Oh, BTW, You’re an Idiot!

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Just when I think the lies can’t get any bigger, Ringer goes and proves me wrong.

P.S. You’re an Idiot” sends the morons on the run, spins new lies on top of the plethora already told and proves that the thief isn’t always who you think it will be. Read on:

Whenever twins turn up in Ringer you can be assured they will be double the trouble. So it is for Siobhan, when she learns that the father of her babies isn’t turtle-neck-enthusiast Henry like she hoped, but most likely Andrew. Isn’t it such a bummer when your husband turns out to be the father of your children?

Siobhan informs her lover, Henry of the twin development, but not the fatherhood issues – now he’s going to be twice as mad when he learns the truth! “Are you worried your husband is not the father?” Siobhan’s doc asks her at one point. “I’m worried he is,” she replies – I love you, Ringer.

Siobhan seems to be having the slightest of second thoughts about Andrew after this news, especially when she hears that he’s planning on tying the knot with her sister. Soon Siobhan is thrown into the misty water-colored memories of the way they were. Once upon a time, you see, Andrew and Siobhan were sort of in love. You can tell because Siobhan’s hair is down and when Siobhan is being evil her hair is always up, the better to contain her secrets.

On their wedding night, they immediately start arguing about having children with Siobhan on the nay and Andrew on the yay side. Foreshadowing! Andrew mentions that he saw the picture of the little boy in her jewelry box and instead of explaining about Sean, Siobhan gets all weird. I get that this is a show based on secrets and lies but does everything have to be a secret? She couldn’t have just said “that was my son that died?” These people really over-complicate their own lives.

Speaking of over-complicating, Bridget is trying to force down that tiny voice of conscience about all her lies to Andrew after he asks her to marry him with a ring pop, yes, a candy ring. She accepts, of course, but that little voice in her head keeps acting up. She’s starting to feel bad about how her relationship with Andrew is built on a bed of lies. So instead of facing the problem, she puts her hair up and tries scheming for a little while.

Meanwhile, Malcolm has gotten onto the trail of Martin-Charles. He tells Bridget that she can’t marry Andrew. I was expecting Malcolm to suddenly declare his love for her, but he instead tells her it would be a mistake to marry Andrew because he’s a crook. Whew! The last thing we need on Ringer is another overly complicated love triangle. Anyway, Malcolm then spends the whole episode skulking around after various people. He skulks with Henry. He skulks into Olivia’s office, stealing some info on a flash drive. He skulks his way to a backwater accountant’s office. Malcolm is going all “Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy” if all the characters in that movie were completely obvious about their spying. After following Olivia to the accountant’s I half expected him to pop out of the car while in her eye line and wave.

What did all of Malcolm’s skulking uncover? Well that Martin-Charles is Bernie Madoff-ing the company. It’s a Ponzi Scheme y’all! When Bridget sadly tells Andrew about how Olivia has gone behind his back with the scheme Andrew looks confused. This is mostly because he totally knows about the Ponzi scheme, since it was his idea. Well played Andrew! The British accent and soft puppy dog eyes always throw me off, but it’s nice to know there’s some evil under the surface after all.

What about the “Wild Things” plotline? Well it’s getting even wilder. When Juliet starts having second thoughts about the whole plan, it’s mommy dearest to the rescue. She tells Juliet that she’ll take care of Mr. Carpenter, who has been calling to harass her lately. And boy, does she ever take care of him. Sexually, that is. Turns out that Mr. Carpenter and the former Mrs. Martin were in on this plan all along. Is there anyone left who isn’t in on this “Wild Things” plot? Is it even a really good scheme if every other person on the show knows about it?

It turns out that Mrs. Martin is even more devious than we could have imagined though. First, she was behind Tessa’s beating. Then when Juliet sends a text threatening to tell her father about what happened, Mrs. Martin uses it as an excuse to double-cross Mr. Carpenter. While he’s in the shower she takes all the money he left lying conveniently on the bed and leaves behind a tape showing him laughing it up with Juliet and Tessa post courtroom meltdown. But don’t worry, mommy dearest left a note to tell Mr. Carpenter to leave Juliet alone and that he’s an idiot.

