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!
Good Girls Review – You Blew It, Carolyn (4×07)
Nothing gets past Rio.
Beth made that very clear on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 7, so why did they not cover all their bases when introducing him to Carolyn?
With the FBI closing in on Beth and snooping around her affairs, he was bound to be on high alert.
And while Carolyn (Phoebe) did a great job of selling her character — I thoroughly enjoyed her “mommy” training and how excited she was to be joining their crew — they were a little too pushy with trying to get Rio to talk at the diner.
And not only were they pushy, but when he suggested they go to her house, they were all super tense and fidgety. Just give it away why don’t you!?
Rio knows when something feels off. He’s also very much aware that Beth is capable of pulling one over him.
The FBI should’ve been several steps ahead of him and had a faux house, a pretend family, pictures, the whole shabang ready just in case.
Right now, as it stands, they don’t deserve to catch Rio; he continues to outsmart everyone and proving that he knows the game all too well.
The season is finally back to filling audiences with the same anxiety as we felt back in season 1.
Beth and Rio are both unpredictable, and as they’re tip-toeing around each other, it’s definitely raising my blood pressure once again (in a good way, of course).
But now that everything’s on the table, Beth has to make a choice: does she side with the FBI or do her alliances lie with Rio?
As she explained, she’s damned either way.
She’s gotten herself into a mess that she won’t be able to clean up so easily.
The FBI can no longer protect her since Rio knows she was planning to turn on him. And if she sides with Rio and his family’s criminal enterprise, she continues to put herself, her friends, and her family in danger.
And either way, she seems to lose out on the chance of starting a new life in Nevada.
I didn’t know how much messier Beth’s life could get, but Good Girls Season 4 is proving that it’s entirely possible to continue digging a deeper hole for yourself.
Beth also got called out for not disclosing her sexual relationship with Rio to the FBI, but it wasn’t just the FBI who was shocked by her “improvising.”
Both Annie and Ruby couldn’t believe that after everything Rio put them through, Beth went there with him again.
And no one seemed to care that she only did it as a means of distraction and that’s likely because no one actually believes it either.
No matter how messed up things get between Beth and Rio, the chemistry and sexual tension are still there.
You can hate and like someone at the same time, and I think that’s the case for Beth when it comes to Rio. On some level, she has grown fond of him and respects him, and the feeling is mutual, which is what makes this partnership so intriguing and complex.
What do you think Beth will do? And what would you do in her situation?
As it stands, I think she’s better off sticking with Rio because that’s not an enemy you want to make!
Ruby and Stan are getting into even more hot water with their designer purse business.
I know Stan wanted to do this on his own and keep Beth out of it, but now that Gene won’t let them out of the “lucrative” business, they’re going to need all the help they can get pushing these fakes.
If you think about it, this might be the perfect opportunity for everyone to wash the fake cash, but also to make money. And you know they all need it even Gregg and Nancy.
After Gregg suggested pulling Ben out of private school under the guise that he was worried he’d become a spoiled and privileged asshole, Annie figured out that they were having money problems.
It’s a fun twist because Gregg, and more specifically Nancy, have always acted as though they were superior to Annie and that her money problems were of her own making.
And while that may be true to some extent, it’s also a lot harder to dig yourself out of a hole once you’re in it.
Gregg and Nancy are going to learn that the hard way. And I don’t think they’d be above doing something shady in order to get their finances back in order.
Personally, I’d love to see this money laundering/ fake handbag business become something that everyone becomes invested in because it proves that no one is above a get quick cash scheme.
It would just elevate the stakes.
Not to mention Annie, Gregg, and Nancy have the perfect platform to sell these dupes at Ben’s school! Rich parents = sold handbags.
The storyline is almost writing itself.
What did you think about the episode? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Good Girls Review – Oops… They Did It Again (4×06)
Did we just meet “the boss?”
And better yet, is she the head of a family business?
Good Girls Season 4 Episode 6 was one of the strongest installments for so many reasons.
Beth and the ladies manipulated the FBI to give them what they wanted, we got more insight into Rio’s life, and there was even a robbery in knitted face masks.
And though I’m not Dean’s biggest fan, I quite enjoyed seeing the joy smear across his face as he went cycling around the 3-block radius. It was like a scene out of E.T.
The episode kicked off in a scene reminiscent of season 1: Beth, Annie, and Ruby were robbing a jewelry store where Baby Tyler currently works as a security guard.
At first, it didn’t make much sense as to why they returned to a life of petty crime when they were in so deep with Rio and with the FBI, but as the bills began to stack up, so did the money woes.
