Good Girls started the episode by doing something that was extremely enjoyable to watch — they juxtaposed Beth’s prim and proper morning routine with the messy, chaotic routine of the FBI agent we saw at the end of “Nana.”
The agent has a picture in her mind of the type of woman she’s trying to “draw out of a cave,” and I can guarantee it isn’t a suburban, chipper, charming mom hiding in plain sight. This has always been Beth’s greatest weapon, but it can’t protect her forever.
While Beth got herself ready to take on the day without a care in the world (though, we know that isn’t true), the agent was clearly not a morning person.
Why does the series constantly make it seem like following the law leads to a miserable, bottom-of-the-barrel life? Is there a reason why every law-abiding citizen’s life looks like it’s a rinse, wash, repeat?
Seeing it from this angle, you can almost understand why Beth’s gotten so deeply involved in the criminal lifestyle, but the series quickly reminds you that the grass ain’t always greener on the other side.
Beth’s motivation and confidence didn’t stem from the fact that that she was rolling in the fake cash that she was washing, no, she was thrilled that they finally had enough money to hire a professional to take out Rio.
Yup, the suburban mom is engaging in murder-for-hire plots and acting like it’s just another Tuesday. This is what her life is now.
You can’t blame her for it either as Rio isn’t just a pain in her side, he’s a man who is destroying her life piece by piece. She’s still sleeping without furniture, they’re still broke, and Rio “incentivized” Beth by getting her fingerprints all over a gun he claims they used to kill Boomer.
Rio is good. He’s really good. And if Beth wants to take the throne and eliminate him, she has to be equally as good.
Rio admitted her was running out of ways to incentivize Beth, but by getting her prints on the gun, he has the leverage to destroy her if she ever missteps again.
Rio thinks he understands Beth, and for the most part, he’s pretty on point, but his drastic move didn’t incentivize Beth in the way he wanted.
Instead of falling in line, Beth decided to act on part three of her plan.
But as I said previously, Beth has to be really good to pull one over on him.
And while double the price gets her a sniper with arms — don’t get me started on the fact that Max told them his cousin with no arms would snipe Rio for $30k — it’s not like she can check out a Yelp review or see a Google rating for this man. She’s going in blind, and she has to trust that the man who says he can take care of Rio will actually take care of Rio. Hopefully, the guy isn’t a cop or something, though, I can’t be the only one who saw the paintball mark on Rio’s car in the teaser episode!
Beth needs to be careful because hiring a hitman and giving the “okay to shoot” order adds on a charge that’s much more dangerous than printing counterfeit money.
But back to the cousin with no arms, Good Girls loves to lean on dark comedy to get through the tough times, and it works. I was out of breath from laughing at this whole scene.
When he said he likes to dabble in explosives, and Ruby said “really,” it was genuinely one of the best moments this season.
Beth sacrificed a lot to set up a meeting with the hitman including attending Dean’s award ceremony, so obviously, getting Rio out of her life is of the utmost importance.
It becomes more evident with each week that she needs to free herself, the ladies, and their families from his grasp.
Beth may think that taking out Rio is the answer to all of her problems, but in life, once you solve one issue, another one tends to pop right back up.
And in this case, that issue is the FBI agent I mentioned in the beginning. The FBI is hot on her trail and she doesn’t know it because she’s so laser-focused on Rio being the biggest obstacle in her happiness.
When Beth suggested they don’t need any more of the recalled nail polish color to gloss the fake cash, I was hoping and crossing all my fingers and toes that it was because she knew something was off. Sadly, it wasn’t.
Recalling the nail polish was the female agent’s idea and it officially makes her more dangerous than Tanner ever was because she’s incredibly savvy. She wasted no time narrowing down the exact color.
She hoped that the recall would lure out the “woman” to get more of the color so that they could ID her.
However, the agent has no idea who she’s dealing with. Beth and the ladies are cheap, which seems to be their saving grace. They’re not just going to pay that insane mark-up. Nope, that’s what normal people do when they’re in need of a product that’s high in demand.
These ladies, well, they take it to the next level.
As Beth is to suburban mom, Ruby is to a good Christian woman. She used that to her advantage by offering all the underprivileged women at her church a day at the spa where they could get their nails — both hands and toes — done. It was her treat!
It was also the perfect cover to pull off a robbery. Since the salon where the nail polish color was stolen from was filled with women who all had motive and needed money, there was no way the FBI could pinpoint the woman down.
