Now, that’s how you deliver a season finale.
Just when I thought my heart couldn’t ache any more for Thony, Marco goes and does something so incredibly stupid and reckless, I don’t even want to imagine Thony’s wrath next season.
That woman moved mountains to save her son and give him another shot at life. She quite literally risked everything so that she would never have to lose him, so it’s ironic that she loses him at the hands of her irresponsible husband. After everything she’s been through and the obstacles she’s pushed through, nothing can stop her. She’ll fight twice as hard to get him back; Marco doesn’t stand a chance.
And now she’ll have Arman in her corner.
Marco’s move was inspired by the same move that Thony pulled a year ago when she essentially kidnapped Luca and took him to the U.S. without Marco’s permission. However, the situation was much different because she was doing it to save her son. In the present-day, Marco is doing it out of spite and for is own selfish reasons. The least he could’ve done was wait to have a real conversation with her and understand where she’s coming from.
And no, rushing the conversation when she wasn’t ready to talk wasn’t fair either. Marco kept insisting they go home even as Thony informed him multiple times that she literally couldn’t because of her deal with the government. If she didn’t comply or even attempted to leave the country, she would’ve been arrested for a very long time. And all of that because she sacrificed and risked everything to save her son.
How is Marco so ignorant in all of this? Also, I hope he has to right medication for Luca because he is still recovering!
After being caught up at the Mexico/US border, Thony was only let go if she helped the FBI, so she didn’t really have time to listen to Marco’s whining. She had a small window to make some very necessary moves to secure her freedom.
Marco’s self-righteous attitude was also very off-putting. He thought he was better than everyone, including his own sister who is a “TNT.” However, the reality is that his situation isn’t any better. He came to the states with nothing and wouldn’t have been able to secure Luca the necessary treatments because he doesn’t have the backbone.
He has absolutely no right to point the finger at anyone when what he really needs to do is take a long, hard look at himself in the mirror.
But enough about Marco because, as always, this episode was showed off just how incredible Thony and Arman are when they work towards a common goal.
Thony had no choice but to cooperate with the FBI, but that didn’t mean she had to do everything they asked. She definitely trusted Garrett, but her loyalty was first and foremost to Arman. After all, she said it herself — Luca is alive because of Arman — so, she kind of owes him everything.
When the FBI wanted her to take Arman down, she openly refused and suggested that they make a deal with him instead and go after Hayak.
And it was a solid plan as it was a win-win-win for everyone. The harder part was getting Arman to agree to essentially work with the enemy.
Arman was hesitant, but he eventually agreed as long as Garrett also agreed to let Thony walk free. When he only needed to think of himself, he still put her first. The love!
Cooperating with the feds wasn’t ideal, but it allowed him to finally get rid of Hayak and take over the business. Meanwhile, Thony paid off her debts to them, while Garrett was able to clear his name and keep his job.
Their collaboration was fruitful for everyone!
The whole plan hitched on securing the gun sale and ensuring that the FBI was there when the transaction was happening.
Once they barged in, Noah turned a gun at Hayak, but Arman jumped in and saved his life, which further convinced Hayak that Arman was still his right-hand man and trustworthy. It also cleared Arman from looking like had anything to do with the raid. Arman knows how to work the situation in his favor, that’s for sure.
On the way to prison, Hayak was grateful for Arman’s loyalty and told him he’d get him out while handing over all of his account numbers.
Arman may have gotten into bed with the FBI, but he didn’t trust them to keep their end of the deal, so when the raid happened, he stole the drive with the $6 million from the gun sale and tossed it into a cleaning cart that Fi scooped up.
Thony and Fi walked out with the money in cryptocurrency like the boss babes that they are… and Garrett had no idea that they played him while helping him in the process.
It’s a clear lesson of always looking out for yourself and ensuring the best possible outcome.
Arman also set the scene well as he used ensured that Hayak would no longer be a problem by telling Isabel the truth and having her turn on her father.
When she went to the FBI and handed over his books and everything else, she pretty much guaranteed that he would stay locked up for a very long time as there was now irrefutable proof tying him to the crimes.
He orchestrated this master plan to take down Hayak while protecting himself and his loved ones in the process. And the best part is that Hayak was completely clueless to it all. He underestimated Arman, and this was his well-deserved punishment.
Come season 2, I think maybe Hayak’s son, Tarik, might come back into the picture and pose some problems for Arman, but it’s nothing he can’t handle. He’s proven that much.
The scene between Arman and Thony in prison was so good. They’re so connected that they can communicate through longing gazes and forbidden touches. It’s electric.
How is it possible that the man looks just as good in a jumpsuit as he does in a business suit?
