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Good Girls Review – [SPOILER] Gets Arrested (4×02)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Big Kahuna" Episode 402 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Matthew Lillard as Dean Boland -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Things are not looking too hot for Boland Bubbles on Good Girls. 

Beth thought she had a grasp on everything pertaining to her and Dean’s latest business venture, but she ignored all the red flags that kept popping up.

With the business up and running for such a short period of time, she should have been skeptical about a big brand taking such an interest in them so early on.

The insistence on seeing the books was also telling. There were a few moments where it seemed like Beth was having that “aha” moment, but sadly, she never got around to doing her due diligence and checking if the guy was legit. 

I’m sure the FBI had all their ducks in a row, but would it hurt Beth to Google around and verify his identity?

Anytime anyone comes sniffing around your business, you need to be on high alert! No new friends, no new business partners, no new nothing! 

Keeping Dean in the dark has worked in some instances like when the undercover agent was trying to get information out of him, but it also backfired in other cases like when he got drunk and handed over the books. 

To be quite frank, neither Dean nor Beth were being honest with themselves – Beth had an inkling that something wasn’t right with the Big Kahuna guy, while Dean had an inkling that Beth was lying to him about the books. 

They absolutely do not make a good team. And the fact that Dean kept saying they do was foreshadowing that things were about to hit the fan. 

So, while it’s best that Dean doesn’t know anything now that he’s been arrested, it would’ve likely helped them avoid the situation had they been on the same page. 

I don’t see Beth and Dean’s relationship surviving this. He trusted her not to get homeboy involved, and she lied straight to his face, and now, he’s paying the ultimate price. 

I can’t say I’m ever #TeamDeansie, but in this case, I would be surprised if he forgave her and looked the other way yet again. 

It’s unclear how the FBI will play this as I don’t know if they have enough evidence to prove that he’s guilty.

The undercover FBI agent may have gotten ahold of the books, but I thought Beth was working on straightening those out and embellishing them by increasing expenses. If they have a way to explain their sales, I don’t know if it’s enough to prove that they’re laundering money. 

I’m actually surprised the FBI pulled the trigger that quickly, especially when Dean’s involvement was never fully established. 

And the fact that they ignored Phoebe’s evidence of the laundry lint was ludicrous. Her theory was actually impressive, so even if they needed a bit more time, the DA should’ve given her the chance to get something substantial. 

She’s clearly smarter than any of the men in this operation.

Is it that hard to believe a woman is capable of committing a crime?

Rio might not think Dean is his problem, but if he goes down, they all go down, so it seems to be in his best interest to help Dean out.

Rio already has the feds on his trail for Lucy’s death as the bullets matched those in other bodies of a rival gang. 

Also, how have they not called in Beth for questioning yet? If she really was the last person to see Lucy, it would make sense to bring her in. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “Big Kahuna” Episode 402 — Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Manny Montana as Rio — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

The walls are closing in on them, and I’m interested to see what they’re going to do to weasel out of this.

We all remember how Rio “took care” of Agent Turner… will this be as brutal?

Annie said something interesting at the kickstart of the episode that was also strange. She explained that if they “pop him, all of this goes away,” alluding to the fact that if they kill Rio, they’ll no longer have their criminal enterprise. 

But what’s stopping them from doing all of this without Rio?

And if that’s the case, why is Beth still trying to get him taken out by Fitzpatrick?

Beth has a way of attracting the worst men. Not only is Rio a problem, but now, the hitman she hired to kill Rio is so into her that he’s beating up chefs for undercooking her salmon at a restaurant. 

That’s one way of handling things. 

Will she rely on him to handle her mess with the Feds?

The only thing Fitzpatrick was right about is his assessment that Beth wouldn’t know normal if it hit her in the face. 

No matter what she says, she doesn’t actually want to go back to that lifestyle. If she did, she would’ve already as she had plenty of chances.

She’s too far gone and enjoys the thrill of it all too much.

Fitzpatrick might be stalling on taking out Rio because he wants Beth to remain in his orbit, but having a hitman involved in her drama isn’t ideal either. Will the tables turn and she’ll need Rio to kill Fitzpatrick instead?

As Ruby and Stan were dealing with the realization that their son is a genius and they need to buy him plenty of high-tech devices for coding, the Haskins, the couple whose daughter saved Sara’s life, showed up unannounced.

And I was just as bummed by their arrival as Stan and Ruby.

