Fug the Show: Ringer, Season (and Series?) Finale


I am going to miss this show if it gets cancelled, which everyone tells me is super likely even though I think bitches be crazy if they take SMG off the air, ratings be damned — and it’s not like Gossip Girl is so gold-plated on that front, y’all, plus those actors look so bored it’s like watching an hour of sleepwalking. On this show everyone is actually selling the hell out of it every week. SMG is SO GOOD at what she does — very few people can be, at any given moment and sometimes all in one episode, believably sympathetic, snarky, emotional, nasty, drug-addled, trashy, and Buffy-punchingly awesome, much less while doing it in clothes that don’t fit. Zoey Deutch really needs to find her way onto another CW series, maybe as a Vampire Diaries sassbag, because she is impressive at all that stuff as well. The delicious Mr. Ioan Gruffudd should, say, pop by Revenge and gruff up Emily’s udd and make ffudd out of her plans, OR come over every day and be stern with me every time I reach for one Diet Coke too many. And Andrea Roth just needs to come to my house and dress like a different exotic animal every week, although frankly, if she swung by Revenge and went smirk-to-smirk with Madeleine Stowe, I wouldn’t be mad at her for blowing me off.

Anyway. Was it a satisfying ending? In some ways, not in others, but I think they may have done what they needed to do. But I’ll talk about that on the last slide so as not to spoil you folks who are currently squeezing your eyes shut and saying, “It’s still on my DVR LA LA LA LA I CAN’T HEAR YOU.”

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  1. Jill
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    Ocular daggers…..

    I am so going to miss these recaps if the show’s canceled. I want PT and Ioan to get back together and ffudd it up.

    • taylor
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      I second ALL of this. Especially missing the recaps if the show isn’t renewed!

  2. maggie
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    I hope it can make it for seson 2 for me to enjoy in real time and recaps! Also, I was always wondering WHAT kind of name is Bodaway Mackowey (sp?)…such an odd thing to have to say 100-odd times throughout the season…

    • Siobhan Dobson
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      This show specializes in weird ass names. The robo-twins names were so out there that I can’t even remember them. But I have to love that Siobhan Martin was the first use of my name on TV since Ryan’s Hope in the late 70s. And if this show is cancelled I’m really going to miss hearing Ioan purr my name every week in his sexy Welsh accent. Also, “Portia and Reagan?” Where did that come from? Her first kid had a Gaelic name following their family tradition so I really don’t get it.

      • Fran
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        Henry’s twin sons are named Dash and Becks, I don’t know why. Portia and Reagan are characters from Shakespeare’s plays, so that’s where Siobhan came up with those names. What’s funny is that Andrew already named his daughter Juliet, as in “Romeo & Juliet”. LOL

        I love this crazy show! :-)

  3. Carrie
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    I for one will not miss this show one bit (as I think everything that didn’t involve Catherine was truly awful) but I will miss these recaps.

  4. eee
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    Yay, show! I hope this isn’t the end, because a) this show is super-awesome cheese that’s acted really well, and b) it’s about 500 times better than a lot of crap on the CW. Unfortunately, it probably costs 500 times more, too. Anyway, I hope there’s a season two.

    What I walked away from this episode wondering is how in the hell Rich Twin was able to fight Bad Guy having just had a c-section recently. I had a c-section last year, and it was a week before I could climb a flight of stairs (slowly) and several weeks before I could sneeze without clutching my abdomen in pain. So yes, Rich Twin was fighting for her life and adrenaline would have kicked in and all, but she would have ripped out those staples in her gut something fierce.

    Finally, the “Ring of Ffudd” slide was sheer brilliance. Bravo!

    • Heather
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      I am trying to figure out how much time passed between this and last week. I immediately forget these things.

      • eee
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        I never have a clue as to what the timeline is. Thank God that Poor Twin referenced it had been seven months, because I had no idea. Really, they need a 24-like clock (or calendar) in the corner of the screen so we know when we are in the show’s timeline.

