S1E4: So far Ringer has managed to hold our interest with a jam-packed plot that has us both rooting for Bridget and wondering what evil schemes Siobhan is up to. I'm assuming that most people, like myself, are on Bridget's side since she seems to be the sweeter, kind-hearted sister, whereas Siobhan seems perfectly content to let others suffer (including her own twin sister) in order to get what she wants. Even Andrew seems to prefer Bridget to Siobhan -- even though he still believes Bridget is Siobhan. But either way, you've got to wonder how long the writers are going to continue on before someone suspects something. Let’s not forget that Bridget still thinks Siobhan is dead. What will happen when that bombshell finally goes off? Until that time comes, however, Bridget continues to be incognito while going through the motions of her sister's life...which is anything but easy.
So Bridget and Andrew headed to the Hamptons with Henry and Gemma for a little R & R and to celebrate Siobhan’s birthday (also Bridget’s birthday). But what should be a nice, relaxing trip with friends turns into drama-city. Henry still cares for Siobhan and tries to rekindle their affair, but being that he's hitting on Bridget who is impersonating Siobhan, she doesn't have the same strong feelings towards him and continues to reject him. Meanwhile, Gemma receives startling news, not once, but three times in this episode. But what will she do with all this information?
“You’ve lied to us all. Me, Henry, Gemma.” – Andrew
As if the show wasn’t confusing enough, the writers throw us off guard by starting the episode with a dream sequence. Bridget dreams that Andrew finds the duffle bag that she has hidden at the Hamptons bus stop with all of her belongings, including her license. Andrew is furious and demands to know what she’s done with the real Siobhan. Then she wakes up and realizes that it was all just a nightmare.
Since it’s Siobhan’s (and Bridget’s) birthday, Andrew decides that they’ll get away for the weekend to the Hamptons with Gemma and Henry like old times. Bridget decides to leave early to retrieve the duffle bag from the locker so she can properly dispose of it and all evidence linking her to…well…herself. Unfortunately for her, Agent Machado had previously discovered Bridget’s bag was there and was keeping an eye on it via security cameras to see if Bridget would return to collect her things. So when he sees “Siobhan” removing the duffle bag, he interprets this to mean that she’s definitely been in contact with her sister since she knew where the bag was. If he can get solid proof that the sisters have had contact recently, then he’d be able to get a search warrant and go through all of her things. Watch your step, Bridget.
“This year I’m going to make your birthday the best birthday ever.” – Andrew
Along with dreams, this episode also provided some flashbacks to some of Bridget and Siobhan’s previous birthdays. The first flashback was to when the girls were very young and only had enough money to afford one necklace for them both to share. So they decided one of them would wear the necklace for the whole year and then on their next birthday the other one would wear the necklace for the following year, so they would trade off each year. It’s a very sweet idea and it shows just how close the sisters used to be.
Back in real time, Agent Machado also decides to check out the Hamptons that weekend and plans on asking Gemma some questions about Siobhan’s sister, Bridget. Of course, the real Siobhan never told any of her friends (including her husband) of Bridget’s existence, so Gemma is taken completely off guard and confronts “Siobhan” about it (just to be clear, quotes denote fake Siobhan). Bridget explains that her sister is no longer a part of her life because of her troubled past and that she’s been ashamed of her. Gemma promises to not tell Andrew.
“I never want it back.” -Siobhan to Bridget
We’re then shown another flashback from 6 years ago, once again on their birthday. Bridget pays a visit to Siobhan with a red velvet cupcake (that’s hard to say no to), only to find out that Siobhan is about to move to New York City to be with Andrew. Siobhan is less than nice throughout the conversation and throws the necklace at Bridget’s feet, saying that she never wants it back.
Then we finally get glimpse of what Siobhan is up to and, as usual, it’s nothing good. She manages to get back into Tyler’s (the guy she was about to hook up with before kicking him out because she got sick) good graces by being suspiciously charming and vulnerable. She even opens up to him about how she ran away, so that she could leave her husband, but someone drained her bank account, so she can’t pay for her hotel. Cry me a river, right? But Tyler seems to buy into all of it and wants to help. He takes her out for a birthday celebration and lies to the hotel about her being a special client of his company, so her past and future expenses are covered. Up until this point I’ve been wondering what possible motive Siobhan would have in order for her to remain close to this man, but the show finally gives us an answer to something. Well…sort of. She steals a folder from his briefcase which is labeled “Accounts” and has Andrew’s name at the bottom. It wasn’t exactly made clear what this will all lead to, but my guess is that she’s somehow going to try to steal Andrew’s money. Maybe? We’ll just have to keep watching to see where that leads.
“You can follow me around for the rest of my life, but I promise you, you will not find Bridget.” - Bridget
In the middle of the night, Bridget finally burns her remaining possessions that link her to being Bridget. The only things she keeps are the necklace and letters that Siobhan wrote to her as they've tried to mend their relationship throughout the last few years. It's scenes like this where you really see just how much Bridget cares for her sister, while Siobhan only seems to want to continually throw her under the bus. So the rich sister is mean, while the poor sister is nice. Anyone else seeing a Prince and the Pauper theme?
During "Siobhan's" birthday celebrations the next day, Henry confronts her about rekindling their affair, but she once again turns him down for good and tells him to leave her alone. They also discuss her pregnancy and how he thinks the baby has got to be his. Of course, they choose to say all this with the door half closed, so you discover that Gemma has been listening to the entire conversation at the door. She’s devastated obviously and ends up running off right in the middle of dinner. Bridget – not knowing that Gemma heard anything – goes to find out what’s wrong.
If you remember from the first episode, when Bridget thought her sister had disappeared at sea, she first tried to call the coast guard for help, but cut-off mid-message when she decided to take her sister's identity. Well, the police happened to find that recording of her original call for help about her sister. When Machado confronts Bridget with the recording, she explains the situation and admits that she did see her sister, but hasn’t heard from her since that day. She claims that once she learned what Bridget was involved in, she panicked and thought maybe her sister would harm her and that’s why she started to call for help. It’s seems like a bit of a stretch to me, but Machado seemed to buy it…for now at least. After telling him to leave, she walks out of the rooming, leaving her phone in plain sight, which Machado begins to go through and finds a text either to or from Malcolm. Uh oh.
“I’m not Siobhan. I’m Bridget.” - Bridget
The writers always do a great job of leaving us with some kind of cliff hanger at the end of each episode. This time, they leave us with a showdown between Gemma and Bridget. When Bridget finally finds Gemma, Gemma slaps Bridget across the face and confronts her about sleeping with her husband. After being friends for five years and confiding all of her marriage problems to her “friend” Gemma rightfully feels betrayed and she wants revenge. So she threatens to go tell Andrew everything, so “Siobhan” can feel the way she feels right now. As she goes to leave, instead of making yet another excuse (which has seemed to become her hobby lately) Bridget confesses that she’s not who Gemma thinks she is. She states that she’s not really Siobhan. She’s Bridget. Whoa, did not see that one coming! So now Gemma knows about the twin sister, the affair, and the fact that Bridget is an impostor. Talk about information overload.