That’s all I was able to muster up after the season 2 finale of “Good Girls.”
It’s been a distressing season as Beth dealt with the highs and lows of being “King,” almost got arrested, watched her friends almost get arrested, watched her longtime marriage crumble, only to realize she developed an addiction to living on the edge.
Oh, and she realized her biggest problem wasn’t Turner, it was the man she fell for, the kingpin, Rio.
All of that culminated in this explosive episode where Beth finally did what she had to do to truly become King.
Or, at least she thought she did.
By the middle of the episode, Beth was kidnapped while grabbing her phone from her car in the middle of the night.
There was one of two outcomes for this storyline; either Rio would be the kidnapper or Rio would save her from the kidnapper.
The writers took a less romantic approach by making Rio the kidnapper as he whisked her away to some abandoned warehouse where he gave her a gift: Turner chained and beaten.
Rio, honey, no.
Beth was distraught realizing the gravity of his actions, but he kept insisting that she wanted him to help her and this was him helping.
He also made it clear that she had to deal with the problem since she’d wanted to become the King so badly.
Yes, Turner has been a pain in her ass; he’s pursued her, made her public enemy number one, and threatened her and her friends on countless occasions.
But, the thing is, Turner was doing his job.
Beth was breaking the law, and up until Boomer turned up alive, the FBI assumed she committed murder.
It’s not great to be hunted, but can you really blame the guy for doing what he’s supposed to be doing?
Beth tried hard to outrun and outsmart Turner, but when she wasn’t able to convince Boomer to show proof of life to the FBI, she concocted a plan to confess to his murder.
And when she was getting arrested, Marion, who finally redeemed herself, ensured that Boomer followed through and showed himself to the police thus clearing Beth of the charges.
She had it handled for the most part.
Turner would still have her on counterfeit money, but if she could walk back murder, she could walk back anything.
Until this happened.
Rio was right when he said Turner would continue hunting her and looking for ways to destroy her, but here’s the thing: he didn’t realize how bringing her in to kill Turner would help Beth.
And he overestimated Beth’s loyalty and love for him.
Then there’s the obvious problem that killing an FBI agent does more harm than good in the long run.
Gang leaders are always so quick to pull the trigger without realizing what Beth has learned rather quickly — it spirals out of control.
One bad thing leads to another bad thing which unravels another bad thing and so on and so forth.
Had she murdered Turner, she’d likely be high on the list of suspects considering she was just in there for the alleged murder of Boomer.
And eventually, they’d link it back to her and the jail time for killing an FBI agent is likely much higher than if you kill someone like a grocery store manager.
Beth wouldn’t be getting rid of her problem, she’d just be delaying the inevitable.
Then, Rio failed to realize just how broken Beth was. She may seem like she’s this boss bitch who has it all under control, but in reality, she was collapsing under the pressure.
When he handed her the gun to shoot Turner, he didn’t even consider the possibility that she would shoot him instead.
Turns out, what makes Rio so magnetic is also his biggest flaw: his ego.
He thought he had Beth just where he needed her because they’d slept together and she developed some warped feelings.
“He’s not my problem, you are,” she told Rio right before shooting him in the chest and then unloading two more rounds.
Beth shot Rio without even blinking an eye.
She was finally able to see through his charm, the charm that initially made her blind to the reality that he’s been her biggest enemy all along.
And while it hurt to watch Beth shoot him, it was understandable.
She’d never be free from the debt she owed him.
The writers have done an impeccable job with Rio’s character, though. Even when you know he had this coming, your heart still breaks because of the chemistry they had.
After her disastrous night, Beth coped in the usual way by baking.
Turner paid her a little visit to tell her that he’s getting the eff out of town to enjoy his life for a little bit. And who could blame him?
He almost died because of his obsession with this case.
This was also the first time that Turner acknowledged that Beth did some bad things but she wasn’t necessarily a bad person.
He saw just how manipulated she was by Rio and how she didn’t have much of a choice. Again, Rio didn’t see how looping Beth in would make her a victim in Turner’s eyes.
