Friday, December 2, 2011

Ringer retorts "That's What You Get For Trying to Kill Me"

     In the mid-season finale of the CW's Ringer, "That's What You Get For Trying to Kill Me," Gemma's (Tara Summers) fate hangs in the balance. Charlie, a.k.a. John (Billy Miller, The Young & the Restless) grows impatient with the lack of resolution. Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar), who hires Charlie in the first place, offers to pay him if he will let Gemma live. When she isn't fast enough with the money, Charlie asks Bridget (also Gellar) for a ransom. Even though Bridget tries to pay, Charlie gets spooked, and gos ahead and kills Gemma. Siobhan is angry, and takes out Charlie in revenge.

     The death of Gemma in "That's What You Get for Trying to Kill Me" is both interesting and disappointing. Viewers are believing Gemma is dead for weeks, only to learn she is merely Charlie's captive. Then there is a completely contrived, terrible scene in which Gemma somehow survives a shot to the head (Charlie's aim is bad at THAT range!?), almost escapes, and learns that Siobhan is still alive. Yet, Charlie recovers from the blow she gives him in time to kill her before she can tell anyone. The whole sequence is handled so poorly, one almost forgets how cool it is that Gemma's murder is unexpected, especially after she is given a vital piece of information. Thus, the entire thing is a mediocre wash, that with a little better plotting, could have been really awesome.

     Siobhan's emotional attachment to Gemma is somewhat unexpected. Up to this point, Ringer paints Siobhan has a cold, heartless bitch. Of course, she must have been nice at some point, or Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) would never have married her, and Gemma wouldn't have been her friend. That empathetic side of Siobhan is shown briefly, as she kills Charlie.

     Bridget and Andrew are now a firm couple. It's a little icky, since Andrew is Bridget's twin sister's husband, and Andrew thinks Bridget is Siobhan.  But since the two are such a good match in personality, and they are both happy together, that kind of overrides the gross factor. As long as one doesn't think too hard on it. Of course, it can't last. Siobhan is back in town, and she probably won't be please that Bridget is 'fixing' her life. So poor Andrew, brought even closer to Bridget by recent tradgedy, faces a betrayal that might prove impossible for him to get over.

     Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) is just a big ball of mad these days. He hates Bridget, whom he thinks is Siobhan. He blames her for Gemma's death, and mucking up the ransom, eevn though it is Henry that spooks Charlie. His rage needs some focus, and it's a mystery who will get the brunt of it. Look for Tyler (Justin Bruening) to be a very similar character once it comes out that Siobhan's baby isn't his.

     The coolest part of "That's What You Get For Trying to Kill Me) is when Victor Machado (Nestor Carbonell) unmasks Jimmy (Darren Pettie, Mad Men), as a mole. Machado is a heck of a detective, and puts together the most obscure reference to do so. With smarts like these, it shouldn't take Machado too much longer to realize that Bridget is posing as Siobhan, especially with the real Siobhan back in town. Wonderful character who deserves more screen time!

     Also, kudos for the great Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer) guest appearance! Too bad it is so short, and she is murdered, so can't return in any part of substance.

     The final story in "That's What You Get For Trying to Kill Me" is the least satisfying. Juliet (Zoey Deutch) puts the moves very hard on Mr. Carpenter (Jason Dohring), only to be rebuffed. Then she claims that he rapes her. Carpenter is pretty mad at Juliet, but given his professionalism thus far, it seems unlikely he would commit such a heinous act. It's possible, but more likely, Juliet is lying because she is hurt at being rejected. Not really interested to see how this plays out, but hope it resolves quickly.

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1 comment:

  1. Killing Gemma was a mistake. I liked her character from the beginning and held out knowing she was still alive, only to be shot in the back because an ex-cop got "spooked"? No. They could have played of Siobhan coming back to NY to protect Gemma, Henry somehow finds out and comes to save her and inadvertantly gets shot by Siobhan with a bullet meant for Charlie (while Gemma stays unconscious) leading up to a secret that she is alive but also finds out later her husband was killed by her former best friend.


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