Signs, signs, everywhere there are signs.
At the end of last week’s episode, we had no idea how Javier (Juan Diego Botto) and Letty (Michelle Dockery) were going to get out of going to jail. While it wasn’t so easy, it sure was highly entertaining. Episode after episode Good Behavior continues to up the stakes. This week’s episode began with Javier and Letty handcuffed in back of the Sprinter looking quite dejected while Lashever (Ann Dowd) and Christian (Terry Kinney) were fighting like an old married couple. Letty convinced Christian to come with them on the most bizarre road trip to jail ever. Right from the get-go we knew something wasn’t right about this and when Letty said “I don’t think this is a real thing” who knew we were about to embark on an interesting journey.
As the episode went on we could see the cogs in Letty’s brain figuring what was going on and was determined to come up with a plan to get them out of this mess and not end up in jail.
After a game of Two Truths and Lie which found Agent backup and the rest passed out, Javier tearfully convinced Letty to escape for Jacob’s sake. It almost worked but Flash knocked on the doors spoiling that plan. After the explosive confrontation in the elevator and the heart to heart talk with Javier while handcuffed lying on the bed, Letty knew what she needed to do next. While all this was going on Rob was trying to give Estelle advice and she just didn’t seem receptive. Rob has grown into such an important character and while we’re still mad at Estelle for her decision to turn Javier in, we are glad she has him.
There’s plenty to talk about so let’s meet our roundtable and get to discussing this week’s intense episode!
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko) – Reader, writer, and reviewer
Janice (@starloverpensa1) – Reader, writer, TV aficionado, die-hard Jetty fan
Karen (@InGoodCoToday) – marketing consultant, digital magazine publisher, Good Behavior fan
Jessa (@JessFortunato) – Reader, Writer, Highly Opinionated TV Enthusiast
Debra (@wukster) – Lawyer. Lover of TV. Madonna Worshipper.
1. What a mind-blowing episode. Right from the opening scene something definitely didn’t feel right and from the looks, we were getting from Letty we weren’t alone in those thoughts. What did you guys think was going on? Did you feel like Lashever wasn’t on the up and up?
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko): At first I chalked the weirdness up to Lashever’s eccentricities and her relationship problems with Christian. It took Letty explaining to Javier that she thought Lashever was working on her own and without FBI backup for me to realize what was going on. It made perfect sense when Letty explained it. As Letty pointed out if this had been an authorized operation Lashever would have had a SWAT team to help her take in Javier.
Janice (@starloverpensa1): Letty is so smart and perceptive! She picked up right away that something was off and she was correct. It’s true when Lashever tried to get Javier the first time it was all hands on deck with multiple agents covering Javier. This time it was just her and Agent Back Up. I never thought that it was Lashever doing something illegal, but I knew something was up. At first, I thought it was just her trying to be a glory hound and trying to show off to her peers and superiors, which it was. But we were soon to find out that would not matter.
Karen (@InGoodCoToday): From the start, it felt like a very quiet operation, especially compared to the previous arrest attempt where she was not at the hotel and was notified by phone that Javier got away. It didn’t make sense to me that hotel security and other agents were not involved. It seemed like Lashever wanted to keep this as quiet as possible and may have arranged it under false pretenses.
Jessa (@JessFortunato): I definitely think Lashever is likely all but an FBI secretary who just wants her shot at glory. Like Letty pointed out, there was no SWAT team, no escorts. She has definitely gone rogue and therefore it makes sense that there is 0 paper trail on Letty and Javier. Even the way she manipulated Estelle was unordinary.
Debra (@wukster): This episode was brilliant. I was nervous from the start. Funny enough I thought Lashever was up to what ended up happening. I just didn’t realize that Letty would have to talk her into it. I assumed Lashever had decided to use them to do some dirty work for her.
2. Jetty continue to be #relationshipgoals despite the horrible situation they were in. Letty is never willing to give up but it sure looked like Javier was. How did you guys feel when Javier was trying to convince Letty to testify against him for Jacob’s sake?
Samantha: I felt a mix of things. I totally understood where Javier was coming from in wanting Letty to testify against him to get a deal and be there as a mother for Jacob. It was very selfless and noble of him and part of the reason he’s #boyfriend goals. But I definitely didn’t want Letty to take him up on that offer. They have such a great love and connection that I could never bear to see Letty betray Javier like that. I was glad she wasn’t giving up on getting them out of this situation and I had faith in Letty’s smarts to figure a way out of this impossible situation.
