20 Days of Pretty Little Liars

Related image1. Mona is Alive – After the Liars woke up panicked, locked inside exact replicas of their bedrooms a voice came over the loudspeaker telling them to exit the room and follow the lighted pathway. They follow the lights to a replica of Alison’s living room and find a blonde in an Ali mask and yellow top playing the piano. The girl removes her mask and it is revealed to be Mona but when an emotional Hanna says her name Mona scoffs and says she’s Alison. When the girls sit for some tea Mona continues to act like Alison and when a bell chimes she leads the others to another room with a game board. During this game, they get prom invites and the game is to find their prom dates and when Hanna sees a picture of Caleb she warns A that if he is hurt she will kill ‘him, her, it, bitch.’ The outburst causes a loud siren to go off and  Mona informs them that the only way to make it stop was to return to their rooms, which they did and the doors slammed behind them, turning off the sirens and leaving them alone. That night, when the generator powers down Mona gets the girls and explains that they have three minutes. She explains what she had learned since being brought to the Dollhouse, punishments and all. Hanna then realizes that Mona does, in fact, know who she is and Mona releases that A wants her to pretend to be Alison and she goes along with it so long as A is watching. With time almost up the girls rush back to their rooms and get locked in again.

I don’t think I can fully describe how amazing, and emotional, this moment or even this episode was. I mean the whole situation, heck even this half of the season was just filled with unbelievably high stakes and this was the climax. Finding out Mona was alive was also definitely one of my favorite surprises though; between her death being an absolutely heartbreaking moment and the fact that Mona is my second favorite character, first being Hanna, I have admitted it was a good and happy surprise. The only downfall was the fact that they were trapped in the dollhouse, storyline wise though this was definitely my favorite. It was really strong and from the Thanksgiving episode to Prom, which is when Charles was revealed, it was just really intense. This show, in general, has a lot of moments that keep you on the edge of your seat and this one just happens to be my personal favorite.

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Veronica Calls Out Wilden – On the day of the S.A.Ts, there is a storm, thus leaving the students of Rosewood locked in until further notice. During this time Wilden gets Emily alone, and eventually all the Liars when they go looking for her. Wilden then accuses Emily of not only trashing Alison’s memory bit of her murder; followed by him essentially out Emily by telling the Liars about a letter she had written to Alison. As things begin to escalate Veronica walks in and is instantly outraged about the fact that the girls isolated and being questioned alone. Learning about the situation Veronica stepped further up and warned Wilden of the laws he was sidelining and that she was going to get him off the case. I love this moment for two reasons; first, how all the girls stuck together even with two shocks all that mattered to them was staying on the same side. Most of all I loved  Mrs. Hastings going full-on mama bear against Wilden, no questions asked, to protect her daughter and her friends.

Pam Confronts McCullers – Because his daughter wasn’t the anchor during a swim meet, Paige’s dad comes to the school and makes a sense, suggesting Emily was getting special treatment because she’s gay. When Pam finds this out she first pulls Emily aside to find out why she never told her but Emily gets defensive, assuming her mother would have sided with McCullers. When Pam spots McCullers across the room she confronts him, giving him a piece of her mind and threatens him to drop the issue or she will show him what an agenda looks like. I thought that was a really strong scene, ever since she was outed Emily and her mom seemed so separate but then when her daughter’s skill and integrate was brought into question in a very outrageous manner everything just seemed to fall together. It was the moment that fixed things for the Fields family and personally, I think it was done beautifully.

Image result for aria and mike 2x11Helping Mike – During a time of ups and downs for the Montgomery family, a change in Mike goes unnoticed that is until he has completely fallen off. When the family finally does notice the way to help him is debated but eventually, they have to stop lying and hiding and deal with reality. This isn’t just one scene but rather a storyline being built up during the first half of season 2 but I really like and wanted to mention it. I feel like it was done subtly so it may have not seemed like a huge moment but I think it was. I mean the Liars deal with this big obvious threat that sometimes the more mundane things aren’t noticed to be as serious but it is and that’s how it was treated. Also, I think it was a significant moment in the development of their family, which I think is important to note too.

