Ringer: Oh, Hey, Machado's Back

Ringer S01E16: "You're Way Too Pretty to Go to Jail"

Oh, Ringer. Just when I think I’m starting to kind of like you—or at least trying my damnedest to enjoy you for what you are—you give me another boring slog through financial wrongdoings and backstory that would have been useful to me half a season ago. Plenty happened in this week’s episode, but I didn’t care about any of it. And I’d rather this series just end than give us any more answers.

I’ll admit I was drawn in by Juliet’s rape accusation storyline—at first, it bugged the hell out of me, but once the plot was revealed, I started to dig the soapy, Wild Things-esque quality of it all. This week, with Juliet out of the picture, Ringer focused on Martin-Charles’ Ponzi scheme, because suddenly, this is a show about financial misdeeds and their consequences. (Macawi figured into this episode, insofar as we spent some time with Machado, but their stories could not be further apart.)

We still don’t understand why Siobhan is doing what she’s doing—if she’s really just trying to take Andrew’s company down without implicating herself, she’s going to an awful lot of trouble to do it. And while I don’t mind that we still don’t have a clear picture, I’ve never been less invested in this story. I don’t care about Siobhan’s end game and how Bridget figures into it. The series is too convoluted for me to try to unravel the mystery, but the real problem is the characters. They’re all so obtuse and inconsistent, it’s impossible to worry about what’s going to happen next.

For weeks, I’ve been wondering what Machado's been up to—or, okay, at least noticing his absence. Now he’s back in the picture, so we got some pretty useful backstory via flashback: Machado was romantically involved with his stripper informant, and she was pregnant with his child when Macawi killed her. Now, I understand that Ringer wants to give us some surprises in each episode, but this information would have really helped us give a crap about Machado way back when. At this point, he feels like a non-entity on the show, and the big revelation was just a superfluous detail. This might have changed how I felt about him at the start of the season, but now it’s barely worth a shrug.

Then there’s Andrew. In my recent interview with Ioan Gruffudd—who, for the record, is too good for this material—I asked about the fact that Andrew has stayed relatively clean while all the people around him have gotten their hands dirty. In the last episode we found out that Andrew was behind the Ponzi scheme, which was a somewhat interesting twist. But it still seemed as though it came out of nowhere. Why was the on-the-level Andrew Martin suddenly a criminal?

I can buy it, though. I understand that maybe he made some poor choices and got in over his head. What I can’t accept is that he’s now a villain. This episode asked us to feel threatened by Andrew—to see him as someone who might be capable of killing Bridget. And while the final scene was likely not what it appeared to be, we’re also supposed to think that Andrew killed Tyler. There has been no build-up here, nothing to indicate that Andrew was cold-blooded. His angry voicemails to Bridget felt so phony. You have to develop your characters and give them real motivations: Ringer just flings them about aimlessly and hopes we don’t notice.

Luckily, we’re nearing some sort of conclusion. I’m not sure if Ringer has any hope of a second season—it seems unlikely at this point—but the series feels far past the point of redemption anyway. I give up on trying to make sense of any of it, either the show itself or the thought behind it. For now, I’ll just be glad for the absurd episode titles and Siobhan’s fashion choices. Those never disappoint.


QUESTIONS:

– Does finding out about Machado’s past change the way you feel about him?

– Who killed Tyler?

– Do you buy Andrew as a villain?

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Mar 23, 2012
Where on earth do you get the idea Andrew killed Tyler? Did you even watch the ep? It is quite clear it was Olivia because she is shown afterwards in the car with the flash drive. Which she obviously took from Tyler after she shot him.



I'm still enjoying this - sometimes I wonder why, but although I don't exactly count the days till the next episode I find when I watch it always surprises me and keeps me coming back for more. At the moment, I'm just hoping to see all of these people figure out they've been had. Henry has to find out about Shiv, Andrew has to find out about Juliet and Mom's little scheme and hopefully Malcolm will hear Bridget's voicemail and the two of them will FINALLY figure out that Shiv is still alive. Here's hoping!
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Mar 17, 2012
How ignorant...Please watch the episode BEFORE writing a review about it. We are NOT supposed to believe Andrew killed Tyler; the scene showed Olivia in her car holding the USB. Andrew isn't 'supposed' to have killed anybody; most likely he just wants a word with Malcolm (I havent seen the latest episode yet), while it clearly implicates Olivia in Tylers murder.

