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Pretty Little Liars Recap: "If These Dolls Could Talk"


This week’s episode can best be summarized with two words: CREEPY DOLLS.

Before we get to the dolls, let’s count the ways that everybody went there.

And no, I’m not talking Hanna’s poorly formed plan that caused Mona to makeout with Caleb in front of Melissa in hopes that she would send a text as A. These girls didn’t bother to think that A was probably watching them while they watched Melissa and thus knew what was going on all along. A always knows what’s going on, but let’s get on with it.

1. Alison – Appearing to Spencer in what I’m assuming is a pain medication induced dream (but remember that Emily saw Ali in last season’s finale as well), Alison told her not to get hung up on the details and miss what’s right in front of her. Granted, that’s what the girls did for the rest of the season, but Alison – real or not – tried to make things easy for her friends. These girls just like to take whatever bit of proof they get and run with it. Ali was able to find out who A was all by herself and these four girls still can’t get it together.

2. Aria – She discovered a boarding school application, which prompted her to confront her mother and threaten to tell her father’s boss about his relationship with a student. Are we supposed to feel sorry for Aria? She’s acting like an entitled brat. Quite frankly, boarding school might suit her. In the end, she lost anyway because Ezra lost his job and has to move back into his parents since he can’t get a job teaching in Rosewood. Her goodbye send off was sex. How sweet.

3. Melissa – Spencer showed her sister the video that had been taken in Alison’s room and tells her what their parents thought. Melissa got all crazy-eyed and told two solid truths. First, that everyone in town wanted Ali to disappear. That’s what happens when someone is a terrible bitch to everyone around them. And secondly, that there may be more videos that would incriminate the girls and lead to further questioning from the police. Anyone else think Melissa knows about what they did to Jenna? Or is she just attempting to scare them?

4. Jenna – Is anyone else feeling duped? I still don’t know where I stand with her. I felt sympathy for her last week when she broke down and cried because she was surprised that Hanna cared enough to save her from the fire. I felt even worse when she removed her bandage and couldn’t see… except OMG SHE COULD.

Yes, I was a little duped. I couldn’t decide if she was lying or not, but she was so emotional that I thought maybe she was. Was her apology to the girls genuine? Does she really want to leave the past in the past? She told the girls they had someone to be afraid of and considering how quickly Garrett fell at the end… Who knew that Jenna was holding onto the missing page from Ali’s autopsy report all this time? There’s no doubt that Jenna, or rather Toby, passed that paper along to the police, leading to his arrest. Speaking of which, how disgusting was that kiss between him and Melissa prior to the police showing up? Does Spencer’s sister even have standards?

Now back to those creepy dolls. I’m going to have nightmares about this stuff. I’m not even kidding. The girls went back to the doll shop where Spencer questioned the owner, who said they repair dolls more than they sell them. Once inside the shop, they meet the tiny, bad-haired, all around creepy boy, Seth, who knew way too much about Ali. He knew how she died, that a man and a woman were after her, and that she’d had black hair. The old lady called this, “a gift” because apparently he sees things that haven’t happened yet.

After fumbling through their list of A suspects, the girls returned to the doll shop in hopes that Seth could help them. Instead, they deal with poor electricity and dolls that come alive, specifically one that chants, “Follow me and end up like me.” These girls had about fifteen different clues that said, “RUN!” The dolls hanging all over the place, the lights going out, and the talking doll wasn’t enough apparently. Everything began to fall in as the girls ran out of the shop with Hanna’s discovered laptop in hand.

Things at the doll shop came full circle when the episode ended with A and the old lady, who was extremely upset at the mess A had created. The worst part though? The zooming in on Seth’s creepy child face. I’ll be having nightmares for the rest of the week.

And that wraps things up on this episode, which is particularly exciting because next week A is finally revealed. So, I’ll leave you with the most exciting question of all: Who do you think A is? Leave your speculations below!

Amber Cunigan
Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.

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