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Pretty Little Liars Review: Stolen Hour

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Seriously? A whole hour devoted to cracking into Maya's website, and all we got were some way too intimate videos of Emily and Maya?

"Stolen Kisses" had the unfortunate luck of following two very strong episodes (especially last week's), which made its slow, meandering pace seem all the more annoying. There are still four more weeks until the Pretty Little Liars season finale, and it looks the writers needed a filler episode for this week's installment.

Ezria Kiss

The biggest drama of the evening involved Aria meeting Ezra's mother and finally figuring out why he doesn't talk about his family much. Ezra comes from money... a LOT of money. So much that his grandparents had a whole collection of priceless works of art that they just kept around their house. We knew that his mother's initial kindness to Aria wasn't going to last, and she didn't hold back when it came to scaring her off.

What sucked most about Mrs. Fitzgerald's comments was that they weren't completely untrue. Ezra and Aria's relationship has caused a lot of problems for both of them. It certainly didn't break up Aria's parents, but it did help expose the irreparable cracks in Ella and Byron's marriage. And Ezra has taken quite the hit in Rosewood since openly dating Aria.

Ezra's financial difficulties could be easily solved by his family's money, but he doesn't want to be associated with them in any way. After that scene between Aria and his mother, I'm not surprised by his standoffish attitude towards his loved ones. However, it does make me wonder how far he would go to avoid asking them for help.

What is the source of his mysterious new income?

While Aria is nearly scared off by Ezra's mom, Emily takes a huge step towards moving on with her love life. As she tries to apologize and explain the whole drugs-in-the-flask thing to Paige, Emily's surprised to find out that she stopped by Paige's house the night she was drugged. And Emily kissed Paige. At first Emily is confused by what happened, and Paige feels guilty about taking advantage of her that evening. But eventually, Emily realizes she wouldn't have smooched Paige that night unless she really wanted to.

That's a pretty safe bet in this situation, but it's kind of dangerous for show targeted to teenagers to send the message that being drunk just exposes the things you want to do deep down.

Emily's attempt to move on with Paige might reach a speed bump when she finds out what Spencer found on Maya's website. It seems like Spencer is the only one truly dedicated to investigating Garrett and the pesky little A problem. Luckily, she has some help from Caleb (and a little from Aria, I guess). Caleb breaks into the website, a task which takes pretty much the whole episode.

And what do we find on this super secret website? Maya's personal video journal. There was certainly enough on there to make Spencer uncomfortable and to renew Emily's grief when she sees it. BUT where was the information that "Maya knew?" Was it really necessary to make us wait another week to find something we could use to unravel the mysteries of the show?

The episode really stalled the forward momentum of the series, giving us very little to go on and answering zero of our questions. We found out part of what Emily did that night, but it didn't tell us anything about how she ended up at Ali's grave. The movie theater worker remembered seeing Maya get into Garrett's car the night she died, but weren't the charges against him already dismissed.

Hanna temporarily delayed A's plan to have Mona moved away, but that doesn't help Hanna avoid the blood test. And can we really trust Mona anyway?

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    i. marlene king already said that spaleb will never happen. she said that the core of this show is the girls' friendship and spencer would never do that to hanna. also that haleb will be back together soon enough.

    Dairblairtruelove

    I want to see more meaning...I want to know what happened to Maya...Lol this seemed so wrong all of a sudden...

    Dairblairtruelove

    What I liked about this episode :

    Lindsey and Emily, that final pool scene...CUTE
    Hanna and Mona : What a speech Hanna gave to the doctors...WOW I have few friends who would do such things for me. Hanna is THE BEST FRIEND EVER!

    What I didn't like about this episode :

    Why didn't Hannah take advantage of the fact that Caleb needed to help them to go see him and talk to him.....
    Hanna and Wren....I don't know...It seems weird that while Caleb is with Spencer , Wren is with Hannah...weird
    EZRA AND ARIA, OMG 3 years ! 3 years! 3 years and Aria doesn't feel strong enough about her relationship with Ezra and she feels threatened by his mother who didn't seem to care for him until now...
    Maya's personal video...Why does Spencer feel so wrong about this, there was nothing 'too' personal IMO. And I feel like they've dragged this enough, I want to see more!!!

    Spindae-2o

    I liked this episode! Cause they showed they can be a GREAT drama show without all that TEAM A drama!
    Emily's and Lindseys story was really sweet and innocent! I wasn't a fan of the 2 of them! Liked Em with Samara more, but Lindsey stepped up!
    Aria and the Mom in low! were so emotional Worked for me!
    Signs of spencer and caleb getting closer made this pretty interesting!

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    I meant I hope they make Jason a series Reg

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    I really like Wren and I do lOve Wrencer but it doesn't seem as that's happening :( but I like Wren & Hanna! I hope it continues and they make Wren a series reg. I hope Wren is not A!!! Sad about Jason tho I hope he comes back soon also pls make drew a permitted actor! Luv him! I was hoping for Jaria : ( dont like Erzia.

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    That will be wrong if spencer and caleb hookup spencer is with toby and caleb still loves hanna and spencer and hanna are friends If spencer and caleb kiss she will not be my favorite charcter anymore she just like kissing other people boyfriends will hanna and caleb aren't together anymore but still she is with toby and that prove she is not a good friend.

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    What was with all the spencer/caleb flirty scenes? Someone said that tyler blackburn(caleb) said his character will date more than one liar and from what i see here, its gonna be spencer. Especially with her being in a fight with toby. And hannah kissing Wren? wth...?

    Ava-mila

    I think part of the A-team is defintly Wren. He s the only one who could come in the basement of a mental hospital and tape what Mona said. He is trying to get closer to Hanna and he is succeding. His character is too misterious to be inocent.
    The others that I'm sure of are Melissa and Jenna, and then Garett-Noah-Ian-Mona.
    I thnk that Lucas is just a victim of the A-team, as were Maya and Alison. Maybe Mona was being used too, why else would she help the girls?
    Lucas' life could be in danger if he doesn't do what A wants and that's why he probably drugged Emily and left her on Ali's grave.

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    Ezras jobless &broke or was for a while.




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