I’m ready to put this storyline in the rearview mirror, and hopefully, the fact that they turned out to be genuinely good people — even if they aren’t the ones responsible for donating the kidney that saved her life — will allow us to do just that. 

At this point, the “are they freeloaders” storyline was getting old.

And while it seemed like Jenny and Carl really did want to take advantage of them, it was a lame twist that they were actually there to return the money. What was the point of bringing them back?

As for Annie…  why can’t she get it together?

Her behavior is questionable on all fronts. It’s understandable that she wants to be more involved in Ben’s life and attend the fundraiser at his ritzy new school. It’s also understandable that she wanted to fit in and participate in the auction like all the other parents (plus, it’s the perfect place to wash all that money), but she took it overboard by trying to outshine everyone. Won’t people start asking where she got all the money?

Instead of impressing anyone, she completely embarrassed herself.

And her date of choice definitely didn’t help. Why would she think that Kevin, a guy that lives in his car, would be a fitting choice for a gala?

He didn’t clean up nice, nor did he act in an acceptable way. And you can’t even argue that he’s a decent person with the whole dognapping situation. 

Her choices are absurd, and by the fourth season, Annie should be making some kind of progress towards getting her life together. 

She was on the right path by going to school and seeking therapy — where did we go wrong!? And no, we’re not blaming it on the therapist. He was wrong in his own regard, but Annie needs to take responsibility for her actions and act like an adult for once. 

And she needs to stop feeling sorry for herself, otherwise, she’ll never break this cycle.

Plus, she should know that she’ll never be able to buy Ben’s love.

What do you think is going to happen? Will Dean go down for something Beth did? Will this be the line that she cannot cross?

Will she turn herself in or once again find a lucky break?

Let us know in the comments below, Good Girls fans!


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Only Murders in the Building Review – A Blackout Reveals Glitter Guy’s Identity

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Only Murders in the Building Hello Darkness Season 2 Episode 8

A city-wide blackout, a Simon & Garfunkel singalong, and a cat-and-mouse chase through the not-so-secret tunnels of the Arconia made for one of the strongest episodes of Only Murders in the Building Season 2.

Sometimes, it takes darkness to illuminate the truth, and that’s exactly what happened when the trio, exasperated by their lack of intel and evidence, bolted toward the danger to save Lucy. 

Mabel, Charles, and Oliver thought they may have hit a dead end when they struggled to make any headway on unmasking the identity of the killer/ Glitter man, but all they needed was a little push in the right direction as the suspect may have been right in front of them this entire time. 

When the power grid finally got back up and running, Mabel realized that Lucy was in an uncomfortable conversation with Detective Kreps. Leave it to the only woman in the group to pick up on an awkward situation. And it didn’t seem like Lucy was just willingly recalling the events of the evening either; her body language indicated that there was something deeper happening. 

Why, of all people, would the detective try to interrogate Lucy when there was a lobby full of people? And there’s no reality in which Lucy would be forthcoming about running into the killer in the tunnels without first addressing it with Mabel, Charles, and Oliver. 

The only logical explanation is that there’s a prior relationship between Lucy and Det. Kreps that we’re not aware of just yet. 

Mabel got a bad gut feeling about the whole situation, and for good reason, as she noticed red glitter (you can’t get that stuff off) on Kreps’ neck along with an arm injury consistent with their altercation. 

This is her guy! But why? 

If I had to make an educated guess, I would say that Kreps is Lucy’s mother’s new husband, which means it’s possible that Kreps is targeting Charles and the group for a reason.

It’s also possible that the killer is forcing Kreps to do his dirty work. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve come across a dirty cop.

However, it’s not entirely clear if Glitter Man is the same person that killed Bunny as the motive for her death still hasn’t been revealed. Could Kreps be somehow related to Bunny and Charles?

At this point, without any clear motive, Marv’s theory that it’s the Sixth Avenue Slasher doesn’t sound like much of a reach. It would be something worth pursuing had the attack and subsequent blame on the core trio didn’t feel personal, but it does. Serial killers rarely have any reason behind their kills, so it makes sense to rule out the random attack theory. Whoever is behind it wants Mabel, Charles, and Oliver to get punished. 

The killer, who we suspect is behind the power outage, had to know that Lucy was going to be at Charles’ apartment, which means the power outage was a plan to ensure that he bought himself some time by keeping the trio away. Even as they raced to save her, it took quite some time for them to climb 10+ flights of stairs. 

But if someone like Marv, who cleans mold, knows about the tunnels and has access to them, it’s safe to say that other people do as well, especially a killer.

