Where did the money go, Elizabeth?
There were a million different answers that Beth, a woman who is generally quick to conjure up proper responses, could have come up with to make herself seem less suspicious, but telling the gang leader who already doesn’t trust you that you cannot tell him where you’re spending your cut of the money he’s giving you was far from the right answer.
Honestly, simply telling him you’re paying off debt would have been better. It’s not that hard of a sell. Beth has no furniture in the house, Dean has no job, and she has four children — they’re bound to be in some financial trouble. After all, it’s what landed them in this mess in the first place.
Beth chalked it up to being put on the spot and threatened, but when isn’t that the case with Rio? He’s always ambushing her in unexpected ways, and she never misses a beat. Why did she stumble now? Because she felt guilty for spending it on a hitman to kill him.
Beth may have pursued the hitman and given him the “ok” to shoot Rio, but I’m still not convinced she’s ready to eliminate Rio permanently.
And personally, I don’t know what she’s trying to achieve. On one hand, she sells Rio this idea of washing the cash using a hot tub business. She then tells Dean to start up his hot tub business. But she’s also still planning to kill Rio. So, is she just lying to gang friend to keep him occupied? Is she hoping to still wash cash when he’s gone using Dean’s hustle?
Is she bringing Dean into the hustle? Honestly, it’s all so confusing.
If she wants to get rid of Rio, why would she bring mess Dean up in it in the first place?
At this point, I don’t think Beth knows what she wants or what would make her happy. She’s so far gone from the person she once was that she.
But let me just say, I’ve never been more stressed out at a car wash.
Rio is really great at intimidation tactics!
I’ve mentioned before that the season has been less than thrilling because nothing seems to be moving forward. With each passing episode, it’s as if the ladies are stuck in place. Rio gets barely any screentime, and it should be a crime for Manny Montana to be that underutilized.
To be quite frank, what is the point of this season? This episode is just one of many that didn’t establish anything new or exciting. The hitman storyline dragged on because he brought up Beth’s love affair with Rio (and yes, boning twice still counts as jilted lovers), so he was skeptical about getting involved and doing a hit that might get messy.
We already know Beth is persuasive, so she wasted absolutely no time trying to convince him that getting the job done was necessary.
Eventually, it was her honesty that gave her a second chance as the hitman “recognized” something in her. Which man doesn’t?
She also proved herself by being able to give the go-ahead to shoot, though, it was just a test run, which explains the whole yellow paintball splatter on “Rio’s G Wagon” that had many fans thinking the hitman was an undercover cop or one of Rio’s men. I’m still not convinced he isn’t.
She may have been ready this time, but my guess is that something will happen that will make Rio invaluable to her. Something like the feds closing in on her friend Ruby. More on this in a minute.
Also, let’s be real, they cannot kill off Rio or the fanbase will riot.
Instead, Beth should have been more interested in finding out about Rio so that she could use it to manipulate him.
The hitman gave her a lot to work with after just following him for a week. At this point, she’s better off hiring a PI than a hitman to gain leverage.
Unfortunately, Beth seemed totally disinterested even when the hitman brought up Rio’s weekly visit to a posh tennis club. Girl, does Rio look like the kind of guy to play tennis? At a posh club? What’s he really up to? Who is he dealing with?!
The audience’s ears perked up because we’ve been waiting for some development on this storyline that was introduced back in season 2.
One of the most aggravating things about this season, and I believe I’ve said this before but it bears repeating, is how dumbed down these characters are.
On some level, it’s done for entertainment and comedy sake, but I found nothing enjoyable about the three of them following the hitman and assuming he was going to take someone in the broad daylight in close range. Literally, what is wrong with them?
The choices they have been making this season are so questionable that I’m beginning to think they deserve to get caught.
Also in the same vein of stupidity was Beth’s naive assumption that Rio was in fact dead. She was celebrating with champagne instead of trying to confirm that the enemy had been eliminated. It’s sloppy.
This is exactly why Beth is going to get blindsided by the realization that there are others who are out to get her.
