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As Ruby put it, there’s no going back from this.

I don’t necessarily think her ‘special sauce’ story was anything like the situation they’re currently it nor did it warrant a whole episode title but it was gross, so I’ll take it.

The show keeps finding ways to get these efficient, yet naive, women into constant problems and all of us at home are sitting there going, “well, duh.”

Admittedly, they’ve made all the wrong choices, but they’re aware of that. They also aren’t quitters and will see things through to the end. And they’re relatable as hell, which is why you root for them. If you were given a shot at making $100k, would you pass it up?

Ruby mentioned that the sky keeps caving in on them but it’s because they tried to find a shortcut for their problems. All of their problems are self-created and obvious from the get-go. Robbing a grocery store is never a good idea, no matter how desperate. And we knew they’d run into hiccups with their secret-shopper business because despite the “plan,” they never think through all the possible cracks. If they didn’t log the money going out and the money coming in, how could they guarantee that everyone was actually shopping? Submitting receipts could have avoided this issue but clearly, Beth didn’t come up with that.

They also didn’t think it through in the sense that firing someone would obviously mean an employee scorned who would investigate and realize there was no corporate and what they were doing is shady.

While it makes sense that the woman would try to blackmail them for money, being too greedy is going to be her downfall.

They are eventually going to have to take care of her because of the whole “one bad egg” analogy Rio offered up. 

And unfortunately, Beth’s way didn’t work. If they don’t give her what she wants, she can take them down or expose them. There’s really only one what that ensures she’ll be quiet forever and that’s Rio’s way. 

Now, I know saying that someone needs to be offed is drastic but these are dire times. You could have Rio rough her up a bit but that’s just allowing her to put a face to the gang so that she could lead the FBI to him.

Just add murder-for-hire to their lengthy rap sheet.

Honestly, the fault of getting all these other innocent women roped in without their knowledge is that they are all witnesses to the crimes.

And their whole system was set up on the hope that women were too stupid to realize what they were doing. Isn’t that the stigma Beth keeps trying to fight? Kind of hypocritical if you ask me.

They are no better than the men who think they are fragile little flowers who can’t take care of anything.

They also got way ahead of themselves when it came to celebrating their successes. Unless you’ve cleared all the money and have no more debts to this street gang, don’t be frugally spending money and drawing attention to yourself. I mean, they spend that hard earned, dirty cash on a damn grape. Rich people will pay for anything, I swear.

Beth definitely isn’t even doing it for the kids anymore but to fluff her own ego. She’s addicted to the rush and enjoys being this badass mastermind who plays with the big dogs. However, it’s only a matter of time before the police get involved and when the only life she’s ever known is threatened, will she able to stand tall? Or will she cave under pressure?

Seeing her stand up to Rio even when there’s a gun pointed at her head seems like she’ll be confident enough to take the fall for this, however, there have been some obvious cracks with the three leading ladies in terms of their relationship. When the stakes are raised, it’ll be interesting to see if that “we’re in this together” mentality sticks or if they’ll all turn on each other. I know Annie would be the first one to cave.

Right now, they all have men who are willing to vouch for them, but when these men realize just how deep the hole they’ve dug for themselves is, will they also step back?

Dean is supportive as long as Beth is doing it for the right reasons but he doesn’t know the full gist of the story. Ruby and Stan are the Bey and Jay of the series, but he’s also the one that could take them down. He’s working the task force that’s looking into Rio. It’s only a matter of time before they connect the ladies to Rio. Do you really think they don’t have pictures of Beth’s late night meetings with him?

Stan very well could stay on their side and serve as an aid to not getting caught up, however, his morals seem intact so it’s unlikely.

And then we have Annie’s relationship with Gregg. How obvious was it that they were going to hook up? Add a little vodka and old feelings come rushing back. Gregg obviously isn’t happy with Nancy and realizes that despite Annie’s immature lifestyle, there’s a reason Sadie would rather live with her. He’s always been in her corner, even after the divorce, so I think he’ll probably drop the custody battle altogether and help her fight those drug charges.

I can’t wait to see how they handle their drunk sex, though. Will he tell Nancy? Will he leave her? Was it a one time thing or will it happen again?

