The Good Girls are back, and they are up to their old shenanigans.
Despite an almost yearlong break, Good Girls Season 4 picked up right where it left off with Beth gearing up to open Boland Bubbles in order to wash Rio’s money.
The pressure is on to get things up and running after a dog digs up poor Lucy’s foot and brings it to its owner alerting the police to her death.
When Beth finds out, she quite literally has a panic attack that lands her in the hospital because she knows that Rio has the power to make her go down for murder. In case you forgot, she touched the gun and her prints were all over it.
She needs to make herself useful to Rio, and the only way to do that is by selling some jacuzzis.
At this point, Beth doesn’t do anything by the book. She and Dean even pay off the inspector to look the other way on everything that isn’t up to code.
But hey, desperate times call for desperate measures!
Beth’s biggest issue with Rio is that she never knows where she stands with him. He has an incredible poker face and therefore, you can never get a good read on him. He never reveals exactly what he’s thinking, feeling, or planning to do.
The whole time he could have been messing with Beth by pretending that he was going to turn over the gun and incriminate her.
After all, it wouldn’t make much sense for him in the long run as she’s vital to his criminal empire.
Personally, I still think Rio likes watching Beth squirm and wants to see what’ll she’ll do when her back is against the wall. Their partnership has lasted this long because he believes in her.
And Beth came through by getting his prints all over the counterfeit money. She backed him into a corner and now they’re on an even playing field. You could see Rio was annoyed but impressed at the same time.
Beth never backs down from a fight even if she has moments of weakness where she contemplates moving to Russia.
She always comes out on top – just look at how she managed to make the traditional Thai dessert for the fundraiser theme “One Night in Bangkok,” which is fitting for the episode in and of itself.
The title lends itself to the song of the same name, which continues “and the world is your oyster.” It refers to the ability to achieve anything you want in life because you have the opportunity and ability to do so.
Beth and the ladies continue to creating these opportunities for themselves, and while Beth may think she figured out a clever way to keep the empire running, she’s completely in the dark about the fact that the FBI is closing in on her.
I mean, they’re hot on her trail. So hot that she’s basically sweating on the agent, who is moonlighting as a park district boot camp instructor.
Agent Phoebe knows what she’s doing and she’s nailed it down (see what I did there? The nail polish…) to Ruby’s bestie.
And Beth definitely fits the bill as she desperately tries to sell jacuzzi’s to anyone in her class that will budge.
Of course, when the head honchos fly down – and Phoebe has an epic meltdown in front of them – they ignore her and decide to put a tail on Dean. It’s incredible to see someone so confident in her abilities completely crumble when facing her boss! She’s never survive a day in Beth’s shoes.
Again, Beth is right in front of them, and yet, they can’t fathom the idea that a woman could be running this whole operation. It must be a man!
We don’t want Beth to get caught, but how dare they undermine her efforts?
And though I’d never root for Phoebe, a part of me wants to see her proven right because it means she didn’t base the case on stereotypes but actually did her due diligence.
Still, tailing Dean will eventually lead them to Beth unless she figures out that they’re onto her sooner rather than later.
And let’s hope for all of their sakes, they figure it out.
With the FBI closing in on them, Beth and Rio need a united front more than ever.
Instead, she’s still very much interested in eliminating him, but her hitman hasn’t been returning her calls.
That is until he comes back from a job overseas and informs her that he’s been delaying the job because he’s smitten with her.
It’s a bit of an awkward scene because there wasn’t much leading up to this moment that would warrant his behavior, but it seems as though all the men, particularly the bad men, are really into Beth’s resourcefulness.
She will likely agree to have dinner with him if it means he’s finally deliver on eliminating Rio, however, is that what she really wants?
She’s clearly just as addicted to this lifestyle as he is.
I also enjoyed the moment where Beth realized the impact of her actions and how she’s inadvertently responsible for Lucy’s death even if she didn’t actually pull the trigger.
However, it’s not enough to convince her to turn herself in, but it does make me wonder if there will be a point where she’s going to get so fed up she just puts an end to it all. Her anxiety attack may have been temporary, but it’s exhausting to constantly have to watch your back.
How many people will have to get hurt before she gives it all up?
Aside from the money laundering plot, Ruby and Annie were both going through their fair share of life’s hiccups.
Harry’s goofing off in class (and penchant for drawing penises on everything) made the teacher suggest getting a test for ADHD.
It’s awesome that Ruby and Stan didn’t immediately side with the teacher and assume that something was wrong with their kid. Sure, it was partially denial and fear, but it was also simply trusting that they would’ve recognized the signs.
