Gay Girl’s Goggles: “Ringer” SnapCap (1.05)


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?”

Well, that’s one way to get rid of a problem: Kill it. This week Ringer got positively homicidal in a very dark, very Scott Peterson-y twist. Yikes. This show is starting to stack up quite the body count. And it’s not even sweeps yet. Though, they’d better not kill Jaime Murray’s character. That woman has died on too many shows already. I’m just saying, my little heart can’t take it.

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

Remember when I said Ringer should add more female characters and have them interact with Real Bridget/Fake Siobhan more often about more things that are not men. Well, it kind of did the opposite. This week was all about Fake Bridget/Real Siobhan having problems with other female characters – but all of those problems were really about men.

First she has problems with her BFF Gemma, who finds out it was Siobhan having the affair with her hubby Henry and then finds out she’s not really Siobhan. Then she has problems with her step-daughter Juliet, who knows Siobhan started her affair with Andrew while he was still married to her mother and is mad and acting out because of it. And then Henry goes off and kills Gemma. So it was all man trouble, man trouble, man killing his wife this week for the ladies. Not hot; not hot at all.

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

Boy, did they take this episode to a disturbing, creepy place. While I commend the creators for daring to push the envelope, I’m not sure it’s an envelope I really want to open. Making Henry a killer certainly ups the ante. But I’ve always felt this show need to make its characters more empathetic, not less. So now Henry, who seemed decent enough except for the whole cheating on his wife thing, has turned decidedly indecent.

TWISTY TURNS! (Exactly how confused are you this episode?)

Real Bridget/Fake Siobhan tells Gemma she is really Bridget. Gemma blackmails her with this information to sleep with her husband so she can divorce him and take everything thanks to their prenup’s morality clause. Juliet is on drugs because she secretly hates Siobhan for breaking up her parents marriage. Bridget’s sponsor appears to be dunzo. Bridget’s new sponsor appears to be being set up as a new potential love interest. Real Bridget/Fake Siobhan tells Henry his wife is trying to blackmail her and he needs to fix things with her. And then Henry fix things with her by apparently killing his wife. But really, nothing else matters except that last sentence.

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

Now that Henry is a killer, Real Bridget/Fake Siobhan’s secret appears to be safe again. But how will he possibly cover it up? Still while the twist was indeed twisty, I found myself wanting to find out more about Real Siobhan’s story. So far her motivation is the most intriguing to me, but she was entirely MIA this episode.

My other question is, have Real Bridget/Fake Siobhan and Andrew done it yet? I know they were having marital issues and now she’s pretending to be pregnant, which puts a damper on the sexytimes. But it’s been two weeks and you’d think some sort of physical affection would have transpired and Andrew might have clued in, just a little, that this lady doesn’t act like his other lady. Hey, someone has to ask the tough questions.

Right, so have you picked your jaw up off the floor about Henry’s homicidal tendencies? Where do you think they’ll take the story from here. The good news is Ringer just got picked up today for a full season. So, with any luck, we might actually get to find out where this whole crazy train is headed.

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