Image result for lucas and hanna 2x04Hanna Confronts the Past – The morning after a double date to help Lucas with a girl he likes turns into a success Lucas comes to Hanna’s to express his thanks. He didn’t want to thank her for the date though it was because what she did was selfless, it was just about helping him and was nothing about her gain. When he mentioned that what she did made her nothing like Alison something resonated with Hanna and sent her to Dr. Sullivan. She tells Sullivan about how she really felt about Alison and after an exercise, Hanna is able to let go of Ali’s ghost and move on. I really love Lucas and Hanna’s friendship but that’s not why I love this moment. It feels like it was a big stepping stone in Hanna’s character development. For all the Liars Alison kept them in a certain way and in Hanna’s case, her admiring made her do stuff she wasn’t always sure of and insecure about her own decision. But between Lucas’s words and her session with Dr. Sullivan she was able to put all that away and move forward.

Image result for pll telling dr sullivan 2x11The Liars Tell Sullivan – Having finally reached their breaking point the Liars decide to finally reach out to someone. After realizing how bad Emily has really been pushed, even wondering if she ran away, the rest of the girls go where they think they might find her, Dr. Sullivan. When Emily arrives the Liars discuss being threatened and not sure, but then Sullivan asks who they’re talking about. That’s when told her about A, how the threats began just before Alison funeral, about their suspicions, being framed and being wrong many times. After all this the Liars all feel relieved even a bit empowered but worried. And they were right to, by the end of the episode Dr. Sullivan figured out who A was but by the time the Liars got to her office A had taken her. This was a very significant moment if you ask me, I mean for them to all trust someone enough to tell them the whole truth. Plus the fact that once they finally did that person was taken. They are left not knowing if she is dead or alive, that person who went out of her to help them, the person who they all learned to trust opening was now gone. It really magnified A to another scary level.

Image result for Hanna as red coatHanna Pretends as Red Coat – Suspicious of Spencer’s involvement with A the rest of the Liars make a plan to find the truth. During the swim meet Spencer spots someone in a red trench coat and follows her. After temporarily losing her Spencer finally corners the red coat in the girl’s bathroom, but when she turns around it’s Hanna; soon Emily and Aria follow out from the stalls. They were testing Spencer to see if she was on the A-team; her following met she was still one of them. Spencer then explains how she joined, that Mona was not in charge and how the party is a setup to get them all together. With the truth, the Liars finally felt like they had the advantage. The reason I like this moment is that even when they had proof of Spencer being against them the Lairs still had faith that there had to be more to it. It really is an example of how no matter what they are not only going to stick together but they will always be on the same side, no matter how hard A tries to pull them apart.

Mona Shows Video of Alison – Feeling paranoid about someone following her Alison flees into the church. After sending out an S.O.S she turns to find Mona behind her. Alison tells Mona she is not afraid of her to which Mona responds about having proof of the Liars being in New York and how she wanted Alison to leave Rosewood. After some back and forth Alison believes Mona is scared and that she has the upper hand, causing Alison to hold her ground about staying and saying Mona is afraid that everyone wants to be her friend and that she can make her Loser Mona again. In anger, Mona slaps Alison causing Alison to slap her back before demanding she leaves her alone. What Alison hadn’t expected was Mona recording the interaction and showing it in her favor, shocking the school and the Liars. What I love most about this moment is how well Mona managed to play this scene, not only with the video but also by ensuring that the Liars would waver about Alison. Also, it’s a good display of how easy the tables can turn for the ‘victim’ which is something I feel happens quite often with this show.

Image result for Hanna 6x01Article About their Families – After being trapped in the Dollhouse for weeks Charles lets the Liars out of their rooms, all looking traumatized. As they reunited a voice came over the loudspeaker instructing them to Alison’s room to ‘prepare for the arrival.’ They find boxes filled with Alison’s things, soon realizing that Mona was missing and Alison was coming. After finishing with Alison’s room the girls return to their own to discover their own boxes filled with their personal belongs. Among her things, Hanna finds a newspaper with an article about their families. It was about how they were struggling since the abduction and how Hanna’s mom had since been hospitalized. This caused the girls to truly realize their families were not only losing hope but suffering from not knowing where they are or if they are alive. This moment really broke my heart, I mean the whole Dollhouse scenario is just really emotional and extreme but just hearing Hanna talk about her mom and hearing about the isolation for the first time was just incredibly emotional and hard.

Image result for pll moms in basementMom’s on Prom Night – While chaperoning their daughters and their dates on prom night they decide to enjoy themselves a little too. After some bottles of wine and confessions about the DiLaurentis-Hastings relation, the moms begin to have their own theories. – Honestly, I love this so much because it is really funny but also kind of emotional. I mean the moms of the show have gone through so much emotionally and I feel like this showed how they that affected them. The Liars have each other to deal with everything thrown at them but the parents don’t. They’re moms that don’t know who to help their daughters; I kind of wish there were more moments like this.

