Everything is back this week! Unfortunately, almost everything is one or two episodes away from the season finale, which just makes me sad because I enjoy the TV season so.
This week is guest starring Adam Baldwin, aka Jayne Cobb from Firefly, which thrills me to no end. The character he’s playing, called Slaughter, reminds me a lot of Jayne – like if Jayne had more power on Serenity and was maybe a little smarter. My adoration of Jayne really affected my feelings for this character, too. In my head, this is a tiny Firefly reunion and I was hoping Castle would put on a brown trench coat. I was so wrapped up in this that I keep accidentally referring to him as Mal in my head. Anyway, I digress.
Slaughter is a bad ass cop from a different precinct, who Castle sees on TV and decides he absolutely has to work with. It’s as though he’s taking his frustration with Beckett to a whole new level and just doesn’t want to be around her at all right now. The problem, however, is that Slaughter really is nothing like Beckett. He’s a beat them up, ask questions later kind of cop. Who ultimately DOES have some good motives at heart, but he’s a tough guy and that shows a lot.
In the end, it’s too much for Castle, and he feels frequently that Slaughter goes too far. Sure, he’s excited at first cuz he got to take someone down, but Slaughter puts Castle’s life in danger multiple times and it’s just pure luck that he makes it through. Luck, and the intervention of Esposito and Ryan, who try to help Castle out…though they get themselves some stuff out of the deal too.
The season is close to being finished, I can’t remember how many episodes the network ordered this time so they’ve got either one or two left. They’re really gearing up more for this Castle/Beckett conflict, but Castle is slowly coming back around – he’s talking to Alexis at the end of the episode and mentions something about forgiving and forgetting, basically. Having read all the available Nikki Heat books, I’m kind of wondering if something bad will happen to him at the end of the season to leave us wondering what will happen next season. I guess I’ve got a couple of episodes to get through before we know that!
This was the Ringer season finale, and what a finale it was! So much happened that I worry I might miss some of it when thinking back through the whole thing. Especially since I waited about an hour after watching to start this recap.
Bridget and Andrew are having their vow renewal ceremony soon, and Bridget would like to tell Andrew the truth about who she is before that happens. Solomon doesn’t think it’s a good idea, but B really wants to do it so…here we go!
In the meantime, on the day of their pre-renewal party, Tim Arborgast tells Andrew that Siobhan was having an affair with Henry. Andrew is understandably not happy about this, and he confronts Bridget. We’ll get back to that in a minute.
Jimmy Kemper, the police officer who told Bridget to flee all that while ago, has broken out of prison and come to visit Siobhan. Obviously it’s really Bridget, but he doesn’t know that. He unwittingly tells B that he’s already met Siobhan, and explains that Siobhan and Johnny D (the dead guy who killed Jemma) had hired him to get B to run to Siobhan to begin with. Bridget is really shaken by this, and she’s not entirely herself for the rest of the episode.
Okay, so back to Andrew confronting Bridget about the affair…she ends up telling him everything. Not really about Siobhan, but about how she is Bridget and has been for the last seven months. Andrew has a hard time believing Siobhan killed herself, and I do too since I know she faked it. That aside, B tells him how she really has fallen in love with him and Juliet and she’s a better person now. That she’s stayed clean because of the two of them. Andrew is really upset because he wanted to believe so badly that Siobhan had changed, when in reality, she’s just a crazy bitch. He ultimately tells Bridget to leave.
B goes to talk to Juliet, and tells her the same thing, to which Juliet reacts in basically the same way. By the end of the episode, Andrew and Juliet have left for the Hamptons.
Siobhan and Henry have another fight, this time over the fact that Siobhan lied to him about the results of the paternity test. Henry is not the father of either of the twins, but Siobhan lies to him and says he is. However, he called the hospital before the letter came, so he knew the whole time. He was testing her to see what she’d say, and he’s so mad that she lied that he tells her he wants nothing to do with her anymore. Siobhan leaves and breaks into Andrew’s house to steal some jewelry and stuff to go live on, since Henry took all her money.
Andrew should really consider either moving or getting a better security system, because this penthouse has a revolving door of psycho at this point.
Oh, and Malcolm is presumed dead for realsies. Which breaks my heart a little.
While Siobhan is stealing at Andrew’s, Bodaway shows up. He killed Jimmy the cop and is now coming after Bridget. Cept it really is Siobhan this time when she says he’s got the wrong girl. He doesn’t believe her, thinks she’s Bridget lying, which normally would have been true! Bridget figures out that Bodaway is in town and looking for her, so she heads to the penthouse to save her family. They’re not there, obviously, but she ends up saving Siobhan without knowing it. And, against orders, Special Agent Mayor shows up and shoots Bodaway, even though B shot him twice herself.
After this, Solomon shows Bridget some surveillance footage of Siobhan after her supposed death, in the Hamptons, with Johnny D. B determines, finally, that Siobhan is not actually dead, so she goes to confront Henry about it – she figures Henry probably already knows the truth. He tells her yes, he knows she’s Bridget, that Siobhan had been living with him, but he kicked her out. Then tells B that Siobhan wanted her dead for what she did to Sean.
That’s pretty much where the season ends. I think the writers did a good job of both leaving things open for the second season, or wrapping some stuff up enough in the chance they get cancelled. We’re still left with the mystery of whether or not Andrew and Bridget will work it out, which I think they will because Andrew is a good guy with a soft heart. And then there’s also the question of how Bridget will deal with Siobhan now.
We won’t know until sometime this summer if Ringer is renewed for a second season. I’m clearly hoping for another one, I think this is a great show and I love seeing Sarah Michelle Gellar on TV again. She’s managed to make me forget, mostly, that she was my beloved Buffy Summers – in the sense that she’s good enough that I believe her as Bridget. Even though there are times when she’s fighting that I want her to just pull out those bad ass slayer skills and get it over with!!! Anyway, keeping my fingers crossed for a renewal!
Daniel is still in prison for Tyler’s murder, which has his parents on the look out for any way to get him out. And Victoria resorts to having him beat up in prison, because he’ll be allowed out and under house arrest instead if it’s determined that he’s in a life threatening situation in prison.
People are sniffing around Jack as the one who killed Tyler, on the testimony of Charlotte and Declan saying there was a hooded man on the beach. This causes Declan to say there was no hooded man, that Charlotte was on pills and champagne, because Declan would rather see Daniel in jail than Jack.
Victoria runs into an old flame while she’s paying off the guy who had Daniel beat up, and Emily sees the whole thing so she takes matters into her own hands when it comes to the assaulter and Victoria. She personally beats the dude up, both for beating up Jack and Daniel, and turns Mason Treadwell onto the fact that Victoria has his interview tapes from the David Clark interviews. Aka the tapes that were stolen during the fire.
As expected, Daniel is released and he looks horrible. I know it must seem worth it to his mom, but I’m not sure if he would agree. I’m also wondering how long it’ll be before he finds out that Victoria is the cause of the beating.
Victoria tries to convince Daniel that Emily killed Tyler, which is just bitchy of her. Daniel doesn’t fall for it and tells Victoria that he will confess to everything if she tries to bring Emily into the whole thing. She also thinks that Conrad is the one who lead Treadwell to the tapes, so it sounds like Emily has done a good job with spreading doubt among all of them further.
Previews for the next episode look pretty intense – Daniel is getting suspicious about what Emily is up to, and Victoria is still trying to get everyone else arrested!
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