Janice: Jetty in this episode warmed my heart over and over. I loved Letty’s tenacity in trying to find a way out for both of them and her refusal to choose between Jacob and Javier. Javier as always was looking out for Letty, so I’m not surprised that he would tell her to go ahead and testify against him so she wouldn’t get into trouble, and would be able to retain custody of Jacob. That’s his family and he loves them very much. Once again, in their own way, they’re looking out for each other and have each other’s back. They warmed my heart. #TeamJetty!
Karen: Letty has a unique perspective because she’s been through getting arrested, incarcerated, and then released. She’s met a lot of people along the way and seems to just know that everyone is for sale. Letty starts to see chinks in Lashever’s armor (as does Christian eventually) and instinctively knows that this doesn’t have to be the end. Javier can’t imagine an exit strategy. This episode did an incredible job of separating those who accept defeat more readily (Javier, Christian, and Estelle) from those who see everything as an opportunity (Letty, Rob, and eventually Lashever). As soon as Javier started to look for the path of least resistance, it became clear that there was no way Letty was going to accept defeat. This was her opportunity to save his life on a similar level to how he saved hers. The deep tone of “persuading others” really made me stop and think about how many times we don’t try to change people’s minds in life – when maybe we should.
Jessa: Javier is really feeling sorry for himself lately, and I applaud Letty for standing by him through it. He really did lose someone close to him (Silk) he blames himself even though Silk knew what he was doing. Javier is above all practical, he knows that logically Letty could get out of this and he’s trying to convince her to leave emotions out of it.
Debra: I expected that from Javier. I knew he would do that even if Christian hadn’t poked at his guilt. Once Christian had that talk of, “if you love someone you let them go” with him, I knew he would try to get Letty off and take the fall. Letty I knew wouldn’t want to do it but remember Jacob. For Jacob, if she had to go, she would go. Although with Letty you always know she could be plotting to still save Javier after she has secured Jacob.
3. We all know Rob can be a total goof most of the time but he really hit the nail on the head when he told Estelle that she wasn’t really mad at Letty but that Estelle was mad at herself. Do you believe this all stems from how Estelle raised Letty and that’s why Letty is the way she is?
Samantha: Despite being an apparent goofball, Rob actually sees the truth of things and people. Because of his lack of inhibitions and filter, he’s able to state things succinctly and tell it like it is to people without fear of the consequences. He’s the perfect example of the wise fool. I do think this all stems from how Estelle raised Letty and that’s why Letty is the way she is. When we first met Estelle I thought she was a bitch and was super harsh on Letty. I’ve since grown to like her and realize she’s a complex character who loves her family but I do think she judges Letty too harshly and never lets her explain her side of the story. I also think it was probably hard for Letty with her mother getting married so often and always having different men in their house.
Janice: I think the way Letty was raised is still a little too hazy for me. I understand that Estelle had her at a young age and the father didn’t stick around. Letty witnessed Estelle get married repeatedly. But I think there’s still a huge mystery here to be uncovered as to why Letty became Letty. We heard from Letty about how the stealing started. We know how she was turned onto drugs. But I still feel like there’s a mystery still hanging over Letty as to how she became who she is. Can it be the way Estelle raised her? Maybe. But I’m not ready to pin it on her until they give us a better glimpse into Letty’s past with Estelle and what might have happened.
Karen: In my opinion, Rob almost stole this whole episode. His philosophy/theories and how he communicated them really redefined his character and his role. I think he was the second most influential character in this episode (second to Letty). Letty and Rob were there to coax others into seeing entirely different perspectives than they would have seen otherwise. I think that how Estelle raised Letty only added fuel to a fire that was already set. The way Letty described how she became addicted to stealing at Estelle’s wedding in S1 tells us that she had latent compulsions just waiting to come out. Even so, I do think that Estelle has good reason to be angry at herself, but the best parenting in the world may not have completely quelled Letty’s tendencies.
Jessa: Letty talked about her rocky past with her mother. What was heartbreaking to me was that Estelle preyed on Javier’s kind heart (to protect her from her “stalker”) and that it was likely the first nice holiday they had spent together in a long time. Estelle for all intents and purposes conned them, so maybe she is realizing Letty got it from somewhere
Debra: Estelle snitched because she felt she was saving her daughter. In her warped mind, it made sense. One’s upbringing always plays a part in how one turns out but I place most of the blame for Letty’s damage on her relationship with Jacob’s dad. Letty more or less said the same in season one. Maybe Letty was vulnerable to Sean because Estelle neglected her but the way Letty is now, in my opinion, is all down to the drama of that relationship with Sean (I hope that’s her baby daddy name) because we can see it was one of those destructive relationships and that’s how she got hooked on drugs.