And lastly, Boomer needs to be handled ASAP. I get that he has it out for Annie but he’s literally the reason she lost her daughter. Not cool man. I hope they find a way to return the “favor” tenfold.

Thoughts on this week’s Good Girls? Will they ever just find a way out of this mess?


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Good Girls Series Finale Review – I’m the Boss (4×15 and 4×16)

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Good Girls Series Finale Review Nevada Season 4 Episode 16

Beth finally did it. She finally became the boss. 

But it cost her a whole lot. 

On Good Girls Season 4 Episode 15 and 16, (which sadly served as the series finale after NBC canceled the show) Beth ran for City Council and won. She also did her best to bring down Nick before realizing that it was one of the goals she and Rio had in common. 

I’m not going to lie — that final moment of Rio and Beth sitting on a bench together was a pretty perfect ending. Beth finally realized what was pretty obvious all along: she was never going to enjoy Nevada. Her dream of Nevada proved that they could never outrun their problems because they weren’t external, they were internal issues.

Rio pushed the hair out of her face and acknowledged that she finally leveled up the way he always wanted and expected her to. By doing so, he also admitted that he had real feelings for her. I’m not okay. 

If the series continued on, it would have been great to see what they would accomplish next as equals… well, technically, she was his boss now. We would have seen #Brio happen. I’m so mad that the show wasn’t renewed, but I’m also somehow content at least knowing that the two of them will continue ruling the world together. 

Good Girls Series Finale Review Nevada Season 4 Episode 16

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Beth always needed to stop fighting who she was in order to step into her glory.

However, as I said before, becoming who she really was cost her, including her husband Dean. (Okay, let’s be honest, she wasn’t even that distraught by any of it because she got the job, the boss life, and Rio!) 

After Beth was shot and refused to tell the police who did it, Dean realized that he couldn’t do this anymore and left her. 

The dream of utopia — Nevada — died for Annie also when she was arrested. 

I’m kind of unclear about what happened here, so maybe someone can explain it to me. 

Mick shot Beth to teach her that there are consequences for her actions. It was clearly a call made by Nick, which is odd since Mick is Rio’s boy. But I guess since they were all on Nick’s payroll, it made sense?

Anyway, once Beth brought it up, Annie realized she was in some trouble and forfeited her dream of leaving for Nevada with Kevin and Ben. What did she have to do with the gun that I’m assuming was the same one that was linked to Lucy’s death and thus, had Beth’s and only Beth’s prints on it. 

How was it pinned on Annie?

And wouldn’t Beth be able to get her out with the new powers her gig gave her? That is unless Nick was able to get Annie’s prints off of the keycard she stole from his assistant and framed her that way. 

If someone has an explanation here, I’m all ears! 

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If Annie was framed as payback, it would explain why he said that he “hit her where it hurts.” But how would Annie know she was being framed?!

In the end, the siblings were the ones to take the fall while Beth and Rio came out on top. 

And Ruby was forced to choose between being loyal to Beth and Annie or to her family. 

She hesitantly chose her family, and honestly, it’s probably for the best. 

Beth has chosen Rio and a life of crime, but Ruby doesn’t need to be dragged down any further. She was loyal this whole time, but she can move on.

My hope for Ruby is that she successfully gets out of town and opens up her own Hill’s Nails with Stan! 

It’s possible that the storyline with Vance would have continued on into Season 4, but nothing was actually resolved with him in this episode. It’s unfortunate as the series spent so much time investing in his character. 

I would’ve loved to see Dean and Stan take him down for manipulating them. He deserved it. 

Dean has never been my favorite character, but he was exceptionally dense this season. I know Beth’s lifestyle can be a handful, but she’s always been in Dean’s corner. She may be the reason he got arrested, but she was also trying to remedy that situation. Somewhere along the lines, his house arrest stopped being a thing, so I’m guessing that she took care of it by partnering up with the FBI again on the low? Point is, Beth had his back, while he didn’t have hers. 

Dean wanted so badly to trust someone that he ended up being made a fool of by Vance, who was using him this whole time. 

No wonder Dean has such trust issues. 

