Letty’s decision to leave Javier and Jacob led her down a path of self-destruction.
This episode continued to build upon the most depressing and heart-breaking moment of this season of Good Behavior. After Jacob (Nyles Steele) was held at gunpoint by Teo (Juan Riedinger), Letty (Michelle Dockery) and Javier (Juan Diego Botto) realized just how dangerous their intertwined lives are. Letty’s discussion with her grandma coupled with this incident led her to believe that she is not worthy of taking care of Jacob, especially not with her and Javier as a couple. Wholeheartedly believing this, Letty dropped Jacob off with her mother, Estelle (Lusia Strus), confessing she can’t be the one to care for Jacob. This utterly heart-breaking moment had viewers in tears as we grappled with the reality of what was to come next, the Jetty breakup.
Letty’s decision to walk away from Javier and Jacob came at a considerable cost to her well-being and the progress she had made as Jacob’s mother. Immediately, she went back to where it all began with Javier, and reverted back to breaking into hotel rooms, wig and lies in tow. This pattern of self-destruction continued as she bumped into “Carin (Laura Bell Bundy) with a C”, who was having relationship problems of her own. Together, the two went out on the town for a drunken, high night out that resulted in Letty completing losing control of herself and venturing back into the world of drugs and alcohol. Meanwhile, Javier dealt with the Teo situation by torturing him into a confession that he had murdered Silk and been the one trying to kill Javier based on his father’s instruction. This confession carried a price as Ava (Maria Botto) learned Teo’s truth and finally begin to mend the fractured relationship between her and Javier. However, in the final moments of the episode, Carlos (Cristobal Tapia Montt) came bearing news that Javier’s dad and David (Jesse Borrego) were murdered!
That episode though, right?! Now, let’s meet our roundtable and get to discussing all that went down!
Erin (@E_84)– Graphic designer, TV nerd, and amateur photo taker
Jessa (@JessFortunato)– Reader, writer, highly opinionated TV enthusiast
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko)– Reader, writer, and reviewer
Karen (@InGoodCoToday)– Marketing consultant, digital magazine publisher, Good Behavior fan
Janice (@starloverpensa1)– Reader, writer, TV aficionado, die-hard Jetty fan
1. Oh, the heartbreak! Watching Javier walk up to an empty car was depressing and unfortunate, realizing Letty had left him. Share your thoughts, emotions, and feelings on this moment!
Erin (@E_84): That was heartbreaking. I actually felt my heart rip in two during that moment. I think we all knew she was going to walk away but to see Javier come up to the empty car had me in tears. I get that Letty thinks she needs to do this but I hate it. Jetty are totally end game so if we have to endure this heartbreak now for happiness in the future I’m fine with that.
Jessa (@JessaFortunato): I wasn’t surprised. And I don’t think Javier was either. I think his biggest emotion was most likely fear because he knows how she copes with losing Jacob and since he blamed himself for what happened with Teo, it was like he pushed her backward.
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko): It was heartbreaking but it felt inevitable after the speech Letty gave Javier about being blind to everything but each other when they’re together. Letty seems like someone who runs away when she gets scared of feeling too much for people. I was frustrated that she let her grandmother get in her head about her heart being small and a regular life never being enough for her. I wish she’d listened to Alice’s husband when he told her not to let someone like Javier go when they love her flaws and all.
Karen (@InGoodCoToday): The two overriding emotions were disbelief and confusion. It made me wonder what the right outcome really would look like for these two. Living apart doesn’t seem to be the right thing.
Janice (@starloverpensa1): My heart was just so full of pain for Letty and Javier this whole episode. Letty is feeling like a failure as a mother. I feel like a part of her feels as if she’s not worthy of being loved by Javier. The look of pain and devastation on Javier’s face when he came back to the car was felt down to my very soul. He loves this woman so much and she loves him just as much but they won’t admit it to each other and they belong together. They show each other their love constantly and it’s beautiful but they need to say the words out loud to each other to dispel the doubts. They both need to see that they are lost without each other. I’m frustrated that Letty doesn’t see that she should be running towards Javier as her light and balm to her soul instead of the darkness and drugs. He won’t let you down, Letty!
2. Watching Letty drop Jacob off at Estelle’s and seeing them all crying (especially, Javi) was very hard. Do you think Letty made the right decision?
