The One About Toby and Stuff (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**Originally published on February 2, 2016. Republished on May 18, 2021. Yes, on a Tuesday in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**

I take it back! I am NOT okay with Spaleb! Nope! Not at all! Did you see Toby’s face when Caleb told him? No! Okay? No! It was close to the same face he made in the hotel with Spencer. Ya know? When she was talking to him about how she felt when he let her cry outside his apartment! Then, he looked at the ring he would have given that chick before he found out about Spencer and Caleb! Officer Toby didn’t propose as he planned! Why do you suppose that is? It couldn’t be because he’s still in love Spencer, could it be? I mean, he did have a glimmer of hope on his torn face when he asked Spencer if she would be returning to DC. Ugh! My heart guys! It hurts right now! I love Toby so much!

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Let me tell you why the look on Toby’s face hurt me so much more than the look on Hanna’s face. It’s because Hanna is engaged to Jordan, who by the way, is a total sweetheart! And yeah, I get it, Toby was on the verge of being engaged, but I don’t know… there’s something different about Toby. Hanna, I guess, I don’t know…. Before she went off on Spencer for being with Caleb, she seemed like she could have been happy for them. Toby though, his immediate response was heartbreak. He couldn’t even look at Caleb when he wasn’t telling him it was okay. Hannah pretty much looked Spencer dead in the eye when she told her it was okay. Now, don’t get me wrong. I do believe Hannah loves Caleb as much as Toby loves Spencer. I also think Hannah might be able to deal with Spaleb a little better than Toby can. (I don’t remember why I thought this, but I don’t disagree now. So…)

Let’s talk about that morning-after scene though! Was it me, or even in the happiness and bliss of the moment, did Spencer seem to be a little bit remorseful? To me, she seemed a bit hesitant, like she could have been feeling regret. I mean, I do like Caleb and Spencer together for a short time and they do seem to like each other. But I think Spencer loves Toby and Hanna more than she likes Caleb. It wouldn’t surprise me if Toby ends up working with the girls again to beat this “big bad.” Or if Spencer goes to him one night when she needs to talk and something happens with them. The same scenario could take place with Hannah and Caleb! A girl can dream, right? A girl can hope for her OTP’s to get back together?

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Okay, now let’s talk about this “big bad!” How creepy was that final scene? Like, for real! He took off a LITERAL face mask! Not like the ceramic ones Charlotte and her minions wore, but a flesh-like mask! CREEP-Y! skin crawls This “big bad” is out for serious blood! He’s not playing any games! His text message was serious when he said he’s hiding in plain sight! CREEPY! skin crawls again I don’t know if I can handle this! I…. Ugh! I am CREEPED OUT! And, in case you didn’t notice, his glasses are the same as Leslie Stone’s!

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Last, but not least, Byron…. Creepy or not? If you say not, then I will question your sanity. Like more than anyone already questions the sanity of Pretty Little Liars fan! Byron is so freaking CREEPY! I’ve kind of always thought so! I don’t care that he dated his student. They were both legal adults. I do care that he cheated on his wife, made his daughter lie, and gave his daughter hell for dating a teacher. She did learn it from him. There’s also something creepy about a man who has so much hatred for a girl his daughter’s age—any scene he’s had with Alison! (Byron still creeps me out. He and Peter and Kenneth. Like even more than the twenty-something dudes dating teenagers.)

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Haleb vs Spaleb – It’s Realistic (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**Originally published on January 30, 2016. Republished on May 18, 2021. Yes, on a Tuesday in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**

I don’t have any new or complete PLL theories right now. (I was so over PLL at this point. It took a lot for me to even write about it.) I do have a thought or two about what has happened in Pretty Little Liars season 6B so far. Most of what I have to say is about what happened in the last moments of the episode that aired on January 26, 2016. That’s right. It’s time to talk about Spaleb. I have a group chat with two of my roommates and a friend. It is fully dedicated to Pretty Little Liars conversations. My roommate Ana and our friend, Courtney, shared how MAD they are about Spencer and Caleb. I shared how much I like it. ducks from the things being thrown at me by you furious Haleb and Spoby shippers.