It was time to get creative.
The staged robbery got them some quality face time with Phoebe and Dave, who had no choice but to put them on the payroll while they helped them nail Rio.
In return, Beth went to meet his “boss” all mic’d up, which is pretty brave of her considering last time he suspected her of being a mole, he made her strip down to absolutely nothing in her kitchen.
I sure as hell wouldn’t wear such an obvious piece while going to meet someone who outranks Rio but to each their own!
And yet, the meeting wasn’t anything that Beth expected. Instead of meeting some mafia-man in a dark alleyway, Rio took her to a family barbecue where he introduced her to his grandmother and his cousin/brother (still not sure which one he is after that tense moment) among other family members.
Rio is the man who mixes business with pleasure, and now, he’s invited Beth into the family, which is a big deal. If that isn’t the biggest extension of trust, I don’t know what it.
Understandably, Beth was caught off-guard and out of her element, but who wouldn’t be? The family was prying into her life and asking her about her relationship with Rio. Though she denied there being anything romantic between them, Rio sure didn’t help by rubbing her back tenderly.
It was all so deliciously bizarre.
It’s so hard to get into Rio’s mind and understand what he thinks of Beth. Does he want her to be his equal? Does he have feelings for her? Does he simply enjoy the mind games? Are there more “Beth’s” in his life?
When Beth realized she was a sitting duck with the wire on, she attempted to get rid of it in the bathroom.
Now, the logical thing would have been to flush it down the toilet, wouldn’t it? But Beth chose to hide it behind a book in grandma’s bedroom. Girl, what are you thinking?
Of course, Rio was suspicious about her bathroom break and found her snooping around.
When she realized that she was very much in the lion’s den, she “improvised” the way Phoebe told her to and had sex with Rio.
Hot sex, might I add. This scene was simply the writer’s way of appeasing fans who ship #Brio, but honestly, I’m not complaining.
The sexual tension between these two never fizzled out, but after all that’s transpired between them, I always wondered how the series would ever put them back in this situation again.
They found a way that worked and stayed true to the complicated nature of their relationship.
Rio may be the guy that’s in charge and who takes charge, but Beth definitely wields some power over him. He has a soft spot for her, which is why he’s allowed her to stick around for so long and let this go on as far as it has.
After meeting the fam, I don’t think working with the FBI is in Beth’s best interest unless they plan on taking down the whole unit.
Think about it — even if she were to get rid of Rio, the rest of the family wouldn’t hesitate to come after her.
She’s in deeper than she’s ever been before, and unfortunately, I don’t think the FBI has what it takes to protect her.
Beth’s so impressive that even Phoebe wants so badly to be liked by her. In her eyes, Beth’s the popular girl that she wants to be friends with. But as we saw, she can’t let her guard down because Beth is clever and won’t hesitate to do what has to be done.
Since Dean struggled to accept his new reality under house arrest, Beth was forced to come clean about the deal she made with the FBI. At least they’re finally on the same page. Let’s just hope Dean doesn’t blab.
Ruby tried to help Stan fix the problem with his boss, but that backfired a bit as Stan was given all the purses to sell to high-end clientele.
While the extra income can’t hurt, they’re already stretched so thin.
However, I wouldn’t put it past Beth to somehow merge this purse business with what they’re doing for Rio!
Even Annie’s storyline was entertaining on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 6.
My biggest complaint this season was that Annie continued to make terrible life choices, which doesn’t do her character any favors, especially when we’re four seasons in.
But this episode changed everything.
She decided to retake the GED and passed all on her own! All she needed to do was believe in herself a little bit.
Don’t even get me started on the fact that there’s no way she wouldn’t get arrested or kicked out for trying to pay off the proctor in real life.
Secondly, she impressed me with how she handled the Josh situation. When he came to her house drunk, Annie did the mature thing and tried to send him away knowing that he was getting married to Lyla in the morning.
However, when he indicated that he needed to go number 2, Annie had no choice but to let him inside. The scene was probably one of the funniest in the series, as was the subsequent conversation about Lyla never pooping because of her low-waste diet.
I love that Annie kept her boundaries and didn’t allow for anything more to happen despite really wanting it. It shows that she not only has respect for herself but also Josh.
As for Josh, I feel bad for him for being in a loveless relationship. Hopefully, he calls off the wedding and finds his true happiness whether it be with Annie or someone else that’s more his speed.
I absolutely like him for her, so I hope we see him again!
What did you think of the episode? Did you love it as much as I did?
