Pretty Little Liars "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" Review: The Metamorphosis (Feat. Olympic Gold-medalist Missy Franklin, Because... Why?)

Pretty Little Liars S03E22: "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?"


Let's get through the dumb crap so we can talk about the good stuff.

There were two things in this episode that made me want to walk out of the room. One was the possibility (and, now, inevitability) of Ezra joining the workforce as someone people can trust around their children, and the other was the bizarre stuntcasting where Emily got to hang out with her celebrity idol like she was in an episode of Scooby-Doo.

Over the last few weeks, Emily has been the surrogate rallier of troops while Spencer suffered her many, sometimes repeating, stages of grief. Emily hijacked Paige's mission to the costume shop, went looking for Toby in all the wrong places, and has kept Aria and Hanna's flighty attentions on the task at hand: Find A, Toby, and some answers. So this seemed like the perfect time to bring in four-time Olympic gold-medalist Missy Franklin for a stop at The Brew.

The only reason I can think of as to why this could be a good idea narratively is to make sure Shana gets in good with Emily, an interesting turn since we know from the Pretty Dirty Secrets web series that Shana's tight with the A crowd (and has ties to Ali, Cece, and Jason). But I'm pretty sure the show didn't need to bring in an Olympian to endear a pretty, bicurious swimmer to Emily.

So we had to sit through two awkward scenes where Emily and a non-actor athlete made excited small talk, and they were the polar opposite of everything else in the episode. Every other time we saw Emily she had Hurt Baby Deer Face while trying to figure out what was up with her friend. It was bizarre, almost like "meet Missy Franklin" was a rider on someone's contract. And that contract did not belong to Shay Mitchell.


What we can take from those painful scenes is that Shana is just one example of the possibility that the Liars are moving on. Emily had a brush with her future and some light flirtation with newer, hotter, didn't-try-to-drown-me pastures (though they're probably also straight-up evil pastures). Hanna might be moving to New York with her mother. And Aria finally scrounged around for something beneath her romantic principles and found a way to lie about whether she loved Ezra.

And let's go back that other ridiculous thing for a minute: Ezra being considered for substitute teaching in the Rosewood school district. Now, even the whiff of someone dating a school-aged anyone, while teaching or not, should be a red flag. Rumors like that don't haunt the teachers with very clear boundaries. But the principal took it to Aria and asked her the important questions, informally, to see if there was any truth to the rumors. Aria very clearly told her no in a way that appeared to surprise ever herself.

It's almost been like watching Aria wake up from a spell these last few weeks as Ezra has embraced being the baby daddy to someone else's mama. The biggest problem with Aria for just about the entire length of the series has been that her character is only associated with being Ezra's girlfriend. I want to see more of her defining herself. But I think her conversation with the principal was less about Aria surprising herself with her independence and more just another secret that can be leveraged against her.

There is one person who isn't moving on, though. At least not in the same way that the other girls think they are. And now we're getting to the good stuff.

Troian Bellisario has been killing it by defining a before and after version of Spencer. The buttoned-up, type-A Spencer has drowned in this raging water of emotion, epiphany, and wit. Her time at Radley, even if it was just for this episode, has easily been my favorite part of the season thus far. It's not only been enlightening for her as a character, but it's been immensely enlightening for us as an audience.

We are starting to see that whatever is happening to these girls has its early beginnings in the oeuvre of the blonde bitch they used to worship. While Ali's diaries seemed important before for what amounted to suggestions of clues based on the questions the Liars were asking, Spencer's flashback opened the door to this being something bigger and badder, something that has to be carried on. Are they volumes of a manifesto that serves as the working document for the A team? Are they a detailed history of a conspiracy? It's like Rubicon up in here.

That Mona has the diaries (in a handy e-reader edition) should be no surprise, since she's supposedly carrying on the legacy Ali left behind (or at least helping to carry on that legacy). She told Spencer, in the language so very familiar to conspiracy-based thrillers, that she has the answers to questions Spencer hasn't even brought herself to ask. Things are bigger, broader, and more complicated in ways none of the Liars have thought to fathom. The Ali-inspired superstructure has more moving parts than we as an audience can know.

