3:12pm PT by Jethro Nededog
'Ringer' EPs Pam Veasey and Eric Charmelo Tease Gemma's Agenda
Note: Mild spoilers from Tuesday’s episode, “A Whole New Kind of Bitch.”
On the last episode of The CW’s Ringer, things got heated in The Hamptons between Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar) posing as Siobhan and her sister’s lover, Henry (Kris Polaha). And without their knowledge, his wife and Siobhan’s best friend, Gemma (Tara Summers), was listening in. That forced Bridget to tell Gemma who she really is.
“It was a bold move on Bridget’s part,” creator and co-executive producer Eric Charmelo tells reporters at a screening on Monday. “It was partial desperation, partial plea to try and find an ally in this crazy world.”
It was a surprise to some viewers that Bridget would reveal her secret so early in the show. It was apparently a way for the producers to keep the stakes high for the character, but even they were surprised that the story led them there.
“We needed some drama that she could share with someone and sort of up the stakes for Bridget,” executive producer Pam Veasey says. “She can’t just live this life, make that choice, and everything be smooth. I mean people would go, ‘Right,’ you know? So, you have to have some jeopardy for her. What was fun for us to discover was that she herself would bring it out in the open.”
The information about Bridget’s identity and Siobhan and Henry’s affair certainly answers some questions for Gemma, but it also places her in a position to ruin a lot of lives – something Bridget will need to carefully manage.
“Just because the secret’s out to one person doesn’t mean it’s out to the collective,” Charmelo says. “So, the drive in the episode is to try and contain the oil spill, if you will. Will Gemma be a friend or a foe? Will she be an ally or an adversary?”
And then there’s Henry and what he’s willing to do to keep what he has and gain what he wants. “Henry is a man on the verge,” says Charmelo. “When deprived of the thing he wants most, it will drive him to desperate measures.”
Ringer airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.
Watch a preview below.