Okay, now that’s out of your system, let me explain. Rosewood is one of the tiniest towns imaginable. I mean, there are like what? Ten families, that live there based on how many families show up in the show? They haven’t had many people to choose from. (Still not an excuse, but that may be why the young twenty-somethings went after the sixteen-year-olds.) That said, I will acknowledge they’ve been out of Rosewood for about five years. Aria has a new boyfriend. Hannah’s engaged. So, why can’t Spencer be with someone who isn’t, ya know, Hannah’s first (and only) true love? Well, let’s see. Do Aria and Liam seem happy? Sure, yeah, they could be happy together. But will Aria ever be able to talk to him about everything that happened in high school? Will he ever be able to understand why or how she became the woman she is? No, especially not when you can see in his face he knows Ezra was something much more than an English teacher. Can Hannah and Jordan be happy in their proposed marriage? They do seem happy. They could make it work, right? The same is true with them though that is true of Aria and Liam. Jordan will never be able to understand who Hannah is, and I don’t Hannah even wants him to understand. She’s still in love with Caleb. She’ll always be in love with Caleb. And they all need someone who was there for them in the worst years of their lives. They need someone who understands. And that’s why Spencer and Caleb make sense.

Caleb, Toby, and Ezra are the ONLY men who could ever hope to understand the girls. They were there when everything went down. They experienced it all with them. If they’re not psycho, Lucas, Jason, and Wren have a chance of relating a little too. That’s why it makes sense for Caleb and Spencer to be together if they can’t be with Hannah and Toby. They’ve had a connection since the moment Spencer was trying to break her laptop out of Ian’s desk. They went to high school in a small town where all the liars grew up and so it makes sense. In a town that small, it’s unrealistic the four liars (six, if you count Alison and Mona as I do) would never the same guy. At some point, one of the best friends was bound to date one of the same guys as one of the others. It makes the most sense for that same person to be Caleb. Aria doesn’t have much of a relationship with Toby or Caleb. Hanna and Spencer don’t have much of a relationship with Ezra. And Emily’s gay. Spencer and Caleb have always somewhat had a relationship. If anyone’s going to date the same guy it would be Spencer and Hanna. I grew in a small community. We all knew the same people and there were very few dating options. We all liked the same people. Many dated the same people and eventually married someone who dated someone else. It was bound to happen in Pretty Little Liars. (I still stand by these statements.)

You can deny it all you want, but Spencer and Caleb are cute together and good for each other. I don’t think they’ll be together for long though. All our OTPs will inevitably get back together, at least for a little while, before the end of the show. Still, Caleb and Spencer could be very good for each other. They’re almost total opposites. And for that reason, they could help each other become stronger, healthier. (It’s kind of like that quote from Rose in The Vampire Diaries. “It’s not just that she makes him a better person–she does–but he changes her too. Damon challenges her, surprises her. He makes her question her life, beliefs. Stefan is different–his love is pure. He’ll always be good for her. Damon is either the best thing for her or the worst.”) It’s not like they’re doing anything behind Hanna’s back. Hanna’s the one who put two and two together in the first place. Spencer didn’t exactly broach the subject on her own. She asked Hannah, who freaked on her, about how she and Caleb are. That’s when Hannah asked and it’s not like Spencer was going to lie? That would be a bad friendship. Hanna suggested Spencer explore her feelings for Caleb, so she did. That’s not a bad friendship. Hanna and Caleb broke up at least two or three years ago. No, she’s engaged to someone else. If that were me and one of my best friends had feelings for my ex, then I’d want her to figure out what she’s feeling. What if Hanna stays with her fiance? It would be crappy for her to keep Caleb and Spencer from potential happiness. If Spencer had tried to bury feelings, only that would have ruined her friendship with Hanna. Have you ever tried to hide your feelings for someone? Eventually, it comes out and it’s usually a mess. Spencer should be honest now before Hanna finds out later. I don’t think it will ruin their friendship one way or the other. I think it will make them stronger. It’s the perfect adult conflict that Pretty Little Liars is trying to give us. They’re not in high school anymore. Hannah and Spencer spoke like the grown adults that they are. If they want their friendship to survive, then Spencer can’t bottle up her feelings like she always has. She needs to let them out and figure them out. Besides, Hannah is engaged and Jordan seems to love her. So until or unless they break up (assuming they will) then Caleb is fair game.

Anyway, those are my thoughts on Spaleb vs Haleb. I’m sure a LOT of people will have negative feelings about this post. That’s because ships and OTPs make us irrational sometimes. We forget all good stories need to be realistic. Realistic for a story like this is having one of the girls be with one of the other girls’ exes.

(I still think Spaleb was one of the best things to happen to PLL. So much growth came out of that ship. I think they all handled it quite well.)

