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The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Premiere – Sins of the Father (2×01)

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Élodie Yung and Oliver Hudson in the “Sins of the Fathers” season two premiere episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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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. 

The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Premiere Episode 1 Sins of the Fathers

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Sebastien/Valentino LaSalle and guest star Ivan Shaw in the “Sins of the Fathers” season two premiere episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Sept. 19 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: Jeff Neumann/FOX

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?

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    The Cleaning Lady Review Season 3 Episode 5 – All of Me

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 5 thrives on keeping us—and Thony—in a state of constant anxiety.

    Not only is it nerve-racking that she has a court date that will determine whether or not she can keep Luca, but when her interview with CPS’ Susan nears, Luca is nowhere to be found. 

    Thony tries to play it off as though he’s just running late, but when Fi and JD return home without him, it’s pretty clear that something else is going on. Susan is not easily fooled, and she quickly catches onto the fact that Luca has gone missing. 

    While finding Luca was Thony’s top priority, she knew that jumping the gun and putting out an amber alert would come with grave consequences—not only for her court case but also for her relationship with the cartel.

    JD’s call to tell Susan about Dante, the man who picked Thony up earlier in the day, came from a good place as he thought he had Luca’s best interests at heart. It’s hard to be mad at him when he was just following his gut, but man, when he gave Susan all the information, as someone who understands the kind of people that Thony is in bed with, you knew that it wouldn’t end well for her.

    Thankfully, Thony is like a cat with nine lives, and she always lands right-side up. She was able to find Luca at the aquarium (he previously said he wanted to be like a turtle and hide in his shell), and was able to convince Jorge to expunge the amber alert so that it couldn’t be used in court and against her. 

    Jorge is proving to be a lot like his cousin—he has a soft spot for Thony and is swooping in to save her at every turn, even though she doesn’t exactly deserve it. She’s more trouble than she’s worth, quite frankly, but men can’t seem but to get invested in assisting her. 

    Fiona, Jaz, and Chris all took the stand to attest to how good of a mother, aunt, and friend Thony is, but it was her own testimony about going to great lengths to save her son that pulled on heartstrings. 

    The judge agreed to let Luca stay with his mother, with continually CPS supervision, which was a huge win. 

    But one thing that really bothers me is that the court wasn’t there when Thony was running out of options for her dying son. The judge didn’t care that she didn’t have money for treatment, nor did anyone care that he would’ve died without it. It’s so easy to look at something after the fact and deem it wrong, but how can saving your child’s life at any cost be wrong?

    Thony will never apologize for what she did because if she didn’t do it, Luca wouldn’t have been here. 

    And the only reason Luca ran away in the first place was because he didn’t want to be taken from his mother. The court might think they are doing their due diligence, but look at the stress that this whole situation has placed on him.

    It may have been a huge victory for Thony, but it also came at a potential price as the amber alert meant that Dante was in a prison cell when the call for a ransom exchange came through, meaning that they lost their shot at getting Arman back—and no one seems to know if he’s dead or alive at this point. 

    Though, I have to say I agree with Jorge more than Ramon—giving into the ransom seems weak, so I hope she has a bigger plan in place for getting her nephew back.

    I also find it strange how Fiona is constantly surprised upon finding out who Thony is working with. How did she think Thony managed to arrange her transport back to the States? Wouldn’t she assume that the cartel—or someone equally as dangerous—had to be involved? Thony has a lot of pull and resources at her disposal, but it comes at a price. 

    Whether that price will prove to be worth it in the end, well, only time will tell.

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 4 Review – Agua, Fuego, Tierra, Viento

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 4 concluded Fiona and Chris’ (and Camilla’s) grueling journey back home—but not before putting them through the wringer. 

    The trek to America is not for the faint of heart, especially when you get kicked out of the transportation truck in the middle of the desert. Things weren’t looking good for Fiona and Chris, however, their guardian angel (because as annoying as some of her reckless behavior might be, she also goes above and beyond for the people she loves) was looking out for them. 

