Watch Ringer's Amazingly Bad Boat Scene (VIDEO)

By Tim Surette

Sep 14, 2011

Ringer Boat Scene

Season premieres started just last night, and already I think we have a winner for Worst Scene of the Fall Season. It comes courtesy of Ringer, The CW's tale of identical twins (one rich, one a former junkie stripper, of course) with secrets upon secrets upon secrets starring Sarah Michelle Gellar. Our own Louis Peitzman offered his his impressions of the pilot right here, but if you really want a visual representation of just how incredible this show is, you need not look further than the video below.

Here's the set up: Bridget (the recovering druggie stripper) goes to visit Siobhan (the one with the expensive sunglasses) because she's witnessed a murder and is on the run from the mob. Then the two get on a boat. Okay, you're all caught up. Enjoy.

I first got to see Ringer's pilot a couple months ago, courtesy of an advance press screener. Usually these screeners feature temporary visual effects that are cleaned up in time for broadcast. This scene looked so bad on the screener, even knowing the effects were temporary, that I was sure someone would spend a few days in front of a computer working on it. No one did. And for that, I thank The CW.

Personally, I really enjoy imagining the production assistants who were forced to move the boat up and down and splash buckets of water across the bow while SMG stood in front of a fan. Gotta love the "How long was I out for?" line, too. I'm actually surprised Tommy Wiseau didn't jump out and say, "Oh, hi Bridget!" at some point. (That's a The Room reference, people.) This is too brilliant for words, I'm going to watch the video again. And again.

Ringer airs Tuesday nights on The CW.

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  • djboy77 Oct 25, 2011

    The effects were bad, but what was far worse is that there was no explanation for why they were on the boat, where they were going, what were they doing, why or even that she was knocked out. They're on the boat, then she's out cold. There was no indication of the passage of time, or whether she'd fallen asleep or been drugged or what the hell was going on. And although it's the kind of series which is driven by mysteries and such, it was very much like they'd hacked out every establishing shot, every conversation which gave this scene its context, and even as simple as telling us that they didn't steal the boat.

    And yes, the effects were bad.

  • HeeroXXXG-01W Sep 19, 2011

    It's the worst scene that I have ever seen on television. I couldn't believe my eyes. It looked so cheap! Sarah Michelle Gellar is a great actress. However, I have to admit that when she wakes up, it's like watching something from high school drama class. I'll still watch the next episode. I hope it's gonna be better.

  • AlexAkrivos Sep 19, 2011

    we..i have to disagree.the fake air thing remind me a little of the hitchcock movies.not very believable but somehow enjoyable,and kind of theatrical.then what..she falls asleep and wakes up.ok,its obvious we missed a lot of moments there,but they make it this way so they can have a lot of options of what really happened..not a masterpiece of a scene.but i dont see why all this fuzz is about.i am more concerned with the whole twin sister plot and how they are going to make it work.cause i am a big fun of the sister actress,but they have to give her a script.up to the very end of the first episode,i am not convinced yet..we ll see

  • DrXabregas Sep 19, 2011

    They shouldn`t even tried to done such a noob Special effects scene.

    The show lost 50% of interest for me...

  • Yohan88 Sep 18, 2011

    It was a crappy scene anno 2011, but I find the show very interesting and will tune in again next week.

  • Ksenya_Allegra Sep 18, 2011

    Yeah, it was terrible! The worst scene! :-D

  • MikeScott25 Sep 18, 2011

    I enjoyed the show a lot and will keep watching for sure, but this scene did stand out due to the horrible green screen. It was quite distracting.

  • torontogirl98 Sep 18, 2011

    I didn't really care about the green-screen stuff, I don't know why its such a big thing. Yeah it was a little bad but I really enjoyed the story and actors so move on now

  • danharr Sep 18, 2011

    Wtf is this 1985 this is horrible and unacceptable in todays tv world even if it is the small screen.

  • FranVanster Sep 18, 2011

    Wow, first I thought that you were exaggerating, but this was horrifyingly awful...

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