Episode: Season 1, Episode 19 – Let’s Kill Bridget
Aired: Monday 10:30pm, 16th April 2012
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For the sake of my sanity and yours, I will refer to Bridget (even when she’s being Siobhan) as Bridget and whenever you see Siobhan it refers to the real Siobhan. Glad we got that sorted.
We start with a series of flashes, Henry arrested for murder, Catherine kissing Andrew and Bridget taken out by a sniper. Skipping back two days, Machado is still convinced that Daniel Eknath was working with Macawi and after Bridget. He tells them that they found a log book revealing he had been watching Malcolm in his van. Arbogast hasn’t contacted Henry since he gave him the flash drive and Henry asks her what the backup plan is considering Bridget’s marriage is happy and Andrew isn’t likely to kill her anymore. He advises they let Arbogast blow the whistle on Andrew – he believes Andrew could still be imprisoned for a long time over the Ponzi scheme. Siobhan can reveal she’s still alive without anyone dying, while it’s not her perfect revenge, he thinks it’s worth it if they can finally be together.
Andrew is busy trying to deal with the fallout as investors discover Olivia has left and Andrew almost died. Bridget isn’t happy with Juliet spending time with her mother but Juliet reminds her of the big burden Andrew’s already carrying. Alone in the apartment, Bridget calls to speak to Jimmy Kemper (the Matador) and discovers he’s in jail for the murders of Shaylene Briggs and Mary Curtis. Solomon tells Bridget he thinks she trusted the wrong guy when she trusted Jimmy, despite Machado’s obsession, Solomon is convinced he’s a good cop. Bridget tells Solomon she’s going to testify. We see Machado in a flashback offering to drop the charges against Bridget for prostitution and place her in witness protection if she agrees to testify. He asks her if she won’t do it for herself than to do it for her friend, Shaylene. She agrees as long as he’ll keep her safe.
Machado is on a stakeout at the dry cleaners when a man comes in with a Tarot card. He intercepts the man leaving with a suit and when Machado examines it he finds cash sewn into the material. When the man pulls out a gun, Machado looses it and beats the guy to a pulp with an audience of witnesses with camera phones. Juliet tells her mum that Andrew is having serious money problems and she asks her to buy the summer house Andrew is selling to stay afloat. She says Catherine will have to act fast as someone called Tobias Schecht has shown interest, at which point Catherine appears to suddenly pay attention.
Henry finally gets onto Arbogast who tells him he’ll do “what’s best” with the information he’s holding. Back in Wyoming, Agent Torrance tells Machado that Macawi let Eknath loose after he let Malcolm escape and so the Tarot cards won’t lead them to Macawi. After weeks of seeing Machado achieve nothing and work on what he wants rather than follow orders, he’s finally asked to hand over his badge and gun as he’s suspended. Catherine meets with Tobias Schecht, pretending to own the property, and it turns out she’s aware he owns a company in green energy. If he buys the property he’ll use it to harness the wind energy passing through which will make him a lot of money. She uses this to negotiate a larder price. Bridget meets Machado to offer to testify as her sister (would that technically be perjury or not?). Realising at the wrong time that protecting innocent people is more important than nabbing Macawi, Machado turns down Bridget’s offer and Bridget realises Machado was the mystery man who Shaylene was in love with.
Catherine bargains with Andrew for the property, lying about her Aunt Miriam leaving her money. She uses Juliet as a bargaining tool, emotionally manipulating him with stories of the past and ending up kissing him. He agrees to sell her the land but declines her advances. Machado suggests framing Bridget’s death in order to protect Siobhan’s family. Siobhan fantasises about killing her sister as she watches Bridget make her life work. Catherine transfers the money for the property to Andrew but when she goes to finalise the sale with Schecht, Andrew is there – turns out both Juliet’s parents have a talent for scheming. Juliet told Andrew everything and as a family they worked together to get the money back from Catherine. He now has a way to stop Catherine seeing or trying to get custody of Juliet. Henry arrested for the murder of Tyler Barrett. Meanwhile, in an abandoned building, Machado sets the scene for Bridget’s ‘murder’. Unfortunately someone else is setting up a rifle with the aim on Bridget. Unable to get a clean shot, the sniper packs up and takes a hand gun instead.
