That was low even for Rio.
He’s done some pretty terrible things in his criminal lifetime but killing sweet, innocent Lucy has to be at the top of the list.
His decision to end her life in such a point-blank way without any hesitation or remorse is a stark reminder that he’s a truly dangerous criminal.
It’s easy to get lost in his eyes, or charmed by his good looks, intoxicating glimpses, and husky voice that we tend to forget who we’re dealing with, what he’s capable of, or how far he’ll go to get what he wants.
It almost doesn’t add up that Beth, Annie, and Ruby are still alive with how nonchalantly Rio went about killing Lucy.
He had a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Lucy was a loose string, I get that, but she was also valuable just like Beth, Annie, and Ruby. Sure, Rio got what he wanted when she made the template, but as we’ve seen before, her skills aren’t disposable.
We never saw a body as the gunshot rang out in the distance. It may have been the show’s way of sparing us the brutality of the scene, or it might be that Rio only injured Lucy as a warning to Beth and the ladies.
I always preach TV’s number 1 rule: no body, no death, and we have to consider that possibility here.
Still, when that gunshot rang out and Lucy was “killed,” a numbness took over and filled the eerie silence.
The “good girls” felt it, and I, sitting in my living room under my warm blankie, felt it. It crept in and took hold with its cold, clammy hands.
Lucy didn’t deserve that, especially not after she helped Rio and did exactly what he wanted. She was innocent in all of this and was only brought into this mess because of Beth. She lived a simple with her boyfriend and her bird.
Beth tried protecting her by standing up for all of them. Through her fear, she gave an inspired speech about how Rio needed “the chef” and needed all of them, but he adamantly told her “no.”
I think Beth’s rebellion is what got Lucy killed. Rio had to do something so that his men would still view him as a leader and not someone who could be controlled by the woman who tried to shoot him multiple times.
Beth tried to flex her authority, and Rio was forced to flex his.
Which brings me to Dean’s statement that “you don’t kill something you love.” Beth countered that it’s money, and that’s true, but it’s not entirely true.
As I mentioned before, it’s surprising that Rio has put up with all of Beth’s crap especially when he has had ample chances to kill her and punish her for all that she’s done.
One could argue that she’s been spared several times because she’s proven herself useful, but listen, if she successfully figured out how to print money, anyone can.
Beth’s resourceful and independent, but she’s not one of a kind in this world, which means that Rio has to be keeping her alive for other reasons.
You could argue that he finds her profitable, but he can get money with our without Beth. A guy who goes into protective custody and still has loyalty from his men is not someone who is aching for dough.
It can’t even be about money because if it was, he would have let her pay off her $100k debt and walk away.
It all boils down to Dean’s statement being somewhat accurate.
Rio loves to watch Beth squirm; he’s interested in her mind and how she reinvents herself whenever pushed into a corner. He likes that she’s quick on her feet, fiercely protective, and always ready to fight until the very end.
What is keeping Beth alive is that Rio sees something in her that’s a reflection of himself. He’s going to want to cling onto that for as long as he can, but admitting that he wants her around is weakness. The whole final scene proved that.
Rio never shows weakness, which is why he can’t just jump back into bed with the woman who shot him. What kind of message would that send to his guys? Which only leaves him with the option of toying with Beth to keep her around and grooming her to be by his side by making her jump through hoops and proving herself over and over again.
By the time he’s done with her, she’ll be ready.
Plus, he knows that she’s still deathly afraid of him, so in that regard, he does have some semblance of control.
However, how long can his lust or like for Beth keep her alive? Rio is determined to eliminate the middle man, in this case, Beth and her gal pals.
By trying to find out how to print money and getting his own panel, he’s proving that he’s inching for a time where he no longer has to rely on her. Beth proved to know a lot about the process that he doesn’t, but it’s only a matter of time before he gets the hang of it.
Then, there’s Dean.
When you really think about it, Dean has played a large role in how things have unfolded; he’s the catalyst.
He claims he doesn’t want Beth to be around “gang friend,” but by destroying the template for the money, he merged her fate with Rio’s once again.
Dean had a few “better” moments this season, but he can no longer shake his responsibility in this situation. He continues putting a target on their backs, which forces Beth deeper into this mess as she tries to undo what he’s done.
