Pretty Little Liars "Run, Ali, Run" Review: No Sympathy for the Devil

Pretty Little Liars S05E06: "Run, Ali, Run"


Ah, the sweet sound of a teenage girl shrieking as the complicated bullying plot against her rises from its two-week (TWO-WEEK) slumber.

It’s been two weeks of Rosewood time since the Liars received their last message from A, and the girls Liars thought everything was going to be kittens and roses for the rest of their lives. Sure, they're surrounded by more writhing loose ends than someone in a tentacle-themed hentai but somehow, the Liars thought that everything would be okay, that Mona’s Army was just going to be a small bump on their road to normalcy, and that, as long as they all held hands and believed hard enough, the end of Shana was the end of A. And then Toby’s house went boom.

Now their willful ignorance has come to destroy them. And Hanna seems to be the only one capable of doing the thing that everyone else seems completely unable or unwilling to do: let Ali go.

What a world the Liars would live in if they could just let Alison go! There’s no guarantee that Mona’s Army would shrink, but you have to assume that it would, what with their organizational goal achieved. And now that A knows Alison is alive, she could draw A’s attention elsewhere, away from Rosewood. She could be the bait that would save the Liars. Run, Ali, run indeed. Go west, young lady!

But the girls have this useless attachment to Ali, and even with all the time the show has spent on character development while reintegrating Ali back into the group, it's still hard to find that attachment credible. They have an investment in her that seems to blind the Liars to their collective past, as well as to how she seems to be the root cause of all their problems. Alison is A Patient Zero.

This is the basic premise of Pretty Little Liars now, the leap of faith around which the entire season is predicated: Alison is worth saving. If we’re not sold on that fact, that Alison is at least changed by her experience on the run, or that she's just a victim of circumstance and her hatefulness is based on reacting to the evil that would swallow her, then everything else falls apart. Why would Alison stay in Rosewood if she’s a giant A magnet who attracts death and destruction to her friends? Why are the Liars leaping through so so many hoops to make sure she’s safe? Where does Emily find value in being with Ali, particularly when she’s witnessed Ali’s shaman-level manipulation? The heart wants what it wants, but there has to be a point when Em comes to the realization that #Emison will almost certainly lead to the Liars' collective demise.

That's why it’s so sad to watch Emily bark so completely up the wrong tree. We can deal with Spencer heading immediately to Radley because that’s clearly what you want to do once you learn the identity of the girl in the tomb—you go to the where she came from and figure out what led her to a hole in the DiLaurentis backyard. Even Team Ezria has started sniffing down the right path by trying to locate the tie between Mrs. D and Bethany Young. Hanna, of course, has the best instincts of everyone, trying to get Alison the heck out of Rosewood so she’s not their problem anymore.


Emily, however, is trying to sniff out Mona, like Mona is the danger. Emily was so convinced that Shana was A that Mona has to be the one donning the black hood again. She went so far as to accost Paige in the locker room to name names. And that’s what Emily called it, naming names. Like she’s a government commission rooting out Communists. She’s a sad McCarthy. The problem is that, for us as an audience, Mona’s Heroes don’t even stink as a red herring. Yes, they mean to get rid of Ali by most means necessary. But Mona has proven she’s not a killer. If Lady Vanderwaal was at the level where Alison is so toxic to Rosewood that going full Punisher on her was the right thing to do, she would’ve done it. And the most condemning evidence to Emily’s theory: Mona’s already told us that she doesn’t have to hide anymore. And that’s the truth, Ruth.

Poor Paige, though. I don’t think there’s been a character on this show that’s been able to swing so mightily from the “GET RID OF HER SHE’S THE WORST” zone to her current area of sympathy and pity. She just wants what’s best for Emily now and her speech where she found middleground in “Thrown from the Ride” between allowing Emily to find her own path with #Emison while also maintaining the anonymity of Mona’s group. Because she believes in Mona’s cause if not the methods. That a wild-eyed Emily rushes her in the locker room and offers her a false dilemma in order to get her to name those names is just another tribulation for Paige to suffer this season, along with the dead rat that falls out of her locker (that I assume is absolutely Mona) and the weird multi-scream we had to suffer when it fell out.


