Pretty Little Liars Review: "The Homecoming Hangover"

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Careful, Pretty Little Liars.

If you keep concluding episodes with the teases of a dead character, you better deliver one of these weeks. Otherwise, you risk losing credibility.

On "The Homecoming Hanger," we quickly learned what everyone already knew: Emily is alive. She simply fell during her dash from the dance last week. A bit anticlimactic, but not surprising.

Now, the show has left us wondering if Toby has perished. We strongly doubt it, but we wouldn't mind if this really is the case. PLL has gone out of its way to make Toby act like a total creep around everyone except Emily. He's just a one dimensional, contrived character.

Still, I strongly doubt he's gone. But the show can't keep foreshadowing possible deaths without soon delivering on one. The only question: Who will it be?!?

Injured Emily

Elsewhere, the episode moved certain romances ahead. We can sum up our thoughts on each in just a few words:

Spencer and Alex: HOT! But what happened to Wren? Might he soon return and cause problems for these two?

Emily and Maya: NOT! The forced interactions between this pair has been a turn off from the beginning.

Hanna and Sean: Just wrong! The latter definitely has a dark side, and it will be interesting to see it come out when Hanna eventually goes for Lucas. We all know she won't be able to resist his dorky charm much longer, right?

There was no romance of any kind in Aria's life, of course. Her parents are separated and Ezra might be leaving town. Quick tidbit on that front: the substitute teacher at the blackboard was played by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard.

I like the characters of both Ezra and Aria, but they can be boring together and this week served as a much-needed break between them.

In the end, we almost got through an entire episode with hearing from A. But then she chimed in regarding Toby and we're left to keep wondering about the identity of the stalker.

Could she play a role in the country club? It's clear the employees there have issues with many residents of Rosewood.

Let me reiterate: if you've read the books, please refrain from leaving any spoilers or comments about what happens in them. There's a place for that in our PLL forum and it's unfair to ruin storylines for those of us only familiar with the TV show. Thank you.

So, what did you think of the episode?


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Personally I like Aria the best. And I missed Ezra. I do agree that Hanna is just realizing she and Sean are not a match made in heaven. I don't like Emily with maya. Truthfully I don't think either of them are very good actors.


I dont think diego is that bad of an actor. He is better than the jonas brothers. I just think everyone is attacking him becuase he replaced wren,who i loved too


i am so mad, its just that they never play R&B songs on the show and there are some good songs out in that genre that would totally embody the relatioship status of most of these couples. Its sad how people just disregard that type of music. I just hope they would start doing it on the videos on youtube. SORRY JUST HAD TO GET THAT OFF OF MY CHEST.


I definatly want Wren back. I really hate Alex. actor and character. he seems like a whiney brat, who wants to be spoilt and get everything he wants. I know spencer is sometimes like that, but at least she has some more depth! he's just - urgh!!! ooooh - I'm glad aria and ezra were having a break, but I think at the end, they should have had her walking away from his apartment, and him coming around the corner (as though he'd been hiding) and rushing through the door. we needed some fitzy!!! :) and doesn't hanna see how much of an idiot sean is? seriously? just go for lucas girl!!! and the whole sending flowers to aria thing was just plain weird. and him turning up to the photoshoot without proper pants on wasn't very nice. what did happen really to emily? she was going to talk to the others before telling the truth to the police. which means theres something we don't know. but what? and I really like toby, yehh, the writers have presented him completely wrong, but he's so much better than maya. they should just get rid of her...she has no real effect on the show, so why have her? and I really love holly marie combs, so I hope they have more interaction between her and the dad. I've missed her on charmed (and the others, obvs) so, I don't want it to be over just yet. and jenna being nice to emily all of a sudden is also weird. and @kayla : so this means we've already met them? thanks :|


they typed "she" because they have always thought A was please get over it.


Okay, I read the books and I am currently watching the series. I do not like this television series that much. It isn't like the books. I have noticed so many changes and I hate it. I love the actresses though, but the woman who plays Spencer looks way too old and I think they should make the actresses atleast look like the characters. The only character who looks like they should is Aria-- which brings me to my hatred of how Aria is made to be the main character. Each girl had their own chapter, so why should Aria be treated as if she's the main character?
Sorry for my little rant, my 14 year old hormones are out of whack. I wish they would make the show more like the book. I know who A is and A looks NOTHING like A should. And I am trying not to use she/he because it'll spoil it. They seriously need to make the characters look like they should!
I liked this episode but it wasn't like the book. >>; 6/10

Matt richenthal

@Serena: I have no idea or inside information. I was just making an assumption... or needed a pronoun.


"She"? Thanks for letting us know A is a girl.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 1 Episode 7 Quotes

I'm kept quiet about a lot, Emily. The least you can do is get me that file. You owe me that much.


Emily's mom: My daughter doesn't lie.
Police officer: Ma'am, everyone lies.