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Pretty Little Liars- Don’t Look Now (6×04)

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“All Roads Lead To Radley”

Pretty Little Liars has always been creepy, but it’s taking it to a whole new level this season.

Hannah Feels Suffocated– The girls are still dealing with what happened at the dollhouse… not well I might add. It’s understandable that everyone is really concerned about them, especially considering the man they thought was their kidnapper is now free and roaming around town. But unfortunately, caring about them so much is smothering and suffocating some. Hannah especially. When your BF is a computer genius, you start to feel a little stalked. He’s at her house every minute of every day, watching her sleep and even put a tracker on her car. She’s frustrated, but heck, knowing the police leave a 10 minute gap between “shift switches” I’d be glad my BF was looking out for me.

Aria’s Hair– Aria feels the pressure from her dad, who freaks out when she’s not at the photo studio when she said she would be. She’s all “I don’t ever want to talk about that place” until she gets locked inside the studio while developing pictures and realizes she’s totally traumatized. She begins literally suffocating in there, but thankfully, some photo dude helps her out. Suspicious, yes. But who isn’t suspicious in this town? Being trapped inside however triggers a memory and we finally see how and why Aria got a new pink ‘do inside the dollhouse.

Stoned Spencer– Spencer seems to be suffering the most with her inability to sleep, anxiety and flashbacks. I understand her mother is worried she’ll become dependent on the Xanax (or w.e) again, but honestly, home girl needs to realize her daughter can’t deal with what’s happening.  She begins having flashbacks that remind me more of a frickin’ horror movie than an ABC Family show. She remembers waking up in the dollhouse with blood smeared all over the carpet and her body. What did she do? How did blood get there? For a moment, it looked like her wrists were sliced. Was A just trying to act out that night Ali went missing? The torture and games make absolutely no sense! Eventually, when she isn’t able to find Aria’s pills in the dumpster (cringe-worthy) scene, she turns to the new girl at the brew who makes delicacies filled with weed. Ezra tries to stop her but she wasn’t having any of it and neither was I! Bring on #StonedSpencer! She needs to finally get a break because she hit a new low this week. And that’s saying a lot!

Emily & Sara- Emily is dealing with her own emotional instability by trying to help Sara Harvey and taking her to the pool. Although serious Em’s telling Sara you’ll be fine and won’t get kidnapped in a park at night because there’s 2 of you seems a little naive don’t you think? There were 4 of you in a POLICE CAR and A still managed to get you… Please use your brain. #Irritated. Also… anyone else see them totally kind of get their flirt on? #PleaseNo

I can’t seem to figure out if Sara is actually shady or just weird because she’s been trapped in A’s dollhouse for 2 plus years. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and go with the latter, but definitely believe she plays a HUGE part in the whole overall story based on what we found out about Charles this week and from next weeks preview. And boy, when they said we’ll get answers, they really meant it. I haven’t felt this confident, content and informed after an episode… ever!

Who Is Charles- So, to the most pressing question- Who the heck is Charles? Charles is the eldest DiLaurentis born 15 months before Jason! But, he’s dead… according to Mr. DiLaurentis. Charles was born prematurely, which means he had some behavioral and developmental problems. It was obvious from day one, but eventually, it got so bad, he was checked in to Radley and never left. Or so “we’re told.” Mr. D said Charles committed suicide on his 16th birthday, but I don’t buy it and thankfully neither do any of the liars. If Mr. D lied about not knowing who Charlie was in the first place, what makes you think he’d tell the truth now?

He eventually tells Ali that the incident that forced them to commit Charles was when he tried to drown Ali with scolding hot water. Alright, so since he was a boy, he has had an obsession with Ali and wanted to kill her. So far, he has every motive to be A. He also had every motive to hate her friends and family because he was given up to Radley because of what he did to her. But why wouldn’t he try to hurt Jason? Was he just angry Ali upstaged him as the baby of the family?

Anyways… Mr. D said Charles was cremated because he died when he was out of state. Convenient right? Mr. D never saw a dead Charles… or the remains. He’s just regurgitating what he “thinks” happened. The real culprit here is Mrs. DiLaurentis.

We Need Proof- The girls decide to find files from Radley to confirm whether or not Charles was let go or died. No body, no believing is our motto these days. Radley closed down apparently, I guess I missed that memo, so they track down the files to a storage unit. In a room full of boxes, Aria somehow manages to find Charles’ file, but there’s nothing past his 16-year in the file. There is a visitors log however which shows Aunt Carol visited him quite often. Only problem- Aunt Carol is also dead…. dead end.