What was your favorite moment? Sound off in the comments now!
Good Girls Review – The Banker (4×05)
Beth became the banker on Good Girls Season 4 Episode 5.
And it sent a conflicting message.
On one hand, she had absolutely no choice after Rio found the tracker and figured that she was either working with the FBI or that they were onto him.
She once again had to “prove” her allegiance to him in order to stay alive and keep her friends alive.
However, she ended up enjoying being the banker and felt like it made her important and necessary to the operation. After all, you don’t kill the banker (except when you do and replace them with another banker…).
She enjoyed wielding all the power that came with the gig as evidence by her growing confidence with every single person she visited.
She even tried the “I’m the banker, bitch,” which is 100% me playing Monopoly.
But that’s also when she realized how twisted the job was.
Beth realized that she didn’t actually have it in her to do anything about it if someone didn’t pay up like the girl working for her sick mom who claimed she didn’t “have the money.”
Instead, Beth used this new gig Rio entrusted her with to work alongside the FBI.
When she met up with him, her two FBI buds were right there for the whole conversation and she realized that Rio also has a boss that he answers to.
There’s a chain of command here that forces Rio to do the things that he does or else it’s his head on the line.
Personally, I find this to be an exciting development. Rio has been sorely underutilized for almost two seasons and it seemed like the writers were just keeping him around because of his popularity with audiences.
We’d see him in the bar, grabbing his washed cash, and creating a world of hell for Beth, but we never knew much about him.
By adding this layer, we may actually get to explore Rio’s role in everything – how’d he get into it, what’s his motivation, why does he operate the way he does.
Beth’s going right to the source, which proves that eliminating Rio actually wouldn’t solve any of her problems.
At one point, I truly thought that when Mick drove Beth to do her “job,” the hitman would be alive and waiting for Beth. Many fans questioned whether he was actually dead, and it would be quite the twist if Rio spared him and used him against Beth.
The writers also tried to capitalize on the chemistry between Beth and Rio with the striptease kitchen scene.
Rio showed Beth the tracker and assumed she was wired up, so she bared it all for him to prove that she was on his side.
It’s a good thing that this happened when it did because she was actually mic’d up for their previous meeting. And that wouldn’t have gone over very well.
Rio is perceptive, so in order to fool him, the approach can’t be basic and obvious.
Even Annie pointed out that tracker gave her “90s pager vibes.” Can’t the FBI get some better tech up in here?
What did you all think of the stripping down scene? There’s no doubt Manny Montana looked hot in that scene, but did it come across as sexy to you, or was it demoralizing that Beth always has to prove herself or use her body to get what she wants?
Beth’s biggest motivation to risk her life and work with the FBI is obviously to get Dean out of prison, which she did.
At least she kept that promise!
After getting the FBI dirt of Rio and his boss, Dean walked out a free man. But does that make up for everything else?
Are they suddenly going to be a happily married couple again? There’s no denying that Beth betrayed him once again and lied to his face about it!
I’m interested to see how Dean will approach the situation. Will he be grateful that she came through for him or will he realize he can’t be with her anymore?
Poor Eric tried his best to save his buddy, but a life of crime is not up his alley.
Eric’s been a good friend, and while I know plenty have enjoyed his character, it seems like wasted screentime in my opinion.
The addition of Nancy and Gregg’s baby Dakota was hilarious. Annie would take a baby along and use it as a human shield to keep them safe from gang friend.
The best part about it was how good Mick was with the little guy. Annie has zero maternal instincts, but Mick knew exactly what to do to get the baby to calm down.
Is anyone else kind of rooting for Mick and Annie? They have great chemistry!
I’ve never been a huge fan of Nancy, and I guess that continues as I wasn’t pleased with how she talked down to Annie.
Annie may not be a responsible adult, but she tried her best. How could she know which diaper cream was preferred?
Just imagine how Nancy would have reacted if she knew where Dakota really was for half the day!
As for Ruby, well, she finally learned what Stan is up to at work and it wasn’t what she thought it was.
I hate that Ruby veered into “he’s cheating on me” territory. Yes, Stan has been working odd hours, he was caught lying, and he’s tired all the time, but the one thing we know about him is that he’s not a cheater.
I felt terrible seeing Ruby accuse him of being unfaithful when he’s quite literally in this mess because of her! He’s paying off her debt. Everything he’s doing, he’s doing for his family.
We know this, but let’s re-emphasize that Stan is the man!
What did you think of the episode? Is Good Girls finally digging in deep?
Let us know in the comments below!
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