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Good Girls Review – Goodbye Nana (3×08)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Nana" Episode 308 -- Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Did anyone actually miss Boomer on Good Girls? I can’t say that I have nor was I pleasantly surprised to see him.

The emotions of him gracing the screen with his Tekashi 69 tattoos resembled the reactions that Annie, Ruby, and Beth had when he crawled out of the sewer covered in feces.

An utterable groan escaped me as I realized we’d have to put up with his sneaky, disgusting persona for the remainder of the episode, and his addition singlehandedly made this one of the least enjoyable episodes of an already slower-paced season.

It all started with Beth switching up how she approaches their arrangement with Rio. She hasn’t been handling it in the smartest way, but thank goodness she’s figuring it out.

Her new “to do” list is what she should’ve been doing from the moment Rio returned from the dead. The only way she’s ever going to build up credibility is by gaining back his trust.

Once she does that, she can legally ask for a cut of the money, which she revealed she plans on using to hire a hitman.

I’m torn on whether or not Beth truly wants to get rid of Rio permanently. On one hand, he’s preventing her from being her own boss, which she knows worked for her well prior to his return and he’s dangerous so he threatens her and everyone she loves.

On the other hand, though, I think she would miss him. Beth has crossed many lines, but I don’t think she could go through with getting rid of him again.

But before we even get to step three, Beth needed to earn back that trust and she figured she’d try the tested route of seducing Rio. It’s a little degrading of Beth, but she’s desperate, and it seems to have worked great the first time, so she put on her sexiest dress (come on, we all know she can do better) and dolled herself up to join him for a drink.

But Rio isn’t one to fall for a pretty face, especially a face who put three bullets in him and left him to die.

He saw right through her and was onto her little act.

However, he also acknowledges that she’s valuable, sly, and reliable, so he was willing to give her another shot if she successfully completed the task.

Rio has made them to crazier things, which is why, on the surface, Boomer didn’t seem like a big deal, but the assignment had a personal connection because he knew Beth could never “take care” of Boomer herself and he wanted to see if she’d deliver him knowing damn well what his fate would be.

That’s the thing about Beth, she wants to be like Rio, and in some ways, she’s become him, but she also has morals and empathy, which prevents her from being a cold-blooded killer.

However, there are some lines she’s willing to cross when it means she can start getting her life back.

Giving up Boomer to Rio wasn’t something she was comfortable with, but it helped her family, her friends, and her life back on track because it put her in Rio’s good graces. It was the cost of getting what they wanted, and they were willing to pay.

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Once she delivered Boomer, after an eventful adventure that had the likelihood of going sideways many times, Rio was impressed and even shaved them 12% off the top, which was more than she was stealing from him.

Beth tried to make Rio see that Boomer was valuable (good luck with that), but Rio revealed he had a plan for him. Something tells me, he isn’t going to kill him, but he wants Beth to think he did. What could Rio want from him?

This scene got me thinking that Rio isn’t playing just to make money and build his empire — Boomer is someone who can testify against the ladies as he knows a lot of what they’ve done.

What if this whole time, Rio is gathering intel on Beth and working with some FBI/CIA/Detroit PD to make her pay.

Think about it.

Before Boomer was dropped off at death’s door, Beth stupidly agreed to allow him a last visit with Nana. As Ruby said, it was a “deeply stupid idea,” but it once again proves that she’s not a total monster like Rio.

However, she should’ve listened to reasoning over Annie’s pleas to let an old woman say goodbye to her grandson because it was a risky move when they don’t have any right to make missteps.

Once they arrived at the nursing home, Boomer learned that his poor Nana died a week ago after a brutal fall on her way to the salon. Cue Annie’s guilt again because she was the one who used to take Nana there. Annie was unable to reel her grief in and it let to some poor decisions. This is why Beth is in charge.

Since Nana passed, Boomer wanted to go pick up the ashes, which they also accommodated, but once he realized he wasn’t going to Canada, he tried to escape. Here’s where that “me or him” mindset of Beth’s really came out to play.

