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.
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!
The Resident Halloween Episode Review – Spirits or Symptoms? (5×05)
The Resident did it once again.
They nailed their annual Halloween episode out of the ballpark and managed to squeeze every single emotion out of me.
I love that the series goes all out for spooky season. As does Chastain.
Every single corner of the hospital was decked out for the holiday. Year after year, the series excels in delivering themed storylines that tie in organically with the plot.
The mystery of the three witches was Conrad’s first day back following his hiatus after Nic’s death. Women who believe in magic and are experiencing deep hallucinations are bound to get your mind off of the dark stuff at home. The three “witches” definitely gave off a Hocus Pocus vibe, especially when one of them freaked out about the abilities of the blood pressure cuff.
How cool and creepy was that scene where one of them snuck off to the bathroom and saw her evil self laughing maniacally back at her only to be enveloped by ghosts?
While it eventually turned out to be an accidental poisoning through an herb in the tea and not a result of spells, magic, or alcohol, it was a teachable moment for Conrad, who realized that these three women were together to reconnect with a loved one when the veil was at its thinnest.
It was a gentle reminder that despite being physically gone, Nic will always be there for them.
And the fact that he came home to a delivery of Gigi’s Halloween costume proved that she’s always looking out for them.
The case inspired Conrad to host his own pagan ritual to say a proper goodbye to Nic.
Seeing everyone in the house, sharing a meal at the table, and reminiscing about the good times they had with Nic was the sweetest sendoff.
And somehow, over the span of an hour, The Resident manage to freak me out before turning me into a pile of mush.
After everyone departed, Conrad went upstairs to check on Gigi, and when he went through her bedroom door, she was suddenly a sweet 5-year-old dressed up as an astronaut.
Conrad may have forgotten her first Halloween costume while being wrapped up in his grief, but it’s clear he never forgot it moving forward. He became the best version of himself for his family.
The series is jumping into the future, which honestly, is the only way they can really move on from this loss while honoring Nic’s character.
Seeing Conrad mope around and mourn his late wife is only sustainable for a few episodes, though, having him move on too quickly is also insensitive.
Utilizing a time jump is the only thing that makes sense at this moment, plus, it allows the series to reframe and explore new storylines.
After all, there have been a handful of shakeups recently, including Mina’s exit that left The Raptor heartbroken, that we need to move past.
Since it’s not known how many more seasons Fox will give The Resident — this could even be the last one — the time jump allows us to go deeper with the characters and see how things turned out.
Basing this solely off the teaser, it seems as though Conrad stepped away from medicine to be a full-time father, but leave it up to Pravesh (and his new ‘do) to convince him to come back!
It also seems like The Raptor and Leela are hooking up… or were, though, maybe that’s just how the teaser is cut to throw us off?
And AJ is now a published author.
Here’s hoping the book includes his sound advice about warding off ghosts!
Leave it to AJ to be a man of both science and science fiction. In the present, he didn’t dismiss the beliefs of any of his patients. Even though he knew there was likely a scientific and medical explanation for what was happening, he indulged them in their hypothesis. This is why he’s the best character — I won’t be convinced otherwise.
Spirits or symptoms is a sound premise for a future series!
His ghost expertise calmed his patient down long enough so that his medical expertise could diagnose him with a life-threatening tumor. Win-win.
Pravesh may not have been a believer, but whatever happened in room 2413 (“it’s haunted, I won’t go in there” – Nolan) convinced him to abandon the historical apartment with “character” for more modern fixing hopefully not built atop of a burial site.
Kit channeled her inner Mary Poppins — I’ll never unsee it now — to entertain the children at the daycare, but she didn’t stop worrying about Dr. Bell, who boldly picked up a hitchhiker on the side of the road.
We know hitchhikers tend to be bad news, so it was clear that there was going to be something up with Mike.
Did I expect him to be a full-blown serial killer that slashed three people before hopping into Bell’s Mercedes and forcing him under the knife, so to speak, to pay for the sins of his past?
Absolutely not. But I wasn’t opposed to the storyline.
I was genuinely concerned about Bell’s well-being once we knew there was a serial killer on the loose, Mike began inquiring if Bell ever murdered anyone, and when he asked him to drop him off in some dark street far away from the main road.
Thankfully, Mike appreciated Bell’s honesty and the fact that he owned up to his previous mistakes, so he let him go.
I doubt that would ever happen in a real-life brush with a serial killer wielding a knife, but I’m glad that’s how it went down for Bell’s sake.
And it’s always nice to see the series acknowledge the massive character growth. It’s important that they didn’t forget who Bell was when all of this started.
There were medical cases, there were fun moments where Chastain’s finest indulged in some chilling antics, and there was closure to Nic’s death topped with an emotional time jump the finish things off.
