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Good Girls – Taking Care of Business (1×05)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Taking Care of Business" Episode 105 -- Pictured: Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland -- (Photo by: Josh Stringer/NBC)

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They are just normal women shopping… with fake money.

That’s the caveat on this week’s Good Girls as Beth, Annie and Ruby make good on their business proposal to Rio.

What seemed like a pretty grand idea last week, and I say that loosely because it never seemed like a good idea to me, is a nightmare now that they realize the FBI is onto them.

Beth gets a visit from Agent Turner, the man that’s been getting intel from Boomer. He doesn’t really reveal a reason for the visit just asks if there’s anything “weird” happening in the hood.

Dean is too clueless to really grasp the seriousness of the situation but Beth picked up on the fact that Turner kept eyeing her.

She tells the girls they should simply back out now but time and time again, they find themselves at the same crossroads — they need the money.

They’re smart women so I’m not sure why they don’t realize the takeaway isn’t more illegal money = more problems.

Since they’ve started on this “bad lifestyle,” nothing has gotten easier. In turn, they’ve just dug bigger holes for themselves, put their families in danger with some ugly people and have the FBI tailing them.

They try to return the fake 100k that Rio gave them, which he expects returned in real money, but he puts his foot down — this isn’t Girl Scout cookies, you can’t give the cookies back. They are now on the hook for distribution.

So, they get to business mapping out stores all over the city with the biggest ticket items. Seeing how organized Beth is and how she had a method to her madness, I can see why Rio believed they’d be a good fit for his, uh, business model.

My point, and I think it’s fair, is that most people don’t make large purchases with cash. Who buys a five-thousand dollar TV with cash? Why would you have that much money with you? It automatically raises a red flag!

Still, each of them is able to purchase their products without any hassle.Well, almost.

Annie takes them on an unnecessary segway after she takes the cashier up on his “hook-up” offer and then realizes he stole her receipt.

Without a receipt, she isn’t able to give back the product, which means they are out a ton of money.

Personally, I’d be more concerned that the dude would try to steal my money. After all, it isn’t every day that a woman walks in with a wad of several thousand dollars. My first instinct was that he saw a rich girl and wanted to capitalize.

Also, if you’re buying that many TVs and spending that much money at one time, wouldn’t the dude become suspicious that you lived in a little dingy apartment?

Doesn’t even matter because the dude was a complete tool who only stole the receipt so she wouldn’t call him again because he was married with children.

Annie wanted to bust his ass right then and there for being a cheating scumbag, but Beth didn’t allow it, which led to quite an interesting altercation while they were digging through the trash. Again, these problems DID NOT exist before they made deals with very bad people.

Beth, someone who has been cheated on herself, made it very clear to Annie that she didn’t need to embarrass the woman or tell her something she was already very aware of. The look on her face made it clear she knew her marriage was a sham and her man was stepping out on her.

We see Beth as this strong character; a leader of the pack. It’s easy to forget that she’s in this place to get her family out of a dark time.

The second time Agent Turner rolls around, it’s a bit more serious — he has a picture of Rio leaving her house. When Beth denies every seeing the gang banger, he suggests he’ll just go ask her husband.

Obviously, Dean would recognize him from the time Rio rolled up to a children’s party and had an argument with his wife in the bedroom.

“Don’t do that,” she retorts, using the “I can’t talk about this in front of the kids” excuse.

In a panic, she calls Rio to get some advice but he doesn’t seem too worried. He brought her on because she’s cunning so she’ll likely have no problem talking herself out of this one. He even recommends saying that they were sleeping together, which gets Beth all flustered.

Clearly, Beth is sexually attracted to this guy, she just doesn’t want to admit it. Even the girls realized it when they couldn’t remember his name and she said it proudly like she was talking about some celebrity crush.

In fact, when she went to Turner’s office and told him she had a one-night stand with Rio, his follow up questions could have easily put a dent in her story. But as we know, Beth is an impeccable storyteller and she hit him with a fully-detailed play-by-play of her night with Rio. And yes, she was definitely hot and bothered by it and it’ll likely lead her to make some kind of move on him.

And while I’m in full support of her embracing this side of herself, sleeping with a con who is hunted by the FBI may have some long-term implications.

As will Dean lying about cancer to her face. Can you believe he’s such a scum that he’s lying about something so serious to get his wife back after he CHEATED on her?

And all the money they made from their agreement with Rio went to Ruby, who is using it to pay for her daughter’s medical treatment. It was heartbreaking to see Sara refuse to take her meds because she knew her parents couldn’t afford it.

You always want to be strong for your kids, but your kids can also see when you are struggling and want to help. In this case, it came with a hefty price of her health.

Ruby and Stan are incredible parents though and played it off so well. I was in awe of the united and strong front they put up so their baby girl wouldn’t worry. Hopefully, when he finds out she lost her job, he doesn’t lash out too much.

Also, Beth needs to renegotiate the cut they are getting because in passing 25K seems like a lot, but when you have to do so much illegal stuff and it’s split three ways, it isn’t much at all.

The stakes are being raised — will they continue down this path or sell Rio out to the FBI?

Thoughts on this week’s Good Girls?


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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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