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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 – Don’t Steal from Rio (3×07)

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Beth Boland is bold.

It was only a matter of time before that boldness came back to bite her on Good Girls.

And now, Dean’s wild suggestion of packing up and moving to Vegas doesn’t seem like such a bad idea.

If Beth did that, she’d be saving her family, but Rio would simply direct his wrath and the other people she cares about — Ruby, Annie, and their families.

Running away may seem like a good option, but the only way she will win this battle is head-on.

For starters, she might want to reconsider stealing from Rio. He knows when someone’s playing him, and Beth didn’t exactly do a great job covering it up.

To echo Ruby: “you stole from a man who blew a little girl’s brain out for fun.” That was bound to come with some consequences.

Beth said they deserved a piece of the pie, and she’s not wrong, but she wasn’t in a place to slip-up. Not yet, at least. Rio doesn’t trust them, and they haven’t given him any reason to as of late. He still sees her as the woman who shot him three times.

She should have waited, built up her credibility a little bit, and then launched her plan when the dust had settled a little bit.

Instead, she moved forward with a thought-out plan.

Rio is business savvy, so wanting to keep his costs down wasn’t a ridiculous ask. The fact that he wanted to “meet the man,” however, meant that he knew Beth was lying.

If she wanted it to be believable, she should have gotten someone to sell the story better because Rio knew the minute he walked into the bar that Max was a fraud.

Heck, he probably even knew who Max was. I wouldn’t put it past him to look into Lucy’s life so that he knew who might become a problem in the future.

I’ll hand it to Beth for handling Max properly when she realized he was onto them and knew Beth was somehow involved. She knew she needed to keep him from going to the cops

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The only way she could do that was by telling him what really happened to Lucy and emphasizing that they were also in trouble with this guy and in danger.

The one thing Beth excels at is always having some kind of plan and not backing down when things get tough.

However, she doesn’t learn from previous mistakes, and it’s going to get her killed eventually.

She should know better than to involve innocent bystanders in her mess because it always ends in disaster and death. Second of all, she should know better than to attempt to kill Rio using someone who has never held a gun before and doesn’t have the qualifications to hit and make the shot.

Their plan to pay for a professional hitman went sideways… like really sideways, so you might say that they had no other choice, but I’d argue that once again, waiting and forming a concrete plan that wasn’t impulsive would have been a better option.

The reason Rio constantly has a one-up on Beth is that he doesn’t panic but always makes cold and calculated moves.

Beth training Max to shoot a gun was incredibly enjoyable to watch because she’s pretty badass (all thanks to Rio), but it was a disaster in the making.

I’d never put my life in the hands of a man who shot a gun and got scared! Not to mention, he couldn’t aim to save his life.

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Imagine if Max worked up the nerve to shoot Rio and missed, Rio would probably strangle Beth with his bare hands for making a second attempt on his life.

Also, did she really want Max, who couldn’t hit the mark, to shoot a gun inside of a bar filled with patrons? I couldn’t understand the reasoning here at all. Rio is dangerous and needs to be “taken care of” but at the expense of others.

Rio may be Beth’s problem, but Stan is becoming Ruby’s problem. He’s become way too comfortable and accepting of Ruby’s lifestyle. It’s rubbed off on him a little bit as he made a conscious choice to get messed up in a shady situation himself.

Stan’s motivation is similar to Ruby’s when they started out — he wants to protect and provide for his family.

He saw an opportunity that’s extremely risky but pays well and consistently unlike the situation Ruby has found herself in. He watches her risk her life daily and get nothing in return. She’s still at square one in this vicious circle.

To be honest, I’m nervous for Stan. Getting involved with theft alongside strippers is just as dangerous as getting mixed up with a gang. Is he going to give us a “Good Guys” spinoff?

Of course, the moment that convinced Stan to take matters into his own hands was seeing his wife get shot. It was a minor injury, though it had the potential to kill her had Annie not jumped into action. She saved Ruby’s life, which inspired her to look into pursuing a career change and becoming an EMT. This is the kind of character and plot development I’ve been waiting for when it comes to Annie.  I need one of them to come out of this better and with a new sense of purpose.

