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Pretty Little Liars Review: Toby, Plot Holes Exposed

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I know there are typically plot holes aplenty on Pretty Little Liars, and one has to leave logic at the door in order to enjoy this ABC Family guilty pleasure.

But there's only so many times I can have my intelligence insulted, and here are the reasons shy "My Name Is Trouble" pushed me toward that edge...

Liars in the Dark

Issue #1: We've seen Jenna literally sniff out the Liars multiple times in school. Now, she suddenly can't even tell it's Aria until after they hold a lengthy conversation?!? And can the show just rely on its storytelling for the suspense, please? That entire, supposedly eerie scene with the candle just felt contrived and forced.

Issue #2: So... Melissa lost her engagement ring and it was just sitting behind the toaster? That's a random enough plot device. But we got a good look at that rock. It was large. And, trust me, I've gone engagement ring shopping: that thing was worth well above $2,000. Like 10 times above that.

It's also one thing to be protective, but it's another thing to just be immature and self-serving. Spencer pawned her sister's ring?!? Hanna deleted her father's fiancee's text message?!? I know, these are just young girls, they make mistakes, they are impetuous. But they crossed a few major lines this week and I didn't find the actions endearing, I found them despicable.

Issue #3: This is subtle, but important: something clearly happened to Alison during that party to which they flashed back. There's interesting material to mine here. But that close-up of her face? When she was holding back the tears and looking at herself in the window?

Whose mind were we in? When a show flashes back, there must be a point of view established by a current character - but that one, key scene was of Alison and no one else (Spencer entered the picture after a few seconds). It doesn't make any sense in a narrative context.

Issue #4: The entire we-can't-be-seen-together-because-our-therapist-who-hasn't-appeared-in-two-weeks thing is, I'm sorry to say it, just flat out stupid. The girls get scared when someone else enters the bathroom because... why? People at school are gonna report them to the psychologist? We haven't actually see the Liars together any less since this credo was thrown down; we've just seen them act all worried about it for no season.

Issue #5: A won't be revealed until the series finale, creator Marlene King has already said that. At that point, it's unlikely viewers will remember every little incident, but maybe I should make a list. Because, let's face it, this stalker pulls off the impossible every week.

We are meant to believe she got into Emily's room, wrote a note, copied the fake letter from Danby and sent it to Emily's mom? Nothing A does is even shocking anymore, which removes all mystery because the answer to any question is always: A did it. How? Who knows! Just go with it!

There were a few positive developments this week: Alison's mention of money from her grandmother was intriguing. I hope Ezra's fiancee causes some mischief. Toby sweated a lot without a shirt on.

But I had to vent for a bit because the plot holes were just too glaring. I still enjoy Pretty Little Liars, I still look forward to it for the snark and twists and turns. I just ask the writers to give us some consistency and treat viewers with a bit more respect.

What did everyone else think? Should I shut up and enjoy the show for what it is? Or am I making a few legitimate points?

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Pll is awesome they're now making season 4 and I couldn't be more in love with the show!

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This is why I stopped watching. Its so ridiculous

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Every show does the "previously on {insert tv drama series here|" and in those clips they remind you of stuff that has happened before so that it doesn't seem so random when they bring it up now. The characters themselves have addressed how ridiculous it is that A manages to be everywhere and hear everything without being noticed which is why they have learned not to underestimate A. I think the scene with Jenna and Aria was to show that Jenna is only human. The girls have all been so afraid of her as if she has all of this power and she has kind of acted like she was superior but the truth is, she is just a pissed off and insecure blind girl who was in love with Toby and hasn't had anything work out for her. She isn't a monster, she's vindictive. And actually is well aware of the fact that the girls blinded her. She tells Spencer that allison visited her in the hospital and told her everything. Hence them being so freaked out by her. Also, the police found Allison's body in the first episode and identified it as Allison. There are some plot holes but they typically cover most of their bases.

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I have some questions too.
1)why cant any of the liars talk to Jenna its not like she knows they blinded her.
2)they never once assumed that alison was A. Why would alison be A lets see they've or we've never actually seen her body.
3)I recall one liars saying Jason was always ali's older brother down the hall behind a door, a person they would never see. But now they have flashbacks of he and alison fighting this is all just to convinient.

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I disagree point no 2, though I think your points on no.1 and 4 are right. Girls DO do things that are "despicable". If someone asked "What are they thinking??" That's right. They weren't. Teenage girls were known to make reckless mistakes and even major mistakes like what the Liars did. That's just what they do. I would know. I'm one myself. It IS rather ridiculous that Jenna can't "sense" Aria. Initially I thought she did, but she was just pretending that she didn't know it was her. Kind of disappointed when I realize she geniunely didn't know it was her. Even though the psychologist said the girls are to be separated for a while, they still get tgt ALL THE TIME, so i dont really see the point. Regarding issue #5, isn't that the entire point of PLL? It's supposed to be those "I dont know how she did it, but she just did" kind of show? Isn't that EXACTLY why A is scary? It's only because the Liars didn't know who A is, yet A seems to be ALWAYS around, and knows EVERYTHING that's the scary part, isn't it?

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ok caleb is stupid ok hes ugly and stupid and has no reason to be on he show ok he was good for a couple episodes ok with hanna? ok whatever idc about this. i gess im 2 overly obssessed about toby. but y wont hannah date lucas. she shuldnt b afraid of the crowd. ok the crowd is prolly already afraid of her becuase they prolly think shes a murderer already!!!!!!!! omg..........

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ok nd no ok the thing with the whole gay/lesbo thing is really understandable idk what ur issue is lady..........

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what is with the gay/lesbian issue? my daughter is 19 and her high school stuff dealt with gay/bi all the time. is America behind the times or is the show?

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Ok so I was just thinking... why does Melissa have a bandage on her hand? Did she break into her own house? and maybe the bloody bandages in Jason's junk are to do with Melissa - seeing as he was expecting her.

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i THINK YOU ARE TOTALLY RIGHT!!!
PLUS HOW COMES SUDDENLY HANNA GOES BACK TO THAT GUY (I CANT REMEMBER HIS NAME, JUST BECAUSE THEY NEEDED TO DO SOMETHING WITH HER? HOW COMES SHE CANT FORGIVE CALEB WHO DID WHAT HE DID CUZ HE WAS HOMELESS AND THEN SHE ACTS LIKE A BITCH WITH HIS FATHER RELATIONSHIP??? I CANT UNDERSTAND THIS CHARACTER !!!
AND THEN WHAT ABOUT CALEB WE HAVENT SEEN HIM ON THE LAST 2 EPS AFTER ALL THAT HAPPEND C'MON

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 3 Quotes

Stealing moisturizer is not a life. It's a hobby.

Hanna

Ashley: Your father and I have a long history. We used to laugh. A lot.
Hanna: I must have missed that part.

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 3 Music

  Song Artist
Please speak well of me Please Speak Well Of Me The Weepies iTunes
Song Baby I Got To Move Tim P and Stephen R Phillips
Song Imposter Jocelyn Alice