Exclusive Lying Game First Look: Ethan and Thayer Fight for Emma – Literally!

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Time to pick a side, Lying Game fans: Team Ethan or Team Thayer?

This Tuesday’s installment of the ABC Family drama (9/8c) pits Emma’s two loves against each other — and we have your exclusive first look at their long-overdue throwdown.

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Looking for a fight, Thayer begins to verbally poke Ethan after their mutual ladylove chooses to stay with him rather than go back to her ex — an action we can’t quite wrap our heads around since, as stated above, he got the girl. That said, Ethan’s fine with the taunting because it essentially gives him the go-ahead to deck his frenemy.

Watch the guys go at it below, then hit the comments with your thoughts: Who’s better for Emma?

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Comments (119)

  • #TeamEthan

    Comment by George – February 18, 2013 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thayer!

    Comment by Sheila – February 18, 2013 10:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Thayer acting so douchy in this clip? I’m on his team, but being so douchy to Ethan is making me doubt this.

    Comment by Brandy – February 18, 2013 10:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think they are trying to set Ethan up to look like a good guy again and Thayer to look like a bad guy, which means Ethan and Emma might get back together.

      Comment by lil87blue – February 18, 2013 12:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Ugh, I hope not. I hate it when shows do that.

        Comment by Brandy – February 18, 2013 02:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • character inconsistency ruins shows

          Comment by Chester – February 19, 2013 08:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • exactly my thots..thayer has always been my main man, but now…Ethan is kind of being the good boy…..tschewwwww

        Comment by stace – February 22, 2013 02:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thayer is always douchey

      Comment by Paula – February 19, 2013 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer…I love what she brings out in him & he is totally committed to her.

    Comment by Marta – February 18, 2013 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or is he totally committed to beating Ethan or is it his dad he wants to beat? Aside from a desire to get the girl, what is actually driving him to Emma, besides that he stands a better chance with her than he did with Sutton? Do we have any scenes that show him liking Emma for Emma? Or just the “I get it, she’s just like Sutton” stuff? Because he was more than willing to leave without her and never look back. He moved to LA and stopped answering her calls that doesn’t say commitment to me.

      Comment by tvwillrotyourbrain – February 18, 2013 11:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • What! Ok I’ve never gotten the feeling that he likes Emma for being like sutton. It’s more like he’s had her back for a while. Plus Theymma are both outsiders to this world. Just in this work by default. And Ethan is there because of sutton or emma

        Comment by Ashley – February 18, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Thayer grew up with these people. He’s (for some inexplicable reason) part of his little sister’s friend group. He’s “been in love with Sutton for forever” and “like a brother to her.” He’s not an “outsider” he has more inside information than anyone not Mads or Laurel or his dad. He can’t get away from the group because his family is totally wrapped up in it. That’s how he got in with the Phoenix crowd in the first place, he didn’t know Emma.

          Emma is an outsider. Ethan is part of the group because Emma brought him in when Sutton kept him at arms length. But Ethan has no claims to any of it, which Thayer is making pretty clear here by pointing out that he’s back out in the cold without Emma letting him in.

          Comment by tvwillrotyourbrain – February 19, 2013 12:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why is Thayer even still on this show. I’ve never liked him, he has his own agenda that they haven’t dove into yet, but just go away.

    Comment by Diz – February 18, 2013 10:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • why dont you go away?
      #team thayer

      Comment by lola – February 18, 2013 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ethannnnn

    Comment by Krk – February 18, 2013 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer all day errryday. I always have a soft spot for the good guys. Thayer slept with Sutton before he met Emma. Ethan slept with her after he met Emma and even though he knows how awful Sutton can be. I do love them fighting over her though!

    Comment by Elyse – February 18, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I KNOWWW, thayer has always been TOO sweet and nice! love him

      Comment by Cng – February 18, 2013 01:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan. I usually like Thayer, but if the way he’s acting in this scene is what he’s turning into then no thanks. Plus, consider who his father is.

    Comment by Lisa – February 18, 2013 10:55 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Adoptive father that he has nothing to do with? Weak argument.

      Comment by Lauren – February 18, 2013 01:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree! #TEAMTHAYER !!!!!!