  5. Debra
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    I really dont know what I will miss more…the show or your fabulous photo montages!!! Come on CW do not FUG this one up…KEEP RINGER ON THE AIR!!!

  6. Jessica
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    I will be so distraught if this is cancelled.

    • menderz
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      We need to start some kind of campaign to keep this on the air. Because I too will be distraught if this is cancelled. But I should be used to it by now, everything I like gets cancelled.

  7. Elizabeth
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    I’ve only seen maybe 1.5 episodes of this show, but I am totally hooked and invested in whether or not it is renewed based solely off of these recaps! I don’t have time to watch tv in the evenings (dratted second job!) but I look forward to these gleeful recaps so much!

  8. Suzie
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    The Ringer of Ffud–hehe!

    Who do I write at the CW to ask them to keep this wonderful cheese ball show? I need it and the Fug recaps in my life!

  9. lori
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    No picture of Bad Man stabbing the picture of Rich Twin in the eye?

    I really wish they’d known whether they were getting a second season before this season ended. If not, they could have worked in a twin vs. twin showdown. If so, some of this could have been saved.

    All in all, it was a hell of a finale. I really like this show, and it has made me a dedicated SMG fan. (Don’t lynch me, but I’ve never seen a single episode of Buffy.) This show deserves another season. It had some stiff competition.

    • Heather
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      I was trying to limit the number of slides, so I went with him choking her out against it because it came out clearer.

  10. The Other Molly
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    Wait, back up The Soul Train.
    No mention of the green, boutonniere of Fug growing out of Ioan’s lapel in the dream sequence?
    It was one gruffd short of mutating and doing that alien born of Sigourney Weaver thing.
    But that would have ended the episode prematurely.
    Surely, there is plenty of material for Season Two.
    And unlike the rest of you, I think Ringer is the best thing The CW has put on TV, and the only show of theirs I have watched.
    We need to see Rich Twin get her comeuppance about the paternity of the girl twins.
    And if you think about it, there is no way those twins are the spawn of Tyler Barret.
    Time line wise, she was too far along for them to be his.
    Those wee girls are Gruffilda and Uddafried.
    The product of the last udd gruffing that Rich Twin got before she hatched her scheme.
    Which will be Rich Twin’s way of worming her way back into Ioan’s life.
    I would also like to see the return of “not really proven dead” Malcom.
    But with Badaway dead, and Poor Twin’s life no longer in peril,
    we will need a compelling reason for the saga to continue.
    More will be revealed and I hope for a Season Two.
    Mostly, for these hysterical recaps.
    *Sends Heather a case of fine champagne for all the laughs*

    • Fran
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      The CW needs to renew Ringer. Most of their other shows are tanking, except for The Vampire Diaries. If the executives at The CW were smart (Hah!), they would cancel Gossip Girl or 90210. Those two shows are going to be headed into their 6th and 5th seasons respectively, and the producers would have to give those casts big raises. Ringer could be produced more cheaply, especially since they wrote off a lot of characters, like Malcolm, Catherine, etc. We need a season 2, so we can finally see Bridget confront Siobhan (and hopefully Poor Twin ends up with Ioan).

  11. Kris
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    Excellent job, dear Heather! I really hope that Ringer gets renewed, just so I can read your recaps!!

  12. Pouncer
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    He went frown, frown, frown, as the ffurg went higher. And it burned, burned burned, the ring of ffurger. The ring of ffurger.

    I could not stop laughing as I realized what you did there.

    This show turned out awesome. I will miss it if it doesn’t return.

    • Sandra
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      Me, too! That Ring of Fire reference is, despite us telling you this daily about other passages, the best thing you have ever written here.

      I hadn’t watched any of this show before, but was flipping channels and landed on it about the time Poor Twin was flashing back to Rock Springs. The Poor Twin/Ioan showdown really was that good. When he stepped close to her after all her confessing, I thought for sure he was going to kiss and make up and thought to myself “wouldn’t it be so much better if he gets up in her face and then kicks her to the curb?” And then HE DID exactly that. Absolute perfection.

