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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I'm pretty convinced that Ezra is A. The clues are just all over the place! And they're not "obvious" clues like the ones with Melissa and Jenna and blah blah.
This episode made me think it is Ezra even more. Firstly, the little boy said that the girlfriend had dark hair. Well, Ezra's ex fiancee had dark hair (and it really is very similar to Spencers as the boy pinted out). Also Ezra getting fired was just pretty suspicious. I think they would have told us if it was Byron telling about him dating a student. Anyways, now Ezra would have lots of time to do all kinds of freaky stuff... CONTINUES IN THE NEZT COMMENT


A is no other then WREN!!!!!.there are few clues pointing to every character,so we all get confuse.but wren clues are way more harder to spot.


Regarding the end scene where A is paying off the doll lady, we saw it after Garrett got arrested, however that doesn't mean that it necessarily happened before he got arrested. We always see A at the end.
I am a big fan of Ezria. They are the main reason I watch the show. I hope this relationship continues. I can't imagine he wouldn't be a part of the show next year. I also hope that they finally had sex. If they did, I also hope it doesn't get swept under the rug and we are left to assume one way or another. I hope Aria talks about it to someone at least.
I also don't blame Aria for shooting back at her parents. Deep down she wouldn't have done it but it's nice to have a little leverage. While I am a fan of Chad Lowe, I'm not in love with his character on this show.
MONA is A!


A is Mona. I've never read the books so if she is in the books I'm not going by that. I just have thought A is Mona since the beginning. And last night seemed to make it even more real. Obviously she knows the girls were trying to trap Melissa so she sent the text (as she didn't have to give Caleb a ride home) and set up Melissa. It's also quite convenient that she gave Hannah a phone. I mean how would A get the number so easily. Easy if it was once Mona's phone. Plus Mona is supposed to be wealthy, correct? That makes it easy to pay people off. And to pretend she too is getting texts. I'm going with Mona. I'd be surprised if it is Garrett, Melissa or Jenna. They are setting them up.


@ S. I totally agree, I think it'd be awesome if Maya had a whole back-story we'd never heard of before; it'd add a whole new dimension to the show. And it's true she did have access to a lot of Ali's old things so it's not impossible that she couldn't have something to do with A if not be A. Mona has such a different personality to the other girls that makes her a more intriguing character so I think that her being A would be a great direction for the show to go in.


I'm still not certain Ali is actually dead! she might have faked her own death to escape A!
as to who A actually is. It has to be one of Mona,Melissa or Jeanna.
I really like Mona but after tonights episode she is my number 1 suspect, I was sure Hanna was going to find something on the phone she gave her.


Ok, then he could "only" get in trouble for being with her while being her teacher. I never understood why Ezra didin't get a job at Hollis right when he found out that Aria was his student. If he had left her highschool and quit being her teacher right away, nothing bad would have happened. Sigh. But that would have been boring without any drama. ;)
I would be super shocked if Ezra turned out to be A.


according to some theories, A is ezra in a wig!


aria is of age in the USA, the age is 16 (:


I'm not even the biggest Ezria fan, but I'm so sick of the discussions whether it's okay or not. I don't say they should ride into the sunset and live happily ever after, but Byron's behaviour (and Ella's as well) is just ridiculous. What do they think happens after Ezra's lost his job? That he moves away forever and Aria never sees him again? She's not 5 yrs old. Although I was wondering after this episode, Aria isn't 18 yet. Will Ezra get in trouble for sleeping with her? I'm not familiar with the law in the USA. If so, I think they should have waited until she is of age. It only makes things MORE complicated.

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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.