Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 5: “You Are My Beautiful Dreamer”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 5, we were reminded that you can’t be friends with people you can never trust.  But what happens when you are all brought together by tragedy?  Is it better to stick together or should you continue to go your own separate way?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Patchwork Girl,” Alison comes face to face with Taylor Hotchkiss.  Meanwhile, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan come up with a plan to find out more from Mason and Mona reminds Dana Booker that research goes both ways.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 5 are:

5

“My cloak of invisibility.”

In this episode, Mona comes face to face with Ray Hogadorn.  Ray is an interesting character for sure and seems to really have a thing for peanut brittle.  He reveals that he does know quite a bit and has been watching from afar, telling Mona that the list on the program could be a list of suspects or something to connect the dots, but what are the dots exactly?  Ray has been on campus for a long time and also mentions a girl he was in love with named Angela and says that she died tragically by jumping off a bridge.  He says he shared this story with Taylor and fears that it may have inspired her to do the very same thing, but also thinks that she could be alive as well.

We know that Ray was definitely not Nolan’s biggest fan, but he seems to be very forthcoming with Mona.  Does he recognize that they want the same thing or is he hiding something?  We know that Ray is the one who left Taylor the message on the wall about them watching her, but what else does Ray know and can he be truly trusted?

4

“It’s a funny thing about research.  It goes both ways.”

Dana Booker tries to have a sit down talk with Mona and claims that she knows quite a lot about her past in Rosewood.  However, Mona is not easily scared and tells Dana that she knows about her making connections that aren’t there and how she got kicked out of the FBI.  Dana Booker may be dangerous, but Mona will win hands down so she better watch her back!  We also learn that Mona was waiting for her online chess partner, Bad Bishop, but he or she never showed.  I’m still interested to find out more about this person.

3

“I’m not that easy to fool.”

Ava continues to get hidden messages and thinks her father is trying to contact her.  Ava finds a note that reads:

Dreamer,

It’s time to go. Make sure you’re not followed. No one can know.

45’ 35” 59” N

122’ 48’ 07’ W

Ava grabs a bag full of cash and makes her way out to the coordinates, but runs into Dana Booker, who is the one responsible for leaving the messages.  Dana is proving to be a formidable opponent, but Ava outsmarts her.  She left the money in the car just in case and this was the right call.  Even though Dana can play the game however she wants, our new characters are proving to be quite impressive, but I did feel bad for Ava here, as she clearly wants to reconnect with her father more than anything else in the world.

2

“We don’t just look alike.  We think alike.”

After tracking down Taylor, Alison refuses to give up until she gets some answers.  Taylor initially tells Alison to get out of her house, but Alison persists and asks her:  “What are you afraid of?”  Taylor explains that someone tried to kill her, but also says that her mother brought Alison here to find her.  Alison tries to tell Taylor that her mother is very worried about her, but Taylor doesn’t want to talk to her, which makes me continue to suspect Claire.  She may not be behind the murder of her own son, but Taylor is clearly very afraid and her mother may have something to do with whoever was watching her.  Alison tries to bring Taylor home so that she feels safe, but she ends up leaving.  Will Alison be able to connect the dots here?  Let’s hope so!

1

“And then this nightmare will finally end…”

Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan seem like they may be going their separate ways after more secrets are revealed.  Ava finds out that Dylan had an affair with Nolan and Caitlin was the one responsible for information leaking on Ava’s father.  Before the secrets begin to tear them apart, they come up with a simple plan to find out exactly what Mason knows and to see if he is the one behind everything.  However, a simple plan becomes way more complicated when it involves kidnapping and drugging someone.  After the three characters have a fight, they begin to do things their own way, but quickly learn that they need each other.  Just as they all try to come together to help, Caitlin is struck by a car and we do not know her fate just yet.

