|A Kiss Before Lying|
|Season 2, Episode 4|
|Air date||January 29th, 2013|
|Written by||R. Lee Fleming, Jr.|
|Directed by||John Scott|
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"Much Ado About Everything"
Emma learns more about what happened the night Sutton’s car went into the lake, raising her suspicions about whether her sister has been truthful. Ted invites his family to be his guests at an event in his honor and Rebecca orders Sutton to use the opportunity to further their plans for the Mercer family. Meanwhile, Emma heeds Laurel’s romantic advice and Rebecca and Alec engage in a game of cat and mouse against each other.
Sutton resumes her old lifestyle and immediately raises suspicion with Laurel. Ted announces that there will be a banquet held in his honor and wants Kristin to give an opening speech. Since she's reluctant to, Sutton offers to give it instead with a hidden agenda. Alec and Rebecca go on a honeymoon to the cabin, the same one in which Emma was staying in. As they pull up, Emma and Ethan grab their belongings and hide behind a backdoor, however, Rebecca catches a glimpse of them. Emma checks into the same motel that Sutton had stayed in the night of the lake incident and the desk clerk, thinking that she was Sutton, reminds her of the money that she owed him for bribing him to lie about having two women in the room with her last time, indicating that someone else was with Sutton and Annie that night. Later, Sutton shows up at the motel during Emma and Ethan's study session and Emma questions her, but she dismisses his claims. As Sutton is leaving in the parking lot, the desk clerk, Carl, comes up to her, thinking that she was the forgetful girl from earlier that day, and hands her a sketch of the second woman to spark her memory -- the woman highly resembles Rebecca. At night, the lights out go while Rebecca is in the shower and she stumbles into Alec in the dark, who she claims to have knocked her out. Rebecca's paranoia about Alec seeking revenge sets in. After hearing Laurel talk about what she and Thayer had, Emma decides to go to L.A. for him. Rebecca wants Sutton to reveal that Ted is her biological father at the banquet, which would in turn reveal her true status. However, after Kristin tells her a heartfelt story about her first night home as a baby, Sutton finds herself unable to break up her family. This touches Ethan and he kisses her afterwards. When Emma arrives in L.A., she finds Thayer with another girl. Meanwhile, Mads and Alec move into Rebecca and Jordan's place. Later, Mads calls Emma while she's at the bus station to check up on her and when Laurel walks in, Mads tells her that she's on the phone with Sutton. Laurel says hello. A few moments later, Laurel does a double take as the real Sutton enters the kitchen announcing that she's running late. Thayer finds Emma right before she leaves. He tells her that the girl is just a friend and asks her if she came here because she wanted his help to find out who the second woman in the motel with Sutton was, or because she wanted him. Emma says that it's both and keeps on rambling, but this is enough for Thayer and he kisses her. They reunite. Rebecca is angry at Sutton for going back on their plan and is jealous of Sutton's natural bond with Kristin. In retaliation, Rebecca hands her a journal that was supposedly written by Kristin about wanting to give her away as a child.
- The title is a play on A Kiss Before Dying, a 1953 novel written by Ira Levin. The novel was made into two movies; one from 1956 and another from 1991.
- The reason why the last word has been changed to Lying is because everybody lies in this show. Besides this, Ethan and Sutton kiss -- and so do Thayer and Emma. But, naturally, the lies continue even after these two romances deepen.
- A season 2 episode of The Lying Game's sister show, Pretty Little Liars, had the same name.