Letty falls further down the rabbit hole, with nothing but self-destruction in sight.
And just like that, we are two episodes away from the season two finale of Good Behavior! It has been a whirlwind of a season, surpassing all expectations we had going into it and always leaving us wanting more. After parting ways with Javier (Juan Diego Botto), Letty (Michelle Dockery) completely lost control of her well-being and mind. Last week was her wild girl’s night out with Carin (Laura Bell Bundy), however, this week she raged out on an acid trip with an old friend and his crew. Letting go of any prior inhibitions, Letty completely submerged her pain and angst into getting high. So much so, that by the end, she found herself lost in the woods with no service and a dead cell phone.
In the midst of her wild day out, Javier encountered quite the unusual circumstances himself. Unlike any job he had done before, he was asked to murder the wife of a man who found out she had plans to poison him with mercury. This job would pay Javi $1 million, but with the exception that the husband gets to watch Javier kill her. In turn, this large payment allowed Javier to become a first-time homeowner, all in the effort of forming a family with Letty. However, despite his attempts to reach out to Letty with the news, Letty refused to acknowledge their bond and need to be together.
Unfortunately, Letty and the vengeful couple were not the only people Javier dealt with in this episode. For reasons unbeknownst to us, Teo (Juan Reidinger) is still around and being used as Javier’s punching bag (which we don’t mind!). In an effort to help Javier, his brother, Carlos (Cristobal Tapia Montt) offered to watch Teo. As the audience, we questioned his character, unsure whether or not he was someone Javier should trust. This mindset took an abrupt turn when Javier returned home to find a dead Carlos and a note from Teo saying, “Carlos let me pee.” With yet another death in Javier’s family, courtesy of Teo, and a hungover Letty lost in the woods with no cell service, the stakes are extremely high for our lovebirds. Did Letty’s message to Christian (Terry Kinney) go through? And how will she find her way back to Javier? Only time will tell.
This episode was intense, 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
Karen (@InGoodCoToday)– Marketing consultant, digital magazine publisher, Good Behavior fan
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko)– Reader, writer, and reviewer
Lauren (@mslaurenrh)– TV/book junkie, animal lover, wine drinker
Janice (@starloverpensa1)– Reader, writer, TV aficionado, die-hard Jetty fan
1. So, that couple was weird. What purpose do you think they served this episode?
Erin (@E_84): Something definitely wasn’t right with that couple. Other than it being a job and showing us that Javier is back to his hitman ways I think it showed us how insanely normal Jetty are and not the destructive couple Letty thinks they are. At first, Javier was projecting his relationship with Letty onto the wife saying “Some people think they are allowed to ruin other people.” The wife told Javier that her husband threw in the towel much like Letty has. I was so happy when Javier called Letty again and basically told her he wasn’t giving up on them. They are the couple who pull each other away from the ledge. Letty needs to wake up!
Karen (@InGoodCoToday): There were actually a LOT of sub, sub, sub-layers to this episode (as Rob would say !). This couple – who specialized in chemistry – served to show Javier that he and Letty have the right kind of chemistry to make a life-long couple. Great subtext – whoever came up with that!! Javier was shown that this “successful” woman, who has “all the things” – an education, an impressive career, a long-term marriage – had no heart. She was actually one of the coldest, cruelest people he has encountered. And her husband was prepared to respond in kind. This validated Javier’s idea that he and Letty are actually a very humane and loving couple who help one another – and those around them, despite what they look like on paper.
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko): They were so weird! I think the purpose they served was to be foils of Jetty. When confronting the wife, Javier got to air his frustrations with Letty to the woman by asking her why people do destructive things and if they enjoy hurting others. Then when both the husband and wife were together, airing their dirty laundry, the wife said her husband takes all the air out of the room. This could apply to Letty as well. But it made Javier realize that while this couple drove each other to murder, he and Letty are driven by a need to protect and love one another. For all Jetty’s flaws, they are not as badly off as that couple was.
Lauren (@mslaurenrh): Major creepy vibes from that couple. For a split second I thought it was going to go in a completely opposite direction and turn into some weird kink thing… but yikes. That was an entirely new level of disturbed. As far as purpose? I felt like they were meant as a foil for Letty and Javier. They were a prime example of two people who were not good together, who poisoned each other, figuratively and literally, by being together. Letty thinks she and Javier are bad for each other? If only she had seen these two…
Janice (@starloverpensa1): The weird couple served two purposes. One was to give Javier a million dollars to buy that lovely house for Letty and himself. The second reason was to show Javier that, as many issues that Letty and he have, they are nowhere near that awful couple. It’s as he said they don’t push each other over the ledge, they save each other. This crazy couple knew how to push each other’s buttons and shoved each other over the ledge. Javier and Letty help each other fight the darkness, balance and really love each other.
