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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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Dynasty Back-to-Back Episode Review – Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart (4×20 and 4×21)

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Dynasty Review Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart Season 4 Episode 21

Ahead of the season finale, Dynasty delivered a supersized penultimate episode. 

The back-to-back episodes raised the stakes, changed the game, and then flipped the narrative on its head. 

Nothing was the same, and no one is coming out unscathed.

The most heartbreaking turn of events was the expected but unnecessary demise of Liam and Fallon.

Things between them were pretty bad this season when Fallon prioritized her career (and quite literally everything else) over her relationship with Liam, but the damage wasn’t irreversible. 

It’s not the kind of stuff you want to see from newlyweds that are still supposed to be waist-deep in their honeymoon phase, but this is a primetime soap, so drama is par for the course. 

Liam instituted a break, but not the Friends version of a break; all he really wanted was some time and space to figure things out. 

Eventually, he did while talking it out in the Truth Tent. 

Liam realized that he wasn’t just upset that Fallon was investing so much time in her career. He was projecting and taking his frustrations about himself out on her. In reality, he felt less than and inferior to his boss babe wife. 

This was the very definition of “it’s not you, it’s me.”

Of course, Liam’s behavior up until now wasn’t excusable as he made Fallon feel guilty for being such a go-getter, but it made sense.

Marriage comes with its fair share of gray areas, but communication and over-communication are the keys to working it all out. 

Sadly, Fallon broke the cardinal rule when she let her inhibitions go and slept with Colin. 

Yes, I know she was being manipulated by Eva, but that doesn’t excuse Fallon’s behavior. 

Regardless of how sad and lonely she was feeling about the possibility of Liam wanting a divorce (which was a lie planted by Eva), she knew better than to cheat. 

She’s a grown woman who can clearly understand the consequences of her actions. 

Plus, she was simply guided by assumptions rather than waiting for Liam to explain himself. Does she think so low of him that she thought he’d seek a divorce without even talking to her about it?

But most importantly, Fallon’s biggest mistake was allowing too many people into her relationship. She’s trusting, which is nice, but too many people had a hand in this demise that shouldn’t have even been involved.

Had it not been for Fallon’s deception, she and Liam would’ve found a way back to each other and likely stronger than ever. 

Of course, Liam is also at fault because he allowed Eva into his life as well by being so friendly and kind.

Eva just jumped in and took advantage of it all.

Dynasty Review You Vicious, Miserable Liar Season 4 Episode 20

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Fallon and Liam’s crumbling marriage played exactly into Eva’s hand. Fallon confided in her, and she sold the supportive employee and act friend all too well while being a meddling menace in real life. 

Sometimes the biggest villains look the sweetest. 

Eva set her sights on Liam, and there was no stopping her. I wonder if she purposefully took the job with Fallon because she wanted Liam, or if she decided to pursue him after she got the gig. 

You would think someone as obsessive would be sloppy, but her approach was pretty strategic and impressive. 

Sadly, that delusional book will be her undoing. I just hope Fallon figures it out before Eva does any real damage since she’s a serious threat to Liam. 

Liam might be hurting after what happened with Fallon, but I don’t think he’d just jump into bed with Eva as he considers her a friend.

And if he rejects her, I could see Eva snapping. 

The biggest surprise with this storyline (aside from my disappointment in Fallon’s actions) is that Eva and Colin weren’t working together. Wouldn’t that have made so much sense?

Eva would’ve pursued Liam, while Colin could’ve taken over the company. I guess, in the end, Eva didn’t need anyone. 

While those two weren’t in cahoots, Alexis and Brady surely are. I’m not sure what the connection between them is but considering Brady showed up shortly after Dom told Alexis about him, it’s not a surprising twist. 

Though I was rooting for Brady to be a good guy, I realize there’s no fun in that! 

Whenever a woman gets any bit of success, there’s always someone ready to bring her down and take it from her. 

You would’ve hoped that Alexis would’ve learned her lesson by now as she’s already alienated most of her children. 

Colby is losing it, which doesn’t bode well for any of his space race plans. 

It’s unclear why he stopped taking his neurotoxicity medication, but it’s also a nice loop back to that storyline and a reminder that Adam Carrington was once a really dangerous man despite taming his ways and finding the light or whatever. 

The writings of a mad man on the walls could either be a stroke of genius or something genuinely concerning. 

Only time will tell. 

Adam may not be poisoning people or stuffing their faces into the fire, but he’s not that innocent either. 

He stole research from Dr. Larson, a former colleague, to inform his own drug anti-aging drug trial, which he fast-tracked in hopes of making millions and starting his own dynasty. 

It’s strange that I find myself rooting for Adam in the Adam versus Amanda saga because it’s clear that Adam is in the wrong, but he’s turned into such a likable villain. 

Amanda is hard to stomach, even if she is helping a man take back the research he’s entitled to. 

Shouldn’t Amanda just be above all of this?

