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.
– 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?