Good Girls really wants us to root for Beth and Dean.
And on some level, I’m kind of impressed with Dean’s loyalty to Beth despite all the hell that she’s put them through.
They’ve both done things to hurt each other, but at the end of the day, they’re fully committed to the vows they made about “for better or worse.” It’s admirable even if they aren’t a couple that you find yourself naturally rooting for.
I was certain that after Dean found out Beth lied to him and involved Rio in Boland Bubbles, it would be the final straw in their relationship.
And while Dean was understandably furious and didn’t want to see Beth, he never turned his back on her.
The loyalty was also there from Beth as she did everything she could think of to free Dean before admitting to herself that this may be a situation that’s simply beyond her control.
Since Dean isn’t exactly a fan-favorite, the series used flashbacks to when the couple first met and fell in love in high school to establish their bond. With so much history between them, it’s not surprising that they’re so supportive of each other despite the bumps in the road.
Admittedly, at one time, Beth and Dean did really make a cute couple. Their shared history has created an unbreakable bond that’s not easily shaken. The FBI figured this out early on.
In fact, when Beth exhausted all her options of saving Dean (and they weren’t solid options either, which, again, isn’t surprising as she has yet to come with a foolproof plan), she decided to come clean to Phoebe.
However, it didn’t make a difference because Dean already plead guilty in order to protect his wife. I guess the idea here is that it’s better if Beth takes care of the kids?
But what would happen if Phoebe had the proof that to put Beth away? In the final scene of the episode, she found the family portrait at Boland Bubbles while the FBI was ransacking the place.
Will she turn over the picture and find Beth’s detailed instructions to washing the cash?
And why didn’t Beth get rid of that?! In theory, it incriminates both of them as it makes it seem like Dean was aware of the money laundering all along.
Beth’s plan to involve Eric was, well, it was a plan. And any plan is better than nothing… they say.
But really… selling jail as a “resort?” That’s a stretch even for them.
I don’t know anyone who has friends as dedicated as Dean. Eric was so indebted to him that he quite literally agreed to be a scapegoat and go to jail in his place.
Everything about the plan was sloppy and far-fetched, and it continues on the same pointless trajectory that we saw on Good Girls Season 3.
Even with the evidence, it would’ve been a hard sell because once the FBI began interrogating him, Eric would’ve given himself up unintentionally as he’s not the brightest cookie.
However, seeing him get robbed of the counterfeit money by the police was hilarious. Corruption runs deep in Detroit; it’s not just the suburban moms living a life of crime!
When all else failed, Beth did what she does best and crawled back to Rio to ask for help yet again.
Asking him for a loan was a dead end, which is strange because you’d think Rio would want Boland Bubbles to succeed so that they could keep their criminal enterprise afloat.
But based on his attitude and lighthearted approach to the whole situation, he doesn’t care what happens as long as Beth continues washing his money.
It’s not his problem if she has to find a new way to get it done, all he cares about is that she gets it done. The logistics don’t apply to him, and you have to appreciate the fact that he never changes or hides his intentions.
Plus, it’s not like he’s ever actually cared about Dean in any regard, so he has no problem with him being the fall guy if it keeps their operation in-tact.
Does anyone else feel like the writers don’t really know what to do with Rio anymore, but since he’s such a draw for the show, they just write in random “meetings” between Beth and Rio?
It’s almost as though his popularity kept him alive after Beth shot him, but now, they don’t know how to write him into the storyline organically and they’re also not sure how to keep the spark between him and Beth alive.
They’ve both betrayed each other’s trust, so it’s more of a business transaction now than anything else, but it’s quite upsetting since they introduced this super hot affair, which stemmed from their chemistry and sexual tension, and then blue-balled us.
The pool scene was a failed attempt at giving fans a steamy moment since it was just Rio’s way of messing with Beth yet again. As I said before, he loves watching her squirm because he knows he has the power.
He’s a sneaky snake who never had any intentions of helping her or giving her the bail money.
Their partnership, the one where he believed in her and tried to amp her up while she aspired to impress him, is long gone, and it’s been detrimental to the series.
At this point, it feels like Beth’s only option is to flip on Rio (this time for good) and feed him over to Phoebe in order to free Deansie and turn her life around.