But that wasn't even my favorite part of the episode. My favorite part was the group therapy session at the end.

Recall that the first shot of "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" was a mirror image: Mona putting on lipstick and looking back at Aria, Hanna, and Emily, specifically Aria and Hanna. It was a reflection, a way to see something without having to look directly at it. When you look directly at a person, you have to deal with his or her humanness, create a society with that person. Reflections are two-dimensional images that may not be completely fair, but are easier to inspect and maybe easier to identify then when you have to assemble the pieces of recognition for a real person where the data is ephemeral. Images and likenesses are very important to A, particularly since A never interacts person-to-person and likes to deal in the impermeable.


Spencer's monologue at the end of the episode was the rhapsody of a person who's been to the brink and seen the void. She has nothing left. She's made her peace with death but continued to live. Her words were those of someone who feels they're living on borrowed time. She's changed dynamically since learning Toby was A, and Mona's assertion that she and Spencer are the same echoed in Spencer's tearful realizations. "What do you have to change inside to survive? Who do you have to become?"

Spencer has seen that there's more to the mystery than the identity of a bully. There's something bigger and fiercer than texts and blackmail. It's dark and macabre. From this vantage, after Sullivan reminded Spencer not to apologize for her "lack" of problems, that her problems are just like those of everyone else in the group (more specifically, that these girls are just like her), Spencer could see something in a clearer light.

There are five women in the group in addition to Spencer and Sullivan, but reaction shots only came from three: a short-haired blonde who shivered like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club; a scowling, sickly looking brunette with frizzy hair and the glower of a woman who just killed a bird or two; and an almost brazen young woman who appeared to be the most comfortable in the group, one who even traded glances with Sullivan.

When Spencer saw the vision of her friends there, it was no mistake for how they were seated with respect to the other women. They were in the opposite order of the women they reflected. Take it as the as foreshadowing of future trauma or intuition for how the Liars feel, but don't mistake Spencer's seeing her friends as the hallucinations of someone breaking down. She sees the reflection of her fellow victims in the anxiety-riddled and broken women around her.

You can see why a Missy Franklin stuntcast (is that even a stuntcast?) is laughable here. You have all the Liars on the brink of transition, Spencer in the middle of a metamorphosis, and now the end of this season is marked with that one time an Olympian stopped by Rosewood. It's weird, right?


NOTES

– Really, Liars? You think Spencer spent the last two days at her favorite bookstore or that weird college lab theater? You may know Spencer better than the police, but you may not be much smarter.

– Eddie Lamb, along with Andrew of the decathalon, might be the only non-evil dudes in Rosewood.

– "Excuse me, Pastor Ted. I'm Detective Wilden and I'll be creeping out your ladyfolk today."

– I like that Byron and Ella are thinking of a master plan to naturally crush Ezria under the weight of Ezra's responsibilities. Because, clearly, they're the ONLY SANE PEOPLE IN TOWN.

– Three reasons why Hanna is the best: "Nothing works underwater. It's a scientific fact." "There's a downside to being too smart." "Sometimes you poke the bear. Other times, the bear pokes you."

– Do all the lesbians in Rosewood swim? Is that a thing?

– Was that Bruce the Watermelon Baby on the Mobile Lair's dashboard?

