History YMMV / PrettyLittleLiars

28th Jun '16 10:04:50 PM 43110
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* CompleteMonster:
** [[spoiler: Alison]] from the book series kills [[spoiler: her twin sister in a fit of rage for simply switching places with her]], kills Ian because of his relationship with Courtney, and later on kills Jenna simply because she knew the secret. Besides that, [[spoiler: Alison pretends to be Ian in an IM conservation, stalks the girls as the second A, repeatedly blackmails them, and feeds them false information]]. She then tries to have someone else framed for her misdeeds. In the last book, when she appears, she manipulates Emily's feelings for her, pretends to be friends with Hanna, tries to steal Aria's boyfriend, and then attempts to kill the girls of the book. She also sends Hanna fake tickets and has her sent to a mental institution. [[spoiler: Alison even stated in her letter that she was glad that she had killed Jenna.]]

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* CompleteMonster:
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CompleteMonster: [[spoiler: Alison]] from the book series kills [[spoiler: her twin sister in a fit of rage for simply switching places with her]], kills Ian because of his relationship with Courtney, and later on kills Jenna simply because she knew the secret. Besides that, [[spoiler: Alison pretends to be Ian in an IM conservation, stalks the girls as the second A, repeatedly blackmails them, and feeds them false information]]. She then tries to have someone else framed for her misdeeds. In the last book, when she appears, she manipulates Emily's feelings for her, pretends to be friends with Hanna, tries to steal Aria's boyfriend, and then attempts to kill the girls of the book. She also sends Hanna fake tickets and has her sent to a mental institution. [[spoiler: Alison even stated in her letter that she was glad that she had killed Jenna.]]
8th Jun '16 9:46:02 PM CharlesPhipps
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** It also has an adult male following for other reasons...
19th Mar '16 3:14:08 PM lakingsif
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** Emily has 3 girlfriends InUniverse and feelings for Ali. She also has been paired with Hanna and Spencer out of universe and there is a popular crossover ship between her and [[Series/{{Glee}} Santana Lopez]] (played by IdenticalStranger Naya Rivera). And some fans also pair her up with Toby (due to them having dated on the books) and Nathan.

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** Emily has 3 girlfriends InUniverse and feelings for Ali. She also has been paired with Hanna and Spencer out of universe and there is a popular crossover ship between her and [[Series/{{Glee}} Santana Lopez]] (played by IdenticalStranger Naya Rivera).Creator/NayaRivera). And some fans also pair her up with Toby (due to them having dated on the books) and Nathan.
17th Mar '16 10:26:04 PM Cindylover1969
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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: However it's not really the network's fault in this case. Due to the agreement signed by Disney when it bought what would become ABC Family, the name "Family" has to be kept in the name of the network. As a result, series with adult themes and sexuality, such as this series, are targeted regularly by parents groups and moral guardians who feel a show like this in inappropriate for a network called ABC Family (even though if Disney had its way, it would be airing on a network called XYZ, and the show is actually tame compared to some of the series airing on the main ABC network, such as ''Scandal''). A double-whammy is that for much of its early history the series was dismissed by viewers who assumed that because it was made for a network called ABC Family, it must be "just for kids".

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* ScrewedByTheNetwork: However it's not really the network's fault in this case. Due to the agreement signed by Disney when it bought what would become ABC Family, the name "Family" has to be kept in the name of the network. As a result, series with adult themes and sexuality, such as this series, are targeted regularly by parents groups and moral guardians who feel a show like this in inappropriate for a network called ABC Family (even though if Disney had its way, it would be airing on a network called XYZ, and the show is actually tame compared to some of the series airing on the main ABC network, such as ''Scandal''). A double-whammy is that for much of its early history the series was dismissed by viewers who assumed that because it was made for a network called ABC Family, it must be "just for kids". kids."
** Now that the name's been changed to Freeform...



