Tell Me Lies Season 1, Episode 9 Recap – “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging”

By Jonathon Wilson
Published: October 19, 2022 (Last updated: last month)
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Tell Me Lies Season 1, Episode 9 Recap
Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9 - "Sugar, We're Going Down Swinging" (Credit - Hulu)


At the end of Tell Me Lies episode 8, it looks like Lucy (played by Grace Van Patten) is about to reveal that Drew (played by Benjamin Wadsworth) is responsible for Macie’s death. But has she gone through with her plan? And if she has, will she regret it? And how will Stephen (played by Jackson White) react? There’s so much to discuss in season 1 as I approach episode 9, and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it.

The ninth episode of Tell Me Lies begins with campus officers knocking on Drew’s door. They are concerned after receiving a letter telling them to ask Drew about Masie’s death.

Elsewhere on campus, Lucy is with Stephen, acting like nothing has happened. Whilst out walking the streets, Lucy bumps into Max. She awkwardly introduces the two men to each other. Naturally, the brief exchange makes Stephen very jealous. After he asks several questions about Max, Stephen and Lucy start to get it on. Until they don’t.

Things are still very weird between Pippa and Lucy. Lucy gets a “weird email” from her professor, who wants to see her the next day. Her story has been flagged for plagiarism, so her professor has no choice but to act on it.

Lucy promises that the story is hers but that she posted it online. However, the professor continues to add that the only way she can help Lucy is if she can prove that the online journal is hers. Stephen comforts Lucy. He adds that she must prove the online journal is hers, even if it means that her Mom’s feelings get hurt.

As a result, Lucy’s Mom backs up Lucy and reveals that the story is based on Lucy’s real life. Although she helps her daughter, it clearly destroys her. When her Mom meets Stephen, she doesn’t appear to like him. But Lucy calls out her Mom’s judgment and argues that Stephen has been there for her.

The news continues to come as Lucy learns that her Mom has been dating James for a couple of months. It makes Lucy livid, and she storms off. Drew goes to Stephen and asks for reassurance that Wrigley told Pippa. All Stephen does, though, is bad mouth Pippa and claim she has a “big mouth.” 

Stephen congratulates Lucy on standing up to her Mom. However, Lucy takes it the wrong way, and she turns on Stephen. Even when they’re at a freshmen party, they continue to come to blows.

Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9

Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9 – “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging” (Credit – Hulu)

How does Tell Me Lies episode 9 end?

During the same party, Drew accuses Wrigley of telling Pippa about what happened. When he sees Pippa, he publically accuses her of writing the letter. And at that moment, Stephen realizes that it was Lucy. A bust-up between Drew and Wrigley ends with Wrigley falling off the balcony, which badly damages his knee.

When questions are raised about where Stephen was the night that Maisie died, Lucy instantly lies and claims she was with Stephen. But Bree knows that it is a lie. Lucy attempts to cover it up by claiming that she has been with Stephen for a lot longer than she had told Pippa and Bree.

At the hospital, Pippa continues to tell Wrigley that she didn’t tell anyone. When she tells him that Stephen knows as well, he immediately defends Stephen and claims that he wouldn’t do such a thing.

Pippa quizzes Lucy as to whether Stephen could have written the letter. As the episode comes to a close, Stephen breaks down. It ends as he returns to Lucy. She’s in a proper state and finally confesses that it was she who wrote the letter. They then tell each other that they love one another.

What did you think of Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9? Comment below.

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