Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9 recap – “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging”

October 19, 2022
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This recap of the Hulu series Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9, “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging,” contains spoilers.

At the end of Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 8, it looked like Lucy (played by Grace Van Patten) was about to reveal that Drew (played by Benjamin Wadsworth) was 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?

Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9 recap

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, and she acts as though nothing has happened. Whilst out walking the streets, Lucy bumps into Max. She awkwardly has to introduce 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”. 

The ending

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. 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. There’s a bust-up between Drew and Wrigley that 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 was with Stephen 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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3 thoughts on “Tell Me Lies season 1, episode 9 recap – “Sugar, We’re Going Down Swinging”

  • October 19, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Macy. I think you used three different spellings for it- but I think it is just Macy. So insignificant but it confused me at times reading your recap for a second.

  • October 20, 2022 at 1:44 am

    I think we’re going to need a season 2, like quickly.

  • October 20, 2022 at 4:53 am

    I have never witnessed such terrible acting- especially by “Steven”. He crying, no he’s dazed, no wait- he’s having an epiphany- or is it attack of conscience? Looks more like he has gas. Let’s stare moodily a bit more. And then-The glazed eyes…. Cringe!
    Pippa, though not the worst actress, and a pretty woman, looks like she’s about 40 years old. Drew, however looks about 16-17. Lucy’s professor looks younger than Pippa and Diana. Who cast these middle aged actors thinking they looked 18, or even 20?
    In the scene after the party, Bree and Lucy are practically naked in summer slutwear and in strolls another “college student” who looks like a middle aged Mom from a Target ad wearing a sweater. A CABLE KNIT WOOL sweater. Isn’t this supposed to be Spring/almost Summer of 2008? The costume designer is schizophrenic apparently, because we are no where in the remote realm of what college students wore in 2008…we are zooming from decade to decade with the makeup, hair, and the clothes all over the place.
    I feel this show is like a bad car accident. Even though you know it’s gruesome ( the acting, casting, costuming) you just can’t tear your eyes away. You need to see the wreckage firsthand. The only redeemable characters are Bree and Evan. Lucy and Steven are both despicable and deserve each other.
    I never post comments but this show had the potential to be a million times better. When discussing with friends we all admit our disappointment. It’s a shame some ( very few) of the actors talents are wasted on this meager effort.

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