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Good Girls Review – Don’t Steal from Rio (3×07)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Vegas, Baby" Episode 307 -- Pictured: (l-r) Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Retta as Ruby Hill -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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Beth Boland is bold.

It was only a matter of time before that boldness came back to bite her on Good Girls.

And now, Dean’s wild suggestion of packing up and moving to Vegas doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

If Beth did that, she’d be saving her family, but Rio would simply direct his wrath and the other people she cares about — Ruby, Annie, and their families.

Running away may seem like a good option, but the only way she will win this battle is head-on.

For starters, she might want to reconsider stealing from Rio. He knows when someone’s playing him, and Beth didn’t exactly do a great job covering it up.

To echo Ruby: “you stole from a man who blew a little girl’s brain out for fun.” That was bound to come with some consequences.

Beth said they deserved a piece of the pie, and she’s not wrong, but she wasn’t in a place to slip-up. Not yet, at least. Rio doesn’t trust them, and they haven’t given him any reason to as of late. He still sees her as the woman who shot him three times.

She should have waited, built up her credibility a little bit, and then launched her plan when the dust had settled a little bit.

Instead, she moved forward with a thought-out plan.

Rio is business savvy, so wanting to keep his costs down wasn’t a ridiculous ask. The fact that he wanted to “meet the man,” however, meant that he knew Beth was lying.

If she wanted it to be believable, she should have gotten someone to sell the story better because Rio knew the minute he walked into the bar that Max was a fraud.

Heck, he probably even knew who Max was. I wouldn’t put it past him to look into Lucy’s life so that he knew who might become a problem in the future.

I’ll hand it to Beth for handling Max properly when she realized he was onto them and knew Beth was somehow involved. She knew she needed to keep him from going to the cops

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The only way she could do that was by telling him what really happened to Lucy and emphasizing that they were also in trouble with this guy and in danger.

The one thing Beth excels at is always having some kind of plan and not backing down when things get tough.

However, she doesn’t learn from previous mistakes, and it’s going to get her killed eventually.

She should know better than to involve innocent bystanders in her mess because it always ends in disaster and death. Second of all, she should know better than to attempt to kill Rio using someone who has never held a gun before and doesn’t have the qualifications to hit and make the shot.

Their plan to pay for a professional hitman went sideways… like really sideways, so you might say that they had no other choice, but I’d argue that once again, waiting and forming a concrete plan that wasn’t impulsive would have been a better option.

The reason Rio constantly has a one-up on Beth is that he doesn’t panic but always makes cold and calculated moves.

Beth training Max to shoot a gun was incredibly enjoyable to watch because she’s pretty badass (all thanks to Rio), but it was a disaster in the making.

I’d never put my life in the hands of a man who shot a gun and got scared! Not to mention, he couldn’t aim to save his life.

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Imagine if Max worked up the nerve to shoot Rio and missed, Rio would probably strangle Beth with his bare hands for making a second attempt on his life.

Also, did she really want Max, who couldn’t hit the mark, to shoot a gun inside of a bar filled with patrons? I couldn’t understand the reasoning here at all. Rio is dangerous and needs to be “taken care of” but at the expense of others.

Rio may be Beth’s problem, but Stan is becoming Ruby’s problem. He’s become way too comfortable and accepting of Ruby’s lifestyle. It’s rubbed off on him a little bit as he made a conscious choice to get messed up in a shady situation himself.

Stan’s motivation is similar to Ruby’s when they started out — he wants to protect and provide for his family.

He saw an opportunity that’s extremely risky but pays well and consistently unlike the situation Ruby has found herself in. He watches her risk her life daily and get nothing in return. She’s still at square one in this vicious circle.

To be honest, I’m nervous for Stan. Getting involved with theft alongside strippers is just as dangerous as getting mixed up with a gang. Is he going to give us a “Good Guys” spinoff?

