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?
Brooklyn Nine-Nine Review – Father Son Showdown (7×10)
Boyle takes pride in being mistaken for Jake’s butler, Terry screams that he’s a muffin man, and Hitchcock and Scully prove they aren’t total idiots. There’s a lot to like in “Admiral Peralta,” though I have my issues with it (both personal and more objective).
Amy and Rosa’s storyline is fine. I always like when competence is proven by Hitchcock and Scully. I had a feeling there would be some reveal here because we’ve been shown too many times that these two are actually quite adequate when they want to be. Nothing too intense is happening, but I like the small amount of respect that Amy and Rosa gain for Hitchcock and Scully, even if Hitchcock immediately loses it.
Gina’s absence has allowed Hitchcock and Scully more time to shine, and for the most part I think they fill the spot nicely. I personally miss Gina, for when Gina was used right she was my favorite character, but Hitchcock and Scully bring something different to the table. They don’t replace Gina, they just fill her spot. They are completely different characters with different roles, but their two-for-one dependence is unique to Brooklyn Nine-Nine and their shifting position as allies to obstacles is a fun way to spice things up here and there. “Admiral Peralta” ensures that their presence will continue to be effective by reminding the audience that they are competent, keeping them from becoming one note.
Terry and Holt’s storyline is meaningless, and that’s great; not every storyline on every show needs to be more than just entertaining. There will probably never be a follow up to this flute storyline, so it’s just a fun avenue to get a little creative with the camera work and have Terry scream about being the muffin man. The intense camera closeups of Holt “coaching” Terry on the flute ups the intensity of the task in the same way similar techniques provide intensity in sports films. It’s silly fun.
Holt still learns a lesson by the end of it, so they do throw a small arc in, but it’s overall inconsequential and the final gag that Terry didn’t even need to have practiced to get the spot is great. It’s a bit meta, too, just emphasizing how meaningless all of this is, and I love it.
My only full complaints come with Jake’s storyline. I like the core conceit of Jake trying to come to terms with the fact that he’s going to have a son and that his family doesn’t have a good track record of father/son relationships, but I feel like it’s backwards. We, the audience, already know that Jake is going to be a great father, so there is no natural tension there. That means the tension has to be created through Jake’s personal fear of not being a good father, and this fear only fully manifests itself at the end of the episode before being immediately cleared up.
If Jake knew he was having a boy earlier in the episode his fear could have been more realized and created a stronger arc for him. I like Roger’s final speech to Jake a lot and I like his admittance to being a poor father for Jake, but I think the scene would have been more powerful if we saw Jake struggling with his place as a father from the start of the episode.
The use of Jake’s grandfather provides context and history for the “curse” the Peralta men seem to pass down generation to generation, and also puts Roger into a position where he has to directly confront his poor upbringing of Jake, which is great. I like seeing the three come together to try to clean the kitchen after the cake spills, but I can’t help but to feel, despite the great visual gag of blue frosting everywhere, that their attempt to “birdbox it” is ridiculous. Why not just have Boyle come in and clean it up? They had to tell him the gender anyway to get him to bake a new cake (actually, they may have kept that secret from him some how since Boyle didn’t put the food dye in). I know they are trying to keep it a secret but it didn’t seem like that big of a deal in the greater context of the episode.
Maybe I could have believed it more if the reveal was tied to Jake’s fears, but again, we don’t really see those fears until the end of the episode. Alternatively, maybe I’m just not into gender reveal parties (I’m not).
Honestly, I’m just not that into the baby in general, so from a personal standpoint I’m not a fan of this episode, which likely affects my view of the episode as a whole. Speaking as objectively as possible, though, this is a fine episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine. There is some heart to Hitchcock and Scully’s story, and while Holt and Terry’s flute lessons aren’t going to sit atop many “best moments” list, it’s a funny storyline. There is also some real drama with Jake and his father and a very good resolution to that drama. I don’t think it’s set up as effectively as it could be, but it’s still a well written character beat. Combine those together and, despite my personal grievances, “Admiral Peralta” mostly works.
