Hanna’s insecurities and current situation continue to plague her when Alison moves into the Marin house while her Dad is out of town. Now forced to live with the one person she is trying to avoid, Hanna retreats further into abusing alcohol and ends up in a sticky situation. Meanwhile, Aria drops the ball on her maid of honor duties when Ella returns to town to plan her wedding and Spencer and Emily pursue a dangerous lead, trying to solve the mystery of the dead girl in Alison’s grave.
This is how season three of Pretty Little Liars ends. With “A dAngerous gAme” and more questions raised than actually answered.
Honestly, that’s okay. Pretty Little Liars is at its best when the plot is mostly focused on asking the questions. When it does deign to answer the questions, things just get kind of boring. Case in point, the big Spencer and Toby reveals of this episode. Spencer, it turns out, only joined the A-Team because Mona told her Toby is actually alive. They meet again and Toby reveals he actually joined the A-Team to save Spencer, which he couldn’t tell her before because A is omnipresent. He can tell her now because, apparently, he has safe houses that Mona doesn’t know about which solves the problem I guess. The plot kind of shuts down there for a while so they can have their reunion. Also, nothing really comes of these revelations, they just kind of sit there taking up space.
Meanwhile, Emily and Hanna actually do the most of the legwork with the A plot, now that Hanna’s back in the game. Aria at least seems interested in the conversations, but she’s mostly busy breaking up with Ezra for the third time in as many episodes. Hanna’s real contribution is figuring out that Spencer is now on the A-Team and then posing as Red Coat to prove that they’re still on the same side. Sadly, this ends early in the episode. Emily’s part is even smaller, but is significantly more substantial, carrying the plot into season four. Like her step-brother, Jenna Marshall makes her reentrance in this episode. It turns out she’s actually dating Shana, who up until now had been relegated to a boring part of Emily’s side plot. They’re up to something sinister; Emily comes across the two of them meeting with Melissa. Later, they show up on the video which is still playing on Det. Wilden’s dash, even after the car has been pulled from the lake.
The biggest revelations of the evening actually come at the very end of the episode. It turns out that Mona was still on the A-Team primarily because she’d never discovered Red Coat’s identity. She changes her mind rather quickly after she is locked in a burning house with Aria, Emily, and Hanna. That, in and of itself, isn’t that interesting. However, it turns out that the Red Coat is actually Alison. This actually raises more questions than it can hope to solve, as Alison has done quite a bit of work in actually saving the Liars. Red Coat, as the orchestrator of all this, actually seemed to be intent on killing them, seeing as she set the house on fire.
On “Pretty Little Liars” “Will the Circle be Unbroken” which aired on March 5, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) made some discoveries and received an interesting proposition from Mona (Janel Parrish).
Spencer’s stay in Radley is, by far, the most intriguing storyline of the night. But of course there were a few other distractions in Rosewood, if only because the other three friends weren’t able to visit Spencer, who they now consider the “weak link.”
Aria (Lucy Hale) reached out to her dad, attempting to get Ezra (Ian Harding) a job. Emily (Shay Mitchell) randomly met Olympian swimmer Missy Franklin when she wasn’t trying to get info out of Dr. Sullivan.
Hanna (Ashley Benson) was the only one who seems to be in a real mess of her own making. Wilden (Bryce Johnson) is most definitely alive, and he’s demanding that Hanna, or Ashley (Laura Leighton), give him his car back. But why is Wilden so worried about his car? Is there something in it that he doesn’t want someone to discover? That’s one big question left unanswered on “Pretty Little Liars” “Will the Circle be Unbroken?”
While I’m not shocked by Spencer’s reaction and eventual catatonia given the events of “Out of Sight, Out of Mind,” I am a little disappointed by the promise we saw in Spencer earlier this season getting delayed by the last couple of episodes. We saw a manipulative, nasty side of her that I was hoping would chase down all the members of the A Team and at least level the playing field slightly. But she’s been struggling too hard with her sad-sackness to realize that potential.
There were some glimmers. Standing up to Mona reminded me that she could still have some spark in her and chasing Mona through the woods with the fire of a thousand suns showed me what could be. But, when she received that wreath and decoded it to mean “EM,” you could tell that she still had too much to lose to realize her inner anti-hero. If you have to plead with impressionable, gullible Emily, you’re definitely in a weak position. Certainly too weak and distracted to realize that the EM on the banner wasn’t for Emily but for “ME”-Toby.
Now is Toby really dead? I’m going to have to refer to soap opera rules: If you don’t see a body, s/he’s still alive. That’s how I feel about Alison and that’s how I feel about Toby. Spencer saw a tattoo, a substance that she may imagine to be blood, and a motorcycle helmet covering up a face. No independent coroner to confirm, no dice. No one checked for vital signs or even looked at the face of whoever was under the blanket. I call shenangians.
