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Good Girls – I’d Rather Be Crafting (2×01)

GOOD GIRLS -- "I'd Rather Be Crafting" Episode 201 -- Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks -- (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

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They’re back… and in way more trouble than ever.

The ‘Good Girls’ thought they put a gang away, but of course, they made bail and Rio, was not happy.

Before I get into everything else, I have to point out that the opening scene is brilliant.

Christina Hendricks is so good pretending like nothing has happened. She’s cleaning up the bloody mess, sipping her coffee like it’s just another day.

The cup which reads ‘I’d rather be crafting” highlights how very different their lives are from the regular housewife. She even moves the cup to a coaster cause god forbid it would stain her dining room table as she’s wiping up her husband’s blood off the floor.

Simply brilliant.

As predicted, Beth didn’t have it in her to shoot Rio. Some may say it’s because she’s a good person and not a killer, however, I’m leaning towards the idea that she has some twisted feelings for the dude.

And who could blame her? There’s something so attractive about him even though we know he’s a terrible human being.

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I guess that has to say a lot about our psychology. We love the ‘bad boys’ even if it’s bad for us. The show has promoted it’s whole second series around the fact that good girls like bad boys, and furthermore, that Beth has the hots for Rio.

Though it may be stereotypical, it’s also an interesting concept. A housewife falls for a criminal drug lord. It’s something you’d never see coming which is why, even though Agent Turner is onto her, he can’t nail her for anything.

Beth and I both know Rio is dangerous and capable of hurting everyone we love, but we can’t walk away. It’s Beth interest in him and his lifestyle that’s kept her involved in this mess when there have been ample opportunities to wash her hands of it.

Predictably, Rio shoots Dean and Beth panics. But the most interesting thing is that right before Dean gets shot, he realizes that his fear of his wife falling for someone else have come true. At this moment, it seems like everyone knows about Beth’s feelings for Rio except Beth herself.

Following the shooting, Beth is a complete mess. I don’t blame her either — if he didn’t survive surgery, it would be her fault.

But what fun would it be if Dean, who is now equally as jammed up in this mess as Beth, died?

Beth does her best to make it up to Dean, but he’s not having any of it. Will he become a problem for her in the future?

Speaking of husbands, Stan is still upset with Ruby’s decisions despite doing them for “the family.”

His anger is understandable as well, however, he’s seeing things very linear.

At one point, he tells to come clean to the police and explain what she did and who she did it with.

Incriminating her friends is drastic and unlike Ruby, but she does consider it to make good with her family.

However, at the end of the day, she knows there has to be another way.

Her line about “they’re children have birthday’s to” when Stan gives her flack for possibly not being there for the children when they grow up is profound.

Admittedly, I did laugh out loud when Stan called Ruby out for her “shady lyin’ ass.” Their love is so real and pure.

These ladies did something bad for a good reason and they’re sticking by each other no matter the consequences.

What would Ruby look like if she sold out her friends?

It seems Stan realizes how unfair he was to Ruby because he fetches the pen cap, the only piece of evidence tying Beth to the grocery robbery.

Stan is the man. The ladies tried and failed to retrieve that pen cap, so thankfully Stan was able to do it since it’s crucial to Turner’s case against them.

Without it, all he has are allegations with merit.

I was cracking up when she was stalling in the Starbucks line. Do you know how many angry customers there would be if this happened? I mean, lattes would be thrown, is all I’m saying.

However, Stan is now a co-conspirator alongside Dean, Beth, Ruby and Annie.

GOOD GIRLS -- "I'd Rather Be Crafting

GOOD GIRLS — “I’d Rather Be Crafting” Episode 201 — Pictured: (l-r) James Lesure as Jim Turner, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Justin Lubin/NBC)

Yikes.

The only person not involved in this mess is Gregg, but he has his own mess to deal with.

I was really excited that Gregg and Annie were hooking up again. They belong together and Nancy is the worst.

However, everything changed when Sadie revealed that Nancy is finally pregnant.

The look on Annie’s face broke me. Her world and her hopes for the future just came crashing down!

Will Gregg still leave Nancy to be with Annie? Will she want to be with him now that he has a child on the way?

Did Gregg know about this child and still slept with Annie?

Lies perpetrate lies.

Beth, Annie, and Ruby lied about robbing a grocery store and getting involved with a gang, however, lying comes naturally to them.

Annie is lying about her relationship, Beth is lying about her feelings, Ruby continues to lie about what she does to Stan, and they’re all lying to their children about Dean’s shooting and about his robbery.

The tangled web is spinning out and sucking everyone in.

Turner may have lost his evidence against Beth, however, he still has a key witness in Boomer, and Rio wants the ladies to take care of him.

Honestly, with all the things Boomer has done to them, especially trying to rape Annie, he’s the one person who deserves whatever is coming his way.

But how are the girls going to get to him if he’s so buddy-buddy with the FBI?

I’m guessing Mary Pat will play a huge role in it now that she’s engaged to Boomer.

Oh, Mary Pat. Getting involved with Boomer was her biggest mistake. I mean seriously, he manipulated her into getting engaged by leveraging her doings with the ladies and telling her a husband cannot testify against his wife.

Could Boomer sink lower?

Of course, Turner also suspects the ladies because Beth half confessed to robbing the grocery store by trying to have Turner throw the case!

Beth is a smart lady, but that was pretty dumb of her.

Maybe Turner will eventually be the one to help Beth, Ruby and Annie out of this mess?

Or he’ll end up dead at the hands of Rio. You know what happens to people that gangs consider a “problem.”

The biggest game changer came with the revelation that Rio has a son!

‘HE HAS A SON?” I yelled at the TV! Of course, he has a son!

Why else would he be involved with housewives and these neighborhood moms? Why else would he be at games, birthday parties, and swim meets?

We didn’t know much about Rio before, and we still don’t know much about him now, but the idea that he has a home life and a child kind of normalizes him.

We see him in a new light; we think that maybe redemption is possible.

I’m surprised he wanted Ruby, Beth and Annie to see him as a father because they could use that against him.

Or, it may inspire them to see him as less of a threat? Or even to see him as one of them?

At the end of the day, gang leaders are people too. He definitely understands what being a parent is which is why he’s been able to manipulate Beth and her friends so well.

All in all, this changes everything, ups the stakes and makes Rio a much more exciting adversary!

Okay, now can Beth and Rio please hook up? They need to finally air out all of that sexual tension!

I’m turning it over to you, Cravers! How did you like the Good Girls Season 2 premiere?

What are you hoping for this season?


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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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