* TakeThatScrappy: The character of Sara Harvey was never well-liked, so most fans were glad to see Emily punch her in "Game Over, Charles' after she was revealed to be EvilAllAlong

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* TakeThatScrappy: The character of Sara Harvey was never well-liked, so most fans were glad to see Emily punch her in "Game Over, Charles' Charles" after she was revealed to be EvilAllAlongEvilAllAlong.
9th Mar '16 9:30:20 PM Cindylover1969
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*** Aria's favoured nations treatment basically continues into season 6 - she's the ''only'' one of the Liars whose professional and non-A-related life hasn't really been screwed in some way.
6th Mar '16 5:45:06 AM ACW
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** [[spoiler: Bethany Young]]. She pushed Toby's mother off of Radley's roof without any second thought and blamed [[spoiler: Charles]] for it knowing people would believe her over him and then escaped after finding out that her dad was having an affair with Jessica Di Laurentis with the intent to kill her.
18th Feb '16 9:47:23 PM toonyloon
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* *Nate is probably the one character who is universally disliked by the fanbase.

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* *Nate **Nate is probably the one character who is universally disliked by the fanbase.
18th Feb '16 4:40:19 PM VeryMelon
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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: Is Mona [[spoiler:a PsychoLesbian who is in love with Hanna and will do anything to get her away from her friends, including hurt her?]]

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* AlternateCharacterInterpretation: AlternateCharacterInterpretation:
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Is Mona [[spoiler:a PsychoLesbian who is in love with Hanna and will do anything to get her away from her friends, including hurt her?]]



* CompleteMonster: [[spoiler: Alison]] from the book series kills [[spoiler: her twin sister in a fit of rage for simply switching places with her]], kills Ian because of his relationship with Courtney, and later on kills Jenna simply because she knew the secret. Besides that, [[spoiler: Alison pretends to be Ian in an IM conservation, stalks the girls as the second A, repeatedly blackmails them, and feeds them false information]]. She then tries to have someone else framed for her misdeeds. In the last book, when she appears, she manipulates Emily's feelings for her, pretends to be friends with Hanna, tries to steal Aria's boyfriend, and then attempts to kill the girls of the book. She also sends Hanna fake tickets and has her sent to a mental institution. [[spoiler: Alison even stated in her letter that she was glad that she had killed Jenna.]]

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* CompleteMonster: CompleteMonster:
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[[spoiler: Alison]] from the book series kills [[spoiler: her twin sister in a fit of rage for simply switching places with her]], kills Ian because of his relationship with Courtney, and later on kills Jenna simply because she knew the secret. Besides that, [[spoiler: Alison pretends to be Ian in an IM conservation, stalks the girls as the second A, repeatedly blackmails them, and feeds them false information]]. She then tries to have someone else framed for her misdeeds. In the last book, when she appears, she manipulates Emily's feelings for her, pretends to be friends with Hanna, tries to steal Aria's boyfriend, and then attempts to kill the girls of the book. She also sends Hanna fake tickets and has her sent to a mental institution. [[spoiler: Alison even stated in her letter that she was glad that she had killed Jenna.]]



* CrackShip: Fans have taken to shipping [[MayDecemberRomance Darren/Hanna]].

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* CrackShip: CrackShip:
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Fans have taken to shipping [[MayDecemberRomance Darren/Hanna]].



* CreatorsPet: Aria, and more specifically, Marlene King has admitted to loving Ezra and Aria's relationship.

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* CreatorsPet: CreatorsPet:
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Aria, and more specifically, Marlene King has admitted to loving Ezra and Aria's relationship.



* CreepyAwesome: Jenna takes this [[UpToEleven up to eleven]].

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* CreepyAwesome: CreepyAwesome:
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Jenna takes this [[UpToEleven up to eleven]].



* CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Caleb's calling out Jenna in The Naked Truth.



* EarWorm: The theme to the series.
** [[LyricalDissonance Got a secret, can you keep it?...]]
* ExactWords: It was stated early into the show's run that the revelation of A's identity would not be the same as it was in the books. A lot of fans took that to mean that A would be a different person. [[spoiler: It turned out that it ''was'' the same person, and TheReveal played out pretty much the same, except that she survives the fall that kills her in the books. She also later gave lip service to having a slightly different motive, but see FridgeHorror for why it doesn't exactly hold up.]]
* FoeYay: Spencer and Mona, [[NoYay especially on Mona's side.]]

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* EarWorm: The theme to the series.
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series. [[LyricalDissonance Got a secret, can you keep it?...]]
* ExactWords: It was stated early into the show's run that the revelation of A's identity would not be the same as it was in the books. A lot of fans took that to mean that A would be a different person. [[spoiler: It turned out that it ''was'' the same person, and TheReveal played out pretty much the same, except that she survives the fall that kills her in the books. She also later gave lip service to having a slightly different motive, but see FridgeHorror for why it doesn't exactly hold up.]]
* FoeYay:
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Spencer and Mona, [[NoYay especially on Mona's side.]]



