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'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: A Killer Surprise Party
This week on Pretty Little Liars, Paige throws Emily what turns out to be the worst surprise party ever. Meanwhile, Ashley Marin realizes house arrest means no wine and briefly considers going back to the slammer. I’m sure her cellmate could make a fine, aged toilet wine. Any port in an alcohol-free storm, right?
Meanwhile, Spencer is little more than a ghost haunting the outskirts of this episode, which is probably why not much of anything happens to move the main mystery forward. And in a shocking turn of events, Aria’s storyline mostly revolves around a guy who is probably too old for her and yet seems to exclusively date high schoolgirls.
This is a question I’m dwelling on because there’s not much else to really delve into about this week’s episode. Which is not to say there aren’t some good moments, most of which revolve around Emily. But despite the episode being crammed with multiple storylines, in true Pretty Little Liars fashion, most of the plots aren’t really meaty enough to sustain even B or C stories.
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: What Did Tippy The Parrot Know?
This week on Pretty Little Liars, the girls are pulled in many directions while their biggest piece of Alison-related evidence literally flies away.
Things are getting even more complicated for the liars. (But when do they ever get simpler?) Hanna can’t get over the sneaking suspicion her mom, not always the most reliable when it comes to murder, might have killed Wilden in expensive shoes.
Spencer freaks out about not getting into UPenn and Ezra’s advice to lie on her college essay. Please, I remember the process of writing college essays and I feel like “My Murdered Friend Drove Me Insane And Then Pulled Me Out Of A Burning Building Which Is How I Built Character” is kind of the exact essay college admissions boards fall all over. I mean, no one is going to forget that essay.
Emily, the resident superhero of the group, saves everyone from getting turned into roadkill by ‘A’ and ends up with a huge bruise and head trauma. This causes her to temporarily turn into a druggie in order to get through a swim meet. Hugs not drugs Emily.
Seriously though, what are the auto insurance rates like in Rosewood? Someone nearly gets run over like every other day. The town should just outlaw cars as weapons of mass destruction.
Meanwhile, as is her way, Aria spends most of the episode obsessing over her hot new martial arts teacher. Once again, another example of an episode where everyone else is diving into mysteries and nearly dying, and Aria is contemplating exactly what Sensi Sexy smells like. (FYI: it’s cinnamon!)
Moving The Story Forward
After an action and info packed premiere, the second episode of season 4 takes some time to check in with the girls. It’s crazy how fast Pretty Little Liars moves, and how the show barely ever takes a moment to let the audience catch a breath. By now the characters are well established enough that the show can just keep throwing more twists and turns and trust the audience to keep up.
But really this episode served a specific purpose, which was to introduce and expand upon the storylines that will be driving the action going forward into the first part of the fourth season. It was a fun episode (cannibal parrots!) but it was also a setup episode, neatly lining up the stories and mysteries which will haunt the girls throughout the rest of the season.
Spencer and Emily will be trying to get into college, Hanna will be trying to figure out if Ali is alive and if her mom is a murderer as well as a really bad driver, and Aria will be making out with another one of her teachers. As an Aria storyline it’s a slight improvement over “cleaning up a red wine stain” so I’ll take it.
— Read the full recap including near drownings, Spoby mysteries, and cannibal parrots at BuddyTV HERE!!
'Pretty Little Liars' Season 4 Premiere Recap: The Queen of Hearts and What's In The Trunk Revealed!
This week on the season four premiere ofPretty Little Liars, several mysteries are almost solved but don’t worry, because we still end up with way more questions left unanswered. Meanwhile a death brings all of Rosewood together, ‘A’ sets sight on a new target and coins a new catchphrase (Kisses!), and Mona declares her love for Hanna multiple times.
Pretty Little Liars is returning for the fourth season, which has caused me to re-examine the central mystery of the show. No, the biggest mystery is not who killed Alison DiLaurentis. It’s not about uncovering the members of the ‘A’ team either. …
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'Pretty Little Liars' Season Finale Recap: Red Coat Revealed
On the season three finale of Pretty Little Liars, everything we thought we knew went sideways and everything goes crazy in the best way possible. In an episode that felt both long and much too short at the same time, alliances are reformed and some puzzle pieces fit into place.
But this is Pretty Little Liars, after all, which means we’re left with more questions than answers. Who was the body found in the woods? What (or who) was in the trunk? Is Alison really alive? Is there a second ‘A’ Team?
And how many beautiful Rosewood ladies has Shana actually hooked up with off screen? There’s more action happening at that year-round Halloween store than at Rosewood’s “pink drink” loving lesbian bar.
