‘The Lying Game’ Season Finale Review: Unholy Matrimony

Oh. My. Lying Game! What an explosive season finale! Let me just say, I love how this show manages to squeeze in the most shocking cliffhangers with only seconds to spare. If I counted correctly, this finale left us with three huge cliffhangers. Alec, Rebecca and Sutton, and the other half of Ted’s secret. Well, one thing’s for sure. The Lying Game‘s first ever season finale did not disappoint.

1. Emma and Ethan:

“I don’t mean to sound ungrateful here, but Sutton is just always there. I don’t know if it’s because she is one step ahead, or one step behind, but she is there and she is in your head! And under your skin, Ethan! And it is chronic!” -Emma (Alexandra Chando)

I have to admit, the whole Ethan (Blair Redford) and Emma on-again-off-again storyline is getting a tad bit old. Which is why I was more than thrilled to see Thayer (Christian Alexander) get thrown into the equation. Ever since Ethan punched him in the hospital earlier in the season, I’ve always liked the idea of a Emma/Thayer fling. I may be the only one, but I think it’s time for Ethan to just cool it. His whole storyline has been based around his love for Emma. Everything is for Emma. I kind of want him to make his own way, without the hassle of having Sutton and Emma always on his heels. I adore Blair Redford, and I want the best for his character. And having him break off things with Emma might just be a good idea. I love Ethan/Emma as much as the next fangirl, but that’s all we’ve seen pretty much this season. Next season, I think it might be time to mix it up!

2. Sutton:

“What ever connection we had . . . It disappeared the second you got home and turned back into the lying bitch you’ve always been.” -Ethan

I love to hate this girl! It amazes me how Alexandra Chando can make me love her, and despise her within seconds! Truly talented right there. I just had to put Sutton in here. She was the highlight of the episode. Her sassy attitude, and quick wit was just what this episode needed. It still, even after all this time, surprises me that Sutton can be such a horrible sister to Emma. Throughout the whole episode she put on this flirtatious demeanor towards Ethan. Plus, that cliffhanger at the end raises a lot of questions. But honestly, is there any hope for Sutton redeeming herself?

3. The Affair:

“Why is it around here, the first thing out of people’s mouths is a lie? Is it our city? Our families? Maybe it’s the water.” -Kristin (Helen Slater)

Where do I even begin? Ted’s (Andy Buckley) lies finally got the best of him. Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) let it slip to Kristin that Ted and her had an affair. Talk about drama. Instead of confronting Ted about it privately, she waited until she couldn’t hold it in anymore . . . She freaked out in front of everyone at the rehearsal dinner. Awkward. Let me just say, Helen Slater, excellent job. Her acting during this episode was phenomenal. Just had to get that out there.
The most interesting thing about this whole ordeal was not the confrontation, but the fact that Alec (Adrian Pasdar) said that she only knew half of the story. I’ve said this for awhile, but I believe that Ted is Sutton and Emma’s birth father, and the cliffhanger only furthered my suspicions. It makes sense, but the bad part of season finales? You have to wait forever to find out plot lines. I’m sticking with my gut here, Sutton and Emma are Ted and Rebecca’s biological daughters.

4. The Wedding:

“Before I go, there’s one part of the ceremony I want to move up. The ‘speak now, or forever hold your peace’ bit.” -Alec

It was such a beautiful ceremony! . . . Well, until the police came in and arrested the groom for murder. They should have known that something was bound to go wrong, seeing as they planned the wedding in two days. Though, I believe that Rebecca was the cause for this disaster. It raises a lot of questions, and I have no clue where to begin! But seriously, did Alec really kill Derek? Did someone just plant the murder weapon on him to frame him? Although, everything points to this being on Alec, I think there’s a lot more to the story.

5. The Cliffhanger:

“It’s all working perfectly, Sutton. Just as we planned.” -Rebecca

Whoa, Lying Game! Whoa! Even that threw me off guard! I had always guessed that Rebecca was Sutton and Emma’s real birth mother, ever since Rebecca’s confrontation with Annie Hobbs in the hospital. But I never once guessed that Sutton had any idea of it! To top that off, what plan? Now, I always enjoy an epic cliffhanger, but the fact that we won’t find out for months?! That’s just torture. My guess is that Rebecca killed Derek, for some unknown reason. She pinned it on Alec to get her revenge, and enlisted Sutton’s help for framing him. Another part of me believes that the ‘plan’ is just Sutton breaking Ethan and Emma apart for good. I just hope that’s not the case, because if it is? Sutton’s a crazier bitch than the audience even imagined. Just one question? How is it possible for the show runners to continually write such epic, unthinkable cliffhangers? Every episode. It seems like they’d run out of ideas, but no. It just keeps on coming.

I think it’s safe to say that I loved this episode! I definitely had high hopes for it’s first season finale. So much happened, but it still had a particular balance. Like, it didn’t go too crazy/fast, but it wasn’t boring either. I just have to say, I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how season two pans out. I just hope that the show runners make the right decision and bump Adrian Pasdar and Charisma Carpenter up to series regulars. They have done so much for this show, and I can’t imagine it without them.



  • Favorite moment?
  • Do you think Alec really killed Derek?
  • Thoughts on Rebecca being the real birth mother?
  • Predictions/hopes for next season?

It’s been fun reviewing this show, and I can’t wait for the next season to start up!


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  1. i kinda knew rebecca was going to be the birth mother, but i had no clue that sutton knew that and that she and rebecca are planning something together. that was a shocker.

  2. I have not been so day-after-shocked since I saw 11+ years ago the Sixth Sense. This is by fare the best shocking reveal since then. A+ to everyone involved, writers, actors, Austin TX. Now I’ll HAVE to watch all 20 episodes again. Sutton and Rebecca in an alliance since before the first scene of the first episode, and to me they finally met face to face at the end of episode when Sutton was in the car, and the passenger door opened. Now I know that was Rebecca, and Sutton made up a story as to why she had to stay in Los Angeles longer. Even Sutton’s search for Annie Hobbs was part of their agenda. They controlled the entire season. This has been better than any prime time soap, like Dallas, or Knots Landing. And Rebecca is the new J.R. Ewing! Whow! Best TV show, EVER!