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Good Girls Review – Annie Takes the GED, Beth Plans a Hit (3×10)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Opportunity" Episode 310 -- Pictured: Mae Whitman as Annie Marks -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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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. 

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GOOD GIRLS — “Opportunity” Episode 310 — Pictured: (l-r) Rodney To as Henry, Lauren Lapkus as Phoebe Donnegan — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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. 

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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. 

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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! 


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The Resident Review – Chastain’s Most Eligible Bachelor (5×08)

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The Resident Review Old Dogs, New Tricks Season 5 Episode 8

The lesson from The Resident Season 5 Episode 8? It’s never too late to change. 

And change came for Chastain’s best in a variety of different ways. 

Dr. Pravesh dealt with a corrupt system that wouldn’t offer help to a retired couple struggling to take care of themselves. 

Pravesh has always wanted to change the system, but now, more than ever, he wants to do something meaningful. 

It’s what pushed him to talk to Kit Voss about embracing clinical trials. 

He wants to be part of the solution that ensures there is adequate treatment for those who really need it. 

George and Celeste were a sweet couple, but it was clear the weight of taking care of her husband was getting to her. Eventually, it was important for Celeste to prioritize her own health in order to ensure that he would also be taken care of in the long run. 

I’m always supportive of a woman advocating for herself. Though I’ll be honest, I love that we also got to see the other side of the coin with George explaining that he hates that his needs made his wife sick. I’m sure it’s not easy for a man, who is always considered the caretaker, to put all that pressure solely on his wife. 

Kit hired DeSoto to coach Chastain’s self-proclaimed Kings of Surgery, and their egos were definitely a little bruised. 

Bell and AJ spent much of the surgery gassing themselves up, so it was definitely painful to learn that Kit thought they could use coaching. 

Even worse — DeSoto had a lot of notes about how they could improve, which meant that their technique wasn’t flawless after all. 

While Bell was a little more adaptive, AJ pushed back on a lot of DeSoto’s suggestions because he felt he knew better. 

However, once Bell applied the notes and excelled in surgery, AJ acknowledged that he probably could be more strategic in surgery.

And, if I’m interpreting the situation correctly, he also asked DeSoto to stick around to continue challenging him because he has a huge crush on her, right?

There was also Dr. Conrad better known as the hospital’s most eligible bachelor.

All the nurses were fawning over him, and while he definitely noticed, he wasn’t really comfortable with it.

It’s been years since Nic’s death, but Conrad still doesn’t feel like it’s the right time to move on.

However, with Billie’s blessing, he did indulge Marion, a daycare worker that Gigi loved.

Am I crazy or did it seem like Billie regretted giving Conrad the green light to move on from Nic because she has feelings for him?

That would be complicated. But she’s right that Nic wouldn’t want Conrad to be alone forever — she would want him and Gigi to find someone that could make them complete again.

Plus, I love how he manages to keep Nic’s memory alive. Gigi may not have known her mother, but you’d never tell by the way she talks about her mommy.

Admittedly, I don’t know if I’m ready for Conrad to move on mainly because I was so devoted to his relationship with Nic, but Marion seems like a really great person with a good heart.

If Conrad is going to move on, it better be with someone worthy of his and Gigi’s heart!

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


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Riverdale Review – La Llorona (6×02)

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Riverdale Review Ghost Stories Season 6 Episode 2

Did I just watch an episode of Nancy Drew on Riverdale?

It almost felt like “Ghost Stories” was the perfect crossover opportunity to bring our favorite supernatural Horsehoe Bay detective to Rivervale. 

But don’t be fooled — Betty, Toni, and Cheryl did a fine job handling La Llorona. 

You have to give it up for the series for embracing Latin American culture for this one, while also making a poignant point about the sacrifices of motherhood. 

La Llorona was summoned by Darla, a Ghoulie, whose son was accidentally killed by Toni. 

The ghostly spirit, who was drowned in Sweetwater River along with her babes, was coming for the soul of Baby Anthony, however, Toni didn’t think her innocent son should pay the price for her mistakes, so she sacrificed herself by taking on La Llorona’s suffering. 

As she descended underwater, she handed baby Anthony to Betty and urged her to protect him, which is fitting considering La Llorona erased Betty’s pregnancy. 

It’s funny that these women are devoted to finding a murderer when just last week, they willingly sacrificed Archie to make the maple trees more fruitful. 

Honestly, this show gets weirder and weirder. 

And since it’s set in Rivervale, which I’m guessing is simply an alternative universe of Riverdale, it’s hard to really get invested in any of the storylines. 

It seems like a cheat to introduce and get away with the wackiest storylines. 

Admittedly, it did feel weird watching an episode without Archie, but the hour was so jam-packed, he was barely missed. 

The series claimed its second victim with Toni, so it doesn’t seem like many of our favorites will live to see another day by the time the five-episode event is finished. 

Tabitha and Jughead dealt with their own relationship woes as they found out that they were living in the apartment plagued by a couple’s murder-suicide. 

When they discovered a hidden room, they seemingly unleashed the couple’s spirits and began turning on each other. Tabitha wanted to bash Jughead’s head in on a few occasions, but thankfully, she stopped herself and realized that their relationship was stronger than murder. 

Good for them, I guess?

As for Ronnie and Reggie, well, their storyline felt pretty forced. Reggie bought back the car he had in high school in hopes of reliving the glory days. 

That was fine and dandy until Veronica realized that Bella was a tribute to his driver’s ed teacher who was fired for having inappropriate relations with students. 

Reggie denied the whole thing, and Ronnie felt terrible for smashing his car considering his father just died. 

