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Good Girls Review – Maybe She’s Just Not That Into You (4×13)

GOOD GIRLS -- "You" Episode 413 -- Pictured: (l-r) Mae Whitman as Annie Marks, hristina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Retta as Ruby Hill -- (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

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It’s about time that Good Girls looped it back to the FBI agents and Luke the cop that Mick killed after he got too close to the truth. 

Being a councilman comes with a handful of privileges, but if you don’t clean up your messes properly, they could really take on a life of their own. 

Luke was “slaughtered” after he made the connection between Rio and Nick, but not before asking another cop to pull the evidence.

While cleaning up his things, the cop sent that hot goss to Phoebe — who was suspended after Beth stole the fake money — giving her the ammo she needed to revisit the case. 

They were always close, they just never had enough to connect the dots… until now.

Even without the FBI’s backing, Phoebe wanted to dig further into the case, so she sought out help from Dave. He was initially hesitant, but when he realized he could be doing literally anything else than planting a garden, he told his wife the truth about his sexuality and joined Phoebe in Detroit.

But since they are pursuing this off the record, does it mean that none of it will stick and justice won’t get served?

They wasted no time seeking Beth out and giving her the ammo to take on Rio and Nick. 

Much like the FBI, Beth is always missing a piece of the puzzle to free herself from their grasp.

I don’t know how groundbreaking their intel actually is. Yes, the ticket stub that gave Rio an alibi the night of  Lucy’s murder links him to Nick, but Beth already knew that they were connected. He knows all of Rio’s business, so why wouldn’t she consider that he’s helping his brother/cousin (but definitely brother) get out of certain situations?

How else would Rio evade the FBI?

Did she truly just believe that Nick’s hands were clean? I think subconsciously she always knew he was involved but didn’t want to believe it.

Beth clearly has plans for her position on City Council. 

She was hesitant about running for City Council only because Ruby and Annie scoffed at the idea, but we all know that she loves a position of power; she was practically foaming at the mouth for the opportunity.

However, once she realized that Nick and Rio were in cahoots, she went full steam ahead. It’s unclear how she plans on taking them down, but Beth walked out of his office after giving him a bottle of the “good stuff” looking more confident than ever. 

At this point, no one is revealing their cards fully. 

Nick has no idea she’s playing him and likely thinks that he has the upper hand on her. Rio always knew when Beth was up to something, but I don’t think Nick knows her well enough to get a good read on her.

He thinks he won using his romancing tactics, which is why he sent Rio the bottle of whiskey with the note, “for pulling her hair,” which clearly upset Rio. He seems to have given Nick the greenlight to go after Beth, but under that tough exterior is a man that can’t help but care about her. 

Beth thinks she’s untouchable right now, and in a way, she is. She’s opening up the strip club, which would be a legal means of income if she were to get rid of Rio, and she’s hopping on City Council, which will allow her to make some real change in the community, again, once she gets rid of Rio.

And she seemingly has a way to get rid of Rio by teaming up with the FBI on the down-low.

Things might just be looking up for her!

Her biggest problem now isn’t even Rio, it’s Dean. Dean and Stan are going full-speed ahead with their plan to take down Beth. 

Dean hesitated for a bit, but Stan persuaded him that he was doing the right thing.

I always loved Stan, but this is making me rethink my choices. It’s so easy to try to run Beth over with the bus, but the moment he found out that Ruby was involved, he hit the brakes really quickly. 

It’s funny how he’s so blinded to reality. Beth may be loud and in charge, but Ruby is there of her own free will. In fact, the whole back in the strip club biz was because of Ruby and Annie. And while I’m glad they are finding their voices, speaking up for themselves, and negotiating their terms, it’s also unfair to pin this all on Beth in that case. They are all just as involved! 