Other Great Thoughts:
- I’ve never felt more seen than I did during the precinct’s universal shrug after Jake and Amy’s pregnancy reveal.
- Terry’s daughters criticize him all of the time.
- Why does Jake care about hanging up on Amy first? That was weird, right? Or is that just me? What did I miss there?
- Roger asking if his dad is at the hospital is quietly heartbreaking, and I really appreciate that beat.
Manifest Review – Mic and Zeke Get Married, But Do They Make It to Their Honeymoon? (2×12)
And they lived happily ever… until they didn’t.
Mic and Zeke’s wedding was a beautiful celebration, but their happiness was shortlived on Manifest Season 2 Episode 12 because their honeymoon was interrupted by the three looming shadow figures that have been threatening the Stone family for several episodes.
But before we get into the “disaster” that stemmed from Mic’s decision to not follow the Callings, let’s talk about the wedding.
It went off without a hitch aside from Mic’s brief “cold feet” — and I love how Zeke worked that into a joke since he’s actually freezing to death.
For #TeamZeke fans, the wedding was a celebration of life and love.
Mic hesitated a bit before the wedding because she was scared. Usually, weddings are supposed to celebrate the beginning of a long road ahead for a couple, but Mic couldn’t envision a future with Zeke because they didn’t have a cure for the death date.
He accepted that he was dying while she wanted him to fight for his life.
Mic wanted a “sign” to point her in the right direction, and she got it when Ben’s Calling led him to a consignment shop where he found his mother’s veil.
The veil confirmed what she already knew to be true: she wanted to marry Zeke more than anything.
For those of you that have been #TeamJared, well, you were in the same boat as Jared: you wanted to be happy for Mic, but it was hard to watch.
In the penultimate episode, Zeke only had 2 days left to live, which meant everything was expedited.
Jared was taken aback by Mic’s announcement that she was getting married (likely because he was still holding out hope that they would get back together), but he figured that he would support her on her “big day.”
Sadly, when he saw her in that wedding dress, you could see the pain it caused him. My heart broke for him.
He has wanted to be in Zeke’s shoes for the longest time, and he couldn’t stand by and watch the love of his life walk down the aisle and marry another man.
After the intimate celebration, Mic and Zeke got ready for their honeymoon, which also doubled as Zeke’s hoorah. It’s incredibly morbid, and I’m kind of glad it was interrupted.
They didn’t get too far before they got the call that poor Cal was taken by the three meth heads.
Roswell, New Mexico Review – The Story of Nora Truman (2×03)
As Michael looks for answers about his mother, Roswell, New Mexico sets off to explore what happened in 1947 when the UFO, alien saucer, whatever you want to call it, landed.
It’s a pleasure seeing Kayla Ewell back on the screen. She’s filling a tall order by conveying the emotions of a scared, young mother in a foreign land without being able to say a single word.
And she nailed it.
Flint Manes, who proved that he may be trying to be on the right side of history, gave Alex an account of what happened the night of the UFO landing.
Alex then tried to exploit his father to find out the version of events that he’d heard and learned of a man named Trip.
The only thing better than Kayla is original Roswell star Jason Behr tapping into the role of Trip, a man who was likely the reason Nora was taken to Caulfield and kept as a prisoner for hundreds of years.
Behr did a phenomenal job as a soldier who was curious about the woman standing in front of him while also portraying a man who knew he had a duty to his country.
It’ll be interesting to see this story unfold and lead us into the present-day dynamics of humans vs. aliens, especially since many of those humans are siding with the aliens and protecting them from the hatred brought upon by being different.
We’ll find out specifically what happened to Ewell that she went from “gunned down to smiling next to a prize-winning pumpkin to a torture chamber” in the span of a year.
Who was the blonde woman who saved her by taking a bullet for her and gave her a fighting chance? Was it Max and Isobel’s mother?
And who was the man who, unlike Trip, offered to help Nora and meant it? Could he be a descendant of Maria DeLuca?
If so, there’s a real possibility that Guerin and DeLuca are somehow related, which would be problematic for their relationship.
The past could also give us some insight into the DeLuca’s and why Maria’s family has some supernatural connections that she doesn’t seem aware of.
