Hold on just one second as I pick my jaw up off the floor!!
Good Girls Season 4 Episode 8 was brilliant from start to finish.
I’ll admit, I had my doubts this season — especially coming off a much weaker and slow-paced Good Girls Season 3 — but wow, the writers have really stepped up their game to deliver quality twists.
It’s clear that the writers have been listening to fan criticisms and giving us what we truly want — more screentime for Rio.
And that starts with diving into Rio’s backstory.
For nearly four seasons, Rio has remained a mystery. He pops in, he makes a call, he threatens Beth, and he disappears.
All we really know about him is that he’s this big, bad, and stupid hot (even the FBI agents agreed with us on that) gang leader, but we don’t actually know how he got to this point in his life.
Or if his tough-guy act is all an illusion.
A deeper dive into Rio started on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 6 when we met his family and found out that the business is what we’d call a family affair.
At that point, it was made clear that family is everything, and the latest episode drove that idea home by exploring Rio’s relationship with his cousin/brother, Nick
With flashbacks delving briefly into their childhood and, in more detail, into their teenage years, it became clear that Nick and Rio were polar opposites.
Rio was the bad boy who would do anything for a quick buck, while Nick was the buttoned-up, by-the-book guy who was working smarter not harder.
The flashbacks didn’t give us a deeper look into Rio’s life, they also connected to Beth’s current predicament as she found herself at a crossroads between Rio and the FBI.
The FBI wanted her to turn on Rio, Rio wanted her to turn on the FBI.
Both of them needed her, so she decided to play them both.
Obviously, that was never going to work.
Beth is clever, but you need more than that to play some of the smartest people in the business.
She attempted to keep the feds busy by giving them Gene, a “broken toy,” but it was only a temporary distraction that bought her a sliver of time. The moment Phoebe and Dave realized he had absolutely nothing to do with gang friend — he didn’t even know him! — it made the situation worse for Beth because now, they knew they couldn’t trust her.
Even Phoebe was over the whole case as she just told her to “pick a side.”
So, Beth did.
It was a tough decision If she sided with Rio, she lost her chance at starting over. She lost Nevada.
But if she sided with the FBI, he threatened to come after her friends and family.
There was no winning, and eventually, she’d have to betray someone.
So, she chose to betray Rio considering the FBI promised to keep her safe.
Though, I think there was more to her decision, which she wouldn’t have made if it wasn’t for a little push from Nick.
When he swung by her house to return her cardigan, he subtly implied that she shouldn’t be involved in Rio’s shady business dealings.
Nick’s concerns seemed genuine, and as he flattered Beth with his sweet-talking, she believed he was a good guy, unlike Rio.
But that was her biggest mistake because it seemed to be part of Nick’s master plan.
In the same way that Beth uses her suburban mom vibe as a cover, Nick seems to be using his Councilman gig as a cover. Turns out, he’s not only very much involved in his brother/cousin’s business, but he’s the actual boss and mastermind who operates from the shadows.
Truthfully, Beth should’ve stopped to consider how Nick got her address in the first place.
The fact that she fell for his act makes him that much more dangerous than Rio.
With Rio, what you see is what you get. He’s upfront about who he is and what he does. He’s never shied away from it or tried to be someone he isn’t.
But Nick is hiding behind the Councilman persona and being purposefully deceitful.
Through flashbacks, we also learned that Rio and Nick have been working together since they were teenagers! Nick started the shady schemes and roped Rio into it after he got out of jail.
He explained that he finagled a promotion at work, which meant that his boss would trust him and never suspect him.
He then applied the same logic to what I call the “Beth problem.”
There was always a chance that Beth was going to run off to the authorities, so Nick wanted to get ahead of it.
Beth expectedly turned on Rio and thought she was home-free once he was arrested, but Nick pulled some strings and got him out!
Rio then paid her a visit at home — and creepily sat in a dark room waiting to catch her by surprise — and explained that since she turned on him, the FBI would now believe anything she told them.
And this meant that they could whatever they want.
This wasn’t the end, this was just the beginning. Rio wasn’t playing when he told Beth that they’re playing the long game.
It’s a brilliant plan if you think about it, and it also explains how Rio’s been able to get away with some much — big brother (or cousin) is always watching and ready to be his “get out of jail free” card.
This kind of makes Rio invincible, which is pretty crappy news for Beth.
There’s no shaking Rio — she’s in it for the long run.