Of course, the moment that convinced Stan to take matters into his own hands was seeing his wife get shot. It was a minor injury, though it had the potential to kill her had Annie not jumped into action. She saved Ruby’s life, which inspired her to look into pursuing a career change and becoming an EMT. This is the kind of character and plot development I’ve been waiting for when it comes to Annie.  I need one of them to come out of this better and with a new sense of purpose.

Clearly, robbery isn’t one of their strong suits. How has no one made a connection that whenever there’s any kind of grocery/convenience store robbery, these three are always involved?

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GOOD GIRLS — “Vegas, Baby” Episode 307 — Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Annie assured them that robbing her convenience store would be easy, but there are so many ways that it could have gone wrong like the delivery man with a weapon arriving at the exact same time. Talk about bad timing!

Aside from Ruby’s survivable gunshot wound, everyone emerged unscathed and just as poor as before. Again, they never learn that robbing banks is more trouble than its worth.

In a surprising twist, the real winner of the episode was Dean, who found the courage to stand up to Gayle and her sexist ways.

When she told him to pack up his things, he threatened to expose her for promoting men who agree to sleep with her.

It seems Gayle has never been told “no” or challenged, but it was extremely satisfying watching Dean grow a pair and stand up for himself.

Now, that’s the kind of attitude that will get him his furniture back.

Oh, who am I kidding? Elizabeth, you better find someone with an employee discount at Wayfair!

After such a massive cliffhanger at the end of season 2, I expected so much from Good Girls Season 3, but it’s been off to a rather slow start. This cat and mouse game between Beth and Rio isn’t as exciting as it should be; it’s missing the mark and destroying the potential it had.

While Rio aimed to teach Beth a lesson by stealing her stuff, it almost doesn’t seem believable that he’d waste his time engaging in this childish behavior. Let’s not forget, this is a man who ordered the execution of Lucy a few episodes back.

What we really need to shake this season up is an episode dedicated to Rio’s backstory. We still don’t know anything about him!

What did you think of the episode?


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The 100

The 100 Review- Too Many Cooks In The Kitchen (7×03)

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The third episode of The 100′s final season picks back up in Sanctum. The palace has burned and Russell is set for execution.

Sanctum is the embodiment of the phrase “too many cooks in the kitchen.” Wonkru, The Children of Gabriel, the Prime believers, and the Eligius prisoners are all fighting for control of a relatively small kingdom. There’s not enough room for everyone. Sanctum is filled with tents and makeshift shelters to accommodate the different groups, and tensions have never been higher.

This feels very reminiscent of season three. We’re once again dealing with political struggles between groups we don’t know much about, while a sci-fi storyline lurks on the horizon. There’s too much going on at once.

And now, Wonkru is fracturing into even smaller groups. Gaia revealed that the flame has been destroyed and that Madi’s no longer their Heda. Without someone to rally behind, Wonkru has abandoned their sense of loyalty to each other.

This won’t be good. I’m glad that Madi will be in less direct danger, but without a united Wonkru, everyone’s at risk. And on top of that, Sheidheda is getting away with whatever’s he plotting. He successfully convinced everyone that he is Russell, and was able to easily manipulate Jordan into doing his bidding.

Obviously, Jordan is still pretty new to interacting with anyone other than Monty and Harper on the spaceship, but how is he that naive? The people in Sanctum have betrayed him before. It’s sweet that he’s trusting, but in the world of The 100, innocence is a death sentence. He won’t make it through this season alive if he keeps acting like this.

Sheidheda is very conniving. He saved his own ass by setting up a fake assassination attempt before his execution. A man willingly gave his life for him. He’s going to pose a big threat later on, especially if he still has a connection to Madi.

His speech to the people of Sanctum was supposed to be a big, powerful moment, but it was totally undercut by its similarity to Jack’s big speech from lost. “Live together, die apart” is only one word away from uniting the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.

Raven finally got a storyline of her own in this episode. She had to decide whether or not she was going to lie to the miners about the risk of the nuclear reactor. She chose to withhold that information, and they ended up dying.

It’s one of the typical moral dilemmas we’ve come to expect on The 100. Is it right to sacrifice the few for the many? In this case, probably, but it still wasn’t easy to watch. Adding in the layer of Raven putting Murphy at risk because she knows he’ll do anything to save himself makes it even harder.

