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Good Girls Review – Beth is Feeling Incentivized to Hire a Sniper (3×09)

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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.

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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.

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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?

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Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – Hell House (206)

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Pretty Little Liars Summer School Review Hell House Season 2 Episode 6

Welcome to our nightmare couldn’t have been a more accurate statement for the liars of Millwood, especially after the most recent development on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 6.

In the final moments of the episode, Imogen is challenged by Bloody Rose, but unlike with the other girls, she doesn’t give her much of a heads up, ambushing her in her mother’s bedroom. 

It’s at this moment that I had this odd feeling that maybe, just maybe, Bloody Rose is Imogen’s mother—and lo and behold, that’s exactly who Imogen said was under the bloody gauze when she pulled it off. 

Now, we have to take it with a grain of salt, considering Imogen’s mother died… we never saw a body body, but we saw her in the bloodied bathtub, which seemed like enough proof. 

There’s also the fact that trauma has a way of playing tricks on you, and while it seems like Imogen is fine most of the time, she is in a vulnerable and fragile place when it comes to her mental health. She’s had a significant amount of breakdowns that could have caused her to imagine her mother’s face in place of whoever is actually attacking them. The trauma could’ve intensified by being back in her childhood home where she saw her mother take her own life. 

And let’s not forget that there’s a handful of people in town who are skilled at making very detailed and intricate masks. Imogen wasn’t able to say much about who she saw under the gauze aside from “my mom,” but it’s possible that her next words would have been “or a mask to look like my mom.” Because the odds of it actually being her mom are slim. 

It also doesn’t really make sense if it were to be Imogen’s mother as she didn’t give off homicidal tendencies. I know a lot of people aren’t who they claim to be in Millwood, but Imogen’s mother was genuinely excited to support her daughter becoming a mother before she was brutally murdered—and made to look like a suicide—by Archie. Therefore, I don’t think she’d ever turn around and terrorize her daughter and her friends—what would be the reason?

The town of Millwood is ensuring that the liars don’t forget about their trauma too quickly either with the arrival of Redemption House, which everyone dubs Hell House. And considering the rooms are all themed to stick it to the liars and make them feel guilty about all that they’ve endured—losing loved ones, being taken advantage of at parties, etc—it’s a fitting name. 

Thankfully, this season, the liars aren’t just taking it, they are fighting back in any way that they can. They aren’t just boldly taking on Bloody Rose’s deathly challenges, they are taking a stand and ensuring that their message is received by the culty church that rented out Imogen’s house for their theatrics. 

 Their plan to terrorize Redemption House with monster and demon masks was innocent yet effective, considering the cult members’ fear of hell, but it also slightly backfired not only because of Bloody Rose’s attack on Imogen, but because Bloody Rose already got to Redemption House before them and stabbed Pastor Malachi dead between the eyes. 

Was it gruesome and brutal? Yes. Was it deserved? Well, no one ever deserves murder, to be clear, but the man did bring it upon himself. I was hoping someone would notice his absence/bring up his death during the episode, but I’m guessing it will be timed to the movie that the boys recorded, which will somehow place the blame back on the liars. It’s not the first time they’ve been set up. 

The whole Redemption House storyline is bizarre on so many levels—something the liars themselves have acknowledged, which is nice—and I can’t speak to why Henry is blindly taking part in it, but I’m convinced that Kelly is brainwashed. Whatever her mom did to her in that “prayer room” changed her completely, so she’s just going along with it blindly despite knowing that it isn’t right. 

Another development I’m excited to see is Greg and Faran’s hook-up. They have such an intense chemistry that it’s only a matter of time, not to mention Greg’s character was being wasted on that Redemption House storyline. If anything, Faran is his redemption. Plus, the fact that he’s Kevin from Riverdale’s cousin makes him so much better in my book. I love the subtle callbacks to sister shows. 