She gets her names and now we have this side thread Emily yanks on in trying to pull apart Mona’s tapestry of subterfuge and manipulation but it’s not what the girls should be scared of. Mona hasn’t done anything to the other Liars since assembling her new followers other than get them drunk and distract them with conversation. The target has always been Alison and the stakes haven’t even been raised all that high except for a crudely edited video. I guess we’re going to leave this one up to Spencer and Aria in order to get the truth. Team #Sparia to the rescue!

Honestly, I’m looking forward to Aria volunteering at Radley in order to get answers. She’ll be the third Liar to conduct some kind of investigation inside of Arkham and the idea of crazy people trying to touch Aria while she’s trying to sniff out clues sounds like good television if I’ve ever seen it. But the show has an Alison problem right now. We’re used to a series with a complicated set of emotions for every character but if the audience struggles to build sympathy for a character that seems to also seems to be the root of all evil while also failing to understand the affection any of the other character have for her, the show is just going to be frustrating to watch. I just watched Alison watch a disturbing video of her mother and, later, get cracked by a crowbar and still I feel like there’s no dilemma here. Get rid of Alison. Spirit her out of Rosewood so that A can follow her around in Oklahoma or whatever and then start looking into those hobbies. I hear knitting can be wonderful.


NOTES

— Interesting how Toby was always around but never there. The episode made sure to mention that Toby was still in Rosewood following A’s revenge on his house. I mean, they really wanted you to know that he was still around. But no mention of him getting a haircut.

— Of course, Ezra only keeps paper copies of all his files. “What? Scan these files into a computer and use an OCR program to search through the documents for my answers? Inconceivable! I would much rather have boxes and boxes of incriminating evidence in document boxes that I can hide in my underaged girlfriend’s attic. Analog is the way to go! Now, leave me for a few hours. It’s time for my daily bloodletting and oil pull.”

— There’s been a wonderful story (wonderful in execution) happening with Spencer’s parents. It’s not about A. It doesn’t even seem like it’s about the secret secrets between the Hastings and the diLaurentis family. Just two people that can’t stand to be together anymore. It was heartbreaking to watch Spencer unable to do anything and having to just suffer that her fact-finding and sherlocking led to no reconciliation. Sometimes your parents just split up. This week, Spencer wears the Beanie of Sadness.

— Aria throws it out there that Papa Hastings as A. It’s part of a conversation where they announce exactly what we’ve been surmising: that literally anyone in Rosewood could be A. Papa Hastings, Melissa, Jenna, High School Extra #3, the voice-only barista as The Brew, Olympian Missy Franklin. Anyone can be A.

— Tanner is so close to things. It’s almost uncomfortable watching an officer of the law actually do some good detective work in Rosewood. She could probably use Holbrook hanging around with her just to soften her edge with his sad eyes of sympathy. Otherwise I think someone might actually be able to crack this case. And that just can’t be.

— I’m glad to see Eddie Lamb back. He’s one of my favorite third-tier characters. The drawing he left that Bethany Young drew of Mrs. D: doesn’t that look like a demon is about to attack her and not that the demon is, like, her buddy? Leave it to the Liar to see something and immediately jump to the exact wrong conclusion.

— OF COURSE Ezra still has cameras in the hallway. But good for Two Slips Aria in remembering that it’s only been a few weeks since she found out about Ezra the Spy and telling him that they can’t really be together right now.

— Ali should stop wearing yellow. It seems to make her a target for getting attacked from behind.

— TravisWatch: Wow, that was easy. The young man backed down pretty quick. Between his voluntary stepdown and this new spate of teen drinking, the path seems to be cleared for #Haleb.

— Aria: “I don’t get it. For two years, A’s been hunting you down like a warrior cat …” I think A’s Warrior Cat name would Bramble Pelt.

— “Time for the caged bird to sing. - A” Too soon, Pretty Little Liars. Too soon.

— Your Moment of A: Much like how Cobra Commander has different masks for different occasions, Funeral A is ready to make her way down to Bethany Young’s service with a pretty bouquet of flowers. And secrets. Oh, the secrets.

