The season 2 finale gave us lessons on murder, love, and how to start over.
What a finale! Once again, Good Behavior had us on the edge of our seats until the very final moments of its season 2 finale. What a rollercoaster this season has been, and we have been along for every minute of this epic ride. Following the aftermath of killing Teo (Juan Reidinger) and Patrick the security guy (Brian Baumgartner), Letty (Michelle Dockery) embarked on another one of her mental breakdowns. However, this breakdown proved to be unique and interesting as it came in the form of visions of the dead security guy. Throughout the episode, visions of him taunted her and reminded her of the murders she had committed.
While Letty came undone, Javier (Juan Diego Botto) took the responsibility of cleaning up after her bloody mess. He is, after all, her knight in shining armor. The finale gave us a great many panic attacks as we watched Javier and Letty face predicament after predicament dealing with the two dead bodies. All’s well that ends well, because not only did Javier and Letty dispose of the bodies, but they managed to find their way towards new beginnings. Will this last forever? Or will the crimes of the past come back to haunt them once again? Well, we will have to wait until a season 3 renewal to find out!
This episode was intense, right?! Now, let’s meet our roundtable and get to discussing all that went down!
Kara (@GoodBehaviorFan)– TV/Movie fan, dancer, and lover of music
Jessa (@JessFortunato)– Reader, writer, highly opinionated TV enthusiast
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko)– Reader, writer, and reviewer
Debra (@wukster)– Lawyer. Lover of TV. Madonna Worshipper.
Janice (@starloverpensa1)– Reader, writer, TV aficionado, die-hard Jetty fan
1. The episode started off with quite the interesting dream sequence. What did you think about it?
Kara (@GoodBehaviorFan): I really loved that sequence! I thought it was one of the best scenes of the episode. Not many shows do sequences like that so I think it brought a whole new element to the show that we had never seen before and it also set the tone for the rest of the episode. Hopefully, if we get a season three we can see more of that.
Jessa (@JessFortunato): I absolutely loved it! It was so creative and I think really conveyed how a person’s brain works after they’ve experienced shock between thinking of old memories and distorting them. Not to mention I love seeing everyone at one table.
Samantha (@SamanthaNyarko): I loved the dream sequence. It was so cool that they were playing Clue. (I love that game.) Having them play that board game was a great narrative device. This was also a good way of getting all the characters in one room. There was a creepy, surreal quality to the sequence but at the same time, there was some much-needed humor. It was the perfect opener for the season finale.
Debra (@wukster): I looked at those dream sequences as her conscience. I understood it as such. Letty is many things but she is not a killer. So her guilt was killing her and coming in the form of all those people.
Janice (@starloverpensa1): The beginning sequence was strange but it seemed to play on Letty’s fears of getting caught by her family for her crimes of killing two people.
2. It has become abundantly clear that Letty and Javier can’t be apart. But did you agree with her when she said she makes life worse for him?
Kara: I don’t think she makes life worse for him at all. As we have seen this season as well as much of last season they are better together than apart. When she said that I think she was just really scared because she had just killed two people and was still in shock. I think she truly believes that if she just leaves him his life will be so much better but in reality, that’s just not true.
Jessa: Technically he made life worse for her in this instance. She was only in danger because Teo was coming after him. In that sense, they put each other in danger as much as they pull each other out.
Samantha: I didn’t agree with Letty when she said she makes life worse for Javier. I think before he met her he was very lonely and had to hide his true self from everyone. In Letty, he has a person who knows him completely and loves him anyway. She’s his support system. Logistically, maybe she makes life harder for him (like when she crashed the car, etc.) but as Javier said, every person is a problem. He’s fully committed to her and would rather deal with her problems than be without her.
Debra: No. I became slightly impatient with Letty at some point in the episode. We have been through her confused phase the previous episode. Just like Javier told her. “We have done that.” So when she started up again this episode, I had no patience for it. I do understand why she thinks she is bad for him but we must remember he is a killer. Letty can’t be as bad for him as he is to himself. They are both flawed characters. If anything, Javier is “bad” for Letty because she has gone up in the crime scale now. But how can anyone say that when we see how much he loves her, saves her and accepts her for who she is? They are imperfectly perfect together. JETTY!
Janice: I do not agree that she makes life worse for him. Does she make things slightly more complicated? Of course, she does, but that’s in every relationship one way or another. The unfortunate circumstance of the death of Brett did make their jobs of getting rid of the bodies worse but that was an accident. On the whole, she’s complicated but it’s a complication Javier loves. He knows her and wants her complications and all. It’s like he said she runs away but ends up back with him, he tries to walk away but ends up back there with her. They belong together come what may in the future and they will face it together.
