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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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Happy Dance! Good Girls Renewed For Season 4 at NBC!

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Pop the champagne because Good Girls is getting a fourth season! 

The cast got together — virtually, it is still coronavirus time — to share the good news with fans. 

The news is exciting considering the series never got to finish telling the story fully as the third season was cut short by the pandemic. Many productions were forced to shut down production due to the outbreak. 

The series ended a few episodes shy of its intended order with Good Girls Season 3 Episode 11 on May 3. 

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Retta, who plays Ruby Hill, has some idea of what’s in store come season 4.

“If we get picked up, we will finish the five [episodes] that did not air because I know that’s how Jenna wants the story to go,” she told the publication.

However, she hasn’t read scripts past the 12th episode.

“I have a little bit of anxiety about the scripts that I haven’t seen and I have specifically not asked [Bans] about it because I do want the answers,” she explains. “I like to see it in real time and I don’t want it floating in my head, but I have an idea of stuff that’s coming and yeah … it’s going to be intense.”

Retta is likely referring to FBI agent Phoebe who is closing in on the three ladies just as Beth bought a pool and spa shop to occupy Dean and wash cash for Rio. 

As for #Brio fans, it wasn’t supposed to be all angst and hatred. Showrunner Jenna Bans and Executive Producer Bill Krebs told Entertainment Weekly that the final five episodes would’ve been a turning point in Beth and Rio’s relationship as they were forced to work together and the chemistry would no longer be undeniable. The duo has been spending most of the season apart with Rio angry at Beth for trying to kill him and Beth blaming him for everything going wrong in her life. 

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“That’s something we’re really looking forward to jumping into in season 4 and something we’re sad we didn’t get to show the fans in season 3, but it’s all still coming. You don’t go from having the hottest sex of your life to wanting someone dead without conflicted feelings,” Bans said. 

We were excited for season 4, but now, we’re reaaaally excited. 

NBC previously renewed all three Chicago shows and Law & Order SVU for three more seasons each. New Amsterdam and This Is Us were previously renewed for three seasons each. 

Other shows that scored a renewal include Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Superstore.

Still awaiting a decision are Manifest, Perfect Harmony, Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector, Indebted, and Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist.


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Will Good Girls Be Renewed for Season 4? Here’s What Would Have Happened With #Brio in Season 3

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If it were up to us, Good Girls would’ve already snagged a season 4 renewal from NBC. 

As many shows spanning a variety of networks, the third season of Good Girls was cut short by five episodes after the coronavirus pandemic shut down production.

The season ended on Good Girls Season 3 Episode 11 and didn’t resolve any of the Beth and Rio conflict that fans were hoping would take a juicy twist. 

This is just one of the major reasons why we need a fourth season. 

However, NBC has yet to make an official decision about the fate of the show. 

Since many networks look at ratings to influence their decision, the fact that ratings for the final installment got a boost is a good sign. 

According to Variety, the series ticked up to a 0.4 and around 1.8 million viewers, which was a three-week viewership high.

If a Good Girls season 4 renewal does happen, Retta, who plays Ruby Hill, has some idea of what’s in store. 

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“If we get picked up, we will finish the five [episodes] that did not air because I know that’s how Jenna wants the story to go,” she told the publication.

However, she hasn’t read scripts past the 12th episode.

“I have a little bit of anxiety about the scripts that I haven’t seen and I have specifically not asked [Bans] about it because I do want the answers,” she explains. “I like to see it in real time and I don’t want it floating in my head, but I have an idea of stuff that’s coming and yeah … it’s going to be intense.”

Retta is likely referring to FBI agent Phoebe who is closing in on the three ladies just as Beth bought a pool and spa shop to occupy Dean and wash cash for Rio. 

As for #Brio fans, it wasn’t supposed to be all angst and hatred. Showrunner Jenna Bans and Executive Producer Bill Krebs told Entertainment Weekly that the final five episodes would’ve been a turning point in Beth and Rio’s relationship as they were forced to work together and the chemistry would no longer be undeniable. The duo has been spending most of the season apart with Rio angry at Beth for trying to kill him and Beth blaming him for everything going wrong in her life. 

“That’s something we’re really looking forward to jumping into in season 4 and something we’re sad we didn’t get to show the fans in season 3, but it’s all still coming. You don’t go from having the hottest sex of your life to wanting someone dead without conflicted feelings,” Bans said. 

Okay, so seriously, we need a season 4 renewal, ASAP! And if not a full season, can we at least get the five remaining episodes NBC already signed off on and that were promised?


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Good Girls Season Finale Review – Beth Becomes a Business Owner (3×11)

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Beth Boland can play the game, but with Rio constantly flipping the game, the poor girl cannot catch up.

But we knew that; it’s not a new concept that was introduced this season. And that right there is the problem with season 3 of Good Girls.

The season didn’t infuse the storylines with anything new. Instead, they relied on old storylines — Beth buying a business to wash money (a spa instead of a car dealership), Beth trying to get keys to the kingdom by killing Rio, and the feds closing in on them — as a cushion. Maybe what’s worked before works again for other shows, but the audience of Good Girls expects refreshing and thrilling; the unique-aspect of the show, the developed characters, and their relationship are the reason we fell in love with this show. 

Sadly, season 3 felt tired, uninspired, and as if it was going through the motions. 

It would be unfair to judge this episode as the season finale since it only got the title after the season was shortened by the coronavirus pandemic, but even as a standalone episode, it was less than stellar. 

The hitman storyline wasn’t resolved and will now roll into a potential next season (a season 4 renewal is still pending at NBC). James was paid a pretty good sum of money to eliminate Rio and still never completed his assignment. 

This meant that Rio continued to pose problems for Beth.

