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It’s over. – A (A farewell post to Pretty Little Liars)

Dear PLL fandom,

I had no idea what I was getting myself into seven years ago on June 8, 2010 when the Pilot episode of Pretty Little Liars aired. I hadn’t read the books and I definitely hadn’t watched anything religiously on ABC Family. There was Greek, but that was on and off and no other original show on the network was able to captivate me.

At the time, my favorite show Smallville announced its final season, Gossip Girl was in between the 3rd and 4th season and another favorite, Glee, was finishing its first season.  But let’s face it, I was turning 21 and still much into those teenage, coming of age shows. Plus, Ashley Benson was my favorite (and still is). And as a huge fan, I had to support my girl!

So then the day came, the Pilot began and I was hooked. It started with 4 young girls starting a new school year one year after the leader of their pack went missing. The episode introduced us to the characters we’ve loved for seven seasons.

We were first introduced to Aria Montgomery, the artsy girl who went through a little goth phase, returning to Rosewood after one year in Iceland with her family. During that year, she held on to one huge secret: her dad’s affair with his student. Things also get complicated when she hooked up with her future English teacher, Ezra Fitz. The eye contact the two share during the revelation was one of the most iconic scenes of the series.

Next came Emily Fields, the sweet girl on the swim team, with the popular jock boyfriend.  I’d like to think she was part of a conservative family, with her mom part of the neighborhood welcoming committee and her father in the army. Life gets a little complicated when she is constantly reminded of [her love for] Alison, while a new girl moves into Alison’s old house. Sexuality is questioned and in a small town like Rosewood, that’s unheard of.

Spencer Hastings then graced us with her presence. She was almost the epitome of overachiever. With the Hastings name, you’ve got to be especially with Melissa Hastings as an older sister. Spencer was the girl involved with everything, intelligent and outspoken. She was striving for good grades to get into an ivy league college and follow in the footsteps of her lawyer parents. But then she strayed away from the perfection, when Melissa’s boyfriends decided that she may be the better Hastings daughter.

And then there was Hanna Marin, formally known as “Hefty Hanna”, who transformed over one summer to become one of the most popular girls in school. She lived in the shadow of Alison DiLaurentis. Getting body shamed by her “close” friend, her confidence and self esteem was low. Her father leaving her and her mom didn’t help, either. So Hanna’s motto was practically, “new year, new me” and with her new popular girl title along with a trusty sidekick, Mona Vanderwaal, she was able to step out of Alison’s shadow. But the whole problem was maintaining her top spot and getting the attention she longed for. Hanna Marin will always be my favorite character.

What did those 4 girls have in common? Alison DiLaurentis, the girl who knew all of their secrets. However, she was the girl they knew nothing about. She was the glue to the group up until she disappeared, but that suddenly changed when “Alison’s body” was found and an anonymous stalker decides to start playing mind games with the girls. Alison’s “death” brings the girls back together and just like that the Pilot set the whole premise of the show.

For seven years, Pretty Little Liars ruled social media. They’re practically known to be the most social television show on air, with so much social media engagement from fans. It’s safe to say that it was the pioneer of trending topics when it came to TV shows and live tweeting along around the world. It allowed fans and those involved with the show to communicate with each other. Every Tuesday since it has aired, fans have been able to get PLL trending with hashtags like #PLL, #WhoIsA, #betrAyal, #WorldWarA, #Poor[Insert character name], etc. And of course the main hashtag for this season, #PLLEndGame, which tailored not only to the game, but obviously to the PLL relationships. #Ezria, #Spoby, #Haleb, & #Emison. I was only a year into Twitter by the time the show aired, and it definitely had me talking and more active on the web. The downside was all the spoilers. But I didn’t have an issue – I absolutely loved/love spoilers.

I think people have learned over the years, that if you don’t want to be spoiled, you better stay off social media until you watch the episodes. It’s so much more fun to live tweet. That’s why I ended up having a separate twitter just for that fact.

Since the Pilot, I’ve stuck through it and my obsession for television grew stronger as I dedicated a new Tumblr to my love for entertainment: PrettyLittleGossipGleek. The name was fitting for me as it was three shows on air that I absolutely loved that made me feel more like me. I started to make gifs and fanart of my favorite moments, something I enjoyed doing and something that kept my mind off of reality. One time TvGuide used one of my gifs, #ganstAtoby, and to this day, I’m very proud of it. HAHA

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Pretty Little Liars always had me at the edge of my seat with all the cliffhangers and kept my mind going, thinking of all the possible outcomes to the question,”Who is A?” I think that anything that gives you several mind f**ks is worth watching.

I watch a lot of television, and very rarely do I dream about them. Pretty Little Liars was an exception. I dreamt about running away from “A”, so obviously the show managed to sneak it’s way into my sub conscience.

But enough about me..

To the endgame couples —

Ezria: For a long time you were my favorite #PLL couple. The chemistry was unreal. I’ll never forget the first time Aria and Ezra met and the look of shock a few days later in Mr. Fitz’ English class. You were a forbidden love, like Romeo and Juliet, sneaking behind everyone’s back. It was starting to get toxic because you were holding each other back. And then the love story took a turn when Ezra was revealed to be stalking the girls for inspiration for a novel. True feelings were tested and you both entered intoseveral other relationship, but in the end you found your way back to each other. To all the haters, stop. It started off as a relationship based on lies, but the truth is that they make each other happy.

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Spoby: Your relationship didn’t start from the beginning and I think that’s what drew me in to you. I’m not going to pretend that I didn’t love Alex for Spencer in the first season. I loved them and their somewhat forbidden love, but Alex left and the relationship with Toby came out of nowhere.  As I rewatched the first season, it’s clear that Spencer had strong negative feelings towards Toby. Toby was that creepy bad boy that hardly said a word, so it’s understandable. He was a suspect in the murder of Alison DiLaurentis for goodness sake. That didn’t go well with a lot of people, but Spencer, you sympathized with him and gave him a chance. Sure, you took a French tutoring job just to find answers about Alison, but I’m sure you didn’t expect to fall in love with Toby. I’m sure you didn’t expect to even like or understand him. A part of me thanks Emily for somewhat bringing you two together. When your relationship was threatened by “A”, you kind of gave up easily. You both tried to protect each other, doing things that broke the trust you built. Eventually you grew up and realized maybe you weren’t meant to be in each other’s future as a significant other. Your break up was by far the worst. It broke my heart the most, especially with the possibility that you weren’t endgame. But fate has a funny way of working and in the end, you two still shared a love for each other. That’s all that matters. In my head you make it. You were #RelationshipGoals.

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Emison: You made it from beginning to end, but not without the ups and downs and occasional mind games. Emily was always so sure of her feelings for Alison. The latter not so much. Honestly, I was never really a fan of any of Emily’s girlfriends (well maybe Samara because I love Claire Holt). I always thought that Alison would one day return Emily’s feelings. But I admit, it was an unhealthy relationship. When they were young, Alison always led Emily on. She gave her hope that wasn’t really there. I mean, Alison always had Emily wrapped around her finger and Emily constantly forgave the girl. But that’s the thing about Emily, she sees the best in people and gives them [constant] chances even if they do her wrong. Although the pregnancy was pretty messed up, I’m happy that it brought the two of you together along with two cute Emison babies. Along with some instigating from Paige, it helped Alison realize her feelings for her best friend. That proposal was the cutest thing because come on…I think we all thought Emily would’ve been the one to propose. AND how cute was it that Pam gave Alison her blessing? I guess you could say you’re soulmates.

Haleb: I remember when you two first met. You were practically bickering like an old married couple and to this day you still do. Only difference is that you’re actually married now! You know what they say, opposites attract. Your relationship basically started on a lie though, with Caleb acting as Jenna’s spy. But just like Spoby, falling in love probably wasn’t part of the plan. When Caleb ran away to Ravenswood, I wasn’t sure if he’d be back (I liked Ravenswood and thought maybe it would go on longer). You were on and off and like the others, you grew up. Life got in the way. Your different lifestyles got in the way. For a short time I liked Spaleb. It was a random relationship and it caused a strain on other relationships. But the thing about Caleb is that he’s loyal and will do everything in his power to protect the people he loves and I love him for that. I love him for loving and protecting Hanna. It took me a while, but watching season 7, I finally appreciated the relationship that is Haleb. Also, I always think about how both of them were on Days of Our Lives, at different times.

