However, after my initial shock at the revelation that A had left Alison (Sasha Pieterse) a note pinned on a pumpkin by a knife, I immediately became suspicious of the rampage on Alison’s porch. We didn’t see the gourd vandalism in the Halloween special (“The First Secret”), but the incident was presented as happening after Alison’s prank in the haunted house, after she decided that she could trust the Liars to have her back.
Could this pumpkin massacre have been another set-up? Another chance for Allison to fake being in danger? The note could have been an attempt by Alison to make it look like she has a stalker. (I wonder if the Halloween flashback was shot during the making of “The First Secret” or if the costumes were recreated for this episode?)
But then again, maybe it was real. Maybe A really did have it in for Alison, and then switched his/her sights to the Liars based on an assumption that they were a threat.
Speaking of assuming things, why do the girls assume that their boyfriends will be safe if they are left out of the loop? A has no choice but to assume that the Liars have told their significant others, so they have always been in the line of fire and always will be. It would be much safer for Toby (Keegan Allen) and Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) to know what they’re up against. How can any of the girls think it’s better to let a killer stalk their clueless pals?
Of course there’s a danger that none of the girls will know what they’re up against if Hanna (Ashley Benson) keeps destroying valuable clues/evidence. How, exactly, is A supposed to know that Hanna destroyed the flash drive (and her mother’s blender) before Caleb had retrieved all of the information from it? Or that Spencer (Troian Bellisario) isn’t confiding in Toby? A has no choice but to treat everyone as a threat, and pretending A cares about things like fair play and leaving the innocent alone is foolish. That scaffolding didn’t unbolt itself from the wall (as we saw last week).
And that wasn’t the only foolish element of this week’s installment. I take off major creative points for making it rain during the sad scenes. Combined with mournful music, that’s just lazy writing and demonstrates a lack of imagination.
And a great imagination is needed is one is trying to imagine a happy ending for Aria (Lucy Hale) and Mr. Fitz (Ian Harding). Dude has got to realize that it’s time to stop messing with a high school girl. And if he’s going to let some kid’s childish (and outlandish) short story be his guidebook for having adult relationships — well, Ezra needs to do even more growing up than we thought! I was shocked by sudden Aria’s lack of ability to think on her feet when her mom asked where Holden went. I thought the girls had learned to lie better (and faster) than that. Maybe Aria’s newfound reluctance to lie to everyone was responsible for her brain vapor-locking there?