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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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Younger

Younger Review – The Baroness (7×08)

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Younger Review The Baroness Season 7 Episode 8

Is Younger trying to redeem Quinn Tyler? Make us feel sorry for her? Or worst of all… root for her and Charles?

Alright, let’s be honest, none of those things will ever happen, but the episode did manage to humanize “the Baroness” by introducing a more reasonable side to the billionaire author. 

For starters, she went out of her way to help out Caitlyn by attending her school event and by helping her secure a summer internship.

Instead of using the moment to get back at Liza, Quinn didn’t let her rift and animosity with Charles’s ex get in the way of helping an aspiring young mind. In short, her beef was never with Caitlyn, so why punish her?

Since this is the final season, I’d love to see less of the storylines revolving around Quinn and more of them focused on the core characters, but I did enjoy seeing Caitlyn geek out over and bond with Quinn.

Liza’s face as the two “Treblemakers” were harmonizing said it all.

Why is everyone so obsessed with Quinn?  

You also have to give props to Liza for putting aside her personal distaste for Quinn to make Caitlyn happy. 

As I said, I’d much rather focus on getting some closure for the main characters. 

Aside from a measly hook-up, Josh hasn’t had anything going on this season at all. The only time he’s included in a scene is when the whole group gets together! Give the man something to do that doesn’t include pining over Liza! 

I am, however, glad they brought in Caitlyn and David. With Liza’s glamorous publishing life, it’s almost easy to forget that she has a whole family, but this was a nice little reminder. 

It also served as a reminder that David was always her biggest mistake.

Seeing how cringeworthy he was at dinner — from the bleeding gums to googling Quinn and attempting to fist bump Charles for scoring a billionaire to his weak pitch to Quinn about his company — it’s not surprising that Liza is so hesitant to get married again.

Everyone was equally disturbed by his behavior. 

Liza was surprised by Quinn’s kindness, especially since at her publishing event not too long ago she set up a trap to stick it to Liza.

This is the moment where Quinn’s demeanor changed drastically, and she explained her behavior as playing rough against someone who was digging up dirt to jeopardize her relationship. 

In that sense, I can understand where she’s coming from. 

Any woman would try to protect her relationship at all costs, right?

Audiences will always side with Liza because that’s our day one and we know that in her heart, she was just trying to protect Charles, but Quinn was also trying to protect herself and her man. 

The Sound of Music analogy was also perfect as it acknowledged that Quinn’s success and assertiveness will always make her harder to root for in comparison to Liza who is “sweetness and light,” but that doesn’t mean she loves Charles any less.

Quinn has done some questionable things, but maybe she’s not all rotten.

With this new outlook on Quinn and Charles’s relationship, it seems like there might not be a breakup in their future at all. 

It’s entirely possible the show will end with Charles and Quinn staying together and, as many of us expected, Liza choosing herself. 

It’s not the way many of us want it to end, but in a way, it’s what the series has always been about — a middle-aged woman starting over and finding success and comfort in her independence. 

Liza has proven time and time again that while men seem to throw themselves at her, she’s never needed a man! 

Would it be so shocking if she ended the series by loving herself snd this new life she’s built instead?

Maggie has been canceled… and that’s extremely upsetting considering she’s one of the most open and understanding characters.

For someone to destroy her character with the click of a button is frustrating, and yet, a sign of the times and how powerful the Internet is. 

If I were in Maggie’s shoes, I’d sue Cass for defamation. It shouldn’t be that hard to track down who sent all the tweets. 

It’s one thing to lose a job you never cared much about anyway, but the rumors are now going after Maggie’s career and livelihood. She’s worked her whole life to establish herself as an artist and it’s gone in a flash because of something some miserable woman wrote. 

Of course, Cass had every reason to be angry, but her anger should have been directed at Camila instead. She’s delusional if she thinks Camila is being taken advantage of. Then again, this is the same woman who believed her wife’s story about sexual blocks. 

I’m glad Maggie cleared that up for her. 

Kelsey learned about the reality of reality TV the hard way after her character was thrown into question due to some terrible editing that made her look like a desperate and thirsty millennial.

I believe the phrase she used was “desperate bulge hunter.” Classic Younger

Aside from that being the funniest thing ever, the look was not good for her brand, especially because she and Liza are trying to branch out and make waves in the p own and make waves in the publishing world. 

Thankfully, Rob, Clare’s ex, was able to get her out of the contract, but it wasn’t without a price as he asked her out on a date.