Once Thony secured the money, she handed Nadia her envelope. Nadia and Arman might not be end-game, but she was vital in encouraging Noah to go through with the deal as she vouched for Arman’s character.
Arman truly is a “man of his word” and ensured that his wife was taken care of in the end. But of course, Nadia’s ego wasn’t able to accept that “the cleaning lady” who won over her husband was more powerful than her.
The “you still work for me” comment underscored just how pathetic and powerless she truly is now.
Honestly, good on Thony for being the bigger person.
The spark between Thony and Arman — and their partnership moving forward — makes me excited to see their relationship progress next season.
I would’ve loved to see more steamy moments between them this season, but I get why they would hold off on that. There was too much going on and neither of them were truly available. Plus, there was also the aspect of Arman being in control of her whereas now, the playing field has been slightly evened. She’s no longer just the lady cleaning up his messes — she’s the lady washing his cash.
In my reviews of the first few episodes, I noted that the show, and the chemistry between Arman and Thony, reminded me of Good Girls, and now, with Fi and Thony washing the money, it’s come full circle. I’d love to have Good Girls back on TV, but if I can’t make that a reality, at least I have this show to fill the void!
There are many things keeping Thony in the U.S., including Arman and Fiona, but mostly, it’s her desire to help people who find themselves in her situation.
Thony is well-aware that she got lucky with Luca. I don’t know if anyone would necessarily consider a job cleaning for the mob as being lucky, but without it, and Arman, Luca would’ve likely died.
She knows that if she can help people in need, particularly those who are undocumented and need to see a doctor, she has to do it.
And honestly, it’s admirable. This is one of the reasons why we all fell in love with Thony. This is why Arman fell in love with Thony. She’s caring, loving, resourceful, and giving.
Arman and Thony make a good… no, they make a great team. Their loyalty is unmatched and they aren’t scared to go all the way in order to ensure results.
What will their adventures bring come season 2?
Season 1 has been a whirlwind of emotions, and I’m ready for more, so this is the public plea for Fox to officially renew the series!
Share your thoughts about the finale in the comments now!
The Cleaning Lady Season 2 Premiere – Sins of the Father (2×01)
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?
What We’re Hoping to See on ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Season 2
The Cleaning Lady was the breakout series last fall, which wasn’t exactly a surprise. It had everything that ensured a promising series—crime, drama, bad guys, a mother willing to go above and beyond to save her son, and intense chemistry between two leads.
Audiences—including myself—were hooked from the pilot episode and beyond.
Each episode provided a deeper and emotional look into the plight of immigrants in America as they are faced with difficult decisions and forced to do whatever is necessary to survive. The lines between good and bad were blurred, both in actions and in people. Is the bad guy really that bad if he’s using his newfound success to help someone in need?
And it ended its inaugural 10-episode run with an explosive finale and promising cliffhanger that left fans hanging on and wanting more.
That being said, here’s what we’d like to see when The Cleaning Lady Season 2 resumes:
Thony Saving Luca
First and foremost, momma needs to get her baby back! And she needs to put an end to her marriage with Marco because that fizzled out a long time ago. The series has explored many themes, but it’s never lost sight of the fact that it’s about a devoted mother who will do whatever it takes to save her child. Thony would go to hell and back for that boy, and the moment she was finally able to get over all the obstacles and bumps in the road to get him the life-saving surgery, Marco took Luca and disappeared. He’s likely attempting to return to the Philippines as he believes that’s where their life is now that the health situation has been sorted out, but he’s going about it the wrong way. Thony technically kidnapped Luca first, so in his mind, he’s simply “returning the favor,” but just because she did it once doesn’t make it right. Thony has only ever acted from a place of love, so taking her child away from her is pure cruelty.
I can’t wait to see what hell Thony will raise to get her boy back. Will she leverage her connection to the FBI? Will she turn to Arman? I hope once she does have Luca safely back in her arms, she can start to breathe again and simply enjoy all the tender moments of being a mom and watching your son grow up.
Arman Getting Out of Prison and Finally Figuring Out What He Wants
There’s no denying that Arman is in a less-than-ideal situation behind bars when the series concluded. But, on the plus side, he has gained Hayak’s trust and thus, the bank account numbers, so he’s technically in charge of the whole operation along with Thony. In his professional life, Arman has just attained what he’s always wanted, but he has a lot to sort through in his personal life, particularly, the romantic side.
Arman is torn between two women — Nadia and Thony. The first choice is easy and convenient, while the second one is difficult and unexpected. And it’s just as hard to accept someone that challenges you on a daily basis as it is to shake them.
