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Good Girls Review – Guess Who’s Back, Back Again (3×01)

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Good Girls is back and you better strap in for one emotionally twisted and dangerous ride.

Beware: this post contains spoilers, obviously. If you haven’t seen the premiere of season 3, tap out! 

First off, they’re back, baby!

Secondly, he’s back, baby!

I have never been this excited to see a character, who I already assumed survived, confirm that he is, in fact, alive.

Of course, I’m talking about Rio, who is like a cat with nine lives and despite going off the grid and letting everyone think he’s dead, he’s still somehow the ringleader in charge. You know he’s a bad guy, but you have to kind of be in awe of how nonchalant he is about everything and yet still manages to get things done without lifting so much as a finger.

Beth might think that he’s dead, but she clearly has never heard of the golden rule in television – no one is dead until you see a body and even then, be suspicious.

Last we saw Rio, he was bleeding out as Agent Turner dangled a Hail Mary in front of him after Beth betrayed him, shot him multiple times, and left him to die.

The odds were against Rio, but we all correctly assumed that Agent Turner would spare him and use him at his own convenience as a snitch.

Agent Turner could have just walked away and lived a happy life, sure, but he’s always been consumed with getting the bad guy and bringing Rio and his men down. He wanted revenge and well, he paid the ultimate price.

Rio, known now as Kowalski (sure, he can pass for European any day) was put in witness protection in exchange for his cooperation.

However, it’s unlike Rio to work alongside the cops and FBI, and we should have known he would have a contingency plan if it ever came down to it.

Rio may be a lot of things, but one thing he’s never been is stupid — he knew the feds were closing in on him and could scoop him up at any moment, so there was a huge likelihood that he prepared for this exact moment.

Rio didn’t just have a plan to get himself out, he had a plan to take Turner out, too. No FBI agent sticking his nose into Rio’s business, no problem.

Rio played his part right, and when Turner thought he gave him what he wanted, he pulled one over on him. Turner’s flaw is that he grew too trusting of Rio and walked right into a trap. He was ambushed and gunned down in broad daylight. Just like that.

Beth is living life oblivious to the fact that she has a giant target on her back.

The ladies who continue to believe that he’s alive despite all the clues and foreshadowing that he’s definitely coming back.

Dean mentioned Rio coming back as a zombie (oh, Deanie, you have no idea) and even Rio’s baby momma, who Beth befriended out of guilt, keeps insisting that Rio always comes back.

And she’s not wrong.

Beth is in for quite a wake-up call when she realizes the man she “thought” she killed is still alive and is out for blood. A piece of advice — if you’re planning to kill the King, make sure he’s dead before you walk away.

She’ll likely realize something is amiss when she hears about Agent Turner’s death. Or maybe she won’t because his “accidental” death is a good thing for her, too. Without Turner around, she can go about her business and produce counterfeit money without having to look over their shoulder every few months.

Beth hasn’t learned her lesson despite the dangers she’s found herself in. She’s still dabbling in this lifestyle because it’s convenient and she assumes that the risks have been eliminated.

If Beth was smart, she wouldn’t be surprised by the rise of a new (or old) problem. It’s the territory that comes with the shady life she’s leading. If it’s not going to be Rio, it’s going to be some other gang leader trying to get into her business.

But Beth trudges on and finds new ways to keep on keeping on with her lucrative “career.”

The lengths these women go to to find new ways of doing bad things is incredible.

If you take a step back, it’s actually a lot of work for someone who is essentially “taking the easy way out.” It’s hard making an honest living, but making an illegal living is no walk in the park, I’ll tell you that!

However, it’s not difficult to understand why Beth, Annie, and Ruby are willing to take such risks.

When the series picked up, our ladies were doing their best to scrape on by, and that financial struggle is what has motivated them to continue pursuing this life of crime.

I’d say of the three of them, it’s most burdensome to Beth and Ruby’s family.