What did you think of "Run, Ali, Run"?

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Jul 21, 2014
The first rule of a hoodie sighting is to go for the mask, have these girls learned nothing?

The bummer thing about this show though, is I'm already too aware the payoff is going to suck. There is not an A reveal in the world that will satisfy this story well enough to justify the comical lengths someone will go to in order scare a group of teenaged girls. Maybe this is like an extreme form of entrapment, and the Rosewood Police are the 'A Team'. #realworldimplications
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Jul 21, 2014
It's the only way to explain Rosewood PD's incompetence: it's all a ruse.
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Jul 20, 2014
"This week, Spencer wears the Beanie of Sadness"
And pulls it off terrifically
Troian Bellisario is getting better look by the episode, i'm smitten
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Jul 17, 2014
When did PLL get laugh out loud funny? So much cheese.
Having said that, the Ali attach scene was genuinely tense, although I was surprised when A clocked her with the poker that he didn't just go straight for the head, and end her then and there.
I'm having trouble following why A now decides that s/he wants Ali alive and in Rosewood, and why the reign of terror now seems to be solely focussed on her. Could it be that previously A believed that the girls knew Ali was alive and tortured them into getting her back to town so s/he could continue what they had started before Ali disappeared in the first place.
I also don't follow the reasoning that if Ali leaves Rosewood the liars will be safe, as will Ali. If the last 2 years taught them anything, it should be that A is everywhere, and has minions everywhere too.
So long Travis, you poor sod.
A in the mourning veil, so funny.
Tanner doing real policework is so uncomfortable to watch on this show, it's so wrong! Although, is her suspecting Shauna (how it's really spelled) shot Fitz a little bit of a stretch, I'm not sure if that's a normal assumption to make for a cop...
To me it looks like that picture is of Mrs D trying to get on with her life and her demon child (Alison) just hanging around being a complete nightmare... but the Liars couldn't possibly see that!
Toby is now upgraded to Aria's Dad character status! Always there, but never seen. #notcomplaining #getahaircuttoby
I always forget that drinking is illegal for under 21s in the Sates, so Hanna and Caleb drinking never really bothers me. They are 18 aren't they?
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Jul 17, 2014
Your hypothesis about A torturing the girls in order to get to Alison is valid. I think that A post-Mona has always been focused on Alison. But why A is keeping her alive is a mystery. Bigger plans for her I suppose?

That the girls can start to forget about A once Alison leaves stems from that assumption that A only seems to care about Ali now. There's no guarantee that it would stop (just like I feel like there's no guarantee Mona's gang would stop if Alison left town) but it seems like it's worth a shot (but that's mostly based on the fact that I don't believe Alison's contrition and she's better off not hanging around the Liars).

Poor, stupid Travis.

Tanner doing real police work is certainly weird. It adds a new kind of tension to the show, if only because we're anticipating what could possibly derail the detective from the scent that she's caught. Also, is Shauna the way it's spelled in the books? Because IMDb, Wikipedia, the PLL Wiki, and ABC Family's site list it as Shana.

Fair point about the picture. It didn't look like the demon was all that happy about hanging out with Mrs. D. I'm not sure where the girls' heads are at.

It's their senior year and, other than Emily's birthday party ("Into the Deep"), the characters don't seem to age. I would imagine they are all 17 going on 18 (this being their senior year of high school). Honestly, teen drinking shouldn't really bother anyone in the US either (it's illegal but kind of normal). It's mostly a reaction from being conditioned by television over the years to assume when teens drink it's part of a downward spiral. Less about actual culture, more about narrative commonality.
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Jul 17, 2014
I have no doubt that Shana is spelled like that in PLL world, so all your cited sources are correct in that respect. I just meant that the name, when originally coined as the female version of Seán, was meant to be Shauna. Just as Seán was always meant to be Seán. Before it was Anglicised.
She wasn't a character in the books, so the spelling was up to whomever created her character in the first place I guess. It's just kind of annoying to see it spelled Shana but pronounced Shauna. Shana should be pronounced Shayna, to me anyways.
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Jul 17, 2014
Oh, fair enough. If there's anything I can understand it's suffering through people who perpetuate what I would consider semantic and spelling travesties. My futile war against the second meaning of "literally" because of popular misuse rages on.

