Shiv's frenemy Greer is raising funds for Juliet's public [shudder] school, so Bridget (who is sporting bangs that I either love, love-to-hate or just plain hate) hosts a benefit at the Park Ave. pad. Juliet gets trashed during the party, so Andrew sends her to her room. When Bridget checks on her, she learns Juliet is trying to avoid Mr. "Logan" Carpenter and why, so Bridget turns into Buffy and punches him in the face, which would have worked better for me, had it not been teased five years ago, when the previous episode of Ringer aired.
By the way, Greer knows about Henry (Tool Belt) and Shiv's affair. Bridget-as-Shiv tells Greer it's over. But meanwhile...Siobhan is still in town, and she tells Henry they're not broken up any more. It's all so confusing. Shiv sneaks into Andrew's office, and then later sneaks into the Park. Ave pad, because she's trying to steal more information about Martin/Charles Financial. She can't help but peek at herself (well, Bridget) in the shower, though, which is really kind of creepy. She also steals the big rock Andrew gave Bridget on the anniversary of his wedding to Shiv. Poor Nice Buffy. Mean Buffy is totes the reason she can't have nice things (except, of course, for all the nice things Nice Buffy is currently enjoying as she assumes Mean Buffy's life).
Now that Gemma is actually dead, Tool Belt cares about her a lot, so he's cooperating with Agent Victor "Guyliner" Machado, in the Bridget Kelly investigation. Also? Malcolm gets at job at Andrew's firm, in order to keep an eye on him. Who can blame you, Mal? I like keeping both eyes on Andrew.
I suddenly feel like I have to watch all eleven episodes again, to even remember what the heck is going on with this show. All I know for sure is that it was a bad scheduling decision to let a new show go so long without any new episodes. When the last episode bowed, I was all squeeful about this show. Now, I'm just trying to remember who is who.
I'll be back with the full weecap, tomorrow. In the meantime, please grade the episode at the top of the page and then join us in the show thread, but please don't steal our jewelry.
Welcome back, everyone. I hope you enjoyed the hiatus, even though it was three weeks longer than we were promised, when Ringer aired its "mid-season finale." Eyeballing the ratings, it seems, "Out of sight, out of mind," is the applicable cliché. I thought I would be thrilled to have Ringer back on my screen, but expecting it to return January 10, and then having to wait until January 31, sort of burst my soapy little bubble. I imagine network scheduling must be a nightmare on even the best days, but I do not understand the wisdom behind the choice to delay Ringer's return. It's a baby show, still finding its audience. Oh well, let's get right to it, shall we?
Park Ave, Day: Bridget, getting ready to shower, removes the boulder of a rock that Andrew gave her for his six year anniversary with Siobhan. She smiles as she carefully lays the ring on a clean, empty soap dish. She gets in the shower, but her hair is still up in a clip. My mother calls. "Why isn't that dirty thing washing her hair?" We debate this, and I point out the new, heavy bangs, and mention I think Sarah Michelle Gellar (SMG) is wearing a wig now, for her Bridget role. Mum isn't interested in metatextual decisions, and finally offers this fanwank: "Well, she has so much money now, she probably gets her hair done every day."
While Bridget is showering, Siobhan enters the bathroom. Don't worry, as I read (maybe on our boards, I can't remember) nobody living in the Park Ave pad has any peripheral vision. Bridget's back is to the door, so she never sees her twin just standing there, staring at her. I've read dozens of Psycho references to this scene, so I'm guessing you have, too. Commercial. Yikes. Save me. It's that JC Penney ad where all they do is scream. Oh, yes! Salvation arrives in the form of a phone call. It's mum, again. "Oh c'mon. Bridget never sensed someone was in the room?" I should just ask mum to write this up for me, and be done with it.
New York City, Evening, Two Days Earlier: Bridget and Andrew are laughing cozily in a restaurant, when they're joined by their friends Jeffrey (Brody Hutzler) and Greer Sheridan (Mädchen Amick). As then men shake hands, Greer hands Bridget a bouquet of peonies and we flashback to Malcolm and Bridget going through NA Charlie/John's things, and finding an envelope. On it is a note with Siobhan's first name, then "Pivoine 419." Cut to Bridget doing a web search and learning pivoine is French for peony. Back in the present, Bridget eyes Greer, suspiciously. Greer is a catty little baggage, but she's the kind of catty that often escapes men, and seldom escapes women. While the men chitchat, Bridget makes a comment about peonies being out of season. "You must have gone to a lot of trouble to get these." When Greer smarms, "Oh, anything for you," Bridget's expression hardens. Greer: "You really want to do this, now?" Andrew and Jeffrey remain clueless. Bridget remains silent.