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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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Good Girls – King (2×13)

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Wow.

That’s all I was able to muster up after the season 2 finale of “Good Girls.”

It’s been a distressing season as Beth dealt with the highs and lows of being “King,” almost got arrested, watched her friends almost get arrested, watched her longtime marriage crumble, only to realize she developed an addiction to living on the edge.

Oh, and she realized her biggest problem wasn’t Turner, it was the man she fell for, the kingpin, Rio.

All of that culminated in this explosive episode where Beth finally did what she had to do to truly become King.

Or, at least she thought she did.

By the middle of the episode, Beth was kidnapped while grabbing her phone from her car in the middle of the night.

There was one of two outcomes for this storyline;  either Rio would be the kidnapper or Rio would save her from the kidnapper.

The writers took a less romantic approach by making Rio the kidnapper as he whisked her away to some abandoned warehouse where he gave her a gift: Turner chained and beaten.

Rio, honey, no.

Beth was distraught realizing the gravity of his actions, but he kept insisting that she wanted him to help her and this was him helping.

He also made it clear that she had to deal with the problem since she’d wanted to become the King so badly.

Yes, Turner has been a pain in her ass; he’s pursued her, made her public enemy number one, and threatened her and her friends on countless occasions.

But, the thing is, Turner was doing his job.

Beth was breaking the law, and up until Boomer turned up alive, the FBI assumed she committed murder.

It’s not great to be hunted, but can you really blame the guy for doing what he’s supposed to be doing?

Beth tried hard to outrun and outsmart Turner, but when she wasn’t able to convince Boomer to show proof of life to the FBI, she concocted a plan to confess to his murder.

And when she was getting arrested, Marion, who finally redeemed herself, ensured that Boomer followed through and showed himself to the police thus clearing Beth of the charges.

She had it handled for the most part.

Turner would still have her on counterfeit money, but if she could walk back murder, she could walk back anything.

Until this happened.

Rio was right when he said Turner would continue hunting her and looking for ways to destroy her, but here’s the thing: he didn’t realize how bringing her in to kill Turner would help Beth.

And he overestimated Beth’s loyalty and love for him.

Then there’s the obvious problem that killing an FBI agent does more harm than good in the long run.

Gang leaders are always so quick to pull the trigger without realizing what Beth has learned rather quickly — it spirals out of control.

One bad thing leads to another bad thing which unravels another bad thing and so on and so forth.

Had she murdered Turner, she’d likely be high on the list of suspects considering she was just in there for the alleged murder of Boomer.

And eventually, they’d link it back to her and the jail time for killing an FBI agent is likely much higher than if you kill someone like a grocery store manager.

Beth wouldn’t be getting rid of her problem, she’d just be delaying the inevitable.

Then, Rio failed to realize just how broken Beth was. She may seem like she’s this boss bitch who has it all under control, but in reality, she was collapsing under the pressure.

When he handed her the gun to shoot Turner, he didn’t even consider the possibility that she would shoot him instead.

Turns out, what makes Rio so magnetic is also his biggest flaw: his ego.

He thought he had Beth just where he needed her because they’d slept together and she developed some warped feelings.

“He’s not my problem, you are,” she told Rio right before shooting him in the chest and then unloading two more rounds.

Jaw-effing-drop.

Beth shot Rio without even blinking an eye.

She was finally able to see through his charm, the charm that initially made her blind to the reality that he’s been her biggest enemy all along.

And while it hurt to watch Beth shoot him, it was understandable.

She’d never be free from the debt she owed him.

The writers have done an impeccable job with Rio’s character, though. Even when you know he had this coming, your heart still breaks because of the chemistry they had.

After her disastrous night, Beth coped in the usual way by baking.

Turner paid her a little visit to tell her that he’s getting the eff out of town to enjoy his life for a little bit. And who could blame him?

He almost died because of his obsession with this case.

This was also the first time that Turner acknowledged that Beth did some bad things but she wasn’t necessarily a bad person.

He saw just how manipulated she was by Rio and how she didn’t have much of a choice. Again, Rio didn’t see how looping Beth in would make her a victim in Turner’s eyes.

So, as a thank you for saving his life, Turner temporarily let it all slide so she could go back to being a “mom.”

But he failed to mention that after she ran out of the warehouse, he possibly helped Rio survive the shooting.

Apparently, after three bullets, one of them being to the chest, Rio somehow managed to not die on the spot.