When Jason finds out about Aunt Carol he recalls a time that he went up to her house to crash only to find his mother there “working” on the garden. She wouldn’t let him in the house, seemed a bit jumpy and sounds could be heard coming from inside. She wasn’t alone, clearly. So, Spence, Hannah, Ali and Jason decide to go scope the place out. They find it is in fact abandoned and find a grave in the backyard. Hannah is all “this shit is fake because A” but Jason and Spence put their noggins together to realize, the grave has been there for awhile. This must be legit right? Wrong.

Theory #1- Here’s my theory- Jason NEVER died in Radley and Mrs. D knows it. He escaped that night and decided to go after Alison. He hit her over the head and Mrs. D covered for him because he’s her son. She didn’t want anyone to know so she faked his death. After all, she was on the board at Radley and had the power. (Here’s me guessing that Charles is also the reason Toby’s mom is dead.) Anyways, she told everyone that Charles died and buried her own daughter. But Charles kept messing with Alison as ‘A.’ When Ms. D said she couldn’t help him anymore in that email, he killed her. Wild guess- Charles is Johnny. He rolled through town just after Ms. D died, was Melissa’s age which would explain A’s obsession with that prom theme, stayed in the barn which is pretty much the scene of the crime and stayed close to Ali’s house. He was also in the very first episode watching Spencer, which technically was his “half sister” right? Right.

There’s obviously still loop holes in this whole mystery and Sara will definitely help fill them. For starters, I think she knows more than she’s letting onto, especially A’s identity. After all, she knew it wasn’t Andrew and she told Emily she didn’t want to go back to being analyzed. 100 bucks that she was in Radley and actually befriended Charles before he went A on her ass. Maybe he kidnapped her that night because he couldn’t get to Ali?

Theory #2- Next thing- Andrew is still a big mystery. Why would Marlene dive into his character, set everything at the Campbell farms and then give us the “he’s adopted” information? Andrew could definitely be Charles because of that,  but here’s where Spencer’s theory comes into play. Let’s assume Charles is actually dead. This means someone wanted them to find out about Charles and wanted them to know believe that’s who he really was. That someone had to be friends with Charles in Radley. Maybe that person is Andrew?

Theory #3- Another oddball theory- maybe Sarah Harvey and Bethany are the same person! She doesn’t have a “mom” because her mom was Mrs. D! She was also in Radley, Mrs. D came to visit, she hated the woman, she bought her clothes and told Ali to keep it a secret from Mr. D! She could also be Charles’s twin sister and working with him! She wanted to meet Ali the night that she went missing, so maybe this was how they lured in Ali. Or maybe Charles is getting revenge for his sister!

We’re getting the puzzle pieces finally… now it’s all about throwing them together. I believe we’ll get there. I’m hopeful and see the light at the end of the tunnel! Theories aside, we still need explanations for Bethany, Johnny, Sara, even Wren. How do they all tie in? And how does it all tie in with Jenna.

And lastly, the writers return to those creepy A ending scenes and it seems like he’s implanted trackers into the girls. If they thought the doll house was bad, they ain’t seen nothing yet!


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

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Pretty Little Liars Cast Including the Moms Reunite for Podcast

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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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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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Pretty Little Liars – Farewell, My Lovely (7×19)

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

Have you heard the tale of the “twisted sister?”

Doesn’t ring a bell? Think hard…. it’s a story you’ve been hearing about for roughly 7 years, masked under the nickname A.D.

The final round of A.D’s game reached it’s end on Tuesday night, leaving even the strongest of fans a hot mess.

This was the last time that the liars would solve mysteries in Rosewood and you know that the writers and Marlene would “go big or go home.” How could you expect anything less? The pressure was really on for Pretty Little Liars to impress a fandom waited several year’s to find out the identity their tormentor.

After the reveal, negative comments began swarming in about how they were disappointed with the outcome but realistically, despite their best efforts, any “A” revelation was going to be a letdown simply because it was so hyped up…. we’ve imagined it in our minds on so many occasion. I’v heard complaints that it was far fetched but if you think that, you must not have been paying attention the past few years. This is the same show that blows up telephones, that had the liars trapped in a doll house with exact replicas of their bedrooms, that had a board game dictating their every move. When has anything ever been REALISTIC in Rosewood? Last time I checked, the definition of Rosewood was “batshit crazy” so really, when it came to the finale, it was best to leave expectations at the door and strap in for a wonderfully bonkers ride. No one comes to Rosewood for realism, we come for the crazy and the twisted and in that regard, the finale delivered.

Charlotte’s death marked the end of A and the beginning of A.D and while the tricks and torments may seem the same, they aren’t the same person, nor do they have quite the same motive. But they are connected by blood because as it turns out, every motive that A, Uber A or A.D ever had was motivated by a dysfunctional family.

Without further ado… A.D is….

Alex Drake.

Never heard of her? We don’t blame you. Up until a few hours ago, we hadn’t either. You might not recognize her name but you’ll definitely recognize her face because it’s Spencer Hastings. Well, her evil twin.

