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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.

Related: Good Girls Review – Guess Who’s Back, Back Again (3×01)

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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The 100 Review- Only One More To Go (7×15)

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The 100 season 7 episode 15 the dying of the light review

The penultimate episode of a series will tell you everything you need to know about the finale. Will there be enough time to wrap everything up? Are characters headed towards endings that make sense for them? Is the message the show is trying to leave us clear? Based on this week’s episode of The 100, next week’s series finale will likely not meet any of those criteria.

An hour that should’ve been spent on wrapping up relationships arcs and setting up the last big obstacle our characters have to face included a lot of filler moments. Over the years The 100 has introduced way too many new characters that they don’t know what to do with. Any effective character development ended after season four, and we’re now left with a plot that’s too ambitious that we have no emotional connection to.

This Could’ve Been Avoided

And unfortunately, these final episodes are tainted by the loss of male lead Bellamy Blake. It’s not lost on the audience that every other character is getting a death scene surrounded by the people they love and a traveler’s blessing. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It’s hard not to imagine how Bellamy would’ve been able to save Madi from her fate. The only reason he wasn’t in that room with Cadogan and Levitt is because Clarke wasn’t able to trust him. It would’ve been nice if she could’ve at least tried to understand where he was coming from. She wouldn’t be completely alone if she did.

It’s incredibly frustrating to see Clarke continuously push the blame for Bellamy’s death on anyone but herself. His faith didn’t kill him, she did. His death is not comparable to anyone else she’s lost. This wasn’t a Finn or an Abby situation. He was still himself and she had many other choices. It doesn’t make narrative sense to show us Bellamy crying and begging Clarke to trust him and telling her that all he wants to do is protect everyone only for all of his friends to agree that he was too far gone to be saved. If they wanted to write a brainwashed Bellamy, they should’ve done it. But instead, Clarke seems heartless and out of character. It’s a shame that Bellamy was only worth anything to the people he loved when he agreed with them.

Octavia only wants to honor the memory of the brother that would give up anything for her. She won’t acknowledge the man who developed a sense of agency and found something that brought him comfort and peace. Even in death, he’s still mistreated.

Under The Rubble

The only good parts of the episode were involving Emori. I’m really hoping she pulls through. She’s the hidden gem of The 100, and it would be a shame for her to not get a happy ending.

Murphy and Emori are easy to root for. They’re a great match. It’s been nice seeing Murphy care for someone other than himself. His desperation to find her underneath the rubble was the most in-character thing we’ve seen this season. The conversation they shared while Jackson was cauterizing her wound was adorable.

I especially liked the part where Emori was describing how happy she was in Sanctum and how she finally felt like she mattered, only for Murphy to intercept saying that she always mattered to him. Who would’ve thought John Murphy would end up being apart of the only good couple left?

Raven and Emori’s friendship was a bit more developed than the rest of the relationships built on Skyring, so their moments together also felt meaningful. Everyone’s become so self-sacrificial lately but hopefully Raven continues to be stubborn and Emori & co. travel to Sanctum instead of Bardo.

What’s The Point?

The entire final sequence was sickening to watch. It’s disturbingly written, and the way it’s shot makes your skin crawl. The 100 brands itself as a series that pushes boundaries and isn’t afraid to face the dark sides of humanity. But there comes a point where enough is enough. The show’s become another egregious example of what happens when you become addicted to making your characters suffer and just end up creating torture porn. What’s the message you’re trying to give your audience? That no matter what you do, you can never be happy? That there will always be worse things ahead?

Isolating your protagonist from everyone she’s ever loved isn’t bold storytelling, it’s just bad. It’s exhausting to watch. And to show a child left behind in that kind of state? There’s no shock value or benefit to going to such a dark place. It just upsets your audience without adding anything to the narrative.

There’s not much else to say about it.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Clarke and Gaia’s scenes felt hollow. Their relationship isn’t developed enough for any of their moments to have meaning. Same can be said for Octavia and Levitt.
  • On the other hand, Gaia’s moments with Indra felt well-earned. They’ve fought over faith for a long time, and they’ve come a long way.
  • Should we be expecting Clarke to go full Daenerys in the finale? Without Madi, she apparently has nothing left to fight for.
  • Jordan always feels out of place. They never really figured out what to do with him.
  • I pray I never hear the words “go float yourself” again.
  • Clarke humming the same song she hummed to Atom in 1×03 when she mercy killed him would’ve been really powerful in any other instance.

What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!