As for Machado, it shows how he was tangled up in the Macawi case in the first place, which is why Bridget was running in the first place, which is how this great show STARTED OFF.

It sure seems like you write your reviews based on reading other peoples' reviews, and not actually watching the show. This was pure drivel.
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Mar 14, 2012
to be honest i felt really bad for machado for the first time but it IS a bit too late in the season now. still when he saw her body and found out she was pregnant it made me feel so sorry for him. As for tyler and andrew.. i dont know. Andrew definately didnt kill tyler and i dont think he's a villain. he's just desperate and cant think clearly.
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Mar 10, 2012
Ringer..my thoughts so far..Not a great show by any stretch but keeps the turns and twists coming..rarely boring..I dont like the Juliet storyline..just seems to be from another show maybe its the actress? I dont know..thats why i thought this ep has to be the second best of the season...Progress in the MAIN story line..No Juliet..and Machados motivation " this TIME ITS PERSONAL..."Yeah it might be a little late in the game to feel something for him..but they came corrrect!..Look i dont know if they've renewed this show or not but i do agree the writing has been up and down...see-Malcom junkie/teacher/computer tech?? If he survives by S2 he'll have his own detective agency! CW just give me a nice clean finale WITH ANSWERS..and no redemption for the real Siobhan..I know your keeping that ace in the hole!!

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Mar 09, 2012
Sometimes, I really think this guy just watches the episodes with the TV on mute, then compares what he sees to whatever tripe he thinks is good on The Lying Game. I mean, if he's making the statement that we're supposed to think Andrew killed Tyler, then he obviously didn't see the scene with Olivia, where she's holding the flash drive. Yes, certainly, they both could have been in on it, Andrew doing the deed and handing off the flash drive to Olivia or some combination thereof, but most likely, Andrew was there to find Bridget and either found Tyler's body or found Olivia over his body. Either way, with as clean cut as Andrew's been, it's most likely a red-herring or one of the best twists ever. Whichever way you slice it, it was still entertaining as hell. As for Machado, apparently he's never heard of introducing a character the audience hates or can't stand, and doing something to make them human. Up until now, Machado's been a rock in the viewer's shoe, complicating things in his tireless efforts to find Bridget. Now we understand why he's been so insistent, why's he's gone after everyone in Bridget and Siobhan's lives, because he has a personal interest in Macawi's downfall. As for the hate on Bridget for not figuring things out sooner... Honestly, trying to convince people of an unthinkable truth is HARD. Bridget BELIEVES Siobhan is dead. She has no reason to think otherwise, because all the "evidence" can be directly linked to someone else, NOT Siobhan. Besides, trying to force viewer knowledge on a character in the dark is beyond stupid. People tried to do it with Lost and Heroes and pretty much every soap opera in existence, but it's fruitless. The character will figure out the truth when it's time and when there is no other possible alternative to believe in.
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Mar 09, 2012
A very thoughtfull and consistent look on anything so far. I'm thinking the same on Bridget's denial - it' hard and as long as she stands in front of her sister she'll believe ANYTHING but.
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Mar 09, 2012
I love the show Ringer and this episode was pretty good and I do care about Machado and his back story and it would have been nice to have before but I have it now. It's about the journey and the fun of the twists and turns, every thing shouldn't be planned out perfectly. I think there is more to the characters than we realize and upon re-watching the season from the beginning we may pick up on clues not seen before. I certainly look forward to more episodes and seasons of Ringer!
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Mar 09, 2012
I like ringer, its not the best show ever but is entertaining, but these reviews are more inconsistent than ringer itself, one week you are liking it, the next you forget about that, make up your mind.
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Mar 08, 2012
-Machado is the most irrelevant character ever, the Macawi thing got Bridget and Malcom to NY but I stopped caring about that plot line in like episode 2

-Olivia obviously

-Andrew suddenly being all villainous and evil is just ridiculous, way too much of a character shift
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Mar 08, 2012
Boring ? come on if Ringer is anything it is not boring! it maybe cheesy , soapy but i don't think it is boring .
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Mar 08, 2012
I like it. The plot is crazy and the characters are all over the place in their motivations, but it's easy to watch - a soapy drama, very reminiscent of old 80's shows like Dallas - you know you're watching crap, but it's fun all the same. There are a lot of worthy critic-friendly shows that bore me to tears.



