If The Cleaning Lady keeps this up, FOX may have a bonafide hit on their hands.
Based on Argentina’s La Chica Que Limpia, the series premiere was peak anxiety but in the best possible way as it threw you right into the action.
A mother’s love knows no bounds, and Elodie Yung, who plays the Thony, knows exactly how to evoke those emotions so that you’re feeling it with the same intensity that she is.
Her situation is grim — she’s a respected doctor back in the Phillippines, but her son, Luca, is severely ill. He has an immune deficiency and needs a bone marrow transplant, which is how she ended up working as a cleaning lady in Las Vegas.
On the plus side, Vegas has a lot of messes. On the downside, she’s quickly sucked into a mess when she witnesses a murder by a local mafia.
While getting sucked into that tangled web isn’t exactly what Thony had in mind when she was looking for a better paying job, it’s the hand that’s dealt.
Instead of killing her on the spot, Arman (played by Designated Survivor stud Adan Canto) takes pity on her and allows her to clean up the murder of club owner Theo. He’s impressed with her particular set of skills, so he hires her full-time.
But every boss has a boss, and it’s no different with Arman, who answers to his father. He sees something redeemable in Thony, so by hiring her, he’s essentially giving her another chance.
And Thony definitely understands the arrangement, which comes with a stack of fat cash for every clean-up and a hook-up at the doctor’s office to get her son pushed up higher on the list.
Thony is doing it all for her family — for her son. She’s putting her life on the line solely to take care of her kid.
The trope of a devoted mother pushing the boundaries to save her child has been popular as of late, and it’s because it’s so relatable.
We can’t fault Thony for her actions, no matter how questionable, because she has no other choice.
At first glance, Thony should be a meek and mild woman, but she’s the complete opposite, which is also what draws Arman in. She’s feisty, she’s fearless, she sticks up for herslef, and she can hold her own next to him.
She demands respect because no matter what, she deserves it. It’s invigorating to see a woman demand to be treated the way she should.
There’s a power tussle between the two, but the scales never fully tip. Arman goes the extra mile for Thony because he knows she deserves it, but he still has the upper hand. In that way, it’s almost frustrating because, despite everything, she’s still a kept woman.
Of course, that power dynamic can change at any moment with the introduction of the FBI, who is very much onto her.
It didn’t take them long to find her and pinpoint her, but it’s obvious that they’ll offer immunity in exchange for information.
Then, Thony will have to play her cards right to ensure that she does right by Luca first and foremost. No matter what happens, she’s never going to lose sight of that.
The biggest obstacle will be the budding romance between Arman and Thony. They can communicate without exchanging words; glances suffice. Their chemistry can be likened to Beth and Rio on Good Girls, which says a lot since that relationship took a few episodes to build up.
On The Cleaning Lady, it’s an instant and undeniable chemistry. They are both drawn to each other in a way that’ll definitely complicate their professional relationship. It’s going to make Thony’s job delivering intel to the FBI much harder.
If I were to guess, I would say that her alliance will remain with Arman as he promised to take care of Luca if anything were to happen to her.
They also have the one thing Beth and Rio never did: trust.
She owes him for saving her life when he learned about the bomb; he owes her for saving his leg when he got injured. Their relationship is built on mutual and exclusive trust.
There’s also the problem of Arman’s wife, Nadia, who is clearly a ticking time bomb… no pun intended. A lot of people are likely going to want to get rid of Thony, including Nadia when she realizes her man is obsessed with what she’d likely refer to as “the help.”
The Cleaning Lady does a lot right, which makes it the most gripping new drama on television, but one of its biggest wins is casting a Cambodian-Chinese woman as the lead.
Diversity on television is important, but diversity for the sake of diversity doesn’t deliver the same message as a series that taps into the hardships of immigrants doing their best in a world that’s determined to see them fail. Thony is a lead that wants and needs to be seen, and the series is more than happy to give her a voice.
Thony’s strength comes from a raw place as she literally has no choice but to fight. The system wants her to fail, as witnessed by her interaction with the nurse at the clinic.
The lack of a single piece of paperwork prevents her from getting her son the life-saving treatment he needs. It’s heartbreaking, but the perfect motivation for a character that’s going to carry the show squarely on her shoulders. It’s a woman’s world, and she knows it. She may not yield all the power, but she does have some of it, and that’s enough to keep her going.
Aside from the action, the series wins in the calm and nuanced moments. The best scenes find Thony coming home after doing the unspeakable simply to cuddle up to her child fully knowing that each time could be the last — either he doesn’t make it or she doesn’t. The risks are high for both of them, so there’s a lot to cherish when she can go the extra mile to give him some facetime to play basketball with his cousins.
Thony won’t be able to keep up the shtick much longer as her beshie Fiona is going to catch on that she’s not being entirely honest about where she’s headed at all hours of the day.
Their friendship is rather developed for a pilot as I’m already finding myself invested in how things will change when Fi realizes Thony judged her for wanting to sell drugs in order to work at a luxurious nightclub while simultaneously digging herself into a much deeper hole with the FBI on her tail.
I hope it doesn’t cause a rift between them because Thony needs some kind of stability if she’s going to get through this.
