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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Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #4 (23×13)
Tonight, another HouseGuest is sent out the door, and the next Head of Household competition began live. The result of this competition could determine where the game goes over the next several weeks. But did Whitney or Hannah get their chance to compete in the season’s first endurance competition?
After Julie welcomed us to the show and talking about how the game is going to change, we see quite a bit of gameplay and strategy talk from Tiffany and Kyland. Tiffany has been forming a deep bond with Hannah, and Kyland has been forming a deep bond with Sarah Beth. Tiffany has noticed that most members of the Cookout has a close friend outside of the alliance. Tiffany has Claire, Azah has Britini, Kyland has Sarah Beth, and Hannah has Derek X. Xavier and Derek F. have close relationships with everyone in the house. Tiffany formed a plan with the Cookout that they bring these closer friends to jury, then depending on who is HOH, put a “duo” up on the block, and the Cookout will vote out the opposing person, because they will always have the voting numbers. This is probably one of the smartest plans for an alliance we have seen in some years. If it works out, Tiffany will easily be regarded as one of the greatest to ever play the game.
Of course, all plans are bound to have some holes in it. Azah told Tiffany about some hesitations about Hannah, Tiffany was great to come to her defense, saying that it’s okay to not trust Hannah, as long as the Cookout gets to the final six. Azah was completely unaware that Hannah was even in the Cookout, getting even more suspicious of Tiffany, as well as her loyalty to the Cookout.
Naturally, we do have to take it a week at a time, and we got to see Whitney do a little campaigning to stick around. She tells Alyssa that Hannah will be the first person to target her and Christian, and that after Hannah spoke with Christian, she told Whitney that Christian is playing a horrible game, and that he’s all talk and no action.
This campaigning did not mean anything, as after some speeches, Derek F. casting to “evote,” and way too many Diary Room shoutouts (cast your vote and leave, please) Whitney was evicted in an unanimous 10-0 vote.
Whitney’s answers to Julie’s questions were not very true. She said she was targeting Kyland and Derek X., which she never said she was. She also said she wanted to make really big moves, and bragged about it inside the house, but she rarely did. Since Whitney is not coming back, Julie showed her the Royal Flush alliance (kind of like when she was showing off the Committee last year). Whitney was not surprised it existed, but was shocked at how many people were in it.
Julie brought everyone to the living before the competition, and put the official end to the team twist, along with the Wild Card competition. It is officially everyone for themselves.
Before the comp started, Julie teased that next week, the viewers will have an opportunity to be a part of the next big twist of the season, which we will know more about next week.
The first endurance comp of the season is a the BB classic: the wall comp. Hold on for dear life as a wall tilts back and forth, and cold water spraying down on them. Last one standing wins.
Who will be Nominated?
As this is the endurance comp, there is no new HOH at the time of this posting. I’m logging into the live feeds right now to watch as much of it as I can before heading off to bed. We will see Sunday who wins!
Good Trouble Review Picks and Strikes – (3×14)
Well, if you needed a sign to remember your ex or the one that got away, definitely don’t watch Good Trouble Season 3 Episode 14, “Picks and Strikes.” It will certainly give you way too many feels and make you reminisce and take five steps back. The episode really should’ve started with a trigger warning of sorts! At least flashing something along the lines of “warning, this episode may contain content that will trigger old feels, so if you’re not fully healed, refrain from watching.”
This episode was a perfect balance and blend of multiple storylines. Sometimes the show can heavily rely on one character’s plot more than others leaving the rest to grasp for enough screen time to even make sense.
Just when we thought the show had finally sorted out its love triangles, they flipped them all upside down and decided to restart because why not. What fun would it be if there wasn’t more love drama?!
Seamlessly intertwined throughout these love problems were loud social justice PSAs. Something, Good Trouble is best known for.
Gael and Isabella discuss gendered social constructs and how they want to raise their daughter outside of the prescribed gender norms. Gael opens up about his trans sister and how that informs his thinking.
Although, Isabella’s a bit more traditional in her thinking and has a Pinterest board filled with pink and frilly decoration ideas. However, they both come to an easy agreement but realize that co-parenting might be more challenging than they first assumed. And knowing they’re officially having a girl makes things more real.
While Gael and Isabella are playing house, Callie’s big trial is starting.
First of all, we have to mention that opening montage. The vintage spy theme was beautifully crafted, filmed, and edited. There are few times Good Trouble gets to play with the formatting of its editing, and this moment was so inventive and creative.
Mariana’s acting was superb, and it looks like she’s becoming an important part of their legal office and potentially Emmett’s eye? There were definitely some flirtatious vibes between the two. Although, you can never be sure because, at this rate, Evan’s going to have to pop back in to make the situation complicated.
During their first day in court, the defense and prosecution both had to go through and select their picks and strikes for jurors. With Jamie on the prosecution’s side, there are some potential pitfalls for Callie’s defense team. On the contrary, it could level the playing field since both Callie and Jamie can read each other.
And it looks like there’s still a flame that burns between the two. Again, when we thought Callie had officially moved on and chosen Gael, they decide to bring it back to Jamie.
No matter how much Callie wants to deny her feelings and say she’s moving on and dating seriously, as an outsider, Tony can clearly see the signs and chemistry between the two.
