A lot of good things happened this week in the Ringer midseason finale. And, a couple of bad things happened as well, but we’ll get to those shortly.
Malcolm and Bridget wised up to the multitude of schemes and lies that surround them and quickly realized that Charlie had been holding Gemma hostage. Siobhan just wanted her kept quiet, not killed (looks like she’s got some heart after all). But when Malcolm called the cops on Charlie, Siobhan’s lackey decided to use it as an opportunity to extort more money from Siobhan. Since she’s currently broke, she was unable to pay. So Charlie, ever the opportunist, decided to blackmail Bridget instead. He confronted her about kidnapping Gemma and then demanded $250,000 for her return.
Andrew came home to see Bridget trying to get the money together and she told him about Gemma. He offered up a gorgeous ring to pay off Charlie and insisted that he accompany Bridget to the rendezvous location. Unfortunately, Bridget had gone to Henry earlier in the day to tell him her suspicions about Charlie and Gemma and he angrily told her to leave the whole situation to the professionals, because she kept screwing things up. So he had called the cops after seeing Charlie leave the Martins’ apartment and they trailed Andrew and Bridget to the rendezvous location. When Charlie spotted the police, he called Bridget and told her the deal was off.
Charlie headed to his storage facility, which is where he had moved Gemma to. He shot her, but his “crappy aim” meant she survived to knock him down. While she frantically tried to escape, he shot her for good. Moments after Gemma died, Siobhan arrived at the storage facility and confronted Charlie. As it turns out, she decided to return to New York to clean up some messes. One of those messes involved (accidentally) killing Charlie. She made it look like a suicide and split. Andrew later delivered the news to Bridget that Charlie had apparently shot himself and also killed Gemma. Oh, Gemma, we hardly knew you, and you were getting to be so sassy and awesome. I’m definitely mourning this death.
Meanwhile, Siobhan has decided to stick around New York, which could become very problematic for Bridget. Siobhan also confronted Tyler after he broke things off with her, convincing him that Andrew “attacked” her, which is obviously not true. She also left a positive pregnancy test behind in her Parisian hotel suite and flat out lied to Tyler that the baby is his. I have absolutely no idea what Siobhan’s end game is here, but telling Tyler she’s carrying his baby is obviously an effective way to make sure she’s got some money coming in. Overall, the twists and turns of the Andrew-Bridget-Siobhan-Charlie-Gemma storyline was rather well done and exciting. Of particular note is the fact that Andrew and Bridget had sex for the first time in this week’s Ringer. Bridget is clearly falling hard for her sister’s husband and there is no way this can end well.
Now we move on to the two bad parts of the midseason finale of Ringer. The first revolves around Agent Machado. For so many episodes Malcolm’s storyline was a bit of an albatross that dragged down the show. Not because he himself was bad, but just because it didn’t relate to the overall arc, which was taking place in New York. Now that Malcolm has finally become a more essential part of Bridget’s life and is interacting with her, it seems like Machado has taken up his old spot. He spent the episode investigating a stripper’s death (courtesy of Bodaway Macawi). Sarah Michelle Gellar’s former Buffy co-star Amber Benson made a guest appearance as the dead stripper in a flashback that was a waste of her talent and amounted to about 5 lines. Machado realized his old friend and partner was on Macawi’s payroll and the whole situation remains uninteresting. Macawi may have been one of the catalysts for Bridget heading to New York, but unless he’s going to head to the city himself and start becoming a threat to her, then this storyline is kind of pointless. Machado needs to head back to New York and start focusing on the main story arc.
The other bothersome part of the episode concerns Juliet. Sure, she’s no longer acting like a sullen and rebellious teenager, but now she’s crushing hard on her teacher. When she made it blatantly obvious, he blew up at her, telling her that her actions were inappropriate (they were). But he ended up telling her friend to leave the room. Later, Juliet told her friend that their teacher raped her. To be honest, I don’t know whether she’s telling the truth. Either he did do it, or he rejected her once and for all and she’s decided to get back at him. Either way, this is a rather overused plot device and I really wish Juliet was also more involved in the Martin family drama, instead of going off and doing her own thing.
Like I said, the midseason finale of Ringer had some very strong points. The Gemma situation was resolved (sadly!) and everything surrounding that storyline moved quickly and with multiple plot developments. Now if only Machado and Juliet could get back on the action, I would be very happy.
Ringer is currently on hiatus until January 10. Watch a trailer for the January return of Ringer here.