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"Just so we're clear, I should keep my mind open about a teacher making out with his student?" Please read my whole comment thoroughly before you take my words and turn them into something I did not say.
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I just hope the big "thing" on the season finale doesn't fall on Emily's shoulders, for once. I'm sorry, but out of the four, Shay Mitchell's acting is by far the weakest. I'm glad Troian Bellisario is showning her true skills simply, as I read on a previous comment, by being calmer and allowing us to see the emptiness and fragility of Spencer.
The one I just can't get over is Janel Parrish. 95% of the time, she's over-acting, over-doing old cliches of how "the bad guy" acts. Her acting is only acceptable on the flashbacks when she plays loser Mona. Her teenage-femme-fatale attitude is so fake. When we didn't know she was A it was acceptable, sometimes even good, but since she "went crazy" it's just a big pile of awful and bad acting.
I'm not very happy with how Ezria has been developing, but I hope they do more stuff for Aria as a character.
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Troian was trully amazing, and I'm glad Spencer's had this sort of epiphany,that she's done with everything and has nothing left inside, it shows so many different colors on her.
I don't know what to think anymore about the A team. It makes much more sense that this is bigger and worse than they think and it all began with Ali, but I'm yet to fully understand what IT is and the reasons behind everyone involved. Toby and Mona and everybody else in Rosewood except for Andrew in the decathlon team...
That scene with Shay Mitchell and Missy, Talk about awkward! Seriously, what was that?
And yes, I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks all of that about Ezria AND HOW COME NOBODY IN ROSEWOOD HAS A PROBLEM WITH THAT?! At least her parents sort of do. Sometimes...
Hanna was awesome poking the bear. Loved that scene.
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I don't trust Emily, I feel like out of the girls she is the most likely to be part of the A team.
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I'm torn on Troian Bellisario's acting in these last episodes. I think most of the time she does what all actors playing a crazy character do : overplay, exageration and making funny faces so everybody can think it's realistic even though it's not (An annoying and ridiculous technic recently mastered by Clare Danes in Homeland!). But in this episode she was pretty good and managed to appear broken and unstable without trying too much. She was calmer and yet more intense than before.
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And on a lighter note... Troian Bellisario's acting in these last episodes is amazing! She really has delivered that "White Swan-Black Swan" duality!

And the quotes:
"Excuse me, Pastor Ted. I'm Detective Wilden and I'll be creeping out your ladyfolk today."

"Nothing works underwater. It's a scientific fact."

Simply hilarious!
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I agree that the olypic swimmer is pointless. I disagree about Spencer in Radley i found that boring except for parts of the conversations with Eddie. I don't understand why Spencer is so mad that Toby is dead. She has spent the last few episodes talking about how evil he is.
What I don't understand is how no one else can tell that Mona is evil. How did she get out and be allowed back in the school. She tried to kill Spencer and people know that.
Three of the liars have threatened Mona this season and none of them actually do anything I want one of them to take her down and make who ever is pulling the Strings (No it's not Ezra no matter how much you want it to be) to either find a replacment or show themselfs.
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But I really want it to be!

Spencer's downward spiral is interesting BECAUSE of how she feels about Toby. With all the facts Spencer has, she was in love with someone that was not only was pretending to love her in return but was also sinister enough to do all the evil crap the Liars have put up with in the past three seasons. Toby being part of the A Team shakes the very ground underneath her. She's questioning her reality. It's definitely slow-paced but important character development. We're setting the table for a big moment with Spencer. I don't know what that is but it's coming.
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I understand her downward spiral and I don't find that boring just the Radley part. I understand her being upset about Toby but not about his death if he is really as evil as she has been saying the last few episodes then good ridence (i'm still not completly sure just how evil he was) I don't think he was behind that much of what happened to them I think that was mainly Mona.
Toby being bad poses a question: Who made him fall or did he do it to himself?
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You know what my biggest (overall) complaint about this show is? The title and the fact that these girls are actually terrible liars. When presented with information or questions they don't want to answer they just avoid eye contact and stammer. Or stare at the other people. Or randomly don't share any information, like even though they are suspicious of Melissa, they too are concerned over Spencer. Yes, tell her you haven't heard from her, but also say you have tried texting and calling her and haven't heard from her. Or hell, can I just say I was finally glad that someone finally really stood up to Mona in a rationale way (of all people, Aria) and someone undercut her power by simply telling her, you know what? Ali is dead, I can't do anymore for her, I am done and I don't care about your information.
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Well technically the title doesn't say that they're GOOD liars just that they are liars..... :)

