Ringer Fall Finale Recap: Shock and Awww!

[Warning: If you’ve yet to watch Tuesday’s fall finale of Ringer, avert your eyes…now! Everyone else, read on…]

No stranger to shocking twists, Ringer concluded its inaugural fall run with a (literal) bang, bringing to a close a killer arc that’s carried the CW thriller through a majority of its freshman season. New seeds were also planted that will no doubt set up many a story when Ringer returns with new episodes on Jan. 10.

Here’s what went down:

DEATH BECOMES HER | After leading us to believe for weeks that Tara Summers’ sassy redhead was dead, only to reveal that she was being held captive by con man Charlie/John (per Siobhan’s orders), Ringer’s Powers That Be pulled the rug out from under all of us and offed Gemma in the episode’s final moments (and immediately after she had just cheated certain death). Gemma’s murder marked a tragic climax to the story, given the series of events that led up to it. At the start of the episode, Henry — who this week rocked a dapper turtleneck/sport coat combo — kicked his former mistress (i.e. Bridget) to the curb, noting that her involvement in finding his wife has been more hassle than helpful. Bridget, of course, insisted she partake in any rescue efforts, and even agreed to pay the newly discovered kidnapper a major ransom in exchange for Gemma’s life. (Siobhan, meanwhile — in secret — offered to do the same.) Patience not being his strongest virtue, Charlie/John killed Gemma anyway, though not before revealing to her that Siobhan is indeed alive. In the end, Charlie/John was dismissed as a “glorified babysitter who got way too expensive” by the back-in-town Siobhan, and thus was killed by the hand that fed him.

BAT$#*! CRAZY LOVE IN THE AIR | Ringer rocked its first ever love scene, with Bridget finally sexin’ it up with her “dead” sister’s hubby — whom she had just professed her love to (on the actual couple’s sixth wedding anniversary no less!). Toss all of that ickiness aside and you’ve got yourself a pretty nice, normal love match. Of course, with Siobhan back in town, it’s likely that a happy ending for Andrew and Bridget is not on the horizon. Add to that the fact that Siobhan was able to convince Tyler that her baby is really his, and poor Andrew — the most innocent person in this motley crew — will probably end up on the losing end of, well, everything.

OBSESSION FOR HER | Juliet’s crush on Mr. Carpenter elevated tenfold. After likening their relationship to that of Twilight‘s Bella and Edward, Juliet continued to put the moves on her former teacher, much to his chagrin. Mr. C informed Juliet that her behavior was unacceptable and kept her in his classroom for a meeting, and that’s the last viewers saw of the two together. Flash-forward to episode’s end, and Juliet is claiming to have been raped by the teach. Could it actually be true?

So, what did you think of Ringer‘s fall finale? Were you surprised they actually killed off Gemma? What about Siobhan’s return to NY? Hit the comments with your reactions!