For a brief moment, I thought maybe Marv was the man behind it as he seemed bored and eager to get involved in a new mystery, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. 

Marv could be a useful asset if they keep him off the killer’s radar as he could be the unnoticed eyes and ears. At this point, they are in a position to push away any help.

There was also another clue that bubbled up to the surface as Lucy accidentally revealed that she was at Charles’ apartment the night of Bunny’s murder. When she was hiding in the tunnels, the killer sneezed, which didn’t seem like a big deal when we first saw it unfold on our screen a few episodes back, nor did it really mean anything to the trio, but after we saw Howard’s new crush, Jonathan, a Broadway singer who is subletting on his floor, reveal his cat allergy, it did raise some red flags. 

Allergy = sneezing. It’s not irrefutable proof that Jonathan is shady, but it’s not something we can ignore, even if he was accounted for while the killer was pursuing Lucy in the tunnels.

The series has spent time digging into some of the other Arconia residents before, but the focus on Howard’s love life must serve some kind of purpose other than simply showing us a cute love story blooming between tenants. It’s also not lost on me that Jonathan and Howard have way too much in common. What are the odds that they both sing and have a passion for careers as librarians?

Elsewhere, Nina Lin bonded with Lester, and it turns out, the new mom does have a soul. As she begins to understand the importance of the human connection when Lester shows her kindness, she realizes that automation isn’t everything. In fact, it does seem like she’s starting to see what Bunny always saw in the Arconia. But could changing her modernization plans lead to more catastrophe? At the very least, they need to put up some cameras in the building and get those tunnels officially on the books!

I don’t think the series would give insight into Nina’s life unless it fit into the overall mystery, but it definitely doesn’t seem like she’s the brains behind changing up the Arconia. It also looks like she’s been left to take care of the baby all on her own, which begs the question — where is Jared? Is he too busy murdering people? 

We haven’t circled back yet about Charles’ painting, his connection to Bunny, and Amy Schumer, but I’m hoping that’s on the horizon as the mystery unravels and we get closer to unmaking this season’s killer.

A good murder mystery takes you in several different directions, which just means that Only Murders in the Building is doing a fine job even if it does feel a bit more slow-paced than the first season.

If I’m to narrow down possible suspects right now it’s Kreps, Jonathan, Jared, and Howard! 

Who do you think the killer is? What is Kreps’ connection to the killer? Why hasn’t he arrested Mabel for her viral video on the train? While it was self-defense, she definitely stabbed a guy! 

Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Roswell, New Mexico Review – Outlaw Liz Takes Hold of the Mindscape

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Sometimes, to face your biggest fears, you have to get locked in your own mind. 

Liz did so by inhaling a large amount of her alien mist, which basically drew her into a Western-themed mindscape where the villain of the story was herself… a dark version of herself that wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries and out of her comfort zone. 

Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 9 was one big metaphor of what happens when you ignore what’s really troubling you. And while the episode was a fun shake-up to the alien genre from director Michael Trevino, it also provided us with a pretty fantastic gender swap for the “damsel in distress” trope as real-life Max was pulled into the mindscape and trapped there with his life directly tied to Liz’s decisions.

Seriously, mindscape Rosa wasn’t lying when she said that Liz and Max are co-dependent.

As Liz struggled to figure out the point of the mindscape, her body was shutting down in reality as her friends rallied to save her and buy her some time before she got to the finish line. 

What happens when you don’t have your medicine woman on hand? Everyone needs to work together to figure out the science. Liz has always been the best at alien science, which made this all the more difficult. You need an alien solution for an alien problem, so not only did they need Kyle (via phone) and Heath to assist, but they actually needed Michael to believe in himself again. 

It was all hands on deck. 

Thankfully, when Guerin realized that he wasn’t just helpless but he actually could provide a solution to help save Liz, he worked wonders with Heath. 

And though Liz’s subconscious was still trying to avoid the ugly truth that she’s been repressing, the good news is that Liz is smart in any reality, parallel universe, and mindscape.  Upon waking up, she knew that something was wrong, and when she found out that she was sheriff, she immediately realized she was in a mindscape. She was able to identify her symptoms to keep track of what was happening to her on the outside. 

Honestly, sometimes I think she might be too smart for her own good.

Dark Liz/Outlaw Liz, whatever you want to call her, may have been blunt, but she was necessary. 