What did you think of the annual Halloween episode? Are you excited about the time jump?
Let us know your thoughts below!
La Brea Review – The New Arrival (1×04)
Just when you think you’ve figured La Brea out, it introduces a compelling plot twist that changes everything.
We’re only four episodes in, but the series has really found its groove and figured out the pacing. The episodes don’t beat around the bush. No time is wasted; when you finish an episode, you’ve gained a lot more information than you had prior to watching.
We’re experiencing all the new findings at the same time as the survivors that are stuck in 10,000 B.C.
And despite not being having any working technology or the ability to connect with the present day, they pretty much know exactly what’s going on back at home. These communication skills are impressive.
While it’s harder for them to connect with the people back at home, they also have an advantage with Gavin, whose visions are helping lead the way.
Once he was able to confirm that Levi was alive and reconnected with the rest of the survivors, he spent most of the episode tracking down Dr. Nathan in hopes of setting up another rescue mission.
Of course, the government was against it because Levi’s venture down under caused a seismic reaction that shook Los Angeles to its core.
It’s understandable that they would want to be a bit more cautious considering the very real effects the sinkhole has on the current reality, however, giving up seems like a wasted opportunity.
When it’s revealed that this is the fourth sinkhole of its kind, the fact that they have a prototype plane ready to go makes a lot more sense, but it also makes you wonder why they’re giving up so quickly.
Surely, there should be a plan B if plan A fails considering these time-traveling sinkholes aren’t quite the anomaly we were led to believe.
Gavin is determined to secure another rescue mission for his family at all costs. After all, with saber tooths, bears, and other extinct animals running around, and the threat of starvation looming large, they don’t have too much time on their hands.
While things seemed bleak for a bit when Gavin couldn’t get ahold of Dr. Nathan, thankfully, he was able to track down Dr. Rebecca Aldridge, who was featured in a photo that was conveniently left behind in the open on Dr. Nathan’s desk.
I’ll let that one go, honestly.
Dr. Aldridge explained that she was part of an exploratory crew that was sent down through a sinkhole in the Mojave. Unfortunately, the sinkhole closed up before they were able to come back. She was a scapegoat for the botched job and has since spent the remainder of her time secluded on a farm preparing yet another prototype in the event another sinkhole opens up.
Rebecca’s existence raises a series of questions.
For starters, why were Gavin and Izzy able to find her information and address so easily if she’s trying to say off the grid?
Secondly, why didn’t Nathan attempt to persuade the government to use Rebecca’s prototype instead/this time? If Rebecca is certain that her creation will be able to withstand the effect of time travel, shouldn’t they at least give it a whirl?
And thirdly, where did she get all the money for this? I’m sure she took a hefty payout to keep quiet about what happened on the mission, but even then, this is some next-level technology!
It’s likely none of those questions will be answers and we just have to suspend disbelief in order to embrace the series.
Rebecca informs Gavin that his arrival was a “stroke of fate” because she needs a pilot to go through the light and save them all.
“Stroke of fate” is a stretch considering Dr. Nathan could’ve just given Gavin a ring. We know he’s 100% down to pilot his way into the green light to save his family.
And if he does, successfully, he’ll be the savior that they always wanted him to be.
It’s obvious that Gavin was always meant to be the hero. After all, his visions cannot be for naught.
Levi definitely seemed more heroic to Eve when she realized he risked everything — without knowing if he would be able to come back — to save her.
Her perspective changed, however, when Levi informed her that Gavin was the reason he was down there — Gavin was the reason the whole rescue mission was happening because he proved that his visions were real.
At this point, you could see Eve just tense up and feel guilty and shameful for assuming her husband was never there for the family.
He was literally planning for this very moment all to be told that he wasn’t doing enough for his loved ones.
Of course, you can’t blame Eve for thinking Gavin was losing it. It’s not every day that a man’s visions of the past are actually legit.
Again, it’s messy since both men have good intentions.
Even was definitely taken aback by Levi’s arrival, but it was obviously comforting to see a familiar face.
The survivors saw the plane come crashing through the force field, so a group of them decided to make their way to the wreckage to see if there was anyone that might be able to save them.
While he wasn’t able to whisk them all home, he did come prepared with provisions, information, and a vessel that allowed them to detect a nearby signal.
Signal? Here? How?
Those are all valid questions and the same questions the survivors have.
At this point, they have nothing to lose. If they walk into the lion’s den, they might end up dead. If they don’t, they might also end up dead.
It’s unclear how a signal deep within the woods is possible, but it eventually led them to an area populated by huts that indicates that there are others in the area.
