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Too many secret secrets in magic town. – The Lying Game 1×04 Photo Recap

So we’re back for another tussle in twin-town or one-twin town which is soon to be no twin town because Emma is making a habit of going for nightly runs in the dark in areas that she isn’t familiar with –you know, to keep things interesting because life as Sutton has been pretty boring to date. Alec somehow has yet to push his creep-o-meter over it’s daily usage limit so he decides that chasing down young girls running should do the trick. He corners Emma, they have a bit of an awkward confrontation where he scolds her or something for not remembering the route he drove Sutton and Mads on when their car seats still faced backwards. He offers to give her a ride home because he is concerned she has lost her memory since her little-tykes days.

Alec and Daddy Mercer have a broody dads with secrets club meeting out in the dark about Alec thinking something is up with Sutton. They reference about a thousand things we don’t understand and it is all pretty vague but the one thing we do know is that there are secrets… and lies.

Emma and Sutton are having a twin-time skype session and Sutton says that she doesn’t think this plan will hold up for long. At least she is finally thinking rationally. Sutton is also sad because she missess her friends. Then Emma gets sad because she has had a whole new turn around with Sutton’s relationships. We are afraid everyone’s hearts are going to break when Sutton goes back to being more Sutton and less Emma.

Queen bitchyness stops by the ballet studio where Mads is busy being the Swan Queen or something. As it turns out she needs to take a ballet class, except that she says she doesn’t want a ballet class she needs help with her foot work. We aren’t entirely sure what she’s asking for exactly.

At the Mercer’s the parents stop in to Sutton’s room to explain to Sutton (Emma? Sutton? Emma.) that they don’t want her dating a boy with a record. Emma then repeatedly asks Daddy Mercer if he was always perfect, has ever done things he regerts, has ever made mistakes… possibly has a few secret secrets about secrets up his sleeve and the like.

Laurel and Justin fly to Spain real quick for a dinner date complete with candles and minstrels and Justin accidently tips the man a 50$ and basically there is just a lot of cuteness going on when Mads and Char happen to show up in Spain too. Laurel’s about to ask them how they got to Spain when Justin takes the liberty of introducing himself as Romeo Montague and basically saying he’s in love with Laurel. And while we can’t blame Char for being grumpy about the breaking of the “dibs” code…. break away, Laurel. You have our full support.

Unlike her friends, Emma didn’t go to Spain. She stayed home and decided to hit the sheets. She has a crazy dream about dancing the salsa and must be pretty good at it because she starts flailing and shouting in her sleep drawing a good deal of attention to herself until Sutton’s mom has to interfere and stop the music. She wakes up, shaken and sweaty (was Eduardo there?) and we see the photo of “baby Emma and mom” that Sutton gave her which was obviously the cause of her midnight dancing scare. Sutton’s mother is worried because Sutton used to always have nightmares about drowning and it is possible there is a connection.

Emma brings up the dream dilemma to Sutton during their next meeting. Sutton has been having the same dream and now she is sure there is some twin telepathy going on. Emma isn’t entirely sold on the idea.

She decides to enlist Ethan in some dream interpreting help. And between twins with powers, and dream readers and guys from Heroes who can fly, we could easily be heading for the next Charmed series. Ethan is somewhat offended that Emma would assume he has powers like everyone else around but he agrees to help.

Emma is pretty pissed that Ethan is getting in trouble for stealing the great laptop, paragon of knowledge and Alec tells her to shut up in a few deffierent words a couple of times until Laurel suddenly reveals that she stole the laptop because she was sick of playing second fiddle to Sutton. For the second time in an hour we again say go for it, Laurel. Except, SURPRISE. Laurel didn’t steal the laptop. Turns out she was just trying to help Sutton out for helping her call double dibs on Justin over Char.

At the dance studio, Eduardo is trying to pull his morals together and tell Mads that they can’t be an item. He explains that despite the fact that she’s the Clara to his Nutcracker, she is still seventeen and dating would be illegal. She throws her shirt off and kisses him in hopes that since this is magic town, preforming that ritual will fix their age problem. She didn’t inherit her daddy’s heroes gene so, it doesn’t.

