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The Killer Three: Cece, Bethany, and Mary Drake

I had an epiphany the other day, and I mean the kind of epiphany that only happens when I’ve actually figured something completely out and checks out factually and can’t believe it.

This is it. This is how everything connects. And this is where we find out everything we were told by Charlotte was a lie.

Everyone complaining about the plotholes… I have heard you, I have answers. FInally.

Long, long ago, in a land far, far away, I had a theory. That theory involved Charlotte hating Jessica and Alison to the point where she wanted to kill them. This is true. Charlotte wanted to kill Alison and Jessica, but… So did Mary Drake. They teamed up together, they planned this together, they were in this together, they wanted revenge TOGETHER.

I wondered why, why in the world would Charlotte do all these things to Alison if she loved her? Why would she torture her best friends and watch her suffer? It’s because she absolutely 100% DESPISES HER. And she despised Jessica, after all- who could love someone who put you away in a mental asylum as a child and forgive them for that?

And Mary… Ohh Mary, sisters that fight over things only for one to stab the other and get sent to an insane asylum, and then later have their only child be taken away from them and given to said sister? Who WOULDN’T be mad? 

And now, getting to Bethany Young, Bethany was the start of all this. Something about what happened with her and what the tapes said happened never added up to me. If you remember, one of the tapes Bethany was recorded saying “Everything she said, every visit was a lie. I mean is it like mother like daughter? I wonder if I can trust anyone in that family.” This never made sense to me… Until I connected these two events. 

In “The mirror has three faces” Jessica tells Emily and Hanna a story- we have a flashback of Jessica storming in and slams the piano lid down- scaring Alison. Alison asks why she’s so pissed off, Jessica said she got a phone call from Radley saying Alison was there, that she wants to stay there, that she wants to hurt herself. Jessica says she got to Radley and Cece was there head to toe in Alison’s clothing calling herself Alison DiLaurentis. 

I believe it’s quite possible that yes, what Charlotte said about her being Charles is completely true- but I believe Charlotte did not return to Radley after she transitioned and after they faked Charles’ death. Charlotte was free, she was free until… That party at UPenn. I believe it was Wren who said Cece had a psychotic break because of Alison and getting kicked out of UPenn- which had been backed up by multiple people. So, she decided she didn’t want to get even, she wanted revenge. She lived through hell and just when she thought she was getting her life together, another DiLaurentis comes around and ruins it.

Getting back to Bethany and Jessica’s story, this is how it all began. Remember when Emily and Spencer went to the riding stables? The man said Jessica used to go there with a girl who had anger issues and whenever she asked the girl to call her “Aunt Jess” she would throw a fit. It was Mary. Mary was taking Bethany out, Mary took her to riding lessons. Why? She was preparing her. 

She and Cece came up with a plan to kill not only Jessica, but Alison as well. You see, parts of what Cece had said were possibly true. What she said about Bethany being very violent and having outbursts were backed up by what the man at the stables said. Which means it is entirely plausible that Bethany did in fact kill Marion and blame it on her.

 This is where the plan also comes into play, you see… Bethany Young only knew Charles DiLaurentis, a young boy… What do you think happened after Charlotte transitioned? That’s right. Charlotte got out of Radley, transitioned from Charles to Charlotte, and returned to Radley as Cece fucking Drake years later, JUST AS JESSICA SAID SHE DID. But Bethany didn’t know a Cece Drake, she knew someone blonde, beautiful, and the daughter of whom everyone assumed was Jessica DiLaurentis. Bethany knew Cece as Alison DiLaurentis, the daughter of Jessica DiLaurentis, whom was really Mary Drake. 

This plan… This plan was the mother of all plans… Mary and Charlotte wanted revenge, Mary and Charlotte wanted revenge on Jessica for the lives she took away from them, and Charlotte wanted revenge on Alison why? Do you remember that story from a while back about Alison getting Cece kicked out of UPenn? A story she repeated to people over and over, a story her roommate repeated to Aria when she came looking for her? It was all true. Mary and Charlotte planned to befriend Bethany as Jessica and Alison DiLaurentis because they planned for Bethany to MURDER Alison and Jessica DiLaurentis. And Bethany was going to go down for the entire thing. They were going to get away with it too.

Cece, Bethany, AND Alison wore the yellow tops, she wore them and planted Bethany and Alison’s… Why? Because she was going to murder Alison, and since Bethany was SUPPOSED to kill Jessica, anyone who saw it happen would BLAME IT ON BETHANY. Charlotte fucking LIED about everything. And since Bethany didn’t kill Jessica, Jessica witnessed Charlotte hitting Alison, the plan was ruined the minute Mona hit Bethany over the head and Melissa buried her.

And now, Melissa… Remember the little flashback of Melissa and Charlotte?

Yeah, this happened. Melissa most likely called Cece and told her she thought Spencer killed Bethany and then Melissa buried her. This is exactly the reason Cece and Mary thought it was SPENCER who killed Bethany, not Mona.

