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Wow.

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.

Jaw-effing-drop.

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?

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Good Girls Review – The Truth About What Happened to Lucy (3×06)

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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.

Rio Did Something Bad on ‘Good Girls’ and We Have to Stop Shipping Him

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?

Other Thoughts

  • 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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Want to find out which guy from Good Girls would be your soulmate?

Would it be a passionate man like Stan? Dangerous Rio? or family-man Dean?

Or… is it Boomer?

Take our quiz to find out! Loved this quiz? Find more right here!

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Rio Did Something Bad on ‘Good Girls’ and We Have to Stop Shipping Him

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We Need to Stop Shipping Rio on Good Girls

The writers of Good Girls are fed up.

Rio’s latest kill on “Au Jus” proves just how sick they’ve gotten of the constant Rio shipping that’s become all too common for the series.

Regardless of what Rio does or whom he hurts or betrays, the fandom is there rooting for him every step of the way because he’s attractive.

Rio has shot Dean, tortured Beth (part of that is her own fault but still) to no end, and killed Turner, and yet we all justified his actions as “necessary” and “part of the lifestyle.” We’ve excused his toxic and deadly behavior to fit our wants and needs so that we can continue being #TeamRio.

And it’s not surprising that the character has soared to new heights on the NBC series and become a fan favorite — he’s intoxicating.

Related: All the Thirstiest Tweets and Memes About Rio on ‘Good Girls’

Manny Montana is a godsend. His portrayal of Rio is nuanced and electric, his husky voice puts audiences in a trance, and he’s the bad boy we all collectively want a piece of.

He also has intense chemistry with Beth, and their sexual tension is delicious as it unravels on the small screen.

And maybe that’s the problem. Maybe Montana has done “too good” of a job with Rio.

Ask yourself this… if Rio wasn’t cute, sexy, and hard to get, would you still root for him? Chances are you wouldn’t. Rio’s attractiveness is masking who he truly is and we’re all falling for it.

But it stops now.

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After “Au Jus,” the writers needed him to cross a line that he couldn’t bounce back from. They effectively reminded audiences that there is no reason to root and champion for this specific bad guy.

After he gave the “okay” to pull the trigger on Lucy (granted he actually killed her since the camera panned away from the scene), he proved that he has absolutely no soul and no redeeming qualities. There’s no coming back from that kill.

He gave Lucy false hope, promised he wouldn’t kill her, and used the fact that she was trustworthy against her, but she never stood a chance.

Lucy, with her childlike innocence, was simply collateral in a toxic pull-and-tug between Rio and Beth. And she was disposed of when she served her purpose.

He didn’t shoot Lucy because he was scared she’d rat him out — he knew she wouldn’t —  he shot her to prove that he’s in charge; he was sick of Beth constantly undermining him.

Rio’s act was a stark reminder of just how dangerous and unpredictable he is. He doesn’t follow any rules, he doesn’t have any regard for human life, and he enjoys playing the game. He’s a cold-blooded killer who kills because he can.

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He’s not the kind of man who can or should be redeemed. He’s not the man that should be championed or shipped. He’s not the guy that Beth should want to pursue, and he’s definitely not a man we should all be thirsting for regardless of how cute his smile is.

Whenever we root for bad guys on television, there’s usually an ounce of humanity that we can hold onto, but not with Rio.

Those minor moments when he shows emotion towards his kid or family used to make us think he had something redeemable quality, but that shouldn’t be mistaken for kindness anymore. Beth has fallen into that mindset and now, she’s deeper with him then she’s ever been.

He doesn’t care about the lives of others and he doesn’t care about Beth — the only person Rio cares about is Rio. He’ll do whatever to get what he wants, and if you thought otherwise, let this serve as a reminder.

When Rio killed Lucy, the writers of Good Girls killed Rio… and it seems like that was their intent all along.

And now, we need to do our job too. We need to stop shipping Rio.

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