3. The entire episode had us on the edge of our seats. Was there ever a point during the episode you were worried they’d get caught?
Kara: Absolutely, especially when Letty and Javier were trying to burn the bodies and the lighter would not light. I just had this bad feeling that someone was going to come out of the shadows and see them and that would set up the next season but I am so glad that didn’t turn out to be true.
Jessa: I genuinely expected the truck to have a LoJack. And the police or at least another security van to come looking for it after the driver had been missing for several hours. Thank God, it didn’t!
Samantha: I worried for the whole episode that they would get caught! The suspense in this episode was perfectly calibrated; the tension couldn’t have been higher. I was especially worried they’d get caught when Javier got pulled over, when Letty crashed the car, and when Javier was trying to come out of the storage unit with the cocaine but the cop was questioning Letty. I was even scared that the smoke and flames from the van fire might bring people to the scene before Jetty got away.
Debra: Yes. Twice. When they were stopped by the cops for the lights. Also at the storage unit.
Janice: The only time I feared Letty and Javier were going to get caught was when Javier was pulled over by the police officer. Other than that Javier pretty much handled everything smoothly. Even with the accident, I didn’t fear them getting caught.
4. Brian Baumgartner was such a great addition to the finale as Patrick, aka “Brett”. What do you think Letty’s visions of him represented?
Kara: I think it represented all of the fears Letty has. We have seen over the course of two seasons how Letty always feels like Javier will get caught and she has always tried to stop Javier from killing because she feels bad for the victims and their families. And how she feels like she is always making Javier’s life more difficult. Patrick brought up each one of these topics so in a way it was like Letty was talking to herself but was doing it through Patrick.
Jessa: It definitely represented her brain trying to come to terms with what she’d done. First, he was a helpless and innocent victim with sick kids then he evolved into a douchebag who maybe deserved it. She was trying to make herself feel better for what she had done. And in the end, she’s never going to know who he was so she let him go.
Samantha: I think Letty’s visions of him represented her guilty conscience. She imagined possible lives for this man she killed who died senselessly. When he had the needy family that was her guilt talking. When she imagined him as being a bad person that was her trying to assuage her guilt and justify her actions. Overall the visions of Patrick represented the mental unraveling caused by killing someone.
Debra: Her conscience. I think that’s the kill that hurt the most. Teo was fine. He had to go. Patrick, on the other hand, was out of fright and self-preservation and she couldn’t bear the thought that she had killed an innocent man.
Janice: I think it was Letty dealing with her guilt. The proof is when Brett said she punishes herself worse than anybody else could. He was just a manifestation of her guilt trying to punish her. He was very annoying after a while. When Brett went away I was quite happy.
5. Letty had quite the mental breakdown this episode. How do you think these murders will come back to haunt her down the road?
Kara: I don’t know if these murders will haunt her right away but as time goes on I think she will think about it more and more. I think it could even go as far as her trying to turn herself in for the murders and Javier having to stop her. I think she will have a hard time functioning because it will all get to be too much. I hope this doesn’t come true though.
Jessa: I didn’t really look at it as a mental breakdown, she was in shock, which is a legit condition. She also hadn’t slept since Christian delivered her to Javier. I thought she was keeping it together pretty well considering she still cleaned up two pools of blood and could drive. I doubt she will have PTSD down the road, but who knows.
Samantha: I think Letty could suffer from PTSD. Her hallucinations could recur. She might give in to her vices when she feels like she’s a bad person for committing murder. And it could drive a wedge between her and Javier if she blames him for putting her in that position.
Debra: They are haunting her already. With these dream sequences. I feel like she will always have that sadness that she killed a person but I don’t see us going into season 3 with a haunted Letty over the killings. At least not as the main theme. I could be wrong. I do feel they were a bit sloppy at the storage unit going there at that time. Also, Letty leaving the Range in the middle of the road. That may come back to haunt both.
Janice: Killing two people will give you a mental breakdown. I think she’s going to be more cautious and finally grow up. I don’t think it will haunt her so much as make her grow up and face that fact that she has to be an adult and focus on others than just herself. She has to take care of Javier so that Javier can be there to take care of her.
6. It appears Letty and Javier are looking ahead to their future. Where would you like their story to go from here?
Kara: I really would love to see them settle down and get Jacob back. I think Jacob really helps Letty and when she doesn’t have him in her life she suffers. I might be wishing a little too much by saying this but I would love to see them get married! I think their wedding would be one heck of an episode.