Roswell, New Mexico Review Wild Wild West Season 4 Episode 9

Roswell, New Mexico — “Wild Wild West” — Image Number: ROS409b_0257r — Pictured (L – R): Allie Myers as Shiri Appleby and Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho — Photo: Michael Moriatis/The CW — © 2022 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Liz and Max’s relationship needed to come a head — they’ve been hitting the same wall for years, and they just keep hoping things will get better without ever stopping to figure out the underlying issue. 

With time running out, Liz was forced to face the truth: she was scared about saying “yes” to Max’s proposal and starting a perfect life with him because she was always anticipating the “other shoe” to fall.

And now that Max gave up his powers, he essentially pushed her into making a decision that requires her to be powerful enough to protect those she cares about. 

Upon waking up, Max figured that Liz made the right choice when facing down her other half, but Liz allowed Dark Liz to take hold instead. Outlaw Liz is out and ready to play. She no longer wanted to feel weak and scared in this fight. She wanted a choice, she wanted to be able to protect others, she didn’t want to settle.

It’s not a surprising decision considering how heavily these fears have weighed on her. But does that mean that she has powers in the real world outside of the mindscape?

And is this somehow going to trickle down into Liz being the key that Ophicus has been looking for?

Liz’s mindscape was definitely a trip, and one I kind of wish she was able to dissect — Kyle was a horse, Shirley Applebee (OG Liz) was conjured up to illuminate the way as Liz’s mentor, Papi was a retired Sheriff Machete. The fun truly never ended… though I know Liz would beg to differ on that front. 

There were other major things happening in the background as well that didn’t take precedence but were just as important:

  • Guerin learned to believe in himself so that he could finally got save his soulmate Alex. It’s about damn time they make his rescue a priority. How long has the poor guy been down there just waiting for someone to throw him a line?
  • Maria stayed calm so that she could learn to hone her powers and save Dallas and Alex.. and Bonnie.
  • Heath was a welcome return, and not only was he in Roswell because he heard Dallas was in trouble, but he’s also Rosa’s mentor as she tries to figure out the source of her powers. 
  • Heath and Rosa may or may not be the next it couple. I’m rooting for them.
  • Isobel said her time with Kyle was “spectacular,” and while she (and we) acknowledge that she has a lot to work through, the fact that she’s crazy without him is telling of where her heart is. He’s not just a rebound and she knows it.
  • Also did anyone kind of think that Outlaw Liz felt as though both her and the other Liz were better than Max? The whole mediocrity line was brutal! Is he really holding her back that much or was she simply trying to make a point? I know Max keeps Liz in Roswell, but she’s tried to venture out and she always comes back. It’s a personal choice. Also, she’s brilliant, but she’s only studying the alien science because of her connection to the aliens, so it’s not totally worthless. 

The truth is, everyone here is kind of avoiding doing the things they need to do for the people they love. They all struggle with being honest and open, they are all terrible at communication, they are all bad at letting the love in and being vulnerable, but if Liz’s mindscape is any indication, these are the things that matter. You cannot let them fester because, no matter how fun Dark Liz was in the mindscape, they will come to haunt you and turn into even bigger issues. 

What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Dynasty Review – Liam Ridley’s Nightmare at La Mirage

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Dynasty Review a Writer of Dubious Talent Season 5 Episode 18

After a brief midseason hiatus, Dynasty Season 5 with new episodes that proved the writers are experimenting with their storytelling in the final episodes. (I know, it pains me to treat Dynasty like a show in its final iteration, but it’s the sad truth!)

The hiatus also lent itself to a six-month time jump—the characters made sure you were aware of it—to help speed up the timeline and likely close out the series with Fallon and Liam becoming parents. 

On Dynasty Season 5 Episode 18, Stacey is six months pregnant, which means that she’s also been romantically involved with Adam for half a year. That might honestly be his longest relationship. But don’t worry, while Adam may be charming Stacey, it’s only because she has no idea who he actually is or what he’s capable of. After Amanda booted him from the role of Chief of Staff at the hospital, Adam hasn’t held another position, so when the opportunity presented itself, he concocted a plan that put Stacey in danger only to prove to Fallon that he was worthy of being reinstated. Is it deranged? Sure. But it’s hardly the worst thing we’ve seen from Adam. 

