Woooo—I know I had several months to prepare for the return of The Cleaning Lady, but I was not ready for all that to happen in the very first episode of the season.
The season 2 premiere came out swinging in its determination to entertain all the while telling the important and timely stories.
Over the span of an hour, everything we thought we knew was flipped right on its head as Thony, Fi, and Arman found themselves in an even bigger mess than before. You thought season 1 was intense? Get ready, and strap on in, baby, because I feel like season 2 is going to be a wild ride.
Through all the hardships and struggles that have been thrown their way, the one thing about Thony and Fi is that they’ve always stuck by each other. And that’s mostly because of Thony’s loyalty to the ones she trusts, which, in this case, includes Arman. At the end of the day, this is a group of fighters with an “it’s us against the world” mentality that found common ground and a common goal of survival in a world that’s hellbent on bringing them down and destroying them.
Garrett tried his best to get everyone to talk and flip, even attempting to exploit Thony when she was at her most vulnerable (as a mother worried about her child and desperate for his help) and trying to lure answers about Hayak’s money out of Arman by dangling doughnuts in front of him (does that man look like he eats doughnuts?!), but neither of them cracked.
Even while focusing on saving Luca after he was dadnapped by Marco, Thony remained committed to the plan that she and Arman concocted. When Fi briefly attempted to throw a wrench in those plans, Thony knew that without the money that was promised to them and without Arman’s help, everything else was a pipe dream. Their situation does not afford them the luxury of being picky; they have to choose the lesser of two evils, and, in this case, Arman is the lesser and the one that they can rely on. Garrett has been a huge help, sure, but his help comes with strings attached, and, in a number of ways, his hands are tied by the rules from up above.
A life of crime might not be ideal, but it’s their only way out to get to the other side and provide a good living for themselves and their children. And naturally, we have to anticipate that it’ll spiral out of control before it gets better.
Fi is a ride-or-die, which is why it was frustrating to see her bash Arman when he was the only one who helped Thony when it came to Luca; he went to bat for that child every single time, and he still would, even from his jail cell. Her fears are understandable considering Arman’s criminal ties, but it would be nice if she would at least acknowledge the good that Arman has done while questioning the root cause of Thony’s involvement with him. Because, at the end of the day, Thony is sticking around because she’s personally invested. She might be fine with ignoring the true nature of her feelings for Arman since she’s not ready to admit that she’s in love with a criminal, but she’ll have to face it sooner or later. Everyone around her can see it, including Marco, which is what stemmed his actions with Luca in the first place.
Her loyalty is rooted in something very complex; she believes in the man that she thinks he can be. And that Arman is in there somewhere, I just don’t know if we’ll see him come out to play in the near future considering Hayak launched a full-scale attack on him. Now is not the time to get soft, but more on that in a minute.
It was also frustrating to see Fi go to bat so hard for Marco considering everything he’s done. Her alliance was being pulled in two different directions as she didn’t know if she should support her brother or her sister-in-law, but it’s clear that blood relations aren’t always stronger. Fi was defending a man who didn’t hesitate to belittle her existence and lifestyle. When Fi and Chris supported Thony and confronted Marco on the stairs at the motel, it was clear what he thought about his “family” and that he felt superior to them.
Marco was a grade-A asshole who wasn’t even attempting to take Luca back to the Phillippines because he thought it was the best for his child. He hoped that his actions would give Thony no other choice but to move back to their home country so that they could all be this happy little family and pretend nothing ever happened, which simply wasn’t realistic. There were plenty of reasons Thony didn’t want to go back to the Phillippines, and yes, Arman may have been a small part of it, but mostly, she could no longer envision a life with a man who would be so hurtful as to take her own child from her—the child whose life she single-handedly saved. The trust was broken. And for those who don’t know (because I didn’t!), divorce is illegal in the Phillippines, which means Thony would’ve been trapped with a man who, may I remind you, also gambled away the money she worked so hard for and who didn’t really contribute much to obtaining Luca the medical care that he needed. It was never about Luca for him, which is upsetting because, in his own selfishness, he didn’t even stop to think that if Luca ever needed another medical procedure or intervention, being in the U.S. would’ve been beneficial.
Thony didn’t see a solution to their marital woes in the Phillippines, and you can’t blame her for not wanting to go back.
