|November 16, 1995|
| Emma Becker (twin sister)|
Kristin Mercer (adoptive mother)
|Luke Coburn (ex-boyfriend, fake-dated)|
| Charlotte Chamberlin (best friend)|
Madeline Rybak (former best friend)
| Emma Becker (twin sister) |
| Lying games|
Knowing her true origins
|Arroyo High School|
| Dated Ethan Whitehorse (exposed) |
Lost her virginity to Ryan Harwell in the ninth grade
Slept with Thayer Rybak (exposed)
Knows Rebecca is her and Emma's birth mother (exposed to Emma, Thayer and Laurel unknown to Sutton)
Took part in framing Alec Rybak for Derek's murder, not knowing he's is innocent
Plotting with Rebecca to take down those who have wronged them
Isn't sure who killed Derek
|“||Well of course she did! I felt the same things you're feeling, that's how I fell under her spell and now it's happening to you! Believe me I know. To think that our mom is a killer... We just need to both be strong right now. Together.||”|
Sutton Penelope Mercer is a main character. She is the step-daughter of Kristin Mercer and the biological daughter of Ted Mercer, the best friend and cousin of Charlotte Chamberlin, the former best friend of Madeline Rybak, and the half-sister of Laurel Mercer. Sutton also has a twin sister named Emma Becker, that she was separated from at birth. She is the ex girlfriend of Ethan Whitehorse, and fake-dated Luke Coburn, she also slept with Thayer Rybak, and lost her virginity to Ryan Harwell when they were freshmen in high school. Sutton was always jealous of Ryan liking Mads, when she lost her virginity to Ryan she wasn't his first, and she was afraid what people would think of her if they ever found out. So she pulled her first Lying Game prank on him. Thus creating Sutton and her friends to pull Lying Game pranks on others who they didn't like. The pranks she would pull were cruel, harsh, and horrible. Thayer once mentioned that the only way to win her "Lying Games" are not to play. After sometime they stopped, but Sutton pulls them on her own every once and a while.
She is portrayed by Alexandra Chando.
Sutton is the popular girl in her school, the "It Girl" of Arroyo, who everyone wants to be, having to compete with Nisha for the title. She is the one who found Emma when she was trying to find her biological parents. Her adoptive family is much wealthier than Emma's, and Emma comments that she envies her because of that. Her nemesis is Nisha Randall though they are currently on frenemy terms. Sutton forms a tight alliance with Thayer Rybak, while she is in California searching for clues about Emma and their biological mother. She also becomes Homecoming Queen in "Over Exposed" and beats Nisha Randall because of her popularity. It is revealed that she slept with Thayer to get back at Ethan and Emma in the next episode. In "Bad Boys Break Hearts," Sutton sees Annie Hobbs painting a picture of two young girls holding hands while looking at the night sky, much like the one she painted in her old house in California, but she is then grabbed by an unknown person.
The series begins with Emma doing her daily run around Las Vagas. Then it shows Sutton then video chatting with her long lost twin sister Emma Becker, who lives in Nevada, they talk about when Emma gets to go down there and possibly stay there with her, but Sutton assures her they will be together in time, but Sutton wants to find out why her parents lied to her about her birth parents and plan on finding out one way or another. After the video chat we see how Sutton treats her family, and former boyfriend Luke Coburn.
After hanging out with her two best friends Char and Mads, Emma calls her to inform her she's coming to Pheonix in the morning, because she got into some trouble in Nevada. Sutton tells her it's okay and they'll work it out. In the morning, Sutton pulls Emma into the bathroom and has them switch clothes. While changing, Sutton informs Emma she found a lead on their real parents and will be going to Los Angeles for two days following the clue. A few hours later, she calls Emma to see how things are going. At the end of the episode Sutton is seen in a car with someone opening the passenger door and Sutton gasps.
In 'Being Sutton', Sutton is seen at the end of the episode reasurring a worried Emma that she's fine and that she needs more time in L.A. When Emma informs Sutton someone broke into her house and stole her laptop. Sutton tells Emma that the laptop has everything about them being twins and their birth mother's clues on there and that she needs to find it. It's revealed that she's working with Thayer Rybak, Madeline's brother.
