The Lying Game Review: Close, But No Cigar

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This week's episode of The Lying Game set us up to enjoy a saucy little road trip, but unfortunately there were a few interruptions. In "Weekend of Living Dangerously," Emma and Ethan did their usual back and forth and something tells me I'm not the only one who was left a little bit frustrated.

It seems like everything that was about to happen just didn't pan out. For instance, the kids never made it to Coachella, Mads and Thayer never got to confront Alec, Ted kept lying to Kristen and Emma came very close to cashing in her v-card.

When we left off last week, Ethan was giving Emma the cold shoulder because he thought she slept with Thayer. Emma, in turn, was told that Ethan had slept with Sutton. Both were flat out lies cooked up by the one and only devious Sutton Mercer. Hey, if she can't be happy then why should anyone else be, right?

An Extreme  Close Up

Can you guess which twin is giving the icy glare in the photo above? I'm going to guess that the snapshot is from the confrontation scene in the cabin. You know, the one with the slap hear 'round the world. I have to say, I haven't gotten that jazzed up about a bitch slap since that crazy episode of Real World: Seattle back in the day!

I'm not saying physical violence is ever the answer, but Sutton had it coming. Emma has been a puppet this whole season. Sure, Sutton took her out of the foster system and away from a creepy foster brother, but she dragged her into a whole new mess including a murder mystery. 

It's been one Hell of a ride this season and the penultimate episode got things to a perfect boiling point, ready to explode in next week's finale. At least, this is what I hope. I have to say I'm getting a bit frustrated by the constant build of mystery and the lack of answers.

For those who thought that Rebecca having Ted's picture in a locket was a big deal, that was no big surprise. All it did was solidify a theory that was pretty much a sure thing. Rebecca either used to sleep with Ted... or Alec and Ted's paranoia, Kristen's suspicions and other clues all pointed to it being Ted.

Another thing, Alec is 100 percent NOT the girls' father. Lest we forget that Sutton and Thayer slept together and this is an ABC Family show. Having a sudsy, sexy teen soap is completely different than incorporating an incest storyline! The writers just simply would not have had Sutton sleep with her half-brother. I know other ABC Family programs have had some blurring of the lines, but keep in mind that it was never sex in those cases.

So what's the motive for Rebecca to get in good with Alec? And did she just propose marriage with a ring she had already picked out? Little creepy, no? These are answers I hope we will find out on the finale. Who knows, maybe he over-sharing old housekeeper will swoop in and stop the wedding by revealing the rest of Rebecca's secrets!

Also something I hope we can resolve is the Emma/Ethan/Sutton love triangle. While I'm glad Ethan didn't go through with taking Emma's virginity while lying to her, he still didn't come clean soon enough for my liking. She asked point blank at the trailer if something happened with Sutton. Ethan shouldn't have lied to begin with. In addition, if he was going to spring the truth on his girlfriend, he could've chosen a less vulnerable moment, say... I don't know, maybe when she was clothed? 

I'm still disappointed in you, Mr. Whitehorse. Speaking of the tall, dark and handsome fellows, I will be interviewing Blair Redford early tomorrow. When you hit the comments with your thoughts on tonight's episode, don't forget to leave any questions you would like me to ask!! See you guys next week for the big finale!


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Oct25 I just watched the pilot as well and as smooene that believes in the Battle of Good and Evil (cough Defend Us In Battle cough) I loved it! So I came here and saw that you posted on it! For a guy, I might be a tad too excited about the show but Good does always win. Always.


It's going to take a third party to get Emma and Ethan back together, SUTTON. AND Ethan WILL POP THE QUESTION! Is that a big enough surprise for everyone? Ethan will need a ring. Laurel talked about a Grandmother's funeral once, so there has to be some Mercer jewelery that might include a ring. When the twins, with or without Ethan, go searching, they'll find that same locked closet that Kristen got into, and find more secrets. Maybe photos, maybe letters, maybe medical records. My guess, it will have something to do with, LAUREL! Remember that her conception was almost, well, immaculate? So there you have it, my predictions. And If I'm sunk, I'll still rate TLG as the best show this season.


Is there season 2 ??....please please give me season 2 !!! I am sooooo addicted to it!!


I don't think that Emma and Thayer will get together coz he is just too much in to Sutton...if Thayer or Ethan want to ever have any chance with Emma they have to go faaaaaaaaaar away from Sutton's live coz she will never let Emma be happy!!...jealous biatch!!...but I still hope that Ethan and Emma will stop listening to Sutton's lies and get together...I love the way she gets shy around Ethan if they get in to intimate situations and the way he is teasing her about cute and sweet!!...


I've watched the two preview videos, (so sad), and the Inside ABC Family promo, and I've scene the wedding photos and powwow at the Whitehorse spread along with the upcoming clip. So here is my revised thoughts. Emma and Ethan get back together but not until near the end when their snooping uncovers something new, Kristen sees the locket prior to the wedding but does not stay, someone is arrested before the wedding but it's not a primary character, Baz sings at the wedding, and we learn that Rebecca is not the twins mother, but that Ted is the father of Annie Hobbs dead baby, and at the end Ted shows up and shoots Rebecca and Alec, thus keeping his secrete. BANG. That's too messed up. Cannot be right, or is it?


Yes, it was an episode that ended badly. Emma and Ethan ended. I cried but she's right. Ethan should seriously think his feelings you have for Sutton. I'm sure he will go behind Emma.
But I want to rescue a scene that would see a thousand times.
And I take the words of an article I read today:"Then my favorite scene
of the night. Emma's "will you have sex with me?" scene. This was the moment in which I decided both Alexandra Chando and Blair Redford are better than the writing they're being given. She doesn't say anything all that interesting. But the way she says it is so damn cute. She's embarrassed. She's awkward. And he makes her all-the-way say it. It was regular adorafest. " theangstreport
I agree with cocogurl. Thayer was also with
Sutton. Thayer once said: "I love her since she was 8 years."
I do not want to happen Emma with Thayer as with Ethan.


Honestly, as much as I like Thayer, I'm not too sure about him and Emma either. I don't know if he's really over Sutton and Emma doesn't need to keep feeling a substitute for Sutton. These guys need to make sure they're out of the Sutton web before even trying to get with Emma.


I agree with the comments below Im all for Thayer and Emma. Theres to much history with Ethan and Sutton and as much as Emma trys Ethan will always fall for Sutton tricks. Thayer is sweet and So is Emma


Comment for here4thayer. agreed Emma and Thayer should be together they would be so cute. and after what happened Ethan doesn't deserve Emma.

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The Lying Game Season 1 Episode 19 Quotes

Didn't feel like being the only former murder suspect at the pep rally.

Ethan [about school]

You're having boy troubles, which is still a crippling form of impairment.

Mads [Emma]