The feds are closing in primarily because the woman agent is brilliant. She may be a complete slob in her personal life, but she asked all the right questions to figure out who was at the nail salon when the color was stolen.
She saw right through the facade of poor women who had motive and went right for the source of who brought them there.
And it seems like they’ve pinned down Ruby when they mentioned she just bought a car in cash and works at a nail salon.
Ruby is going to get caught by a series of unfortunate events that all stemmed from getting sweet Sara involved.
After Sara was forced to be a cover for her mother while she stole the nail polish, Ruby came clean to her about all the things she’s had to do to not only provide for the family but buy her a second life. She made her an accomplice.
Sara wanted to give back, so she invited the family who donated their daughter’s kidney when she died, which is why Ruby had to spend a bunch of money buying a car.
At least, we’re assuming based on the events that Ruby agreed to purchase them the car. This whole with the donor couple was slightly funny and a bit humbling as it made Ruby and Stan acknowledged how blessed they are, but it also made me disgusted with the couple, specifically the wife, who somehow thought since Ruby and Stan were better off and had a healthy daughter that they owed them in any way.
Ruby and Stan’s guilt was understandable, but it’s not like they killed Heather to get the kidney. She died and was a donor who graciously saved another life. It’s unfortunate that kidney transplants cost so much money and yet, the family that’s donating gets nothing, and oftentimes, both sides go into financial ruin. But that’s a completely different story.
Bottom line — Ruby and Stan did not owe the couple a car. They made them two delicious meals, opened up their home to them, and even offered to get them a bus ticket. I’m sure there were other ways they could have repaid them, but the wife clearly used this as an opportunity.
Because of that purchase, the feds are now zeroed in on Ruby, Annie, and Beth. However, if Ruby goes down for this, I hope Beth steps up and protects her friend! Ruby doesn’t deserve it.
Which brings me back to my initial point of Beth turning to Rio for help. When you’re desperate, an enemy will quickly become a friend.
I’m still unclear where they’re going with Annie’s storyline. Everything with Dr. Josh is messy, and she needs to remove herself from it completely for her own sanity.
Usually, Annie wouldn’t care if a man was taken, she’d pursue him anyway, but when Josh told her he proposed to Lyla, she stepped back. What an improvement! I think she may have genuine feelings for him, but what the hell is he doing?
Why take Annie to a bar and get that cozy only to interject by saying you are engaged? It seemed like Josh was a good guy at first but clearly, looks can be deceiving.
Hopefully, this doesn’t discourage her from taking the GED until she passes. She considered taking the easy way out, but no one gets anywhere by cheating. It took her son to convince her and inspire her to get her act together, and though she may have failed, at least she put herself out there and tried.
It doesn’t matter how many times you fall, Annie, it matters how many times you get back up! This is the most character growth we’ve gotten from her, and I hope the trajectory into success continues.
What did you think of the penultimate episode?
Do you want them to focus more on Rio or bring his storyline to light? Are the feds onto Ruby?
Will they make Sara testify against her mother?
What do you think of this season? The finale is next week, and it doesn’t feel like much has happened since the premiere!
Riverdale Review – Things That Go Bump in the Night (6×15)
Saving Riverdale goes hand-in-hand with saving Pop’s. The friendly neighborhood ghosts ensured that Tabitha Tate was well aware of that on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 15.
As the small but mighty town prepares for a full-on good versus evil with Percival Pickens at the helm of the bad team, Tabitha attempted to salvage her family’s business first and foremost.
But every time they tore down Pop’s iconic facade, something went awry. When she saw a ghostly flashback, she tapped Cheryl and Heather, a self-proclaimed witch schooled by a coven in Greendale (hmm sound familiar) for help communicating with the spirit. It was then that she clued into the fact that the diner has been a refuge not only for the living but also for the dead, who were also very much aware of Percival’s plans.
Percival also knew that the spirits were standing in his way by bearing witness to the eldritch evil that they referred to as a ghost train.