Beth, Ruby, and Annie saved themselves without even knowing, and it’s that sheer luck that has kept them out of any real trouble over the years.
Ruby also made Sara an accomplice when she stole the nail polish by having her fake getting a period for the first time.
The situation didn’t sit well with me at first because Ruby is exposing her daughter to her criminal doings and as we’ve seen before, Sara has also had a few brush ins with the law as she emulated the behavior of her parents that she thought was okay.
However, the moment led Ruby to tell Sara about how she had to do whatever it took, even something illegal, to steal her a second chance.
The realization scared Sara to the point where I don’t think she’ll ever cross a line ever again. It gave her a new appreciation for her parents that she may not have had before. It’s easy to judge someone for the action without knowing the decision behind it, but Sara learned that if her mother didn’t put her neck on the line, she wouldn’t have survived.
When she revealed who she wanted to help with the money from the jar, it broke me — she wants to help the family of the girl whose lung she got.
Sara may have made a few bad decisions, but she’s a good kid. Stan and Ruby raised her right.
I’ve seen many fans comment that they don’t want another FBI storyline, but realistically, how long could the ladies have gone with producing fake cash before someone caught onto them?
My biggest gripe with this storyline is that the FBI doesn’t seem to have any connection to Turner’s findings.
Since they narrowed the money down to Detroit, couldn’t they pull up the branch and see if anyone locally has stumbled upon a similar case? It seems like the most obvious thing to do especially since Turner dealt with fake cash and had a whole case built around them before he got killed. The very fact that an FBI investigating gangs and fake cash was killed should sound some kind of alarm.
I’m assuming the FBI agent will become Beth’s adversary, but what if the series wanted to show us her monotonous lifestyle because she would be the kind of person to join Beth’s operation and got sucked in by the allure of street life?
It’s more likely that she’ll go undercover to get in with the ladies instead, but I can’t say I’d be opposed to a twist the would find her becoming a “good girl.”
Annie was or of the best parts of the episode.
She has the type of personality that connects with anyone, even Lyla, whom she wanted to grill about her relationship with Josh.
After a few glasses of wine, she learned that they don’t get nasty because they attend “Egyptology” class for fun, and used that to her advantage when she forced Josh to face the reality of his feelings.
The one thing you can never take away from Annie is that she’s honest, unapologetically herself, and enjoys life for what it is not what she thinks it should be.
Josh isn’t enjoying his life; he’s living a life that makes sense on paper, which is no way to live.
There’s no spark in it, which s why he’s so attracted to Annie and her wild, spontaneous, and carefree attitude.
There’s a chemistry between them that’s undeniable that he clearly doesn’t have with Lyla. With Lyla, everything is by the book, but with Annie, it’s almost an animalistic attraction that he’s trying to fight but failing, especially when she called him out and watched him squirm.
I think Annie is equally as interested in getting him to admit his feelings as she is proving a point. And once again, Josh has become an unattainable conquest for her, which is how he summarized her behavior when she first walked into his practice.
Where this goes from here, we’ll see, but it was enjoyable to watch the tables get turned. Annie is smart when she wants to and needs to be.
Of course, kissing Greg wasn’t smart, but she’s the queen of bad decisions and her and Greg have a history of falling back into bad patterns.
What really bothered me is that Greg has no respect for Annie, Nancy, or their children. Heck, he doesn’t have respect for himself. He pulled away from Annie not because she was drunk or because it was the right thing to do since he has a wife but because he “does the night feeding” with the baby.
Seriously, Greg. Shut up. There was a time I rooted for him, but it’s evident that he tries to absolve himself of any wrongdoing and always blames Annie for any slip-up.
Her life is a mess, but again, at least she owns it instead of hiding behind some facade.
Wait till Annie and Josh start getting it on and he realizes she’s dating the therapist he paid for!
Other Good Girls Musings
- The fact that Dean felt bad about himself because he thought Beth ditched him to run to Rio (when in reality she was trying to hire a hitman to save her family) shows just how low his self-esteem is, but also, how he doesn’t recognize how much Beth is doing to set them free from his grasp.
- Dean never asks where she goes or what she does for Rio, but he has so much to say and criticize her for. Beth isn’t without fault, but he should know what happens before jumping to conclusions.
- Dean is so hung up on “Brio” that he even made out with Gayle. He regretted it immediately, and it was nice to see him take responsibility and own up to his actions.
