How does this show keep getting better? How?!!
Now, that we're actually getting some information and also getting to see Mona and Toby's faces as they work as A, I think everything is twice as creepy.
Paige was great and I thought her freak out was very realistic. She kind of reminded me of how, for a long ass time, the girls behaved like victims, absolutely terrified, waiting for the next A attack but also contributing to their own misery by creating scenarios that A could exploit. It made me see how far they've come-- how self-aware and strong they've become. That was cool!
We had so many interesting bits! Lucas' story, Ella's, Meredith's, Mona's. I'm not sure I buy any of them, tbh. Mona's was obviously a lie and it cracked me up when the girls stared at her blankly. Also, I just can't seem to trust Lucas, no matter how much I try. It's probably because the stories he tells us -- poker problem, selling test answers-- are just that: stories. We never actually see evidence of him doing any of those things.
I never suspected of Ella before, but she seemed very weird during her conversation with Aria.
While I deeply appreciate the show didn't go the cliche route and stretched the Meredith vs. Aria thing, this new Meredith kind of gave me a whiplash. I can buy that when faced with something as extreme as a murder it would bring out a decent side of hers, because some people work like that. And that she would want to bond with Aria because she's scared and Aria is the only one in almost the same boat as her hence the tea but if it ends up being revealed she's as vile as we're previously shown, I won't be surprised.
The Spencer vs Mona competition has been a long time coming and I think it was just an instant classic. Andrew is cute and he seems interesting to boot!
Hanna telling off Mona was just spetacular. I get why this has been hard on her, but about time.
I thought her admitting that she tries to pretend to be strong to fit with what she thinks Emily wants was very sweet but also really sad. I don't know that they will ever be on level playing fields. It all seems pretty doomed to fail. Also, I don't remember Maya being all that strong. Even in Season 1 when I liked her she seemed more like a typical boho self-absorbed teen (like Aria).
I think Maya would look strong to someone with Paige's insecurities. She was confident if not downright cocky. Scratch that, she was cocky and she clearly hid a lot from Emily. She never let Emily see the cracks like Paige does. Strangely enough, I have the opposite gut instinct and I think that makes Paige and Emily's relationship stronger.
Edited by brunax5, Jan 16, 2013 @ 3:56 PM.