So, as a thank you for saving his life, Turner temporarily let it all slide so she could go back to being a “mom.”
But he failed to mention that after she ran out of the warehouse, he possibly helped Rio survive the shooting.
Apparently, after three bullets, one of them being to the chest, Rio somehow managed to not die on the spot.
I highly doubt that’s possible but we’ll go with it.
The ending doesn’t show us if Turner ever dialed 9-1-1 or not, but the way in which Beth tells the ladies that “he’s gone for good,” definitely makes it seem like he’s still alive.
I mean, the whole next season is going to be about Rio getting revenge, right?
It has to be.
Any love he had for Beth is gone now. She’s the “bitch” who shot him and left him there to bleed out.
Not only that but she “stole” the game from him.
Beth wasn’t just baking her regular sweets after her crazy night, she was cooking up fraudulent money.
“We don’t need him,” she told Annie and Ruby. Girl, don’t you ever learn?
The ladies all got a free pass. As in, they got off scot-free.
That means they would never have to consider robbing a bank at gunpoint to fund some dweebs facial surgery to stop him from going to the cops.
Why would they willingly butcher it?
So, to wrap it all up: Turner is outta here, Rio is may be dead but probably alive and more pissed than ever, Beth is naive and thinks she killed a drug kingpin, and all three ladies are considering continuing their anxiety-filled life of crime.
Beth and Dean also started gravitating towards each other, which is great for her family but not that great for the audience.
Will she try to rope Dean into her new fraudulent dealings?
Considering that I think Rio is alive, I hope he gets more on-screen time next season.
It would be a shame if he was truly dead because we’d never find out who he was!
There are so many questions surrounding his character, and we’ve yet to explore everything his life outside of calling the shots at the park bench.
Not to mention, Manny Montana has made such an impact with his take on Rio, something producers probably didn’t see coming. He’s the star of the show.
And if Rio is alive, did Turner just let him walk free?
Obviously, he sees that Rio is the mastermind behind all of this.
Is it a set-up for Beth? Is Rio working for the FBI?
Then there’s Noah and Annie. They are trying to make their relationship work, but it requires them to be completely honest with each other.
And the truth is Noah is from Arizona and has a son of his own.
And he may be moving to Arizona because the case has been botched.
Do you think these two will find a way to make it work? I was Team Greg for most of the season, but Noah has really grown on me.
He seems to really care about Annie and she deserves that.
What did you think about the season 2 finale?
Is Rio alive? Are Beth and Dean getting back together?
Will Beth succeed as the “King.”
How would you grade this season of Good Girls?
Good Girls Review – You Blew It, Carolyn (4×07)
Nothing gets past Rio.
Beth made that very clear on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 7, so why did they not cover all their bases when introducing him to Carolyn?
With the FBI closing in on Beth and snooping around her affairs, he was bound to be on high alert.
And while Carolyn (Phoebe) did a great job of selling her character — I thoroughly enjoyed her “mommy” training and how excited she was to be joining their crew — they were a little too pushy with trying to get Rio to talk at the diner.
And not only were they pushy, but when he suggested they go to her house, they were all super tense and fidgety. Just give it away why don’t you!?
Rio knows when something feels off. He’s also very much aware that Beth is capable of pulling one over him.
The FBI should’ve been several steps ahead of him and had a faux house, a pretend family, pictures, the whole shabang ready just in case.
Right now, as it stands, they don’t deserve to catch Rio; he continues to outsmart everyone and proving that he knows the game all too well.
The season is finally back to filling audiences with the same anxiety as we felt back in season 1.
Beth and Rio are both unpredictable, and as they’re tip-toeing around each other, it’s definitely raising my blood pressure once again (in a good way, of course).
But now that everything’s on the table, Beth has to make a choice: does she side with the FBI or do her alliances lie with Rio?
As she explained, she’s damned either way.
She’s gotten herself into a mess that she won’t be able to clean up so easily.
