Thony De La Rosa, the woman at the center of Fox’s The cleaning lady, is excellent with a sponge and cloth – but she seems to be creating her own mess that all paper towels in Las Vegas will not wipe away.
During Monday’s series premiere of the freshman drama, which is adapted from the Argentine series from 2017 The girl who cleans, we are introduced to Thony (vovehals‘s Elodie Yung) and her sister-in-law Fiona (As the world turns‘Martha Millan), both undocumented immigrants working on the cleanup staff for various nightlife events in Vegas. The women also live together and have for several months: Thony’s 5-year-old son, Luca, has a rare immune deficiency and is still seeking treatment after his first bone marrow donor withdrew months ago, which led to Thony becoming illegal in the US as she is trying to find helpful medical care for the boy. (Thony was also a doctor back in the Philippines, and her skills still prove useful when, for example, Fiona punches her crooked Las Vegas boss in the neck, and Thony must quickly use a knife and straw to get the guy to breathe again .)
Early in episode 1, Thony works another night shift and cleans the bathrooms in a dimly lit building, where an underground fight takes place between two women. Some frightening and important-looking men, whom we will later learn are members of a crime syndicate, take part in the fight, but when the fight ends with another woman winning than the men had anticipated, one of the men later shoots the match organizer. in the chest and killed him instantly. Thony watches the murder go down around a corner nearby, but she tries to stay hidden … until her cell phone rings and the men find her.
Thony rattles off some quick and impressive knowledge on how to best cleanse the body and its bloodstains, and the men – namely the apparent boss, Arman (Designated survivors‘s Adan Canto) – choose to spare her life and allow her to clean up the crime scene. She does this quite efficiently and carefully and mentions to Arman that she is proud of her work because she has a family that needs her. Without further fanfare, the men take her home. (And though we’ll find out later that Arman has his own wife, it’s safe to say he is much to Thony. You could run the Vegas Strip with all that electricity.)
But as any of us who have seen a single crime before, already know, Thony will not be able to detach himself from this syndicate in the near future. While visiting a stem cell clinic with her son the next day – a visit that is essentially over as soon as it begins because Thony’s expired visa renders Luca unable to participate in the clinic’s gene therapy trial – she notices one of Arman’s right hand sitting in waiting area sees her and her son. She requests a meeting with Arman, where she tells him that she refuses to be followed by his companions, especially while her son is in tow; Arman counteracts by offering her a job as his shift coach. She gets money to clean up after the fight the night before, a burner phone where Arman will contact her for future work, and access to a doctor who can help Luca.
Thony insists she can not be bought, but Arman tells her that they are both in a country that is not their own and that they must survive as they can. “I like you,” he says as Thony asks why he wants her to work for him. “And I do not want to have to kill you.” Aaaand, she’s employed! And not long after Thony has agreed to work for Arman, she is called up from the same stem cell clinic that previously rejected her, with an unexpected offer to book an appointment with Luca. It seems that Dr. Saroyan, the doctor on duty who works for Arman’s criminal ring, has submitted a referral to Thony, and her undocumented status is suddenly no longer an issue.
Thony’s first cleaning job for Arman is simple enough: He hosts an orgy full of excesses, but-we-call-it-a-party the following night, and he needs his pillow immaculate at dawn. It’s a long night for Thony, but the place is really sparkling when the sun rises. That Next jobs, however, are significantly more dangerous. It appears that police have identified the body of the match organizer, who Arman’s partner killed earlier in the episode, and authorities are closing in on the syndicate’s underground headquarters. It is Thony’s responsibility to wipe the place clean so that nothing can be traced back to Arman and his men – but when Arman informs his boss that the headquarters is being cleaned while they talk, his boss shrugs that he plans to blow up the whole place in the air instead. “I still have a cleaning assistant inside,” Arman says to the man who replies, “do you mean the cleaning assistant who should already be dead?”
Arman then runs back to headquarters to get Thony out of the building before it blows; for her part, an astonished Thony has already found the bomb and is trying to escape his own escape, just as Arman rushes in again to pick her up. Those two just manages to get outside seconds before the building erupts, but shrapnel from the explosion injures Arman, and Thony has no choice but to unfold her medical skills right there on the sidewalk and quickly corrosively wound before she and Arman crawl into a waiting room. car and dodge the police arriving moments later. In the car, Arman tells Thony that he came back after her as soon as he found out that a bomb had been planted, but Thony claims it is not good enough. If she wants to continue working for Arman, she needs respect and, more importantly, protection – especially protection for Luca if something should happen to Thony at work. “I give you my word,” Arman says to her, and they sip spirits and smile at each other in the back seat. (The heat, folks! It’s not just from the explosion!)
The next morning, while Thony and her family are playing a game of basketball with Luca, Thony gets another call on the burner phone. We do not hear what the job is, but a few minutes later Thony is waiting outside his house with cleaning products in hand. A black SUV drives up and Thony enters. But as the SUV drives off, we are told that two FBI agents have also been parked outside Thony’s place. “It’s her,” says one of the agents, played by Divided togetherOliver Hudson – and he takes a picture of the SUV as it whizzes by.
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