Friday, January 31, 2014

Thoughts on “Bite Your Tongue”, PLL Episode 4x17

First up, the Mike and Mona hook-up. Really Mike? Really? You can’t find another girlfriend who isn’t psychotic? Mona was more than just the messenger. She tortured the girls repeatedly. Let’s recap. She forced Hanna to binge on pig-shaped cupcakes and tried to make her throw them up, all while pretending to be Hanna’s BFF. She rammed into Hanna with her car. She framed the girls for murder so the police would think that they killed Ali. And Mike is making out with her? Wake up, Mike. Mona just uses people and she’s using you.

What happened when Mona and Ezra met up? We don’t get to hear any of their conversation. Are Mona and Ezra working together now? And what was Mona doing in Aria’s room? She obviously wasn’t really looking for the bathroom. Still not sure who’s side she’s really on.

Anyone else liking the Officer Holbrook and Hanna dynamic? Sure, Caleb was amazing with Hanna, but he’s gone. And Officer Holbrook and Hanna had some cute moments together.

So Ezra and Alison had a fling and the whole time he’s known more than he’s let on. Now it makes sense why Ezra was at Alison’s funeral. I can hear Aria’s heart breaking already. Any chance that Ezra has been helping Alison or he’s looking out for her? Maybe he helped her hide. And did Ezra know Wilden? They never seemed to have a connection to each other, but it now seems like they must have known each other at Cape May.

“A” doing dental work on Hanna. Seriously, how is “A” capable of doing so many things? Hacking, dentistry, and so much more. Would Ezra really have physically harmed any of the girls? Still hoping he isn’t the one hurting them. Would he really have had the time to do dentist work on Hanna, supervised Emily’s extracurricular work after school, and lounged around eating pie and drinking beer when Spencer showed up at the bar? Can’t wait for some answers. Any thoughts on the episode?

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Recap for “Bite Your Tongue”, PLL Episode 4x17

The pretty little liars are split up this week due to Emily’s anger at Spencer.  Aria and Emma return home from the movie theater, complaining about the guy who was on his phone during the chick flick.  Emily lashes out as soon as Aria brings up Spencer’s name when she mentions that Spencer would have pegged the annoying guy with her jelly beans.  Aria tells Emily not to hold a grudge because Spencer was just trying to protect her.  Emily thinks that Spencer was trying to control the situation.  She says she made a mistake trusting Spencer.  Now she’ll never hear from Ali again. 

Aria and Emily go inside Aria’s house to find Mike throwing a party.  Aria is pissed, since Byron left her in charge while he is away and she doesn’t want to spend the weekend peeling pepperoni off the walls.  She tells Mike that he has ten minutes to get everyone out.

Emily and Aria head to Aria’s room and are stunned to find Mona there.  She claims she was looking for the bathroom and ended up in Aria’s room.  Aria informs her that she doesn't have a toilet in her bedroom.  Apparently, Mike invited her to the party.  Before leaving, Mona compliments Aria on her wallpaper.

Spencer is spending the night trying to decode Ali’s journals.  She calls Hanna because she’s having trouble deciphering Ali’s handwriting.  Hanna is in bed reading.  She’s got a new obsession – James Patterson novels.  She’s been reading his books and trying to understand the criminal mind.  Hanna thinks that they will find “A” if they follow the cover-up.  She informs Spencer that she is no longer seeing Travis.  Spencer is surprised that Hanna spent the night at home instead of going to the movies with Aria and Emily.  Hanna wasn’t invited to the movies because Emily is pissed that Hanna is not pissed off at Spencer.

The next morning, Aria confronts Mike about his friendship with Mona.  How can he hang out with the girl who spent junior year torturing her and her friends?  Mike says he met Mona in the school counseling group.  Aria wants to know what they bond over, terror tactics?  Aria brings up the fact that Mona split their parents up by sending that letter to their mom about their dad’s affair.  Mike defends Mona, telling Aria to stop judging.  People make mistakes, including him.  Aria says that there’s no comparison to the things Mike has done and the things Mona has done.  Mike doesn’t understand why Aria can forgive their dad for the affair, but she can’t forgive Mona for being the messenger.   

Emily’s dad is back home on temporary furlough.  He talked to a mechanic, who said that Emily’s car had a computer glitch that triggered an anti-theft device and shut the car down from a remote location.  Her dad knows something is not right.  Emily has been jumpy and hasn’t been eating.  Emily tells him that it’s just the stress of senior year, but he is still concerned.  He wants to drive her to school, but she insists that she’ll bike there. 

Maggie visits Ezra at school.  She wants her keys back because her landlord won’t give her back her deposit until she returns all the keys.  Ezra offers to watch Malcolm, but Maggie informs him that Malcolm is back at home in Seattle.  She changed her mind about bringing him with her.  She’s just back to ship some boxes home.  Aria comes in and Maggie leaves.  Aria is furious at the way Maggie treats Ezra, but Ezra tells Aria that getting angry won’t help.  People get what they deserve.

Hanna is looking for another mystery novel to buy when Officer Holbrook from Pennsylvania State Police comes over.  He recommends that Hanna try some books by Swedish authors.  Hanna is dismissive of him until he apologizes.  He knows that Hanna and her mom were innocent people who became collateral damage in the Wilden murder investigation.  He wants to make sure they are okay now. 

Hanna gets a text from Emily and races over to meet her.  Emily tells her that “A” killed her car in the woods.  Emily doesn’t feel safe in her own home.  Hanna begs Emily to bury the hatchet with Spencer because she is sick of picking sides.  Spencer comes up and tries to talk to Emily, but Emily storms off. 