It was complicated, even by Riverdale standards, but it confirms that Percival is some kind of evil entity that knows all too much. And the eldritch terrors, well, we’ve come across those in Greendale, so it’s a good thing that they have Heather on hand for intel and information.
The introduction of Heather also bridges the gap between Cheryl and the supernatural. She’s dabbled in it, but the fact that she’s a witch has never been established out loud until now. Heather’s confession about herself prompted Cheryl to be very open about her involvement in the supernatural. Cheryl has pretty much been guiding her powers of pyrokinesis all on her own — sans a few texts from her robust library — so it’ll be nice to have a guide who can help her lean into those powers.
And, of course, Heather is a librarian, so she’ll be able to lend a hand with Cheryl’s idea of expanding Thornhill into a local library. After all, plenty of people already use the location as a source of information.
Am I shipping Heather and Cheryl? I’m not convinced just yet, but maybe it’s because I’m still holding out hope — like many fans — that a Choni reunion is coming. However, I do think that Heather and Cheryl’s interests align better than Choni’s ever have, so that’s an exciting shakeup.
Toni has her hands full in her fight for custody of baby Anthony. She and Fangs are going up against Kevin, and since they are open “gangbangers,” there isn’t much working in their favor. But when the lawyer informed Toni that a healthy family front could persuade the judge, Toni decided to propose to Fangs despite being more and more aware that they aren’t soulmates.
As a mother, I totally understand where Toni is coming from. A mom would do anything for her child, and if that means she has to see eye to eye with Fangs and make him believe that they are destined to be together, so be it.
Fangs is trying his best. I can’t say I agree with his choice to go work for Percival knowing the danger that he poses to the town, but his actions are coming from a place of love, just like Toni’s. He wants to be there for baby Anthony and provide for his family, and Percival’s offer is allowing him to do it. The idea seems to be that he’s selling his soul to take care of his loved ones, but it’s possible having a personal tether can keep him safe from any mind control.
We should all be blaming Kevin for starting this mess to begin with.
We rarely see Jughead and Veronica team up, but boy was it incredibly fun. Veronica came up with a brilliant plan to bring in more revenue to the casino and stick it to the shareholders that were doubting her.
Listen, when you have a friend that can read minds, why not exploit it for profit? And thus, Forsythe the Fantastic — The Seer of the South Side was born. Everyone loves a good magic trick, and this act surely delivered.
And naturally, the haters wanted a piece as well. Reggie immediately hit up Veronica and attempted to blackmail her if she didn’t give him a cut of the profit.
Reggie dangled the fact that Veronica ordered the hit on her father against her, which isn’t entirely fair considering he was only privy to that information on a personal level.
Veronica wasn’t here for any of it, so she called up Jughead to see if his abilities extended to memory wipes as well. Sure enough, Jughead was eager to strengthen his powers, and before Reggie could even say “blackmail,” he forget exactly what he had against Veronica.
Unfortunately, he was aware that he lost a crucial bit of information, so he told Percival, who is now aware that Jughead’s powers are intensifying.
And based on what went down with Frank and Archie, he’s also aware that Archie figured out a way to become invincible.
Having Frank try to undercut Archie clearly underscores just how dangerous Percival’s manipulations are. Frank was always Archie’s biggest cheerleader, so there’s no way he would willingly try to sabotage his nephew’s business. And despite Archie’s best efforts, Frank wasn’t strong enough to use Fred’s memory as a tether.
Archie wouldn’t even know Frank was pulling a fast one on him if it wasn’t for Betty’s ability to see people’s auras. When Betty saw Frank glowing in a red hue, she knew that he wasn’t being truthful about his decision to call a truce.
Betty tried to hone in on her abilities so that she could determine why she was able to see some dangerous auras and not others.
She confided in an FBI agent — Drake — who was definitely helpful, but her help was also slightly concerning. Why didn’t she question anything Betty was saying? Why did she ask Betty if she’s happy living with her boyfriend? It was strange. Why didn’t Betty see any red flags there?
