Those were not the words I was expecting (pun intended) Beth to say shortly after realizing that charmingly dangerous “gang friend” is alive.
But then again, I don’t know what I was expecting. Beth’s a lot quicker on her feet than I am because I would have still been picking my jaw up off the floor from the shock and yet, here she was with a whole plan.
And ohhhh weeee, was it a good plan that was slightly inspired by Rio. When he pushed a drink towards her and said “drink up, you made a beautiful family,” you could almost see the lightbulb go off in Beth’s mind.
Rio’s giddy attitude — because he’s enjoying the hell out of this — is the equivalent of a parent telling you they’re not mad, they’re disappointed. It’s incredibly dangerous, and I’m watching with my eyes glued to the TV at all times.
He sure seemed like he was ready to kill her, but considering his prior feelings for her, it’s hard to tell if he would have ever gone through with it.
I guess we’ll never know.
In retrospect, and after all the shock wore off from Rio’s return and Beth’s pregnancy bombshell, her fib was logical and maybe even obvious. I’ve seen fan theories over the last week and many fans expected it likely because the preview showed her looking at what seemed like a possible pregnancy test.
Beth was put on the spot and found a way to survive, or, at the very least, buy herself a couple of weeks to concoct a better survival plan. Her lie can be easily debunked (and almost was), so she’s not going to be able to keep it up for too long.
In buying herself some time, Beth proved that she’s more than cut out for this business; she never goes down with the ship because she always has a plan even if the iceberg comes out of nowhere. (Yep, that’s 100% a Titanic reference.)
But realistically, Beth is just digging herself into a bigger hole. This lie is only going to fuel Rio’s anger and prove that she deserves whatever punishment he had in mind in the first place. Plus, she continues to give Rio reasons to distrust her.
Living in constant fear and looking over her shoulder is a product of her own making.
Beth blamed Rio for all the problems in her life instead of accepting responsibility and acknowledging that he was only around because she continuously asked him to be.
She wanted in on his world, and when she couldn’t handle it, she laid three shots into him.
At some point, she’s going to have to pay for it. There’s no running away from it — you have to own up to your actions and accept the consequences, especially because you asked to be part of this narrative, Beth.
At first, I thought that there was a slight chance that Beth was pregnant with Rio’s baby. I think I would have like that more than the alternative that found her desperately trying to get pregnant with Dean.
Plus, we can excuse her “fight or flight” reaction with Rio, but what she did with Dean was a thought-out, albeit desperate, plan that had a slim success rate.
Even if she got pregnant, Rio would have eventually gotten a paternity test. He said it after the gynecologist visit, which she’s lucky played into her narrative.
Christina Hendricks and Manny Montana have such intense chemistry. They haven’t shared a scene together in quite some time, but they didn’t skip a beat. Their tension escalated rather quickly in the gyno scene and brought out some of their best moments. You could almost smell her fear, and you could feel his desire to prove her wrong mixed with pure enjoyment brought on by watching her squirm. Torture is their foreplay, and this toxic relationship is their addiction.
Still, there’s no telling how Rio will react moving forward, but as his baby momma (the real one) said, he’s not stupid and the lie is a ticking time-bomb.
Let’s talk about Rhea for a moment. Her relationship with Rio hasn’t been explored much. From my understanding, she has full custody of the kids, while he has visitation rights and supports her with the money that he makes with his life of crime.
However, she seems to be well plugged into his life and what’s happening for someone that’s sitting on the outside. We’re not sure how much he told her, but she knew quite a good chunk of what transpired between him and Beth, and it was enough to not want anything to do with Beth for betraying her.
It’s hard to blame Rhea because what Beth did — thinking she killed Rio and then befriending his family out of guilt and lying to their faces — was pretty despicable.
But it brings into question Rhea’s role — is she more involved than she’s letting on?
Is she the “big boss?” Rio hinted at working for someone before (whatever happened to that one scene with the “counselor” and him playing tennis?), and if it is Rhea, well, that would be pretty fantastic. Rio’s always had a thing for boss babes.