At school, Aria spies Mona and Mike being touchy-feely.  When Mike leaves, Aria confronts Mona.  She wants to know what Mona is up to and what’s with the sudden interest in her little brother.  Mona says that Jesse, the new counselor, warned her that this would happen.  She says Jesse is amazing.  He brings people together who need each other.  Aria knows that Mona always has a hidden agenda.  Mona claims that the pretty little liars are the ones with an agenda.  Why did they ice her out after she helped get Hanna’s mom out of jail?  Mona says that she’s tired of it.  She’s hanging out with a different crowd now and Aria just needs to suck it up.

Mona heads over to Ezra’s classroom because he wanted to see her.  He tells her to close the door.

Hanna freaks out at a bus boy when she thinks he threw out her newest mystery novel.  She calms down when she finds it on the table, but Officer Holbrook is amused, especially by her mispronunciation of the word "fjords".  He’s impressed that she’s almost finished reading the book that he recommended, but Hanna admits she reads the endings first.  He tells her to go back and read the middle because that’s the best part.  He doesn’t want to give spoilers, but he tells her that the dental records are important.  It always comes down to teeth. 

Aria decides to have a chat with the Jesse.  She wants to know if anyone can join Mike’s discussion group.  Jesse says the group is open to anyone, but he did reach out to certain individuals.  Aria says that Mona is the devil.  Jesse thinks that Aria has unresolved issues and she would benefit from the discussion group.  It would be a safe place for her to explore her anger.  Aria insists that she is not angry, she is just concerned.  Jesse says that he doesn’t discourage friendships.  If students bond, it’s because they’ve found common ground.

Ezra sends a text: “There’s been a setback, re: Alison.”  Emily’s dad comes in, wanting to discuss Emily’s issues.  He thinks that it was a mistake to have Emily stay at the DiLaurentis house.  Ms. DiLaurentis acts as if her daughter is going to come home.  Staying in that environment took a toll on Emily.  Since Emily trusts Ezra, maybe he can get her back on track.  Ezra offers to give her some extracurricular projects after school.  After Emily’s dad leaves, Ezra calls someone.

Spencer totally forgot to study for a physics test.  She asks Andrew, who’s been studying nonstop, to come by her house after school so they can study and look over his notes.  When he comes over, she admits that she didn’t ask him to come over for a study session.  She wants a study aid, something to help her stay up for a while.  Andrew denies having anything, but Spencer presses.  He admits that he has pills that he has a legitimate prescription for.  He agrees to give her some.  He knew that she didn’t really want to see his notes, but he came over anyways.  Andrew, still crushing on Spencer, was hoping that she was no longer with Toby.

Emily wakes up in the middle of the night after hearing noises.  She closes her window.  She hears creaking and realizes that someone is outside her door.  She grabs a pair of scissors and lunges at the person entering her room.  Turns out it was her dad checking in on her.  As Emily apologizes, we see a handprint outside her window. 

Spencer is up all night thanks to Andrew’s pills, but she’s not cramming for her physics test.  She’s deciphering Ali’s “Love and Death” journal entry.  Spencer figures out that Ali went to a college bar called “The Hart and the Huntsman” to meet up with an older guy.  They discuss Ali’s writing and the mystery guy eats boysenberry pie with beer.  They kiss.

Spencer barges into Hanna’s room at four in the morning to share her discovery.  She asks if Hanna wants to come to the bar with her.  Hanna says no.  Inspired by the crime novel recommended by Officer Holbrook, she thinks someone switched the dental x-rays to make it look like Ali was dead.  She’s going to go to the dentist to see who it could have been.  Spencer doesn’t want to update Aria and Emily about the new leads.  Hanna reassures Spencer that all will be forgive when they find “A”.

Aria confronts Maggie, telling her that it was a nasty of her to come up without Malcolm.  She knows how much Ezra wanted to see him.  Maggie says that it is none of Aria’s business, but Aria thinks Maggie made it her business when she begged her not to tell Ezra about Malcolm.  There’s no excuse for the lies and screwing up someone’s life.  Aria thinks that Ezra is too much of a gentleman to kick Maggie to the curb, but someone needs to.  Maggie makes a snarky comment about Aria sleeping with her teacher to maintain her gradepoint average.  Aria snaps and grabs Maggie’s arm.  Maggie drops a box and Malcolm’s picture and toys fall out.  Aria quickly leaves.

Aria gets Emily up to speed on what happened with Maggie.  Aria’s afraid that she made things worse for Ezra.  Emily doesn’t think Ezra will be mad, especially since it’s not like Aria is still seeing him.  Aria doesn’t answer.  Emily agrees to cover for Aria if she skips class.  Aria and Emily see Mike and Mona kissing.

Hanna goes to the dentist.  The hygienist tells her that Sean is coming home from boarding school soon.  She informs Hanna that she has a loose filling that Dr. Acker needs to look at.  When the hygienist comes back, Hanna is already in the file room.  She assumes Hanna left and cancels the request for Dr. Acker to come to the room.  Hanna, rips pages out of the records and puts them in her purse.  Not knowing that the hygienist went home and Dr. Acker is not coming, Hanna sits back down to wait for the dentist.  When someone comes in, she assumes it’s Dr. Acker.  The person behind her puts the gas mask over her face and Hanna loses consciousness.

Spencer goes to the Hart and the Huntsman alone.  She sees Ezra there, eating a boysenberry pie.  Ezra claims the pie was recommended by the waitress.  He stops the waitress and cancels the rest of his order.  He suggests that Spencer try the pie and rushes off.  The waitress comes back with a beer.  She figures Spencer can have it, since it’s already paid for.  The waitress think that the boysenberry pie and beer combination is kind of gross, so obviously Ezra lied about the waitress recommendation.  Spencer realizes that the beer is called “Board Shorts Ale”.

