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Ringer 1x04: It's Gonna Kill Me, but I'll Do It

Posted on the 05 October 2011 by Tvgeek @TVGeek_blog

Ringer 1x04: It's Gonna Kill Me, but I'll Do It

Original Air Date: 4 October 2011


Storyline: Bridget and Andrew head to the Hamptons with Gemma and Henry to celebrate her birthday. Despite the close quarters, Henry is dead-set on rekindling his affair with Siobhan. Gemma learns some unsettling news, while FBI agent Victor Machado closes in on some new information, which forces Bridget to reveal some of her past in order to protect her secrets. Best Quote:

Tyler: Your breakfast, madame.
Siobhan: One night with me and you're already speaking French?
Tyler: Uh, one word a night. This is gonna take a long, long time. Thank God.


Review: This was, hands down, the best episode so far. We don't need Buffy action to love this show, the psychological games are much more suited for this show and a lot more fun to watch. And between the flashbacks, Bridget's struggles to go on with this new life and Siobhan's machinations - that are yet to be revealed -, there really wasn't much time to breathe.

With a focus on the twins' birthday, the episode brings forth Bridget's emotions regarding this event and what it meant for her and her sister while they were still close. The flashbacks are probably the best way to show the strained relationship between the two, as well as each of their personalities. Sarah Michelle Gellar is getting more and more comfortable in portraying two characters that couldn't be more different from one another. 
We're still left in the dark about Siobhan's real plans - that not only involve getting rid of her sister, but have something to do with Andrew as well (ruining his firm maybe?), but revealing everything wouldn't make things interesting anymore. Plus, I'm glad that we get to see more of her and I'm really curious about her objectives. She doesn't seem to mind using men in order to get what she wants, despite having real feelings towards Henry, but it's far from me to consider her a villain. Bridget hurt her in the past and that most certainly had something to do with who she is. And a character that has some darkness inside is always more interesting than someone who is always playing by the rules and that's just one reason why I love this show so much: no one is essentially good or bad.
As for Bridget, while she learns how to be her sister one day at a time, things are not always easy. Henry and agent Machado are her main problems in this episode, but falling for Andrew might make things even more difficult. 
I'm starting to dislike Henry - despite my crush on Kristoffer Polaha. He acts like a teenager and compromises both his and Siobhan's marriage. As a rule of thumb, discussing your affair with a married woman when her husband and your wife are in the same house is never a good idea - proven by Gemma finding out about her best friend sleeping with her husband and possibly being pregnant by him. I have to give it to Tara Summers in this episode: she played the emotional turmoil to perfection. But it all lead to Bridget confessing to her who she was - and she didn't really have a chance; not telling the truth would have endangered her more and I actually like the idea of Gemma knowing she is not Siobhan. Bridget might have someone guiding her through her sister's universe from now on (this is where it gets a little predictable and it reminds me of La Usurpadora, but I'm still hooked and can't wait to see how this plays out).
As for Machado, I'm getting a creepy vibe out of him. Are FBI agents supposed to trespass, open up lockers and check out cell phones without a warrant? He has a knack for appearing out of nowhere but his determination to put Bodaway behind bars is making this character so intense. But Bridget saved it quite well, up until he saw Malcolm's number in what is supposed to be Siobhan's phone. There's no way burning the evidence of her past life is enough now!
I'm getting more and more excited about this show and it's doing a very good job in keeping us wanting more. Luckily I watch a lot of TV shows, otherwise the week would just pass unbearably slow waiting for the next episode.
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