Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Pretty Little Liar 1x11: "Moments Later" More Secrets Come Out

Horray Horray Horray. Everybody cheer because after the excruciatingly long wait, Pretty Little Liars is back!

Money Loan and Broken Bones: The episode starts off right after Hannah gets hit by an anonymous car, literally a “Moment Later.” Oh wow, I get it now, THAT is why it is titled “Moments Later!” . While driving home with a pocketbook of stolen cash Hanna’s mom gets pulled over by a cop. She is freaking out because, well, she has a buttload of stolen cash in her pocketbook. Much to her relief they did not pull her over because of her illegal activities. They only pulled her over to let her know her daughter was rammed by a car. Phew. At hospital Mrs. Marin is clutching that bag of stolen cash so tight that it may just explode.

She tells the girls that Hanna is going to be just fine. I thought she may have been really hurt or something but, you know, she only has “a broken leg, a broken ankle, bruised ribs” and the possibility of a splenectomy. Nothing to be worried about. The girls are now officially freaked. How did it get to this? Should they go to the police? Who is A? They decide to not come to any conclusions until they find out what Hanna saw.

Secrets Out: Aria meets Mr. Ezra Fitz at his car, in the middle of town, in the middle of the day, in broad daylight. He shows her the “I See You” note that was left on his rear window the previous night. Ezra’s all like “That is too specific to mean nothing, someone saw us” and Aria is all like “It means nothing, why have you not wiped this lame note off your car yet you dumbass,” and then proceeds to wipe it off herself.

Aria is proved completely wrong when Hanna reveals to the girls that she saw Noel Kahn (Aria’s fling between Fitz hookups) write the note on Mr. Fitz’s car. Hanna keeps looking at Aria, not sure of how much to divulge. She deals with this in the same sensitive way she dealt with the Emily and Maya’s relationship. She doesn’t tell everyone about the secret but makes sure Aria feels safe and comfortable to reveal the information. Aria finally reveals to everyone that she and Mr. Fitz have been seeing each other since before school. Next thing you know Noel shows up to bring Hanna a care package and it is awkward for everyone. He lies to her about his whereabouts the night before and the cute and innocent Noel is looking more and more suspicious.

Back at Aria’s crib Spencer and Emily tell her about Allie and Ian’s (Melissa’s ex who Spencer kissed) love carving in the woods. They try to narrow down who A can be. It can’t be Toby, because he was in jail. It can’t be Ian, because he was shacking up with Melissa all night. So logically the only person left in the world is Noel. Poor poor Noel. Noel comes to see Aria in the music room the next day and school and admits he went to the party to play a joke and scare the girls. Way to make yourself look like a creepy loser Noel. While there he saw Aria go into the car and thinks that Fitz forced Aria to go with him, but Aria sets him straight. Like I said before, poor poor Noel. Aria cant bring herself to tell Mr. Fitz that Noel knows (say that ten times fast) about their affair.

Ian’s a Creep: Aria and Spencer go for a stroll in the woods to find the Ian and Alison love tree, all the while discussing Aria’s illicit love life. As though the words came right out of my mouth, Spencer tells Aria “Part of me thinks this is really self destructive behavior, most of me just thinks its really hot.” Ms. Spencer Hastings, truer words have never been spoken. When they get to the tree, it is no longer there. Someone apparently came and cut it down, and then removed it. Seriously, is A a lumberjack. How in gods name does a normal person cut a tree down, cut it into logs and then remove it from the woods with no one noticing in a day. Also wouldn't there be like a HUGE indent or make on the ground from the tree falling? A must have superpowers or have minions doing her dirty work.

When they get back to Spencer’s, Aria is as baffled as I am by the disappearing tree and can only comprehend it by saying “A tree Spence, an entire tree.” But that is not the only surprise of the day. Upon opening the fridge, Spencer finds two bottles of champagne, followed by Ian walking into the kitchen in a suit. Apparently Melissa and creepy Ian decided to get hitched. Uh Oh.

Mona goes to visit Hanna to make a peace treaty. It is not really important but I just wanted to show the screencap of her waving a white la Perla “the international peace symbol.” Ha.