Aria leaves a voicemail for Ezra, apologizing for going off on Maggie.  She knows that Maggie probably told her lower that Ezra is involved with a violent psychotic freak.  Aria admits that she just got so angry and didn’t know what came over her.  When Aria tries to leave, Jesse asks if Aria has given any thought to joining the group.  Aria admits that she has things she needs to work through.  She needs some sort of outlet.  Jesse suggests basketball morning pickup games.  Aria declines, but Jesse tells her that his door is always open.  Aria tells him that she really doesn’t want to lose her brother. 

Emily is at school at night, making copies in the copy room.  She hears a noise and calls out for Ezra.  The door slams shut and the intercom starts blaring out rock music.  The lights flicker.  A sign reads “Act normal, bitch.”  Emily panics and calls her dad, begging him to come pick her up.  Emily tries to get a window open, but can’t get it up all the way.  She pushes a desk against the door to barricade herself in.  Her dad pulls up to the school as a hooded man with black gloves tries to get into the room.  Emily breaks the window and screams for her dad to help her.  Her dad climbs up and safely brings Emily down, then collapse on the ground.  Emily calls an ambulance.  She blames herself for her dad’s injury, but her dad says that it’s not her fault.  He didn’t want to worry her, but he had some tests done.  The results aren’t back yet, but something might be wrong with his heart. 

Emily arrives at Aria’s house to spend the night, since her dad is still in the hospital.  Emily blames “A” for almost killing her dad.  Spencer shows up at the door.  Aria had texted her about Emily’s dad.  Emily and Spencer hug, finally burying the hatchet. 

Hanna shows up, freaking out about being treated by “A” at the dentist office.  Her jaw hurts, her lip is numb and the records are gone.  Aria asks who is this “A” monster.  Spencer glances at Aria, but doesn’t mention her theory about Ezra.  Spencer uses tweezers to pull something out of Hanna’s mouth.  It is a small note that says “I told you: dead girls can’t smile. Stop looking. A”.

“A” shreds the patient records taken from Hanna’s purse while she was unconscious.  “A” puts the shredded paper on the floor of Tippy’s bird cage.  In the room, there is a map marked with the location of Wilden’s yacht in Cape May.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Recap of “Close Encounters”, PLL Episode 4x16

Once again, the Pretty Little Liars take a road trip to the Busy Bee Inn.  This time, they’re racing to save Alison before “A” hurts her.  When they get there, they realize that they are too late.  The window is broken and Aria finds a shirt that might be Ali’s.  The girls wonder if Ali fought “A” off and got away, or if “A” took Ali somewhere else.  The door swings shut and they see a message on it.  “You’re too late – A”

Emily and Hanna discuss the situation on the phone while Emily takes her mom’s pie to church for the bake sale. Emily thinks the worst part is not knowing what happened to Ali.  Hanna has doubts that Ali was actually at the Busy Bee Inn.  The whole thing seemed a little too perfect, like the whole thing was orchestrated.

Spencer’s dad stops by Toby’s place to talk to him, only to discover Spencer there.  Spencer confronts her dad again about Jessica DiLaurentis and threatens to tell her mom.  Her dad finally admits that Jason fell off the wagon and they are trying to get him into rehab.  They’ve been keeping it a secret because Jason got arrested for starting a bar fight and he didn’t want anyone to know.  Ms. DiLaurentis has been keeping the divorce a secret because she’s afraid Jason might relapse when he finds out.  And Spencer’s dad wants to avoid bringing up Jason or Ms. DiLaurentis’s name to Spencer’s mom. 

Toby comes into the room and Spencer’s dad asks to talk to him alone.  Spencer’s dad says that there is not enough evidence for a lawsuit.  Wilden is dead and no one is willing to testify against Radley.  Toby’s father is willing to sign a settlement.  Toby will get money in return for his silence. 

Ezra tells Aria that he’s heading to Philadelphia to meet up with his friend Curtis.  Aria gets a text from Jake, who’s back in town.  Aria’s already made up her mind.  She’s going to break things off with Jake.  Ezra seems surprised that Aria already knows which guy she wants.  Aria tells him that he’s the one and that he’s always been the one.

Hanna decides to throw out half her wardrobe, getting rid of all the clothes that remind her of Caleb.  Spencer tries to get her to talk, but Hanna doesn’t want to talk.  She just wants to move on. 

Shana shows up at the church with a message from Alison.  She says to stop looking for Ali, the girls almost got her killed last night.  Shauna’s known Ali since she was three.  She lived next door to Ali’s grandparents in Georgia.  Ali asked her to find out who tried to kill her.  She’s been pretending to be Jenna’s friend to find out if Jenna was the one after Ali.  Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.  Emily tells Shana to prove that she’s really friends with Ali.

Jake and Aria get together.  Jake missed her, but Aria pulls away when he kisses her. When Aria says she needs to talk, Jake figures out that she’s back with Ezra.  She’s been distant on the phone and it turns out the kid wasn’t Ezra’s, so he figured she was back with him.  Jake is hurt, he thought things had been going pretty good between the two of them.  Aria says that she liked spending time with him, but Jake knows that she likes spending time with Ezra even more.  Aria explains that she has a long history with Ezra, but she hopes she can still be friends with Jake.  Jake says he’s going to need a little more time before they can be friends. 

Spencer tries to convince Toby not to sign the settlement right away.  If he signs, he can never talk about what happened to his mom.  If he talks, he will have to give the money back and pay a penalty.  One minute her dad wants to shut down Radley, now he wants to shut down Toby.  They don’t have any proof that the death really was an accident.   They don’t know why Toby’s mom was on the roof and who was the fragile patient she was with.