        Comment by Grace – February 18, 2013 02:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan. Unlike Thayer he doesn’t see things as a competition. He actually cares.

    Comment by Anne – February 18, 2013 10:59 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He cares until him and Emma are separated again and he latches onto Sutton again for the fourth time

      Comment by luke – February 18, 2013 04:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How do people keep saying Thayer is such “good guy”? He is such a douche. He’s always been like this, from fist pumping when Sutton got dumped to stepping all over Emma and Ethan when he first came to Scottsdale to pinning Sutton’s disappearance on Ethan to get Emma to telling Emma to get back on the bus and go back where she came from when she came to LA. If they want me to think he’s a good guy, he needs to back off and be less of a jerk. He is way insecure. And he’s supposed to be the oldest “teen” on the show. Grow up, man!

    Comment by tvwillrotyourbrain – February 18, 2013 11:27 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah, but his insecurity is a flaw and I honestly like him better for it. It makes him seem more human with such a normal flaw like insecurity. He’s made mistakes, but everyone on that show has. What makes Thayer a good guy is the way he cares for the ones he loves, he holds them close. Just look at Thayer with Mads and Emma, even Sutton when she was in L.A and you see he is a good guy by the way he respects them and protects them and helps them. Mistakes don’t make the man, how he fixes them and moves forward does. Thayer has always fixed his mistakes and that makes him a good guy, and if he wasn’t able to fix the mistake he tried. Perhaps he’s jealous, but every person is jealous. And besides we don’t even know the full story behind this fight, perhaps its part of a plan to razzle Ethan to get to Sutton, who knows? So as far as I’m concerned Thayer is grown up, he just has flaws and makes mistakes like any person whatever age they are.

      Comment by AllisonElaine – February 18, 2013 06:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • His insecurity lead him to try and get his “dad” (he calls him dad, he takes his money, he chose to accept him as the only father he knows) convicted for a crime he didn’t commit (maybe) and he couldn’t even apologize or feel bad about it. He is constantly getting in pissing contests with Ethan–from minute one in the hospital where he walks into Emma/Ethan talking and acts like he has a right to be there and owns Emma, and then does it later in her bedroom (creepy!). I don’t think Thayer has made many “mistakes” or fixed anything–it’s a passive aggressive manipulative attitude that I find off-putting. He left Emma in Phoenix ’cause he couldn’t deal with his daddy issues and when she comes to LA he isn’t happy to see her and instead offers to drive her to the bus station while letting her think he was sleeping with the surfer friend. He then leaves a 17-year-old girl to sleep in a bus station in LA over night. That’s not caring or protective. That’s just being a jerk. Even when they were talking about the plan last episode, Emma didn’t want to use Ethan that way and Thayer talked her into it like it was some kinda test to prove he had her and Ethan didn’t, which was cemented when Ethan says he will and Thayer steps to him like he’s proving a point. It may be the acting job, but I think Thayer is manipulative and insecure and it drives him to a possessive, confrontational place that is mean and ugly.

        Comment by tvwillrotyourbrain – February 19, 2013 05:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer all the way. I’m tired of the back and forth between sisters. They should settle and I like both Thayer and Emma more than any other pairing. Put Emma with Mads and let’s call it a day.

    Comment by Didi – February 18, 2013 11:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #TeamThayer

    Comment by Louise – February 18, 2013 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #TeamEthan! All the way- Thayer is weird, and a pushover.

    Comment by Amanda – February 18, 2013 12:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer

    Comment by Adrianna Cioban – February 18, 2013 12:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #ETHAN ALL THA WAY

    Comment by JEANETTE TRIPLETT – February 18, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #TeamEthan

    Comment by Chante – February 18, 2013 12:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan!!!

    Comment by Mary (@MaryZimmerebner) – February 18, 2013 12:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #teamETHAN
    totally

    Comment by Larissa Waintein – February 18, 2013 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thayer. When it all comes down to it Ethan did cheat on Emma and when he was trying to fight for her back he ended up dating Sutton.

    Comment by Allyse – February 18, 2013 12:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer!!!!!!

    Comment by Rachel – February 18, 2013 12:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TEAM THAYER!!!!!

    Comment by Evie – February 18, 2013 12:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ethan and Emma all the way!

