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Good Girls Review – Brother/Cousin (4×08)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Broken Toys" Episode 408 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Retta As Ruby Hill -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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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. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “Broken Toys” Episode 408 — Pictured: (l-r) Carlos Aviles as Mick, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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.

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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. 

Other Thoughts

  • 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!

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    Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – Hell House (206)

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    Pretty Little Liars Summer School Review Hell House Season 2 Episode 6

    Welcome to our nightmare couldn’t have been a more accurate statement for the liars of Millwood, especially after the most recent development on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 6.

    In the final moments of the episode, Imogen is challenged by Bloody Rose, but unlike with the other girls, she doesn’t give her much of a heads up, ambushing her in her mother’s bedroom. 

    It’s at this moment that I had this odd feeling that maybe, just maybe, Bloody Rose is Imogen’s mother—and lo and behold, that’s exactly who Imogen said was under the bloody gauze when she pulled it off. 

    Now, we have to take it with a grain of salt, considering Imogen’s mother died… we never saw a body body, but we saw her in the bloodied bathtub, which seemed like enough proof. 

    There’s also the fact that trauma has a way of playing tricks on you, and while it seems like Imogen is fine most of the time, she is in a vulnerable and fragile place when it comes to her mental health. She’s had a significant amount of breakdowns that could have caused her to imagine her mother’s face in place of whoever is actually attacking them. The trauma could’ve intensified by being back in her childhood home where she saw her mother take her own life. 

    And let’s not forget that there’s a handful of people in town who are skilled at making very detailed and intricate masks. Imogen wasn’t able to say much about who she saw under the gauze aside from “my mom,” but it’s possible that her next words would have been “or a mask to look like my mom.” Because the odds of it actually being her mom are slim. 

    It also doesn’t really make sense if it were to be Imogen’s mother as she didn’t give off homicidal tendencies. I know a lot of people aren’t who they claim to be in Millwood, but Imogen’s mother was genuinely excited to support her daughter becoming a mother before she was brutally murdered—and made to look like a suicide—by Archie. Therefore, I don’t think she’d ever turn around and terrorize her daughter and her friends—what would be the reason?

    The town of Millwood is ensuring that the liars don’t forget about their trauma too quickly either with the arrival of Redemption House, which everyone dubs Hell House. And considering the rooms are all themed to stick it to the liars and make them feel guilty about all that they’ve endured—losing loved ones, being taken advantage of at parties, etc—it’s a fitting name. 

    Thankfully, this season, the liars aren’t just taking it, they are fighting back in any way that they can. They aren’t just boldly taking on Bloody Rose’s deathly challenges, they are taking a stand and ensuring that their message is received by the culty church that rented out Imogen’s house for their theatrics. 

     Their plan to terrorize Redemption House with monster and demon masks was innocent yet effective, considering the cult members’ fear of hell, but it also slightly backfired not only because of Bloody Rose’s attack on Imogen, but because Bloody Rose already got to Redemption House before them and stabbed Pastor Malachi dead between the eyes. 

    Was it gruesome and brutal? Yes. Was it deserved? Well, no one ever deserves murder, to be clear, but the man did bring it upon himself. I was hoping someone would notice his absence/bring up his death during the episode, but I’m guessing it will be timed to the movie that the boys recorded, which will somehow place the blame back on the liars. It’s not the first time they’ve been set up. 

    The whole Redemption House storyline is bizarre on so many levels—something the liars themselves have acknowledged, which is nice—and I can’t speak to why Henry is blindly taking part in it, but I’m convinced that Kelly is brainwashed. Whatever her mom did to her in that “prayer room” changed her completely, so she’s just going along with it blindly despite knowing that it isn’t right. 

    Another development I’m excited to see is Greg and Faran’s hook-up. They have such an intense chemistry that it’s only a matter of time, not to mention Greg’s character was being wasted on that Redemption House storyline. If anything, Faran is his redemption. Plus, the fact that he’s Kevin from Riverdale’s cousin makes him so much better in my book. I love the subtle callbacks to sister shows. 

