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Good Girls Review – Queen Elizabeth (4×09)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Chef Boyardee" Episode 409 -- Pictured: Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Good Girls Season 4 Episode 9 put to rest any doubt that Councilman Nick is the big man on campus. 

And though he may look put together and professional on the outside, he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty (or bloody) when it’s required. 

Most recently, it was to teach Rio a lesson and punish him after Luke the cop came snooping around his business. 

If you’ll recall, this was the same cop that interrogated Rio about Lucy’s murder. As an alibi, Rio handed him front-row tickets to a boxing match, which allowed him to walk free, however, when the cop realized that Rio was the suspect in Phoebe’s case that was thrown out, he decided to do some investigating off-the-clock. 

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t end well for him. 

It was pretty ballsy of him to confront Councilman Nick and suggest that he was aiding gang members and murderers.

While he wasn’t wrong, he should’ve known that it would come with consequences, especially since Rio has friends in such high places that he was able to walk out on the FBI after they spent months building a case against him and even caught him red-handed.

Why would a cop think he could do what the FBI couldn’t?

Once Nick realized that Rio’s actions threatened to expose him, he made sure to punish him. 

And, in turn, Rio sent his boy Mick to take care of the problem.

It’s a sad day when a cop is the lowest on the food chain. 

It was a heartbreaking outcome for Luke, especially since we say his daughter’s anxiety over something bad happening to her father. 

The only silver lining was that it established Nick’s dominance as Rio finally paid some kind of price for Lucy’s death. It’s not enough, but it’s something. 

Rio and Nick have quite a complicated dynamic. Nick is there for Rio when he needs him, but he also keeps him in line if he dares to step out. I also picked up on a smidge of jealousy when it came to Beth, and Rio seemed all too pleased to dangle her in front of his brother/cousin. 

Also, has anyone figured out the brother/cousin thing yet? Do they share the same father but different mothers?

I think that, eventually, Rio is going to get sick of not being the top guy and reporting to Nick. It’s clear that he and Beth make a good team, so I could see Rio trying to branch out with her and cut Nick out of the deal. Rio doesn’t strike me as the guy who wants to keep living in his brother/cousin’s shadow.

And what was with the gift for “Elizabeth?” I’m inclined to think it came from Rio since he teased that he would buy Beth something nice after she retrieved the funny money.

 Does the plate with the Queen’s face mean they’re branching out the business globally? 

The FBI seemingly gave up fully on trying to nab Rio, which meant that Beth’s hopes of Nevada were completely shattered. 

Good Girls Review Chef Boyardee Season 4 Episode 9

GOOD GIRLS — “Chef Boyardee” Episode 409 — Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Retta as Ruby Hill, Reno Wilson as Stan Hill — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

If the feds want to know why people are usually hesitant to help them out, it’s because even if they go out of their way and put everything on the line, there’s a chance that the feds don’t deliver on what was promised to them.

Case and point — Beth Boland.

She crossed Rio and Nick and her deal for her husband, her friends, and a new life disappeared into thin air. She was on her own cleaning up the mess she made. 

And since the bills continue to pile up, Beth had no choice but to do what Rio requested — steal back his funny money from Phoebe. 

It wasn’t an easy task considering the money was likely in evidence, which made it a federal offense, but Beth had no choice, so she faked nice, poured Phoebe a drink, and used the poor girl. 

And despite her better judgment, Phoebe fell for it because she wanted to fit in so badly.

Ruby and Stan also roped Beth and Annie into their faux bag business. Stan was hesitant about letting Beth into the scam since he didn’t trust her, but desperate times call for desperate measures. 

It was fun watching them butt heads since no one ever really stands up to Beth in that way. She’s the boss of the operation and everyone always falls in line.

Stan was biting his tongue hard, and eventually, allowed Beth’s plan to extort en who hired strippers rather than fourth grad moms to go through.

