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!
This Is Us Series Finale Review – Us (6×18)
If you feel sad that it’s over, well, that’s how you know it was incredible when it was happening. Truer words have never been spoken.
This Is Us aired its final episode ever — I’m still letting the fact sink in that there will never be any new episodes.
Dan Fogelman and the team teased that the series finale would be a “big hug” to fans, but I’m going to need Jack Pearson to hold me a little bit longer and a bit tighter after that episode.
The finale was centered around a depressing day — Rebecca’s funeral — and while it was definitely a sad moment with the series coming to an end, there was also an uplifting spirit throughout the hour as the series tapped into those flashbacks that resonated so deeply with fans. The flashbacks to when the Big Three were kids were reminiscent of the vibe in season one where we were just beginning to understand the complexities of the family dynamic.
Some might say the episode was uneventful after the penultimate episode on the train, but there was beauty in the simplicity because it was filled with so much love from start to finish.
As the adult Big Three said goodbye to their mother, the feelings they felt mirrored what fans were feeling after six wonderful years of getting to know the Pearson clan inch by inch.
And at the end of the day, with both Jack and Rebecca gone, the siblings only had each other.
Kate questioned whether they would “drift,” but it’s almost comical that she even thinks that’s a possibility at this point in time. Those three as so very much intertwined that they could never drift too far without throwing each other a life raft.
Kate’s quote “as long as I know where you are, I always know where I’m going” described their relationship to a tee. They have all carved different paths for themselves, but their childhood continues to play such a big role in their lives.
As Randall reveals, when he thinks about his family, he sees his parents and his siblings instead of his wife and children. Their connection is so profound that it can survive anything.
The penultimate episode was so epic and emotional that it could’ve served as the series finale, but though Rebecca was the matriarch, it was always about the Big Three and the generations to come, which is why I’m glad that despite being the setting of the episode, Rebecca’s funeral wasn’t the sole focus.
The dialogue at her funeral, including Kate’s song and Randall’s eulogy, was inaudible because we didn’t need to hear what they had to say — we’ve been on this journey with them, and we carry Rebecca in our hearts.
If you took anything away from this episode, it’s the gentle reminder to live in the moment and embrace the present because it’s all too fleeting.
The flashback scenes to Rebecca’s carefree Saturday underscored just how quickly time passes by, and just how much we all yearn to grow up and worry about the future.
Time is a thief, and you end up reaching a certain point in life where you’d love to just slow it down.
This Is Us has always delivered the lessons we never knew we needed, and we saw Jack teaching his children those valuable lessons even before they were ready to hear or process them.
— Whitney Devlin (@whitneydevlin) May 25, 2022
He urged young Kevin and Randall not to rush the growing-up process as he taught them to shave for the first time, and while they were just too jazzed about being “grown,” on some level, they definitely understood what he meant at some point.
It was Kate who had it all figured out and basked in the joys of being a kid. She wanted to spend time with the family, play games, and watch movies. Kate may have had plenty of issues with herself, and though she may have been a late bloomer, she was always the most aware. She knew these were the good days that she could never get back, so she helped facilitate so many of those key memories for the boys.
I sometimes wonder how she would’ve turned out if Jack was alive for her formative teenage years since he was her biggest supporter and cheerleader.
Also, someone should really tell these kids adult life isn’t all it’s cracked out to be.
But adult life isn’t without the good moments either. Even on a terrible day, Randall couldn’t contain his excitement about becoming a grandfather.
When Deja told him it was going to be a boy, Randall, who has only been surrounded by women throughout his life, even did a happy dance.
And then Deja hit us in the feels when she revealed that she and Malik wanted to name the boy William. She may not have known her grandfather, but he made a huge impact on her life. The moment was only made sweeter with a scene featuring William, right before his death, as he raves about the unconditional love he feels for his granddaughters and wonders what kind of impact he’ll have on them in the short time he’s a part of their lives.
Oh, William, if you only knew.
There were some stellar scenes, including the back-to-back montage of multiple generations swinging their children in a swing. It may be a simple activity, but it’s a tether connecting all of them through fond memories that they will all cherish for years to come.
I’m not entirely content with the fact that the future remains slightly abstract for the Big Three and their families. It’s almost like a fill in the blanks for audiences, which feels strange considering how invested we are in their stories. Sure, we’ve gotten glimpses of adult Jack, Kate and Toby’s son, but why haven’t we seen Haley as an adult again?
