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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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Walker

Walker Series Finale Review – See You Sometime (413)

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Walker Series Finale Review See You Sometime Season 4 Episode 13

Walker concluded its four-season run on Wednesday, June 26, on The CW—but while many elements lent themselves to a series finale, overall, it was evident that the creative forces weren’t anticipating that this would be their final season (despite all the upheaval and uncertainty at the network as of late). 

For one thing, the final scene of the episode sparked widespread confusion amongst audiences, as it was a rather strange ending to introduce a brand-new character without any additional information, though, according to Jared Padalecki (Cordell) via TVLine, James Van Der Beek (a legend and OG The WB star) is a good personal friend who was going to “stir up” trouble as a cult-leader neighbor renting out the next door Davidson property. And, quite frankly, I’m kind of bummed that we won’t ever get to see that. 

There was so much more story left to tell when it came to the Walker’s—and for once, they were all finding their footing and the pieces were beginning to fall into place, leaving much to be desired from another season. Heck, I’d even settle for a few more episodes to wrap it all up. 

What about a time jump that allowed us to see Cassie in her new role as Lieutenant while also seeing her move on and finally find that happiness with Trey? The chemistry between them has been evident for awhile, even if the series took a bit of a detour to give her a romance with Detective Luna (Justin Johnson Cortez), who, quite frankly, was killed off the show too early. 

We know Cassie will be all right—she’s a resilient badass who can handle anything life throws her way, but it’s unfortunate we won’t be able to see the come-up after suffering such a major loss. 

During the battle for the promotion, it was Cassie versus Trey, which could’ve lent to some really great moments between the two finally coming to terms with their feelings for each other. It made sense that the role went to Cassie, as she showed that even in the darkest of days, she’s still a leader and a good ranger, but Trey absolutely deserves his moment down the line as he’s proven himself since joining the team. 

I assumed Cordell took all of his recent experiences and folded them into the decision to resign, especially considering how much being a ranger took from him, but I guess a leave of absence makes more sense if they thought the series would continue on. If it were up to me, he’d turn over his badge (or become a consultant) while going all-in with Geri on the Side Step 2.0. 

His most recent near-death experience was eye-opening, however, in the sense that he needed to be a more present father. His kids may be grown, with both of them flying the coop and heading off to college, but it’s never too late, and this may be one of their last opportunities for a solid family vacation. 

Again, it’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see the second phase of their life, with Cordell finally accepting his relationship with Geri and taking the next step by letting go of Emily and choosing to propose. Heck, we didn’t even get to see the proposal, which is upsetting in and of itself. There’s so much we got cheated out of—it would’ve made more sense for this to be a 2-hour finale so we could get all these last-minute touches. 

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Geri was always more invested in the relationship than Cordell, simply because he was still trying to figure out how to move on without disrespecting his late wife, but I’m glad he’s finally arrived at a place where there’s no more guilt. 

We didn’t even get any context as to what Liam’s role with the governor would be, or why the secret agents just arrived at his home mere moments after that mysterious phone call. Liam started the series as a go-getter lawyer before losing his way, and his ambition, for the next few seasons, but it’s nice to see him finding his place again. I just wish we could stick around to see it unfold. 

The only storyline that really seemed to get the closure it deserved was Bonham and Abeline’s. They know that their son is going to be alright, she has her business, and they are finally on the same page about making the most of their retirement—with the wind in their sails… and hair. Seeing them embrace this time together—so well deserved, might I add, after sacrificing so much for their family over the years—was worth it. 

What did you think of the finale? Did you feel cheated in the same way I did? Why didn’t we get more from Larry and his wife?

Do you agree with Padalecki when he says The new CW is just looking for the easy way out with “really easy, cheap content that they could fill up time with“? Because it sure seems like he’s right on the money when it comes to canceling all of our favorite shows without a second thought. 

I guess all good things must come to an end, and as we grieve Walker, we must also underscore that it might be one of the last remaining shows on The CW to ever represent what The CW meant to so many people, right along with the faces, like Padalecki’s, who have made the network a household name for so many years. 

Share your thoughts about the Walker series finale, titled “See You Sometime,” below!

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season Finale Review – Final Exam (208)

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School concluded its sophomore run with a gripping finale—tensions were at an all time high, regardless if you like the outcome—that unmasked Bloody Rose and Archie Waters… kind of. 

