January 2nd, 2012 by thetvchick
The Lying Game was one of the pleasant surprises of last year (it’s weird to say last year even though it’s only about a day into the new year). What seemed like a teen version of “Ringer,” turned into an interesting, unique drama. When last we left our twinsies, Sutton was about to sabotage her own birthday party and expose Emma. But then, Emma (playing sutton) made this weird speech and the real Sutton never showed up. So now the only ones that know the truth are Emma, Ethan and Thayer (Mad’s brother for those keeping track). And of course their shady parents know something, but I digress.
A good portion of the episode is Thayer, Emma and Ethan trying to figure what the heck happened to Sutton. Then the police show up and they found Sutton’s car at the bottom of the lake. Rough day for Sutton and fake Sutton! Laurel is all suspicious and Emma keeps trying to shrug off her suspicion, because she doesn’t want to lose everything. Meanwhile, Char’s aunt comes back in town (played by the ever-so-lovely Charisma Carpenter) and she knows something big about Alec (Mad’s father) and Ted (Emma/Sutton’s father). Char seems to be the only one legitimately happy to have her back in town.
There’s a nice big twist at the end of the episode that I won’t spoil but it sets up a very interesting second half to the season. I am curious to see what happens with the parents’ shady past. And we find out whether or not Sutton is alive in episode two, but I’m not going to spoil that, either. I think the premiere was intriguing and solid and kept me wanting more. I really like The Lying Game, and I’m glad it has gotten good. I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised seeing as it’s on ABC Family, and it’s based on a book by the same author as “Pretty Little Liars.” I look forward to seeing what’s coming up!
The big mid-season premiere of The Lying Game is tonight at 9 PM on ABC Family.Tweet