But I completely hear you on that one. I really feel like Spencer is the only one who is actually decent at it. The others have their moments but god forbid you ambush them and then ask them to tell a lie.
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I loved when Hanna followed that line with "it's from a movie"
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I just have to point out Aria's outfit in the final picture. Her usual clothing choices are questionable enough but really, who wears that to school?
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The only one of the girls who actually wears "school-outfits" in this show is Emily. That simple but yet fashionable style.. The others are just ridicoulous, haha! But at the same time inspiring..
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I laugh every time they show the girls wearing heels to class. Even the most popular, fashion-conscious girls in my high school rocked Keds. And with the amount of running and sleuthing they do, you'd think they'd be smart enough to wear sneakers by now.
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This was a good episode and I loved Loved LOVED Troian in it! She is my favorite of all the liars and she keeps earning that spot week after week. I was actually very shocked when Wilden came waltzing back into the picture. I can't wait to find out who it was that was layingon the ground pretending to be dead Toby! I soooo wanna know what is in Ali's diaries! I want Ezra and Aria to call it quits already... that relationship is getting pretty stale to me; plus it is wrong on SOOO many levels! I can't wait to find out who Red Coat is... This show is the BEST!!
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lol i love Hanna she says the funniest things on the show :D
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The way this reviewer talks about Ezra you'd think he snatches up children in the night. So he's dating Aria, that doesn't mean he's some sick perv that can't be trusted and frankly I'm tired of this reviewer talking about him that way every time he's mentioned. You seem to take joy in going out of your way to bash him in every single review. Hell, in the last one you essentially called him a child molester. I think you're letting your personal feelings about a fictional situation affect your reviews way too much. Ezra is dating Aria stop harping on it, you act as if it's worse than the blackmail and actual MURDER that goes on in this show. Seriously, calm it down. If you could just mention his name without the seething hated/disgust for the character that'd be nice. I rarely leave comments as curt as this one but his seemingly endless contempt for Ezra really got to me. I can't be the only one who thinks this.
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I actually agree with Nicholas Campbell, he was a teacher sleeping with an underage student, kept it a secret, then turns out he has a kid, and he's still with her, and now wants to return teaching the classes that his underage girlfriend is taking.. then does all this weird stuff like buy a halloween costume and almost kill young ladies on a train on halloween.. I laugh every time he bashes Ezra hahah I love it and it is very funny.. I mean seriously if he wasn't a fictional character that looked like Ezra people would not be defending him that much.. he IS creepy and I sure as hell hope that he is in the A team so he can become an interesting character.. if he's not then just kill him already
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GOD!!!!!!!!!! Although I LOVE most reviews here, this thing with Ezra is really bugging me too and I commented again on it a while ago.

Being almost 30 (mind you, with a serious relationship and working as a teacher), I remember being 17 and having a relationship with a 25 year old guy. And trust me, there was no "power play" or anything. Simply pure feelings! It was summer, we fell for each other, it lasted for quite a while, it ended. Both parties were hurt as in ALL relationships! Even now when I think about it, it was one of the very good times of my life! Why do some people find that so hard to believe? In fact, if you've read your psychological researches you would know that girls actually do mature earlier than boys and that most of them at some point or another will fall for/have a relationship with someone older just because of the emotional IQ equivalence!

Surely, when baggage comes along with the person it raises a whole lot of other issues and had Aria known Ezra had a kid from the beginning she should have never started the relationship. And, of course, a child will be a strain on their relationship and will probably be what breaks them up eventually but I feel that the writers just did this because of the - too - conservative minds out there...