On Good Girls Season 3 Episode 10, Rio told Beth to develop a plan, so she did. She proposed that she would wash her cash through her new business venture, Dean’s pool and spa shop called Boland’s Bubbles. I’m digging the name. 

Beth thought she was so clever until Rio told her that since it was such a good idea, she would be producing and washing the cash herself from now on. He used the term business term “synergy,” and seemed really impressed with himself, but really, it meant he was washing his hands of doing any of the dirty work. 

At this point, even when Beth is winning she’s losing. 

Beth became a small business owner and promised Dean his venture would remain clean and “free” of Rio, but she already sold Rio the idea before they even acquired the property. 

Since she told Rio the business was operational when it wasn’t, she was forced to once again go to extreme lengths to keep her employer happy. 

Thankfully, they didn’t return the old school way of washing the cash via department stores, but their new plan was much riskier and dragged yet another husband into this mess.  

Ruby offered to wash the cash at Stan’s strip club and made it seem like it was fine to do because the place is full of sin. Ruby, who are you to judge!? The place of sin also allows Stan to take home a paycheck and keeps their family afloat, so I say, don’t bite the hand that feeds you. 

Their stunt could have cost Stan his job if they hadn’t done their best to protect him in the process. 

Beth got creative and used her son’s explosive science project so that the fake cash would catch fire once it was loaded onto the truck and swapped out with the real money. 

That way, no one would ever figure it out or link it back to them. However, since the feds are looking into them, specifically Ruby, anything that happens in any business that’s somehow connected to them becomes suspicious. 

How I wish I could just yell through the screen and tell them that they’re on the FBI’s radar. 

The exchange allowed Ruby to pay Stan and the tip jar, which temporarily fixed things between them. 

And it allowed Beth to get the necessary funds to acquire Four Star Pool and Spa from smug Gayle. She just loved to throw it back into Beth’s face that Dean was a cheater who has “done this before.” Gayle, girl, it’s not like this was your first rodeo either. At least Dean wants to make it work with his wife.  

Plus, Gayle really underestimates Beth. Yes, Beth wants Dean to “feel like a man again,” but she also looked him straight in the eye and lied to him about this being his non-shady business. 

And it happened after Dean was brutally honest with her about his cheating ways back in the day. Dean used to be the problem in the relationship, but he’s been doing his best to fix things. It’s Beth who is the root of all destruction now. 

How does she plan to keep Dean in the dark since Rio will most definitely be coming around? 

Beth also took a move from Rio’s playbook when she sought out Mick’s advice on how he robbed her of furniture. 

When she walked into the pool and spa shop the next day to negotiate with Gayle, all of the hot tubs were — gasp — missing! 

Beth pretended to be shocked and swooped in to buy the place and unburden Gayle from all the trouble. Admittedly, it was a boss move and proves that Beth has what it takes to get what she wants, but I wish they would’ve shown us how Beth accomplished it. 

Did Mick and Rio’s men help? And what does she plan to do? Does she want to put all the stolen product back into the spa and sell it? Wouldn’t the cops have it jotted down and question how she got it all back?

While Beth and the ladies think Boland’s Bubbles is a small step to freedom, they remain in the dark about another threat lurking right under their noses.

If they knew, Beth would not be making such bold moves. Once Phoebe, the FBI agent, finds out Beth bought a pool and spa shop, she’s going to have a lead in the case. The fact that these women who have nothing to their name, not even furniture, can somehow buy cars and businesses in straight cash is suspicious with a capital S.

Phoebe is already closing in on Ruby. She posed as a dorky customer getting a manicure, which is when she caught Ruby at her most vulnerable. When Ruby was explaining how you can tell if a bill is fake, I wanted to scream.

She also stole Ruby’s phone and while she may not have found anything substantial on the phone, there are so many pictures of Beth and Annie, that she’s bound to look into the both of them and make some kind of connection. 

Beth thinks she’s being smart about everything, but when you look at it, Rio has found a way for Beth’s name to be on everything while his name is on nothing. He’s playing her like a fiddle. 

Rio may be a business partner, but nothing ties back to him. Beth is now the owner of a business that’s washing the cash she and the ladies produce. And Rio sits back and gets a huge cut of it all. 

Beth needs to learn how to operate on his level. Since she’s clearly not planning on giving up the game, maybe she should be turning to him for pointers instead of focusing so much on trying to eliminate him. 

When she confronted him about being given the keys again, he simply told her “next time, make sure the clip is empty.” Rio is honestly getting a kick out of the fact that he’s ruining her life. 

Which brings me to the biggest disappointment of the season — Rio’s screentime getting cut. 

This is not about me having a crush on Manny Montana (admit it, we all do), it’s about the fact that Rio is one of the most interesting characters; he’s an enigma, and the audience wants to get to know more about him. 

Why would you cut his screentime and reduce it to nothing more than driving up to pick up some cash from Beth each week?

It’s not only a waste of his talents but also a waste of a promising character who is just aching to have his backstory told. 

And lastly, Annie’s story-arcs were completely untouched.

Is she still dedicated to re-taking the GED? Are things officially over with Josh Cohen or will he leave Lyla and run back to Annie?

He was seemingly introduced for Annie to grow as a person, but it’s tiresome to always see her get used by a guy and then left alone to pick up the pieces. Is it so hard to write her a decent man?

This season wasn’t my cup of tea. That isn’t to say I didn’t go into every week eager to see what shenanigans the ladies would be up to this week, but I can’t say I left feeling blown away either. It was mediocre. But I strongly believe the series has so much more potential, and I’d love to see the writers redeem themselves in season 4.

So, to wrap it up, please #RenewGoodGirls because we need to find out how all of this ends, how close Beth is to getting arrested, and why Rio plays tennis! 

Till next season, Cravers! Leave your comments — if you agree with me or if you don’t — in the comments section below! 


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