We know that after Caitlin hit Mason over the head, he did wake up, so was he the driver behind the wheel or is there someone else watching them?  We also know that Claire was angry at Caitlin for lying to her so could she be the mysterious driver?  We’ll have to wait and see, but things are continuing to spiral out of control for our characters and hopefully Alison and Mona will be able to save the day before it’s too late.  Stay tuned!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 4: “The Emerald City”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 4, I realized that sometimes you just have to go with your gut, as Alison reminded us:  “It’s more than just a rose.  It’s a feeling.”  So what happens when we follow our instincts down that yellow brick road?  Do we end up chasing after a ghost?  And what happens when we are finally able to discover the man behind the curtain?  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “The Ghost Sonata,” Alison and Mona continue to track down leads to discover more about Nolan’s murder.  Meanwhile, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan’s secrets begin to consume them, as they contemplate whether or not to share them with one another.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 4 are:

5

“Turn up the heat.”

Nolan’s mother, Claire, continues to act suspicious when she has another conversation with Caitlin.  Claire realizes that Caitlin is lying to her and calls Dana Booker, asking her to turn up the heat.  But what does this mean exactly?  Why is Claire so interested in these particular friends of Nolan’s especially when we know that he had many other enemies that could be responsible for his death?  It looks like we still have a lot to learn about Claire, but she is absolutely hiding something.

4

“Where is he?  Everywhere…”

Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan continue to receive more cryptic messages about seeing a rat, but they immediately begin to suspect that Mason is behind this.  However, this seems a little too obvious to me and I am starting to suspect Caitlin’s boyfriend, Jeremy.  Jeremy has a motive for sure, as Nolan was trying to blackmail Caitlin and he also has a connection to Claire.  We know that whoever is sending the messages must have some knowledge of IT or programming and Jeremy definitely fits this description.  I know it’s just a theory of mine, but I am definitely getting a bad vibe from him, but we’ll have to stay tuned to find out more.

3

“I think you moved on.  You just never said it out loud.”

Even though Alison has left Rosedale behind her, we see several text messages coming in from Emily.  We later find out that Emily is asking for a divorce and Alison has been understandably hesitant about signing the papers.  Mona continues to be a good friend and provides Alison with some supportive advice when she tells her that perhaps she has already moved on.  Is Alison finally ready to say goodbye to her past?  Maybe not entirely, but she is definitely making a huge difference with Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan, so perhaps she can continue to find herself through her work.  It’s never too late to change and I love Alison’s character transformation so far.  This spin-off is really allowing her and Mona to shine.

2

“Who is Ray Hogadorn?”

The questions keep coming and everyone is a suspect.  Mona tracks down a lead to find Ray Hogadorn after doing some of her own detective work and she walks into a room filled with newspaper clippings and leads connected to Nolan and Taylor.  At the end of the episode, the custodian walks in.  Is this the infamous Ray and if so, what does he want?  Does he work for the FBI?  Is he connected to Mona somehow?  Mona has also been having some online conversations with Bad Bishop.  While their chess matches may be fun, is this a potential romance or a new threat? 

1

“Secrets have a way of keeping you close and you need each other.”

Alison continues to try and help Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan, but she also tracks down a lead on her own after going through some of Taylor’s Wizard of Oz books.  Claire tells her that Taylor was always looking for her own Emerald City and Alison realizes that she may have just found its location hidden in McDevitt’s Quarry.  Alison finds a trailer and begins to look around, but comes face to face with Taylor.  Only Taylor doesn’t want to stay and chat and she locks Alison inside the trailer.  What could Taylor be running from and why did she need to fake her own death?  The mystery is continuing to unravel, but let’s hope our girl Alison can find a way out of there before she finds herself lost in Oz for good.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 3: “You Tell Or I Will”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 3, I realized that Ava asked an important question:  “How do you act normal when nothing in your life is normal…when you’re forced to trust people you hardly know?”  Especially when your new circle of trust has a lot of secrets and “nothing stays secret forever.”  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “…If One of Them Is Dead,” Dana Booker continues to try to “divide and conquer,” to get to the bottom of Nolan’s murder.  Meanwhile, Alison continues to rely on Mona for help and discovers some hidden truths along the way.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 3 are:

5

“I know a liar when I see one.”