- I actually did feel bad for him when he said “I don’t want her,” and it’s likely why Beth allowed him to stay instead of kicking him out of the house. She realizes that Dean loves her despite everything the family has been through, but I truly hope the writers don’t bring them back together.
- Stan saying guess no one will watch when the iceberg hits was too telling in light of the FBI revelation. Something bad is coming.
This hasn’t been my favorite season. The season continues taking competent characters and dumbing them down for the sake of getting them into problematic situations to propel a storyline that has already been done.
It’s been painful watching the girls make terrible decisions to undercut Rio, plan assassinations plots that don’t have a very high success rate, and resort to robbing grocery stores like they did when they first got into the business.
They continue making mindless choices when they should be advancing and learning from experiences, even if the stakes keep getting higher.
It seems we’ve come to a standstill and need something to really shake things up in a new direction.
And even if they do succeed in getting rid of Rio, which won’t sit well with his fanbase (plus I don’t think Beth could go through with it because she low key loves him), there’s always the issue of the FBI that’s closing in on them.
They aren’t looking for the men who have been washing the cash, they’re looking for the Queen B(eth) that’s printing the money.
There’s potential here, but again, not if the writers don’t do anything new with it.
And the series should really tap into its strength and give the people what they want, which is Rio. The season has been sorely lacking when it comes to Rio’s arc. He’s become such a “hot” character, both in popularity and physically, but the show is doing him a disservice by reducing him to a few scenes throughout the episode that either take place in a bar or as he walks to pick up the money in their exchange.
We want more not only because we like him but also because we barely know anything about him.
Beth doesn’t need to know everything, but the audience is craving to find out how he got in the game, what his deal is with Rhea, who we haven’t seen in a while, and who that woman was that he met up with to play tennis way back in the first season.
There are so many layers to Rio, and we haven’t peeled any back this season, which almost seems like a waste.
Your turn, Cravers.
What do you want more of in Good Girls? Did you enjoy the episode?
Manifest Review – Wingman (3×03)
A Peacock, peacock feathers, ancient Egyptians — what does it all have to do with Flight 828?
We’ve been asking ourselves that question for two seasons, but on Manifest Season 3 Episode 3, the mythology begins to bubble up to the surface.
It’s promising a sign that we aren’t completely abandoning the symbolism because it’s part of a larger plan.
However, we’re kind of past the point of continuously seeing the peacock without any context. Audiences want to know how it fits into the overall mystery of the plane’s return.
We find comfort in knowing that there is a piece of the puzzle out there just waiting to be found that may provide some of the answers we’re seeking.
The Callings tried to lead Ben to the papyrus, but sadly, Eagan decided to dispose of it while pawning off some of the other artifacts he stole from the storage unit.
Even without the papyrus’ missing piece, we know the peacock is a symbol for two things: immortality and resurrection.
Younger Review – Risky Business (7×04)
Who knew it was possible to hate Quinn more than we already do?
For much of Younger Season 7 Episode 4, Quinn was actually quite tolerable.
Her book proposal was good, she was goofing off with the employees, and her birthday Dave and Busters outing (shameless promo!) showed off a new side to her we’ve never seen.
However, it was all part of her big plan to schmooze up to Kelsey, Lauren, and Charles.
And then she quite literally schmoozed Charles before establishing that she was “the boss’s girlfriend” to Liza.
She then had the nerve to threaten her job by saying that if she didn’t get along with her, Charles would surely fire Liza.
I’ve never thought of Charles as a fool, but he’s definitely foolish for falling for any and all of Quinn’s tricks. I mean, seriously? How does he not see through all her manipulative tactics? Men are so blind sometimes.
It’s unclear how this will affect Charles and Liza’s working relationship moving forward, or if Charles even knows that Quinn is telling everyone she’s his new girlfriend.
Maybe Empirical should just cool it on the office romances?
Liza spent the episode bonding with Kai Mannings, the surf legend, who scored a $400,000 publishing deal with Empirical.
Her job was to ensure that the book would have some of Kai’s greatest stories, and I’ll be honest, all of the ideas she pitched during their meeting were pretty great.
But Kai seemed way more interested in sleeping with her than actually working on his book, which should’ve been Liza’s tell from the start.
Instead, she was charmed by his accent, his body, and his free spirit. And since she felt so crummy about her breakup, she decided to go for it, which she immediately regretted shortly after because it turns out, Kai was kind of a womanizer.
Not only was he surfing all over the world, but his journals revealed he was also sleeping with a ton of women all over the world.
