Good Girls Recap: Rio’s backstory reveals his family’s (very) long game – and did Beth choose a side?
So are Nick and Rio brothers or cousins? The answer is clear: who cares?
Despite these small concerns, there was plenty of drama to enjoy at the Good Girls on Sundaywhen we (finally) delved deep into Rio’s highly manicured backstory to learn more about the dynamic between the two men. Even though Stan and Ruby have finally gotten rid of the fuzzy gene (hooray!), It’s doubtful that the secret service will be gone anytime soon – especially after a major development slipped through the cracks in their case.
Here is a full rundown of what happened on “Broken Toys”.
In the first scene we see a child, Rio, who is writing his name on a drawing. He lives with his Grisham-loving grandmother and also with his maybe brother, maybe cousin Nick.
“We have a real chance here,” says Rio Beth in the present. He wants them to “keep them busy” – the agents who live in a surveillance van outside their home. She’s afraid she’ll end up in jail, but Rio says he won’t ask her. “Hold your head up champion,” he replies. “We’re playing the long game here.”
During a bike ride, Dean’s friends tell him about The System, a new line of skin care products for men that they sell. But it’s not a pyramid scheme, it’s a “tiered opportunity”. They say you don’t just get a few products. You get a “support network”. (OK, so definitely a pyramid scheme! Got it.) He tells them he’ll think about it.
At the club, Stan tells the dancers that Gene doesn’t respect them. Where is your health care and paid sick leave? Despite the fact that he does a badass job that upsets the ladies, Ruby tells him that his attempt to turn the dancers away from Gene is half-boiled and quite stupid. (My words, not hers.) At least the guy thinks!
Watching Beth fight for a toy gives Beth an idea. She tries to explain her thinking to Annie and Ruby, but neither she nor I follow what she sells. “Basically, we’re framing someone,” says Annie. The scene cuts off before we can figure out who.
Nick visits Beth to return a sweater she left at dinner. He’s curious about the Beth-Rio deal. “You’re just not his typical colleague,” he says. Nick says she should be careful. “Whoever wears a cardigan shouldn’t do what he does.”
“By the way, what is it? Brother or cousin? “Asks Beth.” Family, “he replies. Sure, Jan.
Ruby, Annie, and Beth make Gene an offer. They try to buy him off with a lot of fake money and offer him four times what Stan owes him, but the slim ball won’t bite. “I just don’t do business with bitches,” he says.
Annie later has an a-ha moment teaching the other two about the importance of Occam’s razor. We go to the club where they pretend Annie is a bride-to-be and give all the strippers dollar bills. They snap shots while spraying cash from a toy gun. Dave and Phoebe interrupt the party and ask them what the hell is going on. “You said you wanted to see where it was going,” says Beth. She asks a server for a change, exchanges a fake invoice for a real one, and gives it to Phoebe. “Is that enough?” she asks them.
In a series of flashbacks with a now teenage Rio and Nick, Nick works hard as a caddy while Rio boxes at a gym. When Rio gets to the golf course late, Nick tells him he’s got his head on the wrong game. Nick later catches Rio withdrawing cash from a wallet in the locker room. Rio uses the stolen money to replace his grandmother’s broken stove, but Nick reports Rio anyway. We watch the police chase the little thief.
In the present, Dave and Phoebe are taking Gene downtown. The seedy boss has no idea why he’s being questioned and admits the club isn’t his. As soon as he starts talking, the guy does. Not. Stop. He’s starting to sweat and panic, and pretty soon he’s a bubbling mess. They show him a photo of Rio, but he has no idea who he is.
Phoebe then tells Beth that Gene has been under the sun … except for everything that has to do with Rio. Phoebe warns her that “they’ll all round you up tomorrow … just pick a side.”
When Rio comes to his latest game, he asks Beth who is more fun, he or she “van people”. “What do you think?” Beth asks sternly. In a matter of moments, Rio and Beth are handcuffed as the police swarm around them. Your eyes never lose touch.
Phoebe and Dave strut into the station and playfully argue about who will interview Rio first, but when they walk into the exam room they learn that Rio ran. Someone above her salary intervened. We see Rio approaching its journey. Nick is in the driver’s seat. “So what do we do with her?” Asks Rio. “I don’t see any other way.”
“Not what you want to do,” says brother / cousin Nick. (But seriously, can this brother / cousin thing just stop?)
At the Hill household, Stan tells Ruby that Gene is forever out of her life. His old boss is going away for many, many years, but Ruby stops telling him how this happened.
At home, Beth goes upstairs and finds Rio waiting for her in a dark corner of her bedroom. (Admit it: who jumped a mile when Beth did it?) She tells him she had no choice. “Yes you did,” he says. You just didn’t choose me. “
In the final flashbacks of the night, Rio is sitting in front of a “Welcome Home” cake when he learns that Nick has been promoted. Rio went away for a six month period because of his petty theft. Nick then shows Rio wads of money made from stolen clubs and alcohol on the golf course. “Now trust me,” he says with a smile on his face.
“Now they will believe everything you tell them,” says Rio Beth in the present. “We can do what we want.”
Young Nick has the last line of the episode: “You will never see us coming.”
So what exactly are Nick and Rio up their sleeves and is Gene really gone for good? Fire away in the comments below!