Unfortunately the queen of causing problems isn’t occupied enough with being second best at tennis and ballet, so she has taken up super spying as a new hobby and snaps some quick photos of the two mid magic spell so she can out them to everyone.

She has also added trying to be friends with Char to her list of hobbies and drops by Char’s pool to return the twilight DVD that Char apparnetly left there when they were seven or something. … oh and to slip in a little something about Mads and Eduardo.

Emma and Ethan are having a pow-wow (no pun intended.. okay yes maybe pun intended) around a fire out in the desert somewhere so they can chat about dreams and draw stick photos on the ground and finally talk about the real problem here which is that despite the fact that Laurel took the fall for the great laptop heist, that doesn’t change the fact that someone else did steal the laptop. However Emma quickly drops the topic and thinks we should talk about more important things.

Ethan starts using his tribal wisdom to try and get Emma to remember something about her real mom or her dreams or any combination of the two. The only thing she can come up with is a chat about Mommy Mercer.

Emma is so frustrated that all of Ethan’s tribal rituals aren’t working, that she throws the photo of her and birth mom into the fire in a fit of rage. This, in combination with the sky, turns out to be the correct magic spell sequence of events and she suddenly has a vision of exactly what she was supposed to remember. Someone call Hogwarts. Someone’s letter is apparently a few years late.

Ethan and Emma quickly pass word of Emma’s history with fire onto Sutton who finds what is probably the only house and Filmore that is also charred to nothing and still standing. She strolls around and shows Emma around via phone camera. Emma who apparently had no memory, has her memory resurrected and is positive this was her old house. There’s a name painted on the ceiling. Annie Hobbs. Which is definitely not the name of the artist who pained the ceiling and is definitely their mothers name.

Emma is starting to feel shitty about fooling the Mercers and her friends and everyone else into thinking that Sutton finally became un-bitchy. She is sure that as soon as Sutton comes back, she is going to become useless and everyone will hate her.

But we would just like to remind her that everyone else, us included, probably agree with Ethan as far as liking the Emma version of Sutton way better than the Sutton version of Sutton.

Daddy Mads and Daddy Sutton have one more creepy-creepo meeting because they are still worried about the secret Daddy secret. We are going to probably need a decoder ring or a translator from now one for when they have their meetings but since we don’t we will have to work with what we’ve got.


The Lying Game Boot Camp – Photo Recap Survival Guide of Episodes 1×01 and 1×02

With “Pretty Little Liars” on hiatus until 2012, ABC Family has given us another Sara Shepard creation turned guilty pleasure to fill the little void in our hearts. If you were too tangled in Rosewood to get you bearings, have no fear, You are only 3 episodes behind and I’ve put together this catch-up survival guide to get you up to speed.

Meet Sutton Mercer and Emma Becker. They are doing the whole twins separated at birth thing exceptionally well and keeping touch via video chat so that they can be besties despite the fact that Sutton is living the high life and Emma is stuck in foster care where all the kids in the system get their own laptops or whatever.

Emma falls into some trouble with the law and makes a run for the Mercer Mansion but Sutton doesn’t have time to introduce her to the family or teach her the ropes and instead wants to head to California and locate their real mother leaving Emma in her place so her “adoptives” don’t realize she’s gone.

She makes Emma promise to meet back up in two days and makes a mad dash for wherever she is going, leaving Emma with nothing but her laptop. Again, thank goodness we have laptops.

Emma is thrust into Sutton’s life with nothing but a talking nav system in a shiny car and less then helpful laptop to teach her the way around. But since we only have as much time as she did to catch-up, here’s what Emma could have used to know but learned the hard way about the life of Sutton Mercer.


At first we are confused because Sutton’s parents aren’t at all concerned that their daughter had a major life turn around or something but they only see her for like half a second idea in between her ignoring them as she comes and ignoring them as she goes so they are probably just as confused as we are.

