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
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.
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?
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?
Legacies Review – Planet Mystic Falls (3×15)
Hope, Josie, and Lizzie traveled to a galaxy far away on Legacies Season 3 Episode 15, and I probably should’ve been tripping in order to fully enjoy the penultimate episode.
While I was skeptical going into the Star Wars-themed episode, I found myself slightly enjoying it and the connections that were made to The Vampire Diaries and Legacies.
And I know no one was complaining about that sweet little cameo from Little Hope! How could you not squeal with glee when she came onto the screen?!
The nightshade-induced hallucination pulled a page straight from 11-year-old Lizzie’s diary and delivered, in a roundabout fashion, a profound discovery we already knew: Hope needs to become a tribrid to defeat Malivore once and for all.
Hope knew that it would come to this, but she’d been putting it off out of fear.
However, she can no longer fight it when her loved ones are being threatened and hurt because of the monsters and she has the means to put an end to it.
She was created to destroy Malivore, and while it’s optimistic of Jo and Lizzie to think that there’s always another way, I truly don’t think that’s the case this time around.
Hope cannot fight her fate.
Hope’s feelings of loss also bubbled up to the surface. After Little Hope appeared and mentioned The Hollow, Hope was reminded about all that she lost in life.
It was heartbreaking to see her confront her younger self and inform her that she wouldn’t get her family back simply by defeating The Hollow.
Hope knows what the future holds, and it’s an endless amount of pain, misery, and loneliness.
This is why her breakup with Landon was so upsetting because he was yet another person that she loved that was taken from her.
Maybe in the process of destroying Malivore, Hope will find a way to be with Landon once again?
Though, from the promos, it seems like Landon might be moving on with Miss Cleo!
The trip through the galaxies also touched upon the insecurities of Lizzie and Josie. The former couldn’t be “The Chosen One,” even in her own story, while Josie was reduced to an android who didn’t have her own story but instead, served Princess Elizabeth, which in reality meant that she always put her sister’s needs above her own.
Hope’s sequel to the story in Lizzie’s diary remedied things a bit and painted Josie as the hero who protects people, but overall, it was an accurate representation of how the girls saw themselves and each other.
Though, as Lizzie kept reminding us, the story came from her 11-year-old mind, and thus, they’ve grown significantly since then. In her diary, she painted Hope as the villain, Lord Marshall, but nowadays, the three of them are united in this fight.
Did it break anyone else’s heart that Hope secretly wished they could all be friends?!
She’d be happy to know that in the present day, their drug-induced adventures brought them closer together and sealed their fates as they all gained a new appreciation for each other.
Also, is anyone shipping Lizzie and Ethan aka Dak Romo?
Back at Mystic Falls, not Planet Mystic Falls, Kaleb, MG, and Jed embarked on their own mission to bury the Wendigo.
Unfortunately, the Wendigo was still alive, which meant that MG had to slay the monster once again.
The trip did allow MG and Kaleb to finally have a heart-to-heart with the latter revealing that he was upset because he felt as though MG replaced him with his new buddy Ethan.
Kaleb’s jealousy was understandable considering MG swapped schools and found a new sidekick almost immediately, but I’m glad they worked things out in the end. Ethan may have been a cool dude, but there’s no friendship better than MG and Kaleb’s!
And Jed, I guess.
The show really cannot find a storyline for him!
I couldn’t care less about the whole Dorian, Emma, and Alaric drama, but I guess it’s a good thing that Emma is allowing Dorian to stick around.
As Hope, Lizzie, and Josie gear up for an epic battle against Malivore, Alaric is going to need all the backup he can get!
And finally… we found out what monster emerged after Andi threw herself into the pit.
It was Clarke, which was a huge disappointment and convinced me that it’s absolutely time to put an end to this Malivore storyline once and for all.
If I never have to say Malivore again, I’ll be happy!
Other Mystic Falls Musings
- Gandalf4Eva proves that Lizzie is a lowkey nerd. MG would be proud.
- Alaric Saltzman channeled his inner Indiana Jones and it was everything I could’ve ever imagined.
- Hope still hasn’t learned how to accept help. Even in a hallucination, she uses her magic to put everyone to sleep and handle the situation on her own!
- Salvatore Castle is such a great name.
- Jed making smores on the Wendigo was such a monster-fighting vibe.
What did you think of the episode? Could you get past the ridiculousness?
Have you been enjoying Legacies Season 3 so far? Or do you think Season 4 needs a complete overhaul?
Sound off in the comments below!
Walker Review – In Memory of Hoyt (1×14)
The hour of Walker Season 1 Episode 14 was dedicated to Hoyt Rawlins’s memory.
