Ringer Revealed... Last week, Ringer treated us to the dumbest TV plot twist since Bobby Ewing stepped out of that infamous shower - teacher Mr Carpenter (Jason Dohring) had teamed up with amorous teens Juliet (Zoey Deutch) and Tessa (Gage Golightly) to stage a phony rape trail, so that he can sue for damages when the case falls apart and they can split the winnings...
Tessa isn't exactly being subtle with her share - she drives on to school grounds in a brand new SUV, yelling "What is up, bitches?!". When a more cautious Juliet protests, Tessa argues that she can't put her $3 million in the bank, as it would "raise a few eyebrows" - instead, she's keeping it under her mattress, which is presumably raising the bed several inches from the floor.
Meanwhile, Mr C's sudden character transformation into an utter b**tard continues - he's busy prowling around subways in a black baseball cap and ludicrous sunglasses...
Juliet warns him about Tessa's stupidity and, mere hours later, we learn that Tessa's in a coma after being badly beaten, her money gone. Just in case we didn't already suspect Carpenter, we're treated to a brief flash of the teacher-turned-crook telling Juliet that he'll "take care" of the Tessa problem - thanks, Ringer.
Next, Juliet pays the unconscious Tessa a visit in the hospital and meets her foster mother, a character so cartoonishly awful that she makes Catherine look like a candidate for 'Mum of the Year' - "One day the kid can't afford to ride the Subway, the next she's got a brand new SUV?" she growls. "I thought maybe she was turning tricks, but whores don't make that much."
Speaking of the boozy Catherine ("I haven't had a sip in days!"), she's decided that she wants to whisk her troubled daughter away with her to Miami, which makes Andrew doubt his abilities as a father. It's also revealed that Catherine was the one who devised the monumentally dumb fake assault and law-suit plan. That explains it - she was presumably drunk at the time.
Amid all this silliness, the show's central story arc takes a few steps forward. Following up on a standing order for a flower delivery that Siobhan authorised, Bridget visits the intended recipient, Nancy. Turns out she's the grandmother of Sean - the young boy that SOMETHING MYSTERIOUS AND TERRIBLE happened to years before, creating a rift between Bridget and Siobhan.
In flashback, we see Siobhan bickering with Sean's deadbeat dad Castiel - sorry, Dylan (played by Supernatural's Misha Collins). Feeling sorry for Dylan, Bridget ignores Siobhan's advice and lets him take Sean on a trip to the county fair - but on the way, they're involved in a devastating car accident…
Is that really why Siobhan hates Bridget so much? Sure, she went against her sister's wishes, but she wasn't really responsible for Sean's death. It hardly explains the supervillain antics that Siobhan's partaken in since to ruin her twin's life.
Still, it's nice to get some answers at long last, plus Misha Collins is a strong actor and a charismatic screen presence. We've probably seen the last of Dylan for now, but we'd be happy for Collins to make a comeback further down the road.
Oh, and if you've been wondering what's happened to Bridget's best friend and confidante Malcolm (Mike Colter), he's back this week, performing unspecific duties at Andrew's place of work. But for the second week in a row, there's no sign of TV's most useless detective Machado (Nestor Carbonell) - we can only assume that he's sat alone in his office, his empty evidence folder stained with bitter tears.
Andrew Highlight of the Week... Ioan Gruffudd excels himself this week, making this writer laugh without a single word. His silent reaction to Catherine's ultimatum in the pre-titles was hysterical and was followed up by a classic huffy Andrew one-liner - "I'm sorry - there must be something wrong with my ears!"
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