To my favorite guy, Ezra Fitz: You will always be my favorite English teacher. You were straight out of college, nerdy and adorable AF. You played the girls for a little and I was Aria when the truth was revealed. But I forgave you. How can I not? I feel like you’re the one guy who had the most secrets. Maybe it’s the mystery that is Ezra Fitzgerald that captivated me because even though the series has ended, I still feel like you’re hiding something. On a side note, I miss your brother Wesley.

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To my favorite villain, Mona Vanderwaal: I love you, I really do. I could never really hate you. Even though you were the first “A” to start the game, I still couldn’t dislike you. You’re intelligent. You think outside the box. You’re prepared and detail oriented. Jealousy seeped through your blood and you wanted to be accepted. You just wanted to be loved. You went too far, but somehow you still managed to wiggle your way back inside, even though the others hardly trusted you. I trusted you many times because I didn’t know what else to think about you. I trusted you because I know you wanted to protect your “friends”. Ultimately, someone stole the game from you and you were determined to win. Your passion and drive is probably what I admire the most. In the end, I couldn’t decipher whose side you were on, but you won and got your happy ending. You’re no longer Loser Mona. You were never a loser though, just misunderstood.

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To my favorite character, Hanna Marin: I see myself in you the most. Your back story hit me hardest. To this day, I still have low self esteem when it comes to my body image. But I’d like to think I’m good at faking it. You came from a broken family and you faked it til you made it. You wanted this sense of love and acceptance and it took a while for you to feel that. But you learned to love yourself and you learned to say what you feel. There were so many layers to you and I’m glad we were able to see them unravel over the seasons. You may not have been book smart, but you were street smart. You made me laugh many times. But you were also the source of my tears as I watched PLL. I never liked to see you being tortured or hurt. It broke my heart every time because you didn’t deserve any of it. The thing I admire most about you is your loyalty to your friends, no matter how many times you got hurt. Also, I wish I had your passion for fashion and all your OOTDs. 🙂

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To my favorite actress, Ashley BensonBENZOooO. You’ve been my favorite forever. I mean, you were practically the reason why I started watching PLL. From being Abby Deveraux on DOOL to Carson on Bring It On: In It to Win It, I followed you on to your biggest project yet. We’re the same age, so in a weird sense I feel like we grew up together and a part of me wishes I was part of your #SQUAD. I was able to meet you once and it remains one of my favorite moments ever in my almost 28 years of existence. You were the sweetest person ever and i’m not just saying this because I love you. I absolutely adore your sense of humor, your style, your personality and the way you love and support your family/friends, Olive, and Walter. I absolutely adore YOU. Thank you for being my inspiration to do the things I love. Thank you for playing a character I absolutely love and connect with. Thank you for doing that epic dance scene in Season 5. And thank you for just being you and allowing us fans into your world. I love you!

To A.D, you’re awful. What kind of person wants to get rid of their twin sister so they can live in their shoes? All the awards to Troian Bellisario for bringing not just one great character, but two. Sure, Spencer and Alex looked alike, but they were so different and you were able to portray that to us viewers. The only similar thing I see between the two, is the yearning to be part of a family.

To the WHOLE cast, it’s been quite the 7 years, hasn’t it? You all practically grew up in the show, especially Sasha. To think she was only 13 when she shot the Pilot! Even I feel like i’ve grown up with you all. And then in Season 5 you started playing characters closer to your age and it felt even more relatable. Not that I have a stalker in my life, but just the fact that you were all in your twenties trying to figure out life. I lived vicariously through each and every one of you, through the drama and relationships. Thank you for bringing these characters to life and not giving up on your fans. Not only did people fall in love with your characters, but with you as actors. Even though things were so dramatic on cam, off camera you brought us some great BTS laughter and fun. It’s so great to see actors and actresses who have been on the show continue to do awesome projects. There’s a reason this show stuck around for so long and you all are why.

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To the directors, writers, producers, and crew behind it all: First off, thank you Sara Shepard. Without you there would be no Pretty Little Liars. Your mind and creativity came up with this whole universe. You had these characters and constant mystery that captivated your audience. And I thank you for that. I hope one day I’ll get to reading all the books! Marlene King, thank you for bringing the books to screen. I’m pretty sure that this was one of the most popular book to tv adaptation. Thank you for taking that risk and bringing the whole team together to create the magic that is PLL. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store. And to the rest of the team behind PLL, thank you for the dedication and hard work you put behind the scenes to make sure the viewers got the best experience. From the set, the costume design, the score, the props…you all made PLL the iconic show that it is. Also, shout out to Lisa and Romy for putting up with Ashley and Shay all the time. 😛

It’s been two weeks since the show ended and I meant to post this a few days after, but I just never got to finish it until now. I think a part of me still doesn’t think Pretty Little Liars has ended. I mean, there’s so much that could happen after that finale. Alex and Mary Drake could escape Mona- I’m sure Detective Tanner is wondering where Mary Drake disappeared to and she’s a closer remember? I mean, I’m pretty excited to see the PLL reunion in the future.  It’s an iconic show and will be for many years to come. PLL’s impact in popular culture should not be underestimated.

I can’t wait to see and support each of the cast members in their next projects, but I’m sure nothing will ever replace the love I have for Pretty Little Liars.

To whole PLL fandom, thank you for your passion.

What show should I recap now?

xoxo,

Adele

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Til deAth do us pArt. (PLL Series Finale Recap)

It’s over, it’s finally over. This is it. My last PLL recap and it’s so bittersweet.

The episode begins with a fantasy. We’re taken in Mona’s head where the girls talk about missing A.D. “Without fear, there cannot be courage,” dream Spencer reminisces and it’s definitely a true statement. But her daydream is quickly interrupted when a mystery person decides to visit her at the hospital.

One year later…everyone seems like they are finally happy and A.D. free. But the game is not over.

As I started writing this recap, it started to get super long considering we had a 2 hour finale! So with a change of heart, I’ve decided to do Top 5 moments.

5 Our couples get a happy ending. This isn’t really one moment, but it’s how each of the end game couples ended up together.

The first couple we see after the time jump is Ezria. They are at the Warner Bros lot with Ezra and Aria. It kind of seems like they’re going the route The Hills took, where they reveal they are on a set implying it was all fake. I would have died if that happened. But nope, it just turns out that their book is being adapted into film. Rainer and Paige should star! Kudos if you get the reference.

The majority of the episode revolves around the Ezria wedding. Aria gets cold feet because she learns that she won’t be able to have a child, but Ezra’s there for her every step of the way. On their actual wedding day, Ezra’s a no show, but not on his own will. But in the end, they make it together.

Emison had twins, Lily and Grace! Alison seems to be on edge sneaking around, but she’s just meeting with Emily’s mom. We don’t get much from their first meeting, but obviously it’s about Emison’s future and Pam seems to give Ali her blessing. Usually we see Emily reassuring Alison, but this episode was very much about Alison and her love for Emily.

Later in the episode, Emily is angry at Alison for hiding a secret, but it turns out Alison was planning a proposal. Alison didn’t plan for it to happen due to an argument, but it gave the Emison fans lots of feels with the pug sweatshirt.

We then have Haleb, the recently married couple. In the last episode, we saw the two tie the knot in a small ceremony. It’s not the wedding anyone really pictured for Hanna, and this episode it seems to be what’s on Hanna’s mind as well. But that’s only because the two are not on the same page when it comes to Mona.

While Hanna has a baby on her mind, Caleb has Mona living in their loft on his mind and they are not happy thoughts. Spencer also happened to interfere, when she calls out the tension to Hanna. Later on, things get better and Hanna gets exactly what she wishes for, a baby.