And it still failed as one of the men turned out to be a cop. Whoops. 

However, if it wasn’t for that small glitch, it would have been a solid plan.

Stan doesn’t want to admit it but Beth was right, mommy’s talk… a lot. It would only take one mom to figure out the scam and ruin their plan.

Also, why aren’t they trying to sell them to the rich moms at Ben’s school?

After her plan bombed, Beth still found a way to make the money. She blackmailed the cop to buy the purse for his wife or else she’d tell her about the strippers.

In her mind, she was being resourceful, but in Stan’s eyes, she was feeding her ego, which wasn’t entirely fair of him to say. 

Beth did it to get him the money. 

Stan has plenty of reasons to hate Beth, but it’s not fair to place the blame entirely on her for what has gone wrong in Ruby’s life.

Ruby is a grown woman who contributed to a good amount of these decisions.

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Beth does use people to get what she wants, but usually, it’s to help herself and the people she loves. She’s gone above and beyond to ensure Ruby and Annie’s safety. She always takes the brunt of the blows from Rio to shield her friends. 

She may be saving herself, but if she goes down, they go down. They’re the definition of “we’re all in this together.”

And, like it or not, she is the one who helped free him from Gene, so he could at least muster up a thank you. 

Other Thoughts

  • When Annie failed to secure financial funding to keep Ben at his private school — she basically pulled an unsuccessful Bridesmaid’s “help, I’m poor!” — she asked Kevin for help, but in return, she had to give him a place to stay. That’s the price of playing lacrosse, Ben! 
  • I wish the series would just shake Kevin already and allow Annie to find a good guy. 
  • Shirtless Rio is the kind of content we need more of! 
  • Also, I couldn’t help but chuckle when Rio informed his brother/cousin that Beth knows how big he is. 
  • Dean realized that trying to get people to fall for his pyramid scheme isn’t easy. Go figure. And the poor guy didn’t read the fine print when he bought a year’s worth of product. That’s how they get ya! 

I can’t wait to see where the rest of the season goes. By ditching the FBI storyline and introducing Rio’s “boss,” the season was reinvigorated. This is the kind of action we’ve been missing since the second half of season 2.

I’m glad the show is back on track, and hopefully, it’s enough for the series to snag a renewal.

Good Girls deserves a fifth season! If you agree, use your voice on social media with #RenewGoodGirls! 

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    Walker

    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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    Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

    Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – The Bogeyman (207)

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    Secrets, secrets are no fun—but they’re definitely fueling Bloody Rose’s wrath on Millwood and the final girls. 

    Tabby is the last girl standing, waiting for Bloody Rose to pounce, which does make me think that maybe Christian isn’t as innocent as we’ve been led to (desperately wanted) to believe. He did swoop in with a superhero complex, loves to make masks (and could easily make a 3D rendering to make Bloody Rose appear as Imogen’s mother), and could be a chip off the old block as Chip’s buddy wanting to get revenge for his friend’s murder, so we have to look at all the possibilities now.

    That being said, it’s only one of many options presenting itself, and with Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 7 serving as the penultimate episode, we’re still no closer to figuring out who could be tormenting these girls once again.

    However, it’s clear the pressure is getting to them as they’ve been making reckless choice after reckless choice. By the end of the hour, they all found themselves at the scene of the crime in some way—and none of it looked good on them. 

    Imogen was at the cemetery with Dr. Sullivan, who finally came clean about her connection to Archie and Bloody Rose. Turns out, she’s also been victimized by this family, after serving as Rose’s therapist at Radley, failing to help Archie at her request, and then being targeted by the psychotic killer, who also killed her son, Sebastian, years ago. It makes sense why she’s been trying to help the Millwood girls in a way she couldn’t help her own child. But getting too close to it also means you’re in the line of fire, as Imogen realized Sullivan was kidnapped by Bloody Rose at the cemetery, as she left behind her signature calling card of red roses scattered across the car seat. 

