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Pretty Little Liars "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno" Review: Diary of a Mad White Girl

Pretty Little Liars S03E17: "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno"

Things you want: pizza, friends, lazy Sundays, puppy parties, accolades on a job well done, safety.

Things you don't want: poverty, bitter disappointment, to be hit with a sock full of quarters. And last on that list: Spencer Hastings coming after you with nothing to lose.

Time had come for one of the girls to break down. With everyone's everything caught in the balance of A's schemes, from the "caped crusaders" trying to rescue Hanna and Emily to Aria and Spencer's creepy men probably and definitely, respectively, party to a large-scale bullying plot against them, the Hastings girl was probably the last one that A wanted to come knocking on the door.

Someone's house is going to burn down by the end of the season.

Troian Bellisario was a different person in "Out of the Frying Pan, Into the Inferno," like a real human who didn't belong in Rosewood. Of the serenely perfect caught in the whispers of guilt and secrets, it's easy to look like the gritty, jaded bag lady in town: Just don't wear makeup and constantly say the things the audience has been thinking for years. In the world of PLL, that's tantamount to wearing a tinfoil hat and pooping on the sidewalk.

I'm glad it's Spencer for so many reasons. While disillusionment would suit each Liar differently (Hanna would clumsily try to get even, Emily would come off pouty, Aria might kill an actual bird with her bare hands), Spencer is the only one who seems like an actual threat to A's evil empire. Technically, she always has been, what with her obsessive nature sucking the other girls back into the fold from their coital distractions, though their stumbling two steps behind A has never amounted to getting the better of their enemy.

That's why Spencer's breakdown is so interesting. It gives her new purpose. The fact that she has nothing to lose (her family is absent, Melissa might be in on everything, Toby is a hoodie, Mona is chief decathlete) means she has new perspective on tackling her A problem. What's left to expose for Spencer? She was right when she told Aria that, hey, maybe if they stopped lying and keeping secrets from everyone, A wouldn't have anything to fuel the witch-burning. She even went a step further: "I think we should stop blaming A for everything that goes wrong in our lives and start blaming ourselves." Aria's counter: A is not their tough-love life coach.

Allow me to digress on that topic. In the beginning, there were times when A did seem like a life coach, just someone that wanted the Liars to unburden themselves of all the dark secrets they harbor and to keep them humble. It was always in the worst way possible (there's no need to make a former fat girl shovel cupcakes into her mouth), but it progressively got more malicious and mean-spirited as the bullying continued to the iteration of A we're under currently—one that actively hurts, maims, and kills people. Is A your tough-love life coach, Aria? Maybe in another time s/he was.

Back to my point, however, of Spencer's breakdown being interesting. It was an act of contrition. She actively said, "Maybe we deserve it." While coming to terms with how she was sleeping with the enemy, A transformed from a faceless sociopathic entity to something more nuanced and capable of reason. If Toby could be part of it, how bad could it have been? That's flawed thinking, since Toby is a creepshow, but the admission that there might be a lesson here to learn was a different direction for the girls. It led to Spencer re-examining her options and reaching out for help beyond the resources of her softheaded friends.

In fact, this episode was full of honest acts betraying their Liar titles. Emily and Aria put their heads together and realized, after a brief visit from our MIA Watermelon Baby boutique owner Cece, that maybe they shouldn't just hold on to every piece of evidence, that it's time to incorporate other agents of justice—the professional ones—to help out. When Hanna showed up and questions Emily's motivation, she replied that she was doing so because she can end this. It's no longer about containing the damage caused by their bully. It's about ending it altogether and going on the attack though less sketchy means than their DIY bumbling. How were they to know that Wilden might be in on it, too? Oh, right, because he has a penis.

