Ringer: Time Keeps on Slippin'

Ringer S01E19: "Let's Kill Bridget!"

I bitch about Ringer from week to week, occasionally stopping to remark on an inoffensive or even mildly entertaining episode. But for the most part, I have hated this show. I know some of you enjoy Ringer and I wonder why I can’t just snap out of it and learn to embrace the badness. Believe me, I’ve thought about it, and I’ve made some attempts, but Ringer is just not good enough or campy enough for me.

While watching this week's episode, "Let's Kill Bridget!," I struggled to think of what I would write that didn't just reiterate my complaints from last week (or the weeks before that). And then it struck me: This particular episode had some of the worst pacing and time jumps I’ve seen all season. Ringer: always giving me something new to harp on.

We began the episode in media res, a fancy way of saying the action was already going on. Henry was being interrogated for a murder, Andrew was kissing Catherine, and either Bridget or Siobhan had been hit by a sniper. Fine. Starting in the middle can be an effective way of building suspense: You watch the episode knowing that things are about to take a turn for the much worse. It keeps you on the edge of your seat, both excited to see what’s coming next and dreading the eventual outcome.

The problem with doing this in Ringer's case is that we already know the show traffics in fake-outs. It’s hard to get concerned about all the terrible things on the horizon when we can guess that they’re not quite as terrible as they seem. Case in point: Andrew kissing Catherine was a brief, drunken moment, and Bridget only pretended to get shot by the assassin. To be fair, Henry really was being interrogated for Tyler’s murder, but I’m long past the point of caring about him. All due respect to Kris Polaha—Ringer simply hasn’t given him anything good to work with.

But the episode didn’t just begin with a time jump: It played with non-linear storytelling throughout. There are shows that can pull this off well (Lost and Damages spring to mind), but Ringer just gave me whiplash. It’s telling that the most exciting scene in the episode, the confrontation between Bridget and Siobhan, was just dropped in there haphazardly. I’m assuming it’s going to happen in one of the next few episodes? Clearly it occurs after Bridget attempts to fake her death, but what was it doing in this episode at all? It’s such an exciting moment—the season has been building up to this. And we get a short, out-of-context scene? What a waste.

Ringer continues to flub its big moments. See also: Juliet confessing her role in the rape accusation plot to Andrew. This was an important, shocking turn—and it was reduced to a matter-of-fact flashback. Andrew casually dropped that he knew already, and then we saw that Juliet did, indeed, come clean to her father. That was a scene we should have arrived at organically, not something the show slipped in because the plot wouldn’t make sense otherwise.

And let’s talk about the episode’s biggest reveal: Catherine is the one with a hit out on Siobhan. Okay, surprising, neat, etc. My problem is that Catherine was introduced relatively late in the season. We’ve spent an awful lot of time on Macawi, with the belief that he was trying to have Bridget (or Siobhan) killed. Then we spent an awful lot of time suspecting Andrew of trying to have Siobhan killed. And for what? If it was Catherine all along, then so much of Ringer’s first season was a waste. I know that mysteries have to struggle to stretch themselves out over the course of a full TV season, but jerking the audience around with false lead after false lead is just cruel.

There are a manageable three episodes left. Also, the next two are called “If You’re Just an Evil Bitch Then Get Over It” and “It’s Called Improvising, Bitch!” So we’re obviously in for something special.

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I didn't think the B/S confrontation was out of context - it was quite clearly Siobhan indulging in some wish fulfilment as the stared at Bridget and Machado through the window of the cafe.



I do agree about the Andrew/Juliet confession being dropped in in flashback - I was seriously disappointed. I still have no clue why I watch this show each week. Each week I hit play expecting disappointment and each week I end up thoroughly enjoying myself, despite it making zero sense and being annoying with the fakeouts. Go figure. I can't.



But by this point I'm just living for the moment when these characters realise they've been played and the Juliet confession was a big moment I'd been anticipating. So I felt somewhat cheated.
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i just love everything about ringer please renew
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This was an awesome episode, exactly what I was waiting for, and I was still surprised. I like the way Ringer is written, directed, edited, and the acting is superb. It is evident how much time and thought went into the series and I appreciate that type of production rather then most other trash on tv. I think the reviews of this show have been a little hard. Am I the last real Ringer fan out there who can suspend some disbelief and enjoy the story for what it is, and the feelings it evokes within? This is one series to re-watch from the beginning and pick up the subtle clues, as I'm currently doing with Game of Thrones, and its amazing what you find you missed the first time around, even if an avid tv watcher!
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The weird thing for me is, I can't stop watching it! LOL! I guess I'm just a sucker for punishment (mine in this case). I gave up ranting about this show after the third or fourth episode. I kind of figured the writing was hap hazard, which it most definitely is. Too bad great cast with little or nothing to say.
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Awwwww Ringer...You cant surprise me anymore...Your writing is so inconsistent..so off the wall....its almost a crime...The big "reveal" at the end was probably the most logical TWIST the writers have laid out this year...It doesnt matter that the character hasnt been around most of the year...She has reason/motive/oppurtunity..Most importantly BECAUSE Ringers' writers deem it so......I havent seen a show flip flop this much since since S6 of 24!,,but thats a rant for another time..The craziest thing about this show..It has a helluva lot in common with Revenge on ABC..and Revenge explores similar themes/betrayal under a bigger web..

