“You owe me one, bitch. Like 10 million dollars.”
I’m conflicted about tonight’s episode of Ringer. On one hand, the show is definitely not scared to answer questions and put its characters in very scary situations — or at least, in situations where they will be exposed. For example, Bridget telling Andrew and Henry about… well herself, essentially. But on the other hand, how simpleminded are these people?
For one, why would Juliet continue to hate Siobhan, as exampled by her “Oh gawd, there’s two of them?” Haven’t Siobhan (really Bridget) and Juliet been through enough bonding moments where they can at least be cordial of each other in some way, shape, or form? And why would Juliet continue to lie? Perhaps it’s because I never went through this crazy, partying (nor drugged up… thank goodness for that last one) phase, but come on Juliet: stop screwing up! Seriously. You tell your dad that you’re going to be in Connecticut all weekend after having abused drugs and alcohol and being “exiled” to public school and given a million and two chances: YOU DO THAT. You don’t go to a party and “just have two beers” to then try to drive a car when you don’t even have a learner’s permit. Really? Is she supposed to be redeemable? Is there a reason she has her new teacher’s phone number? Why hasn’t Andrew cut her off already? My daughter does drugs, I’m not exactly giving her a bunch of money the next day. Doesn’t take a mathematician to come up with four out of two plus two here. Maybe I’m just jealous that she gets $10 million from her trust fund and I’m sure to inherit debt.
I appreciate that Bridget realized what a grave mistake she had made when she put her fingerprints on that vase (why wouldn’t she just leave them as they are? Who cares about not wanting to incriminate Henry?) and I loved her voicemail to herself, but no one thinks it’s a bit convenient she tells both Henry and Andrew about Bridget the day before she gets interrogated? No one’s guessing they should be drafting up a fingerprint warrant now? Because that’s all it’s going to take to bust Bridget. That’s it. One fingerprint and she’s done.
But the show has also gotten mileage from perceived stupidity. For example, the aforementioned voicemail. I believed Bridget was calling Malcolm (never mind that she’s calling Malcolm on her actual phone, collective sighs, everyone) but instead she uses the voicemail when being interrogated (dismiss the fact that she did it right after being asked to go downtown…). Or Malcolm’s kidnappers letting him go so that he can lead a trail back to Bridget. That was actually quite brilliant, even though I was rolling my eyes when one of them said “He’s high, just leave him.” At least it paid off.
But if I haven’t learned anything yet about Ringer, it’s that you have to just shut off your brain because if not, your mind will be running with these questions endlessly. I suppose Bridget wouldn’t exactly know how to play this duplicitous game, anyhow, and she’s learning bit by bit. And even then, there were some genuine payoffs, as I mentioned.
Specifically, Andrew and Siobhan-Bridget finally mention something about getting intimate, directly. And they even share a kiss! This show is so not scared about moving forward that instead of having the phone interrupt the kiss, they went full force. It seems Bridget may actually be falling for Andrew. And speaking of intimacy, Bridget’s non-baby woes are hitting closer to home; in fact, she’s about to have a sonogram. Obviously, she should have gotten rid of this problem some time ago. I’ve never had to fake a pregnancy (which would be near impossible given my lack of need to and my gender, but that last one isn’t really a problem) but I would assume all it really takes is money and a corrupt doctor, or evennot saying “I’m pregnant” aloud when you receive the news.
And most importantly, I’ve been wrong this entire time. Siobhan hasn’t been talking to Hitman’s Boss, she’s been talking to Charlie! How crazy is that!? Very. I’m excited to see where that’s headed. And they have yet to answer if Gemma is alive or not! What happened!? So many questions answered and then… not really at all.
I’ll see you guys here next week where we’ll discuss if the Agent’s eyelashes are obstructing his view that this person is Bridget.