I gotta hand it to the folks at Ringer, I think they knew the end was near so they just keep going for broke with these last few episodes. Even if they don’t get a second season at least they will be remembered as that bat-shit crazy show Sarah Michelle Gellar did for a season on The CW. We should have known the ship was going down when the wardrobe went from being cutting edge fashion to Target chic.
On last night’s episode. Catherine tries to kill Bridget, who she thinks is Shiv, when Andrew foils her plan she decides to kill them both, when Juliet foils that plan she decides to hold everyone hostage. Then she calls, wait for it… Olivia, her lover and partner in crime. Olivia is having none of this craziness and tells Catherine good-bye, sending Catherine over the edge, or more over than she is already. Our hapless tri call Agent Machado on cell phone they have hidden in the couch, using the old one way call to fill him in on their situation. He springs into action, and heads off to Olivia’s, he uses her to lure Catherine out of the apartment. She takes Bridget hostage and heads to Olivia’s, where our FBI guy finally gets to save the day.
Meanwhile, Shiv is still trying to get Henry cleared of Tyler’s murder. She heads over to Oksana’s (the hotel maid that fingered Henry) and quickly figures out Oksana is a high priced hooker and that is why her payoff wasn’t nearly enough. One of Oksana’s tricks shows up, she hides Shiv in the closet. Ok, if all the crazy with Catherine wasn’t enough, check this out. Shiv is locked in the closet while Oksana and her customer have sex, do blow and Oksana od’s, and to top it off Shiv goes into labor. Love this crazy show!!
Shiv has a C-section, her twins, yes her female twins are premature and in bad shape. Henry is by her side, and in a move that proves Henry bought a clue, he asks the doctor for a paternity test. Go Henry.
I am not sure how they can top this if they get a second season, I am sure they will have to dial it back a bit if they do.
What are the possible cliffhangers for next week’s finale? The paternity test? Does Macawi kill Shiv or Bridget? Does Andrew figure it out? One thing I am sure of, I won’t get a satisfying end to the show. What would I do if it was up to me, if I was Pam Veasy and The CW let me know I had one hour to wrap it up.
First of all I would apologize to the audience that stuck it out all season, I would apologize for squandering the talents of Ioan Gruffudd, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Jason Dohring. I would apologize for taking a show with an interesting premise, and some great glossy noir episodes in the first half of the season and letting it unravel into the campy crapfest we witnessed in the last 12 episodes.
Then, Malcolm leads Machado to Macawi, Machado gets shot (doesn’t die) Malcolm saves him and kills Macawi in the process. A new bromance is born. Henry finds out the twins aren’t his or Andrew’s and leaves Shiv and the twins. Shiv, leaves the hospital, abandoning the twins to social services. Henry and Bridget renew their vows, the second half of the episode is filled with wedding fun, Juliet and Bridge getting all gussied up. Henry and Tim coming to an agreement over Martin Charles and destroying the flash drive.
Last two minutes of the episode, set against some of the music this show is known for using. (The CW site for Ringer music)
Bridget walks down the aisle, to a beaming Andrew
Shiv walking down the street
Bridget gets to Andrew, he leans in to kiss her and whispers in her ear, I love you Bridget. Pull back to reveal Bridget’s reaction.
Cut to Shiv walking into a strip club to apply for a job.
Chessy, obvious, but hey after the crap Pam really wrote how could my version be any worse.