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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 Review – Queen Elizabeth (4×09)

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Good Girls Season 4 Episode 9 put to rest any doubt that Councilman Nick is the big man on campus. 

And though he may look put together and professional on the outside, he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty (or bloody) when it’s required. 

Most recently, it was to teach Rio a lesson and punish him after Luke the cop came snooping around his business. 

If you’ll recall, this was the same cop that interrogated Rio about Lucy’s murder. As an alibi, Rio handed him front-row tickets to a boxing match, which allowed him to walk free, however, when the cop realized that Rio was the suspect in Phoebe’s case that was thrown out, he decided to do some investigating off-the-clock. 

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t end well for him. 

It was pretty ballsy of him to confront Councilman Nick and suggest that he was aiding gang members and murderers.

While he wasn’t wrong, he should’ve known that it would come with consequences, especially since Rio has friends in such high places that he was able to walk out on the FBI after they spent months building a case against him and even caught him red-handed.

Why would a cop think he could do what the FBI couldn’t?

Once Nick realized that Rio’s actions threatened to expose him, he made sure to punish him. 

And, in turn, Rio sent his boy Mick to take care of the problem.

It’s a sad day when a cop is the lowest on the food chain. 

It was a heartbreaking outcome for Luke, especially since we say his daughter’s anxiety over something bad happening to her father. 

The only silver lining was that it established Nick’s dominance as Rio finally paid some kind of price for Lucy’s death. It’s not enough, but it’s something. 

Rio and Nick have quite a complicated dynamic. Nick is there for Rio when he needs him, but he also keeps him in line if he dares to step out. I also picked up on a smidge of jealousy when it came to Beth, and Rio seemed all too pleased to dangle her in front of his brother/cousin. 

Also, has anyone figured out the brother/cousin thing yet? Do they share the same father but different mothers?

I think that, eventually, Rio is going to get sick of not being the top guy and reporting to Nick. It’s clear that he and Beth make a good team, so I could see Rio trying to branch out with her and cut Nick out of the deal. Rio doesn’t strike me as the guy who wants to keep living in his brother/cousin’s shadow.

And what was with the gift for “Elizabeth?” I’m inclined to think it came from Rio since he teased that he would buy Beth something nice after she retrieved the funny money.

 Does the plate with the Queen’s face mean they’re branching out the business globally? 

The FBI seemingly gave up fully on trying to nab Rio, which meant that Beth’s hopes of Nevada were completely shattered. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “Chef Boyardee” Episode 409 — Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Retta as Ruby Hill, Reno Wilson as Stan Hill — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

If the feds want to know why people are usually hesitant to help them out, it’s because even if they go out of their way and put everything on the line, there’s a chance that the feds don’t deliver on what was promised to them.

Case and point — Beth Boland.

She crossed Rio and Nick and her deal for her husband, her friends, and a new life disappeared into thin air. She was on her own cleaning up the mess she made. 

And since the bills continue to pile up, Beth had no choice but to do what Rio requested — steal back his funny money from Phoebe. 

It wasn’t an easy task considering the money was likely in evidence, which made it a federal offense, but Beth had no choice, so she faked nice, poured Phoebe a drink, and used the poor girl. 

And despite her better judgment, Phoebe fell for it because she wanted to fit in so badly.

Ruby and Stan also roped Beth and Annie into their faux bag business. Stan was hesitant about letting Beth into the scam since he didn’t trust her, but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

It was fun watching them butt heads since no one ever really stands up to Beth in that way. She’s the boss of the operation and everyone always falls in line.

Stan was biting his tongue hard, and eventually, allowed Beth’s plan to extort en who hired strippers rather than fourth grad moms to go through.

And it still failed as one of the men turned out to be a cop. Whoops. 

However, if it wasn’t for that small glitch, it would have been a solid plan.

Stan doesn’t want to admit it but Beth was right, mommy’s talk… a lot. It would only take one mom to figure out the scam and ruin their plan.

Also, why aren’t they trying to sell them to the rich moms at Ben’s school?

After her plan bombed, Beth still found a way to make the money. She blackmailed the cop to buy the purse for his wife or else she’d tell her about the strippers.

In her mind, she was being resourceful, but in Stan’s eyes, she was feeding her ego, which wasn’t entirely fair of him to say. 

Beth did it to get him the money. 

