Pretty Little Liars: Partner Swap

Pretty Little Liars S03E06: "The Remains of the A"

The dynamic of Pretty Little Liars hasn’t changed much since the beginning: Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily are always going to be friends, even when their parents or local law enforcement try to keep them apart. That’s fine—they work well together, and the show wouldn’t be the same without our core four. But that doesn’t mean it’s not fun to switch things up every once in a while.

Tuesday’s episode of Pretty Little Liars, "The Remains of the A," was all about playing with the pairings, which is something the series could stand to do more often. There are so many characters—why not find new ways to have them interact? It’s a nice change of pace from watching Spencer and Toby make out, with all due respect to their boring-ass relationship. (Seriously, do something already. Ugh.)

The best pairing of the episode was brother-and-sister team Jason and Spencer. These two are long overdue for some family bonding, especially when they have a common goal. It’s creepy to think about Jason as part of the NAT Club—and the fact that he didn’t film any of the girls doesn’t make it any less repulsive. But the guy has obviously turned over a new leaf, and he has relevant information. I enjoy Pretty Little Liars the most when there are more characters in on the mystery. Even if they only have bits and pieces, you get to see them put their heads together and actually make some progress.

But I also dug Hanna and Toby, despite the fact that she was just using him as a distraction. This season Toby has felt especially superfluous, so just seeing him away from Spencer was an improvement. He’s also a lot sharper than he sometimes comes across: He realized pretty quickly that Hanna and her friends weren’t telling him the whole truth. While I don’t particularly care about what strife this causes in his relationship with Spencer, at least it’s given him something to contribute.

It’s too soon to say I liked seeing Emily and Holden work together, because they haven’t done much yet. But Holden’s mysterious wrist stamp and his vague allusion to seeing Maya mean he’s got more information to give. I wouldn’t say I’ve missed Holden, but it’s nice having him back—once he stopped being a love interest for Aria, I began to appreciate his nerdy charm. And hey, he must be going to the right parties if he was mingling with Maya and whoever took Emily to that coffee shop.

But, okay, you know what creeped me? Wilden putting the moves on Hanna. He’s always had some gross sexual tension with the girls, but this was really crossing the line. Tell me if I’m reading into it too much—I don’t think I am. How else are we supposed to interpret what he said about Ashley knowing how to solve problems while Hanna only knows how to create them? If you’ll recall, Ashley solved the Wilden problem by sleeping with him. Inappropriate, dude. There’s only one dirty old man allowed on this show, and his name is Ezra.

And in keeping with the pairing theme, a couple brief notes on relationships, both new and old: Aria and Ezra need to step things up, as their conflict once again got resolved in a single episode. It looks as though Ezra’s hiding something, which is good—I can only take so many cute photo shoots before I seriously lose interest. As for Ashley and Ted, I’m glad Ashley met a guy (albeit a pastor), but this all kind of feels like a distraction. There’s still too much happening on Pretty Little Liars for me to get invested in a relationship that doesn’t have any bearing on the plot as a whole.

Overall, "The Remains of the A" was an improvement over last week’s episode. The plot moved backward in a way—Spencer and Jason’s scheming only ended up helping Garrett get out of jail. And now we’re down a suspect with more unknown blood in the mix. But that’s okay: This mystery is never going to be easy to solve. The most important thing is that we have fun along the way.


QUESTIONS:

1. What unlikely character pairing would you like to see Pretty Little Liars try next?

2. Why did Holden suddenly get nervous when talking about the traveling party?

3. Where did Ezra really get that money?

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Could Detective(?) Wilden be the sleezy pedofile recipient of the videos Ian shot? After all, Jason said he thought Ian was shooting them for someone else... (incidentally - bet you anything Ali was one of "his girls" taking money setting up her friends for him to film them)
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I want to see Jason/Emily. They've both lost people close to them and also have both had issues with alcohol. And does no one else remember Jason's not remembering anything from the night Ali disappeared? And then Emily doesn't remember the night Ali's grave was dug? connection!
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What's with the reenactment of "Night Hawks" when Emily was about to go into the cafe? Was that some kind of weird tribute to Edward Hopper or is it going to mean something? I just didn't get it!
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Loved this episode, definitely an improvement over last week, but I'm really not liking Ted... A pastor... Really? Ugh, get him out! For the rest this was classic PLL stuff and I enjoyed it. The Emily-storyline is really intriguing, I wanna know more asap. Really liked Jason-Spencer and the Garrett-storyline. Everything was great actually. I was also relieved that Hannah was back. There is not much to say about this episode, it was good and I liked it!



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1. Emily and the waiter-boy from the coffeeshop!

2. Boy got something to hide obviously, he probably knows something more about Maya.

3. Hard one, really can't come up with anything good, sweet Ezra would do for so much money.
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Ezra got the money by stripping. Watch out for Magic Ezra later this season.
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I've always hoped that Ezra was a part of the 'A' family.
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I would love to see Caleb and Emily or Spencer as a pairing. (Actually, I just wanna see more of Taylor Blackburn... and Keegan Allen.... I love those guys!)



There is a lot more to Holden than meets the eye. I wouldn't mind seeing more of him.



Ezra is definaely lying about the money... I hope that they make the real story about the $ very interesting... THings are kinda dragging I need some excitement!
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I was kind of in and out of this episode, because I was busy with other things, so I'll probably have to watch it again online to get the full gist of it. But I kind of feel like the writers are pranking us every week. It's like they trick us with some clue or important fact, and then the pull it out from under us, and it's getting really annoying and old. But I'll still watch! -_-



Plus, is it just me, or was Aria kind of absent in this episode? I mean, she had her problems with Ezra, but that was it. On a sidenote, did that cheesy "photo shoot" between them make anyone else want to barf? It was way too corny for my tastes lol. I dunno. This episode was still kind of a let-down for me :(
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1.hmmm.tough question. i don't want to rock the boat.

2.maybe he's guilty himselt

3.maybe Ezra has an inheritance money
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The actual interesting parts of this show are being stretched out too far, while the newer clues aren't very intriguing. Spencer's reaction after learning about Garrett being cleared was pretty good though.
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this show has gotten way too slow, bring in more Jason and maybe it'll get more interesting.
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I seriously do not have any fun watching this show anymore. It's boring, and painful to watch. It was interesting at first but now I keep noticing the ridiculous stuff, and the constant lack of intelligence when it comes to these girls.
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