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Ringer: No One's Hands Are Clean, Okay?

Ringer S01E15: "P.S. You're An Idiot"

You know what? I like Ringer now. I don’t love it—I don’t suspect I ever will—but the show is so gleefully committed to being an overloaded mess of plot and secrets and twists that I can’t help but start to enjoy it. I’ve suspended my disbelief and I’ve stopped looking for any sort of logic to the proceedings: For the first time all season, I’m not even a little bit bored, and that’s all I ever really needed. I’ll watch trash as long as it doesn’t put me to sleep.

As I’ve said in my reviews of The Lying Game, my favorite aspect of the “twins switching identities” genre (yes, this is a thing now) is watching the twins manipulate each other. Now, Bridget still doesn’t know Siobhan is alive—seriously, Bridge, get with it—but Siobhan is totally playing Bridget, and I’m loving every minute of it. How great was Henry’s evil smile when he gave Bridget the box, per Siobhan’s instructions? Despite all the digging she’s doing, Bridget really has no idea what’s going on. This goes way beyond the fraud at Martin Charles, which she’s only begun to uncover.

Speaking of which, I’m so glad we’re finally getting an idea of the shady dealings at Andrew’s company. And I’ll admit the last moment of this episode was a shocker: Olivia may seem like the evil one, but the Ponzi scheme was Andrew’s idea from the start. This puts the audience in an uncomfortable position, as we’re forced to decide whether we can sympathize with a man who swindled millions. It certainly complicates the relationship between Andrew and Bridget, which was already pretty complicated, given the fact that he’s not aware of Bridget’s true identity.

I think Ioan Gruffudd is very charming in the role, but my problem with Andrew thus far is how clean he’s seemed. We got hints of darkness here and there, and then they were dropped—once he and Bridget fell in love (or, in his case, fell in love again) there was a lot of the lovey-dovey and less of the ominous. I thought Andrew might even end up being the true innocent here, so I’m delighted that he’s just as morally compromised as everyone else. As nice a person as he may be—and running a Ponzi scheme suggests that he’s not, really—Andrew is going to have to get his hands dirty in order to keep this quiet. What lengths will he go to in order to protect his money and his reputation?

I’ve complained a lot about Juliet’s rape accusation storyline, and I’ll be honest, I still don’t know what it’s doing on this show. It feels borrowed from another CW drama, like 90210 or Gossip Girl. Part of me wants to ask, why not just let the adults play? And yet, I’ve been drawn in based entirely on the character of Catherine. She’s just so good at playing both sides—it was a pleasure watching her manipulate Andrew, Juliet, and Mr. Carpenter. I’m sure there’s a comeuppance on the horizon, but for now, I’m satisfied that she’s made off with a few million dollars. Even if she did have to have Tessa beaten into a coma. (I’m a terrible person, right?)

If there is an aspect of this show that’s still not working for me, it’s Malcolm. I do appreciate the writers have given him more to do, but all of his tech skills feel so phony to me: There’s very little effort in explaining how he’s uncovered this far-reaching plot. I’m also wondering what happened to Agent Machado, though I can’t say I miss him much. With the new focus on Martin Charles and the diversion into Catherine’s scheme, I guess I’m less sure than ever Ringer knows what story it wants to tell. At this point I’m enjoying the ride, but can the show really find a way to tie up all its loose ends? It’ll have to work quick, as a second season seems unlikely.


QUESTIONS:

– Can you forgive Andrew for orchestrating a Ponzi scheme?

– How long until someone else learns Bridget’s true identity?

– What’s Agent Machado up to these days?

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Well I could be wrong, but didn't the CW greenlight the second season pretty early? Right after the pilot I read something like that.
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no they went ahead with a full order of the first season. a second season is highly unlikely due too declining ratings - really bad even for the CW
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I loved the ending. I too am beginning to ' not hate' the show.

Andrew looked so evil at the end. It made me feel sick to my stomach.

I'm thinking about what happens next: it could be that he's known that Bridget isn't 'Shiv' all along. It could be that this conversation conflicts with previous information digging conversations he's had with the real 'Shiv' (ie he's just realised she's not Shiv). Everything could just be about to turn. She might now be in real danger, just for knowing.

To answer the questions:

1) I don't think he can be let off for the Ponzi idea.

2) I don't care if they do.

3) I don't miss Agent Machado either. Nestor was totally wasted in that role anyway. It was embarrassing!

I think long term, the sisters will make it up and work together. Maybe they will set up a PI firm: they will be so good at it by then! They'll probably call it 'Gemini', lol!

PS. I just want to shout: "Shiv is not Bridget: she's Buffy!"
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I thought this episode was Spectacular and I Loved it! The twists and turns just keep coming, and how Henry was playing Bridget was great, along with Catherine playing everyone.

I like where things are headed and I think we want to forgive Andrew because he was portrayed as a good guy, but we shall see....

I think someone will soon find out about Bridget and I can't wait to see how that is taken care of.

Good question!
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It was a great episode without cheesy scenes except the scene when Catherine opened the door and kissed Mr. Carpenter , i thought it is a good scene for a cheesy porn movie!
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I so wanted Olivia to be the one behind the Ponzi scheme but when Andrew said that he was the mastermind behind it, I was like damn. Not Andrew, he seems so nice and innocent. All this does is let Siobhan seems like she's doing the right thing and I for one don't want that woman coming out with the win when all this is over. Henry is a douche, walking away smiling, guess what buddy you getting played to, big time. When IS Bridget is going to figure out that Sibohan is alive? If they leave if for the season finale am gonna be pissed.
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Although Andrew's words seem unequivocal, the entire character has been built around Andrew being a nice guy (don't you want to hug him and ruffle his hair and so forth...) so I can't believe he is now going to be exposed as a crook (but then again Ringer has been pretty senseless all along) - Surely it makes more sense for Olivia who is a scheming blackmailer and not even very nice.....
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-It's kind of hard to forgive someone of that. That said, there have been almost 14 episodes where the show did nothing but try to get you to love his character.

-I'm hoping that in the next episode we've got some Agent Machado stuff happening in that area.

-Along with the previous question, I'm hoping that Machado is digging through all sorts of things to burst onto the scene with all the answers.
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