Stan has plenty of reasons to hate Beth, but it’s not fair to place the blame entirely on her for what has gone wrong in Ruby’s life.

Ruby is a grown woman who contributed to a good amount of these decisions.

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Beth does use people to get what she wants, but usually, it’s to help herself and the people she loves. She’s gone above and beyond to ensure Ruby and Annie’s safety. She always takes the brunt of the blows from Rio to shield her friends. 

She may be saving herself, but if she goes down, they go down. They’re the definition of “we’re all in this together.”

And, like it or not, she is the one who helped free him from Gene, so he could at least muster up a thank you. 

Other Thoughts

  • When Annie failed to secure financial funding to keep Ben at his private school — she basically pulled an unsuccessful Bridesmaid’s “help, I’m poor!” — she asked Kevin for help, but in return, she had to give him a place to stay. That’s the price of playing lacrosse, Ben! 
  • I wish the series would just shake Kevin already and allow Annie to find a good guy. 
  • Shirtless Rio is the kind of content we need more of! 
  • Also, I couldn’t help but chuckle when Rio informed his brother/cousin that Beth knows how big he is. 
  • Dean realized that trying to get people to fall for his pyramid scheme isn’t easy. Go figure. And the poor guy didn’t read the fine print when he bought a year’s worth of product. That’s how they get ya! 

I can’t wait to see where the rest of the season goes. By ditching the FBI storyline and introducing Rio’s “boss,” the season was reinvigorated. This is the kind of action we’ve been missing since the second half of season 2.

I’m glad the show is back on track, and hopefully, it’s enough for the series to snag a renewal.

Good Girls deserves a fifth season! If you agree, use your voice on social media with #RenewGoodGirls! 

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Good Girls Review – Brother/Cousin (4×08)

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Hold on just one second as I pick my jaw up off the floor!! 

Good Girls Season 4 Episode 8 was brilliant from start to finish. 

I’ll admit, I had my doubts this season — especially coming off a much weaker and slow-paced Good Girls Season 3 — but wow, the writers have really stepped up their game to deliver quality twists.

It’s clear that the writers have been listening to fan criticisms and giving us what we truly want — more screentime for Rio.

And that starts with diving into Rio’s backstory.

For nearly four seasons, Rio has remained a mystery. He pops in, he makes a call, he threatens Beth, and he disappears.

All we really know about him is that he’s this big, bad, and stupid hot (even the FBI agents agreed with us on that) gang leader, but we don’t actually know how he got to this point in his life. 

Or if his tough-guy act is all an illusion.

A deeper dive into Rio started on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 6 when we met his family and found out that the business is what we’d call a family affair.

At that point, it was made clear that family is everything, and the latest episode drove that idea home by exploring Rio’s relationship with his cousin/brother, Nick

With flashbacks delving briefly into their childhood and, in more detail, into their teenage years, it became clear that Nick and Rio were polar opposites. 

Rio was the bad boy who would do anything for a quick buck, while Nick was the buttoned-up, by-the-book guy who was working smarter not harder.

The flashbacks didn’t give us a deeper look into Rio’s life, they also connected to Beth’s current predicament as she found herself at a crossroads between Rio and the FBI.

The FBI wanted her to turn on Rio, Rio wanted her to turn on the FBI. 

Both of them needed her, so she decided to play them both. 

Obviously, that was never going to work. 

Beth is clever, but you need more than that to play some of the smartest people in the business. 

She attempted to keep the feds busy by giving them Gene, a “broken toy,” but it was only a temporary distraction that bought her a sliver of time. The moment Phoebe and Dave realized he had absolutely nothing to do with gang friend — he didn’t even know him! — it made the situation worse for Beth because now, they knew they couldn’t trust her.

Even Phoebe was over the whole case as she just told her to “pick a side.”

So, Beth did. 

It was a tough decision If she sided with Rio, she lost her chance at starting over. She lost Nevada. 

But if she sided with the FBI, he threatened to come after her friends and family. 

There was no winning, and eventually, she’d have to betray someone. 

So, she chose to betray Rio considering the FBI promised to keep her safe. 

Though, I think there was more to her decision, which she wouldn’t have made if it wasn’t for a little push from Nick.

When he swung by her house to return her cardigan, he subtly implied that she shouldn’t be involved in Rio’s shady business dealings. 