Nevertheless, it was enough to get Spencer locked up at Arkham Asylum, where she can get in touch with the madwomen festering inside her, begging to get out. Heck, even the play to get into Radley might have been part of a master plan to seek vengeance against the people who took Toby away from her. Find E. Lamb and you may find a missing puzzle piece.
How Spencer continues to be the best, I don’t know. But the rest of the Liars really helped her out this week by lowering the bar of excellence.
While Spencer continued her descent into conniving madness, the rest of the group was not only judgmental (Emily) but also participated in sitcom level antics (Aria, Hanna). And then Spencer jumped on Mona and tried to choke her out.
Of the non-Spencer stories, Emily’s was easily the most annoying, mostly because Emily was at her most annoying. I expect that moral browbeating from, well, Spencer, but I don’t exactly feel it’s appropriate for Emily to huff and puff about exploring sexual boundaries, particularly since Andrew is one of the least suspicious men in Rosewood and Paige tried to drown Spencer. I hear you, Em, this isn’t like the Spencer Hastings you know, but take Hanna’s advice and cut her some slack.
Her storyline was made more frustrating as she became a passive played in the theater of exposition. Emily’s basic trait as a passive character makes her a relative ghost as it is, but we basically could’ve followed Jason searching for the photo after her hot tip and not missed her at all. The message from A (about Jason needing booze for later) was weak foreshadowing even by A’s standards, and I could’ve done without Emily’s whimpering while trying to climb out of the elevator, particularly since normally a physical challenge for an athlete like her shouldn’t pose too much of a daring obstacle. What happened to our stoic Emily from when Paige was freaking out? I didn’t mind the panic after the elevator fell, but shaking like a leaf when faced with the task of sliding out seemed inconsistent.
Seems these days Bryon is always apologizing for something. And things are no different in “Mona-Mania.” The daddy with the leastest (we’re just going to pretend Hanna’s dad doesn’t exist) apologizes to Aria for accusing her and her friends of arson and attempted murder but she shrugs it off. Nothing is forgiven.
While they are both bemoaning his failure as a father, Em, Hanna and Spence are back at the high school basement (a major location for this half of the season apparently). Hanna is overwhelmed at the thought of having to worry about Aria’s daddy issues on top of her own. Spencer has gone into ?crazy eye private eye’ mode and can’t be bothered with non-A related issues. And Emily is angry per the norm.
They walk into the Janitor’s room just as a black hooded person is cleaning out all of the incriminating evidence and leaving behind a blank journal for the PLLs (with the message: Move on Ladies nothing to see here). A lot of craziness that makes no sense happens. Spence and Em manage to accomplish nothing and they yell to Hanna to help or get out of the way. She does what any fashion-minded teenager would do: she stares at the hooded fellow’s shoes, so that she can identify them later. You know as opposed to ?looking at the person’s face.
The ineffective night and close encounter with a possible A puts a damper on the morning. All of the Liars are having stress dreams. Aria dreams she is exactly who she is: a Liar. Hanna dreams she loses her what she holds most precious: her looks. Spencer’s nightmares consist of her failing at life. And Emily’s is forgettable but no doubt consists of some sort of anger.
“Pretty Little Liars” aired the mid-season finale for its third season Tuesday night on ABC Family, channel 38 in Queens, and fans finally got answers to who killed Maya and who’s on the “A” team in episode 12, “The Lady Killer.”
The Maya murder trial is officially underway and all of Rosewood is abuzz. The liars call Emily over under the guise of apologizing for thinking Paige is A but they really just want to tell her that they think Paige is A. Oh, and that they found the earring Aria buried with Alison in her bag. Well, Emily doesn’t want to have any of it and storms out. I bet no one, except for everyone, saw that coming.
When Emily doesn’t show up to school, Hanna puts two and two together when she tells Aria and Spencer that Paige wasn’t at school either. Since the Liars know that Emily doesn’t want to see them, they’ve sent Caleb as a spy to watch over Emily. Caleb assures the Liars that Emily is safe with the reporters outside her house.
She leaves promptly, after saying, “Three to one. A wins.” The girls realize that this is what A, or Paige, wants – to separate Emily from the girls and have her all to herself. Garrett’s trial is underway. Mona, dressed as a nurse, flashes her ID card to the receptionist as she walks out of Radley Sanitarium, also holding some keys.
So it was a massive disappointment that this finale focused not on solving the mystery of the A Team, but on solving the mystery of who killed Emily’s girlfriend Maya. Turns out that it wasn’t Emily’s new girlfriend, whom the Liars decided was the killer last week, but the obviously suspicious new guy in town who claimed to be Maya’s cousin out of nowhere! Just when we thought the show would zig, it… well, zigged.