He wants Beth to be free of Rio, but buddy, she’s trying. If it were easy, she would have done it a long time ago. In order to win, or survive, at the very least, you have to play the game.
Beth was doing that until Dean destroyed the template which led the good girls to ask Lucy for help. She assumed they had a gambling problem and refused so Annie broke into her house (in the daytime, might I add) to steal her beloved bird as collateral.
This meant that Beth wasn’t at work when Rio paid her visit and he befriended awkward and overly-trusting Lucy, learned about her skills, used her, and killed her.
Dean doesn’t even know half the things Beth has seen or done to protect herself, her friends, and her family from Rio, and yet, he has the nerve to destroy her only lifeline because the guy intimidates him.
And while I’ll acknowledge that Beth has also put herself in this position by printing money in the first place, she wouldn’t have needed to resort to any of these drastic measures had it not been for Dean screwing around and making their family broke in the first place.
It all goes back to Deansie.
Other Moments Worth Mentioning
- What’s the point of Kevin? It’s supposed to show that Annie has sunk to a new low, but I don’t understand the point of him parking outside of her house and getting anywhere near Ben. It’s weird and makes me realize how much I miss Noah. Maybe the fact that Ben called her an “addict” will convince her to return to therapy and stop lowering her standards cause right now, they’re barely existent.
- Ruby telling Annie that “game recognizes game” shouldn’t have been so satisfying. The only difference between Ruby’s game and Annie’s game is that Annie owned up to her crimes because of the guilt while Ruby’s soul is so tainted, she likely never will. With this latest murder on their hands, they’re never going to get out from under this.
- Is no one concerned in the slightest why there are dudes with tats crawling a cute little card shop? Rio isn’t trying hard enough to keep his business his business, which seems strange because, after all the unwanted attention from the Feds, you’d think the last thing he’d want to do was raise any eyebrows.
- At least the bird survived…. which brings us back to poor Lucy. When her boyfriend told Beth that Lucy didn’t have many friends aside from her, it just made the situation that much more painful. Beth will carry this with her for the rest of time.
Beth also needs to think of a lie because Lucy’s boyfriend is going to launch an investigation and there is a witness that puts Lucy at the store late that very night.
If the cops come looking and asking questions, this could get very messy for Beth. Not to mention she has Lucy’s bird!
Also, how could she forget the phone and the purse? The moment gave me so much anxiety. Imagine if the boyfriend saw it just laying there.
What did you think of the “Au Jus?”
Who is to blame for this mess? Is Lucy really dead? Why is Rio keeping Beth and friends alive?
Nancy Drew Review – What Happened to Dolores Barrett? (2×14)
Nancy Drew delivered an intense and powerful episode that tackled police brutality in a way that was authentic to the series.
The episode swapped the usual supernatural mystery for a who-dun-it set at the police precinct.
Everyone that was trapped in the station that evening played some kind of role in the 2013 disappearance of a Black woman named Dolores Barrett.
The “arbiter” called upon Nancy Drew to figure out what happened, and Nancy was up for the challenge mainly because she wanted to redeem herself after the whole town thought she was a fraud for rescinding her statement against Everett Hudson. Heck, they even called her the “liar of Horsehoe Bay.”
Since the episode gave off murder mystery dinner party vibes, I didn’t expect it to take such a heartbreaking turn.
Within a few hours, Nancy figured out that Dolores was deceived and harassed by Brandon, the married man she was seeing, humiliated by Mitzi, who couldn’t hide her racism, terrified and assaulted by Fraser, who hit her head while arresting her, and ignored by Hampton, who turned a blind eye as she died a slow and terrible death in her jail cell.
The series often addressed dark storylines, but none of them are ever as gut-punching as this one since they’re set in a supernatural world.
Sadly, there was nothing supernatural about this.
Dolores, a Black woman, was murdered at the hands of police while in police custody, and they didn’t even hesitate to cover it up.
Not even Horsehoe Bay is immune from police brutality.
It’s no secret that Nick is one of the only men of color on the show, so it was nice that he was able to nudge Tamura into doing the right thing.