Why can’t we get a peek into Randall’s life as a grandfather? Or anything with Kevin and Sophie?
Or maybe even some big family Thanksgiving down the line that assures us that the Big Three never drifted and remained closer than ever following their mother’s death? I’d like to see Kate, Kevin, and Randall in their 60s or 70s!
I know they revealed how they will be living their lives fearlessly to honor their mother, but it just feels like we were slightly robbed of seeing it come to fruition.
There was even a brief mention of Randall considering a run for president, but we’ll never know what came of it.
Much of the focus remained on the Big Three in the finale, but there were some stellar final scenes between some beloved characters.
KaToby had a whirlwind relationship, but their final words to each other included an “I love you” and an acknowledgment that they had a really great thing going for a while. Despite being divorced, there was nothing awkward about their interaction because their relationship was so real and raw through the years.
Beth also proved that she’s the MVP with a final game of “worst-case scenario” where she envisioned Randall renting an RV to visit his parent’s graves across the U.S. It was absolutely hilarious — she never misses a beat, even ahead of a funeral.
The series has a sweet spot for full-circle moments, and there’s nothing more moving than the whole family playing Pin the Tail on the Donkey, a game the Big Three played as children, following Rebecca’s funeral.
Rebecca and Jack did good — his words, not mine — as they raised three very incredible children who now have incredible families of their own.
I didn’t expect to see Jack and Rebecca in the “afterlife” of sorts, but I’m glad we got a little more from them following the reunion on the train.
She clued him into her fears about passing and leaving the children, but he assured her that she wouldn’t. He was speaking metaphorically because the family game proved that Rebecca left an indelible mark on them; They will carry her, the memories, and the lessons she taught them until their very last breaths.
And it seems as though Jack is acknowledging that he’s been with them this entire time watching over them, which is beautiful and reassuring.
It’s also reassuring that Bec wasn’t alone in her final moments — Jack was there to hold her and guide her into a new phase in her life.
The cherry on top was the final moment of Jack looking at his adopted son, a young Randall, while adult Randall looks at his adopted daughter, Deja.
It’s rare that you get a full picture spanning multiple generations, but it provided audiences with so many touching moments that always, in some shape or form, relate to their own lives.
We’ve been blessed to have a front-row seat to the Pearson’s story, and what a journey about life, love, and loss it has been.
There wasn’t a grand exit because life isn’t like that. It’s a collection of little moments (like teaching your sons to shave) that make us, us. And it has been the small, intimate moments that have made this show so relatable and heartfelt. It’s quite a thing, isn’t it?
Thank you to everyone that made this show possible. Thank you for reading my reviews weekly for six years.
And if you ever need some inspiration, you’ll always have the re-runs to help you through it.
Remember to appreciate everything that’s happening in real time instead of worrying about when it will end. Every song ends, but it’s no reason not to enjoy the music.
What did you think of the This Is Us Series Finale? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Riverdale Review – Things That Go Bump in the Night (6×15)
Saving Riverdale goes hand-in-hand with saving Pop’s. The friendly neighborhood ghosts ensured that Tabitha Tate was well aware of that on Riverdale Season 6 Episode 15.
As the small but mighty town prepares for a full-on good versus evil with Percival Pickens at the helm of the bad team, Tabitha attempted to salvage her family’s business first and foremost.
But every time they tore down Pop’s iconic facade, something went awry. When she saw a ghostly flashback, she tapped Cheryl and Heather, a self-proclaimed witch schooled by a coven in Greendale (hmm sound familiar) for help communicating with the spirit. It was then that she clued into the fact that the diner has been a refuge not only for the living but also for the dead, who were also very much aware of Percival’s plans.
Percival also knew that the spirits were standing in his way by bearing witness to the eldritch evil that they referred to as a ghost train.
It was complicated, even by Riverdale standards, but it confirms that Percival is some kind of evil entity that knows all too much. And the eldritch terrors, well, we’ve come across those in Greendale, so it’s a good thing that they have Heather on hand for intel and information.
The introduction of Heather also bridges the gap between Cheryl and the supernatural. She’s dabbled in it, but the fact that she’s a witch has never been established out loud until now. Heather’s confession about herself prompted Cheryl to be very open about her involvement in the supernatural. Cheryl has pretty much been guiding her powers of pyrokinesis all on her own — sans a few texts from her robust library — so it’ll be nice to have a guide who can help her lean into those powers.
