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!
Only Murders in the Building Review – A Blackout Reveals Glitter Guy’s Identity
A city-wide blackout, a Simon & Garfunkel singalong, and a cat-and-mouse chase through the not-so-secret tunnels of the Arconia made for one of the strongest episodes of Only Murders in the Building Season 2.
Sometimes, it takes darkness to illuminate the truth, and that’s exactly what happened when the trio, exasperated by their lack of intel and evidence, bolted toward the danger to save Lucy.
Mabel, Charles, and Oliver thought they may have hit a dead end when they struggled to make any headway on unmasking the identity of the killer/ Glitter man, but all they needed was a little push in the right direction as the suspect may have been right in front of them this entire time.
When the power grid finally got back up and running, Mabel realized that Lucy was in an uncomfortable conversation with Detective Kreps. Leave it to the only woman in the group to pick up on an awkward situation. And it didn’t seem like Lucy was just willingly recalling the events of the evening either; her body language indicated that there was something deeper happening.
Why, of all people, would the detective try to interrogate Lucy when there was a lobby full of people? And there’s no reality in which Lucy would be forthcoming about running into the killer in the tunnels without first addressing it with Mabel, Charles, and Oliver.
The only logical explanation is that there’s a prior relationship between Lucy and Det. Kreps that we’re not aware of just yet.
Mabel got a bad gut feeling about the whole situation, and for good reason, as she noticed red glitter (you can’t get that stuff off) on Kreps’ neck along with an arm injury consistent with their altercation.
This is her guy! But why?
If I had to make an educated guess, I would say that Kreps is Lucy’s mother’s new husband, which means it’s possible that Kreps is targeting Charles and the group for a reason.
It’s also possible that the killer is forcing Kreps to do his dirty work. It wouldn’t be the first time we’ve come across a dirty cop.
However, it’s not entirely clear if Glitter Man is the same person that killed Bunny as the motive for her death still hasn’t been revealed. Could Kreps be somehow related to Bunny and Charles?
At this point, without any clear motive, Marv’s theory that it’s the Sixth Avenue Slasher doesn’t sound like much of a reach. It would be something worth pursuing had the attack and subsequent blame on the core trio didn’t feel personal, but it does. Serial killers rarely have any reason behind their kills, so it makes sense to rule out the random attack theory. Whoever is behind it wants Mabel, Charles, and Oliver to get punished.
The killer, who we suspect is behind the power outage, had to know that Lucy was going to be at Charles’ apartment, which means the power outage was a plan to ensure that he bought himself some time by keeping the trio away. Even as they raced to save her, it took quite some time for them to climb 10+ flights of stairs.
But if someone like Marv, who cleans mold, knows about the tunnels and has access to them, it’s safe to say that other people do as well, especially a killer.
For a brief moment, I thought maybe Marv was the man behind it as he seemed bored and eager to get involved in a new mystery, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore.
Marv could be a useful asset if they keep him off the killer’s radar as he could be the unnoticed eyes and ears. At this point, they are in a position to push away any help.
There was also another clue that bubbled up to the surface as Lucy accidentally revealed that she was at Charles’ apartment the night of Bunny’s murder. When she was hiding in the tunnels, the killer sneezed, which didn’t seem like a big deal when we first saw it unfold on our screen a few episodes back, nor did it really mean anything to the trio, but after we saw Howard’s new crush, Jonathan, a Broadway singer who is subletting on his floor, reveal his cat allergy, it did raise some red flags.
Allergy = sneezing. It’s not irrefutable proof that Jonathan is shady, but it’s not something we can ignore, even if he was accounted for while the killer was pursuing Lucy in the tunnels.
The series has spent time digging into some of the other Arconia residents before, but the focus on Howard’s love life must serve some kind of purpose other than simply showing us a cute love story blooming between tenants. It’s also not lost on me that Jonathan and Howard have way too much in common. What are the odds that they both sing and have a passion for careers as librarians?
