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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Lying Game- Season One First Half and Midseason/Fall Finale

We are a little disappointed with the finale. Highlights include Annie showing up in Phoenix (we only get a glimpse of her though), Sutton crashing her car into a lake (even though we know she’s not going to die), Ethan telling Emma he loves her, and the twins having a fight. Most of the episode was spent hinting and taunting us. A finale is supposed to give some catharsis and closure. Emma almost coming clean to everyone about ten times nearly killed us. We thought the show’s penultimate episode was stronger than the fall finale.

Overall, we liked this season and show though, and we will be tuning in the next time the show airs. We liked Alexandra Chando’s acting. We can tell the difference between Emma and Sutton. We weren’t digging the Ethan character, first, but now we like him. We aren’t too interested in Sutton’s interchangeable, boring best friends, and we think the show needs stronger teen guy characters. But Sutton’s sister, Laurel, and her perceptive boyfriend make up for that a little bit.

In the last few episodes, Emma’s life in Vegas was fleshed out a little more. We liked seeing Emma be nice to the people in Sutton’s life, but we liked watching Sutton stand up to Emma’s foster mom even more. Having Sutton’s end of things become just as interesting as Emma’s half of the story these last few episodes was a real plus. This is something Ringer hasn’t yet done. If you have two twins lying and swapping, both storylines should be good. We also enjoyed meeting Emma’s best friend, Lexie.

As nice as a twin showdown is, and even though we mentioned liking twins at odds, we are ready for Emma and Sutton to make nice. Sutton is being irrational. Emma didn’t steal her life. Emma just stole Sutton’s boyfriend, and she wasn’t treating him nicely anyway. Our wish is that the Annie mystery is solved in the next half of the season and that the twins start being real sisters. We also want a guy who can handle Sutton for her to fall for. We actually like Sutton. She has balls.

Season One, Half One Grade- B
Finale Grade: B-


  1. I hate this show, but like you guys said in your Terra Nova post, what else is there to watch on Monday nights? Actually "hate" may be a little strong, but it's one of those bad habit shows, e.g., you kind of hate yourself when you're watching it. I agree with you that the show needs to fix a lot of things before its next round of episodes (it got a full 22 episode order! WTH?!) can be worth watching, but I'm also with you on Alexandra Chando’s acting. While "Ringer" and SMG's acting are getting better, Chando was there from episode one with her twins.

    It was weird to see Becky from FNL pop up a few weeks ago. That was a blending of TV worlds I wasn't ready for.

    When did Monday nights become such a black hole? Why have networks across the board made Thursday the worst scheduling night on television, but vacated Mondays like it's contagious? Ugh.

  2. Ha. We're pretty easy on it because it's a teen show and it's on abc family. It's no Pretty Little Liars though.

    We've had many people ask us what is good on a Monday night. We really have nothing to tell them. How I Met Your Mother is probably anyone's best bet.

  3. Hey, Mike & Molly isn't bad.

    Also, I hope that Fox is taking note of all of the crappy shows on Monday night and regrets cancelling The Chicago Code. That was quality Monday night programming.