As per usual with this show, as one question is answered five more pop up to take its place. We should have known we were in for a bumpy ride as soon as we saw Jenna, who has been entirely absent from this half of season three. On Pretty Little Liars, just because a character is gone doesn’t mean they aren’t still planning your murder .
The latter half of this season has been nicely building up to such an action packed episode, where mysterious red coated strangers fly in on planes, houses are set aflame, and the girls are all saved by a ghost. With so much action and so many mysteries flying at the audience fast and furiously, however, some of the emotional moments didn’t land with the same impact as they might have in a less crowded episode.
Take the reunion of Toby and Spencer. Or the breakup of Ezra and Aria. By moving at such a rapid pace, the episode obviously had to skim a bit on the emotional impact of these breakups and makeups. But perhaps, in the case of Toby and Spencer, that was on purpose?
Toby’s Alive and Shirtless, But Is He Really A Good Guy?
Wearing her subtle super-villain dark eye makeup and black nail polish, Spencer lures Toby “pretty eyes” Cavanaugh out to a diner to reunite. It turns out what Mona offered Spencer in the last episode was the information that Toby wasn’t actually dead. Spencer should have just checked social media, everyone has been saying that for weeks!
Toby explains that he signed up with Mona on the ‘A’ team for the same reasons Spencer did: protection and information. Spencer buys the explanation, especially when Toby’s baby blues cloud up with tears. Also, the promise of more shirtless Toby probably didn’t hurt.
Unsurprisingly, Toby’s shirt is off about five minutes after we discover he’s alive and not evil. This show has priorities and my friends, they are the correct priorities. I knew they could never really kill the abs off the show. Without Toby around, who would go running with no shirt, or build houses with no shirt, or wear doo-rags with no shirt?
I’m pretty sure Toby was taken down by the ‘B’ team entirely because by putting on his shirt, he closed off the source of his powers. Like Superman pretending to be Clark Kent, Toby with his shirt on is just not as useful in a high-stress situation.
Do we really trust Toby though? The episode didn’t have a lot of time for protracted explanations, but even so, Toby’s struck me as rather weak. He just said “same as you” to Spencer, misted up, and then popped his shirt off. As explanations go for terrorizing you and your friends for months, it’s kind of weak sauce isn’t it?
I can’t decide if the show decided to only skim Toby’s motives to keep us guessing as to which side he’s really on, or because in an episode this packed they just really didn’t have time to delve into everything Toby’s done and how it could possibly have helped Spencer and the girls. I guess that will need to be an issue they address in season 4.
For now, Spencer and Toby are back together grossing out Mona. Although perhaps Toby will have bigger fish to fry, considering the ‘B’ team handily set him up for a little arson.
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: The 'A' Team Gets a Surprising New Member
This week on Pretty Little Liars, the show sets up a series of domino pieces which look to fall in a spectacular fashion next week on the third season finale. The result for this week, however, is an uneven and at times even plodding episode. Only on Pretty Little Liars could you say an episode with a kidnapping was “slow”.
The big moment, and one that re-contextualizes the whole episode, occurs at the very end. While rifling through her pillowcase of neatly wrapped pills (it’s seriously nice of Radley to provide sandwich bags for patient’s spit-out meds) Spencer pulls out a black hoodie.
In voice over we hear her accept Mona’s invitation to become a member of the ‘A’ team. “You don’t have to ask me again Mona. I’m in,” Spencer says.
We know she’s willing to kidnap small children, but how far is Spencer willing to go as a member of the ‘A’ team? And did we just see her villain origin story, or is she working another angle? These will be questions for next week’s finale and possibly beyond into season four.
Flipping the script and turning one of our liars into a member of the ‘A’ team is a shrewd move on the part of the show. It keeps the already-familiar formula from becoming too stale and is sure to cause some discord among our favorite friends.
It also gives Troian Bellisario more interesting material to work with. And if we’ve learned anything from these last few episodes of season 3b, it’s that Bellisario can do just about anything. Most impressively, she can do it all without ever once brushing her hair. At this point I hope one of the ‘A’ team benefits includes free hairbrushes.
The storylines not involving Spencer and a treasure map, however, dragged a lot. Emily did nothing but work as a conduit for information and take the girls on the weirdest candy striper trip ever. Hanna was bogged down in Caleb’s Uncle Daddy Jaime storyline, when her real strength lies in dramatically destroying crime scene evidence. And Aria continued her streak of being the worst babysitter ever by literally losing the kid before even picking him up.
Mona’s Marauder’s Map
The episode begins with our liars being reunited, but only briefly. The short scene made me realize just how much I had missed the interaction between all four girls these last few episodes. Also, let’s admit it: minus Spencer these girls are pretty much doomed. Without Spencer, Emily becomes the brains of the operation and she’s just not as wily as our favorite Hastings.
