TV Recap: Pretty Little Liars, Season Premiere

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Pretty Little Liars, is back and its’ winter premiere kicked off with no shortage of mystery, excitement, twists, turns and OMG moments. Yeah, I said that. Mona (Janel Parrish) has been released from the psych ward and is back up to her old tricks, but she is determined to prove to the Liars’ otherwise.

While Mona and her cronies always provide a good bit of drama, I’m more intrigued by Byron’s (Chad Lowe) secret relationship with Alison (Sasha Pieterse). As we discover through one of Ali’s old journal entries, which were conveniently left in plain sight by Rosewood High’s newest janitor Harold (Travis Richey), Ali had been blackmailing Byron with her knowledge of his affair with Meredith (Amanda Schull), who is now Aria’s teacher. Was he involved with Ali’s murder or did it simply work in his favor that she was killed? His ability to consistently distrust Aria (Lucy Hale) has bothered me since the show began, especially considering how much he has to hide. Taking his mistresses’ word over his own daughter’s is disgusting and eavesdropping on Aria’s phone calls after she questions his relationship with Ali seriously raises his creep factor.

Toby (Keegan Allen), a man of few words, has somehow gone from being the Liars’ main suspect in Ali’s murder to BFF of Emily (Shay Mitchell) and BF of Spencer (Troian Bellisario). I’m still not quite sure how it happened, but we can safely assume that they will soon regret it. I don’t know how Spencer didn’t notice the crazed look in his eyes while they were in the hot-tub, but it made me uncomfortable.

Poor Hanna (Ashley Benson) is too trusting. She still seems to think that there is hope for Mona’s rehabilitation, even after the girl snuck into Hanna’s room while she was sleeping in order to ask for forgiveness. I’m pretty sure that would just raise the crazy flag for me. I suppose someone in the group needs to hold out hope that there are still people out there who aren’t trying to kill them.

Emily’s father has set alarms all over her house in order to protect her from all of the bad things that seem to keep finding her, but she wants nothing to do with it. I, for one, would probably choose to stay in considering everyone around them is dropping like flies, but I can’t help thinking the locks on the windows are somehow going to keep people in the house instead of out, before the season is over.

I have a feeling that things in Rosewood are about to get a whole lot crazier and that the girls are going to seriously misjudge some of the newest characters that have come into the fold. Ahem, Harold. Sure, he doesn’t talk much and he looks a little scary, but my money is on him to be this season’s MVP. I don’t know about you, but I’m already anxious for next week’s episode.

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