In this episode, Dana Booker continues to consult with Nolan’s mother, Claire, as they suspect Caitlin, Ava, and Dylan’s involvement in the murder.  Claire explains that she will focus on Caitlin, as she will not want to risk her family’s future.  Claire seems to be very interested in Caitlin specifically, but why?  We know that Claire is very much aware of Caitlin’s mother’s potential scandal, but is there something more to this to further her own agenda?  Is she perhaps the one blackmailing Caitlin’s mother to begin with?  I have a lot of questions here, but it looks like manipulation doesn’t fall far from the tree, as I am starting to see where Nolan got his own blackmailing skills from.  Either way, it looks like Claire is not someone to be taken lightly and could end up being a major threat later on.

4

“She’s trying to divide and conquer us.”

Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan are happy that Alison provided them all with alibis, but they don’t know her well enough to trust her completely just yet.  They recognize that they all need to stick together, but their secrets are out there, which makes this no easy task.  They quickly realize that Dana is trying to split them up and get them to turn on one another, but will they be able to outsmart her?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like these three are not getting split up anytime soon.

3

“You went out of your way to do something nice for me.”

Ava is having an extremely difficult time coping with Nolan’s death, as she turns to alcohol to numb her pain.  Most of Ava’s friendships seem to be on the superficial level so it looks like she could really end up bonding with Caitlin and Dylan.  In a touching moment, Caitlin brings Ava the present that Claire gave her, recognizing that Nolan must have meant for her to have it.  Ava is clearly moved by this gesture and I think this just solidified a new friendship between these two for good.  Later on, Dylan asks Caitlin and Ava to listen to the music piece he created for his boyfriend, which is extremely touching as well.

2

“You tell or I will.”

After tracking down a lead at the cabin Nolan went to, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan smell something funky in the car.  They take a page out of I Know What You Did Last Summer’s book, as they discover a dead rat in the trunk along with a threatening note.  So who wrote the note and what exactly do they want?  Later on, Caitlin discovers the same gum wrapper that was in the woods, which belongs to Mason.  So is Mason the one who witnessed everything in the woods or is this a little bit too obvious?

1

“But we need to do our suspicious activity.”

Alison goes to Mona for help again, but Mona is upset to find out that she has been locked out of the network.  Alison and Mona recognize that they need to channel some old school Nancy Drew detective skills to find out more, as Mona hands over an old yearbook to Alison.  Alison begins questioning her own witnesses and tracking down leads that bring her to the very same cabin, but it looks like Alison has discovered something very important.  Alison finds the same rose that she saw in one of the memorial pictures for Taylor and starts to realize that Taylor may be alive.  After all, Alison is no stranger to faking her own death, but will she find herself in even more trouble once she continues to follow this trail of breadcrumbs?  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 2: “Sex, Lies, and Alibis”

Greetings TV fans!  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 2, I realized that it’s important to stay true to who you are.  You may want to change some of your past evil ways, but that doesn’t mean that you should let people walk all over you.  The new head of security may be the bitch, but our girl Alison is the Queen Bee for sure!  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s episode, “Sex, Lies, and Alibis,” Nolan’s death is officially ruled a murder and everyone is a suspect.  Meanwhile, Alison receives a disturbing text message and Mona channels her inner crazy to get to the bottom of things.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 2 are:

5

“It’s OK if you’re relieved he’s dead.”

While coping with the shock of Nolan’s death, Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan realize that they are in a lot of trouble.  Their conversation comes true, as Nolan dies exactly the way they described, which means that they are all suspects.  But if they are not to blame, that means that someone else was in the woods, listening to this very same conversation.  Each character has a secret, but will Nolan’s death split them apart or bring them closer together?  If there was someone else in the woods, who was it and what is their next move?  We’ll have to stay tuned to find out, but it doesn’t look like anyone is in the clear.