    Then there’s the Jen of it all. While I was on board with her and Noa’s relationship initially, I’m not into it now that I know she tried to right one of her wrongs but bling-ringing Shawn’s house and then giving him the money. Like, in what world is that a reasonable solution? Noa was upset, but not as upset as she should’ve been, simply telling Jen to stop breaking into people’s homes. Her feelings for Jen are clearly clouding her judgment, but I wish this moment would’ve painted a clearer picture for her overall because it was a shitty move on Jen’s part. 

    What did you think of the episode? Do you believe Bloody Rose is really Imogen’s mom? Or do you think someone is playing tricks on her? Can the liars’ circle of significant others really be trusted? And where is Wes? Did Bloody Rose get to him? Did Christian?

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    Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – Friday the 13th (205)

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    What happened to sticking together the next time Bloody Rose—not to be confused with the actual Rose Waters, mother of Angela and Archie, who jumped off a bridge (it wasn’t that tall so she’s presumably still alive) the moment she heard her son was still alive—calls upon one of the liars to pass their “test”?

    At this point, it’s clear Bloody Rose’s tests are just traps for the girls, seemingly punishment for their sins, which makes me think that there’s a good possibility that Bloody Rose is Kelly’s mother, who has fully immersed herself in the cult—yes, it’s a cult, we all saw whatever it is Henry was doing in there—of Redemption House. Multiple times throughout this second season of Pretty Little Liars: Summer School, Kelly’s mother and that creepy pastor mentioned paying for the sins of the town, and considering what happened to her husband last season, she has plenty of reason to believe that the “final girls” are to blame. 

    However, whoever Bloody Rose actually is, she has to have a lot of disposable income at the ready as the amount of thorny roses placed on the path for Noa to run across would cost a fortune, which kind of leads me to think that maybe it is someone like Dr. Sullivan, who has a steady income as a psychologist and proved herself to be untrustworthy as the girls found a recording device that lent itself to transcripts of every convo they’ve ever had. Dr. Sullivan claimed she was using it to write a book about adolescent survival, but who is actually buying what she’s selling at this point, especially once they figured out she was also Rose Waters’ therapist at one point. 

    The truth is, any OG PLL fan will remember Sullivan went through hell and back while serving as a soundboard for Aria, Emily, Hannah and Spencer, so while she might not be winning the trust of our new liars, I’m also hesitant to think that she’d be responsible for tormenting all these young teens, particularly when she was targeted by “A” in the past herself… and now pushed down the stairs by a new masked psycho.

    I’m also skeptical of Imogene’s father’s new fiancee, who, admittedly, came out of nowhere. There was something off about her presence, and the way she looked at Imogene sort of resembled the same look that Bloody Rose has whenever we do see her. And it would make sense that she’d go after Imogene’s father if she wanted to infiltrate her life. 

    Imogene spiraled at dinner, though it didn’t scare of shake Johnny one bit. You’d think the dude would be running for the hills by now after his maybe-gf threatened to cut off his dad’s fiancee’s fingers and previously called him over to the house she was babysitting at before opening the door with a sharp knife. But he’s been pretty understanding, knowing that she’s just working through the trauma of last year. It’s nice that she has someone on her side who comes without judgment—let’s just hope he stays a good guy! 

    But aside from the “who is Bloody Rose” theories, Noa was the next target, and she narrowly escaped with Jen’s help. While I thought the setup of the whole “test” was bloody terrific, it felt all too rushed and not as personal as the ones Mouse and Faran faced. 

    It’s also not exactly clear how Jen knew where Noa would be, but I’m guessing she found Noa’s behavior concerning and went back to the apartment to read the contents of the letter she initially assumed was from Shawn.

    Quite honestly, Noa’s been going through while toggling back and forth between her feelings for Shawn and Jen. She needs to come clean to her man, and maybe there’s a way that they can all be in an open relationship. At the very least, Shawn deserves to know about her feelings and past connection to Jen as he seems very serious about her. And it’s clear that whatever she feels for Jen isn’t temporary and shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially now that she came to her rescue and has very much seen what Bloody Rose is capable of. Also, where did BR get that dog?