Elsewhere, Nina Lin bonded with Lester, and it turns out, the new mom does have a soul. As she begins to understand the importance of the human connection when Lester shows her kindness, she realizes that automation isn’t everything. In fact, it does seem like she’s starting to see what Bunny always saw in the Arconia. But could changing her modernization plans lead to more catastrophe? At the very least, they need to put up some cameras in the building and get those tunnels officially on the books!
I don’t think the series would give insight into Nina’s life unless it fit into the overall mystery, but it definitely doesn’t seem like she’s the brains behind changing up the Arconia. It also looks like she’s been left to take care of the baby all on her own, which begs the question — where is Jared? Is he too busy murdering people?
We haven’t circled back yet about Charles’ painting, his connection to Bunny, and Amy Schumer, but I’m hoping that’s on the horizon as the mystery unravels and we get closer to unmaking this season’s killer.
A good murder mystery takes you in several different directions, which just means that Only Murders in the Building is doing a fine job even if it does feel a bit more slow-paced than the first season.
If I’m to narrow down possible suspects right now it’s Kreps, Jonathan, Jared, and Howard!
Who do you think the killer is? What is Kreps’ connection to the killer? Why hasn’t he arrested Mabel for her viral video on the train? While it was self-defense, she definitely stabbed a guy!
Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Roswell, New Mexico Review – Outlaw Liz Takes Hold of the Mindscape
Sometimes, to face your biggest fears, you have to get locked in your own mind.
Liz did so by inhaling a large amount of her alien mist, which basically drew her into a Western-themed mindscape where the villain of the story was herself… a dark version of herself that wasn’t afraid to push the boundaries and out of her comfort zone.
Roswell, New Mexico Season 4 Episode 9 was one big metaphor of what happens when you ignore what’s really troubling you. And while the episode was a fun shake-up to the alien genre from director Michael Trevino, it also provided us with a pretty fantastic gender swap for the “damsel in distress” trope as real-life Max was pulled into the mindscape and trapped there with his life directly tied to Liz’s decisions.
Seriously, mindscape Rosa wasn’t lying when she said that Liz and Max are co-dependent.
As Liz struggled to figure out the point of the mindscape, her body was shutting down in reality as her friends rallied to save her and buy her some time before she got to the finish line.
What happens when you don’t have your medicine woman on hand? Everyone needs to work together to figure out the science. Liz has always been the best at alien science, which made this all the more difficult. You need an alien solution for an alien problem, so not only did they need Kyle (via phone) and Heath to assist, but they actually needed Michael to believe in himself again.
It was all hands on deck.
Thankfully, when Guerin realized that he wasn’t just helpless but he actually could provide a solution to help save Liz, he worked wonders with Heath.
And though Liz’s subconscious was still trying to avoid the ugly truth that she’s been repressing, the good news is that Liz is smart in any reality, parallel universe, and mindscape. Upon waking up, she knew that something was wrong, and when she found out that she was sheriff, she immediately realized she was in a mindscape. She was able to identify her symptoms to keep track of what was happening to her on the outside.
Honestly, sometimes I think she might be too smart for her own good.
Dark Liz/Outlaw Liz, whatever you want to call her, may have been blunt, but she was necessary.
Liz and Max’s relationship needed to come a head — they’ve been hitting the same wall for years, and they just keep hoping things will get better without ever stopping to figure out the underlying issue.
With time running out, Liz was forced to face the truth: she was scared about saying “yes” to Max’s proposal and starting a perfect life with him because she was always anticipating the “other shoe” to fall.
And now that Max gave up his powers, he essentially pushed her into making a decision that requires her to be powerful enough to protect those she cares about.
Upon waking up, Max figured that Liz made the right choice when facing down her other half, but Liz allowed Dark Liz to take hold instead. Outlaw Liz is out and ready to play. She no longer wanted to feel weak and scared in this fight. She wanted a choice, she wanted to be able to protect others, she didn’t want to settle.
