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“Good Girls” Ep.2.06: “Take Off Your Pants”

There are not many shows I watch where I have a legitimate grin on my face from start to finish, but “Good Girls” is definitely one of them. Even when things in the episode don’t go the way I want them to, it’s still one of the most interesting and compelling shows on TV right now. This episode was no exception.

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(l-r) Manny Montana as Rio, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland | Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC

Episode Synopsis:

Beth (Christina Hendricks) and Dean (Matthew Lillard) experience growing pains settling into their new roles at work and at home. Meanwhile, the women realize Rio (Manny Montana) has flipped his game yet again, as Turner targets Ruby and Stan.

Starting out and surprising no one, Dean is a horrible father and homemaker. He’s barely hanging on by a thread, there’s no milk for cereal and he’s so behind he hasn’t made lunches. Beth clearly understands that it’s hard but she’s also been doing it single handedly for several years without complaint so it’s a fun punishment for Dean.

From there Beth goes to the dealership where Rio is waiting and doing a bad job at using an espresso machine. He tells Beth that he’s got a shipment of cars coming in and she needs to make room for them. He also tells her to “stay in her lane” which is troubling on many levels.

Annie is trying to make up with Sadie for the entire episode after telling her last week that she’s the one who slept with Gregg and made Nancy super sad. Sadie’s loyalties are an interesting thing for the show to explore because it seems like she’s always liked Nancy while maintaining her loyalty with Annie. Now though she’s in a tough spot. She obviously still loves her mother, but Annie did something unforgivable to someone Sadie likes and it’s a very complex situation that I think is getting some much needed screen time.

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Reno Wilson as Stan Hill, Retta as Ruby Hill | Photo by: Gilles Mingasson/NBC

Beth tries to find out what’s in the cars that Rio dropped off but can’t locate anything suspicious. When she drives one to a drop location the girls see Rio give the car to a pretty young girl right before he kisses her in public! Beth tries to act like she’s not concerned about it but you can tell it’s a soft spot after all of Dean’s cheating.

Meanwhile, Agent Turner is maybe the worst FBI Agent in the universe since he can’t seem to figure out which of the girls is married to a cop until he’s looking Stan in the face. He manages to get himself invited to dinner at Stan and Ruby’s and it looks like a super fun night for a while actually. Until he starts threatening Ruby with jail time again.

Honestly, until the end of the episode where it looks like Ruby is going to confess this whole storyline felt real weird. The only bright spot is we found out that Ruby and Stan have been married for twenty-two years but their kids are so little so you know they’re super in love.

Beth gets a notion about where to find whatever is hidden in the cars so she crashes one to get the airbag to deploy and sure enough there’s an explosion of pills. The girls get a little dude who I don’t remember to test the drugs for them and it turns out they’re all legal prescription drugs, nothing illicit. So they dismantle all the airbags from the cars Rio brought to the lot and they confiscate all the pills.

Naturally Rio is furious when he finds out all his pills are gone and he accosts Beth at his sexy picnic table in Beth’s backyard. The absolute best part of the episode is when Rio claims he doesn’t need Beth and she immediately calls his bluff. She’s the normal, cute, suburban mom who can run the dealership for him and not raise suspicion. He leaves but soon comes back to the dealership to work out a new deal on the pills with Beth.

It’s pretty great all around and it gets Beth hot enough that she decides to go home and let Dean bone her. Unfortunately, he knows almost immediately that it’s not about him and the next day when he’s at Krav Maga with their son he has a hysterical interaction with the instructor who may or may not be former Mossad where he basically asks him to kill Rio.

I can’t wait for Dean’s plan to go hilariously awry especially once Beth and/or Rio find out. As much as I love Matthew Lillard I think “Deansie’s” days on the show are numbered from here on out.

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Featured photo credit: Jordin Althaus/NBC

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