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.
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.
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?
Sound off in the comments!
Doom Patrol Review – Baby Doll’s Day Out (2 x 05)
Niles urges Jane’s Baby Doll persona to have some playtime with Dorothy, Rita goes with Larry to visit his son, while Cliff and Victor go on a heroic misadventure.
Doom Patrol always hints at cleverly hidden layers or two with its episode titles and in the latest installment, “Finger Patrol,” there are a few ways that fingers come into play.
First, someone “gives the finger” (obscene gesture) that results in grave consequences, then there’s the sexual act when the appendage may or may not have been used, and finally, someone actually loses a finger – completely severed and blood-gushing from hand type situation. Also, there was finger food involved.
‘Steele and Stone’: Buddy Cops
After Niles gives Cliff, what he calls “false hope,” about regaining his sense of touch via future upgrades. Cliff approaches Vic to convince Silas Stone, Vic’s father, to take on the challenge and possibly speed-up the process, but Silas refuses – citing ethical dilemmas and risks in achieving the task.
Cliff remains grateful for the gesture, however, and tries to return the favor to Vic by assisting him with his relationship problem with Roni. Because of Cliff’s failed experiences in his own past love life, he gives Vic surprisingly good advice that actually works! Even though Cliff sacrifices a perfectly good submarine sandwich to make his point.
The highlight of their pairing in this episode though happens when Cliff is left alone with his thoughts as Vic goes off to woo Roni.
While waiting in Vic’s car, Cliff imagines a 1980’s style buddy cop comedy show he coins “Steele and Stone” (referencing his and Vic’s last names) where the two of them are shown in classic buddy cop tropes during a montage of hilarious action scenes. At one point, Niles even makes a cameo as the “police chief,” whom the duo ignore.
After this dream sequence, he sees two guys attempting to steal a nearby car. Still pumped from the imaginary heroism in his mind, he gets overzealous on the two suspects and accidentally severs a finger on one of the thieves’ hands by closing the door of the nearly stolen car with excessive force as they attempted to escape.
Then for some odd reason, Cliff decides to pick up the severed, bloody finger and puts in his pocket. What he’ll do with it remains to be seen.
Meanwhile, Vic and Roni reconcile and make love again.
The redundant double beat of having two robot superheroes in the show has been a point of ridicule by some fans, and the show ingeniously addresses this by embracing the pairing instead of side-stepping the issue. Thus far, it has yielded some hilariously entertaining scenes as well as some deeply heartfelt camaraderie and understanding between the two characters.
This episode is no exception as Cliff and Vic exude genuine charming chemistry because they act as foils to one another.
Larry and Rita Revisited
Arguably two of the most damaged members of the Doom Patrol are incidentally the most captivating character studies in the series. Larry and Rita’s friendship stands above all others because theirs is a bond genuinely forged over a long period of time. Essentially, an epitomized form of platonic love and respect. This episode dives deep into each of their deep-seated traumas and culminates into both literal and metaphorical escapes from being trapped by a loved one’s betrayal.
For Rita, after discovering a memory from the previous episode where her mother exchanged sexual favors to talent agents, so Rita can get gigs as a child actress haunt her during this episode when she tries to land an audition. The memory flashed into her mind in the middle of a monologue, which causes her to freeze and shakes her confidence. She overcomes her doubts eventually when she saves Larry’s great-grandson from gunfire that would have killed the child and comes to terms with the actions of her mother, which she rationalizes as simply her twisted way of protecting her and ensuring she does well in life.
For Larry, the emotional pain he caused his family, particularly toward his late son and wife reared its ugly head through the wrath of his youngest son. After getting invited by his son back to the farm and having their cathartic father-son moment, and finally even admitting to his family about his struggles as a closet homosexual.
In spite of all the supposed emotional healing, however, Larry’s son betrays him by giving him up to the government. Despite this, Larry escapes with Rita thanks to the Negative Spirit, but not without the cost of Larry’s grandson’s life, who now leaves behind his own son. The ironic twist bears its full weight on Larry’s son as he has effectively done to his own grandson what Larry did to him – forced to grow up without a father.
While certainly not the most exciting pairing in the episode, Rita and Larry’s somber experiences lay new groundwork for future narratives to explore in each character.
