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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists “Lost and Found” | 1×6 Recap

Tonight’s episode kicked off right where it ended. Caitlin was rushed to the hospital, as her two friends were on edge knowing that Mason could possibly still be around watching them.

But the show must go on if Ava wants to get her Vogue internship. As she puts her final touches on the fashion show, she gets some help from Ali and a new character who absolutely despises her – or moreso what her dad did to his family.

Dylan and Ava get word that Caitlin is awake, but Dana is annoying AF and they can’t get anywhere near her to talk to her. Turns out the Senator (aka Caitlin’s mom) is visiting which explains the high security. Caitlin confronts her mom about her cheating and she wants her to turn a cheek and keep it from her other mother. That’s such a bad position to put your daughter in!

While Alison does real faculty stuff, Mona takes on the duty of finding Taylor at the camper. Taylor isn’t there, but Mona decides to stick around the camper. Good thing she does, because she finds Taylor’s secret Beacon Guard program. Mona, the perfect hacker that she is, finds that the little system can find the location of students and faculty.

Alison and her instincts find Taylor at the cemetery. Of course she would. After warning her to stay back, she somehow convinces Taylor to trust her mom and show her that she’s alive. Claire is shocked, but it turns to be a happy reunion.

Since the road where Caitlin was hit was closed for the day, Ava and Dylan make it a mission to search for Mason’s phone at night before the fashion show. Ava falls into the sewers and Dylan follows. They are met by something creeping around only to meet Dana Booker at the end of the tunnel who was Mason’s phone. The phone proved the opposite of what they hoped. He was at a crew party, the night of Nolan’s death. I wanted to slap the smug look off of Dana’s face, tbh.

Navigating through Taylor’s Beacon Guard, Mona sees that Mason is in Beacon Heights earlier than expected. It proves to be accurate as he pays a visit to Caitlin. But he does something unexpected and apologizes, “Being Nolan is not who I am.” Mason claims he was only Nolan’s insurance policy. But it would be too easy if Mason was the killer.

Dylan has an epiphany and thinks the person torturing them isn’t the killer, but someone who thinks they killed Nolan. Their new target is Dana Booker. Good luck with that!

The final scene brings us back to Mona in Taylor’s camper. It seems someone is at Mona’s apartment and that someone is the deceased Nolan Hotchkiss.

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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists “The Patchwork Girl”| 1×5 Recap

Last week, secrets spilled and people in hiding were found.

After invading Taylor’s space, Alison is taken on a little joyride to the middle of nowhere. Taylor freaks and reveals that she faked her suicide because someone was trying to kill her. With Alison finding her in the woods, she’s in danger and I wouldn’t doubt it.

On the other side of town, Mona learns about Ray Hogadorn and how he sees and knows everything. He’s like the Oz of Beacon Heights. He knows that someone was after Taylor and warns to keep her away since he sent her the first warning on the wall we saw a few episodes prior.

Despite all the drama, there is one thing that is keeping Ava’s hopeful – the fact that her dad may be around and trying to communicate with her. Last week, she received a music box and this week she received a secret note addressed to her in a way that only her dad knows. She later gets a call with an unknown number playing a message indicating the time to meet.

In an attempt to disassociate herself with the Nolan case, Ava devises a plan to drug Mason and get a confession out of him. As she proposes the plan, Caitlin is willing to help to apologize for what she did, while Dylan is hesitant because there is too much to risk, especially with his audition later that night.

Back in the woods, Taylor reveals that her mother, Claire, used Mona’s program to bring Alison to BHU. Claire was confident that Alison, would lead her to Taylor because of their similarities. Alison tries to convince Taylor to trust her just like Nolan did. Eventually, Taylor gives in and goes back home. I still can’t wait to figure out who has a vendetta for the Hotchkiss family.

Later that night, the Caitlin and Dylan meet at the cabin to prepare for Mason. Ava is late to the party as she has a tech rehearsal for her fashion show. An unexpected slide comes on the projector with a revealing photo of Dylan and Nolan. Ava is pissed to say the least. The trio argue and Ava wants to get the confession done and be done with the other two. The other two begin to hesitate and back out, but they’re already in too deep.

