Ask any fan of NBC’s Good Girls what their biggest draw to the show is and most would agree that it’s “Brio.” He’s a hot Latino crime boss and she’s a red-headed suburban housewife. What could they possibly have in common? The answer is crime and passion. I’m ready for my progressive Bonnie and Clyde couple and I would like it now. Let me explain.
Beth Boland (Christina Hendricks) didn’t choose the thug life: the thug life chose her. It arrived in the package of a charming, intimidating and handsome young man that could kill you easily with a gun or a smile. Rio (Manny Montana) a.k.a. “gang friend” was first introduced when he threatened Beth, her sister Annie (Mae Whitman) and her BFF Ruby (Retta). There was no doubt that he’d be the villain.
What was unexpected was that Beth, the bored suburban housewife, would be hesitantly attracted to him. Yes, he forced her and her loved ones to commit crimes for him as payback for the money they unknowingly stole, but he could have done so much worse. I know this sounds crazy, but don’t blame me. Blame the writers! Beth and Rio secretly meeting up in the middle of the night to hand off illegal money became the best part of the episode. Rio is unpredictable — you never know when he’ll show up.
I’ll admit, we’re all wrong for cheering every time “Brio” makes a physical connection because technically she’s still married to Dean (Matthew Lillard). However, considering the fact that Dean cheated on her first and dropped the ball on their finances, I don’t feel that bad for him.
The way Rio says Beth’s full name or the way he carefully takes his time when he speaks to her makes me like him that much more. It pains me that when she had the chance to be his Bonnie permanently she turned on him. Yet she’s still alive to tell the tale.
Now we know he really likes her. I would love to believe that Beth and Rio could live happily ever after at the end of the series by riding off into the sunset with a trail of crimes behind them. Unfortunately, it’s more likely that they’ll both end up in prison. At least they’ll still be the twisted version of Bonnie and Clyde. Perspective!
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