The FBI can no longer protect her since Rio knows she was planning to turn on him. And if she sides with Rio and his family’s criminal enterprise, she continues to put herself, her friends, and her family in danger.
And either way, she seems to lose out on the chance of starting a new life in Nevada.
I didn’t know how much messier Beth’s life could get, but Good Girls Season 4 is proving that it’s entirely possible to continue digging a deeper hole for yourself.
Beth also got called out for not disclosing her sexual relationship with Rio to the FBI, but it wasn’t just the FBI who was shocked by her “improvising.”
Both Annie and Ruby couldn’t believe that after everything Rio put them through, Beth went there with him again.
And no one seemed to care that she only did it as a means of distraction and that’s likely because no one actually believes it either.
No matter how messed up things get between Beth and Rio, the chemistry and sexual tension are still there.
You can hate and like someone at the same time, and I think that’s the case for Beth when it comes to Rio. On some level, she has grown fond of him and respects him, and the feeling is mutual, which is what makes this partnership so intriguing and complex.
What do you think Beth will do? And what would you do in her situation?
As it stands, I think she’s better off sticking with Rio because that’s not an enemy you want to make!
Ruby and Stan are getting into even more hot water with their designer purse business.
I know Stan wanted to do this on his own and keep Beth out of it, but now that Gene won’t let them out of the “lucrative” business, they’re going to need all the help they can get pushing these fakes.
If you think about it, this might be the perfect opportunity for everyone to wash the fake cash, but also to make money. And you know they all need it even Gregg and Nancy.
After Gregg suggested pulling Ben out of private school under the guise that he was worried he’d become a spoiled and privileged asshole, Annie figured out that they were having money problems.
It’s a fun twist because Gregg, and more specifically Nancy, have always acted as though they were superior to Annie and that her money problems were of her own making.
And while that may be true to some extent, it’s also a lot harder to dig yourself out of a hole once you’re in it.
Gregg and Nancy are going to learn that the hard way. And I don’t think they’d be above doing something shady in order to get their finances back in order.
Personally, I’d love to see this money laundering/ fake handbag business become something that everyone becomes invested in because it proves that no one is above a get quick cash scheme.
It would just elevate the stakes.
Not to mention Annie, Gregg, and Nancy have the perfect platform to sell these dupes at Ben’s school! Rich parents = sold handbags.
The storyline is almost writing itself.
What did you think about the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Good Girls Review – Oops… They Did It Again (4×06)
Did we just meet “the boss?”
And better yet, is she the head of a family business?
Good Girls Season 4 Episode 6 was one of the strongest installments for so many reasons.
Beth and the ladies manipulated the FBI to give them what they wanted, we got more insight into Rio’s life, and there was even a robbery in knitted face masks.
And though I’m not Dean’s biggest fan, I quite enjoyed seeing the joy smear across his face as he went cycling around the 3-block radius. It was like a scene out of E.T.
The episode kicked off in a scene reminiscent of season 1: Beth, Annie, and Ruby were robbing a jewelry store where Baby Tyler currently works as a security guard.
At first, it didn’t make much sense as to why they returned to a life of petty crime when they were in so deep with Rio and with the FBI, but as the bills began to stack up, so did the money woes.
It was time to get creative.
The staged robbery got them some quality face time with Phoebe and Dave, who had no choice but to put them on the payroll while they helped them nail Rio.
In return, Beth went to meet his “boss” all mic’d up, which is pretty brave of her considering last time he suspected her of being a mole, he made her strip down to absolutely nothing in her kitchen.
I sure as hell wouldn’t wear such an obvious piece while going to meet someone who outranks Rio but to each their own!
And yet, the meeting wasn’t anything that Beth expected. Instead of meeting some mafia-man in a dark alleyway, Rio took her to a family barbecue where he introduced her to his grandmother and his cousin/brother (still not sure which one he is after that tense moment) among other family members.
Rio is the man who mixes business with pleasure, and now, he’s invited Beth into the family, which is a big deal. If that isn’t the biggest extension of trust, I don’t know what it.
