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Good Girls – Borderline (1×03)

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Borderline describes exactly what our three fearless heroines are tasked with in this week’s Good Girls — they have to cross the border.

No, not to Mexico, but to Canada, where Rio wants them to pick up a package.

“It’s better if you don’t know what it is,” he tells them, which makes their minds swirl with drug-induced thoughts.

Are they mules? Will they have to stuff cocaine packages up their butts?

Paying off a debt to a local gang is no easy feat. But, they have no choice; if they want him to forget about the money, they have to do this “one little favor.”

Annie doesn’t have a car at the moment and Beth doesn’t want to smuggle illegal substances in the same vehicle she uses to transport their kids so the obvious choice is to steal, or should I say “borrow,” a vehicle from Boland Motors.

I’m not sure why Beth didn’t just rent a vehicle from the local Enterprise or simply ask Dean to lease a vehicle for a weekend. I guess the logical option would have taken away from all the future entertainment.

While they’re trying to hijack a car, Boomer is off in the distance spying on them. He clearly knows they are up to something and I imagine he’ll become another obstacle for them in the near future. Maybe they would have been better off if they had just killed him?

Getting across the border proves uncomplicated, but of course, that’s where the good times end.

When they pull up to the pick-up location Annie declares that this is worse than smuggling drugs because it seems like they’re “scrapbooking.”

The contact refuses to give Beth the package, so Annie gives it a whirl and surprisingly fails to be persuasive enough. Yes, little Annie wasn’t able to get her way.

Finally, Ruby takes the matter into her own hands and brings her unloaded gun to guarantee they get what they want.

Keyword being “unloaded.” As Ruby approached him, swirling the gun in the air, it accidentally shoots the contact in the foot.

Reminder: don’t ever forget about that extra bullet!

While her attempt was risky, Ruby finally secured the package and they were on their way back home.

Why did they just keep all the packages out in the open when going back through border control, especially if they didn’t know what was inside? Beats me. Again, logic fails the show.

Regardless, it wouldn’t have mattered because once you declare you did some shopping, border control is going to check out your vehicle.

As they waited anxiously at the inspection point, the worst thoughts were going through their minds. And then, a look of complete shock when border control told them they were “free to go.”

Part of me was convinced, and really hoped, that the box was filled with vibrators. Can you imagine how funny that would have been?

When they arrived back home, they opened the boxes to find tons of wrapping paper.

At first, they were utterly confused until they checked the back to realize the wrapping paper was covering all the counterfeit money they just smuggled in.

Honestly, what’s worse? Fake money or drugs? It’s still a terrible crime!

As with the previous episodes, we’ve reached a point where it seems like these ladies are scot-free.

 

They did exactly what Rio wanted and delivered his package. No more debt.

The celebration is real for them, but then they realize that the car they “borrowed” has now been reported stolen.

It could have been as easy as cleaning the car down for fingerprints and DNA and leaving it on the side of the road. But you know, that would be too easy.

Annie connected her phone’s Bluetooth to the car leaving behind a technological footprint that could not be erased.

Torching the car would have been effective, but very noticeable. So they opted to SINK IT in a nearby creek.

Look, I’m no expert on fingerprints, but if that car resurfaces, which it will because of varying water levels, won’t they still be able to lift the fingerprints and tie it back to them?

 

Before they can even worry about that, Annie realizes she’s late for Sadie’s appointment with Child Services. If she actually wants a shot at fighting for custody, she has to prove that she’s a good parent.

Being late to the appointment is not the definition of a good parent.

I’ve mentioned that it sometimes seems like Sadies takes care of Annie. That’s exactly what happened here — when Annie arrived at home, Sadie took care of everything, even cleaning the house and setting out shrimp for the social worker.

 

Annie clearly hasn’t learned anything from her experiences and continues to make up some story for where she’s been. Helping cancer-stricken kids? Really.

Initially, the meeting seems to be going well until Sadie reveals a major gash on her hand.