2. Letty’s acid trip was a hot mess. How did you feel watching her all over the place this episode and her saying she messes herself up?
Erin: I felt embarrassed, to be honest. Sure the acid trip looked fun but it hurt me to see her destroy herself like that. She’s so determined to ruin everything and it’s so frustrating. I wanted to knock some sense into her. At one point I thought she was acting like a brat. Letty is better than this. We’ve seen it! Sure, we love it when she’s stealing and wearing wigs and being the queen but this is too much. I don’t much like this “fly high Letty.”
Karen: To me, the most unexpected thing about Letty’s downward spiral was how fun-loving and colorful it was. Maybe it’s just my inexperience with drugs – but it seemed almost child-like – until the nail gun came out. I walked away with two conclusions – #1. Letty appears almost innocent in her pursuit of an escape (being outside, running through a cornfield) and #2. She is still holding on to her responsible side, telling the guy to lift his mask, and calling 911 for Boner. I want a fun day out like this – minus the drugs and being abandoned in the middle of the woods! The part that frustrated me is how she almost has to “act dumb” to bring herself down to their level. She didn’t really fit in with that crowd anymore if she ever did. Now excuse me while I go find where I can play some paintball!
Samantha: I really didn’t enjoy seeing Letty like that. I was upset watching her do drugs and play around with the nail gun and run around with those degenerates. I understood what she was saying when she said she messes herself up. In a way, even in her drug-induced haze at least she was taking responsibility and holding herself accountable. She has a remarkable amount of self-awareness.
Lauren: Watching that made me feel such intense secondhand paranoia, I pretty much white/knuckled it through the entire episode. I did find it interesting that despite her uncanny ability to mess herself up, she still put the well-being of others ahead of everything else. She could have just left that guy there with the nail in his chest, she didn’t have to call 9-1-1. Obviously, Letty maintains a certain level of responsibility and maturity that her “friends” do not, given the outcome. Letty is not as bad as she thinks she is.
Janice: I’ve never been so exasperated in all my life. I kept saying “Letty, what are you doing?” I think this episode quite eloquently displayed what happens when Letty is allowed to spiral. Hopefully, this craziness is not repeated. Letty is taking baby steps towards admitting her mistakes and I applaud her for that. If she starts to face her demon/problems backsliding into a spiral can be avoided.
3. Since Javier and Letty have been apart, they have fallen down a rabbit hole of hurt and despair. What went through your head hearing Javier say they keep each other away from the ledge? Agree or disagree?
Erin: I agree with Javier! They make each other better and together they are whole. Sure, everyone has issues and nobody is perfect but these two make sense together. Nothing will ever be perfect but as long as they are honest with each other it’s going to work. We’ve seen it! Sure they’ve hit some speed bumps along the way but they make each other happy. Letty needs to wake up and see what she had and can still have!
Karen: Totes agree! But I don’t feel it’s only each other that keeps them off the ledge. I feel that Jacob plays a huge role in bringing out their best selves. You could see how Letty almost (not quite) snapped back into maternal mode when Estelle was saying how Jacob has changed. And it’s the pursuit of a family structure that led Javier to buy the house. Javier may be hurt, but he has far from given up – he’s still very, very productive. I have to say, I’m a little disappointed that Letty can’t do marginally better in her despair. She is doing her equivalent of eating a gallon of ice cream as she laments. I’ll be happy if she can bring herself to bounce back next week!
Samantha: I was proud of Javier for calling Letty after their fight and leaving that meaningful voicemail. I totally agree that they keep each other away from the ledge. I found this episode hard to watch and upsetting but it really highlighted how miserable Jetty’s lives are when they’re apart. Letty tries to keep Javier from killing. We saw Javier lose control and beat Teo badly when he was triggered by his fight with Letty. Letty is obviously in an uncontrollable downward spiral, drinking, and drugging and even stealing tips from a maid. When she’s with Javier she behaves much better and keeps her worst impulses under control.
Lauren: Oh, agree 100%! They ground each other and give each other a reason to be better(ish) people. Plus, they aren’t afraid to call each other out on their bullsh*t. They very obviously need each other.