Now Carpenter’s on the run, Juliet is guilt ridden, Tessa’s still in a coma and the woman who put her there has millions. Catherine is so maliciously manipulative it’s scary. Next week, we’ll learn that she was involved in the Kennedy assassination.

Here are some highlights of this week’s episode that caught my eye:

– Hilarious Henry. He was so excited to be playing spy games with Siobhan that he looked like he wanted to fist pump after every successful plan. After he gives Bridget the box of Ponzi he was practically giggling to himself like a twelve-year-old girl reading “Twilight”. I hope this version of Henry never leaves.

–  Andrew is thinking about selling the penthouse, or at least downsizing. But what will become of the giant poster of Siobhan’s face? I hope they eventually end up in a loft and that poster ends up like floor to ceiling on one of the walls. *sigh*

Addict Verdict: FINALLY, we get to see the pre-evil side to Andrew! But, now, as the pyramid starts to fall: Who will jump free and who will get crushed by the rubble?

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Catherine is unbelievable. She and Carpenter are naturally secret lovers – “You’re going to stop harassing my daughter… and start harassing me!” she gasps as they share a clinch. No, really, this actually happens. Watch out for that one!

New Firm. New Time. New Cases!

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Is it just me, or was the second episode truly better than the pilot?!

Chapter Three” continued in the same vein as the two-hour series premiere, resuming its regular time slot on Saturdays, starting off with some high tension, as Mitch McDeere was chased during the present time before jumping backwards in time to focus on Mitch, his clients and his first real steps as a part of the (unknown to him) shady firm, Kinross & Clark.

Having joined forces with Kinross & Clark, Mitch found himself assigned to defend a partner’s son who had accidentally killed his girlfriend when he backed into her with his car following an argument over a failed marriage proposal. Yet even as he tried to coerce the kid to man up, someone else confessed to the murder, and that someone had half a bucket of screws loose. Mitch found himself in the position of trying to get a serial killer off the hook, while getting a good kid onto it.

Sure, the episode threw a lot at the viewer in terms of story, but I think it worked for the better. Giving Mitch multiple clients is a fresh step in terms of the normal one and done plot most law procedurals. In a way, The Firm follows a similar linear path for its particular cases of the week, but by weaving in and out other story lines, it didn’t feel completely like a stand alone episode. It’s ambitious, and the writers have to make sure not to throw out so many different directions that some get lost in the wind, but it works in keeping a pace that feels like the show is moving forward.

There is a sense that the entire season, much like a book or movie, will have a complete story to tell amongst all the little ones that are scattered throughout. At least I hope that’s how it all comes to fruition. It’s obvious that Mitch is resolute and dedicated to the law, and while that works for him as the hero of the show, it also serves as a certain flaw to his character. It is, of course, a good flaw that causes his own inner conflict to ring out.

In defending Calvin Parker, Mitch knew his client was innocent and was willing to set the man free even with the possibility of having the murder finger pointed at his other client, Ryan. That said, Mitch knew where Amy’s body was located but refused to Calvin. His idea that the “law is the law” brings forth many rules and situations that can make being a lawyer difficult, especially when he realized that Calvin did actually kill people. Having a conscience is tough. But, in the end, despite his mistake, Mitch remained focused on defending his clients and bringing them justice. It all worked out for him.

And I love that he was proactive throughout the episode, even bringing his work home with him. It never seems like he stops to catch a breath, but at the same time he is clearly passionate about his work. There is a dedication and like-ability that Josh Lucas pulls out of the character, making me want to watch him. A strong lead like Lucas will certainly help keep the show on its feet. I’m also glad that the big conspiracy case surrounding Sara Holt received a little attention but for now, it doesn’t seem anything out of the ordinary besides a murder case.

