'Lying Game' recap: Otherwise Engaged

lying-game-twins.jpgEmma begins the episode with about as much spunk as we've ever seen her. It's still only a pale facsimile of Sutton, but it's a nice change of pace and a long-awaited slap-in-the-face for Sutton (literally). She refuses to believe that Ethan man up and admit he cheated. Ethan refuses to answer her phone calls (or the door when she shows up at his trailer), so she has no choice but to ambush him. When they actually do talk things out, it's established very quickly that Sutton set them up. They get back together, though Ethan misses a prime opportunity to tell Emma about the kiss he shared with Sutton. None the wiser, Emma invites Ethan along to chaperone Laurel's trip to Coachella with her new band. After a series of misadventures, they end up getting stranded in a tiny town in northern California. Specifically, in a motel room. More on that later...

While the motley crew heads up to Indio, Mads -- at Ryan's urging -- makes her peace with finding out that Alec might be a homicidal maniac. The whole group decides the best plan of action is to dig up as much information as they can on Rebeccannie because not only is her alibi is shielding Alec from the scrutiny of the law but also her return to town has been swift and a little suspicious frankly. Thayer and Sutton jump on it, calling Rebeccannie's ex and learning that Rebeccannie told her housekeeper she was moving back to Phoenix to revisit the love of her life. Furthermore, they learn that Rebeccannie keeps a picture of this mystery man in a locket. Sutton devises a ridiculous plan to sneak into the Chamberlins' house and find the locket. While she does so, Thayer and Mads will distract Alec and Rebeccannie. The Rybak kids do as they're told but boy do they have no idea what's coming at them. Within minutes of arriving home, they find the happy couple sipping champagne and celebrating their engagement. Thayer catches up with Sutton to tell her this stunning development, and then the hits keep coming. They find the locket and inside is not Alec's picture, but Ted's.

Meanwhile, Dan Whitehorse mouths off to Alec and then has a legitimately sexy moment with his old flame Theresa as they decide to take down Alec together. Baz and Laurel also seal their burgeoning relationship with a kiss. Ted and Kristin also reconcile -- but only because Ted lies that the call that distracted him from Justin's mother's surgery (ultimately causing her death) was about Kristin's fertility -- or lack thereof. Kristin assumes all the blame, and Ted feels awful. Because he is.