In 'Double Dibs', at the beginning of the episode, Sutton video chats a half naked Ethan and tells him she's sorry for not telling him about Emma. When Ethan tells her that her parents found out about their relationship. Sutton tells him to stay away from Emma and that she loves him. Thayer and Sutton find a woman named Ruth Peterson who she believes is her birth mother. Ruth tells Sutton she's not her mother and that she dosent know who really is and that she was paid to do so by a baby broker on the twins birth certificate. Ruth also reveals that Emma wasn't suposed to be in a foster system in Nevada, she was supposed to be with the Websters in Beverly Hills, who are a rich family like the Mercers. When Sutton and Thayer go to the Websters' mansion, Mr. Webster tells them that they did adopt Emma but a woman came claiming to be Ruth and took Emma illegally. When Sutton and Thayer get back to his apartment the door is left open and Thayer's laptop was used. Near the end of the episode Mr. Webster gives Sutton a picture that was sent to them a few months after they lost Emma. When Sutton and Emma video chat Sutton shows Emma the picture of her as a baby with their birth mom.
In 'Twinsense and Sensibility', Emma tells Sutton she has a weird feeling about Alec, Madeline and Thayer's dad. The next morning, Thayer finds a clue in the old photo of Emma and their birth mother. Later Emma tells Sutton she was in a fire with their birth mom, and that both of them had the same dreams from when they were little, at a burn down house in Fillmore they're sure Emma was in. Sutton shows Emma the house as Emma remembers what was there. Sutton finds a name on a painting painted on the ceiling of Emma's old room. the name reads Annie Hobbs.
In Over Exposed, Sutton sees a tiara on Emma's head just as she realizes that Homecomings coming up. Sutton gets upset because she's missing out on so much and Emma's getting all of it. After Homecoming, Sutton sees pictures of Emma winning the crown as Homecoming Queen, but after a few more pictures Sutton sees Emma and Ethan dancing and kissing infront of everyone exposing Sutton's relationship with Ethan. After making this discovery Sutton has sex with Thayer, in Bad Boys Break Hearts, Emma catches Sutton and a half naked Thayer. Ethan dumps Sutton and Thayer kicks her out after figuring out that she slept with him to get back at Ethan. Sutton goes to a mental hospital after finding a painting similar to the one painted in Emma's old room, and has a mailing list of what paintings were sent to the museum. Sutton finds Annie Hobbs painting but before anything else someone grabs Sutton.
In "Escape from Sutton Island," Sutton is trapped in a mental hospital after the woman, Dr. Hughes who works for Alec finds her near Annie's room. She claims to be Sutton Mercer, and gives the woman her parents' number, where Laurel picks up and passes the phone to Emma, who pretends to be Sutton. Sutton then assumes Emma's identity because if she doesn't, she was going to be injected with some medicine. Later, she breaks into Annie's room and tell her that she is Sutton, and that Emma didn't die in the fire like Annie thought, but Annie denies this. She says that Emma is dead, and that Sutton has to stop confusing her. She then screams for help, and Sutton tells her that Emma really isn't dead and she's in pheonix pretending to be Sutton. Annie responds by saying that "he" told her that she is dead and that "he" wouldn't lie to her. Before Sutton can get Annie to tell her who "he" is, she is dragged out of Annie's room and the next night she's brought back to Nevada, still assuming Emma's identity.
In Never Have I Ever, Sutton is trapped in a juvenille detention center, under multible charges due to what Emma did. Sutton calls Emma then her house, both calls give her nothing. Sutton decides to write an angry letter to her parents and tells them her side of the switch. After someone calls the center and pays for Sutton's release Sutton is set free, while Alec is waiting for her, Emma's best freind Lexi Samuel's picks her up thinking she's Emma. In Sex, Lies, and Hard Knocks High", Sutton meet Emma's best friend, Lexi, and stays with her for a few days. Sutton finds out Emma told Lexi everything, but hasn't contacted her recently. Sutton gets to see how Emma's life was before all this happened. after getting enough money to get a bus ticket to Pheonix she tells Lexi goodbye, Lexi reveals she knew who she really was the whole time.
