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Good Girls – Thelma & Louise (2×08)

GOOD GIRLS -- "Thelma & Louise" Episode 208 -- Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks -- (Photo by: Greg Gayne/NBC)

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Ruby and Beth have known each other for a long time.

The series tried to drive that sentiment home and hone in on Ruby’s betrayal by showing them growing up together.

Their first meeting — Beth drove illegal and crashed into a pile of dumpsters in order to get to the grocery store — shows that these ladies have always had a rebellious streak.

Beth especially.

In fact, it makes it easier to accept the recklessness of her current situation.

The flashbacks of Ruby and Beth meeting for the first time, being there for each other through the worst times (Ruby’s father’s funeral), and growing into best friends helps us understand all the sacrifices Ruby has made for Beth and why she couldn’t sell Beth out even when her husband and her children’s lives were in danger.

Some lines you simply do not cross.

It also made Beth and Ruby’s fight hurt that much more.

Ruby’s betrayal, or simply the thought of betraying Beth, was enough to drive a wedge between them.

Ruby felt horrible about almost selling out her best friend, but that wasn’t enough for Beth who felt like she couldn’t trust Ruby anymore.

Truthfully, I’m surprised Ruby didn’t turn her best friend over to the cops. Stan is known for being a bad liar so there’s no way he’d ever pass the lie detector test.

At times, I even wanted Ruby to turn Beth in because maybe it would ground her a little bit.

She’s been walking on water thinking she’s untouchable for far too long.

And while her anger at Ruby made sense, it also underlined how selfish she is about the whole situation.

She didn’t once ask Ruby how Stan is doing nor did she consider that Ruby actually loved her husband as opposed to Beth’s marriage to Dean.

Heck, she really couldn’t even grasp that Ruby was trying to protect her family in all of this.

Instead of realizing that the FBI is closing in and pursuing all angles, she chose to remain blissfully ignorant and blame Ruby for her life falling apart.

Honey, Ruby is the last of your worries right now.

Dean, special Dean, tried to dig them out of a mess, but instead, dug them into a deeper one.

The guys that his fighting coach recommended were some two “kids” who took him for everything he had and stole all of Beth’s hard earned money.

Beth tried to make a deal with them thinking kids would be kids, but it was yet another display of her in over her head she really was.

Despite looking dumber than a bag of rocks, the guys actually caught Dean on tape asking to them to kill Rio.

They knew they had the upper hand because not only was the money they stole illegal, they also had her husband by the balls.

Beth’s plan to give them a car, fill it with stolen goods, and frame them using Ruby’s connection to Turner was pretty brilliant, but not brilliant enough it seems.

As I said, Turner won’t stop until he gets Beth. He wanted to believe Ruby would turn on her bestie, but he didn’t put all of his eggs in one basket.

The biggest shocker of the night came when it was revealed that Annie’s new boss was an undercover FBI agent.

Realistically, I should have known, but I wanted to believe that it was possible that someone normal and promising could take on a store manager position.

Now that I know the truth, I’m livid for Annie.

She’s getting used emotionally by this shmuck who thinks he can trade sex for answers.

Hopefully, she doesn’t tell him anything important. My guess is that he’s going to develop real feelings for her because let’s face it, she’s awesome, and it will compromise his assignment.

Better yet — stick to Gregg! She clearly isn’t over her ex and it’s weighing on her.

Everything about this episode was spectacular, from Beth and Ruby discussing Bey an Jay to Ruby insisting Beth was that kids mom to Rio laughing about Dean’s mishap while plotting to kill him. That last part was probably my favorite.

I can’t figure Rio out to be quite honest. Sometimes he uses tough love on Beth and other times, he’s more than willing to help her clean up a mess.

However, the best part of the episode was hands down Annie jumping into the tub with Nancy to help her give birth.

Despite their differences, Nancy had absolutely no support and Annie couldn’t stand by and let her give birth alone.

She encouraged Nancy berating her because it was helping her dilate — hilarious.

And when Nancy started giving up from all the pain, she hopped into the pool with all those vaginas juices and just held her.

The moment was so pure.

There may be resentment between these women, but there’s also genuine love.

It speaks volumes when a woman would rather have ‘the other woman’ with her during birth than the baby’s actual father.

In a surprising twist, Annie and Nancy’s friendship is the one we never saw coming and never knew we needed.

I don’t know what this means for them going forward or what their situation will be with Gregg but it’s a promising start.

After the birth of her baby brother, Sadie also informed her mom that she was a boy.

While we never expected to be anything less than accepting, it was still beautiful to witness Annie embrace her son for the first time.

And it was even more special because Sadie’s revelation broke the tension that’s been culminating since he found out that her mother is the other woman responsible for her dad and Nancy’s split.

Which brings us to the final moment of the episode and quite frankly, Dean’s smartest move to date.

Dean packed up the children and heave-hoed out of there while Beth was trying to get all of her money back from the two gangsters he hired.

Seriously, can men even clean up their own mistakes?

I only condone this decision because maybe this is the wake-up call that Beth needs to realize that her line of work is hurting plenty of people she cares about.

She almost broke up Ruby’s family and now she lost her husband and her kids. How much more does she have to give up for this life of crime?

It’s not like she can even call the cops and report Dean because she’s part of the FBI’s most wanted.

Agent Turner would probably prefer that Dean had the kids anyways.

Knowing Beth and how dedicated she is to whatever she sets her mind to, she’s going to throw herself into more work.

The only positive of Dean leaving — which I’m not sure why she’s so sad about because it’s not like she loved him — is that she can now pursue something with Rio.

They have chemistry, there’s no denying that, but is it possible to have a relationship that’s based on more than just sex with someone like him?

What did you think of ‘Thelma and Louise?’

Did seeing the younger Ruby and Beth make you understand their friendship better? Is losing her husband and kids the reality check Beth needs?

How will Ruby help Stan get his job back and stay out of prison?


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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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