Dorothy and Baby Doll’s Playtime Ends Tragically
While the episode begins with Baby Doll and Dorothy essentially discovering they’re each other’s new “BFF,” their initially wholesome and jovial playtime escalates into a dark quarrel between two immature super-powered beings who end up severely damaging each other in their petty attempts to prove their superiority.
Niles’ good-hearted and well-meaning intentions to provide childhood-like companionship to both Baby Doll and Dorothy, which both of them missed out on, essentially backfires and has likely caused more harm than good.
Baby Doll, a powerful telekinetic, and Dorothy, whose powers are only limited by her imagination, is sure to be a dangerous combination when pitted against one another. Which this episode, sure enough, proved to be exactly the case.
Which is a shame because they seemed to be just what each other needed in terms of emotional security blankets.
In the end, Baby Doll kills Dorothy’s first and oldest imaginary friend, which prompts Dorothy to summon the Candlemaker, her all-powerful imaginary friend, who retaliates by entering Jane’s mind and killing the Baby Doll persona in The Underground.
The aftermath of their battle serves as the cliffhanger for the next episode, and the consequences could mean difficult times ahead for the Doom Patrol!
The Bold Type Review – [Spoiler] Breaks Up (4×15)
The ladies of The Bold Type found themselves navigating the various exciting and/or complicated stages of love that propelled their relationships in new directions — some for the better and some for the worst.
The episode strayed from the usual format focusing individually on Jane, Kat, Jacqueline, and Sutton’s relationships, which was necessary for the big reveal towards the end as it provided a resolution to the Sutton and Richard baby drama.
Richard and Sutton fell under the “unconditional love” because that unconditional love has carried them through some really tough times and got to where they are today.
But unfortunately, it wasn’t enough.
If you’ve been paying attention to their romance of the years, the outcome wasn’t entirely shocking, but it was heartbreaking nonetheless and will allow Meaghann Fahy to explore the most vulnerable and emotional parts of her character. She’s been doing such a great job with bringing the feels and delivering those gut-punching scenes that I have no doubt she’ll follow through in whatever the writers throw her way.
Though, admittedly, I’m not a fan of the dissolution of Richard and Sutton. It makes sense following their self-discovery, but it’s not a storyline I wanted to pursue as a fan of the couple who has overcome all odds.
I was hoping we’d get to see them navigate the age difference with Sutton learning to prioritize her career and her marriage while her friends were still in the “discovery” phase. Finding your heart’s desire is a blessing but it can also be a curse when it happens so young and you don’t have anyone your age that you can relate to. Sutton was setting a great example.
It would have also allowed Sutton’s character not to repeat her mother’s mistakes by being a good and loving mom to her future children. Through her relationship with Carly, we know Sutton has what it takes to be a great mother.
However, once the writers made the choice that Sutton knew she didn’t want kids, they had to go with it without hesitation.
Richard and Sutton moved mountains to be together, but sadly, disagreeing on wanting children is not something they could get over, push aside, or ignore. As much as it pains me to see them go their separate ways, there wasn’t any other way this could have resolved itself that wouldn’t end up in some form of resentment from both parties.
While you usually want to talk about children prior to the wedding, it wasn’t either of their faults because they weren’t being honest with themselves or each other. They wanted things to work so badly, but it’s like putting a square puzzle piece into a circle. No matter how hard you try, it doesn’t fit.
They love each other so much that Richard knew letting Sutton go was the right thing in the long run no matter how much it hurts now.
However, this also brought up some interesting points about how Richard was always bending to please Sutton. Will she still like her life now when he’s not in it?
While Sutton has made some sacrifices for Richard, I’ll agree that for the most part, he’s been the one giving things up to make her happy. And I’m glad that it didn’t happen this time. Richard drew the line because he wanted a family more.
In a way, it almost seemed like Sutton thought he would once again concede and put her desires first — she seemed sure of it, and when that wasn’t the case, the gravity and reality of the situation caved in on her.
The Bold Type would’ve been sending the wrong message had one of them compromised on such a major decision. And hopefully, they don’t bring them together again with one of them changing their minds because that’s unrealistic. They were both confident in their choices and again, while I wasn’t pleased with where the narrative was heading, I respected that they stood firm in their wants and beliefs. Sutton and Richard are both headstrong, independent who never waver in what they want. The only way this storyline holds its power is if they stay broken up.
Kat and Jane both fell under the umbrella of “forbidden love” because their romantic interests aren’t exactly 100% kosher in the workplace or in society.
