Ringer "What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?" Reaction


First things first, I love the episode titles of this show. It's even better if you know the title going into the episode, since every title is taken from a line from the episode. It becomes a game when you try to guess who says the title, who the title applies to, and when it'll be said in the episode (note: I would've only been right on one of the three for Tuesday's episode. I figured Juliet had to be the one to say "What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?", but I'd assumed it would be directed at Shivette, possibly in a school setting.).

This is the second episode of "Ringer" to air following the show's two-month-long winter hiatus, and like last week, this week's episode keeps adding layers of mystery to the primary deception at the core of the show. And while I'm still enjoying the episodes, I can't help but wonder if the plots are beginning to be weighed down by all the layering of misdirections on top of deceits on top of questions on top of questionable motives.

To wit, I tried to lay out all the various lies and deceptions between the characters and how they interconnect with each other, and ended up with a spiraling maze that I couldn't decipher. It makes me wonder just how out of control the big board in the writers' room is at this point in the season.

At its most simplistic, everything ties back into the question of why Siobhan Martin -- the real one -- faked her death in the pilot episode. We know that at that time, she didn't know she was pregnant, her relationship with Andrew was rocky at best, she was carrying on an affair with Henry, on the brink of one with Tyler, and apparently had someone after her trying to kill her. In this episode, we also learned that at some point before the events of the series, she'd gone to Wyoming, which meant she knew where Bridget Kelly was and probably what she was involved in.

Along those lines, this episode saw the revival of Agent Machado's interest in finding Bridget Kelly, who is now also a person of interest in the death of Gemma Butler (which, if you missed it last week, was ruled a murder committed by Charlie Young, who was then ruled to have committed suicide, when in reality he was murdered by Siobhan). Henry thinks Bridget killed Gemma, and so he's interested in finding Bridget too. That means that Siobhan's "memory lapses" in regards to the last few months make Henry think she's Bridget, and he turns her in to Machado, who then discovers that she's not Bridget (but doesn't get quite to the point that she's also not the Siobhan that he's met previously). On top of that, there's a false confession from the jailed FBI agent, adding to the layers of confusion with this plot.

Beyond that, there's the Juliet plot -- which turns toward "she made up the rape story" then back toward "she's telling the truth" -- and now a twist involving anagrams, which feels like something straight out of "Lost", and not in a good way. Basically, the show has abandoned any hope of picking up viewers midstream, even with its lengthy "previously on" segments, and is hoping that despite the growing complexity, the audience it has sticks with it to see the lies and deceits unravel. I'm definitely in that group, and I'll continue to enjoy the ride, but I can't help but wonder if "Ringer" is a one-and-done series at this point.

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