Admittedly, the fact that Vance wanted to blackmail Beth into plugging his face cream was a bit of a letdown, but it would be something so trivial that got Dean all caught up. 

And that’s yet another reason why I’m so glad Beth ended up with Rio by her side. He always believed in her, and while his methods of pushing her were questionable, he never left or turned his back on her.

If there’s any truth to the rumors that NBC canceled Good Girls because Manny Montana wouldn’t take a pay cut are true, it makes sense. How could the show continue on without him when he’s now closer to Beth than ever before? They are the A-team, so there’s no show without him.

The FBI storyline also felt watered down. It’s unclear how they were able to take down Nick since they were never there on official business, but I like that the storyline revealed that all the money laundering accounts were in grandma’s name. 

Rio knew that Nick would never let granny go down for it. 

Beth and Rio made it very clear to Nick that he couldn’t get away with playing them. Nick tried to use Beth as a scapegoat, but Rio didn’t allow it because that’s his girl. No one messes with her.

But I don’t think for a second that Nick would’ve stayed in prison for long. My guess is if that the show continued, it would have been Beth and Rio versus Nick. 

Overall, I like where the storyline ended up, but the final few episodes felt so choppy that I kept wondering if I missed something.

The road was also frustrating. 

Season 1 was a massive success because the show was so thrilling and revolutionary, however, everything that came after was a bit “meh” because Beth and the ladies constantly got caught up in the same problems over and over. They kept making the same mistakes and never seemed to learn their lesson.

But now, Beth finally reached her full potential. It would’ve been interesting to see it manifest on screen, and it’s a shame we never will. 

What did you think of the Good Girls two-hour series finale?

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Good Girls Review – Thank You For Your Support (4×14)

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Good Girls Review Thank You For Your Support Season 4 Episode 14

On Good Girls Season 4 Episode 14, the race for the City Council seat was on. Beth Boland squared off against Denise Carpenter, who put up a good fight.

Unfortunately, despite her nifty little commercial to make the neighborhood a better place, she didn’t stand a chance against Beth when she decided to play dirty. 

How ironic is it that Beth’s platform for City Council is “give crime a time out,” yet she’s not only using her life of crime to secure herself the spot, but she’s also responsible for half the crime in town? 

Though I’m not going to lie, I did enjoy seeing Mick rough Denise up a little bit. 

When it comes to crime in the Detroit area, Beth is one of the biggest contributors, but she’s also a person who is seriously trying to make it a better place for her kids. She knows firsthand just how dangerous the gangs are, and she understands just how much power that those elected to serve the community posesses.

She’s a criminal by night, hero by day.

There’s no better person to bring about change, but, of course, there are some obstacles to get through.

For starters, she had to actually win her spot on City Council without anyone’s help. 

Beth is resourceful, so Nick pushed her to do things her way, which included using the strip club to entice donors.

And let’s just say, they were generous. 

However, all the money that she collected at the club was taken by Rio, who suggested that Beth figure out a different way to raise funds. 

Both Nick and Rio could’ve easily handled things for Beth and secured her the “W.” Why didn’t they? Did they just want to see her take this on alone?

Beth decided to get some advice from Phoebe, who surprisingly encouraged her to use her criminal background to get what she needs hence the ambush on Denise. 

Good Girls Review Thank You For Your Support Season 4 Episode 14

GOOD GIRLS — “Thank You For Your Support” Episode 414 — Pictured: (l-r) Jonathan Silverman as DL Dave, Lauren Lapkus as Phoebe — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

She didn’t have much of a choice as Denise threatened to expose Dean’s arrest, and Beth had no time to waste if she wanted any shot at taking down Nick and Rio. 

Phoebe and Dave are helping, but since they’re in Detroit unofficially, means they don’t have the backing or resources provided by the FBI. They need Beth to go rogue in order to succeed in their mission, which is also very backward. 

Fight crime with crime, I guess. 

On one hand, you could say they’re really dedicated to taking down Rio and the gang, but on the other hand, their involvement is kind of pointless if they can’t really help the ladies in any real way. 

I’m not sure why they’re still around, but I’m also not completely opposed to Beth and Phoebe’s strange friendship. 