Beth threatened to dump sweet Nana’s ashes in the dumpster if Boomer didn’t cooperate, and while it was one of her craziest moments, who can blame her — desperate times call for desperate measures. Boomer is known for being unpredictable and trying to pull one over on them so Beth used any leverage she had left even if it meant she was going straight to hell, hell.

Annie never promised Boomer she would lay Nana to rest, but we all knew she would. Nana may have betrayed their trust out of an old woman’s love for her grandson, but Annie still had a soft spot for her.

Good Girls has a knack for injecting humor into moments that don’t deserve it, and as Annie spread the ashes into the water and the wind blew them back into her face (and mouth – ew!), it was one of those classic moments where you laughed so hard you cried because this is the definition of life  — a beautiful mess all wrapped in one.

We’ll miss you, Nana.

The episode also continued with Annie’s desire to become an EMT, but first, she has to pass her GED, which meant a lot of studying with her therapist who is now also her study buddy?

How much are Nancy and Greg paying him?

It’s a weird relationship that they’ve got going, and Josh 100% made the first move when he flirtatiously took a bite out of her pizza.

He may not have known the repercussions of his acts, but Ben sure did and he was sure to make them absolutely clear and the fact that Josh crossed the line with a patient.

Ben loves his mother a lot and has always been the “parent” in the relationship, so it’s valid that he wants his mother to stay on the right path and not get distracted by a man she thinks has feelings for her.

But the thing is, Josh does have feelings. Unlike all of Annie’s other men, he’s not impulsive and thinks about the consequences of his actions.

So, he heeds Ben’s concerns and the next time Annie comes for her session, he introduces her to Lyla, a “proper tutor.”

Annie is thrown off and the tension is palpable, but Lya seems oblivious to any if including Annie and Josh’s passive-aggressive exchange that finds them understanding each other without words.

Lyla also seems to be Josh’s girlfriend, which is kind of odd because he was seemingly trying to tell Annie that she needs a tutor while also telling her he’s not available to reciprocate the feelings while also saying he has feelings.

The mixed messaging is confusing, and it’s not surprising that Annie wanted to punch him.

But if Lyla and Josh are “see you at home” close, why didn’t she realize what’s happening?

Stan tried to give Ruby an anniversary she’d never forget because he’s starting to feel less-than knowing they work so hard and try so much and can never afford anything.

He’s not wrong, either. It doesn’t excuse what they’re doing, but constantly being pushed down makes you want to take a shortcut instead of climbing up the ladder every time.

Ruby’s facial expression upon receiving the ring says everything — she doesn’t want Stan to become this man because someone in the family has to be good; someone has to be the moral compass.

It’s heartbreaking to see them go down this path, but they’ve survived so much, so this too shall pass. Plus, Stan seems to feel protective over the ladies he’s working with and sees an opportunity to leverage his former cop status to work in their favor. Though, admittedly, it was slightly disturbing to see him talk about women in such a degrading way since we know him to be such a great man and husband.

Meghan thee Stallion made her debut as one of the strippers at the club. Will she take on a bigger role in the operation?

Then, there’s that scene with Beth and Dean. He seems genuinely jealous of Rio, and maybe he should be. Beth is in denial. She tells herself she’s doing this simply to win back Rio’s trust, but I think she wants to prove to herself that he still wants it.

Dean isn’t in the right either, though. She’s going above and beyond to get them free of this lifestyle and all he can do is give her grief for it.

He needs to realize that if you want to win, you have to play the game.

It was only a matter of time before someone in the FBI picked up on all the washed cash coming out of Detroit.

And they aren’t so much worried about who is spending it and washing it as they are concerned with who is producing it.

Turner may have been the little big under their shoe, but the new FBI agent is a woman, and that’s inherently more dangerous.

She didn’t even miss a beat before she realized they were utilizing nail polish.