Mona spends her day trying to get a hold of Alison and is rudely interrupted by Dana Booker. She asks why Alison is protecting the three students and finds it strange that she seemed to do the same back in Rosewood – referring to her being the leader of the pack with people dependent on her. But while Dana Booker did her research, so did Mona and she did not hold back on why the former FBI Detective was fired.

After Alison brings Taylor home, she finally gets Mona’s text, “If you found her, don’t come back.” Was it an exaggeration? Not according to Ray Hogadorn. Ali gives in to Mona, but doesn’t find any sign of Taylor when she goes to wake her up. Either someone found her, or Taylor still doesn’t trust Alison.

Mason doesn’t show up to the cabin on time, so Ava and Dylan bail. But with perfect time, Mason texts Caitlin he’s on the way after they leave. Mason denies the whiskey because of a team pact, but Caitlin improvises. Caitlin somehow gets him to leave to get firewood and when he returns, she sees this as an opportunity to knock him over the head and steal his phone.

Ava goes back to her personal drama and follows the clues her dad allegedly left for her, only to find that Dana Booker played her. “You tell me all about who killed Nolan, we can forget about the past,” Dana proposes. Ava’s smarter than that, though.

The last scene finds us with Caitlin trying to gain Ava and Dylan’s trust with what she did to Mason. They meet at the old road and while Ava is on the way, someone cuts her off and meets the other two first. It was quite a quick meeting when the unknown driver hit Caitlin with their car.

To be honest, I’m gonna be mad if Mason has nothing to do with anything.

TLDR: 

  • Ava’s got trust issues and it shows. I don’t blame her.
  • Alison somehow convinces Taylor to come home even though someone’s trying to kill her
  • Dana Booker likes to stick her nose into other people’s business.

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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists “The Ghost Sonata”| 1×4 Recap

Last week on PLL: The Perfectionists, we got to know Mason a bit more and this week I can’t decide if I hate him or Nolan more.

Our three favorite perfectionists talk about Caitlin’s discovery about Mason’s gum wrappers and he has perfect timing. He’s extremely arrogant and makes it very clear he wants to take over Nolan’s spot as head honcho.

Mona found that her BHU match system was hacked and found a new person similar to Caitlin and Alison, a man named Ray Hogadorn. She starts with Caitlin to figure out what the the have in common and is rudely interrupted by the handyman at BHU – which is important later in the episode.

Caitlin meets with Claire Hotchkiss to finally tell her off. She sees her secret boyfriend, Jeremy, but pulls away as soon as Claire enters the room. Caitlin reveals she can’t deal with spying for Claire and the Hotchkiss matriarch is not having it.

After Caitlin chooses sides, she proposes a plan to Ava and Dylan to get close to Mason to see what he knows. While they agree, they notice that the scoreboard says, “I see a rat.” Someone’s watching! The three run to Ali’s and she advises,” Secrets have a way of bringing you closer.” I had PLL feels.

As Ali continues to get comfortable in her new home, she finds books belonging to the previous owner, Taylor Hotchkiss. Taylor was very fond of “The Oz Books”. By the way she mapped at Beacon Heights, it seemed Taylor was on a search for Emerald City.

Secrets kept flying around this episode. Dylan finally decided to tell his boyfriend the secret Nolan had on him. At first, we’re meant to think Dylan’s secret is his pinched nerve. Andrew is pissed that he hid this, but Dylan adds salt to the wound revealing that he slept with Nolan multiple times.

Claire finds an opportunity to meet with Mason and gets a message, “I see you -A.” I died, but it was just Ava giving her moral support. Caitlin tries to get Mason to confess about his alibi, but he’s one step ahead revealing that he knows about Jeremy and that he would never rat her out. Keyword = rat. Claire can’t let Ava hear this, which makes you wonder why Jeremy is a big deal.

Ava comes home to a tiny music box and remembers her dad. But the fond memories are ruined when Caitlin reveals the actual secret Nolan had on her. Caitlin reveals she was the rat that revealed the investigation surrounding Ava and her family. Something tells me Claire Hotchkiss is smirking as this goes down.

Throughout the whole episode, Alison is preoccupied with thoughts of Emily. She feels that Emily moved on and it seems to me that Alison isn’t allowing herself to move on either. Among all the chaos surrounding BHU, Alison finally signs the divorce papers Emily sent. Why the hell would they break up Emison after everyone got their happy ending?