It’s not a surprising decision considering how heavily these fears have weighed on her. But does that mean that she has powers in the real world outside of the mindscape?
And is this somehow going to trickle down into Liz being the key that Ophicus has been looking for?
Liz’s mindscape was definitely a trip, and one I kind of wish she was able to dissect — Kyle was a horse, Shirley Applebee (OG Liz) was conjured up to illuminate the way as Liz’s mentor, Papi was a retired Sheriff Machete. The fun truly never ended… though I know Liz would beg to differ on that front.
There were other major things happening in the background as well that didn’t take precedence but were just as important:
- Guerin learned to believe in himself so that he could finally got save his soulmate Alex. It’s about damn time they make his rescue a priority. How long has the poor guy been down there just waiting for someone to throw him a line?
- Maria stayed calm so that she could learn to hone her powers and save Dallas and Alex.. and Bonnie.
- Heath was a welcome return, and not only was he in Roswell because he heard Dallas was in trouble, but he’s also Rosa’s mentor as she tries to figure out the source of her powers.
- Heath and Rosa may or may not be the next it couple. I’m rooting for them.
- Isobel said her time with Kyle was “spectacular,” and while she (and we) acknowledge that she has a lot to work through, the fact that she’s crazy without him is telling of where her heart is. He’s not just a rebound and she knows it.
- Also did anyone kind of think that Outlaw Liz felt as though both her and the other Liz were better than Max? The whole mediocrity line was brutal! Is he really holding her back that much or was she simply trying to make a point? I know Max keeps Liz in Roswell, but she’s tried to venture out and she always comes back. It’s a personal choice. Also, she’s brilliant, but she’s only studying the alien science because of her connection to the aliens, so it’s not totally worthless.
The truth is, everyone here is kind of avoiding doing the things they need to do for the people they love. They all struggle with being honest and open, they are all terrible at communication, they are all bad at letting the love in and being vulnerable, but if Liz’s mindscape is any indication, these are the things that matter. You cannot let them fester because, no matter how fun Dark Liz was in the mindscape, they will come to haunt you and turn into even bigger issues.
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Dynasty Review – Liam Ridley’s Nightmare at La Mirage
After a brief midseason hiatus, Dynasty Season 5 with new episodes that proved the writers are experimenting with their storytelling in the final episodes. (I know, it pains me to treat Dynasty like a show in its final iteration, but it’s the sad truth!)
The hiatus also lent itself to a six-month time jump—the characters made sure you were aware of it—to help speed up the timeline and likely close out the series with Fallon and Liam becoming parents.
On Dynasty Season 5 Episode 18, Stacey is six months pregnant, which means that she’s also been romantically involved with Adam for half a year. That might honestly be his longest relationship. But don’t worry, while Adam may be charming Stacey, it’s only because she has no idea who he actually is or what he’s capable of. After Amanda booted him from the role of Chief of Staff at the hospital, Adam hasn’t held another position, so when the opportunity presented itself, he concocted a plan that put Stacey in danger only to prove to Fallon that he was worthy of being reinstated. Is it deranged? Sure. But it’s hardly the worst thing we’ve seen from Adam.
The only good thing is that he was able to resuscitate Stacey shortly after she fainted and played it off as dehydration caused by overworking herself (rather than the dangerous mushrooms he put in her tea). Fallon should know better at this point, but she only saw what she wanted to see; she was convinced that Stacey would be better off with Adam working at the hospital, so she promised to talk to Amanda about getting him his job back. Adam straight up manipulated Fallon because he knew she couldn’t resist ensuring her surrogate’s safety. Oh, Adam. Some things never change.
In this whole scenario, I just feel bad for Stacey as she’s convinced that she’s with a really great guy when she has no idea what he’s capable of.
The time jump also meant that Liam’s movie was wrapped and ready to be screened by the masses.
And while everyone was enjoying the press junket and movie premiere, he was doubling down in hopes of getting his second book finished.