    If it wasn’t for Thony’s determination to find her family, things might’ve turned out quite differently, but her efforts paid off, even when it seemed like she was looking for a needle in a haystack. There were times Thony was close to giving up, but she persevered, likely because she had Jorge’s assistance. The dynamic between the two of them is, questionable, to say the least, as it’s unclear where his alliances lie—and he’s made it clear he has no qualms about killing her at any moment—but he’s also softened up a bit after seeing her vulnerable side. In a lot of ways, he sees himself in Thony, especially being a single father who is trying his best to protect his offspring. 

    That, of course, doesn’t mean he’s a decent human being, as he even tells Thony herself at the end that he’s not the kind of man she thinks he is. Thony is always drawn to these wounded birds, but this is different than Arman—Jorge seems to be a terrible human who may be behind Arman’s kidnapping. I think his warning to Thony was indicative of that (I think the devil’s breath was his), plus, he’s not as redeemable as Arman was. It’s clear he’s going to be Thony’s next love interest—and the one who helps her through all the tough moments, while being the one who pushes her—but I don’t know if that’s necessarily a good thing for her. It keeps her in this lifestyle and in this cycle of chaos that she just can’t seem to free herself from. 

    Now, back to Fiona and Chris, who went through it to make their way back home to Jaz and JD, including Chris’ sprained ankle, dehydration from a lack of water, and nearly suffocating to death from engine smoke inhalation. But they showed that they had the strength and willpower to survive, with this experience bringing mother and son much closer together, along with Camilla joining the family as his future significant other. Something beautiful is formed from the darkness is a great takeaway. Plus, Chris was finally able to see all that his mother sacrificed for him to have a better life, so I hope he shows his gratitude for a long time.

    The reunion was a little breath of happiness during a very gritty episode—and it’s important to keep the balance to not lose viewers. No one can take so much tragedy, loss, and anxiety every week without getting a bit of reprieve at the end to prove that it’s all worth it. 

    As Thony focused her efforts on finding her family, Nadia remained committed to her search for Armando, but she very quickly learned that she was running out of options. Her partnership with Russo (or Auntie Kate) fell apart almost instantly as she was never truly on Nadia’s side. She froze Kamdar’s assets the moment she got wind that Nadia was operating the money to find Arman. When her headhunter, Logan, went MIA, she essentially had no choice but to put all of her trust in the cartel—they are family after all. 

    Ramona proved her loyalty by helping her get the money needed to save Arman by (from my understanding) blowing up La Habana so Nadia could cash in on the insurance money. There’s definitely something that the Sin Cara cartel isn’t telling us about Arman, but Ramona swears she’ll do anything to protect him, so I guess for now, our only choice is to trust her. That one swift move, however, ensured that Nadia is indebted to her, so both Nadia and Thony are in deep now—and I hate that for them. If they’d just stuck together, maybe there would’ve been another way out of this mess. 

    Thony’s celebrations will be short-lived as the next step is to face CPS and prove that she deserves custody of Luca. 

    The Cleaning Lady has found many ways to keep Arman’s spirit alive by dragging out the search for him and connecting Thony and Nadia with his family, but one of the best moments of the episode was when Nadia drove in on a motorcycle in a leather jacket. It was as if Arman was close by—and we know he’d be damn proud. 

    What did you think of the episode?

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    The Cleaning Lady Season 3 Episode 3 Review – El Camino del Diablo

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    The Cleaning Lady is getting messier by the minute, but—and again, through no fault of their own—the spark that it once had is missing this season. There’s not much hope left in the series, aside from Thony getting a little bit of a break when her building’s handyman comes around to help her clean up a mess from a break-in. Thony’s been dealing with everything on her own for so long—taking punch after punch—that you could just feel the relief when he offered to do the cleaning this time around. 

    He seems like a nice guy, so I hope she doesn’t drag him into her messes… or he doesn’t become a victim by association, but we know that whoever gets involved with Thony ends up somehow getting mixed up in her problems. 

