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Now Watching: The Bold Type, Season 1 Review

It’s been a week since The Bold Type season one finale aired and I’m going through withdrawals! With Pretty Little Liars over and done, I needed to fill my Tuesday night show void and feel young again. I am young, what am I talking about?

On July 11th, The Bold Type premiered on Freeform fka ABC Family. I had seen ads on the network and wanted to support one of my favorite actresses in young hollywood, Katie Stevens. From what I could tell, the premise of the show: three twenty something year old women trying to juggle relationships, their careers, and life as a millennial while working together at one of the top magazines, Scarlet. One of the tag lines was “I’m not a boss bitch. I’m a boss, bitch.” If that doesn’t scream badass, I don’t what does. It wasn’t hard to convince me that this would be a show I’d like.

The Pilot episode gave us a glimpse of the trio of strong women and what relevant issues they’d be tackling head on.

First we have Jane Sloan, played by Katie Stevens. Jane is the bright eyed writer of the trio. Like her best friends, she started as an assistant and was recently promoted to “writer” at Scarlet Magazine. It’s her dream job as she often reminisces about being “a young girl in Colorado reading Scarlet magazine in my closet.” But things get a little hectic and intimidating when Scarlet’s head honcho, Jacqueline Carlyle (Melora Hardin), constantly pushes her to think outside of the box and get out of her comfort zone. In the first episode, we see Jane second guessing herself and reluctant to revisit her past for a piece, but Jacqueline doesn’t take no for an answer.

Sutton Brady (Meghann Fahy) is the one among the three that’s still slaving away as an assistant. It’s what she’s known for the past 4 years. She’s comfortable, but longs for a lot more than sitting at the front desk of Lauren Park’s office. And it sounds ever so familiar to me. Seeing her best friends move up the ranks while she stays behind is a little disheartening for her.The most out of routine thing in her life is her secret relationship with an older guy, Richard Hunter (Sam Page). Their relationship is a bit taboo as Richard is Scarlet’s legal advisor and a board member. While Sutton makes Richard feel younger, Richard supports Sutton’s endeavors to leave the assistant desk. Later on in the season, she leave’s Lauren’s assistant desk for Oliver’s assistant’s desk. But at least it’s in something she’s passionate about – fashion.

Kat Edison (Aisha Dee) rounds out the trio. After 2 years of being an assistant, Kat became involved with the social media team at Scarlet and was recently promoted to Social Media Director. When we first meet her in the Pilot episode, you could tell she is very outspoken and confident. She speaks/does things before she thinks. Things change a little when she meets Adena (Nikohl Boosheri), a Muslim lesbian, who is also very outspoken. After spending some time with Adena, everything she thought she knew about certain things went down the drain. Many times we see her deem herself as the one who doesn’t do relationships, but she becomes immersed into one. Her relationship with Adena sparks a lot of spontaneity.

The trio gets a lot of support from other Scarlet personnel. We have Alex (Matt Ward) who I think is that honorary best friend to all of the young women. He’s Jane’s wing man, Kat’s voice of reason, & Sutton’s not-so-secret admirer who is ultimately friendzoned in the end. There’s Richard who always seems to put in a good word for Sutton. However, when he meets with Kat and Jane, I think he realizes that he doesn’t quite fit in their world. There’s also Jacqueline, whom I mentioned earlier. She’s the head boss at Scarlet magazine and is definitely a motherly figure to the three young women. She helps them when in need and is understanding to their feelings, but knows when to put her hand down. She’s just not a boss to them, she’s a mentor who was once in their shoes.

The Bold Type has covered topics from feminism to politics to sexuality to social media, etc. In one episode, Jane is assigned the sex column and has to write about orgasms. Having never experienced one, she has to get very familiar with herself and ends up getting familiar with Ryan (Dan Jeannotte) aka Pinstripe. They inspire each other in more ways than one, but later on in the season Jane wants more in their relationship.

In another episode, they cover breast cancer awareness. As a twenty something year old, I think it’s not something I’m too familiar with or open to discussing. But The Bold Type gave us that perspective and put me in an emotional roller coaster ride as we learned more about Jane and her mother. During this episode, Kat and Sutton were also there for Jane knowing that it was a sensitive topic. They are friendship goals. Everyone needs a squad with a Jane, Sutton, and Kat.

The finale episode covered the topic of rape, which isn’t an easy topic to talk about. Jane decides to shine a spotlight on an activist who was a victim of rape. She goes head to head with Jacqueline on how to approach and understand the person of interest. The finale scene of this episode reveals something about Jacqueline, but it’s so full of hope, positivity, and support.

For me though, I think the recurring topic that rung to me as a viewer, was the feeling of not being challenged and getting out of your comfort zone, as I mentioned before. I graduated from college 6 years ago. I’m sure you can imagine how “stuck” I feel. At the end of the season, Jane is faced with choosing between what she’s known for years or starting with something new that could possibly (or not) be good for her career. Kat has this responsibility with Scarlet as the Social Media Director, but Adena has inspired her to see the world and leave it all behind. Then there’s Sutton. She was the assistant that was left behind, but her drive and passion for fashion got her one step closer to her dream. She wasn’t challenged anymore and she did something about it even though she had no fashion experience on her resume.

Another recurring thing that stood out to me was their meeting place. Throughout the season, we see the trio face obstacles together and often see them talking things out in a safe/neutral place, the fashion closet. The fashion closet housed many celebrations, freak outs, and of course fashion emergencies. The moments in the fashion closet were my favorite. I wish I had a place like the fashion closet to escape to at my job.

Speaking of fashion, the fashion on the show is on point. The cast of The Bold Type definitely rock their outfits confidently and I would love to raid their closets.

This review does not do The Bold Type any justice, but I highly recommend you binge watch this show if you’re looking for inspiration.

As far as I know, Freeform has yet to renew the show, but they should! Obviously, it’s very far from what Pretty Little Liars was, but if this is the direction that Freeform is going in, I’m not complaining.

You can binge watch The Bold Type on the Freeform app or online.

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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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!

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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?

xoxo,

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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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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