The BEST Episodes of The Lying Game

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jun 24, 2020

Network: ABC Family

The show follows Emma (Chando), a kind-hearted foster kid who cant catch a break. She finds out she has an identical twin sister, Sutton (also played by Chando), who unlike Emma was adopted by wealthy parents and is seemingly living an ideal life. After their initial meeting, Sutton talks Emma into stepping into her life for a few days while she pursues a lead on their birth mother. Initially excited to do this favor for her sister, Emma soon learns that Sutton has gone missing and could be in trouble. Now, Emma must decide whether to come clean to Sutton's family and risk her own safety in the hope of uncovering her twin sisters true whereabouts, along with the truth about why they were separated in the first place.

Pleased to Meet Me

#1 - Pleased to Meet Me

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 16, 2012

As Emma, Ethan and Thayer continue to search for the truth of what happened to Sutton at the lake, they follow a lead that raises more questions than it answers. But when a poorly-timed encounter threatens to expose her identity, Emma is left in a precarious position that turns her life upside down. Will she be able to recover? Meanwhile, Laurel impresses the crowd at her mom’s charity benefit with her musical talents, and Rebecca and Alec get to know each other better.

star 8.07
341 votes
Directors: Joe Lazarov
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
O Twin, Where Art Thou

#2 - O Twin, Where Art Thou

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Jan 2, 2012

It's been a tough night for Emma and Ethan, and things are about to get tougher when they find Sutton has disappeared after their argument and the Mercer family car is missing from the garage. When the police find the car at the bottom of the lake, Emma and Ethan look to each other for support, but Thayer threatens to tear them apart with his accusations against Ethan. Meanwhile, Char's aunt, Rebecca (guest star Charisma Carpenter, "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"), has returned to town and Char is the only one happy about it.

star 8.03
306 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Charles Pratt, Jr.
When We Dead Awaken

#3 - When We Dead Awaken

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 9, 2012

With Sutton’s whereabouts still unknown and a threatening note delivered via Sutton’s signature packaging, Emma is feeling uncertain and on edge. So when she is invited to scout out the University of Texas’s tennis program, Emma surprises her dad and accepts the invite. Nonetheless, Emma can’t escape the fact that her twin may be gone for good. Meanwhile, Rebecca tries to help Char when her mom, Phyllis, has another drinking “episode.”

star 8.03
392 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Unholy Matrimony

#4 - Unholy Matrimony

Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 5, 2012

An unexpected engagement leads to a quickly-planned wedding, causing suspicions that something is awry. Sutton encourages Emma to show Kristin what they found in Rebecca's house. And Ethan makes a discovery that changes the game. Meanwhile, a shocking revelation leads to major repercussions in the Mercer household.

star 7.98
351 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Charles Pratt, Jr., Stacy Rukeyser
Reservation for Two

#5 - Reservation for Two

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 6, 2012

When Ethan is implicated in a serious crime, he and Sutton leave town and hide out with his father, Ben, on the reservation where he grew up. A burgeoning tension between father and son has Sutton playing mediator, but, despite the awkwardness, she appreciates seeing a side of Ethan that she did not know when they were together. Meanwhile, Emma is left to deal with the aftermath of Ethan’s situation when she must pretend to be witness to a scene where she was not present.

star 7.98
341 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Melissa Carter
Bad Boys Break Hearts

#6 - Bad Boys Break Hearts

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 19, 2011

Sutton is furious when she learns that Emma and Ethan kissed. Sutton and Emma continue to find more info about their mom. Meanwhile, Laurel becomes suspicious when Justin keeps breaking dates. Also, Mads learns Edwardo is moving and Char goes on a date with a boy she found in her pool.

star 7.97
455 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
East of Emma

#7 - East of Emma

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 17, 2011

On their seventeenth birthday, Emma's ideal life is about to come to an end when a vengeful Sutton makes her way back to Phoenix to get her life back.

star 7.87
367 votes
Directors: Ron Lagomarsino
Writers: Charles Pratt, Jr.
To Lie For

#8 - To Lie For

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Mar 12, 2013

The charity gala takes a somber turn as everyone honors the memory of a loved one. Dan issues Ethan an ultimatum that has heartbreaking consequences. Emma finally confronts Rebecca about her lost childhood. Ted tries to find the right way to tell Kristin about another secret from his past. Meanwhile, an unexpected twist brings the fundraiser to a crashing halt.

star 7.86
239 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Charles Pratt, Jr., Stacy Rukeyser
Not Guilty as Charged

