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Good Girls is a caper comedy/drama series airing from February 2018 on NBC, featuring Christina Hendricks, Retta, and Mae Whitman.
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Three friends have problems.

Beth Boland wants to be independent of her philandering car dealer husband Dean. But she has four kids and a house with him. And due to his being, if anything, a worse businessman than he is a husband, she's buried under a mountain of debt with him.

Ruby Hill's daughter Sara suffers from a kidney ailment. With treatment she and her husband hope that Sara can recover. But the most effective treatment costs money, more money than the Hills have or can realistically gather together.

Annie Marks is Beth's younger sister and loving mother to the quirky Sadie. Her ex-husband Gregg and his second wife are suing for full custody. To fight them she needs - you guessed it! - money, which is in short supply as she works a minimum wage store cashier job.

The three hit upon the idea to rob the store where Annie works, which they expect to have about $30,000 on-hand. They empty the safe and return home to find themselves in possession of half a million. Bad news, since that haul comes from shady sources, namely the tattooed Rio and his gang. Initially Rio demands that they pay back the money with interest or face predictable consequences. When he seems about to make good on his threat, Beth calls him an idiot and points out that the three of them are normal, previously law-abiding people, and their deaths would make more of a splash than Rio is accustomed to. He spares their life but comes back with a business proposal.

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Good Girls contains examples of:

  • Admiring the Abomination: In "Snow Down, Children At Play", Annie can't help but give a low-key whistle at the gun Rio gave them.
  • Adult Fear: Ruby's entire situation is a parent's nightmare: your child needs expensive medication, and the only way to get the money is to commit several felonies. Ruby, of course, does what she has to in order to save Sara, but is very aware of the danger she could bring to her family. It gets worse in a Season One episode where Sara ends up in the hospital, because she stopped taking her meds. When her parents ask why she would do that, she explains that she thought, since she was feeling better, she could stop taking it and "save" it, just in case. In other words, a twelve-year-old girl began to ration her medication. (This really does happen among patients who know they can't afford to pay their medical bills forever, and yes, people have died from this.) Ruby and Stan, who always do their best to keep their kids from hearing about their financial problems, are quietly devastated when they hear this.
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  • Affably Evil: Rio seems more than willing to kill anyone who gets in his way. That said, when he's in his counterfeit money distributorship he comes off more as an amiable manager type than anything else. And he shows a fascinated curiosity with the three protagonists, especially Beth.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Seems to be Beth's specialty.
    • Beth picks up a clipboard at an electronics store and psychs out an employee to get info on another employee, one who slept with Annie and took her receipt.
  • Beneath Notice: The reason Rio keeps the girls alive is the realization that three suburban mothers with no criminal records who live rather plain lives are the perfect agents for his various errands and scams.
  • Big Heroic Run: Annie does a non-dramatized version of this when she chases after an escaping Mary Pat.
    Ruby: That girl moves like a gazelle.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Beth to Annie, especially after Boomer attempts to rape the latter.
    • In "You Have Reached the Voicemail of Leslie Peterson", Beth is extremely reluctant to let Annie be the one to smoke Boomer.
  • Blackmail: Given the nature of the show this was bound to show up.
    • Annie's boss Boomer figures out that she was one of the robbers and tries to coerce her into having sex with him so he won't report her. She returns the favor by taking a picture of his junk and texting it to her daughternote  and threatening to report him if he bothers her anymore.
    • After Mary Pat figures out their "secret shopper" scam, she extorts the girls for an exorbitant amount of money to keep her mouth shut.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Annie's child, Mercedes (Sadie), who is implied to be genderqueer and prefers masculine dress in season 1, and later comes out as trans. Unfortunately, this often results in bullying.
  • Broken Pedestal: Annie becomes this to Sadie and Nancy. after she reveals she is the "dick" Greg cheated on Nancy with.
  • Butt-Monkey: Dean in a nutshell.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: A variation as Rio is totally ready to kill the trio off. However, Beth points out that killing three women known as good, law-abiding suburban mothers will just invite a major investigation that he's not ready for. He thus realizes that letting them live not only spares him some heat but also that the trio can be useful after all.
  • Celebrity Lie: Boomer's grandmother shows the girls a photo of his girlfriend...who they recognize as Jessica Alba.
    • Called on later when Marion shows up at the store and Annie smirks at Boomer about him and Alba dating with her in L.A. Boomer manages to hide his anger as he remarks "we make it work."
    • Ends up subverted as Marion confronts Boomer on how she read some time ago about Alba married with children and knew he was lying but just played along with it. She's now confronting him on how he needs to get a real girlfriend.
  • Celebrity Paradox: Two in regards to Christina Hendricks' previous role on Mad Men.
    • In season 1's "Mo Money, Mo Problems" and season 2's "Slow Down, Children at Play", Beth's kids and Mary Pat's kids (in the former and latter episodes respectively) want to watch Minions which featured Don Draper himself, Jon Hamm.
    • In "Take Off Your Pants" Annie name drops Julia Ormond, who played Marie Calvet, the mother of Don's second wife, Meghan.
  • Clipboard of Authority: Beth pulls this off to trick an employee at the big "box store" to give up information on an employee, making her think she's part of the management. She lampshades to the others on "it's the clipboard."
  • Cool Aunt: Annie to Beth's kids.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: Frequently lampshaded by Annie in "Slow Down, Small Children at Play" that killing Boomer would have spared them the hassle they are currently going through.
  • Counterfeit Cash: Rio's (presumably primary) business. He has the women go to Canada to bring back sheets of $100 bills rolled inside wrapping paper, which is processed at an abandoned warehouse in Michigan. Beth later suggests he let them launder it through big-box stores by exploiting the return policies, since, being ordinary housewives they would effectively be Beneath Suspicion (they also find out it is very well made counterfeits, easily fooling the machines).
  • Dating Catwoman: Beth and Rio develop a clear mutual attraction to each other, which complicates their relationship as their attraction deepens over the series.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Beth states this to Rio when he tries to execute them, pointing out that while brutally murdering a rival gangbanger would go virtually unnoticed by the public and barely investigated by the police, three housewives being killed in an apparent home invasion would be over the news for weeks and there would be considerable pressure for the police to do something, leading to considerable unwanted attention for Rio's business.
    • Rio would later invoke this on Beth word-for-word after she tired and failed to get him and his gang arrested.
  • Distaff Counterpart: A suburban parent in dire economic need recurs to crime to provide for their family. Quickly gets in over their head, but pushes through with a combination of savvy and bravado. They soon start showing signs of ambition and ruthlessness, and aim to become a crime boss on their own. Beth is in several ways a female Walter White.
  • Easily Forgiven: Annie confesses to Marion that she and the ladies poised as welfare workers to steal from her. Marion merely asks if they had a good reason for it and then invites Annie in for drinks. Annie is genuinely taken back by the gesture.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones:
