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Pretty Little Liars – The Glove That Rocks The Cradle (7×16)

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“The only thing scarier than playing this game is losing a friend over it.”

A.D seems to have finally broken the Pretty Little Liars after years of simply just petty torments. Aria seems to be especially broken, dabbling in some black hoodie antics as part of “her turn.”

Marco could not have been more wrong when he sternly warned Spencer that “this is not a game.” As the only respected detective in Rosewood, I have to give him props for getting this far but still not knowing what’s going on right in front of him – granted, how could he? No one trusts the cops enough to actually tell them the truth. The rest of the evidence has been pretty much handed to him with Spencer actually committing murder, getting drunk, confessing about “burying a body” and then using the dead man’s credit card to pay for her drinks. Yep, Spencer self-sabotaged and the girls are not happy about it although really, they probably should focus less on how much she had to drink that night and more on the fact that with or without this receipt, there is STILL a video of them burying said dead body and it’s in A.D’s possession.

Much like I believe that darned receipt is. Caleb and Hanna are really committed to destroying that receipt because they feel like they owe Spencer since she got drunk that night because they got back together. I would also say it has a lot to do with the murderous threats but whatever gets them to get the job done right? When Hanna can’t find the receipts, Caleb decides to just drown the place and destroy everything. Sorry, Mama Marin. Of course, no one realized that the receipt is probably in A.D’s possession this whole time… or inside the game in Spencer’s living room. One or the other.

A.D’s game this week was the weakest it’s ever been – can’t help him/her for running out of ideas after all this time. It’s Hanna’s turn to play Liars Lament and she’s tasked with dropping off something inside a locker – the same locker that granted Aria her black hoodie last week which means, whoever is the gamekeeper must still be stuck in high school…. a quote said this week by Mona. Coincidence? Maybe.

Easy enough right? We don’t really know what A.D will do with the hard drive but I’m sure we’ll find out shortly. In the meantime, Emily and Ali staked out in the shadows of Rosewood High to possibly get a glimpse of the mastermind. Except they got too caught up in the baby conversation and ran after someone, who claimed to be Mona. When they pushed Ali to the ground, Em’s decided it was time to get back home where it’s safe.

Or not safe at all. When they arrived at home they heard clanks and clatters coming from their newly decorated baby room. Upstairs, Aria was destroying everything in sight, even throwing fake blood on the new white crib. I’m appalled. In the tension-filled moment, Emily almost caught her BFF donning the coveted black hood but somehow, Aria found her way outside without being noticed. It’s hard for me to buy that Aria would be SO BAD at sneaking around and lying – she’s done it before. It’s almost as if she wanted to get caught to clear her conscience. Spencer totally caught on to her weird behavior and I’m surprised she didn’t call her out right then and there for being so shady.

The cradle mobile was reminiscent of the good old days when A.D used creepy dolls to torture the girls instead of making them do all the work themselves. Seriously, it’s gotten to the point where the girls are so set on trying to make it to the #EndGame, they’re incriminating themselves, committing the crimes and even turning on each other to execute A.D’s plays.

Speaking of end game, it hasn’t even been written yet. I’m talking about the origin of A.D, which we found out from Lucas after the Liars confronted him after he was spotted also acting shady. Through the interrogation, Lucas confirms his friendship with Charles like Ted said. He also reveals that he pen-palled with Charles during high school, not realizing Charles was actually Charlotte. Since he told his friend about Ali’s tormenting and how the girls stood by idly, Charles had motive to seek revenge in the same way they wrote about it in their comic books, Arcturus.

Turns out, there is a second installment of Arcturus that Lucas was in the loft looking for but of course, A.D already got to it. This comic details a revenge tactic using a board game, which sounds awfully familiar. The scariest part of it all is that the comic was never finish, meaning they are currently helping A.D write the end. Look, I’ll be damned if all of this is because of some comic book.

But assuming Charles really did die in that bell tower, someone else had to know about this comic book and also had to have been bullied so badly that they’d want revenge. The only other person that comes to mind here is Mona, who till this day, is being glossed over by the Liars. She said it herself, “how many times do I have to save all of you until I’m part of the group?” What if she isn’t saving them but rather, creating situations for them to prove that they’ve FINALLY learned their lesson and they never do? Wouldn’t that be some psychologically messed up, teach-you-a-lesson type of twist?

I don’t fully buy Lucas’s story either because, at some point, he would have realized that the Liars torment was playing out just like it did in his comics. Not to mention he was on the A-Team and he’s being blackmailed by A.D now? It is, however, possible that Lucas, who just revealed that he was Hanna’s sole investor and lost everything because of her but it was “worth it” because he’s always had a crush on her, actually killed Charlotte for hurting her and her friends. And that too would be an unexpected but welcome twist.