I highly doubt that’s possible but we’ll go with it.

The ending doesn’t show us if Turner ever dialed 9-1-1 or not, but the way in which Beth tells the ladies that “he’s gone for good,” definitely makes it seem like he’s still alive.

I mean, the whole next season is going to be about Rio getting revenge, right?

It has to be.

Any love he had for Beth is gone now. She’s the “bitch” who shot him and left him there to bleed out.

Not only that but she “stole” the game from him.

Beth wasn’t just baking her regular sweets after her crazy night, she was cooking up fraudulent money.

“We don’t need him,” she told Annie and Ruby. Girl, don’t you ever learn?

The ladies all got a free pass. As in, they got off scot-free.

That means they would never have to consider robbing a bank at gunpoint to fund some dweebs facial surgery to stop him from going to the cops.

Why would they willingly butcher it?

So, to wrap it all up: Turner is outta here, Rio is may be dead but probably alive and more pissed than ever, Beth is naive and thinks she killed a drug kingpin, and all three ladies are considering continuing their anxiety-filled life of crime.

Beth and Dean also started gravitating towards each other, which is great for her family but not that great for the audience.

Will she try to rope Dean into her new fraudulent dealings?

Considering that I think Rio is alive, I hope he gets more on-screen time next season.

It would be a shame if he was truly dead because we’d never find out who he was!

There are so many questions surrounding his character, and we’ve yet to explore everything his life outside of calling the shots at the park bench.

Not to mention, Manny Montana has made such an impact with his take on Rio, something producers probably didn’t see coming. He’s the star of the show.

And if Rio is alive, did Turner just let him walk free?

Obviously, he sees that Rio is the mastermind behind all of this.

Is it a set-up for Beth? Is Rio working for the FBI?

Then there’s Noah and Annie. They are trying to make their relationship work, but it requires them to be completely honest with each other.

And the truth is Noah is from Arizona and has a son of his own.

And he may be moving to Arizona because the case has been botched.

Do you think these two will find a way to make it work? I was Team Greg for most of the season, but Noah has really grown on me.

He seems to really care about Annie and she deserves that.

What did you think about the season 2 finale?

Is Rio alive? Are Beth and Dean getting back together?

Will Beth succeed as the “King.”

How would you grade this season of Good Girls?

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Good Girls – Jeff (2×12)

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Marion has some nerve hiding Boomer and lying to Annie about it.

Oh yes, on “Jeff” we learned that Boomer isn’t dead, he’s alive and well, which admittedly, is slightly disappointing but also raises the stakes significantly.

If Boomer is alive, who the hell did Beth bury in her vegetable garden?

Pretty quickly, the ladies learn that it’s actually Mary Pat’s late husband, Jeff.

Why am I not surprised that she’s killed before?

That explains why she was so cool, calm and collected after running over Boomer.

“Jeff” brought back Mary Pat, who has been missing for several episodes and left us wondering what happened to her after she talked to Agent Turner.

Turns out, Mary Pat went into hiding because she realized Boomer wasn’t actually dead.

Way to let them know, Mary Pat

Beth, Annie and Ruby could have easily tied up loose ends.

Instead, she let them believe she chopped up Boomer into teeny tiny pieces and handed the ladies her dismembered husband to dispose of.

Mary Pat’s life is difficult, but it’s hard to have much empathy for her when she’s brought most of it upon herself.

She may have tried to remain in hiding, but if you’re persistent enough, as Beth is, you can find anyone.

Annie took one for the team when she chased Mary Pat and pinned her to the ground. That’s a scene I never knew I needed in my life.

The one thing that doesn’t make sense to me is how Mary Pat got away with cashing checks while her husband was deceased.

Everyone in the neighborhood knew she was a recent widow. And while she may have failed to report it to the government, she surely must’ve raised a few flags when the FBI got involved.

Marion and Annie’s friendship was one of the strongest aspects of the series.

Annie may be considered a screw-up, but she has a kind heart and she couldn’t allow Marion to fend for herself when Boomer was gone.

So finding out that Marion was lying and keeping Boomer tucked away somewhere in an attic like Anne Frank (damn) was disappointing.

How could she abuse her friendship with Annie like that?

And why does she keep making excuses for Boomer? Marion seems to be pretty competent, I’m sure she realizes Boomer is a little wacky.

I think Annie should use Noah’s FBI connections to bring Boomer in so they can at least be cleared of his murder charges.

