Pretty Little Liars Review: "The Perfect Storm"

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I loved her as more than a friend.
- Emily on Alison

Before we get into our review of "The Perfect Storm," allow us to say: thank you, Mrs. Hastings! We were beginning to wonder if the detective on Pretty Little Liars spent time anywhere except for school, a clear violation of the law, which no teacher or authority figure stepped in and said a word about - until now.

Aside from that important tidbit, this week's episode shed a lot of light on Emily, specifically her relationship with Alison. And while this is my least favorite of all the girls on the show, at least the revelations gave her character a bit more depth. At least her affection for girls now has a history and doesn't seem utterly out of the blue with Maya, as it had been up to this point.

The question, of course: do we believe her? Do we buy the story that Emily arrived at the memorial only after it was destroyed and that Lucas did the dastardly deed?

And, come on, would both really leave their shoes so caked with mud?

Stormy Scene

Another character we suddenly know much better is the aforementioned mother of Spencer. Nothing but a close-minded, cold-hearted bitch before, this woman opened up to her daughter about a breast cancer scare and even gave Alex her full approval.

Again, it's nice to get more background on any prominent series player - but this felt more like a forced, random transformation than a necessary, eye-opening admission, didn't it? Spencer, and now her family, continue to be all over the place. We're still waiting for Wren to make another appearance. He did make out with Spencer a few weeks ago, in case the writers forgot.

Meanwhile, other relationships were teased and/or developed. We'd love to hear reading feedback on the following:

Byron and Ashley: Both seemed to realize the inappropriateness of their flirting as soon as the power came back on, but it's unlikely this will be the last time they consider the other as a romantic option. It's clear Byron should be focusing on his family, not his next female conquest - but will he be able to?

Ella and Ezra: It wasn't just me, right? There was a definite spark between these two in the closet, wasn't there? As creepy as it seems for Ella to date the man her daughter made out with, at least Ezra is closer to her age. Do you wanna see these two hook up?

Aria and Noel: The latter may be hiding a secret or another side to his personality, but it's about time Aria gave him a chance. We've seen nothing but good things from him so far, including solid guitar strumming that gave us the chance to hear Lucy Hale sing. She was once a member of a group called "American Juniors," you know.

Finally, we get to Mona. She's clearly over-the-top in her rudeness, but perhaps she knows something about Lucas that Hanna does not. Or perhaps she's just a spoiled queen bee who doesn't wish to see her spot atop the social chain bumped down a few notches.

We'll certainly be tuning in next week to learn more. Won't you? Check out a few Pretty Little Liars quotes from the episode as you answer that question:

Alison [to Emily]: A kiss is a kiss. I like boys. Trust me, if I'm kissing you, it's because it's practice for the real thing. | permalink
Aria: Where are going?
Emily: To the restroom. But if you guys don't believe me, we can all try to squeeze into one stall. | permalink
Hanna: Don't you want someone real? Someone you can scratch and sniff? | permalink
Mona [to Lucas]: You can go now. This beauty doesn't need a beast. | permalink
Emily [on Alison]: I loved her as more than a friend. | permalink


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.


i hope i wasn't the only one that found it weird that the characters alison and emily actually kiss, even though sasha pieterse is only 14 and shay mitchell is 23?! i know it fits with the storyline, but sasha is much younger than i thought.


I love Ezra and Aria but this new guy SOOO hot! It would be a waste if they didn't date! I want this Noah guy for me!


I'm sorry but Ezra is NOT closer in age to Ella than he is to her daughter! what you said makes no sense at all! His relationship with Aria is only weird because he's her teacher, but he's less than 10 years older than her! Dating your ex's mother is way weirder and totally off bounds!


That cop is so creepy. That look on his face when he was off the case makes it look like he has something to do with A... I mean, he keeps showing up in the MOST convenient times.


Ezra and Ella def had a moment in that closet


Ah and what's wrong with that cop?! Seriously he is completely losing it!


Wow, Spencers Mom is amazing!


The whole Ezra/Ella thing is EXTREMELY disturbing. It definitely wasn't just you. I hope to god it never happens. But you have to wonder if it will, because in the promo of the summer season finale of the show, Ezra is shown kissing someone with dark hair. At 0:18. Here is the link for it: At first I was positive it was Ella, but after watching it a billion more times, I start to think maybe it's Aria. Who knows? Can't wait 'till next week!


and by the way, what did A meant with the text she sent to Emily ??
"Theres only so much you can burn!" what did she burned and what was she doing out so late that night i mean she had to be going somewhere if she found the memorial distroyed!


I dont think ella and ezra are hooking up, she served as some sort of reveletion to erza when she said something about Aria being hurt and doing something man to hide it, something like that so i think she lead him back to her!
Love holly marie comes by the way, shes the reason i started watching this show and now im hooked xD

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Pretty Little Liars Season 1 Episode 9 Quotes

Aria: I've not looking for anyone more than a friend.
Hanna: Don't you have enough on Facebook?

Spencer, you do not need to know any more big words. You're already scary enough to anyone under 50.


Pretty Little Liars Season 1 Episode 9 Music

  Song Artist
Quiet hearts Quiet Hearts Amy Stroup iTunes
Song Never Get Enough Honey Pie
Who knows where the time goes Who Knows Where The Time Goes? Sandy Denny iTunes