Jessa: I don’t think it would be great for them to sell drugs. Monkeys shouldn’t sell bananas as my grandmother used to say. But in LA they could transform themselves to be absolutely anyone and I think that will be really fun, especially if Javier gets on board. And as harsh as this will sound some distance from the Jacob storyline would be nice.
Samantha: I would like them to eventually have the happy life with the family that they wanted. They aren’t ready for that yet or free from their pasts, but by the series finale, I’d like to see them get their happy ending. I thought it was such a shame that those three murders had to occur in that beautiful house so that it was forever tainted and they couldn’t live in it. I’d like for things to stop going so wrong for them and for them to be happy.
Debra: You know. I was thinking about that when the season ended and I am stuck. I have no idea. I know I want them together. I just don’t know what I would write going forward. I would have to think about that. Good thing Chad Hodge is tasked with this and not me. I can definitely see the potential in some drug-related plot in the glitz and glamour of LA if that is where they are headed.
Janice: I want them to get stronger as individuals and as a couple. I want Letty to save Javier as much as Javier saves Letty. No more running from the relationship and the drama. When the drama comes let them face it head on and move on together. No more breakups. With these events, they made the choice of disappearing together and they’re making the conscious choice of being together and sealing their fates together. So they need to live up to that and make their lives together in the shades of their normal. They keep each other off the ledge, love one another and complete each other now they need to make it a factual reality. No more dark benders, no more drugs, no feeling sorry for themselves or separations. It’s about standing strong individually and as a unit.
7. To new beginnings, right? What were your thoughts on the final moments of tonight’s episode?
Kara: I was a little surprised by the end of the episode, to be honest. When I saw the pool my first reaction was oh they’re just at a random hotel pool somewhere where Letty’s family is but no they had gone all the way across the country. I did not see that coming at all! I’m really interested to see where the show goes from here because Letty will be in a place where she doesn’t know anyone except for Javier. She will no longer be able to call Christian for help when she needs it and I think that will be very hard for Letty because I think she relies on him for many things.
Jessa: My thoughts were that I’m glad they ended on a positive note after Letty spiraled out on drugs for so many episodes. I would love for Javier to be a little more fun/relaxed next season. Maybe they aren’t million-dollar house people but maybe that’s not the worst thing ever and watching them enjoy living their lives in hotels would be awesome.
Samantha: That final scene of Letty and Javier in the pool was epic! They looked great in their fashionable clothes, lounging on the inflatable swans. It was nice to see them relaxing for once! And it was a great twist that they went to L.A. to sell the cocaine. It was a very stylish ending. It definitely left me wanting more though!
Debra: I like that it seems they are heading to Los Angeles. I am concerned that they may get involved with the drug world since they have some cocaine and they are looking to sell it. The ending was a bit sudden for me but it was a beautiful shot of them in the pool. Dressed so nice. Are Letty and Javier about to become drug lords? Stealing and Killing. Dealing drugs isn’t that much of a stretch but then we have Letty. A former addict. She shouldn’t be near the stuff. All in all, it was a pretty strong season with great writing. The chemistry between Michelle Dockery and Juan Diego Botto only gets hotter. Loved Ann Dowd. Love Christian. The whole cast. I look forward to season three.
Janice: Love those swans and them laying on them with their fancy clothes. I hope they do get a new beginning that makes things better for them. Get rid of the drugs fast and move on to something different and new escapades for these two to get into. Adventures we get to see and enjoy. Give us a new season TNT and Kevin Reilly!
Final Verdict: Javier and Letty leave behind their crimes and look ahead to the future.
So much went down in the epic conclusion to a whirlwind season. Letty and Javier drifted apart only to save one another from the depths of darkness. The finale episode epitomized this trend in their relationship and what we have to come know of it. After the murder of Teo and Patrick, Letty realized just how far she had tested her limits. This led to questionable decisions and impulsive behavior throughout the finale, leaving fans in a constant state of panic. However, Javier’s unwavering support and refusal to leave Letty kept her somewhat grounded and composed.
As our beloved Jetty put the past behind them with Teo’s cocaine in tow, they set their sights on new beginnings and a new place, California. Will this new future bode well with their past? While we do not have the answer to that just yet, we can rest assured knowing our favorite version of Bonnie and Clyde are safe, together, and in love. Now let’s get to working on a season 3 renewal!