Then comes Spoby. Toby finds his way back to Rosewood and immediately connects with Spencer. While everyone is off doing couple things, in an ode to past Spoby moments, they play Scrabble. Spencer wins of course, with the word “limerance” alluding to some kind of unrequited love. Toby loves you, don’t you ever doubt that Spencer.

Without saying too much, there is some unrequited love with Toby. But Toby knows the real Spencer and chooses her.

4 Addison is a brat. I literally cannot with her. We saw her in one episode and then she comes back like she owns the high school. She’s the current bully and it makes me wonder how effed up her family tree must be. I absolutely despise people who disrespect their teachers. Addison knows and cares too much about Alison and her friends. Also, the fact that Jenna also dislikes her says a lot. “I may not be able to see, but I can smell a bitch from a mile away,” such a burn.

The girls constantly ask Addison’s “friends” if she’s bullying them and you can just see the fear in their eyes. In the final scenes, history repeats itself when Addison goes missing. I didn’t even dislike Alison this much.

3 Mona is a minion again. Just when we all thought Mona was going to get the help she needed, once she was released, A.D. reeled her back in again. She causes a rift between Hanna and Caleb, when Hanna is just trying to be a good friend. As Mona’s former best friend, who happened to bring her back to gaming, Hanna feels a responsibility to take care of Mona. She practically forgives her for everything. But you should never trust a pretty girl with an ugly secret.

In a mask disguised as Melissa, Mona spies on the girls and their significant others. She attempts to gain A.D.’s trust by spying on their every move and even knocks Spencer out, just like she did in the season 2 finale, “UnmAsked”. No matter how much intel Mona gets, A.D. is still very hesitant to reveal their identity. Later on, Mona beats A.D. at their own game. It’s interesting because later on we see who’s side she was really on.

2 A.D. is finally revealed. A little after the first hour, A.D. is finally revealed after they get Mona to ambush Spencer. Spencer wakes up in a room thinking she’s looking into a mirror, but it’s actually her twin, Alex Drake. Turns out Mary Drake had a second baby that no one knew about. The doctor put Alex up for adoption and promised not to say a word for money. Alex then grew up in London, but it was not the environment she or Mary Drake had hoped for. She never felt the love she yearned for.

That is until she met Wren, who mistakes her for Spencer. They fall in love and clearly Wren has a type. Blinded by love, Wren tells Alex everything, and she’s intrigued by Spencer’s life and Cece’s game for the girls and continuing the legacy. Turns out that Hanna’s dream of Spencer, was actually Alex.

Her love for Cece  and avenging her death spurred her on to keep the game going. She made sure to put on the best show of her life, asking Wren to shoot her, just to match Spencer’s shot wound from Jenna.

At Aria’s wedding, Alex whispers under her breath and reveals that Wren is the baby daddy. The sad thing is that Wren didn’t get the chance to meet the babies as it’s implied that Alex killed him. Why kill the man that loves you and is willing to sacrifice everything for the guy who doesn’t even know you exist and is actually in love with your twin sister?!

Alex even helps Mary Drake escape so they can all be one big happy family, at least in Alex’s little made up world. So not only does she have Spencer, she has Mary Drake and even decides to kidnap Ezra because he was seen as a threat.

However, her plans are squashed when Jenna has a little encounter with her outside the Hastings’ law firm, posing as Spencer. Jenna can smell a bitch from a mile a way, and this bitch smelled like A.D. She calls Toby and he realizes he slept with the wrong twin. The signs are there when Spencer’s horse, Bashful, isn’t so sweet with Alex and the book he received from “Spencer” is not the same book he’s seen the real Spencer with.

Mona knows the scooby gang is on to Alex and it looks like she calls A.D. for help. But it’s all for show as she betrays Alex. She reveals her true plans to the scooby gang and they are able to ambush the house Toby built, finding the upgraded doll house. As the twins fight to the death, they enter and Toby pulls out his gone. He ultimately has to choose and he chooses correctly when Alex answers a question incorrectly. Alex’s final words as a copy takes her away: “Well, no one can call you ‘loser Mona’ anymore.” And just like that Mona ultimately won.

 

1 Which then takes us to the final scenes. The Ezria wedding finally happens, in the Rosewood Church. They say their vows and I’m on the verge of crying. But when the priest calls out if anyone objects, a phone rings and I almost have a heart attack. The whole audience does because after 7 years, a ringtone has caused a lot of trauma. Luckily, the videographer, played by Marlene King, just forgot to silence her phone. I love that after all the drama, they kept it light and funny.

After the wedding came the honeymoon talk and goodbyes. This was the last scene the girls filmed and my heart had so many feels to see all of them happy. Aria is only leaving for 3 weeks, and WE ARE ALL EMOTIONAL WRECKS. Alison hits it right on the spot when she says, “For some reason, this feels like it’s the end of something.”

On the other side of the world, Mona gets her happy ending with a new boy toy, whom I believe was the cop that took Alex away. She works at a doll shop, but the big toys are in the back when it’s revealed that she has Mary Drake and Alex held hostage during tea time. Mona is the best. That is all.

The FINAL scene takes us back to the pilot with a group of girls at a sleepover. They wake up to find that Addison is missing and history is about to repeat itself.

A part of me is really pissed about the big A.D. reveal. Spencer has a twin and we’re all supposed to believe that absolutely no one knew about her. But I guess they are all good at keeping secrets anyways. But I still enjoyed the execution and the way they made it work. The finale was an ode to the fans that have been there since the Pilot and I’m happy to have been part of the PLL army.

I’m happy because my little liars are finally happy. #GameOver

Anyways, stay tuned for my farewell post to PLL in the next few days. It’s been a long ride, but we’ve finally reached the destination.

xoxo,

Adele

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Who killed Charlotte DiLaurentis? (“Farewell, My Lovely” 7×19 Recap)

First off, let me apologize. This recap is all over the place. I’m all over the place. Next week is #PLLGameOver and I’m not ready.

The penultimate episode starts with our favorite case closer, Detective Tanner, obtaining arrest warrants to make her move against the girls. She must have some solid evidence!

And the body in the back of Aria’s trunk will most likely add to that evidence. Aria, who is stopped by the police, makes up some story about her keys getting stuck and manages to slip away without the police finding the decomposing body.

While Aria drives away she starts having a conversation with the dead body. She manages to convince herself that it’s time to turn the body in to the police and face the consequences. If the Radley Sanitarium was still open, I’m sure Aria would be checked in.

Back at headquarters, Caleb and Ezra reveal to the others that Mona has the game. As expected, Hanna is in disbelief. Ezra, on the other hand, can’t get a hold of Aria and gets angry at the others for turning his fiance away. He has no idea what is going on and I don’t think he has any right to feel this angry towards the others.

We then see Mona return to her apartment only to find the game is gone. Nothing is left, but a note saying, “Time for pie, be there.” A.D. wants to meet at their favorite diner! Unbeknownst to Mona, Hanna and Caleb are hot on her heels.

Spencer manages to run into Mary Drake at the Lost Woods. She claims to have unfinished business and decides to leave a parting gift for Spencer and Alison: The Lost Woods deed. She knows what’s happening and wants them to get the money for lawyers to help them and their friends.

While everyone is off running around trying to tie up all the loose ends, Ali and Emily are home worrying about the outcome of it all. But A.D. has different plans for them as they infiltrate the place with sleeping gas. Later, Emily wakes up from a nightmare to find the game sitting in the living room. It oddly starts playing a recording, “we don’t have a lot of time.”

We find ourselves back with Aria as she is about to go to the police station to present her case, but Ezra finds her in the nick of time. Ezra wants to take Aria away from it all, but Aria cannot leave her friends behind to deal with it alone, not after what she’s done to betray them. While Ezria discusses the next steps, someone decides to pop open the trunk and disappears with the body. How does someone transfer a body so easily?