I doubt Murphy will hold that against her, but after everything they’ve been through together, it felt wrong. But what’s even more bizarre to me about this whole thing is how the show is acting like this is the first hard choice Raven’s ever had to make.

She’s been morally gray before. In the first season alone she helped torture Lincoln and created bombs for the delinquents. My biggest issue with Raven is how she supports destruction and hard choices until they inconvenience her. She had so much potential as a character in the early seasons but has slowly evolved into the most hypocritical character on the show.

So, I’m all for her experiencing the same struggles with guilt and redemption that the other characters have been facing the past six seasons, as long as we don’t pretend this one act is the only thing she has to feel guilty about.

Stray Thoughts:

  • Still no sign of Bellamy this episode. The show suffers without him around.
  • How many times can we use the word cockroach?
  • It’s kind of weird how Monty’s memory is used to guilt Clarke so often. I think it’s clear that Clarke is striving to do better, and reminding her of one of the many friends she’s lost over and over won’t change anything. Also, this is another instance of The 100 pretending like one character was a perfect saint the entire time while continuing to demonize a select few for their past transgressions. Are we forgetting that Monty is just as guilty as Clarke and Bellamy are for Mount Weather?
  • Ever since the script came out that hinted at a potential Clarke and Gaia romance, all of their interactions have felt loaded. It wouldn’t be the worst pairing on the show, but with the lack of development and build-up, I can’t imagine it will ever elicit a positive fan reaction.

What did you think of Raven’s choice?

Do you miss Bellamy?

Do you enjoy the Anomaly or Sanctum storylines more?

Let us know in the comments below!


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Roswell

Roswell, New Mexico Review – Who Kidnapped Alex Manes? (2×11)

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The war between humans and aliens is brewing on Roswell, New Mexico as the truth about Project Shepard is exposed.

And there are some pretty surprising parties involved.

When Alex was kidnapped, we speculated that it was either Forrest or one of the Manes men.

Thankfully, it wasn’t Forrest, well, at least he hasn’t been mentioned for now, which means that all the fans can breathe a sigh of relief because that means there’s still hope for their love story. 

However, I don’t think it’s Forrest that fans are going to be rooting for. 

Michael is the real deal. He quickly realized something was wrong with Alex after finding the napkin with the symbols on the back. 

And the way he fought to find Alex puts me right back on #TeamMalex. That’s true love. We’ve never seen Michael use his powers so boldly, and it’s because he’s never truly had anything to fight for. 

But the man he loves — and will always love — is in danger, so there was no stopping Michael.

Unfortunately, when your love story is that passionate, you become collateral.

Michael thought he was making a lot of headway when he ambushed Jesse Manes and later, Flint Manes, but instead, he walked straight into a trap because they were expecting him. 

They didn’t think Michael would catch on as quickly as he did, but they knew he would come to save Alex. 

Jesse might not understand his son at all, but he understands that Michael would do anything for Alex. I was really hoping that Michal wouldn’t lose the upper hand here, but it was obvious he didn’t stand a chance and that Jesse wasn’t actually trying to find his son.

Michael loves and cares about Alex so much that he’s going to create the very bomb to take out his own species, which is saying a lot. 

The unexpected twist with Project Shepard was the revelation that Liz and Rosa’s mother, Helena, was also somehow involved. We don’t know the role she’s playing in all of this, but she was the one to numb Michael’s powers, so she has to be pretty high up there.

When Helena was first introduced, it seemed to be more to explain Rosa’s addiction, so this twist gives her character so much more depth. What are her motivations? Has she known about aliens the whole time?

Did she know Max was an alien when she met him? Is that the reason she came back into town?

And what’s her connection to the Manes men? 

There was something teleneovela-ish about Helena’s entrance, and I have to admit, she makes a good villain.

It’s impressive that everyone seemed to stumble upon the revelation in their own way. 

Rosa and Isobel figured it out after finding a note on Micheal’s trailer that was written in her mother’s handwriting.