    Just look at Fiona and Chris, who are risking everything to make their way back to the U.S. Thony went out of her way to set up the transport via Ramona’s coyotes, but that didn’t come with the promise that everything would end up okay. The series continues to shine a light on the hellish journey that migrants endure to secure a better life for themselves—where they are herded like cattle and have to run for their lives as border patrol corners them. While Fiona and Chris made it back into the country, things took a pretty bleak turn as they both seem to suffer from the same syndrome that Thony does—the need to help people no matter what it costs her. 

    When Chris saw that one of the women whom he helped secure transport for (by giving the coyotes money so that she could travel with her mom) was in trouble, he jumped in to help. A fight ensued as Fiona also got involved to protect her son, and pretty soon, they were left on the side of the road in the dark desert without any transport. And the worst part is that the coyotes took their phones, so they didn’t have a way of communicating with Thony.

    Despite this setback, I have no doubt that they’ll figure it out and get home, one way or another, as they’ve proven to be quite resourceful at surviving. It’s what you have to do when life gives you no other option. 

    Thony also couldn’t help herself from rendering aid to a woman who gave birth after illegally crossing the border, despite being told to stay in her lane multiple times. Thony knows that her actions can cost her family a lot, but she’s also the kind of person who needs to jump in when someone needs help. She knew that if she didn’t help the woman, Soledad, she would bleed out, so she pushed all of her worries aside and did the right thing.

    You have to hand it to her for not giving up on people when doing the right thing always causes more harm for her situation—this time with both the cartel and the DCFS. Ramona wasn’t pleased that she stole one of her people, while the woman leading the charge on Thony’s DCFS case waltzed in right as she was trying to stop the bleeding without having a license to practice as a doctor. Against her best judgment, the agent assisted in saving the woman’s life before calling for an ambulance, and when she threatened to note in on Thony’s record (which, despite being a good deed would work against her custody case), Thony made sure to underscore that she had to report her involvement in the life-saving procedure as well. It’s likely not a great look to threaten and manipulate your custody worker, but the woman didn’t give Thony much of a choice—plus, all it proves is how unfair the system truly is. 

    Nadia continued her quest to find Arman, connecting with Katherine Russo and hoping to strike a deal for immunity for her and her husband when he was eventually found. Unfortunately, Katherine wasn’t willing to make the deal as she wasn’t willing to let Arman walk, especially after he cost her partner, Garrett, his life. Her incentive to find Arman is revenge. 

    She did, however, reveal a crucial piece of information about what happened to Arman, showing Nadia bodycam footage of his abduction—and he was still alive! It doesn’t mean he’s going to stay alive, but it did give her hope. 

    She attempted to get Thony’s help with locating him, but she soon realized that Thony “betrayed” her by getting into bed with the cartel. But that’s the thing—I don’t think Thony betrayed her at all. I think she’s doing what she’s always done—going above and beyond to protect her family and to survive. She knew that her best bet at finding Arman was getting in with the people who cared enough to actually find him. 

    However, after seeing a photo of the van that took Arman, she recalled seeing it at the cartel’s garage. She once again risked everything to go back there and search it, finding something hidden inside—that’s possibly a clue from Arman—but it also allowed her to see things from a different perspective, namely that Jorge, Arman’s uncle and childhood best friend (and Ramona’s brother), might be responsible for the kidnapping as revenge for infiltrating their routes. 

    Ramona wants to reconcile with Arman and bring him into the family business, but Jorge could not be more against it, so it would make sense if he was the one responsible for taking him in the first place. 

    Overall, there are a lot of good elements this season, but it feels empty without Arman. The new “baddies” aren’t as compelling as the Hayaks and Kamdars of the past, plus, we keep seeing Thony stepping on toes and getting away with it—and it’s becoming quite unbelievable and repetitive. And with Thony and Nadia’s rift, it feels like we’re going in circles with the storyline. 

    I think the only thing that could course-correct is seeing a badass alliance between Thony and Nadia, rather than seeing them on the outs time and time again. When so many people are working against them, they need to stop working against each other and working with each other. 

    The best way to get intel is from the inside, Thony knows that. And it would be great if she and Nadia got on the same page as it’s clear they need each other to survive. 

    If we can’t have Arman’s protection anymore, we, at the very least, need girl power.

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