We watched the Walker family pick up the pieces following the Clint West drama while grieving the death of Hoyt.
Their journey led them to a piece of land that Hoyt bought without anyone’s knowledge to pick up his belongings.
Even from beyond the grave, Hoyt is able to deliver a world of surprises as they found the belongings were actually a few horses and a pregnant alpaca (not a llama, Walker!).
This led Cordell, Stella, Auggie, and Geri on a little adventure to bring the rogue furry family back home.
Everyone was feeling a bit guilty following Hoyt’s death. Stella blamed herself for everything that happened since she brought Trevor into their lives. Cordell felt responsible as his time undercover brought West’s wrath upon the family and unintentionally got Hoyt killed.
His death affected Geri the most as her last memory with Hoyt was rejecting his marriage proposal.
It’s a reminder to tell your loved ones just how much you care because you never know when it will be the last time.
Thankfully, being together helped everyone mend the brokenness that they felt.
After a chat with Geri, Stella realized that she couldn’t place all that blame on herself — her only crime was letting love in, which wasn’t a crime at all.
She ended up returning Trevor’s phone call, forgiving him, and letting him go. While I enjoyed their relationship, it’s the only thing Stella could have done. There’s no going back from what happened, and her relationship with Trevor would always be haunted by death and destruction.
Geri realized that while there was a lot left unsaid between her and Cordell, she needed some space, which he was more than happy to give her.
Cordell knows what it’s like to lose the person you love, so he understands that she needs time to process.
Even before they set out on their journey, Cordell asked for a leave of absence for the force, which allowed him to heal. It’s what Cordell should’ve done when Emily passed but didn’t.
All of it finally caught up with him, so it’s not a surprise that he needs to take a breather.
But can he stay away from being a ranger for long? Based on the promo for next week, it doesn’t seem like it.
There was also a sweet moment between him and Micki, who felt a bit lost without her partner.
Micki teamed up with the Captain and Trey, who assisted in a missing person’s case. Since Trey developed a relationship with Lou, a buddy he met at physical therapy, the Captain needed his assistance in figuring out what might have happened to him.
The case took quite a surprising turn when Trey correctly guessed that Lou entered an underground boxing match to pay off his debts.
Since he was recovering from a brain injury, it was a very dangerous idea, so Micki stepped in to win him the money.
Who knew she was a jiu-jitsu champ!?
I’m loving the ways they’re incorporating Trey into the storyline. He’s a lone wolf that somehow always gets in on the action.
And I really loved how supportive they all were of Micki getting in the ring.
I was surprised Bret didn’t rush to be by Liam’s side after he was shot, but it seems as though he didn’t find out until he was on the mend.
Hopefully, we’ll get to see a reunion between the duo ahead of Liam’s political run!
They aren’t the only couple patching things up either as Abelina and Bonham also saw eye-to-eye after he came clean about his cancer diagnosis and even asked if she’d attend radiation therapy with him.
Hoyt’s death seems to have shown everyone just how precious these moments together truly are!
With the Clint West storyline officially put to rest, where will Walker focus its efforts moving forward?
The episode definitely seemed more like a transitional one for the family, so I’m hoping the action returns next week.
What did you think of the episode?
Why Women Kill Review – Scene of the Crime (2×04)
Getting away with murder is proving to be a full-time job for Alma and Bertram.
On Why Women Kill Season 2 Episode 4, the police find Mrs. Yost’s car and pay her home a little visit during which they almost find her murderers ransacking the place.
I’m talking about Alma and Bertram, of course, who are simply borrowing things from the home to make their space more appealing to the Elysian Garden Club when they popped by for their surprise visit.
Alma’s desire to fit in with the ladies put her and her husband in the line of fire, but even when the risk was high, Alma found that the reward was higher and followed through with having Bertram steal Yost’s painting while the investigators were right outside.
Alma is a woman on a mission; she won’t be stopped.
It also seems like she doesn’t fully understand the severity of her crime simply because she’s been invisible all her life, but the Philcocks should probably be more concerned about the footprint the cops found on the riverbank where they dumped the car.
The footprint brings the case from an accident to foul play, so they’ll likely be looking for the culprit.
Would Alma turn on her husband and let him take the fall considering everything he’s done?
She’s finally close to getting the lifestyle she always yearned for, so I could see her trying to protect it at all costs.
Alma was able to ward off the cops with a pretty impressive act, but the Garden Club was a harder sell.
Rita immediately sees right through Alma — she knows Grace tipped her off about the surprise visit, she knows the dress she’s wearing isn’t her own, and she knows that Alma has never been to Paris. Truthfully, Alma didn’t do such a hot job trying to sell that last one.