Emily explains to the girls that she asked Shana what Ali said after pulling Emily out of the barn the time they were looking for Dr. Sullivan.  If Shana knows the exact words, then that will prove that she really is friends with Ali.  The girls wonder if Ali suspects Paige, since Shana knew Paige first.  They also wonder why Ali would trust Shana, but not trust any of them.  Spencer points out that Shana could be “A”’s minion, trying to make them believe “A”s story so that they all stop looking for Ali.  They have no reason to trust her and how are they suppose to believe that Shana dropped everything and moved to Rosewood to help Ali?  Emily is the only one of the girls who believes Shana is telling the truth.

Travis stops by Hanna’s house to pick up his umbrella that he left behind.  Hanna brushes off Travis’s concern about her and tells him that she is fine.  She asks him to stay and play pool on the pool table her dad left behind.  Travis teaches Hanna how to play and they end up kissing.  Travis wants to take things slow because Hanna is still getting over Caleb, but Hanna kisses him again.  Hanna’s mom walks in on the kissing.  Hanna gets angry when her mom basically kicks Travis out.  Hanna’s mom says that throwing herself at a new guy isn’t the way to get over the old guy.  Hanna lashes out at her mom.  She’s sick of people telling her how she should handle getting over Caleb.

Emily and Shana meet up again.  Shana knows the exact words Ali said to Emily and knows that Ali kissed her.  Shana says she doesn’t know where Ali is.  Ali always finds her.  Shana has known that Ali is alive ever since Mona went to Radley.  Ali wants to meet Emily alone at night.  When Emily asks why only her, Shana says that Emily must have been Ali’s favorite.

Emily tells Spencer that Shana knew word for word the conversation she had with Ali.  She even looked into it and Shana really did live next door to Ali’s grandparents.  Spencer asks why Ali would only want to meet with Emily.  Emily says that she doesn’t know.  Spencer knows that Emily wants to believe this is Ali reaching out, but it’s not.  It’s “A”.  Emily says that she only told Spencer because she didn’t want to lie.  She tells Spencer not to make her sorry that she told her.

Aria comes home to find a present from Jake.  He mailed it to her when he was out of town.  It’s a necklace engraved with “Aria”. The note says “Thought this would look beautiful on you.  See you soon.”

Spencer’s dad is busy preparing for Spencer’s mom’s return.  He hired a caterer to cook dinner.  Spencer confronts her dad about the settlement.  She doesn’t believe that he did what was best for Toby’s family.  When he leaves the room, Spencer takes the opportunity to look in his briefcase.  She finds out that Jessica DiLaurentis is on the board of trustees at Radley.  Her dad walks in to find Spencer snooping.  Spencer asks if Jessica DiLaurentis was the one who said the death was accidental.  She asks if Jason is really in rehab or is that something her dad made up.  Spencer calls Toby and leaves him a message telling him not to sign the settlement. 

Jake is walking down the street when he sees Ezra screaming at a blonde lady.  Ezra says “look at me.  This doesn’t make sense.”  He tells her that she has really screwed up.  As she drives away, Ezra bangs on her car and yells that this isn’t over.

Aria goes over to Jake’s to give back his present.  He tells her to keep it.  What would he do with it, since he doesn’t have another Aria in his life.  Aria is about to leave, when he says that he really cares about her and doesn’t understand why she would want to be with a guy like Ezra.  He saw Ezra totally go off on a woman today.  Aria says that Ezra was in Philadelphia all day.  Jake says that he always thought Ezra was the one Aria was afraid of.  When Aria says that she’s not afraid of Ezra, Jake tells her that maybe she should be.  Aria says that Ezra doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, but Jake tells her to keep her eyes open.

Hanna’s mom takes her out to a place where you pay to smash plates against the wall.  She explains that she used to lash out at all the wrong people when she was angry.  A friend suggested that she come here.  Hanna doesn’t see how this will help the situation.  Her mom says that it will help with the anger.  Maybe afterwards she will see things differently.  They both start throwing plates. 

Aria is waiting in Ezra’s apartment when he gets back.  She gives him the third-degree, asking if he had fun with Curtis and if he caught the last train.  When Ezra says that he just got back in from Philadelphia, Aria tells him that Jake saw him screaming at a woman.  Did he even go to Philadelphia?  Ezra admits that he didn’t.  He was arguing with Maggie’s lawyer.  Maggie is preventing him from seeing Malcolm.  He didn’t tell her because the whole situation with Malcolm destroyed their relationship once and he didn’t want that to happen again.  The conversation with Maggie’s lawyer was heated, but not violent.  Ezra suggests that Jake wanted to make him look bad so that Aria would reconsider her decision.  Ezra apologizes for hiding things from her.  Aria says that she wants things to work with him, but that will only happen if they are honest with each other.  Aria says that she chose Ezra knowing all the stuff that comes with a relationship with him.  She’s really happy that she chose to be with him. 

Shana drops Emily off outside a building and drives off.  Emily goes in and finds Ali there.  Ali says that she’s missed Emily so much and it’s been so hard to stay away.  Emily wants to help her, but Ali doesn’t know who to trust.  Emily says that Ali can trust Spencer and Aria, but Ali isn’t sure about them.  Ali knows that Emily never stopped caring about her and she regrets all the things she did to hurt her in the past.  Ali thought she knew who was after her, but she was wrong.  Spencer comes up behind them and Ali flees.

