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Good Girls Review – Fall Guy (4×03)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Fall Guy" Episode 403 -- Pictured: (l-r) Chirstina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Manny Montana as Rio -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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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. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “Fall Guy” Episode 403 — Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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! 


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Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)

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Batwoman’s fight with False Face Society is only getting started. 

And now, it just got personal as they’ve taken one of the only people Ryan Wilder cares about – her on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Angelique.

Ryan convinced Sophie and the Crows to get Ang transferred after she gave up the names of those responsible for killing Commissioner Forbes. However, no one anticipated that Black Mask would figure out exactly when they were transferring her and take her back.

Obviously, Ryan thinks it’s because Black Mask wants to tie up loose ends, but it’s really because aside from Ocean, who is now MIA, Angelique was the only one who knew the secret recipe to produce Snakebite.

And obviously, Snakebite is what makes FFS go round. 

It was easy for the Black Mask to infiltrate the Crows as they already have someone on the inside.

Dr. Rhyme is a “Snakebite consultant” for the Crows, but we know she’s working with Black Mask and keeping Kate a prisoner.

She was also all too eager to get Commander Kane hooked on the product after he was attacked by one of her men because it discredits the Crows. 

Once word gets out that the Commander is using Snakebite, the Crows’ credibility is shot.

And it goes to show you just how powerful the drug really is. After one hit, Jacob Kane was addicted and wanted to get lost in the “do-over” that the hallucinogenic drug provided. 

I thought that once Alice heard his therapy session with Dr. Rhyme and realize how remorseful he was for not trying harder to find her when she was captured by Cartwright would stir up something in her, but Alice is too far gone. 

As she noted herself, it’s easier to forget than forgive, which is why she wants to find Enigma, who we learned is Dr. Rhyme, so that she can wipe her memories of Kate and start anew.

This drug really is all too popular in Gotham. 

The series didn’t exactly confirm that Roman is Black Mask, but it did allude to Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, which has been my theory since Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9.

Not only is her working alongside Enigma, but he was all too eager to slip the Commander two vials of Snakebite. 

Black Mask told the new Batwoman that he wanted revenge because the previous Batwoman killed his daughter.

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We know Kate’s Batwoman had a no-kill policy, which Luke emphasized, so I wonder if they’re getting close to the Commander to frame him in some way?

Or does he blame Batwoman and the Crows, with the Crows being the ones behind his daughter’s murder, which is why he’s taken hold of Kate?

Agent Pennyworth’s memory-lapse came into clear focus when she teamed up with Alice — yet, another unlikely partnership — to find Enigma. 

It turns out, her search for Kate led her to the root of Kate’s disappearance, but she forgot it soon after. 

And when she confronted Enigma this time around, she had her memories wiped again and was convinced to transfer to Berlin, which obviously didn’t sit well with Sophie.

Sophie always knows something’s up, and the most annoying thing is that she’s always a few steps from figuring out the truth about everything. 

Will she put all the pieces together? After all, everything seems to be connected. 

The Bat team also took on a case involving a new villain named Kilovolt, who targeted the opening of  Jordan Moore’s community center, which Ryan and Mary are helping to spearhead. 

The reason was profit-based, of course. The CEO of Edgewater Prison, Ellis O’Brien, was letting out criminals for one night to target community programs in exchange for early parole. The idea was that shutting down these programs allows kids to continue to fall through the cracks and fill up the prisons thus making them money.

It’s disgusting, of course, but not exactly unheard of. 

Thankfully, Batwoman squeezed out just enough energy to deal with O’Brien while dealing with hunting down the Black Mask and his goons. 

The episode set up some pretty important elements and got us one step closer to finding out exactly what game Dr. Rhyme and Roman are playing. 

Isn’t it crazy how the people you need to take down are always looming in your circle? In this case, they’ve infiltrated the top leader of the Crows without even lifting a finger!

What’s their final game plan? And is Horten Spence the Lois Lane of Gotham?!


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Good Girls Review – The Banker (4×05)

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Beth became the banker on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 5. 

And it sent a conflicting message. 

