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?

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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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Hey Persiancat. Like your post. We get a tease that these last few episodes were going to be about Ted's lie but still only a locket with his picture inside is not enough. We are to expect something about Derek's murder weapon and who finds it (I'm thinking Rebecca after the wedding because Alec tells her where it is). Kristen sees Ted's photo inside Rebecca's locket because Inside ABC Family has already said so. I still think Thayer is behind most of the story lines, like the notes, the photo to Rebecca, Derek's murder, etc. but now I think he as been working with someone else, and I think that someone else is Ryan. Other than those, I don't expect anyone else to learn about the twins, and Emma and Ethan figure out that their complicated relationship is a gift and not one cursed by Sutton. Inside ABC Family hints the final episode goes out with a bang, but all season long the only gun we've seen is Dan's. So does Dan shoot someone?


Am I correct in thinking that Ethan is considering getting back with Sutton just because she helped him resolve some father/son issues?! Seriously?! I am pretty sure that Emma would do the same for Ethan but not to manipulate him in to liking her like Sutton did...Get it together Ethan!!!


The picture shows Emma ...she is sooo angry and she has every wright to be!!! She should have give her two more slaps!! :D


Question for Blair: Hi sweetie...if u happened to be in the same situation as Ethan who would u chose Emma or Sutton? And what is the "PERFECT DREAM GIRL" for u? ;) ...LOVE the LYING GAME by the way and I hope there will be season 2 ?! Sending LOVE and SUPPORT from the UK FANS!!!


When this show started my daughter and I were thrilled that we had found a show we both liked and the storyline was intriguing and the clues and mysteries kept us hooked, right up until the episode when Sutton's car went into the lake. But since the new episodes started last month, the storyline does not add up with anything from the previous episodes, the characters all seem to have become brain dead, nobody questions anything, all the skeptical people now seem so trusting, the plot just does not make sense anymore. It almost seems like someone else is writing the scripts and is ignoring all the clues we were given in past episodes. Maybe this show is more suitable for teenagers after all as they perhaps don't pay as much attention to details as adults too. I know it's a fictional show, but the plot still needs to make sense, that is what makes for a good show. Something this show used to be.


I really love this show! I love Emma shes a angel, unlike Sutton who I hate. These girls have nothing in common. I hope Thayer and Emma get together.


Question to Blair: How you deal with the reaction from fans? Like a few days ago when you had to defend Ethan on Twitter, In ocation of Ethan's kiss to Sutton


olive has a point there about Mads and her father. No one has since queried about how Eduardo died and wasn't Alec the last person to see him? Alec has used the law as his puppet. @Elizabeth L, you are right, as upset as Emma was about keeping the secret from Mads, she should also feel the same towards Laurel and clue her in. There is a fine line this series often blurs. Mads could be paranoid about her father in the beginning, then be completely trustful of him. Just like Thayer could be obsessed with his gaming, then play it down to help Sutton and Emma. What does Thayer do now anyway, beside help Emma/Sutton? I too believe Sutton gets away with too many things. No one mentioned how quick Sutton was to hand Emma money and send her off. The only reason she changed her mind to boot her out was because Emma threatened to tell Kristin. What does Sutton want?


Are you single?


Question for Blair: what do you look for in a girl, would Emma be your dream girl?

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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]