* FridgeBrilliance:
** In "Over My Dead Body" Jason says "I think my sister would want me here." We are made to assume he's talking about Ali but instead he is talking about [[spoiler: Spencer]] since it was later revealed that he is her half-brother.
** Remember Ali's alias, Vivian Darkbloom? Spencer notes that it's an anagram of the name Vladimir Nabokov, the author of the novel ''Literature/{{Lolita}}.'' (In which a character of the same name appears). Given TheReveal of "Now You See Me, Now You Don't", it makes perfect sense why she would choose that as her SecretIdentity. She was using it to go see [[spoiler: Ezra. It's the kind of reference that an expert on classic literature would appreciate.]]
* FridgeHorror: In "[=UnmAsked=]", [[spoiler: Mona]] says that she became A because Hanna was spending less time with her and more time with the other Liars, but the only time Hanna interacted with any of them immediately before the A scheme began was Spencer, when the two of them were talking in the mall. (It's explicitly stated that the four girls had been growing apart in the three years since Ali's death.)) Assuming that [[spoiler: Mona]] didn't make that up just to mess with the Liars, that would mean that [[DisproportionateRetribution she went off the deep end just because she saw Hanna having a three minute chat session with Spencer.]]
** Ezra [[spoiler: is not "A". He was just doing research to write a book]] about Alison's disappearance. Now, keep in mind that he had a ton of surveillance equipment. He knew that someone was hurting Aria and her friends, and he could have helped at any time. He could have used that equipment to help and catch the person, but he didn't. It also turns out that he [[spoiler: knew Alison and had a brief fling with her]] before she disappeared. She was ''fourteen'', and Ezra would have been a senior in college. Which also means that he knew how old Aria was from the beginning, manipulated her, and decided to pursue a relationship with her only to get answers. "Jerk" doesn't even begin to describe it.



* HilariousInHindsight: During her time on TheVampireDiaries, Bianca Lawson (Maya) played a character named Emily -- and a character named Marin in TeenWolf (like Hanna's last name)

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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During her time on TheVampireDiaries, Bianca Lawson (Maya) played a character named Emily -- and a character named Marin in TeenWolf (like Hanna's last name)



* HollywoodPudgy: Hanna is continually described as being fat a year before. However, in the [[{{Flashback}} Flashbacks]] she looks pretty much the same, just wearing frumpy clothing.
** Completely averted eventually, with episode 13. She's wearing a fat suit.

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* HollywoodPudgy: Hanna is continually described as being fat a year before. However, in the [[{{Flashback}} Flashbacks]] she looks pretty much the same, just wearing frumpy clothing.
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clothing.Completely averted eventually, with episode 13. She's wearing a fat suit.



* LauncherOfAThousandShips: Emily has 3 girlfriends InUniverse and feelings for Ali. She also has been paired with Hanna and Spencer out of universe and there is a popular crossover ship between her and [[Series/{{Glee}} Santana Lopez]] (played by IdenticalStranger Naya Rivera). And some fans also pair her up with Toby (due to them having dated on the books) and Nathan.

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* LauncherOfAThousandShips: LauncherOfAThousandShips:
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Emily has 3 girlfriends InUniverse and feelings for Ali. She also has been paired with Hanna and Spencer out of universe and there is a popular crossover ship between her and [[Series/{{Glee}} Santana Lopez]] (played by IdenticalStranger Naya Rivera). And some fans also pair her up with Toby (due to them having dated on the books) and Nathan.



* LesYay: Believe it or not, this can happen in a show with a canon lesbian. Mostly between Emily and Hanna with Emily staying with the Marins in Season 2 and agreeing to be Hanna's Romeo.

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* LesYay: Believe it or not, this can happen in a show with a canon lesbian.
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Mostly between Emily and Hanna with Emily staying with the Marins in Season 2 and agreeing to be Hanna's Romeo.



** "Birds of A Feather" introduces Aria and Hanna, particularly where Aria [[spoiler:comforts Hanna after Caleb breaks up with her]].
*** Not to mention their moms. Ashley and Ella seemed to have something.

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** "Birds of A Feather" introduces Aria and Hanna, particularly where Aria [[spoiler:comforts Hanna after Caleb breaks up with her]]. \n*** Not to mention their moms. Ashley and Ella seemed to have something.



* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: [[WordOfGod The writers]] originally claimed that Toby was the 'Moral Compass' of the show, then, [[spoiler: once he is revealed as a member of the A-Team,]] they state that he did not [[spoiler: join as a sort of double-agent]], but after ''a dAngerous gAme'', they stated that Toby was genuine when he said that he [[spoiler: joined to protect Spencer and the rest of the girls]]. Well, which is it??
* MemeticMutation: "Bitch can see!"

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* MasterOfTheMixedMessage: [[WordOfGod The writers]] originally claimed that Toby was the 'Moral Compass' of the show, then, [[spoiler: once he is revealed as a member of the A-Team,]] they state that he did not [[spoiler: join as a sort of double-agent]], but after ''a dAngerous gAme'', they stated that Toby was genuine when he said that he [[spoiler: joined to protect Spencer and the rest of the girls]]. Well, which is it??
* MemeticMutation:
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"Bitch can see!"



* {{Moe}}: Emily, to the point where Aria's Mom risks her Job for her when she sees her struggling with a test.

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* {{Moe}}: {{Moe}}:
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Emily, to the point where Aria's Mom risks her Job for her when she sees her struggling with a test.



* MrFanservice: Although the series stars four ridiculously gorgeous women, it has a significant number of gorgeous men as well, mostly serving as love interests for the Liars.



* NightmareFuel: In "If These Dolls Could Talk", there is plenty of this to go around. [[spoiler: Creepy doll hospital? Check. Creepy Chucky like voice leading the girls to an absolutely terrifying doll simulation of Alison's death, complete with a yellow shirt, blood, dirt and shovel? Check.]]
** There's also the introduction of [[CreepyChild Seth]]. Seriously, everything that little boy said was way too creepy...
** Also, Mona playing with her dolls in "Crazy", all accompanied with CreepyMonotone.
** Aria's torture in "This is A Dark Ride"



* RelationshipSue: People have pointed out that Paige is showing signs of it in Season 4.



* TheScrappy: Nate is probably the one character who is universally disliked by the fanbase.

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* TheScrappy: Nate TheScrappy:
* *Nate
is probably the one character who is universally disliked by the fanbase.



* Shipping: should be no surprise that slash shipping is incredibly popular among the fandom. Many like pairing off the Liars, with Aria/Spencer (the MamaBear s) and Hanna/Emily (the LikeAnOldMarriedCouple, esp after Emily moves in with Hanna's family) being the most common ship-mates, with Alison being the wildcard and having popular pairings with all of them.

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be no surprise that slash shipping is incredibly popular among the fandom. Many like pairing off the Liars, with Aria/Spencer (the MamaBear s) and Hanna/Emily (the LikeAnOldMarriedCouple, esp after Emily moves in with Hanna's family) being the most common ship-mates, with Alison being the wildcard and having popular pairings with all of them.



* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: [[spoiler: Sara "Shower" Harvey]] We should sympathize with this character for obvious reasons, but instead she is potentially the most loathed character in the entire PLL universe. Why? Six words: "I need to take a shower."
** Of course "Game Over, Charles" revealed that she wasn't meant to be sympathetic and was EvilAllAlong
* TheWoobie: Toby. In the show, the poor boy is [[spoiler:Blamed for a murder he didn't commit and then subsequently gets ragged on by the whole town.]] And even before that the one friend he had was ashamed to be seen with him in front of her friends for a long time, and he was [[spoiler: coerced into a relationship with his stepsister that he certainly didn't want.]] Now his [[spoiler:girlfriends' family doesn't want her seen with him because she's a person of interest in the same murder case.]] Every time the boy's on screen something bad is happening to him.

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* UnintentionallyUnsympathetic: [[spoiler: Sara "Shower" Harvey]] We should sympathize with this character for obvious reasons, but instead she is potentially the most loathed character in the entire PLL universe. Why? Six words: "I need to take a shower."
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" Of course "Game Over, Charles" revealed that she wasn't meant to be sympathetic and was EvilAllAlong
EvilAllAlong.
* TheWoobie: TheWoobie:
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Toby. In the show, the poor boy is [[spoiler:Blamed for a murder he didn't commit and then subsequently gets ragged on by the whole town.]] And even before that the one friend he had was ashamed to be seen with him in front of her friends for a long time, and he was [[spoiler: coerced into a relationship with his stepsister that he certainly didn't want.]] Now his [[spoiler:girlfriends' family doesn't want her seen with him because she's a person of interest in the same murder case.]] Every time the boy's on screen something bad is happening to him.



