Rhea, played by the phenomenal Jackie Cruz, was an interesting third season addition to Good Girls.
She was introduced as Rio’s baby momma, whom Beth befriended after laying three shots into him and leaving him for what she thought was dead.
From a misguided place of guilt and possibly a desire to stay connected to Rio in some way, Beth reached out to Rhea and the two became fast friends.
We’re talking girl’s nights at each other’s houses, play dates between little Jane and Marcus, Beth giving Rhea some old clothes, and Rhea lending Beth some money.
You know, all the makings of a good friendship, except that Beth was harboring this huge secret and was never honest with Rhea about who she was and what she did.
She always asked about Marcus’ dad, and Rhea’s response was that radio silence was pretty common from him until he popped back up again to take care of them. Beth never worked up the nerve to tell her that she killed the man supporting her and her son.
Until she found out that she didn’t. In a moment that shook Beth to her core, Rio did pop up again — and, understandably, he came back with a vengeance.
He also immediately made the connection between Rhea and Beth, and thus, used Rhea’s meeting to catch Beth off guard and confront her about the shooting.
Out of pure desperation, Beth told him she was pregnant, and when Rio didn’t believe her, she asked Rhea for help who had some pretty solid advice for her: “he’s not stupid.”
Still, Rhea proved that she could be trusted on some level when she made the call to the gynecologist who vouched for Beth’s fake pregnancy and bought her some time as she worked out another plan.
Rhea’s character raises a lot of questions: who is she? What does she know? What has she seen?
We’ve put together some Good Girls theories that range from Rhea being completely innocent to her being the mastermind. Check them out below:
1. She Could be the Boss
We’re all under the assumption that Rio is the ringleader because that’s what Beth thinks, but it’s actually never been made clear if Rio is the “king” or if he’s pretending to be the “king” while working for someone else.
One scene, in particular, makes us question Rio’s title as he’s seen playing tennis and meeting with someone he calls “counselor,” who is asking him how things are going and if he’s got things under control.
Could there be someone above him calling the shots? Maybe it’s the woman he met, but maybe it’s Rhea. The housewife title makes her inconspicuous, as we already know, which allows her to pull the strings while raising their son and never getting questioned.
It would explain how Rio had money and a car after being Turner’s snitch for several months. He didn’t skip a beat. None of his gang members even turned against him but rather pulled off the attack on Turner without any communication with him. Rhea could just be the head bitch in charge and calling all the shots while hiding behind that hideous haircut. It also explains why Rhea isn’t scared of Rio and does whatever she wants. Maybe the nurse’s uniform is just a decoy.
2. She Could Be the Original Beth
Rio loves powerful and bossy women, it’s why he’s attracted to Beth. What if Rhea was the original Beth who worked alongside him before she got pregnant and ended up stepping aside to raise their child? Rhea had to meet Rio and likely knew of his lifestyle. She also approves of it now since it’s supporting her and her son. It could explain why she feels for Beth and understands the mess that she’s in. She wants to help her.
3. She’s Scared
Rhea could just be Rio’s baby momma, who doesn’t want to get involved with his business and felt threatened when she learned who Beth truly was. She tried to keep her head down, which could mean she’s scared.
4. She’s Good Friends with Rio but That’s All
It’s unclear how much Rio told Rhea about his business arrangement and relationship with Beth, but she seemed pretty clued into what was happening. She knew Beth shot him, she knew about the lies, and she knew that Beth told him she was pregnant, which means Rio and his baby momma have good communication skills. It’s possible she’s not involved but simply the person he confides in about his lifestyle. Maybe she feels like she has immunity because she’s his baby momma?
5. Rio Sent Her
This theory kind of goes hand-in-hand with Rhea being the boss. Or, Rhea could be his sidekick, who he sent to “keep an eye out” on Beth. Rio understands Beth and is able to anticipate her moves and reactions. Maybe Beth thinks she’s the one who initiated the friendship with Rhea but only because Rhea wanted her to and made herself available. She could’ve been keeping tabs on Beth this whole time, and imagine how dangerous that twist would be — if Beth was in deep with both of them.
