Pretty Little Liars Review: Revelations

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"Misery Loves Company"... and so do the dumb apparently.

Just to be clear, I thought this week's episode had a lot of really great components. There were interesting character reveals, emotional moments and great turning points in the narrative of the show. Granted, we didn't get a lot of progress on the central mysteries, but the hour helped set up the trajectory of the rest of Pretty Little Liars Season 3.

Building up the direction of the newest plot revelations can sometimes be a tiresome chore for this series, and it leads to a lot of boring, going-nowhere episodes. But not this time.

Toby in a Towel

HOWEVER, I'm having a lot of trouble understanding how these girls can still make such stupid decisions. It's borderline embarrassing. Most of the time, I can suspend my disbelief when the ladies do something reckless and dumb, even though they should know better by now. But they should know better by now.

How many death threats/attempts and crazy situations do they need to be involved in before they make better decisions? Aria runs away from Meredith and has maybe a few seconds lead on her pursuer. She stops to make phone call, and when it doesn't work, she continues to stand there...why?!? Hanna (who frequently makes bad decisions) and Emily come to check on Aria because they are suspicious of Meredith. Then they follow Meredith down to the basement and then let her get behind them as they walk down the basement steps. WHAT?!?

It's frustrating because it just seems like sloppy writing for those scenes. These contrived attempts to drum up suspense drive me crazy because I'd like to think the liars are a little smarter since embarking on this A-game. Now that that's out of the way: on to the episode!

Poor, poor Spencer. We knew she was going to find out someday, but did it have to be on their anniversary? Her attempt to make a surprise dinner for her boyfriend really backfired when she discovered proof that he was connected to Mona. Her suspicious were confirmed when Toby showed up to her house in the A-hoodie to collect the key that one of the As (I'm guessing Mona) dropped while terrorizing Hanna. It was awful to watch her fall apart, but it seemed a rather pleasing sight to Mona.

I'm sure that Mona had something to do with Spencer finding out about Toby. At the beginning of the episode, she asked Toby if Spencer knows and commented on how good Spencer is at keeping secrets. She must have been the one to drop the key, knowing that somehow it would get back to Toby. Mona seems ready to punish the girls in any way possible.

Yet, Mona's not in charge. She is. But who is SHE?

Could it be Meredith? She seems unstable, but definitely not calculating enough to be in charge of the A-team. She wasn't very crafty about drugging Aria and searching the house for the diary pages. Was Meredith really concerned about Byron or was there something else she doesn't want the police to know?

Is Ali the mysterious puppet-master? Byron left her alive...with a very angry Melissa (more on that below). Hanna thought she saw the reflection of a blond girl with a red coat (Ali?) before walking in to the fake interview at Corin's. Aria is the final liar to have a very vivid vision of Ali in her bedroom. Are these Ali appearances just hallucinations or are the visions trying to tell them something?

Byron's confession to Aria convinced her that he wasn't responsible for Ali's disappearance, but who was? Puzzlingly, the night of her death, Byron saw Melissa walk out of the house and say to an unnamed person on the phone, "What do I have to do, call 911 to get your attention?" Who was she talking to?

So we have some new directions for the rest season. Spencer will be dealing with the Toby fallout, but let's hope she doesn't backslide into sleeping with him again as the promos for next week seem to suggest. We'll have to find a new suspect for Ali's murder. And figuring out who's behind the A-team should occupy more of the show's time.

Also, we have the pleasure of watching Caleb and Paige team up to take down Mona. Unfortunately for the liars, this means uncovering the dirt Mona has on all the girls. The plan makes sense; take away Mona's power over the girls is the only way to make them fess up to the cops about A's continued harassment. However, I feel like I can't really trust Paige. It was sweet of her to say that all her fear and anxiety is less about herself and more about Emily, but somehow it felt a little off to me.

Let's not forget that Paige was one of the few people Ali was afraid of.


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I find the fact that Ella didn't go check on Aria after her not picking up the phone very disturbing.


A TEAM A for allison
T for toby
E for ezra
A for aria
M for mona


The notion of not trusting Paige seems a little off considering she's redeemed herself in several different ways and proven her innocence outright in 3a, they covered her past with Allison and just because Cece said "OH ALLISON WAS TOTES AFRAID OF HER" doesn't mean anything, lbr.
On the subject of Cece, THAT'S someone you should be suspicious off.
Also, R, had this show had any other writing team it would have been a failure from the get go and been cancelled before the end of the first season- the writing team are probably one of the best on TV today in my opinion (and for an ABCFamily show? incredible).


THANK YOU! I'm glad I'm not the only one dumbfounded by how STUPID these girls are sometimes!
The writing is so incredibly pathetic on this show sometimes it's laughable.
3 seasons and these girls still do these dumb ass things! Come on!!
Who the hell writes this show?!


Just like Nick said, I also think it was Toby who attacked Hanna because Emily saw Mona hanging out after school.


Poor Spencer so shattered.How dumb lets go to the basement I thought
Hanna would do something.


I just have this feeling that Ali is 'A'... I mean firstly that twin story he told Halloween season one was so about her, of he did indeed kill that twin then maybe her parents hid the twins body under the house so Ali wouldn't go to jail.. Then thu share the same DNA so that could be Ali? I know that the cops said Ali died of a blow to the head but who is to say 'A' doesn't have loop holes here to?! Ali could have flacked her death cause she was so scared of whomever and now she is the leader.. I mean who else could A be that would make us all so shocked and so amazed? Unless its actually Aria or something. But so doubtful.
I hope we find out why Ali chose each of the four girls to be here friends.. All I'm saying is why do the girls keep seeing Ali everywhere???


Great episode. But I'm pretty sure it was Toby who dropped the key since they made mention about a hole in his pocket earlier in the episode.


Poor Spencer!!!!! God why are they killing my Spoby?? :(((((( I also dont trust Paige... something is just not right with her


I also do not trust Paige because A need somebody for each of the little liars to trust which is: Toby for Spencer, Lucas for Hanna, Ezra for Aria, and Paige for Emily. I think they need to start realizing that you cannot trust anybody who had a past with Alison. It always great to see Alison again and feel we do not get enough scenes with her anymore. I still hate that they ruin my Otp since I only have Haleb now.

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Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 16 Quotes

Spencer: Is she threatening to cut your face off?
Emily: Or throw acid at her.
Hanna: You guys, come on.

That b*tch can keep a secret. I respect that.


Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 16 Music

  Song Artist
Melissa etheridge shout now Shout Now Melissa Etheridge iTunes
Song Salty Sweet MS MR
Matthew mayfield a cycle A Cycle Matthew Mayfield iTunes