      I also questioned Rich Twin’s roaming around and using her stilletto-fu skills on the Very Bad Man so soon after a C-section. And why the hell are there so many twins on this show anyway? Is this some mutant strain of humans that gives birth to litters?

  13. vandalfan
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    But is there truly a market for pocket squares in Turks and Caicos?

    • Sandra
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      I would buy whatever Ioan is selling, wherever on the planet (or in space, for that matter; he was Mr. Fantastic) it might be available.

      • Emily
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        God he’s cute. I want him to be on TV all the time with his delicious Welshness.

  14. yeahandalso
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    The finale wasn’t as awesome as last week, but it was pretty good. I really hope it comes back.

    Also this episode really, really seemed like they costumer was trying to hide a pregnancy I bet she announces it soon…there is no way they could have found a boxier wedding dress

  15. Erin
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    Not only does Poor Twin not watch TV, she must stay away from movies, too. You ALWAYS double tap so as to avoid those pesky victims who just “play” dead. I stopped watching halfway through the season (way too much stuff on my DVR), but I love these recaps.

    • lori
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      RIGHT?! Why does no one in TV or film know that?

      • lori
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        I mean for crying out loud, she herself pretended to be shot to death in an earlier episode!

    • Sandra
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      Same reason people keep wandering off by themselves instead of banding together in horror movies. Apparently you’re not allowed to have common sense if you’re in peril.

  16. ChelleG
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    I will be so sad if they cancel this show in all its over-the-top glory. I feel about “Ringer” the way that it seems everyone keeps telling me that I *should* feel about “Revenge” – they’re both just as cheesy and implausible, but everyone on “Ringer” seems like they’re having a much better time.

    • Hel
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      I so agree! I enjoy Ringer way more than Revenge but everyone keeps saying the latter is better. I personally find that Ringer is more fun and I like the characters better. Also the Fug recaps!
      I’d like it to be renewed because I want to see Rich Twin be poor and shamelessly using her twins to get to Ioan.

      • Fran
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        I know I SHOULD like Revenge better, but I enjoy Ringer a lot more. Could it be because Ringer has both Buffy AND Horatio Hornblower? Both shows are good soaps, but the acting is better over all on Ringer, IMHO. And of course, the GFY recaps are the best.

  17. Mel
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    Awesome as usual! I need a season 2! There’s a lot to cover, especially when Rich Twin says ‘I need to get my old life back”. Seriously, is that a threat or what?! Let’s not forget she would be bringing two bundles of gruffudd joy with her and Ioan is nothing if not honorable (even when he runs a ponzi scheme!!)
    Also, can I just mention how I jumped and cheered when SMG stabbed Bad Guy with a piece of broken window frame that was basically a wooden stake!!! Buffy lives! Isn’t that what they used to say on UPN back in the days?

    • holypotatoes
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      After she staked him I was like “You can take the girl out of Buffy, but you can’t take Buffy out of the girl.” I was so proud of our girl after that.

      • scoobygang
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        Whew, I was worried I had imagined the staking moment, it went by so fast. I’m so glad they thought to do it!

  18. Charlotte
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    I need this show! Can we launch a campaign? Sign something? Take pictures of ourselves dressed as Rich Twin/Poor Twin and email them to the network???

  19. Sue
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    What is NICU?

  20. Eli
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    I love the two hot Walls of Ioan. Andy Warhol would be proud.

  21. Elle
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    Sorry to interrupt all the Ringer love here, but whatever happened to the Jane By Design fugcaps? Did you guys just get bored of doing them? (I only ask because I was scrolling through my Netflix queue trying to decide what TV series to get into next and I saw that I’d added Jane By Design, probably just because you guys did such a fantastic job of snarking it.)