But even Hanna, after she returned home from her lesbian bar adventure, was incredibly forthcoming about her actions and motivations. She spilled on everything just short of A still being around and kicking, but that much information without playing the skulky get-out-of-my-beeswax teenager was a nice change of pace. Combine that with Aria's act of faith last week by burning the diary pages to show she believed Byron and you have some girls who might be all growns up. Well, they still look like babies, but at least they're making some progress.



NOTES


– Why can't Emily's mom and dad be in the same house at the same time? Wait, when was the last time we saw them together? Hmm.

– Aria wants to know whether Meredith can be treated at a facility far, far away. Of course not, silly. That girl is going right to Radley for lessons in going from cray to criminally cray.

– That flashback to juvenile hall was ridiculous. Why was Toby dressed up like Prison Mike?

– Spencer was full of good points. Why should you care about Ali? The more you talk about her, the more horrible she seems. She blackmailed everyone, treated people like garbage, and cultivated an abrasive personality so poisonous that it passed on to people by mere association. What are you all honoring here?

– It's not often I get to talk about good acting on this show with so, so many laughable, embarrassing, awkward performances (I'm looking at you, Detective Wilden). Troian Bellesario, however, nailed that I-want-to-get-out-of-the-car-but-I'm-still-crying-put-on-my-makeup-let's-go-no-I'm-crying-again scene. But the award for best performance goes to Ashley Benson and her "I'd have it made if I were gay" adventure. The information gleaned from her story could've been expressed in ten seconds but, if the writers had been more ruthless about what went into the episode, we wouldn't have gotten to see all those examples of the things that make Hanna great: accepting the Flirtini, going into stealth mode, handing over her ID knowing full well she was going to get kicked out. And then afterward, Hanna's mom: "What's a pink drink? Is that code for something gay?" Beautiful.

– I love that, even at a young age, Byron and Ella thought Aria was flighty enough to walk right into the fireplace.

– There was a time when I would've cheered for Ezra ditching Aria on the street. But now it smacks of Toby leaving Spencer a while back and it doesn't feel as sweet. He's still creepy and probably the worst member of the A Team—if he is, in fact, among them. I kind of hope he is for his sake. Without criminal insanity, he's just awful. So awful.

– Blowtorch to Hanna's bobblehead? That seems unnecessary. But good news: It looks like someone made a design for Pretty Little Liars Bratz dolls!

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I figured the ridiculous headscarf Toby wore was to cover the fact that this scene was filmed recently, after he had a haircut. It was meant to be a flashback so it would be hard to explain why his hair looked different, so they just covered it up.instead.
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Oh my god, sometimes it's hard for me to watch this show. Then men are sooo creepy. Ezra is creepy for dating a teenager. The show could have made it less creepy if she had obviously and repeatedly lied to him and said she was older, and if they'd been dating and sleeping together for months, and then he'd found out. That way, he would have actually had time to "fall" for her when he thought she was an adult. All they'd done was make out once when he found out. It never should have gone farther. Even in real life, I don't blame a young 20-something guy for sleeping with a teenager if she lies and says she's older. But he KNEW before they were ever intimate. And he took her virginity. Ewwww. It doesn't help that they picked the tiny girl for this storyline. It's unrealistic that it wouldn't have crossed his mind that she was pretty young!

Toby is creepy for sleeping with Spencer AND terrorizing her.

And Aria's dad is a terrible person, and REALLY, REALLY creepy. I seriously hate scenes with just the two of them, or with Allison and him. It just seems like he's about to start molesting people. And he's so selfish and yelling at Aria for things that aren't her fault all the time. I really wish they'd write him off the show, maybe Meredith could kill him? And then Piper should move back in to the house and have cute dates with her young hot boy toy? Even his relationship with Meredith is completely creepy, although at least not statutory rapey, for once. But she IS on the young side for him, and she was his student, so it's was inappropriate for him to sleep with her.

