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Rewatch & Recap: The Secret Circle – Pilot 

On September 15, 2011, the Pilot episode of The Secret Circle aired. At that time, I hadn’t watched The Vampire Diaries, but from what I gathered, this show was sort of a spin-off about witches. However, it wasn’t really a spin-off. It was based off the book series by L.J. Smith, who wrote the TVD series. TSC also shared some of the same creators and producer.

But I was excited and watching for two reasons:

1. Shelley Hennig was starring in it. At the time, the former Miss Teen USA was mostly known for her role as Stephanie Johnson on Days of Our Lives and TSC was her first role after leaving the daytime soap opera. I’ve seen a few of the other actors work on previous shows, like Britt Robertson in Life Unexpected and Phoebe Tonkin in H20: Just Add Water

2. Witches and magic. There was so much hype around vampires with the Twilight series, other supernatural beings were being shunned away. And as a fan of Charmed, I was ready to see a new generation of witches kick butt and defeat evil.

Sadly, while the show was picked up for a full first season, it was not renewed by the CW. This was one of the show cancellations that I actually cried about. I became too attached. I dreamed I was part of the circle! Over one season we saw 5 characters, with all different personalities, work together because together they were more powerful. They had to fix the mess their parents put them in. Personalities clashed, relationships formed, and there was a power struggle between all of them. The main goal was to defeat the evil beings of the world together, all the while surviving the drama that is high school. And of course there were four bad-ass female characters.

And I’m still bummed about the cancellation. I signed the petitions and I was all over Twitter trying to help the show get picked up after such a cliffhanger of a finale. With the majority of the actors having shows ending soon, one can’t help but hope some revival or reunion comes through soon.

Luckily, the 1st and only season of TSC was on Netflix for a while. It was recently taken off, but just became available on the CW Seed. You can watch it online or on the app for free!

So if you’re up to watching an old show about some new witches, feel free to join me each week as I rewatch The Secret Circle. 

The Pilot episode begins with the main heroine, Cassie Blake (Britt Robertson). It’s a dark night and she’s driving down a long road towards home. That is until a mysterious car cuts her off and causes her to get a flat tire. It’s definitely not an accident when we see the car stall from afar before driving off. While Cassie calls her mother to inform her of the situation, the same car happens to pull up to their house. A little bit of magic here and there and Cassie’s mother and home go up in flames.

After the tragedy that ensued, Cassie is forced to live with her grandmother in a small town named Chance Harbor, where her mother grew up. She starts school at Chance Harbor High School and the first person she meets is Principal Dawn Chamberlain, her mother’s old friend.

We then are taken to two other students expecting the arrival of the young blonde, Cassie’s brooding neighbor, Nick Armstrong (Louis Hunter) and other brooder, Adam Conant (Thomas Dekker). When Adam first sees Cassie down the hall, you can feel the chemistry between the two forming. But Adam isn’t the first person to introduce themself to Cassie. Resident bad girl, Faye Chamberlain (Phoebe Tonkin), the Principal’s daughter, oozes out some sarcasm before “helping” Cassie open her locker.

Then Diana Meade (Shelley Hennig), Chance Harbor’s girl next door, comes into the picture. As the unofficial welcome committee, Diana invites Cassie to hang out at the Boathouse Grill after school. Before seeing Diana, she’s awkwardly approached by Adam’s father Ethan, who reminisces about his love for Cassie’s mother, Amelia. “It was written in the stars,” he says before Adam stops him from continuing.

When Adam leaves Cassie alone for a moment, Faye swoops in along with Melissa Glaser (Jessica Parker Kennedy). Melissa is sort of Faye’s sidekick. They continue on with the sarcasm which causes Cassie to leave. Melissa tells Faye, “I don’t think she knows,” and Faye decides to put Cassie through a magic test. This test includes setting Cassie’s car on fire while she’s locked in. Cassie fails,  but luckily Adam is there to use his powers to save her.

Diana’s a few minutes late to the epic event, but when she sees Faye she knows exactly what happened. During this scene, we find out that Diana and Adam are dating. The look of disappointment falls on Cassie’s face.

