even in the hot, romantic way, although, they have an undeniable chemistry and sexual attraction to each other that’s becoming harder to deny. However, what makes them so compelling together is that they have a deep understanding of each other; there’s respect and trust. They are partners in this upside-down rollercoaster world. Thony pushes Arman to be a better man (and he wants to be for her), while he pushes Thony out of her comfort zones to believe in herself and understand her power and influence. They’re electric together even if they aren’t in a relationship, which is honestly just an added bonus. I want to see them on the same page and working through this new venture that they have going. I want them to tackle conflicts and problems head-on together. I want their friendship to deepen and their love to grow — and I’m open to the slow burn, baby. I know settling for stolen glances and accidental touches will all be worth it in the end.
Thony Running Things
Arman basically handed Thony the keys to the kingdom. He trusts her completely, and honestly, she’s made for this. She’s proven time and time again that she has the wits to do this job—she’s cunning and resourceful and knows how to outsmart anyone. And she’s not losing herself in the process either. Thony has always taken every situation and made the best of it. By opening up a clinic to help those in need, she’s ensuring that she’s using this new platform to do good while still promising to help Arman out by washing his cash. Arman helped her out, so she’s returning the favor. She’s putting her skills and connections to good use to give back to the community. We know Thony can navigate any situation she finds herself in, and she’s being thrown right into the fire, so let’s see what she’s got!
A Path Towards Citizenship
Illegal immigration is a huge aspect of the series, painting a realistic picture for those who may not be familiar with the hardships and roadblocks that immigrants in America face. In Thony’s case, she’s an immigrant forced to take any and every job to make ends meet while fighting a broken system to get help for her son. And the path towards citizenship isn’t easy — it’s pretty much impossible for Fiona and Thony to become “legit.” But as I’ve said before, Thony can do whatever she sets her mind to, not to mention she has some pretty powerful FBI connections. She may have pulled a fast one on Garrett, but I’m sure their paths will cross again, and when they do, she will hopefully use him to figure out a way to fix her status and help Fi. However, until then, it’s nice to simply see immigration at the forefront of a storyline.
Plenty of Conflict
Thony and Arman vs. the FBI, Arman vs. Hayak, Arman vs. Nadia, Nadia vs. Thony, Thony vs. Marco — there’s no shortage of potential conflicts awaiting this core group of characters, who are now intertwined with each other in ways they never imagined. There’s a lot of heart on The Cleaning Lady, but the drama is also grade-A and juicy. The freshman season kept us on the edge of our seats and on our toes with unexpected twists and turns, and I hope there’s no shortage of that come season 2. Arman and Thony may have won… for now, but in this business, allegiances are wavering, and there’s always someone lurking around the corner ready to pounce. The matters of the wallet, the family business, and the heart are all breeding grounds for chaos. And I’m here for it all!
What are you hoping to see on The Cleaning Lady Season 2? Let us know in the comments!
Recap all of our previous season 1 reviews and tune in for the season 2 premiere on September 19 on FOX!
‘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!
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