In a word: WHOA.
In two words: Really, Toby?!?
Following Tuesday's shocking Pretty Little Liars summer finale, our Round Table team has gathered to breakdown the betrAyer; express sorrow for Paige; and to choose a boyfriend in Rosewood. Join Nick McHatton, Leigh Raines, Christina Tran, Teresa Lopez and Carissa Pavlica below and chime in with your own take on these Q&A topics...
Fess up. Who felt just a little bit sorry for falling for the Paige propoganda?
Nick: This guy! But isn't that half the fun of PLL?
Leigh: Okay, fine, I apologize to Paige. But she had some rage issues so obviously it made a little sense, no? After she got that text at Emily's I realized she was probably in the clear. However, there's a reason Mona and Toby want to frame Paige. What is it? She also has history with Ali. I'm not 100% trusting her yet.
Christina: Oh man, poor Paige. I did feel slightly bad, but only because you can bet I’ve had everyone at some point or another on my rAdar.
Teresa: I am delightfully guilt-free. This is what PLL is all about, pointing fingers at whoever seems suspicous. We have to follow our Scream rules - everybody is a suspect.
Carissa: PLL does a great job at propoganda. But the false build up was kind of disappointing. Paige DID try to drown Emily, after all!
When did you know who the betrAyer would be?
Nick: The minute Toby was back in the picture. The entire conversation and reunion felt off to me, and once Toby zipped his jacket up afterwards with Spencer sealed the deal... so to speak, for me.
Leigh: After Spencer and Toby knocked boots and he gave her that hug goodbye, there was a look on his face that was like "I love this girl, I can't believe what's about to go down." I actually texted my friend and said that was a weird and shady look Toby just gave. Still in disbelief though.
Christina: I knew something was up with Toby immediately from the moment I saw his face as he was hugging Spencer.
Teresa: Just like Nick, I knew it had to be Toby during their reunion scene. That was followed up by a very intimate bedroom scene, and then Toby's hard stare into the camera before leaving Spencer. The set up was nice, but a little too obvious.
Carissa: Just like everyone else, immediately upon his return. The reunion music alone spoke volumes. Giving up her body and soul sealed the deal.
You can easily count on one hand the men in Rosewood who LIKE women (won't attack, betray, punch, or cheat on them). How would you choose a Rosewoodian boyfriend?
Nick: Well, I choose them based on looks alone because I am incredibly shallow. At least Noel hasn't betrayed me! Honestly, I would have chosen Toby because he seemed to be the best of the bunch.
Leigh: FBI background checks? Outsourcing? Never dating again? Caleb isn't from Rosewood and he's my favorite, so yeah I'll stick with my outsourcing.
Christina: I would choose Caleb. The end.
Carissa: I would take down Christina, and then take Caleb. The end.
Nate succumbed to our wishes and died. Who do you hope will be the next to go?
Nick: This is the best question ever, and I think it should be a weekly thing. Since we can only choose one I want Jenna to die. Jenna has run her course for
Leigh: I don't really hope anyone gets killed off, so much as I want some damn answers. Seriously my brain starts to hurt when I try and piece together this show.
Christina: Wren, please! Everyone always talks about how Ezria shouldn’t be together, but what about Wren? When is he going to stop chasing girls clearly too young for him? Plus, I think he is utterly annoying.
Teresa: Right now I'd settle for seeing the death of Aria and Ezra's relationship. It's gotten kind of dull even with the baby-mama drama.
Carissa: One of the As. They need to stop multiplying and start passing on. Get a little fear of their own going on.
Finally, what are the motivations behind Toby being on the A team, and does his being there knock anyone off your list of suspects?
Nick: I think part of the motivations is simply writing the show and finding a use for his character since they deviated from his book version. I also see it as a chance to really, really shake Spencer. No matter what happens Spencer is always the rock, always the person to lend a helping hand, and now she's on the opposite end. She gave herself completely to Toby, and it is (maybe) for show. So as Spencer gets closer and closer to finding the truth she'll probably begin to crack emotionally more and more. As for if there are more than two on the team I don't know really. Is anyone ever safe? So many questions! me.
Leigh: Call me a hopeless romantic, but I kinda think Toby is going double agent on us. A did stuff to him too. I know that's not an excuse because A supposedly did stuff to Mona and well...you know. But as one of our readers thoughtfully pointed out, remember when Toby's brakes were cut and his scaffolding was loose? A few weeks ago he told Spencer if you're not gonna tell me what's going on, I'm gonna find out. Maybe this was part of him finding out. Besides, who would've called Emily and warned her?
Christina: I like Nick’s answer in that Toby as part of the A team will serve its purpose in shaking Spencer up. In a way, it makes sense because he’s always conveniently either missing in action (or so we thought). As for the rest of the A team, I’ll cross off Jenna, but everyone else still remains. I’m naively hoping the webepisodes will provide some more insight. Don’t worry, I won’t hold my breath and neither should you.
Teresa: I'm never surprised that so many people hated Ali. She was a terrible person. I'm actually surprised that her friends care if her body is returned. In fact, they seem more concerned about themselves than their former friend, which makes perfect sense. Ali created all sorts of enemies, and her death just passed them on to her best friends. Toby had as much reason as Mona to hate Ali. I still think we'll see Wren pop up on the A team, and I'm actually considering what role Emily plays in all of this. She was the only other person in the lighthouse when Caleb got shot.
Carissa: I have no idea. I hope it's not some hidden tale about bullying. They were all raked over by Alison. Maybe he's still in love with Jenna? Or maybe she's off the list entirely now. I'm lost.
Carissa Pavlica is the managing editor and a staff writer and critic for TV Fanatic. She's a member of the Critic's Choice Association, enjoys mentoring writers, cats, and passionately discussing the nuances of television and film. Follow her on Twitter and email her here at TV Fanatic.