I keep watching Good Girls and waiting for a day where I won’t have crippling anxiety after every choice they make.
At this point, I doubt it’s going to happen.
These ladies are in way too deep with Rio and his gang. And every time they’re almost above the surface, one of them drags them right back down.
Beth was sucked back into the lifestyle because of Ruby and Annie’s unsuccessful trip to Canada.
Obviously, they were going to have to pay off their debt at some point.
And it was Beth who kept receiving packages filled with body parts that undoubtedly broke her garbage disposal.
The fact that she didn’t scream upon receiving the first package in front of her children in impressive.
The body parts continued coming daily until she finally reached out to Rio to see what he wanted from her.
“I thought you’d never ask,” he gleefully said. Was that a confirmation that he’s been ripping apart Boomer’s corpse to hang over them?
Come on, Rio. I thought we were all friends here.
The ladies began their attempt at washing the cash, but all of their options have been exhausted at this point.
They can’t go to big box stores because they’ve been blacklisted and the car dealership isn’t an option anymore following the police raid.
When washing all the cash became impossible, they opted for plan B: finding Boomer’s body so that Rio wouldn’t have anything to hold over them.
That in itself was quite a challenge since it wasn’t like he was going to just give up Boomer’s location and they had limited information about Rio to begin with.
But that finally gave Beth a reason to sniff around Rio’s life.
I’ve been wanting to know about the gang leader since season one.
Who is he? What does he do? What makes him tick? Where did he come from?
If he can manipulate Beth and her friends and know everything about them, they should be armed with intel about him too.
Beth’s attempts weren’t successful since io knew she was following him, but they did give us two very interesting pieces of information about Rio that makes me love him even more.
For starters, his real name is Christopher. Not as intimidating, right?
Secondly, he has mild OCD when it comes to his closet. Did you see how neatly folded his t-shirts were?
Seriously, that’s impressive.
Seeing that immediately turned, a clean-freak herself, on and essentially explained some of the attraction to her.
Although his lifestyle is vastly different, they’re similar on some level.
The scene 21 questions scene between them was so hot. The writers have written the two of them with the slowest burn in the history of television.
Their chemistry is unmatched that even when it’s wrong, you want it to be so right.
And Rio is a complete tease. He knows just what to say to make Beth explode.
They weren’t even talking about the body when Rio pushed himself against her and asked: “you want it.”
Also, is he doing everything possible just to keep Beth around?
Eventually, Annie got Tyler to tell her all about the meat locker, which was operated by Boomer before his “left.”
Shady dudes would bring their “meat” to him and he’s store it without questions.
She took one for the team and looked through each and every single cooler until she found what she assumed was Boomer.
Yes, I said what she assumed.
The ladies stole the body back and buried him in Beth’s vegetable garden, which honestly, isn’t the best idea because of what happened near the end of the episode.
The neighbor’s dog ran into the garden and began digging up the body.
Beth was able to stop it in time, but what she found made her sick to her stomach.
The hair sticking out of the body bag was long and black and definitely not Boomer’s.
But if it isn’t Boomer, who is it?
In trying to clear themselves of one problem, they got messed up in something even more dark and twisted. It just never ends!
And they still have a debt to pay in Rio’s eyes.
On top of that, Dean figured out that Beth was back in business. She tried to explain that it would take her a bit to clean her hands of it, but for the first time ever, Dean was smart enough to know that wasn’t true.
And Beth knew it too. The days of lying to him were over.
Honesty would make this divorce a lot easier.
The writers of Good Girls always impress me with their blunt writing and having Beth tell Dean that she “just likes to have sex” with Rio was the best line ever.
Yes, Dean finally got a straightforward answer from her as to why she’s so addicted to Rio, but it’s also nice to hear her acknowledge that she does have some kind of feelings for the dude who has ruined her life.
And her reason for not wanting to leave this life was equally as raw: it felt good to be good at something.
It’s a basic human desire, which is what makes this so twisted and understandable at the same time.
In addition to all those problems, we still have the little issue we call Noah.
Annie’s biggest fears were proven true when she spied on Noah and saw him meet up with Turner at the park.
He’s part of the FBI and she just told the damn FBI essentially everything that they’ve done!
Noah inquired about why she has been avoiding him and she played it off as though she just wasn’t ready for a relationship, but that makes it seem like she knows who he is.
Beth may be right that getting back together with Noah and feeding him information could be useful.
