Ringer – Episode 1.02: She’s Ruining Everything
This week on Ringer: Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) keeps from getting rid of a body and decides pretending to be her sister may be more dangerous than being herself. Who knew being a socialite could be more dangerous than a fugitive wanted by the cops and the mob?
Shivette (Bridget pretending to be Siobhan) calls Malcolm (Mike Colter) her sponsor in Wyoming about shooting a hit man who meant to kill Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Then there is a very awkward few minutes as Gemma (Tara Summers), her best friend, walks around the penthouse unaware of the dead body under a tarp by her foot. Shivette runs home and starts packing a bag intent on rabbitting. Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd), her husband, interrupts and tells her Juliet (Zoey Deutch), her step-daughter, has gone missing. When Shivette runs into Juliet who is still clearly drunk in the morning Bridget is reminded of her own drunken past.
Shivette returns to the penthouse where work has stopped because the damage done in the struggle. It blamed on bad contractors who have now been fired. She contemplates chopping up the dead body with a circular saw when Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell), Bridget’s Wyoming police protection, comes to ask questions of Siobhan. Shivette blows him off and decides to skip town after talking to her sponsor. After withdrawing the balance of her unknown emergency account, we’re talking a withdrawal of bundles of bills of $10000 in that account, when Andrew calls about having to move a cocktail party to the penthouse that has a decorative corpse. Rushing back to the penthouse where there are workers already jazzing up the construction zone, Shivette clears the place and dumps the body into an “antique” trunk.
Shivette passes by her step-daughter who looks like she’s going to be partying on a street corner somewhere. Shivette tries to give her a warning based on Bridget’s past, but Juliet blows her off. Shivette shows up radiant and worried about her mystery trunk. Agent Machado confronts Shivette who puts him in his place at her party. Gemma makes a scene accusing another guest of sleeping with her husband (Kristoffer Polaha), who was sleeping with Siobhan. While Andrew is making a business pitch to the room, the dead man’s cell phone rings. Shivette retrieves the phone without showing the room the dead guy in the chest. There is a catty exchange between Shivette and Andrew’s business partner, Olivia (Jaime Murray).
After the party her husband thanks her for her support and hopes the old Siobhan he fell in love with is back. Then as Bridget tries to sneak out of the house and her assumed life she hears Juliet throwing up in the bathroom. After a brief exchange Bridget realizes that there are people here who need her help rather than she being the one who needs it. Bridget decides to stay and clean up Siobhan’s mess.
Somewhere in Paris, Siobhan tries to take out the money that Shivette has cleaned out. She makes a call and tells the recipient that she, Bridget, is ruining everything. When Shivette returns to the penthouse to permanently deal with the dead hit man’s body, it is already gone.
This week isn’t so twisty. It’s rather straight forward drama with the amusing plot of Bridget trying to get rid of a body in a place that everyone seems to want to be. I like how after she decides to bail on Siobhan’s screwed up life, she instead decides to stay because she sees so much of herself in Siobhan’s step-daughter. She feels needed rather than being the needy one. Hopefully her 12 step programs have taught her she can’t fix anyone, but herself. Still, I like that Bridget does care for these people even if they don’t know about her. The writing is good, not great. I’ll keep watching because it’s entertaining and I’ve forgotten how awesome SMG delivers lines. She is making an OK show flirt with greatness.http://pokupo.com/2011/09/26/ringer-episode-1-02-shes-ruining-everything/TVCW,Ringer,Sarah Michelle Gellar