Erin: Letty and Javier dropping off Jacob at Estelle’s was heartbreaking moment #1. Letty’s conversation with Estelle broke me. The tears were flowing when Letty said that Jacob should be with Estelle. While I didn’t want Letty to give up Jacob again I agreed with her in wanting Jacob to be safe. That should be priority #1 but I just hate that she thinks she shouldn’t be with anyone. As the saying goes, “when you to hit rock bottom, the only way to go is up.” I just hope Letty is able to pick herself back up again and it’s not too late.
Jessa: As always part of me hoped Estelle would step up and have a bit more compassion for her daughter instead of only being excited to get Jacob back. I do think at this point Letty made the right decision, Jacob is smart and hiding things from him is only going to get progressively harder.
Samantha: That was so hard to watch! I was crying as they were crying. They are all such great actors. I was particularly wowed by all of Michelle Dockery’s scenes of crying, breaking down, and opening up this episode. For the time being, I think Letty made the right decision. Because of the dangerous lifestyles Javier and she lead, and the criminal element they attract, there’s always the danger that Jacob could get hurt while living with them. As a mother, you should always put your child and their safety first, and that’s what Letty did. Even Jacob (wise beyond his years) saw that it’s better for him to live at Estelle’s. Still, he didn’t want to let go of his mom and I wished they lived in a perfect world where they didn’t have to be separated.
Karen: It’s so hard to believe that Estelle was behind this “relapse”. I understand that she and Letty are trying to do the right thing and protect Jacob – but it seems like they haven’t quite found the right path for all of them yet.
Janice: Once again this was painful seeing all of them hurting because they all wanted this family unit to work. Letty wants Javier and Jacob and to form a family. Javier found peace being with Letty and Jacob and finally felt like he had a family. In his eyes and heart yes Letty is his wife and Jacob is his son. To Jacob as crazy life is with them he was finally happy to be with his mother and loved being with Javier. He felt like he was finally living with his mom and dad. To see him hold onto Letty and not wanting to let go on the steps there are no words! This unconventional, or as some may say dysfunctional, little family has more love between them and heart than most can possibly understand. But facing facts and reality Letty made the right decision. In this, I do agree with Alice, with the lives that Letty and Javier lead it would be detrimental to Jacob for him to live with them on a day to day basis. It broke Letty’s heart to leave Jacob but she did what her mother said she couldn’t, she was selfless in that decision and saw to Jacobs needs above her own desire to keep him.
3. Carin with a ‘C’ is back! What did you think of her and Letty’s wild night out and Letty telling her the truth about her life?
Erin: Wild night is putting it mildly. WOW! The old Letty and camping Carin were in full force! I do love Carin though. There’s just something about her character… I just can’t put my finger on it. She’s fun and crazy but there’s something genuine about her deep down. I had a feeling Letty was going to tell her the truth about her life. I just think Letty couldn’t take it anymore and she needed to let it out. Like Christian said, Letty needs a friend and hopefully, Carin can be that friend now that she knows the truth about Letty.
Jessa: I never thought I would say this but I really liked Carin with a C! I like that she accepted Letty, no judgment, even sharing a story she would find shameful. And when she said that being a person is hard enough but being a mother is even harder I think is both true and I wish it had comforted Letty more.
Samantha: I was sad to see Letty going so crazy on their night out and reverting to her most self-destructive, risky behaviors. Seeing Letty with Carin made me realize that despite what Letty told Javier, she’s better off when she’s with him. He keeps some of her wilder impulses in check. I didn’t want Letty to tell Carin the truth about her life (and her and Javier’s real names!) because it feels so risky. Yet Carin’s confessions about sometimes struggling as a mom and reassuring Letty that it’s hard to be a person and a mom reassured me somewhat that Letty can trust her. Still, Letty behaves badly with Carin so I wish Christian hadn’t advised Letty to make another friend!
Karen: Even though Letty was spilling the truth, it seemed like she wasn’t talking about her true self. I feel that she WAS the mom who cared about where her son went to school. The whole night seemed so wrong. Letty (and Carin for that matter) are way past a wild night out as a means to feel better about their problems. Carin said it- “And now it’s over”. A wild night is not “real life” for her. I hope Letty realizes that this lifestyle is over for her too.
Janice: I like Carin but she bugs me. Yes, I’m in the minority but I don’t think she’s a good influence or good friend for Letty. I can’t put my finger on it but she just rubs me the wrong way. I could have done without the wild night out. I think Letty told her the truth because they were both just high and I think Letty doubted she would remember. Plus I think Letty just needed to release these feelings and figured Carin would be a good sounding board. Let’s see if there’s any fallout from it. Carin, her husband, and Apple just never struck me as anything good for Letty, Javier, and Jacob.
