Dead Ringers – Season 1 Episode 6 Recap, Review & Ending Explained

Baby Sister

Episode 6 of Dead Ringers opens with Beverly and Genevieve kissing in bed, and Beverly asks her not to go for her work trip.

Later, Beverly sits in a room looking at different paint swatches. She lifts her t-shirt and puts her hands on her belly, considering thoughtfully.

A pregnant woman sits in an outdoor area with her husband, moaning in pain and with a device strapped to her belly. From behind a screen, Beverly tells an audience about telemetry — a way of helping the woman remotely without interrupting. As the process continues, Beverly remembers holding the blood clot after her own miscarriage and also thinks she sees Elliot behind her.

Is Beverly happy with her life?

At a restaurant, Rebecca, Susan and Rebecca’s lawyer praise Beverly’s work on the centre. She’s even won an award! Tom’s work in the lab has led to world changing research and all through the description of her success, Beverly keeps seeing flashes of her miscarriage.

Meanwhile, Elliot is eating at a diner dressed in the same red garb she wore during Florence’s birth. A man enters and takes a seat, and we quickly establish that it’s the same man who once made a pass on the twins.

Rebecca and her lawyer tell Beverly they plan to open three more centres in the next year. Rebecca notices something off about her and asks if she’s kept in touch with Elliot and if life might actually be better without her. Beverly abruptly excuses herself.

Elliot sits across from the man and they eat. She then tells him to get up and they have sex in the bathroom. In the restaurant bathroom, Beverly opens her hair and tries to make her reflection look like Elliot.

Back at the table, Rebecca tells Beverly about Silas’s article and how it could be used to take down everything. They’re interrupted by a young girl who’s a fan of Genevieve’s. Beverly still seems distracted by flashes of her miscarriage. Rebecca says they engaged with Silas and encouraged him to put it all on Elliot, even Tom and Genevieve contributed.

Susan says that at the awards Beverly needs to distance herself from Elliot through her speech. She continues on, claiming that she can’t do that but all through the dinner scene, a phone’s buzzing sound is heard.

Later, Beverly and Genevieve face opposite sides. Genevieve says she had to do it, and we see flashes of someone underwater looking up at someone standing over them. In the morning, the buzzing sound continues as Beverly gets a phone call but she ignores it.

Why was Greta stealing from the twins’ home?

We then see all the things Greta’s collected. She’s arranged them in some form of art, in a gallery, with Linda’s voicemail playing on loud. Greta does her makeup, and on her mirror we see the photo of a middle-aged woman.

Beverly listens to a father talk about his wife Lily, and her inclination towards self-harm. He’s holding a newborn baby in his arms, and Lily says she doesn’t want the baby, and wants to go back in time to before it happened. Beverly too thinks about everything that’s happened from the beginning.

Beverly and Genevieve get ready for the party and the conversation moves on to Genevieve’s four-week work trip abroad. Beverly thinks it’s a long time but Genevieve claims to have already given up a lot for Beverly, which ticks the latter off. Genevieve asks Beverly to choose her the way she’s chosen Beverly.

Silas visits Greta’s art gallery. Greta sits on a bed in the middle of the objects she had arranged, and he tells her about his article.

At the party, Beverly sees Silas, and she then thinks about Elliot. She’d gone to the restroom at their club and found the back of the door scratched all over with different variations of ‘Elliot loves Beverly’ or ‘Beverly loves Elliot’. They call her name out at the awards and she goes on stage. In her speech, she starts by being grateful to Elliot but goes on to say she’s destructive and that the centre won’t have anything to do with her anymore. Although, the entire time she hears Elliot’s voice saying “Baby sister”.

After that she goes to the bar for a drink of water where Tom marvels about how stealing Elliot’s work got him so much success and recognition, although there’s a tinge of sarcasm to his words. He blames Beverly for abandoning Elliot and making her the wreck she is. This speech, he says, will end her.

Does Beverly end up going to Elliot?

A voiceover from Greta describes how her mother died after giving birth to her. The doctor who gave her father the news of her death was very young.

Beverly sees Genevieve off for her work trip. Later on, she lies down on the floor as her phone keeps buzzing. We see the support group room but it only has empty chairs. She goes to their old apartment and finds it in a complete mess but Elliot isn’t there. She climbs into bed and sniffs the blankets. When her phone buzzes again, she finally picks up.

