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Pretty Little Liars: Bring the Hoe Down (4×11)

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We’re coming to an end folks. This was the last episode before the shocking finale, World War A. Rosewood kept it dramatic and classy this week with the annual hoedown, where Aria did a pretty wicked two-step with beau Jake, Spencer and Toby got into a bit of a quibble, Emily and Paige stared at each other awkwardly before cozying up for a little swing-your-partner round and round, Hannah found out some stranger (who will probably be her new bf) thinks her mother is innocent and Red Coat revealed she’s also a magician. Okay. Lets dig in.

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We found out that Red Coat is (drum roll please) CeCe Drake. Wait, didn’t we already know that. Us fans, we really are our own worst enemy. When we don’t get any clues we cry and moan. When we get really legit hints, we aren’t excited to find out that who we actually guessed was Red Coat, really is Red Coat. Or is she? CeCe being Red Coat is way to easy, especially because we never saw her wearing the red coat. She was revealed looking at the coat in the lair and on the phone with someone telling them to hurry up. The next time we saw her she was snooping by Ezra’s door, also dressed in black. So basically, she could just be another member of the A team, like Mona was. It is just way to simple. Besides, weren’t we going to find out who red coat was on the Halloween episode? Hm. My bets are still on Ali being the Queen of all things A; everyone else is just a minion.

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Does anyone else think there is something off about Jake? The way he just submerged himself in Aria’s life and took on the “I’m your boyfriend” role has got me questioning his motives. Like the way he knew her shoe size. Yikes.  Could he actually be working for the A team as well? He seems to have it out after Ezra after their awkward encounter at the coffee shop. Listen Jake, you’re cool and all, but you have no right telling Ezra what he can and can’t do. Especially at a time when he really needs Aria. Have you seen that scruff? Homeboy needs some help. And clearly, Aria needs him. When she found out that the Ezramergency was about Malcolm being taken away, she rushed to Ezra’s side and demanded to know everything. Take your time Ezra. She is not going anywhere. Slowly but surely, peace is being restored. Also, this really makes you realize that compared to the other girls; Hannah’s mom getting framed for murder and going to jail and Emily’s mother almost dying when a car flew through her living room, Aria doesn’t really have any problems to deal with.

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Hannah might have found a way to save her mother, but it only involves more people getting blackmailed and more families falling apart. Really A would you give it a rest? After she noticed a strange boy stalking her, followed by a large amount of money in her locker labeled as help for her mom, she confronted the guy only to find out he was one of the only witnesses to the night Wilden was murdered. Travis owned the towing truck which came to the lake. He saw Ashley Marin get into her car and leave. Shortly after, Wilden was shot by a girl. Hm. But Travis was scared to tell the cops cause obviously A saw him there and paid him quite the sum of cash to keep hush hush about what he saw. Thankfully, Hannah’s really good at persuading people on the “truth can set you free” idea, both physically and emotionally. Is it enough to save her mom? Probably not. Anyone else get the feeling that Travis also might be CeCe’s brother. When he was talking about not getting his family in trouble, I kind of felt like maybe he knew his sister was up to it. He did mention his family had beef with Wilden. Oh and he used an envelope with CeCe’s business on it. Yeah, that could indicate that she left the money for him, but how boring is that. Travis will also probably become Hannah’s love interest when Caleb frolics away to another really screwed up town, Ravenswood.

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Flashbacks are the best at giving us clues and hints. When Emily remembered that Ali had once offered up her services to break her and Ben up, she kind of pieced the puzzle together. Ali used to do that for friends and one time it led her down a dangerous path, when the friends boyfriend had a gun. So Wilden was the boyfriend, CeCe was the friend and Ali got in the middle? This would explain a whole lot as to why CeCe might have wanted to be free of Wilden. Wilden than killed Ali. CeCe wanted the girls to pay for getting her kicked out. She came back to Rosewood only to find Wilden working on Ali’s case and killed him. Seems pretty legit.

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I still cannot place Toby’s mothers death in connection with everything that is happening. Clearly, it is an important puzzle piece, but why? Spencer was totally on point by trying to save Toby from getting in too deep with A’s clues. Toby of all people should know that A never places nice. Thankfully, Caleb was there to save the day. When Toby finally got to the location of Dr. Palmer’s car to try to break in and get some of the therapy recordings, the cops came by. Thanks for the tip A. Hopefully, Toby doesn’t get caught and A can’t pull a fast one this time. Seriously. Leave it to Spencer to know when enough is enough.

