The Goodwin Games
Episode 4: The Hamletta
By: Carlos Uribe
The Goodwin Games is about three siblings who compete for their inheritance and get closer as a family.
How much support should a family provide to it's members?
If you ask Jimmy, the world is a harsh place. He's fallen into a life of crime, gone to prison, and is into debt with a dangerous criminal. It's a harsh cycle for him as he struggles to get out of it. He thinks that the world will tear you down because it has no mercy. He thinks that the family should be there to provide complete and total support to it's members. He constantly lies to Chloe because he wants to be there for her. She's a terrible actress but he lies to spare her feelings. He lies because he knows it's her dream and he wants to support her as she pursues it. He doesn't tell Chloe that her high school icon, the reason she became an actress, was a pervert who only casted her because he wanted to have sex with her. He tries his best to protect her until she finally forces him to tell her the truth. He admits that he thinks she's a terrible actress in the end which leads to her trying to prove that she'll only find happiness as an actress. Only she realizes that the way she's proved it is by using a complex mathematical formula that she had a great time crafting. Her real passion, and talent, has always been in math. She simply got suckered into believing that she could be the most famous movie star in the world. This promise of fame led her away from academia and towards a career path where she would be recognized for playing a mutilated dead body on CSI. Jimmy's blind support of his sister has led to her wasting years of her life on a career that never had a chance of actually taking off. It was only when he voiced his opinion that she finally admitted she was living a fantasy. It's odd because Jimmy's unconditional support is often supported by a lot of family shows and yet it's slightly criticized by this episode as being unpractical.