Meanwhile, Bridget returns home to find Andrew waiting with flowers - it's his sixth wedding anniversary with 'Siobhan'. After Bridget tells Andrew that she loves him, the pair have sex - complete with romantic music and candles! But it's not all marital bliss for Bridget - the next day, Malcolm visits with bad news. The phone he recovered doesn't belong to Charlie - it's Gemma's!
In Paris, Siobhan tracks down her lover Tyler - he encountered Bridget in New York and, believing her to be Siobhan, was furious when she blanked him in favour of Andrew (still following?).
Siobhan doesn't expose the identity switch - instead, she's bruised her own face and claims that Andrew hit her. But the ploy doesn't work - Tyler is not interested. Back in New York, Malcolm tells Bridget that they should hand Charlie over to the police...
Detectives Towers and Saldana pay Charlie - or 'John Delario' - a visit, but he's able to sweet-talk his way out of their accusations and warns them that Malcolm is a delusional drug addict. When Charlie's apartment comes up clean, the cops turn their attention to Malcolm and he's forced to accompany them to the station…
But the police presence has spooked Charlie - he calls the real Siobhan and tells her that he is going to take matters into his own hands. "You no longer get a say!" he rants, and his first plan of action is to get rid of Gemma permanently...
Machado, meanwhile, is back in Wyoming and meets his cop pal Jimmy at a crime scene. Machado had a new secret informant in his case against Bodaway - stripper Mary Curtis (Buffy's Amber Benson!) - but now she's turned up dead. In flashback, Mary warns Machado about a rogue cop working for Bodaway, codenamed 'Matador'.
Bridget visits Henry - who's sporting an unwise new hairstyle and a wardrobe from the '70s. She informs him that Charlie is responsible for Gemma's disappearance, but he blames 'Siobhan', telling Bridget, "Every time you get involved, it just makes matters worse!"
Returning home, Bridget is stunned to find Andrew sharing a drink with Charlie, who's still posing as Malcolm's sponsor. When Andrew leaves to run some errands ahead of his anniversary dinner with Bridget, Charlie demands a substantial sum of money in exchange for Gemma's safe return.
As Charlie exits the building, he passes Henry, who is planning to visit Bridget. But when he spots Charlie's name signed in the visitor's book, Henry rushes off in pursuit. Soon after, Andrew returns home to find Bridget desperately hunting for cash. She bursts into tears and tells him, "I know where Gemma is…"
Andrew wants to contact the cops when he learns of Charlie's scheme, but Bridget explains that calling the police already backfired once. Still, Andrew insists on accompanying Bridget to her meet with Charlie. "I'm not letting my wife go toe-to-toe with a psychopath!" he vows. That man sure has a way with words.
Charlie has demanded a $250,000 ransom and, with the banks closed, Andrew is forced to exchange Bridget's anniversary present - a glittering diamond ring - for the cash. And in all this excitement, have you been wondering what's happening with Andrew's daughter Juliet? No, us neither, but regardless she's still busy flirting with her dishy teacher Mr. Carpenter...
Carpenter finally loses his patience and confronts Juliet alone. "This kind of behaviour is unacceptable and it won't be tolerated!" he snaps.
Back to the good stuff - Bridget and Andrew arrive at Penn Station with the ransom as agreed, but Charlie doesn't show. Towers and Saldana are sat in a patrol car outside the station and Charlie won't risk being captured by the cops. With no ransom, Charlie opens the trunk to his car - revealing Gemma - and shoots his captive.
Henry bursts into Penn Station accompanied by Towers and Saldana - he's had the cops following 'Siobhan' ever since he lost track of Charlie earlier that day. Bridget and Andrew explain that they were preparing to hand over a ransom for Gemma, just Saldana receives a call informing her that Charlie's prints were all over Gemma's phone…
Back in Wyoming, Jimmy identifies 'Matador' as Jesse Provenz - a cop with a cousin who works for Bodaway. He and Machado hunt for Provenz, but Jimmy pulls a gun on his friend - he's the real mole!
Luckily, Machado is a canny cop - he's suspected Jimmy from the start and has had two agents following him all day! Jimmy is forced to surrender and Machado tells him: "You got a lot of questions to answer - starting with what really happened the night Bridget Kelly ran."
Later that night, a tearful Juliet gets a call from her friend Andrea. Juliet makes a shocking claim - Mr. Carpenter raped her. But is she telling the truth, or is she just trying to land him in trouble after he rejected her advances?
Charlie, meanwhile, is on the run, but Gemma has somehow survived. Not only that, but she's escaped the trunk of Charlie's car and whacks him with a crow bar - "That's what you get for trying to kill me!" she gasps. Gemma tries to steal Charlie's car, but he recovers and shoots her - properly this time!
But moments later, someone is pointing a gun at Charlie - it's Siobhan, the real Siobhan! When he launches himself at her, she shoots him dead. Charlie and Gemma's bodies lay side by side, and Siobhan stages the scene to look like a murder-suicide...
Back at the Martin home, Andrew receives a call from Detective Saldana, informing him of Charlie and Gemma's deaths. He's forced to comfort Bridget, who is devastated by the news.
Tyler calls Siobhan from Paris - she's still in New York. He's found a positive pregnancy test in her abandoned hotel room and Siobhan tells the poor sap that the baby is his - but she's just using her pregnancy to lure him back into her web of lies...
As Ringer concludes for 2011, Bridget and Malcolm conduct one final search of Charlie's apartment and discover an envelope with the words "SIOBHAN PIVOINE 419" scrawled on it. Bridget has nothing but questions: "Why was he after Siobhan? Why Gemma? This can't just be about money. There has to be more to it…"
• What a midseason finale, eh? Charlie's storyline had pretty much reached its natural climax, but we're sad to see Gemma go - if only because we'll never hear her amazing answer-phone message again!
• Great to see Machado FINALLY make some progress in his investigation too - he's fingered Jimmy as the corrupt cop and wants answers about Bodaway...
• We also get a glimpse into Siobhan's twisted mind this week - she still considered Gemma a friend and only wanted her silenced, not hurt. Plus, it's confirmed that she's involved in some unspecified nasty business and plans to have Bridget take the fall.
• Our one quibble with the ep? Amber Benson's much-vaunted guest appearance is little more than a cameo - she has about three lines! The former Buffy star deserved better!
• We can't wait for Ringer to return next year - the first ten episodes have been frequently absurd and often just plain dumb, but the show has remained enormous fun throughout. This is guilty pleasure TV at its best.
• What will happen now that Siobhan's back in New York? Will Andrew discover the truth about Bridget? Will Olivia expose Siobhan and Henry's affair? We'll find out soon - Ringer returns in January!