Emily is furious at Spencer for scaring Ali away.  Spencer explains that she thought Emily was in danger.  She apologizes, but Emily doesn’t forgive her.  Spencer thinks Ali is playing games with Emily.  Ali knew Emily was pulling away and wanted to make her feel special.  Emily says that Ali was different now and that she was sincere.  When Spencer says that Ali is trying to divide them, Emily insists that Ali wouldn’t do that.  Emily is furious that Spencer was listening to her conversation with Ali and screams at Spencer not to touch her.

Spencer goes to Toby’s apartment and finds him crying.  He signed the agreement before he got her message.  He had a long talk with his dad and they decided to move on.  It doesn’t matter what really happened.  Spencer brings up the fact that they still don’t know who the other patient was, but Toby tells her to stop.  Poor Spencer is left alone, crying on the couch.

Hanna leaves a voicemail for Caleb.  She’s been replaying past moments, trying to pinpoint the exact moment that she lost him, wondering if she could have done something different.  She wants Caleb to know that the year she spent with him was the best year of her life. 

While Aria and Ezra have a cute moment sharing dessert, Jake is working out his anger with his kicking bag.  He collapses to the floor with a bleeding foot. When he inspects the kicking bag, he finds knives inside it.

At night, a person dressed in black opens a school locker and takes out picture of what looks like a little Ali and little Shana.  The person rips the picture in half and burns the half with Shana in it.

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sneak Peek Video for “Close Encounters”, PLL Episode 4x16

Here’s the preview for the next Pretty Little Liars episode “Close Encounters”.

Ali wants to meet Emily alone, Jake suggests that Aria should be afraid of Ezra, and Spencer thinks Alison is trying to divide the girls. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Questions About Love ShAck, Baby PLL Episode 4x15

In the last Pretty Little Liars episode Love ShAck, Baby, lots of questions were raised.  Where did Ezra get the recording of Ali?  Is it possible that Ali was asking him for help?  If not, who could she have been talking to?  Jason?  CeCe?  And why were all of these conversations with Ali recorded? 

Given how weird Spencer’s dad has been acting, it makes you wonder if he’s telling the truth about Toby’s mom’s death being accidental.  Who is this fragile patient that witnessed the fall?  And what is going on with him and Jessica DiLaurentis?  If he really is afraid of what she’s capable of, why would he let her into their home?  It doesn’t really seem like they are having an affair again.  Maybe they’re talking because there is some kind of issue with Jason? 

With Caleb out of the picture, it seems like Travis and Hanna might eventually be starting something.  Travis is great, but is anyone else hoping for a Hanna and Mike reunion?

The final scene has an apple on the desk, implying that Ezra hacked into the GPS to keep the girls from reaching the Busy Bee Inn.  After all, teachers like apples, right?  If it really is Ezra, how exactly would he know how to hack into a GPS?  He is an English teacher, not the computer teacher.  And would he have time to hack into the GPS?  He was pretty busy snooping in Hanna’s room and supposedly breaking into the cabin to steal Ali’s journal.  And if Ezra took the journal, that would mean that he most likely was the one who sent Emily the note about meeting at the kissing rock, since the journal thief left the bracelet in the cabin.

So many questions.  Hope we get some answers on the next episode of Pretty Little Liars.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Recap of "Love ShAck, Baby" PLL Episode 4x15

The pretty little liars have a lot of digging to do and it all relates to Ali’s journal.  In typical Ali fashion, she’s coded the journal entries with fake names.  Only a person who knows the truth will know who the story is about and which stories are real. 

Spencer and Emily are pissed at Hanna for keeping Ali’s journal a secret.  Hanna argues that the journal stories are personal and contain things they might not know about each other.  Aria interrupts the argument and puts the focus back on the journal.  Since Hanna couldn’t make sense of the journal, the girls decide to take turns reading it. 

Emily falls asleep with the journal open on her bed.  She wakes up to find Ali in her room.  Ali says she’s missed Emily so much, but Emily is furious at Ali for leaving.  Ali begs Emily not to be mad, reminding Emily that she’s saved her life twice and risked everything for her.  Emily doesn’t respond when Ali asks if she’s glad that Ali is alive.  Ali doesn’t know who is after her.  Emily always saw the best version of her and she needs that now.  Emily says she doesn’t see that anymore.   Ali points out that Emily’s wearing the bracelet she gave her.  Emily wakes up to find the journal shut on the bed.  Her bracelet is in her jewelry box. 

Spencer’s dad cancels his meeting with Toby, claiming he’s in litigation all day.  Spencer admits that she’s glad he cancelled.  She doesn’t know his real motives for helping.  Toby insists that he needs to shut down Radley.

Spencer acts as lookout while Aria leaves something in Ezra’s desk.  Aria claims she’s just returning a pen, but Spencer isn’t fooled.  She simplifies Aria’s love life by pointing out that Aria likes Jake, but she loves Ezra. 

Emily explains her plan to color code Ali’s journal based on who the entries are about.  Hanna, acting weird, snatches the journal away from Aria.  Hanna tells the girls that Caleb is not coming back, but claims that she’s totally fine. She changes the subject by reading a poem from Ali’s journal titled “The Busy Bee”.  It describes a hideaway.  Aria remembers that her family used to eat dinner at a bed and breakfast called the Busy Bee Inn.  The girls decide to check out the inn later that night.  During this whole conversation, Ezra has been watching them from afar. 

Ezra tells Aria that he got her note about tonight.  Aria tells him she has to cancel because the girls are taking Hanna out of town to help her cope with the breakup.  Ezra’s full of questions, asking if they are all going and where they are planning to go.  He tells Aria that last night felt right.  Aria agrees, but she knows the situation is not fair to Ezra or Jake.  After Aria leaves, Ezra resumes listening to a recording on his computer.  It’s a recording of Ali talking about escaping.  In the recording, she is asking someone for help. 

