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18 March 2015 @ 04:51 pm
Pretty Little Liars: "I'm A Good Girl, I Am" Episode Review  
Pretty Little Liars 5.24 "I'm A Good Girl, I Am"

In desperation, the girls try everything they can to prove Alison's innocence. Mike becomes a recent target of "A" after attempting to go back to Rosewood to testify and tell the truth. As the jury gives their final verdict in finding Alison guilty of murder, the rest of the girls are arrested.


Rosewood: Truth And Injustice

Well. Shit got real quicker than I expected.

I'm actually quite surprised by the outcome of events. For some reason I thought that somehow Alison would end up getting acquitted, and perhaps someone else might've been arrested and tried in her place, because that's how "A" likes to play with their victims. But not only was Alison found guilty of a murder she didn't commit, but Spencer, Aria and Emily were also arrested in the same vein as Hanna for being supposed accomplices. This is something that "A" would've wanted all along, taking down Alison and the girls with her.

Granted it's not all "A". Obviously the purpose of a trial is to prove whether one is guilty or innocent, and when there is so much strong evidence highlighting the horrible incident of the past and history it doesn't matter how much one can fabricate to show the jury the positive side. It's harder when you have someone like Alison who did things she's not proud of and cannot remember doing until it's brought up in court. Alison isn't entirely innocent in the things she did in the past, but it's one of the things that cases rely on to prove without a doubt whether someone is innocent or guilty, and sometimes it doesn't even matter if it's in relation to the crime at hand. When passing this information to a jury they are the ones to decide your fact. When Alison's defense lawyer tried to prove that Alison wasn't capable of murder, the prosecution then turned it around to prove that Alison has achieved high marks in archery, and while "A" boasted about this to the girls, clearly showing that they had a handle in searching for this evidence for the prosecution to use against her in court, it definitely knocks the defense to the ground. It doesn't matter whether Alison remembered that she manipulated someone to cheat for her during that time she won that award. The jury will believe the strongest case presented to them with the most hard hitting evidence. Essentially, no matter what she was going to be screwed.

(And let's not forget that the girls are also partially responsible, as well; they planted the evidence for the police to find to arrest Alison, not that it would've helped if they hadn't since "A" has been wanting this plan to take action, but they certainly aided in that respect.)

And here's the kicker, everyone wants to tell the truth -- wants to tell about "A", about the anonymous threats, everything -- but we've seen what the attempts of this leads to, and even if they all did decide to come forward now it would be too late. They have no hardcore proof, and even so they would be questioned, like how Caleb was after taking a picture proving that Mike had been beaten and assaulted.

There is no escape, and that's the scariest thing. When all the secrets and lies get jumbled up together in such a convoluted way that even if the truth was told there is no way anyone would believe them. Caleb getting frustrated was the realest thing I've seen because it's what we, the audience, have been feeling for a while now. Rosewood being incompetent, the fact that even presenting hardcore proof of something isn't likely to be believed or taken seriously by police. It adds to the helplessness of the situation for them all.

How exactly will they get out of this one? I mean, I can only think that perhaps Spencer might get out on bail because of her family connections, but even that is a stretch considering the serious nature of the crime. And I guess the girls can kiss their college dreams goodbye because of this, as well.

Basically, this turn of events intrigues me. Who would have thought that this show started out with just the girls getting anonymous texts unveiling their secrets to them being framed for murder? This is the show that I love, this is the kind of stuff that I want the show to continuously focus on because this kind of plot is what keeps the audience intrigued, not who-is-doing-who in the romance department.


Things I liked about the episode:

++ Sara Shepard, the author of the Pretty Little Liars books, making another cameo appearance on the show. I basically laughed because it's like, well of course she would. Though the whole news segment at the beginning of the episode felt off somehow, because it's basically trying to suggest that Alison's trial is not just a local event but a nationwide one. I don't usually get that vibe from the show since we hardly go outside of Rosewood that much to see what other people think about the whole Alison DiLaurentis situation, even from when she had disappeared. But that's neither here nor there.

