It finally happened. After months of anticipation and speculation, the Season 4 premiere of Pretty Little Liars has finally arrived and this episode went above and beyond our expectations. “A Is for A-l-i-v-e,” shocked us to the core with the trunk’s contents, cruel daydreams, a new death, and the intriguing flashbacks. Read on for all the pretty little spoilers!
WARNING: The following recap contains each and every spoiler from this episode of Pretty Little Liars (because, duh, it's a recap). Friends share secrets, that’s what keeps us close.
Squealing the Truth: In the episode's first seconds, we finally learn what was trapped in the trunk of Officer Wilden’s water-logged cop car that made those girls gasp and gag. Get ready for the world’s most random reveal because the item that "A" planted in the trunk was a large, cold, and very dead… Pig. (Side-Note: Do you think his name was Wilbur, Babe, or Hamlet? I personally think he looks like a Wilbur. But now I have a more important internal conflict: Will I eat bacon tomorrow morning? Thanks a lot "A.")
The girls quickly flee the scene, but not before Mona snatches up the incriminating cop car video of Hanna’s mother running down Officer Wilden with her car. Oh Ashley Marin, you seem to get in even more trouble than the girls! Back at Spencer’s place, paranoia is in the air and the girls all turn on Mona and demand some much-needed answers. Mona then spills so many A Team secrets that it feels like Christmas in June!
Mona’s Dirty Little Secrets:- Mona was not responsible for pulling Wilden’s cop car out of the lake. "I put the car in Hanna’s garage and that’s the last time I saw it."- Shana and Jenna have known each other for year. Apparently, Shana is obsessively in love with our formerly blind bitch, but they’re both afraid of Melissa. - When Cece visited Radley Sanitarium, Mona was all hopped up on her meds and thought that the blonde bombshell was actually Ali. "I don’t remember what we talked about." - When Emily received the frightening massage from "A" it was actually Lucas who gave her the black-gloved rub down. - Mona recruited Toby for a job on the A Team when he got that job working in Bucks County. - Mona did not push Ian to his death off the Rosewood Church bell tower. "I wish I knew who did," she says.- There were not one, but two, Queen of Hearts on last Halloween's mystery train. Mona reveals a video showing Wilden dressed as one Queen of Hearts and claims that Spencer's sister, Melissa was the other. However, just before the second mask was revealed, Mona's computer was hijacked and shut down from an unknown hacker.
The next morning, Mona is no where to be found and, just as the girls are about to reach level three panic mode, the new liar waltzes back into Spencer's house with four custom coffee orders, breakfast, and the casual fact she has her own set of keys to Emily's car. To gain the foursome's trust, Mona agrees to take the girls to her "A" trailer lair and along the way they see that Wilbur is not the only one dead on the crime scene in town's square — Officer Wilden’s light blue and lifeless body is lying in the street. Rosewood's population shrinks once again.
Awkward Encounters: Aria runs into Ezra at Rosewood's one and only coffee shop and she's not sure how to behave around her former flame. Ezra is all smiles and causally mentions that he has been offered his old teaching position at Rosewood High but, despite Aria's mild protests, he stresses that he really needs the money because he has "a family now." (Side-Note: Blegh! No you don't! You have a son now. Not a whole family. If Ezra seriously starts dating that chick from The Secret World of Alex Mack then I’m going to be beyond upset.)
At school, Aria tries to act as though her senior year is A-OK but her longing glances across the quad at Ezra are more than obvious. The principal calls Aria into his office, accuses her of being a liar, reveals that he knows that she and Ezra were sleeping together and then he whips out racy photos of Ezria getting hot and heavy in the back of a car. Aria runs out of the office with tears in her eyes just in time to see two police officers escorting Ezra out of the school in handcuffs.
Are you hysterically panicking yet? Me too! Don't worry little darlings, it was all just an overly elaborate day dream in Aria's pretty head. (Side-Note: That was one of the cruelest things I have ever seen on my TV screen. Who else was screaming "Nooooo!" and was two seconds away from sobbing?) In actuality, the principal only wanted to pass along some papers to Aria’s mom, but this vision has made her realize that Aria needs to separate herself as much as possible from our beloved Ezra.
Like the Good Old Days: Mona is determined to mend her friendship with Hanna and the twosome embark on a shopping spree like they used to. Unfortunately, Mona sees right through Hanna’s half-hearted smiles and guarded stories on their shopping trips. (Side-Note: Hanna is seriously the worst liar ever. Smile a little brighter honey and try not to look so damn miserable when you're grabbing a soda! Mona is a certified genius. Of course she’' going to notice and call you out when you’re awkward as hell.)
New Plans, Old Faces: Paige convinces Emily that next year they should go to Stanford together and the thought of finally leaving the drama behind in Rosewood makes Emily quickly say yes. Over at the DiLaurentis house, Emily runs into Alison's mom Jessica and discovers that not only is she moving back to town, but she's re-creating Ali's old room. (Side-Note: Creepy much? Oh and I forgot how abrasive and rude Mrs. DiLaurentis was. Like mother, like daughter I guess… ) For more shcoking information on Mrs. DiLaurentis' return, take a look at what Marlene King told me.