Is that what his comment about being invisible and having luck on his side for never getting caught with a crime was alluding at?
Rio also hasn’t had any character development aside from glimpses of him being a father and these vague meetings with Beth. Can we get his backstory? Can we find out why he’s so untouchable?
Figure it out, please! Manny Montana deserves better.
Phoebe and Beth are total opposites and yet, they’re so much alike. Much like Beth, Phoebe wants more out of life and she wants to climb that ladder all the way to the top (legally, of course).
She’s brave, witty, and cunning just like Beth. The way she stood up to her boss and blackmailed him in order to get inside the room with Dean was brilliant. She knows exactly when to use leverage to get where she wants.
Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing Beth team up with someone who is her equal. All these skills she has running a criminal enterprise could benefit the FBI greatly.
Wouldn’t it be something if “wanting more out of life” landed her a gig with the same feds that were once on her tail?
The whole situation with the hitman has taken a weird and unnecessary turn.
Beth tackled the situation head-on, which is what makes her such a boss. Isn’t it funny when a confident and unapologetic woman has the power to make a man who literally kills people for a living uncomfortable?
But honestly, I don’t know what he wanted? What gave him the impression that she wanted to go to Fiji? Even if she did want more out of life (and she doesn’t need a man for that!), when did she ever make it seem like she wanted more with him?
Why did he get this idea that they would become Bonnie and Clyde? Beth’s never truly been comfortable with his line of work, and she’s made it clear that all she wants are the services she paid for – nothing more, nothing less.
Stan’s work situation is a bit concerning. Working at a strip club is one thing, but collecting debt from shady people is another.
At this point, it doesn’t even seem like Stan has the ability to just quit without putting his family in danger.
What do you think will happen? Should we be worried? If there’s any relationship on the series we’re protective about, it’s Stan and Ruby!
Stan’s situation is a direct result of trying to help Ruby and the ladies out of the damn mess they created.
It’s not only swallowing them, but it’s also taking a toll on their husbands and families.
Annie’s family is the only one removed from what’s going on, but things at home with Ben are still strange.
When Ben took Annie up on the offer of moving in with Gregg, it was a huge loss for Annie, who feels like she’s losing her kid.
Of course, Ben justified it as the logical solution so he wouldn’t waste time going back and forth from school, but part of it was Ben choosing a better life for himself.
It’s enough to break any mother’s heart, but maybe it’s what Annie will need to whip her into shape?
Next to Rio, Annie is the character suffering from the least amount of character development. It always feels like she takes one step forward and three steps back. She continues to make terrible decisions for herself and her child and pursues relationships that don’t add anything to her life.
While there’s been some progress with the FBI storyline on Good Girls Season 4, the magic that made the show so groundbreaking and thrilling continues to be lost as the ladies (and writers) continue to fumble over the same issues repeatedly.
What did you think of the episode? Sound off in the comments below!
‘Feel Good’ Season 2 Packs Quite the Punch
In Season 2, the final adaptation of comedian Mae Martin’s (they/them) semi-autobiographical comedy, Feel Good takes on much more content in its short six episodes, packing quite the punch.
We’re guided deeper through the traumas of the primary character Mae and left wondering how they’re able to stand on their own two feet after years of childhood grooming, drug addiction, and parental toxicity.
The light answer to this is humor. As it’s joked often throughout the episodes, “comics are supposed to be sacks of shit.” Through light-hearted comedy and the power of laughter, Mae’s story is dissected. However, at times, big topics are rushed and viewers are left grasping at strings, wishing there were more episodes in the season.
Following an unfortunate relapse in Season 1, we’re immediately thrown into Mae’s life in Canada, as they’re about to reenter rehab. They’ve only been away from England for a couple of months, but with the fresh wounds of the breakup, both George (Charlotte Ritchie) and Mae aren’t healed and are still stuck in their desire for each other. I mean, Mae still has George’s photo on their nightstand!
While in rehab, Mae reconnects with an old “friend,” Scott. When he’s first introduced we’re left wondering who he is and what his role is in Mae’s life. As an addict and queer comedian, there’s much more behind Mae’s curtain of trauma than initially presented in Season 1. Much more trauma that’s led to rash behavior, and Mae’s conversation with Audrey, easily foreshadows this.