In "East Of Emma," Sutton comes back to Phoenix on her's and Emma's birthday, ready to make Emma pay for what she has done to her life. Sutton, while pretending to be Emma, video-chats with Ethan, who can't tell the difference. Once their call has ended, Sutton e-mails Emma a fake e-vite from Ethan, telling Emma to meet him at the cabin where Ethan first discovered Emma wasn't Sutton. When Sutton-as-Emma meets Ethan at the cabin, he is still convinced it is Emma, and they kiss just as the real Emma walks in. Sutton then confronts Emma, telling her that soon, all of her friends and family would know the truth about who they thought was Sutton for the past several weeks. Sutton leaves in her car to go to the party, and an unknown figure drives her into a lake.
In "O Twin, Where Art Thou?" Sutton's car is found along with her purse and phone, but no Sutton. At the end of the episode, a piece of Sutton's dress that she wore when she drowned was mailed to Emma and a note saying "Keep on being Sutton...or you're next." Sutton may very well be dead like her book counterpart.
At the end of "When We Dead Awaken" Just as Emma, Ethan, and Thayer mourn over what they thought was her death, Sutton walks into the room through the window, saying "Well, isn't this cozy? I'm sorry, did I come at a bad time?"
In "Pleased to Meet Me" Sutton returns to her home. Thayer shows her the note Emma receives with the piece of her dress; Ethan accuses her of sending the note since she seems fine, but she shows them the cut on her head she got from the crash. They head to the cabin to avoid being caught by Ted and Kristin where Sutton tells them someone popped out of the back seat and grabbed her, causing her car to crash into the lake. Emma tells her that they think Annie Hobbs might have been behind it, but Sutton tells them Annie was the one who saved her from drowning. They don't believe her, and she tells them Annie saw a dark haired guy get out of the lake and that she followed Sutton. Sutton tells Emma that until the cut on her head heals, Emma has to keep being her. Sutton, Thayer, and Ethan head to the motel she and Annie were staying at, but when they get to the room, it's deserted, and Annie is nowhere to be found. While Thayer sees if anyone saw anything, Sutton tells Ethan that she's changed due to the fact that she almost died, but Ethan still thinks she's lying. Since Sutton can't stay at her house, she stays at Ethan's. The next day when everyone's at school, Sutton sneaks into her home to treat and pamper herself but is caught by Kristin. Sutton quickly tells her she wasn't feeling well, but when Kristin wanted to see if she has a fever, Sutton yells at her, making Kristin leave. Emma sees what happens and tells Sutton she takes what she has for granted and should treat it better. But Sutton tells her it's none of her business why she takes it for granted. She also tells Emma that when the cut heals, and she could take back her life, she wants Emma to stay, but Emma struggles to believe her. When Sutton, Emma, and Ethan have lunch together for the first time, Thayer comes and tells them he found Annie and shows them a video of Annie and Sutton, proving that she was telling the truth. When Emma and the rest of the Mercer family go a banquet, Sutton stays at the house. Later, someone breaks into the house causing Sutton to flee to the party for help, When Thayer decides to take Sutton somewhere safe, Kristin sees the cut on Sutton's head. When Ted looks at the cut, he says that from the healing patterns, the cut had been there for a few days. Sutton replies that she just heals quickly. Sutton and Emma quickly switch clothes, allowing Sutton to have her life back and Emma to just be Emma again.
In Black and White and Green All Over, Sutton enjoys her old life again, but the people she loves aren't used to the old her. When Emma sneaks into the house, she asks Sutton if she could camp out into her closet. Sutton says no and tells her she should stay somewhere else. At school she sees Ryan Harwell flirting with Mads, Sutton sends him off and tells Mads not to date him. Ethan tells her he moved Emma into her families cabin. Later Ethan says he'll break up with her in public so whoever tried to kill her will see that there over and Ethan can leave with Emma. Sutton goes to the cabin to tell Emma she really wants her to stay and tell the Mercers about her. At the Black and White Ball, it's revealed that Ryan took Sutton's virginity in the ninth grade, and that she wasent his first, and as payback Sutton pulled her first Lying Game prank on him. Sutton overhears Dan and Alec talking about Annie Hobbs being found near the Mercer home. Emma and Sutton go to the hospital where Annie reveals she's not there real mother either and that she did have a daughter but she died and took Emma from a woman. When Sutton asks her who tried to kill her, Annie just says the "snake".