The social worker deems Annie irresponsible. Not only is she without a vehicle, she left her 11-year-old home alone and lied about her whereabouts when she arrived late.

Clearly, not appropriate behavior for someone trying to get full custody over a parent who has a nice house and funds to provide for his child.

Sadie is understandably upset with her mom. She tries so hard to help her mom and support her and she felt betrayed; her mom didn’t put her first. “What could have been important,” she asks.

Oh Sadie, girl, if you only knew!

Everyone is settling into their life post-crime.

Ruby, feeling invincible, tackles on another situation: the hoe at church trying to take her man.

When the preacher asks if anyone has anything they want to be thankful for, she stands up to thank man-stealing-thot for giving them the funds to help Sara, and also for volunteering her time to watch her, cook and clean the house. Ruby obviously made that last part up and cornered her into doing all those things.

She also let her know real quick that she wasn’t going to let her get away with trying to weasel herself into Stan’s life.

Beth seems to be having the hardest time assimilating. How do you go through such an experience and return to your regular life, especially a life that wasn’t interesting and is no longer really there?

She’s seen too much, done too much to be content working a regular 9 to 5 or going back to being a stay at home housewife.

 

When Dean pays her a visit and tries to coerce her into taking him back because they are both “broke” and have no choice, she realizes she’s been given the biggest opportunity: a fresh start.

She’s ready to take control of her life again.  So, she goes back to where they were producing all the money with the hopes of offering up her services. Instead, she finds an empty warehouse. Beth may know how to talk her way out of situations, but clearly, this world is above her head. Did she really expect everyone would still be there running an illegal operation? For this to work, they need to be mobile and keep switching it up so that no one can track them down.

Hoping to find her way in, she leaves behind her pearls, which is quite a symbolic moment for her; she’s leaving behind her good girl life and turning to the dark side.

Rio gets the hint and arrives at the house. Obviously, they’re resourceful so he’ll find a spot for them.

How much do you want to bet that Beth and Rio are going to develop into a thing? It’s so clear that she’s really drawn to him and his bad-boy side. It’s fresh, it’s intoxication and it’s intriguing.

As for the money, Annie uses the marker to check its validity and is shocked to see that it’s actually legit.

When I realized it was counterfeit, I assumed that all the money they stole from the grocery store was also fake.

But if they are producing real money, these girls are even deeper than initially expected. What’s the penalty for inflating the economy with money?

Do you think Beth should distance herself from all of this?

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Good Girls – Remix (1×10)

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We started Good Girls with the ladies robbing Annie’s grocery store and the season ends with the ladies, once again, robbing the grocery store.

Since the saying goes “thunder never strikes the same place twice,” people are less likely to suspect that the store will get hit again. Not these crazy bitches, though!

What seems like a ludicrous idea to most seems like a logical gameplan for them! But really, you don’t think people in a small community would recognize a redhead and a thicker black woman who always roll together. Ski masks are good but they aren’t THAT good.

The episode kicks off with Rio approaching agent Turner at the diner to let him know his boy “ain’t coming.” That seems like a foolish thing to say because well, you’re basically admitting to “taking care” of your boy, however, it also proves that Rio really isn’t afraid of getting caught.

There’s something really attractive about a man who can handle any situation and is fearless — I may or may not have a crush on Rio.

As the ladies brainstorm a way to get rid of Rio, they decide to lead the police right to him with the laundered money at the Shop n Save.

Beth’s plan: just give the FBI a reason to look there.

And during the heist, they plan to take just enough to cover Sara’s kidney which Ruby desperately needs.

Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

This time, they hit during Annie’s shift so that it wouldn’t look like she was involved. And after all the security updates following the first robbery, they needed her to open the safe.

Everything that happened after they held up the store was a blur for me because I was that anxious!