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Speculation about a double Red Coat is also in play. When the girls leave the hoe down throw down, they try to chase red coat who is halfway down the road. Instead of oh I don’t know running after her at top speed, the girls try to steal a hay ride. Red Coat than jumps aboard and shimmies through the hay like a predator about to attack. Cue badass Emily, who grabs a hoe (no pun intended) and starts whacking red coat. Unfortunately, all they do find is a coat, with no button. Odd, indeed. How did the coat move by itself? What was the time gap between this occurrence and CeCe spying on Ezra and Aria? Really, the trick to getting things figured out in this show is catching the tiniest of clues. Try hard enough and you will still fail.

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Before jumping into a detailed theory, I’d like to point out and thank the writers of this show and the actors for the impeccably witty dialogue and the chemistry. Specifically the humor amidst dark situations. Like when the girls were freaking out because of a noise in the crawlspace and Spencer came through, announcing her presence. Also, when the girls were confronting Spence about her shade and Toby and Hannah kept making funny comments to which Emily kept replying, “Shut up Hannah.” Its moments like this that make the show such an easy watch and prove that when life gets tough, all you need is some good friends.

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Finally, onto my theory. We now know that Wren and CeCe are definitely working together for the A team. CeCe may or may not be Red Coat. We’re not exactly sure which team Mona is playing for. I kind of think Jake is working with Wren and CeCe. There has been speculation about a B- team, which is obviously Shawna and Jenna, the two afraid of CeCe. An interesting catch is also Nigel, who we thought might be working for Red Coat, but was in fact spottted in an early episode walking Jenna out of Wilden’s funeral. When we saw him calling someone babe, he’s totally referring to Jenna. He also could be telling the truth about CeCe being the one who rented the plane though. And speaking of Jenna, the night she got hit and almost drowned, it very well could have been Jake. He was outside right before Emily found her and in that episode, Aria mentions she feels safe with Jake. Hmm coincidence or a clue???


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We Don’t Need a ‘Pretty Little Liars’ Reboot

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Pretty Little Liars, which premiered in 2010 on ABC Family (now Freeform), took fans on a rollercoaster ride. The twists and turns were so dramatic and exaggerated, halfway through the show’s 7 season run, many fans began to taper off. 

Dedicated fans, however, stuck it out despite the fact that the show was rapidly going off the rails. Why? Because they desperately needed to know the identity of “A,” and later, “AD,” once and for all. 

And the glorious day came on June 27, 2017. As we sat huddled up in front of our TV screens, we were filled with a mix of emotions ranging from confused, misled, and finally, relieved.

“Relief” is a strange emotion to feel when a show ends. Most fans tend to feel a sadness wash over them when the curtain falls, but with PLLthe finale was a sign that the madness was officially over. 

The journey with the liars is one we’ll never forget, but let’s face it – most fans are not clamoring for more, especially not a mere three years after the finale. Heck, some of us are still trying to piece that ending together in a way that makes any rational sense. 

We’re living in a time where reboots are hailed by TV executives as a sound and sure-fire idea. There’s plenty of examples of success: Dynasty, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Charmed, and Roswell, New Mexico. Even revivals that have honed a place in society with shows like The Conners and Fuller House both leading the pack. 

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PRETTY LITTLE LIARS – “PlAytime” – After Noel Kahn’s abrupt death, the Liars try putting their lives back together again in “Playtime,” the first of the final ten episodes of Freeform’s hit original series “Pretty Little Liars,” airing TUESDAY, APRIL 18 (8:00 – 9:02 p.m. EDT). Fans can catch up on where the Liars left off with an all-day marathon of season seven starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT and running up to the one-hour spring premiere at 8:00 p.m. EDT. (Freeform/Eric McCandless)
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But the one thing that these reboots have in common is that the original shows aired a decade or more ago. The key to a successful reboot is nostalgia; they aim to hook the original fans while also appealing to a brand new generation. 

Reboots may either reimagine a familiar story with a modern spin and new characters or reunite fans with characters years later a la catching up with friends years after college. 

It’s obvious that PLL does not fall into the category of a show that warrants a reboot. Not yet, at least. There’s no sound argument when one could argue that enough time has passed to try to take a stab at this overly complex teen mystery drama once again.