    • Heather
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      Thanks for remembering! I got too busy (and thought I was perhaps the only one watching) but I did keep the last five eps so I might blitz through them now that the TV season is ending.

  22. Sajorina
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    This show cannot be canceled! I can’t handle losing something that brings me so much joy! I hope you’re reading this, CW! Leave RINGER alone & let it continue! Got it?!

  23. Foder
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    The commentary on slide 19 of this recap is the bestest thing I have ever read, definitely on the site, and possible ever in the history of ever.

  24. :paula
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    Ioan Gruffudd is the inspiration for F’ud, isn’t he? :) That name is GENIUS.

    • Heather
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      hah! That’s funny. No, we finished Messy last August, so it was just a happy coincidence.

  25. Nikoline
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    I’m getting a bit sick of the CW. Seems like they have a tendency to cancel new shows, not giving them a chance to gather viewers. The Ringer’s viewers have supposedly increased, so maybe if they gave it a chance next season it would work.
    Instead they drag on older shows that used to have a lot of viewers (Gossip Girl, 90210, ANTM, One Tree Hill this past season), but with less and less viewers (though still a bit more than the new shows). because the writers are running out of ideas. It can ruin an entire show for me, when they drag it on for the sole purpose of income, when they really don’t have any fresh ideas. Yes GOSSIP GIRL, I’m talking about you.

    I am hoping against hope they will give RInger and Hart of Dixie a chance, since they are way more entertaining and fresh compared to Gossip Girl, 90210 and OH DEAR GOD, what is nearing the 20th season of ANTM. But CW has disappointed me in the past, so I’m not too hopeful.

    I found a petition for Ringer. Hey it can’t hurt ;) http://www.petitionbuzz.com/petitions/cwringerseason2

  26. Rachel
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    I wish you had included a pic of the bit in the fight where Buffy stakes the evil guy. That was friggin’ epic!

  27. Amy
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    That was hilarious. Thank you! I’ve never watched this show and probably won’t because I like your version so much. I especially like the Ioan effect. Love that actor. And, love your interpretation even more.

  28. Kate
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    I will be GUTTED if this show is canceled (which is very, very likely). The Vengeful Caftans, the Gruffudding, the Eyeliner of Shame – I will miss it all terribly.

    Also, Henry Sad Sack’s facial hair grows at warp speed. Look at his slide from the paternity conversation, then look at the one when Poor Twin comes to him at the end of the episode. Thank goodness the girl twins aren’t his because if they’d inherited that trait they’d spend a fortune on waxing.

  29. jana
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    I feel the series is a good show and very creative. How can we get the show from being cancel. Anyone to write too?
    Since most of the soap operas have been cancel. Everyone I know from the East Coast to
    Los Angeles watch this show.

  30. donna
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    We all agree you need a Season two. There are so many reality shows. we need a
    good show to not think about the recession. a good escape.
    Hope the producer will consider a Season Two,

  31. holypotatoes
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    Well I guess we know why SMG never sent Heather another email about not being pregnant. Smidge is knocked up with baby #2 ya’ll! Considering they spent the better part of this season covering her up, if Ringer gets a season 2 they can just continue on with that tradition just for the hell of it. It’s not like hiding her behind plants and things would abruptly be weird. We’ve watched that for an entire season.

  32. The Other Molly
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    Notice there was no “announcement” of when the baby is due.
    Come on Sarah and Freddie, you know you got scooped here.

  33. Quinnie
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    Me AND my husband watch this show with utter glee. It’s is a crazy plot but the acting is awesome and the story takes such unexpected turns. We haven’t had a show that we both enjoy since 24!! The fact that I get your recaps a few days after the show keeps me going until the next episode. Fingers crossed it’s renewed!! And thanks for all the laughs!!

  34. Erin
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    This is belated, but after all the SMG pregnancy speculation, I thought you would be so excited to hear she is! (even though she realistically wasn’t pregs during most of the filming)