Betty initially thought that her blindspot was anyone with the serial killer gene, but when she tested Dagwood and Juniper, she realized that one of the twins had the gene, but it wasn’t the one glowing in red. I’m glad they are incorporating the twins into the mystery, but I truly don’t want them to be the inhabitants of evil. And I’m really glad Betty saved that cat before Butterscotch met the same fate as Caramel.
Alice dug into Betty when she realized she took the twins from her, and her tirade ended with her informing Betty that she was the villain and has always been bad.
Betty definitely seemed shocked and hurt by the outburst, but it was also leaning into her own biggest fear as she saw a red aura around herself in the mirror.
Who does Betty pose a threat to? Herself? Her loved ones? Juniper and Dagwood? The town? And does Drake know more than she’s letting onto?
Overall, it was an intense night of Riverdale that laid a lot of the groundwork for the final battle.
It’s pretty clear that Percival is going to come for Veronica and Jughead for their little “act,” and will likely take a stab at Pop’s new setup at the El Royale, but if they keep being one step ahead of him and keeping him on his toes, maybe they have a shot at winning this after all?
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Dynasty Review – There’s No Need to Panic (5×12)
Only Alexis would design a panic room equipped with a tanning bed and a 25k wine fridge that didn’t actually have the capability to send an SOS during an emergency.
On Dynasty Season 5 Episode 12, Alexis was targeted by robbers because of her social media posts, which allowed her to spend some quality time with Fallon.
The two didn’t see eye-to-eye for much of the time spent inside the panic room, but they eventually poured their hearts out to each other before the housekeeper arrived to reset the power and let them out.
Fallon was feeling extra prickly about the whole situation because she thought she was pregnant. She kept questioning why her mother didn’t just give up the jewelry the robbers were after in order to buy their freedom, but what she failed to realize was that the ring had significance as her mother was going to use it to propose to Dex.
It was actually heartbreaking to hear Alexis say that she was going to pop the question simply because she didn’t want to be abandoned and alone.
Alexis isn’t the easiest person to deal with, but she deserves happiness. I loved that Fallon suggested that she reconsider the real reason behind her desire to marry Dex. At that age, you should only get married because you’re absolutely sure that you’ve found “the one.” No one has time for sham marriages.
Fallon rarely gives her mother solid advice, but it was key to helping Alexis determine her worth.
When they were finally free, Alexis chose not to chase Dex to the airport, but, in a moment of fate, he waltzed through the door and plopped down on one knee. The timing was right — and for the right reasons.
With The CW announcing Dynasty’s cancelation, the episode was pretty bittersweet. On one hand, it definitely seems like they are running out of storylines, but on the other hand, I’m hoping we get to see Alexis’s big day.
Fallon confided in her mother about the potential pregnancy, but when she eventually made it to the doctor, she was told that it was a false positive.
And that wasn’t the worst of it. The doctor informed Fallon that she wouldn’t be able to have children ever because of the scar tissue from where she got shot.
Seeing how hard Fallon and Liam tried for a child, this isn’t the news they were hoping for. But all hope isn’t lost just yet — there are so many options nowadays, especially if you have the kind of money Fallon and Liam have.
They could get a surrogate — Amanda or Kirby! — or they could adopt. If they are still dedicated to starting a family, there are plenty of options that would also make for a great storyline.
Though, admittedly, it put a bit of a damper on a celebratory evening.
At least Liam finally wrapped up his movie so he’ll be able to focus on expanding the family moving forward.
We’ve seen Liam and Culhane work closely together ever since he took the job as a producer on the indie film, but I’ll be honest, the whole plot was pretty bland.
I know men don’t talk, but I honestly don’t buy that either of them would still be triggered by something that happened years ago, even if they didn’t talk it out.
Culhane has moved on from Fallon, and she’s happy with Liam, so there’s no point in bringing any of this up again. And as Culhane pointed out, Fallon wasn’t “stolen” from anyone, she’s always done exactly what she wanted and she ended up with the person she was meant to be with.