Beth owes Rhea big time because she would have never made it through that doctor’s appointment alive if it hadn’t been for her pulling a few strings, but was Rhea’s reasoning for helping valid?
She said she helped because Beth is a mother, but she’s been the kind of mother who constantly puts her family at risk and in harm’s way to continue this lifestyle.
At some point, being a mother doesn’t negate the behaviors.
But maybe, she recognizes something in Beth and this is the start of a promising friendship?
Oddly enough, there’s something enjoyable about “Elizabeth” hitting rock bottom. While we love her, we’ll root for her, and she’ll always be our fearless leader, she had it coming, and there’s no way she could have continued on without facing the consequences of her actions.
Rio’s return once again removes Beth from being on-top. She failed to outsmart him and to run a successful business like him by losing all of their cash to bail out the felon tasked with washing it in the first place. It’s hard being a boss.
Beth, and subsequently Ruby and Annie, realize that making money the legal way isn’t enough to afford them the lifestyle they need, but they never once acknowledged that all this effort they’re putting into making money the shady way isn’t reaping them any rewards.
They inch closer and closer to getting caught each time, but they’re just as broke as they were when they started. Is all of this worth it?
Rio may be Beth’s biggest problem, but Ruby and Annie are going through their fair share of personal drama.
Stan’s working at a strip club and getting involved in Ruby’s affairs. They surmised that they are “good people who do bad things,” and I agree.
When it comes to Ruby, Stan, even Annie, they’re all good people who have been forced into doing bad things to survive and support their families. But I’m not sure that Beth still qualifies as a good person.
Her soul’s been blackened and for someone who seeks the thrill of criminal life, most of the time, she just looks dead on the inside; defeated and tired.
Ruby and Stan continue to find new ways to understand and support each other, even if their activities aren’t exactly optimal.
Annie seems to be coasting along and faring much better than them, but she’s got a lot of personal issues to work through with her child therapist. And also, her cereal choices. Also, don’t sleep with your therapist, Annie. The therapy you’ll get will do you so much better in the long run than giving into temptation.
For a brief moment, even Beth’s relationship has been getting better, though, once Dean realized she was trying to have another kid, things went sideways again, and Rio’s return once again threatens Beth’s reality when it comes to living up to the image of the perfect, suburban mother.
The guy parked up outside of her house alerted Dean that Beth’s wrapped up in something illegal again, and his worst fears about her “friend” are coming true as she essentially becomes a prisoner in her home.
It’s really unfortunate because while Beth has continued to lie to Dean about virtually everything, he has been trying to shape up and become a better guy. (The scenes of him trying to get fit and sexy were probably my favorite!)
When he turned down his co-worker who was coming onto him, he proved that the Dean we met during Good Girls Season 1 is a person of the past.
The temptation is there, but he learned his lesson, even if it cost him a good gig and earned him a demotion to selling BBQ accessories. Yikes. Also, is this not an issue Dean could bring up with HR?
Dean’s had more character growth (and in general, human growth) than Beth, who never seems to learn any lessons.
My favorite line of the episode: “Get in the car Elizabeth.” You don’t gotta tell me twice!
What did you think of the episode?
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The Boys Review – Lamplighter’s Debut Answers Burning Questions (2 x 06)
In The Boys season 2 episode 6, “The Bloody Doors Off,” Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore) makes his first full appearance where he sheds some light on the mysterious Sage Grove Center, his connection with Stormfront, and the tragic history he shares with Frenchie.
As usual, there’s a lot of gratuitously bloody violence involved in this episode as well as some shocking scenes (one of which involves someone getting choked by an elongated phallus) and game-changing revelations about Vought International.
The main focus of the episode revolves around the Sage Grove Center which is being used by Vought as a testing center for stabilizing Compound V with the goal of creating an army of Supes by injecting them into adults instead of infants.