Mona is sitting at the diner waiting to meet someone about the game, but she didn’t think that Caleb would be the one she’d be sharing apple pie with.  Caleb wants her to confess to everything, but Mona claims she no longer has the game. “SOMEBODY IS ALWAYS STEALING THE GAME FROM ME!” This #EndGame isn’t for you, Mona.

A.D. manages to sneak a note over to Mona to get out and she runs to the ladies’ room as Hanna and Spencer show themselves. Hanna, Spencer and Caleb are too late and later find that there’s a secret doorway. Caleb and Spencer decide to take the tunnel through, advising Hanna to take her car. Although Haleb is endgame, I’ll always have love for the short lived Spaleb. I’m not sorry it happened and I will never forget it!

While waiting to hear back back from Caleb and Spencer, Hanna takes a stroll around Rosewood. She ends up outside the church, as flower petals fall down to her. Her feet bring her to the bell tower only to find Mona is the culprit of the flower petals. Mona is dressed up as her younger self and is out of her mind when she greets Hanna as Charlotte.

We are then taken to a flashback of Mona meeting Charlotte, unhappy with her release from the hospital. Charlotte was obsessed with power and Mona wanted to make sure her friends were safe from her games. Mona then threatens Charlotte with a screwdriver, giving Charlotte the chance to jump on her own rather than Mona pushing her. We are then led to think Mona pushed her as she attacks Hanna in present time. Luckily Spencer and Caleb save Hanna. They feel sorry for Mona and think it’s time to call Dr. Sullivan. As they head back to their cars, the final two puzzle pieces were left and it looks like it was Mona’s turn after all.

Since the girls have all the pieces, it’s now time to claim the Grand Prize – Archer Dunhill’s body.  A.D. leads the girls to Alison’s Aunt Carol, where Charles’ body is. The girls are left with the question, to get rid of the body or let it be? Aria speaks up and thinks it’s time to walk away. If they get rid of the body, A.D. will always something over their head. At first they’re hesitant, but the other follow suit. Their plan is quickly shattered when Detective Tanner and the police show up to dig up the body as well! You don’t want to play A.D.’s game? Well, the police do.

While the girls are taken to the police station, Tanner confirms that the body belonged to one Archer Dunhill. She tells the girls to sit tight, before walking into another room with a two sided mirror revealing Mary Drake confessing to murdering Archer Dunhill and Jessica DiLaurentis. When Mary said she knew everything, she was not lying.

The girls are in disbelief. And so am I. Of course, I don’t want to see my girls go to jail, but it seems like they’re off the hook at least with the police. Tanner obviously knows that the girls aren’t innocent, but she’d rather go with the easy confession. What she says to them is probably a few of my favorite quotes: “What I believe and what I can prove are two different things.” and “You’re not criminals, not really. Try and remember that.” Detective Tanner knows more than she’s letting on. As Mary Drake walks away in custody, she signals to Spencer to not say a word. Mothers will do anything to protect their children.

After their long night, they all return to Mona to apologize and help her. “You needed me. You don’t know how that felt like.” Sometimes a girl just wants to be loved. At this point, Mona seems to be calmer and in a better state of mind and confesses what else went wrong on the night Charlotte died. She didn’t actually push Charlotte. She planned on letting her live a life of hell. Things went south when they break into a fight and Mona slams Charlotte into the wall, where a pipe stabs her in the neck. Charlotte died by accident and Mona did a very good job and covering it up.

Morning arises and A.D. congratulates them on a job well done. The game is dead. It’s over. A.D. has nothing else to play with. A.D. can’t mess with the squad. As the girls leave the game behind, the final scene takes us to A.D. driving away in the sunset to the tune of “Without You” with the girls’ game pieces in a Ziploc bag. Whoever A.D. is, they obviously can’t live without the girls’ love.

I rambled too much about this episode. It was really hard to write this considering next week is the series finale. This episode almost left me in tears knowing that the end is near.

Also, I have no A.D. expectations. I learned not to theorize after the Gossip Girl fiasco. But I’m open to your thoughts!

xoxo,

Adele

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The Girls are forced to “Choose or Lose”! (7×18 PLL Recap)

Hey little liars! We’re nearing the end and tonight’s episode finally revealed some truth.

The episode starts off with Emison sharing a sweet moment that’s later interuppted by the police who happen to have a search warrant handy. However, the DiLaurentis home isn’t the only place being raided. They hit Spencer first and headed over to Hanna’s before making their way to Aria’s. While Ezra is caught off guard, Aria makes sure she shreds the prize she received last week. Also, among the craziness A.D.’s game goes missing.

An angry Spencer barges into the Rosewood Police Station demanding to see Detective Furey; She’s “FUREY”ious. But she’s placed face to face with Detective Tanner. Furey pulled himself out of the case, which is definitely a good idea since it’s a conflict of interest and we all know what happened to the others.”I always thought you were guilty of something…”, Tanner says and we all know Tanner won’t stop till she gets answers.

In the police search all phones were confiscated, but A.D. was smart enough to leave something behind for his latest team player, Aria. Aria demands to meet A.D. and they hesitantly oblige.

But A.D. doesn’t forget about the other girls who are waiting to hear from Aria. A.D. provides some great room service at the Radley Hotel and instead of food, they leave another cell phone to continue the game. It seems to be the last turn and it’s for all of them. “Choose or Lose”: they have to choose between turning one person in or everyone loses the game and goes to jail. Mona decides to crash the party with perfect timing, “If you want an explanation, you might want to ask Aria,” Mona interjects and she has proof!

Toby has returned and runs into Spencer. He was called back to be questioned by Detective Tanner. Toby warns Spencer that Tanner is building a solid case against her and the others.

Aria meets A.D. at the park, only to receive texts indicating that A.D. is watching her. Aria runs off when she hears a noise and is caught black-hoodied (red-handed) by the girls! Aria does not deny her involvement with A.D and as expected, the others are not happy with their so-called friend. Detective Tanner interrupts the heated confrontation by calling the girls to the station regarding all the evidence the police has against them. She offers them an out to hear their side of the story, but no one budges.

“I don’t like sloppiness on my team,” says to Aria as she calls A.D. to exclaim that’s she’s out. Aria’s been sloppy the whole time, I’m surprised A.D. didn’t get rid of her sooner. Either way, A.D. doesn’t grant Aria’s request and tells her to wait til tomorrow for a new revelation.

Spencer visits Aria for answers. Aria pleads with Spencer that she’ll do anything to fix it all and Spencer just wants her to stop. However, their conversation is interrupted when Tanner barges in with all of Aria’s belonging claiming she’s off the suspect list for the murder. Apparently, there is proof that Aria was 300 miles away on the night of Archer’s murder. It’s unbelievable and Spencer believes so too as she leaves unhappy.

Amongst the madness that A.D. and the murder investigation has brought on, the girls decide to spend time with their loved ones before everything hits the fan.

Aria decides to tell Ezra everything. It turns out he knew about the report that Aria was going to file. He forgives Aria, but a part of me feels like he knows a lot more about other things. Either way, all seems to be forgiven and Aria gets Ezra’s support and love.

Caleb decides now is the best time to get married and with Ashley’s blessing, Haleb has a civil wedding. Caleb will do anything to protect Hanna, and I love him for that.

Alison decides to take Emily out on a date. They decide to have a little picnic in the woods that leads to more. Like Hanna mentioned earlier in the episode, it’s about time!

Spencer accepts Toby’s invitation to come to his cabin. She shows up on his doorstep and ;let’s it all out. It warms my heart that Toby is always there for Spencer no matter what.

One day I hope to find someone to share love with like Haleb, Spoby, Ezria, and Emison. But I digress.

Later on they all choose to meet sans Aria. Time is almost up and they make a pact that no one is to blame for whatever happens next. A.D. starts the countdown and it’s finally time for them to choose or lose. Their choice? Spencer decides to destroy the cell phone. It’s all or nothing!

