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The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Review – [SPOILER] Dies

THE CLEANING LADY: Élodie Yung in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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Forget an action-packed TV show—The Cleaning Lady Season 2 finale (episodes 11 and 12 titled “Sanctuary” and “At Long Last”) was an action-packed, large-scale film. Clocking in at under two hours, the back-to-back dose of episodes was a flurry of emotions as Thony and Fi teamed up to save Luca’s life by any means necessary. 

And unfortunately, lives were destroyed in the process. 

Though Thony remained a loving mother who would do anything for her son throughout the course of the two seasons, she was much more dangerous this season, and I think it’s fitting to give her the nickname Tornado Thony. She brought so much chaos through her reckless decision-making, and even though she was able to/will undo almost all of the damage, the sad reality is that Garrett, who helped Thony since day one, was a casualty of the war. 

That one hurt the most because Garrett, though flawed, was a truly great man who didn’t deserve what happened to him. All he wanted to do was redeem himself and his career and save Maya, but his fate was sealed the moment he had that heart-to-heart with Russo, right before they hooked up, where he reflected on his life and how he gets too close to his CIs. The poor guy never stood a chance after continuously getting roped in with Thony and toeing the line between what’s right and what’s necessary. 

A lot of the plot points this season, though entertaining and dramatic, were far-fetched, so for any of this to be believable, there had to be a believable outcome—not everyone could survive the ordeal. It was already kind of surprising that Kamdar let Thony and Arman live for as long as he did.

The series didn’t have many options for victims, however.  Thony needed to make it out alive since she’s the protagonist, and since Arman’s connection to Thony and their will-they-or-won’t-they dance is a crucial draw for viewers, the writers couldn’t kill him off either. To keep the possibility of Armony in-tact, they also couldn’t let Nadia die—though they did give us a scare—because Arman would never forgive Thony for saving Kamdar. Nadia’s death would’ve fractured Arman and Thony’s relationship and pushed it to an irreparable point. 

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Recap

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Oliver Hudson and Élodie Yung in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

But, in a way, Garrett was the heart of the series, so his death was a gut punch that drove home the dangers of this world and the work he was trying to accomplish. It’s a huge loss, don’t get me wrong, because I love Oliver Hudson, but it was also necessary as the series needed to distance itself from the FBI and the fact that he was always coming to Thony’s rescue; it was becoming too predictable and a bit of crutch that would have become a disservice to the characters. Not having the FBI connection to lean on forced Thony to think outside of the box. 

His death needed to matter, however, which is why I’m so glad that Arman and Nadia went through on their promise to kill Kamdar. After everything he did, including trying to drown Nadia (key word trying because he couldn’t go through with it—she was his weakness), he deserved the outcome. And the fact that Nadia pulled the trigger after he physically and emotionally manipulated her for years was the cherry on top. The series needed to put an end to Kamdar’s wrath as dragging it out wouldn’t have added to the believability. He was a very well-connected man, but the moment he let his guard down, Arman swooped in.

Arman has never let down the women in his life, always making good on his promises. He told Nadia that upon Kamdar’s death, she would inherit his entire empire, and she did. She deserves to be the boss babe after everything she’s been through, not to mention, she damn well made sure to remind Arman that she was no longer answering to a man. They may have pulled off Operation Kill Kamdar together, but she’s an independent woman now—in life and in business. Arman is still around, but what’s hers is not his, and she made that very clear. 

I think that’s partially why Arman agreed to help Thony when she came to him in the final moments asking him to reverse the damage from his decision to kill Kamdar. Obviously, this is the writers’ way to keep Arman and Thony in each other’s orbit, but it also makes sense plotwise. Without the FBI’s guarantee, Thony had to take matters into her own hands, and next to Nadia, Arman is the most connected person that she knows in Vegas. 

We’ve seen how well they work together, even if they aren’t always seeing eye to eye. There were so many great moments in the finale, but every time Thony and Arman hopped on his bike after one of their escapades, it was electric. I can see why she’s so addicted to this lifestyle—and him! 

