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Friday, June 10, 2011

Summary of Pretty Little Liars Season One

----UPDATE---
A summary of seasons 1-3 can now be found here. We updated it AND made it more thorough.

Some people don't have time to catch up on shows and just want to jump right in. Lots of people have heard that Pretty Little Liars is good, but they heard it too late. Hey, we were surprised at how good this show turned out to be as well.

Pretty Little Liars is a convoluted show with lots of characters, subplots, clues, mysteries, and cliffhangers. So we probably didn't mention EVERYTHING that happened or will be touched upon again. But we did try to mention everything you would reasonably need to know to start watching season two when it airs this coming Tuesday.

The premise: There were five friends. One of them, Alison DiLaurentis, was a real jerk, but the other four worshipped her anyway. One night, Alison disappeared. The rest of the girls lost touch, but one year later, the four remaining friends came together on the day Alison’s dead body was found. That was also the day the mysterious “A” started sending them text messages, taunting them. The text messages included secrets about the girls that each girl had only revealed to Alison. So the show has two mysteries: Who killed Alison and who is A?

The four main girls:

Spencer Hastings - Ern’s favorite. She’s tough and smart, but she has a weakness for her sister’s guys.

Hanna Marin - Leeard’s favorite. The girl has a slick mouth that she probably got back when she used to be chubby (because when you aren’t gorgeous, you have to develop other strengths). But now, Alison is dead and Hanna lost weight, so she is the towns new most popular girl. She’s cool and hilarious, but she struggles with things like shoplifting and the occasional purging session.

Emily Fields - Probably the nicest of the girls, and the best person, Emily discovered that she was gay over the course of season one when she started a relationship with a new neighbor, Maya. Emily is on the school’s swim team, and she’s very good. Emily’s mother is having trouble accepting her daughter’s sexual orientation. Emily’s mom told Maya’s parents that Maya was smoking pot (which was true), so Maya was sent away to some sort of boot camp/boarding school. Emily spoke with her over the phone and it sounded like Maya had changed, so the relationship is over, for now. She’s currently digging a girl named Samara, even though she has kind of been dating a girl named Paige from her school. The trouble is that Paige is still in the closet, and Emily is over that.

Aria Montgomery - No one’s favorite, unless she is confronting her dad and his mistresses. That was the only time she was remotely cool. (Mr. Montgomery cheated on Aria’s mom and Aria knew. There was drama with Aria keeping the secret and then Mrs. Montgomery finding out and leaving Mr. Montgomery. They are getting cozy again though, so they might get back together.) Aria spent most of season one secretly dating her English teacher (and potential statutory rapist), Ezra Fitz, who she met in a bar before they knew she would be his student. Aria has a brother.

Other characters:

Jenna - She’s the blind girl. You can tell because of the cane and the eyeglasses. She is one creepy mofo. She forced her stepbrother, Toby, to have sex with her. Jenna is blind because Alison decided to set fire to a garage to play a prank on Toby. The four main girls were there, and the whole incident is one of their secrets.

Toby - Jenna’s stepbrother, who used to be the main suspect for Alison’s death, but only because he comes across as creepy at first. He’s really not. He’s dating Spencer right now. Spencer used to be dating a guy named Alex, but he’s not in her life anymore, due to a misunderstanding. We only mention this in case Alex ever comes back and starts some triangle business. And because we really liked Alex.

Melissa - Spencer’s sister. She is pregnant with Ian’s baby.

Ian - Suspect number one for the death of Alison, with whom he had a secret relationship. He made out with Spencer a long time ago.

Wren Kim - Melissa’s fiancé. That ended when Melissa caught Wren and Spencer making out. He’s gone now. Plenty of guys just disappear from this show. We disapprove.

Noel Kahn - An actual age-appropriate guy who likes Aria and knows about her relationship with her English teacher. He tried to leverage that knowledge into a better English grade, but apparently that is the one thing Ezra feels is morally wrong. We thought he was gone from the show too, but if the split-second shot of him in the finale is correct, he's coming back.