Back at Ezra’s, Aria decides she’s done again. She thinks she has a choice and intends to  turn herself in. But A.D. says she’s too late and Aria wins the grand prize, unlimited freedom. With that, the phone blows up. Aria leaves and tries to get a hold of Spencer, but the call ends and her car stops. Aria gets a little surprise in the trunk, a corpse.

The final scene brings us to Ezra and Caleb on their search for the game board. The sensors lead to Mona’s apartment and we see her admiring the game as the jail slowly pops up.

Two more episodes to go and I’m not prepared. I won’t make any serious guesses about A.D. because I don’t want to have high expectations. It happened with Gossip Girl and I was left angry. I won’t allow myself to feel this way towards Pretty Little Liars.

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Adele

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Aria gets a prize! (A PLL Recap 7×17 “Driving Miss Crazy”)

Tonight’s episode starts off on a light note with Ezria having dance lessons in preparation for their wedding. Seeing Ezra and his awkwardness dancing was adorable.But then the moment gets ruined by Wesley Fitzgerald and a certain stalker that goes by the name of A.D. A.D. reminds Aria that it’s her turn again to play the game for the dark side.

After losing some crucial evidence in the hotel flood, Detective Furey decides to visit Hanna and Caleb. He obviously suspects that Caleb is involved and implies that he has some other compelling evidence that could help in the investigation of Archer Dunhill’s murder. In true Hanna fashion, she panics.

And by panic, Hanna decides it’s time to keep playing the game. Hanna, don’t you know it’s not up to you? My favorite blonde also decides that it’s time to reveal to the others that Mona knows about the game. The girls are not happy, but Mona doesn’t want her life in their hands. I agree, especially with how sloppy Aria is being at the moment.

It’s not Hanna’s turn and it’s definitely not Mona’s either. This week it’s Aria’s turn again, but for the wrong side. A.D. wants to stir up some drama with the Hastings clan. Her mission? Drop off a cellphone in a moving box and make sure an incriminating recording of Peter and Mary Drake plays over the Hastings’ sound system.  She succeeds, but again she was not slick at all. The recording conveniently plays right after she leaves the residence. I’m sure Spencer is smart enough to figure it out later on. Also, Peter freaks out.

In what I believe is an attempt to get on the girls’ good side, Mona found the fertility doctor involved with the Emison baby. She spends some time with Emily to interrogate the doctor who doesn’t budge at first, but after the two find some evidence questioning his doctorate, he later gives them the donor patient ID.

Hanna tries to make her own moves to find out what Detective Furey may have on her. As she snoops around the old stomping grounds, she finds out that the shovels were confiscated. Could this be the evidence Detective Furey has?

Tables have turned on the Ezria front. In the first few episodes, we see that Aria is more concerned about the wedding and Ezra is off in another world. However, now that the Nicole thing is behind him, Ezra is focused on making Aria the happiest fiance in the world. Ezra can tell that Aria is having doubts about their relationship, but it’s definitely not the reason he thinks.

All roads lead back to Spencer, at least that’s what Detective Furey feels. He questions her outside her house and brings up the short lived Spaleb relationship. He even accuses Spencer of flirting with him to have a cop on her side. Um, excuse me, that’s what Toby is there for. But Spencer holds her ground…

…That is until Mary Drake surprises us all as she hides in the backseat of Spencer’s car and demands that she drives to the Lost Woods resort. She tells her side of the story: Jessica and Peter were planning to kill Mary Drake, but she intercepted the pills. Mary Drake mutters something about doing anything to save yourself and suggests that Spencer leaves with her.

After Hanna’s little shovel mission and detailing Lucas’ car, she comes home to find her mom, Ashley, is back! Ashley is worried about Hanna and questions why Caleb came back into Hanna’s life. Caleb makes a huge speech about his love for Hanna and at this point, I’m tearing up. Haleb is getting married and later on in the episode, they recreate their first time. I’m in tears.

The episode then transitions into the PLL musical we always wanted. Sadly, it’s just a dream. Mona singing “Jailhouse Rock” is a dream, but then the whole thing is really a nightmare because Aria is having her wedding with a beat up Ezra in jail. And Mrs. Hastings is the officiant, but she is quite harsh.The pressure is getting to Aria and I can’t wait till it all blows up on her. Am I being harsh?

Back at the Hastings’ household, Spencer finds her mom and dad with Mary Drake’s letter. Peter is angry yet again and he tries to justify what he planned to do to Mary Drake with Jessica.”If someone continually threatened you Spencer, I don’t think you’d do any different,” he yells before storming out. If only you knew, Peter, if only you knew. Veronica stays calm during the whole thing and reveals that she will not be taking her seat in the Senate because of Peter’s mistake. Family over everything, right? BUT all that packing was for nothing!

Veronica’s decision seems to convince Spencer that it’s not a good idea to leave with Mary Drake. Her biological mother takes the news oddly well, but as Spencer walks away from the Lost Woods, she hears that someone was watching them. My guess is Detective Furey!

For Aria’s success in planting the #HastingsBomb, she gets puzzle pieces. Mona sees her and I have two thoughts. 1) She planted those pieces or 2) She’s about to expose Aria and all the things she’s done to betray the other girls. A part of me wants it to be option 2 over anything else.

Aria sneaks into Alison’s and puts the puzzle pieces together on the game board. She gets a message from A.D. that the grand prize is right behind her and it’s exactly what Aria wanted, the report on Ezra. First of all, why you chillin’ in a black hoodie? And don’t you think A.D. has copies of that thing everywhere?

The final scene brings us to Mona’s. Emily is outside her door and wants her to check out the burner phone that was left at Spencer’s, but also wants to discuss the donor ID. Clearly, Emily is warming up to the fact that Mona is going to help them play the game, but Mona is too tired to care at the moment. Or so she says. Mona is obviously hiding something and shoos Emily away. Once she makes sure Emily is gone, she goes straight to her computer and the camera pans away to reveal some detailed research on the game and the girls. Looks like another lair has come to fruition and not only that! Mona has the shovels!

We’re down to the last 3 episodes. I’m getting emotional just thinking about it!

xoxo,

Adele

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A second book emerges on #PLL (7×16 Recap)

Happy Tuesday little liars! It’s recap time yet again and I’m getting bummed thinking about the fact that after tonight there are only 4 more episodes left. Anyone feeling the same?

Last week, Detective Furey sent Spencer a warning regarding her possible involvement in the murder of Archer Dunhill and this week things went a little further. The episode (“The Glove that Rocks the Cradle” 7×16) starts off with Spencer getting questioned by the Rosewood Police about her little rendez vous at the Radley Bar. Detective Furey tries to convince Spencer to admit to her involvement before he gets the evidence, but Spencer has done this too many times to let it all go now.

At this point, the girls are determined to clean up their mess and make sure the receipt from the bar is nowhere to be found. Hanna recruits Caleb since he is the one that can shut down security for 10 minutes at the Radley hotel. Hanna isn’t just trying to save her ass, but she feels like her and Caleb owe it to Spencer because of what happened the night she was at the bar getting drunk. Later in the episode, Caleb apologizes to Spencer about what happened and my Spaleb feels got the best of me.

But while Hanna is focused on getting rid of the evidence, A.D. lets them know it’s Hanna’s turn yet again. Unbeknownst to the other girls, Aria’s also playing, but for team A.D.

Hanna’s task is to pick up a hard drive at the computer shop and drop it off at the school.Before the drop off, they find a Patsy Kline song on the drive, which brought Hanna back to the dollhouse. Caleb and Hanna argue about Lucas, and Hanna continues to be in denial about her friend.

 

Spencer decides she’ll try another tactic over destroying the evidence. She has the guts to meet Detective Furey at his appartment and straight up asks him to turn a blind eye on that infamous night at the bar. It’s too much to ask and let’s face it, Detective who decided to turn a blind eye aren’t around anymore. While Marco declined and stepped away to take a call, Spencer decided to steal a flash drive and what was on it was a lot more exciting than what Caleb and Hanna found on the hard drive.

