Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Pretty Little Liars: Pilot Recap/Contest

Alright guys, I'm back for another season of recapping a book gone tv series and I'm super excited because not only is Pretty Little Liars being brought to you by the same people responsible for The Vampire Diaries, but its also a fabulous series that I love! Also in honor of the show, check out my mini-giveaway at the end of the post. we go!

Opening Credits...

The Barn of Scandalous Sleepovers and Missing Teenagers
Hana, Aria, Spencer and Emily are inside Spencer's family's barn, having the calmest sleepover ever. Their activities include, walking around in the dark, shining a flashlight at the big bad thunderstorm and....SCREAMING at the dark figure entering the barn.

Relax, guys--it's just Allison!

Aria: OMG, Ali, you scared us.

Ali: *grins* I know. Let's get drunk and tell secrets because that's what best friends do and I'm the bestest friend you'll ever have.

Emily: Oh that's ok, Ali, there's not much to tell.

Ali: Of course not you, lesbian*cough*lesbian.


Aria: I'll drink...

And then the magic secret telling drink causes all of the girls to pass out and Aria wakes up and immediately is like, ummmm where's Allison? Another dark figure appears at the door of the barn. But it's not Allison this time. It's...Spencer!

Aria: What happened to Allison? (BTW we'll be asking this question I bet at least twice in every episode)

Spencer: I searched everywhere. I heard her scream, but I can't find her. Dude! Allison's gone!

Dun dun dun....

Rosewood, PA: One Year After Allison Dissapeared: La Casa de Aria

Aria (the funky one) is checking herself out in the mirror when her mom walks in and OMG! Your mom is Holly Marie Combs! Cool!

Holly Marie Combs: I'll be calling myself Ella in this tv show.

Right...not Holly Marie Combs...Ella!

Ella: Thank you. So Aria, I know we just spent the past year in Iceland, but now that we're home, you should totally call your old friends, you know the ones you haven't seen since the night you know who dissapeared from the you know where.

Aria: Ummm yeah, maybe later. Gotta go take my brother to lacrosse practice.

Aria's Dad: Being here must bring up a lot of memories for you, sweetie, like how you once caught me cheating on your mom like your missing best friend.

Aria: Don't worry, Dad. No one but me knows about that. No one...

Some Grill in Rosewood:

Aria sits alone at the bar and orders a beer grilled cheese sandwich. Three seats away is some mad cutie who has also ordered a beer grilled cheese sandwich, cut into squares. Staring back at Aria is another one of Allison's missing persons posters. Aria is freaked.

Cute Boy: Hey baby, you come here often?

Aria: No, I just got back from Iceland.

Cute Boy: Hot. I just graduated from college and I'm going to be a teacher.

Aria: Really? I want to be a teacher.

Cute Boy: What's your major? You are in college, right? And over 18? And not at all one of my potential future students?

Aria: I'm thinking about English and creative writing...

Cute Boy: OMG that's what I teach.

Aria: I think we're soul mates.

Cute Boy: Want to make out in the bathroom get to know each other better?

Scandalous romantic make out scene on the bathroom sink. Um out for soap scum, K?

Rosewood Mall

Hana (the bad one) is flirting with some poor sunglasses guy in the department store.

Hana: Do these make me look sexy?

Sunglasses Guy: *drools*

Hana: Mind if I show my friend?

Sunglasses Guy: *drools*

Hana: Ok, I'll be riiiiiight back. NOT!

And then she leaves to go talk to Spencer.

Hana: Hey Spencer (the overachiever). Aren't you blond in the books?

Spencer: Yeah, but brunettes always get better ratings.


Spencer: Anyway.... in between being the president of the student council and lacross team captain, and getting straight As, and scoring a 1600 on the SATs and teaching children how to swim in Africa...I need a shirt to wear to dinner tonight to meet my even bigger overachiever of a sister's new boyfriend.

Hana: WOW! Well, don't wear that. Wear this sexy shirt.

