If you hadn’t already guessed based on the title for this week’s The Lying Game, ‘Advantage Sutton’, Emma is the twin who comes out on the bottom this time. I’ve made no secret of my preference for Sutton in my reviews so far, so I enjoyed seeing the evil twin score a win for once, and it certainly looks like things might be switching around in more ways than one.
We begin the hour with the aftermath of Sutton and Ethan’s cabin encounter, and the latter certainly isn’t keen to take responsibility for the tryst. Seriously, at this point, I’m wondering why either sister wants anything to do with the guy, since his reaction to sleeping with an ex-girlfriend was beyond rude and dismissive. The men of this show need to stop blaming the women in their lives, and the girls need to stop taking the flack, pronto. Aside from this, Emma later offers to tutor Ethan for an academically life-saving test, and Thayer isn’t too happy with his girlfriend sharing her time.
I really haven’t been able to get my head around the Emma/Thayer romance thus far, and it looks as though my reluctance was a smart move. Judging by the quick departure and soppy soundtrack played over their goodbye scene, Thayer is heading the LA for good, leaving Emma feeling a little forlorn. To add insult to injury, her tenure with her new family could be over, too, with Sutton taking over her old life. It was fun to see the girls hash it out over a game of tennis, but I still think Emma gave up a little too easily once she heard that Thayer might be heading out of town. Surely five more minutes wouldn’t have hurt.
No matter, as Emma is now confined to the cabin and Sutton is sure to get her claws into the Kristen/Ted/Rebecca love triangle as soon as she can. She might not have to, of course, as a deadly mistake from Thayer means that Alec has escaped jail for the time being. He’s back home with Rebecca, but it’s clear that he’s out for revenge against those who got him arrested in the first place. On a side note, I get that Alec is supposed to be the villain of the piece, but was the thunder and lightning entrance necessary? We get that there’s a threat, and I didn’t require the over-the-top theatrics.
Speaking of love triangle, the Mads/Laurel/Jordan dynamic got even more complicated this week. Once Alec and Rebecca inevitably split, the romance between Mads and Jordan won’t be as icky, but it’s hard not to feel sorry for poor Laurel. What did you think of the episode? Will Alec bring hell to Phoenix now that he’s out of jail? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.