Pretty Little Liars: S07E12 “These Boots Were Made For Stalking” | Recap

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“Emily butts heads with teenager Addison, who appears to be a new version of high school Ali, and who may be connected to a familiar foe. Spencer confronts her mother about keeping family secrets. Aria confides in Holden about her relationship with Ezra, while Spencer turns to Detective Furey for help. And Jenna stirs up even more trouble when she returns to Rosewood with some insight into Noel Kahn and recent events.”


Okay, so first of all when I read that synopsis my initial reaction was… Wait, there’s an Addison who reminds Emily of Alison? Who could’ve ever guessed that! I mean, they could’ve at least tried to be a bit more creative with that girl’s name. Boooring. Plus, “Spencer confronts her mom”? Which one? Honestly, this show is getting too ridiculous for words.

KEEPING IT REAL

Hanna’s back again with her real talk this episode. “That letter was bait.” She’s right; it was. Spencer fell for it like nobody’s business and dragged them all into the mess that is this Monopoly on steroids. I don’t understand why the others are being so forgiving, truth be told. They’d agreed that they weren’t going to give in to A.D.’s sick little game (literally, this time) anymore, and Spencer just decided – on her own – that their agreement didn’t really mean anything and she could just go ahead and start the game anyway. And all of that just for a vague little letter that didn’t really tell her anything that she didn’t already know. Sure, it gave her an ~emotional connection~ to her now-missing mom, but is that really worth stirring it all up again? I think not.

Emily’s definitely right, too. It hasn’t been about who started all this for a long time now, and them running around like headless chickens who don’t have a clue about what is going on is giving A.D. exactly what they want. The girls are playing right into A.D.’s cards, almost willingly it seems. So yeah, going to the cops is going to pull a few skeletons out of some closets, but who cares? This needs to end, and they should’ve gone to the police with all of this a looong time ago. Before things got so messed up that it’s almost impossible to tell who the good guys are. So what if A.D. has footage of them burying yet another body? They do have a decent explanation for why Rollins/Dunhill is dead – it was a genuine accident that happened while they were trying to save their friend from his creepy claws. And although Hanna is definitely saying it like it is, Emily’s the only one with the guts to actually walk out. Although I guess – Pretty Little Liars being Pretty Little Liars – walking out isn’t going to do her much good and she’ll probably be back in no time. Still, good on her for finally telling it like it is and slamming the door on her way out. You go, girl!

A.D.DISON

I mean, really? Why would they bring in a teenage character that is basically an exact replica of young Alison? Except for the brown hair, of course. My god, I hope her being a brunette isn’t a reference to her possibly being another one of Peter Hasting’s children. Please spare us that bullshit. Maybe this is where all the writers and producers’ “it will come full circle” thing comes in – ‘full circle’ meaning there’s a new Alison DiLaurentis (I mean, Addison Derringer, could it be any more obvious?) in town and Rosewood better watch out! I didn’t think it was possible, but they’re making this show more of a circus than it already was. It’s like they’re not even taking themselves seriously anymore.

I have to admit, when that text situation with Jenna occurred my first thought was “So she’s linked to Jenna. That’s unexpected.” But the more I actually think about it, the more I realise that this is probably just another red herring. Why on earth would A.D. be harassing teenage girls to help them make grown ass women’s lives miserable? Like, what incentive would a teenage girl have to actually help someone do that? It’s probably just a coincidence and this girl is probably just a bitchy teenager that hates anyone that tells her off. Nothing more, nothing less. I mean, Alison was a bitch without anyone telling her to be one. She just was. So why wouldn’t Addison (ugh, that name) be exactly the same? Whatever the case, I’m already so over this new ‘Alison’. And dear god, I hope they’re not planning on centring a spin-off around this girl!

