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11 January 2011 @ 04:55 am
Pretty Little Liars: "Salt Meets Wound" Episode Review  
Pretty Little Liars 1.12 "Salt Meets Wound"

Hanna is home from the hospital, managing herself temporarily in a wheelchair as she continues to recover to full health, however discovers her mother's stolen cash and confronts her about it. Aria talks to Ezra Fitz regarding Noel and reassures him that things are gonna be okay, however a visit from Noel says otherwise as he tries to blackmail Fitz through his own grades in class. Aria confronts Noel about this but he spins his own tale, making himself look incredibly shady in the process. Spencer and Alex spend more time together, but after a talk about Alex's future resorts to an anonymous e-mail of sending him to a career that he said he wasn't interested in pursuing, pointing the finger at Spencer for sending it since she is the only one that he told. Emily invites Maya over for dinner with her parents, her father gets along rather well while Emily's mother is struggling with accepting or being comfortable with her daughter being gay. Mona makes a surprise party for Hanna to get her socializing again, however it proves to be lackluster when Lucas crashes and creates a small ruckus, Noel is around being creepy and the girls eying him the entire time, and afterwards it is discovered that the money Hanna's mother stole has now been taken.

This episode provided more questions than it did answers, of course with any episode with this show there are always new questions and suspicions to be had instead of answers. But plenty of speculations and theories regarding who is behind all this.

Noel is definitely suspicious because his behavior, along with the flashback, is rather telling that he could certainly have some kind of grudge against the girls because of their association with Alison. He acts completely charming but that's just a facade. He's shady and is hiding something. I'm glad that Aria is staying clear from him now, and I kinda wanted to punch him for suggesting that Ezra was lying to her. I might not like the Aria and Ezra relationship myself but, seriously, that was just low and skeevy for him to do. He definitely has other motives and that's not to protect Aria, that's for sure. I used to be somewhat skeptical about Lucas for a time, but it seems less likely it's him because of the confession he made about destroying Alison's memorial. It appears he just holds resentment against Alison and him teasing her and perhaps being around Hanna brings up those memories. I felt kinda bad for him in this episode, to be honest. He was acting like a jerk yeah, but with him openly admitting why and his last statement to Hanna was kind of heartbreaking. "Don't make me like you," you could tell it was tearing him up to say that. It's still uncertain whether he may be part of it, but I highly doubt so now. :(

I'm still wary about Jenna, though. In all honesty I don't really think she's blind, or she had been but somehow had been fixed and is pretending to be. Hey, it's a theory because who would suspect the blind girl who had been in a serious accident, right? Also Ian, that's still up in the air. There is something about the way he acts and the connection between the cabin and what happened to Alison when she returned right before she had disappeared. So I don't know.

Now here's the question: How does A know all the things that the others do, even when they are alone? How could A have known about Alex's plans unless it was someone who had been around them, watching them when they were discussing it outside of the school? How could they have known about Hanna's mother's stolen stash and steal it demanding the kind of attentive action from Hanna? I still think there is a bug or device hidden somewhere, either the bear (either the teddy bear or panda bear as seen in this episode) or somewhere else.

I also was scared for Hanna near the end of the episode. Being hunted by an unknown person harassing and stalking you while in a wheelchair is definitely a scary concept. D:

As far as the episode goes, there was definitely wounds having salt poured onto them for many of our main characters and their involvement with others and not being able to outright confront the issues then and there. However I felt kind of disappointment in the parents of this episode.

Hanna's mother knowingly stole the money and, while Hanna didn't throw the party herself, it seemed like she was unintentionally blaming Hanna for it being stolen. Even though it is her responsibility because it really was her own fault for stealing it in the first place, though understandably because anyone can do anything in deep desperation. However, I felt like she was brushing Hanna off coldly or simply ignoring her. Perhaps that is her coping mechanism. I just felt horrible for Hanna. Then there's Emily's mother, who I knew wouldn't be as accepting as the father was during dinner, but her words to her at the end? It's like, that's the worst thing to say. But at least she was honest?

In spite of that, I like how real they're making the situation, of parents dealing with their children being gay. There are those that aren't accepting, and will continue to think it as disgusting or make them sick, and probably that will never change. That's the painful reality for many, unfortunately. I like that they're showing the turmoil of the family during this rift. I just hope that it will work out somehow in the end, that even if the mother's feelings won't change she can at least let her daughter be happy. *crosses fingers*

So yeah. That's all I have to say right now. I'm more concerned with the WHO IN THE HELL IS A?!?! because it's seriously driving me nuts. But in a good way.

ETA: Oh, and someone pointed this out when I was looking at other reviews from the episode: when Noel was blackmailing Mr. Fitz, he changed his grade from a C to an A. Foreshadowing perhaps? Idk.