4. Letty’s relationship with Christian is not your typical former parole officer & con artist one but it’s obvious that he cares about her a lot. It’s true that nothing gets passed Letty and he doesn’t understand how Letty got dragged into Javier’s bullshit. Do you agree with Christian that if you really love someone you should let them go? At this point is that even a possibility for Letty and Javier?
Samantha: I disagree with Christian that if you really love someone you should let them go. Letty and Javier are two adults and have to decide together if they want to be in a relationship and if it’s the best thing for them. It’s not up to Javier to take Letty’s agency away from her by deciding for her that she’s better off without him. I hate in stories when one person in a relationship breaks it off with the one they love “for their own good.” It always ends badly with two miserable people separated when they were meant to be together. Especially in Letty’s case when she wants to be with Javier has weighed the pros & cons, and has chosen to be with him again & again; it wouldn’t be fair for Javier to abandon her. At this point, it’s not a possibility for Letty and Javier to part ways. They love each other too much, are too committed to each other, and really are a family with Jacob.
Janice: To me, Christian is the father that Letty never had and the first person, other than Javier, to see her for who she is and still care deeply for her warts and all. I love their relationship and I’m happy she has this person there for her in a father figure type of way. But in the instance of Letty and Javier’s relationship, Christian doesn’t know what he’s talking about. IMO There isn’t a person that knows or understands the relationship of Letty/Javier to give either one of them advice. Yes, nothing gets passed Letty but she wasn’t dragged into anything. Letty is where Letty placed herself and where she wants to be. Letty has had plenty of opportunities to remove herself from the situation/relationship with Javier and she doesn’t want to. When you want to leave a relationship it’s always a possibility, but in the case of Letty and Javier I say it’s too late because they’re in love with each other, know each other and basically view each other as a safe harbor; as home. When it comes to the Jetty relationship the only ones that can comment on it are Letty and Javier.
Karen: I’m glad that Christian was finally totally honest with Rhonda about how he views Letty. It may have helped make Rhonda more “open-minded” toward her. Everyone who enters Letty’s world gets pulled in, and is glad that they do. As one of her earliest “converts”, Christian should absolutely understand how hard it would be for Javier to let her go. Nobody can let Letty go – not Christian, Javier, Rob, and now Rhonda. The best part is – it doesn’t matter which side of the law you’re on – everyone wants to work with Letty! So no – it’s not possible for Javier to let her go.
Jessa: I think Christian has had a hard go, and he wants Letty to be ok. In the immediate situation, that means walking away from Javier. However, I don’t think he realizes that if Letty lost Javier things would be so much worse for her in the end.
Debra: Letty’s relationship with Christian is hands down one of the best things about Good Behavior. I love it. Long may it continue. I don’t know that I have always agreed with that saying of “If you love someone, let them go.” I think it depends on the circumstances. In this case, I truly believe Letty and Javier are worse apart. Although I understand the argument that Letty has a son and at worse would be a petty thief on her own without the high crime of murder or aiding and abetting murder. It’s a tough one. My selfish opinion is, Letty and Javier have to tough it out TOGETHER. My rational side understands the argument the other way but we wouldn’t have a show if those two are not together.
5. I’m sure all of our brains were working overtime trying to figure out what was really going on with this entire episode so the drinking game was a nice little distraction or was it? Did you guys notice that little nod Letty gave Javier when he first suggested playing Two Truths and a Lie? Without even saying a word to each other, Javier and Letty were on the same page. What were your thoughts about this scene?
Samantha: I did love how attuned Jetty are to each other that they could communicate without words across a room, in front of their captors. I did notice their subtle communications. I enjoyed this scene. It provided some good comic relief with Javier and Christian being hilarious during Two Truths and a Lie while at the same time Letty and the audience were getting valuable information out of Lashever that would come in handy later. This scene is a perfect example of how well Good Behavior balances the comic and the serious. The writers really can have humor and intrigue going on in the same scene. The subtext is brilliant and the writing is fantastic.
