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Pretty Little Liars Review: Projecting the Past

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If you were after mystery, suspense, surprises and humor, "The Devil You Know" was the Pretty Little Liars episode for you.

Before I get into all of that, though, all me to say one thing: WTH?!? I know I should be focused on the discovery that A was still alive when Ian left her, but I'm sorry. I was mostly laughing throughout that scene at the sheer lunacy of a projector depicting this information on a gravestone.

That made the reveal a bit hard to take seriously, didn't it?

Liars at a Funeral

Still, such a stretch of plausibility doesn't change the overriding fact, the question that will dominate PLL for the rest of the summer: If Ian didn't kill Alison, who did?

Also: How can Aria think wrestling is on Tuesday evenings? It's called Monday Night RAW. Sheesh!

Even if Aria isn't up to date on her WWE knowledge, though, I appreciated the allusion to it, as well as mentions of Nicki Minaj and Dolce & Gabbana. I also may fight Hanna for Caleb now that I know his affection for Goonies.

It's always fun when a show tosses out pop culture references. It makes it feel fresh and modern, even realistic. This is how people talk, after all.

Of course, jokes about Britney Spears' touring partner were far from the only development on "The Devil You Know." My hands hurts from scribbling down so many notes, but let's go over what we learned on the episode and how it might affect the near future:

We know what Jason did last summer. Or at least someone claims to. While Alison's brother has seemingly gone from shady to sympathetic overnight, his conversation with Aria shed lots of light on Jason. But is it murderous light? I say no. Still, it will be interesting to see how he reacts when he learns that Ian was innocent.

He wonders if his parents think they lost the wrong kid?!? Ouch. Can you imagine having that thought in your head?

What's up with Mile? Nice call back here to those garage break-ins. I often fear that PLL is throwing so much out there that there's no way it can answer every question. It came through here, while expanding Mike's role.

Is this the end of Aria and Ezra? Don't bludgeon me, Azra Shippers, but Aria is just really immature. Or she's just really 16. Either way, these two should not be dating. She couldn't wait at his apartment a few weeks ago and got mad because he was at a meeting that decided his future employment. And, here, she can't seem to understand why introducing himself as her boyfriend, to her parents, prior to a funeral, would be inappropriate.

Can anyone say Jaria? Or Arson? I'd like to see Aria move on to someone her age.

On the flip side of the maturity coin, we have Spencer. Loved her speech about moving on from the past and focusing on those who are still here. But I wonder about the inquiry she posed at the end of the hour: Why would A help us when we know A ultimately wants to hurt us?

Do we ultimately know that, PLL fans? Isn't there a chance, just some chance, that A is on the girls' side?

Review

Editor Rating: 4.8 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.6 / 5.0 (71 Votes)

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I like Aria and Ezra together more than Jason by far. The Jason thing is out of left field and forced. Ezra could most definitely be 22 or 23, and I would guess 25 at most. While their relationship was I illegal while he was her teacher, it is now legal. If you ignore the poor circumstances under which they got together, Ezra seems very good for her. I'm not sure if you are meant to think they have had sex yet or not, but if not then I would say Ezra is great... Kind, encouraging, supportive, well educated, traveled, free thinking, honest, understanding and he loves Aria for all the right reasons. Jason is creepy, a slacker, relatively uneducated, one to follow the crowd instead of being himself and don't forget Melissa had his passport and we have no clue why. I will be very sad if Aria goes for Jason. She is too good for him. And I wonder what is up with Mike.. Is -A messing with him, too? And he told his mom to stop washing his sweats.... We know he was seen in them twice.. How many times has he been the one in the hoodie?? And is he the one who put Melissa's ring behind the toaster?

Fortyseven

I liked that they're tying stuff together. Spencer didn't look in her purse/look through her purse in the duration? Plot hole. The guy with the projector has the same build as Garrett, I find.

Damonelenaftw

For me, I don't like the whole Aria and Ezra relationship not because of age because as we know Jason is at least a few years older than Aria if not more. It's just that the two do NOT have a good relationship. Yes, I will admit that kiss in 2x02 was f*cking epic but besides that, there relationship just began to bore me around the middle of season one and even then, I could tell that Aria just isn't good enough for Ezra.

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At R, Ezra could be 22 or 23. Teachers go to college for four years. If he were 18 when he graduated from high school his first year of teaching he would be 22, his second 23.

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I don't know why but throughout this i kept thinking who a could be (probably so was the rest of the world) but my mind kept going over spencer . could she be just secretly evil?? perhaps she has an unknown sidekick? jeeze thats crazy but look what pll is doing to my brain!

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N - there is no way that Ezra is 22 or 23. Sorry...no way. He would not be a teacher at that age. He's at least 25.

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A was around when Alison was killed - it's the same handwriting in Jasoon's note and the suicide letter.

Danielle50

I will always be for Aria and Ezra and I can already see that they are throwing Jason in the mix. I do not think Aria and Jason will make a great couple and the fact that he is creepy. Hanna, Spencer, and Emily would have a harder time dealing with that fact being that they do not know why he really came back and why now.

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Oh, and @MS : It's really not that hard to cut a video before its end...

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I really don't understand how Jason is more age-appropriate than Ezra for Aria. I get that, since he was never her teacher, he'd be much easier to introduce. But Jason, Ian and Melissa are all supposed to be about the same age, and since Ian and Melissa got married and Melissa is pregnant, and it didn't seem like they were too young for that, I'd say they're all at the very least 22-23, basically the same age as Ezra...