The Lying Game Review: Coming to Their Twinsenses

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Just like its sister show, Pretty Little Liars, The Lying Game is starting to get so crazy that I might have to keep a list of theories written down just to keep it all straight! In "Twinsense and Sensibility," Emma and Sutton learned the name of their birth mother, a major feat.

This huge tip was stumbled upon by a recurring nightmare the girls both had as children. Now, I'm not a twin so I can't verify this, but is this whole "I can feel what my long lost twin feels as some part of special twin-intuition" theory at all legit?

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I'm ashamed to admit that the only other time I ever heard of this powerful theory was in that Lindsay Lohan stripper movie I Know Who Killed Me. It's okay if you judge me based on my movie history, we've all made mistakes! But I digress, as this this twinsense turned out to be a major help for Emma and Sutton.

Here are a few things that we know for sure: Emma almost suffocated in a fire when she was a child. She and Sutton both have a recurring nightmare about this incident. Their birth mother's name was Annie Hobbs. Alec and Ted are in cahoots and know what happened to Annie Hobbs. Alec is extremely creepy.

He obviously knows that Emma has taken Sutton's place, considering he saw Sutton with Thayer in LA when he was playing Peeping Tom last week. Why did he feel the need to scare the crap out of Emma by tailing her with his car?

Many viewers have been theorizing that Alec and Ted know what happened to the birth mother and now it has been confirmed. You could tell the second Ted glanced at the notepad that it must have had Annie written on it because he lied his way out of that house as fast as he could. Whatever happened obviously seems to haunt Ted. Alec, on the other hand, is more than happy to take care of the dirty work.

Here is my theory and I would love it for you guys to weigh in on it: Alec and Ted intended to get rid of Annie Hobbs in some way that involved the fire. As for why, I believe that after she took back Emma, she was going to come back for Sutton, too. Obviously Ted wasn't going to let that happen. But why was was it all so shady? Why was it all so backdoor to begin with? Most of all, why is Alec the one obsessing over it?

Perhaps Alec cheated on Mads' mother with this Annie woman and was afraid of what she might do, so he attempted to broker the twins into safe families? The girls did mention how it was odd that their parents all used to be best friends and now they're not. Alec also has an unusual amount of interest in Sutton and Thayer's relationship. Maybe it's because they are actually brother and sister? That is, if this theory pans out.

In the meantime, I don't think that Mrs. Mercer is clued in to whatever the secret is. I also don't know why Emma keeps emphasizing how amazing she thinks Sutton's petty, immature friends Mads are Char are, when it's really Sutton's sister Laurel who is the coolest of the bunch.

So many mysteries, so little time. Looking forward to finding out more next week.


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Screw The Lying Game, guys! no offense, can u just not mention Nina Dobrev here, please? how could u compare this girl to her? this girl doesn't know how to act two characters at the same time. i just read a spoiler from about the comparison between Toby and what the hell is his name Ethan, maybe, ewwwwwwwwwwww...just look at Toby's eyes. it's fascinating!!!!! and the other guy: too normal!!!!


Trying to get into this series, but it really hasn't caught my attention. Just not very original.


I got so hooked after only a few couple of episodes, I'm so in love with this show. I still prefer PLL, but this show has its own charm. I expecially love the girl that plays Sutton and Emma, she totally reminds me of Nina Dobrev (the look and the voice) and I really really hope this show doesn't get cancelled.


for a record, TLG's never been hit show Pretty Little Liars on abcfamily. this show's getting boring...with bored actors and bad acting. just take a look at hot guys in PLL and u see i'm right. they look super sexy!!!!!!! and this show...ew i don't see any attractive or hot about those shirtless guys. be a fan of Pretty Little Liars!!!!!!!! u'll never regret that, guys!!!!!!!!!!!


I found the twinsense part believable. I have friends who are identical twins and stuff like that's happened to them quite a bit. One time one of them even saved the other's life because he felt what his brother was feeling. I also agree with the Ted theory about him being the real father. It makes sense considering he said he made one mistake that he has to keep paying for. He's also more emotionally involved, it seems. I bet Alec just handled the legal aspect with covering it up. Like someone else said, this show is so much better than PLL because it actually gives us a little more each week, rather than teasing and tricking the audience at every single turn. At first I thought their mother's name might be a trick, but not after Ted's reaction. Hopefully this show says on this track. I'm definitely hooked.


I agree with everything Susan Jayne says, except the part about the Mercers taking home the wrong baby. I think they took home the right baby, Sutton, and that is why Emma has more memories of the house, because she had lived there the longest. I think that Ted screwed and probably is the father of the babies, because Alec told him that he is the one that screwed up and Alec did the clean up work. I thought that Alec thought it's Sutton with Thayer because he saw her talking with Emma on the laptop, and he must know that one is a fraud, and Sutton couldn't be in LA and back at the other place as well. But now that I think about it, I think he does think it's Sutton at home and the "fraud" with Thayer, because he told Ted to keep an eye on his daughter. I thought he would have figured out Emma is an impostor but it doesn't seem to be so. Looks like he's been fooled so far.


omg i totally agree about laurel..i really love her, she's way cooler than stupid mads and char ugh


I don't know if that twinsense is in fact true, but I've read on a science magazine about a set of twin brothers that were separated at birth and, at age 40, they've found each other. They found out that both of them had the same job, liked the same brand of beer, had the same amount of kids and both of their spouses were named Mary. Weird hun?


I agree with most of your recap but Alec didn't see Emma talking to Sutton and Thayer - remember no one knows that Sutton is with Thayer which is why she kept telling him to stay out of the way when she was talking to Emma (why would she do that if Emma had already seen Thayer?) Alec could have taken it that he was looking at Sutton and Ethan talking to Emma so he still thinks Sutton is the real Sutton. I hope that makes sense!

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@Brandy your talk of the OC makes me want to re-watch that series from the beginning! I used to love it. good comparison

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The Lying Game Season 1 Episode 4 Quotes

You lived a life worth remembering.

Emma [to Sutton]

Keep an eye on your kid. The last thing we need is for her to go snooping around LA.