I didn't know Shana wasn't in the books (I try to stay away from the source material as much as possible so that my reviews are untainted by the possibility of knowing the future -- even if the show deviates greatly from the books). Shana definitely looks like "shay-na" to me, too, for what it's worth.
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Jul 17, 2014
This is coming from someone who has listed the likes of:
Heroes, The Vampire Diaries, Touch, Revolution, 666 Park Avenue, True Blood, Jersey Shore and The Kardashians as favorites. All of those shows are full of cheese (and some are just utterly ridiculously bad)
PLL season 5 has been great IMO, Cheese or no cheese, do you really think a show about a cyber stalker isn't gonna be cheesy and ridiculous at times? Hmmmmm
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Jul 17, 2014
I just meant cheesy in that I rarely laugh out loud at PLL. I laugh (or have laughed) out loud at all those other shows you (rather creepily) pulled up from my favourites list. Normally my only source of comic relief in this show is Toby's latest brutal haircut!
I fully agree that this season has been great so far, much better than it has since S2!
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Jul 19, 2014
How is it creepy to see what shows you have Favorited after reading a ridiculous critique on PLL?? you're on the internet love, it's public domain.
And i agree Toby (or Keegan Allen) really needs to sort that rat on his head. why doesn't he cut it short like he had it before?

Season 4B was brilliant but i think 5 as a whole might be just as good as seasons 1 & 2
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Jul 19, 2014
I know it's the internet, I think it's a bit weird that you'd pull up my favourites just to undermine my (valid) opinion.
Why do you care so much? Chill out.
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Jul 17, 2014
So with the A moment we can totally conclude that A doesn't have a penis right? at least this A..
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Jul 17, 2014
Wilden wore a Queen of Hearts costume on that Halloween train. The show isn't afraid to ret-con a man in a dress.
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Jul 17, 2014
Oh God, the word vomit.

What happened to these reviews. Every single one is always bashing Alison ... this is revolting.



"Poor Paige" ... LOL - You mean the same very person who's always playing the victim even thought she tried DROWNING EMILY IN THE POOL ? The same very person that also bullied Emily ...



inbefore "Oh but Paige is changed"


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Jul 17, 2014
Like I said in the review, this is a show that's predicated on if Alison is a redeemed character. If you feel the show has provided an avenue for the audience to believe her contrition, then it makes sense for the Liars to want to be her friend. If you see that show as trying to provide a character turn for a role heavily-steeped in deception but not fully doing the work, then this show is frustrating because you don't understand why the Liars are keeping such smelly A bait around.

That being said, if you take a leap of faith because you WANT to believe Alison has changed, that's totally fair. That's a way to enjoy the show and I would never begrudge someone enjoying a show. I'm not a leap of faith guy, though, and I don't see the work, at least not enough of it to balance the manipulative sociopath shown in the flashbacks. This is a review that extrapolates that feeling. Next week might be different.

Thanks for slogging through so much word vomit though!

OH. Also. About Paige. Don't think I've forgotten about Paige trying to drown Emily. It's something that I feel like the show seems to have forgotten but it's always top of mind when I talk about Paige. They've just made her so pathetic over the past few seasons that this is just one more blow and one more example of her overwhelming loneliness. Maybe we can talk about how pathetic Alison is after a couple more seasons of her being as Eeyore as Paige has been.
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Jul 17, 2014
This is how everyone else feels when you comment about Damon on TVD recaps.
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Jul 17, 2014

