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On Good Girls, in order to survive, you have to be a shark.

Rio was back in business fairly quickly so it seems the FBI didn’t pose as much of a threat as he had first imagined.

Personally, I would have been happy to just have washed my hands off all the shady business but not these ladies. The moment Rio offers them another job, they jump on it.

And on one hand, it’s understandable considering Ruby needs a ton of money upfront to pay for Sara’s kidney transplant like yesterday.

But they need to be smart about it considering they have direct evidence from Stan that the feds have opened up a case into Rio and his people and even have a snitch, the same snitch that put those bullets in Beth’s mini-van.

Can you believe that these ladies are so far gone, they’ve honestly contemplated killing a man to save themselves? They sat down and had an actual discussion on whether or not they should tell Rio one of his dudes has been turned by the police.

Both Ruby and Annie seemed to realize that dealing counterfeit money and robbing grocery stores was a different ballgame than indirectly killing a man. Murder is not something you just bounce back from. “Then we don’t,” Beth said without even blinking an eye. How does she do that? Remain so damn calm in the face of intense stress.

It’s actually hilarious that Beth thinks she’s such a “big baller,” she’s the only one who can help Rio. She thinks she’s so invaluable. Wouldn’t you think Rio has ears on the ground since he’s running such a lucrative and illegal operation? This man’s fate was already sealed!

These ladies are capable of a lot but not murder. It’s evident when they agree to move Rio’s truck out of the parking lot without knowing what’s inside. Their plan to distract from the truck in question by using two identical other trucks was brilliant, however, unnecessary because the truck they were moving wasn’t filled with anything illegal like they imagined, it was empty; a test of their loyalty.

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However, Beth didn’t know that and when the cops started tailing her, she thought it was over. Yet even during those moments, she still held it together and kept a straight face to the cop but inside, she was no longer the fearless leader who was willing to cross any line. She was jumping to conclusions and telling the ladies to help Dean out with the kids!

Of course, she was simply pulled over for not having a license plate and uttering hashtag “time’s up” is probably what made her suspicious to the female cop.

After she was pulled over, though, Beth completely lost it. Beth is feisty, which is probably what Rio likes about her. What he doesn’t like? Being yelled at and having keys thrown in his face by some desperate housewife who thinks she’s tough all of a sudden cause she did one run for him.

I’m not surprised he doesn’t want to work with them anymore — it’s been a pretty dramatic and bumpy ride. Yes, they bring in the dough and yes, they are clever but there’s always something more. They always want something, they come with baggage and their a handful. Since he just had on traitor in the group, he needs to be more cautious and eliminate anyone that could pose a threat to him.

That’s actually what upsets Beth. When she realizes he “took care” of his rotten egg, she thinks they are next on the list because they know too much at this point but aren’t useful.

Which is why Beth’s next grand scheme is to eliminate the threat… Rio himself.

Now, her logic is a little twisted. She believes that all the crimes they committed were irrelevant because they are suburban mom’s who meant and that Rio is actually the bad guy because he’s the mastermind behind all of this. I don’t think the cops will see it that way, however, they will probably give them leaner sentences for cooperating.

And if they plan to set up Rio and lock him up, they have to come clean and be willing to take the fall and do the time. It’s the only way this works. They’ve all been saying their goodbyes so, in a sense, they know that end, whenever it comes, is bleak.

Selling out Rio is dangerous, though, because he isn’t stupid and he won’t get easily caught up. And what’s to say he isn’t going to come for their families as revenge? Don’t bite the hand that feeds you!

And if they burn bridges with him, that means Beth and Rio will never hook up, and I can’t get behind that at all! The sexual tension between them needs to be resolved before they all go to jail.

The only way any of this works is if Beth seduces Rio in an attempt to catch him in the act but then realizes, she actually has feelings for him.

Boomer is so desperate to find out what Annie is up to he went to a religious choir meeting to befriend Mary Pat. Honestly, these two deserve each other so I can’t even say I felt bad that he was preying on her vulnerabilities. She mentioned she lost her husband and he found his way right into her apartment.

She thought she was putting herself out there again and moving on but sadly, Boomer was only interested so that he could put a recorder in his fake bible and leave it on her bookshelf. He is the worst. And how long does he think that recorder will stay on?