While in Radley, Spencer decides to use her time wisely to Nancy Drew her way around the Sanitarium. Her new best pal Eddie, who has some weird sexual tension with Wren I’d love to see explained in a flashback involving slow dancing, gives her an old board game Mona used to love.
Because this is Rosewood, this board game looks like the opening credits to Game of Thrones. Also, because it’s Rosewood, Spencer realizes the board game is a map Mona created to figure out the best places to escape Radley.
"So I just follow this trail past the Night’s Watch, make a turn at Winterfell, and then take the window in King’s Landing out of here? Simple enough!" Spencer barely puts her palm on the window and the thing swings free like the opening act of a horror movie where the ghost is inviting you in. I mean, it’s just super obvious this window is open.
I imagine there’s an institution break whenever there’s a strong breeze. Welcome to Radley Sanitarium, where our motto is “Why even bother?” We have it in Latin on our crest.
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Spencer Continues To Unravel In Radley
This week on Pretty Little Liars, Spencer enjoys a relaxing vacation from her life in Radley Sanitarium. Wilden resurfaces, but Hanna is no longer afraid of him now that she knows she can just run him over whenever she’s tired of his questions.
Aria tries to help Ezra get a teaching job, and we discover that Rosewood actually has a principal, which is by far the most disturbing revelation of the night. Plus Emily meets Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin and finds out Paige’s ex Shana, she of the year-round Halloween store, is actually a swimmer too. I guess Paige has a type!
Last week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars was so big, so crazy, and so full of potential game changers that it’s easy to see this week’s installment as something of a letdown. But the creative team behind Pretty Little Liarsis smart, infinitely smart really, because you can only stay in that edge-of-your-seat place for so long before it gets tiring.
There’s keeping things fresh and moving the story along, but if you’re always trying to top yourself things can get absurd really quickly. And yes, I’m saying this about a show where last week Hanna rolled a police car into what looked like a very tiny puddle.
After a big episode like last week’s, with Toby’s supposed “death”, the show slowed down the pace a bit. Because Pretty Little Liars is so good at juggling multiple storylines and keeping a million balls in the air, it would be easy to feel like a lot happened in this episode. But really, not much did.
The show decided this episode would be Spencer’s show, and it cleared some of the more dramatic and heart-pounding elements out of the way to let actress Troian Bellisario do her thing.
While Spencer had a lot of big, emotional moments and even spent her time in Radley in full Nancy Drew mode, the rest of the girls’ stories this week were a bit thin. Emily met an Olympic gold medalist and…that was about it. Aria is once more wrapped up in Ezra drama, and their relationship looks to soon return to its inappropriate beginnings. Hanna spent most of the episode sprouting “moving to New York” exposition and honing her new zen attitude toward crime.
Make no mistake, this episode was all about Spencer, and as usual Bellisario hit it out of the park. Although I seriously wish Mona had chosen to bring a hairbrush on her visit to Radley instead of some cookies. Spencer really needs a style intervention.
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Is Toby Really Dead?
This week on Pretty Little Liars, all of the liars completely flip out in their own unique ways.
For Spencer, a type-A (puns!) overachiever, this means actually ending up in a mental institution. If you’re going to flip out, you might as well commit 100 percent right?
Emily continues playing Nancy Drew, even when every cooler head prevails upon her to let it go. But Emily has started up her side business in fighting crime and can therefore not be bothered with a little thing like common sense.
Hanna, finding a dead cop infinitely harder to shove into a lasagna box, slowly unravels. Her future life of crime is presaged in her fashion choice of leather jackets and business attire with weird spikes. Her outfit looks like what would happen after Sons of Anarchy and Smash spent a drunken night together.
Unlike Spencer, Hanna achieves a zen-like inner peace about her life of crime. “Whatever, we’ll just throw this car into a lake and then do some light meditation. The car always sinks Aria; such is the circle of life.
Finally, Aria starts to freak out about the implications of being some little kid’s stepmom. While Spencer is going literally crazy, Emily is waiting outside what looks like the first act of Hostel, and Hanna is covering up the murder of a cop, Aria is dealing with a scrape.
This isn’t quite 'out damn spot…on the rug!' but it is perilously close to being the funniest Aria subplot in comparison with the other girls. I say this all the time, but it really does feel like Aria is on another show sometimes.&nbp
Is Toby Really Dead?
Obviously the biggest shocker of the night was the revelation that ‘A’ (or Mona) killed Toby. But is Toby really dead? I mean, would they have killed him off the show without forcing him to take his shirt off one final time?