I definitely do NOT agree with Ezra teaching Aria's class but as far as the age difference is concerned, let us keep an open mind...
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Thanks I knew I wasn't the only one who was put off by the dislike of Ezra in the reviews.
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You're welcome! Let us not forget that minds, like parachutes, work best when they're open! ;-)
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Just so we're clear, I should keep my mind open about a teacher making out with his student?
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Personally I find all the Ezra jokes hilarious!! You are being a little harsh on Nick. Light up! XD
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I understand what you're saying. It's a testament to the show that you feel so strongly for this character, enough to defend him on the internet. I also remind everyone at any opportunity that Paige tried to drown Emily and that Cece has a picture of a three-eyed baby holding a watermelon on the wall of her boutique but I can see how Ezra is maligned more ruthlessly.

Ezra, however, is a fictional character. When I call him a child molester here, it doesn't affect his standing in Rosewood. Heck, if I called him that in Rosewood I'm not even sure it would affect his standing.

I constantly point out Ezra's trappings for several reasons. Firstly, I don't appreciate the blurred lines that paint a teacher/student relationship as acceptable. For a while, there were three adolescent-directed shows (PLL, Gossip Girl, and Life Unexpected) that all had this scenario, where we were being sold that it was okay for a teacher to "socialize" (to use PLL's term) with a student because she "wanted" it. I'm not one to say that art has to have a social responsibility all the time but it's an at least interesting zeitgeist given the alarming reaction this country has to any violation to the sanctity of childhood. I may not engage in protests on the street or anything but, sure, I understand the value from which the outraged draw their sentiment.

With that, I don't buy the overall acceptance of this relationship by the storyworld community. Aria's parents seem to be the only sane people on the show to recognize that a man in his mid-20s should not fish for saplings at his place of work. In any other universe, Ezra would be crucified for what he and Aria have done and continue to do. It helps that I also never bought the relationship, even at a story level (I've never thought they had much chemistry -- on that I know people differ with me, too), so that feeds my assessment of how wrong the relationship is, not to mention how it handicaps Aria as a developing character.

So when drama develops in the Ezrian realm, my perspective of the situation is different. It's not about whether these kids will work it out. It's the hope that one of them will realize that their relationship is poisonous and that Ezra, as a grown man picking up a high school girl, will take stock of what makes him look to children for companionship. Who are his other friends?

Do I think Ezra dating Aria is worse than A's blackmail and (alleged) murder? No. But I also implicate Ezra with the A-Team, too, though that's usually because I find him to be a shifty character in general, not so much just because he's with Aria. Although it doesn't clash with a possible resume of evil.

The last reason that I make fun of Ezra? Because I think it's funny.
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"In any other universe, Ezra would be crucified for what he and Aria have done" My man my man the whole point of this show is that this town doesn't react to things going on in anywhere near a normal way, if it did these girls would have gone to the police ages ago. I think you're a bit misguided if you're on some kind of social crusade against teen shows using this scenario because it's just a television show and they tend to paint a lot of thing as acceptable in their fictional world that in real life are less so or aren't at all therefore I don't have a problem with them taking this on. Just because some shows deal with this subject doesn't mean they have to adhere to what the socially accepted thinking is... and as I've stated I wouldn't have minded if you just voiced your opposition and moved on but it's the inclusion of it every time he's mentioned and the not so subtle allusions to him being a paedophile. Even if you don't like him dating Aria to I still believe equating that situation to him being as you put it a child-toucher is ludicrous, and judging from the line in your reply "...take stock of what makes him look to children for companionship" this constant comparison in your reviews is not going anywhere. Maybe I'm just not getting the making fun of Ezra part, it all feels angry and mean to me. Maybe I think there's just making fun of somebody then doing it with malice behind it. To me your Ezra comments are firmly in the latter category.
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I see your point about it possibly being repetitive. But the point about making fun of Ezra being mean and full of malice, you have to admit, sounds a little foolish. I'm not making fun of any person. I'm making fun of a fictional character. Nothing I say is hurting Ezra's feelings because Ezra is not real. I harbor no malice for anything that's purely fantasy.

I repeat my witticisms only because every episode seems like a constant attempt to sell this relationship that I don't buy. It's a major thread of the series, for sure, but it's a non-starter for me. My perspective is that Ezria is a dysfunctional relationship so every admission of love and romance makes me cringe. Call it my skewed view.