Henry is the most likely killer of Tyler. Tyler gave Olivia the flash drive (she didn't know of its existence before that) and he made a copy for himself as insurance. Andrew was at the hotel to find 'Siobhan' (his secretary told him she was meeting Tyler) - she wasn't there so he went to Malcolm's place to find her. Henry was under instructions from Siobhan to retrieve the flash drive from Tyler - he had been loitering around the hotel earlier. Henry also had the motivation of knowing that Tyler and Siobhan had probably been lovers in Paris (after Tyler's Skype call which was answered by Henry). Tyler recognised his killer - "What are you doing here?" - since he had seen him on that Skype call to Siobhan.
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Mar 23, 2012
Um...no. Tyler gave Olivia the files and kept the flash drive. The only way she could have gotten it later in the episode was from his body. Or...I guess...if they're being really cunning from him before the killer shot him. I guess it's conceivable that Olivia was the visitor Tyler was surprised to see, she confronted him about having a flash drive, he gave it up, she left and someone else came in and killed him. But, anyway...she didn't get the flash drive from Tyler in the car.
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Mar 08, 2012
This wasn't an awful ep which by Ringer's standard is EXCELLENT... but it is all a bit too late, definitely on Machado's story (Louis - your review is so right!!!)



Andrew did not kill Tyler - No clue who did but some guy left the building just as Andrew was arriving and he had suspicious gloves.... Anyhow... good riddance as Tyler was a complete moron as a character.... seriously this guy who completely lost it under pressure in this ep and who previously had been completely conned by Shiv the minx is supposed to be some kid of senior finance guy at Andrew Martin? No wonder the company needed a Ponzi scheme...
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Mar 08, 2012
BATMANUEL!!

On a rooftop of course
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Mar 08, 2012
I kind of have an opposite view from yours. I like Juliet's character, and think that it could have an important part in the story. But so far her role has been only a hasty addition to the show to get some kind of a sub-plot. in my mind the rape accusation storyline was just lame. From the very beginning I have been interested in why Siobhan did what she did, and all this stuff with the financials is closely connected to that. So I don't mind it at all.



However, the big problem is how the show keeps stringing us along. In my mind the beginning and the end of this show are as close to each other as a 5-minute walk from your apartment to the corner store. But the writers have put us in a taxi that takes us on a two-hour trip around the whole damn city to get to that store. I understand of course that the point of writing is to flesh out a story so that it'll last a whole season. But Ringer has taken this to the extreme. As you said Louis about Siobhan: "she's going to an awful lot of trouble to do it". There are all these weird detours which I have no idea why they are happening. I have lost track a long time ago of all the questions that haven't been answered. Now I only have this uncomfortable feeling that every time new information is revealed, I might or might not have gotten a back story to it earlier. Why did Gemma get kidnapped (and killed)? Why did Siobhan hire a hitman to kill Bridget? Was it so that it would seem that Siobhan had been killed, and the real Siobhan could continue living in Paris with money embezzled from Martin? What happened to the information Briget found about Charlie Young meeting with Siobhan? Sigh, I can't even remember a fraction of all the questions I have. Maybe it's a sign of that I'm not really invested in the show at all.
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Mar 08, 2012
This episode wasn't bad, but there were some moments when I was like ' Really? ' For starters, Bridget and Malcolm are absolute retards .. I don't believe how stupid 2 characters can be in a show. Bridget should have figured out that Siobhan is alive episodes ago, how many times does she need , for people telling her that they spoke with her as Siobhan but she still doesn't figure it out. And on the other side , the real Siobhan and Henry think two steps ahead. Also, Malcolm HAS TO DIE. He is useless to the story. He gets a blocked number from Siobhan, telling him off (where they were fine 2 mins ago) and he doesn't even suspect that 'Hey? what's going on here?' I really like Ringer, and I guess this is why it's so frustrating to see a show with a great potential leaving huge gaps in the story, loose ends, and really flat dialogues!
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Mar 08, 2012
You're right. And at this point I wish he'd leave the show because I think his character deserved more than to be some ex-drug addict's patsy.
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Mar 08, 2012
My guess



She wants to "take the money and run." She probably figured her sister would take her place and be killed quickly by Andrew. During which time she was going to take a large chunk of money an disappear.



