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Pretty Little Liars Review: The Secret, and Doctor, Are Out...

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For the first time in ages, the Pretty Little Liars got a positive text message near the end of "I Must Confess."

Unfortunately, it was immediately followed by another A-bomb, this one informing the gals that the doctor is out and, we can only imagine, the revealing of their secret will have them in a lot of trouble heading into next week's summer finale.

The Gals at Lunch

For a penultimate episode, this hour was a pretty big letdown, don't you think? What did we really learn? What cliffhanger are you dying to resolve next Tuesday night?

Spencer's dad shed a bit of confusing light on the DiLaurentis family, while opening up the possibility that they're blackmailing him somehow, but I've grown tired of all this suspicion over Jason. At this point, I'll be more shocked if he did have a hand in Alison's murder than if he did not.

Elsewhere, let's go over the pretty little lessons we learned on Pretty Little Liars:

Kate is the world's worst schemer. Or Hanna is a major lightweight. Regardless, was that really her dastardly plan? To get Hanna drunk on her own accord? Yes, it worked out perfectly because it was written to work out perfectly, but considering how excited I was last week at the possibility of Kate being a true, evil nemesis, this was quite the disappointing start to the girls' feud. Someone needs to take a lesson from Blair Waldorf.

Maya is still smitten. I'm not leaving before my calamari wasn't a euphemism, was it? Either way, Maya clearly still has feelings for Emily and vice versa. These two are a much better match than Maya and Samara, as the latter came across more as a stalker than a lover. But what kind of future will Emily and Maya have if A is still getting between them? Open up, Em, things can't get any worse for you anyway.

Secrets, secrets really are no fun. Thank goodness the girls actually told Dr. Sullivan about A. It was getting tiresome and repetitive for them to continually fight this battle on their own. It was also a nice development to see the doctor actually... killed? Kidnapped? Harmed in some way, at least. And I don't say that just because I dislike her hairstyle.

I say it because A has to actually do something, doesn't she? Very little actual action is taken each week, just a lot of talking about the action A could take.

Adults might know best. Along similar lines of the girls confiding in the doctor, it was a welcome step for Mike to open up to his parents. We know of one dirty cop in town, yes, but the teens really should let their elders play more of a role in their dangerous lives. And the adults should wake up to the happenings around them.

So, as I asked above, what are you most looking forward to on the finale? I say it every week, but it bears another chorus now: The show should resolve this A mystery and move on. Sadly, there's absolutely no chance we'll learn A's identity next week (creator Marlene King has made the mistake of saying we won't discover it until the series finale), which takes away a great deal of drama.

But I'll just be happy if any significant development changes the game a bit. How about you?

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Maya said that she wasn't leaving before her calamari or whatever. but in the first season she went to dinner at Emily's and her mum served seafood but Maya said she didn't eat seafood. Calamari is seafood right? please tell me someone else picked up on this.

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I too hope Aria comes out to her parents next week. I personally am rooting for this couple. The storyline they had at the end of the summer finale in season 1 was great. The car scene was done well.
I think the storyline with A is getting dragged out however the whole show is based on the storyline of wondering who A is so I highly doubt they'll reveal A until the series finale. That could be several seasons away. I have to wonder if the writers know who A is. LOL

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but yes it does feel like they are trying to drag this 'A' mystery for awhile

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OMG I WANNA KNOW WHO A IS!!! I hope they reveal that in the finale and create new mysteries about the actual killer in the new season. The books are awesome, however having watched the show first I expected the books to be the same as the show, or the show to be the same as the books, but they changed the storyline drastically. I do like the show better:) Can you believe Mona was A in the books??lol

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You can't drag a storyline on forever without plenty of interesting side stories. PLL isn't doing this. At least we got decent development on the A story this episode. The A story may just be a part of a larger and older story/conspiracy based on Spencer's Dad's comments. I'm thinking that Spencer's Dad might have fathered Allison or had an affair with her/killed her or Spencer's Mom may have killed Allison after finding out Allison and Spencer's Dad were involved.

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That was quite good episode imho, Spencer's idea was pretty clever and likely to be true but where is Wren?! We all want to see him getting dirty with Spencer. btw, Tony buttoning up his shirt while getting out of his truck - priceless ;D

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Well they could do like the books and reveal someone as A and then bring in someone else to take up where A left off...The thing is that I am thinking that unlike how it plays out in the book that maybe Jason is Spencer/Melissa's brother, meaning Mr. Hastings had an affair with Ali's mom. Seriously though the books (there are now 9 of them, with 3 more on the way) give them plenty of content and plenty of ways to keep it interesting. They could get six or seven seasons out of the books or more.

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Where are the girls mothers in this? A few episodes ago I really thought they would get involved. But where's that storyline? I'm getting tired of al the loose ends....

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I think the bitch Kate wants to get between caleb and hanna

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 11 Quotes

I am now officially done eating. Forever.

Spencer

Could you please move your stick? There are people trying to get past you.

Emily [to Jenna]
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