Good Bother Boss talks about Mariana’s Evan vs. Raj resolution, Davia / Dennis complication and Malika’s future


Warning: The following contains spoilers for Wednesday Good problem. Proceed at your own risk!

The premiere of the third season of Good Trouble was very heartbreaking Not one, but several relationships came to an end – and a new couple began to warm up.

Jamie and Callie are officially separated from what he considered treason. Meanwhile, Mariana broke up with boyfriend Raj, saying that her feelings for other people raised her question about whether they really want to be together. Then she went into a (ill-advised?) Secret romance with her boss Evan. And just when it looked like Davia and Dennis were finally going on their first date, he started wordlessly after realizing he had to find a way to overcome his grief over his son’s death.

Elsewhere, Malika faced her own crisis when the judge put exorbitant bail on her trial shortly before she was arrested.

Below, executive producer Joanna Johnson talks about the episode breakup, Callie’s new job (she passed the bar, hooray!), Malika’s fight, and more.

TVLINE | We get confirmation in the premiere that Callie and Jamie are over and he thinks she will fire him. Is he actually getting fired or is he just thinking the worst?
We’ll find out later what Jamie’s fate was based on what Callie did. There are real consequences as there are for all actions on our show. So at some point we will find out what really happened to him and his job.

TVLINE | You made Beau Mirchoff a regular series. So, even though Callie and Jamie are separate, how does Jamie fit into the plot in season 3?
Callie will still have Jamie in her world, but we’ll wait and reveal that later. Jamie will still spin in her universe.

TVLINE | Callie got a new job in the season premiere as well as a new mentor in Constance Zimmer’s character. How will these two things affect who she becomes as a lawyer after she walks through the bar?
Callie is everywhere. Callie’s dream was really to work at ACLU, but she did an internship because she was told that was a good thing to have on your resume. That didn’t really work for her because she really doesn’t want to be in justice. She really wants to be more in the legislative part of the law. In the end, she got this job at Legal Aid. And then, because of Jared and what happens when she wants to stand up for him, she’s now working with what I would say very colorful, dynamic defense attorney, and now finds herself in criminal law. Callie bounces around like you sometimes do in your twenties, lets herself be carried away by the wave of life and undressed, and still doesn’t quite find your berth where you really want to be. That’s something she’s struggling with.

But she finds this new mentor in Constance Zimmer’s character. Constance is someone who – our children go to the same school – [I’ve] get friendly with and I am such a great admirer of your work. I had an idea for this character that I somehow wanted to base on the lawyer in Making a Murderer. She’s a pretty amazing character, and I wanted to create someone based a bit on her. I said to Konstanz: “Oh my god, would you ever come to do our show?” and she said “yes!” and we’re just so excited to have them. She is just amazing.

TVLINE | Mariana makes a decision to end Raj as she begins a secret relationship with Evan. Is she making a big mistake here about having a relationship with her boss?
Well it’s not ideal. It’s the kind of decision you make in your twenties what this show is about. The things that you haven’t fully learned yet that with a little more wisdom will bring you into your thirty after sometimes making sketchy decisions or not the most responsible ones. So it’s definitely a challenge. She obviously doesn’t want anyone at work to know. It’s not something their Fight Club girls should know either, so that continues to be an issue.

TVLINE | The Mariana / Evan attraction has been something you’ve been playing with for two seasons. What was the right time for it now? And what do you want to explore with this dynamic?
It’s grown and we’ve teased it for a long time, and I think it finally came to a head, and it was time. One thing we’re investigating is meeting your boss [and] Having someone to hang out with is a secret, but also meeting someone who is a bit on the spectrum, like Evan, and what that is.

TVLINE | There was one bait swap where we discovered that it was indeed Isabella Gael was having sex with, and we also found out that Isabella was sleeping with an old roommate’s friend. Can we calm it down that she definitely didn’t have sex with Raj?
Yeah, I think that’s pretty clear.

TVLINE | We also need to talk about Davia and Dennis because we finally got the “I love you” and the kiss and then he decides he has to go! Can you talk about his decision and what it means for your future?
When he comes to her, he wants to be ready and says, “People tell me that I’m not ready to be in a relationship, but I’m not buying that.” And when he then goes and sees that Jacob’s portrait is covered, which he asked Gael to do, he just freaks out. Sometimes when you start to get away from something and start feeling better, you feel guilty. You feel like you shouldn’t be feeling. Someone is gone and you shouldn’t be feeling happy. I think Dennis has a feeling that if he’s ever happy again he has somehow betrayed the memory of his son, and I just don’t think he was ready for that emotion and ready to deal with it. It was just a little too much for him.

TVLINE | At the end of the premiere, Malika is taken into custody. Can you tease how that cliffhanger will play out in episode two?
Of course she is blind to it. Nobody thought they would try to raise the bail like this. It will get everyone on their toes, and that part of the unfair bail practices that are largely reserved for black people in our dysfunctional justice system. You have this kind of high bail on deposit, and how is someone going to pay that deposit to get out while waiting for their trial? So what happens is that many people are unable to leave such a deposit. Then they are sent to prison to wait for months and their lives are destroyed. People lose their children, people lose their jobs, and they haven’t been convicted of anything. That’s something we really want to talk about this season. That will be the outcry and outrage in the next episode.

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