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'The Player' fan react: Ginny is a villain after all

Season 1 | Episode 9 | “Tell” | Aired Nov 19, 2015

Not to start this react of The Player episode “Tell” with an “I told you so” moment, but it’s been said in my recaps that Ginny wasn’t a damsel in distress. As it turns out, she’s even less of a damsel than was originally intimated.

More than likely, a lot of you eagle-eyed viewers could tell that Ginny was a big villain. What else could she have been? If you are also an OG Sleepy Hollow viewer, you could probably smell something was wrong with Ginny from extended exposure to the Villain who Never Was, Katrina.

Isn’t it weird how both Katrina and Ginny have the same character trajectory? Both were married, both disappear and reappear whenever, both are mysterious, both are thought to be in danger by their husbands, and both turn out to be evil. Basically, The Player proves that whenever a wife or ex-wife goes missing on an action show and the husband swears innocence, the lady is probably not good news.

Ginny is certainly not good news, after Alex discovered Ginny’s illegal stockpile of machine guns and other military-grade weapons. What in the world is she planning on doing with this? Who or what is she planning on taking out? From the scope of the arsenal, it seems like she’s gearing up to take on the entire United States! She’s also probably gearing up to take on Mr. Johnson, who is actually in the clear. Yes, Mr. Johnson doesn’t know jack s%$^ about Ginny’s whereabouts, surprisingly. Now I’m confused. I would have bought that Mr. Johnson knew exactly what Ginny was doing, but now that we know Mr. Johnson has no idea about where Ginny is and why she would be afraid and why she’d need a master identity thief to hide her from everyone, shouldn’t Mr. Johnson start putting two and two together? Clearly, Ginny is coming after Mr. Johnson, right?

By that token, isn’t Ginny going to come after Cassandra, too? Cassandra might be a victim; it appears Mr. Johnson has some kind of connection to the deaths of Cassandra’s parents. But Cassandra’s hands have also gotten too dirty for her to be completely innocent. Cassandra has been in collusion with Mr. Johnson for far too long, and even though she’s partially an unwilling participant (like Alex), she’s also become Mr. Johnson’s confidant. Like, not in a “I’m befriending you to double-cross you” way, but an “I’m befriending you because you’re the only person I’ve got left” way. For the longest time, Mr. Johnson was the only person she had who was anything like family. Sure, she was basically drafted into this, but you create family with what you’ve got. Despite feeling weird about whatever involvement Mr. Johnson might have had in her family’s deaths, she still feels a kinship with him, to the point that it almost seems like she can’t make up her mind about what to do. She’s truly caught.

Perhaps, though, this is where The Player‘s weakness shows through. During certain points in the series, the show seems to let it slip that it might not always know where things are going. That’s the impression I seem to get from the characters . Sometimes, Mr. Johnson seems to know what’s going down, and sometimes, like in this episode, he doesn’t. Sometimes, Cassandra seems happy with her job, and then at other times, she’s ready to kill Mr. Johnson. The only people who have stayed consistent are Alex, Cal, and Special Agent Rose Nolan.

Speaking of Cal, I think his moment was the best part of the night. After getting caught up in the crossfire of Alex’s mess (and getting shot in the process), Cal, while recovering in the hospital, gives his biggest moment out of his time in this series. He shows just how tired, angry, and sad he is with Alex, and after Alex still can’t tell him what’s happening after he got him shot, Cal finally cuts the cord. Hallelujah. I don’t blame him one bit. Alex has done nothing but make Cal’s job tougher. I know why Alex couldn’t tell him about working with the House, but I wish he could have told him something. Anything! A lie would have been better than saying nothing.

I think the worst part of the episode was Cassandra getting abused by the police. Some would call it getting “roughed up,” but that was more than just getting roughed up. Even Cal looked uncomfortable. What’s really unfortunate is that it was a woman, Rose, who ordered such treatment. In any event, it seemed gratuitous to me, and it made me uncomfortable.

And on that note, let’s have a great holiday season, everyone! What did you think about The Player this week? What do you think Ginny is up to? Give 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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