 

As for Martin and his connection, I have a feeling that his company will play an important role. And what is with all that sniffing? I know they joked about cocaine and a cold, but could he be infected with a virus? Is his company creating some drug that is deadly? I know my theory could be a stretch since we don’t really have any information, but I could definitely see a pharmaceutical company as the big bad guy of the season.

For all of the fast pacing and suspense involved, I was a little disappointed at how Ryan and Calvin’s case was quickly wrapped up at the end. I know it served to close that case of the week, but I was almost hoping that the series would extend one of them into the next episode. Calvin was creepy enough and the thought that Mitch let a killer go could have played a particular psychological game with him for at least a few more episodes.

I also don’t understand how Claire is allowed to be in Abby’s class. Is that even permitted? I guess it gives them mother/daughter screen time, but it felt like it took away from the interesting legal drama. Even when Abby was talking to Tammy about the cheating situation, I kept thinking that, compared to what Mitch was dealing with, it felt slow and stuck in purely to incorporate a sense of character development. Except it wasn’t that interesting and I just wanted to get back to Mitch.

While I recognize that The Firm isn’t filled with crazy jaw dropping twists (at least for now) it does provide a sense of intensity and suspense when it comes to each particular case. Again, nothing feels overly new or groundbreaking, but the drama does manage to keep a strong formula in place, delivering gripping episodes centered on a main character worth watching.

Addict Verdict: The legal drama’s second episode was light on answers but again strong in character development, with the McDeere brothers taking center stage.

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Mitch finds the hidden bodies and can’t manage to control his barf to the gore in front of him! Very Real!

And you thought whores made that much?!

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Tonight’s episode of Ringer was literally called “Whores Don’t Make That Much.” Sadly, that was going to be the title of my autobiography but I guess it’s already been taken. Great minds think alike, Ringer writers! Still, I love the fact that, that was not only the title but also a line on this series.

Whores Don’t Make That Much” finally gave viewers some of the answers they’ve been craving and at least one they never wanted to hear. Another Ringer episode, another shocking final moment. If there’s one thing that Ringer has gotten good at over its half season on our small screens, it’s pulling out the “OMG” twist ending. Last week we found out that Juliet, Tessa and Mr. Carpenter had “Wild Things”-d their way to millions. This week we find out that the whole plan was crafted by none other than the first Mrs. Martin. Bravo Ringer! Once again, I didn’t see that twist coming.

What I did see coming was the long, overly-involved back story of the death of Siobhan’s son Sean. From pretty much the pilot I called that Bridget had had some hand in the death of Siobhan’s son. I must say, in the grand scheme of things it’s a little underwhelming how small Bridget’s role in Sean’s death actually was. I get that the writers are trying to keep Bridget likable, but the flip-side is that Siobhan’s insane vendetta loses some of its juice.

I understand why she would be angry at Bridget for allowing her son to go out with his father, Dylan even against her express orders. But that accident was in no way the fault of anyone in the car. It seems a big leap from being angry over something terrible that you can’t change to switching identities in an elaborate play to kill your sister. Having Bridget really screw up and giving Siobhan a more legitimate reason to hate her would have gone a long way towards humanizing both sisters. Especially Siobhan, who is still in the mustache twirling super villain stage she’s been in since the pilot?

In real time, Henry shows up at Andrew’s office just as he and Malcolm are arriving. I think this is the first time all 3 male actors on this show have been in the same scene. Malcolm leaves but still eavesdrops on their conversation. Henry tells Andrew he wants to cash all his money out of the company.

Cut to Juliet’s public school and cue hip hop music. Wow, this show is so delicately produced. Tessa rolls up to school in a giant new SUV and of course Juliet freaks out. Random thought: Tessa is like a bootleg version of Alicia Silverstone but with really bad lip gloss. She hilariously admits to Juliet that she’s keeping all her money ($3 million) under her bed!!!  Then she walks away and literally says, “Back up, bitches.” The Writer’s Guild is just not honoring this show enough.

