The Lying Game Season 2 Review “Cheat, Play, Love”

The Lying Game Season 2 Episode 2 Cheat, Play, Love (1)

Jordan has officially landed in The Lying Game, ‘Cheat, Play Love’, as every character must deal with the avalanche of drama that comes with his arrival. In addition to the continuously revolving love square that is Emma, Sutton, Thayer and Ethan, we now have a brand new triangle in Jordan, Mads and Laurel, and two of those people have to deal with the fact that they’re actually related (via marriage, of course). Come to think of it, is there anyone on this show who isn’t part of the same family one way or another?

All of this said, Jordan seems to be proving himself as a worthy addition to a show already jam packed with mysterious characters, and I’m interesting in seeing where his flirtation with Mads goes from here. As one of the few people tied to the twins who doesn’t know the secret, however, Sutton and Emma slip up spectacularly this week, and their carelessness ultimately leads to Jordan spotting ‘Sutton’ is two places at once. When one twin hates Ethan and the other is desperate to win him back, it could probably get confusing to a casual spectator; I’m truly surprised it hasn’t happened before.

Rebecca’s plan to seduce Ted gains some traction this week, as she thinks befriending his youngest daughter via her stepson is the right way to at least be in the same room as him. It’s too bad that he and Kristin are trying to repair the damage done with a trip to marriage counseling, but that look on his face seems to suggest that there’s even more he’s hiding from his wife than previously thought. It’s still not clear whether Ted is Sutton and Emma’s biological father, but if that’s the case, why doesn’t Rebecca just tell him about Emma? Surely a reunion with his long lost daughter would swing things in her favor?

Alec is similarly self-destructive here, as he tries to tear our group of teens apart via a series of meetings inside the big house. We find out that Thayer isn’t even Alec’s biological son, but that he chose to stay with him and Mads instead of leaving with his mother when he was twelve. This makes Thayer at least a little more interesting as a character, but I’m still not feeling the whole Emma/Thayer romance. When did their attraction to each other have a chance to grow? I must have missed that episode because this storyline seems to have come from nowhere.

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