January 3rd, 2012
11:55 AM ET
After a scandalous Halloween special, “Pretty Little Liars” brought us back to the present when season 2 returned on Monday night.
And while I’m happy to have my favorite “little liars” back on the tube, Sasha Pieterse’s absence was palpable.
Playing the late Alison DiLaurentis in flashbacks, the 15-year-old’s screen time never totaled more than a few minutes per episode. But now that we’ve witnessed her acting chops in the Halloween special, the show feels blasé without her.
On the bright side, it won’t be much longer before we find out who has been torturing the girls. “A’s” identity will be revealed in the season 2 finale - to air in March, creator and executive producer Marlene King told Entertainment Weekly.
“This finale is virgin territory in the sense that we are answering some ultra huge questions,” King said. “We’re giving the audience a lot to digest and talk about between seasons 2 and 3.”
In the meantime, we have a midseason premiere to discuss:
After being accused of homicide, the girls are required to perform community service in bright orange jumpsuits. They pretend to fight, hoping A will catch a glimpse and make a deal with Emily when she’s ready to go rogue.
And it works.
A agrees to meet Emily to discuss the contents of a box Alison left behind. Though the box is actually empty, the girls proceed with their plan to catch A.
In Ezria news, Fitz comes clean to Aria’s parents about their relationship. But Aria’s parents aren’t having it, which is ironic considering Byron once had an affair with a student. Aria and Fitz are probably way closer in age… oh, and neither are married to someone else.
In Hanna news, her dad eventually married Isabel, despite Hanna’s outburst at their wedding. And her new stepsister, Kate (also known as Satan), will transfer to her school.
There’s not much going on with Spencer, except that she continues to push Toby away. (Even after he made her a rocking chair.)
Toby, maybe you should try making her 10 rocking chairs. I mean, she did buy you a truck.
And then there’s Emily, who might not get her spot back on the swim team. She shouldn’t earn any spots after her cringe worthy exchange with A.
Never tell your enemy you’ve been bluffing before getting what you want in return. Everybody knows that.
Anyway, thanks to Emily’s big mouth, the person in the hooded sweatshirt got away once again. But this time they left something behind: A cell phone.
The phone ended up on the ground after Hanna pulled up to the scene and accidentally hit A with her car. How’s that for payback?!
Does this mean the end of cryptic text messages? Perhaps A has a work phone he or she can use to torment the girls in the meantime. Or e-mail. Twitter, maybe? Just trying to be helpful.
What did you think of last night’s episode?
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