But life goes on Alison’s investigative nature kicks in. She explores a location on Taylor’s map – McDevitt’s Quarry. She confidently navigates the woods and finds a trailer. In the trailer, she finds the missing Oz book and the missing [live] body of Taylor Hotchkiss.

Ali isn’t the only one on an adventure. Instead of meeting her mysterious chess mate, Bad Bishop, she follows the Ray Hogadorn lead. Like Alison, she has no fear and enters a room full of secrets. Whoever the occupant is, is pretty focused on the Hotchkiss family. We find that Ray Hogadorn is the handyman that almost stabbed Mona.

Can’t wait to see how these secrets play out!

TLDR: Mason may be worse than Nolan. Emison is divorcing. Mona is smitten by a chess player. Secrets don’t seem to be bringing anyone closer at this point.

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Adele

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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists “…If One of Them is Dead” (1×3) | A Recap

Last week on Pretty Little Liars: The PerfectionistsAlison decided to provide an alibi for her and her three students. To make sure they’re all on the same page, she invites them over and unplugs Beacon Guard. What a great way to make it obvious.

Dana Booker, the new head of security, obviously doesn’t believe their story as she shows Claire Hotchkiss a photo of the three students meeting in front of Thorne Hall before Nolan’s untimely death.

Claire doesn’t believe that Caitlin has anything to do with Nolan’s death and believes that she’ll be the first to break. She advises Dana to target Caitlin first. Out of the three, Caitlin seems to be the most eager to keep up appearances as Nolan’s “perfect posse” and that includes volunteering at her care package drive. Dylan and Ava aren’t too interested any more, especially with Dylan’s anniversary and Ava’s Vogue interview.

Ali is on a mission to figure out who is trying to frame her and her students. Mona is her go to for information, but Mona reveals that she is locked out of Beacon Guard due to suspicious activity. There is one person who doesn’t want to be found!

Life must go on and that includes class. Nolan’s former best friend, Mason makes a bold move and sits in Nolan’s seat. Caitlin has a bit trouble speaking up, while Ava gets angry and storms out. As Caitlin attempts to run after Ava, Dana Booker stops her and reveals that she knows her mother’s secret.

Ali meets Mason outside of class and he made a complete 180 from the funeral. He is arrogant and his true feelings about Nolan emerges. Mason reminisces about the perks of being in Nolan’s circle, but things changed when they started at BHU, especially considering Nolan stole Caitlin.

While Caitlin struggles at her drive sans her two new besties, the other two have their own struggles. Ava contemplates how she is the perfect choice for Vogue and gets drunk in the process. Dylan on the other hand struggles with a new composition and pictures of him and Nolan start to haunt him. Dana Booker and her perfect timing gets into Dylan’s head. “You’re nothing like Ava and Caitlin.”

Caitlin decides to meet with Claire for help with Dana Booker and the family secret. In exchange to keep Caitlin’s secret, Claire asks Caitlin to find out the other’s secrets. And just like that, Caitlin breaks, just like she predicted. Claire also gives Caitlin a gift that she found from Nolan.

Caitlin finds out that the said gift from Nolan was actually meant for Ava – a broken camera lens symbolizing how much Nolan wanted to protect Ava. She visits Ava, moreso to get information, but her conscience stops herself from snooping. Ava thinks Caitlin went out of her way to do something nice and decides to keep her promise to join her volunteering.

Ava decides to drive the three of them to a cabin in the woods. On the night of Nolan’s death, Ava had followed him there and saw him with a blond. At the time she thought he was cheating, but now believes it had to be something else. They’re visit is interrupted by an unexpected intruder, Alison. They all explore for clues, but claim to find nothing!

On the way home, Dylan reveals he found a gum wrapper similar to the one found in the woods. The drive is cut short when Dylan has to puke. Apparently, someone left Nolan’s stash in Ava’s trunk with a little note and present – “One of you is a rat, you tell or I will.” My favorite part of this scene was Ava picking up a dead rat and throwing it away. She’s a badass.

Alison also lied about not finding anything. She returns to the cabin alone and takes home a yellow rose, which still seemed to be fresh. After doing some Instagram research, she finds that a yellow rose is associated with Taylor Hotchkiss.

