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'The Player' fan react: The mystery of Ginny

Season 1 | Episode 2 | “Ante Up” | Aired Oct 1, 2015

The Player is turning out to revolve around a much bigger mystery than I originally thought. Last week, I was debating who could have killed Ginny, but it seems like the mystery is much more expansive than just a whodunit. The real mystery is, why would someone want to fake Ginny’s death, and what role does she play in this big, big card game called Alex Kane’s life?

This kind of twist is what I should have been expecting, since Alex saw that Ginny’s ring-finger tattoo was missing. But I had assumed that the Pit Boss, aka Mr. Johnson, had lasered it off for some reason. It did cross my mind that perhaps there was a body switcheroo going on, but how could that work? Is cloning involved in an action thriller like The Player? Now that it appears that Ginny’s not dead after all, it would appear that something of that nature is actually going on.

What other way is there to explain Ginny’s body being buried, while Ginny is somehow alive and in danger? Mr. Johnson told Alex that he could help him find out what happened to his wife, but he also said something else interesting: “Our world is a world of grays and shadows.” This statement, in combination with Mr. Johnson’s offer to help Alex find his wife, seems too good to be true. Mr. Johnson clearly knows what happened to Ginny, and he wants to torture Alex with the possibility of finding her in danger. But who’s to say that Ginny is actually in danger? I think Mr. Johnson knows that she’s not in danger. I’m going to throw this theory into the ring and see if any of you gamblers want to take it; it’s very probable that Ginny is not only in on the Game, but is the Game Master herself.

Let’s look at what we know. First, we know that Ginny came to Alex at a very vulnerable time in his life. After killing so many people, he finally sustained a wound bad enough that it put him in contact with a nurse like Ginny. Ginny cared for him and managed to make him change his ways. With Ginny’s help, Alex was rehabilitated from the murderous world he knew (whether he killed “people who deserved it,” as he clumsily said in this episode, is largely beside the point, since in the pilot he also admitted that he just began to like killing for the sport of it). Ginny was also friends (or “friends”) with Cassandra (who has a boyfriend, believe it or not). At first, it seemed like Cassandra might have been the one trying to use her proximity to Ginny to get with Alex, but perhaps they were both in on the secret. Maybe Ginny and Cassandra were working together to make Alex the perfect Player, tag-teaming him at the right moments.

Ginny’s supposed killer also acted a little strangely, if we’re using the “Ginny is in on it” theory. Instead of trying to make sure Alex was killed, the killer hit Alex’s refrigerator a few times, then, upon hearing Ginny yell, went after her. If his only instructions were to kill Alex, why not make sure the job was completed? Now that Ginny could be the mastermind behind everything, it could be that his orders were to give Ginny an out so she could escape.

If this is all true, then how in the blue blazes does a person put a Ginny duplicate on the bedroom floor? This leads me to where the theory falls apart (or does it?): Is cloning involved in this show? One Ginny has a tattoo, one doesn’t. Is one Ginny a lifelike dummy? How is this working? Are they twins? Twins might be the more plausible answer. But then would one twin give up her life for this mess? If she would, why? So many questions, and too little information to go on. This is how they hook us into watching every week.

As for the case of the week, it was certainly thrilling, and not in all the good ways. I was fine up until we got to the jumping-off-planes part. I’m sure some green-screening was involved, but there were some moments where there weren’t green screens (I think), and all the scenes put together, combined with the fact that we had people wrestling over one parachute, made my vertigo kick in. Very effective work, The Player team. All of my fears of plane crashes flashed before my eyes.

I’m sure there are going to be some more mysteries coming in future episodes (one being the game Cassandra is playing, having a boyfriend who thinks she’s in PR while she’s clearly pining for Alex, who could care less about her). But this mystery with Ginny? Consider it a head-scratcher, for sure.

What did you think? Give me your theories!

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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