Let’s backtrack a bit though shall we?

Last weeks strange episode saw “A.D” driving off into the sunset as the liars figured they’d finally beaten Liars Lament when Mona confessed to killing Charlotte. Even though they didn’t really know who A.D was, they just assumed it was #endgame and that was the last they’d hear from him/her… but that was naive. A.D has a way of sneaking up on you and showing up at the most innoportune of times, in this case, a year later when everyone was happy and Aria and Ezra were about to exchange “I do’s.”

When we catch up with the liars, you realize what a difference a year can make. Emily and Alison became parents to beautiful TWIN girls (definitely foreshadowing here), Spencer’s working as a paralegal at her mother’s firm and finishing up law school, and Toby is returning from a soul-searching trip to Africa.

The couple you thought would continue to be the strongest, Caleb and Hannah, were having marital problems because of their struggle to have a baby. That and Mona was finally released from Welby and Hannah, who felt indebted to her former BFF, allowed her to stay at their loft. “She has no one else,” she kept telling her friends and family, but that wasn’t enough for Caleb. He’s always been the wisest of the group and knew that there was no way they could trust Mona after all that she’s put them through.

Seems like we should trust Caleb’s gut because the minute Mona got her freedom, she went right back to doing A.D’s bidding. She still didn’t know who was running the game but was eager to find out so she followed the instructions, wearing a Melissa mask to spy on the girls. Fans briefly thought that Spencer’s sister was the ringleader and well, they weren’t too far off – it wasn’t Melissa but it was Alex, who Spencer came face to face with after being knocked out by Mona and locked up in a cell. Yep, we were right on the money with that twin theory!

Seeing Spencer and Alex stare at each other was equally as eerie as it was insane. The British half of Spencer, who had a terrible English accent, was thrilled to meet her sister. She was also borderline insane but you probably could have guessed that considering her mother is Mary Drake and she was born in Radley. The phrase “all roads lead to Radley” has literally never been clearer.

It didn’t take long for Alex Drake to open up to Spencer and give her the backstory as to how she got there. She was given up for adoption when she was an infant but once she began showing troubling signs, the family gave her up to an orphanage. Wren discovered her in a bar at London and filled her in on this whole family that she literally never knew she had, including half-sister Charlotte, who became the only family she’d ever known. She loved Charlotte, she was loyal to her, she became her friend and then, when she was killed, she channeled that anger on the liars.

So yes, the game was started by Mona, stolen from her by Charlotte and when she died, taken by Alex, who wanted NOTHING more than to get revenge on her “dolls” for killing her sister. But despite being a villain, she also had a soul and she was jealous of Spencer and her friends for having everything she never did. She quickly realized that despite everything that A threw at them, they were always going to be friends, always going to stick up for each other, always going to be there for each other. And she wanted that, so she devised a plan to infiltrate the group by assuming Spencer’s identity. She wanted her life and she wanted Toby.

Literally, every scene where you thought “that’s unlike Spencer” was your gut telling you that it is in fact Alex. That hallucination Hannah had after being kidnapped and tortured – Alex. Kissing Toby before he left with Yvonne – Alex. Sleeping with Toby in the cabin – Alex. Running into Ezra at the airport – Alex. If you caught on, go tell your friends you told ’em so.

After clearing the air, Alex locked Spencer and Mary back up and left for Aria’s wedding, fully knowing it would never happen because she kidnapped Ezra who had figured it out. Sadly, Aria didn’t know any of that and thought that maybe the fight they had the night before about her infertility gave him cold feet.

If I was Spencer, I’d be pissed that none of my friends figured out that some imposter was pretending to be me. I mean, Alex was good at nailing Spencer’s talk, walk, and character to a tee but she wasn’t Spence. How did no one pick up on that? But crazy always starts showing and soon enough, Jenna, who knew all along that Charlotte had a sister, figured it out and informed Toby, who was also skeptical after seeing Spencer’s beloved horse get hostile around her.

After that, he pieced it together – the book she gave him before he drove off with Yvonne didn’t have any notes in it, which was unlike her. It was also unlike her to kiss him when he was engaged or to pounce him after his wife passed. “What if twins run in the family,” he told the liars. “That would give A.D motive,” Caleb retorted.

Before you know it, they had located Spencer’s phone and surprisingly, it was at Toby’s old house. This CRAZY person bought the house Toby built for Spencer, keeping her and Ezra prisoners smack dab in the middle of Rosewood. Spencer’s craftiness came in handy and she was able to break them both out using a bobby pin she pulled out of Mary Drake’s hair when they embraced.