Spencer stole a video of Lucas confessing that he wasn’t with Hanna the night of Charlotte’s murder. Yup, you read that right! He was Hanna’s alibi, then he came back right after to throw her under the bus. But of course, Hanna is still in denial.

Back on the baby front, Emily is pretty excited. She gets the baby room ready and is looking after Ali. She shows a little too much concern and Ali feels attacked. But during their little quarrel, Emily reveals her fear of Alison leaving her and the baby behind.

 

Before Hanna runs out to pursue her mission, Mona catches her and explains how she wants to play now. She feels like she’s never really accepted by the squad, no matter how many times she saves them. They have trust issues, Mona, and you’re one of the reasons why. The first thing that comes to mind, keep your friends close and your enemies closer.

While Hanna is at Radley with Caleb on the search for the receipt and Emily and Alison are at the school on a stakeout, Aria claims she has to go to a press event for Ezra’s book. However, in reality she was fulfilling her A.D. task. She sneaked into the Emison baby room and completely trashed it. All of Emily’s work was destroyed and I’m sitting here thinking Aria has gone bat sh*% crazy.

While at the school, Alison takes a tumble which causes her and Emily to return home earlier than expected. Aria’s still there and I’m hoping she gets caught. I wonder what Emily would have done if she found Aria. Emily sends an SOS and they all think it’s Lucas. Aria is so distant and messy, I’m surprised no one suspects a thing. I mean, she dropped her earring in the mess!

At Radley, Hanna can’t find the receipt. She tries to go through all the boxes, but time is running out. Caleb’s solution is to drown all the receipts. I hope the insurance covers water damage. I’m sure at this point, A.D. already took the receipt. But I also wonder why Caleb thinks its a good idea to start a flood – it clearly shows that someone is trying to hide evidence.

While this goes on, Mona leaves message for Hanna claiming that Emison mistaked her for Uber A. At this point, someone’s story doesn’t match up since Alison says someone pushed her and ran away.

After the security cameras go back up, Hanna sees Lucas. She calls the girls and they all go to the loft to interrogate him. They find him freaking out over the book and he confesses,  “I may have been part of the reason you were tortured.” He reveals there’s a second book that turned the revenge into a game, but it was never finished. A.D. is about to finish it, but I’m hoping the girls get to rewrite it.

And then the last few minutes of the episode begins. What are each of the girls up to?

After all of it, Hanna still believes in Lucas, believes he was never a part of torturing them and he never intended for anything to happen. The unrequited love got me.

Spencer and Detective Furey have another police interview and Marco is tired of Spencer’s BS. Earlier, Spencer tried using the flashdrive she stole as blackmail, but Marco basically let her know that her friends are next in the investigation since the evidence against her disappeared.”Let’s hope your friends are as lucky as you…”

Alison FINALLY confesses her love for Emily. Who knew Paige would be the one to help her.

Aria comes home to an empty loft. Ezra isn’t around and she finally starts to think about what she’s done – a huge cut on her arm reminds her. She starts to break down, and although as a viewer, I’m angry at her, my heart definitely breaks.

The final scene shows us book 2 of the adventures of “Arcturus”.A.D. starts on the ending and shows us their drawing skills. They draw  a tree and a headstone, “Here lies…”

And that’s it. 4 more episodes are left. Are you ready?

Quote of the episode: “Don’t overestimate someone’s feelings for you. It’s risky.” – Emily.

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Adele

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Comic Book inspires #PLLEndGame! (A PLL 7×15 Recap)

Hi little liars!

I’m a little late on the recap this week, but here I am!

Tonight’s episode, directed by the lovely Troian Bellisario, starts off with Emily and Alison continuing their discussion after the previous bombshell about Emily’s eggs. Emily is in disbelief, and she has ever right to be, so she requests that they get blood tests to make sure. At this point, don’t you think A.D. would get that base covered? Later, Alison receives the results and reveals to Emily that she is the mother of the child Alison’s carrying and Archer Dunhill is NOT the father. Now it’s a matter of whether not Alison will go through with the pregnancy.

Aria continues to be weak AF. I know I keep repeating that, but seriously it seemed like it was so easy for her to turn her back on her friends. She accepts another video message from A.D. and its a creepy Aria filter. A.D. says something about a friendly face, but Aria’s face on A.D. was not friendly looking at all.

The scooby gang meets sans Alison and discuss the photo Pastor Ted provided at summer camp with young Charles and Lucas. While the others doubt Lucas and are set on finding more secrets about him, Hanna does not believe that Lucas has anything to do with A.D. Lucas was always there for Hanna, so it’s understandable, but that could have been Lucas’ game all along.

Aria returns home to Ezra yet again, who is still focused on the Nicole fiasco. Once he leaves, A.D. has perfect timing and decides to facetime/faceswap Aria. “Rule #1, never send me to voicemail” or else. A.D. does not play. They ask Aria for some intel on what happened in the scooby gang meeting earlier in the day and I’m honestly sitting here wondering why A.D. doesn’t already know. They seem to know everything else. When Aria reveals that Hanna and Spencer spoke with Charles’ father, A.D. is not happy.

Mary Drake leaves a note for Spencer in her loft. She wants to talk and Spencer is ever so willing to do so. She then leaves a note in a wine bottle for Mary Drake and honestly I’m sitting here wondering why Spencer would leave her door open just for anyone to come in.

Emily and Hanna search through Lucas’ loft for more info and secrets that could link him to Charles. During their search, Hanna begins the baby talk with Emily and I’m going to miss the Hanna/Emily friendship a lot. Anyways, they find an old comic book that was made by Lucas and Charles, “Arcturus”. The hero is a young boy, bullied by other kids and his family. He meets a shapeshifter woman in the woods who becomes his protector. It already sounds extremely familiar.

After hearing about “Arcturus”, Aria is very quick to tell A.D. about the new development so her next task is to steal the comic book. And she succeeds. A.D. can get anyone to be their minion, why pick on Aria and create more drama among the girls?! She drops off the comic book in a school locker, but then goes back to find a black hoodie in its place. Looks like Aria gained A.D.’s trust.

Detective Fury calls Alison in with more details about Archer Dunhill. He suspects more people are involved with the disappearance of Archer and obviously he’s trying to read Alison. At this point, he definitely has some info on Ali and the girls.

Emily wants Alison to have the baby.  But in a perfect world she also wants to be one big family with Paige. Yeah, sorry Emily, that’s not going to happen. This is the one time I’m okay with Paige, because she finally let Emily go.

Hanna introduces the game to Mona and the former “A’ admires the craftmanship a little too much. “Sometimes you have to stop and admire the craft behind the dirty tricks.” Mona is a freaking genius. She’s able to understand the work and the mechanics that went into the game.  “When the game ends, the game dies.” Mona is a little too excited, but once Hanna asks her to play the game along with them, she is NOT interested. It took her a while to get back into a good place. She was addicted to playing games before and she cannot go that route again. But let’s face it, the game wasn’t intended for her and it seems that the game maker doesn’t like new contestants – use Caleb as an example.

Meanwhile, Spencer is still on a search for her mother. In a little note to Spencer, Mary Drake leaves a key to the lost woods. I’m interested to see how this conversation will go. She waits an hour, but her mother is a no show and Detective Fury is. Turns out Rosewood’s newest detective followed Spencer and she’s now on his suspect list. He’s nice enough to warn her though. Spencer messed up when she used Archer Dunhill’s credit card during her and Detective Fury’s first meeting. Later on we see that Mary Drake is not happy that Detective Fury was around the set meeting place. She leaves a note: “You brought the police, I understand.”

Aria returns home to find Ezra is on his way out to see Nicole’s new doctor back in New York. She is not happy at all and tries to put Ezra in his place. “You don’t know what I have done for us, what I’ve done for you,” Aria yells and I’m sitting here like YES EZRA YOU BETTER LISTEN. She betrayed her friends to keep your relationship safe. Aria is trying to do her best to keep her relationship with Ezra together safe from A.D. , but here is Ezra pushing away Aria himself. Ezra still leaves.

