Pretty Little Liars Review: Live Blog!

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I'm trying something new this week, Pretty Little Liars fans: a live blog!

Come along with me as I watch "Surface Tension" and jot down whatever thoughts come to mind. Why? We're all about speed, efficiency, humor and insight at TV Fanatic. This review promises at least one of those.

I encourage readers to leave comments below about my take and the events from the episode as each progresses. Let's give this a shot, shall we?

Jason and Aria

Previously on Pretty Little Liars... Jenna can maybe see! Mike has a garage-stealing problem! Two guys are really shady! Ezra eats Aria's face! Emily's mom finally realizes how useless she is! A does some crazy stuff!

8:03 The episode begins with the girls' usual pow wow. How are they first wondering about whether or not A killed Alison?

8:08 Aria tells her mom she "talks like a mom." Pam should really take some notes from her.

8:10 Man, Emily makes a better breakfast than whoever cooks for the Van Der Woodsens.

8:12 Gonna make a bold prediction: Aria's parent won't give their daughter and Ezra their blessing.

8:14 What's up with Mike? Drugs? Secret boyfriend? Eating disorder? Or... maybe he's just a 14-year old boy.

8:16 Toby is not an architect. But he did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night!

8:22 Question about ABC Family's upcoming movie Teen Spirit: think they came up with the title before they had a script? Me too.

8:23 Hey, a Dr. Sullivan reference? Where the heck has she been?!?

8:24 Emily and Aria agree that Spencer is really good at getting people to talk. Between that and her ability to discern the best time for things, this girl has serious abilities.

8:26 Ella and Ashley finally talk about what's going on with their daughters. It's nice to see the adults getting involved, isn't it? Except Pam, of course. She's in Texas.

8:33 Note to Ezra: bringing a bottle of scotch to your girlfriend's father is not a recommended way to broach the topic of dating his 16-year old daughter. And, I'm sorry fans of this couple, but their pairing is gross and unnatural.

8:35 Never has a field hockey stick discussion been filled with more subtext.

8:37 Spencer to Aria: Think about what this means. Aria: I'll think about it. Okay, phew. I was afraid she wouldn't think about it.

Hanna: Is this a gay thing?
Emily: No. It's a brain thing. | permalink

Okay, that made me laugh.

8:39 Who is in for The Lying Game? (Really hope my former rugby teammates didn't see me with my hand raised.)

8:44 Oh, Peter Hastings. You may be sketchier than your late son-in-law.

8:46 Aria is sort of cheating on Ezra here, isn't she? There is such a thing as an emotional affair.

8:47 This chat between Jason and Ezra is more awkward than when Emily came out to her parents, or whenever my friends find out that I wanna watch The Lying Game.

8:51 A little Caleb background. I like it. Sketchy vs. criminal? Honest vs. suicidal? A secret only for Hanna? Good stuff.

8:53 Can you burn a field hockey stick? I don't mean morally. Mr. Hastings has proven the answer to that. I mean literally. It's 90% carbon and 10% kevlar. Doesn't seem like great kindling to me.

8:59: Ohhhh, the Mike storyline comes together. Jenna is crashing at Garrett's? Put the pieces together, Aria!

Overall: a strong episode. Having Aria's parents organize a dinner that included Ezra and Jason felt forced, but I'm happy to see some suspicions raised about Garrett, and over the girls by their mothers. This is a small town. It's just impossible to believe that secrets can remain buried for long. Heck, even field hockey sticks can't!

What did you think of the hour and of the live-blogging format?


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I like that the mothers got together to see what is wrong with their daughters. I do not think that Ezra and Aria is gross but I think she needs to grow up and stop being so immature. Spencer dad may be hiding something but so is Jason.


Blog format is lamenand lazy! You were just tOomtired and uncreative to actually write a review. Aren't you supposed to be a journalist? I can watch the episode instead of reading a timeline. I mean are we have a history test or something? Come on grow up and contour job!


aria is 16 not 18, she is a junior


I thought it was pretty obvious that Jenna could see considering that in season one in roughly episode 5 or 6, she was seen by Hanna in the elevator applying lipstick on, whilst looking at her reflection in the mirror.


Good review, Matt. Your live blog idea is cool, and you should do more of them in the future. The highlights of this episode were Peter Hastings strange behaviour, Caleb's backstory, Ella and Ashley finally realizing that something's not right with their daughters, and the girls finally realizing that Garrett's not trustworthy. The lowlights were Hanna's parents sneaking around and the stupid Jason/Aria/Ezra love triangle.


I think the bottle that A injected that drug into was Emily's pain stuff.I'm not really sure because I only saw it for like a second.

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@Matt I like the live blog! Fun idea. And Emily seriously is a better cook than whoever cooks for the Van der Woodsens. She might even rival Dorota.
Caleb and Hanna are the best part of this show. I'm sooo over Ezra Fitz and Aria having to change herself or hide herself to be with him. It ain't gonna work kids, onto the next one. My favorite part was surprisingly with Ella and Ashley. Like hello? Finally you realize that something shady is happening with your kids? These two need to team up because Pam is Pam and it's obvious that the Hastings parents cannot be trusted.


oops..something wrong with my "y" ***guilty/not-guilty***


finally less questions more answers :D... ok i love Ezra but i really need Aria to get together with jason haha.. the thing about ezria is that i think Aria is too immature with him.. i mean she got all upset over the whole "we're at a funeral so cant be together" thing..i always find her to whine and be immature when something like this happens..And she kind of makes ezra the bad guy always.. theyre a really cute couple but i dont think it can work... + i totally like the Jason guilt/not-guilt storyline with Aria falling for him and vice versa.. but whatever happens i love PLL! it did have a couple weak episodes in the middle but its BACK! I really like when "A" only texts them or sends a message to them once otherwise it feels over done.. Over all LURVVED the episode


live blog idea =cool.... omg finally garrett is found out!

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Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 7 Quotes

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