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Pretty Little Liars "Single Fright Female" Review: The Creep-Off

Pretty Little Liars S03E11: "Single Fright Female"

After an off week, Pretty Little Liars returned to form last night with an episode that asked one very important question: Who’s creepier, Paige or Nate?

To which I say, do I really have to pick just one? Honestly, they both seem like seriously unbalanced people I wouldn’t want to be around. I think the show is pushing us in the direction of suspecting Paige as Maya's murderer, but I’m pretty sure Nate is the real problem. As several commenters have suggested, he’s almost certainly Maya’s stalker, not her cousin. At the same time, I’m not all that comfortable with Paige, who needs a whole mess of therapy, too.

Regardless of who ends up evil and who turns out to be just a little weird, I really enjoyed "Monday’s episode. One of my major complaints about Pretty Little Liars is that it tends to introduce characters, then forget about them, then suddenly bring them back when it’s convenient. Paige was a victim of that at one point, but this season, she’s been pretty consistent. I give the show credit for developing her character and Nate’s—they’re both creepy, and it feels like we’ve earned that. It’s not just Lucas randomly going dark.

But yes, I do think Paige’s bad side is a red herring, which is kind of annoying because it means Paige will probably be sticking around. At least Spencer finally brought up the fact that Paige tried to drown Emily—I know a lot happens on this show, but seriously, how are we not talking about that more often? On the one hand, I’m not a fan of the “evil lesbian” trope: It’s been done to death, and it’s kind of offensive. On the other, Paige has been off from the start.

Of course, Nate is even more off. His behavior put me on edge in this episode, and it looked like Emily, Hanna, and Jenna were nervous around him, too. It seemed clear in that last scene that Jenna was trying to warn Emily about Nate, not Paige—although for the sake of suspense, I get why Pretty Little Liars is dragging that reveal out. Also, the way Nate talked about Maya seemed like a pretty obvious tell that they weren’t cousins. He definitely had a thing for her, and it sounds like she spurned his advances. This guy does not handle rejection well.

As for which of the two killed Maya, my guess is neither: I could be wrong, but it feels too early in the season for a reveal that big. Besides, Maya clearly knew more than she was letting on, and that’s why she was murdered. If Paige or Nate did it, it would be out of jealousy (and, you know, serious insanity). That doesn’t fit with the bigger picture, and it would make Maya’s website and all the clues she left behind a total waste. Her death has to tie into Alison’s at this point, which I think lets Paige and Nate off the hook.

I haven’t really touched on the rest of the episode, but I at least want to give props to the ridiculous dressing room scene. “A” put a snake in there with Spencer? I’ve missed the over-the-top schemes that always seem like way more trouble than they’re worth. Seriously, a snake in the dressing room. Who does that?

Oh, and we met Maggie, who um, gave birth to Ezra’s son, apparently. I know there’s a lot to be discussing, but I mostly just want to talk about how she’s played by Alex Mack (Larisa Oleynik). Anyway, I suspect Maggie will pop up more in the coming weeks—and she could actually split up Ezria, at least temporarily. For the time being, however, I’m still fixated on Paige and Nate. Mostly I’m wondering which of the two of them would be easier to flee from if it came to that.


QUESTIONS:

– Was Jenna warning Emily about Paige, Nate, or someone else entirely?

– Is Maggie going to become a part of Ezra’s life again?

– Who puts a snake in a dressing room?

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Ok, and I know the Hastings family has ice in its veins and if anyone can take on the role of wonder woman, that would be Spencer, but come on! The snake tried to bite Spencer at least 3 times in that dressing room, how could that not have shaken her up more?! If it were me I'd be seriously freaked out.
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Can't believe no one has mentioned the 2 A's at the very end exchanging the apartment key.

So the A who got the apartment was getting it for another A.
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I think the reason no one has mentioned that is because we know there is not just 1 A... there is a team of people.. The A Team!
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Yeah, but until now we have never seen two nameless, faceless A's. We usually just see one of them scheming. I guess now we can't be convinced A is one person manipulating a whole set of others. Now at least two people are scheming. I agree with JazDavies.
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I was so excited when I realised it was Larisa Oleynik!!! I was staring at her for a few moments before I realised. I haven't seen her in ages. Loved her in Alex Mack and 10 Things I Hate About You! It would have been awesome if she'd guest starred in the tv version of that.

