The preliminary premise of Good Girls sounded extra like a film than a broadcast drama: Three ladies struggling to maintain their household afloat rob a grocery retailer to be able to make ends meet, solely to seek out out they’ve stolen cash from a neighborhood cartel that intends to gather. But govt producers Jenna Bans and and Bill Krebs have managed to show what gave the impression of a two-hour melodrama into probably the most addictive reveals on TV.
Because the NBC darkish comedy enters Season 3, Ruby (Retta), Beth (Christina Hendricks), and Annie (Mae Whitman) are excited concerning the prospect of working for themselves, laundering their very own counterfeit payments after cartel boss Rio (Manny Montana) was allegedly killed within the Season 2 finale. Unbeknownst to the trio, there’s an opportunity that Rio could have survived the three gunshot holes Beth put in his torso, however even when Rio is really lifeless, working for themselves goes to be far more difficult than the trio imagined.
That is the great thing about this present, actually. Each transfer the ladies make to get themselves out of a lifetime of crime solely appears to take them deeper into it. Every step ahead lands them two steps again, or two steps nearer to jail. The ever growing ethical complexity of their state of affairs retains lending to juicier and juicier tales as we comply with them on this journey. However the intrigue is not purely in whether or not they’ll survive their subsequent enterprise enterprise. It is also in how the ethical gray space they’re working in additionally creates extra intricate character dynamics, not solely between the three ladies, however between them and the individuals they love probably the most.
Season 2 virtually noticed Ruby’s household unit implode as Stan (Reno Wilson) was questioned for her crimes. She was alleged to be executed with the counterfeit recreation to keep away from placing Stan, or herself, in additional hazard, however Ruby will now wrestle to return to a “scraping by” form of way of life. She’s sick of working to the bone for different individuals, an comprehensible mindset, however is it actually definitely worth the danger of sending her or her husband to jail to have a few additional zeroes within the checking account? She appears to suppose so, which as soon as once more places their marriage on precarious floor because the viewers flip flops on who to assist within the state of affairs when each have equally legitimate factors of view.
Annie is not that significantly better off. Sure, she was in a position to get the cash she wanted to get her trans son the hormones he wanted for his transition, and he or she has come to an amicable custody settlement with Greg (Zach Gilford). Nevertheless, hormones aren’t a one time buy, and Annie has to determine if she needs to maintain dwelling a double life as her child will get older and is beginning to see by means of Annie’s lies. All the time the impulsive one of many group, Annie has to begin desirous about the long run and how much position mannequin she needs to be for the particular person she fought so onerous to lift — an evolution we’re excited to see unfold.
Maybe probably the most confused about what sort of particular person they need to be is Beth, who needed to be taught the onerous method final season that she does not even have what it takes to be a boss — at the least not in the best way Rio runs a corporation. Whereas she could not agree with Rio’s strategies, it is clear as day that he ran a clear and tidy ship as an alternative of the chaotic mess that Beth considers herself dealing with. Beth is not content material going again to high school bake gross sales and being a soccer mother, so the place does that go away her? Is there really such factor as knowledgeable counterfeiter and cash launderer who can be particular person?
The richness of the women going into entrepreneurship comes from the truth that they should face these conundrums not as a result of Rio or the FBI are forcing them to, however as a result of they’re actively selecting to remain on this enterprise. The turned tables could make it more durable for these ladies to sleep at night time, but it surely nonetheless makes for rattling good TV.
TV Information Ranking: 4/5
Good Ladies Season Three premieres Sunday, Feb. 16 at 10/9c on NBC. The primary two seasons are additionally on Netflix.