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Ringer aired from 2011 to 2012 on the CW. The hour-long soap opera marked Sarah Michelle Gellar's eagerly awaited return to television. She played two twin sisters who lived vastly different lifestyles. The show's central drama begins when Bridget, the poor, down-on-her-luck twin, is asked to testify against her murderous boss in court. Bridget senses that her life is in danger, so she seeks out Siobhan, her rich, well-to-do sister. Siobhan fakes her own death, and Bridget takes over her life and identity. Bridget believes that Siobhan really is dead.

After the trappings of her new upper-class lifestyle lose their appeal, Bridget realizes that stepping into Siobhan's shoes does not solve her problems. Siobhan's life has been quietly tumultuous for a long time. Bridget has to maintain a marriage to a man she does not love and nurture friendships with people who are strangers to her. She also has to navigate the romantic affair that Siobhan was having with her best friend's husband. Bridget learns that Siobhan's life had been in danger as well, meaning that she has stepped out of one murder plot and right into another.

Ringer's intriguing premise was not enough to keep it on the air for longer than one season. The CW had hoped that Ringer would help it expand beyond its trademark teen fare, but the show failed to lure mature viewers away from more adult networks. Ringer also never caught on with CW's core viewers, who preferred lighter fare such as Gossip Girl and The Vampire Diaries. The series did manage to wrap up as many loose threads as possible before its untimely cancellation. Bridget finds out that Siobhan is alive and had been a participant in the murder plot against her.

The show pokes fun at its own use of soap opera tropes. While Bridget is posing as Siobhan, she flounces about in Siobhan's extensive collection of Joan Collins-esque caftans. The green screen effects for outdoor scenes are deliberately obvious. The very notion of twins who are both at the centers of their very own murder plots is deliciously campy. Ringer's detractors pointed to these supposed flaws as evidence of the show's poor quality. These attributes actually hinted toward self-awareness on behalf of the show runners. Ringer never got the chance to fully explore its soapy conventions, but as it stands, the show is still a fast-paced, engrossing send-up of the genre.

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1 Season, 22 Episodes - Canceled/Ended
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Ringer Full Episode Guide

  • With Bridget's upcoming vow renewal, she realizes she needs to reveal the truth to Andrew. Meanwhile, Henry struggles whether he should tell Bridget the truth about Siobhan.

  • Catherine's plot to separate Andrew and Bridget doesn't go as planned; Machado discovers who wanted Siobhan dead; and Siobhan's plan to help Henry hits a snag.

  • Agent Machado tries to explain the shooting attempt to Siobhan and Andrew.

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'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 22 Recap - 'I'm the Good Twin'

“Ringer” went out with a bang (pun intended) as the season closed out tonight. The bigger question is did the series just end as well? The ratings for “Ringer” have never been very good, even for the admittedly low standards set by The CW. Unlike “Gossip Girl” and “The Vampire Diaries”, “Ringer” has enjoyed neither critical praise nor a devoted cult following. Besides love for the uber-talented Sarah Michelle Gellar in its corner, “Ringer” doesn’t have a lot fighting for a second season.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 21 Recap - 'It's Called Improvising Bitch!'

Things are beginning to tie together on this week’s episode of “Ringer”. Who knew when we first started the show that Catherine, Andrew’s bitter ex-wife, would play such a prominent role in everything? Or that Olivia was involved? Or that she was a lesbian? It was just truth-bomb after truth-bomb this week. Catherine tries to once more unsuccessfully kill Bridget by drugging her and leaving her to drown in the bath. How many times has Catherine failed to kill Siobhan and/or Bridget at this point? She’s attempted to kill her at least five times by now.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 20 Recap - 'If You're Just an Evil Bitch Then Get Over It'

Things are getting intensely crazy on this week’s episode of “Ringer”. This is mostly thanks to Catherine, who reveals herself to be progressively more unhinged as the episode goes on.  Last week we learned that Catherine was behind the hit on Siobhan that introduced us all to Trunky, the assassin Bridget killed and shoved into a trunk and my personal favorite “Ringer” character. This week Catherine decides to pick up where Trunky left off and just finish the job herself.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 19 Recap - 'Let's Kill Bridget'

