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'Ringer' season finale recap: Will Bridget reveal the truth?

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Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) in 'Ringer'

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Season 1, episode 22 | Aired Thursday, May 3 2012 at 20:00 BST on

This Week... Bridget plans to confess all about her identity swap, while Siobhan tells Henry a terrible lie and Andrew learns a shocking truth...

Ringer Revealed... *sob* So this is it - the Ringer season and, given those ratings, likely series finale. It's been an utterly bonkers ride - consistently entertaining and frequently hilarious. But how will TV's silliest soap wrap up its first (only?) run of episodes?

It's been a year since Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) assumed her twin sister Siobhan's identity and she's still planning on getting remarried / married for the first time to Ken-doll-come-to-life Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd). "But… I have to tell them my secret!" she gushes.

"Outing yourself as Bridget Kelly is the not the smartest move," advises her driver Solomon, the one character in Ringer who's ever boasted anything even approaching common sense. One character badly lacking in said quality is Andrew, who's going into business with bearded scoundrel Tim Arbogast (Gregory Harrison)...

Meanwhile, Siobhan has given birth to twins, who she wants to name "Portia and Reagan" - urgh. Henry (Kristoffer Polaha) quite rightly laughs in her face, though we're not sure his suggestion of "Franny" for one of the girls is much better....

Despite his continuing concern over Siobhan's compulsive lies, Henry buckles when she agrees to move to Chicago with him. But when the results of Henry's paternity test comes back, it's revealed that he's not the daddy...

Siobhan intercepts the damning letter and lies, telling her lover that the girls are his. Naturally, gormless ol' Henry doesn't even demand to see the offending form in her hand.

But it turns out Henry is far more awesome than first expected - he called the hospital and already knows the truth. "The test… was a test!" he barks hilariously. Not only that - but he's stolen all of Siobhan's money and boots her out of his apartment. Fair play, Henry, fair play!

Ringer s01e22: 'I'm The Good Twin'

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Bridget's also having a tough time of things as she's confronted in her apartment by corrupt cop Jimmy (Darren Pettie) - wasn't he in jail for murder? Yeah, don't worry about that, say the Ringer writers.

Jimmy wants money from Bridget, since it transpires that Siobhan paid him off so he'd scare Bridget into running. When she refuses, he threatens to turn 'Siobhan' over to Bodaway. "I could always tell Bodaway that you're Bridget!" he warns. Oh, Ringer writers, you are so clever with your irony and all that.

But Bodaway (Zahn McClarnon) tracks Jimmy down and stabs him to death, then heads off in search of Bridget - he knows she's posing as Siobhan! How? Don't worry about it.

The problems keep piling up for Bridget - while she puts off telling Andrew the truth, Arbogast gets there first and exposes Siobhan and Henry's affair. Of course, Andrew blames Bridget for his wife's indiscretion and clears out their engagement party in typical Andrew fashion, yelling: "They're aren't going to be any nuptials to celebrate!"

The only way out is for Bridget to tell Andrew the whole truth, and - genuinely surprisingly - she does!

Unsurprisingly, he doesn't take it well, referring to Bridget as a "drug-addict" and a "prostitute" - "I do love you, but it's all been a lie!" he cries. Next up, Bridget tells Juliet (Zoey Deutch), who takes the news equally badly, while Andrew visits Henry and lamps him in the face!!!!

Andrew and Juliet flee to the beach, while Siobhan - now destitute - breaks into her own home to steal jewellery. But isn't Bodaway on the way? I think I can see where this is going...

Sarah Michelle Geller as Siobhan Martin/Bridget Kelly on Ringer

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Sure enough, Bodaway confronts the real Siobhan, convinced that she's Bridget posing as Siobhan! Irony, irony, irony! A knife-wielding Bodaway stalks the wrong twin through the apartment like frickin' Michael Myers, but Bridget appears and shoots the villain dead - though annoyingly she fails to spot Siobhan slipping away into the darkness…

But thanks to the amazing Solomon (Sean Patrick Thomas), Bridget learns from video footage taken after Siobhan's supposed death that her sister's still alive! The revelations continue to come pouring out when she pays Henry a visit, leading Bridget to gasp, "Siobhan wanted me dead?" - it's taken 22 episodes, but she's finally caught up with the audience...

'I'm The Good Twin' isn't perfect. Now that he's back at the FBI, Machado (Nestor Carbonell) gets absolutely zilch to do again, and the disappearance of Malcolm (Mike Colter) was never satisfactorily explained.

But it is brilliant fun and, if indeed forced to serve as a series finale, it wraps up enough of the show's dangling plot threads to mostly satisfy.

And who knows, maybe this show does has a future? In 20 years' time, some smart alec TV exec might realise the potential of Ringer and stage a follow-up. After all, didn't Siobhan just have twins…?

Ringer S01E07: 'Oh Gawd, There's Two of Them?'

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Andrew Highlight of the Week...
Oh Andrew, how we'll miss you - let's hope it's not long before Ioan Gruffudd wins another TV role and brings his own particular brand of 'acting' back to our screens.

The highlights came thick and fast this week - "That was rude… which I guess means she's doing better!" he huffs as Juliet leaves the table without permission, and we chuckled when he admitted, "I never knew it would be this hard to sign my name," - it's because he's signing his business away, but we like to think that Andrew has never written his signature before - it just makes him even more hilarious.

A close second was him knocking Henry to the ground, but the last - and possibly greatest - Andrew Highlight of the Week has to be his recital of the love poem to Bridget, a truly amazing piece of television - "For the rest of our lives, I promise to find you in every poem, to see you in every work of art, to hear you in every love song! I'm amazed by the power you have over my heart!"

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