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!
Batwoman Review – Ryan Declares War on Black Mask (2×10)
Batwoman’s fight with False Face Society is only getting started.
And now, it just got personal as they’ve taken one of the only people Ryan Wilder cares about – her on-again, off-again ex-girlfriend Angelique.
Ryan convinced Sophie and the Crows to get Ang transferred after she gave up the names of those responsible for killing Commissioner Forbes. However, no one anticipated that Black Mask would figure out exactly when they were transferring her and take her back.
Obviously, Ryan thinks it’s because Black Mask wants to tie up loose ends, but it’s really because aside from Ocean, who is now MIA, Angelique was the only one who knew the secret recipe to produce Snakebite.
And obviously, Snakebite is what makes FFS go round.
It was easy for the Black Mask to infiltrate the Crows as they already have someone on the inside.
Dr. Rhyme is a “Snakebite consultant” for the Crows, but we know she’s working with Black Mask and keeping Kate a prisoner.
She was also all too eager to get Commander Kane hooked on the product after he was attacked by one of her men because it discredits the Crows.
Once word gets out that the Commander is using Snakebite, the Crows’ credibility is shot.
And it goes to show you just how powerful the drug really is. After one hit, Jacob Kane was addicted and wanted to get lost in the “do-over” that the hallucinogenic drug provided.
I thought that once Alice heard his therapy session with Dr. Rhyme and realize how remorseful he was for not trying harder to find her when she was captured by Cartwright would stir up something in her, but Alice is too far gone.
As she noted herself, it’s easier to forget than forgive, which is why she wants to find Enigma, who we learned is Dr. Rhyme, so that she can wipe her memories of Kate and start anew.
This drug really is all too popular in Gotham.
The series didn’t exactly confirm that Roman is Black Mask, but it did allude to Roman Sionis of Janus Cosmetics, which has been my theory since Batwoman Season 2 Episode 9.
Not only is her working alongside Enigma, but he was all too eager to slip the Commander two vials of Snakebite.
Black Mask told the new Batwoman that he wanted revenge because the previous Batwoman killed his daughter.
We know Kate’s Batwoman had a no-kill policy, which Luke emphasized, so I wonder if they’re getting close to the Commander to frame him in some way?
Or does he blame Batwoman and the Crows, with the Crows being the ones behind his daughter’s murder, which is why he’s taken hold of Kate?
Agent Pennyworth’s memory-lapse came into clear focus when she teamed up with Alice — yet, another unlikely partnership — to find Enigma.
It turns out, her search for Kate led her to the root of Kate’s disappearance, but she forgot it soon after.
And when she confronted Enigma this time around, she had her memories wiped again and was convinced to transfer to Berlin, which obviously didn’t sit well with Sophie.
Sophie always knows something’s up, and the most annoying thing is that she’s always a few steps from figuring out the truth about everything.
Will she put all the pieces together? After all, everything seems to be connected.
The Bat team also took on a case involving a new villain named Kilovolt, who targeted the opening of Jordan Moore’s community center, which Ryan and Mary are helping to spearhead.
The reason was profit-based, of course. The CEO of Edgewater Prison, Ellis O’Brien, was letting out criminals for one night to target community programs in exchange for early parole. The idea was that shutting down these programs allows kids to continue to fall through the cracks and fill up the prisons thus making them money.
It’s disgusting, of course, but not exactly unheard of.
Thankfully, Batwoman squeezed out just enough energy to deal with O’Brien while dealing with hunting down the Black Mask and his goons.
The episode set up some pretty important elements and got us one step closer to finding out exactly what game Dr. Rhyme and Roman are playing.
Isn’t it crazy how the people you need to take down are always looming in your circle? In this case, they’ve infiltrated the top leader of the Crows without even lifting a finger!
What’s their final game plan? And is Horten Spence the Lois Lane of Gotham?!
Good Girls Review – The Banker (4×05)
Beth became the banker on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 5.
And it sent a conflicting message.
