'Pretty Little Liars': The eyes are the window to the soul
February 1st, 2011
02:29 PM ET

'Pretty Little Liars': The eyes are the window to the soul

Be honest, ABC Family - do you even know who A is?

With so many clues, cryptic notes and possible motives uncovered in each new episode, how is it possible that we still have no idea who the culprit is?

More confusing than that is the fact that the characters on my list of potential As - Jenna, Mona, Melissa and Ian - don’t even appear in every episode. What are they doing when they’re not on screen? Digitally blackmailing their frenemies? Taping money to paper towels in bakery bathrooms, perhaps?

Last night’s episode began as the girls studied and restudied the picture from the night of Alison’s disappearance, eventually coming to the conclusion that Ali’s brother took the photo from her bedroom.

Things are equally as hectic at Hanna’s house. After hiding some more money in a Popsicle box - seriously? Someone get this girl a safe - Hanna and her mom are told that Mrs. Potter - who, unknowingly, subsidized their unauthorized loan - has requested an appointment. Still $50,000 short, Hanna’s mom begins to panic. Little did she know Potter would die minutes before their meeting, buying her some much-needed time. Coincidence?

Later on, Spencer finds Jason during his afternoon workout. Anyone else notice the lingering shot of her shadow in the hallway? Nice foreshadowing. I might not have noticed it if a post from CNN.com commenter Shannon didn't remind me that Spencer is actually the shadow in the aforementioned photograph. Think back to the early flashbacks; she followed Ali out of the barn. Good catch, Shannon!

We’re then introduced to Paige, played by Lindsey Shaw, formerly of ABC Family’s short-lived series “10 Thing I Hate About You.” Paige is the first blatantly homophobic presence on the show. Her jab about Emily preferring the breaststroke was nothing compared to her attempting to hold Em’s head under water. (Think the Paige storyline will mimic that of Kurt’s closeted bully on “Glee,” or is she just threatened by Emily’s skills?)

Back on dry land, Aria, or shall we call her James Bond, invites Fitz to an art exhibit in the city. With a ticket taped to her notebook and a post-it reading “wear me” stuck to the tie hanging around her neck, she slickly asks him to take a look at her "work."

Speaking of sneak attacks, Hanna opens her locker to find a “Happy Mother’s Day” card. It reads, “Wanna help mama get $$$? Show Aria’s mom what her kid’s hiding. –A” There’s one ticket to the art show inside.

After Spencer’s in-class monologue about giving in to bullies, Hanna attempts to stop Aria's mom Ella from attending the exhibit and, consequently, finding out about Aria and Fitz’s relationship. Lucky for her, Caleb (the new kid) knows a bit about cars, and, without Hanna knowing, makes sure Ella isn’t able to drive to the exhibit. (Sidenote: What was with that awful Justin Bieber product placement. Dear Hanna, please don’t say “Biebs” ever again.)

Aria and Fitz head to the exhibit in a limo while Aria’s (separated) parents fight about their stationary car. That is, before Ella acknowledges that her ex has been working out and recently purchased a new shirt. They end up making out and missing the show.

Spencer finds Jason on her couch when she returns home; looks like the picture is real after all. The bad news? He doesn’t remember if he took it or not because he was stoned all summer long. (Reasons not to smoke pot, according to “PLL”: 1. You will get sent to a juvenile detention center. 2. You’ll black out for extended periods of time.)

He does, however, note that he used to party with Ian. “Poster boy by day, party boy by night,” he says.

When Spencer heads to the bead boutique responsible for the girls’ bracelets, the owner tells her, almost immediately, they were purchased by someone named Spencer. Fishy stuff.

She later comes clean to the girls about being the shadow in the picture, explaining why she followed Ali outside the night of her disappearance. When the girls look out the window, they see Jason staring back at them from Alison’s bedroom.

The episode ended with the owner of the bead boutique making tea for an unidentified guest wearing black leather gloves. Sound familiar? “You have interesting eyes, dear,” she says. “The eyes are the window to the soul.” “Don't worry,” she adds. “I did exactly what you told me to do.”

Anyone else immediately think of Jenna with all that talk about eyes?

What did you think of last night’s episode?

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  1. PLL fan

    I read the books, and although there are a few changes going on I am sure the end results will be the same so don't fret.

    If anyone has ever read the Twilight books they would know that they took out a lot of the jokes and sarcasm used by bella in the movie, they also had more of Jacob in the first twilight book then they ever had in the movie. He made 2 very short appearances in the film. But in the books, Bella chose Edward over Jacob, and that's something they just can't change, and wouldn't change.

    And Im sure Sara Shepard spent a lot of time developing who A is in her books, and she wouldn't appreciate such a drastic change since this is what the whole series revolves around.

    Guys, if it was that way they might as well have changed all the names of the characters and made it an entirely different book. Trust me, Both of the A's will remain the same. And if you don't want to know who A is don't continue to read this.

    The first A is Mona, and when Hannah finds out, Mona tries to push her off of a cliff however they might change that, it's a tad bit dramatic.. and Hannah gets her first. Mona ends up dying. And if you've wondered, Mona hit Hannah with the car. The only thing that confuses me is that Mona hasn't appeared in any of the episodes. I don't appreciate ABC Family dropping these characters off for however long they're doing it and it needs to stop.

    A is not Noel. It was never Noel. In the book they suspected him for a while, but it wasn't him.