    Comment by Katy – February 18, 2013 12:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • ugh…cannot stand Thayer. I’ve always thought he was a whiny brat, and I never really believed in the Thayer-Emma relationship because he just gives off sort of a possessive vibe. Ethan seems to genuinely care about Emma; plus, he’s worked hard and has been screwed over a lot compared to Thayer who always just seems to pop in at the right time and get lucky.

    Comment by Laura – February 18, 2013 12:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i love Thayer but he is kinda pushing Ethan’s button in this clip. I dont know whos better for her. I’m torn.. both of them have done questionable things… although Thayer has been pretty geuine with Emma and well ethan did sleep with sutton

    Comment by Megan – February 18, 2013 01:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • that is exactly how i feel

      Comment by Kayla – February 18, 2013 02:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer ,Ethan is not good for Emma she’s a good person and his a bad one so they don’t fit and he hurt her a lot and he will keep hurting here if he doesn’t stay away from her so the best thing is that Emma stays with Thayer cause his a loyal and handsome guy so no one cares about Ethan team Thayer forever

    Comment by Lyla – February 18, 2013 01:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thayer forrr sure

    Comment by Cng – February 18, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m also on Team Ethan. They have so much chemistry. <3

    Comment by Steffi – February 18, 2013 01:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan! I really hope him and emma get back together!

    Comment by Michaela – February 18, 2013 01:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer all the way! Ethan has cheated on both Emma and Sutton. When Sutton was in L.A he got with Emma because he felt abandoned and neglected, then he went away with Sutton, he slept with her/kissed her (don’t remember clearly), he is supposedly getting drunk and pinning for Emma but he goes and sleeps with Sutton, AGAIN! Guy can’t make up his mind. Thayer and Emma have been friends, we’ve seen them interact in that way and they are now a couple, there was progression in their feelings and relationship. If he’s acting all douchy in the clip, he probably has a reason.

    Comment by Aurimar Hernández Barrientos – February 18, 2013 01:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan! I don’t trust Thayer, I think he has ulterior motives. He was so freaked out when he found out his father was getting out of jail, I think he had a hand in this cover up or the framing of Alec.

    Comment by Katherine215 – February 18, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team “Someone Who Hasn’t Been With Both Girls”

    Comment by Pepper – February 18, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Here we go! Where do I join?

      Comment by Bethany – February 18, 2013 01:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Lol, that’s an interesting team. But it seems like Emma and Sutton are doomed to share boys.

        Comment by Brandy – February 18, 2013 02:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL!!!! love it

      Comment by Elyse – February 19, 2013 04:15 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously anyone who is team thayer is missing the biggest part of the lying game. how could you be team thayer after all ethan and emma have been through? thayer loved sutton for basically his whole life. ethan might have cheated on emma, but what do you expect when sutton looks exactly the same as the girl he’s in love with?! and sleeping with sutton was when a) he was completely drunk and b) emma and thayer were together <– that's not cheating. thayer might be a good friend to emma but they definitely don't have that chemistry that ethan and emma did, (and still do!) and he definitely hasn't developed as a character as much as ethan has. ethan has been through a lot but in the end he still loves emma and everyone knows you grow from failures and mistakes — ethan's love has also grown!!

    Comment by sarah wang – February 18, 2013 01:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • A guy that uses two twin sisters, basically pretending they are the same person and then blaming one for breaking up with him after he cheated on her with her own sister, then throwing himself a pity party and failing school…yeah…true character development alright…I hope you don’t let guys like this use you in real life.

      Comment by Anna – February 18, 2013 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • What exactly have Ethan/Emma gone through that Thayer/Emma haven’t? Thayer has been helping them figure out who their birth mother is from the very first he knew about it. He has been consistent – dumping Sutton when he found out she was just using him. Also, Ethan was NOT drunk when he almost slept (and cheated) on Emma at his father’s ranch. He would have slept with her if the police hadn’t gotten there. He basically wants his cake and wants to eat it too.

      Comment by lara – February 19, 2013 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • also ethan is definitely hotter…

    Comment by sarah wang – February 18, 2013 01:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed!!

      Comment by allison – February 18, 2013 01:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hotter does not mean the better guy. Ethan cheated on Sutton and Emma. He still doesn’t know what he wants either.