Intertwined with the main storyline, Mae’s also navigating their non-binary identity. Mirroring Martin’s own coming-out as non-binary, Mae’s figuring it out, explaining that they see themselves as more of a Ryan Goslin or Adam Driver.
Again, with only six episodes to squeeze so much storyline into, Mae’s rehab stint only lasts 15 minutes into the first episode before they’re running out the door back into the arms of Scott.
As Mae’s stumbling through life in Canada, George is also trying to keep her mind focused on things like saving the bees. At an event at her school, she meets Elliot, a bisexual, polyamorous man with who she bonds. He’s the nice guy, maybe too nice for George. He’s one of those men who are self-proclaimed progressive and ultra-feminist, trying to mansplain the harm in porn’s presentation of women and how sex needs to be a safe space for connection.
And as Mae knows, that’s definitely not how George likes to be treated during sex. Thankfully, George and Mae reconnect, and Elliot is quickly out of the picture with Mae and George recreating their first meet-cute, hoping to restart from a fully healed wound.
As Feel Good is written by a queer person, the portrayal of queer sex is finally construed in a realistic and non-hypersexualized manner. Mae and George run through various role-playing scenarios as they are falling into what seems to be a healthy relationship.
Realistically, their timeline is rushed, but Mae needed some stability before they faced the bigger demons hiding under the bed.
The show cleverly depicts Mae’s moments of withdrawal and trauma responses through a high-pitched ringing sound. As if we’re inside Mae’s head. Originally, Mae experienced the ringing sound when they were with George, as George was a replacement drug. But, in this season, the ringing sound appeared whenever the past tried to resurface.
Mae told Audrey that they had a hard time remembering the past, that it was all like a jumbly tumbly mess of Tupperware containers. But, as the episodes progress, each Tupperware slowly found its way to its matching lid.
It becomes clear that Scott isn’t just an old friend, but a man who used to abuse and take advantage of Mae. After Mae’s kicked out of the house at a young age for drug addiction, they move in with Scott who presents himself as a safe haven and gateway to Mae’s comedic success. When, in reality, he’s a pedophile who’s grooming them.
When a woman calls Mae to talk about Scott, presumably about the things he did to both of them in the past, Mae’s reminded of the trauma they had compartmentalized. A doctor suggests Mae might have PTSD, and with George’s help, they begin the journey of confronting the harmful past.
Meanwhile, through all of the personal traumas, Mae’s working through their professional success after being signed with an agent and fulfilling their dream of TV comedy. However, Mae finds it challenging to reinvent their success from the original standup virality that got them the agent in the first place. As mentioned earlier, with comics, the butt of their jokes is their own trauma.
Unfortunately, as Mae hasn’t healed from their trauma, there’s no way they can make light of it yet. As their career goes for a bit of a downhill turn, and they have a hard time performing for an audience, they begin to seclude themselves and withdraw from the world.
In a much-needed getaway, Mae, George, and Phil take a trip to Canada in order for Mae to confront Scott.
The scene in which Mae directly tells Scott they never want to speak to them again, although a bit anticlimactic, was retrospectively a strong scene that finalized Mae’s character arc in the perfect ending to a witty, raw, and endearing show.
The final episode leaves Mae leaps and bounds beyond where they had been before on their road to recovery. And just as Mae’s love for George grew healthily from a need to a want, our need for a Season 3 resolved itself, and we feel good saying our final goodbyes to Mae and George, knowing fully well they are on their way to a fresh start.
‘Elite’ Season 4 Review: New Students, New Mystery, Same Scandalous Drama
The wait is almost over.
On June 18, Elite returns for its fourth season, but aside from a few new faces and a new principal hellbent on making a difference, things at Las Encinas haven’t changed much at all.
In fact, things are more dramatic than ever.
The premiere of Elite evokes the same feelings as the start of the school year — there’s a rush of excitement for what’s to come.
The series indulges in more of what has made it such a success: scandal, parties, threesomes, love triangles, intrigue, crime, and sex. So. Much. Sex.
I always forget just how many vivid sex scenes there are until I get pulled into a new season, but I’m very quickly reminded.