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Big Brother All-Stars Review: Zing! (22×21)

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Big Brother All-Stars Episode 21 Review

It’s hard being a Big Brother fan. It’s a great game, but when players are problematic, they target people for no reason (or internalized reasons), and there’s hardly anyone to root for anymore, it’s just hard to really enjoy a season. This sort of thing continued through this week of All-Stars, getting to the point of questioning the legitimacy of these so called “all-stars.”

Starting from last episode, Memphis nominated Da’Vonne and Kevin for eviction (his fourth time there). However, his real target is David, because he serves no purpose to his game (some racially aggressive things were apparently said on the feeds from Memphis towards David). Regardless, he made his fake deal with David in an attempt to backdoor him at the end of the week. Da’Vonne and Kevin meet privately to discuss what to do about the Veto, and Day knows that Nicole will help them (even though Nicole said she voted to keep Ian, when she didn’t). It got to the point that Memphis went to his nominees and let them know that they are not being targeted this week, but it’s all just a big ploy to evict David.

When it came time to pick players for the Veto competition, Memphis pulled Tyler’s chip, and both Day and Kevin selected a HouseGuest choice chip, meaning they can pick whoever they want. Da’Vonne selected Nicole, and Kevin picked Dani. Each nominee had a feeling that either of them would remove them from the block should they win the veto. Memphis pulled Nicole, Dani, and Tyler aside and informed them of his plan, which Tyler doesn’t understand. After Tyler talked to Cody about Memphis’ plan, Cody said in the Diary Room that David is no threat to anyone; his alliances are destroyed, and if anything, he’s an extra vote for the Committee.

With all hope for an entertaining season gone, a hero rose from the ashes. The iconic Zingbot has returned! This giant robot with a Dalek-like voice visits Big Brother every year to roast the HouseGuests, and it was NEEDED. They walked out to the backyard, and Zingbot was dressed like the original meme of quarantine, Joe Exotic, with a mustache and all. He made old jokes to Enzo, jokes that Memphis and Tyler were runner-ups in their seasons, dumb jokes to Cody, jokes that David was eliminated first last year, and so on. It was fantastic. Zingbot went after Christmas saying that her personality and attitude is completely opposite than what her name implies, which sent everyone over the edge with laughter, and Christmas was ANGRY, saying that she will remember that everyone laughed, and on the live feeds, she was livid. The last joke went to Nicole, where Zingbot sang “Here Comes the Bride,” acknowledging her upcoming nuptials with former BB player Victor, but insulting how her constant whining and crying is annoying. It was the best moment to happen to this season, and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

For the Veto Competition, the players went individually through a maze to find three exotic stuffed tigers, and put them in their properly labeled cages. Whoever completed this in the shortest time wins the Power of Veto. Each player had different strategies: some rushed through it, while others went slow and steady to win the race. At the end of the competition, Tyler narrowly beat out the rest to win the competition, and the opportunity to save one of the two nominees.

Since Tyler won, Da’Vonne believed that there was never a plan to save her and Kevin and backdoor David. She now believes that Tyler is working with David and Memphis in a large alliance to get her out. Memphis informs her that it isn’t true, and that he wanted everyone in the competition to throw it so he could take one of them off. Tyler approached Memphis angry, saying that he wants to send David packing. But Tyler doesn’t want to use the Veto, because he thinks keeping David is good for his and Memphis’ game, and truly doesn’t understand why Memphis wants him out so bad. Memphis makes it clear that he never wanted to spread his plan around because he knows that people talk way too much, and begins to grow suspicious that maybe Tyler is forming side alliances from the Committee to try and go after him. As Tyler contemplates his decision, he thinks that maybe Da’Vonne and Kevin are forming side deals with Nicole and Dani to advance further.

At the Veto Meeting, Tyler let the nominees try to convince him to use it on them. Kevin gave a short and sweet speech, while Da’Vonne blamed Christmas, Tyler, David, and Memphis, accusing them of this being a long and convoluted plan to evict Bayleigh and her. This speech was a little much, because it wasn’t entirely true, but Tyler heard none of it, and chose to not use the Power of Veto, meaning Kevin or Da’Vonne will be sent to jury tomorrow night.

Prediction for Eviction: 
I think this will be Da’Vonne. I think that speech brought a little fire into the Committee and they will see that she is slightly on to their plan and the outing of the alliance could blow up in their faces, which they don’t want. If Nicole was a smart player (which she hasn’t really been), she will convince Dani, Enzo, David, and Tyler to keep her, but this is highly unlikely. Additionally, with a new twist coming tomorrow night, with a BB legend coming in to tear it up, it’s possible someone could come back into the game!