He loves them both for different reasons, but he simply can’t pull away from Thony as she reminds him of the good parts; of who he could be rather than the man he is. He’s always regretted walking down this dark path, and Thony proves that his choices don’t have to define his future. I hope we see Arman work through these complex feelings and figure it all out before making any more moves on Thony, however. As much as Nadia supports him (and it often feels like they are just friends in business together), it isn’t fair to either woman to be with a man that has one foot out the whole time.
More Arman and Thony
And not even in the hot, romantic way, although, they have an undeniable chemistry and sexual attraction to each other that’s becoming harder to deny. However, what makes them so compelling together is that they have a deep understanding of each other; there’s respect and trust. They are partners in this upside-down rollercoaster world. Thony pushes Arman to be a better man (and he wants to be for her), while he pushes Thony out of her comfort zones to believe in herself and understand her power and influence. They’re electric together even if they aren’t in a relationship, which is honestly just an added bonus. I want to see them on the same page and working through this new venture that they have going. I want them to tackle conflicts and problems head-on together. I want their friendship to deepen and their love to grow — and I’m open to the slow burn, baby. I know settling for stolen glances and accidental touches will all be worth it in the end.
Thony Running Things
Arman basically handed Thony the keys to the kingdom. He trusts her completely, and honestly, she’s made for this. She’s proven time and time again that she has the wits to do this job—she’s cunning and resourceful and knows how to outsmart anyone. And she’s not losing herself in the process either. Thony has always taken every situation and made the best of it. By opening up a clinic to help those in need, she’s ensuring that she’s using this new platform to do good while still promising to help Arman out by washing his cash. Arman helped her out, so she’s returning the favor. She’s putting her skills and connections to good use to give back to the community. We know Thony can navigate any situation she finds herself in, and she’s being thrown right into the fire, so let’s see what she’s got!
A Path Towards Citizenship
Illegal immigration is a huge aspect of the series, painting a realistic picture for those who may not be familiar with the hardships and roadblocks that immigrants in America face. In Thony’s case, she’s an immigrant forced to take any and every job to make ends meet while fighting a broken system to get help for her son. And the path towards citizenship isn’t easy — it’s pretty much impossible for Fiona and Thony to become “legit.” But as I’ve said before, Thony can do whatever she sets her mind to, not to mention she has some pretty powerful FBI connections. She may have pulled a fast one on Garrett, but I’m sure their paths will cross again, and when they do, she will hopefully use him to figure out a way to fix her status and help Fi. However, until then, it’s nice to simply see immigration at the forefront of a storyline.
Plenty of Conflict
Thony and Arman vs. the FBI, Arman vs. Hayak, Arman vs. Nadia, Nadia vs. Thony, Thony vs. Marco — there’s no shortage of potential conflicts awaiting this core group of characters, who are now intertwined with each other in ways they never imagined. There’s a lot of heart on The Cleaning Lady, but the drama is also grade-A and juicy. The freshman season kept us on the edge of our seats and on our toes with unexpected twists and turns, and I hope there’s no shortage of that come season 2. Arman and Thony may have won… for now, but in this business, allegiances are wavering, and there’s always someone lurking around the corner ready to pounce. The matters of the wallet, the family business, and the heart are all breeding grounds for chaos. And I’m here for it all!
What are you hoping to see on The Cleaning Lady Season 2? Let us know in the comments!
Recap all of our previous season 1 reviews and tune in for the season 2 premiere on September 19 on FOX!
‘The Cleaning Lady’ Renewed for Season 2 on FOX
We’ll get more intense chemistry between Thony and Arman on The Cleaning Lady because FOX just renewed the drama for a second season!
“This heart-pounding, emotionally driven story has captivated audiences across all platforms with its empowering, suspenseful narrative about an undocumented worker forced to navigate the criminal underworld to save her ailing son’s life,” said Michael Thorn, president of Fox Entertainment.
“The Cleaning Lady bravely and unapologetically takes on many of today’s most important social issues — something we’re proud to say is one of Fox’s long-time calling cards — and it’s all brought into sharp perspective by the powerful performance of our lead, Élodie Yung, and the entire cast. Thanks to the incredible talent of [executive producers] Miranda [Kwok] and Melissa [Carter] and our outstanding partners at Warner Bros., audiences have embraced this story and can now look forward to finding out what comes next for this devoted mother and her son when our show returns for its second season.”
The renewal is everything that fans have been hoping for as the season 1 finale found Thony and Arman teaming up and pulling one over on both the FBI and Hayak. In the final moments, Thony arrives home to realize that Marco fled Vegas with Luca, who she spent the whole season saving by going above and beyond to secure him a kidney transplant.
Congrats to the cast and crew! We can’t wait for more episodes.
Until then, you can re-watch season 1 and read our reviews here!
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