Along the same lines, both Dennis and Davia and Alice and Sumi are apparently rekindling their old flames. Dennis and Davia are no surprise, I’m already putting my money on them, but Sumi and Alice, on the other hand, were a shock. It’s been a while since we’d seen Sumi, and the last time it seemed pretty over between the two.
Albeit, Alice and Sumi each had their fair share of lingering feelings for the other. Predictions for Alice’s love life are too hard to make, but as for Dennis and Davia, once they uttered the words “we’re just friends,” that was their fate.
It’s a bit of a waste to have Matt in the mix trying to win over Davia’s affection because he’s just going to get screwed over. Davia and Dennis almost had a repeat of their “Falling Slowly” duet moment, but the microphones didn’t allow it.
But, even though the perfect moment didn’t happen, that didn’t stop the sparks from flying. There were no overt confessions of love this time, except for subtle looks of love and desire. So, it’ll only be a matter of time before they’re official. Perhaps, by then, Davia will have helped Dennis find a different passion, rather than his impulsive dream of running a food truck.
This hour was strong and it perfectly set up all the future drama that’s ready to unfold. What did you think of? Which love pair are you rooting for? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below!
- The man on the back of Dennis’s new food truck totally looked like the older version of him.
- Alice’s fight against Anti-Asian hate is so relevant, and sadly, the scenario they portrayed was extremely accurate for queer Asian women.
- Before this episode, I never knew jury selection was such a tedious process. Was it dramatized for the episode?
- Applause for Davia and Dennis’s duet of “Minefields,” and that it was overlayed the end montage of everyone lamenting over their past loves.
Big Brother Recap: Bump, Set, Veto (23×12)
As the game enters entering its first full month, the style of gameplay is something like we haven’t seen in years. Yes, there may be big alliances, but all of them are full of conflicting personalities that they can’t even keep it together on one target. It makes for great strategy, and even better entertainment.
On Sunday, HOH Christian nominated Hannah and Whitney for eviction, the two ladies being the primary targets of the Kings team. However, not many people really know who the target is. Derek X. was confused, Hannah was confused, even Whitney was confused as to why those were Christian’s choices.
Whitney did some damage control with Christian, and he reflected to how he knows that Whitney wanted to take out someone from the Kings team, with Christian being her biggest target of all. Whitney cried it off, saying that she didn’t even say that (when she did), and that she would never target him (but she will). It wasn’t the greatest acting job done by a nominee trying to save themselves, but there have been worse.
They showed two incredibly awkward moments before anything related to the Veto competition. Christian was dared to try “backflip burpees” in the backyard, while they showed Whitney giving Xavier weird hand massages, and Azah was sitting in jealousy, since she has a little crush on Xavier. It was cringe-worthy, honestly, so see these little things happen, when there’s so much game talk that occurred during the week.
When discussing the Veto competition, both nominees want Derek X. to use the Veto on them if he’s picked. On the other hand, the Royal Flush alliance want him to keep the nominations the same to keep everything smooth for the week. It left Derek X. in a bit of a bind being stuck between his team, and his alliance.
After an idiotic segment of the players cleaning the house, players were picked for the Veto competition! Christian picked Claire, Hannah picked Derek X., and Whitney picked Azah.
Sarah Beth was noticeably upset when she wasn’t picked for the Veto, which catches the attention of Tiffany and Hannah. Tiffany starts losing it with Sarah Beth, exclaiming that she doesn’t trust her, and that she should soon be a target.
This Veto competition was one they’ve used in many previous seasons of the show. They had to roll a volleyball over and down a long ramp, and run to the other side to catch the ball. Each time they catch it, they earn a point. If the ball drops, their score goes down to zero. First person to 10 wins. The game was a definite learning curve, because if they pushed the ball too hard, then ball will drop. Derek X. was taking the slower pace, taking his time with each throw so that he could get to the other side. Christian had more stamina, and was able to go as quickly as he could.
It ended up being a two-horse between Derek X. and Christian, with Derek X. almost fully catching up, but Christian remains in power and takes the Veto for himself. That makes him and Derek X. as the only people to have won the Power of Veto so far this season.
While having a conversation on who will be on slop next week (yeah, that still happens), Derek X. implied that only him and Hannah will be on slop, and Whitney heard the whole thing. Derek X.’s slip-up went to attempted apology to Whitney, because it confirmed that she is the one that’s going home this week.
Whitney tried to take advantage of that mistake to persuade Christian to take her off the block and put up Derek X.
However, Christian stayed true to the Royal Flush, and did NOT use the Power of Veto, leaving Whitney and Hannah facing eviction tomorrow night.
I have to say, this might have been one of the worst episodes we’ve had in some time. There’s so much game talk that is happening on the live feeds, and the show’s edit chooses to air workout montages rather than the strategy discussion. I know there’s only so much to put in an hour, and maybe I’m just complaining as someone who pays attention to the feeds, but these people are here to play, and the conversations are great to hear.
Prediction for Eviction:
This vote seems pretty much locked at this point as well, and that’s Whitney. Hannah is too protected by the Cookout, as well as the people on her side from the Royal Flush, and Whitney has lost a lot of traction with people over the week. However, don’t be surprised to see Sarah Beth throw one rogue vote on Hannah, just to stir things up.
The bigger question remains of who the new Head of Household will be! The season’s first endurance competition is tomorrow right after the eviction, and it will be playing out live!
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