In Dead Man Talking, Sutton sees a snake tatoo on Derek and realizes he was the one who attacked her. Emma decides to take Sutton's place again so she can do her midterms, things start to shake up just as Derek says he only meant to scare Sutton, not cause her to crash into the lake that night. He was suppose to take her to meet someone. Ethan asks if Derek sent the note to Emma, but Derek didnt know about the note. Ethan and Sutton demands he tell them who sent him to get Sutton, yet Derek refuses. After Ethan and Derek fight, he hits Ethan with a tire iron, and a car pulls up causing them to flee. After they fled there stopped by police and the policeman sees the bruise on Ethan's hand. The next morning its revealed that Derek was murdered and the weapon used is missing. The same policeman warns Dan of the possiblity that it's Ethan due to the bruise and the way there were going the night before. Due to the short time Ethan has they run away after Derek was killed and its being pinned on Ethan, leaving Emma all alone.
In Reservation for Two, Sutton and Ethan go to Ethan's family ranch where his father is. Sutton tries to make things right with Ethan and his father but it doesnt work, and things start to heat up with Sutton and Ethan. In No Country for Young Love, with things heating up with her and Ethan, Sutton takes advantage of it. She also has the hatchet buried with Ethan and his dad, near the end of the episode Sutton and Ethan kiss but later Ethan is found by police and is taken away, leaving Sutton at the ranch.
In Not Guilty As Charged, Thayer gets Sutton from the ranch, on the way back Thayer tells her what she's missed. Sutton realizes that Thayer started most of his sentences with Emma's name and he brings her to the cabin where Sutton and Mads talk and Mads says shes not friends with her anymore. Later Sutton and Emma have dinner together and when Emma accidently leaves her phone with Sutton, she gets a text from Theresa telling Emma she can see Ethan, Sutton says she'll be at the jail and deletes the message. At the Jailhouse Sutton pretends to be Emma as Ethan tells her that he kissed Sutton and he felt sick after doing it. Hurt, Sutton comes up with a story and tells Ethan that Emma and Thayer slept together. The next day after Ethan was released Sutton tells a confused Emma that she and Ethan slept together but she felt bad and wanted to tell Emma cause their sisters. In Weekend of Living Dangerously , Emma demands the truth from Sutton and she tells Emma the truth, which results in Emma slapping Sutton. Emma and Sutton find out Kristin thinks Ted and Rebecca had an affair. After Ethan and Emma make up, they leave Sutton with Thayer because they had to go to Cochella with Laurel. Sutton after the group decides to investigate Rebecca, Thayer and Sutton discover what she returned to pheonix to find "her true love" which they find out to be Ted.
In Unholy Matrimony, Sutton goes to see a broken hearted Emma and shows her the locket of Ted. Sutton convinces Emma to show it to Kristen. Later while everyones at the club Ethan breaks into Rebecca's house, to find Sutton there waiting for him. Together they find a picture on Rebecca's computer of Alec holding the tire iron about to hit Derek. When Ethan, Sutton, and Thayer show Dan and Theresa the picture, they tell them the case is Added by Tandrefan2.0 closed and they cant do anything, And probably the picture was stolen so they'd be using something illegal. At the end of the episode When Alec is arrested after having his house searched and finding the murder weapon with his prints, and Emma huging Thayer while Ethan watches. Sutton sees the whole thing from a window As the door to the room opens Sutton turns around saying "Hi Mom" to Rebecca who replies "Everything's working perfectly Sutton, Just as we planned." Sutton and Rebecca knew about eachother possibly the whole time.
In The Revengers, Sutton has been plotting with Rebecca in an effiort to get her and Ted back together as part of Rebecca's plan to get her family back together which is Sutton, Emma, her, and Ted. It is unknown if Sutton is aware that Alec knows about them. After riding a motercycle with Ethan she slps and hurts her ankle, but it heals after and fakes the injury. After trying to get Rebecca to hit her ankle with firewood, Rebecca convinces Sutton to be honest with him, wishng she'd do the same. Later that night, Sutton goes to Ethan's and decides to be onest with him like she was at the ranch. Sutton later finds out that she and Emma have a half-brother named Jordan from one of Rebecca's previous marriages.