Clearly, robbery isn’t one of their strong suits. How has no one made a connection that whenever there’s any kind of grocery/convenience store robbery, these three are always involved?

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Annie assured them that robbing her convenience store would be easy, but there are so many ways that it could have gone wrong like the delivery man with a weapon arriving at the exact same time. Talk about bad timing!

Aside from Ruby’s survivable gunshot wound, everyone emerged unscathed and just as poor as before. Again, they never learn that robbing banks is more trouble than its worth.

In a surprising twist, the real winner of the episode was Dean, who found the courage to stand up to Gayle and her sexist ways.

When she told him to pack up his things, he threatened to expose her for promoting men who agree to sleep with her.

It seems Gayle has never been told “no” or challenged, but it was extremely satisfying watching Dean grow a pair and stand up for himself.

Now, that’s the kind of attitude that will get him his furniture back.

Oh, who am I kidding? Elizabeth, you better find someone with an employee discount at Wayfair!

After such a massive cliffhanger at the end of season 2, I expected so much from Good Girls Season 3, but it’s been off to a rather slow start. This cat and mouse game between Beth and Rio isn’t as exciting as it should be; it’s missing the mark and destroying the potential it had.

While Rio aimed to teach Beth a lesson by stealing her stuff, it almost doesn’t seem believable that he’d waste his time engaging in this childish behavior. Let’s not forget, this is a man who ordered the execution of Lucy a few episodes back.

What we really need to shake this season up is an episode dedicated to Rio’s backstory. We still don’t know anything about him!

What did you think of the episode?

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Good Girls Review – The Truth About What Happened to Lucy (3×06)

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We knew that was bound to happen, right?

Beth has been like Icarus on this season of Good Girls — she’s flying way too close to the sun.

In Greek mythology, Icarus ignored his father’s instructions and flew so close to the sun that his wings melted and he tumbled to the sea where he drowned.

Beth’s been flying too close for some time now with both Rio and now Max.

Her self-confidence while trying to clean up Rio’s mess, which essentially, is a mess she created because she roped poor Lucy into it in the first place, allowed her to look innocent, but she made plenty of missteps as all roads now lead back to her in the case Lucy’s disappearance.

There are two things Beth should have done immediately following Lucy’s brutal execution: gotten rid of her phone and gotten rid of the damn bird.

Seeing Beth hang onto the phone and worse, try to craft a goodbye message for Max as Lucy, was a facepalm moment. Beth should have known that the first thing anyone would do to find their loved one is t trace their phone. It’s crime 101.

The cops may have not taken the missing person’s report seriously, but Max did, and he traced the phone back right to Beth’s house.

Beth had a sound solution, however, as she confronted Max head-on and explained that Lucy left shortly after sending him the message. When he tracked her phone again, he learned she was in Arizona, which is where the donation facility that Beth, Annie, and Ruby shipped her phone was located.

It seemed like Beth figured a way out of it and she even told Rio they could kick off their operation. Rio was impressed with her “where there’s a will, there’s a way” attitude, and she proved for a moment that she is useful.

But as Beth avoided one problem, she was presented with another — Dorito, formerly known as Lucy’s beloved bird, Au Jus.

Beth should have never brought the bird into her house, but she formed an attachment to it because of her guilt. She couldn’t save Lucy, but she was going to save the bird even if it killed her; it’s one of the only things she can control.

I thought Max would see the bird while at Beth’s house, which would be better because at least she could’ve explained that Lucy left her the bird.

However, Max encountered Dean (a proud bird dad who just found out his pet isn’t dying of cancer but is pregnant instead) at the vet while donating the bird food and immediately recognized his bird.

Of course, Beth can still explain this as Lucy leaving the bird behind for her family, but it’s a lot more suspicious now.

And I doubt Max’s going to buy it. He seemed to accept that Lucy left him, but the bird might cause him to investigate further.