If Alma wants to become someone else, she’s going to have to study up and believe that she is someone else first. Fake it till you make it, baby.
While most people would brush off someone who is pretending to be someone they’re not to impress others, Rita relates to Alma’s desire to remake herself.
In fact, she finds Alma’s motivation admirable, so she agrees to help her the same way Carlo once helped her.
Rita has been so successful in creating a new persona for herself that she prides on the fact that “no one can imagine we were ever anyone else.”
The heart-to-heart between the two women had some really vulnerable moments. They may be completely different on the outside, but on the inside, they aren’t so different after all.
Rita also sees an opportunity to throw herself into a new “project,” which will help her move on from Scooter.
By the end of the night, Alma has the ladies from the garden club hooting, hollering, and singing home as they exclaim that they can’t remember the last time they had so much fun.
The funny thing is that Alma could probably gain the respect of the ladies by simply being herself. She’s witty, smart, and quick on her feet — all qualities that they admire.
Rita even found herself feeling a tinge of jealousy as she watched Alma and her husband embrace. Alma thinks she could never compete with Rita and her beautiful and extravagant life, but she already has something Rita has always longed for — true love.
It’s a classic case of wanting what we don’t/can’t have.
Things on the outside may seem great, but we never really know what’s going on behind closed doors.
Alma and Bertie may seem picture-perfect, but they harbor some dark and twisted secrets not only about Mrs. Yost but Bertram’s previous killings, which would be definitely be uncovered if the police began to investigate.
The Philcock’s didn’t just have a close call with the cops — they were also almost found out by the garden club ladies at Mrs. Yost’s dog began to dig up her body.
Poor Bertram had to wrestle the dog, who was on a mission to find his owner.
And I doubt he’s going to stop since he can smell her. He could lead the police right to Mrs. Yost.
How will they handle the four-legged friend?
I seriously doubt Bertie will keep his promise to stop killing after his chat Aunt Martha, the sickly grandmother of one of the garden club ladies.
Bertram was so intrigued by her cancer diagnosis. Will he go “help” another patient and jeopardize Alma’s chances of becoming a member?
Alma is so determined to embrace this new lifestyle, she told him she’d forgive all the killings if he supporter her, but could she look the other way in the future?
Bertram may have been supportive of Alma in the beginning, but he was definitely concerned as to how far she would go to make herself seem worthy of their attention.
Will he put his foot down when she becomes too obsessed?
Of course, the friendship between Alma and Rita will likely be short-lived as the latter realized that Dee, the woman Scooter was cheating on her with, is Alma’s daughter.
You could practically see the smoke coming out from her ears as she puts two-and-two together.
I would hope Rita wouldn’t punish Alma for her daughter’s actions, but we know Rita is vengeful. The invite to the elite society might be a curse for Alma who, so far, sees it only as a blessing.
Dee and Vern’s relationship took a serious turn when they decided to become a real couple.
We got the backstory on Vern’s leg injuries, which he sustained during the war. He’s self-conscious about them because they were the reason his girl left him, however, Dee proves that she’s in it for the long haul.
It’s obvious Dee is a ride-or-die kind of chick, so I’m glad she found the right man to support.
There’s something so sweet about her connection with Vern.
Vern got into a bit of trouble when the husband of one of his clients sought to get revenge on him for ruining his life. Vern’s line of business is definitely dangerous, but he’s not ruining any lives — those men ruined their own lives the minute they decided to cheat.
It wasn’t lost on me that Vern is good friends with Ruben, the detective investigating Mrs. Yost’s disappearance. This leads me to believe that he’s going to play a crucial role in keeping Alma and Bertram out of jail.
Scooter found himself on the streets as Rita, a scorned woman, took back everything she paid for — the apartment, the furniture, and even the clothes.
He was forced to turn to Dee to get some money, which was a new low, but you couldn’t help but feel bad for him as he apologized for hurting her and explained that he thought they were only having fun.
Scooter isn’t the brightest, so it’s hard to hold the situation against him.
They always say when a person shows you who they are, believe them. Scooter was upfront with Dee about being the kind of guy who would do anything to advance his career.
And since he’s hit rock bottom, a relationship with Catherine is most likely on the books.
After she saw him at the mansion and threw her dry cleaning at him, it was the perfect way in that as it seemed like Catherine made an impression on him all on her own.
And if Scooter is successful at removing Catherine from Rita’s life, she’ll likely take him back in a heartbeat!
What did you think of the episode?
Will Rita give Scooter another chance after he seduces Catherine to help her? Will Bertie kill again? Will Alma get into the club? Or will Dee ruin her chances?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
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