For anyone that has read the books and watch the show, what books are being covered this season? Will the seasons be in book order or are all the books going to be featured in this one season? Because I'm kind of wanting to pick the books up even though I wanna finish the show and not get spoiled, or get spoiled and see how the show differs from them entirely.
 
 
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Gaby: the pretty little liarssquaringkarma on January 11th, 2011 05:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not entirely sure, but they've covered up to at least book 4 at this point yet it's different.

Good thoughts! Em and Maya playing footsie at dinner was cute yet the mom's crying was so sad, too.

What do you think the Single Shot is? Norman Buckley on Twitter (his handle is norbuck) has said "There's a single shot in #PLL tomorrow night that gives a BIG clue. Look for it!" and "It's a single shot, and it's very subtle, AND, hopefully, it might go right by you! But it will all make sense later," and "#PLL fans--the clue will only make sense in retrospect! So don't make yourselves crazy. Enjoy the show!"

Just in case you're wondering "Who the heck is this guy?" Well, he's directed the last two episodes as well as "Homecoming" I believe.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on January 12th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
I figured they would be different, though I'm wondering if they do finish all the books this season or if they're going to continue into another season.

At least they're showing how the mother is struggling. I hate her attitude, but it shows how real the struggle is for parents who discover their kids are gay and they aren't happy about it. I do wonder how it's going to be for Emily once her father leaves again, and it's just the two of them.

What do you think the Single Shot is?

I think it could have been Noel giving the A on his paper, being A's signature. I don't know. That's all I got, because it was subtle until I saw someone pointing it out.
forwardish: PLL Hanna blue gorgeousforwardish on January 12th, 2011 08:05 pm (UTC)
The Noel thing is becoming much more interesting but I have the feeling its a red herring. Although I do think he is dangerous, especially with the way he's been dealing with Aria. Although I feel where he's coming from, because seriously, the teacher/student relationship angle and him liking Aria, but then he took it to a whole bad place instead.

I agree about the bug device, OR MORE THAN ONE, because A seems very omniscient.

Hanna's mom drives me nuts in general with her behavior and then making Hanna feel GUILTY for her mom's problems.

I think the show is handling the issue of a teen coming out very very amazingly well.


I'm actually not reading the books because I don't want to know what happens, but I'm not sure about how similar the 2 are at all.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.rogueslayer452 on January 13th, 2011 02:42 am (UTC)
There's definitely something up with Noel because, at first I kinda liked him, but now it seems like he has an ulterior motive. Whether it's connected to the A thing or not, he just seems farrr too skeevy. I mean, his smile? That says creeper written all over it, and in the previous episode, what was he doing lurking outside of Mr. Fitz's classroom? I just, yeah. He's definitely dangerous without a doubt.

Not only omniscient, but everything A has constructed with leaving notes and messages and everything seems very well-planned and thought it. There has to be more than one person behind this.

I feel frustrated with the parents and adults of this show than the teenagers. Because they are learning whilst the parents aren't, you know? idk

The show is definitely handling the issue of teenagers coming out to their parents well. I mean, it's irritating because I want Emily's mom to accept it, but it's great that it's so painfully realistic. Her mother obviously still loves her but hates what has happened to her little girl, hates the idea of her being involved with another girl, and while I wanted to punch her for saying that it made her sick to her stomach" but it's an unfortunate reality for many teenagers coming out to their parents. It'll take them a long while before they are okay with the concept, or sometimes it'll never happen. I hope for Emily's sake that her mother can just be happy that she's happy.

I'm the same as well, I'd rather watch the show during its full run and then read the books to compare. I heard there were changes and adding of things, which is to be expected from books turned into shows or movies. So yeah.
forwardish: PLL Hanna blue gorgeousforwardish on January 13th, 2011 06:56 am (UTC)
True, it is all planned out and it seems like she'd have to be everywhere all the time, it very much seems like it had to be more than one person.

I feel frustrated with the parents and adults of this show than the teenagers. Because they are learning whilst the parents aren't, you know?

I agree. Previously with Aria's family and also so much with Hanna's mom. They make me want to shake them.

Emily's situation with her parents is painfully realistic. People get disowned, people get sent to camps to get 'fixed'. And I'm really glad that we have the situation where her dad, who is this tough military man, is the most accepting because she's healthy and good and that if this is what they have facing them that's far from the worst thing.

I sort of think it's probably like Gossip Girl, which I love, and which I'd read before I knew there was going to be a TV Show (up until the original author stopped writing them anyways, ugh). They changed a lot on that show even though it's the same idea and the same basic characters. Well, Chuck changed a LOT but yeah.



Oh, ooooh, Alison showing up to Hanna in the hospital... SO REMINDED ME OF VERONICA MARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!