One of my biggest gripes with the PLL reboot, which was officially announced as an HBO Max original, is that it doesn’t center around the original liars. 

I’m firm in my belief that had it not been for the popularity, relatability, and dynamic of Lucy Hale, Ashley Benson, Troian Belissario, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, the show wouldn’t have found a cult-like following or lasted as long as it did. The ladies made the show worth watching and managed to sell us on every single outrageous storyline. 

Many of us stuck with the series because of our love for the liars. But the reboot, billed as “set miles away from Rosewood” in a new town, with a new set of characters, strips the very identity of PLL. 

How can you have a show without any involvement from Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer, and Alison? They are the pretty little liars. There is no show without them. No one is interested in watching a new generations of teens get tormented by threatening cyber-stalker who knows too much about their life, which was fun to watch partially because it paralleled the rise of technology and the fears surrounding privacy that came along with the emergence of social media.

Even if the ladies considered (and I use that term loosely — they are over here working on their careers and expanding their families, after all) returning for a reboot, not enough time has passed for a proper reunion. 

There’s been talk of a potential movie sequel involving the original liars, and truthfully, that’s an idea fans of the original could get behind. It would be a one-time thing, it wouldn’t overstay its welcome or feel forced, and it would hopefully gives fans the follow-up they’ve been dying for. 

Earlier this year, Hale said she wouldn’t “rule anything out” but ultimately, they’d “need a little more time to pass.”

“I feel like we would get more out of it if we were, like, 10 years down the road,” she explained to Entertainment Tonight, adding that she’s protective of the show. Hale worked with Roberto Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa on the short-lived Katy Keene, so I’m truly curious to see what she thinks about this upcoming reboot. Note: none of those involved with the original have weighed in or commented yet.  

Honestly, much of the pushback that I’ve seen about this rumored reboot is for that very reason — fans, even the ones who thought the finale came out of left-field and was a total dumpster fire — are also super protective of it. We don’t want anything or anyone to taint the show’s legacy. 

We also cannot ignore there’s the fact that PLL’s Marlene King attempted her own reboot of sorts shortly after the series concluded and even centered the storyline around two familiar faces, Alison DiLaurentis (Pieterse) and Mona Vaderwaal (Janel Parish), to drum up support and interest from the core fandom. That didn’t work.

PLL: Perfectionists lasted a whole ten episodes before Freeform pulled the plug leaving any fans that submitted themselves to yet another A-like mystery in the dark. It’s a shame the series wasn’t give a real chance because it had potential if it stayed true to the books and veered away from trying to make it so much like it’s predecessor. In this case, a complete overhaul could’ve worked if done right. 

And it’s probably better if I don’t mention Ravesnwood, the second PLL spinoff that centered around Caleb Rivers (Tyler Blackburn), which saw a lot of people seeing dead people in the neighboring town. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy the show’s ten-episode run, but it’s yet another example of the franchise trying to reinvent the wheel and failing miserably. 

If King couldn’t make these shows work while PLL was at its height, maybe it’s because the audience needed to take a break from the world of A?

Which brings me to my next point… Roberto Aguierre-Sacasa. You may not know the name, but if you love teen dramas, you’re familiar with his work. He’s the brains behind The CW’s successful and oftentimes disturbing teen thriller Riverdale.

One fan on Reddit noted that “PLL walked so Riverdale could run,” and let’s be honest, plenty of fans (and critics) have called the show a hot mess. However, that’s what we’ve come to love about Riverdale; it’s wacky, weird, and only tolerable when you suspend all disbelief.

He’s also proven himself in the reboot-realm with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. CAOS is an entirely different ballgame; it’s a dark twist on the 90s sitcom Sabrina the Teenage Witch that pulls much of its inspiration from the Archie comics. It offers up an entirely new world featuring new takes on some beloved characters. Not to mention Sabrina wrapped its run in 1996 meaning enough time has passed; the world was ready for the Spellman’s once again. 

As I mentioned, CAOS is ending with its upcoming season while Aguierre-Sacasa’s other series, Katy Keene, was cancelled after just a season at The CW. 

I’m not questioning Aguierre-Sacasa’s qualifications — I’m a fan of his shows — but I don’t think jumping into and revamping a still-fresh franchise is necessary right now.

Apparently, neither does Twitter. One person commented that he should “stick to one show and make that good.” I’d prefer HBO Max gave Katy Keene another try rather than investing into this PLL reboot. 