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GOOD GIRLS — “You” Episode 413 — Pictured: Manny Montana as Rio — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

Stan doesn’t want to acknowledge that Ruby could’ve gotten herself into this mess, but it’s not doing them any favors to singlehandedly blame Beth for everything. Even the handbag deal wasn’t Beth’s fault as Ruby was the one who said it was a fake, but yet Stan continues to blame Beth for destroying their side hustle.

So now, poor Stan has to walk it all back to protect his woman by joining the MLM group. If only he just stuck his nose in his own business to begin with. I’ll be the first to say he kind of deserves whatever is coming his way.

The whole MLM group rubs me the wrong way. The brotherhood aspect is concerning, sure, but mostly, I can’t figure out why they’re so determined to help Dean pin this on Beth. 

How do they benefit? No one is ever that selfless. 

Vance agreed to stall on getting the evidence over to the DA if Stan joined the brotherhood, but how far is Stan willing to go? And would the case fall apart considering Beth is working with the FBI to flip on Rio? 

I could see Dean’s intel being thrown out and Beth walking free with her dream of Nevada, but only if the FBI operation is on the books.

There’s also a chance that Beth will find out about Dean’s betrayal and be pushed into going further in her business with Rio and Nick.

Nevada is the safe choice considering the series has been canceled. It’s nice to think the girls will get out of this whole mess and get a chance to start over, but I don’t think that would make Beth very happy. She’s denying a huge part of herself in order to be with Dean, but when he reveals what he did, I could see Beth allowing herself to do what she’s always wanted.

The show’s biggest downfall has been the lack of character development for Beth while working for Rio. He saw the potential in her and wanted to make her the “boss,” but she never elevated and instead remained his little lackey. 

Several seasons in and the ladies still don’t have any more money than they did when they began all of this. I would’ve loved to see Beth as a crime lord by now. 

Sadly, I’m not holding my breath for any type of closure since all of this was filmed prior to a cancelation.

I can’t figure out exactly what Rio and Nick are up to. They seem to be in cahoots about the end goal, but there’s so much hostility to navigate there. 

What do they need her in the City Council position for? Do they need a body to help them pass decisions? If they always have someone on their side, they can easily sway the vote in their favor. 

Or do they want to pin something on her? And if so, what?

I’m kind of digging the strip club storyline. A car dealership and jacuzzi shop just didn’t have the “oomph.”

It’s really eye-opening to see just how much having women strip club owners makes a difference. 

They’ve elevated the place with simple decisions that benefit the working woman like healthcare and childcare. 

And the series is doing a great job at showcasing the profession in a positive light. Not only are they an asset to the community as they directly impact other businesses, but dancers are just women and moms who are making a living and providing for their families. They’re caring, intelligent, fearless, and have everyday jobs and hobbies.

It shows club dancers as human!

I loved Ruby’s pitch that “instead of dancing on the table, you’ll finally have a seat at it.”

Isn’t that what every woman in every field wants? That’s definitely what Beth wanted at some point!

Annie was understandably concerned to sleep alone in her home as she didn’t want to be kidnapped and stuffed in a freezer again. I hate that she’s begging for a man to stay with her. I know she found something special with Kevin, but I wish they would remain friends.

It doesn’t have to turn romantic again!

What did you think of the episode? Will Stan be able to help Ruby? Will Dean go down for Beth’s crimes? Will she finally take down Rio and Nick?


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Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew Review – The Testimony of the Executed Man (3×03)

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Nancy Drew Review The Testimony of the Executed Man Season 3 Episode 3

A mystery within a mystery within a mystery. 

That’s how Nancy Drew Season 3 is beginning to feel like. And much of it went down at DetectiveCon on Nancy Drew Season 3 Episode 3, where, surprisingly, Nancy wasn’t the star of the show. 

Instead, George Fan learned that she had her own fan club due to online fan fiction that included Nancy as her sidekick. Talk about a plot twist courtesy of ghostwriter Ted! 

In real life, however, I identify with George fan so much more. I truly felt it when she said “I don’t like that sound” and then complained about why they were following it. 

Being friends with Nancy is a tough ask. It’s never just a simple road trip — there’s always a supernatural twist. 