    The second A is Alison.. dun dun dun... *eye roll* yeah like nobody knew that. If you DIDN'T know that you have issues.
    Trust me that will NEVER change that was the best and BIGGEST twist in the books. This is all explained in the last book, Alison had a twin named Courtney who had mental issues and spent her time in a mental facility (Which Hannah goes into later on when A convinces Hannah's dad that she is crazy) She meets a friend of Alison's twin there, who has drawn a picture of Alison's face.. or Courtney's face? Hmm. Although, no one but Alison's family ever knew about Alison's twin because the family was embarrassed. Courtney always wanted to BE Alison, so when Courtney came to visit she stole Alison's bracelet with her name on it and then pretended to be her. The family couldn't tell the difference because they barely ever saw Courtney. Alison kept saying that Courtney was pretending to be her and that she stole her bracelet but no one believed her, they thought Courtney was up to her same old tricks, pretending to be Alison. And they took Alison back to mental facility. Keep in mind, this was when Alison was first meeting the girls, Aria, Emily, Hannah, Spencer.. so they never really were friends with Alison. They were friends with Courtney, they just didn't know that.

    Courtney was the girl who was killed that night. Alison became crazy in the facility being around all those people and trying to get out and prove she was Alison. At the end of the last book, Alison comes back and pretends they're friends and, tries to kill them. It ends with a house burning down and our favorite Pretty Little Liars laying on the ground, half conscious. Sounds like a cliffhanger right? That's what I thought. Sadly, that was the end. No followup. Just a paragraph about them talking to the police and ambulance when they arrived at the scene. (Also.. they find a body in the closet of the house.. someone A killed. Any guesses? Maybe you should read the books guys.)

    Bottom line..

    THEY ARE NOT GOING TO CHANGE THE PLOT. THAT IS T.V SUICIDE. If A was Maya or Ezra or Caleb that would make no sense so just stop guessing those people.

    February 12, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gucci girl

    i thought when Paige was dumping Emily"s head in the pool it was "A".i think "A" will be someone so unexpected. I GOT MY MONEY ON EZRA OR SEAN OR MAYA OR CALEB!!!!! CALEB IS REALLY CREEPY AND STALKERISH!!!!!!!!!

    February 3, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dort

    It was great seeing Mrs. Garrett. The book makes Mona out to be "A". But I've got my money on Jenna. She is just too creepy. Don't like how they throw a new character in the mix (Caleb, Paige) with little or no background.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tiara

    i want to know who the the lady was talking to at the end. whoever a is must knew that the girls were going to try and see who had the bracelets made.

    February 3, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  5. polkaroo

    How cute was Mrs. Garrett (Facts of Life) as the bead shop owner. I hope we get to see her again!

    February 2, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Beeftips in booger gravy

    Uh no...the show is based on the book "Things to do while taking a Crap-ola". Ya it is!

    February 2, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Marie


    February 2, 2011 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  8. B-Dawg

    It's MONA!!! This series is based off a series of books like Twilight. The producers know everything that will happen because the story has already been written for them. MONA however is not the one who killed Ali. She's just wants to be mean to the girls because they treated her like a nobody when Ali was alive.

    February 1, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Amber

    I THOUGHT ABOUT JENNA TOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! OMG but then I also think its Ian. Maybe Ian and Jason are A and Ian killed Aly but Jason was too high or drunk to remember. Anyone agree?

    February 1, 2011 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shelly

    My daughter read the books and says the series is not following them.

    February 1, 2011 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Stu

    My wife loves this show. The producers have said they are not following the book because it wouldn't be a suprise, so they have changed things.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. cs

    Well in a previous article I read, they do know who A is. Also there is more than one A. Lucas was one A. He destroyed the mermorial. In the book series A did try to make spence Look like she was hiding secrets. But the jenna thought of being A is the main one alot of people think. In the books one A was mona. I thinks its neither. I think it will be a complete shocker who A is.

    February 1, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lauren

    Guys, PLL is based on a book so you would think the writers know who A is already. I haven't read the books but I'm guessing the series will end the same...

    February 1, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • tiara

      i don't think it will because it would be pointless of them to do it exactly like the books since so many people read them

      February 3, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • --A

      The series well end the same but as for now it well change, and if you see the episode you can see you –A is hi is number 32, you cn see him a couple of times

      February 5, 2011 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sierra

      Hey whoever said they were –A, I didn't get ur comment

      February 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Rachel

    I and my 2 girls never miss it.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lorin

    I don't think the writers of Pretty Little Liars know who "A" is yet either, for all we know there could be several. But, I hope by the end of this season we know at least one of the A's. I think Spencer is a little more hands on with this situation that she leads us to believe, though I do think that "A" is setting her up to look like the bad guy in the end. I knew after last weeks episode that it was Spencer's shadow in the picture. It could prove to be very interesting to have one of the girls be A. If any of them are though I think it would be Spencer. I also wanna know how was Jason in Maya's bedroom? Is Maya really at the camp where her parent's sent her or is something wrong with Maya? Remember when Emily talked to her in the last episode she said that Maya seemed distant like she wasn't really there? Could Maya be one of the A's or could Maya be in danger? Perhaps by Jason? He was in her room.... And, I think the old woman could be referring to Jenna as one of the A's but at the same time I hope Jenna isn't the only A... because that would be really lame and obvious. If Jenna is A I hope there is more than just one.

    February 1, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  16. annee

    I know, right? I'm pretty sure the writers of this show haven't decided who A is yet either. But OMG, did that freak us out last night seeing Jason out the window. We just weren't sure if he was in the house or the barn. Thanks for answering that question. So he was in the bedroom huh? What the heck..that's Mya's house now right? Ewww creepy. But absolute LOVE this show!!!!!

    February 1, 2011 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |

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