Beth’s working at a gift shop picking up hours to pay off the mortgage that they’ve fallen behind on. How is she running a counterfeit money production company from the back? Who owns this shop? Throughout the episode, it seems like Beth’s an employee or possibly a supervisor, but yet no one has caught on to her off-hours project?

Meanwhile, Ruby is working at a nail salon where she’s still putting bitches in check while Stan, a disgraced cop, is working security for “The Mayor” aka a strip club in town.

This is by far the biggest change in the series considering how buttoned-up and proud Stan was in the beginning. Situations change and the Hill family has been flexible and accommodating (Ruby watching butt-naked strippers walking around Stan is something) to pay for their daughter’s medical care.

With Annie, it doesn’t seem like money issues are as big of an issue as her boredom with a mediocre lifestyle. And as far as we know, she’s working valet and taking all those expensive cars for a whirl aka my biggest fear giving way my car to valet!

Good Girls started off with moms dabbling in crime to make ends meet but the more we trudge along, the more we understand why they do what they do, and that may be the biggest takeaway of all — that earning money “the right” way isn’t enough to support necessities in life.

A series that could have run out of storylines, burnt through them, and exhausted possibilities has figured out a way to elevate and one-up themselves each time. It has never slowed down, it’s only speeding up as the crimes they commit catch up them just as quickly as the lies.

Just when you think you know what twist is coming, they surprise you.

The series isn’t afraid to pull triggers, literally, and knows when it’s time to close the chapter on a character to better the story. It shows the good and ugly sides of each character, embracing both equally, and establishing that it’s okay to break the rules when necessary and backed into a corner. But most importantly, it teaches you to own up to it even if Beth’s still figuring that out.

While we want to champion Beth for being a headstrong woman who never lets anything knock her down, she remains oblivious to her involvement in anything.

She may have watched a man die, but she doesn’t blame herself. Sure, it pains her to see his family suffer, but she believes it’s for the best and that Rio had it coming.

It has never occurred to Beth that’s she’s just as low and terrible as Rio because she hides under this housewife facade.

Her terrible choices even boil down the befriending Rio’s baby momma because she’s searching for some twisted version of forgiveness and likely some connection to him.

Other Thoughts from a Good Girl

  • Dean went from selling cars to selling spas. At least he’s trying to pull his weight.
  • I love how they’re testing their fake money at the Currency Exchange of the guy they kidnapped!
  • They really told Lucy that they needed her to make money for casino night. Remember what happened the last time they dragged an innocent into this unwillingly?
  • “You bitches just leveled up.”
  • The stripper giving Sara a tutorial about swallowing a pill… the Mayor’s office will get ya.

Will Beth get it together? Or will Rio’s return slap her right in the face? I love our girl, but I’m kind of excited to see the other foot drop.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

Younger

Younger Review – The Baroness (7×08)

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Is Younger trying to redeem Quinn Tyler? Make us feel sorry for her? Or worst of all… root for her and Charles?

Alright, let’s be honest, none of those things will ever happen, but the episode did manage to humanize “the Baroness” by introducing a more reasonable side to the billionaire author. 

For starters, she went out of her way to help out Caitlyn by attending her school event and by helping her secure a summer internship.

Instead of using the moment to get back at Liza, Quinn didn’t let her rift and animosity with Charles’s ex get in the way of helping an aspiring young mind. In short, her beef was never with Caitlyn, so why punish her?

Since this is the final season, I’d love to see less of the storylines revolving around Quinn and more of them focused on the core characters, but I did enjoy seeing Caitlyn geek out over and bond with Quinn.

Liza’s face as the two “Treblemakers” were harmonizing said it all.

Why is everyone so obsessed with Quinn?  

You also have to give props to Liza for putting aside her personal distaste for Quinn to make Caitlyn happy. 

As I said, I’d much rather focus on getting some closure for the main characters. 

Aside from a measly hook-up, Josh hasn’t had anything going on this season at all. The only time he’s included in a scene is when the whole group gets together! Give the man something to do that doesn’t include pining over Liza! 

