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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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Happy Dance! Good Girls Renewed For Season 4 at NBC!

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Pop the champagne because Good Girls is getting a fourth season! 

The cast got together — virtually, it is still coronavirus time — to share the good news with fans. 

The news is exciting considering the series never got to finish telling the story fully as the third season was cut short by the pandemic. Many productions were forced to shut down production due to the outbreak. 

The series ended a few episodes shy of its intended order with Good Girls Season 3 Episode 11 on May 3. 

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Retta, who plays Ruby Hill, has some idea of what’s in store come season 4.

“If we get picked up, we will finish the five [episodes] that did not air because I know that’s how Jenna wants the story to go,” she told the publication.

However, she hasn’t read scripts past the 12th episode.

“I have a little bit of anxiety about the scripts that I haven’t seen and I have specifically not asked [Bans] about it because I do want the answers,” she explains. “I like to see it in real time and I don’t want it floating in my head, but I have an idea of stuff that’s coming and yeah … it’s going to be intense.”

Retta is likely referring to FBI agent Phoebe who is closing in on the three ladies just as Beth bought a pool and spa shop to occupy Dean and wash cash for Rio. 

As for #Brio fans, it wasn’t supposed to be all angst and hatred. Showrunner Jenna Bans and Executive Producer Bill Krebs told Entertainment Weekly that the final five episodes would’ve been a turning point in Beth and Rio’s relationship as they were forced to work together and the chemistry would no longer be undeniable. The duo has been spending most of the season apart with Rio angry at Beth for trying to kill him and Beth blaming him for everything going wrong in her life. 

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“That’s something we’re really looking forward to jumping into in season 4 and something we’re sad we didn’t get to show the fans in season 3, but it’s all still coming. You don’t go from having the hottest sex of your life to wanting someone dead without conflicted feelings,” Bans said. 

We were excited for season 4, but now, we’re reaaaally excited. 

NBC previously renewed all three Chicago shows and Law & Order SVU for three more seasons each. New Amsterdam and This Is Us were previously renewed for three seasons each. 

Other shows that scored a renewal include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore.

Still awaiting a decision are Manifest, Perfect Harmony, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, Indebted, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.


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Will Good Girls Be Renewed for Season 4? Here’s What Would Have Happened With #Brio in Season 3

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If it were up to us, Good Girls would’ve already snagged a season 4 renewal from NBC. 

As many shows spanning a variety of networks, the third season of Good Girls was cut short by five episodes after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production.

The season ended on Good Girls Season 3 Episode 11 and didn’t resolve any of the Beth and Rio conflict that fans were hoping would take a juicy twist. 

This is just one of the major reasons why we need a fourth season. 

However, NBC has yet to make an official decision about the fate of the show. 

Since many networks look at ratings to influence their decision, the fact that ratings for the final installment got a boost is a good sign. 

According to Variety, the series ticked up to a 0.4 and around 1.8 million viewers, which was a three-week viewership high.

If a Good Girls season 4 renewal does happen, Retta, who plays Ruby Hill, has some idea of what’s in store. 

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“If we get picked up, we will finish the five [episodes] that did not air because I know that’s how Jenna wants the story to go,” she told the publication.

However, she hasn’t read scripts past the 12th episode.

“I have a little bit of anxiety about the scripts that I haven’t seen and I have specifically not asked [Bans] about it because I do want the answers,” she explains. “I like to see it in real time and I don’t want it floating in my head, but I have an idea of stuff that’s coming and yeah … it’s going to be intense.”

Retta is likely referring to FBI agent Phoebe who is closing in on the three ladies just as Beth bought a pool and spa shop to occupy Dean and wash cash for Rio. 

As for #Brio fans, it wasn’t supposed to be all angst and hatred. Showrunner Jenna Bans and Executive Producer Bill Krebs told Entertainment Weekly that the final five episodes would’ve been a turning point in Beth and Rio’s relationship as they were forced to work together and the chemistry would no longer be undeniable. The duo has been spending most of the season apart with Rio angry at Beth for trying to kill him and Beth blaming him for everything going wrong in her life. 

“That’s something we’re really looking forward to jumping into in season 4 and something we’re sad we didn’t get to show the fans in season 3, but it’s all still coming. You don’t go from having the hottest sex of your life to wanting someone dead without conflicted feelings,” Bans said. 

Okay, so seriously, we need a season 4 renewal, ASAP! And if not a full season, can we at least get the five remaining episodes NBC already signed off on and that were promised?


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Good Girls Season Finale Review – Beth Becomes a Business Owner (3×11)

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Beth Boland can play the game, but with Rio constantly flipping the game, the poor girl cannot catch up.

But we knew that; it’s not a new concept that was introduced this season. And that right there is the problem with season 3 of Good Girls.

The season didn’t infuse the storylines with anything new. Instead, they relied on old storylines — Beth buying a business to wash money (a spa instead of a car dealership), Beth trying to get keys to the kingdom by killing Rio, and the feds closing in on them — as a cushion. Maybe what’s worked before works again for other shows, but the audience of Good Girls expects refreshing and thrilling; the unique-aspect of the show, the developed characters, and their relationship are the reason we fell in love with this show. 

Sadly, season 3 felt tired, uninspired, and as if it was going through the motions. 

It would be unfair to judge this episode as the season finale since it only got the title after the season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, but even as a standalone episode, it was less than stellar. 

The hitman storyline wasn’t resolved and will now roll into a potential next season (a season 4 renewal is still pending at NBC). James was paid a pretty good sum of money to eliminate Rio and still never completed his assignment. 

This meant that Rio continued to pose problems for Beth.