On one hand, she had absolutely no choice after Rio found the tracker and figured that she was either working with the FBI or that they were onto him.
She once again had to “prove” her allegiance to him in order to stay alive and keep her friends alive.
However, she ended up enjoying being the banker and felt like it made her important and necessary to the operation. After all, you don’t kill the banker (except when you do and replace them with another banker…).
She enjoyed wielding all the power that came with the gig as evidence by her growing confidence with every single person she visited.
She even tried the “I’m the banker, bitch,” which is 100% me playing Monopoly.
But that’s also when she realized how twisted the job was.
Beth realized that she didn’t actually have it in her to do anything about it if someone didn’t pay up like the girl working for her sick mom who claimed she didn’t “have the money.”
Instead, Beth used this new gig Rio entrusted her with to work alongside the FBI.
When she met up with him, her two FBI buds were right there for the whole conversation and she realized that Rio also has a boss that he answers to.
There’s a chain of command here that forces Rio to do the things that he does or else it’s his head on the line.
Personally, I find this to be an exciting development. Rio has been sorely underutilized for almost two seasons and it seemed like the writers were just keeping him around because of his popularity with audiences.
We’d see him in the bar, grabbing his washed cash, and creating a world of hell for Beth, but we never knew much about him.
By adding this layer, we may actually get to explore Rio’s role in everything – how’d he get into it, what’s his motivation, why does he operate the way he does.
Beth’s going right to the source, which proves that eliminating Rio actually wouldn’t solve any of her problems.
At one point, I truly thought that when Mick drove Beth to do her “job,” the hitman would be alive and waiting for Beth. Many fans questioned whether he was actually dead, and it would be quite the twist if Rio spared him and used him against Beth.
The writers also tried to capitalize on the chemistry between Beth and Rio with the striptease kitchen scene.
Rio showed Beth the tracker and assumed she was wired up, so she bared it all for him to prove that she was on his side.
It’s a good thing that this happened when it did because she was actually mic’d up for their previous meeting. And that wouldn’t have gone over very well.
Rio is perceptive, so in order to fool him, the approach can’t be basic and obvious.
Even Annie pointed out that tracker gave her “90s pager vibes.” Can’t the FBI get some better tech up in here?
What did you all think of the stripping down scene? There’s no doubt Manny Montana looked hot in that scene, but did it come across as sexy to you, or was it demoralizing that Beth always has to prove herself or use her body to get what she wants?
Beth’s biggest motivation to risk her life and work with the FBI is obviously to get Dean out of prison, which she did.
At least she kept that promise!
After getting the FBI dirt of Rio and his boss, Dean walked out a free man. But does that make up for everything else?
Are they suddenly going to be a happily married couple again? There’s no denying that Beth betrayed him once again and lied to his face about it!
I’m interested to see how Dean will approach the situation. Will he be grateful that she came through for him or will he realize he can’t be with her anymore?
Poor Eric tried his best to save his buddy, but a life of crime is not up his alley.
Eric’s been a good friend, and while I know plenty have enjoyed his character, it seems like wasted screentime in my opinion.
The addition of Nancy and Gregg’s baby Dakota was hilarious. Annie would take a baby along and use it as a human shield to keep them safe from gang friend.
The best part about it was how good Mick was with the little guy. Annie has zero maternal instincts, but Mick knew exactly what to do to get the baby to calm down.
Is anyone else kind of rooting for Mick and Annie? They have great chemistry!
I’ve never been a huge fan of Nancy, and I guess that continues as I wasn’t pleased with how she talked down to Annie.
Annie may not be a responsible adult, but she tried her best. How could she know which diaper cream was preferred?
Just imagine how Nancy would have reacted if she knew where Dakota really was for half the day!
As for Ruby, well, she finally learned what Stan is up to at work and it wasn’t what she thought it was.
I hate that Ruby veered into “he’s cheating on me” territory. Yes, Stan has been working odd hours, he was caught lying, and he’s tired all the time, but the one thing we know about him is that he’s not a cheater.
