This episode of ‘Pretty Little Liars’ is so fun that I couldn’t help but chime in on the hijinks.

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‘Pretty Little Liars’ Shadow Play Recap, Season 4, Episode 19

This commentary recap is especially fun to accompany a rewatch of the episode.

Nothing like a little B&E of a teacher’s office before the school day has started. And then we must ponder what it would be like if Hanna DID become a school teacher. (Yikes.) Gasp! Diary!

Not to forget the all-important fashion…I’m wild for Spencer’s double fox sweater.

Where there’s one snoop, there’s more. And Mona wears her highest 90’s style chunky heels for the task.

Hanna’s brain is full? Her brain isn’t that big to begin with!

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“This is all about the he A-ness of things.” Yea. Okay. Yuck. (Say it out loud.)

“It turned into one thing and then it turned into something completely different.” IS THIS SUBTEXT. BECAUSE EZRA REALLY DOES CARE ABOUT ARIA, BUT STARTED OUT JUST TRYING TO SCAM HER? (I think it is, if that wasn’t clear. Ahem.)

NOTE: The Black and White movie on behind Spencer. Fun, jaunty music. (No one uses the word “jaunty” enough anymore.

Is Spencer drinking wine, or really fancy water? I honestly can’t tell. I’m inclined to think that Spencer WILL grow up loving her white wine. Maybe red.

BOOM. It’s noir time. This is SO Spencer’s episode to win.

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Please get ready for CHEESE.

Ooh, even the titles are black and white. Not that it’s hard to do that. There’s also kind of a scratchy texture over it all…okay, yea. This is all about having fun. We can’t forget that ‘Pretty Little Liars’ IS all about having fun with a TV show. When you search for logic, you will … you can’t.

Coffee is FIFTEEN CENTS. Is this the 40’s? That makes sense.

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Ezra looks good in this particular get-up. Note he is in BLACK, like a villain.

MORE FASHION TO SQUEE OVER. Hannah looks adorable. Emily…no. She looks like she’s weighed down, somehow. And…isn’t that a little eighties? Naturally, Aria looks amazing…although she looks ESPECIALLY short.

“Well, it’s time to wrestle the world to its’ knees.” – A good mantra to have

It’s not noir without a vintage silk robe like that. It’s just not. And I’m kind of sad that I don’t own one.

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Toby, seriously, you SHOULD knock. It’s an invasion of privacy, dude. Trying to put tension between Spencer and Toby is what fans want…but Spencer and Toby haven’t built up enough tension in the weeks previously for it to seem legit.

This image of Spencer in her robe, lounging and reading is so classic and perfect and everything I want my life to be at night when I’m being all reflective and such.

PAIGE.  I’ve never liked you, but what awful thing did you do that the hairstylist would give you THIS….this monstrosity of hair. It looks very Amish-Old-Lady. And is she drinking a margarita? I feel SO CONFUSED and BETRAYED. (Also, Lindsey Shaw has really good eyelashes.)

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Hanna, in this episode, kind of reminds me of Doris Day. Ditzy and flighty but fun and dramatic…that kind of thing.

THE IMAGE WITH THE MIRRORS IS SCARY. Man does Mona makes such a believable victim.

HA. That fur coat.

“I’m not as used to walking the streets as Mona is.” BURN.

Ezra is juicing in the 40’s? Heh.

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This thing about the carrot stick. It …STUPID. Who didn’t laugh at that?

Ah, in this reality Emily isn’t out as a lesbian. That makes ZERO sense,  blah blah.

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I like that Aria is still into photography, at least SOMETHING is consistent.

I’m curious about how much these actresses had to be coached to act in this noir style. They’re actually doing really well. Especially Sasha Pieterse.

#AlisoninBlack

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“That’s why it’s smart to disappear. You’ll always be the girl in the painting. And that, is immortality my darling.” – Alison”No woman has ever been able to warn another woman about a man.” – Alison

So…Ezra really is the guy that Alison was seeing. Are they CONFIRMING this for us? Meaning, he knew Alison. Meaning, AAAAH.

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The music is good. But never put your hand down a garbage disposal! Everyone knows that! Especially if you ever saw Hallowen: H20! (A decent 90’s movie, and Josh Hartnett was never yummier.)

You know what’s REALLY annoying about this episode? We have no idea if the stuff in this episode is actually happening in real time, or if Spencer’s just imagining it all.

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Spencer and Toby – CHAT CHITTY CHAT. He’s the hardened detective. She’s the ingenue.

Aria likes her sexy, dangerous dating story. Well, so do all the Pretty Little Liar fans.

#PLLStyle

Guys, I AM really excited to see how Aria reacts when she finally hears the theory that Ezra knew Alison. It will break her heart more than her heart has been broken by Ezra all those times before. (She’s such a glutton for punishment.)

Oh, NOW the title of this PLL episode (“Shadow Play”) really makes sense – seeing Alison’s face hiding in the shadows.

Alison is such a selfish, horrible person. Ugh.

If Alison does come back to the group, and takes the “kind of slutty” fashion role, what would Hanna have left to wear? In this episode, Alison is all glamour skank, and Hannah is all buttoned up and comedic relief. SO. Just thinking about that. I’m also eating a gingerbread cookie that is really good.

“Who sharpened your tongue, little girl?” – Alison

Since Spencer is afraid to tell Aria news she won’t like, she’s gonna let her walk to DOOM? Real nice friendship you got going on there, Spence.

Update on my cookie: I need to buy more of these. They’re so delicious. “Buttercream Frosted Gingerbread Cookie” from Cheryl’s.

The whole thing was a DREAM.

GASP. Aria has never given up Ezra. C’mon girls, KNOW YOUR FRIENDs.

Okay, next week we have to give Aria an intervention. See you here, same time, same place? Are you ready for, “HE’S FREAKING A?” (I so am.)

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