++ I really liked how the episode was structured, shown that it was a race against time and the girls basically grasping for straws to get anything they could, but ultimately they were too late and basically couldn't have done anything to prevent this case from going in the direction it did, and for their fates to be sealed as well.

++ Caleb speaking the truth in regards to the Rosewood police, and the town in general. He was basically speaking on behalf of everyone who watches the show. But at the same time, we know where the truth will lead them. It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation at this point, which is depressing to think about.

++ Ella Montgomery! You finally make an appearance after such a long absence. ♥

++ Sasha continues to knock everything out of the park. Her performance, especially once hearing her verdict and seeing her crying as she is being handcuffed to be taken back to prison hurt my heart so much. I just love Alison, okay? Her character has been my favorite thing about this season.


Things I didn't like:

++ Suddenly Ezra is the "voice of reason"? Really? He stalked and spied on underage girl and suddenly he's the go-to person for morality and good decisions? (No, I will never get over it because the show refuses to acknowledge these horrible deeds and attempts to make him into a good person when he's clearly not, but whatever.)

++ Especially when they present most of the male characters, like Andrew, as being untrustworthy massive creeps. Who is skeeving me out, tbh.

++ So I'm positive that Andrew and Leslie, the girl who was supposedly Mona's friend, aren't "A" but are messengers or pawns for "A". But honestly I have no idea what the show is intending them to be. If I speculate now then it will most likely be Jossed by the time the season finale comes around. So unless it gets resolved by the finale I'll wait until after the season is finished to make my final conclusions on that front.

++ Tanner frustrates me. I know that the intimidation level of detectives are supposed to be that way, but there is a certain smugness whenever she is talking to any of the characters, as if she knows more than she's letting on, grates me for some reason. Again, I know we're supposed to feel that way as a sense of hopelessness as the characters. But still.

++ I'm glad the whole Toby being a cop storyline is over. I didn't like it at all.


Overall: I'm fascinated and intrigued where this is all going. Shit hit the fan this episode and with the season finale next week, it makes me anxious to how this may be resolved, or if it'll end on a cliffhanger, and the unveiling of who Big "A" is (somehow my suspicions have been on Lucas, I don't know why but someone from the cast said that it'll all make sense when looking back throughout the seasons, and we haven't seen Lucas since the episode were Mona was murdered, which doesn't say much because most recurring secondary characters disappear for periods of times due to actor availability, but it's just one theory I have amongst the thousands of other possibilities).

The show has been renewed for two more seasons, so I'm hoping that these are it and that the story will be resolved within that time. Furthermore, I'm hoping that the girls are out of high school once the show finally ends. Just saying.
 
 
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Creature Of Hobbit: lucas gottesmantellshannon815 on March 19th, 2015 12:03 am (UTC)
Re Lucas...do you want to know? My friend shared some quite interesting things relating to him...

Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Hanna.rogueslayer452 on March 19th, 2015 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, please tell. I'm quite interested.
Creature Of Hobbit: lucas gottesmantellshannon815 on March 19th, 2015 12:38 am (UTC)
Firstly, there's the fact that those anagrams of Mona's can also be rearranged to spell "Nerd Lucas is the liar".