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Jul 17, 2014
I lurk this site often, and don't often feel the need to comment. In fact I like most of your reviews, but this one makes no sense to me.
1. What makes you believe A will just leave the Liars alone if they kick Ali out of town? I'm pretty sure current A thought Ali was dead at the beginning of season 3, but that didn't stop her from taking the game from Mona and torturing the other 4 girls anyway. We still have no idea what A's motivation even is, so you acting like it is a certainty that the girls will be left in peace with Ali out of the picture again rings totally false to me.
2. Did we watch the same episode? How can you praise Hanna for being the only one "smart enough" to know that Ali leaving is what is best for their safety? Hanna even admitted to Caleb that the only reason she wanted Ali gone was because she is going through an identity crisis. Her motivation had nothing to do with thinking it would keep the rest of them safe from A.
3. Questioning why the Liars would want to be friends will Ali is understandable. What isn't understandable is you claiming they should be just fine with kicking her out of town while her life appears to be in danger. Are you saying that because Ali treated them like crap 2 years ago they shouldn't care whether she lives or dies? Again, this review made zero sense to me.
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Jul 17, 2014
That's fair. I understand how it could be a confusing review for some people. To answer your questions:

1. There's no guarantee that A would stop torturing the girls if Alison leaves. But the torture does seem Alison focused now and people knew that Alison was still alive (page 5 of the autopsy on who we now know as Bethany Young, Shana possibly being in with the A organization, etc). While A might just shift attention to the girls if they couldn't find Alison, it also seems like it's worth a shot since Alison motivation seems to still be looking out just for Alison. I talk about how her character turn doesn't work for me in another comment.

2. You're right in that Hanna's motivation for getting Alison to leave wasn't motivated by saving her and her friends from A. It was absolutely selfish. But Alison being around brings up all the old power roles. Alison is still manipulating her friends to her ends, at least that's the feeling I get from her. It might better for the group dynamic if she were gone (she's not going to leave). Hanna is the only one that seems willing to let go.

3. Was she their friend? That's the question all of the flashbacks have left me with. And she doesn't seem much better now, just more convincing in her lies and manipulation. The character work shows me that this isn't her fault, that she's been on the run for two years and that this is who she is now: paranoid, self-important, and willing to do what's necessary to keep her in the good graces of the people most equipped to diffuse the burden of A from her. Once the show's able to prove to me that Alison is an honest and contrite friend and a contributing member of this clique, I'll change my tune for sure. Right now she doesn't give all that much back.
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Jul 17, 2014
I'm personally quite indifferent to Ali as a character and I agree with you that her leaving wouldn't stop A or anyone from going after the other 4, but it makes the most sense, in my opinion, for Alison's safety for her get out of town. She has been back for two weeks and her mother was murdered, she was stalked by that car, the police are onto her lying about everything, most people still seem to hate her, and she was assaulted in her own home. Maybe time for her to move on again. It's not like Hanna/Emily/Aria/Spencer can do anything to keep her safe is she just stays in Rosewood.
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Jul 17, 2014
Every single one of the reviews is based on his hatred of Ali ... that's why they don't make sense to you. ^^

1. There's no way of knowing what A will do ... A (Mona) still bullied the girls with Alison gone. Alison leaving wouldn't solve anything. You're totally right.

2. Hanna wanted Alison gone for selfish reasons. She wasn't helping her, she was helping herself. She did exactly what Mona did to Ali ...

3. Bless for 3 &

Agree with everything said by you.
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Jul 17, 2014
1. Spencer looked terrible in that hat and over-knee socks. It was too much for poor Not Mariska. And so Not Mariska and Spencer are moving back into the house.
2. Emily saved Ali. And then Ali slept in her bed. And NOTHING happened?! I don't get it...
3. Caleb you have to either go to the hairdresser or leave the show.
4. I agre Nick - yellow is bad for Ali's health.
5. If Ali leaves the town again I will stop watching PLL.
6. Aria will work at Radley - ROTFL.

Thanks for review, Nick.
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Jul 17, 2014
The Beanie of Sadness and the child-like over-knee socks is not a great look for Spencer (as a character). But I can see how, with this side plot of the Hastings separation, that they'd want to make her look more juvenile, which means going a little over the top given that Troian Bellisario is almost 30.

I was surprised when Alison was like, "We can just sleep" and then she actually just slept. It still felt like the show was peddling to the #Emison crowd with Emily watching over her but it was narratively justified (wild-eyed Emily on the hunt for those who would torture her lady) so it seemed fine. But I did expect some sort of post-traumatic gushing of emotion through their physical relationship.

The boys on this show are going through awkward hair phases right now.

