The confirmed death of Ian shocked viewers on Pretty Little Liars this week. But our staff has overcome the trauma enough to gather together below and analyze "Blind Dates" in the latest edition of the TV Fanatic Round Table.
As always, reader feedback is encouraged on the topics that editor-in-chief Matt Richenthal discusses here with writers Carissa Pavlica and Steve Marsi.
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: I'm an unabashed fan of Jennifer Lovw Hewitt and I Know What You Did Last Summer. So I'd like to think the show had that film in mind when Jason pulled out that piece of paper with the warning about his previous actions. The scene made me smile.
Steve: When Spencer answered the phone and told off that would-be reporter... only it was her grandmother instead! Hilarious.
Carissa: When Hanna finally realized Caleb had a good heart and wrapped her arms around him with a kiss. I'm a sucker for a hot romance.
More fascinating: A wrote the suicide note, Alison was left alive on the video or Jason can't recall his actions the night his sister died?
Matt: Gotta go back to Jason again. Not only does it keep him alive as a suspect, but it creates a moral dilemma for Aria. What would you do, readers? Tell him that Ian is actually innocent, or give his conscious a break and keep that information a secret?
Steve: A writing the suicide note. Totally unexpected. I mean, it's not like she's responsible for any other mysteries on the show.
Carissa: I always knew Alison would be alive at the end of that video. A wrote the suicide note, and, because Jason can't remember the night, we know he's not A. So that has to be the most fascinating because this omnipresent A still isn't known. Unbelievable. And, fascinating.
Choose a man for Aria: Jason or Ezra?
Matt: Option C: neither. She's definitely too immature for Ezra and I don't care how much fans want to believe this is some normal love story or that it's okay because they haven't had sex. THEY MET AS TEACHER AND STUDENT. IT'S NOT OKAY! Jason, meanwhile, is clearly not in a place where he ought to be dating anyone.
Steve: Ezra. You can't fight true love, Matt. Who are you to judge where or how people meet? Will it matter in five years?
Carissa: Jason. Ezra is old and boring. Aria is far too vivacious for him. And have you seen Jason's abs?!?
More far-fetched: the projector playing the video on a gravestone, Mike as the garage item burglar or Hanna's mother referencing Nicki Minaj?
Matt: The projector playing on the grave is the obvious answer, so I'll go with Mike. We have enough going on and plenty of mysterious characters floating around (hello again, Garrett...). Do we really need to randomly worry about Mike now, too?
Steve: The Nicki Minaj reference. I would have pegged Ashley as more of a Michael Bolton fan.
Carissa: The first and the third options. Before yesterday, I had never heard of Nicki Minaj until I read about her on The Hollywood Gossip; and the image on the tomb was impossible. Wasn't that a hand held video camera? I actually groaned when I saw it. Let's leave SOME semblance of reality for us to play with, shall we?