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!
The Boys Review – Lamplighter’s Debut Answers Burning Questions (2 x 06)
In The Boys season 2 episode 6, “The Bloody Doors Off,” Lamplighter (Shawn Ashmore) makes his first full appearance where he sheds some light on the mysterious Sage Grove Center, his connection with Stormfront, and the tragic history he shares with Frenchie.
As usual, there’s a lot of gratuitously bloody violence involved in this episode as well as some shocking scenes (one of which involves someone getting choked by an elongated phallus) and game-changing revelations about Vought International.
The main focus of the episode revolves around the Sage Grove Center which is being used by Vought as a testing center for stabilizing Compound V with the goal of creating an army of Supes by injecting them into adults instead of infants.
The Boys Visit Mysterious Loony Bin
As it turns out, the hospital is run by Stormfront on behalf of Vought where she supervises Lamplighter, who is ordered to burn test subjects when they’re no longer needed.
This is a startling revelation, along with the fact that Stormfront admits to Homelander that she was born on 1919 in Berlin, Germany during the Nazi regime. During which she fell in love and married Frederick Vought and learned everything he knew.
She then became the first successful test subject for Compound V – essentially making her the original Supe, which explains why she is so powerful and able to manipulate her way around Vought so easily.
Moreover, her Nazism has extended throughout her time behind the scenes, and sees Homelander as “everything [she and Frederick Vought] dreamed of.” Implying that the goal of Compound V coincides with Nazi values – Yikes!
Fortunately for Billy and The Boys, Lamplighter is more amiable than they expected and is willing to atone for his sins and work with them.
Lamplighter and Frenchie’s Traumatic History
After the patients of Sage Grove Center accidentally break out, Lamplighter, MM, Frenchie and Kimiko find themselves trapped in the hospital with a bunch of unstable and dangerous Supes. One of which is a patient named Cindy who shows considerably dangerous psychokinetic powers – she is shown at the end of the episode hitchhiking and could be a factor later in the season.
On a more humorous note, MM has an unpleasant encounter with a Supe patient who has the unseemly power to control his elongated elastic phallus, which he wraps around MM while trying to choke him out. (So yeah, this show is basically pure insanity at this point.)
The main takeaway from their time at the hospital, however, is the confrontation between Lamplighter and Frenchie who are finally able to discuss face-to-face a traumatic event from their shared past that has haunted both of them for years.
During Lamplighter’s time with The Seven, he is blackmailed by Colonel Mallory and The Boys to be their mole at Vought Tower. Their association ends in tragedy, however, when Lamplighter attempts to assassinate Mallory in her sleep to try and get out of their arrangement but instead mistakenly burns her innocent grandchildren instead.
To make things worse, Mallory tasked Frenchie to track Lamplighter on the night of this event but he is sidetracked into rescuing his best friend from overdosing and was unable to prevent Lamplighter from committing the horrible act.
So essentially, both Frenchie and Lamplighter blame themselves for the deaths of the children.
Other Key Events In This Episode
- Starlight removes the chip implanted by Vought on her with the help of Frenchie, and she has a heartfelt hug with Kimiko.
- The Deep invites A-Train to join the Church of the Collective.
- Elena discovers a video (dropped off by Deep) of Maeve and Homelander abandoning the falling airplane from season 1, which Maeve plans to use as blackmail against Homelander.
- Starlight accidentally kills someone while trying to commander his vehicle when she and Billy needed to take Hughie to the hospital after he sustained injuries caused by one of the escaped Supes from the Sage Grove Center.
- Frenchie is a huge fan of The Golden Girls and considers himself as a Betty White type. And, of course, the episode ends with The Golden Girls theme song.
Episode Rating: 9.5/10
The Boys new season 2 episodes stream on Fridays on Amazon Prime Video.
Big Brother All-Stars Review: The Seventh Eviction (22×22)
Misreads and miscommunication continue to plague the house, and it all culminates in tonight’s latest eviction, where either Da’Vonne or Kevin will be shown the door, and join Ian in the jury house.
At the Veto meeting, Tyler decided not to use the power, leaving Memphis’ nominees the same. Da’Vonne figured that this would happen, but felt very optimistic that Dani and Nicole could work with her to gather the four votes needed to evict Kevin. The frequent thing that caused Da’Vonne stress was confirming whether or not Nicole voted to evict Tyler or Ian in the previous week. Nicole lies to her face saying she voted to evict Tyler (she didn’t), but said quietly that she will tell Day the truth, but has to find the right moment to do so.