Same goes for the cop. Ick! He totally seems like he's gonna molest Hannah all the time. Her mom has like 50 screws loose for ever inviting him to the house. Come on, Hannah could have handled a little shoplifting charge. Teenagers do it all the time. Just a little community service or something. He's REALLY weird. Scenes with him in them also make me feel sick in the pit of my stomach.

And what's his butt. . . Garrett. . . was too old for Jenna, so that was also gross!

And I know they're out of the picture right now, but why did not one, but two of Melissa's adult-aged boyfriends/fiances make out with her underaged sister? I mean, with Ian, she was even younger than at the start of the show! And I strangely didn't mind the doctor guy as much, perhaps because we saw how it happened, and Spencer IS pretty mature, both looking and acting, and they do seem fairly compatible. . . I probably could have forgiven that one, if we didn't already have all of the other creepy older guys going on, but on top of everything else. . . Ick!

And as of this episode, we have to ask ourselves which completely disgusting older guy may have impregnated Allison!

In conclusion, I haven't looked up who the writers for this show are. . . but if they're male, seriously keep them away from your young daughters, and if they're female, someone should be investigating into their high school and college professors and older male relatives. I'm pretty sure there's some bad stuff in their pasts. . .

Only males on the show who haven't been shown to be disgusting? Caleb, Emily's dad, and maybe Jason, though I'm not sure on that last one. There's still something weird going on with him, and I wouldn't be surprised if his old ass has been hooking up with Mona, as well as being part of the A Team.

Ok, but I'm pretty sure Caleb is ok. . .
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Emily's dad is the only non-creepy guy on the show.
Remember Caleb got close to Hanna, moved into her house, and took Hanna's virginity all awhile working for Jenna. I say he's a reformed creep.
Jason come on to Aria (who is the same age as Mona) and founded the NAT Club (he confessed to Spencer that the NAT Club was his idea), the same club that condoned Ian spying/recording the neighborhood's little girls. So yes creepy guys on PLL.

Btw when you said Piper I bursted out laughing. This whole post was hilariously true.
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You made me laugh so hard. When you put it that way that's a good assessment of the relationships in the show. Best part Jason possibly hooking up with crazy Mona. Ahahaha
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Once again I agree with your opinion Madelynn :) However, you forgot Spencer's dad - that guy creeps me out. I wouldn't be surprised if he was Aly's baby daddy.

As for Jason - he used to drink and he doesn't remember much of that time. Who knows what he did?

Nick is right - in this show, everyone with a penis is a creep and a suspect. (ok Caleb is just creep and Emily's Dad is like a guest star so he doesn't count)
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True, but I *think* we already found out Spencer's dad's big secret. . . that he's Jason's dad. It would be really, really, really gross if he slept with his son's half sister!! (Haha, so you're right, the show could totally go there.) Ooh! Maybe the baby daddy was that detective Creeperson?

Why is Caleb a creep? As far as I can tell, he hasn't done anything too alarming? And it's true that Emily's dad is just a guest star. . . but I just thought I'd point out that he was the only adult male on the show who isn't NASTY.
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Detective Creeperson is as accurate a name as anything I could think of. Detective Creepshow, Detective Keystone "Kops" McCreepster, Detective Dumas "A Box of Rocks" Creeperton, and Dick Creepin are some others I've considered.
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Hahahaha. :) All excellent!
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Spancer's dad can be guilty of more things then we know - just like his older daughter. Maybe they killed Aly together?

Well, Caleb can hack into any computer / smartphone - so that just screams: "invasion of privacy". He used to sleep in school - so he can probably sleep anywhere - sounds like he could be a voyeur. He disappears for a long time. (any proof that he's really visiting his mother?) He's in league with creepy Paige and he's a friend of Lucas (who we know was a creepy hooded minion of A). With such skills and connections Caleb could even be the A. (I doubt it - but after Toby everything is possible)

I don't think detective Creeperson (what a fantastic name you gave him!) is the baby daddy. That would be... too easy / obvious.
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I'm sorry for ruining your faith in Caleb - but for me he's just one big, red flag. If I were on Hannah's place I would be already running away. I think identity of his father is still a mystery.