However, it turns out Reggie lied about the abusive relationship? Or, at least, it seems like it.

It’s unclear why this was such an important storyline to tell, but I’m also at the point where it doesn’t seem like any of these storylines hold any merit at all. 

Did Riverdale sell you on its ghost stories? Or do you think it should be left to the professionals?


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La Brea Review – Ella’s Identity is Revealed (1×09)

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La Brea Review Father & Son Season 1 Episode 9

La Brea has figured out the formula for keeping audiences invested. 

But, unfortunately, as with every time-traveling show, it’s also gotten increasingly complex. To make sense of the shocking developments, you have to keep in mind the one thing Dr. Rebecca told the sky people in the clearing: time is a circle. 

The past, the present, and the future are all happening at once, somehow. 

And the rule of thumb remains true — if you change something in the past, it ripples down into the present and ultimately, the future. 

After the revelation that young Isaiah is actually Gavin, much of the episode focused on Eve, Levi, and Josh’s plan to find Isaiah and safely get him to the top of a mountain that housed a sinkhole connecting to 1988. 

Yep, that’s a thing. 

Of course, they couldn’t just outright tell Isaiah that he was Eve’s husband in the future, but it’s a big ask to want a kid to leave his home and jump into a portal that takes him to a different timeline. 

Unfortunately, they didn’t have a choice since Izzy and Josh’s lives were on the line. 

And though they never said it outright, my guess is that Gavin would also cease to exist or would at least exist in a different reality if Isaiah didn’t go through the sinkhole. 

The mission has now changed from “how are they getting out of this time period” to “how can they save Eve’s whole family while hopefully saving themselves in the process.”

While we don’t know how this is going to pan out, their fate doesn’t only hinge on Isaiah/Gavin. 

In this week’s shocking twist, it’s revealed that Ella is Lily… yes, Veronica’s Lily, the one that was kidnapped. 

Now, if you’re like me, you’re probably wondering how this is possible. 

After all, Lily fell through the sinkhole with Veronica and Aaron (who was killed moments into his time in 10K B.C) from 2021. 

How does she exist in both forms as an adult and a kid in the present?

It’s possible I’m missing something or I just don’t understand the idea of traveling through space and time. 

Either way, in the present day, Gavin, Izzy, and Dr. Sophia have dedicated themselves to convincing Ella, who was found wandering on the side of the road with Isaiah in 88, that she’s also from 10K B.C. 

It’s a wild thing to tell someone, and she’s obviously hesitant to believe it, so Gavin breaks into the dig site to find proof. 

Eventually, Ella taps into some memories from her time in the past and digs up a map that we see Dr. Rebecca give her. 

The map includes all the sinkholes and the exact dates they opened/ are set to open, including one in Seattle that is scheduled for the following day. 

Rebecca stole this map from Silas, Isaiah’s grandfather, so it’s really suspicious. 

La Brea Review Father & Son Season 1 Episode 9

LA BREA — “Father & Son” Episode 109 — Pictured: (l-r) Chloe De Los Santos as Lilly Castillo, Lily Santiago as Veronica Castillo — (Photo by: Sarah Enticknap/NBC)

Why does he have this in his possession?

I’m deeply intrigued by Isaiah and Silas and want to know more about them. How did they get here? Where did they come from? Why is Silas so hellbent on keeping Isaiah in this timeline?

And how does he know Rebecca?

Considering all the information Rebecca has and the fact that Silas recognized her, I’m still running with my theory that Rebecca is Gavin’s mother. 

It’s also a mystery as to how Rebecca was able to escape this time period, though, I agree with Sam and Riley — if there’s a sinkhole to 1988 then there has to be a sinkhole back to 2021. 

The option to go to 1988 was given to the sky people in the clearing, and while Veronica and Lily decided to take it, I also wonder what that will do if someone who existed in the 80s arrives in that time period. Is that possible? And how does their arrival in 1988 change the present?

Scott, on the other hand, decided to stay behind to unearth more mysteries in 10K B.C. After finding a cow, he saw that it was branded with a UPC code which means that more sky people are likely not too far behind. 

I can’t believe no one else wanted to help Scott scout for the cow. She’s a source of dairy and meat, it was the only logical thing to do! 

There were a lot of moving parts to the episode. Elsewhere, Ty and Para kissed in the midst of all the action, and it was so cute. 

I love Ty, so I hope that his illness is cured by traveling back in time. Plus, I’m seriously shipping them as a couple. 

Josh also found out about Levi and Eve’s relationship from Isaiah — talk about awkward — and confronted Levi about it after they were taken prisoner by Silas. 

Honestly, Josh has every right to be mad, but he shouldn’t just hold it against Levi. His mother was just as responsible. And, let’s be real, even he’s aware of how disappointing Gavin was during those times. 

He might be taking “father of the year” now, but that wasn’t always the case. 

At least now Gavin’s visions have proven useful, and since he knows where he comes from, he no longer has to wonder about his childhood or who his family was. Losing his family to the sinkhole might have been the worst thing to happen to him, but it has also allowed him to fill in the pieces about his past. 

And hopefully, he keeps filling them in. 

What did you think of the episode? Were you shocked that Ella turned out to be Lily?

Do you want to know more about Gavin’s past? Who is Rebecca Aldridge and why is she so connected to all of this? Do you think anyone should travel back to 1988?

And now that Gavin, Izzy, and Sophia have the blueprints to the sinkholes that are set to open up, can they intervene and stop them before more people get swallowed up?

Can they use the map to reverse-engineer a way to bring everyone back home?

Will Isaiah make it to the mountain so that Josh and Izzy are spared? Will Eve find a way to save Josh and Levi from Silas?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below! 


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