Watch Ringer's Amazingly Bad Boat Scene (VIDEO)

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



The show lost 50% of interest for me...
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It was a crappy scene anno 2011, but I find the show very interesting and will tune in again next week.
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Yeah, it was terrible! The worst scene! :-D
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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.
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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
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Wtf is this 1985 this is horrible and unacceptable in todays tv world even if it is the small screen.
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Wow, first I thought that you were exaggerating, but this was horrifyingly awful...
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I expected more from this show but still I try to watch. Maybe it will change and i agree with you the special effect were terrible.
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Yes, that scene was TERRIBLE. The pilot was just OK, I'll watch a few more episodes.
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I have to admit I liked the first episode, it drew me in... i'll be back for more. The boat scene was pretty tragic but I can over look that , good to see SMG back on the small screen
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I also think it's such an amazing coincidence that the sister with the expensive name turned out to be the rich bitch and Bridget... well... you know, not so much!



Almost as if their parents intended it this way! Poor Bridget...
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Haha good point too! This show is the gift that keeps on giving.
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I totally don't understand how there are 2 SMG's?!?!!?
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Magic, dude. Magic. Or cloning.
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even the audio sounded off, sounded like it was in a room, not on the open water. Stinky
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Not that I liked the pilot too much but as to the boat scene, I have seen a lot worse.
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It wasn't great. It wasn't horrible. (except this boast scene, trust me while I was watching it I thought this is just...bad) and its not SMG's fault that I dont really care about the characters, it's the writing. I think she did her best with having to play dual (triple including pretending to be the other sister) roles. I'll stick around for a few more weeks, if it continues to suck...meh oh well.
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the story was great.the acting was great and it was a great pilot.sure some scenes were like really not great but i got over them b/c its the pilot.and even tho smg is very talented im sure shes a little rusty its been so long sinces shes act b/c she been taking care of her daughter.sarah said shes return to tv b/c shes loves acting and with movies women actress dont have alot of roles b/c they only can play wife,or girlfrirend or something and she said tv is the best thing for women actress.....but anyway i love the show the acting was fine and the characters was so intersting.ppl already saying this copied off the lying game no the lying game copied off ringer considering ringer been had a buzz since last year and then out of nowhere the lying game appers.ppl need to really do their homework...stop hating if u dont like it fine but let the ones that do enjoy alone.let us watch it in peace.
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that was extra bad acting and yes the vid was poor. I figured the lead up to the vid was sarcasm but was not expecting such a bad video.
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This is indeed a boat ride from old television history. Everything looks and feels fake. No wonder the acting is so uninspired. Frankly the acting is very bad. Unfamiliar with Buffy or any other performance by Miss Gellar, I never imagined her to be so... lifeless. A pilot for a series like this should offer prime quality entertainment, so that as a viewer you get drawn in and hooked. This is Wonder Woman all over again. One very bad little clip with a snow ball effect. This show looked promising, but I won't waste my time on it.
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She was truly amazing on Buffy, though I agree it was kind of really flat here...
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I can stand the mid-shots and the close-ups just fine, but that wide shot where Siobhan retrieves the drinks from the cooler at the back of the boat - just horrible.
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What the heck was so darn horrible about it? How would YOU film it????????? Geez.
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Yeah.. that scene was laughably bad..
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I'm always baffled by those who love an actor/actress so much that they're blind to even their worst performances.
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Hi Tim,

Could you please do another review or share your thoughts on let's say the first episode of Supernatural. Not so great in the CGI department either, but became a top CW show. Let's give the producers some time to develop this show. By the time the season is over there's is still time to flame it.



I have not seen the pilot yet and maybe it is that hillarious, but let's see what the show will bring us. There is a chance it will get better like for example Falling Skies...
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And sorry Tim Surette. I completely disagree with you on this one.
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Ok, what bad special effects? What bad acting? I'm so glad to hear that you're all experts on these subjects. It's all subjective anyway. You either like what you see or don't and I loved this first episode. Very intriguing and I will definitely continue to watch. Awesome show so far! Great job, SMG and the other actors and crew.
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It was a pretty bad pilot. The story is ridiculous, but more important I couldn't care less about either of the twins by the end of it.
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Gotta love Pilots.... Let's just hope that now that they have (maybe) some sort of production budget it will get better. Also, my personal pet peev with this show is that Siobhan sounds like Shivonne. Seriously? And I love SMG....
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yeah I've seen/heard that name before and it always throws me off.
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Besides the weird CGI effects, I really don't like Siobhan's outfit (or the huge sunglasses) in the boat scene.
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that had to be the worst thing I have ever witnessed on TV!! really, really bad. You could see the pixels in her face! I was hoping this would be a good series.
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Worst scene I've ever seen on TV. And, some of the worst acting I've ever seen on TV ... guess this is why I stay away from CW shows.
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Was this the best thing I ever saw on tv? No. But it was very entertaining and I can't wait to see more. I have liked watching SMG since Swan's Crossing and she has never disappointed me.
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Ok, when I first heard about this show it sounded terrible, but everyone was freaking out and raving and the CW picked it up all because of this "Sarah Michelle Gellar" person. Now I've watched the above scene after we've established the show really is terrible, but... that performance was atrocious (especially compared to Nina Dobrev's doppleganger scenes on VD). She's terrible. Why were you people so excited she was "coming back" to tv? Maybe there's a reason she hasn't been on tv in a long time in the first place!

