‘Good Girls’ Season 3 Premiere Recap: ‘Find Your Beach’

Last year’s season’s finale of Good Girls was quite a shocking one that left fans on the edge of their seats for season three. However, it’s no shocker that season three’s premiere opens with a bang.

This season premiere’s cold open is Beth talking about death to a random customer. Our girls appear to have legitimate jobs at this point. Beth has opened a party planning establishment along with cards and decor for every occasion. The store seems to be a front for their counterfeit business. A business that Ruby is still very much a part of as she is stealing acetone from the nail salon she is currently employed. Annie is working for a restaurant as a valet to gather as many legitimate dollars she can so they can use them to create their currency.

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: Mae Whitman as Annie Marks — (Photo by: Jordin Althaus/NBC)

They still have not found the right consistency to run their operation as effectively as it once did with Rio involved. The funniest part is knowing that they are attaining help from the guy from the cash advance store to make their money appear as legitimate as possible. Considering that Annie cannot even name the program she used to create them though there is a problem. Our girls must figure out how to maintain the correct appearance to not serve time in jail for the crimes they’re committing.

Meanwhile, Stan has a new job at a gentleman’s club as a bouncer. At least that is what I can assume as Ruby goes to have lunch with him and a stripper walks in to heat her lunch. As they are talking, the woman comes up behind him, topless to look at their children and comment on them. As she continues to maneuver in and out of the break room, another stripper enters. During this moment, Stan has to mouth to Ruby, “This is for our baby girl” to remind her that he needs this job no matter what.

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: (l-r) Matthew Lillard as Dean Boland, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Mitchell Haddad/NBC)

When Beth arrives back home, she insists on taking the kids to the park. They are drowning in debt once more when one of the kids hands her another blue letter– a letter indicating that they are behind on their mortgage. Trying to forget about that for a moment, Beth insists on taking the kids to the park once more. A place they do not seem to want to go anymore, but as Beth puts it to Dean, who is working as a salesperson at a spa dealership, the park is free.

The moment we have waited for all summer to come to fruition finally arrived. Audiences finally meet Rio’s baby mama, Rhea (Jackie Cruz) at the park. As she and Beth are talking at the park, Beth makes sure to take good care of Rio’s son. She even goes as far as to state that no son should be without his father. While she is taking care of him, though, audiences note that Agent Turner is going into the building with a bag he’s holding. In that moment, I waited with bated breath, hoping this was going to tell me the twist I wanted to be true all summer long. Rio is alive.  

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland — (Photo by: Mitchell Haddad/NBC)

I am happy to report that once the camera pans over to who Agent Turner is speaking to, it was none other than Rio. A man who now makes model airplanes in his spare time. Everything that Turner is taking down is happening because of Rio. Even though the man has requested season tickets to the Pistons, that’s not something that Turner can make happen because it would give away that Rio is the reason for everyone else’s downfall. His informant would become a target for all around him.

Instead of continuing to let Annie attempt to design their money, Beth enlists the young woman who works for her Lucy (Charlyne Yi). They meet her at a local diner where they end up having a great laugh about how in the wrong hands, her design would be perfect for a counterfeiter. To get her to stick to the actual design on the actual ten-dollar bill, they tell her that they will print it on different colored paper for their casino night for gamblers anonymous. Lucy is very naive, and Annie is the worst person in the group when it comes to thinking on her feet.

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: Jackie Cruz as Rhea — (Photo by: Mitchell Haddad/NBC)

Upon Annie and Ruby arriving at Beth’s home with the boxes of cash, Rhea is there. At first, the ladies do not realize what the audience already knows. However, upon seeing Rio’s son, they immediately tell Beth why this is a horrible idea. Beth’s defense if of course, she killed the little boy’s father. Her conscience will never allow her to have freedom from Rio as long as his little boy is in the world. However, this is not Beth’s most significant problem as Agent Turner appears in the store, which I’m thinking is no longer her venture.

Turner reminds her that he needs to pay more attention and make more of an effort. Before exiting the store, he warns her to be good, which of course, immediately worries Beth. As the show cuts to another scene, the girls are sitting in front of the fireplace. Beth knows what needs to happen. All their hard work perfecting their counterfeit bill is moot. They need to burn their money. As Annie throws in a bundle of cash at the time, she points out that they are watching their hopes and dreams go up in flames.

GOOD GIRLS — “Find Your Beach” Episode 301 — Pictured: (l-r) Retta as Ruby Hill, Christina Hendricks as Beth Boland, Mae Whitman as Annie Marks — (Photo by: Mitchell Haddad/NBC)

The three women’s problems are growing worse as time goes on. Annie’s son calls her out for being a rotating door for men. Ruby has to listen to a stripper talk to her daughter about having a gag reflex, while learning that there are no more appeal processes to attain Sara’s necessary medicine, so she does not have an emergency. And Beth admits to Rhea that she is struggling, and they are going to have to downsize. Instead of holding her ground and not taking money from her, she is looking down at a check I imagine is sizeable.

With the loan, there’s a shred of hope for one of our girls, or so we think. Although Agent Turner takes the last lead that Rio gives him, they soon realize that the raid on the empty warehouse is a setup. The episode ends with Rio leaving the hotel and the entire FBI crew murdered seemingly. Whether or not this is the case, the fact of the matter is, Beth has a rude awakening in store when Rio arrives back in town. If he is willing to gun down the only man helping him these past months, imagine what he’s ready to do to the woman who almost killed him.

What did you think of the season three premiere of Good Girls? Do you believe Rhea already knows that Rio is still alive? Will the girls immediately engage in their illegal activities once more if Agent Turner is dead? Is Agent Turner dead? Can you believe that Rio put a hit out on him as well as the entire crew alongside Turner? Let me know your thoughts below and where you think this season is heading.

Better yet, make sure to tune into Good Girls on NBC every Sunday at 10 pm EST to see what our ladies are up to weekly this season.

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