Janice: I agree so much with Javier. The minute they separated they went dark. It seems like they both lost their spirit for life and were void of emotion. They both avoided dealing with their feelings of the breakup and found no satisfaction with anything. Letty turned to drugs while Javier turned to violence, things that neither one indulges in when they’re together. They bring out the best in each other. They may have issues together but nothing so huge that they can’t overcome and be together and make each other happy. They definitely make each other better and are nowhere near the ledge. The ledge comes close they’re snatching each other off. In season three let them be together away from the said ledge.
4. We seriously need Javier to solve this Teo situation once and for all, right? What were your initial thoughts on Carlos and did they change once we realized Teo killed him and ran?
Erin: This Teo situation is off the rails insane! At first, I thought Carlos was acting very shifty. I wasn’t sure if we should trust him because at this point who can we trust? The body count is rising and Javier needs to end this once and for all!
Karen: I’m sure I’m not the only one who was totally suspicious of Carlos. While he was trying to be all helpful, I was sure he was in cahoots with Teo! Poor guy – he reminded me of Fredo from the Godfather.
Samantha: Yes, I’m so annoyed that Teo is on the loose again! Initially, I was suspicious of Carlos as we only had his word that Javier’s father and David were dead. When he was so insistent on staying at Javier’s house alone and watching Teo I thought maybe Carlos was the real murderer or was in cahoots with Teo. My initial thoughts on Carlos totally changed once I saw that Teo killed him and ran. Carlos’s flaws were weakness and gullibility. I had a bad feeling about him staying with Teo but for the wrong reasons.
Lauren: Oh for the love of… R.I.P. Carlos. There was a brief moment when I thought he might have been in on “it” with Teo, but that passed almost immediately and I realized instantly Carlos wasn’t making it out of this episode alive. Carlos was just too innocent and unassuming to be working with Teo. Ava, on the other hand… There’s something not quite right with all of this, and her “involvement” with Teo.
Janice: Teo needs to be dead already. I think I’m one of the people in the minority that never thought Carlos was in on the shenanigans with Teo. I always thought he was there truly out of concern for his family. He was, outside of Ava and the girls the only other family member of Javier’s that I liked. I wasn’t too happy for him to stay and watch Teo. I knew that was trouble, but hated that he ended up dead. Poor Javier has lost half of his family to this madman. Teo needs to die in excruciating pain.
5. Despite the chaos of the episode, Letty still found time to try and call Jacob. How did you feel when Estelle wouldn’t let her speak to him?
Erin: This might be because I’m mad at Letty at the moment but I didn’t think Estelle did anything wrong. Letty gives Jacob back to Estelle and a week later calls him like it’s a casual thing. I was hoping Jacob was going to stay the level-headed kid we’ve grown to love but it looks like all of this has caught up with him. I don’t blame him for not talking to Estelle and lashing out. Jacob has been put through enough.
Karen: As Nana Alice said – Estelle is really the shockingly good mother out of all of them. Estelle had clearly thought through how she’ll handle the Letty Re-introduction Situation. I was impressed that she knew how to manage the communication between them. The big question that remains is – how will she handle the Javier Is Not Going Anywhere situation.
Samantha: I understood Estelle’s decision not to let Letty speak to Jacob. She was drunk and high and Jacob didn’t need to hear his mother in that condition. Also, Estelle is right that it’s too much upheaval for Jacob and Letty can’t just pop in and out of his life whenever she feels like it. Jacob needs routine and maybe to prepare for talks with his mom and to decide if he even wants to speak with her. Their separation is so recent that I think it might pour salt on the wound for Jacob to talk to Letty right now.
Lauren: Cue heavy sighing. Estelle did the right thing. Jacob is clearly not in the best frame of mind right now. He’s just been abandoned again. Letty proved to Jacob beyond the shadow of a doubt that his Nana was right. “Broken people can’t be trusted.” He’s hurting. He needs time and space to readjust. I’m with Estelle on this one. She just wants to protect Jacob.
Janice: I understand Estelle may think she’s trying to protect Jacob, but I think she overstepped her bounds. Letty didn’t sign over her parental rights to Estelle. Estelle should discuss with Letty the conditions of her phone call and visits not tell her this is how it’s going to be because just like Letty dropped him off she can pick him up.
6. Sigh, we are only two episodes away from the finale, too soon right? What predictions do you have for how the season will end?
