Gay Girl’s Goggles: “Ringer” SnapCap (1.02)

When only four percent of scripted TV shows feature LGBT characters, what’s a gay girl to do? Why, strap on your gay goggles and watch TV along with us, of course! Our handy appraisal scale is better than any old letter grade. Other sites A+. We say, “What about our lezzy-lady feelings?”

So this entire episode hinged on the fact that bodies no longer poof when Sarah Michelle Gellar kills them. Back in the old days, when SMG would smoke some fool he’d just evaporate into a cloud of easy-to-clean dust. Now Bridget pretending to be Siobhan is forced to figure out how to dispose of the hitman she killed in the last episode – all episode long. Vampires were never this much trouble.

AFTERELLEN BAIT (What enticement did the episode use to reel in gay lady viewers?)

Hold onto your grappling hooks: Jaime Murray has joined the cast. The Warehouse 13 star brings the upscale British hotness as the business partner of Siobhan’s husband. She’s supposed to some sort of financial whiz. Mostly, I’m just giddy because her presence practically assures someone in the show will turn lesbian. Don’t believe me? Ask Lucy Lawless and Joanne Kelly. Speaking of gay, Siobhan’s best friend’s nanny is still gay. But she has a girlfriend, so – you know – don’t go getting any ideas Jaime.

FEELINGS, FEELINGS, FEELINGS! (Did the episode give you a lot of feelings?)

My primary feeling was how has no one caught on that Bridget isn’t Siobhan yet? I know they’re twins and all, but after six years apart wouldn’t Bridget be making more mistakes when trying to navigate her sister’s life? Mistakes like, “Where do we keep the tuna?” “What’s the doorman’s name?” “How do I know you again, person I probably know really well?” My other predominant feeling is that I just don’t have a lot of feelings for Bridget or Siobhan just yet. This could be by design, to keep us off balance and guessing about allegiances, but when a show hinges on following one or in this case two characters’ fates, you need to be invested at least a little to take the ride. Also, can Bridget please have a facial expression that isn’t somewhat disapproving, perplexed confusion?

TWISTY TURNY (Exactly how confused are you this episode?)

This week wasn’t so much confusing plot-wise as it was confusing why they’d think Bridget’s seemingly never-ending quest to dispose of the hitman’s body would be suspenseful. Of course she’s not going to get caught with the body. That’s make for a very short show. We had very little forward movement in the central story this episode. We just get reminded that a) Bridget used to be a drunk and b) Siobhan isn’t dead. So tell us more, or at least surprise us. I mean, I knew that body was going to disappear all episode, it was just a matter of when.

DOUBLE VISION (How clear is the show’s vision, double or otherwise this week?)

But the show it is setting up what could be an interesting dynamic between Bridget as Siobhan and her husband with Jaime’s character Olivia as the competition. Will Bridget fight for her sister’s marriage? Will she sleep with her sister’s husband? Will she fight with Olivia? Oh my God, please make them fight. I think what the show needs to start doing, and start doing quickly, is telling us a little more about Siobhan. Right now she is set up as a fairly standard rich villainess, complete with big dramatic hat. Making her more three dimensional would go a long way to making the show more three dimensional as well.

Though, on the plus side, I think Jaime’s magic charms might already be working. Sarah, darling, her eyes are higher.

Right, so did the second episode interest you more or less than the first? Are you hooked? Are you still deciding? And have you already thanked the TV gods for bringing Jaime back to our screens? Discuss.

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