Ruby and Annie dropped the key to the safe in some gunky sewer, Beth left a letter for Agent Turner, Ruby left her mask in a bin, and both of them walked out of the store when police arrived pretending to be customers. Again, how did no one recognize them? It was all too much for me to handle, I needed a Xanax.

Related: Good Girls – Shutdown (1×08)

And worst of all, Tyler the security guard caught Annie taping money to herself! We’re not sure how she convinced him to let her get away with promising to date him didn’t work since he’s gay but she managed somehow.

It’s a good thing Stan is on his way to becoming a cop because unlike the real law enforcement, he was able to put two-and-two together and link Ruby to the crime. In actuality, I’m surprised it took him so long. She’s been bringing stupid amounts of money home, corporate conveniently loaned her enough to cover the transplant (trust me, that doesn’t happen in life) on the same night Annie’s store got robbed, and it was two women.

While I understand that finding out about your wife’s double life is troubling, especially when you’re a cop, I wish he understood her point of view. She did all of this to save her daughter. It may not have been right and yes, it may have put them in an unfavorable position, but at least their little girl was healthy.

I hope he gives her a second chance before walking out on her because anyone would be lucky to have a woman as dedicated, loving and nurturing as Ruby.

Plus, they kind of need him if they don’t want to get messed up in all of this.

Annie realized that Sadie was doing a lot better in private school and unlike in her public school, actually making friends.

I don’t understand know why she continues to get together with Gregg to drink and reminisce on the good old days after what happened last time. It’s like they’re asking to get caught or something. And even that statement seems so trivial; these are adults who share a child. They both have obvious feelings for each other so I hope come season 2, Gregg calls it quits with his wife and gives it another try with Annie.

That is if she isn’t in jail or being hunted down by Rio or his men.

Right now, he’s more focused on Beth, the woman who tried to sell him to the FBI.

Beth is so naive, she really thought he plan was failproof and would ensure Rio would be in prison for years to come.

It’s unclear how he got out, but I’m guessing it was on a technicality or lack of evidence. Maybe the money wasn’t his anymore.

But now, Beth has to pay for what she did. Talk about ruining a business relationship, right?

When she arrives at home, she finds that Rio has beaten the living daylights out of Dean which I’m sure he deserved.

Given that Beth just found out he’s been lying about his cancer, Rio’s order to “shoot” her husband is probably something she’s considering… briefly.

Look, I have no clue how homegirl is going to get out of this one. If she shoots Dean, she’s shooting the father of her children and her former love. She’ll carry that with her until the day she dies. If she shoots Rio, she’s still going to go down for murder and his men will likely come for her and her family. Either way, she loses.

Or is the gun filled with a blank and the minute she points it at Rio, he’ll kill Dean.

Or maybe Rio will have some mercy on her and find some other form of punishment? We have to wait until season 2 of Good Girls to find out. All I know is, the situation Beth has found herself in is not pretty.

And Rio is right, she so desperately wanted to be the Queen. She wanted his spot, she wanted to be the one making the calls, but she failed to realize that you have to work your way up. You have to kill the King to be King.

I’m a bit upset that this means there’s absolutely no chance for a forbidden romance between Beth and Rio! I really thought there was something between them, but at the same time, Rio needed to establish himself as someone that can’t easily be messed with.

Who knows, maybe he’s even impressed with Beth’s eagerness to take charge. That’s wishful thinking because at this point, she seems like a traitor and we know how he deals with those.

What was really great about this episode is how the women aligned with their enemy, Mary Pat, to get take down their common enemy, Boomer.

After seeing Annie pay for Mary Pat’s groceries, Boomer befriended the desperate mother during church choir practice.

They hit it off right away, especially because Mary Pat was looking for a companion following her husband’s death, and even went line dancing together.

What Mary Pat didn’t know is that Boomer was using her to figure out what her arrangement with Annie and the others was. She finally found the recording device he planted in a bible on her bookshelf and went to tell Beth thinking he was some kind of agent that was onto their “secret shopping business.”