I don’t think Rio was part of Nick’s plan with Beth. Rio genuinely trusted Beth because he was blinded by his feelings for him, but Nick didn’t.
Rio seemed surprised when she turned him in, and when Nick picked him up, he seemed pissed that he was taken advantage of.
I think Rio did really value the partnership he built with Beth and was blindsided when she didn’t choose him.
By introducing her to the family, he made it clear that he felt that she was going to stick around and was ready to be brought into the big leagues.
So, yeah, I’m not surprised that the betrayal cut so deep.
Despite his tough exterior, Rio allowed himself to be vulnerable, and that vulnerability was used against him.
You’d think that after all that Beth has done, he would’ve cut her off by now, but he’s also realized just how valuable she is.
Beth is like a chameleon who is able to adapt to any situation on command. She’s whipsmart and has never met a task that she couldn’t complete.
It’s the only reason she’s still standing with all of her limbs intact.
Rio may have walked, but the FBI dropped the ball by not notifying Beth immediately when it happened.
How could their first call not be to the woman who put her whole life on the line by turning in a man who could’ve easily retaliated and killed her?
Was it an oversight? Were they that shocked that he pulled a vanishing act after they tried so hard to get him?
They promised her protection, and it’s clear that it was a load of bullcrap. This is why people never do the right thing!
A head’s up would’ve been nice.
Try as they might, the Boland family can’t stay away from a scheme… the latest one involves Dean and a classic pyramid scheme. Or, as they like to call them, multi-level marketing ventures.
Look, I know people genuinely make money off of them and some are actually legitimate, but most of the time, they are a complete joke.
However, Dean’s hit rock bottom, so why not put his savvy sales skills to use selling some type of Arbonne/Rodan and Fields-like product while he’s stuck in house arrest?
At the very least, it’s a stream of income for the family, which they definitely need.
The only positive of the episode was that Stanimal was finally free of Gene’s grasp.
The ladies pumped his club full with fake cash, and when the FBI took him in for questioning, he folded like a lawn chair and gave up every single person he’s ever done business with.
I hated seeing Stan used and abused, so I’m glad this storyline is over.
But what happens with all those handbags? I’m still of the mindset that they can be used in a lucrative scheme. Maybe Beth can present the idea to Nick and Rio. You know they love how resourceful she is.
- Ruby comparing Rio to IBS was priceless: “you never know when it’s gunna strike.”
- Stan’s motivational talk to the strippers was solid. He should consider that as a new career avenue.
- Gene really tried to recruit Annie for his club. I thought that would surely be the way she smuggled the money in, but a night out for the ladies with fine dining, drinks, and strippers was a solid idea.
What did you think of the episode? Were you shocked by the reveal that Nick is the boss?
Let us know in the comments!
Big Brother Recap: The Final Push (23×36)
It’s the final episode before Wednesday’s big finale, where either Derek, Azah, or Xavier will be walking away with a $750,000 check. The final HOH competitions began this evening, with the rest of it on Finale night.
Despite it not being a live episode, Julie Chen Moonves hosted the show, foreshadowing the upcoming finale. Each finalist laid out their case to the viewers as to why they deserve to win the game.
Xavier went first, and described how he laid low as a physical threat, but kept a very strong social game, by being in alliances like the Slaughterhouse, Royal Flush, and of course, The Cookout. He also talked about throwing most competitions, because he knew that it was better to rely on his social game. He then talked about how he pulled Kyland’s strings to eliminate Tiffany, as well as Derek’s strings to eliminate Kyland. He then said that he targeted Brent in his first HOH reign, because with Brent being a strong threat (and not likeable by the whole cast), he could build a genuine trust level with everyone. He definitely has done the most work out of everybody in this final three (Tiffany did more, but I digress), and he has a strong case to win it all.
Azah was second, and she said that although she wanted to be a competition beast when she started the game, she discovered that she wasn’t even a competition beast. She had to completely readjust her game to make it all about personal relationships. Not just a general social game, but real connections that will last outside of the house. Those connections have not made anyone want to go after her, because of how good a person she is. Once The Cookout made it to the final six, she knew that she had to give some proper allegiances, like lying to Hannah during the Double Eviction about not targeting her. She knew that Hannah was a bigger threat to her chances of getting to the end, which is why she went for that target. She believes that it’s because of those connections, along with her ability to win competitions when she needed to, could get her the win.
And then there’s Derek. Oh, Derek is in for a rude awakening when he gets out of this house. He has not won a single competition all season long, and yet thinks that he’s been pulling the strings along the way. He said he has the best social game in BB history, which he certainly does not. He said he formed strong bonds with whoever was the HOH that week.