Kelsey did the right thing by turning him down. While she may not be close with Clare, she’s roomies and besties with Josh, so it’s close enough that there’s a clear conflict of interest. 

That doesn’t mean she has to give up on Rob completely, however.

If she’s really interested in getting to know him, she should have a chat with Clare first. Who knows, maybe she’d be fine with it!

And it does seem like Kelsey is interested.

Is anyone else still holding out hope for Zane to return and sweep Kelsey off her feet?

Liza’s little Inkubtor got some press love in Vulture Magazine, but I wonder if this is yet another conflict of interest with Empirical. 

Technically, Liza and Kelsey did this on their own and pitched an author that is not signed by Empirical. Either the company won’t be supportive of their little venture or the side hustle will get so much love that Empirical will want to take ownership and capitalize on it. Which way do you think it’s going to go?

If I were Liza and Kelsey, I’d reach out to Quinn’s VC and grab some funding for their own start-up that will aim to redefine the oftentimes antiquated publishing world. At least that way, Liza wouldn’t have to see Charles and Quinn schmoozing everywhere. 

The episode offered up some closure with Caitlyn and David, but it’s still not what I wanted to see from the final season and the last remaining few episodes. 

What do you think? Let us know in the comments below! 


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Nancy Drew Review – Tom Swift Comes to Horseshoe Bay (2×15)

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Nancy Drew Review The Celestial Visitor Season 2 Episode 15

Science met the supernatural on Nancy Drew Season 2 Episode 15.
 
Iconic inventor, Tom Swift, blew into town, and it wasn’t a coincidence that it was at the same time as Horseshoe Bay was experiencing some extraordinary events. 
 
Swift, dubbed the next Elon Musk, was a fun addition to the team; his scientific expertise paired well with Nancy’s supernatural one. They complimented each other well. 
 
And along with his brilliant mind, Swift brought along impressive gadgets and a keen fashion sense. His outfit changes were everything. 
 
If you’re going to hunt down a meteorite and defeat several phantoms, you better do it in style!
 
There was a lot of scientific jargon and gadgets (including Swift’s trusted pocket pal, Barley) that I couldn’t really keep up with, but that didn’t take away from the excitement of the episode, which also served as a backdoor pilot for a potential Tom Swift series that The CW has in development. 
 
Not to knock Swift because he definitely has what it takes to lead his own show, but I kind of wish he stayed around Horsehoe Bay. 
 
And I know Nick shared my sentiments as he’s feeling the effects of being one of the only Black men in town. Poor guy can’t even find a decent barber! 
 
Essentially, Swift hired Nancy to locate the meteorite that initially crashed into town in 1929. 
 
This led them to the Icarans and Icarus Hall, the site of a bloody slaughter at the hands of the Women in White. Those ladies did a lot in their time! 
 
Nancy Drew Review The Celestial Visitor Season 2 Episode 15

Nancy Drew — “The Celestial Visitor” — Image Number: NCD215e_0291r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Tian Richards as Tom Swift and Kennedy McMann as Nancy — Photo: Shane Harvey/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

 
After lifting the hex and unspelling Bess (who went full-on Jack Nicholson after inhaling the smoke), they were able to successfully remove the meteorite, which Swift wanted to use to send his father to space, Saturn, and beyond.
 
The investigation also revealed that while most of the “phantoms” died in the massacre, two of them survived and moved to Boston where they rebranded as The Road Black, otherwise known as the Illuminati group that went after Ace’s stepmom and also almost killed him. 
 
I love the continuation, and also, am thrilled about this possible new direction for the series, which may potentially take the Drew Crew out of Horsehoe Bay!
 
If there’s anyone that can take down a full-fledged Illuminati ring, it’s Nancy Drew! 
 
Over the course of the past few episodes, Nancy Drew has managed to find a way to effortlessly weave in and address important, real-world topics that make sense in the context of the world they’ve built around ghosts, ghouls, and other mysteries. 
 
Nick mentioned that he was the only Black man in Horseshoe Bay, so it made sense that he thoroughly enjoyed chatting with another Black man who understood him. 
 
When George questioned why he couldn’t be himself around her, it led to a conversation about anti-blackness and anti-Asian prejudice in their respective cultures. It doesn’t help anyone to pretend these racial stereotypes and racial undertones don’t exist, and the series has the means to call them out and call for change. 
 
The episode also addressed Swift’s decision to hide the fact that he’s gay from his father because he didn’t want to disappoint him or have his sexual preference take away from his achievements.
 
However, after his adventures with Nancy, Swift was convinced to come out and enlisted Nick’s help, who was more than happy to pose for a kissing photo that made a splash on social media. 
 
