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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Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)
Nancy Drew delivered an intense and powerful episode that tackled police brutality in a way that was authentic to the series.
The episode swapped the usual supernatural mystery for a who-dun-it set at the police precinct.
Everyone that was trapped in the station that evening played some kind of role in the 2013 disappearance of a Black woman named Dolores Barrett.
The “arbiter” called upon Nancy Drew to figure out what happened, and Nancy was up for the challenge mainly because she wanted to redeem herself after the whole town thought she was a fraud for rescinding her statement against Everett Hudson. Heck, they even called her the “liar of Horsehoe Bay.”
Since the episode gave off murder mystery dinner party vibes, I didn’t expect it to take such a heartbreaking turn.
Within a few hours, Nancy figured out that Dolores was deceived and harassed by Brandon, the married man she was seeing, humiliated by Mitzi, who couldn’t hide her racism, terrified and assaulted by Fraser, who hit her head while arresting her, and ignored by Hampton, who turned a blind eye as she died a slow and terrible death in her jail cell.
The series often addressed dark storylines, but none of them are ever as gut-punching as this one since they’re set in a supernatural world.
Sadly, there was nothing supernatural about this.
Dolores, a Black woman, was murdered at the hands of police while in police custody, and they didn’t even hesitate to cover it up.
Not even Horsehoe Bay is immune from police brutality.
It’s no secret that Nick is one of the only men of color on the show, so it was nice that he was able to nudge Tamura into doing the right thing.
Nick and Nancy are singlehandedly responsible for the police reform happening in their small town.
It’s striking how much pressure needed to be put on everyone in order to have them confess to such a terrible crime.
You’d think their conscience would eat at them, but instead, they needed to be threatened and put on the spot to come clean.
Nancy was able to get justice for Dolores, and she even figured out that the Reverand was behind the whole thing.
I know she wanted the truth but it seems a little extreme that a woman of God would think that threatening people with violence was the solution.
Tamura was even injured in the process, and though he made it out alive, it was still a little concerning at one point.
I also don’t know why the series is pushing a love story between Nancy and Gil when she and Tamura have obvious chemistry.
Maybe Gil is supposed to represent the idea that Nancy isn’t feeling like herself. She doesn’t know what she stands for or who she is anymore. The only way she’s going to get back on track is if she remedies what happened with the Everett Hudson case.
Tamura began asking questions about Nancy and Ryan Hudson’s relationship, and while Nick shut that down immediately by asking that they focus on the missing Black woman for once, it’s concerning that other people are beginning to notice how close they’ve gotten.
Realistically, why would someone like Nancy and someone like Ryan be that close unless there was more to the story?
People are going to talk and possibly figure it out. My money is on Tamura figuring it out first.
Carson Drew may not be Nancy’s biological father, but he sure knows her well.
When he came by the station, Nancy tried to get rid of him by telling him off. It seemed like a harsh approach, but she was actually sending him a secret message via a riddle from her childhood.
Carson immediately knew Nancy was in danger and being held hostage.
I wish that we saw more of his team-up with Bess and George because that’s a fun trio! No matter which of the show’s characters you put into a scene together, it just works!
Carson talking about scaling a building was downright hilarious.
While Nancy handled things at the station, Bess and George were a bit busy summoning Aunt Mei’s spirit into Ace’s body.
Is it just me or did he nail the mannerisms of an older Asian woman perfectly?
Aunt Mei helped them find Mary Clarke, Odette’s long-lost lover, but the news wasn’t what she wanted to hear.
Odette couldn’t be reunited with the love of her life because she had moved on after living a long, prosperous, and happy life.
Human or ghost — no one wants to hear that they were only a small part n someone’s story when they were a major part of yours.
And sadly, reuniting Odette with Mary was their one shot at getting George back into her body exclusively.
And now, the pressure is on because as Aunt Mei pointed out, her lifeline is merging with Odette’s and shortening greatly.
George is running out of time to untangle Odette’s soul from hers.
If only Aunt Mei had a solution!
Other Bayside Claw Musings
- Aunt Mei saying she took Ace’s body because she wanted to see what it’s like to be a tall white man was hilarious and so very valid.
- I also couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that she blamed George’s ghost problem on the fact that she didn’t go to college.
- Oh, and happy-n0t-real-birthday, Nancy. It surely was eventful.
What did you think about the episode? Did you enjoy the real-world influence on the case-of-the-week?
Chicago PD Review – Trouble Dolls (8×13)
It’s been a rough season for Kim Burgess, but after Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 13, it seems like things are finally starting to look up for her.
Any time an episode focuses on Burgess, you know it’s going to be good.
Marina Squerciati continues to deliver outstanding performances on both a personal and professional level for Burgess.
The episode had it all: it touched upon Burgess’s work-life balance, addressed Makayla’s struggles with adjusting to her new life, and dealt Burgess and Ruzek’s falling out following the fight on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.
