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Exclusive Sneak Peek! Ringer’s Debut Brings Sarah Michelle Gellar Back Where She Belongs

Buffy's back! Yes, every fanboy's favorite vampire slayer, Sarah Michelle Gellar, is back on television, and we couldn't be more psyched. We just devoured the first episode of SMG's new CW series, Ringer, and we've got the dirty deets for you.

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In a New York City loft, a terrified Sarah Michelle Gellar hides from a masked man carrying a crowbar (three guesses on what he plans to do with it). As the masked man catches her and pins her to the ground in a struggle, she screams, "You have the wrong girl!"

And so the drama begins!

Cut to Bridget (Sarah Michelle Gellar), a recovering addict and ex-stripper under the care of FBI agent Victor (Lost's Nestor Carbonell). Turns out she’s a witness in a murder trial, and the accused, a supercreepy crime boss, wants her dead. Like, really really dead. But if she doesn't testify, the prostitution and possession charges she faces won't be dropped. She's basically screwed either way.

Bridget escapes the situation by going to hide out with her estranged twin sister in New York, the wealthy and successful Siobhan (Sarah in a dual role). After vague references to some serious family baggage, the girls head out on a lovely speedboat ride. But after a little CGI-assisted sisterly bonding, Siobhan disappears without a trace in an apparent suicide attempt. This is where it gets interesting.

Seeing a way out of her predicament, Bridget assumes Siobhan's identity — and no one, not even her husband Andrew (Fantastic Four's Ioan Gruffudd), can tell they are completely different people. (The numerous references to Bridget being "skinny" are overkill.) Siobhan's life comes with all of the stresses of the wealthy on The CW: Rich husbands, galas, personal trainers, fabulous and back-stabby BFFs, lovers, and lies. Siobhan is basically Blair Waldorf in 10 years.

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As Bridget burrows herself deeper into Siobhan's increasingly complicated life, it all comes to a head when she ends up back in the opening scene, being attacked by the masked man. Because there will (hopefully) be more than one episode of Ringer, Bridget survives the attack only to find the hitman's true mark in his pocket… and guess who it is? The pilot's final scene, which we won't spoil for you, leaves the viewer with a couple questions: Who's the real Siobhan, and whom can Bridget trust?

Ringer's Highlights:
- There's a jawdropping reveal that will leave everyone wondering, "How on earth is she going to pull THAT off?!"
- Life Unexpected's Kristoffer Polaha stars as Siobhan's moody lover, Henry. If he'd shown half the sexy appeal he shows on the pilot, maybe LUX would have been saved.
- Turns out Bridget has a lot more in common with "her" stepdaughter than she'd thought.
- You don't have to be a Buffy diehard to be excited to have Sarah Michelle Gellar back on primetime. She pulls off both Bridget and Siobhan effortlessly.
- Some of the cheesy dialogue and scenes are so bad they're good, even the ones where the symbolism will hit you over the head... with lots and lots of mirrors.
- Nestor Carbonell. 'Nuff said (or if you're a Lost fanatic, "Squeeee!!!").

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As for the rest of the season's mysteries? Sarah spilled to IGN, "It’s about demons. It’s a story of redemption. It’s a story of what happens when circumstances put your life in a direction you never saw and you’re trying to make amends for it, but you just keep getting deeper and deeper."

Ringer promises to be a thrill-ride — don’t miss the September 13 premiere!

Source: IGN

07.23.2011 / 06:16 AM EDT by Heidi Hurst
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