I felt terrible seeing Ruby accuse him of being unfaithful when he’s quite literally in this mess because of her! He’s paying off her debt. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing for his family.
We know this, but let’s re-emphasize that Stan is the man!
What did you think of the episode? Is Good Girls finally digging in deep?
Let us know in the comments below!
Walker Review – A Tornado and the Truth (1×08)
A tornado blew onto Walker and forced many truth’s to bubble up to the surface.
I guess natural disasters have a way of making everyone confront situation head-on.
And sadly, not all relationships survived the hour.
Liam’s relationship with Bret hasn’t been featured too much in the series, but it was still heartbreaking to see him purposefully sabotage things between them in an effort to keep him safe.
Instead of telling Bret the truth, Liam decided to lie and say that he cheated on him during his trip to Mexico.
In reality, Liam has been hiding out in his office terrified that the Northside Nation gang is coming after him. What else could he possible think after they blew up his and James’ car for investigating Emily’s death.
By cutting Bret off, Liam ensured that he wouldn’t be used as leverage as he delved further into the case.
However, he couldn’t keep the truth from Walker any longer.
Walker’s reaction was much calmer than I expected. He didn’t flip out on Liam or get mad that he and James kept this from him. Instead, he acknowledged how difficult it had to be for Liam to tell the truth.
But it’s unclear how he’ll handle things moving forward. Cordell is hotheaded, so he’ll likely want to pursue the lead himself and get revenge, especially once he finds out that Geri may be involved!
The news hit him right as Cordell was considering going on his first date since his wife’s death. Maybe it’s for the best that he isn’t quite ready because watching him flirt with Julie was all sorts of uncomfortable.
Walker, Micki, and Trey ventured out into the dangerous weather to help the locals including Ruby’s grandfather.
The rescue mission hit a bit of a snag when Micki suffered a panic attack brought on by the intel that Adrianna isn’t her birth mother.
She’s had a bit of trouble processing the truth likely because she bottled it all up inside. Aside from Cordell, she didn’t tell anyone the truth.
Eventually, she had to face the music and came clean to Trey, who wasn’t pleased with her continuing to keep things from him.
Initially, it didn’t make sense why her first call was to Walker, but once she broke it down, it made sense.
By telling Trey, Micki had to acknowledge that it was the truth. It made it real, and she wasn’t ready for that.
Micki always holds things close to heart, but this is the first step into letting Trey fully in.
Also, the three of them make such a great team!
While Trey and Micki figured it out, Stella and Trevor’s perfect high school romance hit a snag when she realized that his father was Clint West. I guess Cordell told her all about Duke’s escapades with Clint, so she immediately connected the dots and realized that Trevor was using her.
Truthfully, I didn’t expect Stella to find out so soon or in this way, but I’m glad the truth is out there.
She’s too sweet to get caught up in some vengeful scheme.
And the deeper she got into it with Trevor, the more it would hurt both of them as the feelings between them seem to be real.
Like Romeo and Juliet, they’re caught up in a love story that’s doomed due to their families.
Trevor was definitely conflicted about the whole situation because even though he wants to do right by his family, he can’t deny that the Walker’s are good people.
Does this mean things are over for good?
Will Stella inform her father about Trevor’s motivations?
Will Cordell and Clint meet face-to-face?
- Bonham and Abeline are finally putting the infidelity behind them and moving forward! At least one couple was salvaged during the storm!
- Liam told Micki the truth about Emily’s death before he told his brother. Did anyone else find that strange?
- Why isn’t James around to help Liam deal with the fallout?
- Keegan Allen sold me on the role of Toby on Pretty Little Liars (even with all the crazy twists), but I’m just not buying what he’s selling with Liam. I can’t put my finger on why that is, but it just doesn’t work for me!
What did you think of the episode?
Were you hoping for more action or are you enjoying the character development?
What do you think happened to Emily?
Let us know in the comments below!
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