Admittedly, she shouldn’t have ignored Marco’s attempts at talking about their situation and future, but he should’ve realized the consequences of his actions and maybe tried a different approach to get through to his wife. They were still in a place where they could have salvaged the relationship, even as friendly co-parents, but once he pulled that stunt, there was no going back.
When they finally did talk, Marco wasn’t willing to listen and things escalated to one of the tensest moments on television. When I saw Chris and Marco get into a scuffle near a staircase (Marco should’ve been the adult here), my stomach dropped because I knew what was coming. Chris accidentally pushed his uncle down the stairs, which resulted in his death.
This is a game-changing moment for everyone involved. Chris is going to have to live with this every day for the rest of his life, and while it’s great that he’s becoming more involved in the storyline, I wish it was another way. If what happened ever got out, it would ruin his life as no one would ever believe an undocumented immigrant claiming self-defense or that it was an accident.
The only positive thing I will say is that I love how much Chris loves Luca and I’m glad the roles weren’t reversed and he wasn’t the one that was pushed.
Fi will have to be strong to support her son while dealing with the grief of losing a brother and likely lying to her parents and family back at home about what happened.
As for Thony, well, her feelings about Marco were complicated, but they still loved each other, so I can’t imagine it’s easy to process when you’re always trying to decide if you should put your skills of cleaning up dead bodies to use or report the accident without incriminating yourself.
Unfortunately, she was spotted by a shoddy motel manager, who she convinced to call 9-1-1. When she got the call from Garrett that they found Marco and Luca, the manager immediately recognized her and went to pull the security footage, which I’m surprised wasn’t confiscated by the police. I’m also wondering why Thony didn’t think to ask for it.
From the video, it’s clear as day that it was an act of self-defense, but from the looks of it, the manager is an opportunist that’s going to want to extort Thony and her family for everything they have, which adds yet another headache into the mix. When one problem withers away, another one comes to light.
There wasn’t much time to process Marco’s death, but it did feel a bit premature.
The sad truth, however, is that Luca is the one who will suffer the most. It was a heartbreaking sight to see him walk out of the motel room in his pajamas all confused and surrounded by police lights.
Thony has done everything to shield, cure, and protect that boy, but he’s inadvertently involved in all these terrible situations. He was visibly scared and concerned at the airport, and waking up at a crime scene (where your father just died, no less) is traumatic, even if you are reunited with mommy. And he’s likely going to see a lot more now that Thony and Fi are wrapped up with the crime syndicate.
All of this brings me to poor Arman. A life of crime always looked good on him, but he was not made for prison. Prisoners eat up a pretty face like that, and while he’s not above getting his hands dirty and knows how to handle himself, it’s not possible when it’s an unfair fight. While Arman was still in Hayak’s good graces, he was treated to a VIP lifestyle in prison, but once Hayak, who somehow found a way to wrap people around his finger in prison, realized that Arman was the mole, things got pretty ugly.
It’s an unfortunate turn of events considering Arman was so close to pulling it all off and walking out as a free man with all the money.
Instead, Hayak had the accounts drained (you would think Arman would somehow ban his access) and then sent two goons to dish out what he believed to be justice on the traitor. Arman fended them off, impressively, I might add, but he was also stabbed multiple times in the process.
There was some really fantastic imagery throughout the episode, including the opening scene that shows Arman cleaning instead of Thony. However, it was pure greatness to juxtapose the scenes of Marco’s death with Arman’s near-death incident in order to really capitalize on the intensity of these moments.
It’s clear Arman isn’t going to die (are you kidding me, fans would riot!), but it does flip the script for everyone as they now don’t have Hayak’s money or protection. What happens to the casino? The Nadia? To Thony and Fi’s business dreams? How do they get him out of prison without the crypto cash to wash? Will Nadia become Thony and Fi’s new BFF? Thony and Arman are typically good when it comes to dealing with high-stress situations, so I have no doubt that they will conspire to find a way out of this, but I’m also totally content with seeing them freak out and lose it for a minute. I would!
And just because Arman survived this time, doesn’t mean Hayak isn’t going to attempt finishing what he started. Arman needs to watch his back and get out of there ASAP.
Arman’s new situation likely also allows the writers to focus on the character instead of trying to appease wagging tongues with an Arman and Thony relationship, which simply doesn’t seem to be in the cards right now. There are way more pressing things to deal with, and the heart can get what it wants a little bit later.
Will Thony be forced to finally fess up to Garrett and make a deal to save Arman’s life?
What are your thoughts? And what did you think of The Cleaning Lady Season 2 premiere?
