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Pretty Little Liars Review: When Dolls Attack

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After weeks of patient viewing, Pretty Little Liars really kicked it into high gear with an hour packed with tense drama, tragic romance and one of the creepiest doll scenes ever!

"If These Dolls Could Talk" brought us back to that scary doll hospital, introduced us to some new characters and revisited our usual suspects. With the big reveal just a week away, tonight's episode gave us a lot of teases about A's identity. BUT it's up to us to look really closely at each suspected A. 

First off, how unnerving were those scenes in the doll hospital? The owner was extremely unhelpful (and we definitely found out why), but the biggest clues (or misdirects) came from a little boy named Seth. He claimed to remember Ali and to know who was after her: a dark-haired woman and man. When he said the girl was not blind, the girls began to suspect Melissa. It seemed easy to dismiss him and his apparent visions... until he mentioned that Ali died from breathing in dirt.

That little piece of information wasn't released to the press and it was something only the killer would know. Or a psychic? Could Seth really "see" things? Paranormal matters have never really been a part of this teen drama, so it's kind of weird that the show would head in that direction now.

Girls on a Mission

Plus, once we were treated to that terrific scare in the basement, I began to doubt Seth's psychic visions. Then A showed up to pay off his partner for the damage to her dolls. It's possible the whole thing is just a ruse to terrify the girls and us. Well, it certainly worked! The little horror puppet show in the cabinet was so disturbing that it pushed the girls into doing the one thing they've refused to do so far: go to the police.

The whole incident really got the girls focused on Melissa. Even Spencer, while still be hesitant to tell the cops, had to finally reveal her parents suspicions about Melissa and the fact that Jason was her half-brother. In a surprising move, she showed Melissa the video and waited for her response. What she got was threat that seemed to confirm her all her worst fears. But is Melissa really A?

Hanna seems convinced, especially after offering up Caleb to make out with Mona as a trap for Melissa (a hilarious scene!). But Aria was right to point out that if Melissa was A she certainly wouldn't have admitted to texting Ali at all. Or that might have been a clever misdirect on her part. She seems very suspicious and she's really refused to directly answer any of Spencer's questions.

However, we shouldn't forget Jenna. Early on in the episode, it looked like Jenna was very disappointed at the failure of her surgery to restore her eyesight. She made a seemingly heartfelt apology to the girls, asked them all to move on and mentioned that she wasn't the one they should be afraid of. Emily wasn't sold on this change of heart, and neither was I. However, the girls might fooled by Jenna's manipulative ways, which spells disaster for everyone.

Because Jenna can see. Plus, she set up Garrett rather nicely by giving Toby the missing page from the autopsy report. She knew what Garrett gave her outside that interview room, and she knew she wasn't going to destroy her only leverage against Garrett. That's probably why he's been parked outside her house watching her and waiting for her to make her move. Jenna seems like the most obvious suspect, but couldn't she be A?

There are other suspects, of course, but these two women were the focus of tonight's episode. Garrett was arrested, but did he really kill Ali (alone or with a partner)? And it seems certain that whoever A is, he/she isn't working alone. So, who do you think it is?

In other news, it seems the celebration for Ezria fans was a little premature. Aria's parents briefly considered sending her to school in Vermont, until she hit back at them with an even bigger tantrum. It's true that her parents have made her love life very difficult, but I believed Ella when she said she was only trying to protect Aria from some unknown threat by the name of A. Aria couldn't accept that and her threat to expose her father's affair with his student really destroyed her family dynamic.

Obviously, Byron is in no position to judge his daughter's relationship given his past behavior, but two wrongs do not make a right. The whole scene was very ugly and made it seem like this relationship has destroyed Aria's character. However, her threat ended up being for nothing because Ezra is fired and now has zero job opportunities in Rosewood. Their relationship ends not with a whimper, but with a bang... metaphorically speaking. As Ezra tries to find the way to say goodbye to Aria, they're relationship gets a lot more physical. But, just how far did it go?

