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Good Girls Season Finale Review – Beth Becomes a Business Owner (3×11)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Synergy" Episode 311 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Manny Montana as Rio -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Beth Boland can play the game, but with Rio constantly flipping the game, the poor girl cannot catch up.

But we knew that; it’s not a new concept that was introduced this season. And that right there is the problem with season 3 of Good Girls.

The season didn’t infuse the storylines with anything new. Instead, they relied on old storylines — Beth buying a business to wash money (a spa instead of a car dealership), Beth trying to get keys to the kingdom by killing Rio, and the feds closing in on them — as a cushion. Maybe what’s worked before works again for other shows, but the audience of Good Girls expects refreshing and thrilling; the unique-aspect of the show, the developed characters, and their relationship are the reason we fell in love with this show. 

Sadly, season 3 felt tired, uninspired, and as if it was going through the motions. 

It would be unfair to judge this episode as the season finale since it only got the title after the season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, but even as a standalone episode, it was less than stellar. 

The hitman storyline wasn’t resolved and will now roll into a potential next season (a season 4 renewal is still pending at NBC). James was paid a pretty good sum of money to eliminate Rio and still never completed his assignment. 

This meant that Rio continued to pose problems for Beth.

On Good Girls Season 3 Episode 10, Rio told Beth to develop a plan, so she did. She proposed that she would wash her cash through her new business venture, Dean’s pool and spa shop called Boland’s Bubbles. I’m digging the name. 

Beth thought she was so clever until Rio told her that since it was such a good idea, she would be producing and washing the cash herself from now on. He used the term business term “synergy,” and seemed really impressed with himself, but really, it meant he was washing his hands of doing any of the dirty work. 

At this point, even when Beth is winning she’s losing. 

Beth became a small business owner and promised Dean his venture would remain clean and “free” of Rio, but she already sold Rio the idea before they even acquired the property. 

Since she told Rio the business was operational when it wasn’t, she was forced to once again go to extreme lengths to keep her employer happy. 

Thankfully, they didn’t return the old school way of washing the cash via department stores, but their new plan was much riskier and dragged yet another husband into this mess.  

Ruby offered to wash the cash at Stan’s strip club and made it seem like it was fine to do because the place is full of sin. Ruby, who are you to judge!? The place of sin also allows Stan to take home a paycheck and keeps their family afloat, so I say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. 

Their stunt could have cost Stan his job if they hadn’t done their best to protect him in the process. 

Beth got creative and used her son’s explosive science project so that the fake cash would catch fire once it was loaded onto the truck and swapped out with the real money. 

That way, no one would ever figure it out or link it back to them. However, since the feds are looking into them, specifically Ruby, anything that happens in any business that’s somehow connected to them becomes suspicious. 

How I wish I could just yell through the screen and tell them that they’re on the FBI’s radar. 

The exchange allowed Ruby to pay Stan and the tip jar, which temporarily fixed things between them. 

And it allowed Beth to get the necessary funds to acquire Four Star Pool and Spa from smug Gayle. She just loved to throw it back into Beth’s face that Dean was a cheater who has “done this before.” Gayle, girl, it’s not like this was your first rodeo either. At least Dean wants to make it work with his wife.  

Plus, Gayle really underestimates Beth. Yes, Beth wants Dean to “feel like a man again,” but she also looked him straight in the eye and lied to him about this being his non-shady business. 

And it happened after Dean was brutally honest with her about his cheating ways back in the day. Dean used to be the problem in the relationship, but he’s been doing his best to fix things. It’s Beth who is the root of all destruction now. 

How does she plan to keep Dean in the dark since Rio will most definitely be coming around? 

Beth also took a move from Rio’s playbook when she sought out Mick’s advice on how he robbed her of furniture. 

When she walked into the pool and spa shop the next day to negotiate with Gayle, all of the hot tubs were — gasp — missing! 

Beth pretended to be shocked and swooped in to buy the place and unburden Gayle from all the trouble. Admittedly, it was a boss move and proves that Beth has what it takes to get what she wants, but I wish they would’ve shown us how Beth accomplished it. 

Did Mick and Rio’s men help? And what does she plan to do? Does she want to put all the stolen product back into the spa and sell it? Wouldn’t the cops have it jotted down and question how she got it all back?