#9 - Not Guilty as Charged

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 20, 2012

Caught by the FBI, Ethan is brought back to Phoenix to face charges for murder. As Emma continues to search for evidence that can help Ethan’s case, she clashes with Ted and Kristin over her unwavering support of a murder suspect. Alec’s relationship with the victim prevents him from taking the case himself so he assigns a star prosecutor from his firm, prompting Dan to reach out to an ex-girlfriend who is now a successful defense attorney. Meanwhile, encouraged by their time together in hiding, Sutton has her own plans for Ethan.

star 7.82
266 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Double Dibs

#10 - Double Dibs

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 29, 2011

After revealing Sutton's real relationship with Ethan, the Mercers insist she invite him over for dinner. Hesitant because of his obvious feelings for Emma, Ethan obliges, only to have the dinner cut short by a disturbing visit from Dan. As Emma and Ethan struggle to keep order in Arizona, Sutton and Thayer discover shocking revelations in Los Angeles pertaining to the search for the girls' birth mother. Although the outcome may not turn out to be what Sutton had hoped for, it does lead her to wonder what everyone around her has been hiding for all these years. Will Sutton be able to find the answer about why she and Emma were separated, or will her curiosity put her and her loved ones' lives in danger? Meanwhile, Laurel falls for a new guy in school hoping she will finally have something of her own, as opposed to always being in Sutton's shadow. Unfortunately her wishful thinking is cut short when Char calls dibs on the one Laurel did not want to share.

star 7.82
479 votes
Writers: Stacy Rukeyser
Black and White and Green All Over

#11 - Black and White and Green All Over

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 23, 2012

On the night of the country club’s Black and White Ball for junior members, Emma finds herself on the outside looking in, and Ethan must put up a façade in order to protect her. Although their loyalty to each other is strong, the jealousy and lies start to take their toll. Can Emma and Ethan look past their doubts and mend the wedge forming between them? Meanwhile, Laurel and Ted are both left reeling after they discover the motive behind Justin’s actions. And Rebecca and Mads counsel each other on matters of the heart.

star 7.81
336 votes
Directors: Fred Gerber
Writers: Stacy Rukeyser
The Grave Truth

#12 - The Grave Truth

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 5, 2013

Ethan's confession to Dan threatens to shatter the brothers' relationship forever. Sutton receives a mysterious phone call that may provide some valuable information. Emma's feelings for Thayer are tested when she finds herself in close quarters with Ethan. And someone else comes face to face with Emma and Sutton.

star 7.79
239 votes
Directors: Joe Lazarov
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
Weekend of Living Dangerously

#13 - Weekend of Living Dangerously

Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 27, 2012

Emma wants to find out what really happened on the reservation but Ethan is avoiding her and Sutton is looking to send her packing for good. Curious about his father’s possible link to Derek’s murder, Thayer starts to doubt Alec’s alibi and begins investigating Rebecca’s past. And, Kristin grows increasingly suspicious that Ted is not telling her the entire story when it comes to Justin’s mom.

star 7.78
316 votes
Directors: Joanna Kerns
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
Much Ado About Everything

#14 - Much Ado About Everything

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 5, 2013

Emma and Thayer further their investigation into the twins' birth mother and what Sutton may know about her. Laurel begins to suspect that something is not right with her sister and makes everyone nervous when she starts asking questions. Using ammunition provided by Rebecca, Sutton lashes out at Kristin during what is supposed to be a peaceful Mercer family dinner.

star 7.77
230 votes
Directors: Bobby Roth
Writers: Céline Geiger
Over Exposed

#15 - Over Exposed

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 12, 2011

Emma is forced to go up against Neesha for Homecoming queen which causes problems with her and Sutton. Sutton and Emma both try to find more info on their mom while Alec and Ted try to hide it.

star 7.75
479 votes
Directors: Elodie Keene
Writers: Tamar Laddy
Sex, Lies and Hard Knocks High

#16 - Sex, Lies and Hard Knocks High

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 10, 2011

Secrets abound in the Mercer household and Emma has had about enough of it. When she overhears an argument between Ted and Kristen, Emma thinks she finally can put a stop to all of the lies and get some real answers out of Sutton's mom. But does Emma really think that she could pry the truth out of a secret that has been hidden for almost seventeen years? Or will the secret Kristen has been hiding turn out to be not the biggest secret lurking around the Mercer house? Meanwhile, Sutton gets a glimpse into what Emma's life has been like when she is forced to pretend to be her sister while in Las Vegas.

star 7.75
362 votes
Directors: Joe Lazarov
Writers: R. Lee Fleming Jr.
Escape from Sutton Island

#17 - Escape from Sutton Island

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 26, 2011

Questions surrounding Emma arise when Thayer returns to Phoenix and everyone deals with Eduardo's accident. What does Emma know about the accident, and why does Thayer seem to know more about the situation even though he has been in L.A.? Sutton's friends are tired of the lies and demand answers from Emma. Not exactly knowing the whole story surrounding Eduardo's accident, will Emma finally tell Mads and Char about the switch to save their friendship, or will she risk it to save Sutton's secret? Meanwhile, Sutton finds more trouble than she expected at Dowinger Clinic as she finally comes face to face with her mother.