4. She Could Be the Next Good Girl
Many fans have been asking for a fourth “good girl” to join Beth, Ruby, and Annie’s money washing scheme to spice up the dynamic. Could it be Rhea? She has what it takes and would hands-down be a significantly better addition to the team than Mary Pat. Maybe she’ll be inspired by Beth and want in on the girl gang. I could see her and Beth becoming the leaders and a problem for Rio. It’s possible Rhea has always just relied on Rio and seeing Beth bossy and independent will make her realize she could be providing for herself.
What do you think the deal with Rhea is?
6 Sexy Shows to Watch for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day can be celebrated in all sorts of different ways.
Some people bake cookies, others go out for a romantic date, while some do a fun activity with their significant other.
However, this is the first Valentine’s Day under COVID-19 restrictions, which means that you likely don’t have as many fun and romance-filled options as in years prior.
That’s where TV comes in! Regardless if you’re spending February 14 with a significant other or your besties, these are some of the sexiest and steamiest shows to watch on the day that’s all about celebrating L-O-V-E (for friends, family, significant others, and, most importantly, yourself!)
Romance, scandal, drama… Bridgerton has it all! Dubbed the Regency-era Gossip Girl, Netflix’s smash hit and most-watched series is a brilliant and entertaining period piece with enough sex scenes to make you blush. And Regé-Jean Page isn’t bad on the eyes.
Emily in Paris
Emily in Paris, which was just surprisingly nominated for a Golden Globe, hails from Sex and the City creator Darren Star. It’s an airy flick about a millennial named Emily who travels to Paris for a dream job and becomes enamored with the City of Love and the men that want to show her all that it has to offer.
Falling in love requires you to be open, honest, and vulnerable. The American rom-com anthology web series, based on a weekly column published by the New York Times, explores themes of love (romantic, platonic, friendly) with a star-studded cast. The 30-minute episodes are standalone and easily digestible, which makes them the perfect viewing on a night like Valentine’s Day.
What happens when Liza, a 40-year-old single mom, decides to be 26-years old in order to re-enter the working world and falls in love with not one but two very different men? An exciting journey through the world of publishing and heartbreak. As Liza tries to find herself, she does everything in her power to hide her true self from those she’s become most intimate with. It’s another whip-smart Darren Star creation!
Two sisters, Beth and Annie, along with best friend Ruby find themselves embroiled in a dangerous life of crime after robbing a grocery store. Beth, specifically, falls victim to a crime of passion with one sexy “gang friend” that pulls her further and further into his world.
If Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars had a baby, it would be this Spanish-language drama. A private school becomes the scene of a murder after a clash between the rich and poor students. There’s plenty of sexual tension and unexpected turns as detectives try to narrow down the list of suspects.
** Article originally published in February 2021**
Is Bruce Greenwood Leaving ‘The Resident’?
After The Resident Season 6 Episode 9, many fans have been wondering if Bruce Greenwood, who plays Dr. Randolph Bell, is exiting the FOX medical drama.
While there has been no official word about a potential exit, it’s a fair question to ask considering the nature of his most recent storyline.
In the latest episode—which aired on November 29—Bell, who found himself as the target of Governor Betz’s smear campaign, finally admitted to himself, and to his wife, Dr. Kitt Voss, that his MS is progressing.
After Bell exposed Betz’s corruption while trying to secure funding for Chastain, Betz decided that the only way to teach him a lesson and make an example out of him was through revenge. Betz ordered a hit piece on Bell that painted him as a dangerous doctor to Chastain, which, in turn, tainted the hospital’s image.
Of course, while some parts of it were true at one point in Bell’s career, it was largely exaggerated and sensationalized to paint him in a bad light, and it didn’t take into account all the work Bell has done to become a better man and doctor.
The stress of all the negative press caused Bell’s MS to flare up, triggering a variety of symptoms like a high-pitched ringing in his ears, seeing double, and dizziness, which made him realize that he was pushing off the inevitable.
This time around, instead of operating when he shouldn’t, he acknowledged that he no longer felt confident in his abilities, nor did he trust himself to perform any future surgeries. When he told Kit that he needed to go back to the clinical trial, it was a shock, but ultimately, she was supportive because she knew that’s what he needed.
But what now? How will The Resident keep incorporating Bell’s character into the storyline? Will we just see him communicating with Kit from the trial in the same way we did earlier this season? Or will he slowly get phased out and written off?