While Beth and the ladies think Boland’s Bubbles is a small step to freedom, they remain in the dark about another threat lurking right under their noses.

If they knew, Beth would not be making such bold moves. Once Phoebe, the FBI agent, finds out Beth bought a pool and spa shop, she’s going to have a lead in the case. The fact that these women who have nothing to their name, not even furniture, can somehow buy cars and businesses in straight cash is suspicious with a capital S.

Phoebe is already closing in on Ruby. She posed as a dorky customer getting a manicure, which is when she caught Ruby at her most vulnerable. When Ruby was explaining how you can tell if a bill is fake, I wanted to scream.

She also stole Ruby’s phone and while she may not have found anything substantial on the phone, there are so many pictures of Beth and Annie, that she’s bound to look into the both of them and make some kind of connection. 

Beth thinks she’s being smart about everything, but when you look at it, Rio has found a way for Beth’s name to be on everything while his name is on nothing. He’s playing her like a fiddle. 

Rio may be a business partner, but nothing ties back to him. Beth is now the owner of a business that’s washing the cash she and the ladies produce. And Rio sits back and gets a huge cut of it all. 

Beth needs to learn how to operate on his level. Since she’s clearly not planning on giving up the game, maybe she should be turning to him for pointers instead of focusing so much on trying to eliminate him. 

When she confronted him about being given the keys again, he simply told her “next time, make sure the clip is empty.” Rio is honestly getting a kick out of the fact that he’s ruining her life. 

Which brings me to the biggest disappointment of the season — Rio’s screentime getting cut. 

This is not about me having a crush on Manny Montana (admit it, we all do), it’s about the fact that Rio is one of the most interesting characters; he’s an enigma, and the audience wants to get to know more about him. 

Why would you cut his screentime and reduce it to nothing more than driving up to pick up some cash from Beth each week?

It’s not only a waste of his talents but also a waste of a promising character who is just aching to have his backstory told. 

And lastly, Annie’s story-arcs were completely untouched.

Is she still dedicated to re-taking the GED? Are things officially over with Josh Cohen or will he leave Lyla and run back to Annie?

He was seemingly introduced for Annie to grow as a person, but it’s tiresome to always see her get used by a guy and then left alone to pick up the pieces. Is it so hard to write her a decent man?

This season wasn’t my cup of tea. That isn’t to say I didn’t go into every week eager to see what shenanigans the ladies would be up to this week, but I can’t say I left feeling blown away either. It was mediocre. But I strongly believe the series has so much more potential, and I’d love to see the writers redeem themselves in season 4.

So, to wrap it up, please #RenewGoodGirls because we need to find out how all of this ends, how close Beth is to getting arrested, and why Rio plays tennis! 

Till next season, Cravers! Leave your comments — if you agree with me or if you don’t — in the comments section below! 


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Roswell, New Mexico Season Premiere Review – Hands (3×01)

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After more than a year, Roswell, Mexico is back, and it comes bearing some thrilling new developments. 

With a one-year time jump, the season 3 premiere largely glosses over COVID-19, though a few mentions here and there indicate that even the supernatural world isn’t immune to a global pandemic. It’s probably for the best because no one wants to see the citizens of Roswell walking around in face masks when they have more pressing issues at hand including the arrival of Jones.

As predicted — and as toyed with in the original Roswell —  Mr. “Howdy Partner” is the savior while Max is the clone. That’s all that we know going into the episode, but my guess is he’ll cause his fair share of problems as their mother likened to the “devil.”

I can’t wait to Nathan Parsons’s pull double-duty and channel his inner cowboy. The role is much different, so it’ll be interesting to how he tackles this new character. 

You’d think they would use Jones to get information about what Max saw in the vision, but they chose to lock him up and ignore the problem instead. 

That is until Isobel and Michael found out Max was lying to them about his body rejecting Noah’s heart.

With the realization that he’s living on borrowed time, they decided to wake up Jones and gain information on how to save Max.

Isobel and Michael are understandably in a world of pain when they find out Max has been lying to them. They’re betrayed, but that doesn’t mean they’re going to stop fighting. Those two will do anything to save Max, which is a good thing because Max has seemingly given up. 

He’s living out his last days by getting really drunk, listening to some of Liz’s old tapes, and downing a ton of nail polish remover.

He’s also pretty broken up about his breakup with Liz, and the feeling is mutual.