On the other hand, Noah snooping around and having access to Annie’s life might help him with his case.
It’s unclear what she’s going to do, but Beth usually gets her way.
It’s especially dangerous now that Turner and Noah were able to decode Beth’s ledger and know that they’ve been counterfeiting.
Turner’s need to put Beth away is understandable.
She would likely get “Martha Stewart time” if they got her for this and there’s a chance she’ll get deeper involved as time goes on.
He also believes she’s a terrible person because she’s been doing bad things and thinking she’ll get away with it because she’s a “suburban mom.”
There’s some truth to that, but as we all know, Beth isn’t necessarily a bad person. They all got into this mess because they were desperate and saw no way out. They wanted to help themselves and their families.
Once again, we circle back to the question of what makes a good person.
But I like Stan and Ruby’s explanation best: if they didn’t do something bad, something worse would have happened.
That applies to all the ladies including Stan.
Ruby even took the fake cash Rio gave them and spent it on a top-notch lawyer, who seemed rather shady in my opinion, thus digging them into a bigger hole with Rio.
Other Favorite Moments
- Annie sulking in her despair and listening to Train was hilarious.
- Ruby and Annie have a sweet friendship. How cute was it that she apologized to her in every language?
- Will we ever find out anything about Rio’s ex-wife/baby momma or his lawyer connect?
What did you think of tonight’s episode?
Good Girls Review – Don’t Steal from Rio (3×07)
Beth Boland is bold.
It was only a matter of time before that boldness came back to bite her on Good Girls.
And now, Dean’s wild suggestion of packing up and moving to Vegas doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.
If Beth did that, she’d be saving her family, but Rio would simply direct his wrath and the other people she cares about — Ruby, Annie, and their families.
Running away may seem like a good option, but the only way she will win this battle is head-on.
For starters, she might want to reconsider stealing from Rio. He knows when someone’s playing him, and Beth didn’t exactly do a great job covering it up.
To echo Ruby: “you stole from a man who blew a little girl’s brain out for fun.” That was bound to come with some consequences.
Beth said they deserved a piece of the pie, and she’s not wrong, but she wasn’t in a place to slip-up. Not yet, at least. Rio doesn’t trust them, and they haven’t given him any reason to as of late. He still sees her as the woman who shot him three times.
She should have waited, built up her credibility a little bit, and then launched her plan when the dust had settled a little bit.
Instead, she moved forward with a thought-out plan.
Rio is business savvy, so wanting to keep his costs down wasn’t a ridiculous ask. The fact that he wanted to “meet the man,” however, meant that he knew Beth was lying.
If she wanted it to be believable, she should have gotten someone to sell the story better because Rio knew the minute he walked into the bar that Max was a fraud.
Heck, he probably even knew who Max was. I wouldn’t put it past him to look into Lucy’s life so that he knew who might become a problem in the future.
I’ll hand it to Beth for handling Max properly when she realized he was onto them and knew Beth was somehow involved. She knew she needed to keep him from going to the cops
The only way she could do that was by telling him what really happened to Lucy and emphasizing that they were also in trouble with this guy and in danger.
The one thing Beth excels at is always having some kind of plan and not backing down when things get tough.
However, she doesn’t learn from previous mistakes, and it’s going to get her killed eventually.
She should know better than to involve innocent bystanders in her mess because it always ends in disaster and death. Second of all, she should know better than to attempt to kill Rio using someone who has never held a gun before and doesn’t have the qualifications to hit and make the shot.
Their plan to pay for a professional hitman went sideways… like really sideways, so you might say that they had no other choice, but I’d argue that once again, waiting and forming a concrete plan that wasn’t impulsive would have been a better option.
The reason Rio constantly has a one-up on Beth is that he doesn’t panic but always makes cold and calculated moves.
Beth training Max to shoot a gun was incredibly enjoyable to watch because she’s pretty badass (all thanks to Rio), but it was a disaster in the making.
I’d never put my life in the hands of a man who shot a gun and got scared! Not to mention, he couldn’t aim to save his life.
Imagine if Max worked up the nerve to shoot Rio and missed, Rio would probably strangle Beth with his bare hands for making a second attempt on his life.
Also, did she really want Max, who couldn’t hit the mark, to shoot a gun inside of a bar filled with patrons? I couldn’t understand the reasoning here at all. Rio is dangerous and needs to be “taken care of” but at the expense of others.