As Aria returns home sobbing because she’s a terrible friend and even worse black hoodie, you can tell A.D has finally gotten to her. He’s taken everything from her, just like he did from Lucas and Spencer, and will continue to if she doesn’t play along because he has something that could “put Ezra in jail.” Which I’m curious about because if it’s just that he dated one of his students well, we all knew that. Or does Ezra have a dark side? Because if he does, and we once thought he did, we should probably find that out BEFORE they get married and sign up for dance lessons. (Sidenote: anyone else annoyed at how Ezra went from “give me time I’m saving Nicole” to “lets talk about our wedding and only our wedding right now.” Like bro, give her some space to just figure this out.)

And finally, for the couple everyone has been waiting for – Emily and Alison have finally made things “official.” With a little push from Paige last week, Alison finally came to terms with her feelings for Emily and told her that she loved her. The two shared their first, real kiss and I’m sure the ship is freaking out majorly. It’s nice to see Alison so vulnerable and giving Emily what she truly deserves but in a way, I feel cheated. Their relationship comes at a time when they are being FORCED to be together. They have no choice but to be a family, even in the most modern of terms, if they want to raise this baby. And to make things worse, the battle will be uphill because they still don’t know who the sperm donor is so this baby might be the spawn of Satan. Hopefully, that isn’t the case but really, this to me feels like an extended revenge plot from A.D, not a happy ending.

With all of the receipts destroyed, Marco promises Spencer that his investigation will now include all of the Liars, which doesn’t bode well for them considering they are definitely involved. And as much as I like Marco, I’m kind of hoping A.D will off him because if you think about it, A.D has always kind of had the girls’ backs when it came time to ACTUALLY turning them over to the authorities.

And let’s not forget my twin theory – it definitely seemed like there were two Spencer’s at play here today right? The one crying at Marco’s apartment and the other one who wasn’t phased by any of his threats when he called about the stolen drive. Either Spencer is really good at getting what she wants or there are two of her. (Also no mention of Wren this week, which is super upsetting because WHY ARE YOU IN TOWN?!)

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



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.

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)



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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6 Burning “Pretty Little Liars” Questions We Need Answered During The Series Finale



We never thought we’d actually make it to this day but here we are, mere hours from finding out who A.D finally is and ending this game once and for all.

It’s been 7 long, long, LONG years and we’ve gone through so much with the Liars, some of which we don’t even remember because we got lost somewhere in the twists and turns of the Lost Woods.

After tonight’s 2-hour SERIES FINALE of Pretty Little Liars, we will finally have all the answers we’ve been so patiently waiting for.

Aria, Spencer, Hannah, Alison and Emily’s stories will come to an end but these friendships we’ve made, they’ll live on forever. (Hopefully until the movie comes out!)

While we still need to find out who A.D is, there are some other pressing questions still lingering and we need some closure.


1. Why Did A.D do all of this?

I think more fascinating than the ‘who’ is the ‘why’ here. Sure, we were shocked when it was revealed that Charlotte was Uber A but it was more twisted, more mind-blowing to find out why she did what she did. Up until this point, we’ve narrowed down a list of possible suspects, but the backstory, the reasoning behind all the torture is still something we’re having trouble piecing together. Why would someone go through all this trouble to torture 4 small town girls?


2. Who is the father of Emily and Alison’s baby?

Will this person be the same as A.D? We know A.D stole Emily’s eggs and inseminated Alison with them but we don’t exactly know who the other half is. Marlene says both the A.D reveal and the father reveal are “rewarding, satisfying and surprising.” Ah, the anticipation is killing me!


3. How did the mom’s get out of the basement?

No… I won’t let it go. Did they crawl out through a window? Did someone let them out? Do they really not suspect any foul play in Rosewood?


4. What’s The Deal with Bethany Young?

I have to consider that Bethany Young is somehow connected to this A.D madness. If you don’t remember, she’s the girl that’s allegedly in Ali’s grave, was Charlotte’s BFF in Radley and also allegedly killed Toby’s mom. We’ve mentioned her on so many occasions but never actually saw her in teen or adult form…. why?


5. Who Killed Sara Harvey?

We know Mona accidentally killed Charlotte but who killed Sara Harvey? Was it A.D because she was getting too close to the truth?


6. How Is Wren Involved?

Wren, who has been in and out of the show since season 1, has to be serving a bigger purpose here. Especially since he was just whispering about something with Spencer in an airport…. why is he back in town? Who is he shooting in the final promo? How has been involved this whole time?


We have a theory about A.D’s identity, which you can READ HERE.

See you tonight little liars!

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