In this case, Nancy decided to open a box of Joe Kelsey’s belongings that she promised to bring Laci, the true-crime podcast host, in exchange for information about the Frozen Heart Killer. 

Once she did, they very quickly learned — through spine-tingling haunts — that Joe did not want anyone to find out what happened the night of the murder. 

He was a ghost determined to convince him that he was guilty of the crime that he committed, which obviously meant that he wasn’t guilty at all. 

Bess suggested that they appease Joe’s ghost by burning all his belongings and getting rid of all the evidence, and it seemed to work.

Paying off at the historical society seems to be rubbing off on Bess. 

You’d think that everyone would heed the “or else” warning, but Ace decided to hang on to Joe’s matchbook thus opening up himself to a haunting. 

I’d hold it against Ace if he wasn’t so stinking cute. Not to mention he eventually helped Joe’s ghost pass on after they found out that he was in love with Laci’s grandmother back in the 50s.

He was with her the night of the murder, but since interracial relationships were banned at the time, he didn’t have an alibi and was found guilty and given the death penalty.

The last thing I expected out of this haunting mystery was a love story, but it turns out, Joe did everything her could to protect the love of his life. He died so that she could live a full and promising life. 

What a sweet ending! Seeing Joe’s ghost actually pass on while Laci and her grandmother watched was a little too on the nose for me, but I’ll let it slide. 

Nancy Drew Review The Testimony of the Executed Man Season 3 Episode 3

Nancy Drew — “The Testimony of the Executed Man” — Image Number: NCD303b_0098r.jpg — Pictured (L-R): Maddison Jaizani as Bess and Tunji Kasim as Nick — Photo: Michael Courtney/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Through it all, Nancy and Laci were also able to work together to catch the FHK, who was surprisingly in attendance. 

One thing we should all note about serial killers is that they love to hear themselves being praised. 

Of course, Nancy used that to her advantage. When she joined Laci for a live Q+A, she bashed Rodric — the FHT’s real name — in hopes of luring him out. 

And it worked. Nancy tapped into the mind of a serial killer and tricked him so that he walked right into her trap. 

You would think Nancy would be jumping for joy after he was arrested. Not only did she give someone closure, but she also put away a really bad man. That’s two-for-two! 

However, Nancy wasn’t content because the FHT suggested that he was “part of something bigger.” It sounds like there are other serial killers out there that helped him. 

The mystery is far from solved, so it’s a good thing that the best detective that Horseshoe Bay has to offer is on the case. 

Who do you think FHT is working with?

Does it have something to do with Temperance, her newly returned family member? Or is it part of that crime syndicate from last season?

There were a few Ace and Nancy moments that made our hearts flutter, but overall, the two of them are still keeping things super PG. 

George picked up on the chemistry there very briefly, but she let it slide… for now. I definitely think she’ll confront Nancy about it soon enough. And as Ace’s relationship with Amanda begins to crumble, Nancy will be right there as the girl he should’ve been with all along. 

Bess and Addy crossed paths on several occasions, and since she just got a job at Nick’s youth center, she’s likely not going anywhere anytime soon.

I can’t say that I’m thrilled about this love interest for Bess since the two of them didn’t immediately vibe.

The chemistry isn’t there, in my opinion, but I guess it’s better than being in love with the ghost trapped inside George’s subconscious. 

What did you think of the episode? Was DetectiveCon everything you thought it was going to be?

Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy Review: With A Little Help from My Friends (18×04)

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With A Little Help from My Friends

After watching Grey’s Anatomy Season 18 Episode 4,” With A Little Help from My Friends,” it’s clear what’s been missing all of these seasons. The friendship. Since Cristina’s departure so many years ago, there’s never been a duo that’s been able to fill that hole in the show.

Yes, Meredith has a strong relationship and friendship with Bailey and Weber, but it’s more of a mentorship and parental relationship rather than a deep friendship.

