The Catch recap: The Ringer
All bets are off
Alice is taking a stand with Ben, Rhys is making moves, and Reggie is finally back! Oh, and let’s not forget that casino night con. Let’s get right into this high-stakes episode of The Catch.
For the first time since the pilot, Alice is waking up after a — ahem — very active night with Ben, with her lover still in the bed next to her. Now that they finally know almost everything about each other, including their real names, Ben asks again if Alice wants to run away with him, but she shuts it down. Well, she shuts it down after one “last time” having sex, that is. (Why do I doubt this will actually be their last time between the sheets?)
But Alice and Ben aren’t the only ones getting it on. Val and Dao wake up after their night together with some very different thoughts on what had happened. Dao caught feelings and asks Val to have dinner with him later that night, but Val laughs him off and firmly states, “This was rebound sex.” I don’t know, Val…
In the crime hotel (we actually later in this episode find out it’s called the Weatherby Hotel, but crime hotel feels more descriptive), Rhys is putting his new knowledge of Ben’s complicated love interest to the ultimate surveillance test by Googling “Alice Vaughan photo” as if the Images tab didn’t exist. Ben walks in, and Rhys tells him about a new con he’s worked up: a young, rich wine baron who loves to gamble is coming to the hotel, and Rhys wants to trick him out of a ton of cash. Margot and Ben agree to help with the con but only if Margot is allowed to take the lead, which Rhys reluctantly agrees to.
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Now let’s get to our case of the week. Divorced video game tycoon Vincent Singh asks Anderson, Vaughan, & Associates to help him find his missing son, Joey. Apparently, Joey ran away because he rarely sees his mother, Karen, as Vincent was given sole custody after Karen’s bipolar disorder was judged to be potentially dangerous. Super sleuths Danny and Sophie discover Joey was taken by a pair of kidnappers but then also find out that Karen was the one telling Joey and the kidnappers to meet up through a series of Snapchats. (Danny/Sophie sidenote: we also get a probably meaningful glimpse into Sophie’s backstory when she tells Danny she never had “a home to run away from.”)
Karen comes into the offices and admits to Alice and Val that she orchestrated Joey’s escape from Vincent but justifies it by saying Vincent didn’t care for Joey and that he bribed court witnesses to make her bipolar disorder sound more dangerous than it actually is. The team discovers that Karen was using the Protective Parents Network to try to get Joey an illegal new identity, and Alice decides to use Ben to help her discover Joey’s new name. Ben pulls through, and Val and Alice bring Joey into the office along with Vincent, whom they’ve realized really had bribed legal witnesses to maintain custody. They threaten to reveal the illegal activity unless Vincent signs custody of Joey over to Karen’s sister and recant his allegations against Karen, which he agrees to with a frustrated sigh.
NEXT: The gamble of a lifetime…
Okay, now let’s get into this Casino Royale con! In order to entice the loaded wine heir Teddy to the poker game, Margot and Ben call in an old friend to play the part of gambling legend “the Ringer.” It’s Reggie, you guys! Remember him!? The plan works, and Reggie’s appearance piques Teddy’s interest enough to get him to pay the $3 million buy in for the night of gambling.
At the poker night, Margot seats Teddy at a table with Rhys, Reggie, and Ben and has equipped the sides with cameras so that she can tell her three accomplices what to do with each hand. It’s all going perfectly until Rhys has one tequila shot too many and drunkenly folds a hand Margot was telling him to play. To ruin things even more, he spills his tequila all over Margot’s cameras and short-circuits them! Enraged, Margot takes her brother into the hall and slaps him, and he wobbles away.
Luckily, Ben has a plan to get the con back on track. He and Reggie begin to play very slowly to try and frustrate Teddy. The dull game lasts until the morning, when Ben can finally propose that the three agree to go all in and have whoever draws the highest card win it all. Teddy looks like he’s going to take it with a king, but some masterful slight of hand by Ben ensured the con man with an ace, and Teddy winds up leaving actually happy to be out $3 million at having seen such a “lucky” draw.
But one person who isn’t feeling the luck is Margot. While trying to celebrate her monetary victory, she discovers that Rhys switched the tequila out for water, meaning that he was actually never drunk the whole night. She heads down to the hotel restaurant to find that he was letting Margot distract Teddy so that he could take over the wine heir’s meeting with hotel owner Graham Weatherby himself. The meeting results in Rhys becoming co-owner of the Weatherby franchise of hotels (think, the Hiltons), which he will use as fronts to expand his crime syndicate into North America. Rhys also reveals to Margot that the person she should really be mad at for all of her recent strife is Alice Vaughan.
Over at Anderson, Vaughan, & Associates, Agent Dao is filling Alice and Val in on the Kensington Firm, which is the name of Reese and Margot’s crime organization, and agreeing to help take down the major players. Alice then goes to Ben with an ultimatum, telling him that she’s going after the Kensington Firm with the FBI and that if he’s still with them, he’s going down, too. “Pick a side. Until you do, we’re done,” she seethes, flinging his phone back at him.
After all the emotional duress, Alice can use a bit of therapy. She goes in to meet with the new therapist that Val recommended, but since this is the last minute of the show, there’s a major twist. The person Alice is going to reveal every single detail of her life to is actually…Margot!! This is going to get ugly.