Erin: I can’t believe the season is almost over! I’m usually good at predicting things but when it comes to this show I’m always completely wrong. I hope that Jetty get back together and show us again that they are #relationshipgoals and I hope Javier ends Teo once and for all. I’m crossing my fingers this season ends on a happy note because we deserve it! Haha! Oh, who am I kidding, we totally need some drama at the end.
Karen: One of the great things about this show is that we’ve gotten to know its Executive Producer along the way. I don’t think Chad Hodge wants to provide us with a hopeless cliffhanger. Rather, we’ll see some form of progress in the Letty/Javier family. It may even be possible that they get married – which would be useful in that Letty would not be able to testify against Javier in court – if it ever comes to that. As we know, weddings are not without their drama – so I say there is a beach wedding – with some serious drama.
Samantha: Way too soon! When I saw there are only two more episodes left I couldn’t believe we were that far into the season. I’m kind of unsure how I think the season will end. Obviously (from next week’s preview) Letty and Javier are reconciling. I hope they can be a happy family in that house like Javier wants for them. And with three bedrooms, Jacob, Estelle, and Rob could come live with them too. If Javier can eliminate the danger of Teo once and for all, I have hopes that they could have a happy life. And owning a home now, hopefully, Javier wouldn’t have to be an assassin for the money anymore.
Lauren: How are there only two episodes left?! Someone call Mulder & Scully because I am missing time!! Seriously though. Predictions for how this chapter of the story will end? Teo is going to die. And Letty is going to be the one who kills him.
Janice: I’m extremely sad we only have two episodes left but I know they’re going to be action-packed. Thankfully there will be a lovely reunion between Letty/Javier (YAY Jetty!). Teo will die! The rest I’m clueless about what else can happen. Hopefully, no FBI coming for Javier and Letty is involved. TNT get on the ball and renew this gem of a show we need season 3 pronto there’s still too much to Letty/Javier’s story to end it now. People stream the episodes, old and new.
7. Well, then. Watching Letty lose service and battery life was stressful. What are your predictions for how she makes it back to Javier?
Erin: Well, thanks to the promo for next week we know she does, but how she does is the question right? I’m hoping for a miracle that the text she sent Christian went through. I’m not holding my breath on this one but maybe she found Dave!!!!! I’m just so happy she does make it back to Javier! We need some Jetty goodness because it’s definitely been lacking lately.
Karen: Sometimes the direst situations get resolved pretty quickly, so I think Christian did get the alert and will find her. She’ll then use the picture on her phone to find the new house.
Samantha: It was so stressful. What a desperate and scary situation to be in. I find it especially scary that we don’t even know how she got to the woods. I predict the message did go through to Christian just as the phone died. Christian will save her (maybe with help from Lashever!).
Lauren: Letty is smart and incredibly resourceful. The situation she’s in right now might seem really dire, but I highly doubt this is the worst one she’s ever been in. Once she’s in a slightly clearer headspace, I’m sure she’ll be able to see the forest for the trees. Pun absolutely intended.
Janice: Hopefully that text she sent to Christian went through just as the phone died and he comes to get her. IMO Christian is the friend to give her a swift kick in the butt and get her back to Javier. Cristian knows Letty never used when she was with Javier. So he might not like what Javier does for a living but he knows Javier loves Letty and will do anything to make sure she’s alright. (This kills me Christian knows Javier loves Letty before Letty does. SMH.) So my vote is Christian gets Letty home to Javier.
Final Verdict: Letty and Javier keep each other off the ledge, and this episode proves just that.
As this season has shown, Letty and Javier have proven to be quite the complicated couple. However, this episode of Good Behavior illustrated just how much they need one another. They may cheat, lie, steal, and kill, but together their love keeps them sane and gives them a bigger purpose. Without Javi, Letty has lost her motivation to be good and to be a mother to Jacob (Nyles Steele). And without Letty, Javi is no longer able to control his emotions and impulses and has found himself back in the trenches of being a hitman. This episode did a beautiful job of defining their relationship and demonstrating the necessity of being a part of each other’s lives if only to keep themselves in check.
As we look ahead to the last two episodes of the season, we hope their reunion will prove to be permanent, and long-lasting. Though Javier and Letty may never change their ways, their relationship is the only saving grace for their future as individuals. As this episode laid out, one without the other results in mayhem and chaos, and a slippery slope of destruction. Will they find their way back together for good? Or will Letty get in her own way? These are questions we hope to find answers to as season two comes to a conclusion in just two weeks.