Nick and Nancy are singlehandedly responsible for the police reform happening in their small town.
It’s striking how much pressure needed to be put on everyone in order to have them confess to such a terrible crime.
You’d think their conscience would eat at them, but instead, they needed to be threatened and put on the spot to come clean.
Nancy was able to get justice for Dolores, and she even figured out that the Reverand was behind the whole thing.
I know she wanted the truth but it seems a little extreme that a woman of God would think that threatening people with violence was the solution.
Tamura was even injured in the process, and though he made it out alive, it was still a little concerning at one point.
I also don’t know why the series is pushing a love story between Nancy and Gil when she and Tamura have obvious chemistry.
Maybe Gil is supposed to represent the idea that Nancy isn’t feeling like herself. She doesn’t know what she stands for or who she is anymore. The only way she’s going to get back on track is if she remedies what happened with the Everett Hudson case.
Tamura began asking questions about Nancy and Ryan Hudson’s relationship, and while Nick shut that down immediately by asking that they focus on the missing Black woman for once, it’s concerning that other people are beginning to notice how close they’ve gotten.
Realistically, why would someone like Nancy and someone like Ryan be that close unless there was more to the story?
People are going to talk and possibly figure it out. My money is on Tamura figuring it out first.
Carson Drew may not be Nancy’s biological father, but he sure knows her well.
When he came by the station, Nancy tried to get rid of him by telling him off. It seemed like a harsh approach, but she was actually sending him a secret message via a riddle from her childhood.
Carson immediately knew Nancy was in danger and being held hostage.
I wish that we saw more of his team-up with Bess and George because that’s a fun trio! No matter which of the show’s characters you put into a scene together, it just works!
Carson talking about scaling a building was downright hilarious.
While Nancy handled things at the station, Bess and George were a bit busy summoning Aunt Mei’s spirit into Ace’s body.
Is it just me or did he nail the mannerisms of an older Asian woman perfectly?
Aunt Mei helped them find Mary Clarke, Odette’s long-lost lover, but the news wasn’t what she wanted to hear.
Odette couldn’t be reunited with the love of her life because she had moved on after living a long, prosperous, and happy life.
Human or ghost — no one wants to hear that they were only a small part n someone’s story when they were a major part of yours.
And sadly, reuniting Odette with Mary was their one shot at getting George back into her body exclusively.
And now, the pressure is on because as Aunt Mei pointed out, her lifeline is merging with Odette’s and shortening greatly.
George is running out of time to untangle Odette’s soul from hers.
If only Aunt Mei had a solution!
Other Bayside Claw Musings
- Aunt Mei saying she took Ace’s body because she wanted to see what it’s like to be a tall white man was hilarious and so very valid.
- I also couldn’t stop laughing at the fact that she blamed George’s ghost problem on the fact that she didn’t go to college.
- Oh, and happy-n0t-real-birthday, Nancy. It surely was eventful.
What did you think about the episode? Did you enjoy the real-world influence on the case-of-the-week?
Chicago PD Review – Trouble Dolls (8×13)
It’s been a rough season for Kim Burgess, but after Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 13, it seems like things are finally starting to look up for her.
Any time an episode focuses on Burgess, you know it’s going to be good.
Marina Squerciati continues to deliver outstanding performances on both a personal and professional level for Burgess.
The episode had it all: it touched upon Burgess’s work-life balance, addressed Makayla’s struggles with adjusting to her new life, and dealt Burgess and Ruzek’s falling out following the fight on Chicago PD Season 8 Episode 10.
It’s almost as if the writers read our concerns and addressed the storylines we’ve been wanting to see.
It also shows that the series can juggle storylines that tackle both the personal and professional aspects of a character’s life in one episode.
Now, let’s give everyone a life outside of work because it allows for stronger storylines all around.
Initially, Burgess and Makayla’s home life seemed pretty great (how cute was that little at-home play?), but soon, it became clear that Makayla was suffering trauma as a result of what happened in her life.
I’m so glad the series didn’t just gloss over that part because it would’ve been unrealistic.
Makayla watched her whole family get murdered by the father that also hunted her down. That’s not something you just get over.