And yes, Paige is psycho. Nothing will ever change that.
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Haha, also, I was just typing stream-of-consciousness style, and after submitting I looked back and noticed that I'd written "Detective Creeperson". Guess I must just always call him that in my head without even noticing. :)
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Oh god, now I'm suspecting Caleb of all sorts of things. . . Shit! :) Poor Hannah in advance, if any of your ideas are true! He does have a pretty underdeveloped past. Did they ever say if his mom told him who his father was? I wonder if he ever hung out on the beach that summer. . . Ack! Paige IS really creepy, but I *think* once again that we're supposed to think she has been cleared of any involvement. But seriously, she totally tried to DROWN Emily, and it sounds like Ali was a real bitch to her, so. . .
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Seriously, the award goes to Troian Bellesario. That car scene was AMAZING. Crying, then composing herself and putting on mascara, then crying again and carefully wiping the tears away. . . Wow.
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I don't understand the hate Spencer gets. She's clearly the smartest, strongest and most cunning of the girls. She really should be the one to take down A. Also, Troian is definitely the best actress of the four (with Shay being the weakest, she's pretty but it's true).
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I haven't been watching this show for long, so I haven't gotten in to the comment reading yet. . . but people hate Spencer?? That's a thing? She's so obviously the BEST! I'm shocked. I guess I'll have to stay away from the comments if I don't want to start insulting people's intelligence. . .
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I wouldn't say people hate Spencer, personally I hate the way she is right now.

I always loved her, she always wanted to find Ali's killer. But now after finding out Toby is part of A, she has become a total hypocrite...Saying stuff like "why should we care what happened to Alison", and being indifferent to Aria's feelings.

I understand she is hurting, but that doesn't give her the right to act like a jerk. She should be mad at Toby/Mona and not talk down to/hurt everyone else with her words and or actions. Oh and let's not forget she is still keeping Toby being part of A secret from the rest of the girls.

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OMG that do-rag was hilarious. He looked so ridiculous. Not even in a prison sort of way but like a screwed up game of dress-up sort of way. I could not take that scene seriously.
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Is anyone else annoyed with Aria? (Aside from the whole Ezra plotline which i think is wrong and twisted and should not be encouraged) - i think she is one of the most self-centered people on this show. No matter who she is in a relationship with, keeping a secret that big and that life-changing because she is afraid of how it will affect her in the end - is one of the dumbest reasons i have ever heard. it is beyond childish and shows how young at heart she really is, and how unfit she is to be in a adult relationship! i had to vent about that!
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I don't have a strong opinion on Aria one way or the other. If how it affected her was her only motivation, then yeah, it's not a good reason to keep the secret. But seriously? It's none of her high schooler business, and the MOTHER asked her not to tell. It was definitely never her place. If anything, she should have been hounding Alex Mack to tell Ezra. But really, the idea that she'd ignore the mother's wishes? Certainly not. I couldn't figure out why the show was acting like it was her place to tell anyway. But. . . it was completely unrealistic that Alex didn't come clean sooner. I mean, she can't expect a teenager to keep that to herself for this long. . . Haha, oh my god, I just described something on PLLs as "unrealistic". I need to go get my nearly 3 decades-old head examined. . . :)
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I completely agree with the hate regarding Ezra and Aria. Not only is their relationship disturbing and creepy on so many levels, but it's completely illegal! There is a reason why these kinds of relationships are called statutory rapes!

They need to 86 this whole story line! It's completely offensive to parents of a teenage girl, not only that we are supposed to root for them as a couple, but we are supposed to be OK with the fact that her parents didn't immediately pick up the phone and call the police!

