Good Trouble Review Picks and Strikes – (3×14)

Well, if you needed a sign to remember your ex or the one that got away, definitely don’t watch Season 3 Episode 14, “Picks and Strikes.” It will certainly give you way too many feels and make you reminisce and take five steps back. The episode really should’ve started with a trigger warning of sorts! At least flashing something along the lines of “warning, this episode may contain content that will trigger old feels, so if you’re not fully healed, refrain from watching.”

This episode was a perfect balance and blend of multiple storylines. Sometimes the show can heavily rely on one character’s plot more than others leaving the rest to grasp for enough screen time to even make sense.

Just when we thought the show had finally sorted out its love triangles, they flipped them all upside down and decided to restart because why not. What fun would it be if there wasn’t more love drama?!

Seamlessly intertwined throughout these love problems were loud social justice PSAs. Something, Good Trouble is best known for.

Isabella on Good Trouble. (Freeform/Liliane Lathan)

Gael and Isabella discuss gendered social constructs and how they want to raise their daughter outside of the prescribed gender norms. Gael opens up about his trans sister and how that informs his thinking.

Although, Isabella’s a bit more traditional in her thinking and has a Pinterest board filled with pink and frilly decoration ideas. However, they both come to an easy agreement but realize that co-parenting might be more challenging than they first assumed. And knowing they’re officially having a girl makes things more real.

While Gael and Isabella are playing house, Callie’s big trial is starting.

First of all, we have to mention that opening montage. The vintage spy theme was beautifully crafted, filmed, and edited. There are few times Good Trouble gets to play with the formatting of its editing, and this moment was so inventive and creative.

Gael on Good Trouble. (Freeform/Liliane Lathan)

Mariana’s acting was superb, and it looks like she’s becoming an important part of their legal office and potentially Emmett’s eye? There were definitely some flirtatious vibes between the two. Although, you can never be sure because, at this rate, Evan’s going to have to pop back in to make the situation complicated.

During their first day in court, the defense and prosecution both had to go through and select their picks and strikes for jurors. With Jamie on the prosecution’s side, there are some potential pitfalls for Callie’s defense team. On the contrary, it could level the playing field since both Callie and Jamie can read each other.

And it looks like there’s still a flame that burns between the two. Again, when we thought Callie had officially moved on and chosen Gael, they decide to bring it back to Jamie.

No matter how much Callie wants to deny her feelings and say she’s moving on and dating seriously, as an outsider, Tony can clearly see the signs and chemistry between the two.

Dennis on Good Trouble. (Freeform/Liliane Lathan)

Along the same lines, both Dennis and Davia and Alice and Sumi are apparently rekindling their old flames. Dennis and Davia are no surprise, I’m already putting my money on them, but Sumi and Alice, on the other hand, were a shock. It’s been a while since we’d seen Sumi, and the last time it seemed pretty over between the two.

Albeit, Alice and Sumi each had their fair share of lingering feelings for the other. Predictions for Alice’s love life are too hard to make, but as for Dennis and Davia, once they uttered the words “we’re just friends,” that was their fate.

It’s a bit of a waste to have Matt in the mix trying to win over Davia’s affection because he’s just going to get screwed over. Davia and Dennis almost had a repeat of their “Falling Slowly” duet moment, but the microphones didn’t allow it.

But, even though the perfect moment didn’t happen, that didn’t stop the sparks from flying. There were no overt confessions of love this time, except for subtle looks of love and desire. So, it’ll only be a matter of time before they’re official. Perhaps, by then, Davia will have helped Dennis find a different passion, rather than his impulsive dream of running a food truck.

Dennis and Davia on Good Trouble. (Freeform/Liliane Lathan)

This hour was strong and it perfectly set up all the future drama that’s ready to unfold. What did you think of? Which love pair are you rooting for? Don’t forget to leave your comments down below!

Stray Musings:

  • The man on the back of Dennis’s new food truck totally looked like the older version of him.

  • Alice’s fight against Anti-Asian hate is so relevant, and sadly, the scenario they portrayed was extremely accurate for queer Asian women.

  • Before this episode, I never knew jury selection was such a tedious process. Was it dramatized for the episode?

  • Applause for Davia and Dennis’s duet of “Minefields,” and that it was overlayed the end montage of everyone lamenting over their past loves.

Rating 4.5/5

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