Friday, December 30, 2011

The Lying Game: Emma Wins Ethan

There's a largely unacknowledged rule in the world of romance that in order to really get behind a couple, the audience has to fall in love with both of them. On the zillions of shows I watch with angsty guys, only about half of them are paired with a girl who doesn't annoy the crap out of me. When the girl sucks but the guy is a great character, the romance part of it falls flat. This isn't always a bad thing. Then we can wish for the slow, painful death of Sookie so we can have Eric all to ourselves. But in some cases, like Emma and Ethan on The Lying Game, I like each of them best when they're together.

Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse and Alexandra Chando as Emma Becker dance on The Lying Game
The chemistry between Ethan and Emma was there from the beginning. Despite the fact that Blair Redford couldn't quite pull off dance-instrcutor, I enjoyed watching him teach her the moves.

Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse and Alexandra Chando as Emma Becker on The Lying Game
Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse and Alexandra Chando as Emma Becker on The Lying Game
They've had quite a few conversations where Ethan told her how unlike Sutton she is. In one of those conversations, Emma took it as a slight to her performance. But Ethan corrected her, telling her he didn't mean it as a bad thing.

His former relationship with Sutton is one of the most confusing aspects of his character. Why would that guy want anything to do with her? Maybe Sutton has unexplored layers, but Emma and Ethan make sense in a way that Sutton and Ethan do not. They're both wrong-side-of-the-tracks kids, they're both parentless, they both have a self sufficiency that's fun to watch. In essence: they're both strong. When Ethan showed up at homecoming, he chose to do what Emma wanted in direct contradiction to what Sutton wanted. And I loved it.

Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse and Alexandra Chando as Emma Becker kiss on The Lying Game at Homecoming
Their relationship hasn't been all hearts and rainbows since. Ethan seems to be a bit hung up on Sutton, punching Thayer the moment he sees him. And Emma felt all insecure about her past, worried that Ethan would judge her. He, of course, and totally adorably, told her she was dumb for thinking that considering he lives in a trailer.

Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse on The Lying Game
Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse and Alexandra Chando as Emma Becker kiss on The Lying Game
Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse and Alexandra Chando as Emma Becker on The Lying Game
And in perhaps my favorite moment of their relationship, he said, "Wherever you go, Emma. I'm coming with you." He's promising to be the thing from Sutton's life that Emma gets to keep no matter what.

Blair Redford as Ethan Whitehorse on The Lying Game
There's something very stirring about being chosen over someone else. It's one of those things that shouldn't be a competition, but we all want to win anyway. In Emma's life, where Sutton pretty much came out on top in every aspect, it's nice that Ethan is committed to being the thing she wins on. I'm looking forward to more of them. And happily, I don't have to wait long!

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