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Good Girls Review – Queen Elizabeth (4×09)

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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.

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Loki

Loki Recap – The God with a Desk Job (1×02)

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Loki The Variant Review

Okay, so the second episode of Loki dropped, and we actually get to see what Dangerous Loki looks like. Let’s get into it!

It seems like Loki is fitting right in at his TVA desk job. Mobius has him watching annoying training videos like every other corporate job. Miss Minutes, sort of a recording but also sort of alive, does seem like she would be a little more interesting than the usual cheesy videos.

But soon enough it’s time for him to get out into the field.

There’s been an attack. In good old 1985 Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Seems like Dangerous Loki has struck again. But this time when the Minutemen showed up, he took one as a hostage! Not great.

Mobius and the gang show up to reset the timeline. This is Loki’s moment to display what he’s learned in his training, and prove that he can be trusted! He fails. Of course, he’s more concerned with trying to bargain his way to an audience with The Time-Keepers.

Ok, but I can’t even get mad at Loki for this. He’s facing total destruction! Obviously, he’s going to try to find a way out of it. Anyone would do what they need to do to survive.

But Mobius is pretty perceptive. I think he manages to see Loki very clearly. Whether it’s his motivations for his actions, or just when he’s trying to get away with something.

Anyway, Wisconsin was a bust.

Mobius has to appeal to Judge Ravonna Renslayer, and convince her why using Loki to find the other Loki is still a good idea. He does manage to placate her for the time being, but did you guys catch what I did?

She has quite an impressive office, including life-size statues of the three Time-Keepers. There are also larger statues elsewhere in the TVA. It strikes me as interesting that these Time-Keepers seem to be ever-present, and yet completely absent. Mobius also mentions that he’s never met them. Coupled with the conversation he has with Loki about believing in the reality of the Time-Keepers, I wonder if everything is 100% legit at the TVA.

But those are answers we’ll have to wait for.

Because it’s time to hit the books once again. Mobius has Loki in a library-like place doing some serious variant research. Even though Loki would like to learn about the small things–like the creation of the TVA, and the beginning and end of time–those are classified. He’ll have to settle for files only about himself. Tough.

Except! He makes a crucial discovery in those files. Loki learns about the annihilation of Asgard that happened in Thor: Ragnarock (yes, boohoo, very sad) and comes up with an important hypothesis.

If apocalypse events destroy everything and everyone, then whatever you do before one doesn’t matter. The perfect place for Dangerous Loki to hide.

He and Mobius go rogue for a moment to do what anyone with a hypothesis should do. They test it out in 79AD, right before the city of Pompeii gets buried in ash.

Now I don’t know about you, but I was thinking about their actions potentially causing someone to prematurely run and escape. It didn’t happen, but again time is a very delicate and complex thing.

But Mobius said there was zero variance energy created, so we’re all good!

All they have to do is narrow down all similar apocalypse events between 2047 and 2051. This is the period that has the candy Dangerous Loki gave to the small girl in 1549 from episode 1.

After the Judge gives her approval, a team is deployed to a fatal storm in 2050 Alabama.

This is where things get interesting.

Head Minuteman, Hunter B-15 insists on keeping Loki under her command. Everyone fans out, looking for Bad Loki. While the others find the Minuteman originally taken hostage, Loki and B-15 run into the Loki they’re searching for.

Of course, he doesn’t look like Loki.

Trickery abounds! Dangerous Loki can mirror and control other people while he does other important things (what a great way to multi-task). Unfortunately, this involves taking over Hunter B-15 as well. Don’t worry, not for too long. Bad Loki likes to body hop.

Now after some classic Loki banter where he reveals he wants to take over the TVA and some rowdy fisticuffs, Dangerous Loki finally reveals themselves. Who do we have…?

Well no one immediately recognizable or anything, but she’s a blonde Lady Loki! With a great green outfit complete with some golden horns (or horn, as one seems to be broken).

Although Loki seems reasonably shocked like the rest of us, he remembers we’ve got a situation.

It seems Lady Loki appreciated the time Loki sucked up because her plan was already in motion.

All those reset charges she stole were set up and rigged to blow! Blow as in she transported them throughout the Sacred Timeline, setting off a lot of Nexus events at the same time.

Does the TVA have the resources to handle all these events simultaneously? Because what happens if just one reaches that red line? Is the entire universe sent into chaos immediately? Well, they have to leave some answers for upcoming episodes I guess.

Another pressing issue? Well, after Lady Loki conjures a portal to disappear, Loki escapes the TVA’s custody by using that same portal.

Mobius was even calling after him, but of course, he chose the classic Loki move of betrayal. A bit heartbreaking. This is not going to go down well with Judge Renslayer and everyone who was warning Mobius this EXACT thing would happen.

It seems like Loki is still The God of Mischief at heart. Maybe his evolution wasn’t as complete as the last episode made it appear. But who knows, perhaps Loki is just going after Lady Loki to later bring her to justice? Maybe?

I guess we’ll have to tune in next week to figure it all out. What do you guys think will happen with the Sacred Timeline? Where do you think Loki is going to pop up? And do you guys think there’s anything fishy with the TVA?