The first day of school for Guzman (Miguel Bernardeau), Samu (Itzan Escamilla), Ander (Arón Piper), Rebeka (Claudia Salas), Cayetana (Georgina Amorós), and Omar (Omar Ayuso) is bittersweet. While they may be getting another shot at repeating their final year, their classmates Carla, Lu, Nadia, and Valerio have moved on to bigger and better things. It’s a bummer to lose such a great group of characters, but you almost don’t feel their absence when the new crop of students takes their place, flips the world upside down for current students, and simultaneously ushers in a brand new mystery.
The new mystery anchors the story, and like in seasons past, it plays out with flashbacks that lead up to the fated moment.
However, unlike in previous seasons, we find out pretty early on who is at the center of the mystery with the how remaining the big question mark.
But there’s no question about whether the Blanco family is involved.
As Ander tells the investigator, the toxic family’s arrival “tainted everything.”
Benjamin (Diego Martin) is the extremely rich new school director. He comes in like a bulldozer with big plans to rehabilitate Las Encinas and its reputation after a tumultuous few years that led to two student deaths. He begins his reign by setting his sights on Samu and Omar, who he doesn’t believe belong at the elite school.
It’s honestly surprising anyone wants to send their children to get an education there at this point.
Benjamin doesn’t waste any time making changes, but with his focus solely on “discipline, excellence, and achievement,” he fails to realize that his family’s arrival brings the bulk of the drama.
Immediately, you begin to wonder how Benjamin plans to fix a whole school if he can’t even control his own children — Ari (Carla Diaz), Patrick (Manu Rios), and Mencia (Martina Cariddi).
Benjamin has a fraught relationship with his youngest, Mencia, who has brought the family pain in the past and continues to rebel and defy her father at every turn.
She has a genuine connection with new girlfriend, Rebeka, but the relationship stirs up even more problems for Mencia as Benjamin disapproves and thinks Rebe is a bad influence considering her mother’s reputation as a drug kingpin.
Little does he know, Mencia has gotten into a world of trouble all on her own.
While Rebe’s relationship with Mencia grows into one of the purest this season, following Samu’s betrayal last season, she’s understandably closed off and cautious with her heart.
Ander and Omar are still going strong but find their relationship is tested in unexpected ways when they invite Patrick, Benjamin’s son, into the fold.
Patrick knows the power he wields over them and intentionally meddles in their lives, but there’s also much more to him than meets the eye.
Ari is Benjamin’s star child who respects and listens to her father, but to her peers, she’s the resident mean girl who is oftentimes uptight and has a chip on her shoulder.
She catches the eye of both Samu and Guzman, which fractures their budding friendship. These two have always fought over women, but last time, Samu was being protective over his best friend, Nadia, who Guzman is still dating when the season commences.
Nadia appears only via video chat from her New York apartment, and their relationship allows the series to explore the trials and tribulations of a long-distance relationship that’s tested as temptation lurks right around the corner for Guzman.
While Guzman stands a chance with Ari based solely on social class and standing, Ari and Samu connect unexpectedly in an academic setting.
Who will the love triangle favor in the end?
Additionally, the school has attracted the youngest royal heir in Europe, Prince Philippe (Pol Granch). The series flips the classic “princess and the pauper” narrative to “prince and the pauper” as he connects with the school’s janitor Cayetana, making all of her fantasies come true.
But as the saying goes, “be careful what you wish for” as this fairytale quickly turns into a nightmare when it’s revealed the prince has a dark secret, and Cayetana’s past secrets with the late Polo and Valerio come back to haunt her.
Overall, you know exactly what you’re getting into when you press play on the fourth season. The writers have managed to deliver yet another incredibly intoxicating season about a group of lost souls looking for a purpose and tapping into the extreme lengths they’ll go to numb their pain.
Elite hits Netflix on Friday, June 18 with eight brand-new episodes.
*This review is based on the first four episodes of season 4 that were available to the press*
Batwoman Review – Rebirth (2×16)
Roman Sionis, Circe, Kate Kane, and Safiyah are all connected.
On Batwoman Season 2 Episode 16, Safiyah makes her return as it’s revealed that she worked with Roman aka “Black Mask” to deliver him Kate.
But when she finds out that “Circe” and Alice came into contact, she informs him that Alice is Beth Kane. Safiyah knows that Alice would be able to identify her sister even if her mind was been wiped.