** Lucas, especially how he reacts after he reveals his major secret at the party thrown after Hanna comes home from hospital. It really shows that whilst Allison's relationships with the girls were manipulative and cruel, it was nothing compared to how they treated other people.
*** Lucas being part of any scene together with Hanna and Caleb as a couple might as well have "HIS HEART IS BREAKING" written in giant letters on screen every time it happens.

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** Lucas, especially how he reacts after he reveals his major secret at the party thrown after Hanna comes home from hospital. It really shows that whilst Allison's relationships with the girls were manipulative and cruel, it was nothing compared to how they treated other people.
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people. Lucas being part of any scene together with Hanna and Caleb as a couple might as well have "HIS HEART IS BREAKING" written in giant letters on screen every time it happens.



*** The "lesser degree" can be dropped in Season 4 considering she is [[spoiler: framed for killing Darren Wilden, and the evidence is really stacked against her ([[NiceJobBreakingItHero No thanks to Hanna]])]]



** TV Verse Jenna would probably be this too if she wasn't so freaking creepy: She got blinded in the above-mentioned fireworks accident and [[spoiler: had someone try to set her on fire.]] Really, it would be hard not to feel sorry for her were it not for her creepiness and the fact that she comes off as kind of a bitch.
*** Many people have also forgotten that she forced Toby into a sexual relationship for an unspecified amount of time.

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** TV Verse Jenna would probably be this too if she wasn't so freaking creepy: She got blinded in the above-mentioned fireworks accident and [[spoiler: had someone try to set her on fire.]] Really, it would be hard not to feel sorry for her were it not for her creepiness and the fact that she comes off as kind of a bitch.
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bitch. Many people have also forgotten that she forced Toby into a sexual relationship for an unspecified amount of time.



* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: [[spoiler: Toby]] being on the A-Team was abandoned, as a few episodes later it was revealed that he [[spoiler:was only on the team to protect Spencer.]] [[spoiler: Spencer]] joining forces with Mona to get answers was scrapped quickly; it hardly lasted an entire episode. Ezra [[spoiler: being "A" was a red-herring as well. He was just writing a book and was doing research.]]

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot:
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[[spoiler: Toby]] being on the A-Team was abandoned, as a few episodes later it was revealed that he [[spoiler:was only on the team to protect Spencer.]] [[spoiler: Spencer]] joining forces with Mona to get answers was scrapped quickly; it hardly lasted an entire episode. Ezra [[spoiler: being "A" was a red-herring as well. He was just writing a book and was doing research.]]



* WhatAnIdiot: A sends the four a video of Ian and Alison together, but Ian promptly deletes it when he accesses Spencers computer. It never occurs to any of them that unless Ian hacked Spencer's e-mail account as well, then A's original e-mail still exists, video attachment and all.

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* WhatAnIdiot: WhatAnIdiot:
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A sends the four a video of Ian and Alison together, but Ian promptly deletes it when he accesses Spencers computer. It never occurs to any of them that unless Ian hacked Spencer's e-mail account as well, then A's original e-mail still exists, video attachment and all.
11th Jan '16 9:36:45 PM Cindylover1969
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't," Toby sees a form with an address in London on it at West Devonton Street, W1B 3AH. There isn't a West Devonton Street, but the postcode is real... and it corresponds to Regent Street, which isn't a residential area.
* CrowningMomentofAwesome: Caleb's calling out Jenna in The Naked Truth.

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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't," Toby sees a form with an address in London on it at West Devonton Street, W1B [=W1B=] 3AH. There isn't It's a West Devonton Street, real postcode... but the postcode is real... and it corresponds to Regent Street, which isn't a residential area.
area (there is no West Devonton Street anywhere in the UK).
* CrowningMomentofAwesome: CrowningMomentOfAwesome: Caleb's calling out Jenna in The Naked Truth.
11th Jan '16 9:35:09 PM Cindylover1969
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* CriticalResearchFailure: In "Now You See Me, Now You Don't," Toby sees a form with an address in London on it at West Devonton Street, W1B 3AH. There isn't a West Devonton Street, but the postcode is real... and it corresponds to Regent Street, which isn't a residential area.
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