When they could no longer ignore the problem, they took him to get tested and it turns out, it isn’t ADHD — the little man is a second grader operating at an eighth-grade level. He’s a freaking genius, as Ruby put it, and his acts of rebellion stem from being under-stimulated in class.
Typically, when parents have to dish out a lot of money for schooling, it’s because their kids are falling behind, so it’s refreshing to see a situation in which they have to find the funds to send their kid to a more advanced school.
You’d think that Harry would be able to get a scholarship or some kind of stipend considering he’s gifted, but it’s more probably that the situation will push Ruby to do more bad things to help her little guy.
Annie’s storyline with Ben was heartbreaking. Her relationship with him has always been super solid. Even if she was always struggling to get it together, they always had each other to rely on.
But now Ben is lying to her and keeping her at arm’s length. She thought he didn’t have any friends and that’s why he didn’t want a birthday party only to find out he threw a 100-person rager at Gregg and Nancy’s place.
She then finds out that Ben is really into lacrosse, and when she tries to suggest she’ll come to one of his school functions, he completely shuts her down.
Annie feels left out of Ben’s “new secret fancy life,” but maybe Ben simply doesn’t want her to feel bad? Or doesn’t want to disappoint her that he’s become this new person that enjoys private school.
Regardless, it’s upsetting to watch considering everything Annie has done for him. All of her life-decisions have always motivated by wanting to do better by him.
Do you think she’ll eventually confront Ben about all the lies?
She should also definitely find a new therapist because their personal feelings for each other are obviously problematic.
I’m concerned that they won’t be able to resist temptation and Annie will dig herself an even bigger hole.
Overall, the season 4 premiere was promising. It’s still not at the level of greatness of season 1, but it may just improve on what season 3 lacked – momentum.
What did you think of the episode?
What are your hopes/dreams for the season? And if you say more scenes with Rio, I’ll say I 100% agree!
Let us know in the comments!
The Santa Clauses Season 2 Episode 5 Review – B-E-T-T-Y
The Santa Clauses Season 2 Episode 5 finally gave fans insight into the Betty-led coup against Mad Santa thousands of years before his resurgence in Illinois, Scott Calvin’s old stomping grounds, with a vengeance.
Of course, we know that Magnus Antas was turned into a nutcracker—before coming back alive with a sprinkle of Santa magic at Santapolis—by the elves, but what we didn’t know is that Betty and La Befana teamed up to make sure he got what he deserved.
Betty, returning to the North Pole early from her Kribble Krabble, turned in her resignation upon telling Santa Scott the full story, but he didn’t care about any of the clauses/rules, adamantly calling her a “hero” for her sacrifice.
Nothing that Betty told Santa Scott was all that shocking to audiences, though he was definitely taken aback by the news, he didn’t have much time to sit with it because Cal ventured out of the North Pole to retrieve his vest from Magnus Antas, not fully understanding the level of danger he was putting himself in. Cal’s naivety is his best asset and his greatest flaw, all at the same time.
On the other hand, you have to pride him on his bravery because he walked in without a plan and tried to handle it himself without any fears… well aside from his fear of heights and flying the sleigh, which he somewhat conquered.
Mad Santa turned Cal into a puppet after he called his dad the greatest Santa of all time, and was surprised by how much Santa magic he possessed, which means that Scott may get his wish of keeping it in the family business after all.
After they locked all the vortexes and portals coming in and out of the North Pole, Scott and Carol had to find a more unique means of transportation back to the Windy City to save Cal from Mad Santa, while Sandra hung back with La Befana to keep the North Pole safe. Having a witch in the family came in hand!
As for Betty, I’m a bit bummed we didn’t get to see any of her adventures in the real world, and it feels like a missed opportunity to have her not come face-to-face with Mad Santa and Olga, however, I did genuinely like the moment where Noel stood up for his wife and made sure that Magnus Antas knew who she was—her name is B-E-T-T-Y, don’t forget it because she’s the one who managed to take you down and save Christmas for everyone! The North Pole was functioning without her, but it wasn’t thriving, so it’s a good thing she’s finally back.
As for the second season of The Santa Clauses, I feel like it would’ve benefitted from being a movie rather than a limited series because it does feel like the storyline is being dragged out unnecessarily at this point… and it’s starting to lose its magic.
Also, poor Kris, who just wanted to run his little Santa village and earn his father’s love, and now he’s stuck in the royal battle between Mad Santa and Santa Scott. But at least he’ll have one heck of a story to tell, if they don’t dust him when all of this is finally over.
Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 9 Review – Can’t Help Falling
Sullivan’s Crossing Season 1 Episode 9, which also served as the series’ penultimate episode (Dec 13th marks the season finale), definitely raised heart rates as Maggie jumped into action to use her expertise to save Jackson following a fall while climbing.
Here’s the thing—I like the show, and I know that I’m signing up for melodramatic storylines, but would I be asking too much for the acting to be just a smidge more believable? I don’t have a problem with the core three—Maggie, Cal or Sully—as they’ve got this down, but Jackson’s fall encroached into bad soap opera territory. It was cringeworthy. And I get that they don’t have the same budget as Virgin River or streaming shows, but it was so brutal that I struggled to get into the storyline, all the while knowing that everything would turn out just fine.
Jackson’s fall was utilized as more of a tool for Maggie to learn a bit more about herself and her abilities.
She didn’t hesitate when it came to saving Jackson’s life, though there was a moment of doubt when she heard Mrs. Markiff’s voice in her head blaming her for her son’s death, but it was temporary, and she knew that if she didn’t proceed with drilling the holes in Jackson’s skull to alleviate the pressure, he likely wouldn’t survive.
It was also helpful that Cal was there to assist as he provided an additional layer of assurance.
Operating on someone she knows reframed the trial for Maggie as she suddenly put herself in the shoes of the parents, thinking how Connie and Tom’s world would come crashing down if they lost their son. There’s a reason why doctors aren’t allowed to treat people they know as the personal connection can prove to be troubling, however, in this case, I think it gave Maggie some needed perspective. And now that her lawyer called that the trial has been moved up, her experience will likely shape how she proceeds in court.
In a promo for the finale, Maggie’s empathy seems to go against her lawyer’s best judgment, which may actually be helpful in a situation where the judge assigned to the case typically sides against doctors. If they see that Maggie is a human who shows remorse despite doing everything right to save a life, maybe she’ll be able to sway the judge’s mind.
Jackson’s fall may have been a terrible accident, but it also mended a lot of fractured relationships. Not only did his parents put aside their differences and apologize for all the pain they’ve caused each other, but Maggie was also able to have a breakthrough with her father, who saw her in action for the first time and thought she was incredible. It’s the first time Sully ever disclosed that he was proud of her, something Maggie’s been waiting a majority of her life to hear. I love that she and Sully are finding their footing once again.
My biggest gripe with this scene was that Lola was just standing there, scoffing at Maggie’s reunion with Sully, and no one seemed to notice she was there. How? And why is she so mad about a daughter and a father putting aside their differences after she just hit refresh on her friendship with Maggie? It doesn’t mean that Sully is going to have less space in his life for her as he’s gone out of his way to be there for her and take care of her over the years. The whole dynamic is just so weird, but everything about Lola has been kind of off since the beginning.
Sully’s money woes might bring him and his daughter even closer as I can imagine Maggie will go above and beyond to help him save Sullivan’s Crossing and pay off his debts, not that she needs another thing to worry about at the current moment. Whatever Sully’s plan is, he has to act fast as the foreclosure notice gave him just over 30 days to set the record straight.
Sully also called Phoebe to thank her for all that she’s done for Maggie’s career and ask Walter to fight like hell to save Maggie’s license because she belongs in Boston helping people. While it was very big of Sully, the truth is that it’s up to Maggie to decide where she belongs—but she’s proven that she can help people wherever she is.
Then there’s the Cal of it all—he’s always there, willing to help, encourage, and lend a shoulder to cry on. He’s the perfect guy, so it’s no surprise that multiple women in Sullivan’s Crossing have a thing for him. Lola is pining over him even though he’s not interested in the slightest.
Maggie adamantly denied any feelings when she mentioned the kiss to Syd, despite not being able to stop thinking about it. And maybe it’s for the best for now because it doesn’t seem like Cal is ready just yet.
When Maggie finally brought up the elephant in the room, Cal dismissed their kiss as something that occurred due to the emotions of the day, without letting her weigh in. It’s clear that he has feelings for her, but he’s grappling with the idea of moving on following Lynne’s death, as I’m guessing Maggie is the first woman he’s kissed after his wife, and the X’s on the calendar were a countdown to the one-year anniversary of her passing.
Syd and Rob’s storyline has been one I’ve struggled to get into, even as they find themselves disagreeing about how to run the diner. Syd was right that Rob should spend more “fun” time with his son, who is clearly still dealing with the loss of his mother (and the “goodnight mom” scene to Syd was heartbreaking). He also wasn’t wrong about wanting to hire help so that they could both get some of their lives back, but he should’ve discussed it with her since she’s just as involved in the diner as he is and should get a say in the process.