If we learned anything from the dollhouse it’s that escaping a psycho with unlimited funds is virtually impossible. When they ran outdoors, they found themselves trapped inside a huge underground dome that was built to mimic Rosewood and an axe-wielding Alex right behind them. Literally, you could see the crazy in here eyes.

As a sister fight ensued, Ezra was knocked to the ground. Thankfully, the liars along with Caleb and Toby found them just in time and came face to face with a set of identical twins dressed exactly the same. Which Spencer was the real Spencer? Easy, Toby simply asked for Spencer’s favorite poem from the book, which the real Spence gladly recited.  Toby asked them both for real Spencer’s favorite poem and just like that, they figured it out.

Mona, who was accused of once again conspiring with A.D, revealed that she was always playing the game simply to help them this whole time. It’s definitely a redeeming moment for her and while it’s normal that the liars had their reservations, it speaks volumes to Hannah for always sticking by her friend and defending her, even though she tried to kill her multiple times.

With their tormentor finally gone for good, the girls were ready to start their next chapters. They took their final walk around Rosewood, a town that for once could enjoy some peace and quiet. Aria and Ezra were gearing up for their honeymoon in the South of France, Emily and Alison were just enjoying being parents to beautiful daughters Lily and Grace, whose biological father turned out to be Alex’s ex-Wren. She admitted to killing him when she decided to fully go through with her plan to assume Spencer’s identity and kept his ashes close to her in a diamond because “diamonds are forever.” (RIP Wren, you didn’t deserve this, although I was always convinced you did.) I don’t think Alison and Emily ever found out who the biological father was and I guess it’s for the better.

Spencer and Toby finally found their way back to each other after he stepped up to save her. Toby sat much of season 7 out and wasn’t really involved in the AD madness, at least not that he knew of. It was nice to see him brought back into the loop the way Caleb and Ezra have always been.

And thankfully, things for Hannah and Caleb worked out because she revealed that she was expecting a little baby Haleb. Not to jinx it but it seems like everyone got their happy ending.

“It feels like the end of something,” Alison admitted and I’d have to agree… it’s the end of A.D, of the games, of the threatening text messages and constantly living in fear. It’s the end of our relationship with the liars as we know it. But there’s beauty in the end because it also opens the door for a new beginning, which these girls needly BADLY. We can leave Rosewood knowing that their friendships will weather any storms… I mean, they all survived AD!

As for Mona, she got an ending that only she deserved. She moved to France, began dating some Robert Pattison lookalike cop who was completely unaware that she had split personalities and was holding both Mary Drake and Alex Drake hostage in the basement of her doll shop while forcing them to partake in “afternoon tea” parties. Literally, MONA TOOK THE GAME BACK! “She can’t keep us here forever,” Mary exclaimed. “Yes she can, she’s Mona,” Alex said while rolling her eyes. Game recognizes game. I could totally see a spinoff with Mona and Alex taking on the game together.

To me, that was a fitting ending but for some reason Marlene decided to assure us that even without AD and without the liars, the mythology of Rosewood continues. The mini-me liars aka Addison and her friends recreate the very first scene of the series when the girls woke up in the barn only to find Ali had disappeared. Throughout the season, they kept teasing that these girls would be the next liars, with Maya’s niece even finding a stabbed doll in her locker. While I get that it comes full circle, I don’t believe that history would repeat itself in this same way.  Let it go, Marlene, let it go. Rosewood has seen enough.

Other Thoughts

  • The moms are goals. I want to join their mom club and drink with them. Kudos to them for acknowledging that they too were too drunk to remember how they got out of the basement.
  • Alison’s proposal to Emily while wearing a pug hoodie was everything. I’m glad Emison got their happily ever after, even if it was forced by someone impregnating Ali against her will.
  • Turns out, Archer Dunhill was never actually involved with Alex’s plan. He loved Charlotte so much that after she was killed, decided to get his own revenge on Alison and her friends.  Turns out creepy is as creepy hangs out with.
  • I’m surprised that Alex, Charlotte, Wren and Archer “hung out” all the time in Rosewood yet no one ever saw anything. This town needs better law enforcement I swear.
  • I feel a bit jipped when it comes to seeing the liars’ stories play out, specifically Hannah telling Caleb that she was pregnant. I definitely wish we would have seen his reaction.
  • Maybe I missed this but was Spencer’s relationship with Caleb and Marco actually her or was that all Alex?

Saying goodbye to these girls was hard.  I watch a lot of shows and haven’t formed such a bond with other characters as I did with Aria, Spencer, Hannah, Emily and Alison. It felt like I was watching my friends grow up, start new lives and finally free themselves from a cyber bully that took it too far. It’s bittersweet but like they say, don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.

And to echo Spencer, how lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard?

What did you think of the finale? Was it everything you wanted it to be? Did you want more closure? Let me know what you’re thinking.


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