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'The Lying Game' Recap: Justin's Secret Is Revealed — Did You Guess It?

Tue, January 17, 2012 12:01am EDT by Andy Swift 3 Comments
Courtesy of ABC Family

Justin ‘Crazy Eyes’ Miller finally came clean on the Jan. 16 episode of ‘The Lying Game!’ And his secret is as crazy as his eyes.

I didn’t think it was possible, but somehow everyone’s lives have gotten even more complicated now that Sutton (Alexandra Chando) is back in Phoenix, and I’ve got a feeling the mayhem she caused on the Jan. 16 episode of The Lying Game was merely a taste of what’s to come. Not only is Emma’s place in the Mercer family now jeopardized, but so is her relationship with Ethan (Blair Redford), as well as Sutton’s relationship with Thayer (Christian Alexander.) Oh, and she has no idea who wrote that terrifying letter.

Sutton did, however, reveal that Annie Hobbs was the one who saved her from her car the night it sank into the lake. The details of that are sketchy at best, but at least we know her own mother didn’t try to kill her. I guess that’s a relief.

Laurel’s (Allie Gonino) own brand of drama continued when she caught Justin (Randy Wayne) all up in another girl’s business at Sutton’s party, but the really surprising part was the shoulder Laurel ended up crying on. Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) befriended her, and convinced her she’d feel a lot better if she put her musical talents to good use on stage — with Allie’s real-life band The Good Mad, no less. It was a nice moment between Laurel and Rebecca, but I’m not totally sure Rebecca did it out of the goodness of her heart. I’ve got a feeling she’s just trying to get close to Laurel as part of her master plan… now if only I had any idea what her endgame is.

Of course, Sutton wasn’t the only shady character who returned to Phoenix this week. A smarmy British gentleman by the name of Ryan (Misha Crosby) came a-calling for Mads (Alice Greczyn), and he wouldn’t take no for an answer. It seems the two have a complicated history, but now that he’s been kicked out of his boarding school, Ryan is determined to get back into Mads’ good graces… and maybe her pants. He was off to a good start this week, sneaking ballet tickets into a pizza and delivering it to her house, but while I’m glad Mads has a new guy in her life — I’m not holding my breath for Eduardo to come back — I can’t help wonder what Ryan’s got up his sleeve. After all, are any of the guys on this show exactly what they seem?

And what a perfect segue that is to the episode’s biggest surprise of all: Justin’s epic truth bomb! After Laurel finally told him off for treating her like crap, Justin revealed that he blames her dad for his mom’s death. It turns out he was the doctor who allowed her to die during a routine appendix operation. So not only has he been carrying a grudge for her dad, but that’s the whole reason he arranged to meet her in the first place!

Like everything in Justin’s life, his relationship with Laurel has been one big lie.

So what did you think of tonight’s mind-blower? Did you see Justin’s big secret coming all along? Why did Rebecca go out of her way to befriend Laurel? And can Emma’s relationship with Ethan survive Sutton’s presence in Phoenix? Head to the comments section and let’s start talking.

— Andy Swift

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