    • For all his faults, Boomer genuinely loves his grandmother Marion. Unfortunately this did not prevent him from stealing from her.
    • Rio is a loving father to his little boy.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Hilariously, Rio considers middle-age women beauty products to be "poison". In a more serious tone, he also draws the line at harming or scaring children. The latter is most likely because he is a father himself to a son he loves very much.
  • Evil Mentor: Rio is shaping up to become one to girls, especially Beth.
  • Finger in the Mail: In season 2, Rio hangs onto (what was presumed to be) Boomer's dead body as leverage over Beth and the ladies. Later in the season, when Beth attempts to walk away from her life of crime, Rio begins sending pieces of the dead body in the mail to her as a message. She attempts to ignore these gruesome mailings, but eventually caves when the constant packages won't stop. She is forced to meet up with Rio and work for him again, much to his amusement.
  • Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Annie is the foolish one, while Beth is the responsible one. Although Beth starts making reckless choices more and more often.
    • In "Everything Must Go" it is Annie's turn to be the responsible one by pointing out to Beth that having an intimate relationship with Rio is not going to end well.
  • From Bad to Worse: Mary Pat's story explaining what she did with Boomer's body.
  • Gaining the Will to Kill: Something Rio tries to teach the girls. It backfires on him. LITERALLY.
  • Gilligan Cut: In the third episode, Annie suggests that they "borrow" a car from Dean's lot while doing Rio's business in Canada. Beth firmly vetoes the idea, and the very next shot shows the three of them picking over various cars in the dead of night.
  • Good Is Boring: Beth begins to feel like this as she adjusts to a criminal's life despite initially being scared of the danger. When Dean blackmails her into returning to her homemaker life for a brief time, she finds the life of a good PTA mother and homemaker boring and admits to missing her criminal life as the danger and excitement of it was "addicting" and "fun" compared to being a simple housewife. Of course, she is soon forced to return to a criminal life since walking away from a crime boss isn't that easy.
  • Happily Married: Ruby and Stan have a happy and trusting marriage in contrast to the other two women. One expects that her secret life will complicate that, however.
  • Hero Antagonist: FBI Agent James Turner is honorable, personable, smart, and on the right side of the law. It's the last of these that put him on the other side from the protagonists.
  • History Repeats: In the pilot, Dean comes home to find Beth waiting at a table in the dark to confront him on his affair. Five episodes later, Beth comes home to find Dean confronting her at the same table, having gotten an inkling of what she's doing. They even end up repeating the exact same lines the other used with Dean snapping "we have kids!" and Beth replying "I don't know how it happened."
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Ruby gives a massive lecture when she discovers daughter Sara took a job among her school peers to "move" shoplifted merchandise in order to make a profit. Naturally, Annie and Beth point out how her lecture is more than a bit off given what Ruby herself is up to.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Sending Annie, of all three, to take the money with Boomer. He did recognize her by her tattoo, but since he sees her daily, even her voice could have given her away.
    • In "Slow Down, Children At Play" Beth choosing to bribe Boomer to skip town instead just shooting him when she had chance.
    • Ruby grabs it hard when decides to pay a LAW FIRM with counterfeit bills.
  • Ill Girl: Ruby's daughter Sara, of an unspecified kidney ailment. She tries to live normally, attending classes and playing on the soccer team.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: Annie with elderly Marion and teenage co-worker Darren.
  • Kick the Dog: Rio shooting Dean while he was bound and helpless. Came within a hair-breath of killing him.
  • Kill Him Already!: Annie all but begs Beth to just shoot Boomer when they had him dead to rights.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Mary Pat herself getting blackmailed by Boomer into marrying him to keep him from testifying against her.
  • Laughing Mad: Beth giggles hysterically in the hospital waiting room when she thinks Dean is dying or dead. When the doctor tells her that he'll pull through, she gets a more subdued Oh, Crap! reaction.
  • Manchild: Dean and Annie are both parents, yet often act more childish than their own kids.
  • Mock Millionaire: Downplayed but after finding out about Dean cheating on her, Beth starts going over their finances. She soon discovers they're behind on two mortgages, the accounts nearly drained and that she's been spending like they're doing well when they're not just bankrupt but deeply in debt.
  • Near-Rape Experience: Boomer tries taking Annie by force when his blackmail plan isn't working. He's interrupted when Beth steps out of the shower and points a (fake) gun at him.
  • Never My Fault: Pretty much Dean's go-to mentality. In season 2, Annie and Beth run through how the man has blamed the bad business of his car dealership on everything from 9/11 to a bad economy to wildfires...in Detroit.
  • Not Quite Dead: It turns out that Boomer isn't dead after all and the remains Mary Pat gave the girls were... from her own late husband.
  • Not So Different: When Mary Pat figures out what's going on and starts to blackmail the trio, they realize they can't be too upset as Mary Pat is just like them, a desperate mom taking a chance for a big payday.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome: In "Remix" Dean was able to give Rio a good fight before being taken hostage by him.
  • Oh, Crap!: The go-to reaction of the gals when things go badly.
    • First, when they realize who they actually ripped off.
    • They try to pay off their debt by suggesting selling off expensive figurines. Instead, Rio is ready to kill all of them and has his boys smash the place up to make it look like a home invasion.
    • Ruby goes to scare a guy with a gun, believing it's empty. She forgets there's one round in the chamber and accidentally shoots him in the foot as Beth and Annie scream in a panic in the car.
    • After a trip over the border to get a package for Rio, the girls are baffled when they find what looks like regular wrapping paper inside. Beth holds it up to allow Ruby and Annie to realize the other side is packed with counterfeit bills.
    • Annie realizes her one-night stand just took back a receipt with his phone number... which is on one of the receipts she needs for their laundering business.