Last week’s episode of The Bold Type revealed Kat had the hots for Ava, the super conservative daughter of the former Scarlet head honcho, RJ Safford, that cost Kat her job after she exposed him.
I’ll be blunt that I’m not into this relationship at all. I don’t think Ava has good intentions, and I don’t think Kat, who risked her career to out his stance on conversion therapy, would willingly fall into his daughter’s arms. It doesn’t stay true to her character — a character who doesn’t conform to be comfortable, who stands up for her beliefs, and who aims to use her voice for better.
There’s finding common ground with Ava, and then there’s bypassing everything you stand for because you’ve got the hots for her.
But for Kat’s sake, Ava was also feeling the vibes.
After the successful launch of Kat’s podcast, the ladies let go of all that pent up chemistry and well, you know things are going to get complicated. The relationship doesn’t make much sense as the ladies butt heads on nearly every point, but since when does love follow any sort of logic?
Jane’s relationship with Scott didn’t progress nearly as quickly as Kat’s with Ava, but after following a story together centered around a sexist workplace that fired and refused to hire attractive women out of a fear that they would be a liability for men who cannot control themselves amid the “Me Too” movement, Scott took the opportunity to shoot his shot. It was an odd moment to lay out his feelings, for sure, but he had a fair point about the difficulties of working with someone you’re attracted to.
We know Jane felt the same way despite it making things complicated because she’s his boss. I’ll be the one to point out that workplaces romances very rarely end well and things are bound to get awkward, but at least Scott proved to be respectful because he made it clear he wouldn’t pursue Jane if she wasn’t into it. He obviously differs a great deal from the men in their expose.
Jane didn’t need to leave him hangings as she clearly reciprocates his feelings, but she was also surprised by his boldness and transparency. The moment caught her off guard, and she was saved by the bell thanks to an emergency call from Sutton.
At the end of the day, relationships come and go, but friendship is forever. The Bold Type has made that their mission statement and this drove that point home tenfold. Friendship trumps everything including relationships that are in the heat of the moment.
Sutton sent up the bat signal and her girls answered! And it’s a good thing because there’s never been a moment that Sutton needed the ladies more.
The episode would have done well by just focusing on the three ladies, but in excelled by incorporating Jacqueline’s romance. She’s been going to therapy with Ian to get their marriage back on track, so they fittingly fell under the umbrella of “rekindled love.”
The first step is wanting to make things better in a relationship, the second step is to actively make those changes. Ian and Jacqueline attempted by playing tennis together, but Ian eventually snapped and called her out for undermining him and always needing to be right.
Jacqueline’s pride got in the way, again, and she rejected the notion that her behavior was dismissive, but after chatting with Richard about his drama with Sutton, she realized she was always shutting down anything Ian said because she was afraid of being vulnerable and hurt again.
If there’s anything to take away from Sutton and Richard’s relationship its the importance of listening to your significant other and taking their thoughts and ideas into consideration.
The fifth love story focused on Alex and Alicia in the “complicated love” phase. He wanted to respect her boundaries and the fact that she was an independent woman, so he didn’t intervene when some guy was hitting on her at the bar, but he realized, she needed it.
Love can be complicated at times, but you always have to follow your gut. It was a minor love story, and I have to say, it wasn’t Alex that shined in the scene, it was Andrew in drag!
The Bold Type explored love in all its different stages before honing in on the very idea that friendship is forever and the only constant.
What did you think of the episode? Are you happy or sad about Richard and Sutton?
Do you like Ava and Kat’s relationship? And do you think Jane should pursue something serious with Scott or is she crossing a line?
Doom Patrol Review – ‘Who You Gonna Call?’ Sex Busters? (2×04)
After a hide-and-seek game gone awry between Dorothy and her imaginary friends in the last episode, Danny the Street (or rather the brick that’s left of them) is accidentally broken in half.
The Doom Patrol along with the help of the Dannyzens throw a party to help heal Danny back to its old self, but Rita and Flex Mentallo accidentally summon a sinister sex demon, named Shadowy Mr. Evans, who nearly causes another apocalypse.
Good thing the SeX Men (a shockingly real comic-book team, by the way) are on watch and swoop in to help save the day.
If that doesn’t sound bizarre enough to get hooked, I don’t know what will.
Despite the goofy and outrageous theme around sex in the episode, each character from the main cast has their moment to shine, which still gives viewers that signature heart within the chaos charm that Doom Patrol typically delivers.