At work, Emily finds a note from Alison asking her to meet at their spot.  Emily heads to the kissing rock, but Ali doesn’t show up.  Emily leaves behind her bracelet on the rock when she leaves.

Spencer overhears her dad and Jessica DiLaurentis talking.  Jessica says that Jason doesn’t need to know.  Spencer asks her what Jason doesn’t need to know.  Jessica says that she’s going through a divorce and Spencer’s dad was giving her legal advice.  Once Ms. DiLaurentis leaves, Spencer confronts her dad.  He just banned her from talking to Ms. DiLaurentis, yet he’s home alone with her.  Spencer’s dad denies that anything is going on.  He canceled on Toby after finding out that Toby’s mom slipped and fell off the roof.  It wasn’t a suicide, but it wasn’t a murder either.  Radley covered it up to protect a fragile patient who was also on the roof. 

Hanna runs into Travis (the guy who knew her mom didn’t kill Wilden).  He heard on the news that CeCe was sighted at a train station in Maryland.  She was gone by the time the police got there, but the police think someone paid CeCe to kill Wilden.

Spencer confronts Jessica DiLaurentis at a coffee shop.  She demands that Ms. DiLaurentis stay away from her father.  Ms. DiLaurentis insists that Spencer has the wrong impression.  Spencer yells that Ms. DiLaurentis should find a lawyer that she hasn’t slept with and leave her family out of it.

Later that night, the girls start the roadtrip to the Busy Bee Inn.  They haven’t found anything in the journal about CeCe.  Hanna reluctantly gives the journal to Spencer, who takes pictures of an entry titled “Hot for Teacher”.    Emily lies when Hanna asks Emily where she was that afternoon.  Aria figures that “Human cheat sheet” must be a code name for Spencer and “Suzy Clueless” is about herself.  When they start talking about the entry “Cradle Robber”, Hanna blasts the radio.  Aria wonders if Ali was dating a younger guy instead of an older one.  Hanna looks uncomfortable with the conversation.

While the girls are on their road trip, Ezra visits Hanna’s house.  He tells Ms. Marin that he’s been easy on Hanna because of all the drama at home, but she is in danger of failing his class.  When Ms. Marin leaves the room to take a call, Ezra sneaks into Hanna’s room.  He searches her bag and looks at her computer.  By the time Ms. Marin finishes her call, Ezra is back downstairs and Ms. Marin is none the wiser. 

Following the car’s GPS leads the girls to the middle of nowhere.  Emily can’t get back on the highway because of construction.  According to Aria’s phone, however, there is no construction.  The car breaks down and Hanna asks Travis to tow the car.  It’ll take him a couple hours to get there and it’s about to rain, so Aria takes the girls to Ezra’s cabin.

Spencer questions Hanna about a page that’s been ripped out of the “Cradle Robber” story.  Hanna insists that she didn’t rip anything out and that she’s entitled to her privacy.  She points out that knowing each other’s secrets won’t help them bring back Ali.

Once the girls reach the cabin, Aria hides anything of Ezra’s.  The girls think that the cabin belongs to Aria’s uncle.  Emily examines a painting of a train in the room.  (Did that painting remind anyone else of the Halloween train?) 

Spencer wants to find out what Hanna is hiding, but Emily thinks Spencer is being too hard on Hanna.  Maybe Hanna’s hiding something because she knows Spencer wouldn’t understand.  That makes Spencer wonder what Emily is hiding.  Aria, once again playing peacemaker, says that no one is hiding anything and changes the subject.

Hanna emerges from the bathroom and confesses that the “Cradle Robber” story is about her and Mike (Aria’s little brother).  A flashback shows Hanna and Alison arguing after Alison walked in on Hanna and Mike fooling around.  Poor Hanna is reduced to tears as Ali tells her the whole thing is gross and that Aria will never be her friend again if she finds out.  Hanna doesn’t think of herself as perfect looking like her friends and she doesn’t have lots of guys chasing her.  Besides, Mike is nice to her.  Hanna begs Ali not to tell the girls and Ali finally agrees.  She says that Hanna will eventually find someone to love her for who she is, it just might take longer for her.

Aria, keeping it classy, tells Hanna that she wouldn’t have stopped being Hanna’s friend.  It’s a little weird, but she’s mainly just shocked that her brother didn’t blab about it.  Hanna thinks Mike was probably embarrassed.  Aria denies that, assuring her that Mike had a crush on her.  Aria doesn’t know why Hanna would still be upset over something that happened such a long time ago.  Hanna finally admits to the girls that Caleb left her for someone else, but bolts when the girls ask questions.  Emily follows her outside.

Spencer and Aria go to the laundry room to find blankets.  Suddenly the door slams shut and the girls are locked inside.  They peek through the key hole and see a person dressed in all black pacing around the room.  Afraid that “A” might hurt them, the girls go to the window and scream for Emily and Hanna to help.  Hanna and Emily break a window to get back inside.  They realize Ali’s journal is gone and someone has left Emily’s bracelet on the table.  Travis shows up at that moment to tow their car.

Back at Hanna’s house, Travis refuses to accept money for the tow.  He just wants to be a good friend and a nice guy.  Alone with Travis, Hanna finally breaks down over Caleb. Travis stays with her while she cries.

Spencer’s dad lies to his wife on the phone, claiming he was in mediation all day.  Her dad is furious that Spencer talked to Jessica DiLaurentis.  He says that she’s going to destroy the family if she keeps disobeying him.  As long as she lives under his roof, she has to stay away from Jessica DiLaurentis.  So Spencer decides to move in with Toby.