4. Christian is writing a book about Letty, interesting huh? Did you catch that he uses Letty’s last name, Dobesh, from the book series the show is based on? What are your feelings about him writing this book?
Erin: Christian writing a book about Letty is amazing. I didn’t even catch that he used Dobesh the first time around!! I just love Christian’s relationship with Letty and I would love to see this book he’s writing. He doesn’t even have to embellish anything!!
Jessa: Him writing a book about her could give her perspective on her own life. As for right this second though, I don’t think it will be helping her in any way.
Samantha: I did catch that Christian used Letty’s last name from the books in his story based on Letty. That was a clever reference. I feel like Letty took offense at Christian writing the book like he’s exploiting her life story for fiction. She did hang up on him when he called to get details for the story. At first, I thought it was cute and funny that Christian was writing it, but if it’s going to put a strain on one of Letty’s only positive relationships, I think Christian should forget about it.
Karen: Really interesting! Not only does he use her last name, but refers to one of the actual stories. I think this is a really productive way for him to analyze and immortalize Letty’s strange life. I think it will be good for him. Hopefully for Letty too.
Janice: I think him writing the book about Letty is a nice nod to Blake Crouch. Who better to write about Letty if not Christian. I think it’s great but at the same time, he was so preoccupied with the book he didn’t notice the spiral Letty was in. He calls her to discuss the book but no follow up to her welfare. He knows what can happen to her and he dropped the ball. Maybe I’m too hard on him, and he isn’t her parole officer anymore, but he says he’s her friend and then pushes her to go find another friend. Enter Carin with a C. How’d that work out for Letty and her sobriety? I’m just confused at what happened here.
5. Thank goodness, Ava learns the truth! What were your thoughts on this moment and Teo’s reveal about working for their father/killing Silk?
Erin: Can I just say, “Thank goodness Ava knows the truth!” Now we all know what a piece of garbage Teo is. (Not that we didn’t suspect it) I just found it quite comical that Javier’s father hired Teo to kill Javier and that Teo turned around and hired someone else to kill Javier. I guess they all need to keep their fellow hitmen in business.
Jessa: My first thought was I KNEW IT!! I was so happy that not only did she listen to Javier but she went with him to speak to Teo. Although I have to say I found it odd that she didn’t want Javier to kill him but rather leave him there just starve. Don’t piss off Ava!
Samantha: I was so glad Ava learned the truth and that it’s bringing her closer to Javi. She seems like she’s forgiven him now and is remembering the good in him she saw growing up. Perhaps the contrast between a man like Teo who kills without question and her honorable brother made her see she should forgive Javier. Javier had guessed a while back that Teo was sent by his father to kill him so it wasn’t too much of a surprise. Which makes me think there’s more to the story and we’re in for a twist. How can we trust anything Teo says?
Karen: I was surprised that Teo was so willing to talk. Even in front of Ava. I was also shocked that dear, sweet Ava was happy to let him starve to death (her idea!). I expected that he was working for her father and that he killed Silk – but again, it seemed too easy an explanation. There is clearly more to this!
Janice: I’m glad Ava knows the truth and allowed Javier back into her family. Teo was never my cup of tea and I always suspected he was behind Silk’s death and the attempts on Javier’s life. Now he must pay with interest all the wrongs he has done. He has forfeited his life. The part about him working on Javier’s father’s orders to kill Javier I have my suspicions about that being true. Javier’s father was not nice, to say the least, but I don’t think he would do that to his own son.
6. Watching Letty fall back into her old ways and careless lifestyle was extremely tough this episode. What do you think will happen from here on out? Have we lost Letty to her old ways forever?
Erin: It really pained me to see Letty fall back into her old ways. She’s come so far and to see her throwing it all away was heartbreaking. I don’t want to believe we’ve lost Letty to her old ways. She did save Carin from that police officer by of course lying and giving him a “gift” but that’s our Letty. Maybe she needs to be the destructive Letty for a bit to gain some perspective. I agree with Letty that we all do bad things but we shouldn’t let it define us. We all make mistakes and we learn from them. Letty is not better on her own even though she claims to be. Instead of pushing Javier away she should be pulling him closer. I pray that she realizes this before it’s too late.