When Juliet points out to her how stupid this is Tessa refuses to listen. So Juliet calls up Mr. Carpenter, who read up on “How To Be Conspicuously Inconspicuous for Dummies” before popping on his sketchy sunglasses and baseball cap. I guess he wasn’t recognizable as Mr. Carpenter, but he certainly looked like a unibomber instead. Not exactly a look you want to be sporting in the “see something, say something” capital of the world while hanging out with an underage girl. When she tells him about Tessa he promises to take care of it. The next day she goes into school and finds out that Tessa has been beaten into a medically induced coma and all her “Wild Thingsmoney stolen from her under-the-bed bank. Ruh-roh!

Juliet goes to see Tessa in the hospital and gurl don’t look good. She actually kinda looks like Lisbeth Salander with the raccoon eyes in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Tessa’s foster mother is there and weirdly dressed like Mrs. Claus with white fur sleeves. And she seems to think that Tessa was dealing drugs. Says the trashy Mrs. Claus, “I thought maybe she was turning tricks but whores don’t make that much.” Brutes.

Juliet confronts Mr. Carpenter, who acts like this is the first he’s hearing of it. Did Mr. Carpenter really do it? Who knows! Probably not, because nothing is really like it first appears on Ringer. Perhaps it was Siobhan who did it, since she is behind about 95% of the evil happenings in Manhattan. The other 5% is the other crazy, blonde Mrs. Martin—Andrew’s ex-wife. She asks Andrew to consider sending Juliet to live with her in Miami and Andrew and Siobhan struggle with the decision. Why is Juliet’s booze-soaked mother taking a sudden interest in her wellbeing? Well, because she’s the one behind the “Wild Things” plot to begin with and knows her bratty daughter is now sitting on millions. Mother of the year award nominee right here.

What did you think of this week’s episode of Ringer? Did you enjoy the flashbacks? Think Mr. Carpenter really did it? Did the end shock you as much as it did me? Comments!

Mitch McDeere is back!!!

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THE FIRM doesn’t have much problems to begin with to be seen as a sequel to the Tom Cruise thriller, but about 80 percent of the two-hour pilot (finally, another two-hour pilot again!) was wasted with a procedural case, which had nothing to do with the main arc of the show. Instead, Mitch McDeere, this time portrayed by charming Josh Lucas, only gets teased from the danger of his past.

The Firm is set a decade after the 1991 book and the 1993 movie, and rather continues the movie than the book.
In the opening scene, Mitch McDeere is being chased through Washington, D.C., by a pair of suits, but stops to call his wife, Abby, to tell her they have to pack up and leave. From there, the story flashes back to the recent past, when the McDeere family emerged from a decade in the witness protection program because Mitch had ratted to the FBI about a legal firm that did business for organized crime.
Mitch is content, at first, to work out of a tiny office that used to be a travel agency, with his brother, Ray, a private detective, and Tammy, his seen-it-all secretary with a longtime romantic attachment to Ray.

McDeere is a good lawyer and a good man. Willing to take pro bono cases even though he desperately needs paying clients to keep his fledgling office open, he gets saddled with the case of a high school kid accused of murdering a classmate.
Mitch McDeere is determined to do all he can to defend the kid, regardless of the client’s innocence or guilt, and regardless of whether the kid is being truthful. Ultimately, Mitch’s commitment to the letter of the law is tested when a hit is put out on the kid, who has been released to his father’s custody until the trial. How Mitch manages to resolve the issue tells us a lot about his character and about where The Firm is going.

I loved the cinematic aspects of the premiere, from the sweeping shots of DC to its ability to feel like a complete film and story, even as it was preparing plenty of larger stories for the whole season. And while the time-jumping could be a bit confusing, it was a great way to bookend the two hours and prepares viewers for the intensity to come.