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Superman & Lois

Superman & Lois Review – O Mother, Where Art Thou? (1×10)

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Superman & Lois Review  O Mother, Where Art Thou? Season 1 Episode 10

All I’m going to say is… Lois Lane tried to warn y’all. 

But no one wanted to listen to the critically acclaimed journalist. 

Thankfully, Superman’s sacrifice was willing to save the day, but the trouble isn’t over just yet for Smallville. 

On Superman Season 1 Episode 10, Morgan Edge, who was revealed to be Kal-El’s brother from another father, Tal-Rho, set his plan for the small town in motion. 

Edge gave Superman a chance to join his Kryptonian’s as they essentially colonized the planet to further their heritage. 

And while the idea of having your own people around you again was enticing, it wasn’t enough to convince Superman to ditch his humanity and embrace a dark side. 

Superman didn’t need a new family from his planet because he already had one of his own on this new planet. 

John Henry didn’t know this world’s Superman in the slightest. 

Tal-Rho even tried to lure Superman with the idea of getting his Kryptonian mother back, which didn’t work. 

Though, Kal-El was able to reconnect with Lara Lor-Van thanks to Lana, who stepped as a host and allowed Lara’s consciousness to be put inside her so that they could figure out a way to reverse what Edge had been doing. 

Lara admitted that resurrection was her life’s work but not at the cost of humans. 

Therefore, she wasn’t supportive of her other son’s ventures. 

It was great that Kal-El got to reconnect with his birth mother and reassure her that he was happy on Earth with his own family, including two sons, but I’m glad Lara didn’t overstay her welcome. The storyline had the potential to drag out unnecessarily. 

Instead, the reunion convinced Kal-El that he was doing the right thing by standing up to his brother, and he put himself in the crossfire to protect all the innocent humans that have been put through The Eradicator by creating a solar flare. 

Edge clearly underestimated his brother. But despite putting a dent in his plan, he still had another plan. 

His attempt to enslave the inhabitants of Smallville isn’t over yet. 

At this point, everyone seems to be aware of the fact that aliens exist including Sarah. 

Sarah was going through a tough time as she thought her father was turning into a drunk, which is when Jon jumped in and told her the truth that Kyle had been body-snatched

Superman & Lois Review  O Mother, Where Art Thou? Season 1 Episode 10

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I don’t know why everyone thinks Sarah can’t handle the truth. She’s one of the strongest characters on the show and deserves a little bit more credit.

It’s also slightly upsetting that it was Jon who decided she didn’t deserve to be lied to again. I feel like the decision should’ve come from Jordan, but instead, we’re getting this odd love triangle. 

Why did I find myself rooting for Jon when she’s unofficially Jordan’s girl?

Jon was motivated by the simple fact that he’s done with everyone lying to him in order to “protect him.”

Sarah might not be able to know the truth about Superman or Jordan’s newfound powers, but when it comes to her family, she should know what’s happening rather than writing her dad off as some kind of horrible person. 

I’ve watched Supergirl, and I know that the glasses as a brilliant disguise, but I still can’t get over the fact that Lana didn’t recognize that Clark is Superman!

And I love how much she geeked out over seeing Superman in person when she quite literally talks to him every day. 

The episode showed us the power our experiences have over us. 

After arriving on Earth, Kal-El was welcomed with open arms into a loving home, which made him want to protect humans from harm, while Tal-Rho was hunted and experimented on, which made him hungry for revenge. 

Their vastly different experiences morphed them into the men they are today, so it’s going to be difficult to get them to see eye-to-eye.

And this means Superman is going to have a hard time convincing his brother to pick a new fight as it’s been his life’s mission to repopulate a new planet. 

What do you think Edge has up his sleeve?

Is all this too much for Jordan and Jon? How will Smallville cope with the attack? Will Kyle apologize to Lois?


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Cruel Summer

Cruel Summer Season Finale Review – Hostile Witness (1×10)

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Cruel Summer Season Finale Review Hostile Witness Season 1 Episode 10

And we finally have the truth. 

Though the truth is pretty dark no matter how you look at it. 

Cruel Summer wrapped up its freshman run by providing all the answers along with plenty of jaw-dropping twists.

As the Turner vs. Wallis case kicked off in 1995, Jeanette and Kate came face-to-face — and almost to blows — both in the courtroom and outside of it. 

After Jeanette’s lawyers revealed a private convo between Kate and Ashley (she didn’t know it was her step-sister until after the printouts were submitted into evidence), Kate was forced to confess that she lied about her kidnapping and the fact that she destroyed an innocent girl’s reputation. 

Jeanette was hounded by the media and painted as a monster on the basis of the narrative that Kate sold to protect herself.

Kate was scared of what people would think if they knew she went to Martin’s willingly. 

This led to a heart-to-heart between Kate and Jeanette during which they figured out that this whole thing was just a misunderstanding. 

Both of the girls were defending the truth… the only truth they knew.

Kate thought Jeanette saw her since she snuck into the house, while Jeanette knew she wasn’t guilty of what she was being accused of. 