The tension between Amanda and Adam was exciting at the beginning, but they are both going a little overboard. It’s clear that they don’t like each other, but they work at the same hospital, so they could at least tolerate each other instead of constantly wanting to pull one over the other.
It’s so petty. I’d expect it from Adam, but I thought Amanda was above that kind of behavior. It sucks to see her get dragged down to that level.
I am, however, enjoying the progression of her relationship with Kirby. Kirby hasn’t had the best luck in her dating life, but it seems that Amanda might be the real deal.
Well, that is if she doesn’t keep pulling Kirby into her feud with Adam. It wasn’t fair of her to ask Kirby to spy on her ex-boyfriend. What an awkward position to put Kirby in!
As for Cristal — she is finally owning her power and putting it to use. I love to see it.
Cristal and Blake definitely exude power couple vibes, but it’s true that Blake is used to being the alpha; the superior one in the relationship.
He likes to yield all the power when the truth is, Cristal is actually more powerful. She doesn’t need him to sign off on anything because she holds the. majority of the shares. Blake was definitely taken aback by her bold stance, but he didn’t seem to mind it. I think he’s very aware that Cristal has great instincts and he should trust them. Just imagine how great they could be if he treated her as his equal.
What did you think of the episode? How are you holding up after finding out that Dynasty is coming to an end?
Big Sky Season Finale Review – Catch a Few Fish (2×18)
The Big Sky season 2 finale was — and I hate to say this — uneventful.
There were some high moments, but overall, it was a bit of an anticlimactic outcome to a seriously twisted and dark season.
Why is that?
Most of the major storylines were wrapped up, but it was too neat for the magnitude of the storylines delivered over the course of 18 episodes.
I’ll start with Scarlett as she’s been the overarching connection to Ronald Pergman for two seasons.
She may have been a sociopath, but there’s no denying that Scarlett was a mother that cared deeply about her daughter. She would’ve done anything for Phoebe.
So, when it became abundantly clear that Cassie was right — she’d never outrun the syndicate and be “safe” — she dropped Phoebe off at Cassie’s apartment, along with the drive detailing all the info on the sex trafficking ring.
It’s the smoking gun as that drive is the exact reason that the syndicate is after her.
Of course, the fact that Scarlett witnessed the dangers that this lifestyle poses to Phoebe firsthand likely impacted her decision to give up her daughter, along with Phoebe’s declaration that she no longer wants to live life on the run.
After everything she’s been through and witnessed — including her mother killing a man with her bare hands — Phoebe was strangely okay when she was handed over to Cassie and Lindor. Scared and unsure? Yes. But she was already thriving in a home setting more than she ever was around her mother and Ronald. The poor girl just needs stability and a hot meal. Scarlett never could’ve provided her with that, so good on her for doing the right thing by her baby even if it completely broke her. Over the course of the season, she lost the only two people she ever cared about, so on some human level, I feel bad for the girl.
We’ve seen the dangers the syndicate poses firsthand as they’ve come after Ronald, Scarlett, and Wolf, so it’s only a matter of time before they set their sights on Dewell and Hoyt. After all, they unlocked the drive, which means that they already know too much.
I was genuinely expecting something to come of that drive — at least a warning to the detective agency from the syndicate member or something. They are clearly tying up loose ends, so why wouldn’t they be more careful about trying to open encrypted files?
Again, it felt anticlimactic, though, I know we’ll explore this more in season 3.
The Bhullar storyline also came to a close, and with it, Travis’s quest for answers and revenge. Well, sort of.
Veer Bhullar wasn’t just a problem for Travis. It turns out that a lot of people wanted him dead, including his own girlfriend and children.
Alicia was right when she predicted that he would die at the hands of his son, but she failed to mention that Ren would be stoking the flames. After his father seemed all too comfortable with having his son killed, Jag returned the favor and mustered up the courage that his father never believed he possessed.
Truthfully, Veer did this to himself. He pushed his own children away, and he pushed them towards hatred and wanting to steal the family business away from him.