Spencer: Why?

Hana: It says in the script that your going to steal your sister's boyfriend.

Spencer: Ooooh right, thanks!

And then Hana walks out of the department store, right past a security guard and pushes the sunglasses over her face and poor sunglasses dude is counting his glasses and realizing one is missing *cries* and then security stops Hana!

Hana: OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG I didn't--

Security: Here, Miss, you forgot your purse.

Hana is totally relieved and catches up with her new bff Mona who is also a shoplifter and stole a scarf! The scandal!!!

Rosewood High School:

Aria's dad drops her off for her first day back and in case you missed it the first time around...he is VERY VERY sorry he cheated on Aria's mom, Holly Marie Combs Ella, ok, omg, I will be sorry for forever!

And then Aria gets out of the car and watches it speed away and seeing the license plate triggers a....

Flashback: The Year Allison Discovered Aria's Secret

Allison: Run, Aria! That loserface Mona is following us again.

Aria: Hehe, Ali you're the best.

Mona: Hey you guuuuuuuuuuuys!

Allison: Ew! *grabs Aria and takes her through some bushes and sees...* Hey! Isn't that your dad's car?

Aria: Yeah.

Allison: And isn't that your dad inside it, kissing Not-Your-Mom?

Aria: Oh crap.

Rosewood High School: The Year That Allison is Missing

Emily: Hi, Aria! Wow I haven't seen you in a year! Remember when you used to have pink hair streaks?

Aria: Yeah that was pretty much so the audience could tell the difference between old me and new me.

Emily: But I didn't have pink streaks in my hair.

Aria: You're storyline isn't as interesting as mine.


Aria: Yeah, so weird about Allison still missing right?

Emily: Totally!

So then Emily and Aria go to English class, and Hana and Mona are there and so is Spencer and no one is really friends anymore, not after Allison died dissapeared and word on the street is that the new English teacher Mr. Fitz is hot. And then Mr. Fitz looks up and....OMG it's the Cute Boy from the bathroom sink! AKA Ezra!

Ezra: *sees Aria* OMFG!

Aria: *sees Ezra* NFW!

Aria's Cell Phone: Beeps!

Text Message From A:
Maybe he fools around with students all the time, lots of teachers do, just ask your dad!

Aria: NFW!

At La Casa De Emily:

Emily: It's so weird that Allison isn't living in her house anymore, I mean I guess that's not so weird because she's been gone for like a year and not like I've been thinking about her everyday for the last year or kissing a picture of her by my nightstand, I mean...what?

Emily's Mom: They sold the house. We have new neighbors. Bring them this basket of ridiculous gourmet treats that no human actually likes.

Emily: OK.

At Allison's Old House:

OMG! Kendra the Vampire Slayer has moved into Allison's old house! What's up Kendra! Where'd you move from?

Kendra: Well first I was in some unknown part of the world where slayers are given to their watchers as babies. That's where I got my accent. Then I moved to Sunnydale. Then I changed my name to Emily, and actually I went back in time about a hundred years to become a witch and work for Katherine the vampire, in Mystic Falls, Virginia. But now, I got this stint as a human girl here in Rosewood. Also, my accent is gone.


Kendra Emily Mya: Hi new neighbor! Check out all these boxes of trash I found in my old bedroom. Whoever sold the house didn't take it with them when they moved. Its like the girl died or something.


Mya: So want to come up to my room now?

Emily: Ok!

In Allison's Old Room Mya's New Room:

Mya: You got a boyfriend?

Emily: Yeah

Mya: Me too! Want to smoke pot?


Mya: Come on, sit on the bed with me....closer...closer.. *grins*

Emily: *grins*

At the Barn of Epic Sleepovers and Missing Teenagers/Barn of Epic Heartache and Discovering Your Sister is a Bi-atch:

Melissa: Wow, Spencer, all those countless hours you spent redecorating and refurnishing the barn are really going to pay off when I steal it from you and move in with my new boyfriend, Wren.