Secondly there is this:

http://tremolux.tumblr.com/post/112758824180/uber-a-whats-in-a-name
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Secrets.rogueslayer452 on March 19th, 2015 12:56 am (UTC)
Goodness, that is utterly fascinating, especially when putting together all the evidence like that. I don't often venture into the fandom on Tumblr all that much, but when theories like are well researched and detected it makes me really love the brains of certain fans, and most times these theories and ideas are more fascinating than how the show deals with the reveals. And I love it. :)

And until I saw that post I had forgotten some of the things Lucas had done over the course of the series, so having it all explained about his possible motives makes it even clearer of a possibility of his involvement in the bigger picture of "A".
Samarsakuraberries on March 19th, 2015 12:34 am (UTC)
I loved this episode! Now this is the PLL I would marathon for four days straight! Things escalated so quickly and it was awesome!

ugh, Andrew. He's skeeved me out since he practically blackmailed Aria into tutoring. The vibe I get is not that he's a messenger for A, but rather that he's a stalkerish, abusive boyfriend. The way he talked to Aria this episode when she told him that she went to Ezra for help was chilling; it totally raised abuse flags.

At this point I'm not sure who they can possibly reveal as A and have it pack an emotional gut punch, you know? I'm sure they want to go for a spectacular twist, but who besides Lucas is even a viable suspect? (Unless you're of the Aria=A camp, haha.) Also, I can't imagine who could possibly hate the girls so much as to want to see them in prison. I mean, they blinded Jenna and we've already established she's not it. Who could hold more of a grudge than Jenna? Or Mona?

oh, and apparently Sasha has been quoted as saying the A reveal is "sad and twisted" and "dark" and "no one will see it coming." That sounds like the writers are gonna pull someone out of their ass for shock value. In any case, I can't wait for next week!

Edited at 2015-03-19 12:38 am (UTC)
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on March 19th, 2015 05:32 am (UTC)
The vibe I get is not that he's a messenger for A, but rather that he's a stalkerish, abusive boyfriend. The way he talked to Aria this episode when she told him that she went to Ezra for help was chilling; it totally raised abuse flags.

Yeah, looking at his reaction it really did seem rather controlling and creepy. His persistence about who Aria had called and went to instead of him was quite unnerving, and it makes me even more worried that in response to Aria dismissing him was that he was the one who did that to Mike, considering that he coincidentally didn't pick up his phone. Also, I'm wondering if he did something similar when he was attempting to want to get with Spencer before a season ago or so. Or maybe he wanted to get involved with Mona but she turned him down for Mike, and thought about getting revenge, possibly killing her? He did make those rather mean remarks about her on not regretting that she died. Idk. Perhaps I'm reaching, but it does reek with possessive behavior that anything is possible given the right amount of motivation.

At this point I'm not sure who they can possibly reveal as A and have it pack an emotional gut punch, you know? I'm sure they want to go for a spectacular twist, but who besides Lucas is even a viable suspect?

Same. As tellshannon815 linked to above, some of the fan theories about Lucas being "A" has some compelling evidence when you look at everything that's happened over the course of the show (something I think often gets overlooked quite a bit, perhaps intentionally because we wouldn't even think about it until we take a closer look at all what's happened throughout the show). Though I've seen some interesting theories about Aria being "A" which also make sense, so it doesn't really say much when anyone could be made out to be "A". But aside from Lucas, I can't see anyone else close enough to the girls that it would be more surprising.

Also, I'm further curious about the whole Bethany Young situation. It's interesting that we haven't even seen a photograph of what she looked like. I'm still somewhat thinking that everything is connected to Bethany somehow.

That sounds like the writers are gonna pull someone out of their ass for shock value.

lol, as they would. But I'm rather excited nonetheless.
Julie: TFP ★ jack - raf - mikoragnarok_08 on March 19th, 2015 01:19 am (UTC)
I'm glad the whole Toby being a cop storyline is over. I didn't like it at all.

Me too.
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Spencer Hastings.rogueslayer452 on March 19th, 2015 05:35 am (UTC)
In hindsight it could've been an interesting storyline, maybe have Toby do more independent investigating without Tanner hovering over his shoulder or seeing what he sees when out in the field aside from a few moments here and there, maybe have a little more influence. But instead they made it become a rift between Spencer and Toby and he was absent for most of the season, so in the end it was all kind of pointless.

I mean, yeah the Rosewood police and detectives are incompetent and shady individuals. Tell us something we don't already know.