As Alison is contemplating whether or not she should keep Emily’s baby, she gets an unexpected visitor – Paige. She creepily sneaks up on Alison sleeping. Alison was strangely calm during the whole thing, but Paige got the closure she needed. This is the first time we’ve seen Alison and Paige civil with each other. I applaud Paige for pushing Alison’s buttons and  getting her to open up about her feelings for Emily. This heart to heart helped Ali make a decision. She’s keeping the baby!

Ezra’s flight at the airport is conveniently delayed, but he sees a familiar face, Spencer. She’s in a heated conversation with Dr. Wren Kingston. Yes, Dr. Wren is back! Spencer introduces the two, but I’m sure both of them are somewhat familiar with each other. Ezra acted awkward and Spencer acted paranoid. She asks Ezra to keep her little meeting with Dr. Wren a secret and even throws out Detective Fury’s name as one of the people he shouldn’t tell.

Ezra ends up missing his flight and heads home to Aria. He finally seems to accept what Aria wants, however I think there’s more to it.  A part of me thought that he was going to tell Aria what he saw, or moreso who he saw. However, the Ezria make up seemed to piss off A.D. because Aria let the mysterious facetimer go to voicemail. The end of the episode leaves us with the creepy Aria snapchat filter warning Aria yet again. #CreepyAF.

We’re getting closer and closer to the June 27 series finale. I’m pretty sure I’m not ready, but I digress. Thoughts?

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Adele

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A.D. has the upperhand with today’s power play!

Hi all! Tonight’s episode was by far my favorite so far of Season 7B. A few questions were answered and we found out who among the 5 is the weakest link. Honestly, I’m shook right now. Yes, I used the term “shook”. Don’t mind me.

 Because this episode was pretty intense and the fact that there were so many things to keep track of, I figured I’d change up the format of this post with the Top 5 moments of the episode.

5. WHOSE FINGER WAS DELIVERED TO THE ROSEWOOD POLICE?

It wasn’t hard to figure it out considering the girls just buried the body in 7A, but the digit belonged to Mr. Archer Dunhill’s decomposing body. Detective Furey decided to stop by the school to break this news to Alison and let’s just say, it’s not a missing person’s case any longer.  A.D. knows exactly what they are doing with this game. Play the game and get away with murder. Don’t play the game and the incriminating video comes out.

4. A FEW FAMILIAR FACES RETURNED.

Mr. Hastings is the first to return this episode. After claiming to be held up, Spencer finds out he’s been in Rosewood all along and has been on a search to find Mary Drake. He hired a private investigator to find the estranged mother and since Mr. Hastings hasn’t really been following the leads, Spencer and Hanna secretly go behind his back only to find another familiar face. Later on in the episode, he reveals who killed Jessica DiLaurentis.

Pastor Ted is the other familiar face that graced our screen tonight. One of the P.I.’s leads brings Spencer and Hanna to his home. He plays it cool as Hanna and Spencer think they wrote down the wrong address, but as they walk away Mary Drake enters the picture. He later confesses to Hanna that he’s been helping Mary Drake hide. Apparently, Mary Drake and Pastor Ted had a thing during their college days. And guess what? He’s Charles’/Charlotte’s father! But he didn’t know at the time he was a counselor for a boy’s camp where Charles AND Lucas were besties. Yup, mind is blown. Lucas is in on this game. Right?

3. WHO KILLED JESSICA DILAURENTIS?

I won’t beat around the bush. It was Mary Drake, at least according to Mr. Hastings. He recalls the last time he saw Mary. Spencer just got back from rehab and Mary Drake paid a little visit to her daughter. When Mr. Hastings caught her that night, Mary Drake was on a mission to make her twin sister pay for all the lies regarding Charles/Charlotte. When Peter refused to help, Mary decided to frame him utilizing his own pills.

At this point, I believe it, but at the same time Mr. Hastings could be lying just to paint Mary Drake in a bad light.

2. IT’S ALI’S TURN AND A.D. THINKS THEY CAN PLAY GOD.

Honestly, this ties with the top moment of the episode. A.D. decided to move the game board from Spencer’s to Alison’s. At this point, Alison has decided that she will not keep the baby. Emily supports the decision, but is later put into quite the predicament. For Alison’s turn, A.D. decides it’s time to get ready for the baby shower and leads Alison to a baby store to set up a baby registry. A clerk at the store then gives the gift Alison “reserved” for the egg donor…Emily. Yup, Alison is carrying Emily’s baby. And yup, the game just became a bit more complicated.  I’m left here thinking that A.D. is going way too far with this. As Alison tells Emily the new revelation, the scene breaks my heart.

This all comes out when Paige decides she wants to stay in Rosewood and try again with Emily. And I still think Paige is sketchy AF. I mean, she finds out that Alison is pregnant then all of a sudden turns down a big job to stay with Emily? Nah.

1. ARIA PROVES TO BE WEAK AF.

This isn’t really a moment per se. It’s more of an observation and it left me pretty angry. With all the Ezria drama, Aria hasn’t really been invested in the whole A.D. drama. As she sits on the sidelines during Ali’s turn, A.D. decides to video chat with her. Aria doesn’t want anything to do with it and ends up throwing her game piece away. A.D. takes this as a sign and plays on Aria’s vulnerability and curiousity. A.D. smells the desperation especially when it comes to Ezra possibly leaving Aria.

It is revealed that Sydney is A.D…just kidding! Syndey tried to fool Aria with a black hoodie, but the earpiece didn’t get past Aria. She is just another pawn to test Aria. A.D. wants to know if Aria wants to play for the winning team and she doesn’t straight up deny it. When she’s late to show up to the the girls’ meeting, she hides the fact that she met with Sydney as Hanna is chosen to take her turn again. And i’m pissed. Her best friends are getting tortured as she plays as a spy? How about no?

And there you have it. I tried my best to put all my thoughts together, but again, I’m still shook.

A.D. knows exactly what their doing putting the girls against each other. A moment of weakness could ruin it all for the girls. “We cannot let this game rip us apart, no matter what.” EVERYONE, listen to Spencer!

What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode?

xoxo,

Adele

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It’s finally Hanna’s turn on tonight’s episode of #PLLEndGame!

Happy Tuesday little liars!

We’re getting closer and closer to the #PLL finale, but on tonight’s episode it doesn’t seem like the girls are getting any closer to finding out who A.D. is.

Last week, Emily found herself playing the game and Hanna was a little ahead of herself. But this week A.D. decided it’s time for Hanna to play. How does A.D. let her know? With a crying baby playing on that damned cell phone.

While Hanna gets a little break from the crying baby cellphone, she gets some good press on her dress design that the Senator’s daughter wears to an event. She scores a meeting with investors with the help of Lucas, but the high doesn’t last long when a blogger disses Hanna and reveals that the design may have been copied. This indicates it’s time to play.

Hanna and Caleb try doing damage control on the bad press, but while Caleb’s away in another room, Hanna’s first task is to open the door. Things don’t go too well when Caleb’s the one who ends up surprised when a lifesize Hanna doll shows up. Hanna finally tells Caleb about the game and he goes into sleuthing mode to destroy it.

Meanwhile, Aria and Emily are on a search to find Jenna – find Sydney, find Jenna. Aria gets a crash course into hacking from Caleb and the two stalk Sydney. She doesn’t really tell Emily any truth, but Aria’s hacking skills reveal that Sydney has a client known as A.D., the anonymous donor who is helping Jenna get a fresh pair of eyes. I was really surprised with Aria this episode because she was like this badass spy I’ve never seen before.

On the Spencer front, she spends some time taking her mind off here mother drama courtesy of Detective Marco Fury. While they spend time with each other, my Spoby heart tenses as Toby stays in the hospital with Yvonne, who is awake! She has been responding very well, so Toby thinks it’s time for the two to get married. It was beautiful, but every Spoby fan’s heart broke a little. But then later in the episode, Toby’s happiness crumbles when Yvonne unexpectedly passes. My heart broke a little more as he broke down in Spencer’s arms.