Henry feels betrayed when he finds that Arbogast turned him in. Machado gets a call saying Eknath died before Andrew was shot so someone else wants Bridget/Siobhan dead. The masked assailant turns up and Bridget appears to get shot. As the assailant stands over her ‘dead body’, she blinks, but she’s given Machado enough time to get into position and shoot the guy. He removes the man’s mask to reveal the guy who tried to get the first assassin’s phone from Bridget. Bridget tells Machado the guy was after Siobhan’s dead body not Bridget’s and he asks her who wants her dead. The dead guy’s phone rings and, when Machado answers, we see Catherine on the other end but she doesn’t speak.
Thoughts on the Episode
Let me just have my moment gloating about how right I was that it was Catherine who was trying so desperately to kill Siobhan. Now we just have to wait for the characters to figure it out too – and with Machado on the case that’s not likely to happen any time soon. That guy is so hopeless... and let me just say that it was so lucky for Machado that American civilians are allowed to have guns considering his work weapon was confiscated when he was suspended. Otherwise Bridget might have actually died. Also why was the sniper staging his attack at a venue his target had never visited before, where he obviously couldn’t get a clear shot and an FBI agent was present? I’m assuming he would have been following her before this and would know who Machado was right?
Onto the hit man, I appreciate the show returning to solve some of the original mysteries but I feel like they left this one in the vault a little too long. I hardly remembered this guy or cared that much about him but I guess this was the only way to reveal who tried to shoot Andrew last week.
Following the reveal of the accidental murder last week, Henry trusted the wrong person once again as Arbogast turned him in and I’m so over him being naive – wake up and realise you have surrounded yourself with the kind of people who are likely to betray you. I assume we’ll get a reason behind Arbogast’s decision next week.
The flashbacks are still annoying, tedious and this week’s seemed more useless than normal – giving us no new information. Even worse was Siobhan’s fantasy that appeared as if the writers just wanted their few fans to hate them for toying with them like that.
On the plus side I enjoyed Andrew and Juliet teaming up to beat Catherine at her own game. Although I’m not sure why Andrew is any better than Catherine, using Juliet in his scheme and turning her against her mother, isn’t that exactly what he was angry at her for doing? I also appreciated the short snappy episode title this week after complaining about the previous title’s length. As I said last week this show keeps getting more ridiculous but I’m enjoying the laughs I get out of it and at least the show is attempting to wrap things up in the final weeks.
What Did We Find Out
- Catherine has been after Siobhan’s dead body from the beginning but this was before she got Andrew’s money through the fake rape scheme. I assume it costs a lot of money to hire an assassin and she had to hire two because Bridget killed the first one. So where on earth did Catherine get the money? Has she got another sugar daddy that’s footing the bill? A more fitting question might be is she still young enough to have a sugar daddy? And can she actually succeed at seducing someone because that kiss between her and Andrew looked incredibly bad?
- After Siobhan’s fantasies about killing Bridget, maybe she and Catherine can share a cell at the mental asylum.
- Considering Catherine is behind the attempts on Siobhan, does that mean it was someone else who was watching Catherine and Juliet last week? Will Macawi actually turn up to make an attempt on Bridget’s life or is he just as hopeless as the agent trying to stop him?
- Malcolm still might be dead and yet the characters still appear to lack anymore concern than ‘poor Malcolm’. Poor Malcolm for having such crap friends.
- So will Henry actually go to prison over the accidental murder or will Siobhan figure out a crazy scheme to get him off? Why is everyone in this show so into scheming, did they learn it from their parents like Juliet is currently learning from both of hers?
Let us know below what you thought of this episode of Ringer (but for those ahead overseas, please no spoilers).