What did you think of the episode?
I can’t wait till we move past this case and get to see a version of Maggie that isn’t weighed down by guilt, fear, and anger. When her license is reinstated and she has every opportunity at her feet, what will she choose? Will she go back to Boston or stay in Sullivan’s Crossing?
I think she’s made strides during her time in Sullivan’s Crossing and she won’t be able to shake them, especially her feelings for Cal, which she’ll be able to pursue once she gets some proper closure with Andrew. Will Cal go with her to the trail? And if so, how will Andrew react when he sees him? Will it reaffirm to him that Caliente (I still can’t get over the moment where he drunkenly called him that) is here to stay?
Virgin River Holiday Episodes Season 5 Episode 11 and 12 Review – Father Christmas
Virgin River is getting into the spirit of the holidays!
While most of Virgin River, including Mel and Jack, were under the impression that this was the “best Christmas ever,” even despite a few hiccups with the “extraordinary” family dinner they planned, if you’ve ever seen an episode of this series, you were likely waiting for the other foot to drop.
**Warning—spoilers from the episodes ahead!**
Things on Virgin River are typically perfect—until they aren’t, but it’s also a very accurate reflection of real life; it’s made up of a blend of good and bad moments, many of which help you realize just how lucky and thankful you are.
Virgin River Season 5 Episodes 11 and 12, titled “The More the Merrier” and “Father Christmas,” gave fans the very first Christmas in the quaint and charming town, and, if you’ll believe it, Mel and Jack’s first Christmas together. Is it just me or is the timeline exceptionally slow on this show?
Then again, Charmaine made a pointed joke about the length of her pregnancy, which honestly feels like it has spanned decades at this point, so the birth of her twins, which yes, finally happens during this momentous episode, ends up feeling slightly rushed.
The fact that she has a quick labor isn’t just great for her—it’s a blessing for Mel and Doc as it allows them to get back to all their Christmas Eve shenanigans without missing a beat.
Despite all that transpired between Mel, Charmaine, and Jack, Charmaine still finds a source of support within them, especially Mel, who stands up for her when Calvin arrives at the clinic when Charmaine goes into labor. Mel might be the only person in town now who knows the identity of the father of Charmaine’s twins, and she’s all too content with keeping it to herself. Personally, I’d be as bad of a secret keeper as Hope, blabbing the news to Jack at the earliest convenience. But Mel is a trusted source who can keep a secret, especially with the patient confidentiality at play. Though, hopefully, Charmaine decides what she’s going to do about her little Calvin problem sooner than later because he seems adamant about being part of those boys’ lives. It’s true that parenthood changes people, sometimes for the better, but Calvin’s caused so much pain in town that I don’t know if it’s possible for him to turn over a new leaf.
The good news is that come Virgin River Season 6, Charmaine won’t be pregnant anymore, and we can close the book on the longest TV pregnancy ever.
Mel’s quest to find her biological father was a huge part of the Christmas episodes. Through love letters unearthed by her sister Joey, Mel found out that her mother had a secret love affair with a man named “Champ” in Virgin River, thus making her connection to the town much more significant.
Together with Jack and her new bangs (love ’em!), she set out on a merry scavenger hunt to uncover her dad’s identity, eventually learning that he won the 1976 Lumberjack Games in town before finding his name: Everett Reid. If you’re slightly disappointed that this isn’t someone we already know, well, join the club. It feels like a missed opportunity… for now, though I’m waiting to hear Everett out fully before I officially cast my judgment. While he initially denied being Mel’s father when she first approached him, even though it was obvious that he was lying, Mel didn’t question it, simply focusing on the people who chose to be in her life—her chosen family.
And there are plenty of them, including Doc, who agreed to walk Mel down the aisle during her wedding to Jack.
However, at the end of the episode, Everett arrived at the cabin and changed his mind about wanting to be in Mel’s life. He explained that the initial shock of seeing her—his daughter who looked just like the woman he loved and lost—threw him for a loop. And it’s understandable considering Mel essentially ambushed him without any warning. He needed time to process and think about what it was that he wanted out of this new relationship.
Everett then says that he has to tell her something, but naturally, the episode ends right before he gets the chance, leaving fans on a cliffhanger till next season. What could it be? Is Everett dying? Has he been following Mel’s whole life from a distance? Did he know she was in Virgin River?