Jessa: It was almost annoying watching her fall back into her old ways. I’m wondering/hoping that if Javier calls her and says he needs her to deal with this problem that she will help him and find some purpose again.
Samantha: I think Letty will get back on the wagon eventually. Seeing Javier tell her they’re better off together on the phone in the preview for next week’s episode gives me hope. Javier keeps Letty calm and they make each other better so if they reconcile I don’t think Letty will be lost to her old ways forever. She’s kicked her drug addiction before and kept her drinking manageable, so she can do it again if she gets the motivation.
Karen: It seemed like Letty was just going through the motions. I’m hoping that she soon realizes that what she had with Javier and Jacob (and her other supporters) was real and that she deserved the family that she was developing. Again, it’s important to remember that Estelle threw the cold water on Letty’s progress. While we can’t blame Estelle for Letty’s return to her old lifestyle – it is important to realize that Letty was heading in a positive direction (despite the fact that her partner was a killer.
Janice: Letty has to learn the lesson the hard way and hit rock bottom and after rock bottom hit another six feet below to understand that these spirals are not her answer to dealing with her pain and fears. Turning to alcohol and drugs are not her answer either. Her answer is wrapped up in a lovely package from Argentina known as Javier. Her answer is to allow herself to love and be loved by this beautiful man and let go of her ugly past and pain. I know easier said than done. What will happen is that Letty will continue on her destructive path until she hits the wall and that wall pushes her right back to where she belongs; namely Javier. We haven’t lost her but we’ll have to deal with her ugly druggie side that’s mean to Javier because she doesn’t want to admit to him and herself that she needs him and misses him. Letty is so difficult, complicated and hard headed but that’s why Javier loves her among other reasons.
7. In typical Good Behavior fashion, we were left with shocking news. Papa and David are dead! Who do you think is responsible for this? Share your theories!
Erin: I have no freaking idea who could be behind this! Javier’s family is a mess. At least we found out the truth about Teo and Silk’s murder before moving on to this next mystery. It’s never a dull moment on Good Behavior!
Jessa: Honestly, I did not remember who Carlos was. So part of me felt like this could be a trap to get Javier to come with him. I also had thought he said they might be dead, I’ll have to watch it again. The father being immersed in drugs anyone could have killed him. I just hope that Xavier does not get caught up in a cartel. I definitely don’t think he has the stomach for it.
Samantha: I think Teo is responsible for Papa and David’s deaths. Which makes me think Teo was lying and maybe Javier’s father didn’t send him to kill Javier. Maybe Teo was working on his own or for other people. Teo could also be jealous of Javier and resentful because he said Javier’s father was like the father he never had. He could have killed Silk because he was jealous that he was Ava’s ex and the father of her daughters. This could have been a revenge mission for Teo.
Karen: I wonder if there is a connection between someone Javier killed and the person who is behind these other deaths. Perhaps someone wants to get back at Javier – although this seems an odd way to do it.
Janice: This will be my shortest answer ever. Teo did it and he’s responsible!
Final Verdict: Without Jacob and Javier, Letty has lost her purpose in life.
Watching Letty’s downfall this episode was absolutely soul-crushing and depressing. She has lost her reason to smile, be good, and live a substance-free life. Her decision to part ways with the love of her life and son had her facing the reality of life without them. The gradual buildup of Letty’s character losing control was geniusly executed by Dockery in this episode, leaving us in tears and frustration as we saw her destruction unfold. On the other hand, watching Javier punish Teo for his indiscretions was utterly satisfying, to say the least. However, the drama is just getting started as we look ahead to the last three episodes of the season, and anxiously await to find out who is killing off Javier’s family.
This season of Good Behavior has proven to be ground-breaking and addicting television, and this episode was no exception. One of the beautiful aspects of this show is its ability to make the audience completely invested in the story and characters. Watching Letty and Javier split up in this episode felt so gut-wrenching and realistic, almost as if it were happening to us. This depressing vibe transported into the hearts of viewers as we felt the pain and agony that Jetty was feeling. This stands as a testament to how incredible the writing and acting of Good Behavior is, especially in this episode.
As we prepare for the season 2 finale in the coming weeks, there many questions and mysteries we hope to gain closure from. Will Letty find her way back to Javier and Jacob or is this past, disturbed version of Letty here to stay? Will we learn who killed Javier’s dad and David? And when will Good Behavior be renewed for a well-deserved third season? Only time will tell as we anxiously await for this phenomenal drama to unfold.