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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pretty Little Halloween Special (spoilers)

Pretty Little Liars - “The First Secret”

We’ve always wished that Alison hadn’t started the series dead, because she’s lots of fun and we want to see her. So this was a treat for us, because not only did we get to see Alison as the center of the gang for a whole hour, but the episode was also mostly from Alison’s point of view.

Also, we got a huge mention of what we call “Twin Theory.” This episode could be confirming this theory. OR the show was just messing with the fans who know about it and think it’s going to happen in the show. We really don’t know much more about twin theory from what we saw. Anything is still possible. The show might not go with the books, especially because of the campy way it showed that storyline. It's likely that it was just a nod to the fans. Either way, we enjoyed it.

The episode showed Aria catching her dad cheating, which we’ve seen before, but then it also showed her confronting him, which was pretty great. We don’t usually like those little teen highlights, but they look pretty great on Aria. A cop (now Detective Darren Wilden, who has been on the show a BUNCH and the blogger who edited this post doesn't know why the other one never recognizes him) gives Ashley Marin a ride home and then tries to get with her. She shuts it down. Aria is the same, only better because she hasn’t met Ezra. Hanna is the same, only she has a pillow tied around her waist. And Emily is the same, only she’s not out of the closet yet. And she was scoping out Jenna, pre-blindness.

Spencer is running for class president, and Alison has to fix it so that she wins. Early Spencer is the most fascinating of the four. She is timid, sweet, mousy, and she wears glasses. She is close with her sister Melissa, even though Alison tells Spencer that Melissa is putting on an act and doesn’t really care. The other character who was significantly different was Mona. She was a loser/nerd, but she was still gorgeous, so that’s unrealistic.

Noel Kahn had a Halloween party and Alison claimed that she had to work hard to score her friends an invite. What did the girls dress up as on Halloween? Since they are TV teens, they didn’t go as “Total Sluts” like most real life women on that holiday (Mean Girls nailed that one). Hanna went as Britney Spears in her “... Baby One More Time” phase. It was a really modest version, because Hanna is still “fat” in this episode.

Spencer went as “Mary Queen of Scots” and no one knew who she was. (Too right. From the promo photos, we could have sworn she was going as Elizabeth I.) It was hilarious and awesome and made us love Spence even more. Emily went as a Native American princess, and Aria was Morticia or something.

Alison met Jenna for the first time in a costume shop and informed said new girl in town that she was going as Lady Gaga, only Alison and Jenna kept calling her “Lady G.” Who calls Gaga “Lady G”? Jenna went as Gaga too, but her costume was way better than Ali’s. What was with the awful wig on Alison’s head? Upstaged, Alison went to Jenna during the party and offered Jenna a place in her clique.

Like Harry Potter before her, Jenna turned down the offer, preferring to choose her own friends. Or no friends, by the looks of it in episodes set in the future. That’s ok. All the more time to sleep with that new stepbrother… Too bad her character became the nastiest character on the show, because Jenna was ballsy and cool when she first came to Rosewood.

Throughout the episode, Alison started receiving creepy packages, threats, and other messages from A, but she didn’t share these with the girls. It was cool to know that A messed with Alison before her death, because it makes A’s threat on our main four girls even more credible. Alison played a stupid prank on the girls to test their loyalty. The girls were mostly annoyed by this.

Alison planned this prank with the help of Noel Kahn. She planned for Noel to dress up and attack her/pretend to try to kill her. The person in the suit pushed her around harder than Alison thought he/she would, and she found out that it wasn’t Noel at all. It might have been Lucas, Mona, or A. After the show’s REAL death scares, we found this toying with Alison/prank to be lame. We already knew she wouldn’t die yet or anything.

This episode served its purpose of whetting our appetites for the continuation of season two. A flashback was just what the doctor ordered for this show. Every bit of it was perfect, except for the prank thing taking up too much time and boring us.

Episode grade: A-


  1. I loved this episode! My friends came over and we all watched it together. We literally screamed when the masked guy popped up in the haunted house. It was one of those things where you know someone's going to pop up but you can't help but scream anyway. :)
    I think this episode made Mona a prime "A" suspect. I'm pretty sure now that Lucas isn't A, because he pulled off his mask at the end before "A" did. He still might have been the one trying to kill Ali though. And we gained some valuable information...Jenna and Mona were once friends, it seems!
    I thought this episode was really interesting because it shows just how much of a bitch Ali really was. She was so mean to the poor girls! You never fully got to see it in the flashbacks before.
    Did you see when Aria bumped into Ezra at Hollis? I booed. I hated that he had to show his ugly child molester face in the Halloween episode.

  2. Ali was meaner and more awesome than we could ever have dreamed...

    And good observations. We totally forgot to mention that Jenna and Mona have a connection.

  3. i thought the episode was great! i thought it was a little boring when they showed aria's dad cheating again..and i agree the prank was a little lame but it wasnt too bad :)

  4. Yeah, we rolled our eyes when they showed Aria's dad cheating, because how much could have happened on that one day? haha. Alison could have just brought it up around Aria and we would have known why Aria was bummed.