The Boys Visit Mysterious Loony Bin
As it turns out, the hospital is run by Stormfront on behalf of Vought where she supervises Lamplighter, who is ordered to burn test subjects when they’re no longer needed.
This is a startling revelation, along with the fact that Stormfront admits to Homelander that she was born on 1919 in Berlin, Germany during the Nazi regime. During which she fell in love and married Frederick Vought and learned everything he knew.
She then became the first successful test subject for Compound V – essentially making her the original Supe, which explains why she is so powerful and able to manipulate her way around Vought so easily.
Moreover, her Nazism has extended throughout her time behind the scenes, and sees Homelander as “everything [she and Frederick Vought] dreamed of.” Implying that the goal of Compound V coincides with Nazi values – Yikes!
Fortunately for Billy and The Boys, Lamplighter is more amiable than they expected and is willing to atone for his sins and work with them.
Lamplighter and Frenchie’s Traumatic History
After the patients of Sage Grove Center accidentally break out, Lamplighter, MM, Frenchie and Kimiko find themselves trapped in the hospital with a bunch of unstable and dangerous Supes. One of which is a patient named Cindy who shows considerably dangerous psychokinetic powers – she is shown at the end of the episode hitchhiking and could be a factor later in the season.
On a more humorous note, MM has an unpleasant encounter with a Supe patient who has the unseemly power to control his elongated elastic phallus, which he wraps around MM while trying to choke him out. (So yeah, this show is basically pure insanity at this point.)
The main takeaway from their time at the hospital, however, is the confrontation between Lamplighter and Frenchie who are finally able to discuss face-to-face a traumatic event from their shared past that has haunted both of them for years.
During Lamplighter’s time with The Seven, he is blackmailed by Colonel Mallory and The Boys to be their mole at Vought Tower. Their association ends in tragedy, however, when Lamplighter attempts to assassinate Mallory in her sleep to try and get out of their arrangement but instead mistakenly burns her innocent grandchildren instead.
To make things worse, Mallory tasked Frenchie to track Lamplighter on the night of this event but he is sidetracked into rescuing his best friend from overdosing and was unable to prevent Lamplighter from committing the horrible act.
So essentially, both Frenchie and Lamplighter blame themselves for the deaths of the children.
Other Key Events In This Episode
- Starlight removes the chip implanted by Vought on her with the help of Frenchie, and she has a heartfelt hug with Kimiko.
- The Deep invites A-Train to join the Church of the Collective.
- Elena discovers a video (dropped off by Deep) of Maeve and Homelander abandoning the falling airplane from season 1, which Maeve plans to use as blackmail against Homelander.
- Starlight accidentally kills someone while trying to commander his vehicle when she and Billy needed to take Hughie to the hospital after he sustained injuries caused by one of the escaped Supes from the Sage Grove Center.
- Frenchie is a huge fan of The Golden Girls and considers himself as a Betty White type. And, of course, the episode ends with The Golden Girls theme song.
Episode Rating: 9.5/10
The Boys new season 2 episodes stream on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Seventh Eviction (22×22)
Misreads and miscommunication continue to plague the house, and it all culminates in tonight’s latest eviction, where either Da’Vonne or Kevin will be shown the door, and join Ian in the jury house.
At the Veto meeting, Tyler decided not to use the power, leaving Memphis’ nominees the same. Da’Vonne figured that this would happen, but felt very optimistic that Dani and Nicole could work with her to gather the four votes needed to evict Kevin. The frequent thing that caused Da’Vonne stress was confirming whether or not Nicole voted to evict Tyler or Ian in the previous week. Nicole lies to her face saying she voted to evict Tyler (she didn’t), but said quietly that she will tell Day the truth, but has to find the right moment to do so.