Once Ren realized that her father was pretty much a monster, she allowed Travis to get his hands on Veer. It’s the very reason why she kept him around because she knew he had what it took to eliminate him if it came to it.
Travis seemed promising throughout the season. I mean, I know that he got in way over his head, but it always seemed like he had some kind of plan if the moment ever arrived.
And then, when it finally did, Travis was a complete mess. He took Veer to where he previously kept T-Lock locked up and just laid in the punches until Veer got to talking. There was no strategy at play, which was disappointing.
Like what if Veer didn’t talk? Would he just kill him and destroy the possibility of getting answers?
Veer ended up confessing that Kate Garza was still alive, but he’s a deceptive man who stares down danger and doesn’t flinch, so who knows if he’s telling the truth.
Jenny and her new partner, Beau (Jensen Ackles), arrived on the scene just in time to stop Travis from actually killing Veer.
Of course, that allowed Jag to deliver the final blows via a hospital pillow.
Veer never saw it coming, but he almost asked for it with all the gaslighting and instigating that he did. I mean, how many times did he put Jag down and basically deny giving Mason the A-ok to shoot his son? It really shouldn’t have come as a surprise to him.
And it surely didn’t to Alicia. She was plotting and making moves for this very outcome from Day 1.
The “insurance” paperwork that she had Veer sign actually gave her power of attorney over the business, so she was able to make off with a huge chunk of cash.
Alicia was always in it for the hustle, and it just goes to show you how much Veer’s ego blindsided him.
I genuinely enjoyed the moment between Alicia and Tonya. They are, in a way, kindred spirits, and the advice not to die on Montana is sound.
Tonya has always been in over her head, but she’s now addicted to this lifestyle, so I don’t see her breaking away from Ren ever.
It definitely seemed like a curtain call on the Bhullar siblings, but it’s unclear if we’ll see their operation become a problem in the future.
Big Sky has a tendency to reinvent itself and the mysteries with each season, so my guess is that even if they are in the picture still, they’ll be in the background.
It’s also unclear how Travis plans to find Kate with zero information and resources. Ren and Jag have no idea where she is, and the only person who had any intel is dead.
What’s his plan?
Though, it was big of Jenny to take the empathetic approach and give Travis the chance to finish what he started. He was so passionate and dedicated, that if his whole life is about to wither away in prison, at the very least, it should all mean something.
Do you think Kate’s actually alive?
I wasn’t exactly digging Beau’s energy when he first showed up — his Texas was showing, and it was a lot.
But by the end of the episode, he definitely grew on me. It honestly feels like he’s Cordell Walker’s counterpart/brother, which is fitting considering the renovated Walker is Ackles’ Supernatural co-star Jared Padalecki.
Beau is a nice addition to the two-woman show that is Jenny and Cassie. He seems to be a buffer between their personalities. Plus, he definitely knew exactly what to expect for Jenny, and he trusts her enough to believe that she knows what she’s doing when she makes her calls.
Tubb was a bit of a hardass on her and was constantly pushing back, so Beau’s approach of letting her do her thing and having her back is refreshing. Admittedly, Jenny does need to be reigned in sometimes, so I hope that he’ll be the checks and balances that she needs from a partner.
With Denise, Jerrie, Lindor, and Beau to complete the squad, D&J has a pretty solid lineup going into next season.
And that’s not even including Reba McEntire, who is joining the cast!
If there’s one thing Big Sky knows how to do, it’s build out the squad.
To sum it all up: Phoebe is safe, Scarlett is on the run, the syndicate is after her and likely after J&D+ team for having access to the drive, Travis has gone rogue to find Kate, Veer is dead, the Bhullar siblings are closer than ever and running the cartel show, and Beau is Hoyt’s new partner. And he can throw a punch that can knock the wind out of Donno, so for that, he’s impressive.
What did you think of the finale? It wasn’t terrible because everything that happened made sense, but it simply wasn’t the jaw-dropping, OMG-moment-inducing finale that I expected either.
Do you have any hopes for season 3? Share them in the comments below!
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