Remember when I talked about power struggles? Well here goes one with Faye and Diana. Diana’s almost like the leader of the circle. She wants to take it slow and does not want to risk being discovered. Faye on the other hand is loving all the magical energy and wants to use her powers, especially since she saw what Cassie’s energy did with the fire.

At home, it seems Cassie’s power has awoken. But she has no idea what is happening. The next morning she walks into town looking for her grandmother and bumps into a familiar face. At least he’s familiar to viewers. He was the man outside the Blake residence in the beginning of the episode. Turns out he’s Diana’s father, Charles Meade. It makes you wonder if Diana’s aware of what he did considering how nice she’s being to Cassie.

Cassie’s grandma seeks out Dawn Chamberlain and suspects that the kids are practicing after Cassie’s car caught on fire. Dawn’s feigns disbelief claiming that she knows the kids and what they do in their spare time. Practicing magic is not it.

But as we know, they are practicing. And when Cassie is suspicious of weird activity, Diana finally decides to introduce Cassie to the whole gang, aka the secret circle. They have a secret hideout in an abandoned house and it’s finally confirmed who’s in the circle: Faye, Melissa, Nick, and Adam. Cassie completes the circle of six and while Diana tries to lay it on her softly, Faye is blunt AF. “You’re a full blooded, 100% witch.”

Cassie thinks they’re all loony, which is completely understandable. Mr. Conant’s “written in the stars” comment is starting to make sense when the members of the circle explain the existence of each families’ books and the loss of a parent. But for proof, Adam convinces Cassie to chant, “A drop of water as light as air,” and again with their strong chemistry, they produce magic around them.

For a moment, Adam forgets he has a girlfriend. Cassie leaves in search for more answers from the people that knew her mother. She doesn’t get anywhere and appears to be convinced when Diana recalls what she knows about the last circle. 16 years ago there was an accident and all the people that died were members of the circle and happened to be their parents.

What’s more convincing is Faye putting her newfound power to the test again. This time she messes with mother nature and makes it rain. She’s on a high, that is until Diana interrupts and gets hurt. Faye can’t stop it on her own and Cassie intervenes. Faye’s little display for attention has convinced Cassie…convinced her that she doesn’t want to be involved with any of them.

Charles Meade continues to be sketchy. He visits Adam’s dad and gives him a warning to shut his mouth after seeing him speak to Cassie earlier that night. If witchcraft was banned since the last circle, how does Charles have magic?! In a major plot twist, Dawn and Charles are in cahoots with each other. They planned for Cassie to come to town and everything is going as expected.

The episode ends with Cassie finding her families’ book and a letter from her Mother. Looks like Cassie might be siding on Diana with this one.

See you next week with the recap of episode 2, “Bound”.

xoxo,

Adele

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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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What’s in my Netflix queue? (Part One)

I used to watch a lot of television. Keyword(s): used to. I’d get excited for new shows and new seasons every Fall that I would create a little spreadsheet/calendar of premiere dates.  I would typically stay on top of my shows and never really have to catch up.

I still watch a lot of television. But i’m so behind on my former favorite shows. Plus, I hate watching TV in the presence of other people. I’m anti-social like that. And I have no wifi.

The only show that I love and stayed caught up on was Pretty Little Liars and currently Game of Thrones and The Bold Type.

I’d like to catch up on shows before the new seasons start.  However, I feel like I have a long way to go, especially since my Netflix queue is all over the place. Let’s take a look…

THE TOP 5. These series are a few of my all time favorite shows. Sadly all of them are done, but I’m ready to binge watch.

Glee ended two years ago. I still listen to the soundtracks and see each performance in my head. It gave me life then and it still gives me life now. I miss seeing those kids every week. I need to hear them singing new songs and covers.

Pretty Little Liars just ended back in June. I tried binge watching all the eps before the finale, but that just didn’t work out. 160 episodes to watch in two weeks was pretty impossible. But it was so nostalgic watching the pilot compared to the last few episodes. The finale was an ode to the fans.

Gossip Girl came back on my radar when two of my favorite Filipino actresses revealed they was rewatching episodes. The pilot episode gave me so many feels, but I’m still mad at how it ended.