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yeah shes been taking care of her baby
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Geez, since when did The CW outsource their CGI to the people at the SyFy Channel? Hopefully with the money they saved they can afford to give Sarah Michelle an acting coach.
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her acting is fine to me.
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this show sux why can't these tv people come up with something original (Lying Game) you know like all the Vampire shows that were all running at the same time last year if I remember there was Vampire Diaries, The Gates & True Blood probably more I forget.
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sorry but the lying game copied off ringer..ringer been talked about sense almost last year but they didnt make it official until jan. and just when they statrted showing promos for ringer chraisma came out with deadly sibling rivary and then the lying game.sorry to burst ur bubble but lying game copy off ringer.
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She seems rusty.
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Meh... identity theft, affairs, triangles, love drama, generic mob plot, evil twin...



This is a soap disguised as a legitimate series. Saw the pilot, won't be back for more.
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The Wiseau reference was funny until you explained it ;)
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Sorry! But there are some poor folk out there who haven't witnessed the glory that is The Room!
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never mind, i love your reviews :)
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This had to be my favorite scene out of the entire pilot. Hey lets go out on a boat......... "How long was I out for?"- Finds empty pill bottle with wedding ring in it. Floating article of clothing- OMG she's dead! Duh I'll take over. Bridget is pretty dense if she couldn't figure out that was a set up. And Siobhan is a douchebag.
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on Jimmy Fallon, SMG said some article said "Bridget is a ho and Siobhan is a b****" lol
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I'd switch those around.
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bad special effects do not make a bad pilot episode, bad writting does. Remember Lost pilot episode with the polar bear scene What are you talking about? The first six episodes of Lost were amazing. The polar bear was just another aspect that made the show so terrifically mysterious. The bad writing didn't ruin the show until season two.
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bad special effects do not make a bad pilot episode, bad writting does. Remember Lost pilot episode with the polar bear scene. I am still laughing about that one. Also, what about the submarine effect in Season 5 Finale of Lost. That was one of the biggest budgeted shows on tv and it even struggled with special effects sometimes. I will put the blame on the budget (obviously) and the very short post production periods television episode get. Let's not forget movies have ten times the budget and time to get things right and if they don't, then that was a long waste of time. Televison is not given the same. I say move on and enjoy the show. The dinasours on Terra Nova don't look so real either (though the special effects are obviously better than this shows).
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OK, during the first two seconds of the scene I laughed a little at the set-up, but for the rest of the scene I didn't care about the studio setting. I was too mesmerized by SMG. The scene is quite an insignificant detail to be upset about. But the "How long was I out for?" line actually was quite bad. Felt like a very theatrical line by an actress playing Snow White just after she woke up.
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I was half expecting Sharktopus to jump out of the water.
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Ha ha, nice.
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"What's wrong with the boat scene CGI?" -Guy who worked on the boat scene CGI.
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The boat moving up and down/her waking up WAS pretty bad. I lol'ed at the The Room reference, btw (theroomsoundboard.com... so awesome lol).
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I was too busy watching the beautiful and talented Sarah Michelle Gellar to notice the not so great special effects. Doesn't seem like a big deal to me.
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Did you notice the not so great acting too?
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You're right! Really not a big deal. This scene is stellar in every way. Sheesh, Tim. So hard to please.
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I have to agree with you, even though I think it might be a nice show to watch, this scene was quite aweful x)
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Awful, you say? I think it was terrific!
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Omz, THANK YOU! I feared it might be an industry standard but it was just too baaad. For real this isn't even acceptable in an amateurmovie.
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Even MTV's "Teen Wolf" far surpassed this, and I figure that show had an even smaller budget.
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