He’s definitely remorseful, but at the same time, he’s so hellbent on taking Annie down that he doesn’t care who he hurts.

The best part of Beth and the gals potentially getting caught is that Mary Pat goes down with them. She is a manipulative nightmare. And worst of all, she claims to be a religious, good person.

Other Thoughts

  • I hope Stan doesn’t turn his back on Ruby when he finds out because what they have is so genuine and loving. The couple that gets faded together, stays together. I think he’ll definitely remember that she asked him about a truck when it comes up in evidence.
  • I’ve waited so long for a TV show to just acknowledge the fact that girls poop!
  • Gregg clearly still has feelings for Annie! Can he just fess up to them already so we can stop pretending to care about Nancy? He’s so alive when he’s around her!
  • Why is Dean encouraging Beth’s life of crime by giving her a desk where she can stash her dirty money?

Good Girls has me on the edge of my seat every single week! Sometimes, I think I know what direction the show is going to take and then bam!, it’s completely different.

Next week is the season finale — how do you think this suburban life of crime ends for now?

Since the narrative is being set-up in a way that incriminates Beth and the gals, I think they’ll likely find a way out of this until next season. They are the anti-heroes but we root for them because, despite their terrible decisions and the crimes they commit, they are doing it for the right reasons. They are fighting a system of injustice; getting their power back and getting their seat at the table. Hopefully, they find a more legit way to do it eventually.

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Happy Dance! Good Girls Renewed For Season 4 at NBC!

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Pop the champagne because Good Girls is getting a fourth season! 

The cast got together — virtually, it is still coronavirus time — to share the good news with fans. 

The news is exciting considering the series never got to finish telling the story fully as the third season was cut short by the pandemic. Many productions were forced to shut down production due to the outbreak. 

The series ended a few episodes shy of its intended order with Good Girls Season 3 Episode 11 on May 3. 

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Retta, who plays Ruby Hill, has some idea of what’s in store come season 4.

“If we get picked up, we will finish the five [episodes] that did not air because I know that’s how Jenna wants the story to go,” she told the publication.

However, she hasn’t read scripts past the 12th episode.

“I have a little bit of anxiety about the scripts that I haven’t seen and I have specifically not asked [Bans] about it because I do want the answers,” she explains. “I like to see it in real time and I don’t want it floating in my head, but I have an idea of stuff that’s coming and yeah … it’s going to be intense.”

Retta is likely referring to FBI agent Phoebe who is closing in on the three ladies just as Beth bought a pool and spa shop to occupy Dean and wash cash for Rio. 

As for #Brio fans, it wasn’t supposed to be all angst and hatred. Showrunner Jenna Bans and Executive Producer Bill Krebs told Entertainment Weekly that the final five episodes would’ve been a turning point in Beth and Rio’s relationship as they were forced to work together and the chemistry would no longer be undeniable. The duo has been spending most of the season apart with Rio angry at Beth for trying to kill him and Beth blaming him for everything going wrong in her life. 

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“That’s something we’re really looking forward to jumping into in season 4 and something we’re sad we didn’t get to show the fans in season 3, but it’s all still coming. You don’t go from having the hottest sex of your life to wanting someone dead without conflicted feelings,” Bans said. 

We were excited for season 4, but now, we’re reaaaally excited. 

NBC previously renewed all three Chicago shows and Law & Order SVU for three more seasons each. New Amsterdam and This Is Us were previously renewed for three seasons each. 

Other shows that scored a renewal include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore.

Still awaiting a decision are Manifest, Perfect Harmony, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, Indebted, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.


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Will Good Girls Be Renewed for Season 4? Here’s What Would Have Happened With #Brio in Season 3

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If it were up to us, Good Girls would’ve already snagged a season 4 renewal from NBC. 

As many shows spanning a variety of networks, the third season of Good Girls was cut short by five episodes after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production.

The season ended on Good Girls Season 3 Episode 11 and didn’t resolve any of the Beth and Rio conflict that fans were hoping would take a juicy twist. 

This is just one of the major reasons why we need a fourth season. 

However, NBC has yet to make an official decision about the fate of the show. 

Since many networks look at ratings to influence their decision, the fact that ratings for the final installment got a boost is a good sign. 

According to Variety, the series ticked up to a 0.4 and around 1.8 million viewers, which was a three-week viewership high.