Turns out, the person that did actually see Kate was none other than Mallory. While it may have seemed like we were right not to trust her this whole time, Mallory had her reasons.

While her friendship with Kate was a result of misplaced guilt, eventually, the two did actually become good friends. 

The finale made it very clear that everyone was harboring secrets and lies in order to protect themselves.

Once Kate confronted Mallory, she learned that she didn’t say anything because she knew that in telling the public what she saw, she would be ratting out Kate as the reality of what she saw didn’t match the narrative Kate was selling. In a twisted way, she was protecting her friend, who she knew wasn’t being held against her will — at least not physically — when she saw her. 

She was there for Kate before they were even tight, which speaks volumes to who Mallory is as a person. 

I was sure the two of them were going to kiss when Kate confronted Mallory and asked her to stay, so I was thrilled when the smooch finally happened in the end. 

There was a chemistry between them that lent itself to more than friendship.

Mallory may have betrayed Kate, but despite it, she was one of the only people who had a genuine connection with her and understood her for who she was. 

The real villain was Jeanette all along. 

After Kate realized she wrongly accused Jeanette, she immediately cleared her name and made things right.

However, there was something genuinely off about Jeanette. They say when someone shows you who they are, you should believe them. 

The first suggestion that Jeanette may be a sociopath came when she was trying to learn how to make people feel sorry for her in the courtroom. 

Things also took a weird turn on the Marsha Bailey show as she was wearing the same exact outfit that Kate wore the first time she accused her right down to the pearls and headband. 

She also forgave Kate in the same way Kate accused her initially. 

Mallory was right — there was something truly off about Jeanette’s appearance. 

And it turns out, Jeanette was lying the whole time. She may not have seen Kate on Christmas, which is when she was accused, but Jeanette did sneak into the house in 1994 when Kate was already locked in the basement. She heard Kate begging for help and never reported it because she was at peak popularity. She weighed her options and decided that it wasn’t in her best interest to help Kate, which is deeply concerning. 

Everything the media said about Jeanette being a monster was absolutely on point. 

Cruel Summer Season Finale Review Hostile Witness Season 1 Episode 10

CRUEL SUMMER – “Hostile Witness” – Kate and Jeanette’s worlds collide as the court date arrives, finally forcing the two young women to answer the question on everyone’s mind, but the answer comes with a price that not everyone can pay. The season finale of “Cruel Summer” airs Tuesday, June 15 at 10:00 p.m. on Freeform. (Freeform/Bill Matlock)
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Worst of all — it always some sick game to her. She got the same thrill from it that she did from breaking into Martin’s house. She never truly felt remorse for what she did and how she contributed to Kate’s destruction. 

While it’s an unexpected twist and likely included for shock facotr, I think I would have preferred the storyline where Kate and Jeanette remained friends and bonded over their shared trauma. Jeanette may have always been driven by this desire to be beautiful and popular, but I would think this experience would have changed her and given her a new outlook on life, especially since she was vindicated and ended up getting the guy. 

There was even a great setup for the two to remain friends who could lean on each other and heal together. Kate said she wanted someone to understand what she was going through, and though Jeanette’s experience was wildly different, they kind of saw eye-to-eye at the moment at Martin’s house.

It was nice to see them work together to figure out what really happened. As Kate shared her experience of being locked in a basement, it was as though Jeanette genuinely felt sorry for Kate.

It would’ve been a great way to wrap up their story arc as two young girls who were wronged. 

Jeanette even helped Kate remember who Anabelle was, and for those that figured it was a gun — you were correct. 

Kate revealed that the day before her rescue, Martin seemed to have run out of options and found himself oddly at peace right before turning the gun on himself.

Martin was plagued with guilt after what he’d done, which seems to prove that he didn’t fully think his plan through and kept trying to wing it.

However, he also looked pretty conflicted about how to handle the situation. Going from wanting to kill yourself to screaming at the top of your lungs to begging Kate not to shoot you and convincing her you love her kind of screams bi-polar to me. 

While Martin couldn’t bring himself to pull the trigger, Kate, however, didn’t have that problem and shot him when he was at his most vulnerable. 

It was a huge and heavy decision for Kate, but she was brave enough to finally save herself. 

It was a warranted shot that finally put an end to her misery, but the aftermath left her conflicted as she loved her captor while also hating him. 

It wouldn’t do the situation justice if Martin died in a police shootout, but having Kate pull the trigger sort of paralleled all the pain he caused her while keeping her.

Hopefully, Kate took the time to work through all of that in therapy because it’s a lot. 

I’m slightly disappointed that Angela didn’t have more to do with the storyline as I was convinced she was going to have some kind of connection to Martin. Also, Jeanette’s own mother didn’t even come to the trial. 

Also, where was Jamie, who Jeanette seemed to be dating at the end of everything! 

The resolution between Vince and Ben also felt a little weak, but I’m glad they’re going to work through things and hope they end up together as they deserve a bit of happiness. 

Jeanette also ended up with Jamie, so I guess it was all worth it since she got what she wanted after all.

What did you think of the finale? Are you happy that we were given all the answers we were promised?

Leave your comments below, and we’ll see you for season 2 on Freeform


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