Rio may be Beth’s problem, but Stan is becoming Ruby’s problem. He’s become way too comfortable and accepting of Ruby’s lifestyle. It’s rubbed off on him a little bit as he made a conscious choice to get messed up in a shady situation himself.
Stan’s motivation is similar to Ruby’s when they started out — he wants to protect and provide for his family.
He saw an opportunity that’s extremely risky but pays well and consistently unlike the situation Ruby has found herself in. He watches her risk her life daily and get nothing in return. She’s still at square one in this vicious circle.
To be honest, I’m nervous for Stan. Getting involved with theft alongside strippers is just as dangerous as getting mixed up with a gang. Is he going to give us a “Good Guys” spinoff?
Of course, the moment that convinced Stan to take matters into his own hands was seeing his wife get shot. It was a minor injury, though it had the potential to kill her had Annie not jumped into action. She saved Ruby’s life, which inspired her to look into pursuing a career change and becoming an EMT. This is the kind of character and plot development I’ve been waiting for when it comes to Annie. I need one of them to come out of this better and with a new sense of purpose.
Clearly, robbery isn’t one of their strong suits. How has no one made a connection that whenever there’s any kind of grocery/convenience store robbery, these three are always involved?
Annie assured them that robbing her convenience store would be easy, but there are so many ways that it could have gone wrong like the delivery man with a weapon arriving at the exact same time. Talk about bad timing!
Aside from Ruby’s survivable gunshot wound, everyone emerged unscathed and just as poor as before. Again, they never learn that robbing banks is more trouble than its worth.
In a surprising twist, the real winner of the episode was Dean, who found the courage to stand up to Gayle and her sexist ways.
When she told him to pack up his things, he threatened to expose her for promoting men who agree to sleep with her.
It seems Gayle has never been told “no” or challenged, but it was extremely satisfying watching Dean grow a pair and stand up for himself.
Now, that’s the kind of attitude that will get him his furniture back.
Oh, who am I kidding? Elizabeth, you better find someone with an employee discount at Wayfair!
After such a massive cliffhanger at the end of season 2, I expected so much from Good Girls Season 3, but it’s been off to a rather slow start. This cat and mouse game between Beth and Rio isn’t as exciting as it should be; it’s missing the mark and destroying the potential it had.
While Rio aimed to teach Beth a lesson by stealing her stuff, it almost doesn’t seem believable that he’d waste his time engaging in this childish behavior. Let’s not forget, this is a man who ordered the execution of Lucy a few episodes back.
What we really need to shake this season up is an episode dedicated to Rio’s backstory. We still don’t know anything about him!
What did you think of the episode?
Good Girls Review – The Truth About What Happened to Lucy (3×06)
We knew that was bound to happen, right?
Beth has been like Icarus on this season of Good Girls — she’s flying way too close to the sun.
In Greek mythology, Icarus ignored his father’s instructions and flew so close to the sun that his wings melted and he tumbled to the sea where he drowned.
Beth’s been flying too close for some time now with both Rio and now Max.
Her self-confidence while trying to clean up Rio’s mess, which essentially, is a mess she created because she roped poor Lucy into it in the first place, allowed her to look innocent, but she made plenty of missteps as all roads now lead back to her in the case Lucy’s disappearance.
There are two things Beth should have done immediately following Lucy’s brutal execution: gotten rid of her phone and gotten rid of the damn bird.
Seeing Beth hang onto the phone and worse, try to craft a goodbye message for Max as Lucy, was a facepalm moment. Beth should have known that the first thing anyone would do to find their loved one is t trace their phone. It’s crime 101.
The cops may have not taken the missing person’s report seriously, but Max did, and he traced the phone back right to Beth’s house.
Beth had a sound solution, however, as she confronted Max head-on and explained that Lucy left shortly after sending him the message. When he tracked her phone again, he learned she was in Arizona, which is where the donation facility that Beth, Annie, and Ruby shipped her phone was located.
It seemed like Beth figured a way out of it and she even told Rio they could kick off their operation. Rio was impressed with her “where there’s a will, there’s a way” attitude, and she proved for a moment that she is useful.
But as Beth avoided one problem, she was presented with another — Dorito, formerly known as Lucy’s beloved bird, Au Jus.
Beth should have never brought the bird into her house, but she formed an attachment to it because of her guilt. She couldn’t save Lucy, but she was going to save the bird even if it killed her; it’s one of the only things she can control.
