pll 2x21

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“Bottom line is, even if you see ‘em coming, you’re not ready for the big moments. No one asks for their life to change, not really. But it does. So what are we, helpless? Puppets? No. The big moments are gonna come. You can’t help that. It’s what you do afterwards that counts. That’s when you find out who you are.” 

-Whistler (Buffy the Vampire Slayer; 2x21/2x22)

Pretty Little Liars - "Breaking the Code"

Shit’s about to hit the fan!  Only a few episodes left until A is revealed, and clearly the show is ramping up the intensity and the clue-planting.  I’ve seen several theories about Melissa being involved in all this mess in some way, and I’m on board with it.  With lukewarm feeling because I don’t actually care about A’s identity very much (with one exception).  The far more interesting part of the show is literally everything else.  The four liars, as individuals and as a group; their parents; their boyfriends and girlfriends; their friends; and their enemies.  

Hanna and Mona.  I don’t know what’s going on, but Mona deserves a better friend than how Hanna almost always treats her.  Assuming it isn’t a big red herring, I feel terrible for Mona.  She’s the one person I actually do not want to be A; I like her too much.  She came to Hanna right away when A started threatening her.  She turned herself in rather than turn on Hanna and Hanna’s mom.  She accepted it when Hanna wouldn’t divulge details about A.  So Mona’s either a master liar/manipulator or she needs to stop allowing Hanna to treat her like shit.

Spencer.  I was laughing my ass off when Hanna told them about her mom sleeping with the cop.  "I’m just still processing.“  That’s probably the exact same reaction I’d have.  

Emily.  I loved two of her reactions specifically - (1) when Aria admitted she was still seeing Ezra and Emily immediately forgave her (contrasted with Spencer feeling hurt, which is precisely how I think most people would react); and (2) when Mona came to eat lunch with her and Aria and Emily accepts it without question and just asks her how she was doing.  Classic Emily.  So forgiving and sweet.  She just doesn’t have a mean bone in body.  If Spencer is the closest to who I am sometimes, then Emily is closest to what I’d love to be one day.  I love her fierce loyalty, new-found strength and assertiveness, and continuing sincerity and compassion.  

Emily and Paige.  Okay, first off, WTF, just no explanation of where Paige has been all this time??  That seems like a major oversight; they can’t possibly expect us to believe she’s just be there this whole time (despite Emily’s one off-hand comment last week about Paige’s swimming).  I’m glad she’s back though, if only because her character arc ended too abruptly for me.  And I’m really glad she came out to her parents.  

Emily’s reaction when Paige said she came out; God, all the awards to Shay.  It was absolute perfection.   There was something in that look she gave Paige and in her voice, like you could just see/hear how proud of Paige she was and how happy she was for her, but it was tentative because she didn’t know yet how Paige’s parents reacted or how Paige felt about it all.  And OMFG, I’m so fucking happy that Emily didn’t let Paige kiss her.  Another classic Emily moment - she’s hurting and upset about Maya but she’s not going to cheat and she’s not going to use Paige to get back at Maya or even to make herself feel better for a bit. 

Hanna and her mom.  Okay, in the beginning of the episode where Ashley asks Hanna if Hanna is sure she’s telling her everything and Hanna says yes - if Ashley can always tell when Hanna is lying, why didn’t she notice that Hanna was lying her face off right there?!?   

Aria’s mom.  She grew a spine!  I love that she came to Ezra’s to listen, not because she approved of the relationship, but because Aria is important enough to her that she can spend a night really listening to her.  That’s how parents should be - of course you don’t condone your kid hooking up with her teacher, but when she claims she’s in love and is threatening to end her relationship with you if you don’t let the relationship continue (I don’t think Aria was threatening to literally run away, as Ella implied), you have to readjust and figure out how to deal with it.  Everyone will have to compromise.  Byron’s black-and-white line, with no room for any discussion, doesn’t help anyone.