A Peek in the Past: At Officer Wilden’s funeral, Spencer and Mona sneak into a private room and snatch back a phone that "A" planted on Wilden’s cold, dead body. All the recent calls were from a blocked number except for one contact labeled "Kisses." It turns out that "Kisses" is actually Hanna's mom's cell number and, while the ladies are trying to figure out what this all means, a new face introduces himself. Officer Holbrook, who is all kinds of handsome, says he's investigating Wildens death and would like to speak with the ladies soon.
While the liars are at the funeral, Toby receives a cryptic text from "A" saying, "I know what happened to your mom. Bring the Lair and you’ll know too." Fans are then treated to a flashback to geeky Toby's old room and his gorgeous guest of honor is the one-and-only Alison. She says her famous line, "I know you want to kiss me," but just before their lips meet, Toby's mom enters the room looking sickly and tired.
Toby confides in Ali that he thinks something is wrong with his momma, but Ali just scoffs and accuses her of being "lazy much." Classic Ali. Toby asks Alison to leave and she calls him a loser before sulking out of the room. The flashback ends and we watch as Toby parks the trailer lair in the middle of the forest and walks back to town with tears in his eyes and a heavy heart.
Biggest Jaw-Dropper: Learning that all along there was actually just a wee litle piggy in the trunk and listening to Mona reveal that huge list of well-deserved answers.
Most Heart-Warming Moment: Watching Spencer and Toby have a cozy breakfast together and realizing that they’re still perfect together.
Most Heart-Breaking Moment: The look on Ezra’s face when the police led him down the hall in handcuffs. This moment may have been fake, but the tears we cried were real.
What did you think of the Season 4 premiere, "A Is for A-l-i-v-e"? What secret surprised you the most? Do you think have any theories about Toby's mom? Tell me your pretty little speculations in the comments below!
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Forget Kevin Spacey. Forget all the potential Oscar nominations his flick might pick up when the nods are announced bright and early Tuesday morning. The real question is: Who's stomach is that in the "American Beauty" poster?
Deciding to "take a closer look," we went on a hunt for the owner of the mystery tummy. And without the support of honchos Spielberg, Katzenberg, Geffen and the accompanying publicity machine at DreamWorks, we discovered that it ain't the movie's ingenue, actress Mena Suvari, in that alluring close-up.
No, it's the perfectly shaped navel, hand and flawless skin of Match Modeling Agency's Chloe Hunter.
Who's Chloe Hunter? While she's not exactly Cindy Crawford yet, she's definitely getting some good exposure in all those "For Your Consideration" Academy Award ads running in the trades. And, heck, she's already been on the cover of Sport Magazine.
For the uninitiated, Hunter's a true Southern California beauty, born Aug. 26, 1976, in the sun-bleached suburb of Thousand Oaks. Yes, she was a cheerleader. But she's also a born entertainer, the lucky number seven amongst eight children. Mom's a dance instructor. Dad's a chiropractor.
Before flashing her mid-region, Hunter may have had visions of her future after being crowned "Miss Westlake Village" in 1992. As expected, the blonde bombshell was voted Newbury Park High School's homecoming princess. But she was also a bit of a smart cookie, attending college on an academic scholarship while remaining on active duty as a university cheerleader.
Hunter's professional resume includes five years of experience as a model and two as an aspiring thespian. While her acting chops aren't on display in the acclaimed "Beauty," she's already appeared in a few television commercials and is currently making her feature debut in the Freddie Prinze Jr. pic "Down to You," playing a character she knows rather well -- the cheerleader.
A self-described "Nature Girl," the model-actress lists her hobbies as hiking, snorkeling and other pro-tummy outdoor activities. The active traveler's worked her physique around the globe in Asia and Europe.
Besides her budding acting and modeling careers, Hunter's fast becoming an Internet staple. Check out the fashion Web site at www.caesarphoto.com, and you'll find an official promo clip starring Hunter as a lone, windswept traveler, roaming a wasteland filled with TV sets broadcasting her lovely, naked eye.
The model even has her own official Web site (www.chloehunter.com). The site's loaded (of course) with photos from her various modeling shoots (including ads for Malibu Sunwear and Clear Logix skin care). It also features a store hawking that all-important "interactive" CD-ROM.
Best of all is a postcard section that allows users to e-mail their friends one of three favored pics of the fair-haired American beauty.
Rest assured (despite those pesky publicists' best efforts), her bellybutton gets its rightful due.
By the way, we did try to talk to the tummy of "American Beauty" for this story. Put a call into her people and all that. We just never heard back.
Snubbed by a tummy. Welcome to Hollywood.
Lucy Freers has a long-standing marriage, a nine-year old daughter, and a great family life in the suburbs of Hollywood. Great, that is, until the Hollywood set decides that motherhood is the newest way to go. When local neighbor Julia Prentice, the wife of a famous movie actor, adopts a baby in full view of the showbusiness media, the parenthood craze hits its peak. Soon after, Julia is found lying dead in Lucy's swimming pool, with Lucy and her husband labeled as suspects. Now Lucy must determine the truth to clear the name of both herself and her family.