Head of Household Memphis decides to shift his focus onto the next phase of the game, and created two sub-alliances within the Committee. He lets Enzo know that he is going to form two final 3 deals, but have Enzo in both, so that his final 2 deal is with Enzo. That way if the Committee crumbles, he has people to back him up. Enzo takes this deal, thinking that he can beat Memphis in the final 2 should they get that far, and decides to work with Memphis. The first group has Memphis, Enzo, and Cody, and the other has Memphis, Enzo, and Christmas. Memphis calls both alliances “The Wise Guys.” All I have to say is that even though Memphis should not win this game, this is pretty smart. He has a feeling that the Committee is falling apart, so finding smaller groups to take to the end could help him. I hope it all falls in his face, because that jerk (putting it lightly) needs to go now.
Dani believes that keeping Da’Vonne is what’s best for her game, so she starts going around trying to get the votes. Christmas sees right through the campaign, and believes that Dani, Nicole, and Day are working together to destroy the Committee from the inside. She then goes to David and lets him know that she knows that David voted out Tyler, and that Nicole is lying to Day, so that Day can target him, and the only way to stop it is to send her out. David is happy that someone finally agrees with him, since his vote was seen as a lie throughout the entire week. Now David wants to work with Christmas which is dumb, because Christmas is a horrible player, and she’ll vote him out without losing any sleep.
Before the vote, Da’Vonne gave a brilliant speech about how no Black women has ever won this game, except for Tamar Braxton, who won the celebrity version of Big Brother a few years back. She declared that she wants to continue to fight to be the first African-American woman to win the show and credits previous HouseGuests Cassandra (season 1), and Danielle Reyes (season 2), as some of the greatest influences to her, and why she loves the game she’s played three times. Kevin had to keep his speech short for time, but had a similar speech, saying that companies and corporations need to do more than a Zoom representation and diversity training, and start practicing what they preach. Both speeches were incredible, and I’m glad that these two took the opportunity of this platform to spark conversations in a world that is much bigger than the house.
Powerful speeches aside, Da’Vonne was evicted from the house by a 5-2 vote. Dani and Nicole were the two votes for Kevin. After Nicole almost tore Day’s earring out while giving her a hug goodbye, she put on her mask and joined Julie outside. When Julie asked how she was feeling, Day said that she was relieved because she was sick of those people. My reaction to that: me too, Day. Me too. When Julie showed the goodbye messages, Nicole revealed that she is a part of a big alliance, and that she voted to evict Ian to protect the alliance. In that moment, Da’Vonne lost all respect for Nicole, saying that if she had just told the truth from the get-go so she didn’t have to attack David, she would’ve been okay with the decision. She now heads off to join Ian in the jury house, where they will wait the next evictee.
Before the episode ended, Julie revealed not one, but two large twists coming for the week. As teased, a BB legend is moving in next door, and that legend was revealed to be Dr. Will Kirby, the winner of season 2, and one of the first villains to play the game. He said he’s living next door, and will be tempting the HouseGuests with power and prizes, and it’ll be up to them to decide what they want. I’m very excited for this, because Dr. Will is a great player, and will hopefully bring some drama and tear up the house.
Julie then revealed a twist that has never happened before. A week from today, the first ever TRIPLE eviction will occur in a special 2-hour episode. That’s right, 3 people will be sent out the door next week, which will cause a lot of stress through the house. I can’t WAIT for this. Double evictions happen every year, but a triple is a first. I hope this will be a time for someone from the Committee (cough, cough, MEMPHIS) to go home.
My New Winner Pick:
Because I changed my winner pick to Da’Vonne, I now have to pick a new prediction for the winner of BB22. With so few people I genuinely want to root for, the pickings are slim. However, my pick is going to lie with Enzo. He has great relationships with everyone, and joined the Wise Guys with Memphis. He also has won competitions, and no one has come for him in any capacity. I think he has a good place in the house, and I think he could take it to the end.
The 100 Review- Only One More To Go (7×15)
The penultimate episode of a series will tell you everything you need to know about the finale. Will there be enough time to wrap everything up? Are characters headed towards endings that make sense for them? Is the message the show is trying to leave us clear? Based on this week’s episode of The 100, next week’s series finale will likely not meet any of those criteria.