I thought Max would see the bird while at Beth’s house, which would be better because at least she could’ve explained that Lucy left her the bird.
However, Max encountered Dean (a proud bird dad who just found out his pet isn’t dying of cancer but is pregnant instead) at the vet while donating the bird food and immediately recognized his bird.
Of course, Beth can still explain this as Lucy leaving the bird behind for her family, but it’s a lot more suspicious now.
And I doubt Max’s going to buy it. He seemed to accept that Lucy left him, but the bird might cause him to investigate further.
Lucy loved that bird, she’d never just leave it behind. Similarly, she doesn’t strike me as a person who would just run away from a relationship in such a cold-hearted manner. Max’s going to realize that things aren’t adding up.
Beth may be confident that she’s got this handled, but something tells me that she’s going to need Rio’s help shutting Max up.
We may have all been shook by Rio’s decision to kill Lucy, but I think Beth will begin to understand it, especially as she’s threatened by a loose end now.
You get into a “me or them” mentality.
Rio felt absolutely no remorse for killing Lucy, which was to be expected. “It’s just business, darling” was his excuse, and we can’t argue with it. It is business for Rio, which is also a necessary reminder that Beth cannot get caught up in the emotional aspects of it with Rio again.
She keeps having the same convo with Rio over and over again. She keeps being shocked by his ruthless approach and he keeps explaining that this is how the business works.
She’s looking for some shred of humanity, but Rio isn’t going to give it to her. Especially not after she attempted to murder him. If Beth wants to be not that level with him, she has to prove herself.
Many of us had our doubts about whether or not Lucy was really dead. While we never saw the body — which by TV standards means we should remain skeptical — the fact that the ladies dug up her body to open her phone using face recognition and it worked likely confirms her death. Annie also confirmed it by saying she watched the whole thing go down.
Not only was Lucy’s death gruesome and chilling, but the fact that they dug her up simply to unlock her phone was so disturbing. Annie, Beth, and Ruby are crazy, y’all.
Watching them talk about something so nonchalant and normal as Stan’s court outfit while digging up the corpse of a girl they watched get murdered because of them as if it’s their “new normal” proves how far-gone they all are. Nothing about their predicament is ordinary.
And honestly, would the phone even unlock as the body likely began decomposing? I shuddered just writing that sentence.
Stan had a hearing to see if they’d allow him to become a cop again. Ruby vouched for her man with an impassioned speech that said Stan is a cop with or without the badge. She’s so supportive or her man, but a lot of it stemmed from her guilt that she’s the one that cost him his dream job in the first place.
While Stan got the green-light to return to the force, he refused because he said it didn’t feel right anymore. And he’s not wrong. He can’t enforce the law when he breaks it himself. And he can’t be an authoritative figure if his wife is running around robbing banks, printing fake cash, and what else. Eventually, he would have to come after her and it muddles the waters of their professional and personal life.
And then there’s Beth, who is in way over her head by making deals with Rio’s side boy, Mick. There’s no good outcome here. She’s either going to get him killed or herself killed as she continues to prove to Rio that she cannot be trusted by any means.
She’s also now indebted to two gang bangers, which seems like more trouble rather than a way out, plus she’s got Dean involved.
Some may say Dean has been involved for a minute, but he’s never actively played a role until now when he was forced to sell Mick a hot tub.
Everything Beth has been doing this season can simply be described as sloppy.
There’s also her decision to keep half of the money for herself because the “ink got too expensive.”
On one hand, she’s taking her power back and ensuring that she ends up with something once this is all over, but, on the other hand, she’s poking the bear. Rio won’t be pleased when he realizes what she’s up to.
And he will. He’s already skeptical, and he’s been keeping Beth on a short leash because
he doesn’t trust her. He made that very clear when he said she doesn’t get a say after shooting him three times.
How will this pan out as Beth continues to do things that make him question her loyalty?
- Beth saying, “I have herpes,” when she thought Mick wanted to sleep with her was hilarious.
- Annie’s experience with several other therapists was weird. Is it really that hard to find someone who will just listen to you?
- I keep getting scared that Annie will say too much and incriminate herself and the ladies.
- Josh Cohen took Annie back as a patient, but is it because he sees a woman who needs help or does he want something more?
What do you think Rio’s plan for Beth is?
Will she cause a rift between Rio and Mick?
And what does she plan to do with the money she kept? Is she going to wash it herself?
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