Pretty Little Liars: Fresh Meat
January 14, 2015 6:40 AM - Season 5, Episode 15 - Subscribe

Toby deals with the conflict between being a police officer and being Spencer's boyfriend. Spencer and Caleb deal with potentially incriminating evidence. Hannah tries to tour colleges, and Emily tries to make empanadas. Aria writes a letter to get herself off the waitlist at Talmadge.

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posted by Bulgaroktonos (7 comments total)
I was so relieved that Emily's empanada thing didn't work out. We have too many examples of someone who gets a random Big Shot at Thing and tries really hard and works all night and with elbow grease and just Wanting It So Bad everything turns out super well and that's NOT how life works and it was genuinely kind of a pleasure to see Emily fail in a realistic and appropriate way even though I felt super badly for her.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:56 AM on January 14, 2015

Also what was up with that kind of weird, talkative guy trying to ingratiate himself with Spencer and Aria? The one working in Ezra's bookstore? There's something going on there. He's working in Aria's boyfriend's store and moving into Spencer's guest house? Absolutely not what he seems.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:57 AM on January 14, 2015

Also, JASON AND HANNAH'S MOM? WTF? WTF? That was AMAZING! WOW! I do not even know what to think but I hope it makes them both happy although I thought she was still dating that pastor? Didn't Hannah mention that to her drippy college guide?
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 6:59 AM on January 14, 2015

Also, this probably makes me a bad person but I kind of hope that Aria hasn't gotten in anywhere because she just didn't, not because A's fucking with her. It probably IS that A's fucking with her but I would sort of be okay with the universe sending Aria the message that she's not as awesome as she thinks. This is probably bitter and vindictive of me but here we all are. She also looks crazy paranoid every time she talks about it which I'm enjoying, although I'm really holding out for a major Aria crying binge. No one is an uglier crier than Aria.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:01 AM on January 14, 2015

Oh, and I haven't even talked about the knife yet, although I found myself not caring that much even though I probably should. That was just more random detritus. Do we know if the kiln door shut by accident? I'm assuming it was someone doing it because I don't think the kiln would turn on automatically (that would be unbelievably dangerous) but we don't know.

Frankly that entire thing was just a lawsuit waiting to happen. How do these kids have access to the school at night? How is the kiln not better secured than that? The whole thing is completely ridiculous and there are a number of things that should not be able to occur in a properly-administrated school. Christ.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:06 AM on January 14, 2015

Yeah Hannah definitely told the college guide her mom was dating a pastor.

All in all it felt weirdly like a regular teen soap opera rather than a Mystery with Suspense and Murder. People dealt with their girlfriend moving away and not getting into college and wanting a part time job; Spencer was even in the school, although admittedly to destroy a possible murder weapon. Hell, even Jason hooking up with Ms. Marin would be totally at home on something like the OC.

I assume this means that next week will be all over the top A drama.
posted by Bulgaroktonos at 7:06 AM on January 14, 2015

That's a fair point I hadn't really considered; the knife plot and the bookending with Ali were basically the only things that made this an episode of PLL. There was also that moment where Aria found the bookmark with the excerpt from her letter to Talmadge which fit in with general PLL creepiness.

I also wonder if there's less A drama now because since Ali's in jail A is lying low for a bit? This could mean A is working up to something crazy dramatic or it could mean that A is just going to keep needling them in subtle ways until they all go mad and end up in Radley* which would be awesome.

Thinking about how it's increasingly clear that Ali is NOT A, I was relieved that Toby pointed out in the initial exchange that Ali was the one who got him locked up years before. It gives me hope that they aren't just going to make the transition from sociopath to victim and hopefully will retain some complexity for that character instead of making her a misunderstood hero or, God forbid, a martyr. She really is completely terrible, even if she has not been the one tormenting them for all these years.

*Did I just make the Boo Radley connection or has I realized that before? Either way it is great. This show is so great.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 7:16 AM on January 14, 2015

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