Ringer Review: The Insanity of Improvising

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If you thought that last week's Ringer was full of surprises, well, that was just the beginning.

"It's Called Improvising, Bitch!" continued the wild ride. I'll admit, Siobhan was a serious bitch to Catherine back in the day. Not only did she steal her husband, she sent her daughter off to boarding school and was about to sell off the house Catherine was living in. Did she kick her puppy too?

No wonder Catherine hated her.

Held Hostage

Of course there's hate and then there's crazy, evil, rage. Obviously, Catherine was spiraling into madness as her plans disintegrated.

The episode gave me a lot of just when you think moments…

  • Just when I thought Andrew had smartened up and smelled trouble, he decided Catherine's only deceit was coveting his whirl pool tub.
  • Just when I thought Catherine was going to run when Andrew saved Bridget, she came back with a gun and hatched an even crazier scheme.
  • Just when I thought she'd hide the gun and try to protect her daughter, Catherine dragged Juliet into the middle of her mess even further.

Of course Catherine didn't think she was a bad mother, as she said in one of the night's notable Ringer quotes ...

Catherine: I'm the one who loves her. That's why I kept her busy all day with errands so she wouldn't find your corpse. | permalink

Ah, there's that motherly instinct kicking in. 

With all of this craziness there was one scene that truly surprised me. When Catherine said "Baby, it's me..." and the baby in question was Olivia. Wow. I've been wondering what the heck happened to Olivia but I certainly never expected for her to be Catherine's secret lover / partner in crime.

But Olivia was quick to dump her new love when she realized how nuts Catherine truly was. 

Olivia: After the second hit attempt you said sit tight. So I did but I didn't think that meant you were going to take hostages. | permalink

Somehow the hit man she hired wasn't enough of a clue that the woman was certifiable. It took a hostage situation to get the point across.

Across town Siobhan was having another fun filled day. If bribing a hooker doesn't work, try blackmail. Unfortunately like most of her schemes it didn't go exactly to plan. 

Watching Siobhan doing her labor breathing exercises while watching the couple have sex was comical. Then she got to watch the hooker OD. I'm guessing the john ran and Siobhan just walked out.  I am wondering how much they'll investigate for a dead hooker who died while doing drugs. Probably not much but wouldn't it be fun if there was security footage of Siobhan leaving the scene after the john. I'd love to hear the explanation she'd weave for that one.

And then there's Henry who has become just as two faced as Siobhan, although I could hardly blame him. I'm dying to find out what that paternity test shows. 

So now that Olivia's back, will the ponzi scheme come to light. I can't imagine Catherine keeping her mouth shut although she's certifiable and has no proof so maybe that saves them. Perhaps Olivia could walk right back into Martin Charles, if the cover up continues.

Will Catherine's parting words…

Catherine: Whose life is so pathetic that they have to live someone else's to be happy? | permalink

…prompt Bridget to finally come clean and will she and Siobhan finally cross paths in next week's season finale? We'll have to tune in to find out.


Editor Rating: 4.7 / 5.0
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you need to make a second season cause it is getting really good and I want to know if bridget figures out that her sister is still alive and is the one who is behind all the killing and stuff and I want to see if andrew falls in love with bridget and get married


OMG ! This show is imcredible!!! Please keep it on for anotjer season amd forever!!

Sarah silva

Great episode! Catherine is just plain NUTS!
The babies are not Henry's they are Andrew's. However Siobhan will steal the maternity test before Henry can see it. I really hope he calls the doctor and gets the results and then tells Bridget that Siobhan is alive and all the bad stuff she has done.
Dylan Neal's character was at the party in the flash back and then he was with hooker I wonder if his Character has something to do with all this and why Siobhan did not recgonize him


I've stopped watching the show for a while, but when I watched this episode I was like OMG! I can't believe I missed out on the last couple of episodes. I hope it doesn't get cancelled its a really good show along Nikita.


PLEASE!!! KEEP RINGEEEEEEERR!!! ^.^ OMG!@!!! I'm inlove of that SERIES!!


Yes!!!!!! Ringer is officially off the bubble!!


First off the fact that ringer is on the cw is a good thing they tend to give their shows alot of turn around in hopes the will improve (which is why one tree hill lasted nine season they had some really low ratings for a few of their season). Also, according the the cw renewal/cancellation chart up dated as of april 11, 2012 is as follows: OFFICIALLY RENEWED: American Next Top Model, DECISION PENDING/ODDS OF RENEWAL: Vampire Diaries, Secret Circle, Supernatural, 90210, Ringer and Gossip Girls, ON THE BUBBLE: Nikita and Heart of Dixie, CANCELLED: H&R and OTH (final season). I think people should have faith they are not even at the bottom of the rating lists and with the exception of vampire diaries all the cw shows are pretty much at the same ratings. I don't think at this point anyone knows who will be renewed but they still have a good chance.


Ringer season 2


KEEP RINGER!! It gets better and better every episode!


This was one tense episode! Great job! My only nitpick is that the maid should have been left alive so Siobhan could blackmail her into retracting her testimony. Killing her was too easy, and let Henry off the hook for killing Tyler. He shouldn't be. It would have been so like Siobhan to resort to blackmail, and there would have been the chance the maid would turn on her and report Siobhan to the police, too. Will Henry & Tim Arbogast EVER know that Siobhan was responsible for Gemma's & Charlie's deaths? Grrrr...I want those characters to find out what she did because that puts her right up there with Catherine as a resident of Crazytown. PLEASE RENEW RINGER, CW! It was just voted Best Guilty Pleasure in TV Guide magazine. Nielsen ratings don't mean anything. Don't you know about half the viewing public watches their tv outside the live airing? Think out of the box, and start making series tv like on cable, or the British way - 13 episodes scheduled twice a year.

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Ringer Season 1 Episode 21 Quotes

It was too late the minute you took queen bitch here out of the tub.


We both know you're never more than one disgusting sex act away from shacking up with a new sugar daddy.