I am, however, glad they brought in Caitlyn and David. With Liza’s glamorous publishing life, it’s almost easy to forget that she has a whole family, but this was a nice little reminder. 

It also served as a reminder that David was always her biggest mistake.

Seeing how cringeworthy he was at dinner — from the bleeding gums to googling Quinn and attempting to fist bump Charles for scoring a billionaire to his weak pitch to Quinn about his company — it’s not surprising that Liza is so hesitant to get married again.

Everyone was equally disturbed by his behavior. 

Liza was surprised by Quinn’s kindness, especially since at her publishing event not too long ago she set up a trap to stick it to Liza.

This is the moment where Quinn’s demeanor changed drastically, and she explained her behavior as playing rough against someone who was digging up dirt to jeopardize her relationship. 

In that sense, I can understand where she’s coming from. 

Any woman would try to protect her relationship at all costs, right?

Audiences will always side with Liza because that’s our day one and we know that in her heart, she was just trying to protect Charles, but Quinn was also trying to protect herself and her man. 

The Sound of Music analogy was also perfect as it acknowledged that Quinn’s success and assertiveness will always make her harder to root for in comparison to Liza who is “sweetness and light,” but that doesn’t mean she loves Charles any less.

Quinn has done some questionable things, but maybe she’s not all rotten.

With this new outlook on Quinn and Charles’s relationship, it seems like there might not be a breakup in their future at all. 

It’s entirely possible the show will end with Charles and Quinn staying together and, as many of us expected, Liza choosing herself. 

It’s not the way many of us want it to end, but in a way, it’s what the series has always been about — a middle-aged woman starting over and finding success and comfort in her independence. 

Liza has proven time and time again that while men seem to throw themselves at her, she’s never needed a man! 

Would it be so shocking if she ended the series by loving herself snd this new life she’s built instead?

Maggie has been canceled… and that’s extremely upsetting considering she’s one of the most open and understanding characters.

For someone to destroy her character with the click of a button is frustrating, and yet, a sign of the times and how powerful the Internet is. 

If I were in Maggie’s shoes, I’d sue Cass for defamation. It shouldn’t be that hard to track down who sent all the tweets. 

It’s one thing to lose a job you never cared much about anyway, but the rumors are now going after Maggie’s career and livelihood. She’s worked her whole life to establish herself as an artist and it’s gone in a flash because of something some miserable woman wrote. 

Of course, Cass had every reason to be angry, but her anger should have been directed at Camila instead. She’s delusional if she thinks Camila is being taken advantage of. Then again, this is the same woman who believed her wife’s story about sexual blocks. 

I’m glad Maggie cleared that up for her. 

Kelsey learned about the reality of reality TV the hard way after her character was thrown into question due to some terrible editing that made her look like a desperate and thirsty millennial.

I believe the phrase she used was “desperate bulge hunter.” Classic Younger

Aside from that being the funniest thing ever, the look was not good for her brand, especially because she and Liza are trying to branch out and make waves in the p own and make waves in the publishing world. 

Thankfully, Rob, Clare’s ex, was able to get her out of the contract, but it wasn’t without a price as he asked her out on a date.

Kelsey did the right thing by turning him down. While she may not be close with Clare, she’s roomies and besties with Josh, so it’s close enough that there’s a clear conflict of interest. 

That doesn’t mean she has to give up on Rob completely, however.

If she’s really interested in getting to know him, she should have a chat with Clare first. Who knows, maybe she’d be fine with it!

And it does seem like Kelsey is interested.

Is anyone else still holding out hope for Zane to return and sweep Kelsey off her feet?

Liza’s little Inkubtor got some press love in Vulture Magazine, but I wonder if this is yet another conflict of interest with Empirical. 

Technically, Liza and Kelsey did this on their own and pitched an author that is not signed by Empirical. Either the company won’t be supportive of their little venture or the side hustle will get so much love that Empirical will want to take ownership and capitalize on it. Which way do you think it’s going to go?