Nate is uber creepy. I hated the way he was all over Emily and then got angry when she rejected him. I still think he killed Maya.
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Anyone else notice how bad Hanna's roots were in this episode. Jeez, get those done gurl!
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3: I think that Jenna was warning Emily about Nate, like others have said the comment he made about her seeing him, probably something along the lines of Nate following/stalking Maya.



2: I have a feeling that Maggie will appear again, but something about all of that seems off to me, I'm starting to think that just maybe Ezra isn't the father, I'm curious to know how old Wes is, is he fairly close in age to Ezra, because his reaction when Aria told him about Malcolm was odd to me, maybe Maggie had more than one reason to lie about her son's existence, it's not just the mother paying her to keep quiet.



3: Simple answer, a crazy person lol. Also I think its a very good possibility that Paige is part of the A team, not neccessarily A herself but she's connected to Allison and A was also targeting her, would make sense that Paige wanted a little payback.
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Jenna gets more beautiful every episode. Paige is creepy, she is up to something. Nate is weird hitting on his cousin's girlfriend like that. Nate says he is Maya's cousin but he could be lying.
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- She was definately warning Emily about Nate and was probably going to tell her that she saw him do something... kidnap Maya maybe?



- I want to see more of Alex Mack... so I hope that Maggie will come up again... And yes! I was right a couple of weeks ago when I called it and said that she didn't get an abortion! Aww... Ezra is a Daddy!



- Ummm... A obviously puts a snake in a dressing room... easy question!



In other news: I loved the little makeout scene with Hanna and Caleb in the dressing room... but Hanna came off as such a very wimpy coward in this episode... it was pretty annoying. And I also like the way Spencer reacted to the whole Wren thing... very funny! I can't wait til next week!
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Finally! Finally some tension, finally some characters having a real purpose to being there. I miss the high levels of suspicion that were hanging around each character previous seasons, so it's good to finally have some real threatening characters around. Paige is definitely beeping real red on the radar now and Nate has proven to be a real creep. We'll see who takes the cake. Also, there's bound to be something more to CeCe too, or at least I hope so.



- I'd bet on Nate, although it might be CeCe, in some crazy turn of events.

- Probably. But I'm so bored with Ezra/Aria's relationship at this point that I don't really care.

- For one, I don't think it was A. No message. I thought it was Paige while I watched, but that seems to simple. I've been missing A though. What happened, don't you want to make it hard on those girls?



Things are rounding up for a great finale. Can't wait to see what happens!
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So when Nate freaked out that Jenna was faking being blind- he turned and said his spill about "Hey Girl, I know you saw me...." Wonder what he meant... maybe referencing something bad he did... like snatch Maya....
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Yeah- when he said that, I remembered that he met Jenna when she could see. So, to turn and say" I know you saw me...." made me think that he has a sketchy past, and that Jenna was warning Emily abt Nate not Paige. Nate might not be the one who killed Maya if they're trying to tie everything to A, but he might be the one who snatched her from the Kahn's cabin. Guess we'll find out next week...



My question is why introduce CeCe??? Just a random bff of Alison's who happens to know all of the girl's secrets, and Ali's enemys... She just may be on the A team, and the one who planted the snake... IDK.. Maybe she's just a legit friend, but I can see where she'd be dirty..



About Paige, she obviously hated Alison. So- maybe she's the one who dug up the grave. Would explain why she has the other earring. That would also make sense for the big betrAyal coming up.Or, A could have planted the earring to redirect suspicion.... A lot of if's here ppl..
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I never thought of that either. If he was Maya's stalker (which I'm positive he is because he can not let go of women) he probably would have been around at the time Jenna was faking being blind. She probably saw him do something and warned Emily about him. They just wanted us to think that it was paige she was talking about.
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hey i have not thought of that that's actually a very good idea
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I think that Paige is not crazy or anything she is just wierd and the show is trying too much to make us believe that paige is on the -A- team because of that i think she is not

and about nate yes that is the crazy one because Jenna is afraid of him and that's saying something lol.

1- Jenna was warning Emily about Nate of course it's kind of obvious.

2- Yes but that is propebly not his kid because that would mess Ezria up so bad and i don't want that i love them very much.

3- it was kind of dagerous and i liked it i really thought that the snake bit Spencer.
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