One Tree Hill had Chad Michael Murray and Sophia Bush, two people I love. Unfortunately, I still need to catch up on OTH. I don’t remember ever finishing the last 2 seasons. But I did watch the finale.

The Secret Circle will always be the one that got away. When I heard of this cancellation, I was devastated. The first season left us with such a cliffhanger! I legit cried and I even participated in signing those petitions and tweeting #SaveTheCircle. Out of all the CW cancellations, this was the one that disappointed me the most. #WitchesRule

THE FAVES I NEED TO CATCH UP ON. These shows have new seasons coming soon and some even their last!

The Originals. I watched TVD to watch Phoebe Tonkin kick ass as a werewolf (She was on the Secret Circle). Then she got her own show with the Original vampire family, so I had to watch it. However, I think I stopped during season 2 or 3. It’s 5th and final season is premiering this Fall and I may wait and just binge watch after it’s done.

Once Upon A Time has many changes in the new season this fall, with several main characters leaving. There are so many twists and turns on our favorite fairytales. I’m curious to see how it goes without it’s main heroine and family, but I have to catch up on about 1 and a half seasons. But since it’s sort of a reboot maybe I don’t have to catch up…

How to Get Away with Murder. I’m on the season where they focus on “Who shot Analise?” That’s season 2 I think? HTGAWM makes me think too much. At first it was confusing with all the flashbacks, but I started to understand more and it sucked me in. In fact, it’s the only show in Shondaland I ever got into.

Orange is the New Black doesn’t have a new season coming out anytime soon, so I have a lot of time to catch up. This past season is pretty good so far. There’s so much chaos amongst the inmate takeover, I can’t wait to see who survives it.

THE SHOWS ABOUT THE SUPERHEROES. Smallville was my favorite show growing up, so to see the following shows make such an impact on their audiences is pretty amazing.

To be honest, I need to catch up a lot on these shows. I might as well start from the beginning.

Supergirl. As a fan of Superman, I was so excited for this show. I was so excited to see Supergirl’s story, not just Superman’s cousin. Honestly, when they brought Superman on the show (Tyler Hoechlin), I was kind of pissed and scared that he would outshine Kara. But anyways, Kara and her friends felt relatable. She wasn’t just this alien, she was a girl trying to figure out what she wanted in life. Also, as a Gleek, Melissa Benoist made me proud.

The Flash. I didn’t know much about Barry Gordon, other than what I saw on Smallville. I still don’t know much about him, but Grant Gustin is a dork and how can you not fall in love with him.

Arrow. Just like the Flash, the only Oliver Queen I knew was played by Justin Hartley, and I loved him. I didn’t know Stephen Amell, but I knew Katie Cassidy and I wanted to support one of my favorite CW actresses. But I fell in love with the drama and the action. What can I say? I love the brooding guys that come out of their shell. Am I talking about the right show?

Gotham. I never finished season one, but I liked what I saw in the first few episodes. We’re all used to seeing grown up, broody Batman, but in contrast, we see the future Batman as an innocent little boy who just lost his parents. However, we do see some brooding from Benjamin McKenzie. Oh how I missed that.

This isn’t my whole Netflix queue, but it’s the ones that are on the top of my list! Stay tuned for more of my list and maybe we can watch together.

xoxo,

Adele

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Looks I Love: 2017 Teen Choice Awards

When it comes to the Teen Choice Awards, the red carpet is pretty casual. Gowns and suits are not needed. But like any red carpet, confidence and style is a must.

To be honest, this year the only nominations I knew about or cared for were for PLL and Fifth Harmony. But of course the (blue) red carpet looks peaked my interest. [Photos courtesy of Zimbio]

First let’s start off with the actual teens that caught my eye. What is a Teen Choice Award show without their target audience. I mean, let’s be honest. Most of the actors and actresses we see in our favorite teen shows are way over their 20s. Very rarely will we see an actual teen play high school student. But that’s where these 3 come in to play.

Millie Bobby Brown is the breakout star of the Netflix hit show,  Stranger Things. She made her big red carpet debut last year during Emmy’s week. I remember saying that she is going to be a fashion icon of her generation, and that definitely still holds true. The 13-year-old Choice Breakout TV star nominee, chose to walk the blue carpet with a yellow Kenzo dress and some cute yellow and orange block heels. She paired the look with some round sunglasses that screamed she was chill AF.