    Faran, who has spent all season trying to prove herself, finally allowed herself to let her guard down, with Greg, no less (I don’t mind this pairing, but I don’t want her to forget how douchey he was for literally two full seasons), but while it may have been a welcome distraction, it was also the reason she missed all of Kelly’s calls and later found her dead in the pool where she was waiting to meet. If Faran had picked up, maybe Bloody Rose wouldn’t have gotten to another Beasley, though since we know how much BR is capable of, it’s unlikely anything could’ve helped Kelly. If it wasn’t this moment, it would’ve been somewhere else. I do feel sorry that she got killed off the moment she had an actual “come to Jesus” moment and realized that maybe her friends were right about the cult… and her mother, who claimed the Millwood girls have not yet atoned for what they did to Karen. It seems like everyone is just forgetting that Archie is the actual murderer while they are all victims of a very toxic situation. 

     

    Also this fan theory that I’m still standing by:

    Noa was being easily manipulated by Jen—because that’s what’s happening, right?—as she chose to take a baseball bat to Shawn’s car, Carrie Underwood style, but the ironic part was that she was the one cheating on him all summer. Does Shawn not have a right to be angry? Sure, he shouldn’t have punched a hole in the wall, but two wrongs don’t make a right. How did Noa know he was threatening Jen when he did it?  

    It all seemed so out of character for Noa as she spiraled out of control in a relationship that’s had all too many red flags (like she bling-ringed Shawn’s house AFTER he helped her out…..). I actually don’t know where the writers planned to take Noa’s character this season, but it’s not something anyone is getting behind. Before she jumps into any relationship—healthy or otherwise—she needs to learn how to deal with her own emotions. 

    All of this could’ve been so easily resolved had both of them just talked it out like adults—something Jen conveniently hinted shouldn’t happen because she thrives on chaos and destruction. 

    Either way, despite his flaws, Shawn deserved better. He may not have been perfect, but he really went out of his way for Noa (even going against his mother because he loved his girlfriend), only to get stabbed in the back and kicked to the curb. 

     

     

    And then there’s poor Mouse, who made the very terrible choice of posing as Angela Waters on Spooky Spaghetti in hopes of getting all these rabid followers to slow their roll, except it backfired right back—and Lola became a prime target, with Bloody Rose’s fandom suggesting that the grandmother become the first sacrifice in Archie’s blood atonement. It’s, well, unhinged, and I’m not surprised these ladies are sleeping with one eye open. They aren’t safe anywhere, as evidenced by actual Rose’s arrival at Mouse’s place. I’m intrigued to see what it is she wants from Mouse and Lola.

    Also, WES IS ALIVE? Scream it from the rooftops because I truly thought it was over for him. He waltzed into the Orpheum like “Heck yah, I’m still here, but I’m also leaving Millwood because that’s the sane thing to do.” Before he peaced out of there, he said he suggested both of them for co-managers as if there’s literally anyone else working at that theater. And also, who owns the theater? Is it Veronica Lodge? Because that would be epic. 

    One final note, this scene had me in tears… Bloody Rose knows she’s a menace. 

    This was, hands down, one of the best episodes of PLL: Summer School, firing on all fronts. Bloody Rose claimed yet another victim—why didn’t Faran run to double check if Kelly was alive because you know, no body, no death rule of TV—all while the girls are all being played and no closer to figuring out who their tormentor could be.  I’d say we can cross Kelly’s mother off the list as she was locked up and drugged, which leaves us with all the love interests—Jen, Christian, Johnny (but I really want him to be good), and Ash (who is slightly sus now because he knows everything and could be using it to his advantage. How else did Mouse’s identity come out in that video unless BR has bugged them all), along with the scorned mother, Mrs. Lansberry. 

    Who do you think it is? Share all of your theories with us! 

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    Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

    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?

    Share your thoughts on this weeks episode of PLL: Summer School now! 

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