Could this man-made neighborhood be Rebecca’s crew? If so, this means they might know a lot more about what’s going on down here than anyone else.
Though, the man that tried to warn Lilly when she stumbled upon Eddie’s lifeless body doesn’t strike me as a government crew member.
The man ooked like a native. He had a handprint on his back that matched the handprint seen at the entrance of the village.
The whole storyline with Lily and her sister Veronica is really strange. Veronica doesn’t want Lily to speak, she’s possessive over her, she’s violent, and she keeps insisting that they aren’t here to “help these people.”
It’s almost as if she believes they’re a different breed.
There’s definitely some resentment about their father. Veronica seems to have a lot of respect for him, while Lily doesn’t seem to be all that fond of him.
What’s the deal here?
And will Veronica retaliate against Lily for rebelling?
Elsewhere, Sam and Riley parted ways. She almost lost her life to a giant anaconda in the river, while he was championed the remaining survivors to take turns watching the grounds for whoever (or whatever) killed Eddie.
There was also a subplot with Scott and Lucas after the latter found out that the former found his drugs and dumped them. I know Scott was just getting rid of the heroine as a protective measure, but since it came in handy as a pain medication once, why wouldn’t they hold onto it in the event that someone else got injured?
Also, who is Lucas trying to sell all this heroine to in the past? It’s not like there are hoards of buyers lining up!
While Scott and Lucas don’t seem like main characters, they’re definitely stealing the show away from Josh and Izzy.
Why are the children of the man with the visions and the leader of the pack the dullest?
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below now!
Ordinary Joe Review: Mask On Mask Off (1×05)
It’s Halloween time on Ordinary Joe Season 1 Episode 5, “Mask On Mask Off,” and some unsettling secrets were revealed! Initially, I thought this show was going to be a wholesome ponderance about different life choices. Little did I know we were going to get some big drama.
While the show’s narrative is mostly third person, there’s no doubt it’s focused on Joe. The challenge is balancing three storylines and furthering multiple characters while providing more than a one-dimensional cast. Ordinary Joe understands the assignment but struggles to execute it well.
Through flashbacks, Eric’s coming out story is explored. It wasn’t a terrible scene, but nothing special. The dialogue between young Joe and young Eric was a bit cheesy, with Joe responding to Eric’s news, saying, “how can I support you?” It’s a nice moment shared, but there could have been more.
Even as Eric’s identity is explored, it’s not at the center of this episode, so it instead feels like a throwaway storyline.
Couples therapy seemed to have smoothed things over in Jenny and Joe’s marriage, and Jenny rescinded the divorce papers. We knew it was going to happen. They’re just too good together. Although, Joe’s marriage to Amy in the red storyline is struggling and hitting new lows.
Joe continued to withhold his big secret from Amy, despite being relentless in connecting with Zeke. But, as expected, Bobby was the one to tell Amy that Joe’s been seen with Jenny a few too many times. In this red storyline, I thought Bobby was safe and not so overt with his attraction to Amy. However, during the Halloween soiree for her campaign, he puts on the googly eyes, and yep, they sleep together.
It would be easy to blame Amy’s infidelity on simply trying to hurt Joe the same way he hurt her, but it goes beyond that. Not to excuse Amy, but it’s clear her marriage with Joe hasn’t been fulfilling, and she’s looking for love and support from someone, and a few drinks later, Bobby is that person.
Although, to say I’m upset about this would be a lie. As Eric noted, Jenny and Joe are not friends. They have too much history together. And according to the quote by Rumi, “lovers don’t finally meet somewhere, they’re in each other all along.”
Perhaps this is why the green storyline is the most wholesome and least dramatic. Amy’s happily married to Eric, and there’s no thought about infidelity. Jenny and Joe are meant to be together, so the only conflict is between them, with no outside forces. It will be interesting to see how distance affects their relationship, though.
Meanwhile, in the blue storyline, Joe and Jenny play detective and look into Bobby’s history with Carrie, his old intern. Amy’s offended at the accusation at first, but when Bobby lies to her about there being others, she knows it’s a pattern.
Bobby’s got it coming for him, so he better watch his back. I hate that he’s a snake, but there has to be a least one in a show, and unfortunately, he is the easiest candidate.
What did you think of the newest installment? Which is your favorite storyline? Please don’t forget to leave your comments down below!
- Chris and Moh are mirror images of Joe and Eric. Also, the audition scene was incredible. No way Moh sounds that terrible. But, it’s good to see Chris at school and in an environment other than his house.
- We didn’t know Joe had an estranged sister, Camille, right? There must be a reason they lightly touched on it.
- Eric’s bisexual representation is certainly needed on TV right now. So, it’s good to see them highlight a bisexual, biracial man.
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