And, of course, Heather is a librarian, so she’ll be able to lend a hand with Cheryl’s idea of expanding Thornhill into a local library. After all, plenty of people already use the location as a source of information.
Am I shipping Heather and Cheryl? I’m not convinced just yet, but maybe it’s because I’m still holding out hope — like many fans — that a Choni reunion is coming. However, I do think that Heather and Cheryl’s interests align better than Choni’s ever have, so that’s an exciting shakeup.
Toni has her hands full in her fight for custody of baby Anthony. She and Fangs are going up against Kevin, and since they are open “gangbangers,” there isn’t much working in their favor. But when the lawyer informed Toni that a healthy family front could persuade the judge, Toni decided to propose to Fangs despite being more and more aware that they aren’t soulmates.
As a mother, I totally understand where Toni is coming from. A mom would do anything for her child, and if that means she has to see eye to eye with Fangs and make him believe that they are destined to be together, so be it.
Fangs is trying his best. I can’t say I agree with his choice to go work for Percival knowing the danger that he poses to the town, but his actions are coming from a place of love, just like Toni’s. He wants to be there for baby Anthony and provide for his family, and Percival’s offer is allowing him to do it. The idea seems to be that he’s selling his soul to take care of his loved ones, but it’s possible having a personal tether can keep him safe from any mind control.
We should all be blaming Kevin for starting this mess to begin with.
We rarely see Jughead and Veronica team up, but boy was it incredibly fun. Veronica came up with a brilliant plan to bring in more revenue to the casino and stick it to the shareholders that were doubting her.
Listen, when you have a friend that can read minds, why not exploit it for profit? And thus, Forsythe the Fantastic — The Seer of the South Side was born. Everyone loves a good magic trick, and this act surely delivered.
And naturally, the haters wanted a piece as well. Reggie immediately hit up Veronica and attempted to blackmail her if she didn’t give him a cut of the profit.
Reggie dangled the fact that Veronica ordered the hit on her father against her, which isn’t entirely fair considering he was only privy to that information on a personal level.
Veronica wasn’t here for any of it, so she called up Jughead to see if his abilities extended to memory wipes as well. Sure enough, Jughead was eager to strengthen his powers, and before Reggie could even say “blackmail,” he forget exactly what he had against Veronica.
Unfortunately, he was aware that he lost a crucial bit of information, so he told Percival, who is now aware that Jughead’s powers are intensifying.
And based on what went down with Frank and Archie, he’s also aware that Archie figured out a way to become invincible.
Having Frank try to undercut Archie clearly underscores just how dangerous Percival’s manipulations are. Frank was always Archie’s biggest cheerleader, so there’s no way he would willingly try to sabotage his nephew’s business. And despite Archie’s best efforts, Frank wasn’t strong enough to use Fred’s memory as a tether.
Archie wouldn’t even know Frank was pulling a fast one on him if it wasn’t for Betty’s ability to see people’s auras. When Betty saw Frank glowing in a red hue, she knew that he wasn’t being truthful about his decision to call a truce.
Betty tried to hone in on her abilities so that she could determine why she was able to see some dangerous auras and not others.
She confided in an FBI agent — Drake — who was definitely helpful, but her help was also slightly concerning. Why didn’t she question anything Betty was saying? Why did she ask Betty if she’s happy living with her boyfriend? It was strange. Why didn’t Betty see any red flags there?
Betty initially thought that her blindspot was anyone with the serial killer gene, but when she tested Dagwood and Juniper, she realized that one of the twins had the gene, but it wasn’t the one glowing in red. I’m glad they are incorporating the twins into the mystery, but I truly don’t want them to be the inhabitants of evil. And I’m really glad Betty saved that cat before Butterscotch met the same fate as Caramel.
Alice dug into Betty when she realized she took the twins from her, and her tirade ended with her informing Betty that she was the villain and has always been bad.
Betty definitely seemed shocked and hurt by the outburst, but it was also leaning into her own biggest fear as she saw a red aura around herself in the mirror.
Who does Betty pose a threat to? Herself? Her loved ones? Juniper and Dagwood? The town? And does Drake know more than she’s letting onto?
Overall, it was an intense night of Riverdale that laid a lot of the groundwork for the final battle.