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Pretty Little Predictions (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**Originally published on January 5, 2016. Republished on May 11, 2021. Yes, on a Tuesday in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**

I’m posting this post at exactly 7:00 pm central time on Tuesday, January 5, 2016. I want it to post exactly one week before Pretty Little Liars season 6b premiers on ABC Family. Unfortunately now known as Freeform. I want to post now before we see anything in context. This is my prediction for what will happen between now and the last episode of season 7. I’m basing it off what we didn’t learn in the finale and things we have learned from previews and interviews.

The biggest question is, “Who is “he?” We hear someone talking about “him” in the previews for the time jump. So, who is he? Who’s the new big bad? Who’s the final “A” going to be? And for crying out loud, who or what is in the barrel!? Is Marlene going to leave us hanging? Red herrings still get answers! We need answers! Also, what’s going to happen to the core couples? What about their families? We have so many questions and so little time! This isn’t even touching all the questions I still have! (It’s been 4 years and I still have so many questions! The show left us so desperate for and so lacking in answers.)

Let’s be honest, the revelation of “Big A” was disappointing and Marlene King’s explanations only made it worse. That said, I still believe she doesn’t place things in the show for no reason. (Yes, she did. So many things happened in that show for no reason.) Everything’s a red herring or actual evidence. Speaking of red herrings, I’m still holding out hope that “Miss Aria You’re A Killer, Not Ezra’s Wife” was more than that. I hope it has a secret meaning. It would be interesting to find out Aria is or was somehow a killer or something.

My theory for “he” is that the NAT Club leader is going to be the final A. In season 3, Jason tells Spencer, “Sometimes, I think they were taking orders from someone else.” “They” are Ian and Garrett, the only other official members of the NAT Club. I hope Jason’s comment wasn’t a red herring. Not enough people have talked about it. It would be perfect for leading us to answers. I hope it’s going to have some kind of relevance for the rest of the series. If it was a red herring, I hope it was to throw suspicion off himself. In that case “he” could Jason. It could also be Wren. Wren’s been around town for a while. He could’ve been around before we knew it. He could’ve been pulling the strings. It could, but I doubt any of this has anything to do with Wren. He was one of the most talked-about suspects toward the end of 6A. The mystery is supposed to be guessable, but not obvious until you go back and watch. Wren seems like the most obvious choice. I don’t think it’s him, but it’s always a possibility.

Now, what’s going to about the relationships? If only one of the couples ends up together, I’m guessing it would be Ezria or Spoby. But I’ll give the pros and cons to all the couples getting back together.

EZRIA: Aria and Ezra have been such a toxic couple. Aria was pretty much addicted to him and he was a little bit crazy. As we come into the new season, the previews show Aria will have a new boyfriend and Ezra will be an alcoholic. I’ve also read since Aria is a publisher—or an editor, I don’t remember—she’ll be working with Ezra on his new book. We’ve seen a preview of her picking his book. A deep reminiscent look floods over her face, so one can assume she still has deep feelings for him. Of course, she would, he was her first love. The kind of feelings she had for Ezra don’t go away. Not completely. Despite the fact they were toxic with each other, they were good for each other. Together, they got through things in their lives they may not have been able to get through otherwise. I also think Aria is going to be the one who brings Ezra out of his slump and back into a good, healthy place in his life. (I was pretty much right about most of this. Ezra was definitely in a worse slump than anyone knew. And there were moments when they were still toxic. Overall, I think their adult relationship was okay.)

SPOBY: Spencer and Toby were also a bit toxic for each other. Even more than Ezra was a drug for Aria, Toby and Spencer were drugs for each other. I mean, Toby drove Spencer crazy! And, because of Spencer, Toby almost died because he didn’t know he was eating her secret drugs. Despite that, other than Emily, Spencer was the only person who believed in Toby. And Toby was often the only one who believed in Spencer. When their lives were falling apart, they held each other together. Not always in the healthiest ways, but they did hold each other together. They were also always good sleuthing partners. So, I’m sure they’ll end up sleuthing together again. If they don’t end up together, they will for sure have a few Spoby moments. (I was pretty much right about this. I’m not sure what my thoughts were or are. Spoby are somewhat together, but not as much as I’d like them to be. It’s kind of a bummer.)

HALEB: Hanna and Caleb have the healthiest relationship in the whole show. They were even healthier than the relationships the parents had. For that reason alone, I’m afraid they won’t end up together. It would be so like the writers to have the healthiest relationship of the whole show not end up together. Hanna’s engaged but I’m sure she’ll end up with Caleb for a temporary period anyway. Hannah will likely have a few issues with her fiancé and run to Caleb for comfort. She does love him and has major daddy issues after all. If Pretty Little Liars goes for a cliché storyline, then Hannah and Caleb will end up together. That’s how it is in all the cliché love stories. The girl goes back to her hometown while engaged. She runs into her first love, they click again, and they end up together. (That’s what I want to happen. I want Hanna and Caleb to be together. I love them. They might be my favorite.)