And how is it that there is someone in Virgin River who has managed to keep his identity a secret? Living in a secluded cabin has its benefits, but how has he managed to fly under the radar for so long? The fact that no one knows him is kind of a hard sell for me… at the moment, at least.
Jack and Brie were dealing with family matters head-on as their parents, fresh off of a divorce, came to town and immediately started bickering. Brie was running interference before Jack stepped in and basically used one of their old plays against them—sit in your room and don’t come out until you’ve talked through everything. By the end, they emerged as friends, with dad accepting of mom’s new relationship with Javi, as they both acknowledged that they needed to make an effort to bring the family back together. It was a sweet moment showcasing that things don’t always pan out the way we hope in life, but we have to be open to making things work for the sake of the children, even when they are grown adults.
In the end, the big family dinner that Mel wanted was able to happen—and everyone enjoyed themselves.
Mel not only got the gift of jewelry this year, but Jack also went out of his way to give her the gift she’s been asking Santa for ever since she was a little girl—a pony! A dog named Pony that is.
Maybe it was the spirit of Christmas but Jack was so fun, silly, and cheery throughout the episode. He wasn’t carrying the weight of his past and trauma, and it was refreshing to see him almost act like a little boy again around everyone he loved and trusted. I need more of this Jack in the future, please.
The biggest mistake that the series has ever made was driving Brie and Brady apart. I mean, why? What was it for? No one benefitted from it. Brie and Mike just don’t have the same chemistry, unfortunately. They are cute, but it’s nothing compared to the electricity between Brady and Brie, even when they see each other in passing.
Brady makes a great family man with Lark and Hazel, but I couldn’t get invested in the relationship either, and it turns out that there was a good reason for it—Lark is playing him completely.
In the final—and biggest twist—of the episodes, Lark answers a call from Hazel’s dad, Jimmy. Yep, you know it’s bad news when Jimmy, from prison, calls to check in on how things are going and Lark informs him that “Brady doesn’t suspect a thing.” I hate everything about this, solely because of how hard Brady’s been trying to become a better man and distance himself from this life. He thought he was finally coming out on the other side after helping to take down Calvin and Melissa, but all of that is about to blow up in his face because he let his guard down.
Lizzy and Denny are expecting a baby girl, a genuinely uplifting storyline that has warmed the hearts of everyone in town, except Lizzy’s mother, who was initially distraught by the news and assumed her daughter was throwing away her life. Lizzy managed to convince her mother that this is what she wanted—to be a mom and have a fulfilling career, and from where I’m standing, Lizzy has a good head on her shoulders. She’s come a long way from the girl who arrived in town initially. And quite frankly, she cut her mother way too much slack!
Doc figured that the annual tree decorating competition was the perfect time to repropose to Hope—and their love definitely inspires everyone around. There’s so much to celebrate these days!
Muriel and Cameron are going strong, with everyone in town acknowledging their deep connection and chemistry. However, when Cameron’s ex fianceé blew into town as part of her apology tour during her recovery process, it forced Muriel to look at their relationship a little differently. If Cameron stays with Muriel, he’s giving up the possibility of having a family and children in the future. And while he says he’s okay with that, Muriel wants him to be sure as she doesn’t want him to resent her for it in the future. Nothing would break her heart more than taking this opportunity away from him. Cameron promises he’ll think about it, but it definitely seems like he’s made up his mind about what he wants out of life and who he wants to spend it with. The life he imagined with his former fianceé once upon a time is long gone now that he’s met Muriel—but I’m glad that she’s prioritizing his happiness rather than being selfish, proving that she’s a mature adult who just wants to be realistic about their relationship rather than allowing herself to get swept up in the moment. These are real issues that need to be addressed.
And finally, Wes’ death is about to blow up Preacher’s life now that the body has been identified. In case you need a refresher, he helped bury the body after Paige accidentally pushed her abusive husband down the stairs in self-defense. Had they just reported his death at the time, it would’ve likely been a lot less problematic than what they are facing now, but considering that Wes was a respected cop with a lot of pull on the force at the time, the self-defense claim might’ve not held up at the time either.
Kaia realizes something is wrong based on the call and questions him about it immediately, though it’s unclear if Preacher will come clean to her. She is the fire chief now, so it’s likely better for him to tell her upfront in the privacy of their home, but will she be receptive? This is a huge bomb dropping on their otherwise idyllic relationship, particularly after she accepted a new job to stay in town and be with him. Do you think she’ll stand by his side or will this be the demise of their relationship?
What did you think of the holiday episodes? Did you enjoy the festivities? Do you think everything with Mel’s dad will turn out okay? Share your thoughts!
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