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Recap

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Adan Canto and Élodie Yung in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

While it seemed as though Arman and Nadia were back together and on the same page after Kamdar’s death, the truth is, I think she’s done being the woman that’s dependent on a man. And she’s definitely done fighting for Arman’s love and being second best in this love triangle. She helped Arman because she cares about him (and because she’s partially responsible for getting him into this mess with Robert), but too much has been broken between them for far too long. And the reality is that Thony will always be an obstacle in their relationship because Arman simply cannot say no to her; she has a pull over him in the same way she did with Garrett. Let’s just hope it doesn’t cost Arman in the same way it did the FBI agent. 

I love that before Arman agreed to help Thony, he needed to clear the air about her lack of trust.  The truth is, a lot of this could’ve been avoided if she just believed that he would be able to help her get the meds and kill Kamdar. Arman has always been good for it, and the moment she found out he rerouted the shipment for her and put himself in the line of danger with Kamdar, she realized the error of her ways. She was foolish to think Kamdar was her way out of this when we’ve seen Arman literally throw himself in the line of fire for her time and time again. He has such a big heart, especially when it comes to matters concerning Thony.

Thony assured him that the trust has always been there (girl, it better be), and they didn’t waste any time before jumping onto their next Bonne & Clyde adventure—Thony taking Kamdar’s place in the drug smuggling world, in full boss babe attire, might I add. Honestly, this was an even bigger boss move than Nadia pulling the trigger on Kamdar and walking into La Habana as a survivor. 

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Recap

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Eva De Dominici and Naveen Andrews in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

Thony is now on top and calling the shots, and her first request to the immigration/customs officer was to look the other way when she brings someone back home to U.S. 

At its core, The Cleaning Lady has always been about how far you’re willing to go for family, and while the focus was mostly on Luca, it’s now shifting to the other members close to Thony’s heart. 

Fiona went through the wringer this season, but the one thing she’s always remained is loyal to Thony because it was the right thing to do. She helped her sister-in-law save Luca not because she had to, but because she wanted to. And she stood by that choice even while wearing an orange jumpsuit. It’s why Fiona has always been one of the best characters in the series. 

And thankfully, her loyalty will all be worth it because if there’s one thing that Thony is good at, it’s finding a way and never giving up. When one door closed with the FBI, she carved her own path. She’s always done what needs to be done, even when people doubted her. And there’s nothing that these two women wouldn’t do for each other, no matter the danger or the consequences. 

Realistically, Thony should’ve told Fi to go home after she got to the hospital. She has always crossed the line because being an informant in an ongoing investigation offered her a level of protection, but that protection, as we saw the first time Fiona was nearly deported, did not extend to her sister-in-law. Thony could afford to take risks, but others weren’t as lucky, which is why it wasn’t fair of her to ask Fiona to help her break the law, steal a ventilator, and give Luca unauthorized meds. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hold it against her as she wasn’t thinking straight. Everything she did was to save Luca. There was nothing else that mattered—and when the hospital was blatantly ignoring them and writing off Luca as someone the wasn’t worth saving, she did what she had to do no matter the consequences. If it weren’t for Thony and her efforts—misguided as they may have been in the eyes of the law—her little boy would’ve died. 

As I’ve mentioned, there’s a lot about this series that’s far-fetched, including how Thony seems to avoid any real consequences, so I was actually glad that the doctor reported Thony and Fi. If he looked the other way, it wouldn’t have made sense. It was a necessary obstacle to ground the storyline and keep it as realistic as possible. No doctor would let Thony get away with it, despite her pleas, as they would’ve deemed it unethical. Thony assumed she could just convince him because she operates in a world where bending the rules is the norm, not the exception, but that’s not the reality. If he kept quiet, he would’ve been complicit, and the blame would’ve been placed on him and not Thony if the drugs didn’t work.

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Recap

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Valentino/Sebastien LaSalle and Martha Millan in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

We may not have gotten the romantic moment between Thony and Arman this season, but if you think about it, everything they’ve done has come from a place of love and affection for each other—it’s just manifesting in different ways. 