If I were Liza and Kelsey, I’d reach out to Quinn’s VC and grab some funding for their own start-up that will aim to redefine the oftentimes antiquated publishing world. At least that way, Liza wouldn’t have to see Charles and Quinn schmoozing everywhere. 

The episode offered up some closure with Caitlyn and David, but it’s still not what I wanted to see from the final season and the last remaining few episodes. 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Tom Swift Comes to Horseshoe Bay (2×15)

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Nancy Drew Review The Celestial Visitor Season 2 Episode 15

Science met the supernatural on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 15.
 
Iconic inventor, Tom Swift, blew into town, and it wasn’t a coincidence that it was at the same time as Horseshoe Bay was experiencing some extraordinary events. 
 
Swift, dubbed the next Elon Musk, was a fun addition to the team; his scientific expertise paired well with Nancy’s supernatural one. They complimented each other well. 
 
And along with his brilliant mind, Swift brought along impressive gadgets and a keen fashion sense. His outfit changes were everything. 
 
If you’re going to hunt down a meteorite and defeat several phantoms, you better do it in style!
 
There was a lot of scientific jargon and gadgets (including Swift’s trusted pocket pal, Barley) that I couldn’t really keep up with, but that didn’t take away from the excitement of the episode, which also served as a backdoor pilot for a potential Tom Swift series that The CW has in development. 
 
Not to knock Swift because he definitely has what it takes to lead his own show, but I kind of wish he stayed around Horsehoe Bay. 
 
And I know Nick shared my sentiments as he’s feeling the effects of being one of the only Black men in town. Poor guy can’t even find a decent barber! 
 
Essentially, Swift hired Nancy to locate the meteorite that initially crashed into town in 1929. 
 
This led them to the Icarans and Icarus Hall, the site of a bloody slaughter at the hands of the Women in White. Those ladies did a lot in their time! 
 
Nancy Drew Review The Celestial Visitor Season 2 Episode 15

Nancy Drew — “The Celestial Visitor” — Image Number: NCD215e_0291r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tian Richards as Tom Swift and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
After lifting the hex and unspelling Bess (who went full-on Jack Nicholson after inhaling the smoke), they were able to successfully remove the meteorite, which Swift wanted to use to send his father to space, Saturn, and beyond.
 
The investigation also revealed that while most of the “phantoms” died in the massacre, two of them survived and moved to Boston where they rebranded as The Road Black, otherwise known as the Illuminati group that went after Ace’s stepmom and also almost killed him. 
 
I love the continuation, and also, am thrilled about this possible new direction for the series, which may potentially take the Drew Crew out of Horsehoe Bay!
 
If there’s anyone that can take down a full-fledged Illuminati ring, it’s Nancy Drew! 
 
Over the course of the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has managed to find a way to effortlessly weave in and address important, real-world topics that make sense in the context of the world they’ve built around ghosts, ghouls, and other mysteries. 
 
Nick mentioned that he was the only Black man in Horseshoe Bay, so it made sense that he thoroughly enjoyed chatting with another Black man who understood him. 
 
When George questioned why he couldn’t be himself around her, it led to a conversation about anti-blackness and anti-Asian prejudice in their respective cultures. It doesn’t help anyone to pretend these racial stereotypes and racial undertones don’t exist, and the series has the means to call them out and call for change. 
 
The episode also addressed Swift’s decision to hide the fact that he’s gay from his father because he didn’t want to disappoint him or have his sexual preference take away from his achievements.
 
However, after his adventures with Nancy, Swift was convinced to come out and enlisted Nick’s help, who was more than happy to pose for a kissing photo that made a splash on social media. 
 
Also, how cool is it that George was so cool with her boyfriend not only kissing another man but kissing someone else in general?
 
George and Nick are couple goals in Horeshoe Bay. 
 
Seeing Swift pull off some of his “armor” encouraged Nancy to put on some “armor” as she geared up for battle against the Hudsons. 
 
The only way she could truly nab Everett Hudson is if she owes up to her secret. That way, no one can use it against her. 
 