By the time Roman’s people get to Circe/ Kate, Alice and Commander Kane have made impressive strides with forcing her memories back.
Considering there was so much focus on the keyword to trigger Kate’s memories, I feel like they returned a little too easily, but I won’t complain too much cause the team-up between Alice and her father, albeit short-lived, was such a treat.
Alice may no longer be the Beth she remembers, but she’s still in there somewhere.
Jacob seems grateful to get any time with Beth at all, plus, he’s learning more about what led to her Alice persona and he’s surprised that it wasn’t all Cartwright’s doing and Enigma played a huge role in pushing her over the edge.
I feel like Alice will always be Alice, but they’re at least on their way to having some sort of relationship, especially after it was publicly revealed he is the father of one of “Gotham’s most notorious monsters” and he came to her defense.
Alice has done her fair share of terrible things, but she is a victim of her circumstances. She’s a victim of a kidnapping, of trying to forge a new path on Coryana, and of Enigma’s brainwashing. It doesn’t make all the things she’s done right, but it helps to see her in a new light.
With Jacob arrested for aiding and abetting Alice/Beth, he asks Mary to save both of her sisters, who he believes can become who they once were again. It’s a huge ask of Mary considering Alice/Beth killed her mother, but if there’s anyone who has the heart and will to do it, it’s her.
After Roman’s people captured Jacob, Circe/Kate was able to escape to the Batcave where she endured an inner struggle between the two entities inside her mind.
At times, Kate was able to recall things. And while she doesn’t have any memory of her sister, Mary, she does recognize Sophie.
Honestly, Mary always gets the short end of the stick. I guess the point is to showcase how deep Kate and Sophie’s love was, but it’s a low blow not to recognize the sister who was always in your corner!
After Circe resurfaces, she manipulates Sophie in order to escape and confronts Roman about who she really is
Safiyah then tells Roman to tell her the truth and allow her to decide for herself. Roman’s plan is to re-introduce Circe into society as the face (ha, get it?) of his Rebirth line of cosmetics (and even had the perfect millennial story about Malibu and rehab to explain her disappearance), but will Kate/Circe be interested in that.
Or will she try to become part of the #BatTeam again?
Safiyah created a world of chaos when she visited Gotham and made sure that Alice paid the price for burning down her entire field of dessert rose.
She didn’t even attempt to look the other way when Batwoman gave her the only remaining plant to rebuild her empire.
When it came down to it, she took what mattered most from Alice — Ocean. Is he dead for real this time?
Aside from actually enjoying his character and what he brought to the story, I enjoyed his dynamic with Alice.
Who would have thought we’d ever see Alice introduce a man to her dad? And how sweet was it that Ocean wanted to make a good impression?
Plus, I don’t want to see what happens to all the progress Alice has made if the love of her life is taken from her permanently.
We saw how she spiraled by losing her family, and Ocean was one of the few people who accepted her and loved her for her; he didn’t try to change her into something she wasn’t.
Roman may have revealed Alice’s true identity to the world, but it’s time someone reveals him as Black Mask. He’s done enough damage in Gotham.
The episode also focused on Luke’s recovery post-shooting. He was looking for trouble by confronting Tavaroff, who proved that he’s quite the tool who can’t even play poker without cheating. And he’s a sore loser to boot.
Luke may have lost his way temporarily, and it was interesting to see his “bad boy” side come out, but he’ll come around eventually.
While he wanted to reconnect with his father, he’s needed in Gotham. In a city full of bad men, they need all the good guys they can get. We know this is going to lead to Luke becoming Batwing, which was ushered through a guest appearance from Arrow’s John Diggle (David Ramsey). Yay for a mini-crossover! I wouldn’t mind if he stuck around to become a mentor for Luke!
Luke’s always been a superhero to his friends, but with the Crow’s dismantled, the city needs another vigilante more than ever.
And I love that Ryan gave him the space he needed while refusing to apologize for saving his life.
No one should ever have to apologize for that.
What did you think of the episode? Can Alice/Beth truly be redeemed, especially now after Ocean’s murder? What will trigger Luke’s decision to become Batwing? Will Kate return or will she go to the dark side and become Circe?
And does Kate’s return mean a Ryan and Sophie relationship is out of the realm of possibility?
Share your thoughts below!
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