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'Ringer': 'It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash Is Involved' recap

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Season 1, episode 13

This Week... Bridget visits some of the last locations Siobhan visited before her 'death', while Henry is blackmailed by Olivia. Meanwhile, Juliet's rape trial takes an unlikely (and baffling) twist...

Ringer Revealed... "I took this ride to get answers, but all I got was more questions," Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) protests at one point this week. This writer knows how she feels - 'It's Easy to Cry When This Much Cash Is Involved' sees Ringer descend from absurd and unlikely to utterly nonsensical.

Bridget is still investigating her twin sister Siobhan's past, very slowly discovering things that the audience already knows. Asking her ex-military chauffeur questions that she should already know the answers to ("How did I first contact you?"), Bridget puts the apparent gaps in her memory down to alcohol abuse...

"You sure are different sober!" remarks said chauffeur - yes, Bridget's story is that, unlike most people, excess alcohol does not transform her into a slurring wreck. Instead, a few G&Ts turn her into a snooty bitch with a radically different demeanour and lifestyle. I'd buy it.

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Meanwhile, Siobhan continues to be pursued by a series of drippy men. Just when you think she's going to start telling Henry the truth, Bridget's evil twin keeps the lies coming, claiming that she was in on the identity swap from the beginning. Presumably this is to hide what she's really up to, which is... erm...

Anyway, on a positive note, it seems that Bridget is pretty much all caught up with the viewer now. She knows, more or less, that Siobhan has been lurking in the shadows and stalking her in a deeply sinister fashion ("It's almost as if… she was WATCHING YOU!") - hopefully this is all leading to some proper high-stakes sister vs. sister scenes!

In addition to lapping up Siobhan's lies, gormless Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) is being played by Andrew's scheming business partner Olivia (Jaime Murray, who's seemingly cornered the market in posh, sultry femme fatales on US TV).

Olivia bribes her way into business with the wealthy Tim Arbogast (Gregory Harrison) using a photo stolen from Henry's phone of him and Siobhan in bed together. The offending picture, by the way, is from a third person's perspective, with neither Henry or Siobhan behind the lens - probably best not to ask why a third person was snapping away during their intimate moments...

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No sign of Machado (Nestor Carbonell) in the episode - presumably his investigation was going nowhere this week, not that that's stopped Ringer from keeping up with him in the past. Malcolm (Mike Colter) is also absent for the second week running, though Bridget does leave him an answer phone message at one point, in order to deliver a batch of clunky exposition to the viewer...

Juliet's rape case also continues, and just one week after disappearing in a flurry of rage and dollar bills, Catherine (Andrea Roth) returns. Like Ringer itself, her behaviour switches from unlikely to downright ridiculous this week, as she bickers with Bridget at her daughter's trial.

The pair briefly reconcile, Catherine signing off with the line, "Thanks for not being a bitch" - surely a missed opportunity for a classic Ringer episode title there?

Which brings us to the Mr C (Jason Dohring) plot twist - possibly THE DUMBEST THING ever to air on network television. It's a 'shock' turn of events that makes absolutely no sense, on either a plot or character level.

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Would Carpenter really sacrifice his entire career just to make money? And at what point when Juliet was throwing herself at him did he put forward the idea, "Hey, if you accuse me of rape, but then the case falls apart and I sue, we could all make some cash!"

And that's without even getting into Juliet betraying her only friend Andrea (Chelsea Tavares) to team up with Tessa (Gage Golightly), the girl who, up until this point, has mercilessly bullied her? Honestly, this plot has more holes than a golf course.

Andrew Highlight of the Week... Ioan Gruffudd's stuffy businessman is rather restrained this week, though there's some fun to be had as he raves about Carpenter's counter-suit, "I'm not paying him a cent!"

His brief encounter with Siobhan was a fun moment though and we're still intrigued to find out just what's on that recording - surely Andrew is far to dull to actually commit dodgy business dealings?!

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