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Pretty Little Liars Review: Lions and Tigers and Bitches, Oh My!

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Is Emily really dead?!?

Pretty Little Liars concluded "There's No Place Like Homecoming" with a scene that was suspenseful in its concept, but not as much in its execution.

I was very much on the edge of my seat as the girls gathered together and learned Toby's major secret - he was sleeping with Jenna!!! - and then tried to track down Emily to warn her. But the subsequent chase scene between her and Toby was clumsy, and the final image was more ambiguous than intriguing.

She just... fell?

They also cut to a random shot of Jenna standing around the fun house mirrors at one point. Sometimes, the show mistakes randomness for mystery. It can just tell a good story and not have to worry about throwing unexpected images at viewers. All that said, I obviously can't wait to tune in next week and see where this all goes.

At Homecoming

As for other developments, Maya isn't growing at all on me. I don't buy her relationship or her feelings for Emily. I simply roll my eyes every time she opens her mouth.

Conversely, I very much like the idea of Mona threatening Hanna. It's nice to see the latter evolve a bit and realize what it's taken for her to rise to the top, only for her underling to make it clear that she won't let Hanna take her down again.

But my favorite new character is clearly Lucas. He cracked me up with every self-deprecating line. He reminded me of Steve Carell in The 40-Year Old Virgin, a dork who knows he's a dork and comes across as attractive and cool for having such confidence. Make his dreams come true, Hanna! Invite him to bed some time!

I don't buy anything about Spencer's family, though. Melissa seems utterly one-dimensional, exceedingly cruel to her sister at all times for no reason. Give us some background on this individual if you wish for her to play a key role on the show.

In closing, Aria and Ezra still bore me. It's not a fun storyline if he's simply a nice guy who gives romantic speeches and apologizes to her after every fight. This would be far more intriguing if we actually saw a dark side to Mr. Fitz and Aria had to deal with that, as opposed to a mere crush by an older man.

What did you think of the episode? Let me remind those that have read the books: NO SPOILERS from them, please! It's not fair to viewers. You may discuss spoilers in our forum section dedicated to them. Thanks!

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Editor Rating: 4.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.8 / 5.0 (69 Votes)

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wt about at the end, when some guy puts paint over the population for the girls town and he puts a number lower than tthe real population

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I agree completely with tyluv3 especialy about the whole thing with emily her friends need to learn how to mind there on business. I think Toby is nice she shouldnt have hurt him. N they dont even know if he killed Alison...So really the need to leave him n her alone.

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luv the review
Spencer:Kinda bored me this episode liked it better when wren was around you know?They had a connection. Melissa... Ugh you know what i dont even want to finish this. So just like Jay-Z said, on to the next one. Emily: Im pretty sure she didnt die, as a matter if fact im pretty sure Toby was not trying to hurt her at all. He just wanted to tell the truth before the others did. But sadly they got to her first which made her panic. Those B*****s need to mind their on buisness sometime and stop jumping to conclusions. I dont about you guys but i really cant stand this maya storyline,its boring me to death and it has no place on this show. I hate the fact that it is so rushed. Ugh, i really hope this goes away and just come bach next season or sumthing. Hanna: hahaha she makes me laugh and that guy Lucas cracked me up. I like him, but i dont want this thing between them to be rushed. Oh and plus sean should just go away, with maya and alex. Toby: AWww poor toby, he was trying to tell the truth, but he couldnt before the girls got to emeily. I reallly like him with emily and the whole attack thing is just a big missunderstanding. I just hope they work this out. Oh and as for the Jenna thing, just ew, the only ones who can pull that off is Dan and Serena(whom i cant wait to get back together). Aria: Cried a river when Ezra gave her that speech because then i knew it was over between them. But i still have hope. Because rest for sure,it may be over thsi season but not next season. And i swear to bob, if she starts dating sean, someone's getting cursed out.