“Mary Pat, you need a drink,” Beth told her before explaining everything including how Boomer tried to rape Annie which Mary Pat mentioned when she confronted him.

Let’s just say, Boomer isn’t great at talking himself out of situations because every explanation he had only dug him into a bigger hole. Just give up, bro!

Mary Pat is an effective villain because you hate her and at the same time realize that she’s just as bad as Annie, Ruby and Beth. She needs money and she’s seeking an opportunity.

Who knows, maybe she’ll be in for all their crazy ideas next season!

What did you think of the first season of Good Girls? Did the anxiety-ridden plots get the best of you? Do you think Stan will leave Ruby? Will he out them to his police friends? Is Dean going to die? How will Beth get out of this one?

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Good Girls – Summer of the Shark (1×09)

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On Good Girls, in order to survive, you have to be a shark.

Rio was back in business fairly quickly so it seems the FBI didn’t pose as much of a threat as he had first imagined.

Personally, I would have been happy to just have washed my hands off all the shady business but not these ladies. The moment Rio offers them another job, they jump on it.

And on one hand, it’s understandable considering Ruby needs a ton of money upfront to pay for Sara’s kidney transplant like yesterday.

But they need to be smart about it considering they have direct evidence from Stan that the feds have opened up a case into Rio and his people and even have a snitch, the same snitch that put those bullets in Beth’s mini-van.

Can you believe that these ladies are so far gone, they’ve honestly contemplated killing a man to save themselves? They sat down and had an actual discussion on whether or not they should tell Rio one of his dudes has been turned by the police.

Both Ruby and Annie seemed to realize that dealing counterfeit money and robbing grocery stores was a different ballgame than indirectly killing a man. Murder is not something you just bounce back from. “Then we don’t,” Beth said without even blinking an eye. How does she do that? Remain so damn calm in the face of intense stress.

It’s actually hilarious that Beth thinks she’s such a “big baller,” she’s the only one who can help Rio. She thinks she’s so invaluable. Wouldn’t you think Rio has ears on the ground since he’s running such a lucrative and illegal operation? This man’s fate was already sealed!

These ladies are capable of a lot but not murder. It’s evident when they agree to move Rio’s truck out of the parking lot without knowing what’s inside. Their plan to distract from the truck in question by using two identical other trucks was brilliant, however, unnecessary because the truck they were moving wasn’t filled with anything illegal like they imagined, it was empty; a test of their loyalty.

Related: Good Girls – Shutdown (1×08)

However, Beth didn’t know that and when the cops started tailing her, she thought it was over. Yet even during those moments, she still held it together and kept a straight face to the cop but inside, she was no longer the fearless leader who was willing to cross any line. She was jumping to conclusions and telling the ladies to help Dean out with the kids!

Of course, she was simply pulled over for not having a license plate and uttering hashtag “time’s up” is probably what made her suspicious to the female cop.

After she was pulled over, though, Beth completely lost it. Beth is feisty, which is probably what Rio likes about her. What he doesn’t like? Being yelled at and having keys thrown in his face by some desperate housewife who thinks she’s tough all of a sudden cause she did one run for him.

I’m not surprised he doesn’t want to work with them anymore — it’s been a pretty dramatic and bumpy ride. Yes, they bring in the dough and yes, they are clever but there’s always something more. They always want something, they come with baggage and their a handful. Since he just had on traitor in the group, he needs to be more cautious and eliminate anyone that could pose a threat to him.

That’s actually what upsets Beth. When she realizes he “took care” of his rotten egg, she thinks they are next on the list because they know too much at this point but aren’t useful.

Which is why Beth’s next grand scheme is to eliminate the threat… Rio himself.

Now, her logic is a little twisted. She believes that all the crimes they committed were irrelevant because they are suburban mom’s who meant and that Rio is actually the bad guy because he’s the mastermind behind all of this. I don’t think the cops will see it that way, however, they will probably give them leaner sentences for cooperating.

