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Pretty Little Liars Review: Off the Deep End

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After a few weeks of so-so episodes (last week's being the most frustrating), I anticipated some real action in this case. Especially with all the great promos.

And, yes, "Out of Sight, Out of Mind" delivered the action - but it also brought the crazy. I mean certifiably crazy.

The increase in intensity and drama, which will hopefully propel the story forward, was very much appreciated after wading through one tepid episode after another. However, wasn't this a bit much? Will we look back later on and think of this episode as the one that "jumped the shark?"

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Spencer's decision to finally open up about the Toby problem was way overdue and I was surprised they weren't more upset about it. Instead, they were sympathetic to her situation because it is pretty awful to find out that the person you loved most was just faking it to mask his blinding hatred for you and your closet friends. And how does Spencer respond to their delicate treatment?

No surprise here; she continues being awful. Naturally, Emily has some trouble accepting that her once close friend could be A. Of course, Spencer has been there and done that; yet, she has no tolerance for Emily's false hope, even laughing in her face. Perhaps she was even speaking directly to Spoby fans when she said, "You need to stop thinking about Toby as the person that you thought you knew and start looking at him for who he really is."

But Emily has a good heart and needs to hear this from Toby directly.

So it was a good start to the episode, but then things started getting a little strange. I think what bothered me most was that the signature sin of the main characters - bad decisions - was amplified to a humorous degree.

For instance, why couldn't Emily take the extra time to look at that picture of E. Lamb? She was distracted by that text from "Toby" and never looked back. Nothing is ever as it seems in these girl's lives, so you'd think they would double-check things like that.

Why would Ashley listen to her teenage daughter about the Wilden situation? Wait, I mean, why would an adult listen to a teenager who has put herself and her friends at risk by hiding dangerous information several times?

Then after her mother places a lot of trust in her, why would Hanna do something as stupid as putting the car in the lake? Why did Aria just let him happen while saying it was a bad idea? Let's take bets on how long it will be before the car is discovered. Oh wait...a fisherman already put a hat out of the lake.

Having both Emily and Aria comment on the ridiculousness of the decision doesn't help either. It's like the show's writers know this is a dumb idea, but they're going to do it anyway.

Hey, wouldn't it be funny if Wilden's body was in the trunk?

But I kind of think Wilden's body is being put to good use. When Spencer found that body in the woods, I waited for her to take off the mask. Someone was obviously camping out in the woods (Toby probably), but it seems strange for him to just be hanging out with his helmet on. But Spencer was distracted by the mental breakdown that's been a long time coming.

And she loses it and she ends up in Radley. Really?!?

It seemed more like a convenient excuse for the show to get out of having to really identify the body to the authorities and leaving the girls (and us) guessing about Toby's fate. It struck me as super ridiculous and contrived.

I'm not totally convinced that Toby is dead. The tattoo was supposed to be the identifying feature, but I'll believe it when I see that body's face. I think it's Wilden's body being used to help Toby get some anonymity back as A. Did you notice the gravel on his hand? Seems like the kind of thing that would happen when you're hit by a car out in the woods. What do you think?

But that wasn't the only contrived situation tonight. Maggie's move to Rosewood put Aria in the position of babysitter, and Malcolm's little accident seemed like the perfectly overly dramatic event to indicate how much of an outsider Aria is now. It appears Aria is getting ready to stop expecting Ezra to put their relationship first, which is the first mature thing she's done since this whole Maggie situation started.

With any luck, we'll start getting some real answers from Mona herself in next week's episode. Until then, check out Janel Parrish's interview for a few hints and teases about Mona and Pretty Little Liars.

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this season has lead the show to the most ridiculous and boring tv show ever

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Part 3: And Aria babysitting Malcolm: dumb. Not dumb that she offered to do it, since she was right there when the problem came up. But the kid is 7, so he shouldn't need to be watched every minute. So he was jumping on the bed when she turned to get juice boxes (and she didn't mention that to Ezra), but I don't think it's a given that a kid jumping off what looks like a double bed would fall off and need stitches in his chin (he could merely have had an abrasion). (I don't have kids, so I don't know for sure. Actually, it reminded me a bit of Kramer vs. Kramer.) And I bet he jumped on his bed at home, too. Finally, Ezra has been spending a lot of time with Malcolm (and Maggie), but he has not been told that Ezra's his father. So, if Ezra is not Maggie's boyfriend, then how have they explained to Malcolm who he is?! Long entry for me, but there were so many things to address.

