Good Girls: Three Moms. A Trip To The Grocery. A Lot More Than Dinner Is Cooking.
NBC, Monday, Feb. 26, 10/9c
By Lori Acken
Everyone with money problems, raise your hand. Everyone fed up with your money problems, raise the other hand. Everyone willing to tell someone else to stick ’em up to solve your money problems … well, we don’t really want to know. But such is the plight of Annie Marks (Mae Whitman), Beth Boland (Christina Hendricks) and Ruby Hill (Retta), the titular Good Girls of NBC’s new dramedy from Shondaland alum Jenna Bans.
The ladies are devoted moms, each with her own cross to bear. Immature Annie’s responsible ex wants custody of their bullied daughter Sadie (Izzy Stannard). Beth, Annie’s suburban-housewife sister, discovers that her “good provider” has run them into financial ruin. And waitress Ruby’s young daughter desperately needs a pricey medicine. Pushed to the brink, the ladies act on grocery cashier Annie’s suggestion that they knock off her workplace to score just enough cash to tide them over till they can make a better plan. Except their haul is far larger than Annie banked on. And that has nothing to do with groceries. And extricating themselves from their Breaking Bad moment proves tougher than they imagined.
For the show’s premise to work, the chemistry between the ladies playing the Girls must be money, too — and it is. For good reason, says Whitman. The actresses were, well, thick as thieves from the get-go. “We, all three, went out to dinner and had a million wines,” Whitman recalls. “It was an instant connection — and then, somehow, I left Christina’s home without my pants. The next day she texted me and was like, ‘I mean, your pants are here.’ I was like, ‘Well, you know … sometimes things happen.’ It set up the whole [onscreen] relationship perfectly.”
Much of the fun of Good Girls, which debuts Monday, is seeing the women each find something empowering in their newly, if inadvertently, badass ways. And wondering if we, too, would go rogue for our loved ones.
“The reasons that these women are doing these things are [what ] a lot of people in America, in the world, feel right now,” Whitman reflects. “I just hope that, in this positive, funny and yet emotional way, we can inspire that strength in people that otherwise feel stuck. Or at least make people feel less alone.”
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