If a Good Girls season 4 renewal does happen, Retta, who plays Ruby Hill, has some idea of what’s in store. 

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“If we get picked up, we will finish the five [episodes] that did not air because I know that’s how Jenna wants the story to go,” she told the publication.

However, she hasn’t read scripts past the 12th episode.

“I have a little bit of anxiety about the scripts that I haven’t seen and I have specifically not asked [Bans] about it because I do want the answers,” she explains. “I like to see it in real time and I don’t want it floating in my head, but I have an idea of stuff that’s coming and yeah … it’s going to be intense.”

Retta is likely referring to FBI agent Phoebe who is closing in on the three ladies just as Beth bought a pool and spa shop to occupy Dean and wash cash for Rio. 

As for #Brio fans, it wasn’t supposed to be all angst and hatred. Showrunner Jenna Bans and Executive Producer Bill Krebs told Entertainment Weekly that the final five episodes would’ve been a turning point in Beth and Rio’s relationship as they were forced to work together and the chemistry would no longer be undeniable. The duo has been spending most of the season apart with Rio angry at Beth for trying to kill him and Beth blaming him for everything going wrong in her life. 

“That’s something we’re really looking forward to jumping into in season 4 and something we’re sad we didn’t get to show the fans in season 3, but it’s all still coming. You don’t go from having the hottest sex of your life to wanting someone dead without conflicted feelings,” Bans said. 

Okay, so seriously, we need a season 4 renewal, ASAP! And if not a full season, can we at least get the five remaining episodes NBC already signed off on and that were promised?


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Good Girls Season Finale Review – Beth Becomes a Business Owner (3×11)

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Beth Boland can play the game, but with Rio constantly flipping the game, the poor girl cannot catch up.

But we knew that; it’s not a new concept that was introduced this season. And that right there is the problem with season 3 of Good Girls.

The season didn’t infuse the storylines with anything new. Instead, they relied on old storylines — Beth buying a business to wash money (a spa instead of a car dealership), Beth trying to get keys to the kingdom by killing Rio, and the feds closing in on them — as a cushion. Maybe what’s worked before works again for other shows, but the audience of Good Girls expects refreshing and thrilling; the unique-aspect of the show, the developed characters, and their relationship are the reason we fell in love with this show. 

Sadly, season 3 felt tired, uninspired, and as if it was going through the motions. 

It would be unfair to judge this episode as the season finale since it only got the title after the season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, but even as a standalone episode, it was less than stellar. 

The hitman storyline wasn’t resolved and will now roll into a potential next season (a season 4 renewal is still pending at NBC). James was paid a pretty good sum of money to eliminate Rio and still never completed his assignment. 

This meant that Rio continued to pose problems for Beth.

On Good Girls Season 3 Episode 10, Rio told Beth to develop a plan, so she did. She proposed that she would wash her cash through her new business venture, Dean’s pool and spa shop called Boland’s Bubbles. I’m digging the name. 

Beth thought she was so clever until Rio told her that since it was such a good idea, she would be producing and washing the cash herself from now on. He used the term business term “synergy,” and seemed really impressed with himself, but really, it meant he was washing his hands of doing any of the dirty work. 

At this point, even when Beth is winning she’s losing. 

Beth became a small business owner and promised Dean his venture would remain clean and “free” of Rio, but she already sold Rio the idea before they even acquired the property. 

Since she told Rio the business was operational when it wasn’t, she was forced to once again go to extreme lengths to keep her employer happy. 

Thankfully, they didn’t return the old school way of washing the cash via department stores, but their new plan was much riskier and dragged yet another husband into this mess.  

Ruby offered to wash the cash at Stan’s strip club and made it seem like it was fine to do because the place is full of sin. Ruby, who are you to judge!? The place of sin also allows Stan to take home a paycheck and keeps their family afloat, so I say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. 

Their stunt could have cost Stan his job if they hadn’t done their best to protect him in the process. 

Beth got creative and used her son’s explosive science project so that the fake cash would catch fire once it was loaded onto the truck and swapped out with the real money. 

That way, no one would ever figure it out or link it back to them. However, since the feds are looking into them, specifically Ruby, anything that happens in any business that’s somehow connected to them becomes suspicious. 

How I wish I could just yell through the screen and tell them that they’re on the FBI’s radar. 