It’s pretty clear that Percival is going to come for Veronica and Jughead for their little “act,” and will likely take a stab at Pop’s new setup at the El Royale, but if they keep being one step ahead of him and keeping him on his toes, maybe they have a shot at winning this after all?
What did you think of the episode? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Dynasty Review – There’s No Need to Panic (5×12)
Only Alexis would design a panic room equipped with a tanning bed and a 25k wine fridge that didn’t actually have the capability to send an SOS during an emergency.
On Dynasty Season 5 Episode 12, Alexis was targeted by robbers because of her social media posts, which allowed her to spend some quality time with Fallon.
The two didn’t see eye-to-eye for much of the time spent inside the panic room, but they eventually poured their hearts out to each other before the housekeeper arrived to reset the power and let them out.
Fallon was feeling extra prickly about the whole situation because she thought she was pregnant. She kept questioning why her mother didn’t just give up the jewelry the robbers were after in order to buy their freedom, but what she failed to realize was that the ring had significance as her mother was going to use it to propose to Dex.
It was actually heartbreaking to hear Alexis say that she was going to pop the question simply because she didn’t want to be abandoned and alone.
Alexis isn’t the easiest person to deal with, but she deserves happiness. I loved that Fallon suggested that she reconsider the real reason behind her desire to marry Dex. At that age, you should only get married because you’re absolutely sure that you’ve found “the one.” No one has time for sham marriages.
Fallon rarely gives her mother solid advice, but it was key to helping Alexis determine her worth.
When they were finally free, Alexis chose not to chase Dex to the airport, but, in a moment of fate, he waltzed through the door and plopped down on one knee. The timing was right — and for the right reasons.
With The CW announcing Dynasty’s cancelation, the episode was pretty bittersweet. On one hand, it definitely seems like they are running out of storylines, but on the other hand, I’m hoping we get to see Alexis’s big day.
Fallon confided in her mother about the potential pregnancy, but when she eventually made it to the doctor, she was told that it was a false positive.
And that wasn’t the worst of it. The doctor informed Fallon that she wouldn’t be able to have children ever because of the scar tissue from where she got shot.
Seeing how hard Fallon and Liam tried for a child, this isn’t the news they were hoping for. But all hope isn’t lost just yet — there are so many options nowadays, especially if you have the kind of money Fallon and Liam have.
They could get a surrogate — Amanda or Kirby! — or they could adopt. If they are still dedicated to starting a family, there are plenty of options that would also make for a great storyline.
Though, admittedly, it put a bit of a damper on a celebratory evening.
At least Liam finally wrapped up his movie so he’ll be able to focus on expanding the family moving forward.
We’ve seen Liam and Culhane work closely together ever since he took the job as a producer on the indie film, but I’ll be honest, the whole plot was pretty bland.
I know men don’t talk, but I honestly don’t buy that either of them would still be triggered by something that happened years ago, even if they didn’t talk it out.
Culhane has moved on from Fallon, and she’s happy with Liam, so there’s no point in bringing any of this up again. And as Culhane pointed out, Fallon wasn’t “stolen” from anyone, she’s always done exactly what she wanted and she ended up with the person she was meant to be with.
The tension between Amanda and Adam was exciting at the beginning, but they are both going a little overboard. It’s clear that they don’t like each other, but they work at the same hospital, so they could at least tolerate each other instead of constantly wanting to pull one over the other.
It’s so petty. I’d expect it from Adam, but I thought Amanda was above that kind of behavior. It sucks to see her get dragged down to that level.
I am, however, enjoying the progression of her relationship with Kirby. Kirby hasn’t had the best luck in her dating life, but it seems that Amanda might be the real deal.
Well, that is if she doesn’t keep pulling Kirby into her feud with Adam. It wasn’t fair of her to ask Kirby to spy on her ex-boyfriend. What an awkward position to put Kirby in!
As for Cristal — she is finally owning her power and putting it to use. I love to see it.
Cristal and Blake definitely exude power couple vibes, but it’s true that Blake is used to being the alpha; the superior one in the relationship.
He likes to yield all the power when the truth is, Cristal is actually more powerful. She doesn’t need him to sign off on anything because she holds the. majority of the shares. Blake was definitely taken aback by her bold stance, but he didn’t seem to mind it. I think he’s very aware that Cristal has great instincts and he should trust them. Just imagine how great they could be if he treated her as his equal.
What did you think of the episode? How are you holding up after finding out that Dynasty is coming to an end?
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