Maybe Alison can just burn all her yellow stuff and A will stop following them. That's all A wanted!

I think Alison is here to stay, especially now with A's ultimatum. The Liars are kind of stuck with her.

Aria at Radley is going to be amazing.
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Jul 17, 2014
1. Beanies are great - when it's snowing or at least when it's cold. Unless Spencer became a hipster (which would be tragic) overnight I just don't understand this. It's like she put on every piece of clothes she had at her disposal.

Over-knee socks are awesome when you're a teen or in ealry 20's (or if you're a model). Troian is just too old for them (no to mention they should be colorful like beige or grey NOT black)

2. I kind of expected Emily to kiss Ali saying it will all be alright or at least give her a hug. Talk about a wasted opportunity. Also Emily watching Ali in her sleep all night was just creepy.

3. Awkward sounds like euphemism.

4. I like your idea. But what if A is color blind?

5. Aria's job interview probably went like this:

Woman: "So what's you goal in life?"
Aria: "I want to be killed by a psycho"
Woman: "When can you start?"
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Jul 21, 2014
I have a feeling the beanie was there because for some reason Troian has been wearing a wig for the past few eps (I'm guessing she got a hair cut). I thought is was especially noticeable in episode 5 of this season.
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Jul 17, 2014
@ your no 2 exactly i don't get it why throughout the night nothing happened and your no 3 lolzzzzz
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Jul 16, 2014
Poll

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Jul 16, 2014
Please, we don't need a drunk teenager. We get it, Hanna is a little confused. But C'mon she deserve better than that.

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Jul 16, 2014
Yeah, they should chase out Ali, her being in Rosewood is the root cause of all problems. See how wonderful and A-free their lives were the last few years when Ali wasn't around. :eye roll:
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Jul 16, 2014
And why were they targets of A? Oh, yeah, ALLISON! So she IS the root cause of their problems. Also, now that A knows Ali is alive, it's not crazy to think they'd see her as a bigger target and follow her out of town. At this point, it's worth a try.
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Jul 16, 2014
Who knows what A's motivations are for tormenting a bunch of high school girls. Not arguing Ali is the root cause but how will her leaving change anything? What's the guarantee A will leave them alone once Ali leaves?
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Jul 17, 2014
You're right. There isn't a guarantee. But until Alison proves herself to be contrite and worthy of the friendship she's manipulated over the years, it couldn't hurt to help her to leave to see what happens (she's not going to leave).
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Jul 16, 2014
"...build sympathy for a character that seems to also seems to be the root of all evil while also failing to understand the affection any of the other character have for her, the show is just going to be frustrating to watch."

We saw a smidgen of affection when Ali understood that Hanna understood. I think Hanna has some ulterior motive as to why she wants Ali gone (Hanna wants it to just be the 4 of them again...understandable), but to see Ali acknowledge the understanding was a big step for both of them.

I keep waiting to see other bits of this with the other girls - where Ali is so consumed by the fact that these girls truly care for her, that Ali can't even keep her composure. I want her to get giddy-nervous around Emily because she actually does return Emily's feelings for her; I want her to appreciate the detective work that Spencer does for her; I want her to talk to Aria about Ezra, but I want it to be a productive convo; I want her to tell Hanna how gorgeous she is considering Hanna's past (and even what Hanna's currently doing to herself). These things will make me feel more for Ali's victimization. Otherwise, all she's doing is manipulating and twisting to further suit her survival needs.
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Jul 16, 2014
My biggest thought than the Caleb thing actually occurred during Chasing Life. It kind of felt like this episode would never end.
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Jul 16, 2014
The A-segment at the end clearly showed us that A was female. Is that the first time the A-segment hasn't been gender neutral?
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Jul 16, 2014
So, here's my biggest thought...what exactly are you pissed at Hanna about Caleb? You are being a pissy brat and making her feel like she somehow hurt you. Dude, I watched Ravenswood, you dumped her with no particular explanation and basically had a weird romance with a ghost, you can't be pissy about Hanna's rebound guy. At this point I'm not even sure I can totally enjoy how you will be the only one not influenced by Ali at all because you are kind of being an ass.
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Jul 16, 2014
According to interviews, he isn't pissed at Hanna. Something happened in Ravenswood that he can't talk about for some reason. As for Ravenswood, he actually dumped her to protect her, and that romance with Dead Miranda never really went anywhere.
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Jul 16, 2014
But still, he is acting pissed at Hanna and sure he dumped her to protect her but he was still the one who dumped her with no explanation.
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Jul 16, 2014
He's messed up because of Ravenswood and is keeping his distance. That's totally different than being pissed at Hanna. He's treating her fine.
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Jul 16, 2014
He is acting pissed in general. Hanna is just the one we see him in scenes with. That is supposed to change soon. Also, how does one explain ghosts and curses without looking insane?
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Jul 16, 2014
He probably could have come up with a competent story if he was going to bother to come back (afterall, he and his father had inherited a house in Ravenswood) at all.
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Jul 16, 2014
A wants Ali to stay in Rosewood but doesn't want to kill her? Seriously, who on earth is so fucking bored that he/she has to torture a couple of high school girls...?! -.-'