On Good Girls Season 3 Episode 10, Rio told Beth to develop a plan, so she did. She proposed that she would wash her cash through her new business venture, Dean’s pool and spa shop called Boland’s Bubbles. I’m digging the name. 

Beth thought she was so clever until Rio told her that since it was such a good idea, she would be producing and washing the cash herself from now on. He used the term business term “synergy,” and seemed really impressed with himself, but really, it meant he was washing his hands of doing any of the dirty work. 

At this point, even when Beth is winning she’s losing. 

Beth became a small business owner and promised Dean his venture would remain clean and “free” of Rio, but she already sold Rio the idea before they even acquired the property. 

Since she told Rio the business was operational when it wasn’t, she was forced to once again go to extreme lengths to keep her employer happy. 

Thankfully, they didn’t return the old school way of washing the cash via department stores, but their new plan was much riskier and dragged yet another husband into this mess.  

Ruby offered to wash the cash at Stan’s strip club and made it seem like it was fine to do because the place is full of sin. Ruby, who are you to judge!? The place of sin also allows Stan to take home a paycheck and keeps their family afloat, so I say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. 

Their stunt could have cost Stan his job if they hadn’t done their best to protect him in the process. 

Beth got creative and used her son’s explosive science project so that the fake cash would catch fire once it was loaded onto the truck and swapped out with the real money. 

That way, no one would ever figure it out or link it back to them. However, since the feds are looking into them, specifically Ruby, anything that happens in any business that’s somehow connected to them becomes suspicious. 

How I wish I could just yell through the screen and tell them that they’re on the FBI’s radar. 

The exchange allowed Ruby to pay Stan and the tip jar, which temporarily fixed things between them. 

And it allowed Beth to get the necessary funds to acquire Four Star Pool and Spa from smug Gayle. She just loved to throw it back into Beth’s face that Dean was a cheater who has “done this before.” Gayle, girl, it’s not like this was your first rodeo either. At least Dean wants to make it work with his wife.  

Plus, Gayle really underestimates Beth. Yes, Beth wants Dean to “feel like a man again,” but she also looked him straight in the eye and lied to him about this being his non-shady business. 

And it happened after Dean was brutally honest with her about his cheating ways back in the day. Dean used to be the problem in the relationship, but he’s been doing his best to fix things. It’s Beth who is the root of all destruction now. 

How does she plan to keep Dean in the dark since Rio will most definitely be coming around? 

Beth also took a move from Rio’s playbook when she sought out Mick’s advice on how he robbed her of furniture. 

When she walked into the pool and spa shop the next day to negotiate with Gayle, all of the hot tubs were — gasp — missing! 

Beth pretended to be shocked and swooped in to buy the place and unburden Gayle from all the trouble. Admittedly, it was a boss move and proves that Beth has what it takes to get what she wants, but I wish they would’ve shown us how Beth accomplished it. 

Did Mick and Rio’s men help? And what does she plan to do? Does she want to put all the stolen product back into the spa and sell it? Wouldn’t the cops have it jotted down and question how she got it all back?

While Beth and the ladies think Boland’s Bubbles is a small step to freedom, they remain in the dark about another threat lurking right under their noses.

If they knew, Beth would not be making such bold moves. Once Phoebe, the FBI agent, finds out Beth bought a pool and spa shop, she’s going to have a lead in the case. The fact that these women who have nothing to their name, not even furniture, can somehow buy cars and businesses in straight cash is suspicious with a capital S.

Phoebe is already closing in on Ruby. She posed as a dorky customer getting a manicure, which is when she caught Ruby at her most vulnerable. When Ruby was explaining how you can tell if a bill is fake, I wanted to scream.

She also stole Ruby’s phone and while she may not have found anything substantial on the phone, there are so many pictures of Beth and Annie, that she’s bound to look into the both of them and make some kind of connection. 

Beth thinks she’s being smart about everything, but when you look at it, Rio has found a way for Beth’s name to be on everything while his name is on nothing. He’s playing her like a fiddle. 

Rio may be a business partner, but nothing ties back to him. Beth is now the owner of a business that’s washing the cash she and the ladies produce. And Rio sits back and gets a huge cut of it all. 

Beth needs to learn how to operate on his level. Since she’s clearly not planning on giving up the game, maybe she should be turning to him for pointers instead of focusing so much on trying to eliminate him. 

When she confronted him about being given the keys again, he simply told her “next time, make sure the clip is empty.” Rio is honestly getting a kick out of the fact that he’s ruining her life. 

Which brings me to the biggest disappointment of the season — Rio’s screentime getting cut. 

This is not about me having a crush on Manny Montana (admit it, we all do), it’s about the fact that Rio is one of the most interesting characters; he’s an enigma, and the audience wants to get to know more about him. 

Why would you cut his screentime and reduce it to nothing more than driving up to pick up some cash from Beth each week?

It’s not only a waste of his talents but also a waste of a promising character who is just aching to have his backstory told. 

And lastly, Annie’s story-arcs were completely untouched.

Is she still dedicated to re-taking the GED? Are things officially over with Josh Cohen or will he leave Lyla and run back to Annie?

He was seemingly introduced for Annie to grow as a person, but it’s tiresome to always see her get used by a guy and then left alone to pick up the pieces. Is it so hard to write her a decent man?

This season wasn’t my cup of tea. That isn’t to say I didn’t go into every week eager to see what shenanigans the ladies would be up to this week, but I can’t say I left feeling blown away either. It was mediocre. But I strongly believe the series has so much more potential, and I’d love to see the writers redeem themselves in season 4.

So, to wrap it up, please #RenewGoodGirls because we need to find out how all of this ends, how close Beth is to getting arrested, and why Rio plays tennis! 

Till next season, Cravers! Leave your comments — if you agree with me or if you don’t — in the comments section below! 


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