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.
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Things Have Just Become Too Complicated: Lindsay, Alice, Joey, Elijah, Gael
Just when Alice and Gael reach a personal peak, someone throws in a grenade. Lindsay does in the form of getting Alice on stage and kissing her beforehand. Even saying that she is doing what Joey did to her in kissing her girlfriend. Which may or may not be a lie. Following that, Gael loses the art commission he barely had for a day since it is revealed his positive review was paid for. This causes a fight between him and Elijah and leads us to believe things are over not too long after they began.
You Said Too Much While Saying Very Little: Amanda, Evan, Mariana, Kendra, Davia, Dennis, Jennifer, Jeff, Sariya, Teresa, Marcus, Callie
Mariana blows things up, once again, at Speckulate by telling Evan that Angela is the reason Amanda was gone and it wasn’t over alleged sexual harassment. If anything, it might have just been her trying to avoid things from getting that far. However, because of Mariana seeing that as a reason for Evan and Amanda to reconnect, now she sues for wrongful termination. Likely due to her knowing why she was fired.
This leads to Kendra, who is empowered by the board of directors, swooping in and seemingly ready for drastic changes. The first is firing Angela, second is demoting Mariana, and third is opening an investigation into who leaked the company salaries. So, needless to say, Mariana is in deep.
She isn’t alone, of course. Callie is reminded how huge of a sacrifice it is to take on a class-action suit by Teresa which leads her to want to tell Marcus she is out. However, with Sariya from the ACLU wanting to assist with the case, even if it may set back Callie studying for the bar, Marcus has presented an opportunity she can’t pass up.
Leaving Dennis and Davia. Long story short, they don’t confess their feelings and get together. Jennifer pops up to get the divorce papers signed and to announce her and Nathan are getting married and having a kid. As you can imagine, this devastates Dennis to the point of going back into his shell. Then with Davia, well, let’s say Dennis lies and says he is going to reconcile with Jennifer to push her away and when you add that to Jeff popping up, it makes it clear these two got too much baggage to unpack before starting something new.
Needing A Change: Malika, Issac, Judge Wilson, Callie, Mariana, Gael, Jamie
Isaac has come to the point of wanting his and Malika’s families to meet. This includes Dom. Pushing the idea he really wants to get serious with her but, the problem is, the day he wants their families to meet is when Malika is tasked with a BLM protest – one against Judge Wilson. You know, the guy who barely stopped Malika from having charges pressed against her. So, as we’ve seen many times in The Fosters, and now carried into Good Trouble, there is just bad timing.
Well, at least there is bad timing for Malika. Callie, on the other hand, Jamie opening up his home to her is perfect timing considering Mariana and Gael getting into a verbal altercation with her. One which includes Gael saying he wished he didn’t have to see her due to Jamie having his art in the laundry room. Add in Mariana not taking Callie’s side and making her seem like the bad guy, and that ends up being the final straw. For Callie is stressed out enough. She doesn’t need lack of support from Mariana, cattiness from her housemates, and with Malika not defending her in that group chat as fiercely as Callie would want, she’s done. Callie’s mail can be forwarded to Jamie’s address.
The Work Drama – Mariana and Callie
After Callie leaving Judge Wilson’s office, which caused quite a change in her life, there was the need to question if Mariana would get the same treatment? The Byte Club situation hasn’t necessarily run its course, but became a beating of a dead horse with no real progress for with Mariana’s promotion came so many strings. Be it the sacrifice of Raj, her becoming Evan’s emotional support, among so many things which pushed her back more than allowed her to leap forward. Not to say Kendra is making things better but managing Evan’s emotions and expectations have stalled Mariana compared to Callie.
Someone who, from Judge Wilson to Legal Aide, has had a far more compelling work-life for it went beyond a social topic or message, but also presented the work on parity. Heck, it presented Mariana with compelling drama that surpassed petty office politics and her having to make a tough decision that could affect the trajectory of her career. Which isn’t to say Mariana hasn’t experience that, but she has in a way which focused more on the people, their drama, than her and her work.
On The Fence
Davia & Dennis Remaining A Question Mark
I hope this isn’t one of those couples they hold off on until the series finale – or damn near close. Between the Jennifer appearance, Jeff’s, and you knowing both have communication issues, you can see them dragging this out.
The Queer Couples Are In Flux
While Elijah has been on thin ice for quite some time, it was still nice to see Gael happy with a man. Yet, so it seems, he is still riled up about Callie, and while I won’t say they are end game, it seems Gael is going to struggle with love for a long time on this show. Something I hope doesn’t become the case for Alice too. This Joey x Lindsay pettiness is not something Alice can easily navigate. She is skittish, prone to saying the wrong thing, and Joey already has trust issues. That last thing they need is Alice revealing Lindsay came onto them and what that can cause.
Malika Is Likely To Be Arrested
Well, it seems all couples, but Jamie and Callie are in trouble. For with BLM calling for action on the same day Malika is supposed to meet Isaac’s family, you know she’s in trouble. Add in Judge Wilson to the mix? If Isaac meets Malika that day, it is going to be with him bailing her out.
|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.