4

“I literally just got that text…from the dead guy.”

Alison receives a text message from Nolan’s phone after he died and is immediately in panic mode.  Alison goes to visit Mona for help and Mona points out that someone wants to make it look like Alison killed Nolan.  Mona determines that the text message was sent during a power outage, which explains the delay, but this still doesn’t make Alison look that innocent.  Was the text sent from Nolan and what help did he require?  Is it possible that the killer used Nolan’s phone to lure Alison out?  There are so many questions here, but I am completely immersed into this mystery and I’m absolutely loving it so far.

3

“I’m the reason he’s dead.”

When Alison goes to Mona for help, she is showing off her impressive, but crazy skills, as she writes down everything, trying to get to the bottom of the mystery.  Mona could give Homeland’s Carrie Mathison a run for her money here, as she becomes obsessed with figuring everything out.  Alison ends up hitting Mona in the face to snap her back to reality and it actually works, as Mona is happy to see some Key Lime pie, which is her favorite!  Mona gives Alison some great advice and asks her, “When did you become such a wuss?”  I love that Mona is not afraid to tell it as it is and Alison needs to hear this from her.  We know that Alison is looking for her fresh start and wants to do good, but that does not mean that she needs to get stepped on in the process.  We still don’t know much about Mona’s potential connection to the FBI or some other kind of secret service, but I’m sure we will find out more soon.

2

“Spencer and Toby eloped?”

So I absolutely love that this new series is finding a voice of its very own, but it also stays true to its roots.  Alison casually name drops A and we also get to witness Mona calling Hanna from Pretty Little Liars and we discover that Spencer and Toby eloped, which had me cheering and possibly squealing with joy.  I thought that this was a very clever way to keep PLL fans satisfied with new information while keeping the new story going.  We also get to see the new characters show up at Nolan’s funeral, giving me a sense of PLL nostalgia for sure.  Well done!

1

“Bring it on bitch.”

At the funeral, we get to meet Dana Booker, who is a former FBI agent and the new head of security.  She has a connection to Ava, as she previously worked on her father’s case.  Coincidence?  We already established that there are no coincidences here.  Dana is taking her job very seriously, but Ava asks an important question:  “Why leave the FBI to become a school cop?”  Ava may be the unlikely voice of reason here, as I was thinking the very same thing.  Dana may have a past here or she could be connected to Taylor’s message on the wall somehow, but it looks like she is going to be a major pest. 

Later on in the episode, Nolan’s mother is waiting for Alison in her house, which is kind of creepy.  Alison understands that this was previously her daughter’s house and has a revealing conversation with her.  Claire tells Alison that she is a survivor and perhaps this is exactly what Alison needed to hear.  After Dana interrupts Alison’s lecture to pull Ava, Caitlin, and Dylan out of class, Alison lies and says that they were all at her house the night of the murder.  Alison clearly wants to make a difference with her students and understands what it means to be caught up in all the drama, but did she make the right call here?  We’ll have to wait and see, but it looks like Queen Alison is back, so Dana better watch out.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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Ranking the top 5 moments from “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” season 1 episode 1: A Solid Series Premiere

“Welcome to Beacon Heights University, where excellence is not an option…it’s a requirement.”  After watching Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists season 1 episode 1, I remembered why I fell in love with Pretty Little Liars in the first place.  It’s hard for a spin-off to gives fans that sense of nostalgia, while still creating a unique voice of its own, but I have already been hooked after the first episode and I can’t wait to see the new mystery unfold.  Please note spoilers are ahead if you have not gotten a chance to watch yet.  In last night’s “Pilot” episode, Alison DiLaurentis gets a fresh start and takes on a TA position at Beacon Heights University, but is quickly reunited with our favorite troublemaker, Mona Vanderwaal.  Meanwhile, we meet several of Alison’s new students who may wind up being the prime suspects in a new murder and Alison’s presence here reminds us that nothing is ever a coincidence for a Pretty Little Liar alum.  My top 5 moments from Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists  season 1 episode 1 are:

5

“We are and then we’re not.”

