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Good Girls – Pilot (1×01)

GOOD GIRLS -- Season: 1 -- Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks -- (Photo by: Danielle Levitt/NBC)

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If you were to ask me to describe NBC’s newest show Good Girls, I’d say it’s Bad Moms but for television. A delectable mix of Breaking Bad and Thelma and Louise. 

Much like the big-screen film, the new comedy-drama focuses on three friends who are pretty fed up with the state of their lives and more importantly, all the money problems. (Aren’t we all?!)

Annie Marks is the single and young mom who got pregnant at 17. She works at a grocery store making minimum wage and getting hit on by her Harvey Weinstein of a boss, Boomer.

Early on, she finds out that her ex Greg is suing her for custody with his new desperate housewife.

It’s unclear how Greg was able to pull his life together while Annie is still trying to make ends meet and support their daughter, Sadie, who is “finding herself” and constantly being bullied at school.

Also, what kind of computer can she buy Sadie with a single bill that Greg half-heartedly threw at her like she was some kind of peasant? One bill obviously couldn’t be more than $100 so I want to know where he’s shopping for laptops!

Next, we have Beth Boland, Annie’s older sister, who leads the perfect life. Or so it seems.

We meet her in quite an intimate setting as she’s literally getting her lady parts waxed for her husband Dean.

However, at that same time, Dean’s face is literally in Amber’s, his airheaded, blonde co-worker’s, crotch. Yep, he’s cheating and seeing Beth go through the all that grooming pain just to know he could care less cause is enough to make your blood boil.

Pair that with her credit card being declined mid-wax because Dean was “too busy” to pay the bill and he’s literally a low-life loser that we’d rather see gone. And we barely even know the guy!

It doesn’t take long for Beth to put the pieces together and conclude that Dean is cheating on her. All those lingerie charges on the declined credit card means he’s been either buying her a sweet present or his side-piece one.

Almost immediately, we catch onto the fact that Beth is one hell of a liar, which is definitely a good thing considering what this show’s about.

Her sob story at the local Lover’s Lane was next level and proved her suspicion to be true — that ITTY BITTY THONG was definitely not for her.

After Beth trashes his room, she gets housewife wasted and waits for him to get home in the dark, like any sane woman would do.

Dean crumbles under the pressure, but even more worrying than his affair is the fact that he’s gotten them in some deep financial burden. I’m talking ZERO money. That’s not news a woman who blindly trusted her man with the family’s finances ever wants to hear.

Ladies, let this be a lesson to you, don’t even rely so much on a man that you end up having no idea what he’s doing with your money and your future.

Before I go on, we have to intro mommy number three. Ruby is a happily married woman who works at a diner and thus, cannot afford treatments for her cancer-stricken daughter Sara.

Ruby is such well-rounded character; she’s a no-nonsense woman but has to stand by helplessly while her daughter is dying. She can’t even find her voice to speak up and ask her doctor about clinical trials because in this world if you don’t have the money, they don’t have the time to listen to you.

The one underlying theme here is that these are three strong, brave, independent women who will do anything to save their children.

Thus, the bank robbery plot is born.

Annie convinces them into thinking robbing her grocery store will be super easy and that there’s about 30 thousand, give or take, in the vault located in the back.

Desperate, they all agree and before you know it, they’re donning black ski masks and pointing sharpie-filled-in toy guns at innocent shoppers.

I can’t say it’s going well, but it’s not terrible until Annie gets frustrated with Boomer and leans over to shove more cash into the bags, revealing her tramp stamp, which Boomer DEFINITELY recognizes.

Look, I don’t know what’s worse: getting caught by the cops or having a creepy boss know about that crime you committed and holding it against you. Because obviously, Boomer is going to use this to his advantage.

The cops might not be too keen on finding 30K like Annie said, but they’ll definitely care about the half million that these ladies just brought back home with them.

The agreement is to sit on the money before they can come up with some logical solution. In theory, that sounds great. In reality, these are three broke women with needs and desires not only for themselves but for their families.

Annie spends her sum on a brand new car, a fancier version of Nancy’s, which impresses Sadie.

Despite not having the means, Annie and Sadie definitely have a thriving mother and daughter bond. Sometimes, I’m not sure who is taking care of who.

Ruby uses her money to get Sara into a better doctor and into one of the promising clinical trials.

They say money doesn’t buy you happiness but it definitely cleans up messes.

Seeing the difference between a low-income doctor and a doctor who actually takes the time to treat her patients and even offers cucumber water is striking. This is our reality people.

Beth heads over to the dealership and gives Amber some “go away” money. At first, I assumed she was doing it to save her marriage, but after Amber opened her mouth, she realized her husband made a grave mistake because homegirl was dumb with a capital D.

In a twisted way, she knew they were both better off without the cheating scum, plus she wanted him to suffer without his precious side-piece She’ll probably become a porn star in Hollywood or something and make lots of money.

But just when you think things may be shaping up for them, aside from the whole “we stole half a million” dilemma, things take a turn for the worse.

Money doesn’t buy you happiness, it creates more problems!

Boomer comes knocking on Annie’s door and threatens to go to the police if she doesn’t sleep with him.

Sex in exchange for silence? Nothing new but still just as disgusting.

It’s nerve-wracking seeing Annie realize that they’d been made out by probably the worst human being ever.

As for the money, they didn’t steal it from a grocery store. Why would a local chain hang onto that much money? Nope. The money in the vault belonged to a local gang led by Rio, who demands all the cash back with interest.

Dang, we’re in deep and this is the first episode!

The three leading ladies are so contrasting; you can relate to each one of them or all three at different times, for different reasons.

They are warriors and in a time of crisis and will do whatever it takes to protect their own. They learn fairly quickly that breaking the law comes with grave consequences but as they try to dig themselves out of this, they develop into their own.

They are anti-heroines in the “taketh no bullshit” sense, which definitely speaks to women in our society who need real role models, edgy women who won’t be silenced.

There is no better time than now for women to fight back; for our television to have such versatile leading women who are no longer going to stand idly and be hopeless, but who will take the narrative back. It starts with women feeling like they’re at the bottom, and let’s be honest, what woman doesn’t feel that way.

The series acknowledges that.

We’re always competing against our male counterparts, juggling multiple jobs, balancing the household and half the time, we still can’t afford to live.

And I love that a series is basically telling us, “don’t rely on the men!” Because as great as having a husband that provides for you is, you always have to be ready for the worst.

 

Beth’s transformation is one I’m looking forward to the most. Out of the three, she’s the one who seems the most conservative and has the most room to grow. She’s newly single, a woman scorned and out for blood, but what happens when she gets a taste of the “good life.” It has the potential to be dangerous.

Thoughts on the first episode of Good Girls? Was it everything you imagined it would be?


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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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