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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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Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Sixth Eviction (22×19)

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Big Brother All-Stars Episode 19 Review

A former winner and a BB legend face their Housemates, and one of them will be evicted from the Big Brother house and become the first member of the jury. Things have been crazy the last 48 hours in the house, and NONE of it made the CBS edit, which lead to an anti-climatic eviction, and further proof that the power alliance called the Committee take no chances in the game, leading this to be the most boring All-Star season of any show ever.

Winner of BB 14, and BB 20 runner-up Tyler sit on the block, after David used his Disruptor power to remove himself, and Da’Vonne used the Power of Veto on Kevin, leading to these powerhouses facing eviction. Dani said from the start of her HOH reign that she wants to possibly backdoor Tyler, but all the powers and Veto wins messed up her goal, leaving her to nominate 4 total people this week, which is a lot of pressure. Ian was already a target for The Committee, since he was not in the alliance, and as a former winner, it’s an easy target. However, Dani didn’t want to send him out right away. Ian knew that he only needs 4 votes to cause a tie, so he has been campaigning hard to everyone to possibly cause a rift and force a tie. I consider Ian one of the best players of all time, and he is good at campaigning, so I was hoping something would come out.

CBS then aired a segment where they show the other winner in the house, Nicole, cry hard over the fact that her best friend might go home. It was never shown that Nicole was one of the people making fun of Ian behind his back, making herself cry before going into a room with him, and lying to his face that she was going to keep him. Nicole is a bold-faced liar, and yes, that’s a part of the game, but she’s being rude behind his back to the point of attacking him personally. Thank the live feeds for exposing the 99% of what we don’t see on the edits.

Ian is convinced that he has the 4 votes needed to tie the vote, and have Dani’s support if she has to cast the deciding vote. Dani thinks in the Diary Room that if she had to break a tie, she actually might send Tyler packing, since he is more likely to win the entire game compared to a previous winner. She also talks to the rest of the Committee to possibly keep Ian, but Cody, Enzo, and Memphis are not phased by this and are more than willing to vote out the former winner before an alliance member. Okay, guys, just keep telling yourselves that until you see Julie give Tyler a check $500k.

At the live vote and eviction, Ian spoke about having more to give to the game that he loves so much, and Tyler plugged his jewelry company and his girlfriend’s cookbook. At the end of the vote, Ian was evicted on a 5-3 vote. Da’Vonne, David, and Kevin were the 3 votes. Nicole distributed more fake tears to vote out Ian, then quickly regained her composure and went back to the group. Ian hugged everyone, wished everyone luck, and joined Julie outside the house, mask and all. Julie gave Ian a really uncomfortable eviction interview, pausing every few words, and stopped mid-question, and changed questions. Not sure if she was given the right set of question cards or technical difficulty, no idea, but it was odd and I felt bad for Ian. He will be the first member of the jury, and will be in the jury house where he and 8 others will vote for the winner at the end of the season.

Before the Head of Household competition, Julie revealed that Dani did not use her BB Basement power, which could give her the ability to play in the next HOH competition, so she is not competing for power. Good move by her, especially with the week she had. For the competition, the players have to make a 3D puzzle of a fire hydrant, but they have to run back and forth to get pieces. The winner was not shown on the episode, but it will be announced on the live feeds shortly.

Right as she was signing off for the night, Julie revealed that next Thursday, a Big Brother legend will be moving into “the neighbor’s house,” which could really mean anything. I’m hopinIg it’s a legend that could mess with the game, or break up the Committee, cause I’m bored of them.

Who Will Be Nominated? 
It all depends on who wins the HOH competition. If it’s anyone in the Committee (Memphis, Tyler, Nicole, Enzo, Christmas, Cody), then they will put up a combination of David, Da’Vonne, and Kevin (eye roll, for several reasons). I hope it’s either one of the those three, because that can send the house into disarray and I would love to see that happen (cough, cough, MEMPHIS).


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The 100 Review- It Keeps Getting Worse (7×14)

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the 100 season 7 episode 14 a sort of homecoming review

After the disaster that was last week’s episode of The 100, I didn’t think it could get much worse. But it did.

Another pointless episode revolving around side characters with half-assed backstories and a graphic death of another man of color at the end. Every character felt off, relationships were erased, and we had to watch Gabriel “die” not once, not twice, but three times.