    • After Mary Pat figures out their scam, she blackmails them for $10,000. After some hemming and hawing, the trio give her the money. Mary Pat accepts it...and then says "see you next month."
    • Beth strikes a deal with her husband's former mistress. It's going okay until the young woman says that she's surprised Beth forgave Dean after he cheated on her "all those times." Annie and Ruby instantly sink into their seats whispering "oh, no" as Beth coldly asks if the woman meant "all those times...with you? Or...all those times?" The woman realizes too late Beth had no idea Dean had been cheating on her with numerous women for years.
    • The girls realize Boomer isn't dead after all which means they're about to be busted for a murder that never happened.
  • Playing Sick: Beth is rocked when Dean tells her he has cancer. She decides to let him back into the house and sees him on the computer looking at various brain scans and charts, telling him to stay as long as he needs. As soon as she's out of the room, Dean uses the computer to look up how to fake cancer symptoms, showing he's perfectly healthy and just using this to get back into the house.
  • Racist Grandma: Boomer's grandmother, who the three plan to rob but don't have the heart to, makes a point out of saying that her grandson's fiancee is only half Mexican. Also, when she needs housework done, she only makes Ruby do it.
    • In episode 10, Boomer introduces Annie to a new worker, an older lady. Later, when Boomer mentions he's dating someone, the new worker immediately asks if she's Jewish.
  • Real Stitches for Fake Snitches: Agent Turner threatens one of Rio's injured underlings by offering to take him to dinner out in public, at a place where lots of Rio's other employees will be and can draw their own conclusions.
  • Reality Ensues: In season 2, the girls try the same "buy and return" tricks at superstores to launder their money...only to find that these stores do talk to one another and have checks to look for these patterns. Thus, they are able to quickly see through their scheme and openly ban them any more shopping.
    • As Amber (Dean's former mistress) learned; a pretty face, a dream, and $5000 bucks will only get you so far in showbiz.
  • Recycled In Space: The concept of the series might be roughly put as Weeds where Nancy Botwin is replaced by three women.
  • Robbing the Mob Bank: The kick-off of the series as the girls realize too late the store was the front for a drug cartel and have blown through most of the money they owe.
  • Saying Too Much: The girls figure out that "secret shopper" Mary Pat has been spreading counterfeit cash and go to fire her. She's ready to take it until she hears Annie mention how "you returned the same cash" and wonders how they could possibly know it was the same cash. This causes her to soon realize how odd it is three workers are firing her and not "corporate" and figures out this is something shady.
  • Scare 'em Straight: Played for laughs as, finding out daughter Sara has been selling stolen goods, Ruby gets a cop friend to scare her by having her in a jail cell. However, sharing the cell with her, it's Ruby who's terrified at realizing what jail can be like given her illegal activities.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Mary Pat gives off this vibe while recounting the death AND dismemberment of Boomer.
  • Shout-Out: The girls are frequently seen shopping, and running their laundering scheme, out of a Could 9.
  • Smart Ball: Dean finally grabs it at the end of "Thelma and Louise" when he decides to leave Beth and take the kids with him to his mother's house.
  • Smug Snake: Mary Pat gives off this vibe while blackmailing the girls.
  • Spotting the Thread: Boomer sees Annie's telltale lower back tattoo when she's masked and raiding the safe.
  • Straight Gay: Tyler to the complete surprise of Annie (and the audience).
  • Stupid Crooks: Annie can be rather irresponsible when it comes to leaving evidence of their crimes. She fails to properly hide her elaborate back tattoo during the robbery and when they steal a car, she syncs her phone with the on board computer so she can listen to her songs. Later, when she begins to date her new store manager, she willingly tells him all about her and the ladies drug business at Beth's dealership only for a raid to take place soon after. This makes her horrifically realize the guy is actually an undercover FBI agent sent by Agent Turner to catch them and she gave him very incriminating information to help in his case against them.
    • The girls attempt to "outsource" by getting a "secret shopper" program going which leads to one guy being robbed of $20,000 in merchandise and a woman "embezzling" for herself. Learning of this, Rio can't believe they're running a money laundering operation inside a money laundering operation.
    • The girls keep committing what Rio says is the classic mistake of any crook: Whenever, they get a large windfall, they immediately use for everything from paying off debts to buying expensive clothes and cars. It doesn't occur to them how odd is is for three struggling mothers to suddenly be able to afford all this.
  • Suddenly SHOUTING!: Beth halfway during their robbery of Fine&Frugal to get the ball rolling.
  • Tattooed Crook: Rio has an elaborate tattoo on his neck that makes him stand out and easy to remember by. His silent mooks are also covered in ink.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Annie and her ex were 17 when their kid Sadie was born.
  • This Means War!: Annie gives a rather epic declaration to Boomer, while being dragged off by cops no less, after he frames her for illegal drug possession.
  • Token Religious Teammate: Ruby in spades. Regular churchgoer, often praying during AND after their criminal acts, etc.
  • Unusual Euphemism: The protagonists refer to their criminal activity as "book club".
  • Villain Protagonist: Beth, Annie, and Ruby aren't bad people and their initial reasons for becoming criminals are quite sympathetic, they are still thieves and active money launders.
  • Wise Beyond Their Years: All of the ladies' kids to a degree. Sadie and Sara really stand out.
  • Your Cheating Heart:
    • Dean with a saleswoman at his lot who also appears in their ads.
    • Annie has a one night stand with a salesman at a computer store, who turns out to have a wife and daughter. Beth suggests the wife already knows and is just trying to keep her marriage together.
    • Beth and Rio develop a heavy attraction towards each other and eventually sleep together in season 2.
    • Annie also sleeps with her ex-husband, who has remarried and unbeknownst to her actively trying to have another child through IVF.
    • Re-meeting Dean's former mistress in season 2, Beth discovers that she was far from the only woman Dean had been cheating on her with. She does not take it very well.

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