So, to sum up, when I say I hate Ezra's creepy baby face when he looks at Aria, his man-boy antics, and his blurry ethics, I'm not saying I hate DwightWeather. I'm glad you're commenting and hope you continue. But let's not blow my jokes about Ezra out of proportion. No one is talking about Ezra behind his back or anything. Anything I say here, I'd say to his face. But I can't. Because he's not a real person.
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Yes, I realize he's not a real person and I don't take when you "joke" about him personally. I just think you have an unreal expectation of this and other shows to portray the Aria/Ezra Type relationship in a reasonable light. As you said he's just a fictional character it's not real, and maybe that means stop waiting for their relationship in this TV show to be treated as it would in the real world.

I just want to take a moment to say how ridiculous it is to expect a show like this to handle anything in a coherent manner. Things stopped making sense or happening in a sane way very early on. I still don't quite understand why at this point they don't just go to the police (with Hanna's mom stealing money from the bank being an exception).

Thank you. I do enjoy the reviews and commenting. I believe this is one of those shows (like The Vampire Diaries) that you don't look too deep into what's going on, just strap yourself in and enjoy the ride.

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I just want answers...two eps left means that we'll get heaps of answers and then they'll leave us with 1000 more. Maybe next season I'll just wait for it to be over and watch them all in one go, it'll speed up the process of getting answers and I'll want to hit my head against the wall less when everyone makes stupid decisions (Aria, this week I'm looking at you Miss-no-I'm-not-dating-Ezra-we-only-met-"socially"-once). The only thing that is really propelling me forward is knowing the season ends in 2 weeks, so something has to be resolved. PLEASE.
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I never thought of that before. Why ARE there so many swimming lesbians in Rosewood? And I agree; Ezria is still awful and the Olympian was out of place. And yet several of my friends support Ezria as a pairing: what the what?
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so no one;s writing about the lying game this year? i mean they;ve got one episode left, but still, someone wrote about it last year and it;s pretty good right now...
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i want to watch this for spencer but its so hard to put up with all the scenes that she isn't in
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Just how many suspicious lesbians are in this town?
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Leave Ezria alone!
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Spencer's trip to cuckoo land is getting so tiresome and boring. I hate to see her like that
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I prefer the crazed choking Mona version of Spencer rather than the leave me alone broken Spencer. Also this might sound terrible but I would be absolutely delighted if Emily were to just die. That girl and her one expression (reminiscent of Kristen Stewart) does my bloody head in.
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I really hope E. Lamb isn't secretly evil, because his conversations with Spencer have been one of the funniest/wittiest (like when they first meet) this show has had. It honestly made me laugh, and this show usually only does that when there's something ridiculous happening, which often is the case. We haven't heard a conversation that honest and actually filled with useful information in a while, and to think it happened between practical strangers was revealing of the fact that these girls hold so many secrets, that now an orderly knows more about what's been going on in Spencer's life than her own parents/sister/occasionally friends. Furthermore, he actually seems to believe her and maybe even wants to help.
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So here's an interesting theory floating around: People think that Spencer did finally reach that breaking point and agreed to join the -A Team and the scene at the end was her subconscious confessing that fact. I rewatched the end a couple times, and I can definitely see that line of thinking. At the end of the day though, I feel like what you've suggested is a more plausible line of thinking. I didn't even see an alternative meaning until someone else suggested it.

Missy Franklin did just seem incredibly out of place but I feel like it was just a way of them putting more strain on Emily/Paige and making us again go back on forth on whether or not Paige can be trusted or if we should hook Emily up with yet another shady character.

I'm not even gonna bother talking about Ezria cause it's so not worth it unless Alex Mack shows up and I can go on about how much I miss 90s Nick being on 24/7.