Understandably, Beth was caught off-guard and out of her element, but who wouldn’t be? The family was prying into her life and asking her about her relationship with Rio. Though she denied there being anything romantic between them, Rio sure didn’t help by rubbing her back tenderly.
It was all so deliciously bizarre.
It’s so hard to get into Rio’s mind and understand what he thinks of Beth. Does he want her to be his equal? Does he have feelings for her? Does he simply enjoy the mind games? Are there more “Beth’s” in his life?
When Beth realized she was a sitting duck with the wire on, she attempted to get rid of it in the bathroom.
Now, the logical thing would have been to flush it down the toilet, wouldn’t it? But Beth chose to hide it behind a book in grandma’s bedroom. Girl, what are you thinking?
Of course, Rio was suspicious about her bathroom break and found her snooping around.
When she realized that she was very much in the lion’s den, she “improvised” the way Phoebe told her to and had sex with Rio.
Hot sex, might I add. This scene was simply the writer’s way of appeasing fans who ship #Brio, but honestly, I’m not complaining.
The sexual tension between these two never fizzled out, but after all that’s transpired between them, I always wondered how the series would ever put them back in this situation again.
They found a way that worked and stayed true to the complicated nature of their relationship.
Rio may be the guy that’s in charge and who takes charge, but Beth definitely wields some power over him. He has a soft spot for her, which is why he’s allowed her to stick around for so long and let this go on as far as it has.
After meeting the fam, I don’t think working with the FBI is in Beth’s best interest unless they plan on taking down the whole unit.
Think about it — even if she were to get rid of Rio, the rest of the family wouldn’t hesitate to come after her.
She’s in deeper than she’s ever been before, and unfortunately, I don’t think the FBI has what it takes to protect her.
Beth’s so impressive that even Phoebe wants so badly to be liked by her. In her eyes, Beth’s the popular girl that she wants to be friends with. But as we saw, she can’t let her guard down because Beth is clever and won’t hesitate to do what has to be done.
Since Dean struggled to accept his new reality under house arrest, Beth was forced to come clean about the deal she made with the FBI. At least they’re finally on the same page. Let’s just hope Dean doesn’t blab.
Ruby tried to help Stan fix the problem with his boss, but that backfired a bit as Stan was given all the purses to sell to high-end clientele.
While the extra income can’t hurt, they’re already stretched so thin.
However, I wouldn’t put it past Beth to somehow merge this purse business with what they’re doing for Rio!
Even Annie’s storyline was entertaining on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 6.
My biggest complaint this season was that Annie continued to make terrible life choices, which doesn’t do her character any favors, especially when we’re four seasons in.
But this episode changed everything.
She decided to retake the GED and passed all on her own! All she needed to do was believe in herself a little bit.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that there’s no way she wouldn’t get arrested or kicked out for trying to pay off the proctor in real life.
Secondly, she impressed me with how she handled the Josh situation. When he came to her house drunk, Annie did the mature thing and tried to send him away knowing that he was getting married to Lyla in the morning.
However, when he indicated that he needed to go number 2, Annie had no choice but to let him inside. The scene was probably one of the funniest in the series, as was the subsequent conversation about Lyla never pooping because of her low-waste diet.
I love that Annie kept her boundaries and didn’t allow for anything more to happen despite really wanting it. It shows that she not only has respect for herself but also Josh.
As for Josh, I feel bad for him for being in a loveless relationship. Hopefully, he calls off the wedding and finds his true happiness whether it be with Annie or someone else that’s more his speed.
I absolutely like him for her, so I hope we see him again!
What did you think of the episode? Did you love it as much as I did?
What was your favorite moment? Sound off in the comments now!
Good Girls Review – The Banker (4×05)
Beth became the banker on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 5.
And it sent a conflicting message.
On one hand, she had absolutely no choice after Rio found the tracker and figured that she was either working with the FBI or that they were onto him.
She once again had to “prove” her allegiance to him in order to stay alive and keep her friends alive.
However, she ended up enjoying being the banker and felt like it made her important and necessary to the operation. After all, you don’t kill the banker (except when you do and replace them with another banker…).