It works, somehow. And they have an unspoken appreciation for each other that’s nice to see. 

Rio eventually gave Beth all the money back, along with her furniture, proving that he always believed in her abilities to get the job done. 

It’s not a secret that Beth’s resourceful — it’s one of the main reasons why Rio has kept her around for so long.

Rio directly sabotaged Nick’s plans with Beth, which indicates that they don’t see eye-to-eye, yet they work together. 

To be quite frank, the whole situation between them is really confusing. 

I thought he was supporting Nick’s plans to get Beth involved because it would benefit them, but Rio seems irritated and annoyed that his brother/cousin is moving in on his woman. He’s also struggling to hide his jealously. 

At this point, I don’t know what their game plan is since it’s never as straightforward as one might think. Why does Nick want Beth involved so badly? Is it so that she’ll help him pass ideas and motions or does he want to pin something on her eventually?

Dave explained that Nick is getting shell contracts and kickbacks, which he needs help getting across the finish line, but I feel like there has to be more to it.

Since this is serving as the penultimate episode before the unintended series finale, I’m afraid we might never figure out what the bigger picture is. 

Dean is the most frustrating character this season as is his quest to regain his freedom by turning on his wife. 

When he confronted Vance about stalling with the DA, Vance informed him to check in with Stan. While Stan wanted to bring down Beth, it was never going to be possible without also incriminating Ruby. I don’t know why either of them thought it was.

These girls are ride or die, even if they do get frustrated with Beth calling the shots from time to time.

Beth may be the leader of the pack, but they’ve only gotten as far as they have because they work together.

But just because Dean and Stan may want to pull back and forget any of this ever happened, will Vance let it go? He now has something against them, which means he could easily manipulate them. 

And you know how these cult-like people are. 

He also saw Rio leaving Beth’s place, so he definitely has enough to bring Beth down.

I also wish Dean would put aside his own wants and needs to consider why Vance is so determined to help him bring down Beth.

Is he just a loyal friend, or is there more to it?

Vance clearly enjoys the power he has at the brotherhood because he’s lacking it at home. 

After seeing him with his wife, it’s clear that he’s channeling his rage at her against Beth. He hates his wife and the way she treats him, but since he can’t do anything about it, he wants to help Dean nail Beth instead. 

It also explains why he’s so anti-women; when he found out about Beth’s City Council run, he made a sexist comment about “another woman” coming out on top.

Angry, much?

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Nancy, but being poor does not look good on her. 

After losing all of her money and her entire purpose in life, Nancy became depressed. 

Her relationship with Annie has improved greatly over the years, and it’s nice to see Annie go out of her way to make Nancy feel better. 

Bringing up that she slept with her husband multiple times probably wasn’t the best reminder that she can overcome anything, but Annie tried her best. It’s the thought that counts. 

Nancy has always been pretentious and allowed money to dictate her behavior, but now that she’s on the other side, she’s seeing how snobbish that was. 

She’s become more human in her understanding that you can’t just throw money at you’re problems, nor does having less money make you a bad person. 

She even acknowledges that she misjudged Kevin simply because of his homelessness.

Once she gave him a chance, she saw the greatness that Annie always did.

I don’t want to admit it but he is growing on me. Kevin seems to be good at everything — his whole life is a hack — and he has some serious survival skills.

It’s impressive that his lifestyle has always been a conscious choice.

Most importantly, he treats Annie right, which is more than we can say for some of the other guys she’s fallen for in the past. 

Hopefully, Annie won’t ruin this relationship before it even has a chance to take off. 

Though I enjoyed the moments with Nancy, I wish the series focused more on wrapping up the storylines. 

I know it’s an unrealistic expectation considering they didn’t anticipate the cancellation, but I’m fearful that we’re all going to be left without any type of closure. 

We’ll never know what Rio’s end goal was, what Nick was up to, how the girls found their way out of things, or what happens to the brotherhood. 

With so many shows getting canceled left and right, I just want to know how a series ends. Is that too much to ask for, NBC?

Let us know what you thought about the episode in the comments below! 


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

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Good Girls Review You Season 4 Episode 13

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! 

Good Girls Review You Season 4 Episode 13

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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