An hour that should’ve been spent on wrapping up relationships arcs and setting up the last big obstacle our characters have to face included a lot of filler moments. Over the years The 100 has introduced way too many new characters that they don’t know what to do with. Any effective character development ended after season four, and we’re now left with a plot that’s too ambitious that we have no emotional connection to.
This Could’ve Been Avoided
And unfortunately, these final episodes are tainted by the loss of male lead Bellamy Blake. It’s not lost on the audience that every other character is getting a death scene surrounded by the people they love and a traveler’s blessing. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It’s hard not to imagine how Bellamy would’ve been able to save Madi from her fate. The only reason he wasn’t in that room with Cadogan and Levitt is because Clarke wasn’t able to trust him. It would’ve been nice if she could’ve at least tried to understand where he was coming from. She wouldn’t be completely alone if she did.
It’s incredibly frustrating to see Clarke continuously push the blame for Bellamy’s death on anyone but herself. His faith didn’t kill him, she did. His death is not comparable to anyone else she’s lost. This wasn’t a Finn or an Abby situation. He was still himself and she had many other choices. It doesn’t make narrative sense to show us Bellamy crying and begging Clarke to trust him and telling her that all he wants to do is protect everyone only for all of his friends to agree that he was too far gone to be saved. If they wanted to write a brainwashed Bellamy, they should’ve done it. But instead, Clarke seems heartless and out of character. It’s a shame that Bellamy was only worth anything to the people he loved when he agreed with them.
Octavia only wants to honor the memory of the brother that would give up anything for her. She won’t acknowledge the man who developed a sense of agency and found something that brought him comfort and peace. Even in death, he’s still mistreated.
Under The Rubble
The only good parts of the episode were involving Emori. I’m really hoping she pulls through. She’s the hidden gem of The 100, and it would be a shame for her to not get a happy ending.
Murphy and Emori are easy to root for. They’re a great match. It’s been nice seeing Murphy care for someone other than himself. His desperation to find her underneath the rubble was the most in-character thing we’ve seen this season. The conversation they shared while Jackson was cauterizing her wound was adorable.
I especially liked the part where Emori was describing how happy she was in Sanctum and how she finally felt like she mattered, only for Murphy to intercept saying that she always mattered to him. Who would’ve thought John Murphy would end up being apart of the only good couple left?
Raven and Emori’s friendship was a bit more developed than the rest of the relationships built on Skyring, so their moments together also felt meaningful. Everyone’s become so self-sacrificial lately but hopefully Raven continues to be stubborn and Emori & co. travel to Sanctum instead of Bardo.
What’s The Point?
The entire final sequence was sickening to watch. It’s disturbingly written, and the way it’s shot makes your skin crawl. The 100 brands itself as a series that pushes boundaries and isn’t afraid to face the dark sides of humanity. But there comes a point where enough is enough. The show’s become another egregious example of what happens when you become addicted to making your characters suffer and just end up creating torture porn. What’s the message you’re trying to give your audience? That no matter what you do, you can never be happy? That there will always be worse things ahead?
Isolating your protagonist from everyone she’s ever loved isn’t bold storytelling, it’s just bad. It’s exhausting to watch. And to show a child left behind in that kind of state? There’s no shock value or benefit to going to such a dark place. It just upsets your audience without adding anything to the narrative.
There’s not much else to say about it.
- Clarke and Gaia’s scenes felt hollow. Their relationship isn’t developed enough for any of their moments to have meaning. Same can be said for Octavia and Levitt.
- On the other hand, Gaia’s moments with Indra felt well-earned. They’ve fought over faith for a long time, and they’ve come a long way.
- Should we be expecting Clarke to go full Daenerys in the finale? Without Madi, she apparently has nothing left to fight for.
- Jordan always feels out of place. They never really figured out what to do with him.
- I pray I never hear the words “go float yourself” again.
- Clarke humming the same song she hummed to Atom in 1×03 when she mercy killed him would’ve been really powerful in any other instance.
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