Speaking of Noah, I was surprised that Annie confronted him about working for the FBI.

I was even more surprised that all he was able to respond with was “I love you.”

I don’t know when it happened, but sometime during the season, I fell for Noah as much as Annie did.

Hopefully, telling Annie he’s in love with her isn’t another play from his FBI handbook.

I understand doing what you have to do when your cover has bee outed but abusing someone’s feelings is low.

I trust Noah about 85% and do believe he’s developed feelings for her. Those longing looks and smiles filled with regret tell it all.

And we know Annie does have feelings for him, so I hope this doesn’t sway her to tell him even more.

Turner went as far as mentioning that he doesn’t even need a body anymore to pin the crimes on the ladies because he has a paper trail of counterfeit money.

And it gets worse — they know Ruby paid Stan’s lawyers $30K in fake cash.

Turner is closing in on them and as it stands, it doesn’t look like there’s a way out.

Will Stan go away for five years?

Beth’s been trying to keep her composure but internally, she’s freaking out that she’s on the verge of being arrested for murder.

Sometimes, I just want to shake her and scream “well, what did you think was going to happen?”

She reaches out to Rio to get some help but when he ignores her calls, Ruby breaks it down to her — he doesn’t care.

I know, it’s harsh because we want Rio to case. She wants Rio to care.

She wants to think that Rio has her best interests in mind, but the truth is, Ruby is right.

Rio loves to see Beth squirm, yes, but generally, he remains unbothered by everything that’s going down with the FBI.

It almost seems like he’d rather she take the fall so he’s clean.

Rio even confirmed that their relationship was strictly business.

“That’s it,” Beth asked with a hint of hope in her voice. “That’s it,” he replied.

But is it Rio? Is it really?

The chemistry between them has been off the charts and way more than just a “business” relationship.

Then again, maybe the writers are blatantly telling us Rio isn’t worth it thinking about and we’re just trying to find any reason to hold onto him.

Beth seemed to get Rio’s attention when she informed him that the FBI was onto his fake bills because the situation finally posed a threat to him and not just Beth and her friends.

Will he figure out a way to keep them all safe? When will his tennis playing friend come into play?

And how cute is it that Rio took his son to Legoland? See, there I go again giving him credit where credit isn’t due.

It’s possible that Rio’s coldness towards her will drive her back into a marriage with Dean.

The two planned on divorcing and even told the children, but after realizing that whatever she had with Rio wasn’t real, it does feel like Beth is going to give their marriage another shot.

Both of them seem to be on the same page about not working for anyone.

Dean just got fired from his new job so maybe he’ll come around to her “way” of doing things.

However, I have to say that Beth and Dean work better when they’re “divorced” and don’t have any expectations set for each other.

What do you think?

Will Boomer be turned over to Turner?

Is Noah lying about his feelings for Annie or is he really on her side?

Are things over between Rio and Beth?

Will Stan go to prison?

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Good Girls – Hunting Season (2×11)

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I keep watching Good Girls and waiting for a day where I won’t have crippling anxiety after every choice they make.

At this point, I doubt it’s going to happen.

These ladies are in way too deep with Rio and his gang. And every time they’re almost above the surface, one of them drags them right back down.

Beth was sucked back into the lifestyle because of Ruby and Annie’s unsuccessful trip to Canada.

Obviously, they were going to have to pay off their debt at some point.

And it was Beth who kept receiving packages filled with body parts that undoubtedly broke her garbage disposal.

Gross.

The fact that she didn’t scream upon receiving the first package in front of her children in impressive.

The body parts continued coming daily until she finally reached out to Rio to see what he wanted from her.

“I thought you’d never ask,” he gleefully said. Was that a confirmation that he’s been ripping apart Boomer’s corpse to hang over them?

Come on, Rio. I thought we were all friends here.

The ladies began their attempt at washing the cash, but all of their options have been exhausted at this point.

They can’t go to big box stores because they’ve been blacklisted and the car dealership isn’t an option anymore following the police raid.

When washing all the cash became impossible, they opted for plan B: finding Boomer’s body so that Rio wouldn’t have anything to hold over them.

That in itself was quite a challenge since it wasn’t like he was going to just give up Boomer’s location and they had limited information about Rio to begin with.

But that finally gave Beth a reason to sniff around Rio’s life.

I’ve been wanting to know about the gang leader since season one.