Adam was ruthless in his pursuit by calling in every “IOU” card. 

Cristal and Sammy both came through for him, reluctantly. 

You can say whatever you want about Adam, but at least he’s had both of their backs. He was there for Cristal during her brain tumor scare, and he helped Sammy eliminate Leo after he was hurting his business. 

The Carrington family may be a lot of things, but they rarely turn their back on family. 

Sammy learned just how much he mattered to the family when Cristal and Blake sold him out to the media to divert the negative attention away from Blake’s campaign. 

While Sammy was hurt by their actions, Blake reminded him that it’s how the family treats each other.

However, Cristal really came through this episode and managed to right the wrongs and deliver on promises. 

She convinced Blake to hold his campaign gala at the hotel as his support would restore La Mirage’s image. 

And when Blake decided to pull out of the Senator race and disappoint Culhane, she found a way to play to Blake’s desire for more power in order to convince him to stay on the ticket. 

Cristal is proving that she’s a real one, and it’s nice to see her finally get a strong storyline of her own. 

She’s no longer Blake’s shiny accessory — she’s the brains behind. the operation. Blake’s motivations for running may be vain as all he really wants is the land for his airport, but Cristal wants to power to evoke real change, and she wants Culhane to also have that ability. 

The two of them are doing it for charity and community. Culhane’s storyline is also a nice circle-back to his father’s death. The writers are embracing some continuity, and it makes the storylines that much stronger. 

And then there’s Kirby. No one pays really notices her, but she’s the one that actually yields all the power. 

Thanks to Anders’s burn book, she has the power to destroy the whole dynasty!

While it was noble of Culhane to suggest that they destroy it to keep her in check, I’m glad Kirby had copies stashed in her drawers. 

Even if she never uses it, she’d be stupid to destroy that kind of leverage. Anders loved Blake beyond words and still wrote down all those secrets as collateral. 

Kirby’s made some pretty stupid decisions but this wasn’t one of them. 

And my guess is that the copies will come in handy one day when Blake finally crosses her. 

Other Carrington Musings

  • The scenes with the medium were pretty pointless but hilarious, nonetheless. Sammy is a scene-stealer, and it’s all because of his great chemistry with Fallon. 
  • Sammy and Kirby bring such a lightheartedness to the series — her quirky comments and his telenovela acting at the hospital were some of the best parts of the episodes. 
  • Seeing Liam cry made me really sad. He was so hurt and broken. 
  • Colby’s self-funded space mission is going to bankrupt him! 
  • The question isn’t whether Beto will sabotage Blake’s campaign, it’s how. 
  • Who would have thought we’d ever see Blake in plaid!
  • I’m just waiting to see Blake and Fallon get revenge on those who wronged them; it’s going to be delicious. 

What did you think of the two episodes — Dynasty Season 4 Episode 20 “You Vicious, Miserable Liar” and Dynasty Season 4 Episode 21 “Affairs of State, Affairs of the Heart.”


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Big Brother Recap: Two Jokers and a King (23×35)

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Azah, Derek, and Xavier. The final three that not everyone saw coming. One of them will walk away with $750,000.

But before we get there, we have to do an annual tradition: the recap filler episode.

This is the episode where the final three reflect on their time on the house, and we see them eating a very staged dinner, saying very scripted things about things that have happened in the season. This would transition into showing montages of these specific moments. However, I was kind of excited for this one, because this season was full of fantastic people, with outstanding personalities that made this season so memorable.

Before all of that started, the finalists reacted to Kyland’s controversial exit, and Xavier was commended for keeping his cool while Kyland went on and on about Xavier’s nephew. It was incredibly admirable that Xavier stayed strong and calm, despite the fact that he was about to punch Kyland in the face. It’s a move that is going to bite him in the butt after the game is over, and according to Ky, he doesn’t regret saying those things.

Kyland’s gone, so it’s way more important for the final three to celebrate! While they dined on steak and potatoes, they talked about some of the people who left the show early. The biggest topic being the farmer himself, Frenchie. We basically got the whole rundown of Frenchie’s Funhouse, where he made the super Slaughterhouse alliance, destroyed the Slaughterhouse, tried to recreate the Slaughterhouse six more times, and targeted basically everyone in the house. Oh yeah, and it was only week one. It was great to reflect on him, because he was the craziest player that the game has ever seen, and it was fun to reflect on his crazy two weeks in the house.

We got to see the cast’s failed attempts at cooking, with the nightmare scenario being Hannah putting beans on rice.

There was a segment of everyone playing jump scares on each other, where people jumped behind couches, from behind walls, or sneaking up to others and scaring them. They showed each scare twice: once in real time, and once in slow motion.