I love how they've set everything up with Spencer for the end of the season. What will the writers do with one of the heroines fully believing that she has nothing left to lose or live for. There are so many directions to take that, and a lot of them extreme (which is why a lot of the time I almost wish this wasn't on a Disney-owned network). And Troian continues to amaze me with the complete 180 that she's done. Just awesome work.
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Wouldn't you love it if in one scene Alex Mack just turned into a silver puddle and started sliding around the floor. I think it would add a lot of interest into the Ezra storyline.
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Oh if she zapped him. I'd be cool with that too.
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Why, hello there! XD

As a huge Spencer fan, I hate what they have done to her and her character. As the smartest of the girls, she should have not fallen for the dead body is really Toby and continue on to completely losing her mind. It still makes zero sense to me. Aside from that fact, I still do not understand the final scene. Can anyone care to explain to me? Is Spencer truly insane? From everything she said I gather she wanted to die that very night? More importantly why are they letting her out of Radley in the final episode of the season? She is unstable..obviously!!!!

A few unsettling things, first and foremost Ezra is back teaching in the next episode...oh yeah and Wilden is alive.. 0.o Wilden is such a creep, when he talked to Hannah I felt a bit sick because of the way he looked at her.....just gross. As if Ezra and Aria's relationship wasn't disturbing enough now Ezra is back to teaching her class....EEEK! JUST EEEK!

I absolutely loved Aria in this one just because of what she said to Mona - "If Spencer doesn't get better and she doesn't get out of Radley, you are going to wish you broke your neck when you fell off that cliff" -- Aria was fantastic!~!!@# It's nice to know that she cares about Spencer.

Lastly, Hannah's behavior was disgusting. Her telling Aria that she doesn't give a damn about Spencer being locked up in Radley...like who does that? She cared enough to visit Mona all the time she was there.!! I understand her mom is important to her, but that doesn't excuse her words and/or actions.

P.S. Does anyone else thik the body Spencer found was actually Jason?

Peace!
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I think she was already on seriously unstable mental ground. And I tried putting myself in her shoes. Given the stress of the situation and the importance of the person, I can completely see her believing (even if just initially) that the body was Toby's.
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Crazy Spancer is the best thing that happened to PLL in a long time. I hope that when the series ends Troian Bellisario will get her own show.

I think being lesbian in Rosewood is actually a good thing. So many gorgeous and eager girls live there. For so little city they have a huge lesbian community.

As for swimming - it's a great sport for women, no matter their sexual orientation.
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"...since we know from the Pretty Dirty Secrets web series that Shana's tight with the A crowd (and has ties to Ali, Cece, and Jason)..."

I didn't know that,because I didn't even know about PDS web series.
Wasn't principal male? You wrote "...Aria very clearly told her no..."..her meaning principle,right? But should be he,no? :D

Yeah,I love Hanna also. I think she(Ashley) even laughed,when she said that about scientific fact.
Talk between Byron and Ezra was funny. They were at Ezra's place and it was daylight,but Ezra had some creepy thing going on with shades. It was strangely dark there...and there were some toys...*AAAIIEEEEEE* :P:P
When they pushed car into river,you can see cable holding to car,so they could pull it back later. This was from previous episode yes,but it was also in this one at start of it.
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So if the body wasn't Wilden's , then it has to be Jason who misteriously dissapeared from the hospital . It's also possible thar Wren is A as well , he works at Radley , so he could be the one providing the passes to Mona. Maybe the one who tried to kill Spencer in her bath , wasn't Toby and A treid to make it look liked that
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Yeh so shattered that the body wasn't Wilden's he is so annoying. It might be Jasons' but again maybe no one died...Toby could have been lying there pretending to be dead just so Spencer saw him and it tipped her over the edge. Then Mona led Spencer away so he could have just gotten up and gone off on his merry way to drive their creepy mobile lair around.

Sadly I do think Wren is evil, he is always at the wrong place at the wrong time...but I love his accent so much!! So I hope he isn't part of the A team.
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Troian Bellisario is killing it! This storyline is becoming more and more intense and interesting. Can't wait till the finale! 2 episodes left.
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