In Cheat, Play, Love, Rebecca explains to Sutton that Jordan is her step son from her previous marraige with Marvin Lyle, and that he is her step brother and doesn't know anything about her having twin daughters or what she and Sutton plan to get back Ted. Sutton goes to ask for Emma's blessing for her to be with Ethan, which Emma says yes to. Later Sutton sees that Ethan is having trouble in school and decides to help him out with his troubles by writing a paper for him, which Emma discovers and she and Sutton tries to see which one of them knows him better to see if he is or isn't gonna use the paper. Sutton arrives at Rebecca's asking for things to occupy herself with such as wireless internet, and a flatscreen TV, which she explains is for her to lure Ethan. After Jordan's party, Ethan shows up at the cabin drunk and Jordan see's Sutton.
In Advantage Sutton, Rebecca tells Sutton to take her life back since, do to her and Ethan sleeping together and Ethan telling Sutton he wished it didn't happen, Rebecca tells Sutton that with her taking her life back, she can gain inside information on how Laurel and Emma plan on getting there parents back together and Sutton can see Ethan. After winning the tennis match she challenged Emma, Sutton takes back her life.
In A Kiss Before Lying, After having her life back, Laurel see's a immediate change in Sutton. Sutton enjoys habing her life back again, and after family thereapy, seeing how Kristin truly loves her, and after Rebecca tells Sutton to reveal that Ted is her biological father at Ted's award ceremony, Sutton has a change of heart and tells the audience the best decision Ted had made was to marry Kristin, which both Kristin and Ted both seemvery grateful for her saying. Knowing she messed up Rebecca's plan, Sutton is frustrated but Ethan tells her she was real and kisses her, getting back together with her. On her way to regionals, Rebecca nearly runs down Sutton, furious seeing she didn't do what Rebecca told her to do, Rebecca shows Sutton, Kristin's old journal revealing she wanted to give Sutton away.
In Much Ado About Everything, Sutton is clearly hurt by Kristin wanting to give Sutton back when she was a baby. She tells Ethan of the journal and he tries to convince her it was the old Kristin. At family dinner with Ted, Sutton reveals the journal, which causes a crack in the family again. Kristin explains it was when she was pregnant with Laurel and taking care of Sutton as a baby she was literally drowning on her own and it was just her thoughts. Sutton still feels that Kristin never wanted her to begin with, and that Kristin's love was forced. Later that night, Ethan see's her eating ice cream in bed and looks as if she had been crying. He comforts her while saying he thinks they should tell Laurel since she's been asking questions lately, Sutton says that Laurel knowing would make things worse.
The next day, Sutton reveals to Alec that Kristin was in love with him and may still be. Later while getting ready for Dan's engagement party, Laurel and Sutton have a confrontation. At the engaement party Sutton overhears a conversation between Alec and Dan, where Alec convinces Dan to look still into Derek's murder. After the engagement, Sutton goes to Rebecca's unknown to her that Laurel is following her, at Rebecca's Sutton tells Rebecca what she heard, Sutton questions if Rebecca's sure it was indeed Alec that killed Derek, Rebecca says she's positive it's him and says they just need too find another way to prove it. After hearing Laurel fall, Rebecca and Sutton call 911.
After seeing Laurel's fine, she sees Emma and Thayer return to Scottsdale, after Emma tries to switch Sutton tells her no. Sutton is last seen kissing Ethan goodbye before he left to go home. After enjoying her life back again, Emma has Sutton kidnapped by Thayer to switch for the Flipside Formal in order for Emma to confront Rebecca. Sutton later question's Rebecca, Rebecca reveals that she did more to frame Alec then she had told. Rebecca tells Sutton that she didn't take the picture of Alec and Derek the night he was murdered, Rebecca tells Sutton she was given the photo with a note to tell her to use it as she pleases, so she did in framing Alec.
Sutton realizes that Rebecca isn't the one playing this whole game, someone else is entirely and this person also knows about the twins. Not being able to handle this Sutton calls Theresa and asks her to meet, she was going to give Theresa the information Rebecca had told her.
The next day Theresa goes missing and Sutton wonders what is going on, so she goes to Ethan for assistance. Sutton then confronts Rebecca if she was the one who killed Derek and took Theresa. A while after Rebecca denies this, Sutton receives a phone call from Theresa's cell phone and it is traced back to the club's pool area. She switches places with Emma again.