BALDERDASH!!
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Spencer always has and probably always will be my favorite one of the girls. She is always the one to spearhead things and it makes sense that she would be the first one to defect... even if it turns out to be just for a little while. I can't wait to see her have a (REAL) showdown with either Mona or Toby. I may be a little naive but I am still hoping (in my heart of hearts) that Toby is not really part of the A team. And I do have to agree that he looked ridiculous with that wanna be "gangsta" rag on his head!

The whole Ezra crying thing kinda freaked me out though... why cry like a little girl instead of just telling Aria what the deal is? Why cry at all? Hmmm... I think Mr. Fitz is hiding something....

I can't wait til next week! I hope Tough-As-Nails-Spencer sticks around for a few episodes!
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Implying little girls are the only ones allowed to cry?
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If that's what you want to take from it... go ahead.
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Why should he tell her how he feels - she doesnt deserve honesty after the stunt she pulled. he should do them both a favor and break it off completely.
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That's what I was going for... He should tell her what the deal is as far as them not being together anymore. He has bigger fish to fry and their relationship is kinda creepy... at least to me.
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Troian Bellesario once again proved that she's a great actress with a bright future in Hollywood / tv. In both "The car scene" and during the talk with Aria she was fantastic and gave a new depth to Spencer. I kind of expect Spencer to buy a gun now and off Toby.

We also got a great performance from Ashley Benson. "The lesbian bar scene" was awesome - I wish Hannah was the lesbian character in PLL and not Emily. That would be much more fun to watch.

Laura Leighton's "What's a pink drink? Is that code for something gay?" cracked me up. The question is would Mrs. Marin be thrilled or terrified if Hannah said she was looking for a hook up in that bar? Maybe both?
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I am loving this nothing-to-lose Spencer. I've never been a big Spencer fan, but I think I'm coming around. Great acting. Hanna was great as always. I loved when she ducked down in the club to hide from creepy Paige.
I can't stand Ezra. Their relationship is just disturbing. However, having him cry at the end was a nice touch!
I miss Caleb.
I wonder if Ali really was pregnant? That would be an interesting twist.
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OMG! Why all the Ezra hate everyone? I love Ezra & Aria and I hope everything works out!

What was with Tobby back in juvi? I almost fell off the couch laughing! I thought I was watching a "Dangerous minds" parody! Hahahaha!!!

My heart goes all the way out to poor Spencer! I like this "I'm up to no good" acting and her suffering both at the end of the previous episode and the car in this one was really beautiful!

Let's see what the future holds in store!
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Because Ezra's creepy and boring, he adds little to nothing to the story, and his relationship with Aria is a tumor on her character development.
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I get the boring part but I don't find him creepy at all! As far as the "tumor" analogy goes, I strongly disagree but of course, to each his own, right? :-)
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Ezra and Aria's relationship consists of statutory rape is the point I'm making.
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Statutory Rape is Statutory Rape.
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Whatever rocks your boat...
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It's a trope, Nasia. Have you never heard of the romantic plot tumor? There's just an inherent creepiness to it; teenagers don't tend to know what's best for them. As in, they can't identify an unevenness to their relationships. The fact that she doesn't have this self-awareness about the future implications of this relationship is legitimately disquieting.
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I wasn't aware of the trope... Even so, I just don't see it like that. From personal experience I know that this is not always true. It may be true for most situations but not all of them. Every person is an individual and the family, the thought process and experiences one goes through really affects the emotional maturity and state of mind. Finally, these are not your typical teenagers we're watching on the show... Again, you've got your opinion and I've got mine. :-)
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I am beginning to think that Ali`s blond bestie is A.
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is no one going to review the lying game this season????????????
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"Aria might kill an actual bird with her bare hands" -- LOL What ?