Then there’s the Jen of it all. While I was on board with her and Noa’s relationship initially, I’m not into it now that I know she tried to right one of her wrongs but bling-ringing Shawn’s house and then giving him the money. Like, in what world is that a reasonable solution? Noa was upset, but not as upset as she should’ve been, simply telling Jen to stop breaking into people’s homes. Her feelings for Jen are clearly clouding her judgment, but I wish this moment would’ve painted a clearer picture for her overall because it was a shitty move on Jen’s part. 

What did you think of the episode? Do you believe Bloody Rose is really Imogen’s mom? Or do you think someone is playing tricks on her? Can the liars’ circle of significant others really be trusted? And where is Wes? Did Bloody Rose get to him? Did Christian?

Share your thoughts on this weeks episode of PLL: Summer School now! 

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Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Review – Friday the 13th (205)

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What happened to sticking together the next time Bloody Rose—not to be confused with the actual Rose Waters, mother of Angela and Archie, who jumped off a bridge (it wasn’t that tall so she’s presumably still alive) the moment she heard her son was still alive—calls upon one of the liars to pass their “test”?

At this point, it’s clear Bloody Rose’s tests are just traps for the girls, seemingly punishment for their sins, which makes me think that there’s a good possibility that Bloody Rose is Kelly’s mother, who has fully immersed herself in the cult—yes, it’s a cult, we all saw whatever it is Henry was doing in there—of Redemption House. Multiple times throughout this second season of Pretty Little Liars: Summer School, Kelly’s mother and that creepy pastor mentioned paying for the sins of the town, and considering what happened to her husband last season, she has plenty of reason to believe that the “final girls” are to blame. 

However, whoever Bloody Rose actually is, she has to have a lot of disposable income at the ready as the amount of thorny roses placed on the path for Noa to run across would cost a fortune, which kind of leads me to think that maybe it is someone like Dr. Sullivan, who has a steady income as a psychologist and proved herself to be untrustworthy as the girls found a recording device that lent itself to transcripts of every convo they’ve ever had. Dr. Sullivan claimed she was using it to write a book about adolescent survival, but who is actually buying what she’s selling at this point, especially once they figured out she was also Rose Waters’ therapist at one point. 

The truth is, any OG PLL fan will remember Sullivan went through hell and back while serving as a soundboard for Aria, Emily, Hannah and Spencer, so while she might not be winning the trust of our new liars, I’m also hesitant to think that she’d be responsible for tormenting all these young teens, particularly when she was targeted by “A” in the past herself… and now pushed down the stairs by a new masked psycho.

I’m also skeptical of Imogene’s father’s new fiancee, who, admittedly, came out of nowhere. There was something off about her presence, and the way she looked at Imogene sort of resembled the same look that Bloody Rose has whenever we do see her. And it would make sense that she’d go after Imogene’s father if she wanted to infiltrate her life. 

Imogene spiraled at dinner, though it didn’t scare of shake Johnny one bit. You’d think the dude would be running for the hills by now after his maybe-gf threatened to cut off his dad’s fiancee’s fingers and previously called him over to the house she was babysitting at before opening the door with a sharp knife. But he’s been pretty understanding, knowing that she’s just working through the trauma of last year. It’s nice that she has someone on her side who comes without judgment—let’s just hope he stays a good guy! 

But aside from the “who is Bloody Rose” theories, Noa was the next target, and she narrowly escaped with Jen’s help. While I thought the setup of the whole “test” was bloody terrific, it felt all too rushed and not as personal as the ones Mouse and Faran faced. 

It’s also not exactly clear how Jen knew where Noa would be, but I’m guessing she found Noa’s behavior concerning and went back to the apartment to read the contents of the letter she initially assumed was from Shawn.

Quite honestly, Noa’s been going through while toggling back and forth between her feelings for Shawn and Jen. She needs to come clean to her man, and maybe there’s a way that they can all be in an open relationship. At the very least, Shawn deserves to know about her feelings and past connection to Jen as he seems very serious about her. And it’s clear that whatever she feels for Jen isn’t temporary and shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially now that she came to her rescue and has very much seen what Bloody Rose is capable of. Also, where did BR get that dog?