On one hand, she had absolutely no choice after Rio found the tracker and figured that she was either working with the FBI or that they were onto him. 

She once again had to “prove” her allegiance to him in order to stay alive and keep her friends alive. 

However, she ended up enjoying being the banker and felt like it made her important and necessary to the operation. After all, you don’t kill the banker (except when you do and replace them with another banker…).

She enjoyed wielding all the power that came with the gig as evidence by her growing confidence with every single person she visited. 

She even tried the “I’m the banker, bitch,” which is 100% me playing Monopoly. 

But that’s also when she realized how twisted the job was.

Beth realized that she didn’t actually have it in her to do anything about it if someone didn’t pay up like the girl working for her sick mom who claimed she didn’t “have the money.”

Instead, Beth used this new gig Rio entrusted her with to work alongside the FBI. 

When she met up with him, her two FBI buds were right there for the whole conversation and she realized that Rio also has a boss that he answers to. 

There’s a chain of command here that forces Rio to do the things that he does or else it’s his head on the line.

Personally, I find this to be an exciting development. Rio has been sorely underutilized for almost two seasons and it seemed like the writers were just keeping him around because of his popularity with audiences. 

We’d see him in the bar, grabbing his washed cash, and creating a world of hell for Beth, but we never knew much about him. 

By adding this layer, we may actually get to explore Rio’s role in everything – how’d he get into it, what’s his motivation, why does he operate the way he does. 

Beth’s going right to the source, which proves that eliminating Rio actually wouldn’t solve any of her problems. 

At one point, I truly thought that when Mick drove Beth to do her “job,” the hitman would be alive and waiting for Beth. Many fans questioned whether he was actually dead, and it would be quite the twist if Rio spared him and used him against Beth. 

The writers also tried to capitalize on the chemistry between Beth and Rio with the striptease kitchen scene. 

Rio showed Beth the tracker and assumed she was wired up, so she bared it all for him to prove that she was on his side. 

It’s a good thing that this happened when it did because she was actually mic’d up for their previous meeting. And that wouldn’t have gone over very well. 

Rio is perceptive, so in order to fool him, the approach can’t be basic and obvious. 

Even Annie pointed out that tracker gave her “90s pager vibes.” Can’t the FBI get some better tech up in here? 

What did you all think of the stripping down scene? There’s no doubt Manny Montana looked hot in that scene, but did it come across as sexy to you, or was it demoralizing that Beth always has to prove herself or use her body to get what she wants?

Beth’s biggest motivation to risk her life and work with the FBI is obviously to get Dean out of prison, which she did. 

At least she kept that promise!

After getting the FBI dirt of Rio and his boss, Dean walked out a free man. But does that make up for everything else?

Are they suddenly going to be a happily married couple again? There’s no denying that Beth betrayed him once again and lied to his face about it! 

I’m interested to see how Dean will approach the situation. Will he be grateful that she came through for him or will he realize he can’t be with her anymore?

Poor Eric tried his best to save his buddy, but a life of crime is not up his alley. 

Eric’s been a good friend, and while I know plenty have enjoyed his character, it seems like wasted screentime in my opinion. 

The addition of Nancy and Gregg’s baby Dakota was hilarious. Annie would take a baby along and use it as a human shield to keep them safe from gang friend. 

The best part about it was how good Mick was with the little guy. Annie has zero maternal instincts, but Mick knew exactly what to do to get the baby to calm down.

Is anyone else kind of rooting for Mick and Annie? They have great chemistry!

I’ve never been a huge fan of Nancy, and I guess that continues as I wasn’t pleased with how she talked down to Annie. 

Annie may not be a responsible adult, but she tried her best. How could she know which diaper cream was preferred? 

Just imagine how Nancy would have reacted if she knew where Dakota really was for half the day! 

As for Ruby, well, she finally learned what Stan is up to at work and it wasn’t what she thought it was. 

I hate that Ruby veered into “he’s cheating on me” territory. Yes, Stan has been working odd hours, he was caught lying, and he’s tired all the time, but the one thing we know about him is that he’s not a cheater. 

I felt terrible seeing Ruby accuse him of being unfaithful when he’s quite literally in this mess because of her! He’s paying off her debt. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing for his family.