Nick’s concerns seemed genuine, and as he flattered Beth with his sweet-talking, she believed he was a good guy, unlike Rio. 

But that was her biggest mistake because it seemed to be part of Nick’s master plan. 

Good Girls Review Broken Toys Season 4 Episode 8

GOOD GIRLS — “Broken Toys” Episode 408 — Pictured: (l-r) Carlos Aviles as Mick, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

In the same way that Beth uses her suburban mom vibe as a cover, Nick seems to be using his Councilman gig as a cover. Turns out, he’s not only very much involved in his brother/cousin’s business, but he’s the actual boss and mastermind who operates from the shadows. 

Truthfully, Beth should’ve stopped to consider how Nick got her address in the first place.

The fact that she fell for his act makes him that much more dangerous than Rio. 

With Rio, what you see is what you get. He’s upfront about who he is and what he does. He’s never shied away from it or tried to be someone he isn’t.

But Nick is hiding behind the Councilman persona and being purposefully deceitful.

Through flashbacks, we also learned that Rio and Nick have been working together since they were teenagers! Nick started the shady schemes and roped Rio into it after he got out of jail. 

He explained that he finagled a promotion at work, which meant that his boss would trust him and never suspect him.

He then applied the same logic to what I call the “Beth problem.”

There was always a chance that Beth was going to run off to the authorities, so Nick wanted to get ahead of it. 

Beth expectedly turned on Rio and thought she was home-free once he was arrested, but Nick pulled some strings and got him out! 

Rio then paid her a visit at home — and creepily sat in a dark room waiting to catch her by surprise — and explained that since she turned on him, the FBI would now believe anything she told them. 

And this meant that they could whatever they want. 

This wasn’t the end, this was just the beginning. Rio wasn’t playing when he told Beth that they’re playing the long game. 

It’s a brilliant plan if you think about it, and it also explains how Rio’s been able to get away with some much —  big brother (or cousin) is always watching and ready to be his “get out of jail free” card. 

This kind of makes Rio invincible, which is pretty crappy news for Beth. 

There’s no shaking Rio — she’s in it for the long run. 

I don’t think Rio was part of Nick’s plan with Beth. Rio genuinely trusted Beth because he was blinded by his feelings for him, but Nick didn’t. 

Rio seemed surprised when she turned him in, and when Nick picked him up, he seemed pissed that he was taken advantage of. 

I think Rio did really value the partnership he built with Beth and was blindsided when she didn’t choose him.

By introducing her to the family, he made it clear that he felt that she was going to stick around and was ready to be brought into the big leagues.

So, yeah, I’m not surprised that the betrayal cut so deep.

Despite his tough exterior, Rio allowed himself to be vulnerable, and that vulnerability was used against him.

You’d think that after all that Beth has done, he would’ve cut her off by now, but he’s also realized just how valuable she is.

Beth is like a chameleon who is able to adapt to any situation on command. She’s whipsmart and has never met a task that she couldn’t complete. 

It’s the only reason she’s still standing with all of her limbs intact.

Rio may have walked, but the FBI dropped the ball by not notifying Beth immediately when it happened. 

How could their first call not be to the woman who put her whole life on the line by turning in a man who could’ve easily retaliated and killed her? 

Was it an oversight? Were they that shocked that he pulled a vanishing act after they tried so hard to get him?

They promised her protection, and it’s clear that it was a load of bullcrap. This is why people never do the right thing! 

A head’s up would’ve been nice.

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Try as they might, the Boland family can’t stay away from a scheme… the latest one involves Dean and a classic pyramid scheme. Or, as they like to call them, multi-level marketing ventures. 

Look, I know people genuinely make money off of them and some are actually legitimate, but most of the time, they are a complete joke. 

However, Dean’s hit rock bottom, so why not put his savvy sales skills to use selling some type of Arbonne/Rodan and Fields-like product while he’s stuck in house arrest?

At the very least, it’s a stream of income for the family, which they definitely need. 

The only positive of the episode was that Stanimal was finally free of Gene’s grasp. 

The ladies pumped his club full with fake cash, and when the FBI took him in for questioning, he folded like a lawn chair and gave up every single person he’s ever done business with. 

I hated seeing Stan used and abused, so I’m glad this storyline is over. 

But what happens with all those handbags? I’m still of the mindset that they can be used in a lucrative scheme. Maybe Beth can present the idea to Nick and Rio. You know they love how resourceful she is. 