If the audience is able to forget the movie (or haven’t see it at all), then they get a nice little TV drama out of The Firm, where the cast can succeed not to suck, Josh Lucas gives a great Mitch McDeere. Lucas is sure to make you believe that this role is his now, which has a great positive effect on believing his character’s actions and decision-making. That’s also a positive, because the TV show continues where the movie ended with Mitch as a character: Instead of being a selfish bastard in the middle of a dangerous situation (like in the book), Mitch continues to be the “all white vest” man, as “holy” and “path breaking” for his job and his colleagues.

The future of the show lies in the hands of the writers, and if they want The Firm as a stand-alone drama in the genre with a conspiracy a la 24 as a great story arc, or a real and honest sequel of the movie. Former would be great for the genre. Latter would only work, when the show manages to keep the universal and thrilling episodic stories going, from the beginning and not in the middle of the season because it’s closer to the season finale. Also, there’s enough leeway for the show to be compelling, to prepare the story, to have a bigger outcome at the end. Hopefully the writers don’t fall into a delirium to write a cliffhanger finale.

Addict Verdict: The Firm is tedious, but not terrible. Whether it is watchable depends on, one, how much you like legal dramas (Something I really like), and, two, how the ongoing McDeeres-in-jeopardy plot is handled!

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: It has to be the opening, the running down is stairs, running through water, making an already nervous man want to kill himself, all is pretty gripping!

Ratings: 3/5

Return of The (Witch) King?!

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The day we’ve been waiting for has finally arrived: John Blackwell is back in Chance Harbor. Sure, he’s rumored to be the most evil wizard this side of Hogwarts, but…

This time on The Secret Circle, Cassie is stunned when a notoriously evil figure from her past shows up on her doorstep. However, her surprise quickly turns to suspicion when, he asks her to return the medallion she found in the wreckage of the fire that killed her parents. Cassie storms off but is captured by Eben and his gang of witch hunters. Jake offers to trade himself for Cassie’s freedom and when Adam realises they’re in trouble, he calls the Circle. Meanwhile, Faye and Diana are concerned when Melissa starts spending more time with Callum!

I’ve got to say, John Blackwell looks pretty good for a guy who’s been presumed dead for more than a decade. Cassie’s old man finally showed his face on “Return“, and it took less than an hour for her to try to kill him. (Is it just me, or does every girl on The CW have crippling daddy issues?)

But let’s back up a wee bit: After last week’s run-in with ghosts and possessed demons, Cassie needs some well-deserved alone time. She tells Diana that Grandma Jane is coming back from her “zen retreat” (read. yeah, right!), but when Cassie gets home from Diana’s house, she has a studly surprise waiting for her: Jake Armstrong. Jake warns Cassie that witch-hunters have sprinkled her house with ash and salt, but despite the warning signs, Cassie ignores his advice. After all, there are more important things at hand – like John Blackwell!

If you thought Cassie’s reunion with daddy dearest would be magical, you were right on. Blackwell shows up at Cassie’s house and Cassie proceeds to open the front door with her mind (Atta Girl). After a few moody pleasantries and studly gazes, he tells Cassie that she’s in danger, asks her to keep quiet about his reappearance, and goes back from wherever he came. But why is Blackwell in Chance Harbor, anyway? Sure, his hand erupted in a crazy blister the second Cassie activated his man jewelry, but Adam’s worried Blackwell has ulterior motives, and for once, we agree.

Apparently, when Cassie isn’t busy being a teenage witch, she spends her time waitressing at “Java Brew,” Chance Harbor’s trendiest coffee shop. Cassie’s most popular clientele consist of Faye and Melissa, who get an unwelcome surprise when Callum wanders in and asks them to a party. Faye has no interest in Callum’s coffee shop come-ons, but Melissa heads to his soiree despite her besties’ misgivings. Faye and Diana decide to run an intervention on Melissa, so they visit Lee, who’s doing what he does best: hangin’ with his creepy comatose girlfriend (what’s up with that?). Lee tells Faye and Diana that Callum practices “evil left juju” (his words), and the three of them head to the party before he can cause any trouble.