I'm a little bit disappointed about Em's tackle. I mean, c'mon, girl! We know you can do that better!

Just a theory: Is there the slightest possibility that it wasn't Mrs D on the drawing, but Alison? She wears those scarves, too, as we could see on the ep. Sure, Ali is not that much into roses, but maybe the roses are just a metaphor? It's PLL, so maybe it might/could/should be possible, isn't it?

The rest of the episode felt very much like filler.
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Jul 16, 2014
Why did spencer look like she was wearing an apron all episode? Also she said its been 2 weeks since they thought they got rid of A so why is Ezra fully healed? Sometimes its hard to like this show.
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Jul 16, 2014
I agree. Troian must've pissed off someone in wardrobe / hair / makeup, because she has not dressed well all season.
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Jul 16, 2014
PLL has always had continuity issues. Just say, "because TV," and all will be fine :)
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Jul 16, 2014
Really no one died or was even hurt in that explosion? And then Toby runs into the fire and isn't seen for the rest of the episode. Not that it matters, but where is Toby's dad? Does he live in that house normally? Or does he just leave it vacant for whenever his teenaged children decide they need to crash there? Why wasn't Jenna mentioned in this episode, her house did just explode?

I love that Aria kept saying that A wasn't dead and that Shana never once said she was A, and so naturally the liars were SO surprised that A was back! Oh them.

Alison saying she should leave town is once again the best advice ever spoken by any liar, they should all leave town and never look back. Rosewood is a hellmouth!!! I mean she was literally just assaulted in her own home and her mother was murdered in her backyard, maybe time to move somewhere else. At least Hanna had the right idea. Seriously, why do these girls even want Alison around anymore, she is sort of the worst right?
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Jul 16, 2014
That scene with Ali being attacked? Oh my goodness, I was on the edge of my seat, and the scene with Aria and Spenser discussing her 'slips' loved it!
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Jul 16, 2014
Oh God i can't take this for two more seasons, nothing happened in this episode, but i want to know who A is i don't know what to do.
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Jul 16, 2014
I loved this episode. I'm so glad Travis dumped Hanna now she can get back together with Caleb. I wish we had seen a scene with Toby and Caleb at the hospital. The guys get such little screen time, we didn't see Toby at all this episode.

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Jul 16, 2014
I hate the Emily-Alison interactions. I never thought I'd say this but I actually prefer her with Paige.
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Jul 16, 2014
I don't like her with Paige either, she deserves to be with someone better than both of them
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Jul 16, 2014
I agree Emily deserves a good relationship. I never really liked maya either. I don't know why they have such a hard time find a good girl friend for Emily.
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Jul 16, 2014
She has Dr. Reid syndrome (from Criminal Minds): they give her relationships, but none that are lasting (like #Spoby, #Haleb, and, ugh, #Ezria) and only bring her more pain. As much as I dislike Paige, she was still the best of the worst relationships she's had.
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Jul 16, 2014
I agree about Samara, she had potential (but also because I really liked the actress)
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Jul 16, 2014
I always quite liked samara, i wish she'd stuck around for a bit
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