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Big Brother All-Stars Review: Another Boring Week (22×20)

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Big Brother All-Stars Episode 20 Review

I really truly thought that after last week’s insanity, maybe, just MAYBE, we could get another one just like it, where the possible target could be someone in the Committee alliance, but it doesn’t seem so. Controversy surrounds the house, and it causing the place to implode in completely boring fashion.

After BB14 winner Ian was sent packing by a 5-3 vote, confusion ran around the house, leading to the 3 dissenting votes wondering who flipped. It was revealed that David, Kevin, Da’Vonne, and Nicole teamed up to try and tie the vote, causing Dani to break the tie. However, with Nicole being a part of the Committee, as well as a mean person to her friend in the house, voted to evict Ian. Kevin was nervous that David might be lying to keep Ian since he likes Tyler so much, but David only wanted to tie it so that all the blame could go on Dani, making Dani and Nicole furious with David. They plan to convince the rest of the house that David was the one that flipped, rather than Nicole

This week’s Head of Household competition was a 3D puzzle of a fire hydrant. Kevin, Day, and David know that they could be set up on the block if they don’t win, so it comes down to this puzzle. Dani says that she didn’t use her power to compete for HOH again because she wants to sit in the shadows and spread seeds around, rather than be in the forefront. The only people who seemed to be doing well on the puzzle where David, Memphis, and Tyler. After failing and misplacing pieces, Memphis put the puzzle together the fastest, and became the new Head of Household. Dani didn’t see too enthused to hand the key to him, but she knows that she’s safe.

Before moving on to the rest of the episode, I just want to say that Memphis does not deserve to win this game. He was overheard on the feeds saying various racial slurs about some of the HouseGuests. After last season’s fiasco, it’s insane that nothing has been done about this. The fact that a week after open racism as said in the House, he gets all the power, is just so stupid. I don’t have much to say about it anymore, other than I hope that CBS does better in their casting.

When the competition was over, David, Day, and Kevin are the most nervous, considering they do not talk a lot of game with Memphis in the first place (Memphis also doesn’t try to talk to them…). Da’Vonne believes that David was the one who did not vote to his word, confiding in Nicole about this, even though it’s Nicole who flipped.

Nicole has revealed on the live feeds that she couldn’t care less about Ian, pretty much pretending to be his friend, and making fun of him behind his back. Yet the edits make her look like a deceiving and great player and making Day and David look stupid. I’m over the edit on the show this season. I’m just done with it.

Day and David continue to fight over the “rogue vote” that David cast. Day doesn’t believe him at all when he says that he voted out Tyler. It turns into a game of he said, she said, since Nicole says she kept Ian, but didn’t. This causes David to have a mini breakdown, screaming that even no one who looks like him believe him in the game. It’s kind of insane how David, who is the most inexperienced in the game, knows that he’s set up, but it’s sad seeing that no one will believe him.

What follows next was the selection of the Have-Nots. Da’Vonne selected Christmas, and Christmas was angry and confused as to why she was picked….Does she not realize that she nominated Da’Vonne and almost sent her home?! She assumed she was going to pick Kevin, and I’m confused why she would POSSIBLY think that. David selected Cody, and he was sad because he was about to eat some tacos that he made for the house.

There then was a segment where Christmas, Nicole, and Dani were chilling in the hot tub, and Nicole slipped and fell out. It was insanely pointless and I didn’t need to see it.

While Kevin and Da’Vonne were wondering who Memphis was going to nominate, David walked into the room, causing Da’Vonne to immediately leave the room. It was super uncomfortable, and I hate that they don’t understand that David is telling the truth.

Memphis reveals in the Diary Room that he wants to target David, but only through backdooring him in case he wins the Veto. Memphis makes a deal with David to try and make it happen, by saying he wants to go after someone else, not play the Veto, or keep the nominations the same. David believes him, but it’s a clear lie.

At the nomination ceremony, Memphis says he didn’t tell anyone his plan, because he’s scared that someone in his alliance will spread it around. He nominates Da’Vonne and Kevin for eviction, which is the first step in his plan to backdoor David, since he’s not in the Committee (neither are Day and Kevin). So he’s only going after the people of color left in the house, and I’m livid. The show has always been controversial for its treatment of people of color, and here is a prime example. Before the episode ended, the announcement voice said that ZingBot will be making his yearly appearance in the house to roast the House! Hopefully he’ll rip them to shreds.

Best Player of the Episode: 
Probably Enzo. He’s in a good position in the house, and I think he’s playing a solid game.

Worst Player of the Episode: 
Memphis. I don’t like the way he’s playing, and it’s getting to a point where I want the production team to take him out. He’s being hateful on the feeds, and it needs to be taken care of.


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