When did Pretty Little Liars become delicious camp? Or was it always that way, and I was just sucked into the, dare I say, the “A” story.

One of the few shows that actually has improved on itself, Pretty Little Liars’ Season 7 revels in the colossal goofs the Liars do when murdering then covering up said murder. It’s like Scandal on speed. It’s where Desperate Housewives should have evolved to but didn’t. And it’s churning it out in Season 7.

Aria and Hannah go out to the forest to torch the car that ran into Elliot who held Ali hostage and doped up on drugs. Oh, and by the way, she was married to him. And he’s not really Elliot but someone posing as Elliot. But he is really working with Mary Drake, the twin sister of Ali’s mother, who wants revenge as well as the family inheritance.

So they get to the spot where the car was hidden. And it’s gone. Then when all appears to be lost, the car, fully repaired, drives up. And it’s driven by Mona!

But then they realize there’s a missing burner phone. And a missing bracelet. And a police investigation, headed by Toby. So they have to break back into the car to get the bracelet. And find the phone. And someone just happens to call at the same time they’re breaking into the car. It’s Jenna, their nemesis. Who’s also blind. Or just sometimes pretends to be.

I love it. Drink it in and slobber it all over your body because the only way to enjoy PLL is to savor its unabashed campiness for all its worth.

Yum.

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Here’s what it’s store for Episode 5. It looks like Mary and Ali are headed for a showdown.

 

Jenna returns to Rosewood and befriends another one of the Liars’ enemies, making her the PLL’s number one suspect for Uber A. In order to leave the psychiatric hospital, Ali must be released into the care of a relative, leaving her under the suspicious watch of Mary Drake. Spencer enlists Hanna’s help to search for Caleb as he’s missing in action. Aria and Emily stumble upon a secret apartment they hope will lead them to more answers.

 

–Ken Choy

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