Unfortunately Revenge is greart...Ringer..well if you had come out last year.....you probably still would've been cancelld..but maybe youd have a second season..I wil be with you to the END.....By the GODS im gonna make is through these last 3 eps...
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Um, OK I think you should stop "watching" and reviewing this show because you hate it so much that I think you even "watch" it with the Mute on.



Anyways, Bridget and Shiv confrontation wasn't real, wasn't a flash forward. It was being imagined by Shiv while she watched Bridget.



Andrew kissing Catherine wasn't a drunken moment, SHE kissed him and he played along.
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They should call the CBI to come in and straighten this out, I'm sure they have jurisdiction in New York. And if they don't, how would anyone know, they have a fictional website - you could look it up, well, maybe not...
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This show is neither great or terrible but it is fairly watchable. That said, I'm going to keep watching cause the episodes have great titles like, P.S. You're an Idiot...
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be easy. i know that you have not been a fan of this show. i have read every review that you have done and for the most part you have given each episode a bad review. i can understand your frustrations, but with last nights episode i kind of got excited and a little surprised when i found out that it was Catherine that put the hit out on Sibohan. And when it was revealed that Andrew totally played her on the whole selling of the property thing. I will admit sometimes they go a little of course and stray away from what needs to be said or done. But I am having fun figuring it all out. I love Sarah MIchelle Gellar and I think (and hope) that this show has more to give us. Fingers crossed it get picked up for another season so maybe (for your sake/sanity) they can redeem themselves for a lakcluster first season.
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Chevon, Siobhan, what's up with that....
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Irish Gaelic
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I guess it's like Shon and Sean...
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I thought it was just Siobhan dreaming of what she wanted to happen.
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Me too. It seemed more like what she wanted to happen than the future.
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Agreed. The scene between Bridget and Siobhan was badly placed. Whatever the hell it was.



However, I never thought the viewers were at any point supposed to think that Macawi found Bridget and was trying to kill her. That was just Bridget's stupid idea, like thinking Siobhan is dead. The viewers have known since before the first episode that someone was trying to kill Siobhan. You might still argue that much of the season was a waste since it was neither Andrew or Olivia trying to kill her, but it was never going to be Macawi. Only Bridget and Machado were stupid enough to believe that.
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Really? I have to say I'm surprised that anyone could be confused by that scene. It seemed very clear to me that Siobhan was imagining what she'd like to do as she stared at Bridget and Machado through the cafe window. It didn't seem to be particularly confusing at all.
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I guess you are among the few who seems to believe that Machado and Bridget watch the show every week and have all the same elements that the viewers have...
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I'm among the few that believe that keeping major secrets that the audience knows from main characters for an entire season is bad writing. Especially when Bridget's been ample reasons to suspect Siobhan is alive and only one poorly staged reason to think she's dead. Am I watching a drama or a comedy, because that's the only excuse for being this clueless this long.
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"Especially when Bridget's been ample reasons to suspect Siobhan is alive" ????



Well, tell me some because I don't see any...but I guess I'm stupid too... ;-)
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First Louis let me say that it must be overwhelming for you to write reviews about a show you clearly totally despise!!!!

I get Ringer isn't as nearly clever as it wanted to be in the first place.

However, after weeks of reading you, I've had enough & I've to write back, sorry.

Give us and the show a break, please!!!!

YOU CLEARLY misunderstood the confrontation between the twins which was definitely Siobhan thinking/ dreaming about it. My point is that you can point the wrongs, but at least you should do it correctly. This means that she still dreads the confrontation, even though she hates Bridget.

Then, if I remind correctly you found Catherine interesting when she was first introduced and frankly the fact she's behind the hit out on Siobhan is quite logical and unexpected IMO, credit where credit's due, there was nothing wrong with this info for me: it WORKS!!!

To conclude, sorry but I won't bother reading your last reviews on what will probably be the last three episodes, because even if I think the episodes are much better after reading you, I'm also quite pissed after reading and that's not something I like.

I need fair and objective criticism, not systematic grumbling.
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I agree with the review and the comments below - I was kind of excited from the promo, promising the 'big reveal' - a meeting of Bridget and Siobhan, but oh, be still, my heart...it was only an illusion. Of course it was, what did I expect? I'm glad there are only 3 episodes left, because all that jerking around and dragging of mysteries is suspiciously starting to resemble a soap opera...

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+1 on the complain about the time jumps... The episode starts, then we are two days in the past where Bridget tells Juliet she needs to talk to Andrew or else she will. Then, two days later, Andrew tricks Catherine and tells her, Juliet came to him a week ago... Oh wait, wasn't that like 5 days before Bridget gave her the deadline? So why would she go to Andrew and not tell Bridget about it? *myheadhurts*



-1 on the scene with Siobhan and Bridget. Clearly Bridget was having a day dream, so that scene has not and will not happen.