PAIGE AND EMILY: In a sneak peek of Mona and Allison, Emily and Paige have been talking again in California. I don’t have much to say about them, but I don’t think they’ll end up together. They never trusted each other and they were always fighting over one thing or another. And Paige is awful. (Glad she didn’t end up with Paige. Not glad she did end up with Alison. I didn’t like any of Emily’s love interests. I liked Alison on her own, but not with Emily.)

MIKE AND MONA: This is the couple I want to be together! They were so cute together. Mike was the only person who believed Mona could be more than the crazy stalker girl from Radley. (They didn’t end up together. I’m bummed about that.)

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Why I’m Mad that *Spoiler* Is A (2021 Thoughts Added)

Warning: This post contains Pretty Little Liars spoilers. If you haven’t watched the whole show, then proceed with caution.

A little note: In August 2014, I started watching Pretty Little Liars. That November, I started blogging about it until it ended in 2017. I haven’t watched it since, but people are still reading my posts in 2021. So, I’ve decided to add thoughts and comments based on the feelings and opinions I have in 2021. Because you’re reading this now, I want to thank you! Tbh, after the disappointment of the series finale, I felt like I wasted time writing these posts. Because you’re reading this, it doesn’t feel like a waste anymore. So, thanks!

(Unless otherwise noted, parenthesis indicate thoughts from 2021)

**Originally published on August 11, 2015. Republished on May 4, 2021. Yes, on a Tuesday in honor of the show originally airing on Tuesdays.**

Truth? I am not happy with tonight’s episode of Pretty Little Liars. I would have been happier if Toby, Ezra, or Caleb were A. I don’t care that my suspicions about Jason and Wren were wrong. I’m kind of glad I wasn’t right about them being A. After all the time and energy I gave to figure out the mystery, it would have sucked if my original theory was right. Let me count the reasons why I’m not happy with who A is:

  1. The mystery suspect is a secret family member? Come on! Transgender or not, that’s so overused!
  2. CeCe was only in 11 of 142 episodes of Pretty Little Liars and was not in the twenty episodes leading up to this finale. Why?
  3. “A” should have been someone who had a personal vendetta against each of the liars—Jenna, Toby, Lucas, or Noel.
  4. The whole thing with CeCe and Jason dating was wrong on so many levels. It should not be in a show on a channel with ‘family’ in the title. Or any show on any channel. (At least they changed the channel name to “Freeform” shortly after this.)
  5. “A” should have had a motive that we could have suspected before we met Charles at the end of season five. The point of a mystery is to give hints and reasons for viewers to pick up. Most viewers, not a few.
  6. CeCe being “A” would have made so much sense on its own if she had been CeCe and not Charles. If she had had a little more face to fans time in a few more episodes. The CeCe we thought we knew could’ve been a realistic “A.” I even would’ve been fine with that. She was someone we knew. We don’t know this CeCe, Charles, whatever the name is.
  7. “A” should have had at least a brief introduction before stealing the game from Mona.
  8. CeCe spent the whole summer with the DiLaurentis family. Kenneth should have at some point suspected CeCe of being Charles if not knowing. Gender Transformation or not, a parent doesn’t forget their child altogether. Not to the point he doesn’t notice you after a long summer together.
  9. Speaking of spending a summer with the DiLaurentis family and Jason having a thing with CeCe. Jessica should have made CeCe put an end to things immediately! I mean, EW! What kind of mother, even one as shady and psychotic as Jessica, would let her children date each other?
  10. “A” has always been so organized and had everything so well thought out. To hear CeCe explain her story, you would think everything was kind of sporadic.
  11. As far as the Charles storyline goes in general. How did Mr. Hastings not know about him when he had the affair with Jessica? Is he lying about that too? Did he know Jessica had a son who was only a few months old? Or did Jessica lie about that too? (Did these questions get answered?)
  12. I always knew I should have written something specific about CeCe. At the end of my last post, I should have said, “If it’s not a guy, it’s CeCe, but I didn’t so I’m also a little mad at myself! (I say I didn’t. But I know I wrote about it. I mentioned a couple of times if I had to pick a female A it’d be her.
  13. …to be continued… if/when I think of more reasons to be upset… (I’m still mad about all the above.)

Thanks for reading! Let me know if you need anything! Like seriously. I’m here for you!

Find me on Twitter and Instagram@ogbrittanyalex

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