Next Time On… The Cleaning Lady season 1, episode 2 – “The Lion’s Den”

January 4, 2022
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FOX’s new prime-time drama The Cleaning Lady debuted with a plot-heavy pilot that introduced the show’s protagonist and premise. Revolving around Thony De La Rosa, an undocumented Colombian immigrant who is trying to find her son, Luca, a bone marrow donor for his rare immunodeficiency, the plot is kick-started when Thony is strong-armed into working as a cleaner for the mob. The Cleaning Lady season 1, episode 2, “The Lion’s Den”, will presumably delve deeper into this new arrangement after the premiere’s last-minute tease of FBI involvement. Here’s what went down in “TNT”:

The Cleaning Lady season 1, episode 1 recap:

  • Thony is an undocumented immigrant living with her Filipino sister-in-law, Fiona, both of whom clean up after Las Vegas’s nightlife as underpaid and relentlessly disrespected janitors.
  • After witnessing a murder (that she inadvertently caused), Thony met Arman, a mobster who took an immediate shine to her and offered her a job as his on-call cleaner.
  • Thony’s first few jobs for the mob went well, but after the body of the man whose murder she witnessed turned up, the gang was forced to relocate. Left behind to clean up after them, Thony was almost killed in an explosion caused by Arman’s boss, but he saved her at the last minute.
  • Continuing to work for Arman, we learned at the very end of the premiere that the FBI are watching Thony.

The Cleaning Lady season 1, episode 2 release date:

“The Lion’s Den” is slated to premiere at 9 p.m. ET on January 10, 2022.

Where to watch The Cleaning Lady online:

Cable viewers can catch The Cleaning Lady on FOX at the date and time listed above, and you can catch new episodes on FOX’s official site. FOX is also available (with a subscription) through fuboTV.

Preview and predictions:

Here’s an official synopsis for the second episode, titled “The Lion’s Den”:

Thony attempts to sever ties with the crime syndicate when the FBI comes asking questions. But when her son’s health declines, she crosses a moral line, getting deeper involved with the syndicate. Meanwhile, things turn violent during a weapons exchange when inventory goes missing and Arman (Adan Canto) has 24 hours to find the thief in the all-new “The Lion’s Den” episode of THE CLEANING LADY.

Some predictions and observations:

  • It’s clear we’re going to be dealing with a push-and-pull here, with Thony wanting to get away from Arman and the mob while Luca’s health conditions invariably force her to continue working with them. It isn’t the smoothest or only use of Luca’s medical concerns, but needs must.
  • You can expect Thony’s relationship with Arman to also be a driving factor in her continuing to work for him. Is love in the air?
  • Surely there will be some comeback on Arman for him going out of his way no save Thony despite his boss saying explicitly that she should be dead?
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