Pretty Little Liars Review: Select All?

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So, "CTRL:A" had a double meaning, but only one really applies to what happened this week.

Although the whole Vivian Darkbloom angle was mostly resolved, we only got a teeny, tiny bit closer to finding out who A is. Instead, we were treated to another semi-Hanna-centric episode, and I'm getting a little bored with Caleb drama. The constant delays and stalls that keep Caleb from just finishing with those files is just annoying.

Haleb Sighting

Apparently A was not successful in wiping the videos from Caleb's computer because Caleb is actually smart enough to hide important information in multiple locations. So... A decides to punish Caleb and Hanna is freaking out (again!). The little plot is clever enough, but it doesn't really give Garrett the opportunity he needs to access Caleb's laptop, especially with Detective Wilden around. He seemed really frustrated, which was great to watch.

Caleb is easily my favorite character. He knows how to protect himself and his loved ones, plus he's incredibly clever. And he used a romantic numerical code for his password! By "cooperating" with the police, he got the perfect chance to have those files remotely deleted from his laptop.

His only near-mistake was relying on Hanna to help him. She definitely wouldn't be my first choice for such a highly technical task. I know it's difficult to remember passwords, but he did spend time explaining it to her. Hanna could've paid closer attention or just taken notes. Luckily, Spencer helped her figure it out and reminded her to "ctrl-A." While that little shortcut doesn't really delete the files quickly, it does make selecting them much easier.

Regardless, this was only one small victory against A and hardly qualifies as "controlling A." Perhaps ,when they actually figure out who they're dealing with, they might get some control over their lives again. The whole thing was really just a way to stall Caleb from finishing up those videos.

Elsewhere: Aria meets with Vivian's friend (while her friends inconspicuously crowd the table behind her) and finds out that Alison discovered who was texting her those threats. Jonah will share this information with Aria... for $2,000... or maybe more. This might be the lead the girls have been waiting for, but then again, haven't we thought that before? Will Jonah's information get them any closer to finding out who A is?

Also (there was a lot happening again!), Spencer finds out from Jason that Ali knew about the Jason's paternity and had $15,000 stashed away. The most obvious explanation for that money, that she bribed someone, provides another possible motive for her murder. Could it have been Spencer's dad?

In other news, Holden is participating in some kind of Korean martial arts competition. It's kind of like a fight club, but with stricter rules. Plus, he has a very dangerous heart condition; however, he refuses to just live a boring life when he doesn't have much time left. I liked that Aria put her own plans on hold to look after Holden. And it saved her from a very bad confrontation with her father at that small vegan bistro. I guess Byron will start trusting Aria more, although that seems kind of wrong since she is actually lying to her parents.

The whole scenario did make me wonder how A found out about Ezra and Aria's meeting. They arranged it on the phone and both of them seemed to be alone (or at least out of earshot from prying ears). How did A find out? Is A tapping into the girls cellphones and listening to their conversations?

Last - and certainly least - Maya might be sent away again for her having an old joint in dresser (or for smoking one on Hanna's porch). But after the way Emily treated her tonight and the selfish way Maya always seems to act, does anyone really care? They both seem pretty immature and maybe they shouldn't be so serious with each other right now. 

CTRL:A Review

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Pretty Little Liars Season 2 Episode 20 Quotes

Caleb: I've got a hotspot in my pocket.
Hanna: Yeah, I know, but what does that have to do with computers?

I am thinking! This is me thinking! And molting!