Meanwhile, Cassie heads down to the docks to meet up with her dad, and he makes the mistake of asking for the medallion. Despite being witch-napped and held hostage on multiple occasions, Cassie storms off in a tearful huff and – surprise, surprise – gets herself captured by Eben. He and his witch-hunter cronies tie Cassie to a chair, cover her with some ashy salt, and drip weird fluid into her eyes and mouth. Grossly Creepy!!

So, Callum’s party can only be described as a ‘90s rave – complete with hookahs, crazy dancing, pits of fire, and greasy hair. But Melissa’s having a great time, especially when she and Callum cuddle up on some cushy couches and proceed to give each other voodoo doll spell-gasms. Yep, you read that right. Just slap a voodoo doll between your hands until you feel that “surge.” Sadly, the fun stops there. Callum locks Melissa in a private room after he discovers that she’s a witch, but she escapes the clutches of his power-stealing voodoo doll in the nick of time. Luckily, Melissa meets up with Faye and Diana and the three of them book it out of the party before things get too creepy – but not before Melissa warns Faye not to trust Lee’s voodoo Valentine!

Meanwhile, John Blackwell is hanging in the clubhouse when Jack runs in screaming Cassie’s name. They have a brief-yet-studly bonding moment, and then Jake sneaks off to Eben’s boat in the hopes that he can trade Cassie for her pops! Blackwell falls right into Jake’s trap, and after a quick pit-stop at the Boathouse (Hello, Ethan!), they wander into the middle of the forest to make the trade. The catch? Eben wants to take Jake prisoner instead of Blackwell!

Over at the boathouse, Adam gathers the Circle to save Cassie, and they rush to the forest only to find Jake – about to be murdered by Eben. The Circle use their collective power to impale Eben on a tree branch, but then his body disappears and in a creepy and mysterious display of magic. Meanwhile, Cassie accidentally ignites her dad on fire because she’s been “hypnotized” to kill him, but the Circle save the day once again with a spontaneous slam poetry session. Phew! After the night’s events, Blackwell and Cassie bond over the fact that his magical powers were stripped, and she tells him that the medallion is destroyed. Blackwell vows to stay in Chance Harbor to protect Cassie, but we have a feeling he has other reasons for sticking around…

Finally, the ad interim montage: First, Lee sneaks into Faye’s window to makeout while his creepy comatose girlfriend wakes up across town; then John Blackwell visits Jake to strike a deal about keeping Cassie safe; and finally Adam and Cass snuggle at the Boathouse. It’s all so beautiful! But that might just be JMSN’s Fallin playing with our emotions.

Do you think Lee and his scruffy buddies are up to no good, like Melissa suspected? How much longer can John survive in Chance Harbor? And what will you do between now and March 15 to occupy your witch-less Thursdays? Yeah, that’s right, no guilty wicked treats till March 15…*sigh*!

Addict Verdict: The warlock might have returned, but, why did he come back?! There could have been more fire, not we didn’t witness enough, just saying’!

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: Finally, Melissa stood up for herself! It was really good to see Melissa having some principles, one that involved spell-gasms with Callum, and then, threatening him! Oh My, Jessica Parker Kennedy, what did you say to the writers?!!

When you’ve got this much cash, Why Cry?!

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Can I just say wow? For once Ringer both impressed and surprised me. I did not see the reveal with Juliet and Mr. Carpenter coming. “It’s Easy To Cry When This Much Cash Is Involved” was easily one of the best episodes of the entire season, due in large part to how quickly the narrative began moving forward.

This Week… Bridget visits some of the last locations Siobhan visited before her ‘death’, while Henry is blackmailed by Olivia. Meanwhile, Juliet’s rape trial takes an unlikely (and baffling) twist…

Bridget followed the bread crumbs left behind by Siobhan and her trusty driver. Her driver totally believes her tale about how she’s recently sober (WHA??) and therefore can’t remember anything about her past actions or personality. He then proceeds to take her on a best of Siobhan’s evil scheme tour, bringing her first to an unnamed office. There Bridget picks up a key while Siobhan skulks around in her own closet, gun drawn, like a serial killer.