Aria and Ezra talk over the phone.  Ezra is at a gas station wearing black clothing and a black baseball cap.  When Aria asks if he got all his work done (grading papers), he cryptically says that it took longer than expected, but he got everything done that he needed to.  They say they love each other before hanging up.  Emily asks if Aria was talking to Jake.  Aria nods, but Emily can tell that Aria is lying.  She confesses to Aria that she tried to meet Ali alone. 
Aria and Emily get a text from “A”, a picture of the Busy Bee Inn.  It says “Looks like I’m winning.  Thanks for the tip.”  They realize that they helped give Ali to “A” by decoding Ali’s journal.  The race is on to find Ali before “A” does.  Will the pretty little liars find her in time?

“A” is busy typing away on the computer.  An apple sits on the table next to the computer.  Turns out “A” hacked into the GPS, using a bogus road closure to keep the girls from reaching the Busy Bee Inn. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Lucy Hale Guest Starring on Baby Daddy February 5th

Fan of Lucy Hale?  The pretty little liars star is a guest star on Baby Daddy on February 5th.  Check out the video to see the promo for the episode. 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

PLL Sneak Peek Video for "Love ShAck, Baby" 4x15

Check out the sneak peek video for the next Pretty Little Liars episode airing on Tuesday.  The episode’s titled “Love ShAck, Baby”.

Is Ali really in danger or is she playing another one of her games?  Can’t wait to see the next PLL episode to find out!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Lucy Hale's Music Video "You Sound Good to Me"

Did you catch Lucy Hale’s new music video during the winter premiere of Pretty Little Liars last Tuesday night?  If you missed it, check it out in the video below.  It is a country song called "You Sound Good to Me".        . 

There is also a behind the scenes video of Lucy working on her album.  In the video she talks about how personal the album is.

In the video below, Lucy talks about how she started singing country music. 

What do you guys think of Lucy Hale’s new music video?  Can’t wait to hear her other songs and see more music videos from her. 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Lucy Hale Wins Favorite Cable TV Actress at the People’s Choice Awards

Lucy Hale
Photo Credit:  JJ Duncan, Creative Commons

Congrats to Lucy Hale!  Last night at the People’s Choice Awards 2014, she won for Favorite Cable TV Actress.  She was up against four other nominees: Angie Harmon, Claire Danes, Courtney Cox, and Maggie Smith. 

Check out the awesome red carpet interview in the video below.  You can watch Lucy receive her award.  She also talks about her music and plays “Lucy Hale against the clock”, which covers everything from makeup to food in fifteen seconds. 

How much do you love Lucy Hale?  She’s the perfect Aria on Pretty Little Liars.  Congratulations, Lucy!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Recap of “Who’s in the Box?” PLL Episode 4x14

The Pretty Little Liars are back!  The winter premiere starts with Hanna, Aria, Spencer and Emily discussing Alison’s return.  They know that someone tried to kill Ali, buried her, and Grunwald pulled her out.  None of the girls are particularly happy to find out Alison is alive, but they decide to focus on making Rosewood safe so that Alison can return and they can get some answers out of her. Emily brings up the possibility that Alison is “A” and has been playing with all of them.  Other issues brought up?  Shauna sold Jenna’s car to Mona.  CeCe is still running from cops.  They aren’t sure if “board shorts” is even a real person. 

Spencer thinks Ali may have reached out to Jason and that they should find him.  Hanna wants to figure out whose dead body is in Alison’s crypt.  It was important to someone that the girls believe Alison is dead.  Hmm.  Does that mean the police were in on it?  Wilden did make a false police statement about Toby’s mother.  Maybe he could have done something to make it seem like the police had Alison’s body.  Or maybe Garrett had something to do with it?

Emily asks Jessica DiLaurentis where Jason is.  Apparently he needed time alone.  He's been driving across country and visiting friends in Montana.  Ms. DiLaurentis can get in touch with Jason if it’s an emergency, but Emily says it’s not. 

Meanwhile, Hanna continues her internet search for missing girls.  Hanna’s mom is having trouble getting a job, since everyone thinks that she had something to do with Wilden’s death.  Hanna’s dad and Isabel want Hanna to go with them to Australia, but Hanna doesn’t want to go.

Mona comes up to Hanna at school and offers to give her a ride in Jenna’s Mustang, but Hanna’s not interested.  Mona doesn’t understand why Hanna is shutting her out, especially since she confessed to killing Wilden in order to help Hanna.  Hanna doesn’t believe that Mona confessed to help her.  Mona always seems to have a hidden agenda, doesn’t she?

Hanna really takes charge in this episode.  She shows Spencer and Emily a picture of Sara Harvey, a missing blond girl that disappeared around the same time as Ali did, not far from Rosewood.  She thinks it's Sara's body that the police found in Ali's backyard.  She wants to get in touch with Sara’s friends.  Suddenly, the tv comes on, showing a black and white video.  It’s interrupted with a message from A, daring them to find Ali.

After class, Ezra apologizes to Aria for being selfish.  He tried to make all pieces of his life fit with Malcolm because he didn’t want to lose Aria.  After Aria graduates, he wants to try to be the guy that she thinks he is.

Spencer tries to find out where Jason is from her dad.  After all, he is Jason’s dad, too.  He agrees to find out where Jason is if Spencer promises to stay away from Ms. DiLaurentis.  Is he scared of her?

Hanna sets up a meeting with Sara’s friends.  Emily doesn’t want to go.  She’s upset that Alison never told them she was alive.  Hanna says that they have no way of knowing if Alison was scared and alone or laughing at them and completely fine. 

