'The Lying Game' Series Premiere Recap: Emma & Sutton Trade Places, And One Of Them Disappears!

Mon, August 15, 2011 10:00pm EST by 3 Comments

Make room on your DVR, friends, because ABC Family is serving up another crazy-addictive drama: ‘The Lying Game!’

The Aug. 15 series premiere of ABC Family’s The Lying Game introduced us to estranged twins Emma and Sutton, both played by the lovely Alexandra Chando. And just as you might expect from a show based on books written by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shephard, the premiere was a glossy roller coaster of secrets, lies, and intense head-turning. And when the dust settled at the end of the hour, we didn’t know what — or who — to believe.

Here’s what went down: After landing in hot water with her hellish foster family, Emma escaped to Scottsdale, where she met up with Sutton. But the reunion didn’t last long, as Sutton decided she was going to head to LA in search of their birth parents. In what was supposed to be a temporary solution to Sutton’s absence, Emma agreed to take over her life — and more importantly, her drama.

As if juggling two lives wasn’t difficult enough, Emma quickly realized she also had two boys to juggle. And while that probably doesn’t like too harrowing a task for most teenage girls, Sutton’s love life appears to be needlessly complicated. First, there’s her “boyfriend” Luke (Mitch Ryan), who seemed like the perfect guy until Emma caught him making out with Sutton’s arch-nemesis — on and off the tennis court — Nisha Randall (Sharon Pierre-Louis.)

And then there’s Ethan Whitehorse (Blair Redford), the motorycle-riding, long hair-having bad-boy who claimed to be Sutton’s “real” boyfriend once he figured out she and Emma switched places.

Emma returned to Sutton’s house after a night out, only to discover someone had broken into her room and stolen her laptop (aka Emma’s only hope at actually fitting into Sutton’s existence.) We also got a quick shot of Sutton in Los Angeles, but things haven’t turned out too well for her either, as the episode ended with a sudden blackout — followed by a spine-tingling gasp.

The Lying Game has all the makings of a truly guilty pleasure — pretty girls, pretty boys, and tons of ugly secrets — and you can bet HollywoodLife.com will be heading back to Arizona week after week to see where things go. What did YOU think of the big premiere?

— Andy Swift

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Posted at 5:50 PM on August 31, 2011  

Great series with mystery, suspense and lots of great performances, especially for the younger generation…

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Posted at 6:41 PM on August 23, 2011  

The pilot was very promising, I can’t wait to see how the season unfolds. I was especially impressed by Alexandra Chando’s ability to handle the dual-roles, she does a great job of capturing the subtleties between the two characters.

One great example was when Emma (as Sutton) challenges Nisha by the pool. Knowing what the audience knows, just by looking at her facial expressions during the whole scene (and right after, when she talks w/ Laurel about why Sutton was adopted and what her parents might be keeping from her) I’m really impressed at how she conveyed emotion there – you can watch the scene at http://vimeo.com/27925968

Also, so glad to hear “Only In Dreams” by Letters play in the background, that’s such a nice summertime song

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Posted at 3:31 PM on August 16, 2011  

OMG ….I can’t believe that this shows was the best . With Sutton and Emma everything is just out of control . Man I can’t wait for Monday

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