Also, how cool is it that George was so cool with her boyfriend not only kissing another man but kissing someone else in general?
 
George and Nick are couple goals in Horeshoe Bay. 
 
Seeing Swift pull off some of his “armor” encouraged Nancy to put on some “armor” as she geared up for battle against the Hudsons. 
 
The only way she could truly nab Everett Hudson is if she owes up to her secret. That way, no one can use it against her. 
 
Nancy realized that the vultures were closing in. She didn’t trust Val, the reporter working on Ryan Hudson’s profile, and her instincts were partially right.
 
At first, Val was getting close to Ryan so that she could expose Nancy’s secret, but after getting to know him, she had a change of heart. She realized he wasn’t in cahoots with his family; under the billion dollar smile was a guy who wanted to shake his family’s reputation and take them down once and for all. 
 
Will Ryan, Val, and Nancy team up for Everett’s epic takedown? I’d pay to see that! If they want to nab him, they’re going to need something bulletproof. 
 
Other Musings
  • It’s always fun to see a new person in town deny the fact that ghosts are real. As Nancy put it, “you can’t out science ghosts.”
  • George and Nick really attempted to have a cute date night while the world was falling apart around them. 
  • First George messed up a spell and made a ghost come out of Bess’s cheek and then she was possessed by a hex. Poor Bess!
  • There’s something so pure about Ace telling Swift that he named his car Florence because it came to him in a dream. 
  • You would think a meteorite would be a lot heavier… just saying! 
  • I can’t wait to see Nancy rock couture! 

What did you think of the episode? Do you agree that it was one of the best this season?

Let us know in the comments below1 


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Chicago Fire Recap – What Comes Next (9×14)

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Chicago Fire What Comes Next Review

On tonight’s explosive new episode of Chicago Fire, a pet food factory fire sets Casey and Severide on an investigation, Kidd takes the lieutenants test, and Firehouse 51 prepares for a garage sale.

While Kidd takes the test, the crew is sent out on a call of a pet food factory that’s on fire. Severide attempts to rescue the owner, Pete, first, but he insists he save his wife instead.

The wife is rescued in a valiant effort from Gallo, who climbs up the building by himself using a ladder and hoisting it up.

Upon their return to the firehouse, some of the burns on the equipment look like chemical burns, setting the team to investigate the case of the week: what chemicals are in that factory? Upon investigation from hazmat, there was nothing conclusive that said there were dangerous chemicals inside. With Pete’s help, they conclude that people have been dumping waste and trash near the factory because the city won’t work to clean up the area. As a result, a barrel of sulfuric acid is what caused the fire and the burns on the firehouse equipment.

Turns out, an organic food company was using sulfuric acid to make fertilizer, then illegally dumping it so they didn’t have to pay any fees. Naturally, the driver who dumped it fled. However, Severide and Casey found the barrels in the organic food company allowing them to make the arrest.

It’s Ritter and Gallo’s first CFD garage sale, and Mouch, Herrmann, and Capp show them the ropes of pricing things and appropriately selling them. As pointless as it was, I found it quite hilarious that Ritter was swindled by an old lady to lower the price of a speaker. The biggest mistake happened when Mouch accidentally sold Sylvie’s cat, but it left Sylvie incredibly happy since she never liked the cat but didn’t necessarily want to get rid of it.

On this week’s edition of “ew, that’s insanely gross,” Sylvie and Violet helped rescue a dentist’s patient whose teeth mold quite literally glued his mouth shut.

Boden informed Kidd that she passed the lieutenants test, and Severide confided in Casey that he was thinking of proposing to his now-lieutenant girlfriend! It would be great to see the two of them finally tie the knot after being together for so long.

My biggest problem with tonight’s episode? Not enough time spent on Kidd. This whole season has built up for a powerful woman of color to climb the ranks of the Chicago Fire Department, but the storyline was put to the side for the case of the week.

Casey and Severide have been solving cases like these for the past nine seasons, I think they could’ve taken a break so that we could see this moment happen for Kidd. Even the plot about Sylvie’s cat had more screen time than anything regarding Kidd and her test results.

I think it was a waste of a tease to barely have Kidd in the episode at all, and even when she was around, she was just sitting around waiting for the results until the end. What’s the point of having her study, prepare, and build her character if they weren’t going to even utilize her when it mattered the most? She’s a fantastic character, arguably one of the best in the show, and it just seemed that her talents weren’t properly used.

What did you think of tonight’s new episode of Chicago Fire? Leave a comment below!


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