Thursday, April 12, 2012

My Review of Ringer's 1x21: "It's Called Improvising, Bitch"

Written by Scott Nimerfro
Directed by Janice Cooke

Catherine (to Bridget): “Whose life is so pathetic that they have to live someone else’s to be happy?”

Oh, Catherine, why would you ask such a question? Or, why would you ask such a question after 21 episodes when we know why Bridget is pretending to be Siobhan? For a moment there, I hoped that Catherine knew about the sister switcheroo but I guess not. Still, this was actually a ridiculously fun episode all round.

Catherine was her absolute craziest in this one, trying to kill Bridget and then taking the latter and Andrew hostage when Bridget refused to die and all because Andrew managed to foil that particular scheme on Catherine’s part. Of course, this was probably the only moment in the episode where Andrew got to play the hero but it was still a good one.

Catherine’s hatred for Siobhan was further expanded upon in this episode. Not did Siobhan steal her husband but she was also about to have Catherine evicted from her own home and it’s why the crazy ex-wife had a hit put on Siobhan in the first place. Of course, with her assassins being lame shots, Catherine planned to finish the job herself.

It’s amazing how throughout this episode Catherine was stopped at every turn. Her attempts to shoot both Andrew and Bridget were derailed by Juliet arriving on time to witness her mother going nuts and even escaping to Mexico was blown apart by Andrew letting the FBI know where Catherine was planning to go.

Even the out of nowhere partnership with Olivia blew up in her face when the latter was eventually used by Victor to draw Catherine out into the open and get herself arrested. Considering all of that, Catherine made for a spectacularly dumb if consistently amusing villain throughout this episode.

I liked that this episode filled in some blanks with Catherine’s scheming and her hatred for Siobhan might not have justified her actions but at least it was believable enough. I’m not entirely sure if her relationship with Olivia was believable though I suppose it’s noteworthy that the show delivered it’s promise to give us a gay character. I guess I should’ve expected it to be Olivia after all.

As for both Catherine and Olivia, I don’t doubt jail time is awaiting them both, courtesy of Victor actually using his brain cells once again but I’ll kind of miss the pair. If they had been better thought out in earlier episodes, they would’ve given the likes of Tyler Barrol a run for his money but at least Catherine intrigued in a way that Bodaway certainly hasn’t all season.

Keeping with the intriguing – the maid being a call girl and dying was a turn up for the books, at least for Henry if no-one else. I did like seeing Siobhan at her manipulative best in trying to get the girl to back down with a series of fake passports but I was also disappointed with the low key fashion in which she went into labour as well.

I guess I was expecting fireworks or an angry confrontation between Siobhan and Bridget and the former’s waters to break but at least she’s finally had the babies. The fact that Henry now suddenly wants a paternity test to prove they’re his is refreshing. It definitely seems to indicate that he’s catching on at long last. Siobhan better hope for her sake the babies are Henry’s and not Andrew’s after all.

Also in “It’s Called Improvising, Bitch”

Catherine uttered the title of this episode when she was coming up with her plan to do away with Andrew and Bridget.

Catherine: “You can’t do this to me. Andrew won’t let you.”
Siobhan: “Andrew the ex-husband won’t but Andrew the businessman will.”

This episode did seem to heavily imply that Siobhan genuinely didn’t care for Juliet, which is something that we know is the opposite with Bridget.

Siobhan: “I haven’t done anything except believe in you.”
Henry: “Let’s keep it that way.”

Juliet: “You’re crazy.”
Catherine: “No, Juliet. Siobhan destroyed our family, she deserves it.”

Um, we’re a week away from the finale, so where the hell is Malcolm? Heck, why wasn’t Solomon watching Bridget’s back in this one?

Catherine: “Are you saying no man can understand me like a woman can?”
Olivia: “You know I always had a crush on you, right?”

Andrew: “If anything happens to Siobhan, I swear I will hunt you down.”
Catherine: “Oh, save it for someone who cares.”

Chronology: From where the previous episode left off.

“It’s Called Improvising, Bitch” was a lot of campy, soapy fun. I can’t help wondering if the show had been this outlandish in a way earlier if things would’ve worked more in it’s favour. Catherine went from being an annoyance to an entertaining villain in a way that the writers haven’t been able to do with Siobhan either. I hope the finale is good.

Rating: 7 out of 10

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