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!
Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)
Batwoman’s fight with False Face Society is only getting started.
And now, it just got personal as they’ve taken one of the only people Ryan Wilder cares about – her on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Angelique.
Ryan convinced Sophie and the Crows to get Ang transferred after she gave up the names of those responsible for killing Commissioner Forbes. However, no one anticipated that Black Mask would figure out exactly when they were transferring her and take her back.
Obviously, Ryan thinks it’s because Black Mask wants to tie up loose ends, but it’s really because aside from Ocean, who is now MIA, Angelique was the only one who knew the secret recipe to produce Snakebite.
And obviously, Snakebite is what makes FFS go round.
It was easy for the Black Mask to infiltrate the Crows as they already have someone on the inside.
Dr. Rhyme is a “Snakebite consultant” for the Crows, but we know she’s working with Black Mask and keeping Kate a prisoner.
She was also all too eager to get Commander Kane hooked on the product after he was attacked by one of her men because it discredits the Crows.
Once word gets out that the Commander is using Snakebite, the Crows’ credibility is shot.
And it goes to show you just how powerful the drug really is. After one hit, Jacob Kane was addicted and wanted to get lost in the “do-over” that the hallucinogenic drug provided.
I thought that once Alice heard his therapy session with Dr. Rhyme and realize how remorseful he was for not trying harder to find her when she was captured by Cartwright would stir up something in her, but Alice is too far gone.
As she noted herself, it’s easier to forget than forgive, which is why she wants to find Enigma, who we learned is Dr. Rhyme, so that she can wipe her memories of Kate and start anew.
This drug really is all too popular in Gotham.
The series didn’t exactly confirm that Roman is Black Mask, but it did allude to Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, which has been my theory since Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9.
Not only is her working alongside Enigma, but he was all too eager to slip the Commander two vials of Snakebite.
Black Mask told the new Batwoman that he wanted revenge because the previous Batwoman killed his daughter.
We know Kate’s Batwoman had a no-kill policy, which Luke emphasized, so I wonder if they’re getting close to the Commander to frame him in some way?
Or does he blame Batwoman and the Crows, with the Crows being the ones behind his daughter’s murder, which is why he’s taken hold of Kate?
Agent Pennyworth’s memory-lapse came into clear focus when she teamed up with Alice — yet, another unlikely partnership — to find Enigma.
It turns out, her search for Kate led her to the root of Kate’s disappearance, but she forgot it soon after.
And when she confronted Enigma this time around, she had her memories wiped again and was convinced to transfer to Berlin, which obviously didn’t sit well with Sophie.
Sophie always knows something’s up, and the most annoying thing is that she’s always a few steps from figuring out the truth about everything.
Will she put all the pieces together? After all, everything seems to be connected.
The Bat team also took on a case involving a new villain named Kilovolt, who targeted the opening of Jordan Moore’s community center, which Ryan and Mary are helping to spearhead.
The reason was profit-based, of course. The CEO of Edgewater Prison, Ellis O’Brien, was letting out criminals for one night to target community programs in exchange for early parole. The idea was that shutting down these programs allows kids to continue to fall through the cracks and fill up the prisons thus making them money.
It’s disgusting, of course, but not exactly unheard of.
Thankfully, Batwoman squeezed out just enough energy to deal with O’Brien while dealing with hunting down the Black Mask and his goons.
The episode set up some pretty important elements and got us one step closer to finding out exactly what game Dr. Rhyme and Roman are playing.
Isn’t it crazy how the people you need to take down are always looming in your circle? In this case, they’ve infiltrated the top leader of the Crows without even lifting a finger!
What’s their final game plan? And is Horten Spence the Lois Lane of Gotham?!
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!
Walker Review – A Tornado and the Truth (1×08)
A tornado blew onto Walker and forced many truth’s to bubble up to the surface.
I guess natural disasters have a way of making everyone confront situation head-on.
And sadly, not all relationships survived the hour.
Liam’s relationship with Bret hasn’t been featured too much in the series, but it was still heartbreaking to see him purposefully sabotage things between them in an effort to keep him safe.
Instead of telling Bret the truth, Liam decided to lie and say that he cheated on him during his trip to Mexico.
In reality, Liam has been hiding out in his office terrified that the Northside Nation gang is coming after him. What else could he possible think after they blew up his and James’ car for investigating Emily’s death.
By cutting Bret off, Liam ensured that he wouldn’t be used as leverage as he delved further into the case.
However, he couldn’t keep the truth from Walker any longer.
Walker’s reaction was much calmer than I expected. He didn’t flip out on Liam or get mad that he and James kept this from him. Instead, he acknowledged how difficult it had to be for Liam to tell the truth.
But it’s unclear how he’ll handle things moving forward. Cordell is hotheaded, so he’ll likely want to pursue the lead himself and get revenge, especially once he finds out that Geri may be involved!
The news hit him right as Cordell was considering going on his first date since his wife’s death. Maybe it’s for the best that he isn’t quite ready because watching him flirt with Julie was all sorts of uncomfortable.
Walker, Micki, and Trey ventured out into the dangerous weather to help the locals including Ruby’s grandfather.
The rescue mission hit a bit of a snag when Micki suffered a panic attack brought on by the intel that Adrianna isn’t her birth mother.
She’s had a bit of trouble processing the truth likely because she bottled it all up inside. Aside from Cordell, she didn’t tell anyone the truth.
Eventually, she had to face the music and came clean to Trey, who wasn’t pleased with her continuing to keep things from him.
Initially, it didn’t make sense why her first call was to Walker, but once she broke it down, it made sense.
By telling Trey, Micki had to acknowledge that it was the truth. It made it real, and she wasn’t ready for that.
Micki always holds things close to heart, but this is the first step into letting Trey fully in.
Also, the three of them make such a great team!
While Trey and Micki figured it out, Stella and Trevor’s perfect high school romance hit a snag when she realized that his father was Clint West. I guess Cordell told her all about Duke’s escapades with Clint, so she immediately connected the dots and realized that Trevor was using her.
Truthfully, I didn’t expect Stella to find out so soon or in this way, but I’m glad the truth is out there.
She’s too sweet to get caught up in some vengeful scheme.
And the deeper she got into it with Trevor, the more it would hurt both of them as the feelings between them seem to be real.
Like Romeo and Juliet, they’re caught up in a love story that’s doomed due to their families.
Trevor was definitely conflicted about the whole situation because even though he wants to do right by his family, he can’t deny that the Walker’s are good people.
Does this mean things are over for good?
Will Stella inform her father about Trevor’s motivations?
Will Cordell and Clint meet face-to-face?
- Bonham and Abeline are finally putting the infidelity behind them and moving forward! At least one couple was salvaged during the storm!
- Liam told Micki the truth about Emily’s death before he told his brother. Did anyone else find that strange?
- Why isn’t James around to help Liam deal with the fallout?
- Keegan Allen sold me on the role of Toby on Pretty Little Liars (even with all the crazy twists), but I’m just not buying what he’s selling with Liam. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it just doesn’t work for me!
What did you think of the episode?
Were you hoping for more action or are you enjoying the character development?
What do you think happened to Emily?
Let us know in the comments below!
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