In last week's pilot episode of "Ringer," Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar), on the run from the mob, was desperate. She ran to her identical twin sister Siobhan for help, but Siobhan soon disappeared. Did Bridget file a missing person report? No, she decided to assume Siobhan's identity. But Siobhan is not only not dead, but she is also on the run.
Bridget eased into her rich sister's glittery New York City condo, but soon found that Siobhan had secrets - an affair with her best friend's husband, and a contract on her life. Bridget shot a man who was trying kill her (Siobhan) in their under-construction loft. City life! Apparently the sisters had more in common than they thought.
The second episode, "She's Ruining Everything," has shades of Alfred Hitchcock's classic hide-the-body thriller "Rope." When Siobhan's husband Andrew (Ioan Gruffudd) suddenly plans to use the empty loft to throw a business party where the would-be killer's body is hidden, Bridget must scramble to make sure that lump of canvas in the corner isn't discovered for what it really is.
So how does a Manhattan socialite dispose of a dead assassin's body? After flirting with using a circular saw and a bottle of bleach, her old friend and sponsor Malcolm (Mike Colter) answers her call for help and convinces her to meet him - far away from the scene of the crime. Bridget's first instinct is always to run, and she almost does, planning to leave the stiff and all of Siobhan's and her problems behind her, until she's intercepted by FBI Agent Machado (Nestor Carbonell). Machado has been hanging around New York, convinced that Siobhan may lead him to her sister. "Ringer" is not as confusing while you're watching it as it sounds, but as the sisters' secrets continue to pile up, it may soon become so.
Sarah Michelle Gellar is always a sympathetic presence - even when Bridget is eying a handy trunk to conceal a body the audience wants to root for her. Some of the more soap opera-scale drama, including the best friend Gemma (Tara Summers) and her cheating husband Henry (Kristoffer Polaha), and Andrew's troublesome teenage daughter Juliet ( Zoey Deutch ), distract from the thriller aspects of "Ringer." But the soapy stuff in "She's Ruining Everything" was nicely balanced by the quirky black humor involving the inconvenient corpse.
We still don't know that much about Siobhan - Bridget is clearly the heroine of the hour, at least for now. Will "Ringer" flip the mirror and let the audience in on Siobhan's perspective soon? How will Bridget react if she learns her sister is alive? With all of Siobhan's drama, Bridget continues to get more and more comfortable in her sister's world. How much does Andrew know?
Gellar still makes for compelling television watching, and if "Ringer" can continue to mix its suspense with dark humor, it will be a show to watch.
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