Liz, as we know from the finale, moved to Los Angeles and has thrown herself into her work at Genory, a company he should be wary of.

When she’s not finding life-changing cures at the lab with Heath, she’s trying to find a cure to help Maria avoid memory loss as a result of her visions.

Heath has the hots for Liz, but since she’s still holding out hope that Max will come back for her, she’s hesitant about even grabbing drinks with him.

However, when she leaks Genory’s patents and he assists her with hacking the system to erase any trail back to her, she realizes she’s also into him. 

Plus, it helps that Kyle paid her a visit and suggested that it’s probably time to move on with her life. 

Of course, you know that at some point, Max and Liz will cross paths again, and poor Heath doesn’t stand a chance when it comes to soulmates. 

It’s also nice to see a familiar face on the series — Steven Krueger holds a special place in my heart as I loved Josh on The Originals. 

Liz may trust Heath, but should she? Genory is up to no good as it Dr. Margot Meyerson, so I wouldn’t be surprised if Heath was on their side also. 

I fully expect her decision to tamper with the patent to come back and bite her. 

When Heath said “Genory owns you,” I couldn’t help but think that anything she comes up with while working for them — the cure for Maria, most importantly — will become their property! 

Liz might be in way over her head. 

In the final moments of the episode, we also see Max hook up with the singer from the bar. Max’s guard is down as he’s looking to have a good time, but, as with Heath, I can’t shake the feeling that she’s up to something far more nefarious. 

Guerin was also hurting after Alex returned to town and found comfort in the arms of another man. 

In my Roswell, New Mexico Season 2 finale, I said Guerin needed some space to figure out exactly what he wanted. After a year of separation, he still yearns for Alex.

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Roswell, New Mexico — “Hands” — Image Number: ROS301a_1147r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Steven Krueger as Heath and Jeanine Mason as Liz Ortecho — Photo: John Golden Britt/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved

But even with Alex’s new squeeze of the picture, getting back into his life is going to prove difficult as Alex is considering joining Deep Sky, the paramilitary group, that his father and brother were involved in. 

On one hand, I’m excited to learn more about Deep Sky as we only touched upon the organization on the surface level last season, but on the other hand, I’m terrified for Alex. Any organization eager to “recruit” you and give you top-level clearance is dangerous, and I wish he got on that bus with his boyfriend and skipped town!

However, as someone who has been lied to his whole life, I don’t blame him for wanting answers. He would never live it down if he had the chance to find out the truth and didn’t take it.

There’s also something to be said about getting answers and not being able to share them with anyone. 

As Kyle pointed out, it’s lonely. And we know that anything Alex finds out he’ll want to share with Guerin. 

Steph broke up with Kyle, and without Liz around, Kyle doesn’t really have much of a storyline right now. I hope that changes moving forward because I like his character a lot. 

He’ll likely be very useful once he learns about the clone and can begin testing and conducting studies.  

Kyle and Liz are the only two who could potentially figure out a cure for Max. We’ve seen them do incredible things together before, and reviving that partnership would be beneficial. 

I was never all that interested in Rosa’s storyline, but I’m definitely intrigued this season after her fight with Wyatt Long.

Wyatt looked like he saw a ghost (he technically did) and didn’t seem to buy the story that she was Rosalinda, Rosa’s cousin.

I know Wyatt isn’t the smartest in town, but that’s a hard sell for anyone. “Rosalinda” looks just like Rosa, likes the same things as Rosa, and is even working at the Crashdown. 

So much for keeping her resurrection a secret. 

Rosa defended herself from Wyatt, but what does this mean moving forward? Will the attack on her sister convince Liz to come home?

Or will Liz return because of Maria’s vision? Everyone is concerned that she keeps getting visions as it will eventually lead to the memory loss her mother endured, but Maria is curious by nature.

When her vision revealed a funeral, she wanted to know more. 

After Guerin told her that it was likely Max following his diagnosis, Maria put it to rest, but she had another vision when she was ambushed by the green people… literally.

Was it Deep Sky? And why?

Do they know about Maria’s visions?

Did they want to trigger them?

Max was alive and well in the vision, as was Maria, Isobel, and Alex, who commented about “covering up another murder.”

Whose death would affect Isobel so deeply? If it was Guerin, Alex would definitely be more shaken up. And if it was Liz, Max would be beside himself. 