"It's not often I get to talk about good acting on this show with so, so many laughable, embarrassing, awkward performances" -- I have to disagree with this. Troian Bellisario and Janel Parrish have been amazing this season. Great acting skills, every Mona/Spencer interaction has been excellent. Last Episode, Mona sipping on the whine while listening to Spencer's cry was simply brilliant. <<<

Overall the episode for me was great, although I don't like the direction they are taking with Spencer. She was so mean spirited this episode, and she is even worse in the next one. From the previews of what I've seen, the way she talks about Alison...YES she was a terrible person. But she did not deserve to die, SHE WAS THEIR FRIEND! Did spencer forget?
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I think that's Spencer's point: WAS she their friend? Just about every flashback the girls have involving Ali show her being manipulative and/or dismissive to everyone around her and harshest on her gal pals. I'm having trouble trying to remember a time when Ali did a charitable thing for any of the Liars that wasn't backhanded and questionable in motive.
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I'm confused as to why would Spencer be questioning her friendship with Ali now? It's just my opinion but I don't think anyone deserves to be murdered the way Alison was, just because she was manipulative/hard on her friends.

Even if she wasn't a good friend to them, she deserves to be avenged somehow. The way Spencer talked about her is like she doesn't care at all anymore. Really ? Just because Toby is A?

Doesn't it sound a bit hypoctitical at all ? Considering she cared the most. It's just a very strange road the writers have taken with her. I just don't get it.
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It's a reaction to Ali's death not being the biggest thing in her life anymore. There are three obsessions in Spencer's existence: getting into a good school, uncovering who murdered Alison Di Laurentis, and thwarting A. Lately, the question of A has taken the lead with school a close second, and whoever murdered Ali a comparatively distant third. Outside of the diary pages Aria burned and the notebook Emily found, staying one step ahead of A has been the primary focus and driving element of the show in general.

Finding out that not only someone close to them is within the A syndicate, not to mention a person Spencer loves, is enough to get a teenage girl turned around. I felt it was justifiable that the last thing on Spencer's was Aria's hypotheticals concerning Ali's murder. While she equally grieves her first love and feels a stabbing betrayal, maybe whatever other issues her friends have seem inconsequential.

What I like about Spencer's turn is that it addresses a concern that I have and probably many of you do, too. What is it about Ali that makes these girls idolize her so much? Why is it they seem to look fondly upon memories of Alison being terrible to everyone around her? If Ali was involved in so much shady business, why is it up to the Liars to find the killer? Just because they were her closest whipping girls? It's as good a time as any for the show to ask these questions and reaffirm the show's premise in light of their characters' development.
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"There are three obsessions in Spencer's existence: getting into a good school, uncovering who murdered Alison Di Laurentis, and thwarting A."

>>You are wrong, I respect your opinion but Spencer stormed out of the classroom claiming school is "a complete waste of my time"...

So she doesn't give a damn about getting into a good school at this point. She is just angry at everyone but Toby/Mona. She should be focusing all of her frustration on them. <<