MOM DRAMA …AGAIN

I honestly don’t understand why Spencer is giving Veronica such a hard time. I know it must’ve definitely come as a huge shock to her to find out the woman who raised her isn’t actually her biological mother, but she’s still treating her really unfairly. I mean, Veronica took care of you all your life – when she didn’t even have to – and you’re treating her like she’s some kind of criminal! Give her a break. I do get Spencer’s anger at Peter for dodging her (because let’s face it, that is definitely the reason he hasn’t come home pronto), but… Veronica fessed up. Granted, Spencer had to confront her about the whole Mary-situation first, but she still did sit down with her and talk her through it. Which is more than Peter would ever do. He’d probably still be trying to weasel his way out of it with yet another lie. Is anyone still keeping count of how many times he’s twisted the truth? Anyway, Spencer should definitely cut Veronica some a lot more slack. She genuinely loves both of her daughters and has just been trying to keep her family together all this time.

I also still don’t get Spencer’s obsession with trying to find Mary. I mean yeah, of course everyone should be trying to find Mary since she’s sketchy af, but all Spencer wants to do is connect with her biological mother. Just stop. This woman is mentally unstable and capable of a lot of bad stuff. I repeat: she helped Rollins/Dunhill scam Alison out of all of her money, and she was a long-time Radley patient. Need I really say more? Under different circumstances, I would’ve definitely understood Spencer’s quest to try and build some sort of relationship with the woman who gave birth to her. But this woman is insane. I’d honestly want to stay as far away from her as humanly possible. And I’d probably be helping the police get her in jail, where she belongs.

Which brings me to this: Spencer asks for help and suddenly the police have a lead on Mary’s location? And yet they’re still sitting on their ass doing absolutely nothing? Yeah, that’s totally normal, considering she was present at a freakin’ crime scene and you still don’t know who actually shot Spencer since it clearly wasn’t Jenna. Man, the police in this town…

THE JENNA THING

First of all, let me just say how fucking creepy it is that Jenna can recognize someone by the sound of their breathing. That girl has got some superpowers, let me tell you. And what a surprise that she’s pinning it all on Noel Kahn, who just so happens to be beheaded and can’t even defend himself anymore. It’s such an obviously made-up sob story that of course the Rosewood P.D. believes her immediately. Any pretty girl that walks into that office and cries a little gets off the hook faster than Jenna can say “I smelled your presence”, I swear to god. They better turn her story inside out and realise that this blind bitch is lying her sunglasses off. Like, is she even blind anymore? Who knows with this girl (and this show)!

Uhm… Why is Jenna wearing a white version of that dress Hanna’s (or should I say Mona’s?) random client is apparently so obsessed with? I mean, if you’re trying to keep a low profile and not make yourself look totally suspicious, that might not be the best idea. I know it’s pretty obvious that A.D. – whoever the hell they might be and dear god I hope we find out sooner rather than later – made her wear that dress, and she possibly doesn’t even know it’s copied off one of Hanna’s sketches, but come on. And then that dodgy answer when Mona confronts her and asks her where she got that dress from… Can they make it any more obvious? If I were Hanna, I’d be on that bitch immediately. She is obviously in cahoots with the person you’re all trying to find and who is making your lives miserable!

Speaking of: why was Hanna so chill about the whole thing? Mona was taking the lead in that scene and it’s not even her design. I still don’t trust her, not even a little bit. She says she’s not trying to take over Hanna’s business, but it sure seems like she is. Why is she the one coming up with jewellery and shoe suggestions? Isn’t Hanna supposed to be the designer/stylist? I don’t like Mona’s whole “you need me because I have connections” shtick. Where does she even get all those connections from? Wasn’t she working in politics? Also, we have no proof whatsoever that that phone call Mona made to their client (seriously, this girl is so irrelevant I can’t even be bothered to remember her name) was actually to their client. She could’ve easily been pretending just to fool Hanna. And even if she wasn’t, something is definitely still up with Mona Vanderwaal.

You know… I was really looking forward to see how this whole board game stuff was going to turn out, but after last night’s episode I’m just very underwhelmed. I liked the previous episode more than most people. I wasn’t too bothered with the ‘filler’ aspect of it all, because hey, it was the first episode after a long hiatus and I thought it was setting the scene for some pretty juicy episodes to come. And then we get this! I swear nothing at all happened in this episode. At least nothing that tells us anything more about A.D. (unless you count A.D.dison, of course). I hope the show manages to get their shit together soon, so 7B doesn’t turn out to be a complete fiasco.

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