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Good Girls – This Land is Your Land (2×10)

GOOD GIRLS -- "This Land Is Your Land" Episode 210 -- Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Lillard as Dean, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland -- (Photo by: Ron Batzdorff/NBC)

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Beth has officially hit rock bottom.

When the episode kicked off, I wasn’t sure if Beth was turning herself in or seeing a therapist, but I did not expect her to be at an addiction meeting.

Looking back at all the things that have transpired since she’s gotten involved with Rio, well, it makes sense.

Beth is addicted to the thrill; to living life dangerously.

Establishing her as an ‘addict’ who needs seemingly warrants her as innocent though, doesn’t it?

We feel bad for addicts, we forgive them for all that they’ve done wrong, and we encourage them to find their way back.

Unless a drunk driver kills someone, we don’t usually punish the alcoholic for having an addiction that’s beyond their control.

But Beth has done a lot of questionable things — things she lists off herself during the meeting.

She’s taken her kids to crack houses, she’s stolen, she’s lied, and she’s been held at gunpoint so much she’s no longer phased.

Shouldn’t she pay for that?

The series also tackles “relapse” in an interesting way.

Beth didn’t fall off the wagon, per se, but she thought about it.

She missed her old life immensely the more she had to deal with PTA mothers who put too much stock in picking out napkins and balloons for some pointless themed party.

And while these PTA-tye things used to spark joy in Beth, she’s lived on the wild side far too much to go back and enjoy them again.

For a woman like Beth, it’s mundane.

When Beth decided not to go back to the addiction meeting, one of the attendees was speaking out about he sometimes wants to remain an addict because that’s when he knows exactly who he is.

Beth’s path to redemption was about ‘finding out’ who she is, but now that she knows who she is and what she likes, it’s not a lifestyle she’s going to be able to walk away from permanently even if the consequences are grave and could cost her her family and children.

Then there’s the question of wanting to be a good person.

What makes a person inherently good.

We deem the “goodness” of someone based on our collective experiences with “good,” but technically a person can still be “good” while doing bad things for the right reasons.

All three ladies are walking a very thin line here, but as viewers, we almost find ourselves justifying their actions.

They lied because it was necessary; they stole because they needed to.

Only when Ruby’s daughter Sara questions how ‘good’ they are as people does it become evident to Ruby that they maybe they aren’t actually good people.

As she watches her daughter, she’s inspired to be better and do better.

However, Sara is too young to understand the situation at hand.

It’s easy to place blame and judgment on your parents for breaking the law, but that roof over her head and the clothes on her back are things she doesn’t have to think about.

And she doesn’t know life without them.

Would she change her mind if she knew the reason behind the ‘bad decisions’ their parents made?

In less abstract terms, Turner and the FBI closed in on Boland Motors because Noah, Annie’s new squeeze, tipped them off.

Rio tipped off Beth in the knick of time, and she managed to destroy the “book club” books as the FBI arrived.

While I found the scene completely terrifying, Beth found evading the FBI to be “fun” which really does paint a full picture of her persona. 

Though it seems that Beth did a good job covering her tracks, Turner seemingly found something hidden in the ceiling tile.

Is it the drugs? Is it money? Is it books?

Based on how difficult it has been for him to land Beth, I don’t think it’s going to be the gold he’s looking for. 

Then again, Beth has to fall from grace at some point.

Annie’s eventually going to have to come clean to Beth and Ruby abut the fact that she told Noah everything about what they’ve done.

I love Annie, but she can be so naive. 

You could see the regret spread across her face the moment she put two and two together.

How else would the FBI know exactly where the drugs where? Why would he call in sick the moment of the raid?

As an astute FBI agent though, Noah should have realized that Annie would figure it out considering they hit Beth’s workplace just a few days after she’d told him about it.

Unless he assumes she’s a complete moron, which seems unlikely because he’s definitely developed feelings. 

He’s struggling to go through with pinning Annie because he feels for her.

And once again, we go back to the idea that Annie is a good person.

She’s lost and she’s desperate, but she’s a good person at her core.

She wants to provide for her child, which is something Noah used against her by encouraging to “make money” through her extracurriculars just so they could catch her in the act. 

Thankfully, Ruby grew a conscience and couldn’t go through with smuggling the drugs in the school bus.

Annie may have been upset because she missed a payday, but in the long run, I think she’ll thank Ruby.

Technically, Noah may be playing Annie, but the ball is in her court now.

Beth is going to know exactly what to do to get back at Noah, and she can steer him in any direction she wants.

It’s a little mind-boggling that Turner has been so hellbent on bringing down Beth, he doesn’t even care about Rio.