Edited at 2015-03-19 05:36 am (UTC)
Mariashyngi on March 19th, 2015 12:46 pm (UTC)
"Well. Shit got real quicker than I expected." I totally agree! :D

So much happened in this episode. I especially liked the ending. Alison was found guilty and other girls were arrested. This will shake things up especially if A has information that will get relieved. So I hope these trials continue with the girls.

I liked Ezra when he was still a teacher and he and Arya tried to hide their relatioship. Now he's just.. there. He's boring and I don't understand why Arya still dates him after all that happened.

Well.. I didn't like Arya either in this episode. She trying to shut Mike up. Like that's going to do any good. As we actually saw in the episode.

And that brings me to the police force. GOD!! At first I thought Tanner was just normal cop who tried to do her job well. But now she just frustrates me, as you said.
Like not taking action upon Mike being beat up. Mike was Mona's boyfriend, Arya's brother. He knew other girls.. Even a stupid person could say there's something fishy going on.

I've started to feel that everybody in Rosewood high works for A... Like, first this and this person were working for A. Now they are dead or missing. After that we find out this other person and also another person work for A. And the circle continues.
Of course that's exaggerated but you get my point.

I'm liking Caleb in this season. Especially after Hanna was arrested. He just wants to get Hanna out of jail no matter what. And that means getting the truth out. Thumbs up for him!

And that post, that tellshannon815 linked, about Lucas is very interesting!

Oh wait... next week's episode is the last one of this season? :O
Renée: Pretty Little Liars. Emily.rogueslayer452 on March 19th, 2015 02:08 pm (UTC)
So I hope these trials continue with the girls.

I'm also hoping for this, as well. I'm crossing my fingers that this storyline with them being imprisoned won't just be for the finale, like other storylines have been in the past, but will actually be prolonged for just a little while. I find the whole concept of the girls being arrested fascinating and placed behind bars fascinating.

(and if the show doesn't make an Orange Is The New Black joke somewhere....)

I liked Ezra when he was still a teacher and he and Arya tried to hide their relatioship. Now he's just.. there. He's boring and I don't understand why Arya still dates him after all that happened.

I always found the whole Aria/Ezra relationship to be the dullest of the show, imho. I normally don't mind the taboo relationships, but I didn't really like the way theirs was presented on the show. They seemed to be too open with their affections and too much went into romanticizing their relationship, which seemed unrealistic considering. I would have much preferred if the show had stuck to their guns and kept Ezra being an antagonist on the show after the reveal of him basically being an adult male stalker of teenage girls. That would have been much more interesting than what they've attempted to do with his character afterwards. It doesn't sit right with me. It actually irks me that Ezra basically has no adult friends and has been hanging around teenagers forever, and nobody even questions it. Everyone pretty much knows the relationship between himself and Aria and nobody bats an eye. Just, what?

And you're right, he's just there now. He doesn't add anything and I feel like the show is trying to make him become the adult voice of reason when it's pretty laughable considering his history.

Well.. I didn't like Arya either in this episode. She trying to shut Mike up. Like that's going to do any good. As we actually saw in the episode.

I can understand her reasoning, she felt like she was protecting him, but in the grand scheme of things there is no hiding these kinds of things. "A" would be going after Mike regardless whether he testified or not. You'd think Aria, despite how well-intentioned she felt, would know that better than anyone, especially when she was discussing to her mother about doing anything to get Alison and Hanna out of prison.

Of course that's exaggerated but you get my point.

EVERYONE IS "A". That's basically how it feels sometimes. Of course it's a mixture of people either knowing about "A", working for "A", being merely being pawns (i.e. manipulated) to do things, or just other people having their own secrets that just makes it seem like they are suspicious in that sense.

Oh wait... next week's episode is the last one of this season? :O

Yeah, but don't worry, in just a few more months time we'll be having the summer premiere of the sixth season. :)