22 Reasons I Should Have Seen The Twist Coming In Lifetime Movie The Good Sister

Lifetime movie The Good Sister May 2014

Sometimes I watch a Lifetime movie and halfway through I figure out exactly where it’s going. And I of course feel extremely proud and mock Lifetime from my couch, probably through a mouthful of food, for being so transparent. But I really shouldn’t get so cocky, because other times a twist comes as a total shock to me even though it was pretty obvious looking back on it. That’s what happened at the end of last night’s movie The Good Sister, the latest installment in Lifetime’s “We Say ‘Good,’ But We Actually Mean The Opposite” series. So I thought I’d shame myself a bit by looking through my plot notes and picking out various reasons I really should have seen that ending from a mile away.

That means I need to reveal the twist before we get started, so if you haven’t watched the movie yet and were hoping to be surprised, avert your eyes, because SPOILERS. Ready? Ready? READY?? Okay, here goes. The movie stars Sonya Walger (NOT PENNY’S BOAT) as Kate, a woman in a troubled marriage who learns she has a long-lost twin. Her husband Jack (Ben Bass, who needs to play Bobby Cannavale’s brother ASAP) ends up having an affair with the twin and at the end, after lots of drama, the twin shoots the husband dead, only to reveal that there was no twin. It was the wife all along! Dun duuun duuuuun.

The reason I didn’t see this coming (I know, excuses excuses) is because it didn’t strike me as the kind of movie that would pull the rug out from under us. It was pretty — how you say — boring. There was a disappointing amount of camp for a movie purportedly about an evil twin. And I guess that worked, because it lulled me into a false sense of security. Unfortunately if I didn’t have to write this review I don’t know if I’d have stuck it out until the twist. But without further ado, here are the various reasons I really should have known.

1. The movie starts with photographer Kate taking pictures of little twin sisters. Perhaps she got a few ideas?

2. She’s seeing a therapist and it’s suggested that she’s mentally unstable, or at least depressed.

3. She stops taking her meds.

4. She gets a convenient letter out of the blue that’s like, “OMG BTW you have an identical twin sister you’ve never met because you were a part of an experiment, and she wants to meet you. Okay bye!”

5. Kate is so picky about where and how she and the twin sister should meet that Jack’s only option is to suggest they meet at his office… which is exactly what she wants.

6. Kate’s “twin” Linda has her exact same hairstyle.

7. “Linda” is dressed exactly like an evil twin would dress. She wears hoop earrings, for crying out loud. Kate’s not very creative.

8. Kate never shows up to the meeting, saying later that she got cold feet.

9. Kate then calls Jack letting him know she’s meeting “Linda,” but she insists he doesn’t come.

10. We never see their meeting.

11. Kate tells Jack she gets a weird vibe from “Linda” and doesn’t want to see her again.

12. We never see them together for the rest of the movie.

13. Jack previously cheated with a woman from his office, and Kate’s still struggling with trust issues… giving her the perfect motive to mess with him.

14. “Linda” is able to continue extending the length of her trip to hang out with Jack, because apparently she doesn’t have any responsibilities back home. (She doesn’t, of course, because she’s not real.)

15. “Linda” has a boob tattoo of a broken heart that looks like something I put on my hand using a sponge when I was six… which is probably exactly the kind of tattoo Kate used.

16. Every time Jack lies about where he was/is/is going to be, Kate calls him out on it immediately… because where he was/is/is going to be is with her as “Linda.”

17. After Jack’s ex-lover spots him with “Linda,” he says that she thinks he’s having an affair with his own wife. So the movie literally tells us the twist in dialogue.

18. “Linda” is able to leave an incriminating note in their house… because she lives there. (She makes it look like a break-in, but still.)

19. Jack’s relatives see “Linda” at a bar and think she’s Kate, and “Linda” knows who they are and “pretends” to be her. Even though they’ve supposedly never met… but they have, because she really is Kate. Confused yet?

20. “Linda” kills Jack’s ex-lover and leaves her necklace at the crime scene, which is obviously her way of making sure Jack knows it’s her… which is all part of her plan. Muahahaha.

21. Kate is seeming increasingly evil as she threatens Jack with divorce and blackmail.

22. “Linda” gives Jack a gun to kill Kate with, but it has blanks in it. So when he turns on her to shoot, it does nothing. Somehow I still didn’t understand what was happening until “Linda” shot him with her own gun and told him the truth.

