‘Good Girls’ Season 4 Episode 3: What is Beth’s traumatic past that makes Dean want to protect her?

Dean provides support to Beth when her mother is hospitalized for her mental health struggles

                            ‘Good Girls’ Season 4 Episode 3: What is Beth’s traumatic past that makes Dean want to protect her?
Matthew Lillard and Christina Hendricks star in 'Good Girls' (NBC)

It's hard sometimes when watching 'Good Girls' to understand how Beth (Christina Hendricks) and Dean Boland (Matthew Lillard) fell in love in the first place. After all, we've only seen them consistently lie and cheat each other, both in business as well as matters of the heart.

But fans of 'Good Girls' are in for a refreshing change of pace, as the latest episode focuses on how the romance between Beth and Dean began as teenagers. 

It also helps the viewer to understand, why in spite of everything Beth puts him through, Dean still somehow stands by her and vice versa. The episode begins with young Beth working in an ice cream parlor and Dean who comes in with his friends is besotted.


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Matthew Lillard plays Dean Boland on 'Good Girls' (NBC)

His friends make a mess at the ice cream parlor with their antics, but Dean sticks around to help Beth clean up the mess. It's there that the sparks fly, but this story of young love is not without its complications.

In a later scene, we see a young Dean furious that Beth has not been taking his calls. A young feisty Annie doesn't make access to his sister any easier. It's at this point, however, that Annie tells Beth she can't find her mother's medication, that we realize that young Beth's life isn't a simple one.

Beth and Dean in 'Good Girls' (NBC / Hulu)

We then see Beth in a hospital all alone. When a nurse asks Beth if there is any family she can call, Beth says it's just her and her sister. The nurse tells her that her mother's stomach has been pumped, at which point it seems to indicate that Beth's mother possibly has issues with mental health or possibly addiction. Dean then comes to the hospital to provide Beth with some much-needed support. This in spite of the fact that it's prom night and Dean is dressed to the nines in his tuxedo.

We see what Dean and Beth were like when their love was at its truest, before all the complications of adulthood. It's also interesting to see how Dean and Annie's relationship has also blossomed over the years. We have to say seeing their relationship arc, gives us hope for the couple's future.

You can catch new episodes of Season Four of 'Good Girls' on Sundays 10/9c on NBC.

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