The only good thing is that he was able to resuscitate Stacey shortly after she fainted and played it off as dehydration caused by overworking herself (rather than the dangerous mushrooms he put in her tea). Fallon should know better at this point, but she only saw what she wanted to see; she was convinced that Stacey would be better off with Adam working at the hospital, so she promised to talk to Amanda about getting him his job back. Adam straight up manipulated Fallon because he knew she couldn’t resist ensuring her surrogate’s safety. Oh, Adam. Some things never change. 

In this whole scenario, I just feel bad for Stacey as she’s convinced that she’s with a really great guy when she has no idea what he’s capable of. 

The time jump also meant that Liam’s movie was wrapped and ready to be screened by the masses. 

And while everyone was enjoying the press junket and movie premiere, he was doubling down in hopes of getting his second book finished. 

He told Fallon, his mentor, and his editor that he only needed to finish one page, but in reality, he spent the past several months trying to overcome his writer’s block.

I thought that the nightmare/hallucination he had while hiding away at the hotel would serve as a source of inspiration for his book, allowing him to take it in a horror/murder mystery direction, but ultimately, it was just necessary to help Liam confront his biggest fear: failure. 

While it was quite a dramatic way to help someone face the truth, it was also one of the best scenes Dynasty has ever delivered. This isn’t the first time the series has played with specific scenes (remember when Fallon hit her head and we got a whole Wizard of Oz-inspired episode?), but it was the first time they tried their hand at horror. 

And it was so brilliantly executed, mostly because Adam Huber acted his butt off!

I mean, he gave that performance his all. Being Fallon’s boyfriend, fiance, and finally, husband, made Huber a fan favorite, sure, but it also sort of sidelined him when it came to the compelling storyline; I’m so glad that they gave him this moment because he was incredible. 

Huber took to Instagram to announce that he wrapped production on Liam’s character earlier in the day, but I’m hoping this convinces someone to cast him in a horror/thriller. When the murderer took the mask off to reveal an unhinged version of Liam, I didn’t even feel like I was watching Dynasty anymore.

The lighting, the music, the writing, and the acting all worked seamlessly to deliver an eerie vibe that eventually played into the episode’s big twist. 

Liam, who was finally about to be honest about his writer’s block with Fallon and his editor, confided in his mentor, who then fell to the ground and died of an aneurysm moments later. 

It was a devastating turn of events for what should’ve been Liam’s big night, but it also provided him with an opportunity as his mentor was there to finalize his finished manuscript… the one that only Liam knew about. 

In a moment of desperation, Liam grabbed it, but I truly hope he doesn’t try to pass it off as his own. Tempting as it might be, it’s possible that his editor did tell someone else about it. If Liam decides to go through with it and publish it, his family—including the nephew that Liam worked with—could have proof that it wasn’t Liam’s novel. It could easily ruin his career!

Not to mention that it’s not something Liam would ever do. He’s not that kind of guy. And he’ll have to live with himself for the rest of his life if he does. If he wins awards or gets any praise for the work, it will eat him inside.  I just hope Liam does the right thing instead of taking the easy way out. 

And finally, Sammy will know the truth because he’s the only other person that Liam confided in about his writer’s block!

Liam may not have had a good night, but Culhane and Nina sure did. 

Throughout the whole filming of the movie, the duo couldn’t stand each other, but it was always obvious that they drove each other crazy because they were crazy in love. 

After falling into bed with each other—did you see the way she pushed him? That man flew!—they tried to deny it and dance around the subject by saying it was just a one-time thing to release pent-up stress. But no one actually believed it… they were simply trying to convince themselves cause they were both too scared to make the plunge.

Thankfully, Dom was there to push them together. She should really consider becoming a matchmaker because if it wasn’t for her, those two would be too stubborn to make the move.

After everything that transpired between Dom and Culhane, she kind of owes him this. And I’m glad they’re finally in a better spot.

Colby and Blake got into it again with the former trying to buy back his companies from the latter. History was about to repeat itself with a full-blown Carrington-Colby war, but this time, they made the mistake of dragging Amanda and Cristal into their feud.  And these women were simply not interested. 

Cristal approached Colby after he shut down PPA to secure the deal, in her favor, of course, and Colby was impressed to see her savvy business skills. It’s nice to see Cristal recognize her own power and stand up for herself instead of remaining in Blake’s shadow. And the way she stood up to Blake when he came for her was boss with a capital B. Blake has finally found his equal who will put him in his place regarding business—it’s been a long time coming. Cristal deserves this moment, too, after years of being pushed around by the Carringtons. 

Overall, it was a pretty impressive episode of Dynasty by Dynasty standards. 

What did you think? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section below!


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