Despite harboring so much resentment for her mother, Rosa wanted to make sure her mother was safe after learning that she was “missing.” I’m intrigued to dig deeper into how Rosa’s relationship with her mom affected her. And will knowing the truth about her mother help her heal and move on?

Meanwhile, Max and Kyle teamed up for the first time ever to investigate the use of butyricol, a memory loss-inducing drug found in Cam’s system following her kidnapping, which led them to Flint’s home. Max found the sniper, which confirmed that Flint is the one who temporarily kidnapped him. 

There were so many moving parts in the episode, that at times, it was a little hard to keep track, but it’s comforting that everyone is on the same page now so that they can organize a plan to get Alex and Guerin back. 

Then there’s Diego, who I don’t trust for a minute. No man who was stood up and walked out on by his ex-fiance would be so eager to help her. 

It’s great that he’s willing to be there for Arturo, but if he’s so happy in his new relationship with Naomi, why is he so eager to hang around and help Liz at the cafe?

He kept bringing up wanting to know about her secret project, which rubbed me the wrong way. Diego seems to pretty well connected and in a similar field as Liz, so he’d likely understand the importance of an NDA, which means he wouldn’t push it unless he was trying to find out something. I hate that she even began telling him what she’s working on before informing Max about it. 

And I wasn’t a fan of how he kept pushing Liz to join his company, which she clearly shut down years ago because of their shady practices. 

What does Diego really want from Liz? Who is he really working for? Does he want her to admit she’s working with aliens?

Max figured out that Liz was up to something secretive, and she explained that it had to do with finding a rapid cure for Kyle’s girlfriend, Steph. I love that Max felt comfortable enough to confront her and that she came clean about it, but I wish they didn’t do it in the cafe because I feel like the ICE agents bugged the place and are listening in to everything.

And Max has no place to get upset with Liz for keeping secrets about her research when he hasn’t told her about the drugs to help him remember what happened to him as a child. 

Roswell, New Mexico has never shied away from political topics of racism and immigration, and it’s never been more necessary than right now. 

With all the hate happening in our country, the series delivered some powerful scenes in this episode and commentary about our society.

The writers likely didn’t intend for the episode to resonate as much as it did, but man, there were so many moments that did including Guerin’s speech to Jesse about being angry and lashing out because that’s the only way he can be heard or understood.

Then there was irrational fear of the Manes men that aliens were violent invaders that would colonize the planet, which was absurd. They do realize that there only three aliens who are just trying to live a normal life, right?

And finally, the racism Liz endured from the disgusting and hateful ICE agents, who wanted to antagonize her.

The whole scene was heartbreaking but painted a clear picture of how minorities are perceived in this country and how they’re stripped of their achievements and belittled by the jobs that they do. 

No, Liz isn’t a waitress, she owns the damn business and should be respected as a woman, daughter, and business owner. Can you even imagine thinking you can walk into someone’s business and disrespect them for fun because of their nationality? 

It’s unfortunate that Liz had to be prepared for such an attack, but I love that even when they hit low, she hit high proving that she did her research and wasn’t interested in being bullied.

She always told Diego that she had to be the perfect daughter so that no one could use anything against her, but he didn’t understand it until he witnessed the agent bringing up her “criminal record,” which is a vandalism charge for graffiti, against her. 

I may not have a good feeling about Diego, but I sure enjoyed him putting the ICE agents in their place. 

Other Roswell Moments

  • Rosa and Isobel’s relationship is sweet. Rosa showed her a very intimate moment to help her understand the pain brought on by Noah’s betrayal and not knowing her real mother. 
  • Rosa left rehab early, but hopefully, seeking the truth about being surrounded by those who love her helps her from relapsing. 
  • Kyle was fired from the hospital for stealing equipment. And when Max tried to help him return it, he did his best to help cover up for Liz. 
  • I’m still on the fence about Kyle and Steph’s relationship. Who is her father? There has to be more to this storyline than meets the eye. 

