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Pretty Little Liars Review: One Squirrelly Evening

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After two weeks of waiting, we finally got to see Jenna's big "coming out" birthday bash.

Unfortunately, this Pretty Little Liars episode was disappointingly slow-paced with very few exciting revelations.

"That Girl is Poison" seemed like it was building to an interesting and crazy climax at Jenna's party, especially with Garrett being released from prison the same night. But all those expectations were let down when the party turned into kind of a bust. Usually after slower episodes like last week's "Birds of a Feather," the series returns with a much more excitement.

Too bad that didn't happen this week.

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When it comes to the A mystery(ies), what did we learn in this episode?

  • Someone drugged Emily with powerful sleeping pills the night Ali's body was stolen.
  • The same pills used to drug Emily were found in Lucas's camera bag, along with some negatives. But we don't know if any of those negatives contain the picture of the girls standing over Allison's grave.
  • Someone took Emily's jacket that night and then donated it to the church's charity drive.
  • Garrett left a note with his mother that said, "April Rose has the proof." Was the note for his mother or did he know Spencer was following him? Who is April Rose? 

And that's about it. It's not much to go on, and these little reveals only open up a whole new set of questions. It was rather frustrating to expect some wild drama at the party and end up with a rather bland evening.

Well, not totally bland. Emily and Paige are trying to reconnect, but things went sour when Paige got waaay too drunk at the party. It was odd that she felt the need to drink at the shindig anyway. It felt more like a plot contrivance so that Emily could find out about the drugs in her flask. Though I'm sure they had a better time at the party than they would have had watching that Katy Perry movie.

So, how do we feel about Emily and Paige hanging out again?

Ezra and Aria were present a lot during this episode. As a real couple, they had to deal with a real problem this week instead of constantly worrying about being caught in public. Ezra is having some financial difficulties, and Aria is trying to be helpful without, as Spencer puts it, taking away his nuts. Ezra isn't too happy with her helpful sandwiches, and it causes a bit of tension between them. Looks like they'll have to resolve some actual relationship problems.

Oh, wait! No, they don't! Luckily, Ezra gets a job that solves his financial crisis, and he buys Aria a very expensive camera. It's nice that he's employed, but it would've been nice to seem them deal with some real world issues for once.

In other Pretty Little Liars news, Lucas has developed quite the dangerous demeanor. He's been pretty surly lately, but I thought he might really hurt Aria if she didn't let him into the studio. I'm glad Ezra arrived to defuse the hostile tension between them.

Jenna seems to be getting cozy with Nate. Is she on the prowl for a new boyfriend or a new minion?

Speaking of on the prowl, Ashley met someone at the church charity drive. Her flirty banter with Ted was very adorable. Now, we just need to find someone for Ella.

Also, was it just me or were there a lot of really great Pretty Little Liars quotes this evening?

Review

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we didn't learn anything but good episode.Nate seems suspicious.don't know why but i just don't trust him.and what is up with lucas? i mean every episode he just goes on being weird and shady and suspicious and i wanna know what his part in all of this is already!

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was slow and steady but good eps

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I actually really enjoyed this episode and think Pretty Little Liars is at its best at times like this. Last week, I agree that the episode was so slow it was almost nap inducing, but this week felt there was a regular steady pace. I think Ezra is lying about getting the job. Everything just seemed to fall into place too easily and Lucy Hale spoke about how Ezra would tell a lie this season. Something weird is definitely going on with Maya's cousin although I have no idea what. As for Lucas, I think his whole story line is just a red herring.

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I love Jenna and I would have been glad to go to that party. If I was Jenna I will be mad that somebody was sticking their fingers all in my desserts. I still undecided about Nate. I thoought the girls already knew that Garrett did not do it bit I guess not. I love Spencer and Toby scene.

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I was thinking the same thing about how many good lines there were, especially in the first half. I disagree with your assessment that this episode wasn't full of action though. It felt pretty intense to me, even if I didn't know what to make of all the discoveries or what the implications mean. The four liars were all making their own discoveries, and we'll only find out what those discoveries mean when we put the pieces together. One thing I'm sure of: this puzzle is getting very messy!