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Pretty Little Liars Review: Go, Team Taleb!

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Another week, another uneven episode of Pretty Little Liars.

"Crash and Burn, Girl!" showcased some more emotional drama for Hanna and some Scooby-Doo action from Team Taleb, but most of the girls had little to do. The "smash and bang" at the episode's end continued the show's pattern of waiting until the last minutes for any excitement.

Plus, I'm pretty sure all these "answers" we're getting are just a stall tactic.

Team Taleb

Hanna's appearances in this episode served mostly to underscore how lost she really is. She spends much of the episode looking devastated and red-nosed, which spurs her friends to come to her aid. Emily and Spencer put aside their differences for the time being, and the whole team raids Wilden's apartment for clues. Too bad their search yields only a box of rotten steaks and cryptic A message!

A more successful investigation is undertaken by the new dynamic duo on the show: Caleb and Toby. They both seem determined to solve all the mysteries around A, but Toby is still holding out on Caleb. Regardless, the two find out where Red Coat's plane came from and find another Red Coat (A?) minion. But can we really trust anything that Nigel Wright says?

Toby was smart to figure out that something was right with Nigel, and the lighter helped both figure out that Nigel was there the night of the fire. Nigel claims to have been paid to file a fake flight plan for CeCe Drake, but then he was seen talking to the mystery girl later on. I doubt Nigel would be comfortable seeing A or Red Coat if he just revealed her identity to others. So I don't think it was CeCe that night

However, we should explore the CeCe angle. The last time we saw her was in "Hot Water" when Wilden pushed her into his car. CeCe definitely seemed terrified of Wilden. In "I'm Your Puppet," Spencer found out that CeCe was visiting Mona in Radley. CeCe's definitely a liar with a long history with Wilden, but did she meet the girls at the cabin and help Wilden burn it down?

The problem is there are too many mysteries and too many suspects. It's really hard for us to trust anything when every new character harbors some secret. Let's run down the major questions:

  • Who's A? Or rather who's still on the A-team?
  • Who's Red Coat? Is Red Coat the same as A?
  • Did Ali really die? Who killed her?
  • Who killed Wilden? Who killed Garrett? (Was it really Melissa and Wilden)?
  • What is the connection between Jenna, Shana, and Wilden?
  • Who set the fire at the cabin? (Why would Wilden set the fire?)
  • What is Melissa's connection to A or Red Coat? 
  • Who visited Toby's mom?
  • Who's framing Ashley?

It's just too much!

Team Taleb might be able to find some answers to these questions, but I'm not sure we'll ever really trust them until the show's over. It's making Pretty Little Liars frustrating to watch.

Perhaps most fans will continue to tune in to watch their favorite couples. On that end, we were treated to some Ezria moments. Ezra's intervention on Mike's behalf shows that he still cares very much for Aria. Is the show hinting at an Ezria reunion in the future?

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I am not really sure that Ezra intervened on Mike's behalf or his own. Ezra clearly still loves Aria and he was outside open Mike night before the car was ruined too. Mike says he didn't do it but no one said Ezra didn't. Maybe he put on a high school sweatshirt (not hard since he works there) and then ruined the car. I wouldn't be mad if he did lol I love him and Aria!

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I don't understand these writers, instead of shipping off caleb to ravenswood, why not have him and toby find out A's identity and the whole truth (with Melissa and jenna and wilden, gareth and even ian) and have them threaten to immediately tell the liars but A kills them both in a dramatic shocking way before messaging the liars. Thats something i'd like to see! And what is up with this new A and them signing off every message as "kisses"? Its so annoying! This new A isn't nearly as scary as the one before.

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I love team taleb, they look like they're capable of finding out more answers then the liars themselves. Seriously, there is too many questions rising in this show, at this point,its getting frustrating because they are not being answered, only more questions arise!
And for the love of god, why is NOTHING happening to Aria? Seriously! Hanna and Emily's family lives are close to messed up because of A, Spencer has the whole Toby plot (and Melissa) but Aria, she gets slut shamed and thats the best that happens to her? Really! I have many other problems with her character but at this point, Aria is beginning to look like a wish-fulfillment character who gets zero character development and its irriating.

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i just want answers to, also can they just talk to mona some more seriously why don't they ask her more questions and there is still so many more unanswered questions from even season 1 and 2 like was she the one trying to frame ian? was she the one to show them the video of ian and ali on the night of her presumed death? and i am unsure as to want happen when emily was taken to dig up ali's grave? was toby there? Just talk to them both and maybe they will be able to see the big picture.

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at the end Nigel was talking to, who we can assume, was Jenna, based on the sunglasses and walking stick sitting on the table. so hes covering for her. I still think jenna and shana started the fire. o and what happened with Emily and the fbi lady with fake Emily mask video. u think that would have been brought up. and you would think after seeing emilys mom ok from the crash they would see who was in the car..so dumb but cant stop watching this show