I have to say, I’m nervous for our girls, but they can’t be so naive that they think they’ll get away with this forever, right? Especially if Rio and his men aren’t washing the cash outside of Detroit!

Someone, warn our girls — they already have too much weighing them down. They need to get ahead of this one.

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Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin

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

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

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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Chicago Med

Chicago Med Review – Get by with a Little Help From My Friends (912)

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Chicago Med Season 9 Episode saw a lot of people overwhelmed by work and life in general. 

It all started with Sharon Goodwin, who is coming to the realization that her life is going to be a lot different now that Bert is experiencing memory loss. 

The incident that kickstarts everything involves him forgetting to turn the stove off, but as Cruz informs her, it had a good outcome but may be the first of many. As Goodwin’s ex-husband is treated for smoke inhalation, she struggles to figure out how to manage it all. Eventually, when Bert has another meltdown, she realizes that she’s the only person that can calm him down. Even when he’s disoriented, he recognizes her and feels comfort when she’s around, which again, puts an immense burden on her. 

As he pleads for Sharon to take him home, she agrees to be his caregiver, a situation that Dr. Charles informs her cannot be permanent. But it’s easy to see why she feels responsible—this is the man she’s loved her whole life who still needs her. It’s almost like he’s regressed to an infant mentality, not really understanding the what and why behind what’s going on. Bert is doing a fantastic job portraying all of those emotions and vulnerabilities on screen, providing audiences with a heartbreaking look at the disease.  There’s no reasoning with him, all she can do is provide care, though hopefully, not at the expense of her own mental health and sanity. 

Newcomer Jackie, played by La Brea’s Natalie Zea, arrives in the ED for her second shift in a row, when Maggie immediately notices something is off. Jackie isn’t her usual self, and paired with the stress at home and the blood dripping from her arm—a cut she claims to have sustained earlier in the day while leaving the house—there’s definitely room for worry. 

A quick diagnosis from Dr. Charles reveals that the cut may have been self-harm, as he suggests Jackie is distracting herself from the daily pain she witnesses in the burn unit. This is proven to be true after Jackie loses a patient, runs off to the bathroom to cut herself, and then collapses in Maggie’s arms, revealing scars from previous cuts. Intervention becomes necessary at that point, even though to Jackie, it feels like the ultimate betrayal, but eventually, she comes around to see that Maggie was simply acting in her best interest. It’ll be interesting to see if Med finds a permanent place for Zea on the team as I think she’d make a great addition—plus we all know Maggie needs a new friend around. 

Dr. Marcel also wasn’t spared from the harsh realities when his celebration over his young patient Colin’s new liver quickly soured when he realized the child had an infection. While he tried his best to advocate or Colin, knowing that the boy might not live to see another donor match, he ultimately had to make the hard, yet right, call and give up the organ to someone who could survive the surgery. It’s not the outcome anyone wanted, including Colin’s disappointed father (this is why as a doctor, you never make any promises), but due to the illness, he wasn’t strong enough to move forward. The final gut punch was Colin asking if he was going to die, making Crockett question every decision he’s ever made. 

Hannah teamed up with Ripley—while also sealing their romantic fate—to help his childhood friends, Lynne and Sully, welcome their new baby, born prematurely at 30 weeks and not breathing. Thankfully, they were able to save the child, which was comforting considering everything Sully is already going through. They need a shred of happiness. 

Archer also got a little scolding from Sharon, who didn’t take kindly toward his harsh attitude toward the new intern, reminding him that this is a teaching hospital after all. Turns out, when Archer wants to, he can be a great mentor—and that’s something some students need when they are letting their fears and doubts cloud their judgment and get the best of them. None of us are born with the knowledge and skills—it takes patience and practice.

Thankfully, in every situation, the good outweighed the bad as everyone was supported by loved ones—friends, family, and staff who truly cared about their wellbeing. 

What did you think of the episode?

If you are having a mental health, substance use, or suicidal crisis, call 988. 

