As Evan reveals his intentions, things blow up at Speckulate. Also, Callie is once again struggling with her dating and life choices.
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An Up And Coming Talent: Alice, Joey, Lindsay
With so many encouraging Alice to put herself out there, she goes to the comedy club and one of the big names, Lindsay Brady is there. Which is huge for Alice since she loves them but with her heckling during their set, that causes issues. The kind which makes Alice feel she can’t show her face anymore. Luckily though, Lindsay doesn’t take offense to it nor keeps embarrassing Alice. She even is kind enough to take a picture and offer to help Alice come up with her 5-minute set.
All of which worries Joey since they and Lindsay don’t have the best track record. If only because Lindsay seduced Joey’s ex who was with Lindsay but, well, let’s just say it was a big ole mess. Likely the reason Joey has been cautious when it comes to Alice.
I’m Not Who You Think I Am: Elijah, Gael, Callie, Marcus, Jamie, Alice
With Gael getting such a bad review by the times, he is a bit stunted. Making Alice giving him the opportunity to do some renovations a godsend. That and Callie, to pay the rent by a means beyond money, being there and having her to talk to. For while their romantic relationship doesn’t work, their platonic one is sometimes a what they need. When it comes to Gael, Callie is beyond a muse but a friend, a fellow artist, and lover of the arts. Then for Callie, he is the only person in her life she can talk to who isn’t family, a co-worker, or a boyfriend. Something which is sorely missing in Callie’s life right now for that’s all she has.
And it’s probably why when Marcus picks on her, especially at a function Jamie has, she is so sensitive. She doesn’t have anyone to reinforce who she is for each person’s opinion of her is so hype focused on what she is to them. Mariana sees her as her sister, Jamie as his girlfriend, everyone at work as this privileged girl who does too much but with Gael, she can just be. It’s what we saw in those intimate moments of season one. With each other, they can just open up.
Which can’t be said when it comes to Jamie for with getting a taste of his world, she probably has never felt more like an outsider. Never mind the old school relationship dynamics between men and women, but then they are all republicans? Jamie as well? It’s a bit much for her and causes that usual defense mechanism of Callie trying to coming up with ways she can smoothly exit.
As for Elijah? Well, things are going slow and steady between him and Gael. No major leaps but he does purchase a review to boost Gael’s ego. An act which makes Gael a bit more inspired to work but has to be kept a secret.
Something Beyond Co-Workers: Mariana, Alex, Raj, Evan, Josh
As usual, Speckulate is full of drama. This week it is the discovery that Mariana and Evan hang outside of work and everyone, thanks to Josh circulating a picture, thinking they are dating. If not, as Alex puts it, there being a “Honeypot” situation. Which means Mariana taking advantage of Evan – usually, this is by knowingly creating arousal, but it doesn’t have to go that far.
Either way, the rumor is believed so strongly even Raj thinks it’s true. Which is perhaps why, after returning to Team Blue, Alex uses the opportunity to try and reconnect. After all, in his mind, Mariana is the reason the team became dysfunctional in the first place.
But you wanna know the truth? The reason Evan wants to speak to Mariana privately is because he wants dating help. That’s it. For, think about it, she is extroverted, friendly, has good ideas, and with Evan so isolated, who is he going to turn to for advice? Angela? No. He is going to turn to this girl who may not be who he wants, but represents many good qualities which would be nice to find in a partner.
Question(s) Left Unanswered
- Did Evan not have any friends before starting his company?
Evan has long been a bit of an eyebrow-raiser since it wasn’t clear what his intentions were with Mariana and with the Amanda thing haunting him, so came the question if he was a #MeToo moment waiting to happen. However, from what it seems, likely with Amanda, what happened is what we see with Mariana. He saw this bright, extroverted girl, got close to her, and rather than seeing him as innocent and harmless, she felt he was making inappropriate advances. Leading to a whole lot of drama and payouts.
With Mariana though, be it her naivete or seeing the best in people, that wasn’t the case. Instead, he got the kind of friend he may have needed and has been searching for. Think about it, while Evan isn’t a main character, so we don’t see his life without Mariana around, we don’t hear him talk about family or friends. Likely, Josh was the closest thing, and Josh was manipulating Evan for his own gain. Then with Angela, honestly, it seems she just wants to keep her job. Anything beyond that is a bit much.
So, one can only hope this Mariana friendship is fruitful. That and we may get to see Evan go on a date or two. Hopefully with very few being for the sake of comedy.
Callie’s Need For Friends & A Outlet
Perhaps the biggest difference between The Fosters Callie and Good Trouble Callie is she lacks friends. Not to imply she isn’t cool with people at The Coterie, but you saw the awkwardness when it came to Alice. Also, Dennis is a stranger and her and Davis never really recovered from Callie getting in the way of her friend dating Gael. With Mariana they are sisters, but money is getting in the way of their relationship, they can’t talk-talk. Then with Jamie, he is her boyfriend who, yeah law wise is useful, but the intimacy is different with Gael.
In fact, I’d submit that Gael is probably one of those people who you meet and because you mesh so well, you think the attraction is sexual – when ultimately it’s not. Yeah, the sex is good, but it complicates what makes the relationship great, and that’s the ability to be vulnerable. Just think of those tub scenes when Gael was opening up, and Callie was speaking too. Then consider the painting scenes of this episode. In both instances, we see them opening up more to each other than anyone else they interact with, and while it is a little flirty, it is also fun and freeing. For together they are allowed to be and show all sides to themselves and not hide away some or most of their person to appease or be what the other wants them to. Or out of fear of judgement.