Chuku Modu’s performance has been the only bright spot of these past two seasons, and he will be greatly missed. He would’ve been a great candidate to take the test to save mankind. I’m glad he was given the traveler’s blessing, and I know he said he was ready to go, but you would think Clarke would at least attempt to patch him up in some way. She’s been the show’s resident medic since the first season.

However, we’re not dealing with Clarke anymore. Our lead character has been replaced with a shell of what she once was. Any fan of the show knows that Clarke would have never killed Bellamy, let alone defended her decision. When Clarke killed Finn all the way back in season two, it was under very different circumstances. She was saving him by killing him. Even then, she beat herself up about it for quite some time and hallucinated him in the next episode out of guilt. Everyone around her, Raven, in particular, were harsh on her afterward. But this time around, Clarke is coddled.

Clarke doesn’t show any remorse. She cried for a minute, but it felt artificial. She defends her choice, and actively lies that she did everything she could when we all know there were a million other ways she could’ve gone about it. She killed Finn when she was surrounded by an entire Grounder army with no other option, but she killed Bellamy when they were alone. There was one, maybe two other people in that room with them, and the only person who was a danger to him was her. Her hands were not tied. She could’ve shot his arm, shot the book, shot everyone else in the room before even considering killing Bellamy.

I love Clarke Griffin, and this isn’t her. It feels wrong to criticize her actions when it’s clear that the character we once knew doesn’t exist anymore. She’s become a plot device. It’s hard to care about a story when you no longer feel connected to anyone in it. Clarke Griffin died when she shot Bellamy last episode, but unfortunately, this week the rest of the cast went along with her.

We didn’t even see Octavia mourn her brother. She didn’t hesitate for a second before hugging Clarke and telling her it was okay that she killed her brother in cold blood. How is this the reaction of his only blood relative? She had just started to finally understand Bellamy and everything he did for her after her time on Skyring, and then she immediately forgives his murderer? That’s just bad writing.

The Blake sibling relationship has been rocky for a while, but to be comforting the other’s murderer? Yikes. Especially considering Octavia was there when Bellamy was begging Clarke to trust him on this whole transcendence thing. He was so emotional and passionate in that moment and spent the entire time emphasizing how all he wanted to do was save them. How is he a different person now? Just because he doesn’t agree with you? He still fought for you and did his best to ensure you would get the salvation he knows is possible.

None of them ever deserved him.

Miller and Madi’s reactions to his death were the only ones that worked narratively. Miller hasn’t been close with him for a while, but he still expresses remorse over not patching things up with him while they could. It was a nice tribute to one of the original friendships of the show.

Miller’s small moment of mourning felt earned. He really hasn’t spent that much time with Bellamy. But what about his so-called family of Spacekru? Just a few tears and a hug for Clarke? Come on. They spent over half a decade with the man, you would think they’d be more upset about his sudden death. Echo went off the deep end on Skyring and Bardo in pursuit of him but now accepts his death immediately. Bellamy, and what he meant to everyone, has been erased completely.

Madi was completely valid with her anger at Clarke for making such a terrible decision in her name. She should be mad at her for constantly using her as an excuse each time she betrayed her closest friend. Clarke doesn’t let Madi be her own person, just like the series hasn’t let her be her own character.

Madi’s speech after Gabriel died was exactly the same as Charlotte’s speech all the way back in season one. She doesn’t want anyone else to get hurt over her, so she’ll put herself in danger to save the rest of them.

She sends herself to M-CAP, making Bellamy’s death meaningless. It was already a poor narrative choice, but it feels like a kick in the gut that they ended up in the same situation anyway. Two men of color died to keep Madi safe, and she ended up on Bardo regardless. Neither death was necessary, and neither one needed to be so graphic.

Brutally killing off characters of color for shock value (Lincoln, Shaw, Pike, Anya for example) will be the lasting legacy of The 100. It’s shameful.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Echo and Niylah’s backstories served no purpose whatsoever. It was forced and pointless.
  • What was the point of Bellamy and Echo’s relationship? She never even told him her name and then hugged his murderer. They should’ve never been a thing.
  • Hope and Jordan are sweet, but it feels horribly out of place with such little time left.
  • Clarke’s lack of reaction to killing Bellamy is so wildly out of character I need to mention it again because it bothered me so much.
  • If they’re going back to Bardo, what was the point of stopping on Earth? What was the point of Gaia being there alone? Who took her there? Why does this season not make any sense?

