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GOOD GIRLS -- "Remix" Episode 110 -- Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland -- (Photo by: Steve Dietl/NBC)

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We started Good Girls with the ladies robbing Annie’s grocery store and the season ends with the ladies, once again, robbing the grocery store.

Since the saying goes “thunder never strikes the same place twice,” people are less likely to suspect that the store will get hit again. Not these crazy bitches, though!

What seems like a ludicrous idea to most seems like a logical gameplan for them! But really, you don’t think people in a small community would recognize a redhead and a thicker black woman who always roll together. Ski masks are good but they aren’t THAT good.

The episode kicks off with Rio approaching agent Turner at the diner to let him know his boy “ain’t coming.” That seems like a foolish thing to say because well, you’re basically admitting to “taking care” of your boy, however, it also proves that Rio really isn’t afraid of getting caught.

There’s something really attractive about a man who can handle any situation and is fearless — I may or may not have a crush on Rio.

As the ladies brainstorm a way to get rid of Rio, they decide to lead the police right to him with the laundered money at the Shop n Save.

Beth’s plan: just give the FBI a reason to look there.

And during the heist, they plan to take just enough to cover Sara’s kidney which Ruby desperately needs.

Desperate times calls for desperate measures.

This time, they hit during Annie’s shift so that it wouldn’t look like she was involved. And after all the security updates following the first robbery, they needed her to open the safe.

Everything that happened after they held up the store was a blur for me because I was that anxious!

Ruby and Annie dropped the key to the safe in some gunky sewer, Beth left a letter for Agent Turner, Ruby left her mask in a bin, and both of them walked out of the store when police arrived pretending to be customers. Again, how did no one recognize them? It was all too much for me to handle, I needed a Xanax.

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And worst of all, Tyler the security guard caught Annie taping money to herself! We’re not sure how she convinced him to let her get away with promising to date him didn’t work since he’s gay but she managed somehow.

It’s a good thing Stan is on his way to becoming a cop because unlike the real law enforcement, he was able to put two-and-two together and link Ruby to the crime. In actuality, I’m surprised it took him so long. She’s been bringing stupid amounts of money home, corporate conveniently loaned her enough to cover the transplant (trust me, that doesn’t happen in life) on the same night Annie’s store got robbed, and it was two women.

While I understand that finding out about your wife’s double life is troubling, especially when you’re a cop, I wish he understood her point of view. She did all of this to save her daughter. It may not have been right and yes, it may have put them in an unfavorable position, but at least their little girl was healthy.

I hope he gives her a second chance before walking out on her because anyone would be lucky to have a woman as dedicated, loving and nurturing as Ruby.

Plus, they kind of need him if they don’t want to get messed up in all of this.

Annie realized that Sadie was doing a lot better in private school and unlike in her public school, actually making friends.

I don’t understand know why she continues to get together with Gregg to drink and reminisce on the good old days after what happened last time. It’s like they’re asking to get caught or something. And even that statement seems so trivial; these are adults who share a child. They both have obvious feelings for each other so I hope come season 2, Gregg calls it quits with his wife and gives it another try with Annie.

That is if she isn’t in jail or being hunted down by Rio or his men.

Right now, he’s more focused on Beth, the woman who tried to sell him to the FBI.

Beth is so naive, she really thought he plan was failproof and would ensure Rio would be in prison for years to come.

It’s unclear how he got out, but I’m guessing it was on a technicality or lack of evidence. Maybe the money wasn’t his anymore.

But now, Beth has to pay for what she did. Talk about ruining a business relationship, right?

When she arrives at home, she finds that Rio has beaten the living daylights out of Dean which I’m sure he deserved.

Given that Beth just found out he’s been lying about his cancer, Rio’s order to “shoot” her husband is probably something she’s considering… briefly.

Look, I have no clue how homegirl is going to get out of this one. If she shoots Dean, she’s shooting the father of her children and her former love. She’ll carry that with her until the day she dies. If she shoots Rio, she’s still going to go down for murder and his men will likely come for her and her family. Either way, she loses.

Or is the gun filled with a blank and the minute she points it at Rio, he’ll kill Dean.

Or maybe Rio will have some mercy on her and find some other form of punishment? We have to wait until season 2 of Good Girls to find out. All I know is, the situation Beth has found herself in is not pretty.

And Rio is right, she so desperately wanted to be the Queen. She wanted his spot, she wanted to be the one making the calls, but she failed to realize that you have to work your way up. You have to kill the King to be King.

I’m a bit upset that this means there’s absolutely no chance for a forbidden romance between Beth and Rio! I really thought there was something between them, but at the same time, Rio needed to establish himself as someone that can’t easily be messed with.

Who knows, maybe he’s even impressed with Beth’s eagerness to take charge. That’s wishful thinking because at this point, she seems like a traitor and we know how he deals with those.

What was really great about this episode is how the women aligned with their enemy, Mary Pat, to get take down their common enemy, Boomer.

After seeing Annie pay for Mary Pat’s groceries, Boomer befriended the desperate mother during church choir practice.

They hit it off right away, especially because Mary Pat was looking for a companion following her husband’s death, and even went line dancing together.

What Mary Pat didn’t know is that Boomer was using her to figure out what her arrangement with Annie and the others was. She finally found the recording device he planted in a bible on her bookshelf and went to tell Beth thinking he was some kind of agent that was onto their “secret shopping business.”

“Mary Pat, you need a drink,” Beth told her before explaining everything including how Boomer tried to rape Annie which Mary Pat mentioned when she confronted him.

Let’s just say, Boomer isn’t great at talking himself out of situations because every explanation he had only dug him into a bigger hole. Just give up, bro!

Mary Pat is an effective villain because you hate her and at the same time realize that she’s just as bad as Annie, Ruby and Beth. She needs money and she’s seeking an opportunity.

Who knows, maybe she’ll be in for all their crazy ideas next season!

What did you think of the first season of Good Girls? Did the anxiety-ridden plots get the best of you? Do you think Stan will leave Ruby? Will he out them to his police friends? Is Dean going to die? How will Beth get out of this one?

Watch the first season of Good Girls here! 


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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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