I’m being totally honest when I say I had no idea there was a twist until I heard it from Linda/Kate’s lips in the last five minutes. I need to work harder to turn on my Lifetime movie twist-o-meter before I watch each week. Did you watch the movie? Did you see this coming? Am I a dumbass or not? Please let me know in the comments so I can decide whether to add that to my LinkedIn profile.

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    • RO

      I actually saw it coming and stopped watching it because I sympathized with Jack and didn’t want to see him being hurt. Thanks for telling me what I missed, because I really didn’t want to sit through it.

    • Trinity

      I liked the movie. I didn’t see the twist. It really surprised me. But I did feel kinda sorry for jack. Even tho he was unfaithful he seemed to still care for Kate. He was always asking her how she was doing and when he found out she had a sister he was very supportive.he even said he would be their every step of the way. I dont think he deserved what she did to him. They should’ve killed her instead because now this maf woman who is off her meds and has killed two people is walking freely. ..in my opinion that was a horrible ending but its what I’ve come to expect from Lifetime. Also one more reason you should have seen it coming was that Kate asked Jack more than once not to tell anyone…. so after she killed him no one would be looking for a sister and find out that there isnt one…then she would be caught

    • Jennifer Y

      Loved the movie. I believe Jake told Linda about his brother and wife during there lunch meeting that’s why I was fouled that it was the twin.

    • Danni

      I was completely surprised by the ending! My mom was too and she is good with catching on to these kind of things. It’s so obvious looking back on it knowing the twist. But no neither of us saw it coming at all and were shocked and pleased with the twist. I liked this movie. (:

    • ebonyinez

      I’m with you. I had no idea that that was coming. That’s why I googled it and ended up on your site lol. Love Lifetime’s movie twists!

    • Eva Sutherland

      I figured it out when she got the letter also when she never turned up to the meeting of the twin.

    • karen

      they never was face to face that when i knew their was no twin/ i wish they would put a little effort into the movie in let her talk to herself or something face to face

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    • Allyyrose

      I knew it from the start that she made it all up. I thought it was gonna be a twist where there really was a twin. Good moive though

    • Ara

      Don’t forget how “Linda” called his cell and he asked how she got his number when he never gave it to her

    • dacaria

      I knew what the twist was going to be the minute Kate read the “twin letter.” But I thought they were going to go a kind of split personality route with her depression and her on and off her meds, etc. Turns out Kate just wanted to screw with hubby’s head before she killed him.

    • Linda Steinfath

      I figured the movie out as soon as she got the letter stating she had a twin.

    • NayRey

      For some reason before the note about the twin sister arrived I had a feeling she was going to be faking a sister and mess with her husband. This is probably because of the visit with the therapist when she stopped taking her meds and was acting all different. I wish I didn’t always figure movies out before they reveal the twist. But again it is a Lifetime movie.

    • Courtney

      I was thinking they were the same person as soon as she didnt show up at the office. But i wasn’t sure. I loved the ending tho

    • Michael McGill Jr.

      I sure didn’t get it and was SHOCKED when it was the same person..ROTFL! When watching the end, I said, “noooo…this can’t be!” Ha! Besides, he said that he wanted to go home and work it out with his wife….But yikes! Oh, and fyi: I’m a man..who watches Lifetime on the couch, ha! The ladies will love me. ;-)
      SN: It’s so interesting that viewers are searching online about the movie… I guess we all wanted to see how weird / crazy it really was. I just had to get some clarity. Yikes! :p

    • Carolyn

      I really liked this movie. I never saw that twist coming at the after. After the fact it all made sense though.

    • Anonymous

      I saw this coming the whole movie! The tattoo threw me off though. I wasn’t sure if it looked that fake because the character was trying to ensure she had some difference from “Kate” and got a cheap one or if it was just a low budget movie tattoo! Pretty much figured it out from the time she no showed and met with “Linda” without us seeing the meeting. Great twist though!

    • KB

      Did you notice both twins had the same facial mole?

    • Desiree Rozenko

      I didn’t see it coming that it was the wife, because the timing of appearances. In a couple of scenes, Jack left Kate at the house, then headed straight to the hotel to meet Linda. How did Kate fix herself up as Linda, and get to the hotel so quickly, all before Jack arrived?

    • J.R

      I HAD NO IDEA!!! I totally feel the same where I know how every Lifetime movie is going to go but this one completely shocked me! The fact that we didn’t see Kate/Linda’s meeting should have been a big clue but I did not think anything of it either! I really enjoyed the ending!