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Pretty Little Liars Review: The Big BetrAyal

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OMG! Or should I say O...M... A?!?

If you haven't seen the summer finale of Pretty Little Liars, stop reading and watch it right now! I guess it goes without saying, but SPOILERS AHEAD!

"The Lady Killer" was the kind of finale we deserved at the end of last season. It had just the right amount of mystery, suspense and revelations. The episode might have left us scratching our head and contemplating some new questions for the winter season, but it gave us some unprecedented access into the world of A.

A Kiss for Spencer

First off, let's deal with the big reveals! While many of us anticipated some of these events, it was still amazing to watch them unfold onscreen.

Emily was isolated from the start of the episode. From all the press surrounding Garrett's trial and her disagreement with the other liars, it seemed like all these forces united to make her vulnerable. But why on earth would she go to a cabin with Nate?!? Given his odd reaction to their kiss (and the fact that they kissed to begin with), it seems unusual that Emily would turn to him for some alone time in the woods.

Honestly, this was as bad a decision as Spencer's in the last finale. Isolating yourself from your friends and being alone with someone you barely trust (like Nate or Mona) when someone is out to get you is not smart. Naturally, in the spooky remote cabin in the woods, Emily figured out who Nate really is: Linden James, former True North boyfriend of Maya, as well as a creepy stalker and murderer. Were you surprised?

How scary was Nate when he popped out of nowhere? Emily said he scared her half to death. To which he replied: "Not really, but I will." *Chills* His plan to kill Paige as punishment for Emily stealing Maya away didn't come to fruition, but his untimely death did release Garrett from prison finally.

Garrett's release was particularly important because it seems like that was part of A(s)'s plan. Paige was suppose to be set up for Maya's murder, but she never made it to that cemetery. No doubt the girls would have totally believed Paige was guilty since they had already decided that she was A. The plan the As came up with would have worked if not for Nate. So it's up to Mona and ...TOBY!... to figure out how to get Maya's phone back from Paige because they still have a lot of work to do and a lot of evidence to cover up.

That's right, Toby is the other A! Shocked? Angry? Confused? Or some combination of the three?

Some of us might have seen it coming for weeks, but I didn't really want to believe it was possible until I saw this episode. Spencer's reunion with Toby was quite the romantic scene. There was so much attention paid to their love scenes, highlighting the importance of their first time (some may say it wasn't their first time, but it's the first time it's been onscreen) and the love between them, that I couldn't help but feel that she (and we) were being set up for a big betrAyal.

The whole thing was oddly reminiscent of Scream - a girl sleeps with her boyfriend only to find out he's the psycho who's been terrorizing her. This revelation also kind of explains why there hasn't been as much A damage directed towards Spencer.

This big revelation will definitely send most of us running back to the earlier episodes to really pay attention to Toby. The scenes between Mona and Toby were really important because we finally got some insight into A's plans. We know how they intended to set up Paige and why. We just don't understand the motives yet. And we know where A's next target is going to be, the Halloween train.

Oh, and equally shocking but also expected was poor Caleb getting shot. I'm still not sure exactly how it happened (we didn't really get any information about it), but once he brought that gun into the episode, it was evident that trouble was afoot. Coupled with the earlier scenes of a hysterical Hanna made it easy to guess that Caleb would be the victim. I applaud him for trying to protect himself and Hanna, but the gun was not a smart move and leaving it unattended was even more ridiculous.

In the midst of all this exciting drama, Ezra and Aria managed to suck out the suspense in the episode by returning to the Maggie situation. It's not that I don't care about Ezra's love child, but it's really frustrating to watch Aria react to the situation.

When Maggie showed up at Ezra's (an event which our very own Leigh Raines predicted in our Pretty Little Liars Round Table), Aria wasn't worried about the fallout for Ezra but for herself. She doesn't want to get in trouble for having lied in the first place and seeking out Maggie. Maggie is in a very difficult position, but she's not lying for selfish reasons like Aria; she's trying to do what's best for her child. The whole thing made we want to yell, "Grow up, Aria!"

The finale was satisfying, but it did leave us with some big questions:

  • Why did A warn Emily in that cabin?
  • Why do the As care if Garrett is released? Is this for Jenna's benefit? Is Garrett guilty of some other crime?
  • Why would Toby work for the A team? 
  • How was Mona able to escape so easily? Where did she get that access card?
  • What's in Maya's bag that's so important?
  • How did Caleb get shot? Did Nate briefly return to life for one last scare or do we dare suspect that Emily might have had something to do with it?

And it looks like we have some great thrills to look forward to with this year's Halloween special. Can't wait for October!

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god, i love spencer and toby, i was really disapointed when i saw him as A. But than i remembered that one scene from season one, when Spencer is running and she sees Toby in that alley, and he was crying because everyone were avoining him and giving him the hard time because everyone taught he killed Aly. Remember that? If he was on A team, you really thnik that he would care for that? People on A team are evil and cruel, people on A team wouldn't cry in some dark alley, so i honestly don't thnik he is one of them.

