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'The Player' fan recap: Who killed Ginny?

How many readers are fans of The Player? If you’re raising your hand, I’m raising mine right alongside you. NBC really has a hit on its hands with this high-octane mystery/thriller/action/drama—something that could easily be a fantastic feature-length movie. The show’s biggest assets are the characters of the Dealer and the Pit Boss, Cassandra (Charity Wakefield) and Mr. Johnson (Wesley Snipes).

But along with the mysterious keepers of the House comes the mystery of who killed Ginny, the ex-wife of Alex Kane, the man they picked to be their Player (played by Philip Winchester). What’s interesting is that we already know the killer has been narrowed down to two people: the Dealer and the Pit Boss. But which one did it?

Here are some theories that could answer the question.

The Pit Boss

It makes a ton of sense that the Pit Boss hired the assassin to kill Ginny. The latest Player died, so the House needed someone to play the game. Since the House has surveillance anywhere you can think of, they have been monitoring the actions of Alex for a while, probably even when he was a rogue mercenary (i.e., a criminal). They (or at least Cassandra) also kept tabs on Ginny, the person who healed Alex’s wounds and his soul, turning him toward the right path after his wave of destruction. Ginny, due to her good deeds and kind nature, was in the way of Alex becoming the House’s prized Player. So if the Pit Boss is following this terminology, she has to go.

The way the Pit Boss works, I doubt if he’d bat an eye about sending the killer to off Ginny. He’d probably explain Ginny’s death as being for the common good, something that could propel Alex to be the Player they need to give the bettors an exceptional game. It’s not exactly clear if the Player even cares about the ramifications of his or the House’s actions. If anything, he plays his life out as a bored god of men, trying to find something to fill his time of immortality since he’s got nothing better to do. It could be that to the Pit Boss, Ginny’s death doesn’t even factor in any “for the good of mankind” arguments. It just could be that he views her life, and all life, as just something he can either do with or without.

Remember: We don’t know how the last Player died. We assume the nature of the game killed him, but the Pit Boss never said how you get out of playing. So it could have been that he wanted to get out, and the only way to get out is for the Pit Boss to take you out. It’s all a game to the Pit Boss, and it seems like he likes thinking of life that way. It makes things simple.

The Dealer

The Dealer is a bit more complicated. As we saw at the end of the pilot, she’s been keeping her eye on Ginny for a while. She was even Ginny’s friend at one point! (Or, at any rate, she acted like her friend.) It’s also very clear she’s had her eyes on Alex for a while. She’s this show’s Mrs. Lovett, the lovelorn yet practical villainess who manages to win the heart of the man whose life she helped ruin. She even goes so far as to repeat the same things Ginny would say to him to keep him on the straight and narrow: “Do good.” She’s overstepping her boundaries (and the Pit Boss seems to know it; I’m sure he’ll be concerned about how involved she’s becoming in their Player).

Could Cassandra have been so cold as to have an assassin kill Ginny? She could. If she truly wants Alex for herself, she, in her Mrs. Lovett fashion, could have had the deed done, believing she could make Alex love her. But if the Dealer only killed for love, I’m sure some viewers might get upset. It only occured to me now that if the Dealer committed a crime of passion, some viewers may be offended, since it could seem like the show suggests something a lot of media suggests—that women can only function in relation to how they feel about love, usually love for a man.

Consider me shrugging my shoulders right now; this plot development, if it’s true, could make some viewers feel funny. But the show heavily suggests that the Dealer might have had a big hand in picking Alex as the Player.

As of right now, I don’t know who or why the person behind the scenes had Ginny killed. But it sure will be interesting to see how the plot develops.

What do you love about the show? Give me your opinions below!

The Player airs Thursdays at 10/9C on NBC.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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