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Good Girls Review – Dave (4×04)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Dave" Episode 404 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendrick as Beth Boland, Manny Montana as Rio -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Beth Boland needs to learn one very important lesson: she cannot have it all.

On Good Girls Season 4 Episode 4, Beth tried to outsmart Rio at his own game, and while she may have eliminated the problem involving the hitman, I think she may have made things even worse. 

I’ll give Beth credit for acknowledging that she’s gotten herself, her friends, and her family into a big mess. And I’ll even acknowledge that she’s trying to course-correct and make things right. 

It seems that her whole goal, which she mentioned several times throughout the episode, is to become a suburban mom again. 

But can she? Can she just put all of this behind her? It seems a bit naive of her. Even Dean was being realistic when he asked her if he’s just supposed to forget everything she did and play house with her again. 

It was only a matter of time before the feds approach Beth about turning on gang friend. After all, she confessed to Phoebe who also found Beth’s note about how to wash the cash in case something happened to her. 

They have the smoking gun. And they know that more than anything, Beth wants to protect Dean and her besties. Her only option is to take their deal. 

And it’s not surprising that she would agree. Beth may have been addicted to this lifestyle, but she also realized it wasn’t feasible. When it began catching up with her, she wanted nothing more than to rid herself of Rio and go back to how things used to be. 

So, it was definitely surprising when she turned around and told Rio that the feds were onto him. It didn’t track and made Beth’s motivations confusing. Did she want to save Rio? Did she want to save Dean? Did she want to save herself?

Whose team is Beth really on? #TeamBeth seems to be the answer, but #TeamBeth goes wherever the wind blows, which isn’t exactly promising. 

Everything became much clearer when Rio ambushed the hitman thinking he was Dave from the FBI. 

At that point, audiences were clued into what Beth likely thought was a foolproof plan and would get rid of two birds with one stone. Since she couldn’t call off the hit on Rio herself, she informed Rio so that he would take care of the problem for her. After all, she needed him alive if she was going to get her freedom. 

Rio was more than happy to do it too if it meant that he’d walk away with his freedom. 

And on the plus side, by handing him “Dave,” she’d earn Rio’s trust and respect.

But like many of Beth’s previous plans, it had a major flaw: she’s too confident, which causes her to underestimate the opponent. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “Dave” Episode 404 — Pictured: (l-r) Jonathan Silverman as DL Dave, Lauren Lapkus as Phoebe, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

It’s actually insulting that Beth still thinks so poorly of Rio. Why wouldn’t he grow suspicious of a man that was trying to take him out with a rifle?

That’s not exactly how the feds operate. 

Also, the hitman’s confused look when Rio called him Dave was a dead giveaway that he was not actually “the Big Kahuna.”

Rio isn’t stupid. He put the pieces together rather easily to figure out that Beth hired a hitman to kill him.

And by using the feds card, she basically clued him into learning that she’s most definitely working with the feds.

The hitman warned Rio that you never know what a woman like Beth is thinking, and I think that was yet another hint that made Rio realize Beth is trying to play both sides. 

I’d say this is probably the worst position for Beth to be in. The feds may have offered her protection, but let’s be honest, Rio is beyond capable. Remember what happened to Turner?

There’s no trust left between them, and since she can no longer wash his cash, she’s not really of any use to him. 

What’s going to happen between them?

Aside from Beth’s second-rate plan, the episode gave us some solid moments with Rio, which were reminiscent of the earlier seasons. The confrontation between Rio and the hitman was so juicy and thrilling! That’s the Rio we’ve come to see. 

I’m over seeing him on the sidelines grabbing drinks and gabbing with Beth. Rio is a man of action! 

The hitman briefly mentioned Rio having other “side dishes,” which I hope is the first step into exploring more of Rio’s world. We still don’t know too much about him, and yet, he’s such a critical piece of the puzzle. 

The mystery definitely adds to his allure, but if the feds are going to try to build a case against him, I hope it gives audiences some much-desired answers about the character’s life and backstory.

After Beth accepted the deal from the feds, Ruby began wishing for a better life in Wyoming. And who could blame her? Her life has gotten out of control. She doesn’t even know the extent of what Stan’s gotten into, but she knows it isn’t good. 

My biggest fear is that Stan is going to get killed this season, and if that happens, I will riot. Stan deserves better.

He’s in too deep with his boss, Gene, who didn’t hesitate to show him that he “owns him.” Gene made sure Stan knew that he doesn’t have a way out with his little power move. I wanted to sock that little punk in the face for treating our Stanimal that way. 

You can tell the task is weighing heavily on Stan. Maybe they can ask Rio to take care of it?!

Surprisingly, Annie had a few solid moments during the hour. First, she made amends with Ben, who spotted her sneaking out of his lacrosse game. By being there, she proved to him that she wasn’t just accepting of his new lifestyle but that she also wanted to be a part of it. They’ve always had such a special bond and sweet relationship, so it’s nice to see them slowly getting back to that. 

Her second impressive decision was pulling the plug on her therapy sessions with Josh. Though it’s clear that Annie definitely needs to continue therapy, she acknowledged that seeing him was no longer in her best interest. 

Yes, Josh helped Annie with some issues, but there were deeper feelings there and quite a bit of sexual tension. She wasn’t attending sessions because she wanted his advice, which didn’t serve either of them. 

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It was one of the most empowering decisions Annie has ever made, so I’m all for it. However, I don’t think that’s the last we’ve seen of Josh. He made it clear Annie isn’t the kind of person you forget about, and now that she’s no longer his patient, I think he’ll end his relationship to pursue his feelings for her. 

What do you think?

I’m still not sold on the season, but this episode was the most action-forward one we’ve seen in some time. 

Things between Beth and Rio are finally culimatining towards this huge, decisive moment. Everyone is risking it all, and it’s bound to crumble in some way. The question is… how?

Will Rio get revenge on Beth for her betrayal? Will the feds be able to protect her? And what happens to allt he collateral damage like Ruby, Annie, Dean, and Stan?

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Walker

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

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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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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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