She enjoyed wielding all the power that came with the gig as evidence by her growing confidence with every single person she visited.
She even tried the “I’m the banker, bitch,” which is 100% me playing Monopoly.
But that’s also when she realized how twisted the job was.
Beth realized that she didn’t actually have it in her to do anything about it if someone didn’t pay up like the girl working for her sick mom who claimed she didn’t “have the money.”
Instead, Beth used this new gig Rio entrusted her with to work alongside the FBI.
When she met up with him, her two FBI buds were right there for the whole conversation and she realized that Rio also has a boss that he answers to.
There’s a chain of command here that forces Rio to do the things that he does or else it’s his head on the line.
Personally, I find this to be an exciting development. Rio has been sorely underutilized for almost two seasons and it seemed like the writers were just keeping him around because of his popularity with audiences.
We’d see him in the bar, grabbing his washed cash, and creating a world of hell for Beth, but we never knew much about him.
By adding this layer, we may actually get to explore Rio’s role in everything – how’d he get into it, what’s his motivation, why does he operate the way he does.
Beth’s going right to the source, which proves that eliminating Rio actually wouldn’t solve any of her problems.
At one point, I truly thought that when Mick drove Beth to do her “job,” the hitman would be alive and waiting for Beth. Many fans questioned whether he was actually dead, and it would be quite the twist if Rio spared him and used him against Beth.
The writers also tried to capitalize on the chemistry between Beth and Rio with the striptease kitchen scene.
Rio showed Beth the tracker and assumed she was wired up, so she bared it all for him to prove that she was on his side.
It’s a good thing that this happened when it did because she was actually mic’d up for their previous meeting. And that wouldn’t have gone over very well.
Rio is perceptive, so in order to fool him, the approach can’t be basic and obvious.
Even Annie pointed out that tracker gave her “90s pager vibes.” Can’t the FBI get some better tech up in here?
What did you all think of the stripping down scene? There’s no doubt Manny Montana looked hot in that scene, but did it come across as sexy to you, or was it demoralizing that Beth always has to prove herself or use her body to get what she wants?
Beth’s biggest motivation to risk her life and work with the FBI is obviously to get Dean out of prison, which she did.
At least she kept that promise!
After getting the FBI dirt of Rio and his boss, Dean walked out a free man. But does that make up for everything else?
Are they suddenly going to be a happily married couple again? There’s no denying that Beth betrayed him once again and lied to his face about it!
I’m interested to see how Dean will approach the situation. Will he be grateful that she came through for him or will he realize he can’t be with her anymore?
Poor Eric tried his best to save his buddy, but a life of crime is not up his alley.
Eric’s been a good friend, and while I know plenty have enjoyed his character, it seems like wasted screentime in my opinion.
The addition of Nancy and Gregg’s baby Dakota was hilarious. Annie would take a baby along and use it as a human shield to keep them safe from gang friend.
The best part about it was how good Mick was with the little guy. Annie has zero maternal instincts, but Mick knew exactly what to do to get the baby to calm down.
Is anyone else kind of rooting for Mick and Annie? They have great chemistry!
I’ve never been a huge fan of Nancy, and I guess that continues as I wasn’t pleased with how she talked down to Annie.
Annie may not be a responsible adult, but she tried her best. How could she know which diaper cream was preferred?
Just imagine how Nancy would have reacted if she knew where Dakota really was for half the day!
As for Ruby, well, she finally learned what Stan is up to at work and it wasn’t what she thought it was.
I hate that Ruby veered into “he’s cheating on me” territory. Yes, Stan has been working odd hours, he was caught lying, and he’s tired all the time, but the one thing we know about him is that he’s not a cheater.
I felt terrible seeing Ruby accuse him of being unfaithful when he’s quite literally in this mess because of her! He’s paying off her debt. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing for his family.
We know this, but let’s re-emphasize that Stan is the man!
What did you think of the episode? Is Good Girls finally digging in deep?
Let us know in the comments below!
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