At this point, everyone seems to be opening up to each other. The three gives each other a pep talk. Dylan opens up his music to the girls, Caitlin is seen smiling about her volunteer efforts, and Ava decided to do her Vogue interview sober. Her monologue was my favorite as she started with,”I am not a perfect choice for the Vogue internship..” She talks about perfection and how it doesn’t exist – how it’s okay to ask for help.

The ending scene shows Mason offering to walk Caitlin home. She declines but notices a very similar gum wrapper as seen in the woods and the cabin. Mason is definitely hiding something.

Also, do you know how much I love the little quips between Alison and Mona?
Alison: Do you know why I faked my own death?
MonaBecause everyone in Rosewood wanted to kill you?
Alison: Not everyone!

TLDR: One of the perfectionists almost breaks, but they all finally open up to each other. Mason is not at all who he appears to be.

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Adele

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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists “Sex, Lies and Alibis” (1×2) |A recap

The episode began right where last week ended, at the crime scene. Among the crowd, Ava was devastated at the sight of her (ex) boyfriend. Her two fake friends, Dylan and Caitlin, tried to approach her, but she wanted nothing to do with them. Nolan’s demise hit every detail of Caitlin’s vision, so I understand Ava.

Three days later, we find Ava sulking, Dylan having nightmares, and Caitlin on a diet. However, both Caitlin and Dylan have significant others to lean on, while Ava doesn’t seem to have anyone, but a bottle of jack.

Ali is on a mission to figure out who left that  message on her wall. Her repair call is cut short when she receives a message from Nolan to meet him on the roof of Thorne hall. Clearly, someone is trying to frame her/freak her out – unless the dead can text now.

Ali teams up with Mona to figure out what happened. Mona is in “beautiful mind” mode as she tries to figure out who snapped – something about allowing Nolan to go to BHU even though his profile didn’t meet her algorithms and had red flags. Ali slaps the equation out of Mona and everything becomes about key lime pie. Mona is creeping me out, but I love how she calls Ali out to quit trying to be something she isn’t.

Dylan and Caitlin think it’s finally time to confront Ava and convince her that they had nothing to do with Nolan’s murder. Ava is hesitant, but she plays along for Nolan’s funeral. They’re the perfect posse grieving their fearless leader. Also, it was quite a fashionable funeral.

A new character comes into play, Nolan’s childhood best friend and Caitlin’s ex, Mason. Mason reminisces about the past and then offers to be an alibi for Caitlin. This comes out of nowhere! While the two converse, Dylan tries to find Nolan’s stash of secrets, but only meets a letter. Someone beat him and his newfound friends to it.

The three perfectionists show up to Nolan’s vigil and talk like no one’s listening. Someone chimes in, “It’s just like how you imagined it.” If I learned one thing from PLL, it’s that you can’t trust anyone as there are eyes and ears everywhere.

As Alison prepares to return to school, an unexpected visitor shows up at her home – Claire Hotchkiss. After losing her son, she felt like being close to her daughter by breaking into her old home. Claire reveals how close Taylor and Nolan were and even gives Ali some advice,”You’re a survivor Alison, at all costs. That’s what you need to teach them.” Claire definitely knows more than she’s letting on.

After Mona’s breakdown and change in personality throughout the episode, we get to see her open up, or at least try to. PLL fans would probably enjoy the 2nd to last scene because we see Mona call Hanna and reveal that Haleb has a baby. But that’s not the only bombshell – Spoby eloped. My heart soared!

In the last scene, it’s the first day back to school and the investigation continues. Ava seems to break down her walls to let Dylan and Caitlin in, but things go south when the three are pulled from class by the new head of security, Dana Booker. She asks where they were the night of Nolan’s murder and Ali saves the day. Security was turned off around her home that night so she had the perfect alibi. I guess you can say she’s still a pretty little liar. “Bring it on, bitch.”

TLDR: Someone really had it out for Nolan and his perfect posse. Dylan and Caitlin start becoming real friends, while Ava has trust issues. Ali lies to save her and her students, while Mona likes key lime pie and equations.

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Adele

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Now Watching: Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists Pilot Episode | A recap

For Pretty Little Liars fans all over the world, tonight was a big night with the debut of it’s spin-off series, Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists. The show features two of Rosewood’s fiercest women, Alison Dilaurentis (Sasha Pieterse) and Mona Vanderwaal (Janel Parrish), along with a few new faces.