      Comment by Brandy – February 18, 2013 02:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • He didn’t cheat on either girl. Since Sutton was also dating/sleeping with Luke, they obviously didn’t have an exclusive relationship. And he didn’t sleep with Sutton until Emma had broken up with him and decided to be with Thayer.

        He knows what he wants and always has–he wants Emma. He just doesn’t always think he deserves her.

        Comment by tvwillrotyourbrain – February 18, 2013 02:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Oh, please. Just because he didn’t sleep with Sutton doesn’t mean he did not cheat. I classify cheating as kissing someone else and then lying about it , which he did do. He was also with Sutton and decided to kiss Emma. He’s a cheater! Tune in next week he’ll be into Sutton again once Emma rejects him.

          Comment by Brandy – February 18, 2013 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • I’m not sure I count kissing as “cheating.” I would count Sutton sleeping with Thayer as cheating (if Sutton and Ethan had been exclusive but it seemed clear that she had a sexual relationship with Luke). So Thayer has no problems cheating with a girl. He has also expressed that he’ll “never get over Sutton.” And he held onto hope for another chance with Sutton until things were on the rocks with Emma/Ethan. Both boys are going back and forth between the girls. At least Ethan had an actual relationship with Sutton vs Thayer who is operating on manipulation to satisfy an unrequited infatuation. He intentionally tried to get Sutton dumped so he could have a shot. Then he tried to pin Sutton’s disappearance on Ethan so he could get a chance with Emma–Mads says get over [Sutton] she’s taken and Thayer is all like what if I have something on Ethan. He’s sneaky and manipulative and passive aggressive and that is way worse than drunken self-destructive ex-sex in my mind.

            Comment by tvwillrotyourbrain – February 18, 2013 04:38 PM PDT  
        • Ethan hooked up with Sutton at his dads ranch right before he was arrested… they may not have slept together but i’m pretty sure they made out. so yes. he did cheat on Emma.

          Comment by Elyse – February 19, 2013 04:21 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Sorry but Ethan is ugly, he might look cool from a distance but up close… he’s so ugly :P And short! Thayer is definitely hotter :P

      Comment by Yuna – March 8, 2013 05:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TEAM ETHAN WOOOO!

    Comment by Hannah – February 18, 2013 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TeamEthen 100%!!! I think Thayer might be using Emma somehow. I think Ethan cares for her more then anyone.. yes he did wrong but I think Emma can forgive him.. Sutton brings the worst out in him..I think Thayer and Sutton belong together..

    Comment by allison – February 18, 2013 01:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan! Always been, always will be.

    Comment by Sabina – February 18, 2013 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan!!
    Even if I weren’t an Emma/Ethan shipper, I would still pick Ethan.
    There is something about Thayer I can’t quite explain, but he’s becoming extremely creepy and controling and I just wish Emma would open her eyes so she could see what a weirdo her new bf is. Maybe he has his own agenda, I don’t know…

    Comment by Dominique – February 18, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aurimar: he didn’t sleep with sutton at the barn. they only kissed, and he felt horrible about it. everyone forgets that ethan is a guy and when you haven’t seen your girlfriend in god knows how long and your with a girl that looks exactly the same and is mysteriously softening up and is trying to seduce you like thats the only job she has in this world, he is only human and he may fall and make mistakes. but ethan has more than paid for his mistake. thayer probably would still have feelings for sutton, had she not completely pissed him off by using him and taking advantage of his feelings and treating him like a toy.

    Comment by sarah wang – February 18, 2013 01:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Thanks! like I said, couldn’t remember. Yes, he felt horrible but he did it. I don’t get the whole “he’s a guy and allowed to make mistakes” we are all human and we all make mistakes but he switches back and forth to whichever of the twins is available, that is not ok. I used to like Ethan, I thought he was caring but I haven’t seen that in a while

      Comment by Aurimar Hernández Barrientos – February 18, 2013 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree.

        No guy should do that.. but they did use to be together and she was playing his emotions.. id be soo disappointed it he slept with her but he only kissed her… but also even when he’s with sutton he’s always thinking of emma. Like last week he let them kidnap her so he could help emma.