She may not fully comprehend the weight of what happened, but she’ll feel the effects of that loss for the rest of her life.
And while it’s great that she has someone in her corner like Burgess who wants to protect her and make her feel safe and loved, there’s no denying that Burgess’s job is dangerous.
As the therapist pointed out, Burgess may leave her work life at the door, but Makayla has seen her with a gun.
To some extent, she knows that if something were to happen to Burgess, she’s all alone once again.
Burgess is her person.
Burgess was in denial by thinking that she didn’t need to assign a custodial guardian for Makayla.
Deep down inside, she wanted to pretend that everything would be okay, but she was ignoring the fact that she has a high-risk job.
Every time that she responds to a call — in uniform or not — she’s putting her life at risk.
I love that the emotionally heartbreaking case helped Burgess make the right decision.
She had a close call with a suspect after a bullet gently grazed her jacket, but it was a brutal reminder that the situation could’ve been much worse.
Intelligence deals with the toughest cases and pursues the worst criminals, and Burgess’s life is always on the line.
After everything that Makayla has been through, she deserves a backup.
And there’s no one more fitting than Ruzek.
We knew he would be Burgess’s go-to — after all, he was going to be the father of her child — but it still allowed for a tender moment between the two and what seemed like the beginning of a reconciliation.
Even though Burgess questioned Ruzek’s character, which strained the foundation of their relationship, we knew he would say yes.
He’s always there for Burgess because they have an unbreakable bond.
Chicago Fire Review – Don’t Hang Up (9×13)
Chicago Fire’s latest episode was a race against time, as the team worked to track down a missing girl who only wanted to talk to one person: Stella Kidd.
The rest of the season is working toward three possible outcomes: Kidd passing (or failing) the upcoming lieutenant test, Cruz becoming a father, and whether or not Casey and Sylvie will get together. Tonight, all three of those storylines were at the forefront of the episode.
In his paternity class, Cruz tried to perfect swaddling, and the rest of the crew helped him out. In reality, he was trying to do better at swaddling than someone else in his class, which made for a fun and random competition between new fathers.
Meanwhile, Casey confronted Grainger about getting back together with Sylvie, who admitted that she is clearly in love with Casey. Things are gearing up for their eventual connection!
However, the meat of the episode centered around Kidd, who had a great story to showcase her skills. Kidd is shown to be a great on-your-feet firefighter as she works fast to rescue a man who, after being hit by a car, was impaled by a tree branch. It was impressive to see her adjust to a situation so fast and showcased just how strong she is under pressure.
While studying for the test, Kidd received several phone calls from a burner phone from a girl who was being held somewhere in the city. From the calls, it seems that this girl and her brother are being held captive by a gang. She also revealed to Kidd that she was a part of the early days of the Girls on Fire program that was started, which is why she called Kidd. The girl said she left the program because she didn’t feel like she was good enough to rescue people before abruptly hanging up.
Kidd recruited her assistant Kylie to search the records of the Girls on Fire sign-up sheets, and they deduced it as a girl named Aliyah Ward and her brother Douglas. They were taken by a gang that Douglas got involved with for trying to snitch to the cops.
Since they knew the gang house is right by Aliyah’s, Kidd asked Severide and Boden to drive by, turn the siren on, and use the phone call with Aliyah to track it down. Boden then lies to the gang saying that their house is going to blow from saturation levels, which gets everyone out and secures a rescue.
I have this gut feeling that when Kidd takes the test, she will either pass with flying colors or fail because of some messed up situation within the Chicago Fire Department. The episode showed Kidd at her finest, so it’s possible that the next one could show her at her lowest. I think it would be great to see the other side of it because Miranda Rae Mayo has been giving a fantastic performance as she prepares for the test. It would be interesting to see her reaction if she did all this work to be shut down for it (though I would love to see her pass, of course!)
What I liked about this episode was the editing. They told all their stories the way they could knowing that the one around Kidd was the prominent one. The show has always struggled with maintaining which one was more important than the others for the week, but it was still fun to watch Cruz and Herrmann have a “swaddle-off,” as well as Casey discovering that there might be more in store for him and Sylvie.
What did you think of tonight’s high-stakes episode? Leave a comment below!
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