Back over to Hanna’s turn, she finds the little gift A.D. left by playing a little game of Operation on her life like doll. There was a lot more blood than I expected. A.D. leaves an inappropriate dress for Hanna to wear at her investors meeting. Hanna is stuck in quite the predicament. Wear the dress and risk her career or don’t wear the dress and risk getting attacked by A.D.

Hanna decides to wear the dress, but Caleb unintentionally saves the day when his attempt to dismantle the game board backfires. Caleb is sent to the hospital and Lucas tells Hanna to go. However, because Hanna didn’t show up, she didn’t get her puzzle piece. It makes me wonder what awful thing she has to do when her turn comes up again.

After Hanna’s fail at her turn, everyone goes back to their personal problems. Aria goes home to Ezra’s apartment only to find Nicole sitting in the dark eavesdropping on the message Aria is leaving for her fiance. Something tells me that Ezra still hasn’t broken the news to Nicole and this leads me to believe that Aria is probably next in the game.

The final scene shows Detective Fury receiving a package at the police station. It’s a finger! But the main question is who does it belong to?

After tonight’s episode we clearly see that the girls don’t have an equal chance at conquering A.D.’s little dares as Hanna mentioned. A.D. knows how to push buttons and make the girls push each other’s buttons. We’re 3 episodes down and have 7 more to go. Are you ready for this? I don’t think I am yet.

xoxo,

Adele

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A liar is forced to play the game! (A PLL Recap)

Hi little liars! Today, I bring you the recap for the second episode of Season 7B, “These Boots Were Made for Stalking.”

Last week, Spencer’s curiousity got her to start the game A.D. prepared for her and the rest of the girls. On tonight’s episode a few more were manipulated into playing, even though they weren’t really game for it. The first few minutes of the episode was practically them arguing with each other about what to do next. But we all know how games bring out people’s competitive sides.

Like last week, the girls continue to try to move on with their lives without passing go. Hanna freaks out about a dress that may or may not have been designed by her former boss. A part of me thinks Mona is in on the game. I mean, how convenient is it that Mona decides to pick that dress from Hanna’s collection. This becomes very important later in the episode.

Aria starts to spend a lot of time with Holden to keep her mind off of Ezra and Nicole. Instead of going over the menu for the Ezria wedding, she offers to help Holden with catering for another party.

And then there’s Emily. She may not be a student at Rosewood High, but high school drama is still following her around in the form of a bratty girl named Addison. Addison thinks she’s the top bitch at school and has a tendency to eavesdrop on Emily’s conversations with former loves, Paige and Alison. Addison is the new Alison, but definitely worse.

New girl Addison even has the audacity to make false claims about Miss Fields to get her fired. Addison tells Paige that Emily has been inappropriate with her, other students, and faculty members aka Alison. Paige doesn’t believe it, but she does take a little stab at Alison even when she shouldn’t have been involved in the first place.

Spencer becomes desperate to find Mary Drake and even hands over the letter she received to Detective Furey. However, their little meeting gets interuppted, when Jenna returns and claims that she was also a victim of Noel Kahn. I don’t believe a word she says and neither does Spencer.

Spencer isn’t the only one Jenna encounters. Emily finds her at the Brew with a new posse. Jenna doesn’t seem to smell or hear Emily – Jenna is able to hear Spencer breathe and smell Hanna’s scent – but Emily sees Jenna texting another person. Who’s on the receiving end? At this point, it appears to be Addison so Emily knows somethings up and is led to believe that A.D. is probably the reason behind the new high school drama.

Jenna also makes her presence known to Hanna walking down the street with the dress she “designed”. According to Jenna, it was a gift. Yup, a gift from A.D. “It’s all part of the game,” Hanna says to Mona and I’m sitting here thinking Mona is definitely a pawn in this game. Thinking it’s her turn to play, Hanna follows Jenna to find out what she’s up to and ends up getting stuck in a shoe shop. It ends up being a trap from A.D. just to let her know it isn’t her turn. Hanna has flashbacks of when she was tortured and I’m sitting here heartbroken because Hanna doesn’t deserve this at all.

Back to the true player of the episode, Emily begs Ali to give her the key to Spencer’s barn, because she now knows it’s her turn. Turns out A.D. gives her a little evidence to get Addison off her back – a video of some extracurricular activities. Emily goes off on Addison and it’s the best even though the now 20 something year old went back in time and acted like a high school student. I’m not sure what A.D.’s motive is here, but Addison doesn’t really seem to back down from Emily. However, Paige miracously comes to save the day and shuts Addison up with a call to her parents and a copy of an incriminating email. Either way, A.D. is proud of Emily’s confrontation with the high schooler a puzzle piece is unlocked!

Looks like Hanna’s next in line. Let’s hope it actually is her turn because I DO NOT want to see her getting tortured again.

xoxo,

Adele

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It’s Playtime on Pretty Little Liars! (Spring premiere recap)

If you’re a PLL fan like me, you’ve been waiting for this premiere since August 30, 2016 where we were left with questions and accidents galore all around.But if you are also like me, you are dreading the fact that this is the first of the final ten episodes of Pretty Little Liars. How will we spend our Tuesday nights after June 20, 2017?

The episode starts off right where we left off. After being shot by Jenna, Spencer is rushed to the hospital. It was quite ironic when the paramedic asked Spencer what her mother’s name was. I mean, Mary Drake spilled a huge bombshell – with that and the overall shock of being shot, it was definitely not an easy question for Spencer to answer. As the girls watch on, they discover that Toby was in an accident too.

And then we fast forward one week later. Toby isn’t dead! Keegan Allen did a lot of trolling after that last episode making everyone think that Toby was gone. I even cried. What a jerk (lol jk). While both Toby and Spencer made it out alive, Yvonne is stuck in a coma and as a reminder Noel Kahn won’t be coming back at all.

We get little glimpses of each of the girls and their relationship woes. While i’m ready to see which pairs will be endgame, i’m more concerned about the game A.D. wants to play because the girls soon figure out that Noel and Jenna are not who they are looking for.

A.D. sent Spencer a little get well present and gave her the task of gathering the others to have a little game night. A.D. actully came up with quite the elaborate game board – a replica of the little town of Rosewood. I wouldn’t want to play, but I would want to own it. They seem to agree they don’t have time to play games and most of them attempt to go back to a normal life. Yeah, like that would ever happen.

Spencer, however gets a little push to keep finding out who A.D. is. Detective Furey shows her some evidence that pretty much reveals there were two shooters that awful night she was shot. In addition to that news, Mrs. Hastings comes home and doesn’t deny Mary Drake’s confession. The scene between Veronica and Spencer was a bit heartbreaking and everything Spencer thought she knew was shattered.

After a little text from A.D. and a little curiousity, Spencer is the first to start playing. It begins with a game of “Truth or Dare” and she’s a little daredevil. The game seems to start out easy because Spencer’s dared to visit a certain ex-boyfriend. Her prize? A puzzle piece and a letter written by Mary Drake when she was a baby.

The rest of the girls aren’t too happy with Spencer playing without them. Hanna even wants to destroy the game, but A.D. is watching and starts playing the video of them burying Elliot. And that’s enough for them to keep playing. Winner takes all..

The final scene leaves us with Jenna who was kidnapped by A.D. A.D. drops some papers on her lap and Jenna smiles as she reads about the endgame A.D. has for the pretty little liars.

Other noteworthy things :

  • Ezra’s home and hasn’t told Nicole about Aria, which causes Aria to worry about their pending wedding
  • Alison still holds a grudge against Paige. Is it jealousy involving Emily?
  • Paige is still shady AF.
  • Holden’s back and he’s involved in Ezria’s wedding planning. #awkward
  • Mona and Hanna are still #FriendshipGoals…sometimes.
  • I think it’s safe to say that Haleb is endgame ❤

My question is, who’s turn is it next? And what kind of truth (or dares) will we see? I’m waiting for someone to say “Do Not Pass Go…”

xoxo,

Adele

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