Maddie Ziegler is best known for being on Dance Moms and the girl from the Sia music videos. The 14-year-old has grown before our eyes and has been the teens’ Choice Dancer for 2 years! Yes, she won again this year. On the red carpet, she went with a black two piece Zac Posen Resort outfit with some floral detail. There was no need for a clutch because she had pockets. Pockets are life. She rocked the red carpet with her BFF Millie Bobby Brown and it’s great seeing these young girls support eachother. She’s going to be a fashion icon as well!

Jade Chynoweth will soon be seen on the YouTube Red series Step Up: High Water. If you aren’t really aware of the dance community, she’s pretty popular and can be seen killing so much choreography. YouTube her. She’s fierce AF. I mean, did you not see her performance alongside co-star Kendra Oyesanya at the awards tonight? The 18-year-old opted for a white crop top and some navy striped palazzo pants.

Next comes the Freeform starlets. In my opinion, the PLL cast was pretty much the most stylish cast on TV. With Pretty Little Liars ending, I’ve been looking for some new fashion icons from the network. And think I’ve found them.

Niki Koss is fairly new to the young hollywood game. Famous in Love is her first TV series and she definitely stood out. If you’ve seen one particular photo shoot she’s done, she has this uncanny resemblance to Audrey Hepburn.  Her whole aura screams fashion icon in the making. She chose to go with a yellow, floral, off the shoulder mermaid style dress by Pretty Little Thing. Looking at the pictures, she definitely looked comfortable on the red carpet. And those eyebrows are always on point.

Katie Stevens definitely represented The Bold Type tonight. She oozed confidence. Obviously, she’s not a newcomer to the Teen Choice blue carpet because we’ve seen her rock some great dresses when she was Faking It on MTV. But tonight she went with the power pose in a green power pant suit by Styland. She boldly wore a low cut blazer opting to go bare underneath. Her slicked hair and black heels finished out the look.  Jane Sloan would be proud.

Let’s move on to the two experts at the red carpet who happen to be former Disney stars!

Zendaya IS a fashion icon of her generation. People are always looking forward to see what she wears on the red carpet and in real life. She has such a huge influence, she was nominated for six awards tonight, including Style Icon. Although she didn’t win the Style Icon award, she won the red carpet with her outfit. She wore a striped pajama like set by Ashish. She looked comfortable and casual and made the look work.

Vanessa Hudgens has been rocking the Teen Choice Red Carpet since 2005. At that time, we all knew her for her role as Gabriella in High School Musical. Fashion has evolved since then and so has her style. She looked sophisticated in a Reem Acra outfit as she accepted a special award. Vanessa was presented with the #SeeHer award for “pushing boundaries on changing stereotypes and embodying the fight for realistic female portrayals in media.” She has definitely used her voice to inspire a lot of young women to be themselves!

I’d like to acknowledge the PLL fam that represented tonight. Honestly, I’m pretty bummed that Pretty Little Liars lost Choice TV Drama. They gave us 7 great years. Oh well, they are still winners in my eyes.

Lucy Hale took a break from filming her new show Life Sentence to attend tonight. She showed up in a red and gold Fausto Puglisi dress with some floral detail. As she pointed out when accepting the award for Choice TV Drama Actress, this years Teen Choice Awards was practically her last PLL event. I’m definitely going to miss seeing the PLL girls together, but I will be paying attention to what they’ll be wearing on future red carpets. And of course I’ll be supporting their future projects.

Janel Parrish had my favorite look of the night. She was a vision in white from head to toe. The Hamel dress included a ruched skirt and she showed off how toned her body is! Now while she looked like an angel, she went home with the Choice Villain award for her role as Mona Vanderwaal. I feel like some people underestimate her since she’s not part of the core 5, but she is definitely a force to be reckoned with. Also, her hair is flawless. 

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Finally, I want to shoutout to Fifth Harmony for winning their awards and slaying the red carpet with their outfits! I’m so used to seeing them coordinate their outfits, but each of them have their own personal style and showcased that tonight.

What were your favorite looks this year?

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.

xoxo,

Adele

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