The exchange allowed Ruby to pay Stan and the tip jar, which temporarily fixed things between them. 

And it allowed Beth to get the necessary funds to acquire Four Star Pool and Spa from smug Gayle. She just loved to throw it back into Beth’s face that Dean was a cheater who has “done this before.” Gayle, girl, it’s not like this was your first rodeo either. At least Dean wants to make it work with his wife.  

Plus, Gayle really underestimates Beth. Yes, Beth wants Dean to “feel like a man again,” but she also looked him straight in the eye and lied to him about this being his non-shady business. 

And it happened after Dean was brutally honest with her about his cheating ways back in the day. Dean used to be the problem in the relationship, but he’s been doing his best to fix things. It’s Beth who is the root of all destruction now. 

How does she plan to keep Dean in the dark since Rio will most definitely be coming around? 

Beth also took a move from Rio’s playbook when she sought out Mick’s advice on how he robbed her of furniture. 

When she walked into the pool and spa shop the next day to negotiate with Gayle, all of the hot tubs were — gasp — missing! 

Beth pretended to be shocked and swooped in to buy the place and unburden Gayle from all the trouble. Admittedly, it was a boss move and proves that Beth has what it takes to get what she wants, but I wish they would’ve shown us how Beth accomplished it. 

Did Mick and Rio’s men help? And what does she plan to do? Does she want to put all the stolen product back into the spa and sell it? Wouldn’t the cops have it jotted down and question how she got it all back?

While Beth and the ladies think Boland’s Bubbles is a small step to freedom, they remain in the dark about another threat lurking right under their noses.

If they knew, Beth would not be making such bold moves. Once Phoebe, the FBI agent, finds out Beth bought a pool and spa shop, she’s going to have a lead in the case. The fact that these women who have nothing to their name, not even furniture, can somehow buy cars and businesses in straight cash is suspicious with a capital S.

Phoebe is already closing in on Ruby. She posed as a dorky customer getting a manicure, which is when she caught Ruby at her most vulnerable. When Ruby was explaining how you can tell if a bill is fake, I wanted to scream.

She also stole Ruby’s phone and while she may not have found anything substantial on the phone, there are so many pictures of Beth and Annie, that she’s bound to look into the both of them and make some kind of connection. 

Beth thinks she’s being smart about everything, but when you look at it, Rio has found a way for Beth’s name to be on everything while his name is on nothing. He’s playing her like a fiddle. 

Rio may be a business partner, but nothing ties back to him. Beth is now the owner of a business that’s washing the cash she and the ladies produce. And Rio sits back and gets a huge cut of it all. 

Beth needs to learn how to operate on his level. Since she’s clearly not planning on giving up the game, maybe she should be turning to him for pointers instead of focusing so much on trying to eliminate him. 

When she confronted him about being given the keys again, he simply told her “next time, make sure the clip is empty.” Rio is honestly getting a kick out of the fact that he’s ruining her life. 

Which brings me to the biggest disappointment of the season — Rio’s screentime getting cut. 

This is not about me having a crush on Manny Montana (admit it, we all do), it’s about the fact that Rio is one of the most interesting characters; he’s an enigma, and the audience wants to get to know more about him. 

Why would you cut his screentime and reduce it to nothing more than driving up to pick up some cash from Beth each week?

It’s not only a waste of his talents but also a waste of a promising character who is just aching to have his backstory told. 

And lastly, Annie’s story-arcs were completely untouched.

Is she still dedicated to re-taking the GED? Are things officially over with Josh Cohen or will he leave Lyla and run back to Annie?

He was seemingly introduced for Annie to grow as a person, but it’s tiresome to always see her get used by a guy and then left alone to pick up the pieces. Is it so hard to write her a decent man?

This season wasn’t my cup of tea. That isn’t to say I didn’t go into every week eager to see what shenanigans the ladies would be up to this week, but I can’t say I left feeling blown away either. It was mediocre. But I strongly believe the series has so much more potential, and I’d love to see the writers redeem themselves in season 4.

So, to wrap it up, please #RenewGoodGirls because we need to find out how all of this ends, how close Beth is to getting arrested, and why Rio plays tennis! 

Till next season, Cravers! Leave your comments — if you agree with me or if you don’t — in the comments section below! 


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