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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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I loved this episode from beginning to end. So I guess this means Ally really is alive and that would make since but then who's body did they find and who was buried as Allison? That's one of the things I'm wondering. CeCe fell pretty far down it was surprising that she was alive let alone that she could get up and run away that makes me wonder if someone came and got her really quick. So it looks like Ezra is A which would actually make a lot of since because he was dating Aria which means he could get info on the girls, if he's also board shorts then that would explain how he already knew some stuff about the girls that they didn't tell anyone except Ally, and why he was so bad when he found out the girls found out about his apartment. I actually hope Ezra's A because it would mean we are finally making progress and not getting more questions and then answers to those questions except the one we've been wondering since day one. If Ezra is really A then I want to know why he's going 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.


Cece was in that lair last week when she called someone and said she wasn't coming back to Rosewood.


I wouldn't be surprised if Ezra set up that room with Jason's 50K, and is working for Jason to find Ali, because Jason knows it wasn't Ali's body they buried...multiple times. I think the show will do a switch-back and Ezra won't really be A, or an A. I also think Caleb is aware of the room or is in on it, helping Ezra with the computer stuff. I know that is the reason he's going to Ravenswood, to crack the computers, but without the Liars around he can help out more at the Lair and not have to watch his back. But I did expect Hanna to go all super-sleuth on the clothing - check out the sizes and quality and come up with a height, weight, economic profile, check the pockets, etc. Of Course, I was disappointed that she didn't.


I think Ali was that creepy clown. The clown looked so much like her


Ezra is A ok, but my question is whether this pregnant Alisson not believe that they spent a year? where's the baby? made to him or her? that's my big question


In reference to the person who is so sure it's Aria and that Ali doesn't trust her, I pose you this question: In the episode where we suspected Aria's dad of killing Ali, and Aria was trapped in her room by his crazy gf, Ali came and visited. Now, I suppose you could argue that it may have been a dream, but they are leading us to believe that Ali is alive and that these sightings of her were real. So, why would she visit Aria if she didn't trust her and Aria was the big A? Also, I love the idea that boring, good guy Ezra is actually the big bad guy. It makes sense, the money he has, how he went for Aria, how Aria really hasn't had much bad stuff happen to her. As a side note, I'm bummed about Caleb and this new show, I'm sure it will be good, but I like him and Hanna together. What could happen to make them break up and have him stay in that creepy town?


In reference to the person who is so sure it's Aria and that Ali doesn't trust her, I pose you this question: In the episode where we suspected Aria's dad of killing Ali, and Aria was trapped in her room by his crazy gf, Ali came and visited. Now, I suppose you could argue that it may have been a dream, but they are leading us to believe that Ali is alive and that these sightings of her were real. So, why would she visit Aria if she didn't trust her and Aria was the big A?


I knew it!! I knew Ezra was A since day one. It was so obvious. The girls start receiving mysterious messages the day Ezra shows up. Ezra went to Ali's funeral and apparently didn't know her. Caleb, Toby and Emily's girlfriends have all been threatened by A, and Ezra was never bothered by A. Ezra's job was always saved when others were threatening his relationship with Aria. This entire season has been based in Ezra trying to get Aria to trust him, and the biggest example is how he helped Mike.


Aria clearly is the big A. All the girls didn't want to go to the party to protect Ali from A, except Aria, who pushed the girls to go there. There has been some suspicion around Aria for some time now by a lot of fans, but I'm sure now... don't ask me for the logistics and plot holes, but I'm certain it's Aria.


Good episode, but: 1. One of the girls said, "If Ali's alive, whose funeral did we go to?" The remains (well, bones) under the gazebo were found. It could be a twin, but the body had clearly been there awhile. 2. While I loved seeing Ezra with a pissed and mean expression (and my mouth did drop open), I got the feeling that the writers didn't know where they were going with the story and that the show would be such a big hit, so they have turned nearly everyone into A at some point! If it is Ezra, though, I want to know why he is so against all the girls.