Nancy realized that the vultures were closing in. She didn’t trust Val, the reporter working on Ryan Hudson’s profile, and her instincts were partially right.
 
At first, Val was getting close to Ryan so that she could expose Nancy’s secret, but after getting to know him, she had a change of heart. She realized he wasn’t in cahoots with his family; under the billion dollar smile was a guy who wanted to shake his family’s reputation and take them down once and for all. 
 
Will Ryan, Val, and Nancy team up for Everett’s epic takedown? I’d pay to see that! If they want to nab him, they’re going to need something bulletproof. 
 
Other Musings
  • It’s always fun to see a new person in town deny the fact that ghosts are real. As Nancy put it, “you can’t out science ghosts.”
  • George and Nick really attempted to have a cute date night while the world was falling apart around them. 
  • First George messed up a spell and made a ghost come out of Bess’s cheek and then she was possessed by a hex. Poor Bess!
  • There’s something so pure about Ace telling Swift that he named his car Florence because it came to him in a dream. 
  • You would think a meteorite would be a lot heavier… just saying! 
  • I can’t wait to see Nancy rock couture! 

What did you think of the episode? Do you agree that it was one of the best this season?

Let us know in the comments below1 


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Chicago Fire Recap – What Comes Next (9×14)

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Chicago Fire What Comes Next Review

On tonight’s explosive new episode of Chicago Fire, a pet food factory fire sets Casey and Severide on an investigation, Kidd takes the lieutenants test, and Firehouse 51 prepares for a garage sale.

While Kidd takes the test, the crew is sent out on a call of a pet food factory that’s on fire. Severide attempts to rescue the owner, Pete, first, but he insists he save his wife instead.

The wife is rescued in a valiant effort from Gallo, who climbs up the building by himself using a ladder and hoisting it up.

Upon their return to the firehouse, some of the burns on the equipment look like chemical burns, setting the team to investigate the case of the week: what chemicals are in that factory? Upon investigation from hazmat, there was nothing conclusive that said there were dangerous chemicals inside. With Pete’s help, they conclude that people have been dumping waste and trash near the factory because the city won’t work to clean up the area. As a result, a barrel of sulfuric acid is what caused the fire and the burns on the firehouse equipment.

Turns out, an organic food company was using sulfuric acid to make fertilizer, then illegally dumping it so they didn’t have to pay any fees. Naturally, the driver who dumped it fled. However, Severide and Casey found the barrels in the organic food company allowing them to make the arrest.

It’s Ritter and Gallo’s first CFD garage sale, and Mouch, Herrmann, and Capp show them the ropes of pricing things and appropriately selling them. As pointless as it was, I found it quite hilarious that Ritter was swindled by an old lady to lower the price of a speaker. The biggest mistake happened when Mouch accidentally sold Sylvie’s cat, but it left Sylvie incredibly happy since she never liked the cat but didn’t necessarily want to get rid of it.

On this week’s edition of “ew, that’s insanely gross,” Sylvie and Violet helped rescue a dentist’s patient whose teeth mold quite literally glued his mouth shut.

Boden informed Kidd that she passed the lieutenants test, and Severide confided in Casey that he was thinking of proposing to his now-lieutenant girlfriend! It would be great to see the two of them finally tie the knot after being together for so long.

My biggest problem with tonight’s episode? Not enough time spent on Kidd. This whole season has built up for a powerful woman of color to climb the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department, but the storyline was put to the side for the case of the week.

Casey and Severide have been solving cases like these for the past nine seasons, I think they could’ve taken a break so that we could see this moment happen for Kidd. Even the plot about Sylvie’s cat had more screen time than anything regarding Kidd and her test results.

I think it was a waste of a tease to barely have Kidd in the episode at all, and even when she was around, she was just sitting around waiting for the results until the end. What’s the point of having her study, prepare, and build her character if they weren’t going to even utilize her when it mattered the most? She’s a fantastic character, arguably one of the best in the show, and it just seemed that her talents weren’t properly used.

What did you think of tonight’s new episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below!


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