Who is he? What does he do? What makes him tick? Where did he come from?

If he can manipulate Beth and her friends and know everything about them, they should be armed with intel about him too.

Beth’s attempts weren’t successful since io knew she was following him, but they did give us two very interesting pieces of information about Rio that makes me love him even more.

For starters, his real name is Christopher. Not as intimidating, right?

Secondly, he has mild OCD when it comes to his closet. Did you see how neatly folded his t-shirts were?

Seriously, that’s impressive.

Seeing that immediately turned, a clean-freak herself, on and essentially explained some of the attraction to her.

Although his lifestyle is vastly different, they’re similar on some level.

The scene 21 questions scene between them was so hot. The writers have written the two of them with the slowest burn in the history of television.

Their chemistry is unmatched that even when it’s wrong, you want it to be so right.

And Rio is a complete tease. He knows just what to say to make Beth explode.

They weren’t even talking about the body when Rio pushed himself against her and asked: “you want it.”

Also, is he doing everything possible just to keep Beth around?

Eventually, Annie got Tyler to tell her all about the meat locker, which was operated by Boomer before his “left.”

Shady dudes would bring their “meat” to him and he’s store it without questions.

She took one for the team and looked through each and every single cooler until she found what she assumed was Boomer.

Yes, I said what she assumed.

The ladies stole the body back and buried him in Beth’s vegetable garden, which honestly, isn’t the best idea because of what happened near the end of the episode.

The neighbor’s dog ran into the garden and began digging up the body.

Beth was able to stop it in time, but what she found made her sick to her stomach.

The hair sticking out of the body bag was long and black and definitely not Boomer’s.

But if it isn’t Boomer, who is it?

In trying to clear themselves of one problem, they got messed up in something even more dark and twisted. It just never ends!

And they still have a debt to pay in Rio’s eyes.

On top of that, Dean figured out that Beth was back in business. She tried to explain that it would take her a bit to clean her hands of it, but for the first time ever, Dean was smart enough to know that wasn’t true.

And Beth knew it too. The days of lying to him were over.

Honesty would make this divorce a lot easier.

The writers of Good Girls always impress me with their blunt writing and having Beth tell Dean that she “just likes to have sex” with Rio was the best line ever.

Yes, Dean finally got a straightforward answer from her as to why she’s so addicted to Rio, but it’s also nice to hear her acknowledge that she does have some kind of feelings for the dude who has ruined her life.

And her reason for not wanting to leave this life was equally as raw: it felt good to be good at something.

It’s a basic human desire, which is what makes this so twisted and understandable at the same time.

In addition to all those problems, we still have the little issue we call Noah.

Annie’s biggest fears were proven true when she spied on Noah and saw him meet up with Turner at the park.

He’s part of the FBI and she just told the damn FBI essentially everything that they’ve done!

Noah inquired about why she has been avoiding him and she played it off as though she just wasn’t ready for a relationship, but that makes it seem like she knows who he is.

Beth may be right that getting back together with Noah and feeding him information could be useful.

On the other hand, Noah snooping around and having access to Annie’s life might help him with his case.

It’s unclear what she’s going to do, but Beth usually gets her way.

It’s especially dangerous now that Turner and Noah were able to decode Beth’s ledger and know that they’ve been counterfeiting.

Turner’s need to put Beth away is understandable.

She would likely get “Martha Stewart time” if they got her for this and there’s a chance she’ll get deeper involved as time goes on.

He also believes she’s a terrible person because she’s been doing bad things and thinking she’ll get away with it because she’s a “suburban mom.”

There’s some truth to that, but as we all know, Beth isn’t necessarily a bad person. They all got into this mess because they were desperate and saw no way out. They wanted to help themselves and their families.

Once again, we circle back to the question of what makes a good person.

But I like Stan and Ruby’s explanation best: if they didn’t do something bad, something worse would have happened.

That applies to all the ladies including Stan.

Ruby even took the fake cash Rio gave them and spent it on a top-notch lawyer, who seemed rather shady in my opinion, thus digging them into a bigger hole with Rio.

Other Favorite Moments

  • Annie sulking in her despair and listening to Train was hilarious.
  • Ruby and Annie have a sweet friendship. How cute was it that she apologized to her in every language?
  • Will we ever find out anything about Rio’s ex-wife/baby momma or his lawyer connect?

What did you think of tonight’s episode?

 

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