PLL: Summer School Season 2 Episode 8 had a handful of bombshell reveals—and as it turns out, we owe Christian, Johnny, and, especially, Jen, a huge apology for ever doubting their motivations. 

I say especially when it comes to Jen because up until the scene where Noa calls her to ask how to hotwire a car, I was convinced she was somehow involved with the Bloody Rose mess. There was even that scene where Jen suggested maybe Christian or Johnny can’t be trusted, which felt like she was trying to get the scent off of her and divert attention to someone else, but it turns out, she was simply trying to help Noa and the liars pinpoint the murderer. The writers wanted her to be a red herring, and we all fell for it. There’s obviously still qualities about her that are concerning, but maybe we all misjudged her just a wee bit?

It didn’t take long for Tabby and Imogen to turn against Christian and Johnny either—part of Bloody Rose’s plan—as Tabby found the mask of Davie in Christian’s drawer while Imogen saw a bunch of dead bodies and assumed Johnny was the culprit. She literally locked him in the freezer (where I was sure he’d perish), but I’m so glad they showed us how he got out of there… otherwise, it would have been another PLL mom’s basement mystery keeping me up at night. 

Bloody Rose ended up being—SPOILER ALERT—Mrs. Langsberry, Chip’s vengeful mother,  which doesn’t come as much of a surprise, honestly, considering she was unhinged for much of the season, casting blame at Imogen and Tabitha for soiling her son’s good name. When they confronted her earlier in the morning and assumed she could be crossed off the suspect’s list because she had fresh flowers—BR’s calling card—it was simply a way of getting them off her trail. 

It’s actually hilarious to think that Chip’s mother thought she was avenging her son’s death by brutally murdering, torturing and tormenting people all over town, but I guess it explains why Chip was so messed up in the first place. His home life couldn’t have been healthy if that’s how she’s rationalizing her grief. 

Bloody Rose didn’t act alone, however, as her accomplice was none other than Wes, who ended up being the whole mastermind behind everything. He bonded with Mrs. Langsberry following Chip’s death and saw this as his perfect opportunity to get revenge—because it’s so hard for a white guy nowadays—but also to make the ideal horror movie that actually involves murdering someone in real-time. His subject was none other than final girl Tabitha because, well, she’s always been the one to stand up to him and put him in his place. We always knew something was off about Wes, but Christians seemed to pick up on all the red flags this season immediately. 

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season Finale Review - Final Exam (208)

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season Finale Review – Final Exam (208)

Tabitha proved that she’s not only a lover of the horror genre, she’s also quite a fighter. When she was surrounded by Wes’ proxies in masks with no obvious exit out of Pastor Malachi’s church, she jumped through a window to escape, before singlehandedly taking on all the proxies and then Wes himself. Tabitha reimagined what it means to be a Final Girl in a truly empowering way; as did the rest of her friends who fought tooth and nail to get to her. 

When Tabitha came face-to-face with Wes, holding a pitchfork, nonetheless, he assured her that she didn’t have the guts to end it, but before he could even finish his sentence, she proved him wrong. 

Wes was an obvious villain choice, much like Mrs. Langsberry, but it was also a lame choice as they could’ve done so much more with his character. He was a main suspect in season one, and they figured we wouldn’t consider him again, so they planted him as the big bad, but it just felt like a cheap shot.

It was also pretty lame and unbelievable that Wes somehow survived being stabbed with the pitchfork (and then punched by Imogen during that very rude jump scare)—I was surprised when Dr. Sullivan said he was in prison alongside Mrs. Langsberry. I guess you really can never get rid of the devil. 

And, as we’ve seen, prisons don’t actually keep the monsters locked up for good. They always find a way of sneaking out… like Archie Waters did. 

While everyone was led to believe that Archie was killed in a prison riot, he quietly snuck out and waited in the shadows before claiming his next victim—someone he’s been keeping an eye on for quite some time. Dr. Sullivan, who was tormented by Archie, and who, in her last moments begged to find out if he was the one who killed her son Sebastian, was brutally murdered in the final moments, though it was kind of hard to feel bad considering we saw her real side—the one that sold her book on childhood trauma and called the liars “narcissists.” I guess some might say she had it coming this whole time for being a shady lady. 

