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Good Girls Review – We’re Back in Business (3×02)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Not Just Cards" Episode 302 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Well, that didn’t take long. And it was just as epic as we thought it would be.

I could barely stifle a smile when Rio approached Beth at the bar on Good Girls. 

The sound of that husky voice sent chills up my spine, but no one was more shocked and triggered then Beth as her world literally began crashing down around her.

Also, really wanted us to think Rio rang Beth’s doorbell. I was waiting for the other foot to drop and, of course, it happened during the last minute. What a tease.

The sound effects of everything being muted and tuned out around her added to the dramatic effects; Beth’s brain was processing something she never considered was possible.

Beth’s in big trouble now for so many reasons. There’s being on Rio’s bad-side and then, there’s being Beth.

Should we list them off all the reasons why he’s ready to probably make her life a living hell? I think we should. For starters, she tried to kill him by shooting him three times and leaving him for dead.

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She then began printing her own fake money using everything she’d picked up from him aka she thought she “stole the game.”

She gloated about it. Oh, and because of some twisted sense of guilt and a desire to be connected to him, she befriended his wife and kid.

So, yeah, Beth’s reaction upon hearing Rio’s voice while expecting his baby momma, Rhea, was golden.

Rio has such an effortless and low-key way of going about his business, but this was his “surprise, bitch” moment. And our girl definitely did not anticipate that she’d ever face him again and yet, here we are; she’s definitely going to need that drink now.

But shouldn’t she have seen it coming? I’d argue that the signs were all there, Beth just chose to remain oblivious to all of the red flags popping up.

Beth should have started asking questions the moment Turner was gunned down in an animalistic ambush.

They live in a quiet, suburban town. Not many people would want to take out an FBI agent, even if Turner was a little nosy for his own good, but most importantly, not many people had the means to pull off such an operation.

The attack had “gang friend’s” name written all over it, plus, who else would benefit from Turner’s death other than Beth?

It’s almost impossible that Beth, a smart, savvy, and crafty woman who has proven over the course of two seasons that she’s brighter than most people in the room, didn’t pick up on anything.

When Rhea went into incognito mode, Beth should have also sensed something was wrong.

And also, how did Beth just assume she could trust Rhea? For all we know, she’s the mastermind behind everything and was using Beth to see if she’d slip up. Beth is a soccer mom who leads a double life, so why wouldn’t she suspect Rhea?

And even if she chose to deliberately ignore all the signs screaming at her, Beth is the one who has been channeling her inner-Rio and tapping into that “what would Rio do” mentality to wash cash.

She knows him better than anyone while simultaneously not knowing anything about him at all, but it should have occurred to her that this is the kind of stunt he’d pull.

The fact that she was completely blindsided isn’t just a testament to good writing, it also proves just how naive and new to the game Beth really is. We may feel like she’s been in the game for quite some time, but she’s still a newbie.

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She may have a knack for doing illegal things and can hold her own, but there’s no denying that she’s playing it all by ear and hoping for the best. Whenever she stands up to some former prisoner who is trying to steal her money, she does it with her breath held. She never truly knows the outcome of the situation she’s getting herself into because she’s a novice to the game. And only a novice would step away without making sure the king was actually dead.

Her “newbie-ness” is the exact reason why Rio was able to play Beth yet again while she believed she was holding all the aces.

What does he have planned for her? While siding with Rio seems wrong, Beth deserves to be punished.

This series is exceptional when it comes to twists you didn’t see coming, but like Rio’s survival, it’s obvious that they’re fates are intertwined and they’ll get involved with each other in some way.

Rio might be mad, but he has a soft spot for her (maybe even loves her), so I doubt he’ll kill her. All other types of punishment are on the table, however.

In an interview, Manny Montana said that a “bomb” gets dropped that forces him to continue working with these women. What do you think it could be?

Is he strapped for cash? Is Beth pregnant? Is Rhea the one running the show? Will Beth and Rhea team up against him?

Either way, Beth is tied to him, so she needs to bats those pretty eyelashes and get on Rio’s good side.

If you thought Rio was scary, he doesn’t even compare to Beth’s mother-in-law, who came to town to help out with the kiddos.

Beth and Dean’s mother don’t have the best relationship with one always trying to “outdo” the other.

Dean’s mother doesn’t value boundaries and attempts to run Beth’s household, which obviously doesn’t sit well with Beth.

Beth’s always a leader — in her household, in her friend’s group, in her business — so having someone else swoop in to tell her how she should be doing things isn’t something she was going to stand for.

And that’s especially true once Dean’s mother tells her that she should give up her job and tend to her children.

Beth’s a bigger person than I am because I’d make it very clear to mommy dearest that her son is the reason they’re in this damn mess in the first place.

Beth has made plenty of missteps, but most of them stemmed from trying to pick up the pieces after Dean cheated and blew all of their money. Without her “extracurriculars,” they would have lost the house ions ago.

And even now, Dean’s not really pulling his weight selling jacuzzis. That’ll likely change since he’s made the “right connections” with the top sales employee.  However, it’s obvious that Dean didn’t learn much from his first indiscretion because when she began flirting with him, he may have been surprised, but he also wasn’t against it. Maybe his logic is that if Beth can do questionable things in the name of “family,” so can he.

To upkeep the connection and make more sales, he might have to give in to temptation.

This makes me wonder if Beth will fall right back into Rio’s arms (and bed) if she finds out her husband cheated on her again. Rio and Beth may be on the outs right now, but there’s a sexual tension here that’s undeniable.

Dean’s mother also struck a note with Beth when she tried to lecture her about not being able to have it all.

Beth’s mission from the very beginning of the series has been to prove that she can and will have it all. It’s why she got accidentally jumbled up in this lifestyle but has continued to follow the course; she likes calling the shots, being in charge, and having her success independent of her husband’s. But she also likes her comfy home, the comforts of a suburban lifestyle, and being a mother who bakes. She wants it all and Dean’s mother be damned if she can’t have it.

Annie embraced therapy, albeit it with a children’s psychologist, at the behest of Gregg and Nancy, who are also working through their relationship troubles in couple’s therapy.

Yep, Nancy gave a freshly-shaved Gregg another chance after he slept with Annie. While she says it was for their kid, it’s a bit pathetic as Gregg even admitted it’s only happening because Annie rejected him.

Despite getting wrapped up in this mess, therapy might do well for Annie if she doesn’t stoop to sleeping with the hot, young therapist, Josh Cohen, that she was definitely already flirting with.

The truth is, Annie is lost and broken, and she has been for a long time. She needs to attempt to fix herself and become independent of these bad romantic flings before she gets into a real relationship.

Therapy also lifts the burden from Ben (formerly known as Sadie), who has been Annie’s crutch and the adult most of the time.

Good Girls is addressing Sadie’s transformation in a subtle but important way. They’ve acknowledged that Ben is his new identity and underlined how supportive Annie and Gregg have been throughout the process, but they don’t shy away from the awkwardness of slipping up and referring to him as Sadie. It’s a realistic approach to the storyline.

Despite their financial troubles, Stan and Ruby continue to be the best couple. They’ve proven to always be on the same page and that together, they can get over anything including a husband working at the strip club to help support the family. Seriously, only healthy and in-sync couples can be that good at bill roulette.

What did you think of the episode?

How will Rio punish Beth?

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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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