What are your guesses? Share them in the comments below, and let us know what you thought about the Roswell, New Mexico Season 3 premiere! 


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Big Brother Recap: Pawn Material (23×08)

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Big Brother has entered week 3, and with the most chaotic player in history gone, the game might actually head down a new direction. Xavier holds all the power, and we got to see a little bit of insight into his reign, plus the third Wild Card Competition!

Xavier is the HOH this week, and he has a lot of promises that he plans on keeping. He’s in the Royal Flush alliance with the Kings and Queens teams, plus the Cookout alliance. These make his only nomination options Britini, Brent, and Whitney. Everyone wants Brent gone, and we were shown a montage of him saying a lot of weird, sexist things about women, as well being way too in love with himself. This gets to the point that even his team captain, Whitney wouldn’t mind if he walks out the door this week. Hannah even got a fantastic Diary Room session where she totally hated on Brent’s uncomfortable behavior.

Tiffany took the opportunity to try and persuade Xavier to put up Brent and Whitney, since they’re on the same team, and Britini was just on the block, and it would be cruel to put her there two weeks in a row.

It isn’t a BB season without a couple of showmances. The two that are currently forming in the house are Derek X. and Hannah, and Christian and Alyssa. The latter group has been more indiscreet than the former, since they’re being caught cuddling and talking together, plus they started making out secretly on the live feeds.

Hannah reveals that she and Derek X. threw the HOH competition so that their team wouldn’t be safe, making Brent vulnerable. Nothing brings players together more than one collective target. It gets to the point that everyone is throwing competitions just to leave one person available for eviction.

Brent’s arrogance and behavior has skyrocketed him to target number one. He had Diary Room sessions of him saying that he feels safe with Xavier in power, and he wants to revive the Slaughterhouse that imploded last week (wow, Frenchie hasn’t even been gone a week).

With Christian, Alyssa, Sarah Beth, and Xavier safe for the week, they were not allowed to play in the Wild Card comp for the week. Hannah, Kyland, and Brent have all played before so they were also not allowed to play.

Tiffany volunteered for the Queens team, because she wants to make sure that the safety does not fall in anyone else’s hands. Britini volunteered for the Jokers team, since she was on the block, and feels like she needs the safety. Derek X. volunteered for the Aces team for the exact same reason as Tiffany, so that no one can get the safety that could possibly keep Brent safe.

Before the competition started, Derek X. talked to Tiffany and let her know that he wants to throw the competition to her, so that Britini doesn’t get the safety and possibly remove herself from being placed as a potential pawn.

For the Wild Card competition, called “Unlucky 13,” the players had to take giant playing cards across a wobbly balance beam to a station of one of the other players, where they had to make the cards equal 13 on someone else’s station. They could place cards on their own station, and also replace cards so that their scores could go away from 13. It was pretty obvious that Tiffany and Derek X. were going after Britini, which she noticed rather quickly. The high-stress situation of the competition made everyone’s math skills go out the window. It was a two against one game; I almost felt bad for Britini when Derek X. replaced the last card, eliminating her from the competition.

After Britini was gone, Derek X. quickly slowed down his pace, giving Tiffany the victory in the Wild Card competition!

Winning the comp means that Tiffany gets the choice that comes with it. To earn safety for the week, she would’ve played a game of chance that would’ve made one person from every team safe for the entire week. She was not told what the game of chance was, but it did not matter, because Tiffany declined the offer, leaving everyone vulnerable, especially Brent.

The person who was the happiest with Tiffany’s decision was Brent, because he is living in ignorance, thinking that he is the safest.

Azah was confused about why Derek X. and Tiffany were targeting Britini in the competition, and approached Xavier about it. Xavier said that Britini is the easiest pawn, because she isn’t a big threat at all compared to Brent. If he puts up Brent and Whitney, Brent will know immediately that he is the main target, and they want that secret under wraps for the moment.

This sent Azah into a flurry of anger, saying that it’s unfair to treat someone as a constant pawn where there are other people to put up. She then volunteered herself to go up on the block next to Brent. Xavier was very adamant that he was not putting anyone from the Cookout on the block, ever, and let Azah know that he doesn’t want Britini gone, but putting up Whitney would be way more suspicious.