Beverly finds Elliot at her lab, sleeping on the floor. Both sisters get emotional upon seeing each other. Beverly then sees the nearly fully grown baby in an incubator and she knows Elliot did it for her. She then admits that she isn’t capable of feeling happiness, not even when she came as close to it as she could.

How does Dead Ringers end?

Beverly asks Elliot if she remembers when they went swimming and got lost but the latter claims that didn’t happen. Beverly lies down and Elliot injects her with something. Beverly hands over her hair tie and Elliot ties her hair up. Elliot takes a blade and cuts her own abdomen and then stitches herself up, while Beverly’s eyes close. She cuts open Beverly and takes out the babies, wrapping them up and making her way to the centre where the staff helps her and the babes. Meanwhile, Beverly lies in a pool of blood.

Elliot wakes up and finds Susan and Rebecca by her bedside. They think she’s Beverly and she tells them ‘Elliot’ helped her have the babies. But now, she’s gone. The real Elliot smiles.

Greta has a meal with her father, and on the table is a magazine with Silas’s article. Genevieve returns from her trip, and Elliot looks at her babies just as Genevieve arrives and calls out to her.

Is there a mid or post-credit scene?

A mid-credits scene shows Elliot sitting in a park while Genevieve waits in line at a stall nearby. Elliot meets someone from the support group who reveals what Beverly had been saying there. When Genevieve comes back, Elliot explains it away as a woman who thought she was her sister. Elliot then returns to the support group as Beverly, where someone asks if she’d like to talk about her sister.


The Episode Review

Serving as a final breakdown of Beverly this time and not Elliot, this episode acts as a great finale to a fantastic series. There are so many ideas here, and in the entire series in general actually, about control, happiness and dependency. It doesn’t try to offer fixed answers but puts forth enough discussion for it to be compelling.

The stylistic choices of the series stay true till the end, coming together to show the twins’ relationship in all its uniqueness. The whispered echoes of Elliot’s “baby sister” and the incessant buzzing of the phone were two aural cues used perfectly. It’s so clear that Beverly, no matter how successful her life is, is haunted by Elliot. She can neither stay with nor without her. It’s always been push and pull, in between half and whole for Beverly. This makes her final dialogue about looking for a window strike particularly hard.

I did feel like their final meeting and the making of that horrific decision was quite quick, particularly compared to the 1988 film, where we see Beverly spend more time joining Elliot in his descent. I was also a bit surprised we don’t see an ounce of doubt from Genevieve at the end, seeing how well she knew the twins. The aftermath of the exchange is definitely rushed and you’re left longing for more, but I guess that’s the point as this six part series draws to a close.

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2 thoughts on “Dead Ringers – Season 1 Episode 6 Recap, Review & Ending Explained”

  1. With this show I have now completely internalized the difference between a movie experience with one beginning, one middle and one end, in a theater, as a captive audience, and the nature of a series with its temptation to stop at any time and check out or pause or whatever.

    I probably would have enjoyed this approach to the Cronenberg movie and his source novel TWINS much more if I had been a captive audience knowing that sooner or later this head trip would end. As a series I get too much time off between episodes, too many chances to stop and reflect on, or check out of the series entirely, and the chance to put into question the plausibility of it all (and of course to wonder about the entertainment value – of which there is very little), and just dismiss it entirely. I had been tempted to just give up on it multiple times. The pretensions of its Antonioni and Michael Powel inspired filmmaking choices bothered me, too. The relentless over-the-top devices like the never stopping buzzing of the phone etc. Which is a shame, because obviously the show addresses major philosophical questions. But rather than the artfilm pretensions of its execution I’d like to have seen these scripts staged by a modern day Alfred Hitchcock or at least by David Fincher, rather than having to endure this pseudo-arthouse mess.

  2. on the point of genevieve, i think she does subconsciously know that elliot’s taken beverly’s place. even when they’d switched places in the past, Genevieve had been able to tell and now i think it’s more a matter of her not wanting to accept what she knows is true. like it’s easier for her to pretend that this really is a beverly who’s cut ties with her sister and who she can raise their babies with

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