The theme of “mothers” was overarching as Maria was reunited with her missing mom, Mimi. She was found wandering on the road by Cam, who came back to town and realized it was even weirder than when she’d left it.
Of course, Mimi didn’t remember a thing that happened while she was missing for a month and thought it had only been a day. Maria didn’t think anything of it because her mother’s memory isn’t the best and she tends to “wander,” but she also knew something was up because her mother was wearing some nifty cowboy boots.
What happened to Mimi? Did she get abducted like one of the other residents suggested?
And in the same vein of mothers, Isobel tried once again to abort her pregnancy.
It wasn’t clear what the outcome was, but given the amount of blood loss, I’d say she got what she wanted. However, I feel like the series wouldn’t introduce a pregnancy storyline just to get rid of it, so I’m not convinced Isobel is sans baby just yet. It’s possible the alien baby is much stronger than she thought.
It was incredibly sad to watch her go through so much pain and risk killing herself in the process, but the series used it to paint a picture of the very reality that women without access to proper medical treatment or with no choice have to go through.
They also made sure that Isobel explained her reason for wanting to abort the pregnancy — it was something she was doing for herself.
She couldn’t go through with having a baby that belonged to Noah, a man who emotionally manipulated her and lied to her. It wasn’t of her own free will, which was a very crucial part of her decision.
The series is finding refreshing ways to keep Max’s presence around, and the scenes he shared with Isobel were sweet, even if they were a figment of her imagination after ingesting poison.
It proves how much she needs and loves him. But more so, it underlines their strong bond.
Max is still connected to Isobel and since he’s gaining strength while getting regenerated in the pod, he knew when something was wrong. If it wasn’t for him connecting with Rosa to tell her to check on Isobel, she would have died.
Rosa was a lot more tolerable on “Good Mother” mainly because she acknowledged what we were all thinking — she didn’t deserve this second chance.
It made me feel for her a lot more than I did in last week’s episode because it proves how much she’s struggling and hoping to numb the pain by drinking.
She found herself back in a strange new world; a world where she’s suddenly the outcast, hated by the town and even though people care about her in her inner-circle, she can’t help but feel guilty and like a burden that she survived while Max perished.
She’s truly going through survivor’s guilt. But by opening up to Liz, she can finally begin healing.
It’s going to take some time, but I think they have to find a way to inform the town and her father about Rosa’s return.
Especially if she continues to sneak around town. Her need for booze got her caught by her best friend, Maria, who thought she was having some kind of episode like her mother.
Rosa assured her she was real, and once Maria learned the truth, she wasn’t happy with either Guerin or Liz.
The truth ruined her shortlived romance with Guerin, but it was pretty perfect while it lasted. I’m hoping she can forgive them and understand that they thought they were protecting her, but she’s right that they left her pretty vulnerable.
Liz spent most of the episode bonding with Cam and it gave us some of the strongest moments of the hour.
You wouldn’t think these two would fair so well considering they were both romantically involved with Max at one point, but that connection is exactly what made this so great.
They weren’t bitter or jealous — they both loved and cared for the same man and allowed that to bring them closer together.
I’ve never been a huge Cam fan (which is weird cause I love Aunt Freya on The Originals), but that may have changed now that she’s done pining over Max. I think my problem with her was that she allowed herself to be treated like crap by a guy who clearly didn’t want to be with her.
But all that aside, she noticed that Liz needed someone to just be real with and vent out her anger and frustration with Max’s decision.
It may have been risky to give Liz a weapon while she was chugging back that wine, but she needed to get all of that out.
It’s not like she’s going to tell Rosa, who is already vulnerable, that she may not have allowed Max to sacrifice himself or that she wishes he’d consulted her first, but she’s right — no one should have to make a decision to save either their boyfriend or their sister.
It’s why Max did it for her, and now, she owes him enough to find a way to save him.
And while she does that, she also has to find a way to help Rosa before it’s too late. Will she be able to help them both?
There’s a lot of promising storylines building up, but the tempo has been a bit lackluster. Let’s get to the action!
What did you think of tonight’s Roswell, New Mexico?
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