Head of Household Memphis decides to shift his focus onto the next phase of the game, and created two sub-alliances within the Committee. He lets Enzo know that he is going to form two final 3 deals, but have Enzo in both, so that his final 2 deal is with Enzo. That way if the Committee crumbles, he has people to back him up. Enzo takes this deal, thinking that he can beat Memphis in the final 2 should they get that far, and decides to work with Memphis. The first group has Memphis, Enzo, and Cody, and the other has Memphis, Enzo, and Christmas. Memphis calls both alliances “The Wise Guys.” All I have to say is that even though Memphis should not win this game, this is pretty smart. He has a feeling that the Committee is falling apart, so finding smaller groups to take to the end could help him. I hope it all falls in his face, because that jerk (putting it lightly) needs to go now.
Dani believes that keeping Da’Vonne is what’s best for her game, so she starts going around trying to get the votes. Christmas sees right through the campaign, and believes that Dani, Nicole, and Day are working together to destroy the Committee from the inside. She then goes to David and lets him know that she knows that David voted out Tyler, and that Nicole is lying to Day, so that Day can target him, and the only way to stop it is to send her out. David is happy that someone finally agrees with him, since his vote was seen as a lie throughout the entire week. Now David wants to work with Christmas which is dumb, because Christmas is a horrible player, and she’ll vote him out without losing any sleep.
Before the vote, Da’Vonne gave a brilliant speech about how no Black women has ever won this game, except for Tamar Braxton, who won the celebrity version of Big Brother a few years back. She declared that she wants to continue to fight to be the first African-American woman to win the show and credits previous HouseGuests Cassandra (season 1), and Danielle Reyes (season 2), as some of the greatest influences to her, and why she loves the game she’s played three times. Kevin had to keep his speech short for time, but had a similar speech, saying that companies and corporations need to do more than a Zoom representation and diversity training, and start practicing what they preach. Both speeches were incredible, and I’m glad that these two took the opportunity of this platform to spark conversations in a world that is much bigger than the house.
Powerful speeches aside, Da’Vonne was evicted from the house by a 5-2 vote. Dani and Nicole were the two votes for Kevin. After Nicole almost tore Day’s earring out while giving her a hug goodbye, she put on her mask and joined Julie outside. When Julie asked how she was feeling, Day said that she was relieved because she was sick of those people. My reaction to that: me too, Day. Me too. When Julie showed the goodbye messages, Nicole revealed that she is a part of a big alliance, and that she voted to evict Ian to protect the alliance. In that moment, Da’Vonne lost all respect for Nicole, saying that if she had just told the truth from the get-go so she didn’t have to attack David, she would’ve been okay with the decision. She now heads off to join Ian in the jury house, where they will wait the next evictee.
Before the episode ended, Julie revealed not one, but two large twists coming for the week. As teased, a BB legend is moving in next door, and that legend was revealed to be Dr. Will Kirby, the winner of season 2, and one of the first villains to play the game. He said he’s living next door, and will be tempting the HouseGuests with power and prizes, and it’ll be up to them to decide what they want. I’m very excited for this, because Dr. Will is a great player, and will hopefully bring some drama and tear up the house.
Julie then revealed a twist that has never happened before. A week from today, the first ever TRIPLE eviction will occur in a special 2-hour episode. That’s right, 3 people will be sent out the door next week, which will cause a lot of stress through the house. I can’t WAIT for this. Double evictions happen every year, but a triple is a first. I hope this will be a time for someone from the Committee (cough, cough, MEMPHIS) to go home.
My New Winner Pick:
Because I changed my winner pick to Da’Vonne, I now have to pick a new prediction for the winner of BB22. With so few people I genuinely want to root for, the pickings are slim. However, my pick is going to lie with Enzo. He has great relationships with everyone, and joined the Wise Guys with Memphis. He also has won competitions, and no one has come for him in any capacity. I think he has a good place in the house, and I think he could take it to the end.