He told Fallon, his mentor, and his editor that he only needed to finish one page, but in reality, he spent the past several months trying to overcome his writer’s block.
I thought that the nightmare/hallucination he had while hiding away at the hotel would serve as a source of inspiration for his book, allowing him to take it in a horror/murder mystery direction, but ultimately, it was just necessary to help Liam confront his biggest fear: failure.
While it was quite a dramatic way to help someone face the truth, it was also one of the best scenes Dynasty has ever delivered. This isn’t the first time the series has played with specific scenes (remember when Fallon hit her head and we got a whole Wizard of Oz-inspired episode?), but it was the first time they tried their hand at horror.
And it was so brilliantly executed, mostly because Adam Huber acted his butt off!
I mean, he gave that performance his all. Being Fallon’s boyfriend, fiance, and finally, husband, made Huber a fan favorite, sure, but it also sort of sidelined him when it came to the compelling storyline; I’m so glad that they gave him this moment because he was incredible.
Huber took to Instagram to announce that he wrapped production on Liam’s character earlier in the day, but I’m hoping this convinces someone to cast him in a horror/thriller. When the murderer took the mask off to reveal an unhinged version of Liam, I didn’t even feel like I was watching Dynasty anymore.
The lighting, the music, the writing, and the acting all worked seamlessly to deliver an eerie vibe that eventually played into the episode’s big twist.
Liam, who was finally about to be honest about his writer’s block with Fallon and his editor, confided in his mentor, who then fell to the ground and died of an aneurysm moments later.
It was a devastating turn of events for what should’ve been Liam’s big night, but it also provided him with an opportunity as his mentor was there to finalize his finished manuscript… the one that only Liam knew about.
In a moment of desperation, Liam grabbed it, but I truly hope he doesn’t try to pass it off as his own. Tempting as it might be, it’s possible that his editor did tell someone else about it. If Liam decides to go through with it and publish it, his family—including the nephew that Liam worked with—could have proof that it wasn’t Liam’s novel. It could easily ruin his career!
Not to mention that it’s not something Liam would ever do. He’s not that kind of guy. And he’ll have to live with himself for the rest of his life if he does. If he wins awards or gets any praise for the work, it will eat him inside. I just hope Liam does the right thing instead of taking the easy way out.
And finally, Sammy will know the truth because he’s the only other person that Liam confided in about his writer’s block!
Liam may not have had a good night, but Culhane and Nina sure did.
Throughout the whole filming of the movie, the duo couldn’t stand each other, but it was always obvious that they drove each other crazy because they were crazy in love.
After falling into bed with each other—did you see the way she pushed him? That man flew!—they tried to deny it and dance around the subject by saying it was just a one-time thing to release pent-up stress. But no one actually believed it… they were simply trying to convince themselves cause they were both too scared to make the plunge.
Thankfully, Dom was there to push them together. She should really consider becoming a matchmaker because if it wasn’t for her, those two would be too stubborn to make the move.
After everything that transpired between Dom and Culhane, she kind of owes him this. And I’m glad they’re finally in a better spot.
Colby and Blake got into it again with the former trying to buy back his companies from the latter. History was about to repeat itself with a full-blown Carrington-Colby war, but this time, they made the mistake of dragging Amanda and Cristal into their feud. And these women were simply not interested.
Cristal approached Colby after he shut down PPA to secure the deal, in her favor, of course, and Colby was impressed to see her savvy business skills. It’s nice to see Cristal recognize her own power and stand up for herself instead of remaining in Blake’s shadow. And the way she stood up to Blake when he came for her was boss with a capital B. Blake has finally found his equal who will put him in his place regarding business—it’s been a long time coming. Cristal deserves this moment, too, after years of being pushed around by the Carringtons.
Overall, it was a pretty impressive episode of Dynasty by Dynasty standards.
What did you think? Weigh in with your thoughts in the comment section below!
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