I also had an odd thought about the way tonight's show opened. Spencer saw Ali poking through her bag and urging her not to overlook an important clue, but we were left wondering if Ali was really there. A similar thing happened to Emily when she nearly died and to Hanna in the hospital. With each Ali appearance, there seems to be more uncertainty about whether these are just dreams or if Alison is really alive.

Could she be messing with their heads from beyond the grave or did she somehow fake her own death?

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Best Episode EVER.... That Dolls and the boy who looks like Chucky were so creeepy. I Love it

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@S The legal age to have sex in the US is 16, but Ezra being WELL over 18 and Aria being under 18 crosses this rule and makes it illegal for the two to kiss, let alone have sex. It's statutory rape and Ezra's ass can do SERIOUS time.

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I don't think Mona is A. Remember when Emily was touched by an A-ngel at the spa ? At that time, Mona was horse-riding with Hanna and her crazy step sister. I'm suspicious A is Aria, or Ezra. Just a hunch, I got no solid proof :D

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this really did a number on aria's character. i love it though and i wouldnt have changed it. she was too perfect and goody goody. every other liar is doing really shitty things to everyone else. hanna lying to her mom constantly. spencer is practically trying to throw her whole family in prison and emily just threw maya under the bus.

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Ezra cant be A. the whole world loves ezra. this show isnt done yet! everyone would not watch the remaining 2 seasons. i have my money on wren. he fits the profile. I absolutely love mona i would hate to see her be A. she's so adorable and sassy. my first guess was sean but he fell off the face of the earth. they pretend he never existed. mona didnt even mention him when she was complaining to caleb about being jealous of hanna. sean was after all the quarterback or whatever.

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Personally, I think its Ezra, because there are some good clues. And I also think it's Maya, because she's not around when all the madness happens, therefore she could be anywhere. And I do agree, it could've been Ezra and his ex girlfriend who the boy saw in his vision! I cannot wait til next monday!(:

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I too think Ezra is A!! One HUGE clue is when Noel writes "A" on his paper in front of Ezra. Ezra looks so terrified! Beucause Noel knows who he is...? Also Noel once said Ezra something like "Oh so this is your teacher look" (Ezra was wearing a vest and a tie or something like that). What else look would he have?? ;)

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I've been telling my friends that Ezra is "A" for a while now. And they keep saying that I'm crazy. I've read clues all over the internet like the ones "anna-elina" posted. Ezra is "A" !!!

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Phew. I will eat my hat if it's not Ezra!! :D I really love Ezra and Aria together though so it would be sooo sad and wrong if he was just pretending the whole time. Remember the interview with A where A said the she/he only want's one person to know who she/he is? I think the one person is Aria! Maybe he really loves her and trusts her enough to tell... Hmmm...SO EXCITED FOR NEXT WEEK.

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Gah, there's just so much clues that there's no way I can write them all down :D But here's a few: -Aria sending a text to Ezra about his beautiful eyes - a lady calling A "pretty eyes" in the end of the same episode
-A learning french - Ezra wants to take Aria to a french restaurant in the next episode
-Word "daisy" on the chalkboard in Ezra's class - daisies on Allisons grave
-In the early episodes Aria wants to come inside Ezra's apartment - Ezra won't let her
-Ezra worked at Rosewood high - could easily spy on the girls
-When Ezra went to New York, the girls didn't recieve texts
-Why was he at Ali's funeral?
-Ezra owns a type writer and A has sent letters written by a type writer
-Remeber when the girls got the Ding dong the bitch is dead -flyer? Well, Ezra JUST rode his bike past them before they got it
-He's around the same age as Garret and Melissa etc. He could have a history with them. We've never seen them together have we?

Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 24 Quotes

Hanna: What's in the bag?
Mona: Shower gel. I need to scrub off ten layers of shame.

We don't need to get all freaked out over a newsflash from Casper the friendly host.

Aria
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