Sutton also has a little sister who has a whole slew of complexes because she was the accident or the unwanted child or the afterthought or something like that and for some crazy reason her parents continue to remind her of it and act like they like Sutton better despite the fact that Laurel is the likeable child. The Mercers should be spending some of their time letting their real daughter know that she wasn’t just a broken condom but instead they spend it chasing Sutton around and telling her how special she is because they “chose her” despite the fact that she calls them “the adoptives” when they aren’t looking.

So Emma is waltzing around in Sutton’s stilettos being confused and trying to figure everything out and by the end of her two days she is turning Sutton’s life around left and right, telling off Venus Williams, telling the adoptives how much she (Sutton?) loves them, being the only person to ever tell Laurel how awesome and underrated she is, and breaking up with sir kiss-a-lot. She has everyone else fooled except for Ethan who tells her she could never be Sutton with that lip action.

And the fact that she has had a boyfriend for a year that isn’t the boyfriend that everyone thinks she has goes up as the hundreth thing on the list of useful facts Sutton failed to mention about her life.

Emma tells him to buzz off in a word or two and heads off to go meet Sutton at their planned location to switch back or whatever they were going to do, which would all go swimmingly except that Sutton stands her up and Emma is not too happy about it.

Ethan followed Emma to the club house and now Emma is officially busted so she fills him in on the twin sitch and they both agree they need to keep up the charade for the time being. They head home and Emma comes home (are we allowed to call it home? considering she isn’t Sutton?) to find that the Mercer’s house has been broken into. The only thing missing is Sutton’s laptop which is like the Quran of all laptops and knowledge or something. So now Emma is officially screwed because she knows even less about Sutton’s life then she did before.

For a large chunk of time following Emma goes about the rest of her business, hanging out with Ethan, being nice to her family, standing up to her friends and generally just rocking the boat. Sutton fails to make any sort of contact but Ethan and Emma are much more worried about the missing laptop than they are about the missing twin sister. We may need to call Emily Fields and see if Rosewood can afford to share some of her worry.

Apparently, the laptop holds all the secrets to the world as well as a collection of evidence on past “lying games” which I think is something like Punk’d for pretty girls who need hobby.

Everyone is prepping for a father daughter dance which Laurel doesn’t want to go to because she is the daughter no one wants and Emma doesn’t know how to dance so instead of looking for her sister or anything, she is spending her afternoon’s and any other free time getting ball room lessons from the boy who happens to know some moves and be her twin sister’s secret boyfriend.

Also, turns out Emma may have drawn the long straw in terms of parents because everyone around her seems to be having an abundance of parent problems. Char has the mother out of rehab who is also the megatron of bitchy people. Daddy Mercer keeps saying he loves Laurel just the same but we all know he’s only kidding, Ethan lives in a trailer with his brother and their canned goods, and Mads’s dad is straight back from heroes and really angry he can’t fly still, so he lets it all out by having screaming matches with his daughter.

The night ends in a tussle between Mads and her father, and then her father and Ethan who was upset that Mr. Yells at My Kids Too much was all up in Emma’s face.

Sutton decides being missing wasn’t cool enough because all her pals were too busy with their own issues of not knowing how to ball room dance or do ballet or whatever and that she should come out of hiding. Emma and Ethan rush online and press her for details. She basically just tells them to continue to hold the fort because she’s got better things to do.

The conversation we urgently rushed to the computer for was less than satisfying, however Sutton has told us nothing in the past, what really made us think she was going to tell us anything now?

In the meantime the Mercer’s are finally realizing something is up for sure. There is just no reasonable explanation for my Ethan would step in to defend Sutton (Emma) against Darth Vader. For the most part they are still just confused until Laurel steps in and reveals the only logical explanation. “They’re dating obv.” About which the Mercer’s would still be pretty confused except that they then head to Sutton’s room where they find Emma and Ethan snogging or canoodling or licking each other’s wounds or something of that variety and still don’t really get it.

What we gather from all of this is that The Mercer’s are not fast learners. Sutton probably gave up telling them things when she realized how many times she had to repeat it. Therefore, Sutton now has a turth telling problem, created Lying Games to spice things up, and now doesn’t know how to tell anyone anything regardless of how honest it is.

And herein, lies, The Lying Game.

Check back before Monday for A recap of Episode 1×03!