Liza just added herself to the pile.
The whole situation with Kai reminded me of Sebastian (played by Matthew Morrison), the guy who was a little too close with his sheep!
Liza and Kelsey proved, once again, that they are great at their jobs by taking Kai’s nude artwork and pitching it as a sex guide with surf terms for positions titled “The Kama Surf-tra.” Brilliant.
If there’s one thing we know for certain it’s that nudity always sells.
With this being the final season, it’s kind of annoying that the series continues creating issues for Liza and Charles instead of just letting them be happy.
After six seasons, I think the final outcome will just be that Liza chooses to love herself. It’s the only fitting outcome.
Josh and KT, the music assistant he met at this tattoo parlor, heated up pretty quickly.
And Lauren and Kelsey had a front-row seat to the show. (I’ll never unsee Hilary Duff imitating turtle orgasms!)
Josh deserves love more than anyone. He’s one of the most vulnerable characters on the series, but he’s been screwed over by romantic partners more times than anyone can count.
The bliss with KT lasted a whole half a day before she revealed that she doesn’t want any kids, which poses quite a bit of an issue for Josh and Gemma.
This relationship is bound to fizzle out before it even began!
While this episode still had that Younger magic, it’s my least favorite one this season.
Everyone — Liza, Kelsey, Josh, Charles — has to figure out what they want out of life once and for all.
The season is supposed to be the most “mature” ever, but the constant relationship drama feels like we’re just rehashing the same storylines we’ve already seen.
Are you digging this season? What did you think of the episode?
Younger Review – With Every Loss Comes Unexpected Opportunity (7×03)
We all know the saying: when one door closes, another opens. And that couldn’t be more true for Liza Miller.
Liza was feeling a bit down after her split from Charles, but that quickly took a turn when surf legend Kai Mannings walked through the doors of Empirical.
The duo had an immediate connection, which Charles was very much aware of.
It’s not like Liza was looking for someone else to vibe with, but things just sort of progressed throughout the episode when he wanted to get to know his potential editor on a personal level.
The duo hit it off during Empirical’s rebranding party and continued to get to know each other afterward.
Mostly, Liza loved that Kai supported her decision not to get married. He also championed it and understood her desire not to be domesticated.
Seeing Liza vibe with someone so free-spirited underscores the fact that she wasn’t ready to commit fully to the “family” unit that Charles wanted.
And that indicates that they made the right decision to break up.
I’ve mentioned in previous reviews that Liza has struggled to make up her mind when it comes to what she wants out of life. She’s flip-flopped from Charles to Josh more times than we can count, and looking at her history, it makes sense.
Liza doesn’t want to be tied down in the kind of relationship she had with her ex-husband.
It’s not clear if she’ll have a quick rendezvous with Kai or if they’ll just be good friends, but I imagine we’ll see Charles’ jealousy a lot more.
And, in turn, we’ll see Liza jealous of Quinn, who has now officially scored a book deal with Empirical.
Charles really doesn’t see how Quinn manipulates him, which is frustrating. But it was also a low blow that he signed off on the deal without waiting for any input from Liza, Kelsey, or even Lauren, who is proving to be quite an asset to the company.
And it’s even more of a low blow if he expects Liza to be Quinn’s editor considering their fraught relationship.
Liza’s outburst towards Charles was slightly overexaggerated considering he wasn’t romantically linked to or interested in Quinn while in Chicago, even if it may have seemed that way, nor did he want to end things because he had a backup option.
In fact, Charles was so quick to end things with Liza when he realized they were on different pages because he thought he never really had her whole heart.
I love that Maggie came through and informed him how sorely mistaken he was.
Will he regret his decision now when it may be too late?
Liza and Charles weren’t the only two with prospective new love interests as Josh vibed with a woman who walked into his tattoo shop and worked with celebrity Floatie V.
You’d think Liza and Josh would come rushing back to each other following the breakup, but I’m kind of digging that they’re branching out and meeting new people.
At this point, Josh seems very much friend-zoned by Liza.
As I mentioned before, Empirical is thriving with Lauren on board. She’s no Diana, but she’s really killing it in the marketing department. Charles would be a fool not to hire her permanently.
Other Stray Thoughts
- This line was something that was said out loud: “I have to drop a deuce, but I can do it here or there.”
- Zane is now the publisher of Grove Atlantic, which infuriated Kelsey enough to scream in a wine cellar with Liza. What does that mean for future episodes though? I guess we’ll find out.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments!
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