pretty little reaction: i think caleb rivers might be cheating on us

 6.11 Of Late I Think of Rosewood | Photo credit: Freeform

6.11 Of Late I Think of Rosewood | Photo credit: Freeform

Welcome to the Pretty Little Reaction, an evolved version of the Pretty Little Recap. Let's face it, we didn't come here to learn what happened on PLL, we came here to freak out about it, and I'm hoping this new format, which will be a rundown of the 10 biggest talking points from each new episode, will give us plenty to freak about. So let's get to it! Season 6B premiered last week, and we only have a few more hours in the day before episode two hits us like a freight train. There's much to discuss--here are the top ten reactions I had while watching:

 photo credit: freeform

photo credit: freeform

  1. The five-year time jump. Did it work for you? It sooo worked for me. These actresses are getting older, so it makes sense to have them not only graduate high school, but also skip over the mess that is the TV college years (cue flashbacks to season 5&6 of Dawson's Creek. Shudder.) Having the girls out of high school opens up more plot lines, more drama, less parental meddling, and more..binge drinking? Okay, more on that in a bit, but suffice to say, I'm on board with this time jump.
     
  2. The downside of the time jump? Realistic break-ups. Geez, PLL, you pick this topic to finally ground yourself in reality? Yeah, okay, a lot of high school couples don't survive post high school, but Haleb?!? Come on, people! If anybody could do it, these two could. And I know I can't be the only one who wants to see the missing years of them in NY. Yes, I'm happy with the time jump, but I want more happy Haleb. And that means she needs to ditch the finance (or maybe he will turn out to be creepy and suspicious? Who isn't on this show?) and get back with Hot Caleb ASAP!
     
  3. Ali wants Charlotte out of the hospital and into the frying pan. Nope. Not a good idea, Ali. I know you love your sister (for some reason), but you can just go on and continue to visit her like a normal relative of a psychopath. Thank goodness Aria (of all people) had the balls to call out how insane this idea is. Sadly, it didn't accomplish much.
     
  4. The girls almost all seem to be living the life five years in the future, which is pretty unbelievable considering everything they went through in their high school years--should they really be that well adjusted? But then there's Emily. Her dad died, and clearly college didn't work out. Though it doesn't make a lot of sense that the other girls are so well off in their careers, I'm glad the show has at least given us Emily and her less-than-ideal situation. I can't wait to find out more about what happened to her over the past five years, which is saying something, because Emily's plotlines often bore me. 
     
  5. Radley is a hotel now. Wise business decision? Maybe not, but I generally back Ashley and her crazy ideas, and furthermore, think of the drama that can happen with a hotel at their disposal! Late night hook-ups! Hotel parties (see below)! All kinds of crazy hijinks you wouldn't expect to happen at anyone's actual home! Can we please have a Haleb reunion in the honeymoon suite? Oh! Oh! And can the hotel please be haunted with real ghosts? 
     
  6. Speaking of hotel parties, how much fun was it to see the girls get legally drunk together? Good times. If these girls are going to live glamorous lifestyles, I want to see some of the poor decisions that go along with that. That said, with Spencer's past drug addictions, and Hanna's problems with alcohol during season... (too lazy to look it up), I hope they are in better control overall. I don't want to see another substance abuse storyline on this show. I just want them to drink for fun like regular twenty somethings. 
     
  7. So Charlotte gets out, and then immediately dies. Did anyone see this coming? I admittedly didn't. And I admittedly don't entirely believe she's dead. But time will tell. Clearly we have a parallel story happening here in the time jump. Okay. I'm on board. 
     
  8. Okay, I've been putting this off, but let's talk about the stupid elephant in the room. What the mother-loving eff is up with Spencer and Hot Caleb? If those two are secretly together, I am going to throw things at my TV. A drunken one night stand that they both regret? That I could get behind, but these two are clearly still close, flirty even, and that is not okay. Nor is it indicative of any guilt or shame on either of their parts if they did indeed hook-up. I have a feeling we'll learn more about this duo very soon, but in the meantime, I'm going to throw up in my mouth a little bit, and then pray that Haleb's reunion is so hot it burns the memory of Spencer and Hot Caleb from our minds. 
     
  9. Sara Harvey. She's still around, and she's still creepy as all get out. I don't know what her role is in what happened with Charlotte, but clearly she has one. That actress does a good job of looking haunted--could make for some fun stuff down the road.
     
  10. Another murder. Another accusation for our girls. I'm not surprised the episode ended this way, given the parallels to the pilot, but I admit, I didn't specifically see it coming. Of course the girls are suspects, but at the same time, come on, haven't these liars actually earned a little trust by now? No? Okay, let's see where this goes. 

~PLR~