The trial could prove to be successful again, and all of Bell’s worries could have been for nothing. After he prioritizes his health and the whole thing with Betz blows over, it’s possible we could see Bell return to surgery for many more years—back to his previous glory.
Losing Greenwood would be a huge blow to the series, especially since he’s been part of the series since its inception, however, it remains unclear which direction The Resident will go with this storyline.
Hopefully, we’ll find out in the upcoming season 6 finale, which is set to air on December 6, but as of right now, there’s no indication that Greenwood is exiting the drama.
Madelaine Petsch’s ‘Hotel for the Holidays’ Is a Gem Among Cliché Films
There are a lot of Christmas movies out there, which is why it’s important to make the right choice this holiday season. After all, no one has the time to waste over two+ hours on a bad movie.
At the top of your list should be Hotel for the Holidays, a rom-com that offers a refreshing take on a festive genre that oftentimes lacks creativity simply because the forces behind the scenes know it will make money regardless as everyone longs for a slice of familiarity and comfort around the holidays.
There’s plenty of Christmas magic (it must’ve slipped through the cracks) in Hotel for the Holidays, and it sneaks up on you—and Madelaine Petsch’s character, Georgia—in the best possible way. It’s Amazon Freevee’s first original holiday flick, and hopefully, not the last.
The plot is rather simple on the surface, but it isn’t predictable as with other holiday rom-coms.
Here’s the gist: Georgia is a young and ambitious hotel manager at the historic Hotel Fontaine (it gives The Plaza Hotel vibes from Home Alone 2), which attracts an eclectic bunch of guests, including some heartbroken singles, an infamous popstar, a European ex-prince looking for a taste of the real world, and more. They all arrive in New York City for the holidays looking for an escape from the norm, and Georgia is determined to give it to them. However, she also has her own plans and goals that get her into a bit of a love triangle with the hotel’s chef, Luke (Mesa Massoud from the live-action Aladdin), and the ex-prince, Raymond (Max Lloyd Jones from Book of Boba Fett). It also stars Kayleigh Shikanai (American Gods) as Pandora, Jami Belushi (According to Jim) as Kiki, Neil Crone (It) as Milton, and Jayne Eastwood (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Florence.
Pretty early into the film, it’s obvious how Georgia’s romantic life will resolve itself, which allows the film to dig into other captivating subplots that are positively unexpected. Unlike other holiday films, Georgia values herself beyond a romantic partner, which, right off the bat, is a breath of fresh air.
The supporting cast plays an integral part in the film, right down to the chef’s best friend/fellow chef and the janitorial staff. They may not be the sole focus of the series, but the team behind the rom-com found a way to involve them in a way that’s natural and easy to keep up with. Pretty soon, you find yourself rooting for the happiness of everyone at Hotel Fontaine—the staff and the guests.
The acting is also great. It’s just the right amount of feel-good so it never feels forced, nor do the character’s choices seem questionable. It’s all believable within the world they’ve created, aside from the scene where they are dining on a rooftop in the dead of a New York City winter without jackets or even sweaters. How are they not cold? As for the few over-the-top performances and characters, well, they also work—the prince’s bodyguard (AJ Zoldy) is a delight.
If I’m being perfectly honest, the magical thing about the film is that it’s a love letter to the community of people you surround yourself with: your found family.
The film doesn’t just settle for telling a story about two people who finally admit that they love each other because that’s tired and expected. Instead, it recognizes that romance comes in all shapes and sizes—in romantic partners, in co-workers, in friends, and even in new acquaintances that pass through your life for a brief moment (or stay awhile).
The storylines come together seamlessly, and the themes of belonging and acceptance—in addition to staying true to yourself, finding the inspiration to pursue your goals and ambitions, and acknowledging that it’s ok to move and find happiness on your own terms, even if it doesn’t always please everyone—help the film stand out among the other cliche seasonal offerings.
Most importantly, Petsch shines… and it’s so deserved. The film allows her to show off her range of acting chops that, sadly, get stifled on Riverdale. The CW series may have been her mainstream big break, but it stopped working in her favor a long time ago, so it’s exciting to see her take on new projects and characters.
Of all the Christmas films that I’ve seen in 2022 thus far, Hotel for the Holidays is one of the best.
Check it out for yourself when it premieres on Dec. 2 on Amazon’s Freevee.
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