Janice: Again, a heartwarming moment for us Jetty lovers. Even before the drinking game, they were on the same page. The way they looked at each other just before Letty left with Agent Back Up for the drinks you know they were silently communicating with each other. You knew something was up when Javier asked for that drink. I just gasped and started jumping up and down as the scene unfolded. Javier talking about the game, and then he glances over at Letty, sending her a message. She instinctively knew what he was saying and gave her nod to say she was on the same page. That scene displayed the power these two have as a team and can set the world on fire. I love the scene immensely.
Karen: This was a pivotal scene for getting Letty and Javier (and Christian) working together again. This is the scene where Javier and Christian commit to taking control, and up their game. The team is born. Previously, Letty and Javier worked together – and Letty and Christian worked together, but now they have the benefit of all of their brains. I think this set the stage for their success as a group. Also, the fact that they were working against Backup, as opposed to Rhonda, helped us see Backup as the real threat in this episode.
Jessa: They are always in sync, and both slip into problem-solving mode. It’s part of what makes them #relationshipgoals
Debra: The two truths and a lie game was a great scene. It was definitely a good distraction. The minute “back up aka training wheels” said he never drank, I suspected Letty was gonna find a way to make that boy drink. It’s how her mind works. Seeing JETTY communicating with their eyes was so good. That is how in sync they are with each other now. It’s so easy. They know each other so well and they accept themselves flaws and all. That is what makes their relationship beautiful to watch.
6. Everything came to a head when Javier was willing to give everything up to Lashever in exchange for Letty to be let go. Letty had other plans and figured out what Lashever’s deal was. How brilliant was Letty? Of course, it sets the stage for another con job for Jetty but we love those. Do you guys think they’ll pull off their plan without a hitch?
Samantha: Letty is so brilliant! Letty could convince anyone to go into a life of crime with her. She’s so persuasive and knows just how people work. She knew just how to appeal to Lashever’s sense of injustice about how the FBI treats her and how that money just sits there getting dusty. Letty knew just what words to say to get a favorable deal for her and Javier while offering Lashever exactly what she wants. She truly is the best con woman ever. I doubt Jetty will pull off the plan without a hitch. Someone once said if there’s a plan in a story, it’s destined to go wrong. I’m sure there will be problems in executing the plan, and Jetty will have to think on their feet, but they’re great at that, so I’m hoping things will work out regardless.
Janice: If anybody had any doubt after last week’s love scene about Javier and Letty’s feelings for each other I believe they were answered this week. Starting with the scene in the sprinter where Letty refused to give up and wouldn’t listen to Javier about testifying against him, to the scene in the hotel room where Letty got the key for the handcuffs and freed herself, and then she went to free Javier and the whole back and forth there to the scene on the bed with both of them handcuffed to each other back to back the message was blatant that these two are in love and have each other’s back literally and figuratively. Letty had no plans of leaving that hotel room without her man. It was either together or not at all. Javier had no plans for Letty going to jail or losing her son. Once again they may bicker and banter but that’s just them masking their true feelings because when the chips are down they protect each other. Javier apologized for the kidnapping but Letty was happy it occurred or else she knows she would never have gotten to know and fall in love with someone as special as Javier. Javier was ready to spill his guts and sign a full confession for Letty’s freedom because he loves her that damn much. But Letty refused to allow him to do that. Letty and Javier are not a dysfunctional couple that tolerates each other. No! They’re an unconventional pairing that met under unconventional circumstances and were lucky enough to find that one person to complete them and make their life so much better as well as be a balm for one another’s soul. I’m so happy Letty was so perceptive and saw a way out for both of them. I can’t wait to see how they pull off this job but I’m sure they will be able to get the money for Lashever. Without a hitch? No. But where would the fun be if it went off without a hitch?
Karen: Letty’s ability to read people and guess how they’ll react is one of her superpowers. Now that Lashever, Letty, Javier, and Christian are a team, it helps them take “con jobs” to a whole new level. This makes me wonder if the team will stay intact through the new jobs – or if Lashever is the one who ends up in prison!
Jessa: I think they will pull it off with some cash to spare. I’m more worried about them getting Jacob back!
Debra: Like I said earlier, I truly believed this was Lashever’s plan all along. So, when Letty laid it all out, I was impressed. Letty is a mastermind. I was a little disappointed that Lashever did not come up with it herself after she had bitterly mentioned the money that stays gathering dust. There and then I felt that’s Lashever’s plan. However, good on Letty. A smart criminal. Of course the plan won’t go without a hitch but it’s watching them find their way out of whatever obstacles they come across that is going to be fun for us as viewers. I can’t wait to see Letty at work with Javier on the assist.