Related imageSpencer Reads Mary’s Letter – Having found out the truth about her lineage, that she was, in fact, the child of Mary Drake, Spencer begins to question her existence, then came the game. — I’m actually surprised by how much I ended up actually being interested in Mary and Spencer’s relationship. I mean I was expecting it to feel like Cece and Ali but this feels like so much more and it all started with that letter. As much as I like Veronica Hastings and how bad I feel for her I can’t deny that I’ve liked watching Spencer and Mary’s heart-to-heart moments.

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Image result for spoby 2x252. Post Unmasking – After the fallout of finding out Mona is A the authorities and with them Dr. Sullivan, to the surprise of the Lairs, who though she was dead. Dr. Sullivan provides comfort and some insight to the girls who after the events of the night were still in shock and shaken up. Once they all returned to Rosewood Dr. Sullivan diagnosed Mona with a personality disorder but it also discovers via Mona’s thoughts that ‘everything went according to their plan.’ After discussing Mona, Sullivan explains how it was thanks to their friend that she was able to return and that friend turned out to be Toby; he was waiting outside shared a passionate kiss with Spencer. The girls decide to spend the night together and head to Emily’s house but when they arrive they see emergency officers waiting. Emily’s mother informs them that they found a body, and they think it’s Maya. The news causes Emily to become distraught as she falls into her friends arms as they try to comfort her.

Maybe this should count as part of Mona being revealed as A but I like for different reasons and recognize it as a separate moment so I figured it works better this way. This episode was about to be the closest thing to a happy ending but before it actually ended everything came crashing down. A new murder, a new mystery, a new heartbreak. Very classic Pretty Little Liars at that point and I as frustrating as it can be at times it is one of the things that make it quite addicting at times. Also as a bit of a bonus, this is one of my favorite Spoby moments, between the slap attempt, the smiling kiss and Toby saying that ‘pretending not to love Spencer was the hardest thing he ever did.’ Overall this had to have been my favorite finale, maybe tied with season 5, and this moment was just emotionally wrenching. I feeling like this was the moment where it became really clear that there was never just one thing to fear but at the same that the only way they can make it is by not just sticking together but sometimes have faith in the people they love.

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Image result for mona is a3. Mona is A – During the Masquerade Ball, Spencer puts together why Alison was at the Lost Woods Resort, with the help of Mona; Ali wasn’t hiding as Vivian but in fact she was watching A. Desperate to finally be able to out maneuver A, Spencer leaves the Masquerade Ball for the Lost Woods with Mona. With Spencer piecing everything together, her and Mona enter the room next to the one Ali was in; it was filled with photos of the Liars, newspaper clippings, dolls, maps, and blueprints. They had discovered A’s Lair. While digging through A’s belongs Spencer finally figures it out, Mona is A. Mona returns just in time, in her black hoodie uniform and knocks Spencer unconscious. Spencer comes to, terrified in the seat next to Mona recklessly driving to Look Out Point. Spencer manages to get a call out a call out to the other Liars, informing them that Mona is A and that she is taking her to Look Out Point. As the Liars race up to cut Mona off, Spencer gets answers; Mona became A not because of Alison’s bullying but rather because the girls stole Hanna from her.

This was quite the reveal and the way everything played out from beginning to end was incredibly intense and emotional. I just feel like the reveal was just unbelievable shocking not to mention the lair being beyond creepy but also super amazing. Between her reasoning and just how well she hid being suspicious I mean yeah if you considered her past but then you’d think Ali being gone would be enough. I think the most twisted part is just the fact that she wanted to be accepted and she wanted Hanna back and somehow that just turned into her wanting control really. Mona will always be the greatest A to me, at least I think so, not sure how I’ll feel after the series finale but I guess that will depend on how it all plays out.