Spencer: What...but...No! The barn is mine!

Melissa: Not anymore.

Wren: Hi, I'm absolutely adorably charming. And from England.

Spencer: FML

Later that night...
Wren puts out his cigarette in a plant and Spencer is like ooooooh no you didn't, my sister hates smokers and he's like well baby, it's our secret and Spencer is like, yeah....I like you.

Rosewood High:
Aria goes to see Cute Boy Mr. Fitz Ezra.

Ezra: I can't believe your 16! How are you such a good kisser?

Aria: We can still kiss

Ezra: Um, no we can't! I'm your teacher. And I can't believe your 16!

Aria: Fine!

Outside Allison's Old House/Mya's New House:

Emily: OMG NO! Trashmen! Stop throwing away Allison's old things!

Mya: What's wrong with you?

Emily: It's just that the girl who used to live in your room dissapeared and I refuse to believe she's dead. And I love her.

Mya: Oooh, I see. *winks*

Emily and Mya: Awkward friend kiss on the cheek that is somehow not quite on the cheek

Rosewood High Locker Room:

Emily gets out of the shower and goes to her locker and finds...

Note From A:


Emily: WHAT?

A: OOps, wrong note. Can I have that back?

Emily: Sure....

Note from A: Take 2

Em, I've been replaced! You found a new friend to kiss!

Emily: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

At La Casa De Spencer:

Wren comes into the kitchen soaking wet from the hot tub and Spencer is there alone, without her sister in a bikini and a towel about to head out.

Wren: Towel?

Spencer: *hands him her towel to reveal her bikini* Ow, my shoulder hurts.

Wren: I'm almost a doctor, let me fix it for you.

Spencer: K

Seductive backrub from your sister's much older boyfriend....INTERRUPTED by your sister!

Spencer: GG! BYE!

Later that Night:

Spencer watches Melissa and Wren kissing outside HER Effing Barn--Dammit! And then she gets a ping from her email.

Email From A:

The Latest Developments in Penis Enlargement

Spencer: WTF...delete!

A: Oops wrong email....*resends*

Spencer's Email: Pings

Email From A: Take 2

Poor Spencer always wants Melissa’s boyfriends. But remember if you kiss, I tell.

Spencer: OMG!!!!!

Flashback! To the Year Allison Discovered Spencer's Horrible Secret:

Allison walks into Spencer's kitchen and sees Hana eating.

Allison: Don't eat that you'll be fat *cough* fat.

Melissa walks in with her boyfriend Ian.

Allison: Spencer, you have to tell, Melissa.

Melissa: Tell me what?

Spencer: You! Me! Outside!

Allison and Spencer head outside

Spencer: WTF was that!

Allison: I'm your bff, you have to tell your sister you kissed her bf.

Spencer: If you tell on me, I'll tell everyone the truth about The Jenna Thing!


Spencer: YES! The Jenna Thing!

Audience: What's The Jenna Thing?

Pretty Little Liars Fans: Read the book.

At Aria's:

Emily: I got a note from someone called A saying things only Allison could know!

Aria: I got a text message from someone called A saying things only Allison could know!

Emily: It can only mean one thing. Allison is alive! And she's trying to scare us.

Aria: Yeah, that's it.

Emily: Yeah...

At La Casa De Hana:

Hana's Mom: So I saw Aria's mom, Ella today. She didn't know your dad left us.

Hana: Oh. Yeah, we're not friends anymore, so Aria didn't know...

The Doorbell: Rings

Hana: Answers the door

The Police: Are here

Hana's Mom: What are you doing here?

The Police: We're arresting your daughter for grand sunglasses theft at the department store in the mall.

Hana: Is Handcuffed

Rosewood Police Station:

Hana nervously grabs at candy outside the office where her mom is talking to the detective, and showing a LOT of leg and....the door closes.

Text Message From A:

Careful, Hana! Prison food makes you fat.

