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Pretty Little Liars Review: Muddy Waters

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After two solid episodes, Pretty Little Liars faltered a little with "Let the Water Hold Me Down." For two weeks we've seen plenty of action, drama and suspense, as well as fewer pointless plot diversions and red herrings. Despite promos that imply a lot of huge revelations here, instead we got an episode that uselessly paddles around in the muddy lake water.

It was filler through and through, which was a little disappointing. Hardly any new information was revealed, and most of the characters were acting pretty mopey. I was really hoping things would get clearer by now, but I guess it is a little too early in the season to give away all the secrets. Although, at least one would be nice!

Emily vs. Hanna

The episode focused mainly on Hanna and the depths of her suffering at the hands of A (that's a tad melodramatic, I know, but so is Hanna). As I said last week, Hanna kind of overreacted to the whole row boat situation and the entire thing really soured her on Lucas. Despite his loyalty and generosity, Hanna quickly turned on him and suspected he will try to hurt her, which I think is a little unfair.

However, nearly drowning and being harassed by A (especially with a creepy model boat in the bathroom sink) is enough to make anyone a little cranky, so I can forgive her for being a little paranoid.

Hanna's frightened and combative attitude this episode caused some big problems with both her best friend and her boyfriend. While I can understand her preoccupation with Lucas and attempts to keep Caleb out of danger, I thought it was just plain rude (and selfish!) that she would work to fix her issues with Caleb, but wouldn't bother calling Mona. Obviously, she does have a lot on her mind, like losing her precious homecoming queen photo and being stalked by psychopath called A.

But Mona even tried to contact her after Noel dumped her, and Hanna still didn't call her friend back. Honestly, I thought it would have made Hanna seem a little less self-involved if she'd at least texted.

The big reveal - Lucas is a very bad gambler - was a surprising but not altogether satisfying resolution to the lake house incident. I feel bad for Lucas, and I wonder what Hanna's attitude will be towards him now. Her only response was, "You're not who I thought you were," which could be either a positive or negative comment. Either Lucas isn't a good friend, or Lucas isn't A's minion.

How do you think she meant it? Is Lucas hiding anything else?

The only other minor information revealed was that Garret signed Jenna out of the rehab center the night Allison went missing. We kind of already knew Jenna and Garrett had something to do with Allison's death after their little chat at the police station last fall, but it's another necessary link in the chain of evidence.

I was more intrigued by the different perspective we got on Jenna as a person. Her former rehab friend thought very highly of Jenna, calling her determined and helpful. She was the reason he stopped wallowing in pity. Just like in the Halloween episode, I find it easier to see Jenna as a more sympathetic character.

Do you think Jenna has any redeeming qualities or is she just pure evil?

In romantic news, Emily and Maya are dating again. They are adorable together, although Emily should be careful of setting the standards of honesty too high when she's keeping some pretty big secrets herself.

Aria's failed attempt to see Ezra at an Arthur Miller play was sad to see, and it really made me think the show might be splitting up Ezria for much longer than I thought.

Anyone a fan of newcomer Holden?

Review

Editor Rating: 3.5 / 5.0
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Rating: 3.9 / 5.0 (86 Votes)
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I just wanna know who this "A" is?!!!!

Fortyseven

Very poor episode. I liked Spencer/Mona's scene.

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i agree that hanna was way too quick to hit lucas the episode before and i'm happy to see that his character has been redeemed, although it makes things just a little more boring, i really like lucas. and for some reason all my earlier favourite characters are starting to annoy me, first emily, then spencer, now hanna, aria is fast becoming my favourite liar now and i used to hate her. i don't like maya either, personally i even like paige over her.

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Unless they are going to reveal that Lucas was lying that was such a waste of a plot

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this episode wasn't as good as the other ones, it lacked action
spencer seems to be the only one determined to find A
i don't like maya at all, she has something that makes me think suspect...
the halloween episode and its previous episode (because of the twins story and the conversation between emily and alison) made me think somethig crazy: alison is alive. i know, it's imposible
missed stoby

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Mona was great dumping on Hanna.Hanna getting freaked out by the boat in the ladies.Spencer is good at finding out secrets.
Lucas such a gambler.

Pablo2203

This episode was so bad! I really expected more, how lame was lucas's storyline?

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Whoops I meant 'when it comes to Lucas'*

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I think Hannah can be pretty relieved when it comes to lucky. He wasn't trying to kill her ! And he obviously cares about what she thinks so she should just go easy on him. When I saw Aria and Ezra n front of the theater I thought that they would finally talk but it didn't happen :( Holden seems nice and willing to help Aria but I wonder what's his secret lol. And I agree, Spencer seems to be the only one determined to find A.

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i think holden might be gay... thats what he meant when he said everyone has secrets...

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 16 Quotes

Laugh now, but I'll be sending you a hand-written "thank you" note for letting me interrupt your conversation.

Holden

God! Why isn't anyone allowed to have a damn secret?

Hanna

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 16 Music

  Song Artist
Jenny-and-tyler-as-long-as-our-hearts-are-beating As Long As Our Hearts Are Beating Jenny and Tyler iTunes
Mimi-and-teft-fairy-tale Fairy Tale Mimi and Teft iTunes
Shannon-curtis-boomerangs-and-seesaws Boomerangs and Seesaws Shannon Curtis iTunes
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