We know this, but let’s re-emphasize that Stan is the man! 

What did you think of the episode? Is Good Girls finally digging in deep?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Walker Review – A Tornado and the Truth (1×08)

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A tornado blew onto Walker and forced many truth’s to bubble up to the surface. 

I guess natural disasters have a way of making everyone confront situation head-on. 

And sadly, not all relationships survived the hour. 

Liam’s relationship with Bret hasn’t been featured too much in the series, but it was still heartbreaking to see him purposefully sabotage things between them in an effort to keep him safe. 

Instead of telling Bret the truth, Liam decided to lie and say that he cheated on him during his trip to Mexico. 

In reality, Liam has been hiding out in his office terrified that the Northside Nation gang is coming after him. What else could he possible think after they blew up his and James’ car for investigating Emily’s death.

By cutting Bret off, Liam ensured that he wouldn’t be used as leverage as he delved further into the case. 

However, he couldn’t keep the truth from Walker any longer. 

Walker’s reaction was much calmer than I expected. He didn’t flip out on Liam or get mad that he and James kept this from him. Instead, he acknowledged how difficult it had to be for Liam to tell the truth. 

But it’s unclear how he’ll handle things moving forward. Cordell is hotheaded, so he’ll likely want to pursue the lead himself and get revenge, especially once he finds out that Geri may be involved!

The news hit him right as Cordell was considering going on his first date since his wife’s death. Maybe it’s for the best that he isn’t quite ready because watching him flirt with Julie was all sorts of uncomfortable. 

Walker, Micki, and Trey ventured out into the dangerous weather to help the locals including Ruby’s grandfather. 

The rescue mission hit a bit of a snag when Micki suffered a panic attack brought on by the intel that Adrianna isn’t her birth mother.

She’s had a bit of trouble processing the truth likely because she bottled it all up inside. Aside from Cordell, she didn’t tell anyone the truth. 

Eventually, she had to face the music and came clean to Trey, who wasn’t pleased with her continuing to keep things from him.

Initially, it didn’t make sense why her first call was to Walker, but once she broke it down, it made sense. 

By telling Trey, Micki had to acknowledge that it was the truth. It made it real, and she wasn’t ready for that. 

Walker Review Fine Is a Four Letter Word Season 1 Episode 8

Walker — “Fine is a Four Letter Word” — Image Number: WLK108b_0600r — Pictured (L-R): Keegan Allen as Liam Walker and Alex Landi as Bret — Photo: Rebecca Brenneman/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Micki always holds things close to heart, but this is the first step into letting Trey fully in. 

Also, the three of them make such a great team! 

While Trey and Micki figured it out, Stella and Trevor’s perfect high school romance hit a snag when she realized that his father was Clint West. I guess Cordell told her all about Duke’s escapades with Clint, so she immediately connected the dots and realized that Trevor was using her. 

Truthfully, I didn’t expect Stella to find out so soon or in this way, but I’m glad the truth is out there. 

She’s too sweet to get caught up in some vengeful scheme.

And the deeper she got into it with Trevor, the more it would hurt both of them as the feelings between them seem to be real. 

Like Romeo and Juliet, they’re caught up in a love story that’s doomed due to their families.

Trevor was definitely conflicted about the whole situation because even though he wants to do right by his family, he can’t deny that the Walker’s are good people.

Does this mean things are over for good?

Will Stella inform her father about Trevor’s motivations? 

Will Cordell and Clint meet face-to-face? 

Other Musings

  • Bonham and Abeline are finally putting the infidelity behind them and moving forward! At least one couple was salvaged during the storm!
  • Liam told Micki the truth about Emily’s death before he told his brother. Did anyone else find that strange? 
  • Why isn’t James around to help Liam deal with the fallout?
  • Keegan Allen sold me on the role of Toby on Pretty Little Liars (even with all the crazy twists), but I’m just not buying what he’s selling with Liam. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it just doesn’t work for me!

What did you think of the episode?

Were you hoping for more action or are you enjoying the character development?

What do you think happened to Emily?

Let us know in the comments below! 


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