In the finale Sutton confronts Ethan on what was in the plastic bag found at the location that Theresa was killed. He reveals that it was half of a broken heart necklace, and Sutton takes her half out of her purse to show Ethan. It is an exact match. She then goes with Ethan and Dan to Alec's office for a warrant to arrest Rebecca. Later that day Rebecca sends out a video chat to Sutton and she along with Emma talk to Rebecca. Sutton accuses her of killing two people. Later at the charity event Dan thanks Sutton for everything she did to help get a enough evidence to arrest Rebecca, and he is thankful to her no matter if they ever find Rebecca or not. At the same event Ethan and Sutton forgive each other and witness Alec crash through the ceiling on to their table. Sutton and Emma are no longer going to switch places, or so they say.
Sutton is a selfish person. She manipulates her friends and family, even her twin sister. Sutton often tries to be selfless but retaliates and becomes selfish again. After realizing about Rebecca, Sutton changed her ways and is nicer but still sarcastic, but she is good at heart.
- Main article: Sutton Mercer/Appearance
Sutton is Emma's twin sister; known by only a small few characters in the show. Sutton is a very beautiful and seductive. She has a heart shaped face and beautiful features and structure. Sutton's hair is shoulder length, and is dark brown, like Emma's although she keeps her hair in curls or in frizzy curls. She occasionally straightens her hair in order to impersonate Emma in front of Ethan, like she did when impersonating Emma to see Ethan in jail. Sutton has almond shape eyes, dark brown with dark eye lashes, similar to Emma's, although Sutton is darker in comparison. Sutton's style determines where she is. Examples are when she was in L.A. with Thayer, she dressed casual, when she was in Vegas as Emma she dressed a little bit more fashionable, and when she returned home she dressed how she used to. When she fled to Ethan's family ranch with him, she dressed more country, when she came back home she dressed as she did before. In the book though Sutton has blue eyes that looked green in some lighting and high cheekbones.
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Thayer and Sutton have known each other since they were kids. Thayer always had feelings for her.
Mads and Sutton were best friends until Mads discovered all of Sutton's lies.
Sutton's lying game pranks were known to be cruel and horrible. Thayer and Ethan tell Emma of a Lying Game Sutton pulled on a transfer student named Hilary, since Hilary did something to Sutton that upset her, Sutton would steal things from Hilary like her brush, her phone, and her retainer. Once Hilary would get new things to replace the old, Sutton sent the things she stole back as a gift wrapped with white paper and a black bow, also leaving a note telling Hilary to be more careful. Sutton did this to Hilary until it drove her to transfer to another school causing Sutton to win her game.
Sutton pulled other games but they haven't been revealed as to what else she did.
- Sutton in the books is a brunette with blue green eyes. She is dead, she was murdered and her spirit is watching Emma Paxton trying to uncover the truth.
- Both Sutton's are similar with there ways. Although Sutton is dead in the books, TV Sutton came close to her death by drowning in a car, but was saved by the woman believed to be her birth mother.
- Both book and TV Sutton's know their birth mother's, book Sutton saw her before she was murdered and discovered her relation to the Mercer's. TV Sutton knew who her birth mom was possibly the whole time.
- In the books Sutton was nearly choked to death with her locket by Char and Mads and Laurel in there Lying Game prank on her. In the show Sutton was afraid of being choked by Rebecca with her half hearted necklace Rebecca got for her.
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- Before Alexandra Chando got her dual role of Sutton. She tried out for "The Vampire Diaries" for the role of which later turned out to be a dual role of Katherine. Ironically Sutton is considered the "Katherine" of The Lying Game.
- She was deceased in the books, but alive in TV show.
- Sutton keeps her hair curly, She sometimes straighten her hair to pretend to be Emma, ironically like the dual role of Katherine/Elena on "The Vampire Diaries".
- Sutton admits that the truth scares her.
- Sutton knows Rebecca Sewell's her birth mother, and that Char Chamberlin is her cousin, Ted is her and Emma's birth faher as confirmed by Rebecca
- Sutton told Rebecca she wishes she was an only child.