The 100 Review- Only One More To Go (7×15)
The penultimate episode of a series will tell you everything you need to know about the finale. Will there be enough time to wrap everything up? Are characters headed towards endings that make sense for them? Is the message the show is trying to leave us clear? Based on this week’s episode of The 100, next week’s series finale will likely not meet any of those criteria.
An hour that should’ve been spent on wrapping up relationships arcs and setting up the last big obstacle our characters have to face included a lot of filler moments. Over the years The 100 has introduced way too many new characters that they don’t know what to do with. Any effective character development ended after season four, and we’re now left with a plot that’s too ambitious that we have no emotional connection to.
This Could’ve Been Avoided
And unfortunately, these final episodes are tainted by the loss of male lead Bellamy Blake. It’s not lost on the audience that every other character is getting a death scene surrounded by the people they love and a traveler’s blessing. It leaves a bad taste in your mouth. It’s hard not to imagine how Bellamy would’ve been able to save Madi from her fate. The only reason he wasn’t in that room with Cadogan and Levitt is because Clarke wasn’t able to trust him. It would’ve been nice if she could’ve at least tried to understand where he was coming from. She wouldn’t be completely alone if she did.
It’s incredibly frustrating to see Clarke continuously push the blame for Bellamy’s death on anyone but herself. His faith didn’t kill him, she did. His death is not comparable to anyone else she’s lost. This wasn’t a Finn or an Abby situation. He was still himself and she had many other choices. It doesn’t make narrative sense to show us Bellamy crying and begging Clarke to trust him and telling her that all he wants to do is protect everyone only for all of his friends to agree that he was too far gone to be saved. If they wanted to write a brainwashed Bellamy, they should’ve done it. But instead, Clarke seems heartless and out of character. It’s a shame that Bellamy was only worth anything to the people he loved when he agreed with them.
Octavia only wants to honor the memory of the brother that would give up anything for her. She won’t acknowledge the man who developed a sense of agency and found something that brought him comfort and peace. Even in death, he’s still mistreated.
Under The Rubble
The only good parts of the episode were involving Emori. I’m really hoping she pulls through. She’s the hidden gem of The 100, and it would be a shame for her to not get a happy ending.
Murphy and Emori are easy to root for. They’re a great match. It’s been nice seeing Murphy care for someone other than himself. His desperation to find her underneath the rubble was the most in-character thing we’ve seen this season. The conversation they shared while Jackson was cauterizing her wound was adorable.
I especially liked the part where Emori was describing how happy she was in Sanctum and how she finally felt like she mattered, only for Murphy to intercept saying that she always mattered to him. Who would’ve thought John Murphy would end up being apart of the only good couple left?
Raven and Emori’s friendship was a bit more developed than the rest of the relationships built on Skyring, so their moments together also felt meaningful. Everyone’s become so self-sacrificial lately but hopefully Raven continues to be stubborn and Emori & co. travel to Sanctum instead of Bardo.
What’s The Point?
The entire final sequence was sickening to watch. It’s disturbingly written, and the way it’s shot makes your skin crawl. The 100 brands itself as a series that pushes boundaries and isn’t afraid to face the dark sides of humanity. But there comes a point where enough is enough. The show’s become another egregious example of what happens when you become addicted to making your characters suffer and just end up creating torture porn. What’s the message you’re trying to give your audience? That no matter what you do, you can never be happy? That there will always be worse things ahead?
Isolating your protagonist from everyone she’s ever loved isn’t bold storytelling, it’s just bad. It’s exhausting to watch. And to show a child left behind in that kind of state? There’s no shock value or benefit to going to such a dark place. It just upsets your audience without adding anything to the narrative.
There’s not much else to say about it.
- Clarke and Gaia’s scenes felt hollow. Their relationship isn’t developed enough for any of their moments to have meaning. Same can be said for Octavia and Levitt.
- On the other hand, Gaia’s moments with Indra felt well-earned. They’ve fought over faith for a long time, and they’ve come a long way.
- Should we be expecting Clarke to go full Daenerys in the finale? Without Madi, she apparently has nothing left to fight for.
- Jordan always feels out of place. They never really figured out what to do with him.
- I pray I never hear the words “go float yourself” again.
- Clarke humming the same song she hummed to Atom in 1×03 when she mercy killed him would’ve been really powerful in any other instance.
What did you think of the episode? Let us know in the comments below!
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