What did you think of the episode?

How many characters are you mad at this week? All of them?

Do they even deserve to win the last war?

Let us know what you think in the comments below!


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Big Brother All-Stars Review: Power Everywhere (22×18)

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Big Brother All-Stars Episode 18 Review

Week after week, this season of Big Brother has been nothing but a load of…well nothing. The Committee alliance is boring, all of the people who deserve to be there keep getting evicted, and it seems like we can’t catch a break…until this week! For once, there was nervous gameplay happening, a complicated Veto meeting, and confusion in the house.

Dani, as Head of Household for the week, nominated David and Kevin for eviction, feeling like now wasn’t the time to go after her real target, Tyler. However, David had a trick up his sleeve, and used his Disruptor power to secretly take himself off of the block. I liked that it was kept anonymous, and let the ominous Haunted Mansion lady voice spill the beans on the new power. David (attempted to) produce fake tears when he was taken off the block, trying to hide the fact that he won the power. Dani had to immediately nominate someone else in the now empty seat. Unsure with the pressure of the powers, she set her sights on Tyler, and up he went next to Kevin.

David made his horrible acting debut even worse when he started walking around, fake crying, and asking everyone if they had that power. Naturally, everyone saw right through that, proclaiming that David had the power and used it to save himself.

Nervousness ran through the Committee alliance, because Tyler is a member, and he’s on the block. Cody and Enzo are nervous that Dani has no allegiance to the alliance, and wants to cannibalize in on the group. Tyler had a feeling that this was coming, and was excited to work for the Veto so he can take himself off. Lest we forget, Tyler was apparently trying to self-evict last week, now he’s okay!

For the Veto competition, Dani, Kevin, Tyler, Da’Vonne, Ian, and Enzo were chosen to play to take someone off the block. They did a really crappy lead in, where Nicole shocked the Veto players with a laser, shrinking everything around them. There were some awkward special effects, and awful play-acting with the remaining HouseGuests. For the actual competition, the players had to stack 15 miniature beer cans into a pyramid with giant tweezers. Whoever stacks it first, wins. When the competition started, it was clear there was a learning curve to this. The cans were super sensitive and could be knocked down easily. Tyler literally breathed and his stack collapsed. There were constant lead changes, with Dani looking to win, but placed a can down too hard. Then Kevin had a lead, and he slipped up. But at the end of the competition, Da’Vonne was the quickest with the tweezers, and won a mini Power of Veto!

Dani told Da’Vonne that she wants the nominations to stay the same, because she wants to target Tyler, and she doesn’t want to nominate a fourth person in the same week. Da’Vonne said in the Diary Room that she doesn’t want Kevin on the block, but doesn’t want to be told what to do in the game, whether or not they are aligned. Christmas talks to Dani that should Da’Vonne use the Veto, the only two people that she can nominate without causing strings to break in the house is Enzo or Ian. Dani agrees with this, but is angry because she doesn’t want to put up Ian, but feels like she can trust Enzo more. Cody weighs in saying that it should be Ian, since he’s won before, and Enzo is a loyal guy. Nicole was nervous when Dani told her this idea, because she’s making sure that the two winners can make it as far as possible.

At the Veto meeting, Da’Vonne decided to use the Power of Veto on Kevin, and saved him from eviction. Dani now had to nominate her fourth person of the week, and decided to send the former BB14 winner sitting next to Tyler. Dani called Ian “the ultimate pawn,” but in a game where pawns go home, it’s highly possible that Ian won’t be sticking around much longer. It’s a house divided right now, and it’ll all come to a head this Thursday for eviction night.

Prediction for Eviction: 
This is the first one that I feel like I won’t get right. I love Ian, he’s one of my favorite winners; and although I don’t like Tyler’s actions so far in this game, he’s playing very well. There’s fair choices in keeping and evicting both, but I am going to select Ian. I just don’t think he has the votes to stick around. Nicole and Ian are both campaigning in the house as this is posted, and they will likely continue to do so until the last second. With 8 people voting, there could be a tie, which means Dani casts the deciding vote, and she could go either way. I think Nicole, Da’Vonne, and Kevin will vote to save Ian, but I think the rest of the Committee will say otherwise.


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