This show amazes me. Mostly because these girls must wake up at 5am to get ready for school. They’re always socializing before they even get there, and this week is no different. Spencer is at Hanna’s house helping her to get ready, and today’s challenge is that they need to hide Hanna’s scar. As they wait for her mother to leave, Pastor Ted shows up, bearing a thumb drive. Apparently, while they were renovating the church they found the thumb drive, which contained videos of Hanna and her friends. Hanna and Spencer hear Pastor Ted telling Ashley (Hanna’s mom) and freak out, realizing that this is what Ian was trying to keep away from them when he died.
A lot of this episode centered on Paige’s past in regard to Ali, and I’m glad to have gotten some clarity on that topic. I do have to say, Ali was amazingly good at being cruel to people – it never ceases to amaze me how these girls were ever friends with her.
An injured Hanna is in no mood to go to school with a “big open” wound. Spencer and Hanna are eavesdropping on the stairs and overhear a conversation between Ashley and Ted about a thumb drive that was discovered underneath a pew.
At school, Aria confides in Spencer about trying to help Ezra get into contact with Maggie, but Spencer wisely warns Aria to stay out of it. Needless to say, Aria doesn’t listen to her friend and pays Maggie a visit at the school she works in. Aria pretends to be “Amy,” an undergraduate student hoping to go into teaching. As Aria and Maggie have their chitchat, a little boy runs up to Maggie asking her permission for something.
As Hanna helps her mother move some houseplants around, she finds a letter, written by Maya the date she died. When Hanna shows the letter to the other Liars, they find out that Maya wanted to explain herself and show something to Emily the day she died, but the location of where Maya wanted to meet Emily was smeared and washed away from the rain.
Ashley Marin is trying to be a mom by moving plants, because that’s the most important thing to do when your daughter’s life is in constant mortal peril. But under that plant (oddly enough) is a note from Maya to Emily asking her to meet up (oddly enough) on the night of her death (oddly enough) but the location of their supposed talk is curiously missing (oddly enough) from the partially destroyed letter. Because right, this is Rosewood, and every mystery just leads to another mystery. GOD!
The liars decided to do a little reKAHNizance (get it!?), so they split up to snoop while Noel was at football practice. Spencer took the boys’ locker room (we knew she was a smart girl!), and grabbed Noel’s phone from his locker to search for any trace of Maya. She came up empty-handed but was caught red-handed when Noel walked in and saw her at his locker. Yet she somehow slipped out while Noel was distracted.
Hanna’s back at her house playing Nancy Drew. She’s blown up all of the photos from Maya’s website, and is trying to find details that she hadn’t seen before. Emily tells her that she’s being a little weird about it, when they realize that two of the photos were taken at Noel Khan’s cabin. They call Spencer (who is at school) and tell her what’s going on, and she confronts Noel in the hallway. He tells her that he had a “texting relationship” with Maya, meaning he hooked her up with weed once in a while. Spencer retaliated by asking him if that was before or after he and Jenna started sneaking around in the middle of the night, and he tells her it’s “kind of hot” that she thinks he is capable of murder.
In this week’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, Aria and Spencer attended a party, Hanna dealt with romantic entanglements, and Emily attempted to close a chapter on her life, while opening a new one.
Aria is showing Spencer a picture of the stamp on Maya’s arm that Emily remembers and Spencer—Superhero Superwoman Spencer—is freaking DONE solving mysteries because it’s ruining her chances of getting into college. And Toby’s pants, mostly, but also some of that stuff she’s missing out on is graduating from UPenn, but it’s a good thing that the random blonde Cece did! How convenient! Now they can go to a party together to schmooze with some random admissions bro Steven, which is great because Spencer looks like she needs to loosen up her vag.
While this conversation is taking place, weird and nosy and semi-hot older lady CeCe walks into the coffee shop and approaches her two protégés. She overhears “Penn” and tells Spencer that she’s going to a house party where a friend from Penn’s admissions office would be in attendance. In 2005, I applied for college online, but according to CeCe if you give your application to a dude at a house party, it works just as well. Spencer’s pumped.
The event is at Noel Kah’s house and CeCe is friends with his older d-bag brother Eric! Unfortunately, it’s too late to turn back and Spencer and Aria bravely venture forward to the door where a bouncer sullies their hands with a tramp stamp (the same one as Maya — luckily nowhere near as permanent as the Death Eaters’ tats!) and they enter the Kahn house of gloom and doom. Gulp! Despite a few hiccups and terrorizing moments, the trouble proves well worth it because CeCe — true to her word — gives Steven Spencer’s app and he submits it for her. In fact, Spence actually receives an email from UPenn acknowledging that they received her early admission files. While we’re ecstatic for her, we can’t help but wonder why an admissions office is open so late on a Friday night, and why CeCe would be so gung-ho about helping out someone she barely knows. Fact: Nothing comes without a price in Rosewood.