After Alison comes to town and is reunited with Mona, it looks like both of our favorite characters from Pretty Little Liars are in desperate need of a fresh start.  We learn the fate of Alison and Emily’s relationship, as Alison explains that Emily had trouble getting over the past.  Does that mean that Alison and Emily will never get back together?  Not necessarily, as they are tied together by a family, but it looks like this relationship has been put on pause for now.  Alison wants to leave the mean girl behind her and truly wants to help her students and make a difference, but wherever Alison goes, drama is never too far behind.

4

“Is it OK to murder a murderer?”

An interesting question for sure and I have to say that I was actually really digging Alison’s lecture.  Can I sign up for her class?  As Alison gets to know her new students, she asks them to participate in a discussion on Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, which is actually quite fitting if you think about it.  We are introduced to several new characters and quickly learn that everyone is a suspect and that appearances can be very deceiving.  No one really stood out to me just yet, but I’m looking forward to seeing their characters explored further as the series continues.

3

“Try and stay away from him.”

Perhaps the most disliked new character is Nolan Hotchkiss, who seems to be the resident bad boy on campus.  Alison notices that Nolan is a lot like how she used to be, using manipulation and blackmail to get what he wants, but there also seems to be a lot of complicated drama with his family as well.  We learn that his sister, Taylor, apparently committed suicide about a year ago and that Nolan’s mother, Claire, played by the amazing Kelly Rutherford, seems interested in Alison because she reminds her of her daughter.  Mona says that by her calculations, Nolan could be dangerous, but can we really trust Mona here?  What other connections does Alison have to the Hotchkiss family?  I’m not sure, but I’m already intrigued enough to find out more.  I’m loving this setup so far!

2

“I know a little bit about manipulation.”

Maybe way more than a little bit, Alison, but it appears that you have truly changed, but the past has a way of dragging you backwards sometimes.  We soon learn that Taylor is actually alive, as Nolan goes to visit her secretly.  So why did she fake her own death and what is the bigger play here?  There seems to be quite an emphasis on the advanced security system on campus, so have the Hotchkiss siblings uncovered something behind that or is there another mystery yet to be revealed?  Alison also finds a picture of Taylor and the resemblance is striking, so is it possible that Alison could be related to Taylor?  Toward the end of the episode, Alison uncovers a message behind the wallpaper in Taylor’s old room that says, “They’re Watching,” which furthers my theory on the security issue, but there is still a lot to uncover here.

1

“There are no coincidences.”

Alison recognizes that there are definitely no coincidences.  After all, she comes from Rosewood.  Alison asks Mona why she is here, but it looks like this all needs to be put on hold, as we find out that Nolan has been brutally murdered at the end of the episode.  Nolan is found impaled on a fence, as everyone gathers around in horror.  All of his friends quickly become suspects and so our murder mystery begins.  However, we are left with another cliffhanger at the end, as Mona starts talking to herself and asking if this was her fault and has someone in her ear piece.  Is Mona actually working for the FBI or some kind of secret agency?  I mean, we know that Mona is extremely intelligent and qualified so perhaps her recruiter position is just a cover.

Either way, I am already completely hooked and I can’t wait to find out what happens next.  The spin-off series premiere really gave Pretty Little Liar fans exactly what they needed, but I am really enjoying the college campus change of scenery and I think this will give Alison and Mona the chance to shine, while introducing us to some new faces who may surprise us.  Stay tuned!

I hope you enjoyed the list and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on Pretty Little Liars:  The Perfectionists in the comments section below.  Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!

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