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i think Toby is on the A team but the protect the girls and trying to figure out who Mona is working for, but the question is how long has he been on A team, cause Toby and Spencer are like one they love each other every much, and he maybe called Emily to tell her to get out of the house and at the end when the girls got the call "Emily i owe you one" what does he/she mean by that i'm still trying to figure that out myself i got confused when i heard that from A, that was probably Toby and he is still on the Liars side but working on double side to protect the girls... i hope i'm not wrong, cause i love Toby and Spencer together their my favorite couple and i don't no else with Spencer or Toby..

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@Niki
- If Toby is an accomplice with Mona then
who was the 'RED JACKET' girl in the last
season finale?
Ans: Last week we saw 2 A's while Mona was in the hospital! There are many A's to discover.
- When the girls entered the cabin, Paige
was not there...her hands were tied
together. How did she disappear in
minutes?
Ans: there were 2 cabins. The girls went to the wrong one.
- What made Caleb suddenly go to the
cabin?
Ans: he figured out that A is just screwing with them and thought A had Em!
- They haven't kept Ezra and Wren in the
show for no reason. Ezra has become
boring and Wren needs to stop eyeing
girls below 18! There is definitely more to
them!
Ans: doubt they are team A!
- WHAT IS LUCAS's STORY? Ans: hopefully we find out in S3 part 2!

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Did anyone else notice the rocking chair in a's lair I noticed it but didnt want to put two and two together Toby working with mona I think he either thinks spencers guilty or working some agenda

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I have a few question... - If Toby is an accomplice with Mona then who was the 'RED JACKET' girl in the last season finale?
- When the girls entered the cabin, Paige was not there...her hands were tied together. How did she disappear in minutes?
- What made Caleb suddenly go to the cabin?
- Is Emily apart of the A team as she loved Allie and love can make you do strange things? :s (I hope I am wrong)
- They haven't kept Ezra and Wren in the show for no reason. Ezra has become boring and Wren needs to stop eyeing girls below 18! There is definitely more to them!
- WHAT IS LUCAS's STORY?...still unanswered by the show & what was in the negatives which Aria had stolen from him? Not satisfied at all! Just more questions! :(

Lusilva

I'm still not sure that this wasn't some kind of red herring but if it isn't then there has to be another A. First because I don't think Toby would ever wear a jacket like the one whoever visited mona at the end of season two had and there's something i found odd too in this episode. If we already knew the identity of the other A (A.K.A. Toby) why would he use some kind of voice modifier to get those tickets to the Halloween party?

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I was sort of hoping that Ezra would be the 'BetrAyer'....but God forbid they make perfect little pedophile Ezra bad! Sheesh. Enough with those two already..move on. And saying that Aria should 'grow up'. UM...she's 16yrs old! Stop thinking she's going to act like an adult just because she's sleeping with one. She is just a teenager and she's acting like it.
Poor Spence - oh well - move on. I don't think Emily shot Caleb...why would she do that? I think Nate got up and took a shot. Guess we'll have to wait.

Ritam24

toby...is A. god i hated it when they revealed that. spencer and toby are my favorite couple on the show and they're the only second couple ever i have ever shipped on a tv show. my first ship was dair on gossip girl and that was totally massacared and now spoby is headed that way too. i always thought toby loved spencer earnestly and with all his heart, i just hope that all that is not made to look like a lie and fake and toby has some genuine reason to be in the A team. please it seems im cursed and i can never get my ships to last. Alas!

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Maybe Emily shot Caleb so she could say it was Nate who shot Caleb, because they were afraid the self defense story wouldn't stick.. Toby begin on the A team was a really big shock to me. I suspected him in the first season, but didn't still think it could be him. So I still don't really believe it until I see more of him. I do like it that we now know a bit more than the liars do. Can't wait for Halloween and January. And the Ezra-Maggie story.. I don't really care.

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I laughed so much when Hannah says to Caleb with the lamp at hand "I almost killed you" and Caleb says "With a pink furry lamp Hannah?!" :D (Btw, he has a key to the house???) I also liked the conversation the girls had at the start of the episode at Spencer's house trying to point to Paige being A. The girls where having an analytical conversation just like we analyse all things together lately in the comments. I felt connected. lol.

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 12 Quotes

Three against one, A wins.

Emily

Uh, drugging yourself is the best alibi ever. Classic Sharon Stone move.

Spencer

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 12 Music

  Song Artist
In-my-veins In My Veins Andrew Belle iTunes
The-hawk-in-paris-freaks Freaks The Hawk In Paris iTunes
Bear-attack-the-backpack-song The Backpack Song Bear Attack iTunes
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