Rio is essentially the mastermind behind everything; he’s more valuable than Beth.

Rio was Turner’s target before, but now he’s focusing all of his efforts on Beth as if that’s going to stop Rio somehow.

We also need to find out more about Rio’s personal life.

All we ever do is see he come and chat with the ladies on their park bench.

Where does he go all day? Where does he live? What’s up with his kid?

Who was that lady he played tennis with a few episodes prior? Is she how he finds out about all the happenings on the inside?

Who was that girl he kissed in the parking lot?

Rio is just as essential to the storyline as Beth. Let’s hope we find out more about him as soon as possible.

Park Bench Thoughts

  • Where is the world is Mary Pat?
  • Ruby promises to get Stan a good lawyer to get ‘out of this’ because she feels guilty. But how is she going to get the money?
  • Why isn’t Annie hiding her relationship with Noah? Isn’t it frowned upon to sleep with the boss?
  • I’m still shipping Beth and Rio. The fact that he came to warn her about the FBI closing in even though she’s “out” of the game proved that he truly cares about her.

What did you think of the penultimate episode?

I’m not ready for the season to end! Much like Beth, I think I’m addicted to living dangerously through these women!

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Good Girls Review – Guess Who’s Back, Back Again (3×01)

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Good Girls Find Your Beach Season 3 Premiere Review

Good Girls is back and you better strap in for one emotionally twisted and dangerous ride.

Beware: this post contains spoilers, obviously. If you haven’t seen the premiere of season 3, tap out! 

First off, they’re back, baby!

Secondly, he’s back, baby!

I have never been this excited to see a character, who I already assumed survived, confirm that he is, in fact, alive.

Of course, I’m talking about Rio, who is like a cat with nine lives and despite going off the grid and letting everyone think he’s dead, he’s still somehow the ringleader in charge. You know he’s a bad guy, but you have to kind of be in awe of how nonchalant he is about everything and yet still manages to get things done without lifting so much as a finger.

Beth might think that he’s dead, but she clearly has never heard of the golden rule in television – no one is dead until you see a body and even then, be suspicious.

Last we saw Rio, he was bleeding out as Agent Turner dangled a Hail Mary in front of him after Beth betrayed him, shot him multiple times, and left him to die.

The odds were against Rio, but we all correctly assumed that Agent Turner would spare him and use him at his own convenience as a snitch.

Agent Turner could have just walked away and lived a happy life, sure, but he’s always been consumed with getting the bad guy and bringing Rio and his men down. He wanted revenge and well, he paid the ultimate price.

Rio, known now as Kowalski (sure, he can pass for European any day) was put in witness protection in exchange for his cooperation.

However, it’s unlike Rio to work alongside the cops and FBI, and we should have known he would have a contingency plan if it ever came down to it.

Rio may be a lot of things, but one thing he’s never been is stupid — he knew the feds were closing in on him and could scoop him up at any moment, so there was a huge likelihood that he prepared for this exact moment.

Rio didn’t just have a plan to get himself out, he had a plan to take Turner out, too. No FBI agent sticking his nose into Rio’s business, no problem.

Rio played his part right, and when Turner thought he gave him what he wanted, he pulled one over on him. Turner’s flaw is that he grew too trusting of Rio and walked right into a trap. He was ambushed and gunned down in broad daylight. Just like that.

Beth is living life oblivious to the fact that she has a giant target on her back.

The ladies who continue to believe that he’s alive despite all the clues and foreshadowing that he’s definitely coming back.

Dean mentioned Rio coming back as a zombie (oh, Deanie, you have no idea) and even Rio’s baby momma, who Beth befriended out of guilt, keeps insisting that Rio always comes back.

And she’s not wrong.

Beth is in for quite a wake-up call when she realizes the man she “thought” she killed is still alive and is out for blood. A piece of advice — if you’re planning to kill the King, make sure he’s dead before you walk away.

She’ll likely realize something is amiss when she hears about Agent Turner’s death. Or maybe she won’t because his “accidental” death is a good thing for her, too. Without Turner around, she can go about her business and produce counterfeit money without having to look over their shoulder every few months.

Beth hasn’t learned her lesson despite the dangers she’s found herself in. She’s still dabbling in this lifestyle because it’s convenient and she assumes that the risks have been eliminated.

If Beth was smart, she wouldn’t be surprised by the rise of a new (or old) problem. It’s the territory that comes with the shady life she’s leading. If it’s not going to be Rio, it’s going to be some other gang leader trying to get into her business.

But Beth trudges on and finds new ways to keep on keeping on with her lucrative “career.”

The lengths these women go to to find new ways of doing bad things is incredible.