It’s almost as if the writers read our concerns and addressed the storylines we’ve been wanting to see.
It also shows that the series can juggle storylines that tackle both the personal and professional aspects of a character’s life in one episode.
Now, let’s give everyone a life outside of work because it allows for stronger storylines all around.
Initially, Burgess and Makayla’s home life seemed pretty great (how cute was that little at-home play?), but soon, it became clear that Makayla was suffering trauma as a result of what happened in her life.
I’m so glad the series didn’t just gloss over that part because it would’ve been unrealistic.
Makayla watched her whole family get murdered by the father that also hunted her down. That’s not something you just get over.
She may not fully comprehend the weight of what happened, but she’ll feel the effects of that loss for the rest of her life.
And while it’s great that she has someone in her corner like Burgess who wants to protect her and make her feel safe and loved, there’s no denying that Burgess’s job is dangerous.
As the therapist pointed out, Burgess may leave her work life at the door, but Makayla has seen her with a gun.
To some extent, she knows that if something were to happen to Burgess, she’s all alone once again.
Burgess is her person.
Burgess was in denial by thinking that she didn’t need to assign a custodial guardian for Makayla.
Deep down inside, she wanted to pretend that everything would be okay, but she was ignoring the fact that she has a high-risk job.
Every time that she responds to a call — in uniform or not — she’s putting her life at risk.
I love that the emotionally heartbreaking case helped Burgess make the right decision.
She had a close call with a suspect after a bullet gently grazed her jacket, but it was a brutal reminder that the situation could’ve been much worse.
Intelligence deals with the toughest cases and pursues the worst criminals, and Burgess’s life is always on the line.
After everything that Makayla has been through, she deserves a backup.
And there’s no one more fitting than Ruzek.
We knew he would be Burgess’s go-to — after all, he was going to be the father of her child — but it still allowed for a tender moment between the two and what seemed like the beginning of a reconciliation.
Even though Burgess questioned Ruzek’s character, which strained the foundation of their relationship, we knew he would say yes.
He’s always there for Burgess because they have an unbreakable bond.
Chicago Fire Review – Don’t Hang Up (9×13)
Chicago Fire’s latest episode was a race against time, as the team worked to track down a missing girl who only wanted to talk to one person: Stella Kidd.
The rest of the season is working toward three possible outcomes: Kidd passing (or failing) the upcoming lieutenant test, Cruz becoming a father, and whether or not Casey and Sylvie will get together. Tonight, all three of those storylines were at the forefront of the episode.
In his paternity class, Cruz tried to perfect swaddling, and the rest of the crew helped him out. In reality, he was trying to do better at swaddling than someone else in his class, which made for a fun and random competition between new fathers.
Meanwhile, Casey confronted Grainger about getting back together with Sylvie, who admitted that she is clearly in love with Casey. Things are gearing up for their eventual connection!
However, the meat of the episode centered around Kidd, who had a great story to showcase her skills. Kidd is shown to be a great on-your-feet firefighter as she works fast to rescue a man who, after being hit by a car, was impaled by a tree branch. It was impressive to see her adjust to a situation so fast and showcased just how strong she is under pressure.
While studying for the test, Kidd received several phone calls from a burner phone from a girl who was being held somewhere in the city. From the calls, it seems that this girl and her brother are being held captive by a gang. She also revealed to Kidd that she was a part of the early days of the Girls on Fire program that was started, which is why she called Kidd. The girl said she left the program because she didn’t feel like she was good enough to rescue people before abruptly hanging up.
Kidd recruited her assistant Kylie to search the records of the Girls on Fire sign-up sheets, and they deduced it as a girl named Aliyah Ward and her brother Douglas. They were taken by a gang that Douglas got involved with for trying to snitch to the cops.
Since they knew the gang house is right by Aliyah’s, Kidd asked Severide and Boden to drive by, turn the siren on, and use the phone call with Aliyah to track it down. Boden then lies to the gang saying that their house is going to blow from saturation levels, which gets everyone out and secures a rescue.
I have this gut feeling that when Kidd takes the test, she will either pass with flying colors or fail because of some messed up situation within the Chicago Fire Department. The episode showed Kidd at her finest, so it’s possible that the next one could show her at her lowest. I think it would be great to see the other side of it because Miranda Rae Mayo has been giving a fantastic performance as she prepares for the test. It would be interesting to see her reaction if she did all this work to be shut down for it (though I would love to see her pass, of course!)
What I liked about this episode was the editing. They told all their stories the way they could knowing that the one around Kidd was the prominent one. The show has always struggled with maintaining which one was more important than the others for the week, but it was still fun to watch Cruz and Herrmann have a “swaddle-off,” as well as Casey discovering that there might be more in store for him and Sylvie.
What did you think of tonight’s high-stakes episode? Leave a comment below!
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