Caleb surprises Hanna when he shows up at the coffee house.  He says he’s missed her and things have been complicated in Ravenswood.

Toby has been trying to get Radley to admit that his mom didn’t kill herself.
Radley is owned by a big health company, Declodyne.  Spencer and Toby threaten to hurt Declodyne by writing about the cover-up and Wilden’s altered police report on the internet.

Emily and Hanna meet with two of Sara’s friends.  Sara was eerily similar to Alison.  She had everything and made her friends feel special when she picked them.  One of Sara’s friends, Avery, didn’t show up.  She thinks Sara is still alive.  Avery saw Sara the day after Labor Day.  Hanna realizes that the dates don’t work with her theory, since Avery saw Sara after the cement was poured in Alison’s backyard.  Back at home, Ms. DiLaurentis offers Hanna’s mom a job at her real estate office, after she dreams that Alison told her to.  Something tells me this is trouble, especially since Spencer’s dad thinks they need to stay away from Ms. DiLaurentis. 

Mona tells Ezra that she’s envious of how he supports Aria, Spencer, and Emily.  She’d like a mentor, too.  Mona thinks that Ezra knows things.  His reading list is revealing, books about secret identities and masks.  Mona thinks she is entitled to revenge after everything that’s happened to her, but Ezra points out that she’s done things to others as well.  Ezra says that fear is a motivator.  Mona has figured out how to dump all that fear which makes her special, but also vulnerable.  Without fear, she underestimates people and how far she can push people before they push back.  (Go Ezra!)  Mona seems rattled and leaves.

Spencer and Toby’s threats to Declodyne work.  Radley agrees to admit Toby’s mom’s death wasn’t a suicide.  Spencer’s dad thinks that they could do a lot of damage and shut Radley down.  He wants to close Radley for Spencer. 

Ezra takes Aria to his friend’s cabin.  He looks after the place when his friend is out of town.  He wishes he could go back in time and avoid making mistakes with their relationship.  He knows Aria is with Jake, though.  Aria feels like things are all inside out and she doesn’t know what is real.  Ezra gives her the key to the cabin.  It can be their secret.  They kiss.  Later, Ezra stares at the latch on the floor that leads to the basement.

Emily is closing up at work when Sara’s friend, Claire, shows up.  Claire says Avery has been on medication and is getting worse the longer Sara is gone.  Claire admits that Sara wasn’t a nice person.  She wishes that Sara was dead so she can get on with her life.  She even wished Sara was dead before she went missing. 

Hanna and Caleb have a fight when Caleb says he has to go back to Ravenswood.  Miranda needs him.  Hanna feels stupid for pushing Caleb toward Miranda.  Caleb says it’s not like that, but he won’t explain what happened.  Caleb leaves and Hanna’s mom is left comforting her as she cries.  Later, Hanna catches up with Caleb before he leaves.  She didn’t want to leave things that way.  They say goodbye.  Caleb cries as he drives away.

Emily tells Paige that she thought it was gift when Ali let her kiss her.  Now she realizes that it didn’t mean anything to her.  She doesn’t think Ali knew how to love anyone.  Ali broke Emily’s heart. Paige hates Ali for being so cruel.  Emily thinks that she is starting to say goodbye to Alison. 

Back at Alison’s crypt, Spencer, Hanna, Aria, and Emily still don’t know whose body is in there.  Hanna takes out Ali’s diary, the one she took from the lair in Ravenswood.  She had it the whole time, but didn’t show it to her friends because she didn’t want them to see what Alison wrote about all of them. 

In the closing shot, a figure dressed in all black opens the basement door in the cabin that Ezra took Aria to.   

As much as I love Ezra and Aria together, having a secret relationship is only going to backfire, especially since she's still with Jake.  I’m still holding out hope that Ezra is not “A” and is just trying to help protect the girls.  And what did Ali write in her diary about her friends?  What does Spencer’s dad know about Jessica DiLaurentis?  Still not sure whose side Mona is on.  Keep hoping for a genuine Mona and Hanna friendship moment, but it doesn’t look like that’s happening anytime soon.  Can’t wait to get some more answers in next Tuesday's episode, "Love ShAck, Baby". 


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Quick Recap of “Grave New World” PLL Episode 4x13

In the last Pretty Little Liars Halloween special "Grave New World", we got some huge shockers.  The girls do some investigating in Ravenswood.  Caleb ends up staying in Ravenswood to look after Miranda (Rosewood won't be the same without him). Ezra shows up and gives them a ride home when they find out that they have a flat tire.  When the girls return to Rosewood, they chase a blond in a red coat who turns out to be Alison.  The pretty little liars have questions, but they don't get many answers.  Alison tells the girls that she is scared and doesn’t feel safe.  She cryptically refers to the time she visited Hanna in the hospital.  We’re left with even more questions, since Alison takes off when Ezra interrupts to give Aria her phone. 

Which leads us to shocker #2.  Ezra knows a lot more than he’s been letting on.  But is he really “A”?  The girls seem to think that "A" is a guy.  As a huge Aria/Ezra fan, I’m hoping that Ezra has been looking out for Aria and trying to catch “A” himself.  I don't want to believe that Ezra was just pretending to love Aria.  Although, he has acted a little suspicious in the past.  Back when the girls were on the Halloween murder train, Ezra just happened to appear on the train after the police showed up.  He claimed he’d been following the train to surprise Aria.  And now, Grunwald says that one of the girls has been touched by the person Ali is afraid of. 

So has Ezra been playing Aria?  And if so, for how long?  Whose dead body did the police find if it wasn’t Alison?  And exactly how much does Mona know?  Can’t wait to get some answers with the Pretty Little Liars winter premiere.