Outside the Police Station:

Hana's Mom: Hana, what is your problem? We have a reputation here. And I buy you everything you need to be popular.

Hana: I don't know, I just do it.

Hana's Mom: No you don't. Also your record is cleared. I'm taking care of it.

Hana: How?

Hana's Mom: Ever seen the beginning of Forest Gump?

Hana: What's Forest Gump?

At Allison's Old house/Mya's New House

Police sirens are going off and police are EVERYWHERE!

Emily: OMG, Mya! Are you ok? I was so worried something had happened to you.

Mya: I'm ok! But...they found your friend's dead body under the gazebo.


Allison's Dead Body: Is pushed along on a stretcher

Hana: Sees Allison's Dead Body

Aria: Sees Allison's Dead Body

Spencer: Sees Allison's Dead Body

Aria: Do you think...

Spencer: the police know....

Emily: about the Jenna thing?

Aria: NO ONE TALKS ABOUT THE JENNA THING! Only Allison knows...

Emily: And she's dead, right?

Spencer: We are so screwed!

At La Casa De Hana:

She watches the news about Allison and the police announce there is a killer on the loose. And then her mom comes home...with the detective from the police station and they are making out and head upstairs...

Hana: Oh, that's how you're taking care of it.

Hana's Mom: I'm doing this for you, punk!

Hana: Oh come on, Mom. He's cute!

At Allison's Epic Funeral

Aria stands alone, contemplating.

Ezra: I'm sorry I'm being mean to you. It's for the best. I'm not a good friend for you.

Aria: Because you're a vampire?

Ezra: No, because I'm your teacher.

Aria: Oh right. Well I'd never do anything to hurt you, or get you in trouble or arrested for statutory rape.

Except then she does! She kisses him on the cheek and Ezra's restraint is GONE and he grabs her and starts kissing her.

Ezra: I'm so going to jail.

Aria: Does this mean I don't have to do my homework?

So then Aria sits with Hana, Emily, and Spencer right in front of Allison's ginormous death picture and then Aria's cell phone goes off again! Girl, learn how to use the silent button.

But it's NOT a text message from A.

Aria: Phew!

And then the girls turn...and see a blind girl coming in.

Spencer: OMG, it's Jenna!

Allison's Mom: I didn't think Allison was friends with Jenna

Aria: She wasn't.

Emily: OMG, the Jenna Thing!

Hana: Shhhh!

Outside the funeral...

The detective comes over to see the girls...while Jenna of The Jenna Thing stands in the distance

Detective: Just so you know girls, this is no longer a missing person's investigation, it's a murder and I will be interviewing every single one of you until I get to the bottom of this mess!

Hana, Aria, Spencer, Emily: *Gulp*

Four Way Text Message From A:

I'm still here bitches. And I know EVERYTHING

Hana, Aria, Spencer, Emily: Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh

Close Up On Allison's Funeral Portrait:


Ok guys, hope you enjoyed! Giveaway time!

I'm giving away a paperback copy of Pretty Little Liars Book 1 (with the new tv show cover) to one random commenter below. Rules are simple, comment on the recap and/or the show and leave your email address.

To win, you must be a follower of The First Novels Club and Frankie Writes.

I'll announce the winner just before next week's episode.


  1. I think your recap might be better than the actual show.


  2. lol i cant believe i missed out on the first so awesome as usual! :D

  3. "Audience: What's The Jenna Thing?"

    Lol, that is exactly what was happening last night. Everyone kept asking me that (and naturally, I said read the book!)