The reboot seems to be hoping to capitalize on the the original fandom (the brief teaser features the same imagery as the original right down to the logo), but the fandom has opposed a reboot from the start. And they’ll be further alienated with the reboot’s description of a “horror-tinged, coming-of-rage” version.

Aguierre-Sacasa’s strength lies within creating shows permeated with twisted mysteries that have a campy, horror vibe, which is tonally different than the psychological mind games we’ve come to expect from PLL

There’s room for another teen thriller, obviously, but maybe it would be best to leave the franchise alone and call the show, which is shaping up to be its own entity anyway, something else entirely? “Original Sin” minus the “Pretty Little Liars” would have given the series a fresh-slate without any comparisons.

Here’s the show’s description so you can decide for yourself: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago. as well as their own.”

I’ll watch merely out of curiosity and because I’ve made television my job, but man, I haven’t even had time to miss PLL yet. 

If you really need to feel the PLL-void in your life, the best thing to do is just stream the original episodes, because I think we can all agree that some things are better off left alone… at least until enough time has passed to revisit them through a new lens.


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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Cast Reunites for a Podcast that Involves Drinking and Rewatching Episodes!

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The moms of Rosewood got out of the basement just in time to start their own podcast!

Go mamas! 

All jokes aside, Holly Marie Comb (Aria’s mom Ella), Lesley Fera (Spencer’s mom Veronica) and Nia Peeples (Emily’s mom Pam) are reuniting to rewatch episodes together and offer some commentary. 

Honestly, I’ve always wanted to know what the moms of Rosewood thought about what their daughters were up to/involved in, especially since half the time, it didn’t seem like the liars even had parents! 

The podcast, titled “Pretty Little Wine Moms” (yes, ladies!) means that they will be sitting down with their favorite drinks and breaking down one episode at a time. Since they were a part of the production, they’ll be able to add in behind-the-scene tidbits. 

Here’s where things get super fun — each week’s episode will have a new special guest that joins in for the chat. 

According to Digital Spy, guests will range from other cast members, writers, directors, and producers. 

This month alone the podcast will feature Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Brant Daugherty (heads-will-roll Noel Kahn), and Torrey DeVitto (Melissa Hastings). 

In September, the lineup includes costume designer Mandi Line, writer/producer Bryan M. Holdman, Ashley Benson (Hannah Marin), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis) and Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers). 

I love how much support the moms are getting from the cast and that the cast is finding new ways to keep this fun and twisted show alive! 

Of course, we cannot wait for the mom-circle to be completed with a guest appearance by Laura Leighton (Hannah’s mom Ashley)!

The idea for the podcast came to Lesley where she was bored at home during COVID. She invited her co-stars to appear on her podcast with her husband, Ned Mochel, and fans were so thrilled that the moms were back together again, they figured why not roll with it?

We’re so glad they did. 

And we cannot wait for the mom’s to spill some tea! Maybe they’ll finally tell us how they got out of that basement…

Here’s a snippet of how I envision this podcast in my mind: 

 


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The Cast of Pretty Little Liars Is Reuniting & Fans Can Join In LIVE – Get All The Details

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This isn’t a secret, Rosewood’s finest are coming together again for a good cause. 

The cast of Pretty Little Liars will be reuniting for a virtual reunion. 

All your favorites will be tapping in including Troian Bellisario (Spencer Hastings), Ashley Benson (Hannah Marni), Shay Mitchell (Emily Fields), Sasha Pieterse (Alison DiLaurentis), Lucy Hale (Aria Montgomery), Ian Harding (Ezra Fitz), Janel Parrish (Mona Vanderwaal), Tyler Blackburn (Caleb Rivers) and creator I. Marlene King.

So, what’s on tap for the live event?

A panel with the cast likely catching up on what’s happened since the show went off air three years ago and reminiscing about best moments. There will also be a fan Q+A portion and one-on-one video chats with each cast member and King. 

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Those who wish to join in on the fun can do so by purchasing a ticket for $15.

All one-one-one chats with the cast are currently sold out. A chat with King costs $95. Tickets can be purchased at Cast4Good’s website.

All proceeds benefit Feeding America. The reunion will take place on Friday, May 15 at 12pm ET and can be watched on the Looped app. It’s being led by Cast4Good, a fundraising platform, which aims to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. 

So, grab your black hoodie and pretend its 2017 all over again. 


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