Now while I will always love and miss my OG liars, I thoroughly enjoyed the pilot with it’s introduction to different characters, a murder mystery, and the musical soundtrack. Of course, you can take a girl out of Rosewood, but drama will always follow her wherever she goes.

The episode began with a mean orchestral version of Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face”, a voice over, and an introduction to three Beacon Heights University students striving for perfection. Little do they know, something pretty big is going to hit them really hard.

Next came our favorite former mean girl starting a new gig as a teacher’s assistant at Beacon Heights University. Alison is sans her wife and twins as we later learn that Emily still has trust issues. While Alison thinks she’s alone in her new town, she’s actually greeted by a familiar face, Mona, who brings pie. Mona had a hand in recruiting her former frenemy. At this point, I’m not sure if we can trust Mona especially as she talks to a mirror when Ali leaves the room.

As Mona catches up with Ali, she mentions a few things about BHU. BHU has a security system called Beacon Guard and later on we learn that the so called security system is moreso invading privacy instead of protecting students.

Then, there’s the prominent Hotchkiss family. Taylor Hotchkiss allegedly committed suicide the year before and Alison is the lucky faculty member that gets to stay in her house. Nolan Hotchkiss is the jerk that everyone hates to love. And then there the matriarch of the family, Claire Hotchkiss, who seems to be the overbearing mother who wants the best for her children, even if that means spying on them [and the rest of the population]. Claire also seems to take a liking to Alison as she reminds her of her late daughter.

If only Claire knew how much her son Nolan and the old Alison had in common – both manipulative without any regard to people’s feelings. Alison catches on to Nolan’s attitude and the people he’s hurting.

First off there’s Ava, the influencer. She has been having a tough time after her family abandoned her – her dad is on the run and her mom couldn’t handle it. Nolan is dating her in secret, but breaks her heart by sleeping with another girl. The only redeeming part about him is when you realize he did it to protect her and hide from his mother’s Beacon Guard.

Then there’s Caitlin, the girl who plans to follow her mother’s political footsteps. Nolan practically blackmails her into fake dating to make people believe they are a perfect power couple. This makes Nolan’s mom happy, but Caitlin’s real beau isn’t too thrilled. If Caitlin reveals the truth, then her mother’s future Presidential career is dunzo.

Lastly, we have Dylan, who is at BHU on a music scholarship. He’s aiming to make first chair, but he feels the pressure. Hailing from a small town, his choices aren’t exactly welcomed. His so called friendship with Nolan includes doing Nolan’s schoolwork and being at his every beck and call. Nolan even attempts to ruin Dylan’s relationship with a little seduction.

After Alison meets with the three separately, offering to help with their Nolan woes, the trio meets at a safe place in the woods. They discuss how they actually want to take Nolan down and contemplate murder. It gets a little graphic, especially when Caitlin pictures Nolan falling from the roof and landing on the fence spikes.

We then learn that Taylor Hotchkiss is actually alive and in hiding. The only one who knows is her brother, Nolan. Seems like the sibling duo is tired of being under their mother’s watchful eye and are trying to figure out why the security system is so invasive. At this point it doesn’t seem like Nolan is a huge douche after all.

Nolan he meets someone on one of the school’s rooftops to get more help with taking down the security system. It’s a safe place he says before revealing that his sister is alive. It isn’t that safe when the mysterious person pushes him off leading him to land directly through the fence spikes. This death was gruesome and definitely up there with Noel’s death.

While this takes place, Alison finds a little writing on her walls: “They’re watching.” How fitting is it that she hears sirens after her discovery?

While Ava looks upon the crime scene heartbroken and distraught, Caitlin is in disbelief that her murderous thought came to life. Dylan doesn’t help when he reminds her that it’s exactly what she pictured.

The last scene gives us a glimpse of Mona freaking out in the bathroom. She yet again talks to a mirror revealing the intricate security system. Seems like she knows more than she’s letting on.

TLDR: Alison and Mona thought they left the drama behind in Rosewood, but they were wrong. They now have to deal with a new group of friends who could possibly be linked to a new campus murder. A new age “A” is watching their every move.

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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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