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What We’re Hoping to See on ‘The Cleaning Lady’ Season 2

THE CLEANING LADY: L-R: Martha Millan and ƒlodie Yung in the ÒKabayanÓ episode of THE CLEANING LADY airing Monday, Jan. 31(9:01-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. ©2022 Fox Media LLC. CR: John Britt/FOX

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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. 

7 Hottest Moments Between Thony and Arman on ‘The Cleaning Lady’

 

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! 

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The Cleaning Lady Review – Arman’s Velorio (3×07)

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With each passing week, The Cleaning Lady makes audiences feel the weight of Adan Canto’s passing more and more. 

The mark that Canto made on the series is evident—and moving on without him hasn’t been easy. We all feel cheated from a storyline that we deserved, but, as with loss, all we can do is relish in the moments that we carry in our hearts and grieve alongside all those he touched. 

Thony and Nadia are affected the most on the series as they were the two women that were closest to him. 

Thony feels responsible for his death, considering that he risked his life to save hers in the hide speed chase in the desert. She also feels the heaviness of the words left unsaid, a reminder not to hide your feelings from the person who means the world to you.

But even though we were all rooting for a Thony and Arman relationship, it’s hard not to feel for Nadia, who lost the love of her life for the second time. She didn’t get closure or a chance to say goodbye, which some might say Thony got through that brief exchange with Arman right before the car plunged off the cliff. 

As Nadia also admits, she lost Arman a long time ago when Thony entered their lives—and nothing she did was able to bring him back and restore their lives to how they once were. But she held onto that hope for so long, with his death now making his absence permanent. 

She might hate Thony, but in a way, they are also bonded for life as the women who knew Arman best. They share a connection, and now, with the uncertainty of who can be trusted lingering at every corner, I think they’ll be forced to rely on each other more than ever. Grieving together to keep Arman’s memory alive, while working together to keep each other safe. 

Arman’s family, Jorge and Ramona, can’t be trusted. It’s unclear where they stand with each step. They believed Thony when she showed them that Dante was responsible for Arman’s abduction—and Ramona even proved how ruthless she was when she executed her lover on the spot—however, after Arman’s parents arrived at the velorio and called her Marina, Thony realized it was the name Arman wrote on the table where he was held captive. This can only mean that his aunt was involved in his kidnapping, though it’s unclear if Jorge was also involved or if he’s being kept in the dark. 

Did Ramona kidnap Arman to get money from Nadia? And who called the feds ahead of the exchange? Was it Dante and Ramona? Did she ever actually care about her nephew or was it one big act?

And then there’s the Thony problem. She was handed an out on a gold platter—and she still refused to take it. Hasn’t she learned her lesson? You’d think after all that’s transpired, she’d call it quits on this lifestyle and prioritize taking care of her child. 

Instead, she feels the need to avenge Arman’s death by making the people responsible pay, which, in the process, is going to cost her and her loved ones. She just can’t let it go, but it’s such a dangerous situation to keep putting yourself in. 

Upon Arman’s death, the finger-pointing started immediately, and there’s no telling how far Jorge and Ramona, specifically, are willing to go to protect themselves. 

While some of the family and the “who called the feds” drama took away from Arman’s memorial, the creative forces still managed to pay their respects to the character that Arman built over the course of two seasons—the hero to Thony and her son. It’s why Thony feels responsible and like she owes him because he always saved her, up until the very end, never once hesitating even if it made things inconvenient for him. The significance of Thony wearing all white to his memorial—while everyone dressed in black—was also crystal clear as she was his guiding light in life, the one who tried to pull him out of the darkness that continuously enveloped him and, as a result, her. 

The moment when Thony gave Luca the model car belonging to Arman—which he held onto for all these years—and asked him to keep it safe is what really broke me. It was such a simple yet effective scene, paired with Arman’s final ride into the sunset, a scene from the season 2 finale that set up Thony and Arman’s power couple arc, a storyline that we also had to mourn and say goodbye to. 

There’s also the new men in Thony’s life that are a bit concerning. Jorge, of course, for many obvious reasons, but Jeremy, who was part of the chase that led to Arman’s death and who still has plenty of questions about what transpired. He’s the only one who can place Thony at the scene—and I’d imagine Nadia wouldn’t be pleased to find out that Arman might’ve survived if he wasn’t one again playing hero for Thony. I also don’t trust Jeremy’s intentions with the security cameras. Does it give him access to see what’s going on in Thony and Fi’s household?

What did you think of the episode?

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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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