Settle in for another season of Good Girls’ addictive charm
It turns out there is such a thing as a streaming hangover. You get it when you try to watch all 16 episodes of Good Girls season 4 in one sitting (bathroom, tea, wine breaks allowed).
You get psychologically wired because as one episode rolls into the next, for a fleeting moment you think “stop now” but you can’t because it’s just too…dramatic. So when you get into bed, you can’t sleep and while you’re lying there all you can think of is “I could be watching another episode. I could have crossed the finish line.”
Way back at episode 1, you wonder why Netflix hasn’t included a Season 3 recap because that was ages ago, on 28 July 2020 to be precise, because I moaned about it then. Season 3 ended suddenly after 11 episodes – hashtag Covid – but this time around, they have more than made up for it.
There are a few details that are hazy but by episode 3, you’re moving along at a cracking pace and those specifics are no longer relevant, and where they are, a vague memory is all you need. Other things, like Lucy (it’s in the trailer) fall by the wayside because there’s much more to focus on than the past.
Our girls, Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman), have a thriving counterfeiting/money laundering business – a far cry from the clumsy amateurs who once tried to rob a grocery store. Dean’s (Matthew Lillard) hot tub outlet has taken over from the car dealership as a front but it’s almost over before it begins.
Ruby and Stan “Stanimal” (Reno Wilson) find out one of their children is having problems at school, and complications at Stan’s work at the strip club lead to a side hustle. Annie is trying to be the best mom she can but Ben (Isaiah Stannard) is keeping secrets from her.
Beth’s relationship with Gang Friend (Manny Montana) remains as intense, scary, sexy, and complicated as ever. He is, as the Secret Service agent Phoebe (Lauren Lapkus, Orange Is The New Black) says, “stupid hot”. Girl, we know. So yes, there’s that as well – the law is onto our heroines and Beth has to pick a side.
Ultimately, Good Girls is a metaphor for life: the moment you think everything is finally all right, that you have your head above water, something new comes up to trash it all. It never flipping ends.
However, this is allegedly the final season of Good Girls, but we can always hope things change. TV Line speculates about the reasons – money, scheduling, actors who don’t like each other off-screen… click the link for a harsh reality check. I wish I hadn’t.
Oh, and I got to episode 13 before I called it a night.