However, during these past two episodes we’ve seen the friendship between Amelia and Addison really thrive and blossom. If you’re a fan of Private Practice you already know they have an age-old friendship, so it’s nothing new. But, “With A Little Help from My Friends” sets aside perfect screentime for the two to share words of wisdom and tears together.

18 years later, following these surgeons for nearly two decades, it’s beautiful to see their personal problems evolve with age. No longer do their issues revolve around which man they need to choose this week, but it’s parenthood and depression resulting from the pandemic lockdown.

With A Little Help from My Friends

Bailey in the OR on Grey’s Anatomy. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Choosing to tap into a real and relevant issue that many parents can relate to grounded this episode and brought back the show’s roots of humanity.

We hadn’t heard from Amelia her reasoning for not wanting to marry Link, but hearing her aversion to domesticity, is a legitimate reason and empowering to her character.

Meanwhile, Weber was working on speeding up the skills of the residents while also putting a band-aid over the healthcare worker shortage.

Meredith’s class went through so many more crises than this current class of residents, making them look like babies! Is it me, or does it feel like the current residents have been residents for also many seasons?

With A Little Help from My Friends

Weber and Schmidt in the OR on Grey’s Anatomy. (ABC/Eric McCandless)

Unfortunately, the storylines of patients waned and weren’t able to keep the episode very engaging. I would argue that the most compelling patient case remains Owen’s veterans. Even though his patient died, Owen’s fight will continue. It’s been a while since Owen fought for something he’s passionate about. He’s been a wallflower for much of the recent seasons.

With Meredith making her way back to Minnesota again, I look forward to the development between her and Nick, as well as Amelia’s budding romance with Kai.

What did you think of the episode? Please don’t forget to leave your comments down below!

Stray Musings:
  • After watching You Season 3, I can’t unsee Scott Speedman as the grieving husband. I wonder if the pause in his appearance on Grey’s Anatomy had anything to do with filming for You.
  • It’s been so long since Carina’s made an appearance, I nearly forgot she was even on the show. I know she’s been more of a series regular on Station 19, so it makes sense that she’s laid low on Grey’s Anatomy.
  • Can they just keep Addison on for a few more episodes? She’s really the only thing making the episodes digestible.
Rating: 3/5


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Legacies Review – There’s No I In Team, or Whatever (4×02)

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Legacies Review There's No I In Team, or Whatever Season 4 Episode 2

Malivore is proving to be a much bigger pain than we initially thought. 

On Legacies Season 4 Episode 2, the students at the Salvatore School are learning that it isn’t going to be as easy to get rid of the pit of darkness.

When their plan, inspired by Cleo, to transfer Malivore to someone already exposed to him — Clarke — failed, the plot inched closer to the very real possibility that Hope Mikaelson will become a tribrid. 

While there’s plenty of hesitation from Hope, Alaric, and the gang, fans have been waiting for this moment that will allow Hope to become an immortal, all-powerful being. 

It’s time for her to step into her power and for the series to explore what it means to be the first tribrid. 

With Claire Holt set to reprise her role as Rebekah Mikaelson on Legacies Season 4 Episode 5 (airing November 11), all the cards seem to be pointing in this direction. 

The official synopsis for that upcoming episode notes: “Rebekah is fearful of what path Hope has chosen but makes every effort to get through to her. Josie and Lizzie hold out hope in a seemingly dire situation as MG figures out what he can do to help. Meanwhile, Kaleb wants to set things right and turns to Cleo for guidance.”

Hope will do anything for Landon. She’s learned to tame her “save him at all costs” urges, but once she realizes that everyone else is being put in danger because of her, including her soulmate, I have no doubt that the “chosen path” is to embrace the darkest parts of her. 

It’s a curse that she’ll have to face eventually. 

Malivore outsmarted them once again by thwarting their transfer plan. Instead, he sent a dybbuk into Clarke’s body, which unleashed yet another Malivore monster on Mystic Falls. 

