When The Lying Game went on hiatus a few months ago, it went out with a double cliffhanger: even if you saw Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) being revealed as the twins’ birthmother coming (come on, the resemblance was just uncanny!), did you really assume Sutton (Alexandra Chando) was that devious to be working with her, using her twin sister Emma (Chando) as a pawn in their schemes? And then there was the case of Alec (Adrian Pasdar) being arrested for murder—at his own wedding. Yes, The Lying Game certainly left fans wanting more, but as the winter premiere indicates, you’re going to have to keep waiting. Little bits are revealed, but new questions and secrets rise to the surface—and then there’s always the good ole “can we even trust what we’ve just been told” paranoia aspect that sets in, considering Sutton as a source…
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“The Revengers”, The Lying Game’s winter 2013 premiere, wastes no time in diving into Rebecca’s endgame goal. As she tells Sutton in an oddly sweet mother-daughter moment in the pool (reminiscent of the opening credits), she just wants to put her family back together. Though Rebecca certainly seems sincere, this is still a questionable moment. Does the audience really know Sutton better than Rebecca does? Because we know not to lay out all our cards in front of Sutton or she’s bound to use them against us.
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Look at Emma—she knew just how deeply Emma cared for Ethan (Blair Redford)—in fact, how much she still does—and she is determined to have him for herself. Here she even goes so far as to fake an injury so he’ll dote on her. Of course, Ethan knows Sutton well enough to see through her lies, though he plays along anyway because any girl is better than no girl, right? Then again, if Sutton just wants what others want, then maybe that will just fuel her fire to help Rebecca further, rather than stab her, too, in the back.
Rebecca is a woman on a mission in “The Revengers”—she can turn on the sadness and anxiety for Alec one minute and flip over to demurely conniving with Kristin (Helen Slater) the next. Though we thought the photo of Ted (Andy Buckley) in Rebecca’s locket may have been a decoy or simply not indicative of the whole story, she is absolutely moving forward with her plan of breaking him and Kristin up so she can swoop right in. It’s a shame that Kristin is so willing to listen to a stranger over the husband she has known for two decades, but it certainly causes some juicy family drama for Laurel (Allie Gonino).
Once again, Chando is given a great dichotomy of characters to play, as Sutton may always be a bit one-note scheming, but Emma rides the full emotional rollercoaster. In moments she is the strong friend and sister, in others she regresses to a little kid just trying to keep her parents together. She struggles with old feelings for Ethan and potential new ones for Thayer (Christian Alexander), while trying not to fall apart after visiting Alec in prison and learning a harsh truth.
When all is said and done “The Revengers” is not nearly as plot-heavy as many of the first half of the season’s episodes were. Instead it takes its time diving into the characters and their relationships to remind the audience just what’s at stake. Of course, the minute you are feeling like ‘Yeah, yeah, I get it, now what?’ the show drops another secret and another new character into your lap. How will it shake up the world? And just what is Sutton’s endgame (something tells us she really doesn’t care about having her biological family together)? “The Revengers”, too, certainly leaves you wanting more, but thankfully this time, you’ll only have to wait another week.
The Lying Game returns to ABC Family on January 8th 2013 at 9 p.m.
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