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Good Girls – Mo Money, Mo Problems (1×02)

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So the good news is: Beth and Annie didn’t kill Boomer.

The bad news is: they can add kidnapping to their newly minted rap sheet.

The worst news: they still have to come up with a lot of money to pay Rio and his boys back before time’s up.

It doesn’t feasible either. Annie isn’t able to muster up much from her minimum wage gig and Ruby’s $18 tips are a dent in the 60K that they owe.

In other words, they dug themselves deeper than before.

Not to mention the police are sniffing around the grocery store not only to get more info on the robbery but also to find Boomer.

Did I mention he’s now MISSING?

These women continue going down an unjust path as they try to clean up their mess. When they realize Boomer has an aunt who lives in a nursing home, they admit adding one more crime to their lengthy crime sheet probably won’t make a difference and thus, set into motion a plan to extort money from the older lady

I don’t want to be a stickler for details but who thought it was a good idea to wear an all black getup while visitng an old lady at a nursing home? Is that not suspicious AT ALL?

Once again, when put on the spot, Beth comes up with a quick cover telling the aunt that they are from some hospital program to clean her house.

All that work and when it comes down to grabbing the money, she takes a hard look at herself in the mirror. The guilt paired with a phone call from her nanny that Dean is mowing the lawn after she strictly told everyone to stay out because Boomer is in the tree house makes her rethink the plan. She’s not the type of person to rob an old lady!

She foils the mission without grabbing any of the much-needed cash, which doesn’t sit well with the other two.

Ruby speaks to my soul as she begins whipping up pans of lasagna to ensure her family is taken care of in case she turns up dead the next day. A woman who can’t her fam go without a proper meal even postmortem is a true keeper.

Thankfully, Annie’s klepto side kicked in and she stole some porcelain figurines before leaving the nursing home.

She threw those suckers on an auction thinking they weren’t worth much and was surprised to find out they came with a hefty price tag.

During the payback, they were obviously short on change but decided to gift Rio and his men with the figurines.

Yes, were these housewives simply desperate for some way out? Of course. But my blood boiled when Rio smashed Hans who was actually worth some real money!

Maybe it wasn’t about the money after all?

It’s almost like clockwork at this point. Things start unraveling and Beth turns a switch and is able to talk them out of any situation.

Beth was even able to convince Rio that he wouldn’t be able to keep the murder of three loved wives/ mothers under the radar.These ladies aren’t like the usual gangsters they deal with. They run errands, host PTA events, even go to soccer games. They would really be missed. People would come looking for them.

They won’t go silently; they’ll become a bigger problem. Was a couple of thousands really worth all the attention? Obviously not.

You have to commend her for her quick thinking, which probably spared them all. Especially while she still had a gun pressed to her temple.

Boomer may look dumb but he too can work his way out of a situation. He saw his moment and cut through the ropes, escaping from the treehouse. Unfortunately, the thud on his way down dew the attention of our ladies, who ransacked the neighborhood until they found him.

I wasn’t sure what revenge Annie had planned for him and I’m a little upset that my brain wasn’t able to come up with such a brilliant plan as quickly as hers was.

She pushed him into the ditch, took his pants off, cringed at his member (yes, girl!), and snapped a photo, which she then pretended to text to her 11-year-old daughter. He runs his mouth, she tells everyone he’s a perv.

Normally, I wouldn’t condone someone being innocently accused of being a sexual predator but let’s be honest, Boomer is not innocent. He tried to rape Annie because he thought he was entitled to it and couldn’t understand that “no” meant “no.”

Furthermore, he tried to use a situation to coerce her into having sex. None of that is okay. So yeah, the least she can do is use this as blackmail.

So that’s it, right? Boomer has been released and silenced, and the money has been returned to the rightful gang owners.

Wrong. Just when they thought they got away with it all, Rio came back asking for one more favor.

If they participated, he would erase their remaining debt. If they didn’t — well, it didn’t seem like opting out was much of an option.

Rio kept pretty mum on what the “job” would be, but whatever it was, they needed passports.

Could he be asking them to be mules? It seems like that would be quite a dark turn for a show, that despite a robbery, has been pretty light.

If this show is anything like The Good Place, it will quickly blow up its own premise and bring forth compelling and character-driven storylines.

And it has no choice — how long can a show rely on the “robbed a store” gimmick?

Of course, they’ve yet to find out who actually committed the crime or see any real repercussions for their actions, aside from owing the debt.

Moms have it hard. No matter what they do, they’re always the villains and the dads are always the favorite. I’m sure every mother was infuriated with the kids calling Dean the “fun dad.”. He had the nerve to ruin a family by cheating yet the kids still make out the mom — the one who will literally rob a grocery store to keep them safe — as the bad guy.

There were definitely moments where I truly felt bad for Dean because he clearly realizes the brevity of his mistakes and regrets them deeply. Who wouldn’t? Have you seen Beth? She’s a ten in comparison to the basic Amber, whose look is a dime a dozen.

His car analogy really resonated with me for about five seconds before I remembered he’s a piece of crap who cheated on his wife and put them in financial turmoil. I quickly got over it.

Also, why is Amber still in town? I swear Beth paid her a lot of money to keep it moving!

The lesson here is never to replace your old car for a shiny new car while it’s still working.

Although something tells me, he did Beth a huge favor.

They may be covering up a robbery and a kidnapping but she’s finally LIVING again. When it takes something so drastic to make you feel alive, you know your life was miserable.


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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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