        Comment by allison – February 18, 2013 02:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think a lot of you #teamethan-ers have convienietly forgotten that Ethan has been switching back and forth between Sutton and Emma, using them and tearing them apart at the same time…now THAT is true douchebag behaviour.

    Comment by Demi – February 18, 2013 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Um, Thayer’s been with both of them, too. He’s hardly innocent in the back-and-forth with the twins.

      Comment by Katherine215 – February 18, 2013 03:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Though he has been with both, they have never over lapped. He left Sutton in LA and wanted nothing to do with her and moved back and became friends with Emma. When Sutton returned they had 0 romance and he begun having feelings for Emma a solid 6 months after.

        Unlike Ethan he has never been with one while he was with the other. He never had feelings for Emma while he was with Sutton, and never had feelings for Sutton while with Emma.

        Comment by luke – February 18, 2013 04:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thayer definitely. All in all, Ethan did knowingly cheat on Emma so there’s no excuse for that. He doesn’t have it clear what he wants because every time Sutton shows her good side, he’s all up on her.

    Comment by marla – February 18, 2013 01:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Thayer. Ethan runs to whatever twin he feels like. Thayer always is there for Emma.

    Comment by Courtney – February 18, 2013 01:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ethanplease..Thayer is such a weeny

    Comment by juli – February 18, 2013 01:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thayer, once he met Emma he was committed to her. He had not wavered back and fourth between Sutton and Emma. When Ethan is mad at Emma he goes back to Sutton. When Thayer was mad at Emma he did not go back to liking Sutton. Thayer has not lied to Emma as Ethan has, he kissed Sutton at the ranch and when he was hurting he went to the cabin and slept with Sutton.

    Comment by Nicole – February 18, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • THAYER THOUSAND TIMES

    Comment by Antonia Derp – February 18, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #teamethen i think you can’t trust thayer i mean like when he went to LA without Emma. if he really loved her he would have stayed no matter the circumstances!

    Comment by Danika – February 18, 2013 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You can’t really trust Ethan either can you? Always running back to Sutton….

      Comment by Alicia – February 18, 2013 02:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVE Thayer. He has feelings for Emma and he’s heart will be broken if Emma breaks up with him

    Comment by Alisia Morgan – February 18, 2013 02:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I personally think Thayer is better for Emma than Ethan. I mean Thayer actually cares about her. She gave Ethan a chance and was lied too and Thayer and Emma make a cute couple. Whenever something goes on between Emma and Ethan you can always find him where ever Sutton is and whenever Emma and Thayer fight they work it out and when Emma saw Thayer with the girl he ran to stop her at the station to explain. Ethan doesn’t seem to know which of the twins he wants. Thayer is perfect for Emma

    Comment by Alicia – February 18, 2013 02:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Team Ethan all the way !! I know he has made mistakes, but some have you may have forgotten, but he regretted all of them with Sutton. Also, no matter how much Emma likes Thayer, in the end it will ALWAYS be Ethan who she loves. I hope they get back together cuz Thayer is getting on my nerves with his act, I really don’t think Thayer cares as much for Emma, as Ethan does.

    Comment by Emily Lloyd – February 18, 2013 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Both guys have their faults but, uh, Ethan has gone back and forth between sisters. And it seems pretty easy for him to do so. Not cool and I don’t see how that is good for Emma. Anytime there are problems in their relationship, he could just run to Sutton.
    Thayer, in regards to the twins, moved on after a brief hookup with Sutton. He seemed to genuinely develop feelings for Emma after becoming friends with her and helping her. He doesn’t desire to run back to Sutton every other day. Which I would prefer over the go between guy.

    Comment by Eliza – February 18, 2013 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It really doesn’t matter by looks who is or would be better for Emma. Personally i think that Thayer is perfect for Emma so what if in the spoiler he gets punch good by Ethan. However Ethan in my opinion. Ethan is going between both of the twins flirting trying to win them over lying to them and while Thayer on the other hand is staying with Emma and when they fight or have a issue they work it out and when Emma wanted help in the last episode Ethan refused and Thayer said he would help no matter what also after hearing that what does Laurel do She talks to Ethan and asks why he won’t help and gets him to change his mind about helping. Thayer is the one who wanted to help all along.

    Comment by Lizzy – February 18, 2013 02:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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