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‘The Lying Game’ Review: Sex, Lies and Hard Knocks High

‘The Lying Game’ Review: Sex, Lies and Hard Knocks High


I cannot even begin to explain how much I adore The Lying Game. Last night’s episode was definitely one of my favorites, not to mention the whole reason why they call it The Lying Game. I’m actually having a hard time figuring out someone who didn’t lie during this episode.

I say this every week, but I can’t help it! It’s going to be very hard choosing just a few favorite moments when there were so many! Ethan and Emma, Derek, Sutton and Lexi, where can I even begin?

1. Lexi and Sutton:
Let me start by saying that I love Lexi (Madison Burge). Not only is she unbelievably awesome, but the actress was also on one of my favorite shows, Friday Night Lights. So, Lexi, you earn bonus points. During this episode, Lexi takes Sutton (Alexandra Chando) in, though she thought it was Emma. (Or so we thought!)

What I really liked about this, was the fact that Sutton finally got to step into Emma’s shoes. We’ve only seen Emma pretend to be Sutton, but now the tables are reversed. Sutton is forced to live Emma’s life until she finds the money to get a bus ticket back to Phoenix. Sutton’s not even in Emma’s life for a day before she gets invited to a casino party, something foreign to Emma. Lexi and Sutton were invited by an extremely cute boy (like this show didn’t have enough!), and in the end, they turn out to be the big winners!

In the last episode, Sutton sent a letter to her parents explaining the whole switch. Though, after her few days in Emma’s shoes, she starts to regret it. I loved this, though I wish Sutton would have stayed a bit longer. I would have loved seeing that play out. Especially since Lexi admitted to knowing the whole time that it was Sutton and not Emma. Gosh, I love her.

2. Emma and Ethan:
Inevitable. Emma and Ethan (Blair Redford) are possibly the cutest thing about this show.

Ethan: “Just for clarification, are you apologizing for coming on to me, or the fact that you were drunk when you did it?”
Emma: “Come on, no girl wants to be a drooling idiot when it’s her first time.”
Ethan: “Your first time?”
Emma: “Awkward moment.”

This very scene is one of the many reasons why I love them together. Another reason is the fact that they team up together. In this episode, they team up to try to figure out what Emma/Sutton’s parents are hiding from them.

3. The Parents:

It’s pretty bad that the majority of the adults on this show are either clueless, crazy, or evil. Clueless being Kristin Mercer (Helen Slater), crazy being Annie Hobbs (Stacy Edwards), and evil being Alec Rebak (Adrian Pasdar) and Clarice (Debrianna Mansini). I’m still deciding which category Ted Mercer (Andy Buckley) falls into.

The reason why I say that Kristin is clueless, is because she’s not aware that Annie is Sutton’s mom, nor that Sutton has a twin. She is being lied to just as much as Sutton is. I’m still trying to figure out why it’s so important for them to keep Annie a secret. Yes, she’s a little bit on the crazy side, but to go to such lengths? That is one thing I’m looking forward to finding out.

Do I even need to explain why I think Alec Rybak is evil? Just in this episode, he caused Char (Kirsten Prout) and Derek (Ben Elliott) to break up. Messing with a teenager’s heart? Not cool, Rybak. Not. Cool. And if I were to go into all the other scenarios where Alec showed his evil side, well, this review would be a bit too long. Still on the subject of evil, Clarice returns during this episode! Okay, this woman is a mix of evil and crazy. First off, she barges into Lexi’s house and yells at Sutton. She goes off saying that because of the whole Emma/cops situation, she’s not getting income from fostering anymore. I laughed at this part, because it’s her fault that the cops showed in the first place, and Sutton told her off. Score one for the twins!

I loved this episode! It gets better every week, and I’m really looking forward to the fall finale next week! The only thing that I didn’t like, was that there were barely any Thayer (Christian Alexander) and Justin (Randy Wayne) scenes! Yes, Thayer discussed his video game apps, and Justin talked with Ted Mercer and shared that he thinks Ted is lying about something. (I find that hilarious. Justin’s talking about people lying? No comment. I still love you, Justin.) Thayer and Justin were in the show, but I wanted to see more of them. Other than that, loved it. One more week!

Rating: A+


  • What was your favorite moment during this episode of The Lying Game?
  • Where do you think Annie Hobbs is?
  • What were your thoughts on the preview for the next episode?
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  1. i can’t believe next week is the finale already. im not ready for the show to end. im totally addicted. i love that ethan is willing to go anywhere emma goes. but wow next weeks previews with sutton back in town.. WOW. can’t wait to see how that comes together


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