star 7.74
371 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Stacy Rukeyser
Dead Man Talking

#18 - Dead Man Talking

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 30, 2012

Ethan insists on helping Emma get the answers she's looking for about her twin sister. So when a tattoo sparks a memory about Sutton, Ethan pursues an explanation. But the information proves costly when Ethan heads into a situation that quickly gets out of control. Meanwhile, Mads sneaks off to see Ryan, and Laurel continues to see Justin against her parents' wishes.

star 7.71
341 votes
Directors: Larry Shaw
Writers: Tamar Laddy
Being Sutton

#19 - Being Sutton

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 22, 2011

Since concern for Sutton's safety seems to be occupying Emma's mind, she starts to let pieces of her own personality emerge. Although Emma is worried by her behavior, it seems her friends and family are enjoying the change in Sutton's character. Wanting to please the father she never had, Emma must learn to ballroom dance for the annual father-daughter dance. Realizing she is in dire need of assistance, Ethan offers to help, in turn risking revealing his and Sutton's secret relationship. Will Emma be able to put aside her worries for Sutton and shine on the dance floor? Or will the night's series of events force her to reveal her true identity? Meanwhile, as the teenagers do anything to keep their secrets, the parents may be lying to keep life-altering secrets of their own.

star 7.71
465 votes
Directors: Wendey Stanzler
Writers: Charles Pratt, Jr.
No Country for Young Love

#20 - No Country for Young Love

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Feb 13, 2012

Ethan is still a wanted man in hiding with Sutton, leaving Emma to worry if justice - and love - will prevail. Discouraged by Dan's inability to crack the case, Emma takes it upon herself to find a way to vindicate Ethan. With the help of Mads and Thayer, they search for any lead that may help prove Ethan's innocence. Meanwhile, Ethan and Sutton's time alone in hiding together has lowered Ethan's guard. Sutton uses the opportunity to encourage Ethan to bond with his estranged father, looking to heal her relationship with him at the same time. And Alec questions Rebecca's motives after she agitates Ted and Kristin by offering Laurel the opportunity to produce a music demo.

star 7.70
321 votes
Writers: Justin W. Lo
Regrets Only

#21 - Regrets Only

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2013

Emma struggles to make sense of newfound revelations and shifts in her relationships with Ethan and Thayer. After hearing Emma's suspicions about Rebecca, Sutton's faith in her mother begins to falter and she decides to take matters into her own hands. Rebecca is thrilled when Kristin and Ted's marriage continues to unravel, putting her one step closer to achieving her goal. Meanwhile, Alec realizes that Jordan could be a strong ally in his private war with his wife.

star 7.67
229 votes
Writers: Michael Notarile, Stacy Rukeyser
Twinsense and Sensibility

#22 - Twinsense and Sensibility

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 5, 2011

Sutton and Emma soon find they have had the same dreams and similar childhood experiences.

star 7.66
455 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Writers: Mark Driscoll
Catch Her in the Lie

#23 - Catch Her in the Lie

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 2013

The Flipside Formal offers Emma the chance to try and trap Rebecca and Sutton in a lie, but she needs Ethan's help to pull it off. Laurel struggles with where her loyalties lie, while Kristin makes a troubling discovery that has more significance than she realizes. Jordan continues to waffle between Laurel and Mads, and Theresa's defense of Alec threatens to drive a wedge between her and Dan. Meanwhile, Rebecca and Ted, and Alec and Kristin, each reminisce about old times.

star 7.63
223 votes
Directors: John Scott
Writers: Ariana Jackson, Charles Pratt, Jr.
Never Have I Ever

#24 - Never Have I Ever

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 3, 2011

With tensions already high, Emma is thrown into a tailspin when her creepy foster brother, Travis, shows up from Las Vegas. Seeing he has an upper hand with Emma, Travis decides to use his knowledge of Emma's situation to his benefit. With her relationship with Ethan still strained, she has no one to turn to and forced to go along with Travis' plan if she has any hope of getting him to leave her alone. But with her old life looming over her, will this be the straw that breaks Emma's back? Meanwhile, Sutton is forced into Emma's life when she is sent back to Las Vegas.

star 7.63
367 votes
Directors: Norman Buckley
Writers: Mark Driscoll

#25 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Aug 15, 2011

Identical twins Emma and Sutton, separated at birth, finally meet. Emma temporarily assumes Sutton's well-to-do life as Sutton searches for their biological mother.

star 7.54
593 votes
Directors: Mark Piznarski
Writers: Charles Pratt, Jr.