Good Girls: Fallout From the Antihereoines' Criminal Behavior Just Beginning in Season 2

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28 February 2019

NBC, SUNDAY, MAR. 3, 10/9c

By Jeff Pfeiffer

The second season of NBC’s quirky, ironically titled dramedy Good Girls, which begins Sunday, finds Beth (Christina Hendricks), Ruby (Retta) and Annie (Mae Whitman) dealing with the consequences of their criminal behavior. The series left off with Beth being confronted by gang member Rio (Manny Montana), who tells her to shoot her husband Dean (Matthew Lillard) if she truly wants to be the boss.

But perhaps the most emotionally gripping cliffhanger was when police officer Stan (Reno Wilson) confronted his wife Ruby about the robbery, the source of the money she used to pay for their daughter’s kidney surgery.

That rift between Ruby and Stan is explored further in the first few episodes of Season 2, and Retta and Wilson bring incredibly compelling heft to the couple’s difficulties. Can Stan, as an officer of the law, reconcile his wife’s wrongdoing, even knowing that deep down she is a good person and her actions were for a noble cause?

Viewers will root for the couple, and that is thanks to the performances from Retta and Wilson. “It’s a tough go for them,” Retta told us of Ruby and Stan. “People talk about how Ruby is the moral center of the girls, of the group, and Stan is the moral center of our family. It really hurts his feelings to know that he’s been lied to for so long.

“That hurts [Ruby]. I mean, even last season she really struggled with having to lie, because I think she really didn’t believe that he would survive it. … The fact that she didn’t get to say anything, and he found out before she could say something, really messed her up. … So, the first few episodes are a struggle for Ruby and Stan.”

Before acting, Retta graduated from Duke University with a degree in sociology. Could the fact that she so deeply studied human behavior have helped her acting when it comes to understanding the motivations of characters like Ruby?

“Yeah. I think when I was in school, you tend to look at social trends, and I remember doing a big paper on triggers, on why people do certain things. I think I do have an understanding of that, but honestly, I think just being a person, I kind of get it.

“I don’t have kids, but I have nephews, and I know what I’m willing to do for them, and how important they are to me. … I don’t know what it’s like to be a parent, but I do know, as an aunt, I’ll kill somebody that hurts my nephews. So, I get it in that respect.”
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