If you take a step back, it’s actually a lot of work for someone who is essentially “taking the easy way out.” It’s hard making an honest living, but making an illegal living is no walk in the park, I’ll tell you that!

However, it’s not difficult to understand why Beth, Annie, and Ruby are willing to take such risks.

When the series picked up, our ladies were doing their best to scrape on by, and that financial struggle is what has motivated them to continue pursuing this life of crime.

I’d say of the three of them, it’s most burdensome to Beth and Ruby’s family.

Beth’s working at a gift shop picking up hours to pay off the mortgage that they’ve fallen behind on. How is she running a counterfeit money production company from the back? Who owns this shop? Throughout the episode, it seems like Beth’s an employee or possibly a supervisor, but yet no one has caught on to her off-hours project?

Meanwhile, Ruby is working at a nail salon where she’s still putting bitches in check while Stan, a disgraced cop, is working security for “The Mayor” aka a strip club in town.

This is by far the biggest change in the series considering how buttoned-up and proud Stan was in the beginning. Situations change and the Hill family has been flexible and accommodating (Ruby watching butt-naked strippers walking around Stan is something) to pay for their daughter’s medical care.

With Annie, it doesn’t seem like money issues are as big of an issue as her boredom with a mediocre lifestyle. And as far as we know, she’s working valet and taking all those expensive cars for a whirl aka my biggest fear giving way my car to valet!

Good Girls started off with moms dabbling in crime to make ends meet but the more we trudge along, the more we understand why they do what they do, and that may be the biggest takeaway of all — that earning money “the right” way isn’t enough to support necessities in life.

A series that could have run out of storylines, burnt through them, and exhausted possibilities has figured out a way to elevate and one-up themselves each time. It has never slowed down, it’s only speeding up as the crimes they commit catch up them just as quickly as the lies.

Just when you think you know what twist is coming, they surprise you.

The series isn’t afraid to pull triggers, literally, and knows when it’s time to close the chapter on a character to better the story. It shows the good and ugly sides of each character, embracing both equally, and establishing that it’s okay to break the rules when necessary and backed into a corner. But most importantly, it teaches you to own up to it even if Beth’s still figuring that out.

While we want to champion Beth for being a headstrong woman who never lets anything knock her down, she remains oblivious to her involvement in anything.

She may have watched a man die, but she doesn’t blame herself. Sure, it pains her to see his family suffer, but she believes it’s for the best and that Rio had it coming.

It has never occurred to Beth that’s she’s just as low and terrible as Rio because she hides under this housewife facade.

Her terrible choices even boil down the befriending Rio’s baby momma because she’s searching for some twisted version of forgiveness and likely some connection to him.

Other Thoughts from a Good Girl

  • Dean went from selling cars to selling spas. At least he’s trying to pull his weight.
  • I love how they’re testing their fake money at the Currency Exchange of the guy they kidnapped!
  • They really told Lucy that they needed her to make money for casino night. Remember what happened the last time they dragged an innocent into this unwillingly?
  • “You bitches just leveled up.”
  • The stripper giving Sara a tutorial about swallowing a pill… the Mayor’s office will get ya.

Will Beth get it together? Or will Rio’s return slap her right in the face? I love our girl, but I’m kind of excited to see the other foot drop.

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Good Girls Season 3 Trailer: Is Rio Alive?

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Good Girls debuted its trailer ahead of its February 16th premiere, and honestly, the only question on everyone’s mind is “Is Rio alive?”

At the end of season 3, Beth shot Rio three times and walked away assuming she killed him. Clearly, no one has ever told her about the “no body, no death” rule on television. And in general, it’s naive of her to think that Rio doesn’t have nine lives like a cat. From what we saw, Agent Turner didn’t kill Rio, so there’s a chance Rio is alive and plotting his revenge. 

He may even be the person ringing Beth’s doorbell in the latest trailer.

It kickstarts with Beth assuring the ladies that “he’s gone, we’re free.”

In celebration, they begin to print counterfeit money in hopes of making it rain all over their debt aka “they’re back in business.”

Except that living a lie based on deceit is never that easy and something ominous is lurking as someone arrives on her doorstep at the end of the trailer.

Turner’s voiceover says “that’s the thing about this game, just when you think your finished, something new pops up” as Beth opens the door and looks shocked.

Could it be the gang leader?

There’s also a hilarious part in the trailer where Dean lists off Beth’s rap sheet that reads like a CVS receipt and includes: breaking and entering, kidnapping, and Class 2 with an animal.

Oh, and they steal a bird, which we’ll assume comes with a good reason. 

Watch the trailer now!

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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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