I’m also curious if her husband Marco is ever going to make the same level of sacrifice that she has for their son.
From the brief video interaction, it seems as though he’s living a pretty cushy life in the Phillippines while she risks everything to ensure Luca’s survival. That’s not exactly fair.
The Cleaning Lady is one soapy mob/crime drama I won’t be snoozing on this TV season. The stakes are high in the first hour, there are many cards left to play, and the lead is perfectly cast to provide a touching look at the plights that accompany undocumented immigrants with nothing but hope.
Were you as hooked as I was? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
‘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!
7 Hottest Moments Between Thony and Arman on ‘The Cleaning Lady’
Arman and Thony have an intense and electric bond on The Cleaning Lady.
While they let the passion get to them on a few occasions, they’ve mostly kept things PG. So, how can there be so many “hot moments” between them, you ask. Well, good question!
When it comes to these two, it’s not only about the physical connection but the emotional as well. It’s about every longing gaze, stolen glance, and forbidden touch. It’s about all the times Arman helps Thony at his own discretion, and in turn, it’s the loyalty and support she extends to him.
Here are the hottest and steamiest moments between Arman (Adan Canto) and Thony (Elodie Yung) on The Cleaning Lady Season 1!
Not only does Arman spare Thony’s life, but he “hires her” as the cleaning lady in order to justify keeping her alive. He sees something in her that not only piques his interest but also reminds him of himself. When Thony stands up to him at the airport hangar for the first time, she’s setting the scene for their season-long tug-and-pull dynamic. Arman acknowledges that she’s a woman that “commands respect” while noting that he’s “offering that to her.” He also reminds her that as immigrants, they need each other, and she needs him as he can play a huge role in keeping her son alive. It’s a key scene in order to establish the ground rules between these two power players — even if they are told at every turn that they have no power.
When Arman risks his own life to save Thony’s after he realizes he’s basically walked her into a trap, it’s one of the first moments where he admits, subconsciously, that he cares for her. After the explosion, she pays him back for saving her life by saving his, which is when she reveals that there’s much more to her than meets the eye. Arman is impressed with how well she works under pressure, but Thony once again reminds him that it’s a give and take relationship. “You want me to work for you, protect me. Give me the respect I deserve. And if anything happens to me, swear my son will be protected.” He gave her his word… and he never lied.
With Luca dying in her arms, Thony realizes she’s out of options and seeks out Arman and the club, who rushes to her aid and brings her to a private doctor that’s paid off by Hayak. Arman doesn’t just drop Thony off — he carries Luca inside, takes her burden, and sticks around to make sure that she’s okay. While he’s offering a shoulder to cry on, he realizes that he trusts her enough to open up about his past, which reveals that he understands Thony’s predicament all too well as he’s done the unthinkable to protect his family, too. The moment humanizes him in Thony’s eyes and the eyes of the audience. And when he sees that she looks at him with judgment for the career that he chose, it almost seems like he wants to become a better man for her.
When Arman notices that Thony is upset about Luca’s procedure, he comforts her. He allows her to have a full-on breakdown (one of Thony’s only moments of weakness in the series) and cradles her in his arms. And all those heightened emotions lead to a very unexpected yet passionate kiss. I mean… really passionate. You cannot fake that kind of chemistry! Thony stops things before they escalate to the point of no return, but it’s enough to satiate all the fans that have been long shipping the couple.
When Thony informs Arman that she can’t afford the surgery and the liver donor, Arman offers to pay for the surgery, assuring her that he couldn’t have secured a huge deal with Thony’s intel from the FBI. “I’m in too deep now,” he says with an adorable smile, which definitely implies that he’s not just doing this for Luca. However, when Thony mentions that she’ll have to “talk to her husband” who has arrived in the U.S., Arman’s whole demeanor changes. The guy has absolutely no poker face, but it’s because he simply can’t hide himself or his emotions in front of the woman he loves. And while the moment isn’t exactly “hot,” it does reveal just how bad Arman has it for Thony. Plus, he’s still willing to pay for the surgery even with Thony’s husband in the picture, which is admirable.
The kiss right before Luca’s surgery was perfection. Unlike their first make-out session, this kiss was rooted in trust, honesty, and longing. Arman risked everything to get Thony and Luca across the border in a private jet because he cares about her so much and knows he might not have her around for much longer. The kiss is prefaced by a sweet talk where Thony reveals so much happened in Vegas that she’d like to forget, which prompts Arman to suggest, “hopefully, not everything.” “Not everything,” Thony admits.
Arman and Thony are like the modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. In one fell swoop, they worked together to take down Hayak and stole the $6 million from the gun sale after agreeing to help the FBI make the arrests. The action-packed episode didn’t allow for any real romantic moments, but the very fact that they trust each other enough to get into bed with the FBI while pulling one over on FBI at the same speak volumes.
Also, the longing gaze and hang caressing while Thony visits Arman in jail is enough to make fans go crazy waiting for more #Armony (should we make that a ship name?).
Come on, FOX. Give us a second season!
I’m sure there are plenty of other moments I could’ve mentioned — which ones would you add to the list? Weigh in in the comments below!
The Cleaning Lady Season Finale Review – The Crown (1×10)
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!
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