I always assumed if Toby was going to die it would be in some tragic hot tub accident or he would be accidentally drowned while trying to recreate that one Backstreet Boys music video with all the water. It seems wrong to think such a big, important character would be shuffled off the mortal coil off-screen.
Why didn’t Spencer check the corpse’s face…or abs? If ‘A’ magically has control of all alphabet breakfast cereal, I don’t see why grabbing a sharpie and drawing on a tattoo is too hard to conceive.
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Spencer Finally Snaps
This week on Pretty Little Liars, Spencer finally completely loses her mind and it’s a glorious thing to behold. If you’ve been enjoying the half vampire, half rage-monster Spencer has become since finding out about Toby, than this was unhinged Spencer at her very best.
On a skank spiral and with nothing to lose (her hairbrush having been lost many weeks ago) Spencer finally just snaps and dives directly for Mona’s jugular. It was like watching one of those nature documentaries on the science channel. Or like that moment in Mean Girls when Lindsay Lohan imagines the mall fountain as the communal watering hole. If it wasn’t for Wren and the surprisingly jacked academic decathlon member Andrew, Spencer would have ripped out Mona’s throat and then retaken her tribe of nerds.
(PS: I think the show is giving teenage girls unrealistic ideas about life. Namely, that dudes in the academic decathlon look like extras from Magic Mike. The only magic there is the magic of television. Your debate team is probably not hiding an Abercrombie model. The more you know!)
Spencer’s amazing mental breakdown was clearly the highlight of this episode, the rest of the hour being more of a mixed bag. As usual, with Spencer off getting good intervention from Wren, poor Emily is left being the only Nancy Drew of the group. Meanwhile Hanna wraps herself more firmly in Caleb’s uncle-daddy storyline, while Aria’s big plot of the night involved spilling wine on a rug.
I’ve mentioned it before, but sometimes it literally feels like Aria is on a completely different show than the rest of the girls. Spencer is going insane, Hanna is reuniting her boyfriend with his deadbeat dad, Emily is almost being chopped in half by an elevator, and Aria is…trying to figure out how to lift a red wine stain out of a white rug. One of these things is not like the others.
Every episode of Pretty Little Liars usually contains about five thousand working parts and subplots. How they tie together can sometimes be a hodgepodge. Such is the case with this episode, where every moment we aren’t watching Spencer play strip academia seemed like a waste of perfectly good meltdown screen time.
Giving the girls fairly equal screen time really didn’t work this week. Spencer and Emily’s plots were a lot stronger and more interesting than Hanna and Aria’s relationship capers. Who wouldn’t rather get to the bottom of the Alison mystery or watch Spencer leap across a table to strangle Mona?
Next week it looks like the girls join forces again, but for this week the scattered plots made for an entertaining yet ultimately equally scattered episode.
'Pretty Little Liars' Recap: Toby Doesn't Live Here Anymore
This week on Pretty Little Liars, Spencer continues to spiral down the rabbit hole, Aria wears an actual rabbit on her shirt for no real reason, and Dr. Sullivan works some hypno-voodoo on Emily. This hypno-psychobabble magic is initially to help Emily reframe her experience killing Nate, but turns into her worst nightmare when she falsely remembers killing Alison. Dr. Sullivan: Rosewood’s worst and only psychiatrist strikes again!
Once again, the lynchpin of the episode is just training the camera on Troian Bellisario and letting her break your heart. Spencer’s breakup spiral is a beauty to behold, as she just continues going more and more insane. Sane Spencer is a truly frightening creature, but off-the-deep-end Spencer is a whole different animal.
When things were going well, Spencer was the go-to girl for breaking and entering and general espionage. Now Spencer is carving Toby’s name into tombstones, like a really morbid Carrie Underwood. “I dug my key into the side of his…mother’s mausoleum tile!” Spencer’s country music career would be so weird.
By the end of the episodes the girls are finally like “Seriously though, what is up with Spencer? There’s normal breakup behavior and then there’s turning into an angsty teen vampire. Who’s the last one who saw her out in the sun?”
After finally letting Spencer in on the big Toby secret, the show has been steadily asking more questions about Alison’s final days. While Spencer twists in the wind with her hurt feelings, the rest of the girls are going back to the main mystery of the show. Instead of hunting after ‘A’, they’re trying to determine just what happened to Alison.
The theme of the week seemed to be unchained memories, as Emily recovered some big secrets from her psyche. Caleb also realized a big secret, but isn’t ready to deal with the repercussions yet. And Spencer realized that no matter how much she wants to hold on to the Toby from her memories, perhaps he was never real to begin with.