Garrett - A cop snooping into all the show’s incidents. He pretends to be a friend to the four main girls, but we know better. He's dating Jenna.

Mona - Hanna’s popular-girl friend who is kind of a jerk but entirely hilarious.

Lucas - A nerd who loves Hanna, but she’s not into him. Leeard loves him for a multitude of reasons.

Caleb - A guy Hanna was crushing on who had no place to live. She let him live in her house, until she found out that Jenna was paying him to spy on Hanna. He swore he quit spying once he got to know Hanna though. Caleb tried to tell Hanna that he loved her, but Mona intercepted the love note. Lucas found out about Mona’s bad deed and went to get Caleb and drive him back to town.

How we left it: English teacher Ezra Fitz took a job at Hollis College with Aria’s dad…and his ex- fiancée. Noel Kahn still likes Aria. We found out that Ian has been taping all the girls in town, creepily. We found out that Alison got a hold of one of Ian’s videotapes (when she was with him vacationing at Hilton Head) that included a nice scene of Jenna telling Toby that she will say he raped her if he doesn’t sleep with her. Alison had the video on USB and Jenna has been trying to get it. We found out that Jenna is dating Garrett. She’s still up to something, and we don’t know what. Emily might have to move to Texas with her family. Ian chased Spencer through a church bell tower and tried to kill her, but he was pushed off a high perch by…someone. His body was not found. He is the presumed killer of Alison at this point, but you can never be sure with this show. So A is still out there, sending clues and taunts.

Anything else you can just pick up as you go or get from the "Previously on Pretty Little Liars" recaps at the beginning of each episode. We also have a few recaps of episodes that we've done, if you click on "Pretty Little Liars" at the top of this page. This really should be enough to give you the overview you would need to jump in. If anyone else can think of something important to add, put it in the comments!

Pretty Little Liars season two will be on Tuesdays on ABC Family. It starts on June 14th. We can't wait.

58 comments:

  1. I watched the 22 episodes in five days just because I love your blog and I love your reviews and when I see that you really said that this show was good I wanted to watch it inmediatly, well I hesitate for a second because of the title hahaha but I watched all the episodes and I don't regret at all. I have a crush on Hanna♥ I can't wait for June 14th.

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    1. HAHHAHAHA YOU LOVE HANNA- HANNAH + ISRAEL

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    2. hanna is so sweet and funny she is my favoritre!

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    3. OMG Watched the 1st season in 2 days!!!!!

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    4. I like aria but Hanna is nice too

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  2. Yay! We're glad you liked it. It's hard to get people to watch it (Leeard had to work hard to get Ern to), but we don't know too many people who regret it once they go for it.

    It's probably going to be the best thing on this summer. Unless True Blood decides to get good again. We weren't digging True Blood season three.

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  3. You forgot Sean- Hanna's ex-boyfriend, but doesn't matter because he's not that important. Other than that, you guys covered everything perfectly! :) Noel Kahn is definitely coming back because we saw him in the new promo...and it's also confirmed that Wren will be back...can't wait to see how that plays out :)

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    1. ya ikr . awesome show though

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  4. Hopefully Sean stays out of the spotlight. We don't like him.

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  5. Wish I saw this recap sooner! I watched the first couple episodes of Season 2 and was super confused, so I just caught up on Season 1. But this was an awesome summary! Love the commentary :) I also disapprove of the guys randomly disappearing from the show.

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  6. Ha! Thanks. Yeah, lots of people are just now finding this summary according to Blogger's feedback. It's a pretty complex show.

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  7. I love aria, am i the only one? Lol

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    1. I love Aria too! Wayy to much

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    2. Aria is my favorite!!

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    3. Aria is awesome. What's wrong with aria?
      I like Aria.

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    4. That could make a good post... Title: What's Wrong With Aria. Then we could just have pictures of the ridiculous things she wears and Ezra's face. She's more boring than the other three too.