And if they plan to set up Rio and lock him up, they have to come clean and be willing to take the fall and do the time. It’s the only way this works. They’ve all been saying their goodbyes so, in a sense, they know that end, whenever it comes, is bleak.

Selling out Rio is dangerous, though, because he isn’t stupid and he won’t get easily caught up. And what’s to say he isn’t going to come for their families as revenge? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

And if they burn bridges with him, that means Beth and Rio will never hook up, and I can’t get behind that at all! The sexual tension between them needs to be resolved before they all go to jail.

The only way any of this works is if Beth seduces Rio in an attempt to catch him in the act but then realizes, she actually has feelings for him.

Boomer is so desperate to find out what Annie is up to he went to a religious choir meeting to befriend Mary Pat. Honestly, these two deserve each other so I can’t even say I felt bad that he was preying on her vulnerabilities. She mentioned she lost her husband and he found his way right into her apartment.

She thought she was putting herself out there again and moving on but sadly, Boomer was only interested so that he could put a recorder in his fake bible and leave it on her bookshelf. He is the worst. And how long does he think that recorder will stay on?

He’s definitely remorseful, but at the same time, he’s so hellbent on taking Annie down that he doesn’t care who he hurts.

The best part of Beth and the gals potentially getting caught is that Mary Pat goes down with them. She is a manipulative nightmare. And worst of all, she claims to be a religious, good person.

Other Thoughts

  • I hope Stan doesn’t turn his back on Ruby when he finds out because what they have is so genuine and loving. The couple that gets faded together, stays together. I think he’ll definitely remember that she asked him about a truck when it comes up in evidence.
  • I’ve waited so long for a TV show to just acknowledge the fact that girls poop!
  • Gregg clearly still has feelings for Annie! Can he just fess up to them already so we can stop pretending to care about Nancy? He’s so alive when he’s around her!
  • Why is Dean encouraging Beth’s life of crime by giving her a desk where she can stash her dirty money?

Good Girls has me on the edge of my seat every single week! Sometimes, I think I know what direction the show is going to take and then bam!, it’s completely different.

Next week is the season finale — how do you think this suburban life of crime ends for now?

Since the narrative is being set-up in a way that incriminates Beth and the gals, I think they’ll likely find a way out of this until next season. They are the anti-heroes but we root for them because, despite their terrible decisions and the crimes they commit, they are doing it for the right reasons. They are fighting a system of injustice; getting their power back and getting their seat at the table. Hopefully, they find a more legit way to do it eventually.

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Good Girls – Shutdown (1×08)

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Why do they have to continue going down this life of crime?

I say this every week but honestly, when is enough going to be enough?

On this week’s Good Girls, Rio shuts down his operation because the FBI is zeroing in on him and obviously, he understands the stakes are high in this life of crime.

Uhm, get normal jobs? Yeah, I know it isn’t as lucrative as robbing banks and using fake money to make real money in return but it is a lot calmer.

You don’t have to worry about being caught or paying back some soccer mom $10-thousand dollars a month.

They always say, the more money you make, the bigger your problems will be.

They’ve been complaining about having to do all this illegal stuff for several episodes so you would think the minute they got an “easy out,” they would take it and run for the hills. But nope, they look for more ways to get in too deep.

And why does Beth continuously meet with Rio in public? If the FBI is onto him, chances are they have people that are watching him. She’s already been connected to him once, why risk everything you have again?

Also, that sexual tension just keeps getting stronger and stronger! Rio even complimented her on her good looks which obviously Beth was really digging because she subconsciously has a crush on him.

After living normal lives for a few weeks, the ladies realize that they don’t feel “alive” anymore; it’s so banal. Seriously, housewife Beth was missing that hood life.

So, they plan to rob another store this time, something smaller like 7-Eleven. Look, I don’t know what world they live in, but in my world, 7-Eleven is a pretty major target. Not to mention completely obvious which they probably figured because eventually, they decided to hit three of Nancy’s beauty spas.