Then he said the biggest lie that I couldn’t help but laugh at: Derek said that HE created The Cookout. It’s utterly false, as it was Tiffany that formed the alliance, and Derek has been carried by that alliance this whole way through. I’m looking forward to when Derek sees how the jury will react to this whole situation. By the way, vote Tiffany for America’s Favorite Player.
Julie then introduced the first part of the final HOH competition, which is played in three parts. All players are allowed to play, with the winner of part one advancing to part three, and the other two competing in part two later on.
The first part of the final HOH competition has historically been an endurance challenge, and that was the case again tonight. The final three were balancing on big bouncy boats that shook left, right, up, and down, and they had to hold on for dear life. All this while freezing cold water, and fake fish were thrown at them.
Xavier had an interesting strategy of properly adjusting his body weight to the opposite side that the boat was leaning so that he was not too thrown off balance. From the beginning, Azah found a very comfortable position and was solid like a rock. Derek, however, well, let’s just say he was the first one to fall off. I do have to give him credit, he stayed on longer than I thought.
With the competition being between Azah and Xavier, it felt like it could’ve gone on for days, because they were both solid as rocks. However, Azah made a slight adjustment to her position, which was what knocked her off the boat, and Xavier won part one of the final HOH competition. Azah and Derek will face off in part two on Wednesday.
After the competition was over, Derek and Xavier solidified that they are going to be the final two, and that Derek wants to win the competition so that it doesn’t matter who wins part three. Later on, Azah and Derek also solidified their final two, mentally gearing up to take the shot at Xavier if need be.
Wednesday is Finale Night! Everyone’s reuniting, and of the winner will be crowned!
Who will win Big Brother 23? SPOILERS AHEAD!
Part Two of the HOH competition already happened, which Azah won, and will go up against Xavier live during the finale. This also means that Derek has gone through the whole season without winning a single competition.
The most interesting part of the finale will be that final HOH competition, because Xavier and Azah are playing for third place. It’s astounding that a player as bad as Derek will be sitting in the final two, as well as at least getting the second place prize.
That said, either Xavier or Azah is winning the game. They’re only going to sit next to Derek because they know that the jury does not respect him as a player.
Xavier vs. Derek: Xavier wins 8-1 (Kyland being the one)
Azah vs. Derek: Azah wins 7-2 (Xavier and Kyland being the two)
Xavier vs. Azah: Xavier wins 8-1 (Britini being the one)
I don’t see that last scenario happening in the slightest, because both Azah and Xavier understand that sitting next to each other might lose them the game. They are fully aware that Derek has the smallest chance of winning, and unless the jury got bitter, they’re going to vote for the strongest overall game.
Only a few short days before the finale. It’s gearing up to be an exciting conclusion to one of the best seasons in years.
Dynasty Back-to-Back Episode Review – Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart (4×20 and 4×21)
Ahead of the season finale, Dynasty delivered a supersized penultimate episode.
The back-to-back episodes raised the stakes, changed the game, and then flipped the narrative on its head.
Nothing was the same, and no one is coming out unscathed.
The most heartbreaking turn of events was the expected but unnecessary demise of Liam and Fallon.
Things between them were pretty bad this season when Fallon prioritized her career (and quite literally everything else) over her relationship with Liam, but the damage wasn’t irreversible.
It’s not the kind of stuff you want to see from newlyweds that are still supposed to be waist-deep in their honeymoon phase, but this is a primetime soap, so drama is par for the course.
Liam instituted a break, but not the Friends version of a break; all he really wanted was some time and space to figure things out.
Eventually, he did while talking it out in the Truth Tent.
Liam realized that he wasn’t just upset that Fallon was investing so much time in her career. He was projecting and taking his frustrations about himself out on her. In reality, he felt less than and inferior to his boss babe wife.
This was the very definition of “it’s not you, it’s me.”
Of course, Liam’s behavior up until now wasn’t excusable as he made Fallon feel guilty for being such a go-getter, but it made sense.
Marriage comes with its fair share of gray areas, but communication and over-communication are the keys to working it all out.
Sadly, Fallon broke the cardinal rule when she let her inhibitions go and slept with Colin.
Yes, I know she was being manipulated by Eva, but that doesn’t excuse Fallon’s behavior.
