Thony De La Rosa, the woman at the center of Fox’s The cleaning lady, is great with a sponge and cloth – but it seems to create a mess itself that not all Las Vegas paper towels will wipe away.
At the premiere of the Monday series of the freshman drama, adapted from the 2017 Argentine series The girl who cleans, we are introduced to Thony (daredevil‘s Elodie Yung) and her sister-in-law Fiona (As the world turns‘Martha Millan), two undocumented immigrants who work in the cleaning staff for various nightlife events in Vegas. The women have also lived together for months: Luca, Thony’s 5-year-old son, suffers from a rare immune deficiency and is still seeking treatment after removing his first donor bone marrow months ago, this which has led Thony to remain in the United States illegally as she tries to find useful medical care for the boy. (Thony was also a doctor in the Philippines, and his skills always come in handy when, say, Fiona hits her skeezy boss from Las Vegas in the throat, and Thony quickly has to use a knife and a straw to get the guy to breathe again. )
At the start of Episode 1, Thony works another night shift, cleaning bathrooms in a dimly lit building where an underground brawl takes place between two women. Some intimidating and prominent-looking men, who we will learn later to be members of a crime syndicate, witness the fight, but when the brawl ends with another winning woman than the men anticipated, one of the men later shoots the organizer of the fight. in the chest, killing him instantly. Thony sees the murder take place in a nearby corner, but she tries to stay hidden … until her cell phone rings and the men find her.
Thony unveils quick and impressive knowledge of the best way to cleanse the body and its bloodstains, and men – namely the apparent boss, Arman (Designated survivor‘s Adan Canto) – choose to spare his life and allow him to clean up the crime scene. She does this quite efficiently and cautiously, telling Arman that she takes pride in her job because she has a family that needs her. Without further fanfare, the men bring her home. (And although we’ll find out later that Arman has a wife of his own, it’s safe to say he’s very in Thony. You could power the Vegas Strip with all that electricity.)
But, as all of us who have watched a single crime drama already know, Thony won’t be able to tear himself away from this union anytime soon. While visiting a stem cell clinic with her son the next day – a visit which is essentially over as soon as she begins, as Thony’s expired visa renders Luca ineligible for the clinic’s gene therapy trial – she notices one Arman’s right arms sitting in the waiting room, watching her and her son. She requests a meeting with Arman, where she informs him that she refuses to be followed by her friends, especially while her son is in tow; Arman retaliates by offering her a job as an on-call housekeeper. She will get money for cleaning up after the fight the night before, a cell phone where Arman will contact her for future work, and access to a doctor who could help Luca.
Thony insists that she cannot be bought, but Arman tells her that they are both in a country that is not theirs and that they must survive in any way they can. “I like you,” he says, when Thony asks him why he wants her to work for him. “And I don’t want to have to kill you.” Aaaand, she’s hired! And shortly after Thony agrees to work for Arman, she gets a call from the same stem cell clinic that had previously turned her down, with an unexpected offer to make an appointment for Luca. It appears that Dr Saroyan, the doctor on call who works for Arman’s criminal network, has requested a referral from Thony, and his undocumented status is suddenly no longer an issue.
Thony’s first cleaning job for Arman is pretty straightforward: he throws a bawdy-filled orgy, but we’ll call it a party the next night, and he needs his neat towel at dawn. The night is long for Thony, but the place is indeed sparkling as the sun rises. the following work, however, is considerably more dangerous. It appears that cops have identified the body of the organizer of the fight that Arman’s associate killed earlier in the episode, and authorities are closing in on the union’s underground headquarters. It’s up to Thony to clean up the place so nothing goes back to Arman and his men – but when Arman informs his boss that the HQ is being cleaned up as they speak, his boss shrugs his shoulders saying he plans to blow up the whole place instead. “I still have a cleaner inside,” Arman says to the man, who replies, “You mean the cleaner that should be dead already? “
Arman then returns to HQ to get Thony out of the building before it explodes; For his part, the stunned Thony has already found the bomb and tries to escape just as Arman goes back inside to retrieve it. Both correct managed to get out seconds before the building exploded, but shrapnel from the explosion wounded Arman, and Thony had no choice but to practice his medical skills on the sidewalk, quickly cauterizing the injury. before she and Arman get into a waiting car and escape the cops who arrive moments later. In the car, Arman tells Thony that he came back for her as soon as he learned that a bomb had been planted, but Thony claims that is not enough. If she is to continue working for Arman, she needs respect and, more importantly, protection – especially protection for Luca, should something happen to Thony at work. “I give you my word,” Arman tells him, and they sip alcohol and smile at each other in the backseat. (This heat, folks! It’s not just from the explosion!)
The next morning, while Thony and his family are playing basketball with Luca, Thony receives another call on the Burner’s phone. It’s unclear what the job is, but a few minutes later, Thony is waiting outside his house, a cart of cleaning supplies in hand. A black SUV pulls up and Thony climbs inside. But as the SUV drives up, we learn that two FBI agents are also parked outside Thony’s house. “It’s her,” said one of the officers, played by Parting together‘s Oliver Hudson – and he takes a photo of the SUV as he drives away.
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