Pretty Little Liars Review: Abracadabra!

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Whoa! Let's just take a minute and catch our breath, shall we?

Alright then. "Now You See Me, Now You Don't" was one of the most exciting episodes of Pretty Little Liars ever!

I want to be upset that it's taken a whole season of frustratingly boring episodes to get here, but OMG it was a great hour of television. Naturally, the show's writers could really work on not cramming so much awesome into one installment, but this one's almost great enough to forgive that. Almost.

Liars in Ravenswood

It was night of huge reveals, but it's always necessary to take the show's revelations with a grain of salt lest we be fooled again. So, let's take a closer look at what we learned tonight.

Ali is alive! Since Red Coat saved the girls at the lodge last season some of the liars have been convinced that Ali didn't die. Alison has popped up a few times over the course of the show, but who can really say which of those were dreams, delusions, or the real thing? Grunwald claims that Alison was very afraid of some mysterious person who was threatening her and used Grunwald's special "insight" to see things more clearly. The night she disappeared, Grunwald saved Ali and the teen has been on the run ever since. Could she really be alive?

I suppose Alison had a lot of enemies, but couldn't she guess that the creepy older guy she was dating might be bad news? Is "board shorts" the guy she's hiding from (also known as A)? Better yet, is Ezra "board shorts?"

Oh yeah, Ezra's A! After following Red Coat number 2, Spencer finds a much more high-tech A lair than Mona's from "Unmasked." With fan photos of Ali on the wall and very detailed timeline of his victims, as well as access to police and security system information, Ezra's place makes it easier to appear omnipresent and omniscient. With his family background, I'm sure he can afford it. But can we be sure that Ezra is A?

I think so. There have been plenty of clues, even though the writers have been trying to cleverly hide Ezra in that boring Maggie plot (maybe that was the only point of that whole thing).

For one, Ezra didn't back away from Aria after he learned she was a high school student...his high school student. This could mean that he's creeped on younger girls before, like Ali. So he might be "board shorts." His proximity to Aria makes it easier to know the girls' secrets, and he's had some shady moments. Remember when he suddenly had lots of cash directly after Jason wrote out a $50,000 check to cash. And then he suddenly appears on the Halloween Train after Aria was nearly killed.

Clearly, Ezra is dangerous, and he doesn't look happy that his lair was discovered. Can't wait to see what happens on this year's Halloween Special!

Grunwald was right when she said that Ali couldn't trust the girls. Especially now that Aria has been sucked back into Ezra's web. Or could Grunwald have meant more than that? Anyone think Ezra has a partner? Maybe Aria?  

This week also revealed that CeCe has also been masquerading as Red Coat, but she may have been doing that on A's behalf. Spencer notes that CeCe is on A's payroll, so maybe she isn't working with Ali. And seriously, how did the girls lose her in that sawmill? Four girls, eight eyes, and not one person sees her take off!

Ezra seems to the puppet master of the A team, but how are Jenna, Shana and Wren involved? Shana has been staying at Wren's place, and she leads Toby to Mona. What's Mona up to? Was she ever in danger? Meanwhile, Wren is having his mail forwarded to Melissa's place in London. Are all these people just victims of A's machinations? Or are they also threats to Ali?

Although it didn't really get the attention it deserved, it looks like this was Caleb's last night in Rosewood. He boarded a bus to Ravenswood to help break into A's computers. I don't think he'll back. Hopefully, we'll get some explanation in the future. Until then....Goodbye, Caleb! We'll catch up with you on Ravenswood.

So...what did you think of the summer finale? HOLY CRAZINESS, right?


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Rating: 4.5 / 5.0 (154 Votes)

"Naturally, the show's writers could really work on not cramming so much awesome into one installment" .....what kind of complete F'ING RETARDED complaint is that!?!?!?! for the last time.....CHANGE......YOUR......REVIEWER......THIS.....MORON.......SUUUUUUCKS!!!!


People are missing the whole point. The #pllbiggestreveal is not ezra being A, Its that allison is Alive


Wilden is A! Not only did Evil-Lyn pull Ali from her grave, she also used a Ravenswood potion to resurrect Wilden. She just conveniently forgot to mention all of this to the girls but super-sleuth Caleb will be all over that when Ravenswood premieres. In fact, Caleb will bump into Cassie Blake from The Secret Circle and Bonnie Bennett from The Vampire Diaries dancing in the woods (because that is what witches do) and they will use their witchy powers to help him. After Caleb solves the case he will be a huge international star and will be rewarded by becoming the head of the Miami Metro Police Department where his next case will be to track down Dexter Morgan's sons' stuffed animal dog "fluffy".


I could totally believe that Ezra is A for the reason that he is a writer and he could be doing all of this for the sake of writing a book. He could have blurred the lines of fiction and reality and after a certain point and doesn't even realize what he is doing anymore.


Okey first of Ezra IS A. Or at least a A-team member, please people stop being in denial. Ezra is on the A-team and nothing will change that. I personally think it's amazing even though I like him but come on someone has to be the bad guy in the show. And I totally think Aria is helping him. It was so obvious in this episode that she is the girl that Allison doesn't trust etc.. One thing that I think COULD be possible is that Alisson doesn't have a twin but Ezra does, and he is the evil one, and that was who we saw at the end of the episode at A's lair.


Bring Caleb back to Rosewood !!!!
There's something I don't get, Who was watching the girls behind the wall if it was not Ezra ? Ali ?


Seemed like A's new lair is just the PLL writer's room. How else could they be keeping all this straight??


This episode was so good! Part of me does think Aria is big A. It's something about what Ms. Grunwald said about friends being trusted and she looked right at Aria. BUT!!! Aria has had some things happen to her and her mom. I doubt she would do something to her mom. I do think Ezra is board shorts. There's something about him that's creepy and mysterious. And why he's so nosey when it comes to certain matters that's not his business. I'm going back to season 3 to watch for more clues. Can't wait for the Halloween special!!! I hope we find out why Ezra was in the lair. Oooo I almost forgot. I think it was Ali behind the wall spying on them. And how did Ezra know where the lair was if he's not A or on the A team????


Okay I just have to say i don't believe Ezra is A or on the A team. 1. I think A is whoever was watching the girls in A's lair through the eyes in the poster and I doubt it was Ezra because he seemed to be following behind the girls discreetly; I think they led him to the lair. And 2. I think Ezra has probably been following and watching the girls for a while because of the threat of A, and like Caleb was on a mission to find the person after Aria and her friends leaving Ezra as collateral damage, but unlike Caleb did it on his own in private. His reaction to the liar I think was anger that his suspicions about A still being out there, messing with Aria and in turn himself, were true.
My other theory is that he's investigating A because he knows A. I'm just not quick to assume he's A because 1. we've been fooled before, and 2. it's too soon for the reveal.
Also, I have no trouble believing Grunwald is psychic. Those eyes creep me out.


continue after the girls. Another question I'm wondering is who was the one looking through the poster watching the girls part of me doesn't think it was Ezra because he was outside then went in to the apartment so was it CeCe, Ally, or someone else. I can't wait till the Halloween episode there always so good I hope we get some answers.

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