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’ 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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