My guees for the future: Catherine and Siobhan are in the same boat and Olivia is their executing hand. Too twisty? I don't think so, especially if it was Andrews idea in the end to get back to Henry for sleeping with his wife... hahahaha
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That would have to be Siobhan's daydream, as Bridget is an idiot and still thinks Siobhan is dead.
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Number one it was never proven that Andrew wanted Siobhan, killed or hurt that was Olivia idea if she got too close to the ponzi scheme, second Macawi does what Bridget's mouth closed one way or another, now Siobhan does have an axed to grand with Bridget, for various reason's, IMO Ringer is getting better and better I suggest just watch and lower your expectations a liitle
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If I remember correctly, Andrew very well told Siobhan: "I will kill you", 2 or 3 episodes back.



How can you say "Ringer is getting better and better" and "I suggest just watch and lower your expectations a little" in the same sentence?

Is the show getting better or do we need to lower our expectation? It can't be both... :)
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Andrew also stated that he was not serious when he made that statement now the person who was serious was OLIVIA , second Swinglabacase individuals watch shows , have very high expectations, when they are not meant they wine, complain, basically "B" example Terra Nova, I knew that TN would suck therefore I did not watch it, hint no dissappointment
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Yeah, afterward... but when he said it he looked quite menacing and I too could have believe that he was behind the hit. Andrew was very well set to be a villain but that's the thing... the plot lines are continually twisted and end up nowhere. Once a while, it is cool but, too often it makes a weaker show.
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If you've never seen go find Polaha in home base. It was one of the first things I ever watched on Ebaums world (ah the good old days of internet). Great start to his career.
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The image of Bridget and Siobhan seemed to me like Siobhan imaging the future confrontation, not the reality.

I kinda liked not knowing that Andrew had been told about the whole scheme. It was an awesome moment when Catherine walked in all triumphant looking only to see Andrew there. That scene gave us a lot of great things. First, the shock on Catherine's face. Second., the realization that Juliet and Andrew with Bridget as Siobhan are better people to each other. In days past Juliet would not have cared that she caused her Father problems. And third it showed us that Andrew can be conniving little bastard who can act like he is clueless when in fact he is not. Even with booze in him he can hold his own against a very manipulative Catherine.

The Catherine trying to kill Siobhan thing actually makes more sense that Macawi because an attempt was made long before Malcolm came and while I know there are crazy men out there who do kill their wives, it made more sense that Andrew was just angry and fed up and in his anger threatened his wife.

I agree that the jerky nature of the flashbacks wasn't so great and I really don't care about Henry, I still like the episode. To me it is just amusing. Bridget is a total idiot, but she has her heart kinda in the right place. She is at least improving Andrew and Juliet and getting that crazy Catherine out of the way. I have a feeling that I will like Machado more now that he is suspended. I do really want the teasing to end though. I am getting sick of seeing the twins meeting only to find out it was a dream or some other kind of imagining. Bridget needs to turn her brain on and at least consider the possibility. But I guess if I were her I would not be thinking that my twin who killed herself would have faked her death in order to go into hiding and she can't go around asking questions because then it could backfire.

I will say that while I enjoy the sheer ridiculous nature of this show along with some of the actually good story telling, it has weaved so many lies, problems and mysteries together that I wonder how much of it the writers actually understand themselves.
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That was my thought too, not a flash-forward so much as Siobhan imagining confronting Bridget, and realizing she can't forgive her at all.



Which is getting to be annoying: hating her is one thing, but blaming her and wanting her dead for penance is another. Siobhan is lacking in the "reality" department, but I guess that goes without saying after all of the crazy stuff she'd been doing.
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If you have nothing nice to say then you should better keep quiet! Stick with that. Otherwise you ruin the show for us.
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The thing is that it is supposed to be the opposite: the reviewer writes what he thinks of a show and if WE don't like what he writes, WE don't come back to read more.



Maybe YOU could tell us what is so great about this show...
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well i love Ringer. it's full of twists and turns and just keeps you guessing. it's pathetic people who don't like it(or understand it really) write reviews about it and make people think it's not worth watching at all. people should be able to decide for themselves. so many people are crazy about Twilight, for example, and i can't stand it.. if you ask me it's the worst vampire movie ever made... and i don't go writing poor reviews about it cause i watched the first movie, didn't like it.. gave it another shot at new moon and fell asleep in the middle of the movie..and I DIDN'T BOTHER TO SEE THE 3RD MOVIE. So, Louis, why do you even bother? you don't like it, don't watch it and shut the fuck up about it cause there are people who love it! i love it, i love Sarah's acting, her facial expressions are stunning! everyone is doing a great job and what i love about the characters is that they're complex, none of them is black&white.. i want a 2nd season of Ringer.
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I completely agree Nina, people like him should just watch something they like!!



He mentions Lost, well I very much loved Lost for the first couple of seasons, but after that it became completely ridiculous and the ending absolutely SUCKED!!!



If you call that a perfect series then you have no groud to judge other shows in my opinion. Let the people who like something live in piece and don't watch shows you hate and then just bitch to bitch....
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