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Chicago P.D

Chicago PD Review – Voight Becomes the Victim (1112)

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Chicago PD Season 11 did not come to play! Through the course of 11 seasons, fans have seen it all—and been through it all with the detectives working in Intelligence, but Voight getting taken by the serial killer he’s been obsessively chasing down takes the cake!

The Sgt. Voight somehow got outplayed—and it’s equal parts disappointing, concerning, and intriguing. These writers know what makes good TV. It’s also a change of pace to see someone like Voight end up as the victim. We always see them in these powerful positions, dominating crime scenes, dictating how situations will turn out, and demanding that criminals and suspects be held accountable, but now, we’re seeing him on the other side.

Voight has gotten what he’s wanted for some long—facetime with the serial killer terrorizing the streets of Chicago. It’s likely not the way he wanted this to unfold, or how he imagined the situation would go down, but it’s the unfortunate twist that it took as the suspect realized that the cops were on his tail and needed to regain control of the situation.

What he failed to anticipate is that Voight’s team was following a lead that he thought was no longer viable. Right before Kiki’s tragic death—and it pained me to hear that she didn’t pull through after being filled with so much optimism about the future just mere moments before she was gunned down—and before she could reveal who her informant was, she mentioned a key piece of information that was enough for Hailey Upton to go on. Upton located Kiki’s John, who previously told her that someone in his family was a serial killer, which is how she knew so many of the personal details of the case that weren’t made public. 

While Bobby wasn’t immediately comfortable with sharing, he eventually disclosed the name of his cousin’s husband, who blabbed about his love of torture when he was intoxicated, allowing Upton to pinpoint lockup keeper Frank Matson. 

He was right there, in front of them, the whole time, with access not only to all the victims upon cross-referencing, but to intel, cameras, and everything in between. It only makes sense that this person was close to it all having been able to get away with so much. Hiding in plain sight truly is one of the best ways to pull off a crime of this nature. 

And, now, he’s moved in on Voight, who found himself drugged with some kind of paralyzing agent after his trip to the bar. I wish that before he fell unconscious, he gave anyone on his team a ring to let them know he wasn’t feeling well, but, he tried his best, even locking the door after himself. Matson, however, was one step ahead—as he had been this whole time—breaking in, before creepily checking Voight’s eyes and pulling his frozen body to another location.

Once Hailey arrived to check in on Voight, she knew something wasn’t right. And once again, Matson takes the lead in an investigation that’s now racing against the clock. 

The team is currently searching Matson’s place, as his poor wife seemingly didn’t know anything was wrong, though, I’m willing to bet his daughter has some insight. The girl looked like she wanted to spill.

But Matson has proven time and again to be pretty crafty, so tracking him down might be very difficult, especially with Voight’s life on the line adding additional pressure. 

Will the team be able to pull it off? I’ve not heard any murmurings of Jason Beghe leaving the series, so odds are they will get to him in time, but the case, which has already taken an emotional toll on him, might leave a permanent mark. To be honest, all I want to see is Voight get his revenge and justice as Matson burns in hell—and as we race toward the season finale, this seems like a really fitting plot to finish on, all while lending itself to Upton’s inevitable exit.  If there’s anything to convince you that a career change is healthy and necessary, it’s seeing your boss almost get murdered by a serial killer. And, as we’ve seen with her vulnerable chats with Petrovic (who I am now convinced will join Intelligence after commenting on the “family vibes”), Upton isn’t in a great headspace to begin with so she’s going to need to take a step back and find something that allows her to move forward without all the baggage she’s been carrying from her childhood and divorce from Jay.

Also, with Chicago PD Season 11 Episode 12 being Jesse Lee Soffer’s (remember him?) directorial debut, I have to give him a shout-out for a job well done. The episode kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time—and that’s not an easy feat for a show 11 seasons in, but no one knows these characters better than the man who spent so much time on the show! 

What did you think of the episode? Did you expect Voight to become the next victim? Share your thoughts now! 

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