Next up, Bridget visits the shooting gallery where she discovers the connection between Gemma’s murderer John and Siobhan. This gets Bridget’s tiny brain to basically short-circuit itself as she realizes that John initially pretended not to know her.

Along the way she also stops by a hokey restaurant where you write your plot revelations on pieces of paper and then slip them into a table for eventual discovery. In the compartment Bridget finds the note that Siobhan left saying that she had tried to forgive her sister but couldn’t. Forgive her for what? Well there was a picture of Siobhan hugging a little boy on the desk in her secret lair, so I’m guessing that Bridget had something to do with the death of Siobhan’s son and it still holds some water.

While Bridget is snooping, Siobhan is busy juggling Tyler and Henry. Henry has a lot of feelings about how she’s been playing with him. In addition to lapping up Siobhan’s lies, Henry is being played by Andrew’s scheming business partner Olivia. Olivia bribes her way into business with the wealthy Tim Arbogast using a photo stolen from Henry’s phone of him and Siobhan in bed together. The offending picture, by the way, is from a third person’s perspective, with neither Henry or Siobhan behind the lens – probably best not to ask why a third person was snapping away during their intimate moments…

Henry probably should have consulted her first before he gave into Olivia’s blackmail and got Gemma’s poor trusting father to invest in Andrew’s company though. Why? Because those keys Siobhan steals back from Bridget open a box full of something very bad for Andrew. Something that will allow Siobhan to escape Andrew with all his precious money in tow. We don’t know what it is, because this is “Ringer” and they need a shock ending but Henry’s “OMG girl, are you serious?!” face says it’s pretty good.

But the most shocking twist of the episode was undoubtedly the turn in the Juliet storyline. As soon as I saw Juliet and Tessa rifling through the hotel mini-bar I said “Holy ‘Wild Things’!” Which was the exact second that Mr. Carpenter came strolling through the door with liquor for the underage girls. I didn’t think you had it in you Ringer but you legitimately surprised me! I have to admit, I did not see that one coming. Not even, when Mr. Carpenter counter-sued Andrew for defamation of character after Tessa’s teary confession that she faked her charges, unraveled Juliet’s whole case. I don’t know if I should be applauding this but kudos for shock-value need to be given when they are earned. Bravo Ringer. Even though I wasn’t convinced at first, by the end of this episode I completely believed that Juliet was raped by Mr. Carpenter. I thought Tessa’s corroboration and subsequent breakdown in the restroom were real too.

When Catherine and Bridget prodded Andrew to settle with Carpenter, I thought it was the wrong thing to do. At the very least I thought they should have spoken to Juliet about it. Now I see that wouldn’t have mattered.

No sign of Machado in the episode – presumably his investigation was going nowhere this week, not that that’s stopped Ringer from keeping up with him in the past. Malcolm is also absent for the second week running, though Bridget does leave him an answer phone message at one point, in order to deliver a batch of revealing exposition to the viewer…

What did you think of this week’s episode?  Were you shocked by the Juliet “Wild Things” twist? Will she be found out? Will the guilt eat her up or will the money keep her happy? What does Siobhan have on Andrew’s company? Will Siobhan continue to string both Henry and Tyler along?  And will Bridget ever figure out her sister’s not dead? And will all Hell break loose when Siobhan and Bridget finally face off? What’s your theory? Comment!!

Addict Verdict: “I thought the road would lead some answers, but, it only led to more questions!”, says Bridget and I agree with her. The episode might be quite baffling, but, we’re left with more questions!!

Fix-Your-Eyes-On-Me Scene: The letter Bridget finds left by Siobhan confessing that she wishes she could forgive her sister, but can’t! Definitely fix your eyes on that one!

A New Chapter Begins!

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I was a huge fan of John Grisham‘s The Firm back when it was just a novel, and I even enjoyed the Tom Cruise movie adaptation. But when I heard that AXN was premiering a television series, I was stunned speechless. I wasn’t sure why the entire story needed to be retold in another format. Except that the series, aptly titled The Firm, isn’t just another copy.

