Pretty Little Liars Round Table: "Over My Dead Body"

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Is it all over for the Liars? What about Toby and Spencer, Aria and Ezra?

In this edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table, Editor-in-Chief Matt Richenthal is joined once again by staff writers Carissa Pavlica and Teresa Lopez as they break down the above issues and more in response to the intense Pretty Little Liars summer finale. As always, reader feedback is encouraged...


What was your favorite scene?
Matt: The appearance of those dolls, for two reasons: 1. Dolls are scary; 2. I enjoy the utterly ludicrous ways that A is stalking the girls. She projects film in to gravestones, she breaks into fashion show soundtracks, she can create talking toys. To paraphrase one of my favorite Anchorman quotes, the Liars shouldn't even be scared at this point. They should be impressed.

Carissa: Caleb's simple diss to Kate: "But you should know it gives you back fat." Perfection.

Teresa: I have to agree that Caleb's verbal bitch-slap was amazing to watch. Having Caleb back was not only great for Hanna, but for the viewers as well. I loved watching him put the cocky Kate in her place, especially since it involved back fat.

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Is this it for Spencer and Toby?
Matt: The classic "I'm breaking up for you for your own good?" No chance. Unlike Wren's tongue down Spencer's throat, that reasoning never sticks.

Carissa: No. They have a true love for each other. They will find a way to be together for sure.

Teresa: I feel bad for saying this, but I kind of hope so. I'm a little bored with Toby and their relationship seems so "blah," even though they have that whole rich girl/poor boy dynamic. Wren seems like a more exciting possibility for Spencer and he is so much cuter. Here's to Wrencer! Or maybe Spren?

Is Alison alive?
Matt: No. The show specializes in scenes that are simply meant to mislead the audience. Emily's dream was an example of this irritating pattern.

Carissa: At one time I thought she was, but Emily definitely had a vision and not a meeting. She was still with her as she came to. The missing page of the autopsy report and whatever Jenna did to her concern me, though. In short: I don't know!

Teresa: Nope. In the modern era of DNA testing, it would be difficult for the writers to say the body discovered was actually another one of A's tricks. And if they tried, I'd lose all respect for them.

Should Aria have threatened Jackie with the plagiarism charge?
Matt: No. I wrote it in my review and it bears repeating now: the girls constantly do whatever A threatens. Just once, wouldn't it be refreshing to see them NOT give in? It might help lead them to A's identity, forcing him/her to take some sort of actual action, as opposed to mostly sending text messages.

Carissa: She didn't have a choice. A isn't one to mess around with. Was Jackie the body they uncovered? Or was that a mannequin? I was unclear on that. If it's not Jackie, A will take her down eventually.

Teresa: Yes, it was totally necessary after what she overheard. I just think that Aria should have been more bitchy about her ultimatum. Maybe then Jackie wouldn't have turned it around on her.

Give this summer season a grade.
Matt: A for the relationships, as it's been fun to watch the progression of Aria and Ezra, Toby and Spencer, Hanna and Caleb, as well as the revolving door of girlfriends for Emily. But F for A herself. This storyline is played out and there's no logical way to wrap it up. No show can survive on a single mystery. Just resolve A as best you can and put her in the past, PLL. The angle was a strong way to establish the series and the character, but now it just feels forced and, literally, impossible to believe. 

Carissa: Enjoyability factor, A. Answers and story progression, B-. Time to expose A and move on to a new mystery!

Teresa: I would give it a solid B+. There was plenty of drama and lots of exciting over-the-top moments, but not enough revelations and far too much evasiveness about A's identity. Just tell me who it is already!


1. Caleb's burn was, of course, the best scene in my opinion.
2. If Spencer and Toby break up it will kill both of them. Wren is cute...ish but his personality is so annoying and wrong! He goes away for twenty eps and then suddenly comes back? No. Not a chance. I hope be goes back to FarAwayville.
3. Haha, yeah right. Too many clues lead to her death. They outweigh clues that lead to her still being alive. Besides, that'd be too scifi.
4. No, because it wasn't in Aria's nature to do things like that, but obviously Jackie deserved it.
5. It deserves an A-. There were those cliché moments that made me want to gag and then there were those Oh-my-gosh-this-is-effing-crazy moments. The A storyline is getting a little boring but that. Is. The. Entire. Point. Of. The. Show. End of story.


just dont believe the relationship between ezra and aria its so un realistic im sorry but we just dont get young fit teachers like that its for shock values reli jason all the way and i want spencer with wren and we need to know who A is its been dragged on way to long


1. Best scene has to be the dolls. That was creepy, especially when it started given the tasks to do. I'd probably break down in tears if I had one of those things, but that's probably my phobia of them. 2. No, it's the end for Spoby and I'm not just saying that because I love them. They just have a connection and the fact that she broke up with him because it was for his own good and that A made her just shows that it is not over. Besides, I can't stand Wren, he's a bit too perfect for me and I just don't like the guy. Also no matter the case, he was still Melissa's fiance and that's still weird. I would never do that to my sister, not matter if he had a British accent lol. Spoby is going to get back together, it's just a matter of time. 3. No. An autopsy was done and you don't just do an autopsy on the doll, people aren't that stupid. Alison is dead. 4. I would have threaten Jackie just because I don't like her but Aria thought someone's life was at stake if she didn't do it, how could she ahve not threatend her? 5. I give it a B+. It was enjoying to watch and the relationships other than whatever the hell is going on with Melissa was enjoying to watch. Though,I don't want to flat out know who A is, I want a big enough clue that us watchers will be able to know who is A and not just 'pretty eyes' and then once we know than have the liars figure it out. And Alison's death, Jenna and Garret weren't the only ones involved and I just want to get that story.




I completely agree about wrapping up the A storyline. It's getting annoying. I also agree with Teresa about Spencer and Wren - they seem way more interesting than Toby and Spencer. I just get annoyed with the guy's acting and the way he talks. Plus, he's kinda boring. With Wren they at least have the family complication aspect - way more drama. As far as Emily's vision of Ali - I just hope it's not the book's version!


1.Best scene: caleb and Kate! Great scene! But the best scene was the Emily in the car scene, with a messed navy!
2.STobi: I love them but this stupid cheating storyline and I wanna protect U will just drag along! I hope they get back together they are great!
3.Alison! I think she is dead! But maybe she has a lot of scars from the encounter with Jenna and Garret!
4.Aria! They played Arias story right, she isn't a bad person! And we all know she coulnd't pull it off!
5.Season 2 part1: an overall good season really nice! But the answers are missing! And if they want reveal A till the end of the season I stop watching it!


I'm done with the Ezra/Aria thing. I keep feeling the hair on my arms stand up, every time there's danger of the adults finding out. It doesn't help that Aria looks like one of those toddlers dressed up for a pageant, either. It's not that I don't 'believe' the feelings of love between them are genuine; it only feels right when the two of them are alone. Once anyone else is in the scene, it starts to feel weird to me.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 12 Quotes

I found a way to survive my secrets, but everyone I care about gets hurt.


Hanna: You don't think her ear is in here do you?
Emily: That's a big box for an ear.

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 12 Music

  Song Artist
Too pretty to say please Too Pretty To Say Please The Wooden Birds iTunes
Give it all Give It All Right the Stars iTunes
With wings With Wings Amy Stroup iTunes