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Pretty Little Liars recap: 'Over A Barrel'

Even with a straight “A,” the Liars don’t seem to be college bound.

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Pretty Little Liars
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Pretty Little Liars

TV Show
run date:
Ashley Benson, Troian Bellisario, Lucy Hale, Shay Mitchell
Current Status:
In Season

Will the Liars ever exchange their tumultuous life of near-constant murder plots for nights at the library? Let’s be real. The question of college is increasingly imminent with our fabulous foursome, but this season is setting them up to stay in Rosewood forever. Foiled plans and roadblocks drag the collegiate dream further from their grasp, but promises the hope of another season without having to procure some half-baked explanation on why they all ended up at the same campus with “A” there, too. We all have to make sacrifices, and for the Liars that means forgoing four years of partying for the sake of the show.

Although we’d hate to see the girls split from the hellhole Pennsylvania suburb, they really deserve a break. Can you imagine how fabulous they would look in impeccably assembled outfits in their school colors, heading to a football game without a care in the world? Or how ebullient Hanna would be after she aced that physics test she insisted she could never conquer? The Rosewood crew each displays individual talents that I think a four-year degree and a few frat parties could sharpen. But if the plot continues in this fashion, the Liars and their boys won’t be studying anything aside from “A”‘s next move.

Let’s do a little counseling. If, indeed, they can ever leave, they can skip the career center and head straight to enrollment. Their sleuthing and scheming over the past five seasons have given plenty of clues on what they should study.

Aria: With a few strokes on the keyboard, Aria managed to elevate herself from the wait list to admission at Talmadge. Naturally, English or rhetoric seems to be the best choice for the bookworm. The only problem is that all of her short stories seem to circle around to bite her in the ass. Somehow, her appeal to Talmadge, which hinged on the idea that her high school career was ruined by her relationship with Ezra, managed to appear in its entirety on a receipt for 50-cent coffee. In Ezra’s coffee shop.

But she needs to work on her reasoning. If you’re going to be a writer, there needs to be a degree of analytical thought, of which Aria, apparently, has none. When she is lured to a meeting with “H,” who she assumes is Detective Holbrook, she foils that plan by grabbing lunch with Jason and gabbing about his sister. Meeting with Jason, who ultimately led to his sisters’ arrest, when you’re supposed to rendezvous with the guy you suspect of helping her does not seem like the wisest decision. Common sense isn’t always a strong suit, even with the brightest of candidates.

Unfortunately, it seems that Aria’s only college option was given to her by Ezra’s ex, and a potential hook-up to Vassar, brokered by the very guy whose relationship she turned into a leg-up, only reminds her of the betrayal.

Hanna: Damn if her outfits aren’t on point, even under duress. Who can balance a perfect milkmaid braid, denim, and mesh sleeves all while witnessing a failed proposal to your own mother who just slept with your sociopathic ex-friend’s brother? Hanna, that’s who. Seriously, not a hair out of place while stashing mystery flowers delivered to her mother, then heading back to the kitchen to watch a peanut-butter cookie catastrophe unfold. Fashion seems like the obvious choice for Han, who is generally unaffected by any of the absurd situations she often finds herself in. But even she looked a little flustered when Caleb told her that the storage space that could very likely have Mona’s remains stored inside was rented in her name.

But Hanna, who the show has recently and inexplicable revealed could be a secret genius, seems to be letting the college plans slip. She explained to her mother that her college visit was cut short by a migraine, even though we know it was actually a bloody knife. That might fly with your preoccupied mother, Han, but a college professor won’t buy that for a second.

NEXT: About those other Liars…