Right before nominations, Xavier talked to Brent to try to convince him that going up on the block gives his “alliance” with him will work to get Britini out. Brent hates the idea, saying that he’s not pawn material, and that he would do more damage than good to the overall game.

The Nomination Ceremony begins, and Xavier turns the keys of Brent and Britini as the official nominees to start the week. Xavier had a different kind of nomination speech, implying to the whole house that Britini is the target. Britini was clearly angry and upset, and Brent threatened to show what he’s really capable of in competitions, as we eagerly await to see the Veto Competition this Wednesday.

Best Player of the Episode:
Once again, Tiffany takes the top spot of the week. She won a competition that she needed to, and she is doing a fantastic job of knowing what each side of the house is feeling about different situations. This gives her the chance to look at all possible options as she progresses in the game. We are watching a BB legend in the making.

Worst Player of the Episode:
I can’t say Frenchie anymore, can I? The farmer’s presence is still felt around the house sometimes. Oh, well. The worst player of the episode is actually two people: Brent, and Azah. Yes, my winner pick is in this category because she is playing more emotionally than she is strategically, and then volunteered herself to be on the block, which is never something anyone should do, ever.

Brent is just genuinely clueless right now, both on the episode edit, and the feeds. He is currently living in a fantasy that he is safe, and if he is still on the block come Thursday night, he won’t be the one going. This is coming from the guy who still thinks that the Slaughterhouse is still a thing, when its founder just walked out the door. Sometimes I question whether or not Brent even knows the game he signed up for.


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Dynasty Review – A Public Forum for All Her Lies (4×11)

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There was a lot of business talk on Dynasty Season 4 Episode 11 as Fallon prepared to take Fallon Unlimited public. 

It’s always exciting when Blake and Fallon team up for business, but I’m also excited to see Fallon finally step into her light and do things the way she’s always wanted to. 

She has the charisma and the smarts to get things done without Blake’s toolbox of lies and deceit. That’s the old way of doing business — the Carrington Atlantic way, not the Fallon Unlimited Way. 

Plus, we got to see Fallon belt out Olivia Rodrigo’s “Driver’s License,” and I’m constantly blown away by her incredible voice. 

The episode didn’t touch on the funeral flashforward, so sadly, we don’t know who doesn’t make it through this season. 

There also wasn’t any update of Liam’s quest to clear his father’s name, nor was there any follow-up on the Fallon Unlimited hack that allowed someone to spy on Liam’s every move. 

These are the storylines I’m really interested in, but we have to settle for one featuring Dominique trying to get her designs into a fashion show. 

Why is it that every storyline with her falls flat? She’s the weakest character. 

Anders confronted Alexis and told her that he would turn his tape of Adam’s confession over to the authorities if she didn’t get rid of Oliver. 

Alexis tried her best, but Oliver was adamant about staying. Eventually, Anders also gave up and kicked Kirby out of the Manor if she chose to continue seeing Oliver. 

I know he means well with the tough love approach and he doesn’t want to stand around and see Kirby go down a dangerous and destructive path, but kicking her out pushed her directly into Oliver’s arms. 

Of course, also Kirby made her choice when she told Adam that they were done. She didn’t even seem mad that Oliver took Alexis’s deal to break up her relationship. Instead, she turned it around on Adam that his family is toxic. 

Seriously, Kirby? The man took money to ruin your life and you’re siding with him? That’s messed up. 

I never thought I’d vouch for Adam, but he genuinely loved Kirby and wanted what was best for her. I don’t know how it’s possible that in the span of a few episodes, Kirby lost all her pizazz and vigor for life. Why is she no longer determined to make something of herself?

Where are Sam and Fallon to make Kirby realize she’s making a mistake?!

We got a bit of the old Adam back when he threatened and blackmailed one of the board members into approving his clinical trial for Cristal. It takes guts to threaten someone using their dying family member, but don’t put it past Adam! 

Sam and Culhane dealt with the first hiccup of their partnership. I’m loving this business-savvy men storyline. 

These two deserve big things. However, Sam’s agreement with Leo is definitely concerning. He jumped the gun on that one, and when he tried to reverse it and take some extra time to think about it, Leo basically threatened him saying that his goons were going to destroy his hotel. 

Leo seemed shady from the beginning, but now, Sam was forced to re-enter the agreement simply to keep the hotel and their future club safe.

How do you think this will pan out?

Did you enjoy the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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