The impetus that drives the narrative is the relationship between Niles and Dorothy – as she’s ridden with guilt at the beginning of the episode because she hurt her friend Danny.
When she’s exposed to the realities of being a 100-year old girl trapped in an 11-year old body, however, Dorothy begins to question the authority of not only her father Niles but also the nature of Danny shielding her from the world.
Her rebellious outbursts are met with empathy by Danny but prompt a firm authoritative albeit misguided reaction from Niles, and the hints of Dorothy’s powers potentially causing catastrophe is accented by her emotional reactions toward Niles, Danny, and the rest of her new friends.
She is equally innocent and a menacing threat at the same time, which is bad news especially to Niles.
In contrast, Dorothy shines in sweet and tender moments in this episode, particularly during shared scenes with Rita who puts lipstick on her for the first time, and Flex Mentallo who gives her confidence by gently urging her to help however she can in preparing for Danny’s party.
Though the most heartfelt scene she shares in the episode is definitely when Niles plays the piano to the tune of “Pure Imagination” by Gene Wilder as Dorothy sings to kickstart the party in front of everyone in attendance.
— DC Universe (@TheDCUniverse) June 28, 2020
Cliff / Robotman provides comedic breath to the situation per usual but is still rooted in emotional distress.
After wallowing in despair from his disappointing visit with his daughter in Florida, Niles –surprisingly, of all people– inputs Cliff’s nutrient tank with methylenedioxymethamphetamine, AKA ecstacy, so he can get out of his depressed state and enjoy the party.
Cliff, sure enough, has the time of his life as he danced and hugged with friends and strangers alike through the night. In one hilarious scene, he even dances with the shadow of the sex demon that almost destroyed the world.
Meanwhile, Larry sort of takes a backseat in this episode as he reluctantly maneuvers his way to the party, wanting to participate at first, but ultimately isolating himself due to fear of being intimate, and accidentally killing someone. The way Larry awkwardly flirts at the party is something most people can relate to, and it’s easy to sympathize and root for him because of all he’s suffered in the name of love.
The same goes for Cyborg, who understandably, has an understated appearance in this episode as he has a heart to heart talk with Maura Lee Karupt regarding his encounter with Roni.
But then he becomes the undeserved target of Jane’s Scarlet Harlot persona flirting with him, then ditching him right away for the party.
Jane, in the meantime, shuffles from different personas throughout the episode as several of them seek to be the primary, but Jane seizes her spot again as her heroic side comes through to save the day.
The main crux of the episode, however, involves Rita and Flex Mentallo when they seclude themselves from the party.
Rita, seeing Flex’s proficient ability to control the muscles of his body at will, seeks advice in hopes of controlling her own powers.
Flex agrees and they have an impromptu training session in Rita’s room where she asks Flex to sexually stimulate her via a special muscle flex first seen in season 1 to comedic effect, so she can “empty her mind” during the exercise.
(Above YouTube video is the aforementioned scene during Season 1 Episode 14 “Penultimate Patrol.”)
It works, and Rita discovers a traumatic mental block that’s been limiting her self-control, and comes to terms with it.
The unfortunate side-effect soon becomes apparent though as Rita’s magnitude of sexual pleasure attracts Shadowy Mr. Evans who crashes the party and summons “sex ghosts” that haunt Doom Manor as he summons the vaguely defined “erotic apocalypse.”
The demon is thwarted with the appearance of the Ghostbuster-like team of the SeX Men – consisting of Kiss, Torture, and Cuddles (guest star Michael Shenefelt) – who clumsily assist the Doom Patrol in stopping Shadowy Mr. Evans.
The MVP award goes to Jane in the end, as she steps up in the last minute to literally shove an apocalypse-inducing baby back into the (uhmm) let’s just say… “nether regions” of the sex demon.
Capping off an episode that truly takes a wondrously perverted, yet somehow simultaneously heart-warming story.
Though the team is accustomed to dealing with apocalyptic events at this point, this particular instance is quite bizarre yet humorous in tone. One never feels that the stakes are actually high, but the outrageous premise of the situation amidst a celebration of sexuality and LGBTQ undertones increases the overall appeal of this installment. It may be off-putting at times, but the topic of sex is never an easy one to handle, but Doom Patrol does a decent job at balancing crude humor within a story that tugs at the core of human struggles.
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