Everyone has murder on the mind in this week’s episode of “Ringer”. Siobhan fantasizes about killing Bridget in a scene that was produced entirely to be put into misleading promos. Bridget, as per usual, is nearly killed a million times. Agent Pretty Eyes delivers a beat down, loses his badge and nearly dies, which is really a Malcolm kind of day minus being tied to something. And in the shocking twist present in every episode ending of “Ringer”, it turns out the hit on Siobhan was put out by the former Mrs.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 18 Recap - 'That Woman's Never Been a Victim Her Entire Life'

This week’s “Ringer” was wildly uneven, managing to pack in a lot of edge-of-your-seat moments and revelations with an equal amount of boring conversations in hospital rooms. Even though we found out huge information bombs like Henry’s unwitting murder of Tyler and that it’s Bridget, not Siobhan the shooter was gunning for (pun fully intended) the hour still dragged. After last week’s action-packed episode, “Ringer” unwisely chose to slow the pace down to give the audience a breather with the characters.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 17 Recap - 'What We Have Is Worth The Pain'

A lot of secrets were revealed and a lot of truth bombs were dropped in this week’s episode of “Ringer”. We finally have the background on why Siobhan went to all this trouble to disappear. Like any good “Bond” movie villain, Siobhan finally described her dastardly plan to her main minion squeeze Henry. The mystery of what happened to Tyler, where the flash drive went and what happened to Malcolm still loom large however. This week also gave Agent Pretty Eyes something to do other than fall in love with clichés in sepia-toned flashbacks, and for that I’m glad.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 16 Recap - 'You're Way Too Pretty to Go to Jail'

The stakes have never felt higher than they have on this week’s episode of “Ringer”. Sure, the show started with Bridget realizing that twin sister Siobhan’s life wasn’t as charmed as she had once thought after a murder attempt. Since the comedy of errors with the body of the would-be assassin in the trunk, however, the show has stuck mostly to its mistaken identity trappings. This episode of “Ringer” returns to the two central driving mysteries of the show, with both involving murder.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 15 Recap - 'P.S. You're an Idiot'

Whenever twins turn up in “Ringer” you can be assured they will be double the trouble. So it is for Siobhan when she learns that the father of her babies isn’t turtleneck-enthusiast Henry like she hoped, but most likely Andrew. Isn’t it such a bummer when your husband turns out to be the father of your children?  Siobhan seems to be having the slightest of second thoughts about Andrew after this news, especially when she hears that he’s planning on tying the knot with her sister.

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'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 14 Recap 'Whores Don't Make That Much'

Another “Ringer” episode, another shocking final moment. If there’s one thing that “Ringer” has gotten good at over its half season on our small screens, it’s pulling out the “OMG” twist ending. Last week we found out that Juliet, Tessa and Mr. Carpenter had “Wild Things”’d their way to millions. This week we find out that the whole plan was crafted by none other than the first Mrs. Martin. Bravo “Ringer”! Once again, I didn’t see that twist coming.

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'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 13 Recap - 'It's Easy to Cry When There's This Much Cash Involved'

Can I just say wow? For once 'Ringer' both impressed and surprised me. I did not see the reveal with Juliet and Mr. Carpenter coming. This was easily one of the best episodes of the entire season, due in large part to how quickly the narrative began moving forward. Certainly there have been times in the twelve short episodes that have aired so far this season that I’ve felt like the show was dragging its heels. That might seem preposterous in hindsight (they killed off a main character before they were even halfway through the first season!) but the whole concept of the show hinges on such a slow burn concept.

'Ringer' Season 1, Episode 12 Recap - 'What Are You Doing Here, Ho-Bag?'

I don’t know about you, but I personally think the episode title of this week’s “Ringer” is among the best episode titles to ever exist in the history of television. It’s a finely crafted program indeed that can work the word ‘ho-bag’ into an episode title. So because I was such a big fan, I waited all episode to hear what would prompt that infamous sentence. Would Bridget and Siobhan finally face off? Would it be Bridget finally losing her temper with Andrew’s first wife? Perhaps it would be Agent Pretty Eyes who would utter the phrase, finally pushed to his breaking point.

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