The big story about RINGER Episode 13, IT’S EASY TO CRY WITH SO MUCH MONEY INVOLVED is the startling developments around the character of Juliet (Zoey Deutch). If you have not yet seen this episode, stop reading this and go do that. Spoilers are coming.
For weeks I’ve been puzzling about Juliet’s behaviour. It was inexplicable and fascinating. Why would she get drunk at the school fundraiser and make a scene if she did not want to draw attention to herself? Could she actually have been a virgin before her alleged encounter with Mr. Carpenter (Jason Dohring)? After chasing Carpenter for a few episodes, why refuse him when she caught him? For that matter, why would Carpenter do anything so risky as Juliet alleged?
Well, we got the answer and will probably spend a bit of time kicking ourselves for not figuring it out sooner. It’s a conspiracy. Carpenter (who still has no first name), Juliet, and Tessa Banner (Gage Golightly) got together to fake the whole thing and got their desired result. Carpenter sued Andrew for defamation of character and got a hefty settlement, which he is planning to split with his co-conspirators. Credit Zoey Deutch for managing to look so innocent that the audience was not prepared to believe this plot twist was possible.
There was other stuff in the episode. Henry the dimwitted novelist has gotten himself in a bit of a pickle. When confronted by the nefarious Olivia Charles (Jaime Murray) at his front door, he makes the mistake of acceding to her request to be invited inside. (Not before asking her “Do I need to? Are you a vampire?”) Once in, she confronts him with a compromising photo of himself and Siobhan (Sarah Michelle Gellar), and uses that to get him to introduce her to Tim Arbogast (father of the late Gemma) and further to talk Arbogast into investing some of his considerable fortune in Andrew’s firm (in which Olivia is a partner). Later he finds out that Siobhan’s plan to get money out of Andrew (like stepmother, like daughter?) involves causing Andrew’s hedge fund to incur big losses.
Vampires. I promised vampires.
In episode 12, Brad Greenquist was the pawnbroker to whom Siobhan sold the ring she stole from Bridget. He was Gerald Stovsky in episode #3 of MOONLIGHT, an abortive and mediocre TV series about a vampire detective. In that same episode, Jason Dohring was Joseph Kostan in that same episode.
I have included a photo of Agent Pettibone for no reason in particular. Maybe he will become important later in the season.