It’s our first episode of The Lying Game where both Sutton and Emma are actually being themselves! And I must say, props to miss Alexandra Chando. I know that this show is soapy and ridiculous and over-the-top and the story is really, really frustrating sometimes because it never lets the viewer in, but those aren’t Chando’s problems, and she is a really good actress. I’m amazed at the amount of nuance she brings to Emma and the amount of fire and intensity she brings to Sutton. I mean, I know that the girls are polar opposites and that makes it a little easier to play, but she does a really, really good job. I’m especially impressed with her portrayal of Sutton and the mix of condescension and desperation she somehow manages to balance. Maybe that’s because we’ve seen a lot more of Emma than we have of Sutton, but, still. It can’t be easy playing two characters in one show. (Or maybe it is. I am not an actress so I have no idea. It definitely seems hard to me.)
Anyway, I found this episode, “Black and White and Green All Over,” to be especially frustrating. There was a lot of characters talking around topics instead of talking about them and it really makes me want to stomp my foot and scream at people and storm out of the room. Actually, Laurel did exactly that in one scene and I was like, “SHE IS THE AUDIENCE. SHE FEELS OUR PAIN.” But of course she does, because Laurel is our homegirl. But outside of this episode being highly frustrating, it also gave us a lot of Miss Sutton and her—surprise!—jealousy of Emma once she realizes how much better Emma is at being a human than Sutton is. Sutton goes into manipulation mode and I found it to be really pathetic. It was almost this sense that she suddenly realized everything she once had was slipping away and she was doing everything she could think of to hold onto it. And, not surprisingly, the only person who seems to be giving into that is Emma. I find it to be a very interesting power struggle, and one that I wasn’t really expecting. So I guess that’s one thing the show has got goin’ for it.