7. The last scenes had Letty lying to Rob about Javier and driving off before Estelle could speak to her. Where do Estelle and Letty possibly go from here? Is there any way of repairing their relationship? We also saw Javier call Ava and Ava tells him that she had Teo follow him. I still don’t trust Teo. Have your feelings about him changed?
Samantha: I imagine Estelle and Letty will be estranged for a while. It will take a lot for Letty to calm down and be able to understand how Estelle could have betrayed her like that. Estelle is proud so I’m sure she won’t try to reach out to Letty if Letty doesn’t want to see her. I think Estelle and Letty could reconcile at some point if they’re willing to see the situation from each other’s’ perspectives. Estelle obviously was looking out for Jacob, the grandson she raised for most of his life. Estelle feels a great responsibility to Jacob and of course when she heard Javier’s a hit man, she wanted to protect him from that and keep him away from an assassin and the dangerous lifestyle that entails. Of course, Estelle should have talked to Letty first before going right into making a deal with the FBI. She owed it to her daughter to let her explain about Javier and defend him. Javier is the love of Letty’s life and Estelle shouldn’t have condemned him to imprisonment before hearing Letty’s side of the story. They could repair their relationship by finally talking openly and honestly about where they’re both coming from. My feelings about Teo have not changed. I’ve mistrusted Teo ever since we met him. He is so suspicious. The fact that he lied to Ava and said he just saw Javier having a nice Christmas with Letty’s family when he really witnessed him getting arrested tells me he’s up to something. I agree with Javier and think Teo is the one trying to kill him and the one who killed Silk. The timing of his reappearance in Ava and Javier’s lives is too suspicious.
Janice: Estelle is going to have to give Letty some breathing room. That was a nasty betrayal that could have cost her a lot, meaning Jacob and Javier. This is not something that Letty will easily forgive. Teo is still the unknown variable and I don’t trust him one bit. Ava is on the phone with Javier and he sneaks up behind her to eavesdrop on the conversation. Nope don’t trust that man at all. That very last scene with Letty picking up Javier being the duality of when Javier picked up Letty was beautiful and priceless. I had to mention it.
Karen: Now that we see how committed Rob is to playing mediator, it is possible that he’ll figure out a way for Letty and Estelle to reunite. It seems that (even though she drove off) Letty left the door open by letting Estelle think that Javier is arrested. Why would Teo not admit to Ava that Javier and Letty were arrested? Does Teo now think that Javier is free (because he called Ava?) Will he now catch up with them and attempt to kill Javier? More questions than answers here!
Jessa: I love Rob, he is a total dufus but he is so kind and genuine. Something nice to see when every other character is a con. I think Letty will be incredibly pissed at her mother and I can’t say I blame her. I 100% don’t trust Teo at all, and I think Javier’s father sent him to kill Javier.
Debra: At the moment I am very angry with Estelle so I think Letty and Estelle need space. She could have had a conversation with Letty but she chose to snitch. Big time snitching. To the FBI. The man she said makes her daughter happy. She set him up. I don’t know where they go from here but Letty doesn’t look like she is ready to forgive Estelle anytime soon and even if she does, she will never trust her. Maybe Estelle will help JETTY or Jacob in some way as we go on and that will thaw Letty’s heart but for now, the wall is up I feel. I don’t trust Teo either and I am not sure Ava was even telling Javier the truth. That call was a bit shady to me. Did Teo really tell Ava that Javier was off on vacay? It just seemed like Ava was telling Javier what she knew he wanted her to say whereas she knew otherwise. We will find out. I still think Teo killed Silk and it has something to do with their father. I don’t think Ava is in on it though.
Final Verdict: Letty and Javier will probably never have a normal life and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Just when you think you know what’s going on, this show turns you on your head. At the beginning of the episode we had Jetty in Lashever’s custody on the way to jail and by the end, Letty convinces her to get revenge on the FBI instead. The seeds were already in Lashever’s head, Letty just helped them grow. So now we have a new dynamic quad with Jetty, Christian and Agent Lashever and I cannot wait to see how their plan unfolds. While Letty and Javier now have to work with Lashever for their freedom, they’re still dealing with their own issues (someone trying to kill Javier) and Letty not speaking with Estelle. It’s never a dull moment on Good Behavior, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
Good Behavior returns Sunday, November 12th at 10/9c on TNT.