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Pretty Little Liars – The Talented Mr. Rollins (7×03)

PRETTY LITTLE LIARS - "The Talented Mr. Rollins" - The PLLs attempt to rescue Ali from the psychiatric hospital in "The Talented Mr. Rollins," an all-new episode of Freeform's hit original series "Pretty Little Liars," airing TUESDAY, JULY 5 (8:00-9:00 p.m. EDT). (Freeform/Eric McCandless) SHAY MITCHELL

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I don’t know if it is the 2 cups of coffee I drank today or if that episode was just jam packed with anxiety? I’m going to say it was the latter. So much happened on this weeks episode of Pretty Little Liars i and I’m actually super excited because these girls FINALLY figured something out. Like, they were one step ahead of AD – if we’re to believe Dr. Rollins is AD.

Emily was the first one to come to the conclusion that Dr. Rollin’s and Mary Drake were a little “too close” for their first time meeting. Since they knew she was working with some British man, they assumed maybe that man was Rollins. And of course Ali was getting worse with time so that obviously meant that someone inside the hospital was up to no good. First they decided to truth the “authorities” and talk to the head of the hospital about their sneaky suspicions. He was all “Dr. Rollins has her best interest” but the girls were like “hell no, you better prove it.” So he did unfortunately. Seems like the doc was ahead of the girls and suspected they would come to make sure their friend was okay so he calmed her down and faked that she was getting better.

The girls then decided on plan B – sneak into Ali’s house and look inside Elliot’s secret drawer. That whole scene was tense considering I was expecting Elliot to walk in on Aria as she took pics of all the different utensils and drugs he had hiding away under BLACK hoodies, might I add. While Spencer tried to figure out what all the drugs were for, Aria and Hanna went to investigate an Amish farm that Elliot visited not too long before Charlotte’s release and his “honeymoon” with Ali. No one was willing to say anything about Elliot except for a young Amish girl named Eliza who said that the girls looked like dolls that Charlotte had given her. When she told them she’d seen Elliot and Charlotte kiss, the liars pretty much had Elliots motive – revenge for Charlotte’s death.

I mean, he’d been targeting Ali ever since they told AD who the killer was. Plus Spence and Ems figured out that his drugs were used to make latex masks and he even had contacts to change his eye color. Not to mention the only Rollin’s that Toby was able to locate in the system was born in 1955. DEF not right. And of course Jason told Spencer he had no idea Ali was committed to a hospital. All RED flags.

By this time, Rollins realized that the girls had been snooping but definitely underestimated them. The only thing that gave them away? The fact that Aria put away the key in the wrong lamp holder. Don’t you know psychos are very particular about things being misplaced?

When Rollins realized they had figured him out, he enacted his own plan B which was to take the ridiculous mask off of Ali and take her down to the lake. Who knows what he was planning but my guess is, he wanted to drown her. But Ali is a fighter – she always has been. As she was being “transported” she somehow managed to grab Elliots phone, send Ems a pin of his phone location and send an SOS. The girls quickly hopped in the car to follow the moving vehicle and Ali continued to play as if she were woozy from the drugs. Then at the perfect moment, she once again knocked out Elliot and ran for her life. Seriously, these girls do a lot of half-dressed running in the forest. Elliot was chasing her when BAM, the girls ran right into him and he flew through Hanna’s windshield and obviously died. I for one will NEVER get that image of him just in the window out of my head.

 

So yes, now the girls murdered someone, even though they were doing it in self defense and to save their friend, I’m sure no one will believe them. They also know no one will believe them hence the preview for next week where they’re digging up Elliot’s grave and trying to hide their tracks. Isn’t that worse you ask? Well of course but really, this is the juice that keeps PLL pumping out seasons.

As for the love department – well a lot happened there this week.

Hanna may have called off her engagement but she’s not ready to tell the girls. She puts on a fake “look alike” ring to pretend everything is okay even though she’s clearly bottling up all the stuff that happened to her when she got kidnapped.

Spencer confronts Caleb about their relationship and explains that while she’s wanted this for a really long time, she can tell he’s distant. After he’s pushed into a corner, Caleb admits that he kissed Hanna the night she got kidnapped and then digs himself a bigger hole when he can’t tell Spencer he has absolutely no feelings for his ex.

Spence confronts Hanna who is still sticking to her story that she’s 100% over Caleb but Spencer doesn’t buy it. Later on, Caleb comes to tell her that he’ll always love Hanna his first love but he likes Spence and wants to make it work with her. I was ready to jump into Caleb’s arms at this point but Spence kept her cool and told him she didn’t think she could get over the fact that someone “liked” her but loved Hanna. Ahhhh. I know I’m going to be Twitter bashed for this but I love Spencer and Caleb – they have such a great connection.

And there is NO WAY you can tell me Spencer and Toby are going to get back together because Spence literally has about 0% interest in her ex. And if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s their only connection to the law, he wouldn’t even be involved this season – he’s too busy proposing to Yvonne and actually moving on with his life. And yes, the liars are effing it up by being “secretive” and asking him to ditch his fiancee to help Alison. At this point though, he’s there only hope of avoiding jail… again.

Ezra wasn’t featured in this weeks episode cause he was out of town working on his pages but Aria did tell Hanna she broke up with Liam because she’s really just trying to give her relationship with the ex-teacher another try.

As for Emily, she’s really not had a great love interest well, ever. Aside from her feelings for Alison, she’s focusing on the girl that works at the cafe – you know the one she stole from and the one who was there for her last week. After confessing that she’s feeling vibes she realizes homegirl has a GF only to then find out she’s actually interested and the girl was her ex. Seriously, these girls all have a lot of time for dating when dealing with a psychopath… again. And you know that this means Paige will be making a random appearance very soon to try to screw up Emily’s life after BREAKING HER HEART. Ugh.

Other Thoughts

  • Who is Ali so scared of in the flash forward then? She still keeps the name Mrs. Rollins but the girls run in exclaiming “he’s coming” and she gets kind of scared. Could it be Elliot’s brother Wren? You know Wren is set to make a comeback and honestly, the British connection cannot be a by chance.
  • What is Mary Drake’s game plan? She clearly wasn’t supportive of Rollins but helped him originally with Alison. What does she want?
  • There were two A’s in the beginning if I’m correct – the person happy that Charlotte was dead and the person who wanted revenge for Charlotte’s death. Who is going to torment the girls now?
  • What happens now that Ali has “escaped” from Welby and Rollins is missing? Who pays for his murder? How do they prove he was crazy?

What did you think of the episode?


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

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Pretty Little Liars Farewell, My Lovely

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. 

Pretty Little Liars PlAytime

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)
SHAY MITCHELL, LUCY HALE, TROIAN BELLISARIO

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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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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