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Ringer 1x08: Maybe We Should Get a Dog Instead

Posted on the 16 November 2011 by Tvgeek @TVGeek_blog

Ringer 1x08: Maybe We Should Get a Dog Instead

Original Air Date: 8 November 2011

Storyline: Andrew and Bridget are told some upsetting news that also affects Henry. Juliet continues to form an unlikely bond with her teacher and Malcolm shows up in New York, where Agent Machado confronts him. Meanwhile, Siobhan's relationship with Tyler is jeopardized.Best Quote:

Siobhan: I've spent the last few weeks listening to a man complain about his job. I don't need to do it long distance.

Review: Malcolm's arrival in New York City is the one thing that can screw things up for Bridget and not let her have any time off from her problems. It's what this week's episode is centered on. 

Very little is actually said about Bridget's non-pregnancy, which was surprising. On one hand, I'm glad Ringer's showrunners didn't go with the soap-opera approach and have her fall down a flight of stairs to fake a miscarriage, but they weren't too far from that either. I'm also glad she didn't turn up to be miraculously pregnant either, since credibility is already a problem with a show that has so many twists and turns as this one does. But I wish there were more drama surrounding this, at least with Henry. 
Overall though, this piece of business has been developed to my liking in what concerns the Martin family. After a short conflict between Bridget and Andrew due to the lack of trust he clearly still has in his wife (and I have to say I'm getting bored of having the "no more games" line repeated in almost every episode so far), all got well again between the two and - go figure! - Juliet was actually kind and warm towards her stepmother. And she gave - yet again - the line that would make the episode's title. I see a pattern here.
But getting back to Malcolm, as he was the main attraction - if I may say so - of the week, his presence in New York might have gotten things a lot more complicated than they already were. Thankfully, Bodaway's men didn't follow him, but agent Machado couldn't have possibly let him be, since Malcolm was probably the only person who knew where Bridget was. So far, Machado has had a great nose for finding leads, but he was a disappointment this week. No one with a little bit of experience in being a detective would have bought that fake conversation Bridget and Malcolm had at the cafe, I can't understand how he didn't see past her tactics and Malcolm's poor acting skills.
But Malcolm's arrival didn't only put Bridget in a perilous situation, but also had Siobhan worried. Was it because she doesn't want her sister discovered? Her end game is still an unknown but it probably has something to do with Henry. Though I'm not so sure love and jealousy determined her to get rid of Gemma, but probably the fact that Gemma was going to tell everyone who Bridget really was. What will Charlie do now about Malcolm, who is now comfortably living under his roof? I hope he doesn't have the same fate as Gemma, though he's an expendable character.
As always, I liked the flashbacks - aren't they just the best way of showing a person's past and character? They were introduced perfectly during the episode, to point out to the relationship between Bridget and Malcolm and make us understand how they got to be so close. 
Other stuff that happened: Juliet is falling for her teacher (and who wouldn't fall for Neptune's resident bad boy?), but Mr. Carpenter is determined to keep his distance. Will that work out for him? Of course not, Juliet is a resourceful young woman who doesn't mind being transferred to another class as long as she can tun into Dohring's character in other places. 
Siobhan's boy toy found out he was sleeping with the boss' wife in the most unfortunate manner and, since Bridget really didn't know who he was, it was only natural to believe Cora was the best actress in the world. What will she do now that she's been kicked out of the hotel and is penniless? Faking one's death is not as easy as it might seem.
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