Other Thoughts

  • Ruby comparing Rio to IBS was priceless: “you never know when it’s gunna strike.”
  • Stan’s motivational talk to the strippers was solid. He should consider that as a new career avenue. 
  • Gene really tried to recruit Annie for his club. I thought that would surely be the way she smuggled the money in, but a night out for the ladies with fine dining, drinks, and strippers was a solid idea. 

What did you think of the episode? Were you shocked by the reveal that Nick is the boss? 

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Good Girls Review – You Blew It, Carolyn (4×07)

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Nothing gets past Rio. 

Beth made that very clear on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 7, so why did they not cover all their bases when introducing him to Carolyn?

With the FBI closing in on Beth and snooping around her affairs, he was bound to be on high alert. 

And while Carolyn (Phoebe) did a great job of selling her character — I thoroughly enjoyed her “mommy” training and how excited she was to be joining their crew — they were a little too pushy with trying to get Rio to talk at the diner. 

And not only were they pushy, but when he suggested they go to her house, they were all super tense and fidgety. Just give it away why don’t you!?

Rio knows when something feels off. He’s also very much aware that Beth is capable of pulling one over him. 

The FBI should’ve been several steps ahead of him and had a faux house, a pretend family, pictures, the whole shabang ready just in case.

Right now, as it stands, they don’t deserve to catch Rio; he continues to outsmart everyone and proving that he knows the game all too well. 

The season is finally back to filling audiences with the same anxiety as we felt back in season 1. 

Beth and Rio are both unpredictable, and as they’re tip-toeing around each other, it’s definitely raising my blood pressure once again (in a good way, of course). 

But now that everything’s on the table, Beth has to make a choice: does she side with the FBI or do her alliances lie with Rio?

As she explained, she’s damned either way. 

She’s gotten herself into a mess that she won’t be able to clean up so easily. 

The FBI can no longer protect her since Rio knows she was planning to turn on him. And if she sides with Rio and his family’s criminal enterprise, she continues to put herself, her friends, and her family in danger. 

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And either way, she seems to lose out on the chance of starting a new life in Nevada. 

I didn’t know how much messier Beth’s life could get, but Good Girls Season 4 is proving that it’s entirely possible to continue digging a deeper hole for yourself. 

Beth also got called out for not disclosing her sexual relationship with Rio to the FBI, but it wasn’t just the FBI who was shocked by her “improvising.”

Both Annie and Ruby couldn’t believe that after everything Rio put them through, Beth went there with him again. 

And no one seemed to care that she only did it as a means of distraction and that’s likely because no one actually believes it either. 

No matter how messed up things get between Beth and Rio, the chemistry and sexual tension are still there. 

You can hate and like someone at the same time, and I think that’s the case for Beth when it comes to Rio. On some level, she has grown fond of him and respects him, and the feeling is mutual, which is what makes this partnership so intriguing and complex. 

What do you think Beth will do? And what would you do in her situation?

As it stands, I think she’s better off sticking with Rio because that’s not an enemy you want to make!

Ruby and Stan are getting into even more hot water with their designer purse business. 

I know Stan wanted to do this on his own and keep Beth out of it, but now that Gene won’t let them out of the “lucrative” business, they’re going to need all the help they can get pushing these fakes. 

If you think about it, this might be the perfect opportunity for everyone to wash the fake cash, but also to make money. And you know they all need it even Gregg and Nancy. 

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After Gregg suggested pulling Ben out of private school under the guise that he was worried he’d become a spoiled and privileged asshole, Annie figured out that they were having money problems. 

It’s a fun twist because Gregg, and more specifically Nancy, have always acted as though they were superior to Annie and that her money problems were of her own making. 

And while that may be true to some extent, it’s also a lot harder to dig yourself out of a hole once you’re in it. 

Gregg and Nancy are going to learn that the hard way. And I don’t think they’d be above doing something shady in order to get their finances back in order. 

Personally, I’d love to see this money laundering/ fake handbag business become something that everyone becomes invested in because it proves that no one is above a get quick cash scheme. 

It would just elevate the stakes.

Not to mention Annie, Gregg, and Nancy have the perfect platform to sell these dupes at Ben’s school! Rich parents = sold handbags. 

The storyline is almost writing itself. 

What did you think about the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below! 


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