What did you think about the episode? Are you surprised the Manes men kidnapped Alex? Did you expect that Helena was involved?


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The Baker and the Beauty

The Baker and the Beauty Season Finale – Natalie’s Quinceanera, [SPOILER] Is Engaged! (1×08 and 1×09)

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Much like Noa and Daniel’s whole relationship, The Baker and The Beauty Season 1 Episode 8 and The Baker and the Beauty Season 1 Episode 9 were a rollercoaster of emotions from start to finish. 

I can’t even begin to count how many times I picked my jaw up off the floor, which is great from a storytelling perspective, and it’s wonderful for the audience. But when it comes to writing a review, it’s the very reason why I’m not fond of two-hour finales.

The action is so fast-paced that it’s difficult to give each moment the attention it deserves. 

The one thing that stands true is that Noa and Daniel’s relationship is hot-and-cold. They wanted to be together, but it was a struggle for them to admit it because they kept allowing external factors — differing lifestyles, ex-lovers, and whether or not they matched — to influence their decisions.

You’ll recall that at the end of The Baker and the Beauty Season 1 Episode 7, Noa broke up with Daniel because she felt like the universe was against them, but we knew it wasn’t permanently over. 

When you have two people whose lifestyles are so fundamentally different, it can become tricky to find a way to make their paths organically cross again. It’s not like they run in the same circles or frequent the same restaurants and bars.

However, the series achieved it by forcing Daniel and Noa back into each other’s orbits through Natalie’s quince. The youngest and best Garcia reached out to Noa for help throwing the party when the family ran into financial troubles and threatened to cancel it. Natalie also believed it was the one event that could save her family from falling apart. 

Daniel and Noa’s meeting in the men’s bathroom may have been accidental, but nothing about the way their relationship progressed on the series was. 

Every fiber of their relationship was intentional, and yet, the series still found a way to make it feel spontaneous and unexpected each time they ripped the rug out from under them. 

Even when it seemed like things were back on track at the quince, Daniel decided to walk away from the relationship. 

Honesty is hard in a relationship, and while these two may have stumbled (a lot), they’ve always been upfront with each other. 

In this case, the short break from Noa helped Daniel realize that he didn’t want to be hounded by the paparazzi anymore.

Daniel has never been one to take a leap of faith, and thus, much of his decision was influenced by his commitment to his family and the desire for things to stay the same. 

Life is funny like that sometimes. The more you want things to stay the same, the more they change. The comfort zone is dangerous because it limits you and hinders your growth and opportunities. In order to grow and find true happiness, you have to step out of your comfort zone. 

So, it wasn’t long before Daniel regretted his decision to turn down Noa because, whether he liked it or not, things were changing, as Thomas Gold, the famous food reviewer, offered him a job, and his family was considering an offer to sell the bakery.

It wouldn’t be a rom-com if it didn’t pull the lovers away from each other with classic run-of-the-mill plots like Daniel seeing Noa with an ex and jumping to conclusions that it was more than just a friendly hug.

By the time Lewis talked some sense into Daniel, Noa was on her way to Morocco to find herself and move on. 

We always point out that rom-coms are predictable and cheesy, and while that’s true, if they’re done right and the build-up has been compelling, we don’t mind.

And that’s the case for The Baker and the Beauty.

Daniel and Lewis ran through a whole airport barefoot (did anyone else cringe at the thought of that happening now with the coronavirus pandemic?) to get the girl only for the gate to close the moment they got there. 

Also, in my The Baker and the Beauty Season 1 Episode 1 review, I mentioned that I had high hopes for Dan Bucatinsky’s character because he’s a true talent, and boy, I was not disappointed.

Lewis’ witty one-liners and general indifference, which masked the fact that he cares a whole lot and is a teddy bear on the inside, was the show’s secret power. And watching him run through an airport shouting things like “coming through, stupid guy in love” or “we don’t look suspicious at all” was one of the finale highlights.

His love for Noa knows no bounds, and despite his distaste for “Baker Boy,” he helped him because he knew it would make her happy.

Read the full review at TV Fanatic! 


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