    And then there’s our boy Wes, still stirring up problems for Tabby, but this time, she has someone on her side as Christian notes he’s getting “bad vibes” from the movie theater manager. Honestly, we’ve been saying that from day one, Christian! Wes also tries to suggest that Tabby was only contacted about her short film because she’s black, which doesn’t sit well with her, and she hits back with the suggestion of a colorblind movie-off. The growth in Tabby’s character has been impressive, and it’s nice to see that even if they are being hunted by a masked killer, they still know their worth and can stand their ground. 

    And finally, Mouse’s grandmother Lola needs care—I said it. Why are we letting this poor woman spend time alone on SpookySpaghetti where she’s easily manipulated? She cut her forehead as part of some step 1 in the Bloody Rose’s reckoning—and the fact that this killer hs so many followers is actually concerning. 

    Oh, what an unlucky Friday the 13th! You’d think by now, the town would stop showing horror movies for fun—isn’t the horror of their life enough?

    What are we thinking about the season so far? Who is Bloody Rose? Are the girls handling things properly? Should they be better equipped since their showdown with Archie? Is it bold of them to be taking things into their own hands for once and trying to push back against BR bullying ways? 

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    Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review – Sweet Sixteen (203)

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    There was nothing sweet about Mouse’s sweet 16 on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 3. 

    At such a tender age, these girls have survived one serial killer, only to be preyed on by another, seemingly more deranged, one. 

    My whole heart hurt for Mouse as she realized that the location where Lola dropped her off for her surprise party was a trap set by Bloody Rose Waters, considering how depressed she was when she thought her friends weren’t prioritizing her birthday.

    All sweet Mouse wanted was to feel special, but instead, she was fighting for her life at every turn—and thanks to some quick thinking, managed to make her way out of the abandoned restaurant after Bloody Rose set it on fire. 

    All those months of therapy went down the drain in a flash as the trauma returned upon the realization that it was happening again—their biggest fears were manifesting. Not to mention poor Imogen is going to struggle between distinguishing reality from her nightmares/hallucinations as Bloody Rose exists in both.  

    The final girls needed to once again prove that they could survive a serial killer. 

    Throughout the episode, I kept trying to figure out who could be behind Bloody Rose. While there’s always the possibility it is actually Archie’s mom, I’m inclined to believe it’s someone who knew what happened to them and wants to continue preying on them. 

    Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review - Sweet Sixteen (203)

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    However, all of the topline suspects were at the roller rink for Mouse’s actual surprise party—that she sadly didn’t get to enjoy—including Imogen’s crush, Johnny, Noa’s juvie friend, Jen, Tabby’s new work crush Christian, and Kelly and Gregg. 

    There were a few people missing, including Henry and Sean, which I found suspicious. I don’t actually think Sean is behind any of it, but I can’t shake the feeling I’m getting about Henry, especially as it would make sense for the killer to be someone all too familiar with what happened to them last year. 

    Then there’s Ash, who wasn’t at the party but did come to Mouse’s rescue, once he found out about her other “surprise” party from Lola. He seemed very much in the dark the whole time, so I think we can rule him out. 

    I’m not counting out Kelly’s mom, Chip’s mom (who has a reason for wanting revenge), and Dr. Sullivan herself, who knows the liars’ deepest darkest secrets and can frankly use them against them. 

    Murder and serial killers aside, Tabby and Imogen both confided in their new crushes about their trauma and PTSD—and much like in the original, the guy seems like they will be a source of support, which is nice. Everyone needs supportive partners, especially when you’re being hounded by a psychopath.

    Faran owned her power after a terrifying experience at the pool, and while being intimidating might warrant some haters—especially the dude she fired—it was also warranted as he was negligent on the job twice, and it almost led to a terrible accident. 

    And I’ve got to ask, what’s with all the douchey dudes in Millwood? For every good one, there are several around to make derogatory and misogynistic comments for absolutely no reason.

    What did you think of the episode? Is Bloody Rose taking things too far? How will the liars ensure their survival this time around?

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