|Season 2, Episode 3|
|Air date||January 22nd, 2013|
|Written by||Curtis Kheel|
|Directed by||Joanna Kerns|
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"A Kiss Before Lying"
Rebecca advises Sutton to reclaim her life, leading Sutton to challenge Emma to a tennis match -- winner gets to live as Sutton Mercer. Ethan is in danger of failing school, so Emma offers to tutor him, breaking her plans with Thayer in the process. Laurel decides to ask Jordan out, but ends up bringing Mads along on their date. And new evidence comes to light that may exonerate Alec, or may further prove his guilt.
Ethan tells Sutton that he regrets spending the night with her. Rebecca then tells Sutton to take her life back from Emma as she finds out from Laurel that Ted and Kristin are making amends and she wants Sutton to stop it. Due to missing too many school days and getting caught for plagiarizing, Ethan must pass an intensive test to stay in school. Emma offers to tutor him, but breaks plans with Thayer in the process, which leads to the two not talking. Thayer finds what he thinks is phone evidence of Alec being the murderer, but during his visit to the jail, he inadvertently gets Alec released. Rebecca is less than thrilled about the news, while the girls are still trying to get Kristin and Ted back together. Laurel gets Mads to tag along on her "date" with Jordan, but she ends up leaving early. Sutton and Emma play a game of tennis to determine who gets to be "Sutton Mercer" at the regional championship, with Sutton essentially intending to reclaim her identity for good. Emma forfeits when she hears that Thayer is going back to L.A. due to the circumstances with Alec. Thayer asks Emma to leave with him, but she has grown too attached to the Mercers, so they part ways. Jordan shows up at Mads' window and although she's angry with him, they start making out just as Laurel walks in. Rebecca is revealed to have been behind the phone call to the woman at the country club.
- This is the third episode named after Sutton, the first two being Being Sutton and Escape from Sutton Island.
- The title refers to Emma and Sutton's game of tennis, which will determine which one of them is the better Sutton, or the Sutton in advantage.