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4. Haleb in the Woods – When Hanna and Caleb come home from school they are welcomed by a not so pleased Ashley. She had found Caleb’s backpack in the basement and pieced together that Hanna had Caleb staying without her knowledge. Ashley kicks Caleb out and he leaves, but she hadn’t expected Hanna to follow him out. With no where else to go Hanna and Caleb spent the night camping out in the woods. Caleb’s surpised by Hanna’s skills when it comes to camping and that caused the two to begin opening up with each other; Hanna mentioned her past weight problem and Caleb discussed foster care. Gaining comfort, trust and feeling more intimate while sharing stories the two share a passionate kiss which leads to them sharing their first night together. The next day Hanna comes home to change and is confronted by Ashley who had spent the night worring about her. Hanna snaps back at her though for being unsympathetic towards Caleb before once again storming off. Ashley realized she only had one choice; after a conversation between the two before dinner Ashley invited Caleb to stay in their guest room for the time being.

I just really enjoy watching the more intimate moments between characters. Not to also mention, Hanna and Caleb are my absolute favorite couple on the show and this was like the first moment were they connected on a more intimate level making this unbelievale sweet. And as much as I love the Haleb moment though the reason as to why this is so high on my list is becasue it was not only the first really real moment between Hanna and Caleb but it was also the first moment where Ashley realized how important Caleb is to Hanna. I mean Caleb ends up playing a large role in the Marin family, in a good way and this was the beginning of him not only being close with Hanna but also being more than just some boyfriend. He ends up being there for them during Ashley’s arrest, after the Dollhouse, and so much more. Hanna trusts Caleb wholeheatedly and Ashley trusts Hanna with Caleb and Caleb loves Hanna limitlessly.

20 Days of Pretty Little Liars

Image result for pll house blows up5. House Blows Up – When news breaks about new information on the Jane Doe buried in the DiLaurentis’ yard. The Liars, along with Caleb, Toby and Ezra gather at Emily’s house in time for the Rosewood Police Chief to arrive at the press conference. The Chief announces that the body buried has been identified as Bethany Young, a runaway patient from Radley Sanitarium. When he also mentioned Alison’s ‘alleged’ kidnapping the Liars become even more on edge. As the press conference comes to an end there was a large boom and the windows of Emily’s house shatter. Everyone runs out of the house to find out what happened and discovered the Cavanaugh house on fire and rubble covering the street. As Toby runs off to get answers from his destroyed house the Liars’ phones begin to beep. A had reawakened.

Why I love this moment so much, I don’t really know. It wasn’t because the house exploded because somehow on this show that wasn’t the biggest thing in this moment; I guess because in this case A literally returned with a boom. I mean yeah we got an answer to the question with the grave but it also leads to like a dozen new questions, which I guess should have been expected. Who wants easy when it comes to television, I guess that’s what makes mystery based shows kind of really addicting; nothing like drama and suspense to keep you watching.

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20 Days of Pretty Little Liars

6. The Lighthouse – With Garret’s trial approaching Emily decides to get away with Maya’s family and goes to the Lighthouse Rock Inn with Nate. While talking a nap, Emily awakens alone by a call from ‘A’ telling her to get out. After awhile, Nate returns and informs Emily his family is a few hours away. Something feels off for Emily though and when she sees yellow splatters on Nate’s boots things click and Emily realizes Nate is Maya’s stalker. Knowing this, Emily tries to escape into the woods but is stopped and taken captive. From there Nate shows her a video Maya recorded at Noel’s cabin explaining everything from her True North stalker to how she felt about Emily to how she wanted to return. As the video ends about how he is actually Lyndon James and how he loved Maya. He explained how when he met Emily and heard her talk about Maya he thought he could start over with her but Emily ‘played’ him. From there he pulled a gagged Paige from the closet and tells Emily that he will take Paige from her but at the sound of footsteps Lyndon becomes distracted and Emily runs. Looking for a signal to call 9-1-1 Emily goes up to the lighthouse and Lyndon follows, with a knife in hand. Emily tries to hold him off but in the struggle, she stabs him in the stomach. He falls to the floor and Caleb arrives, with a gun he shelves, and comforts a trembling Emily, then a gunshot goes off. When the rest of the Liars arrive, Emily and Paige are being questioned and Caleb is loaded into an ambulance after being shot in the abdomen, causing Hanna to become distraught in her friends’ arms.

This is a show filled with a lot of mystery, suspense, heartbreak and death and this moment is an example of it all. When the episode started I was so sure that Caleb was the one that was deceased, a minute hadn’t even gone by and I was already crying at Hanna’s sobbing for him. But I was relieved to see he didn’t but that doesn’t change how emotional the lighthouse scene was. The moment Emily got away my breath was caught but then when it ended and we saw Emily as Caleb got there was absolutely heartbreaking.

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