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    5. ezra annoys me so much lol. her life revolves around guys and because of that she can't be her own character. she just bores me and tends to whine A LOT about like everything! also she's been targeted less than most yet complains the most

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  8. The thing about Aria is that she is really smart, sweet, mature, and capable. She just chooses to date Ezra and that really ruins her for us. If they ever broke up, we'd love her too.

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  9. Great summary! I recently descovered Pretty Little Liars and watched all the epsiodes in like three days. Now I got to go back to my life... Can't wait to January 2 though! Need some cheering up here in dark, wintry Sweden.

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  10. Thanks! And congrats on finding the super-fun show. One of us wants to go to Sweden so badly. Maybe someday....

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  11. I love Aria too! AND Ezra, he's gorgeous and so sweet!

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    1. I dont understand why people dont like Aria and Ezra together.

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  12. Well. You'll find someone for every opinion. haha. Leeard read the books, and she said that she liked Aria much better in them, especially in book three.

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  13. Great show. You mostly covered the characters. The episodes are great! oh and I love Aria too!

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    1. ari love it but aria got on my nerves because shee go with uv

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  14. Characters and what happened to them were the only way we could think to do it without just completely re-hashing every twist and turn for thousands of words, haha.

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  15. Im sorry but i freaking love lucas hes so sweet!

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  16. This is such an addicting show and you made the blog very well. This season should be a blast to watch!

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  17. so leeard, if you love lucas, how do you feel about how hes turnded out this season? i love hanna by the way everyone!

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    1. Oh I still love Lucas .... Everyone has problems, at least a gambling addiction is something he can go to rehab for :)

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  18. Just saw the newest episode! Did not see any of that coming!!

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  19. Nooo! Just had 2 watch toby's heart break! I luv him so much it's terrible 2 see him hert:( the'll probably get back 2gether tho hopefully soon and atleast aria got her love back:)

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  20. It's not over bitches

    - A

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  21. Aria is my favorite! At first I had a really hard time choosing a favorite but after a few episodes Aria definately became my favorite. Her and Ezra are soooo cute together! I know the relationship is a no no but still! I wish they could go public but then again that would take away one of the subplots..Oh well!

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  22. I had a relationship like Aria so I love her because I can relate! =)

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  23. shut up about aria

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  24. We reserve the right to hate Aria at all times. And Artie on Glee.

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  25. Mona still didn't get enough. !

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  26. Well Allison had it coming to her becuz she was a badmouthing bitch who teased everybdy becuz she popular...... I hope nobody close to the four friends is a suspect becuz i will no longer wach it! -A

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  27. Coreion is stank and i like Teen Wolf better becuz the guys on there hot and I love ONE DIRECTION!!!!
    Mrs. Zayn Malik



    -A

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  28. sucks big tym...mofos

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  29. So jason wrote the check out to me what should i spend it on? -A

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  30. what about Ted..? is he dating Hanna's mom and arias mom..?

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    1. Ted is season 3 and he's only dating Hanna's mom. He went on one dud date with Aria's.

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  31. I watched all 22 episodes in maybe 28 hours (I had to sleep). I kept getting all the guys mixed up. I wasn't sure who it was that was sleeping with Jenna so this helped. Thanks.

    There are probably 3 guys I get confused. Ian, Noel, and Garret. I swear they look alike.

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    1. Yeah I agree I was totally confused I thought Garrett was Alison's brother for a minute because he's still on my totally suspicious list. So thanks for the great article.

      Spencer is my favourite of the girls her family is a nightmare and she is always the most straightfoward with dealing with things instead of as emotionally up as down as Hanna and Aria. Emily is just a sweetheart who was totally crushed and used by Alison who knew how she felt about her and is way better off without her. Still I love Ezra and Aria but he needs to sort himself out like either quit being a teacher or tell Aria to wait like a grown up if he thinks she's mature enough to date it shouldnt be too hard. Clearly neither of them are very logical even if they are very literate and romantic.. (and cute)

      sorry for my very out of date message I only just watched the season need somewhere to air my emotions!!

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  32. I love this and you did a good job of summing it up

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