Regardless of how sad and lonely she was feeling about the possibility of Liam wanting a divorce (which was a lie planted by Eva), she knew better than to cheat.
She’s a grown woman who can clearly understand the consequences of her actions.
Plus, she was simply guided by assumptions rather than waiting for Liam to explain himself. Does she think so low of him that she thought he’d seek a divorce without even talking to her about it?
But most importantly, Fallon’s biggest mistake was allowing too many people into her relationship. She’s trusting, which is nice, but too many people had a hand in this demise that shouldn’t have even been involved.
Had it not been for Fallon’s deception, she and Liam would’ve found a way back to each other and likely stronger than ever.
Of course, Liam is also at fault because he allowed Eva into his life as well by being so friendly and kind.
Eva just jumped in and took advantage of it all.
Fallon and Liam’s crumbling marriage played exactly into Eva’s hand. Fallon confided in her, and she sold the supportive employee and act friend all too well while being a meddling menace in real life.
Sometimes the biggest villains look the sweetest.
Eva set her sights on Liam, and there was no stopping her. I wonder if she purposefully took the job with Fallon because she wanted Liam, or if she decided to pursue him after she got the gig.
You would think someone as obsessive would be sloppy, but her approach was pretty strategic and impressive.
Sadly, that delusional book will be her undoing. I just hope Fallon figures it out before Eva does any real damage since she’s a serious threat to Liam.
Liam might be hurting after what happened with Fallon, but I don’t think he’d just jump into bed with Eva as he considers her a friend.
And if he rejects her, I could see Eva snapping.
The biggest surprise with this storyline (aside from my disappointment in Fallon’s actions) is that Eva and Colin weren’t working together. Wouldn’t that have made so much sense?
Eva would’ve pursued Liam, while Colin could’ve taken over the company. I guess, in the end, Eva didn’t need anyone.
While those two weren’t in cahoots, Alexis and Brady surely are. I’m not sure what the connection between them is but considering Brady showed up shortly after Dom told Alexis about him, it’s not a surprising twist.
Though I was rooting for Brady to be a good guy, I realize there’s no fun in that!
Whenever a woman gets any bit of success, there’s always someone ready to bring her down and take it from her.
You would’ve hoped that Alexis would’ve learned her lesson by now as she’s already alienated most of her children.
Colby is losing it, which doesn’t bode well for any of his space race plans.
It’s unclear why he stopped taking his neurotoxicity medication, but it’s also a nice loop back to that storyline and a reminder that Adam Carrington was once a really dangerous man despite taming his ways and finding the light or whatever.
The writings of a mad man on the walls could either be a stroke of genius or something genuinely concerning.
Only time will tell.
Adam may not be poisoning people or stuffing their faces into the fire, but he’s not that innocent either.
He stole research from Dr. Larson, a former colleague, to inform his own drug anti-aging drug trial, which he fast-tracked in hopes of making millions and starting his own dynasty.
It’s strange that I find myself rooting for Adam in the Adam versus Amanda saga because it’s clear that Adam is in the wrong, but he’s turned into such a likable villain.
Amanda is hard to stomach, even if she is helping a man take back the research he’s entitled to.
Shouldn’t Amanda just be above all of this?
Adam was ruthless in his pursuit by calling in every “IOU” card.
Cristal and Sammy both came through for him, reluctantly.
You can say whatever you want about Adam, but at least he’s had both of their backs. He was there for Cristal during her brain tumor scare, and he helped Sammy eliminate Leo after he was hurting his business.
The Carrington family may be a lot of things, but they rarely turn their back on family.
Sammy learned just how much he mattered to the family when Cristal and Blake sold him out to the media to divert the negative attention away from Blake’s campaign.
While Sammy was hurt by their actions, Blake reminded him that it’s how the family treats each other.
However, Cristal really came through this episode and managed to right the wrongs and deliver on promises.
She convinced Blake to hold his campaign gala at the hotel as his support would restore La Mirage’s image.
And when Blake decided to pull out of the Senator race and disappoint Culhane, she found a way to play to Blake’s desire for more power in order to convince him to stay on the ticket.
Cristal is proving that she’s a real one, and it’s nice to see her finally get a strong storyline of her own.
She’s no longer Blake’s shiny accessory — she’s the brains behind. the operation. Blake’s motivations for running may be vain as all he really wants is the land for his airport, but Cristal wants to power to evoke real change, and she wants Culhane to also have that ability.
The two of them are doing it for charity and community. Culhane’s storyline is also a nice circle-back to his father’s death. The writers are embracing some continuity, and it makes the storylines that much stronger.
