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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Recap: Did Ashley Kill Detective Wilden?
This week on Pretty Little Liars, both love and murder are in the air. In Rosewood, for every one person having a beautiful romantic moment, there is another person ramming their car into someone’s face. That’s just the circle of life in that town.
For instance, Wren and Spencer reconnect after Spencer’s transformation into a jungle cat from last episode. I have to admit, that performance would have totally made me fall in love with Spencer again too. But shortly afterward, Spencer is nearly killed by her own shower.
Aria and Ezra reconnect, but then Mama Fitz”scary” decides to make baby mama Maggie homeless. And while Emily and Paige have a sweet moment, Ashley Marin rams her car into creepy Detective Wilden and then drives away. It’s a great day for love, but an even better day for attempted murder!
While the episode sported tons of twists and turns and even a few new clues into the mystery of Alison’s murder, this week was more focused on the relationships.
The relationships the liars have with each other (Team Sparia forever!), with their family, and with their romantic partners were showcased. Next week looks like a return to the action, mystery and liar Nancy Drew-ing. But this week, in between the chaos, it was nice to see the liars deal with their even more chaotic personal lives.
Nothing Good Ever Happens in the Marin Kitchen
When pressed about why Wilden is giving her the stink-eye, Hanna immediately crumbles and blurts the whole Alison-murder theory to her mom. Unlike Spencer, or her new trainee Emily, Hanna would make a terrible spy.
Ashley is like “well no wonder that sketchy little freak wants to kill you! You can’t just accuse every person who seems like a murderer of murder in this town! First, you would get nothing else accomplished because the list is so long. But more importantly, that’s the ticket to murderville!” Hanna nods wisely but takes none of this in and Ashley plans on getting blackout drunk later and hiding valuables in Wheat Thins boxes.
Later, Ashley is at dinner when a giant goblet of wine is dropped off at her table. “What is this? A small?” Ashley wonders, until Wilden slinks into sight.
Wilden gets really weird and really creepy about how Hanna can’t just go around accusing him of murder all willy-nilly. Because in this town, baseless murder accusations get you killed and thrown into a box— but only after you’re forced to listen to Adam Lambert. It’s bleak.
Ashley rejects the giant glass of wine, which is when you know she’s seriously freaked out about Wilden. Despite her one single sip of the wine, Wilden pulls her over on the side of the road and then gets really murder-y. Ashley Marin, as a lifelong resident of Rosewood, knows a good murder-face when she sees one.
So she immediately jumps into her car and tries to get away. But Wilden won’t step aside and even looks like he’s going for his gun. But it’s his implied threat against Hanna that really sets Ashley over the edge. She slams on the gas and runs right over him.
When Hanna comes down to the kitchen later, all the lights are off and Ashley is sitting in the dark like a super villain “No big sweetie, but I think I crushed Detective Wilden with my car. Would you go back to the crime scene with me for moral support?”
“God, why does nothing good ever happen in this kitchen? Is it cursed by the spirit of that random ghost from the Halloween special?”
They show up where Ashley hit Wilden and the police car is still there. You know what they say, the family that buries bodies together stays together! Hanna and Ashley bond in the weirdest ways.
Ashley tells Hanna she should stay in the car so she won’t see the carnage, but literally Hanna’s whole life is hiding crime scenes, destroying or finding evidence, and looking at dead bodies. She’s pretty unfazed. “Do you think his body will fit in the lasagna box?”
But Wilden is as gone as Jason was last week. There’s someone in Rosewood stealing all the attractive, creepy guys! And if all the sketchy guys in Rosewood are gone what will be left? It’ll just be a town with a bunch of underage girls and doll shops.
Also, Ashley and Hanna might want to remember that every police cruiser comes with a camera installed. A camera that managed to catch all the hit-and-run action.
‘Pretty Little Liars’ Mystery: Is Paige ‘A’?
This week on Pretty Little Liars, Paige gets added to the top of the ‘A’ suspect list as we learn more about our favorite drown-happy swimmer. Turns out before she was “love dunking” Emily in the pool, she was taking out some of her anger management issues on Alison. Not that Alison didn’t deserve them. On Pretty Little Liars it’s always a fairly safe bet that Ali has done something terrible to just about everyone in town. I legitimately feel like by the end of the series we’re going to find out the whole town is ‘A’ and they all murdered Alison.
Emily isn’t the only one in deep denial mode about her love life though. Ignoring the calls of sanity and the sensible advice of Spencer, Aria tracks down Ezra’s high school girlfriend and gets a nasty surprise. Hanna wanders around all episode begging Jenna not to murder everyone. Meanwhile Spencer puts on her detective cap, fights some snakes, and steals evidence from Paige. Spencer is really putting all the rest of the liars to shame when it comes to actual mystery solving. Between the lock picking and the stealing I’m starting to think Spencer is either a criminal mastermind or a secret CIA agent.
Despite an abundance of flashbacks and a run in with a venomous creature, I expected more from the episode leading us into the summer finale. While we learned important background about Paige and Alison, the focus didn’t seem sharp enough to lead us into next week’s action. Pretty Little Liars has always been good at juggling multiple characters and storylines concurrently. This show has one of the most sprawling casts of shady characters around, all with their own clearly defined motivations. Coming into the finale, however, it seemed time for the show to winnow the focus down a bit.
Instead, as usual, Pretty Little Liars decided to throw another wrench into the works by opening the possibility that Paige is a much more sinister character than we had originally thought. Is it all a red herring or is Paige really up to something? What about Nate? Where is Jenna going? We have a lot of questions but not many answers this week.
Is Paige on the ‘A’ Team?
Here’s what we formerly knew about Paige: she liked weird bangs, drowning people, biking in the rain, and Emily Fields. We learned substantially more about her this week thanks to new character CeCe. So what’s the over/under on Paige being on the ‘A’ team?
Guilty: We see in flashbacks that Alison horribly wrote Paige a note pretending to be Emily saying she was into Paige. When Paige came to drop off her own note back to “Emily”, Alison grabbed it as blackmail material. Just proving that whenever you think Alison can’t get more horrible, she surpasses her previous behavior.
Innocent: Paige tearfully tells Emily later about how Alison used to torture her. She admits that she tried to fight back and even hints she might have become suicidal due to Alison’s behavior.
Guilty: But was Alison just trying to protect herself from Paige? As the girls change in flashback (did these girls do anything together other than swap clothes? No wonder all the videos of them from Ian’s USB drive involve them changing) they notice a giant bruise on Alison’s back. Ali admits it’s from pigskin, who is “psychotic” in her words. Later CeCe even admits she thinks Ali was a little afraid of Paige. Sasha Pieterse does a great job of subtly playing Alison’s apprehension and fear as she walks away with the letter. It’s tiny moments like this that allow the viewer to see Alison as a human, not just a monster.
Innocent: Paige tells Emily she wants to get to know her friends better after overhearing Spencer questioning her behavior and calling her a snake.
Guilty: But then some snakes show up in Spencer’s dressing room at CeCe’s store. Snakes, why does it always have to be snakes?! Although I could get on board a movie called Snakes in a Dressing Room, which would involve Spencer and Samuel L. Jackson fighting snakes and generally being awesome.