And then there’s our boy Wes, still stirring up problems for Tabby, but this time, she has someone on her side as Christian notes he’s getting “bad vibes” from the movie theater manager. Honestly, we’ve been saying that from day one, Christian! Wes also tries to suggest that Tabby was only contacted about her short film because she’s black, which doesn’t sit well with her, and she hits back with the suggestion of a colorblind movie-off. The growth in Tabby’s character has been impressive, and it’s nice to see that even if they are being hunted by a masked killer, they still know their worth and can stand their ground. 

And finally, Mouse’s grandmother Lola needs care—I said it. Why are we letting this poor woman spend time alone on SpookySpaghetti where she’s easily manipulated? She cut her forehead as part of some step 1 in the Bloody Rose’s reckoning—and the fact that this killer hs so many followers is actually concerning. 

Oh, what an unlucky Friday the 13th! You’d think by now, the town would stop showing horror movies for fun—isn’t the horror of their life enough?

What are we thinking about the season so far? Who is Bloody Rose? Are the girls handling things properly? Should they be better equipped since their showdown with Archie? Is it bold of them to be taking things into their own hands for once and trying to push back against BR bullying ways? 

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Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review – Sweet Sixteen (203)

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There was nothing sweet about Mouse’s sweet 16 on Pretty Little Liars: Summer School Season 2 Episode 3. 

At such a tender age, these girls have survived one serial killer, only to be preyed on by another, seemingly more deranged, one. 

My whole heart hurt for Mouse as she realized that the location where Lola dropped her off for her surprise party was a trap set by Bloody Rose Waters, considering how depressed she was when she thought her friends weren’t prioritizing her birthday.

All sweet Mouse wanted was to feel special, but instead, she was fighting for her life at every turn—and thanks to some quick thinking, managed to make her way out of the abandoned restaurant after Bloody Rose set it on fire. 

All those months of therapy went down the drain in a flash as the trauma returned upon the realization that it was happening again—their biggest fears were manifesting. Not to mention poor Imogen is going to struggle between distinguishing reality from her nightmares/hallucinations as Bloody Rose exists in both.  

The final girls needed to once again prove that they could survive a serial killer. 

Throughout the episode, I kept trying to figure out who could be behind Bloody Rose. While there’s always the possibility it is actually Archie’s mom, I’m inclined to believe it’s someone who knew what happened to them and wants to continue preying on them. 

Pretty Little Liar: Summer School Review - Sweet Sixteen (203)

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However, all of the topline suspects were at the roller rink for Mouse’s actual surprise party—that she sadly didn’t get to enjoy—including Imogen’s crush, Johnny, Noa’s juvie friend, Jen, Tabby’s new work crush Christian, and Kelly and Gregg. 

There were a few people missing, including Henry and Sean, which I found suspicious. I don’t actually think Sean is behind any of it, but I can’t shake the feeling I’m getting about Henry, especially as it would make sense for the killer to be someone all too familiar with what happened to them last year. 

Then there’s Ash, who wasn’t at the party but did come to Mouse’s rescue, once he found out about her other “surprise” party from Lola. He seemed very much in the dark the whole time, so I think we can rule him out. 

I’m not counting out Kelly’s mom, Chip’s mom (who has a reason for wanting revenge), and Dr. Sullivan herself, who knows the liars’ deepest darkest secrets and can frankly use them against them. 

Murder and serial killers aside, Tabby and Imogen both confided in their new crushes about their trauma and PTSD—and much like in the original, the guy seems like they will be a source of support, which is nice. Everyone needs supportive partners, especially when you’re being hounded by a psychopath.

Faran owned her power after a terrifying experience at the pool, and while being intimidating might warrant some haters—especially the dude she fired—it was also warranted as he was negligent on the job twice, and it almost led to a terrible accident. 

And I’ve got to ask, what’s with all the douchey dudes in Millwood? For every good one, there are several around to make derogatory and misogynistic comments for absolutely no reason.

What did you think of the episode? Is Bloody Rose taking things too far? How will the liars ensure their survival this time around?

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