Pretty Little Liars Review: Pulling the Strings

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Last week's "Will the Circle Be Unbroken?" tried to set up tonight's game-changer without giving too much away. Spencer's complete character transformation has been completed, so what does she really have to lose anymore?

Unfortunately, once she started following Mona's clues, I had a sneaking suspicion she had finally decided to take Mona up on her offer. So, I wasn't too surprised when she pulled her own black hoodie out of her pillow case.

That's not to say that "I'm Your Puppet" wasn't an entertaining episode, but lately the strings are very visible. The show is about manipulating our expectations to shock us with surprising twists and turns. However, many of us fans have gotten used to this routine and started questioning everything, as well as looking for the subtle (and not so subtle) clues.

It's beginning to feel like Pretty Little Liars will do anything to keep us on our toes...except gives us more grounded answers to our questions.

Spencer at Radley

So Spencer's joined the A-team, and this little development will definitely be a huge part of the season finale next week. Despite proclaiming that she wanted a break from everything A-related, it seems she really just wants a break from being the constant victim of A's tauntings and threats - and really who could blame her? But what does this mean for the other liars?

However, I can't get around the fact that Spencer is still being incredibly selfish, just like when she waited forever to tell her best friends about Toby. Maybe she's working another angle here, but she doesn't seem stable enough to handle much of anything. At least her quiet searching at Radley did reveal some pertinent information.

It seems like no one really trusts Wren. Things were pretty frosty between Eddie and Wren, but who's the real problem here? My money's on Wren, but Eddie is the newcomer. And just what is CeCe's role in all of this? All of the new information about CeCe indicates that she didn't have such a great friendship with Alison and may have had a lot of reasons to get rid of her.

I'm also beginning to wonder if the writers would really kill off Toby just to shock us. In the Pretty Little Liars Round Table, I said I thought it would be shame if Spencer never got to confront Toby, and that maybe Toby was just faking it. But we won't know until someone finally identifies that new body. (By the way, I thought it was a total a waste of time to have an extra "John Doe" in the morgue. Seriously, what did that accomplish?)

There was also far too much going on in this episode. Aria loses Malcolm. A sets up Jamie. Shauna keeps texting Emily. Well, maybe that last one wasn't too important. Gosh, they really are sidetracking Emily a lot, huh?

Aria finally came to a mature decision when she considered breaking up with Ezra. I'm surprised she didn't realize sooner that her presence in Malcolm's life would make him a walking target. A doesn't play fair, and I'm just glad the worst she (going by Alison apparently) did was take him to a puppet show. Ezria fans will not be happy about this one, but we should have seen it coming after Aria denied dating Ezra last week.

The whole Jamie plot may not have really helped us solve an A-mysteries, but it was sad nonetheless. The bell incident finally gave Caleb a reason to unleash years of pent up anger. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like Jamie deserved it. Hanna probably doesn't even know which problem to worry about first. And seriously all these issues are making it difficult for her to focus on anything.


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The John Doe body Emily & Hanna saw is the detective Spencer hired to follow Toby. It's really subtle & I'm sure many didn't even notice, but on imdb it confirms it's him & he's dead, A must have known he was following Toby & had him killed.


I could kinda see this coming however there's a small voice in the back of my head saying 'it's all an act so she can get closer to A'. Far fetched I know, but this is the PLL after all...


Did anyone else notice the T.C.W. with three stick figures underneath n mona's map?


The main reason I watch the show is for Ezra and Aria. Really for Ezra. I don't know how much the show will keep my interest if they are broken up for good. The whole A storyline has gotten so convoluted that it's barely keeping my interest anymore.
I think it's a good possibility that Spencer is joining the A Team to get answers from the inside. I don't think she's actually doing it so she's not on the losing team anymore. I think being that she's the smartest one of the bunch, she finally figured out she will get more answers and put an end to it if she's on the inside. While she's not normally one of my favorite's, it's a smart move on her part if this is indeed the case.
Someone mentioned that it could be Jason's body they found. I hadn't thought of that and will be disappointed if it is. Not that I'm hoping it to be Toby either but I think it's time we get more answers than questions.


Spencer is currently my favorite of the liars. We always complain about how characters like Elena in TVD never seem to be affected by negative events but we can clearly see an effect on Spencer and how these events will develop her as a character. In my opinion she's the opposite of the weakest link; she is the only one that's close to finding out more information about A. I love the fact that she is now a part of the A team and I hope we get to meet more of its members through her and just how the members of the A team interact within the group and how they accomplish all their "tasks". Although I normally don't like Aria, I think her breaking up with Ezra for the kid was actually one of the smartest things she's done all season (plus... not a fan of "Ezria"). Hanna complaining about her boyfriend/boyfriend's daddy problems in a morgue while visiting and looking at dead bodies was really low... honestly only watching to see what happens to Spencer at this point.


I'm sort of hoping Emily and Paige break up. She was attracted to an African American girl once before why not another I have never liked Paige. What she did to Emily was really an assault. I honestly think if it had been a guy who did that to Emily people would not have been rooting for them to be with emily. Remember Paige getting pretty angry when she saw nate & Em kiss. I really hope Toby is not dead and maybe he was working with the A-team to protect Spencer somehow. It's time for Ezria to end. Realistically they should not have been together. Aria is under 18 right? Ezra is a nice guy but a h.s teacher should have never been dating one of his students. I suspect melissa killed Allison in part because the actress who plays Melissa is now going to be on Army Wives and they may have to get rid of melissa.


hahaha i cant stop laughing at this review. SPENCER is the selfish one? she's sick and tired of being a viictim, and she wants to end this, for her AND the other girls. hanna is the selfish one. she was completely rude and insensitive when they visited spencer at radley, and even when they were SNEAKING INTO A MORGUE she couldn't stop checking her phone and whining about jamie and that goddamn bell. hanna is by far the rudest and most selfish character. and this is coming from a fan that considered hanna her favorite character in seasons 1 and 2, and who initially didn't like spencer at all. now spencer is the reason i watch this show, she's smart, clever, badass, and actually the most protective and unselfish character.


This show should really start giving answers (that are true) because I'm getting annoyed by the fact that every little thing is made into a mystery.


So I thought it was interesting that when Spencer went down to the basement (or in the doll room) where she "saw" Alison, all of a sudden it was Wren... it is that a subliminal (sp - sorry terrible lol) message?! I was like woohhaaa maybe this is a clue? He is sneaky and what did he mean to Eddie Lamb about when he said we aren't going to have the same issues are we? Yeah and I agree with the other blogger about Melissa - weird how Wren mentions her... I still don't think Paige is innocent - she dunked/drowned or tried to drown Em before! She is hateful and revenge is her middle name.. Yeah where did CeCe go and why did she want to see Mona? Maybe to see what the heck was going on because she is incharge and is mad that Mona got locked up... maybe that is why she visited her?


I just have one burning question... Why is it that everyone in the "A" group always wears the exact same thing every time they're sneaking around? In particular, the red coat chick. Can you be ANY more conspicuous?! Do they each have just one "bad guy" outfit only???

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Pretty Little Liars Season 3 Episode 23 Quotes

Shuffling around in Mona's old slippers isn't going to get her any better.


They don't make a loofah that scraps out the inside of your head.