Did ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Get Renewed for Season 3? Here’s What We Know
The Cleaning Lady has quickly become one of the most talked about shows on social media for a variety of reasons.
There’s a compelling storyline, it’s action-packed and quick-paced, the casting is superb starting with the lead star Elodie Yung as Thony De La Rosa all the way down to the Naveen Andrews’ villainous Robert Kamdar, and most importantly, the palpable chemistry between Yung’s Thony and Adan Canto’s Arman Morales.
Some would even say that a third season is a given, but unfortunately, the series remains on the bubble as FOX has not made a decision about the fate of the drama. No renewal or cancelation has been announced at this time, though we could see it coming in the next few weeks.
Now, that doesn’t necessarily spell trouble for the series as FOX has not revealed a decision about many of its dramas yet, including The Resident. And if their plan was to cancel the series, it’s entirely possible that they would’ve announced it along with the news that Monarch will not be returning for a second season.
There’s a lot going for the series—the season 2 finale inched up in ratings, snagging roughly 2 million viewers in both hours, which is roughly a 26% increase in demo. It’s also a solid performer in delayed viewing.
That being said, we’ve seen networks pull the plug on many fan-favorite shows in the past, so The Cleaning Lady isn’t entirely safe either.
It’s best not to worry about the what-ifs and simply wait for an official decision from FOX on whether or not they deem The Cleaning Lady worthy of green lighting.
While there’s plenty of material to explore in season 3, in the event that the series isn’t renewed, the season 2 finale was a two-hour event that brought a satisfactory conclusion to Kamdar’s reign and realigned Thony and Arman’s efforts once again.
Stay tuned, and we’ll update this article if FOX makes a decision about the beloved drama.
The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Finale Review – [SPOILER] Dies
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Who Died on ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Season 2 Finale?
The Cleaning Lady Season 2 finale was an action-packed installment that provided a resolution to the Robert Kamdar problem.
But it wasn’t without its casualties, unfortunately.
After a very long attempt to bring Kamdar, Garrett Miller (Oliver Hudson) was finally successful, though he didn’t live to see a Kamdar-free world.
When Thony (Elodie Yung) and Arman (Adan Canto) were burned as informants, the FBI told both of them to lay low as they made a play for the drug shipment that Thony helped Kamdar bring in from the Phillippines containing fentanyl.
Arman took the hint, but Thony didn’t listen, hoping that she could still convince Kamdar to trust her and make a deal with him. She waltzed over to his suite at Caesar’s Palace (right after he almost killed Nadia (Eva De Dominici) and basically begged him to accept her deal, which he did, promising to give her Luca’s meds. But things took a dangerous turn when he took her to the junkyard where his buyer was waiting.
Kamdar was already onto Thony this whole time, and once he got her to the location, he informed her that he found it strange that she knew exactly what to do when he went into cardiac arrest and insinuated that she was the one who poisoned him. Despite her best efforts to deny the claims, Kamdar already made up his mind, noting that she lied to him one too many times and needed to be punished.
He ordered his men to shoot her, but thankfully, Garrett’s men were staking out Kamdar’s suite, so they were able to track Thony’s movements all the way to the junkyard. He also called Arman, who arrived on the scene just in time. Though they didn’t see eye-to-eye—especially after Garrett found out that Arman killed Maya at Kamdar’s request—they put aside their difference to be there for Thony.
When Kamdar ordered his men to kill Thony, they both started firing away, and a shootout erupted. Bullets were flying everywhere, and by the time Garrett and Arman got Thony to safety, Garrett realized he had been shot.
Thony did her best to try to stop the bleeding, but it was too late—there was extensive damage as Garrett began slipping away.
“You did it,” he told Thony, as she informed him, “We did it.”
Garrett got the big fish but because of Thony’s reckless decision, he lost his life.
Russo (Liza Weil) arrived mere moments before Garrett took his last breath, and let’s just say, she definitely wasn’t in the mood to forgive Thony as she made it clear that the only reason Garrett was dead was that she defied orders and went against everything they told her to do.
Obviously, Thony didn’t intend for any of this to happen, but her actions have real consequences. With Garrett’s death, she lost any leverage and protection within the FBI, not to mention she also lost a good friend.
She attended Garrett’s beautiful service to pay her respects and mourn the man who helped her countless times.
You can read the full The Cleaning Lady Season 2 finale review right here!
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