Lucy loved that bird, she’d never just leave it behind. Similarly, she doesn’t strike me as a person who would just run away from a relationship in such a cold-hearted manner. Max’s going to realize that things aren’t adding up.

Beth may be confident that she’s got this handled, but something tells me that she’s going to need Rio’s help shutting Max up.

We may have all been shook by Rio’s decision to kill Lucy, but I think Beth will begin to understand it, especially as she’s threatened by a loose end now.

You get into a “me or them” mentality.

Rio felt absolutely no remorse for killing Lucy, which was to be expected. “It’s just business, darling” was his excuse, and we can’t argue with it. It is business for Rio, which is also a necessary reminder that Beth cannot get caught up in the emotional aspects of it with Rio again.

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She keeps having the same convo with Rio over and over again. She keeps being shocked by his ruthless approach and he keeps explaining that this is how the business works.

She’s looking for some shred of humanity, but Rio isn’t going to give it to her. Especially not after she attempted to murder him. If Beth wants to be not that level with him, she has to prove herself.

Many of us had our doubts about whether or not Lucy was really dead. While we never saw the body — which by TV standards means we should remain skeptical — the fact that the ladies dug up her body to open her phone using face recognition and it worked likely confirms her death. Annie also confirmed it by saying she watched the whole thing go down.

Not only was Lucy’s death gruesome and chilling, but the fact that they dug her up simply to unlock her phone was so disturbing. Annie, Beth, and Ruby are crazy, y’all.

Watching them talk about something so nonchalant and normal as Stan’s court outfit while digging up the corpse of a girl they watched get murdered because of them as if it’s their “new normal” proves how far-gone they all are. Nothing about their predicament is ordinary.

And honestly, would the phone even unlock as the body likely began decomposing? I shuddered just writing that sentence.

Stan had a hearing to see if they’d allow him to become a cop again. Ruby vouched for her man with an impassioned speech that said Stan is a cop with or without the badge. She’s so supportive or her man, but a lot of it stemmed from her guilt that she’s the one that cost him his dream job in the first place.

While Stan got the green-light to return to the force, he refused because he said it didn’t feel right anymore. And he’s not wrong. He can’t enforce the law when he breaks it himself. And he can’t be an authoritative figure if his wife is running around robbing banks, printing fake cash, and what else. Eventually, he would have to come after her and it muddles the waters of their professional and personal life.

And then there’s Beth, who is in way over her head by making deals with Rio’s side boy, Mick. There’s no good outcome here. She’s either going to get him killed or herself killed as she continues to prove to Rio that she cannot be trusted by any means.

She’s also now indebted to two gang bangers, which seems like more trouble rather than a way out, plus she’s got Dean involved.

Some may say Dean has been involved for a minute, but he’s never actively played a role until now when he was forced to sell Mick a hot tub.

Everything Beth has been doing this season can simply be described as sloppy.

There’s also her decision to keep half of the money for herself because the “ink got too expensive.”

On one hand, she’s taking her power back and ensuring that she ends up with something once this is all over, but, on the other hand, she’s poking the bear. Rio won’t be pleased when he realizes what she’s up to.

And he will. He’s already skeptical, and he’s been keeping Beth on a short leash because

he doesn’t trust her. He made that very clear when he said she doesn’t get a say after shooting him three times.

How will this pan out as Beth continues to do things that make him question her loyalty?

Other Thoughts

  • Beth saying, “I have herpes,” when she thought Mick wanted to sleep with her was hilarious.
  • Annie’s experience with several other therapists was weird. Is it really that hard to find someone who will just listen to you?
  • I keep getting scared that Annie will say too much and incriminate herself and the ladies.
  • Josh Cohen took Annie back as a patient, but is it because he sees a woman who needs help or does he want something more?

What do you think Rio’s plan for Beth is?

Will she cause a rift between Rio and Mick?

And what does she plan to do with the money she kept? Is she going to wash it herself?

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Would it be a passionate man like Stan? Dangerous Rio? or family-man Dean?

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