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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Pretty Little Liars - The Devil You Know

After a little bickering about which one of us would draft this post (as opposed to add to it and edit it), we landed on the blogger who liked the episode a little bit less. So we hope you like to hear nitpicking and moaning. Who doesn’t?!!! Haha. Spoilers follow.

So, what was lacking? There were revelations in the episode and some great creepy moments, but we had guessed these things before. Of course Ian was a red herring and didn’t kill Alison. Of course A was sending Melissa the texts. One of us would argue that, while we guessed these things, the show needed the girls to find out and the show needed to confirm these facts. But we compare a lot of teen shows to The Vampire Diaries, a show that moves fast, confirms things the audience knows immediately, and then throws us eight new twists on top of the confirmation. This comparison is unfair, but we do it anyway.

The only thing we didn’t know was that Aria’s brother Mike has made burglary his exciting new hobby in the wake of his parents’ drama. Get a grip, Mike. More than half of us have divorced parents and we know how to stay classy. As surprising as the Mike thing was, it wasn’t cool enough or creepy enough. We wish Mike’s secret were better, but we were kind of excited that one thing the girls attributed to Ian wasn't actually A.

We both liked the romance bits of the episode. Can we just say that we are shipping Aria and Jason even harder now? This probably doesn’t come as a surprise to regular readers. True, we would take “Aria and her cabbage patch doll” over “Aria and Ezra.” But we really think that, even if he weren’t possibly taking Ezra’s place, Jason is a more interesting choice for Aria. We liked the note that A left him.

Hanna continues to be awesome. She’s like the good version of Alison. All the balls, none of the bitch. Ok, maybe just a tiny amount of bitch….but just enough to be epic. She and Caleb are so sweet, and we think the best part of the episode was when he told her that he knew about her helping him out and then she kissed him.

One of us thinks that Melissa gets more irredeemable and stupid by the episode, but the other kind of felt for her when she was yelling at Spencer. Most people would be shocked to find that their sister was impersonating their dead fiancé via text message. We think Melissa will eventually believe that Spence wasn't sending those texts. Jackie Molina needs to step up her game. Right now, we think the show needs a new villain. We can't see A, so we need a flesh-and-blood antagonist. Ian is dead. Jenna isn't cutting it for us anymore. She's too pathetic to be scary. We need someone like Dolores Umbridge, Lauren Tanner, or Hans Landa to manipulate the girls and for us to hate. (Sidenote: the other blogger doesn't think Jenna is "pathetic" so much as she's becoming "sympathetic", which hasn't happened to any of the aforementioned villains.) <- Thank you, peanut gallery. (You're welcome, rude.)

One more gripe before we go: Although we doubt the show meant this literally, if there is a Stephen King book that begins in a graveyard, we don’t remember reading it. Did Pet Sematary start in one? We don’t remember. But even so, that’s just ONE. That said, we hope the show keeps up the horror elements.

Episode grade: B


  1. This was a good episode. I enjoyed it as always. One major thing the episode was missing: Toby

  2. Word. Toby needed to make an appearance at the funeral, just to rub it in everyone's face that he was innocent.

  3. I actually really liked this episode :) I know Ern wrote this post and I agree with Leeard that the show needed the girls to find out and confirm the facts :) Now I'm curious to know what Melissa was going to tell Spencer before the phone rang. I don't really like Jason but I don't really care about Aria that much so it doesn't matter who she ends up And Mike is officially weird. And hello, his parents are back together so what's the drama about? I missed Toby in this episode too but he's gonna be in the next one which looks amazing btw so can't wait :)

  4. It cracks us up that you know who wrote it, haha. Do you usually know?

    Aria is the least-interesting of the girls, but we think she has potential if her storyline and love interests were better.

    Definitely can't wait.

  5. Haha, yeah I usually know who wrote the post :)

  6. I missed Toby too, and for god sake, please Ezra must die!! I hate him so much.

    I enjoyed the episode.

    Y cuando hablan de saber quien escribe cada entrada del blog, creo que con el tyiempo te acostumbras a la forma de escribir de cada una de ustedes y luego se vuelve obvio haha, mas si leemos las conversaciones que a veces postean.

  7. I totally agree with you about Aria and Ezra. Aria is way too immature to be dating him even if he wasn't super annoying. She actually thought that the best place to announce her relationship with her semi-child molester boyfriend was the funeral of her best friend's possible killer. God. I like Jason with her...much more interesting. I'd love to see a Jason/Ezra THAT would be exciting. Hanna became my new favorite character last week when she stood up to Alison in therapy...well, sort of. In her head, anyway. But it's the thought that counts. And her and Caleb are the best couple on the show. When they kissed, I literally cheered. I hope they stay together this season...but they won't, so I might as well enjoy it while it lasts.