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I think you right about the girls, they have matured a lot through the seasons I mean what happened with Spencer blurting out to Ezra about his kid and then aria took the all thing in a very mature manner . because let's face it this wasn't the first time A tortured them and played them against each other and if I recall it happened with Hanna and aria during the first season and as a result they haven't spoken to each other for an episode and half which is like a life time in TV shows so the girls really have grown a lot. also no need to tell me why I love Hanna so much , she's my favorite liar, really liked this episode and great review (Toby juvenile prison scene LOL and LOL some more )
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ALSO TOBY IN A DO RAG!!! OMG I was dying from laughter. OMG.
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This episode was really good. Full of good information. Only thing bad about it was the awful lack of Caleb. That sexy man should be in every episode, damn it. Also, Ezra crying killed me. Sorry not sorry.
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I loved the mix of humour and drama in this episode, that Toby scene wow just wow!
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It would be so ironic if the person who killed Ali was the guy who got her pregnant (something that is unfortunately very common and so is a normal motive), yet the only reason the cops didn't figure it out is because everyone who saw her that night was too busy covering up their own secrets rather than be honest with the cops.
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What is so wrong with Ezra? I mean, he only is a grown man in a relationship with a high school student. I still don't get how her parents are okay with this.
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that has creeped me out since the first season! Why would we encourage this among young girls? It is creepy and twisted and I am glad I'm not the only one who finds this gross.
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I think girls having crushes on older men is normal (I myself was going to either marry Han Solo or Indiana Jones) but a man should have far better judgement, and it is very gross.
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The writers aren't sending a very responsible message by keeping this relationship while letting it add nothing to the plot. And they're so afraid of offending people at the same time that they keep it as cleanly whitebread as possible. :/
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WOW. Sexist double standard is sexist. This is not a 'crush'. A 'Crush' implies one-sidedness. This is very much implying two-sidedness.
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My point was that an adult should know better. That isn't a double standard, but just common sense.
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I understand that. I meant it is realistic for a high school age girl to have a crush on a cute teacher. It is not okay for a relationship to begin. That is gross. He should know better. It would be as realistic for a guy to have a crush on a hot female teacher. Reciprocity is what the problem is.
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Ezra is boring and he doesn't add anything to the story. Caleb, Paige, and Toby are all involved with the narrative; Ezra's just outside of everything (unless he's actually on the A-Team).
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Why is he still here? What do they need to send him to jail?
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"That flashback to juvenile hall was ridiculous. Why was Toby dressed up like Prison Mike?"
- Because Toby back then had longer, floppier hair and they only had three choices if they wanted to keep continuity: 1) cover up his current hairstyle, 2) make Keegan Allen wear a wig, 3) have Keegan Allen grow out his hair for the one flashback scene.
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Now that I've read your explanation the style choice makes more sense, but I still LOLed like never before when I saw him.
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It was also integral to the story telling that his shirt be undone! atleast it distracted from the terrible acting for 5 minutes.
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Yes! And a few times it looked like he was about to button his shirt, but then he didn't, 'cause the director probably would've yelled cut and just left him shirtless all together.
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Just one line about that prison flashback??? I almost peed py pants,when I saw Toby,because I laughed so much.
I also like Hanna the most and her mother is back...like that. No mention of her mother/Hanna's grandmother,etc. Or I missed something in previous episode(s).
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lol...I think it is clear...it should be my instead of py. Get us editor,please:D
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I was impressed with Troian's performance last night, but she was being oddly hypocritical with going on to Aria about secrets when she now has a big one of her own that she isn't sharing. While I might get that she wouldn't tell Emily (who while bumbles a lot, is the next biggest threat to A's empire) and Hanna (because seriously) but Aria is the one of the liars who, you know, is actually a good liar and can quickly cover up the best. She might be the best sounding board.

I do like how they are making the circumstances of Ali's death more and more pedestrian...she may or may not have been knocked up, the guy she was with was a potential threat, she suspected she may need an abortion, she needed money, she tried to blackmail Byron for it, she likely created the Vivian Darkbloom to either follow the guy or to just research the abortion issue, she freaked out after Byron left and Melissa called the guy and Ian to report about it. Ian using Ali's crush on him, lured her to the lakeside. And either the guy or possibly Jason whacked her over the side of the head..but too hard.

That juvie costume was ridiculous, I am entirely guessing that Keegan's hairstyle couldn't effectively be returned to the emo state is likely was in (I actually kind of forget why he was in juvie, was he being blamed for Jenna's accident?). I am guessing he was not a part of the A team yet, and I actually wouldn't be terribly surprise to find out that his friendship with Emily was his first test assignment.
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Yeah, that conversation with Allison showed that Toby probably wasn't part of the team yet, but he said that he agreed with A's motives, that the gals deserved it. I bet he joined up soon after. You can see where his head was at at the time. Allison was a complete nightmare, and she and her posse had BLINDED his sister and forced him to take the fall. . .
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Yep, he took the fall for blinding Jenna and was sent to juvie.
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