And then there’s Kirby. No one pays really notices her, but she’s the one that actually yields all the power.
Thanks to Anders’s burn book, she has the power to destroy the whole dynasty!
While it was noble of Culhane to suggest that they destroy it to keep her in check, I’m glad Kirby had copies stashed in her drawers.
Even if she never uses it, she’d be stupid to destroy that kind of leverage. Anders loved Blake beyond words and still wrote down all those secrets as collateral.
Kirby’s made some pretty stupid decisions but this wasn’t one of them.
And my guess is that the copies will come in handy one day when Blake finally crosses her.
Other Carrington Musings
- The scenes with the medium were pretty pointless but hilarious, nonetheless. Sammy is a scene-stealer, and it’s all because of his great chemistry with Fallon.
- Sammy and Kirby bring such a lightheartedness to the series — her quirky comments and his telenovela acting at the hospital were some of the best parts of the episodes.
- Seeing Liam cry made me really sad. He was so hurt and broken.
- Colby’s self-funded space mission is going to bankrupt him!
- The question isn’t whether Beto will sabotage Blake’s campaign, it’s how.
- Who would have thought we’d ever see Blake in plaid!
- I’m just waiting to see Blake and Fallon get revenge on those who wronged them; it’s going to be delicious.
What did you think of the two episodes — Dynasty Season 4 Episode 20 “You Vicious, Miserable Liar” and Dynasty Season 4 Episode 21 “Affairs of State, Affairs of the Heart.”
Big Brother Recap: Two Jokers and a King (23×35)
Azah, Derek, and Xavier. The final three that not everyone saw coming. One of them will walk away with $750,000.
But before we get there, we have to do an annual tradition: the recap filler episode.
This is the episode where the final three reflect on their time on the house, and we see them eating a very staged dinner, saying very scripted things about things that have happened in the season. This would transition into showing montages of these specific moments. However, I was kind of excited for this one, because this season was full of fantastic people, with outstanding personalities that made this season so memorable.
Before all of that started, the finalists reacted to Kyland’s controversial exit, and Xavier was commended for keeping his cool while Kyland went on and on about Xavier’s nephew. It was incredibly admirable that Xavier stayed strong and calm, despite the fact that he was about to punch Kyland in the face. It’s a move that is going to bite him in the butt after the game is over, and according to Ky, he doesn’t regret saying those things.
Kyland’s gone, so it’s way more important for the final three to celebrate! While they dined on steak and potatoes, they talked about some of the people who left the show early. The biggest topic being the farmer himself, Frenchie. We basically got the whole rundown of Frenchie’s Funhouse, where he made the super Slaughterhouse alliance, destroyed the Slaughterhouse, tried to recreate the Slaughterhouse six more times, and targeted basically everyone in the house. Oh yeah, and it was only week one. It was great to reflect on him, because he was the craziest player that the game has ever seen, and it was fun to reflect on his crazy two weeks in the house.
We got to see the cast’s failed attempts at cooking, with the nightmare scenario being Hannah putting beans on rice.
There was a segment of everyone playing jump scares on each other, where people jumped behind couches, from behind walls, or sneaking up to others and scaring them. They showed each scare twice: once in real time, and once in slow motion.
With this regular episode also showed two regular staples: Diary Room exclusives. Diary Room sessions give the viewers the chance to know the contestants thoughts during the game, but there’s so much that they have to give us for the sake of fitting everything into an hour, so this gives us some of the leftovers! There’s always a montage of crying, because let’s be real, if you don’t cry in the Diary Room, you haven’t played Big Brother! The second montage is always when the players come into the room to ask the people behind the cameras for food, clothes, or any other amenities that they might want. Like every year, there’s usually an infestation of ants somewhere in the house, and the most popular request was for ant spray or bug spray.
The final three also reflected on the Cookout, and the impact that it had on the season. We got to see a segment of the famous alliance talk about how their life experiences being a person of color has fueled their fire to come to the game and make a change. It further solidified that this alliance has worked so hard to get this message out, and put an end to all of the stereotypes and norms that this game has seen in its 23 seasons.
To give them one final push to the end of the game, they were treated to video messages from home. Derek’s mom, Xavier’s parents and younger brother, and Azah’s parents sent a video to them congratulating them and wishing them luck as they enter this final stage of the game.
Part one of the HOH competition will play out on Sunday, with Wednesday’s finale soon approaching!
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