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Part 2: Also, the video tape didn't totally implicate Ashely; Wilden looked pretty bad in it, too. I hate to think Toby's dead--and don't believe he is. For one, it's unlikely he'd leave a smoking fire to go off on his motorcycle, and the reason to have a helmet on is when you're getting on or getting off the cycle. Still, I see why Spencer though it was he; it's unlikely she had fake tattoos on her mind then. And Aria babysitting Malcolm: dumb. Not dumb that she offered to do it, since she was right there when the problem came up. But the kid is 7, so he shouldn't need to be watched every minute. So he was jumping on the bed when she turned to get juice boxes (and she didn't mention that to Ezra), but I don't think it's a given that a kid jumping off what looks like a double bed would fall off and need stitches in his chin (he could merely have had an abrasion). (I don't have kids, so I don't know for sure. Actually, it reminded me a bit of Kramer vs. Kramer.) And I bet he jumped on his bed at home, too. Finally, Ezra has been spending a lot of time with Malcolm (and Maggie), but he has not been told that Ezra's his father. So, if Ezra is not Maggie's boyfriend, then how have they explained to Malcolm who he is?! Long entry for me, but there were so many things to address.

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Having been a social worker who had to, at times, assess the mental stability of ER patients, I don't think that Spencer would have ended up at Radley quite that fast. She was in shock—and for all they knew it could have been drugs (she certainly wasn't coherent), so they would likely wait until they had more information. Also, they didn't seem to find Spencer's car, which suggests that 1)the police in Rosewood are pretty oblivious or 2)Mona did something with it. Hey,why wasn't Wren her ER doc and her Radley doc; he always seems to be lead doctor whatever medical issues arise! Also, when the PLLs can't find Spencer, why don't they call the hospital to see if there are any Jane Does? While we don't know about Melissa's role in all this, losing her sister might upset their parents. The whole car thing was weird. And pushing it in the lake was even weirder. Why? And along those lines, why had none of the police noticed that Wilden was missing, along with his car? Also, the video tape didn't totally implicate Ashely; Wilden looked pretty bad in it, too. I hate to think Toby's dead--and don't believe he is. For one, it's unlikely he'd leave a smoking fire to go off on his motorcycle, and the reason to have a helmet on is when you're getting on or getting off the cycle. Still, I see why Spencer though it was he; it's unlikely she had fake tattoos on her mind then. And Aria babysitting Malcolm: dumb. Not dumb that she offered to do it, since she was right there when the problem came up. But the kid is 7, so he shouldn't need to be watched every minute. So he was jumping on the bed when she turned to get juice boxes (and she didn't mention that to Ezra), but I don't think it's a given that a kid jumping off what looks like a double bed would fall off and need stitches in his chin (he could merely have had an abrasion). (I don't have kids, so I don't know for sure. Actually, it reminded me a bit of Kramer vs. Kramer.) And I bet he jumped on his bed at home, too. Finally, Ezra has been spending a lot of time with Malcolm (and Maggie), but he has not been told that Ezra's his father. So, if Ezra is not Maggie's boyfriend, then how have they explained to Malcolm who he is?! Long entry for me, but there were so many things to address.

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I don't think the body was Toby's, and I'm not even sure it's Wilden's, but my money is on that body being in the trunk of the car Hanna and Aria dumped in the lake. Now that Spence is in Radley, and Toby has access to there, he'll show up and Spencer will think she's seeing a ghost, the doctors will think she's going even crazier, etc. And as for Ezria, either make Ezra A-team already or stick a fork in the relationship and call it done! It's fricking BORING!!!

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You should totally start watching The Lying Game. It's a great show!!

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I thought Mona was not allowed to use a cellphone or have access to internet without supervision.. So how come she was using a cellphone in that scene where Spencer overheard her making some plans while stuffing that bucketload of money into her purse????? And would they really have killed such an important character in such an anti-climatic way?? I mean even Garrett's death had more intrigue

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Has anyone thought of the possibility that in fact that dead's body isn't toby's or wilden's but Cece's?? No grown man would have a tattoo on the back near to the ass for god's sake! I think it's cece and spencer just lost it because she thought it was Toby.
I've read eight of the series books and I don't like how they twist the show everytime, it's beginning to be a little tiring, my guess is we will all have to wait for it to end in a couple of seasons, cos it sure will lose a lot audience with this nonsense episodes we have to put up with.

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I'm sorry Tati, but you're giving these girls way too much credit. Their teenagers but they aren't 5 yr olds! They know the difference between right and wrong and by now they should no better than to commit a felony!! They should know that they won't get away with it. Don't excuse stupid behavoir.

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This show went way beyond ridiculous a long time ago. Tonights events were laughable. So Spencer gets picked up by police and they just throw her in Radley...don't even take fingerprints to find out who she is or notify family members?!! What universe do these writers live in?!
And I'm sorry but Hanna and Aria deserve whatever is coming to them for dumping that car. Unbelievable!!
I just can't get over how stupid the writers make these girls.
One last thing...A is killing people and attacking the girls...and yet none of them even carry mace!!
I thought that Emily went a bit overboard with her disbelief. She just basically dismissed everything her best friend said and didn't believe her. I understand not being able to wrap her head around it, but come on!
What this show needs is new writers.

Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 21 Quotes

You need to stop thinking about Toby as the person that you thought you knew and start looking at him for who he really is.

Spencer

Looks like someone's been skipping their anger management class.

Mona
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