When we heard that Charlotte called Wren and told him what Melissa had done, this further catapulted my suspicion that Cece had been evil the entire time. Gotta give you props, Cece, I am proud of your performance… Now let’s see what mommy dearest and your psycho sidekick have planned.

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THE PROUD FAMILY (2001)

An American animated television sitcom that ran on the Disney Channel from September 21, 2001 to August 19, 2005. In 2011, reruns of The Proud Family were shown on the channel Centric.

Created by Bruce W. Smith and was produced by Jambalaya Studios. Originally piloted for Nickelodeon, it was eventually picked up by the Disney Channel and started airing in September 2001. Many of the later episodes of The Proud Family were produced using Adobe Flash.

The series is the first Disney children’s cartoon which did not premiere on network/over-the-air television, which had been done since 1984 when the Television Animation unit was started. It marked the first animated Disney Channel Original Series, and, incidentally, the only original animated series from Disney Channel not associated with, and to be produced exclusively by Disney’s Television Animation arm.

Why was it special?: IT’S ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECES OF BLACK ANIMATION IN THE WORLD.

Friends, followers, casual observers you’ve read this whole thing correctly; Disney’s The Proud Family might just be one of, if not THE most important black animated cartoon in the world.

You know what, for this post, because I lack the articulateness to truly express why and because I’m not in the demographic for this show at all, I am going to turn the platform completely over to someone else. We’re going to hear from someone who’s not only more qualified but can tell us everything and anything we need to know about this show and what makes it so great.

Ash, honey, lay it on us, what makes The Proud Family so special?


A much needed symbol of early 00s black excellence , that’s what The Proud Family was made of.

Disney didn’t provide much black visibility in the princess line up or the overall Disney Renassiance in the 90s and even onward , although they had high profile black celebrities in their voice casts ( James Earl Jones , Eddie Murphy , Eartha Kitt , Tevin Campbell  ) you couldn’t match the skin color to the actor unfortunately .

Black characters would pop up occasionally on the television shows that didn’t include anthropomorphic characters such as Disney’s Recess , Pepper Ann , and The Weekenders .

The Proud Family was truly a joy and breath of fresh air giving young black kids someone they could identify with especially young black women.

Where do I begin ? cast members from prominent black television shows and films such as Family Matters , Friday , In Living Color , and Dr. Dolittle added all of the important spices to this show and theme song provided by Solange Knowles and Destiny’s Child put the cherry on top.

 

A wonderful showcase of diversity on all levels , The Proud Family touched on colorism , self esteem issues , friendship , and even cultural insensitivity which was very important .

The series debuted in 2001 and ended in 2005 but was popular enough to get it’s own Disney Channel Original Movie , an online spin off , and a crossover with the popular Lilo and Stitch series .

This sacred piece of black animation is currently airing reruns on the Centric station , this was important to young black women and even made the arrival of Princess Tiana even more significant.

To my black folks out there , PLEASE put our children on to this series it is so important that they are exposed to this good example of representation and allow this series as well as others that were listed during black animation month to help them find hope and inspiration so that they can go on and do amazing things for our community.


That’s just the big thing; the fact that the folks at Disney put a lot of heart and soul into this, an amount that other cartoons could only wish to have. Not only that but the show dealt with so many issues relevant to its target audience and more could enjoy and take away from it.

Just– you can feel the enthusiasm through my friend’s words, I could sit here and tell you what makes this show so special.  I would even though I’d fumble around about it for a long time but you just need to ask anyone who loved it at the time and they’ll describe it with such insurmountable joy and vigor.

This is one of those must-sees that everyone should check out at least once in their life, without a doubt.

TRIVIA

  • The Proud Family was nominated for and won several awards including Annie Awards, BET Comedy Awards, Image Awards, Kids’ Choice Awards, NAMIC Vision Awards, and Television Critics Association Awards
  • In 2005, The Proud Family Moviepremiered as a DCOM on Disney Channel. The film served as a series finale. Arsenio Hall voices Bobby in the film.
  • n 2002, ABC launched the series as a part of its Saturday morning block, ABC Kids. The series aired in syndication on BET in 2008. It also aired on Toon Disney until February 2009. The Proud Family was also broadcast on The Family Channel inCanada. In 2010, the series began airing on Centric.
  • The Proud Family Shorties is an Online Cartoon spin-off of The Proud Family created by Bruce W. Smith. It follows the adventures of BeBe & CeCe Proud and Puff the dog.
  • The Proud Family visit Hawaii on an episode of Lilo & Stitch: The Series entitled “Spats” in which they stay at Jumba & Pleakley’s Bed Not Breakfast and Suga Mama inadvertently activates an experiment that causes spats.

CLOSING THOUGHTS

You know what my favorite part of the show was? News Anchorman Al Roker who played this all-powerful reality altering genie kind of dude. It was such a weird idea for a character.

I also liked the Holiday episode where the Prouds took in a poor family and celebrated Kwanzaa with them, and the voices of the family included Samuel L. Jackson, Vivica A. Fox, and Raven-Symone. Ain’t that something?