With this regular episode also showed two regular staples: Diary Room exclusives. Diary Room sessions give the viewers the chance to know the contestants thoughts during the game, but there’s so much that they have to give us for the sake of fitting everything into an hour, so this gives us some of the leftovers! There’s always a montage of crying, because let’s be real, if you don’t cry in the Diary Room, you haven’t played Big Brother! The second montage is always when the players come into the room to ask the people behind the cameras for food, clothes, or any other amenities that they might want. Like every year, there’s usually an infestation of ants somewhere in the house, and the most popular request was for ant spray or bug spray.

The final three also reflected on the Cookout, and the impact that it had on the season. We got to see a segment of the famous alliance talk about how their life experiences being a person of color has fueled their fire to come to the game and make a change. It further solidified that this alliance has worked so hard to get this message out, and put an end to all of the stereotypes and norms that this game has seen in its 23 seasons.

To give them one final push to the end of the game, they were treated to video messages from home. Derek’s mom, Xavier’s parents and younger brother, and Azah’s parents sent a video to them congratulating them and wishing them luck as they enter this final stage of the game.

Part one of the HOH competition will play out on Sunday, with Wednesday’s finale soon approaching!


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Big Brother Recap: Eviction Night #13 (23×34)

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Four became three tonight, as one more person was sent out the door, paving the way for the final three players to begin the battle for the final HOH competitions.

Tonight’s episode picked up where last night left off: the fallout of Xavier winning the Power of Veto, and trying to convince Derek to use his sole eviction vote to take a shot at Kyland. Derek has been conflicted about his personal relationship with Kyland as an excuse to not take him out, when Xavier and Azah will guarantee Derek a spot in the final two. It’s gotten to the point that Xavier has been thinking about using the Veto on Azah, because he knows that Azah would vote out Kyland.

There was also a lot more delusion than normal with Derek. He’s been thinking that he’s dragged Azah to the end, and “did more behind the scenes than any of us know about.” Does Derek know that we see everything he does on the live feeds? He’s been the one that’s been dragged through the game. He got into a fight with Azah about who’s done more in the game, and compared to Derek, Azah has done significantly more than Derek. She’s actually WON competitions. He’s been saying some very degrading things as well about Azah (as well as all of the women), which has been brutally awful to see both on the feeds, and on the edited episodes.

The jury continued to grow, and we watched Tiffany and Hannah join the jury house. Tiffany revealed the plot of The Cookout, exposing that she was behind it all, and the duo master plan that she set in tact. The jury absolutely loved her plan, even saying that they would’ve voted for her to win. It’s time for the campaign for Tiffany to win America’s Favorite Player!

Hannah arrived and showed the details of her quick eviction with how Azah’s gameplay wasn’t the way it really should’ve gone. Sarah Beth criticized Azah’s HOH reign too, saying that not taking the shot at Xavier or Kyland was not helpful to her overall game.

Julie then began the final Veto Meeting, where Xavier decided NOT to use the Veto, meaning Kyland and Azah had to pitch to Derek to keep them in the house.

Azah said she wanted to work to build the personal relationship with Derek, while Kyland said that he stayed committed to his deals, and hoped Derek did the same.

Derek then stood up, said that he needs to put game over personal feelings, and voted out Kyland with the sole eviction vote. Kyland was clearly upset and blindsided as he left the house. Before he left, he started trying to ask Xavier why he was voted out, and Xavier said that it’s the game.

Then the unthinkable happened. Kyland brought Xavier’s nephew into the conversation. Xavier has been looking out for his nephew and caring for him since his brother died. Kyland said that because of this, his nephew will grow up without a role model, and he’ll grow up learning to step away from challenges, and he won’t live up to his namesake (Xavier’s nephew is named after Kobe Bryant). Xavier looked like he was ready to sock Kyland in the face, telling him to stop talking about his nephew, but Kyland wouldn’t stop talking. It got to the point that Julie had to yell at Kyland to get out of the house before things got messy. Kyland tried to find other excuses to leave, but he wouldn’t, until Xavier merely said “Walk,” and Kyland left for the last time.

Julie did not discuss what happened during his exit, just asked him general questions about the game, that as per usual, he didn’t really answer well at all. Before signing off, Kyland exclaimed that he wants to play again, and wants to come back for a future season. I think after that exit, I highly doubt Kyland will step foot in that house again.

Now I have seen every episode of this show. I’ve seen all the fights, all the crazy blindsides, all the controversial people and moments that have gone in and out of those doors. But I have seen NOTHING like Kyland’s eviction. It’s one thing to leave the house bitter, or to try and find out why you were blindsided, so you don’t head to the jury bitter, but this was on a completely different level. Never have I seen someone bringing in a family member to try and destroy someone’s character in the game. That was absolutely disgraceful by Kyland, and I hope he never plays this game again. I’m sure he’ll regret saying that later on, but he’s got a lot of explaining to do once he’s out of the game. It’s completely unnecessary, and he better own up to it.

Back to the final three: Derek, Azah, and Xavier. One of them is walking away as the winner in next Wednesday’s finale. Over the next several days, they will do the first two parts of the final HOH competition, with those being shown to us over the coming days. We’re almost done. Stay tuned!


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