Arman risked his life for Thony every single time she needed it. Even when he was mad at her, if she called and needed help, he dropped everything. And though she may have put him in some danger, Thony stuck around because of Arman and her desire to help free him, even when it would’ve made sense to go back to the Phillippines and give Luca a good life. They did all of this for each other, and that’s more romantic than anything else. And while I would’ve loved a steamy kiss, I’m kind of enjoying the slow burn because when they do finally admit it to each other, it’ll be that much more rewarding.  

As the first half of the hour found Thony scrambling to save Luca, the second half of the hour focused on the fallout of crossing Kamdar and Thony’s need to make everything right. She didn’t listen to the FBI when they told her to lay low because she was burned, and though she managed to do exactly what Garrett wanted—deliver Kamdar on a golden platter—it came with some real consequences. 

However, there was definitely some kind of happy ending, including Thony and Arman riding off into the sunset together after finally arriving on the other side of everything, and if Fox chooses not to renew the series (which would be a very big mistake), this would suffice as a series finale. I’m almost certain that’s why they chose the two-episode finale so that they could wrap up all the lingering storylines while leaving the door slightly ajar in the event that Fox decides to give them the green light. 

And listen, while Kamdar’s reign came to an end, there’s plenty more to explore in the criminal underbelly of Las Vegas, not to mention within the new hierarchy and in the personal dynamics.

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Recap

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Valentino/Sebastien LaSalle and Élodie Yung in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

I want to see Thony’s boss era. She’s been calling the shots and doing it all this whole time, but now, there’s nothing hanging over her head—no one she’s running from or cleaning up for. And

On The Cleaning Lady Season 1 finale, Arman and Thony thought that they finally achieved success, but things took a nasty turn rather quickly, but this time around, there’s not much stopping them. They’re at the very top, with Nadia as an ally, not a foe.

We could see a new side of Thony, we could see Thony and Arman continue to explore their personal and professional relationship and run a business together, we could see Thony finally open up her clinic to help people, we could see Fi’s return, and how she and Thony move on from what happened, and we can hopefully finally see Fi getting her slice of happiness and prioritizing her own family. 

The focus has so far been mostly Thony as a loving mother who will do anything for her child, but I’m glad that we got to see Fiona finally realize that she has kids to think about as well. They might not be in the same predicament as Luca, but they need their mom, and she needs to start putting them first. And JD helped remind her of that. She saw just how easily she lost everything that mattered, and I think that will have a profound impact on her relationship with Thony, even if she did do everything to bring her back. 

Fiona’s chat with Chris was so heartbreaking but also so authentic and reflective of the plight of immigrants and the undocumented, highlighting all the sacrifices that they make day in and day out so that their kids can have a better life. They are truly the unsung heroes in this story.

Thony may have lost herself a bit in a scramble to save her son and free herself from Kamdar’s grasp, and though she burned bridges left and right, at the end of the day, she tried to make it all better, which is why we were rooting for her in the first place.

Again, I’m really hoping Fox gives us a third season so we can see just how far things can go. 

The writers and creators of the series have proven that they know how to tell a story, and they know how to tell it well. There’s an endless amount of possibilities, and I’m sure there are even more bad guys to create conflict.

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Recap

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung and Adan Canto in the first hour “Sanctuary” episode of THE CLEANING LADY 2-hour season finale event airing Monday, Dec. 12 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

Other Stray Musings

  •  Thony stayed in this lifestyle to save Fi, but after her sis-in-law is back in the states, how will she justify her decision to continue working alongside Arman?  JD will definitely have an opinion about it, and if Fi wants him in her life, she’ll still be required to make an impossible choice.
  • One thing I couldn’t shake was how easy it was for Thony to do anything when Kamdar’s men were supposed to be watching her. How did she keep evading them?
  • Nadia may have hated Thony this whole time, but she gave her the hint about the Caymans, so on some level, she had to trust and respect her.
  • I love how much time they dedicated to Garrett’s funeral. He didn’t deserve to die, but he definitely deserved a proper sendoff. 

What did you think of the season 2 finale? Are you happy everything was buttoned up? Do you think we’ll get a season three renewal?

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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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