There’s something almost old-fashioned about AXN’s new John Grisham series and for once, it isn’t a bad thing. From its slick, retro opening credits through the foot chase scene that sets the story of this new drama, the television sequel to Grisham’s 1991 novel of the same name doesn’t entirely feel like other 21st century legal thrillers.

The series picks up 10 years after McDeere has been in witness protection for taking down the Memphis firm of the original. Why does he leave? A mob boss who became collateral damage from the Memphis meltdown, and who went down the road of revenge for Mitch, is now dead. But, Nothing’s ever the way it seems, there’s always more to the story than meets the eye, as the opening scene reveals: Mitch is running for his life, chased by three nefarious suits through D.C. until Mitch tells Abby the code-red news: It’s happening again. All of this is set against the McDeeres’ determination to live outside of the witness protection program. But it soon becomes clear that the criminals Mitch crossed a decade ago have very sharp memories, and that is going to force changes in the McDeeres’ lives. In the end, Mitch has to make a significant decision about his career and about the cost of being his own boss.

For people those of you who are not familiar with the character, Mitch is an old-school, self-made hero, worked hard to graduate near the top of his class at Harvard — and you can’t help but root for him. And at a time when the procedural format is constantly being reinvented, The Firm‘s straightforward, one-man-against-the-system story feels quite compelling — especially when that one man happens to look like a Tom Ford model and yet comes off as totally relatable. It’s been a while since Hollywood dusted off the trope of the scrappy, Everyman lawyer fighting against Big Corruption. But if you’ve missed more traditional courtroom dramas, you’ll be glad that Mitch is right: It’s happening again. While he is not a carbon copy of Tom Cruise, Actor Josh Lucas does a fine job of reinventing Mitch McDeere, the lawyer Tom Cruise portrayed in the original film, though this time he’s more idealistic than eager that he clearly makes Mitch his own character, someone the audience can enjoy. Mr. Lucas, a film actor best known as Patrick Dempsey’s foil in “Sweet Home Alabama,” brings a riveting competence with a lot of fire to the role of Mitch. Callum Keith Rennie plays Mitch’s brother, Ray, and brings a rough around the edges charm to each scene. Unlike David Strathairn in the film, Mr. Rennie feels like someone who might have actually committed manslaughter! And while I’ve always had a hard time in general watching main characters’ wives whine and complain and try to force their husband not to do what he wants, Molly Parker gives Abby McDeere more of a loving and worried concern for her husband and family. Her initial reluctance is warranted and when she agrees to let Mitch join the new firm, it isn’t aggressive and against her calm nature. Juliette Lewis portrays Tammy, McDeere’s assistant, with charisma and a fun attitude.

The lead producer of The FirmLukas Reiter, is a veteran of Law & Order and of the Kelley lawyer shows like The Practice and Boston Legal. In trying to combine Mr. Kelley’s oddball idealism with elements of a crime procedural and long-arc thriller, he’s set himself quite the victory.

AXN’s new legal thriller “The Firm” is so front-loaded for success, that even two hours feel uncomfortably crammed!

With its frantic pace, jumpy cameras and pounding soundtrack right out of a video game loop, The Firm is determined to prove right out of the gate how edgy it is. And while the time-jumping could be a bit confusing, it is a great way to bookend the two hours and prepares viewers for the intensity to come. It succeeds in its endeavors to provide a compelling and fast-paced plot that introduced characters you want to watch. And although Mitch may never want to work for a law firm again when this is all over, I’m excited to see how he and the rest of his family come out on top.

After all, who doesn’t love an underdog fighting for truth and justice?

P.S.: Television never has enough law series to satiate us; so, let’s take a chance on reinvigorated nostalgia. What say?!

So, Don’t forget,

SUNDAY, FEB 19, 9 P.M., EXCLUSIVELY on AXN!!!

Remember, Its happening again!