If she stayed, even if she avoided criminal charges they would seize ALL assets leaving her as broke as when she lived with Bridget. So she wants to make a new life for herself.
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Mar 08, 2012
Too bad she didn't think to put money aside from somewhere else or the possibility her identical twin would take her place. Actually the smarter thing to do would have been to take the money out once she was in Paris & let her sister deal with the fallout. Better yet she should have put the money in a different account or the new identity she was using instead of leaving it in the same bank she'd been using.
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Mar 08, 2012
I have to say I agree with you. I found myself thinking the same thing last night & that I'm seriously thinking of letting it go. It seems to me that Siobhan was a horrible person from the beginning with Andrew according to her own stepdaughter's feelings towards her in the beginning. And according to his ex-wife she wasn't his ex in the beginning of their relationship so I can understand the hostility there. It did seem that Siobhan faked her death after last night's episode because of the possibility Andrew might try to quiet her. I understand she blames her sister for her son's death but then to be so cold blooded towards her to frame her for her "death?"



Other little things have bothered me though like the fact that it's never been figured out at this point that Siobhan might be alive. I mean all these phone calls & being seen, & fingerprints being left behind that it NEVER occured to her family or friends that something is seriously off with her. And then there's this back & forth stuff that doesn't seem to go anywhere. My biggest thing that has turned me off is the Malcolm story that just keeps getting worse. I mean here's a guy who seems to be in love with her & because of that closeness gets kidnapped, beat, & hooked on drugs. He's then doing everything to help her & she's turned on him so to speak to be with Andrew. A guy she barely knows. I'm starting to see why Siobhan has an issue with her. I mean who takes over someone else's life, moves in, sleeps with their husband, creates a life, & turns her back on the ONE person who's been to hell & back for her?
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Mar 08, 2012
Yeah but remember, the one who was being a bitch to him on the phone last night was really Siobhan. I'm not fully sure on how that was pulled off because I wasn't paying full attention (still have to rewatch it) but I do know it wasn't Bridget.
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Mar 08, 2012
And that's my point about Siobhan. It seemed like she was somewhat of a bitch when Bridget was an addict & her son was still alive. It could be because of Bridget's constant drain on her with being an addict or whatever happened between her & her son's dad. Either way she seemed to be a bitch from the beginning. It doesn't seem like she has a warm bone in her body, even with the flashback to her son, & is very calculated.



But the fact that Bridget is nicer than Siobhan doesn't change the fact that Malcolm has been nothing but a good friend to her, lover perhaps. He's been to hell & back for her. Yet instead of saying "hey this is a really great guy & what am I doing here?" She instead wants him to help her even further insinuate herself into her sister's life.
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Mar 08, 2012
I think that you are being a little harsh on Ringer. Granted the show at times has its ups and downs but what is we never gave freshmen shows a chance? I think for Ringer to make it to season 2 it needs to continue what its doing: Delievering somewhat suspenseful episodes week after week. I am really into this show and I hope that it makes it to season 2 and beyond. I remember reading somethingg SMG said in an interview that they had enough material for 3 seasons. So hopefully they can make it through this freshmen slump so we can all see what Ringer is really made of. Ive had high hopes from the beginning and I hope that others do as well.
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Mar 08, 2012
Pretty much had to be HG Wells (Olivia) who killed or had Tyler Killed, since she had the flash drive. Don't ya think?
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Mar 08, 2012
I think the point is to show us that, things are not always what they seem, and all that glitters is not Gold. Andrew seemed to be the perfect husband with the horrible wife siobhan. But i think it is the other way round. I think the reason why Siobhan seem to hate him so much, is because Andrew really was behind the hit on Siobhan at the beginning of the series. The guy the Bridget killed in the loft, really was after Siobhan because he called her Siobhan Martin not Bridget. Also I think Siobhan found out about Andrew trying to get rid of her, and has since then been plotting her revenge. In episode 2/3 not sure Andrew was on the phone to an unknown person stating that he was calling something off. we dont know what. But he got of the phone when Bridget walked in and stated that the wife has just walked in. I think Andrew is not the Mr Nice guy we all thought he was.
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Mar 08, 2012
Hmmm....that's an interesting thought....and what if HE was having an affair with Gemma? I mean after all, Gemma did tell her to meet her at the apartment where the guy ended up coming after her. OR maybe Andrew and Gemma found out about the affair waaaay before we thought Gemma did and they hatched this plan up as revenge, but it all went wrong? I don't know, there could be so many possibilities.
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Mar 08, 2012
Don't buy andrew as a villain at all, you're right there was no reason in previous episodes to think of him as a villain and now its like we're supposed to just for this one incident. Not that it wasn't shady but he just seems complicated right now, not evil.



I'll be sad if this doesn't get another season, I do find some enjoyment out of Ringer, plus I hate the idea of it getting cancelled and SMG just dissappering into oblivion again.
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