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The Cleaning Lady Review – Smoke and Mirrors (310)

THE CLEANING LADY: Élodie Yung in the “Smoke and Mirrors” episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Tuesday, May 14 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2024 Fox Media LLC. CR: Lewis Jacobs/FOX

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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 Season 3 Premiere Review - Arman

    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.

    You can catch up on all of our The Cleaning Lady reviews right here!

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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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    The Cleaning Lady Review – Know Thy Enemy (308)

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 8 Know Thy Enemy Review

    Fiona is the voice of reason and the fandom.

    On The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 8, Fi begins to say all the things to Thony that fans have been wanting to say for a long time. 

    She’s no longer standing by silently as Thony ruins their life and puts their family in danger; she’s taking matters into her own hands, even if it may be risky at times.

    Thony seems confident that getting help from the feds isn’t the way out of this mess, however, her attempts aren’t working either—she’s only digging herself into a bigger hole.

    When Fiona calls her out on it, she delivers empty promises of how she’ll protect them and fix things, which Fi assures her she’s heard before. The thing about promises is that you shouldn’t make them if you can’t keep them—and Thony has no way of ensuring any safety for her loved ones. Fi is, in fact, right, when she says that Thony keeps continuing this mess by making things worse. She can’t let it go when she really should. Avenging Arman’s death would only make sense if it could change something, but it won’t. It won’t bring him back, but it will put them in the direct line of fire unnecessarily. 

    As she sets her sights on the cartel, Ramona sets her sights on Thony. Once Thony outs her for co-conspiring with Dante on Arman’s kidnapping, she basically puts a target on her back. And Ramona wastes no time getting one of the henchmen to attack, trapping her and Jeremy, who got a job with the cleaning ladies, with a chloride gas leak. It’s immediately evident that this is no accident—and Jeremy takes this as an opportunity to get answers from Thony about who is after them. 

    Jeremy seemed like an innocent presence in Thony’s life—the way he entered was so casual that I genuinely assumed he was just a good guy helping out two women in need—but his desire to stick around even after seeing Arman’s car plunge off a cliff should’ve been the first red flag, along with his constant questioning of Thony’s situation. 

    Jeremy was never just in the wrong place at the wrong time—he deliberately placed himself in Thony’s life because he’s an FBI agent working undercover to help Russo. It’s a major twist of the season, one that The Cleaning Lady pulled off effortlessly and one that reminded fans that at its core, the series is ruthless, exhilarating, and keeps you on the edge of your seat. 

    Russo and Thony have one thing in common—they both want to avenge the deaths of their loved ones and partners. Thony’s determination might be putting her at risk, but Russo’s is getting her closer to ridding Vegas of the bad people, with Jeremy’s intel giving her the Sin Cara Cartel on a platter. She’s gaining the puzzle pieces she needs to shut it all down. 

    It also explains how the feds knew exactly where Arman would be on the day of the exchange even as Thony and Nadia both swore they didn’t talk to the feds. Jeremy wasn’t just along for the ride, he had a front-row seat. 

    Jeremy’s advantage, much like Thony’s in the first two seasons, is that he’s inconspicuous—no one suspects the handyman anymore than they suspect the cleaning lady. Even we didn’t (and if you did, kudos to you!). 

    There’s also a new development in Ramona’s situation: her declining health. I wish that this was something that they built up to rather than something that was mentioned as a way to excuse her reckless behavior and for Thony to get the upper hand. We don’t know what it is that’s ailing Ramona, but we know that she’s dying. Thony used it as leverage to make herself invaluable after Jeremy suggested getting “through it” and finding the cartel’s weakness to save herself. We also saw a more cutthroat side of Ramona as she sliced a man’s throat after he failed to take out Thony, proving that she has nothing left to lose. 

    While Thony and Ramona were striking a deal, Jorge and Nadia were also plotting an alliance, with the two united against Ramona after learning about her betrayal of Arman and the family. I honestly just feel for Nadia at this point because loving Arman has cost her everything—and she has no one she can actually trust or lean on. Everyone has disappointed her and, for some reason, Russo, who made absolutely no guarantee to keep Nadia safe if she cooperated with the feds, is out to get her. 

    And finally, there’s the situation with Camila, Chris’ crush who crossed the border with them, who has found herself in a questionable situation with the woman who picked her up and promised to help her. Will this convince Fiona that she needs Thony’s sketchy connections after all? I hope that isn’t the case because it was nice to see someone dish out some dose of reality to Thony for once. 

    What did you think of the episode? Did the Jeremy twist catch you off guard? What are your thoughts on this season?

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