The Queer Couples
Honestly, with all the drama between Raj and Mariana, also Jamie and Callie, the queer couples on this show are really giving us the true romantic moments we need. Joey and Alice, adorable, especially when all cuddled up. Elijah and Gael? Way too cute! Particularly when in Elijah’s studio and there is teasing and flirting. And while, yeah, Gael and Elijah are just reconnecting, and trouble is on the horizon for Alice and Joey, at least their relationships don’t seem as coerced.
While I do say Mariana’s storyline could use a kick up, this is not what I mean. That photo nonsense was just eye-roll inducing. No better than when Byte Club forced Mariana to kick Raj off her team since they were mad none of them have officially been brought on yet.
On The Fence
Alice In A Love Triangle?
With Alice being love-struck over one girl for most of the time she has known she is queer, it could be interesting to see how she reacts to Lindsay and Joey taking an interest in her. That is assuming Lindsay takes a genuine interest and isn’t trying to create tension for the fun of it. If not to get back at Joey.
Marcus Picking On Callie
It isn’t clear why Marcus likes picking with Callie, but I hope that isn’t him flirting. I’m all for him toughening her up, maybe so she isn’t always guns blazing, especially considering the clientele they work with, but PLEASE don’t have this man falling for her. If not jealous his ex has taken an interest in her or is using Callie to make his ex jealous.
With Callie moving on, and considering all the drama Mariana is going through, I gotta admit it makes you want and wish Mariana to move on as well. Granted, money-wise, that could be dangerous. Yet, story-wise, she needs more than social topics driving her storyline. That or Raj feeling insecure or people misconstruing her. To put it succinctly, she needs to be less about reacting and more about doing. Particularly since the people who are doing stuff to her, like Alex, are so one dimensional.
|Season/ Episode||Synopsis||Director, Writer, and Introduced Actors||Topics & Focused Characters|
|Season 2, Episode 8 “Disruptions” [Summer Finale]||In an emotional, or dramatic, finale, if not both, Callie has had enough, Mariana makes things worse at work, and our favorite queer relationships might be in trouble.|
|Season 2, Episode 6 “Twenty-Fine”||It’s Malika’s birthday and tensions between people who live at The Coterie and their partners nearly throw off the vibe she was aiming for.|
|Season 2, Episode 7 “In The Middle”||While nearly everyone is given a grand opportunity, so comes the question of what they are willing to sacrifice? Be it professional relationships or personal.|
|Season 2, Episode 5 “Happy Heckling”||As Evan reveals his intentions, things blow up at Speckulate. Also, Callie is once again struggling with her dating and life choices.|
|Season 2, Episode 4 "Unfiltered"||Despite Callie starting a new job, old habits die hard. Also, Davia’s mom, Bonnie, comes to town and reminds us of another reason Davia doesn’t want to go home.|
|Season 2, Episode 3 “Doble Quince”||Jazmin decides to have a Doble Quince, and despite it being her party, nearly everyone else’s minds are on other things.|
|Season 2, Episode 1 “Percussions” [Season Premiere]||The verdict of the Jamal Thompson case is delivered, Mariana deals with how her personal and professional life has changed, and Alice prepares her next chapter.|
|Season 2, Episode 2 "Torn"||Drastic moves are made in order to go from surviving to being happy, thriving even, but they naturally come at a cost.|
|Season 1, Episode 13 “Vitamin C”|
Nearly everything comes to a head as Good Trouble ends its first season which thankfully will be followed up by season 2 in June.
|Season 1, Episode 12 “Broken Arted”||You may think the title of this episode, “Broken Arted” is about romance but what’ll break your heart is the loss of something, rather someone beyond love.|
|Season 1, Episode 11 “Less Than”||Good Trouble dives into varying topics dealing with race from pay gaps, representation, privilege, and also how to be an ally this episode.|
|Season 1, Episode 10 “Re-Birthday”||What begins as a fun night out, with 0 focus on work, leads to a lot of people addressing current relationships, boundaries, and self-respect.|
|Season 1, Episode 9 “Willful Blindness”||On top of meeting Malika and Alice’s illustrious mothers, and Rebecca’s, someone says goodbye to Good Trouble.|
|Season 1, Episode 8 “Byte Club”||Rebecca’s past is revealed as she flirts with a future that includes Jesus and Mariana’s Byte Club begins and finds a vital ally of the male staff.|
|Season 1, Episode 7 "Swipe Right"||“Swipe Right” is purely about establishing the beginning, possible end, of nearly every characters current or future relationship.|
|Season 1, Episode 6 "Imposter"||While the truth helps Callie flourish, Mariana is getting sick and tired of being sick and tired. Also, Jazmin returns and clues us into how difficult her life is.|
|Season 1, Episode 5 "Parental Guidance Suggested"||Stef and Lena come to The Coterie and reveal what is going on in their lives, and shine a light on Dennis.|
|Season 1, Episode 4 “Playing The Game”||Mariana and Alice are given the opportunity to stand up for themselves, as Davia and Callie are tasked with a needed shift in an important relationship.|
|Season 1, Episode 3 “Allies”||Both Mariana and Callie continue to struggle with office politics as Malika’s activism puts her at odds with her family.|
Good Trouble is charged with messages of equality mixed in with the relationship (platonic and otherwise) drama fans of its predecessor are used to.
We got a conversation on bi-sexuality, the backstory of multiple characters and work drama – aka what will probably be the usual from Good Trouble.