Good Girls: Why Beth's Failed Business Might Be Great For Ruby And Stan

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Warning: Spoilers ahead for the most recent episode of Good Girls. Look away unless you want the gang to think you know too much!

Good Girls is trucking right along in Season 4 and, as usual, this means that there's been a whole lot of trouble and some surprising developments for the titular girls in question, cash-strapped moms Ruby, Beth, and Annie. While they've managed to keep crime time rolling for a shocking number of months without either being taken out by "gang friend" Rio or taken down by the Feds, now that Beth's latest business front for laundering money has gone bust, could this development actually end up being a good thing for Ruby and her husband, Stan?

As we saw in the previous episode, Beth's new business with her doofy husband, Dean, has already collapsed in record time. They managed to get Boland Bubbles up and running fairly quickly once Beth told Dean how important it was (and once they paid off a city inspector), but FBI agent Phoebe Donnegan was hot on their trail, and got agents to look over the books before long. In her chat with TV Line, co-showrunner / executive producer Jenna Bans confirmed that the business is done, but also said that this will open up a new opportunity for our leading trio on Good Girls, and noted:

They’re going to have some troubles ahead in terms of how they wash the money for Rio, which will then launch us into a very fun arc where they’re trying to find a different way to wash it. Where they end up is a career/area of society that we never thought we would see or witness. It’s so fun and empowering, but in a twisted way. It’s an unlikely feminist statement, and where they finally land is going to be with us for a while. The car dealership failed, the hot tub place failed, and then they finally land on what works. I think the audience will really get a laugh out of what that is.

Beth, Annie, and Ruby are always coming up with (frequently partially-baked) plans, so it's good to know that they will have another way to slightly alleviate the pressure from Rio before too much longer. But, what could this new money-laundering venture be? According to Jenna Bans it will be "fun and empowering," but also in a "twisted" way, and something we'd never suspect the ladies to get involved in. Also? It's going to be "an unlikely feminist statement"....OMG. You guys? Are they going to take over the strip club that Stan works for?!

I mean, wouldn't this be the best option for all involved, especially Ruby and Stan? As we saw in the latest episode, Stan's skeevy boss is well aware that something was odd about that money truck that caught on fire, and he's also on to Stan's side work doing security for the women of the strip club when they do private parties. And, no surprise, he didn't like that Stan was helping out "my girls" one bit without letting him know so that he could get a cut of their earnings. Now, he's got Stan doing truly dangerous shit for him, just so the man can keep his gig.

I don't, at this point, know how Beth would get control of the strip club, but it would both give them a good way to wash cash, and free up the mounting danger for Stan, which would make Ruby, and everyone, happier. Except maybe for the Feds, but we can worry about them later. This would also be a truly unexpected way for Annie, Beth, and Ruby to keep their criminal enterprise going, and something that would very much be feminist in a kinda of twisted way. Strip club wins!

We'll have to wait and see if this specific new direction does, in fact, come into play, but we can easily do that by watching as Good Girls airs every Sunday on NBC, at 10 p.m. EST.

Adrienne Jones
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Covering The Witcher, Outlander, Virgin River, Sweet Magnolias and a slew of other streaming shows, Adrienne Jones is a Senior Content Producer at CinemaBlend, and started in the fall of 2015. In addition to writing and editing stories on a variety of different topics, she also spends her work days trying to find new ways to write about the many romantic entanglements that fictional characters find themselves in on TV shows. She graduated from Mizzou with a degree in Photojournalism.