But Tabitha’s desire to leave the Waters family in the past might be wishful thinking considering the actual bogeyman is still out there likely gearing up to strike again. 

Thankfully, at least for now, they all have a bit of a break, passing their Keystone exam (finally) and embracing their Final Girl Energy, knowing that they can survive anything that life throws their way.

And maybe come next season, Johnny will get over the fact that Imogen almost killed him and they’ll get another shot at love together. One could only hope as they made a cute couple and it was one of the more promising developments in her life. 

As for Kelly, she also survived Bloody Rose’s attempt at drowning her and made amends with the liars, while, hopefully, putting all the culty church stuff in the past. 

I was a bit surprised that neither Ash nor Greg appeared in the finale, which makes me wonder how much we can still trust them. Wouldn’t they be around in some capacity to check in on their girls after what they went through? 

What did you think of PLL: Summer School and the finale? Did you like how the ending was set up? Did you think the killers were too obvious? Do you think the masked liars from Tabitha’s movie tease might be season 3’s villains? Maybe it’s someone impersonating them to torment them?

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Walker Review – Let’s Go, Let’s Go (411)

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Walker Review Let's Go Let's Go Season 4 Episode 11

Walker and his team suffered a major blow during their hunt for the Jackal on Walker Season 4 Episode 11. 

If I’m this frustrated with a case, I know that they are over with how this serial killer keeps outsmarting and evading them. It’s taken so much from them in terms of sanity, time, and even loved ones, as we saw James spiral back into old habits that once again put his home life with Kelly in the crossfire, and Walker’s hallucinatory dream showed that one of his biggest regrets in life was not being there for his family enough; for the big and small moments. 

As the Jackal pumped up Walker with drugs, the hallucination began like a dream as Cordell finally had his wife back. In reality, Cordell was living through a nightmarish situation before being buried alive. 

I’m typically not a fan of hallucination/dream episodes, but this one was interesting as it examined Cordell’s life and motivations through the lens of his funeral. It was his subconscious bubbling to the surface, but it was showing him how his absence made others feel. The message was loud and strong, though he wasn’t entirely open to receiving it, even when Emily urged him to let it go and get back to reality.

The drugs pumped into his system were so strong that if it wasn’t for Cordell’s team tracking him down, he would’ve suffered the same fate so many of Jackal’s victims have over the years. I guess it’s slightly reassuring to know that they have no idea of what’s going on in their final moments of life, but it still doesn’t make the situation any better, especially knowing that Jackal almost killed two rangers as they were on his tail. 

While they got to Cordell just in time, David Luna didn’t have the same amount of luck—and it was honestly the most heartbreaking development in this season-long case. 

When I say the Jackal took loved ones, I also mean physically, as it seems Luna succumbed to his injuries and died in Cassie’s arms, which we know is going to absolutely destroy her as she was just coming around to admitting that she loved him.

I’m hoping that maybe there’s a reality where Luna still has a pulse and is spared, but it’s not looking good for him. Their pursuit of the Jackal meant that he was getting sloppy and needed to tie up loose ends, which included Luna as he took his eye off the prize. 

I knew it wasn’t going to bode well for him when he made that overly long phone call to Cassie, which was super sappy, and she hesitated to say the “L” word, something we know she’ll come to regret if he doesn’t make it. 

They could’ve saved that conversation for another time so that neither of them lost focus and allowed themselves to be ambushed by the Jackal. And if I’m being realistic, I don’t think this is a one-man show. One man wouldn’t be able to take out David Luna all while moving Cordell and burying him in a shallow grave. I think there’s a team working here, which is how they’ve been able to stay ahead of the police. 

Either way, the desire to stop and capture the Jackal is only growing stronger now that he’s targeted two of the Rangers’ own men. And maybe it’s time to bring in backup because this isn’t something they can handle on their own. 

As for Cassie, I hope she hasn’t lost the love of her life in such a senseless way—she deserves a shred of happiness. 

And with only two episodes on the horizon, I hope this case helps Cordell reframe what’s really important in life, and that includes slowing down and appreciating all the love he’s surrounded by, including his new romance with Geri. Maybe it’s time he stop running by leaving the rangers behind? 

What did you think of the episode? Do you think Luna’s really dead?

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