‘Tell Me Lies’ Episode 9: Recap And Ending, Explained: Why Did Lucy Lie About Her Relationship?


Episode 9 of “Tell me lies” deals with the aftermath of the letter that Lucy had sent to the Dean’s office. Drew gets paranoid after finding out that his secret is no longer a secret anymore. What Lucy thought would be helpful for Stephen turned into complete chaos. It was not just the letter that troubled Lucy; she also had to prove her innocence in a plagiarism inquiry conducted by her professor. “Tell me lies” is repetitive, and it fails to create the tension that one can expect while approaching the season finale.

Spoilers Ahead

Lucy And Cj: What Stopped Lucy From Accepting Her Mother’s Past?

After learning about Lucy and Max’s fling, there was a change in Stephen’s behavior. He was not jealous of the physical intimacy; he rather found the details to be a turn-on. But when Lucy discussed how she and Max would cuddle after making out, Stephen could not take it anymore. He had wished for Lucy and Max’s relationship to be purely sexual, but the details indicated a level of friendship and attachment. After encountering Stephen’s strange behavior, Lucy was bombarded with mail from a professor. Her professor requested Lucy to meet her the next day. She could not help but wonder why her professor would call for a meeting out of the blue. The next day, when Lucy met her professor, she learned that the college had set up a plagiarism inquiry into the short story Lucy had submitted during a workshop. After running her short story through plagiarism software, her professor found that her writing was taken from a Live Journal. Lucy tried to explain that she had once written a Live Journal and that it was based on her life, but her professor demanded proof. Lucy discussed the issue with Stephen. She no longer had the login information for her Live Journal. Stephen proposed that she call her mother and ask her to testify to Lucy’s innocence by stating that it truly was what had happened in reality; therefore, it could not be plagiarized. Even though Lucy knew that her mother would be embarrassed, she had no other choice.

When CJ rescued Lucy from the situation, she stated that what Lucy had written could not be plagiarized because it was based on her reality. CJ was unaware that her daughter knew about her affair with James Davenport. She could not fathom what Lucy might have gone through knowing that her mother was with another man when her father was sick. But CJ explained that she did it out of loneliness. As the mother and daughter were finally bonding, Stephen interrupted them and tried to take Lucy away from her mother. Lucy expressed her interest in spending time with CJ. After Stephen left, CJ indicated that she felt humiliated by the way he treated her without even knowing her personally. The fact that her mother did not like Stephen angered Lucy. CJ later went on to state that she was currently dating James Davenport again, leaving Lucy disgusted. She insulted her mother. Lucy believed it was all too wrong for her to accept. She eventually walked away from CJ. Even though Lucy hated the decision her mother had taken, she regretted misbehaving with her. But Stephen encouraged her rude behavior. He felt that Lucy’s behavior towards her mother was justified. Lucy wanted to spend some time alone at a party, but Stephen accompanied her nonetheless.

Drew And The Letter To The Dean’s Office

The Dean enquired Drew about the night Macy Campbell died. Drew maintained that he did not know Macy and had no idea why he was being questioned about the night of the accident. The Dean disclosed that a letter was sent to her office asking her to question Drew about Macy’s accident. Drew became paranoid; he now knew that the entire college was aware of his actions on the night Macy died. He feared that it was Pippa who told everyone else about it. He did not trust her or even his brother, Wrigley. He blamed Wrigley for discussing the accident with Pippa, as a result of which his life was in danger. He feared going to prison and could not control his emotions. Stephen further instigated him. He confirmed that no one else but Pippa had spilled the beans. She had a big mouth and did not care about Drew enough to keep it a secret. Drew was enraged, and he decided to confront Wrigley and Pippa.

‘Tell Me Lies’ Episode 9: Ending Explained – Why Did Lucy Lie About Her Relationship? Did Pippa And Wrigley Break Up?

Drew got drunk the day he learned about the letter. He attended a college party where Wrigley and Pippa were present. He confronted Pippa about the letter, but she had no idea about it. Lucy was also present at the party, and she knew that the situation was getting out of control. When the argument between Pippa and Drew got louder, Stephen realized that the only person who could have written the letter was Lucy. Wrigley interrupted and tried to reason with his brother, but Drew had nothing but hatred for Wrigley. He blamed Wrigley for discussing the night of the accident with Pippa. Pippa was the only one apart from Stephen and Wrigley who knew about the case; therefore, Drew believed that she was behind it all. Pippa knew that Lucy was aware of what had happened that night, but she chose not to disclose it. She perhaps trusted Lucy and believed that she would not take such a step, or she simply did not wish to throw Lucy under the bus. The argument turned into a fight between Wrigley and Drew, though their friends managed to tackle them. Wrigley rested on the balcony railing, but the house was too old, and the wooden railing was weak. The wooden frame collapsed, and Wrigley fell off the balcony. He cried in pain as Stephen and Evan rushed to rescue him.

Lucy blamed herself for the accident. Wrigley was admitted to the hospital; he had injured his knee and had to undergo surgery. After coming back to his senses, Wrigley broke up with Pippa. He did not trust her any longer and blamed her for the letter. He even added that he noticed how busy Pippa was texting someone else at the lake house. It was Stephen who had planted doubt about Pippa’s loyalty in Wrigley’s head, and all of it culminated in Wrigley and Pippa’s breakup. Pippa later returned to the dorm and spoke with Lucy. She discussed that it could have been Stephen who had written the letter, considering he was someone who knew about the accident and was problematic enough to take such a step. Lucy defended Stephen; she knew that she was responsible for the letter. Lucy maintained her innocence, but Pippa could no longer trust her. After Pippa left the room, Lucy found it difficult to breathe. She was holding onto a secret that she could not share with anyone else. Meanwhile, Stephen visited the location where the accident had occurred. He could not hold back his tears, perhaps indicating that he, too, was keeping a secret from the world. Was Stephen more involved in Macy’s death than he had disclosed to Lucy? Did he blame himself for Macy’s death?

Stephen returned to Lucy’s room that night and expressed his love for her. For the first time, he expressed how much he loved Lucy and regretted not valuing her enough. Maybe after remembering what he had done that night, he felt lucky to have someone who loved him. Lucy, too, ended up becoming Stephen’s alibi. When a classmate discussed how, on the night of Macy’s accident, she had seen Stephen with Macy, Lucy dismissed it. She stated that it was impossible because she was with Stephen during the time. Lucy lied to protect Stephen. She stated that their relationship was a secret then, which was why no one knew about it. Lucy believed in Stephen’s innocence; therefore, she was ready to be his alibi even though it was all a lie.

Hopefully, the last episode of “Tell Me Lies” will be impactful and conclusive. There are too many questions that remain unanswered. After all, we have only witnessed the beginning of Lucy and Stephen’s relationship. There remains a possibility that the showrunners might stretch it for another season. Considering how undercooked the first season was, the second season needs to be packed with flavors to keep the audience engrossed.

See More: ‘Tell Me Lies’ Season 1: Ending Explained: Who Is Stephen’s Fiance? Will There Be A Season 2?

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Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni Rudra
Srijoni has worked as a film researcher on a government-sponsored project and is currently employed as a film studies teacher at a private institute. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Film Studies. Film History and feminist reading of cinema are her areas of interest.

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