Yes, I said Nancy’s as in Gregg’s wife! Hey, she had it coming after she told Annie that her “hair oil” was getting the couch dirty.

Her controlling nature didn’t make much sense, nor did Gregg’s willingness to go along with whatever she said until she finally blurted out that the hormones have been making her crazy. Hormones from IVF which they’ve been trying for awhile now.

I never thought Gregg was a scum, however, this was a pretty low blow. He failed to tell Annie the truth and when the going go tough, he came by her place, got drunk and slept with her while his wife was injecting herself in hopes of having his child.

I’m calling it now, Annie is going to be pregnant from their drunken hook-up and it’s going to break-up Gregg and Nancy. Although, I don’t know if Annie should take Gregg back at this point.

Back to the beauty spa hit — instead of stealing money, the trio decided to move product this time as Annie had a “guy” who promised to sell injectables.

Except, she probably should have clarified what she meant by injectables because after all that work, he told her he could only push heroine, not beauty products for middle-aged women.

You’d think there’d be more of a market for affordable botox, right?

Beth decided to come clean to Dean about everything and he ended up pushing the product on his “fake cancer” doctor.

So hey, now Dean is personally involved in this mess. Although, I don’t feel too bad about that. He had it coming.

Also, why didn’t they every specify how much money they got for the product?

Hopefully, Ruby’s visit to the police station will set her straight because none of this is worth spending the rest of your life in a jail cell with shared bathrooms and wine made in toilets. Yeah, I never knew that and am forever changed by it!

I mean, realistically, they don’t have that much money after all is said and done. They are still struggling but now, they are struggling while also possibly being implicated for many crimes including money laundering!

Seeing how persistent Mary Pat is, Beth decided to handle her by being completely honest. Yes, they got her involved in some shady business and if she continues accepting money from them, she’ll go down with them. It’s called an “accessory.”

It seems like Beth is actually prepared to go down for all of this which is weird.

And Mary Pat isn’t scared straight which is also a bit odd considering she has four kids to look after. She may THINK she has a case because the ladies aren’t delivering on the money she requested, but she’s also extorting money in exchange for silence. I’m pretty sure that’s equally as illegal.

And not only is this hanging over their heads, Ruby’s daughter is now stealing and pushing fidget spinners. Yes, it’s a crime on a much smaller scale but a crime nonetheless. Like mother, like daughter.

I’m actually pretty upset with Ruby’s response because it’s so hypocritical. She’s been stealing and committing crimes to provide for her family and in her mind, that’s justifiable.

Poor Sara is stealing so the girls don’t make fun of her anymore and she fits in. It’s a different situation, but in her mind, the reward outweighs the prize.

Considering Ruby is *this* close to getting caught, you’d think her reaction would be something she’d want in return from Stan. She wouldn’t want him to punish her and turn his back on her.

And she should take some of her own advice — stealing doesn’t make you dope.

Since they now know Stan and his team captured the dude that was bleeding out in Emma’s room, they realize they are closer than ever to getting caught.

Should they tell Rio his boy is snitching? I understand the “eat or be eaten” mentality here, however, what makes her think Rio wouldn’t sell them out? They are the lowest on the totem poll and they have the most to lose.

I really can never foresee where the plot is headed because the show continues to surprise me each week. All I know is that these ladies are running out of time. Will Stan help them out of this? Will he try to erase any evidence that leads back to him?

Annie mentioned he’s a good guy so it seems like he’d let his wife and all of the accomplices go down for it.

Maybe Beth will take the fall for everything so that her sister and bestie have a real chance at a normal life?

Other Thoughts

  • Why won’t Annie find another job? I’d never return to a grocery store when I knew my boss set me up with drugs and made me lose custody of my daughter.
  • Sometimes, the solutions these ladies come up with for minor situations are ridiculous. Annie really pulled out a gun on people to get their parking ticket. How was that necessary?

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