    Awesome recap! Very amusing :)

  4. That's even better than Vampire Diaries recaps)))


  5. I did not watch the show yet, it is going to take forever that they might start to show it in Finland. So I am gonna watch it via Internet. I haven't read the books either, but maybe I watch she show first (the first episodes) and decide do I keep watching. :)


  6. Hahaha! I haven't read the book, so I was totally like, what's the Jenna thing? LMAO.

    lchardesty at yahoo dot com

  7. I havent started watching the show but maybe i will after that recap ty for posting

    im now a follower of both blogs

  8. This was just awesome! I would totally tune in to watch your version of the show!:)

    I haven't read the books so, I'm sadly, uninformed about THE JENNA THING - but I did have fun entertaining myself with all the things that might have happened to make her blind. :)

  9. Awesome recap. I almost didnt need to watch the episode. Looking forward to next weeks.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  10. Haha I havent' read the books yet, so I'm like WHAT IS THE JENNA THING?

    Can't wait for more of your recaps!

  11. I didn't actually like the first episode that much but the show will be worth watching just to read your recaps after! Love them!

  12. I'm so ashamed to admit I've never read the books. :(


    happyheathengirl at gmail dot com

  13. I can't wait for the rest of the recaps! Hmm...which do I like better? You Pretty Little Liars or The Vampire Diaries...glad I don't have to choose!

  14. I follow both blogs!
    Your recap was really entertaining!
    xicecreamsjx at aol dot com

  15. I watched the show, but I totally wasn't feeling it. Maybe I should have read the book first..... After reading your recap, I may have to try the second episode.

    (I totally didn't catch the new neighbor was Emily/Kendra. I knew she looked familiar, but I didn't know why.)

    Thanks for the recap. I'm looking forward to your "Founder's Day" recap - among the rest of the TVD season.

  16. I missed the premiere (no cable *sigh*) so I'm watching it now xD Skimmed through the recap hoping for no major spoilers but caught some words here and there--LOL

  17. Loved your recap!

    I liked the show, i didn't like how they changed hair colors though. It's weird.

    And the last name Marshall?!? Doesn't sound as good as Cavanaugh.

  18. The problem I'm having with Pretty Little Liars is NO DAMON! No eyebrow waggling whatsoever.

    Does book 1 explain The Jenna Thing???


  19. The show was okay and I think Aria and Hanna were cast perfectly but Emily and Spencer make no sense to me at all. Also, in the books they barely spoke to each other at first and did not confide in each other about the messages until much later...obviously different than what was on the show.

  20. address:
    throuthehaze at gmail dot com

  21. I haven't read the books either so I was really annoyed because I didn't know about the Jenna thing, argh. Excellent recap! ;)


  22. Your recap is so much better than the show. Maybe it's because I read the series but everything about the show felt so stiff and I thought they mentioned Alison way too much. I'll still watch since Hanna and Aria are my favorite. I really like who they cast for Jenna and Maya too.

  23. forgot my email >_< I'd love to read this series all over again!

  24. I was dissapointed, the actresses are nothing like what the books described them to be. And the whole first book was covered in the first episode! I'll still watch it though...:)

  25. Ezra: I'm sorry I'm being mean to you. It's for the best. I'm not a good friend for you.

    Aria: Because you're a vampire?

    That made me laugh so hard! This recap was better than the actual show!


  26. I love this show, but have not read any of the books (yet). I wasn't sure if I'd be into it, so I've held off. Now, I wish I'd read them all! Thanks for the giveaway.

  27. I just found your blog--started following (and Frankie Writes)--I LOVE LOVE LOVED this show!!!! I totally want to read all the books now, I don't think I can wait for the show to tell me what's going to happen! So I would LOVE to win a copy (all the library copies are out right now, and the book store is an hour away)*sad face* ;)

    --Good luck with your personal trainer--I had one and did really well!


  28. Oh, also, I am curious if there are many differences between the book and the show--I've heard people saying that the characters look different, but I'm more interested in the overall story--don't know how many differences you can tell from just one episode ;)

  29. I haven't read the books (yet), but I caught the show and enjoyed it!

    Would love a copy of the first book!

    jillewheeler (at)

  30. Lol, I just finally watched it. As always, your recaps are top notch. :-)

  31. I thought it was great! The books are absolutely amazing though! :)

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