Malivore definitely has an advantage as he not only shares a mind with Landon, but he’s able to tap into Cleo’s mind for inspiration and ideas. 

While Hope and the group were trying to hold things down at the school, Lizzie and MG’s boring volunteer night at “Movies in the Park” turned into a real-life scene from Godzilla when Clarke, as a dybbuk, descended upon the event and captured Lizzie. 

This whole side-plot wasn’t as intriguing as the whole “destroy Malivore, save Landon, and preserve Hope,” but Lizzie and MG always sell every scene they’re in, even if it’s completely ridiculous. 

Volunteering at the movies also marked Lizzie’s first date with Ethan, and while she confirmed that he was epic romance material, she still wasn’t totally vibing with him at first. 

She couldn’t figure out why, but obviously, it’s because her heart is with MG. Lizzie won’t admit it because MG turned her down, however, now MG is regretting that as jealousy took hold when he saw Lizzie and Ethan together. 

Legacies Review There's No I In Team, or Whatever Season 4 Episode 2

Legacies — “There’s No I In Team, or Whatever” — Image Number: LGC318fg_0037r — Pictured (L – R): Danielle Rose Russell as Hope Mikaelson and Matthew Davis as Alaric Saltzman — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All rights reserved.

MG almost got the girl, but not before Ethan came to her rescue from the dybbuk. And while he was knocked unconscious immediately, it was brave nonetheless. The knight in shining armor moment definitely persuaded Lizzie to give him a real chance — she’s a sucker for that fairytale romance. 

And once again, MG missed his moment. These two are like ships passing in the night. Unfortunately, I don’t think we’ll get an MG and Lizzie romance anytime soon now that Ethan has also become Malivore’s latest vessel. 

Honestly, poor Ethan. He’s been through hell and back over the course of two seasons. 

After his superhero escapades with MG, his memory of all things supernatural was erased, which seemed like a safe idea at the time, but it’s actually what led to this mess. His instincts to help those allowed him to be fooled by Malivore. 

But what now? Ric let both Malivore and Ethan go, so I’m hoping that they have a plan going forward. They simply cannot afford any missteps.  

Clarke’s redemption arc was promising, especially when he realized the true horror isn’t Malivore but rather the cost of America’s healthcare! 

The $81,000 bill forced him to take up Hope’s offer to become a host for Malivore. While it didn’t work, Hope did keep her promise to keep him safe. 

As a human, Clarke is actually a good person who wants a fresh start. Better yet, he deserves it. 

If this is the last we see of Clarke, or Ryan, it’ll be for the best for everyone involved. 

I love that Hope is so loyal this season. She’s really working on herself and trying to be a team player, which is also why she felt so betrayed by Alaric and MG, two people she trusted with everything.

They knew Landon was alive and kept it from her calling it a “necessary evil.” Understandably, because of her past, they didn’t think she’d remain objective, but Hope, who is bound to risk it all, deserves to know the truth. 

After all, she’s putting everything on the line. 

And finally, there’s Josie and Fitch. Josie has channeled her inner badass this season, and I’m loving it. 

Unfortunately, the writers cannot keep a promising romance going for Josie. 

Things between her and Fitch were going so well, so of course, talk of the Merge had to go and mess it up. 

Fitch confessed that this was just too much for her, and while I want to blame her for not being supportive, I can’t hold it against her. 

Not only did this poor girl just find out she’s part of the supernatural, but now she has to come to terms with the fact that her girlfriend has a 50/50 chance of surviving this evil curse with her sister. 

It’s a lot for anyone. 

There’s a chance Fitch will come around, and my hope is that she does. After all, you don’t just abandon the person you love when things get tough!

Also, is anyone else upset that the “I love you” moment between these two got derailed because of the Merge?

I really just want Josie to get that happy ending!

What did you think of the episode?

Are you happy with how Clarke’s storyline ended? Will Hope become the tribrid and save Landon? Will she successfully destroy Malivore?

And will Ethan survive?

Share your thoughts in the comments below! 


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