Season two of Good Girls takes the show to a whole new level


A few months ago, I began to search for a new captivating TV series as I was fresh out of Netflix shows. After looking through what seemed like millions of options, I finally decided to try out one particular show that had piqued my interest: Good Girls.

Considering my initial thoughts when my eyes first scraped over the title, Good Girls was anything but what one could anticipate. I ran through the first season in just a week due to the need I felt after each episode for more. And, when the sadness of the season finale fell over me, I was soon uplifted by the promise of a second season nearly making its debut.

In the first season, the plot was introduced, as well as characters one might need to know for the second season. The plot of the first season piggybacks off of the first crisis that the three main characters (Beth Boland (Christina Hendricks), Annie Marks (Mae Whitman), and Ruby Hill (Reta)) face. While the three start off as innocent moms, a need for money drives them to rob a grocery store. This then draws in the plot as unexpected outcomes begin to head towards their way, and they end up wrapped up in something none of them could have ever predicted.

After being involved in the thrill of an illegal ring of activity and seeing the immense money return, the three moms begin to get caught up in the new world they have discovered. They continue to help Rio (Manny Montana) with his crimes and take in all the money their families need. Beth, Annie’s older sister and Ruby’s best friend, as well as a mother of four, is the one who finds herself most captivated by her new risky lifestyle. Her allure to becoming more and more involved in the crimes ends up leading to the season one cliffhanger, where Rio hands Beth a gun after beating up her husband and tells her to pick, him or her husband, and the scene closes with his bilious remark, “It’s not so easy at the top. You think you got what it takes?”

I was left stuck on the edge of my seat and hungry for the next season, but, lucky for me, I only had to wait two weeks until my new enrapturing show returned.

Season two opened up with an episode focused all around the cliffhanger viewers were left with in the season one finale. I don’t want to release any spoilers, but let me tell you it was not what I expected. As the show carries into the new episode, I found that the girls are still involved in crime initiated from the first season, but taken out in a whole new level. Beth, especially, gets even more absorbed in her new lifestyle. She begins to forget about her normal life, including her family and focuses everything on finishing “her part,” as well as growing oddly close to the top guy, Rio.

While I found the first season enthralling and always pulling me into the next episode, the second season took everything to an entirely new level. There have been twists and turns through each scene, as well as new issues and characters being introduced in each episode.

The show continues to be humorous, charming, and thrilling. The witty remarks from the characters and the moms’ reactions to each new situation they get themselves involved in never fail to make me laugh. The intense scenes as cops begin to close in on the girls keep me gripping my seat. The natural way everyone begins to treat the crime world adds a new enchanting element to the show itself.

To go along with the well-put, together, captivating episodes were the likable, or dislikable, characters in the show. Each actor has a very specific character personality to hold in order to bring a sense of reality of the show.

I am never let down during an episode; one episodes captivity just carries into the next.

One of the characters I found myself liking was Annie Marks, played by Mae Whitman. Her character is supposed to be this irresponsible, young, single mom who is doing her best to be the mom she wants to be, and Mae Whitman brings those characteristics to life, as well as mixing in her own spunk and sarcasm to develop Annie Marks, a character who is fun to watch. Whitman also works very well with her on-screen ex-husband, Zach Gilford (Gregg). A favorable, believable, relationship is formed through their abilities to work together on screen and bring the script to life.

The antagonist of the show, Rio, actually became a likable character. Manny Montana did an excellent job at creating this mysterious atmosphere around Rio and giving the character his own trait of suspense. I found that the way the actor carried himself through Rio, whether it was through his actions, voice, or simply his body language, made him a character you constantly desired to know more about.

A character that I grew to dislike was Beth Boland, who was played by Christina Hendricks. She starts out as an innocent mom of four, only to then evolve throughout the show into a crime-obsessed woman. Hendricks does a good job at revealing her character’s dark side through a build-up of scenes, which I would predict was a difficult task. Although I don’t like the character, Hendricks carries out the challenging role in a very strong way, making every move believable.

I am never let down during an episode; one episode’s captivity just carries into the next. Most of the time, the next turn a scene takes is completely unpredictable, although sometimes the episode’s foreshadowing reveals a predictable future event.

With only two episodes left in the current season, season two, I am anxiously awaiting what is to come. With lots of problems all piled up like a landfill, I have no idea where the end of the season will take me.

Although my first thoughts as my eyes glazed over the title were negative, I ended up finding my new favorite show, and the second season of Good Girls proved that great can really become better.