Hanna On Drugs: While in a drug induced daydream, Allie appears in a candy-stripper candy-striper's uniform. She tells Hanna that what happened to her was more complicated than algebra, which makes me wonder if she is really bad at algebra, or what happened to her was actually not complicated at all. Dream Allie gives Hanna cryptic messages saying that if the four PLL’s put their heads together they will figure out what happened to Allie and that a good lie is better than a bad truth. I hate Allie so much that it pains me to admit that I do kind of agree with her. Then Allie is all like “I really should do something about A, that bitch is getting one my nerves” and then a closeup of a cup with Allie’s lipstick.

While “asleep” in the hospital Lucas comes and leaves a soft sweet kiss on Hanna’s farhead. He comes by the next day and brings her a tray of all different flavors of pudding. No joke, this boy knows the way to my heart. Lucas admits that he kissed her when he thought she was asleep.She tells him the truth; she has a boyfriend and she sees Lucas as just a friend. Now I just want to say poor poor Lucas. He would be so much better for her than Sean who does not get her at all. I am on team Lucas.

Coming Out: While on the phone with the lovely Maya, Emily’s dad walks in the room. He begins interrogating her, in a stern, low, and raspy voice about Toby Cavanaugh. He bans her from visiting Toby in jail, which is totally understandable for a parental point of view. Her dad keeps pushing her, and pushing her to tell him what is making her act so strange recently. Finally she breaks and says that it is not Toby she is afraid of it is her parents (translation: I am gay). She is not who they think she is (translation: I am gay). Everything is not that simple (translation: I am gay). If only this wasn’t an American teen drama she could tell him that she is gay. But then something miraculous happens... EMILY COMES OUT! Thank you so very much PLL. Emily has progressed from believing something was wrong with her because of these feelings to fully embracing her sexuality. I cannot imagine how hard it would be to come out to strict conservative parents, but I applaud her for being true to herself. Sadly though, her father says nothing, and just sits down on the bed facing away from her. Poor Poor Emily.

Emily’s parents are downstairs in the living room discussing the news that their daughter’s a big ol’ lezzie while Emily sits on the top of the stair eavesdropping. Emily’s compassionate mother first blames Maya for Emily being gay. She wants to discuss ways to “fix” Emily and then Mr. Fields expresses the voice of reason saying “this is not like buying her braces, this is who she is.” Thank you for being smart, but your stubborn closed minded homophobic wife still thinks it is all Maya’s fault. Maya must of turned her gay. If people had the ability to turn other people gay, wouldn't the whole world be gay then? I mean if I had the ability to turn anyone gay that I was attracted to, believe me there would be alot more gay girls in the world. With every word that comes out of Emily’s mom’s mouth, I hate her more and more. When Mr. Fields says to try and keep things in perspective, she is not doing drugs, she is not pregnant she replies “What is your perspective between right and wrong?” And then she is all like “Emily being gay is going to ruin her life, we did not raise a gay daughter. Why are you not as homophobic as me anymore, did you leave your bigotry out in Iraq?” He is all like “Dude I have seen people die in the desert for the last 8 month, Emily only told us she is gay. She is alive and healthy and that is what is important to me.”

Well suffice to say that Emily did not have the best experience coming out to her parents but I am happy that they showed her father, the parent who is in the military, as more accepting and understanding of her sexuality. This show is watched by a demographic that until recently only had lesbians who, after sweeps were over, went back to being straight. This is a girl who is a “normal.” She is pretty, popular, athletic, and also just happens to be gay. She she is not experimenting; she has feelings for a girl and is sick and tired of lying to her parents about it. That is why she came out and that is why her father’s attempt at understanding his daughters sexuality is that much more important. I know there is going to be ridicule about him constantly saying “Do you think I like this, I don’t,” but I think the fact that he still accepts Emily as Emily, and that he knows that this is who she counts for a lot. He may not “like” her being gay now but that does not mean that he won’t accept it. I am proud of how this episode told this coming out story in a fairly realistic light.

Double A?: Back at the hospital the girls discuss the disappearing tree act. Why would A carve Ian’s and Alison everlasting love into a tree and then just cut it down. Maybe A has a split personality, or maybe.... A IS TWO PEOPLE! I called it. Well kind of, I did say A either had super powers or minions which is basically the same. They move the blanket to reveal that A had been to visit Hanna and left an “apology” note on her cast while Hanna was asleep. Creepy to say the least.

So what did you guys think of PLL’s return. Is Noel going to kill Fitz? Will Emily’s mom turn into a wicked witch? Does Dream Allie know who A is? Will that lipstick stain be important? Let me know what you though and if you have any answers to the above questions.



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