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Pretty Little Liars Review: A View from Above

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Another new character and another new mystery. Pretty Little Liars deepened the plot this week, and a mere two episodes before the season concludes.

"Eye of the Beholder" was both fun and frustrating. There was just enough drama to keep me glued to the TV, but not enough action to make me completely satisfied with the episode. That seems to be a pretty common occurrence for this show mostly because its success is built around keeping secrets.

Toby and Jenna

BUT we did get to some insight into Alison's final days. Apparently, she was spending a lot of time with a boy named Duncan. Although they met while she was disguising herself as Vivian, their flying excursions helped Ali remove the multiple masks she wore and just enjoy being high above everything that bothered her. It's hard to imagine Ali not scheming away at some high school intrigue or orchestrating dramatic scenes like a classic mean girl.

However, this gave us a chance to see just how deeply affected she was by the harassing messages from A (or Melissa???).

It was disappointing that Duncan offered only a little bit of real information about the mystery surrounding her death and disappearance. So she got to Rosewood early... and then what? Did she really go to that Rosewood concert in the gazebo? Was she meeting someone?

No answers yet, but Duncan did say that she figured something out during her time at Hilton Head. Maybe this newly acquired knowledge was the reason for her murder.

Meanwhile, Jenna and Toby returned and stirred up all sorts of emotional turmoil for Spencer. Spencer tried to talk to her ex, but he was clearly still upset about their breakup. In between staring longingly at Toby and trying to find some useful clues in Ali's stuff, Spencer managed to be flirting with Wren (again!). If she wants to be so friendly with Wren, she shouldn't be so upset when Toby acts coldly to her.

Spencer's obviously confused by Toby's sudden helpfulness towards his step-sister (weren't we all?!?), but I thought it was arrogant to think this development was all because of their split. Toby knows who Jenna is; he's been manipulated by her enough over the years. Maybe he doesn't have all the information he needs to see the danger, but who's fault is that?

Also, I think the girls are always a little too quick to forget that they actually did some damage to Jenna. They blinded her. It's true that they didn't actually pull the trigger on the prank that led to her condition, but they were just as responsible. Toby was right to remind Spencer that Jenna does deserve some sympathy. She definitely shouldn't be trusted, though.

Jenna also shouldn't be so trusting. Someone lured her to Jason's house and trapped her inside with a raging fire. The fire was clearly meant to mimic the one that stole her vision, but who is trying to hurt Jenna?

We have a number of suspects. Garrett was seen driving quickly away from Jenna's house just before the girls got a mysterious fire-related message from A. However, the final scene - showing A dropping an incriminating badge - might mean that Garrett is being set up to take the fall. Jason claimed to be hours away from the house when the cops called him, but have we ever trusted Jason completely? Mona was also peeved that Jenna took Noel away from her, and where has Noel been these few episodes?

And in other news, Ezra finally popped up in this episode just to say that he isn't taking that job in New Orleans. Ezria fans rejoice! Ezra won't be scared away, and things seem a little less hopeless for the couple.

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    i don't know why but i think alison is alive since the beginning of the show and it does make sense. i mean it

    Snow-not-so-white

    Oh... and one more thing. How stupid you must be to get into a plane with a complete stranger??? Seriously?
    And it's ironic, 'cause Aria is the one who acts so grown up -.-'

    Snow-not-so-white

    I also think it's Mona!

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    I'm pretty sure A is Mona. Let's review all the facts.
    A is born in 1994, it says so on Doctor Sullivan's file. Ella saw A at school at the ending of one episode. She would obviously have to have a lot of money to do half of the things she does to the girls. The only time I couldn't figure out was when her and Hannah were in the woods, other then that all signs point to Mona. The waitress said A had pretty eyes at the end of another episode. Mona has good hacking skills...I mean all evidence points to her. I thought for sure they were going with the twin plot but now that I think about it is is prob. Mona.

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    I got that info from another website:
    { In a recent interview, Keegan Allen (Toby Cavanaugh), when asked if he ever thought Toby could be "A," said, "I did think he was going to be ‘A,’ I did, and I still don't know if he's ‘A’ or not, that's how crazy it is." }

    The interview must have taken place after they filmed the season finale. If this is true, we are DEFINITELY NOT going to find out who A is for sure but get another piece of half information. I would be so pissed. I'm sick of getting "clues" that only lead to more questions, enough with that already.

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    ughh I HATE Ezria! apart from that I loved the rest of the ep! Someone is trying to kill Jenna and frame Garret..I think probably A is a grou of people and they want Jenna and Garret out!
    PS: I never understood how they could be such bitches to Jenna..if I had blinded someone I'd feel really guilty and responsible and be kind to them for life

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    Ok now everyone please sop saying that A is gonna be the same as the books! Bcuz I'm positive that its not! Why would they have the same person be A that would be so freakin boring cuz everyone that reads the books wouldn't wanna watch the show and vice versa! I still have lots of suspicions on who A is so I'm not gonna say anything yet. I also believe that maybe they aren't gonna reveal who A is cuz how many times hav we seen an episode when they make it seem like there gonna reveal A... Alot! And guess what! They never tell us they wanna keep us in suspense! But who knows maybe they will tell us but if they do I bet they will tell us but not the girls. And if they find out then A will know they know and do something to them before they can tell the cops... Come on guys were not that stupid! But all I gotta say is I love PLL! Best show ever(:

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    @S I know it isn't fun to know who A is in the books before reading them, but in everyones defense the books have already gone through multiple A's so if you haven't read them by now you can't blame people for talking about them. And I went into the book series knowing who the original A is and it didn't ruin reading the books for me at all...there is so much more to the books than simply the A story line and even knowing who it is its still interesting to read about the girls going through trying to figure things out.
    @Rosie if you are going with the pretty eyes thing then I think A is Noel, Mona in a previous episode right after they broke up went on to talk about his eyes, I really am just hoping its not him because I don't think that was the best way to go, I don't think anyone even cares about his character and he is there one minute and then gone for weeks on the show.

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    Why did Aria get into a PLANE with a complete stranger? Did that bother anyone else?

    Aquariuz

    Snooze-fest attack! Seriously, where's the action! I LOVE PLL, but this kind of episode made me question myself. Lots of witty dialogues as usual though. I think the episode will be better if it leads us to how Jenna was trapped, how she was knocked down, how the fire started, screaming for help, instead of Hanna just "accidentally" run into her. And Hanna-Toby, since when? It will make sense if Emily is the one trying to talk to Toby. And the Pilot Duncan? Meh. So much lines, so little clue.
    And I hate how the girls doesn't realize "A" has to do with the fire based on the text, "Where there is smoke, there is payback!". But what 'payback' does A own Jenna? Weird...next episode should be better than this.




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